Friday
Apr
2014
18

Got My Synology NAS Up and Running (plus some other Friday stuff)

by Scott Kelby  |  16 Comments

Above: That’s not my office behind me. That’s Photoshop User magazine editor Chris Main. You’re only seeing a small part of his sci-fi collection. His office is like an action figure wonderland. 

Above: Now, does this thing go inside this thingy? Feel the roar of 24 Terabytes of sweet storage. Yeah, baby!

Above: A rare sight — me in the server room. Even rarer — me plugging in an Ethernet cable. (the three photos above by RC. The photo below is RC). :)

Psyched to get my new Synology NAS set-up yesterday
RC helped me get it set-up but honestly, it was a breeze (had I known it would be so simple, I would have done it myself). The hardest part was finding an open spot in our server room — we had it up and running in less than 5-minutes. Now Brad is going to copy my archives onto the Synology (it was already copying when I left the office) so it won’t be long now. I’ll do a quick video on how it all works once all the files are moved over but I’m pretty psyched to get this up and running. Now RC is trying to convince me to ditch Crash Plan and go with Glacier instead for my offsite backup. I’ll let ya know how that goes, too, but when I asked Brad yesterday how CrashPlan was working for us, he said “I’m not sure.” That’s not a good sign. LOL!

RC’s 2nd Edition of “The HDR Book” is here!
Yesterday I got ahold of RC Concepcion’s major update to his super popular “The HDR Book” and I gotta tell ya — as good as his first edition was (it made him famous in HDR circles for his trademark brand of post processing), this new 2nd edition is even better. He totally crushed it! Here’s how RC describes this 2nd edition:

“For those who’ve already bought the first edition, you have a completely new set of projects to work with, and some new tricks to put up your sleeve. The techniques more emphasize where we are going in HDR..  A more focused way to get to a look that’s good. Also, the first book focused on HDR Efex Pro 1  more but HDR Efex 2 isn’t as good as Photomatix 5, so it’s written for the newest version of Photomatix.”

You can download the Kindle version right now for just $19.95 (link) or you can pre-order the print copy today and you’ll have it pretty darn soon (we just got our printed copies in house, so copies are already on their way to the bookstores). Here’s the link to it at Barnes & Noble or from Amazon.com (Congrats to RC for raising the bar once again).

Portland, Oregon Here I Come!
Somebody let Voodoo Donuts know we’re coming to town and have some ready! We’re bringing my live tour your way on Tuesday, May 8th and I hope you’ll come out and spend the day with me (and Brad). It’s just $99 (even less if you’re a KelbyOne subscriber). Here’s the link with all the details. See ya next month!

 

Join us for “The Artistic Side of Joe McNally”
We just released another in our highly acclaimed series of Inspirational interviews — this time our own Mia McCormick sits down for a look at the Art of Digital Photography with Joe McNally.

If you’re a KelbyOne member, make it a special point to watch this intriguing interview with Joe as Mia uncovers the artist behind the camera. Incredibly memory, amazing imagery, and just so inspirational. Joe is a one of a kind. Here’s the link.

 

KelbyOne App Update: Bug Fixes have already been submitted
Good news, and more good news. First, the good news: The big new feature of the KelbyOne App 2.0 (the ability to take up to two classes offline for viewing when you’re on a plane, train, in a car, etc.) has been a huge hit with members. Now the more good news: you helped us find a few bugs, including one with the new search function, and we’re already got a update with fixes submitted to Apple and as soon as they approve it, it should be smooth sailing. We’re working on some interface tweaks as well for the next update (coming right behind the one already submitted) that will help make things easier to find and more streamlined.

Also, just wanted to mention that the App is for iPad and iPhone as well.

On the Android side — things are looking great so far with the public Beta. A few minor fixes, but we’re “on it!” Thanks to everyone who has given us feedback, suggestions and ideas. It’s making a difference!

Hope you all have a rockin’ weekend
I’ve got a shoot today, and maybe another this weekend, but I’m home until May so I’m enjoying the down time and it’s giving me a chance to finish off my upcoming book: “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes.”  

Here’s to clear skies, warm temps, and lots of colored eggs this Easter weekend.

