Friday
Apr
2015
17

Something really BIG is coming Tuesday for photographers, and we’re all over it!

by Scott Kelby  |  6 Comments

OK, for us, things don’t get much bigger than this — now, unfortunately I can’t tell you actually what it is that’s coming Tuesday, but it’s SO BIG that we’re doing FOUR free live Webcasts on Tuesday and you’re invited (if you’re a photographer, you’re going to want to be there to see and talk about this big secret thingy).

Here’s the top secret details:

Who: Me and RC (co-hosts of The Lightroom Show)
What: Four free LIVE webcasts for photographers
Where: http://kelbyone.com/secret
When: Tuesday at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 PM (all Eastern Time zone)
Why: We can’t tell you why yet (we’ve been double-sworn to secrecy and we had to put RC’s car up for collateral in case we blabbed so we’re keeping this one top secret till then)

Come and join RC & me — sign-up free at this link, and we’ll see you on Tuesday for the big secret thingy that we can’t talk about now, but we’ll be talking about all day on Tuesday (and so will everybody else).

Also, can you help us spread the word through your social media and blogs and stuff? (much appreciated!). We’ve got a LOT to share (ya know, once we can officially share it). :)

Have a great top-secret weekend and we’ll see you next week!

Best,

-Scott
Not Tellin’ ‘Till Tuesday

Thursday
Apr
2015
16

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  22 Comments

Jaw Dropping Landscapes Photo Contest
Think you’ve got an award-worthy landscape photo? Want to win a free ticket to Photoshop World, a KelbyOne Live event, or a KelbyOne membership? Submit your best landscape photo to our latest Viewbug contest for your chance to win! For all the details and to submit your photo, just click right here.

Canon 7D Mark II with Scott Kelby
If a Canon 7D Mark II is in your future or already in your camera bag, then this class is for you! Our own Scott Kelby will get you up to speed on everything you need to know to get started on the right foot with your Canon 7D Mark II. From getting oriented to all of the buttons and dials, to making the right choices for image quality, white balance, playback, and focus modes, Scott methodically steps through each feature and function explaining its purpose and showing you how it’s done.

KelbyOne Live
Want to learn from Scott Kelby, Joe McNally or Joel Grimes live in person? Check out these seminar tour dates to see if they’re coming to a city near you!

Shoot Like A Pro: Reloaded with Scott Kelby
Jul 14 – London, UK
Sep 22 – Phoenix, AZ
Sep 28 – Austin, TX
Oct 16 – Washington, DC
Oct 28 – South San Francisco, CA
Nov 4 – Livonia, MI (Detroit area)
Nov 16 – Philadephia, PA
Dec 4 – Rosemont, IL (Chicago area)
Dec 7 – Tampa, FL

The Moment It Clicks with Joe McNally
Apr 21 – Phoenix, AZ
Apr 27 – Portland, OR
May 4 – Rosemont, IL (Chicago area)
May 19 – Philadelphia, PA
June 15 – Lansing, MI
June 17 – Nashville, TN

The Photographers Creative Revolution Tour with Joel Grimes
Apr 17 – New York, NY
Apr 22 – San Antonio, TX
Apr 24 – Houston, TX

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to one of these events!

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Live Ticket
- BGidlow

If that’s you, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Apr
2015
15

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring SharkPixel.com’s Kristina Sherk!

by Brad Moore  |  6 Comments

Alright folks, let’s get girlie! Every so often I have people come up to me and ask me about the featured image on my website’s home screen. They say “I love the rainbow lips image! How in the world did you create the rainbow effect from scratch?”

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My response: I’d shrug, and say “Honestly? I just played around with blend modes.” But to level with you, I honestly created the piece so long ago, that I don’t quite remember the actual steps I took to produce it. So I thought it might be time to do some detective work and dive back into my past to see if I can decode the steps I took to get this look. In this post, I’ll expose all the secret steps I took to get this effect.

As with any macro beauty image, the first thing I did was some general clean-up like skin smoothing, frequency separation, and fixing the color and tone of the original lip color; gold. (If you’d like to download my free portrait-in-a-pinch retouching action, then check out SharkPixel.com/store and scroll to the bottom to download it!)

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Then, I played around with the skin-tones because I was trying to get the skin to look like porcelain. I did this by creating three new fill layers, filling two of them with white and the last one with aqua. I changed all of their blend modes to soft light, and then placed them in a layer group. For each of the three layers, I opened up the layer style dialog box and inside the blend if section, I split the black clipping arrow for the underlying layer slider into two parts (hold down option or alt to divide the arrow) and then I dragged the right portion of the arrow all the way so that it sat just next to the white arrow of the same slider.

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To finish up, I used my brush tool to paint with black over the areas where I didn’t want the skin effect to show. I did this on the layer group mask in order to have one single mask apply to three different layers. This is a huge time-saver since you’re only painting one mask, instead of three! Lastly, I decreased the opacity of my skin tone layer group to 15%.

My next step was adding some 3D depth to the model’s fingers using dodge and burn. Here’s a preview of my dodge and burn layer, I switched the layers blend mode from soft light to normal to show this preview. (For more on dodge and burn, stay tuned to KelbyOne for my soon-to-be-released class on skin! Coming soon to a computer screen near you!)

Now comes the fun part! To add the rainbow colors to the lips, I first decreased the saturation of the lips using a hue/saturation adjustment layer, by dragging the saturation slider from 0 to -62. Then I created an empty new layer, and used my brush tool to pick out some funky, fun colors, and sloppily painted them over the lips area. Here’s what the layer looks like with everything else in the document hidden.

