Photo Week 2015 West Coast Tour

Lesson 8 of 20

Photo Week Bus Tour - Clip 7


Photo Week 2015 West Coast Tour

Lesson 8 of 20

Photo Week Bus Tour - Clip 7


Lesson Info

Photo Week Bus Tour - Clip 7

Welcome back everyone to the creative live road trip this is our kick up for photo week two thousand five way are thirty minutes outside of redding, california exciting we started today in san francis go and this is our west coast tour so we're here in the back of the bus studio and this is matt close gasquet my name is kenneth clark and we're going to take some time to as you do when you're on a road trip yes against each other that's what that's the fun part about and I think right I've met some really really good friends from just being in the car for a long time have you ever been at a car with sixteen other people at the same time? No, that would be a big car. Well, now you have no advice all right, matt so for people at home watching we just wanted tio get to know you a little bit like I said so tell us what you're doing right now like where where he lived and what are you doing meeting coming bears they're getting married right now I'm gonna get one right now on air you also wan...

t to know what is it what's going there? I love hummingbird ugo my name is matt and I love having fellow coming oh, definitely part of a road that is um all right, so I live in tampa, florida and I have for the last twenty five years um I worked full time for on one software so they make apse the photography abs for crediting integrates with like room photoshopped stand alone all that fun stuff and uh primarily my job is is part teaching education um not necessarily just teach people how to use the on one and you could do that pretty easy but what's the whole work flow from start to finish you know help people with capture help people with processing help people is like room photoshopped that's right oily there and what is this new job is really about education right and about yes just spreading the love of photography correct I'm primarily in educator I don't shoot for a living I mean I sell some of my landscape work and whatnot but my primary job is his education so how'd I always feel like you have to shoot to be able to really get into the mind of the people that you want to teach that was what it was make sure of their shooting so I see behind the scenes that you're out there making a lot of videos like going out into into a nature what have you on location? What have been some of the really fun projects that you have done recently like out on location um did one and so we did a south eastern oregon trip while back and that was pretty fun so it started out we were going to go into into the enchantments, which is ah range up in washington and the weather that's one of things it's like you can plan it but you want we wanted to get in there for fall color and so you're really at the cusp of it's like you could get your fall color or you get winter right? And uh and the weather wasn't looking really good for so we bailed on that last minute and we went into southeastern oregon way stating now camped in the albert desert for three or four days went up into the stains mountains and so that was pretty cool because it's like you think oregon especially think portland big waterfalls and all that and then you've got mount hood nearby you guys I think you got the oregon coast, which is awesome, but I just never thought desert in oregon in oregon right now and it's there it's there a lot of desert so telling about desert photography what is that when you're that's a one thing that is a challenging with regard to I think desert I think bear and I think what is it heading approach that scenario in that type of environment and then what is their favorite environment? Okay, so so the first part about desert I would say, you know you can't go out and think it's your typical landscape outdoor shop you know there's no mountain I mean there are mountains everything but to me it's like you get there you have to look for what's interesting about it so to the desert it's the dryness is the cracks of texture and that's what you're photographing and there's there's a lot of beautiful photos to be had that aren't mountains reflecting and lakes right? You know there's there's a lot of beautiful texture and there's a lot of beautiful color in in the desert you know? Believe it or not they're looking for the compositions textures gathers yeah, I mean that's you know, one of one of my favorite photos from the trip is just you know, I'm down low it's a super wide angle lens and there's all these real thick cracks and then it just leads back to a mountain range but you really can't see much of the mountain because it's so far back but it's the crack texture of front way talked earlier about your here so we've already have went over that how did you fall in love with landscape photography like how was that thing so that's actually one of my favorite stories to tell um because and I think it's an interesting it's an interesting evolution and so so I works you know it started photography I think like everybody like you know back in late nineties digital came out early two thousand's for me um we're having my first my oldest son in two thousand one, so I went got the canon rebel dslr, whatever it was like the first rebel and so that's kind of how I got into digital, you know, it was had my film camera just shot but never took it that seriously got a little bit more serious about early two thousand's started working full time for kelvin media. One of my jobs at kelby was not only to teach and train and do all the education, but also to help other people come in and do education for us so I would I would go talk to different people, work with them on their classes, formulate that into something called the audience would would want get and get them into doing so over the years. Then I went into this phase off. I want to do everything because you got so you have to imagine one week I have cliff mountain come in awesome wedding photographer couple, but you know, you know, I didn't want to be I wasn't gonna be a wedding photographer, just the way he would shoot couples and portrait like I want to shoot that, and then next week we had, like, you know, in automotive photographer tim wallace coming, I want to shoot cars next week at a sports, and I want to shoot sports and it was like, I think I know this story. So, like I went through while these phases of, like, I want to shoot all this stuff and I would try to be all these different people and, you know, I didn't really know. I knew I wanted to shoot and, you know, I love photography. I want to shoot studio, I want to shoot portrait and but the one thing is I ever I mean, ever since the early two thousand's, I went on my first landscape workshop, and I went as a guest instructor to teach photoshopped on labor and for our kind of caught the bug, I guess. And then so I realized over the years over all those different genres of photography that I crossed in and out of that in the in the landscape area, I kind of stopped going is just the guy to go teach photo shop and I would actually go co teach landscape portion of composition and living and said it would all itself with the instructor. And I just realized after crossing all those different areas that that I'm going to shoot what I like. I want to show you what I think I'm going to concentrate on what I'm like I'm gonna be happy with you know so it's not to say I won't ever shoot anything else do shoot a lot of fortune don't advertise it it's just it's not where I want to be um but that's how I ended up in me in the landscape outdoor area thanks history I think it's I think that's such a common thing that at least we encounter here great alive is a lot of people when they're starting you do wantto try everything so once it starts to sink in and then you're being sort of called back to the same types of scenarios you realize what you're like yeah kind of you kind of just follow what you like and it doesn't mean you don't like the other stuff you can still admire you can still respect it sure, but it doesn't mean that you necessarily I'm gonna go out and get a studio and start shooting that this when I really liked them so in landscape photography because I think a lot of people we could go out and we feel say we're in a beautiful canyon or what have you in the mountains whether it's the water, the beaches and you just feel this presence but and you look down and you take a picture and you're like wait wait anything like what I mean syrians here what I'm feeling how do you what a how do you go about trans? How did you learn to go about translating sort of that big picture into into the final image to really look at it later and say that's, what I felt like when I was there? Um, I think it studying a lot of other people's work, seeing what worked and what didn't, um, you know, if I went tio if I went to the grand canyon and I saw my shot and I wasn't happy with it and I go online and look at other people's photos it's what did they do that made that shot work? You know, sometimes not to give myself an out, but sometimes it was they had great weather and you did it, and you can't do anything about it. It's it's luck, but sometimes it was great weather, but other times what I found over the years is a lot of times it was foreground, okay? And so if I see if I see something pretty common it's people will go out and stand in a great place, grab their camera, click and just shoot the vista, especially if you're high up, just shoot out into nowhere land just because you're standing there and you're like, but that doesn't get translated so so as I as I kind of learned my style, it was my style became a lot about four grand, so you're very rarely seen me with a shot without anything up front. Sometimes I'm not a place where there's, nothing to put up front, and I'll take a picture of it, but you most of my work, you'll see some something up front kind of ground you in the photo, make you feel like you're there and then kind of lead you did you out back through, do you? D'oh, you talked about whether and and sometimes you're there and you're out of luck, do you go back? How much is it if you are set on a project, say that you are sent out to do there? What have you like? How is important is time of day is whether, like, are you the type person? Just go somewhere, see what you have and get out, or do you wait for the right right times? So I think I think that all speaks to why you're shooting what you're shooting. What I found is his landscape out, nor travel what I found was a lot of people that shoot that are not necessarily sara lee shooting it because they're being paid or commissioned to go out there and shoot for shooting it, because they just like the outdoors and they like photography and they're putting it together on one of those people. So for me, where that falls is is I'll shoot it over and over again because I just I like it and it's always always gonna be different. One of the best ways I can explain is I know, but friend he's, a sports photographer um, love, actually love shootings were not just a job, but love shooting sports sends me the photos all the time. I just sometimes just want to shoot myself from like they all freaking look the same to me. It's. Like how many pictures of a guy with a ball with agreements on his face being tackled? Can you see what he loves it? And so to him, every single game is new. Every single game is different. He sees every one of those photos in a different way and that's, the way I see it going out to you, there's a beach by my house, I may have shot it one hundred times. I'll keep going back just like it's different. Every time I go there, I feel like when you go somewhere over and over again like that, you you have to look and see in a different way. What then? We talked about sort of the four grounds and something that's. A mature about your type of work. What else do you look for to make something different? A love motion I love. I love taking us. I love taking this still outdoor photo. And if there's something in motion in it, I like to include it. So, um, water. I mean, I'm just drawn the water of grove near water always been near water. So it's like anything with water, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, beaches alone, beaches in the coast. So to me, that that's like infinite playland because every tide is different every day you go to the beats, the ties different, the rocks, or different whatever is different. And you start to play around with your exposure times to capture all that movement and every photos different will never come back with the same shop. So I look for motion whenever I can love that. And I love I think that's something that definitely does take somebody is that nature work sort of to the next level. Or what happens when you start to learn how to get more advanced and see differently. So there's the scene part with them, and then there was, like layer. Emotional part so what? One of the types of things that you be over when you look at your work I'm such a bad person to ask about this mission sex line that I'm like dead inside I am I'm just like that is I mean I've never really think about like what I feel I could tell you like you tell you like what gets to me is you know like I'll be driving down the road I don't just see sky and color and I'm like I'm like wow that's like that's freaking awesome you know? So that things like that get to me