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Next, I added a black mask to the rainbow color layer, and proceeded to paint with white over the lips area so the color would only show through where I wanted it to. I ended this step by decreasing the opacity of this layer to 60% and changed the blend mode to vivid light.

To finish up, I used a few curves adjustment layers to try and accentuate the highlights and shadows on the lips, thus giving them a more 3 dimensional appearance. And then added a high-pass layer on soft light blend mode to sharpen. And voila! I was finished!

In closing I hope this quick blog post helps to illustrate the importance of playing around and trying new things in Photoshop. If it weren’t for this, I would have never created such an out-of-the-box piece. And can anyone guess the extremely valuable added benefit I gained from this experience? I learned a ton!

Whether you’re new to Photoshop or an old, seasoned pro, you can always learn more by exploring tools you haven’t used before. Don’t be afraid to fail! It’s how we grow and continuously become better at our craft!

‘Your challenge; should you choose to accept it:’ is to choose one new tool a day that you’ve never used before and explore it! At the end of one week, you’ll have seven new tools to add to your skill-set!

You can see more of Kristina’s work at SharkPixel.com, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.

Tuesday
Apr
2015
14

Scott “The Missing” Blogger

by Scott Kelby  |  6 Comments

(Above: Top row: The crowd in Salt Lake City yesterday. My live shoot using Westcott Apollo soft boxes. Bottom Row: That’s me with Lyle Stavast between sessions [an awesome uber Lightroom user who is always everybody out over at our LightroomKillerTips.com site], and Salt Lake City’s famous Crown Burgers. Ate there 20 years ago and haven’t had a chance to go back until yesterday. Still super yummy!). 

Hi everybody, and greetings from Los Angeles.

Sorry I have fallen behind here on the blog in the past few days — I’ve been so heads down working on launching this new “Reloaded” tour (which debuted yesterday in Salt Lake City), that I haven’t had time for anything else.

The time was well spent, because we had an awesome kick-off to the new tour yesterday (thanks to the photographers who came out for the day), and I’m looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of you in person tomorrow at the convention center.

So far, all of my shoot ideas have fallen though (shooting at an automotive studio here in LA and shooting at the Orpheum theater. Still have one last possible one still out there, but it’s not looking good so I might just have a day of Brad and I driving around aimlessly on the streets of Los Angeles.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I’m alive and well in a small hotel room in LA, and I’ll be back to my regular schedule of blogging on Friday (and of course tomorrow is Guest Blog Wednesday and Thursday is, as always, “Free Stuff” Thursday).

Hope you all have a great Tuesday, and here’s wishing that all your shoots come through! :)

Best,

-Scott
Until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard 

Thursday
Apr
2015
09

Snapseed 2.0 Is Here!

by RC Concepcion  |  10 Comments

Hey everyone. RC here. I’m happy to announce that Snapseed by Google just got a MAJOR upgrade and is now live!!! We figured – this is a great time to get some facetime with Google themselves to talk about it!

In this bonus episode of The Grid – Scott Kelby and RC Concepcion are joined by Nils Kokemohr of Google to debut the release of this awesome app.

Want to See a Whole Class on Snapseed 2.0?

I’m a huge fan of the work Google has done with this app. To make it for free takes it to yet another level. How about if we gave you a whole class on using it for free?

For a full 28 lesson class on how to use Snapseed 2.0 make sure you visit http://kelbyone.com/snapseed

I would say go out and get this program immediately! You’re going to be so happy with what they’ve added here.

Get the newest version of Snapseed by Google by visiting iTunes or Google Play
Google Play: http://bit.ly/k1SnapseedAndroid
Itunes: http://bit.ly/k1SnapseediOS

Thursday
Apr
2015
09

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  10 Comments

The Art of Photography: The Inspirational Series with Matthew Jordan Smith
Join Mia McCormick and Matthew Jordan Smith as they sit down to discuss Matthew’s inspiring career as a commercial photographer. Matthew is known for his spectacular beauty, fashion, and celebrity photography, and more recently his personal book project Future American President. Spend an hour hearing stories of how Matthew got started in photography, and some of the many lessons he has learned along the way. From the importance of overcoming the challenges that life sends your way to the necessity of believing in your own vision and seeing it through to the end, Matthew shares insight and perspective into what has fueled a successful career that spans three decades.

KelbyOne Live
Want to learn from Scott Kelby, Joe McNally or Joel Grimes live in person? Check out these seminar tour dates to see if they’re coming to a city near you!

Shoot Like A Pro: Reloaded with Scott Kelby
Apr 13 – Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 15 – Los Angeles, CA

The Moment It Clicks with Joe McNally
Apr 21 – Phoenix, AZ
Apr 27 – Portland, OR
May 4 – Rosemont, IL (Chicago area)
May 19 – Philadelphia, PA
June 15 – Lansing, MI
June 17 – Nashville, TN

The Photographers Creative Revolution Tour with Joel Grimes
Apr 17 – New York, NY
Apr 22 – San Antonio, TX
Apr 24 – Houston, TX

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to one of these events!

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Live Ticket
- 3lyssa

It’s Not About The f-Stop by Jay Maisel
- Don Fay
- Mitch Kloorfain
- Justin Flugum
- Gary Kalosky
- ronwls

If any of these is you, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

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