oh that's feeling I guess so I just think that feeling really dead inside but I mean so what? Beauty what is beauty tio your color a photographer okay come you'll never see me convert black I won't say I won't ever do it okay and some for some photos there's a place but for most of my work um there's so much great color out in nature that I see I see the work I'm like why would you take that color out? You know there's just too much good color there that was put in there some reason don't take it out color comes one of the topics that we like to talk about a lot at crate alive is creativity what is creativity mean to you? Um it's funny we were when we stopped in sacramento well, might the group that I had there we were talking a little bit about that, um because I think all people I think a lot of people don't consider themselves creative that our photographers and are good and everything to so um to me it's to me it's it's a it's a process of learning to see something and how to make that come out and look good in a way so the way that I used the analogy and the park was it's in you for tires somebody for however, say it's all about the light and that's a that's, a phrase that annoyed me for so long because it means nothing to me because I don't see like that way I don't just look I'm like, wow, look at the contours look at the way the light plays like I don't see it that way and I had to learn to see it that way what do you see? Um I just see light, you know I see so what I watched jasmine I want when I want soup I see them talking about the shadows and see where this falls in this fall's it's like I really have to look at it to see it's hard for me and more stare out of the more I can see it, so when we were in the park, I was shown some of the people there I'm like, you know somebody says look at it's all about the light and you look over there and there's trees and there's light and there sunlen there's all these if so what's that mean and I said to me what it means is I'm look, I'm now looking at some of the backlight on the trees in the way those leaves glow and then I'm looking at a tip that we talked about earlier, which is the background behind it which is a dark green tree now that's going glowing leaves globe but I had to learn that like somebody telling me it's all about the light didn't help having the photographer that actually talked to me about back late and explain what back late is and explain what the look for and explain how you position something dark money that helped me but it's all about the light didn't help it is kind of a big statement you have to be a creative person inherently I think they get it as you look at it you're like it's lit so I think that's an interesting point because a lot of people I mean you said it yourself like some people don't think that they are creative I think everybody has something in them it might not be I think a lot of people think to be creative you have to be an artist and you have to be born with it and you have to be born with it. I am living proof you do not know what I know. So what did you do? You have to practice. You just have to pry it there's no, so I never considered myself creative. I've always wanted to draw. I always wanted to be able to draw it, see just great drawings and always wanted to be able to do it and never took our classes and never consider myself credit was an I t um and so I read a book and I started this was years ago and I start drawing and what I found is, the more I did it better I got and some stupid it sounds silly because it's it sounds obvious, but I very much believe you can learn to be creative if you want, you have to want to know you're just gonna if you're just gonna say I'm not creative, I don't I'm gonna try you never gonna get there I think I think that that's the key is way always say do the work you have to do the way I do draw today pointing you do you? Did you keep that going? I didn't I didn't because it's just there's too many things to do and it's like I had to give up something um and that takes a lot of time it took me a lot of time so no, I don't really I don't draw too much that I solve all my old sketchbooks and everything maybe one day when I have more time we'll sit down and do look pretty happy doing the stuff I do so outside of photography are you have other hobbies like what what do you spend your time doing when you're not oh, they're shooting with the camera when you have to leave the camera behind what I have to leave the camera behind so uh I'm one of those people you know how some people say I can I can unplug and relax I'm one of those people I can unplug I convey edge I have no problem just plopping down in front of the tv and just being mind when you watch these days one of my watching these days tyrant show ana on effects as pretty good um fear the walking dead is a new one that's out a watch that watch the walking dead american ninja warrior okay gotta watch american ninja warrior so do you think though I mean, I think a lot of people who are highly productive like you said think that they it's not okay to relax because here then you could have been you say so something during that time it sounds like you're allowing yourself tio like regenerate recharge I have no problem with what are some of the things that you which is great, which is awesome because I think uh I think everybody needs that but we don't always allow ourselves yeah, what are some other things that you do keep you saying how about let's just put it that way what do you need to keep? I started playing golf more okay? So I played golf a lot when I was in my early twenties kids in marriage not in a bad way but just kids and marriage kind of put that on the way so hard it was hard to take a whole day and because golf is so so I've actually started my kids are a little bit older they like to play have actually start to break off a little bit more to enjoy that I work out every day to me that's a great a great release agree like I don't think about anything else like really can't come too busy dying when I'm doing it. So so you have a little trick you were showing us earlier it's like weighing him actually. So this is I mean, when we're for its trip when we're photographers way are carrying around every care with your shoulders or whatever so tip tip of the day a trick of the trade so I just I was doing this and I was talking to ken about I'm in my car and like somebody looks over at me and really I think they're looking at like all of you this dude doing yoga in his car I'm not like I'm actually stretching my wrist since so photographers restraint it's actually it's more from work like I do I do a lot of marbella I do a lot of our bill we're kind of workout and so my risk it that's my forums in my risk its source so you know we have a class for yoga for photographers I think I've seen that one I saw the one from uh uh kelly stowe right? Yeah that's yeah, I mean, I live by that guy that was he's got like the bible for for so much so I live by buy his book his book has taught me a lot awesome, supple leopard yes, yes supple ever great book kelly started so we're talking about creativity we're talking about allowing yourself to sort of regenerating do you have anything that you do yourself to kind of get in the zone when you're going out photographing board is photography itself put you in his own like what? How do you how do you get sort of in that zone? I like my best photo shoots come from getting there early and warming up so it's like anything yeah, you're not gonna go do a sport without warming up it helps if you can get to a warrior for may for a landscape location um I feel so much better if I got to see that location hours before figure out where the sun's gonna be figure out where I want to be like I feel a lot better about it that doesn't always happen so at least we'll get there an hour before because sunset and sunrise happened fast unless you're in alaska or norway right? It happens really really fat journal oscar in norway it takes like four hours but um but it happened so fast so having that time that to kind of just shoot just shoot and figure out figure out your composition um I just that helped me quite a bit I find my best photo shoots came from places where I didn't just walk up to and I didn't have to shoot right away. We're actually got too early and I was able to actually take some time limit because you allow yourself to you kind of like see something but then you kind of work worked the scene in a way exactly exactly yeah you work you work the senior you're working different compositions you're looking at your camera um and you're kind of just figuring out, you know you're not what happens? What changes it I'm going to guess a lot of people watching don't really get to go out there and shoot everything I know that I mean there's probably a lot of working pros that are watching and they shoot all the time and they're like I don't I don't need to warm up but to somebody that's going to go out and shoot once a week you do need to warm up you need tio just your camera settings, getting the field for everything, making sure everything's there like you need to do that because well, I I love that you just said that calling it warming up because just like any sport just like if you're playing instruments or what have you you know you do your scales or whatever on the piano you're warming up that's on that here in the zone, so I really like that. So taking all those bad shots that lead up to the sun said the good son good golden light shot is important you'll have you'll be in a better place you'll know where you want to go when that magic moment comes one more topic before and then and then we're gonna go to break is you go right have have another got me there what's your favorite color dummy that read why what it tastes like bread face like red hold your men in red and the clear ones were good to e can I just had a green one tell me what it tastes like a gummy bear all right, maybe somebody can tweet us out cash I what does read like this's? What happens on a creative live road trip everyone um one more question when you think about the future and the future of your photography what is something that you want to improve upon like what are you looking to do next? Maybe what are you looking to learn next week and photo week just what what do you look into teo more how you gonna start yourself? Um I'm trying to stretch myself turn to start to myself in two ways one I'm tryingto it's easy to take a picture in a beautiful location um and location is so much about landscaping outdoor photography you know it's difficult to go to one of the parks that we went to this morning yes. And for someone to take a picture and then post that picture to all their friend and say look, yes how did this part yet nobody likes the photo you get three likes on it people like this is because it's a lot of its location um so I could give my son who doesn't know anything about photography. I could give him my camera if I took him out to the grand canyon and said amount to take pictures project take a pretty good picture so um so while location is important, I'm trying to stretch myself and what? I'm not in a super great exotic location how to still make good pictures how can you still come back because I see them and see them up there see them from people that I know we're in a great location and I see the picture went wow and never would have thought of looking at that tree or that late where that water or you know they're on a beach I go to all the time it's like it's got the little fence post everything in the way they like I'm always at the water and it's like I see this shot of all these little fence posts and this this charon I'm like you didn't see that so I'm trying to start for myself to food tio learn how to take better pictures in some places that an area patients that's but still locations with promise you need any see it needs to have a little bit of promise so trying to search myself there and I'm trying to stretch myself with this way talked about it earlier but I'm this's the camera people are going to use and I think there's a lot to be done there very cool well, thank you so much macros kowski where can people follow you throughout this road trip? Are you are you doing any social media and we'll be seeing you on instagram what's the best place for it so so I'll give you two follow ups easy place to go to see my social stuff and follow all that stuff is matt k duck and they made t k that's easy place to go and then the other you know, part of me being here is sponsored by on one but it's a big time of year for us because it's the brand new version of the on one aps that's right? Um it's exciting for me because it's the first version where I was like really involved we need because like I got to feel like I'm the resident photographer so I get to actually be really involved in it so it's really exciting for me to just go toe on one dot com you can find out and we are actually going toc you do and on one demo yes tomorrow tomorrow morning and it is it's really exciting the new release tell me everything is coming about a phone so I'm actually really excited for you to see that oh all right so bombing really stopping you are going to stop and get off the bus and do something fun I have no idea what it is because that's what happens on the road trip so everyone stay tuned don't go too far away because we are about to do another mini stop that's gonna be fun all right, see you later

Class Description

CreativeLive is kicking off Photo Week with a West Coast Tour and you are invited!

Join Sue Bryce, Jasmine Star, Victor Ha, and Matt Kloskowski as they begin their adventure in San Francisco – meeting up with students in Sacramento and Portland – while making their way to the Seattle CreativeLive studios for Photo Week 2015!

Online viewers can stay tuned-in to their adventures by watching the On Air broadcast and following the hashtag: #photoweek2015

West coast CreativeLive fans are invited to join us, in person at the San Francisco, Sacramento, and Portland stops!

San Francisco - CreativeLive Office
444 De Haro St San Francisco, CA 94107
Friday September 18, 2015
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Sacramento - Cesar Chavez Park
910 I St Sacramento, CA 95814
Friday September 18, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Portland - Jamison Square
810 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Saturday, September 19, 2015

We are kicking things off in San Francisco with an early morning meet-and-greet. Join us in our Potrero Hill offices for coffee, donuts, and fun with your favorite CreativeLive instructors.

In Sacramento and Portland, you’ll get to watch the masters at work and take part in our exciting and educational Photo Walks! Sue, Jasmine, Victor, and Matt will be shooting and exploring – while our awesome partners will be out with us, ensuring you leave feeling educated and inspired.

If you love CreativeLive and have always wanted to get some face-time with our incredible instructors, don’t miss out on your opportunity to join us on the road.

BONUS! We’ll have some seriously awesome swag for the first 50 folks at each location!



This has been a fabulous way to introduce Photo Week. We have had a chance to see the masters working in real conditions, and making the best of the conditions they found themselves in. Well done.