Best,

-Scott

Thursday
Apr
2014
17

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  51 Comments

Photoshop for Lightroom Users eBook – $12.99
Have you been on the fence about picking up Scott’s latest book, Photoshop for Lightroom Users? Now’s the time to grab it! It’s this week’s Peachpit eBook Deal of the Week, and it can be yours for just $12.99! It’s on sale until Saturday, so get it before it’s too late. And leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of the eBook!

Picture Perfect Beach Portraits with Tamara Lackey
Join Tamara Lackey on the beach in her latest KelbyOne class, Picture Perfect Beach Portraits, to learn how to create dynamic family portraits in a variety of situations. The beach environment, while beautiful, can present a range of challenges; from harsh light to blowing sand, that can easily take a toll on your subjects, your gear, and yourself. In this class, you’ll learn how to work with families, small children, and couples in ways that make the most of wonderful photography situations. Tamara Lackey will give you tips to help keep your subjects engaged and your gear safe so you can get the perfect shots!

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, RC Concepcion, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
May 13 – Portland, OR

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
May 2 – Denver, CO
May 20 – Hartford, CT

Photoshop Creativity with Ben Willmore
May 7 – Philadelphia, PA
May 9 – South San Francisco, CA
May 28 – Sacramento, CA

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through May! And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Exposure: From Snapshots to Great Shots, 2nd Edition
Friend of the blog and Photo Walk Pro guy Jeff Revell has updated his book, Exposure: From Snapshots to Great Shots, and it’s available now! If you’re new to photography and trying to wrap your head around how your camera sees light, this book is for you. You can even check out a chapter of the book for free! Jeff also did an interview with Peachpit where he answers questions about his favorite camera, favorite picture, how he got started in photography, and more.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of Jeff’s new book!

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Live Ticket
-Ed Adams

Shoot at Old Car City with Bill Fortney
-David in Signal Mountain

Moose Peterson Class
-Pedro Oliveira

If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Apr
2014
16

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Douglas Sonders!

by Brad Moore  |  10 Comments

In many of my workshops, photography career articles, and classes, I’ll often share with my students the one amazing tool that will revolutionize their work, help attract new clients, and keep their spirits positive all at once. It’s personal work. Sure, maybe you’ve heard this before, but maybe you haven’t heard the true significance of why doing ongoing personal photoshoots are so important for you. For me, doing this has made my entire career.

The past year has thankfully been very good business-wise (I’m a commercial photographer and video producer), but as we all know, we don’t always get to shoot the projects we find most exciting or fulfilling. I’ve always relied on my personal projects to keep me excited and my work looking fresh. Every time I have shot something for myself/portfolio it has always yielded something positive. Whether directly leading to new jobs, or maybe personal fulfillment with charity-related projects, or maybe something that allows me to fulfill a childhood dream, personal work has never steered me wrong.

I’ve been talking about my shoots as a contributing writer to Fstoppers recently. In this guest post I wanted to share some of what I’ve been working on the past year here on Scott’s blog, and if you’re interested in finding out more about any one of these shoots, I’ve provided links to in-depth articles for each one so I don’t take up too much of your time here.

Below are a few examples from the past year or so of things I have worked on in my free time or projects that happened because of personal work that I hope you will enjoy!

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Tuesday
Apr
2014
15

Big App News: Your “most requested” feature is now here And so is our Android Version (finally!)

by Scott Kelby  |  27 Comments

Big, big App news today for KelbyOne subscribers as we’ve just released a major update to the KelbyOne App for IOS, and it includes the #1 most-requested feature by our members: the ability to take a class “off-line” so you can watch it on a flight, or during a commute, or any time you don’t have access to wireless.

This new version has already been released (along with a bunch of other happy new features), and it’s available free to KelbyOne Subscribers from App Store for iPad.

Oh I can’t believe this day is finally here — we have an Android version!
Well, technically our Android version is available to download as a BETA version (meaning you can download it, try it out, and give us feedback now since it’s not “fully baked” quite yet). To download the Android version Beta, just go to Kelbyone.com/android — give it a whirl and give us your feedback (the “taking a class offline” feature has not yet made it to this Android version quite yet).

OK, gang — there ya have it. Believe me, I know both have been a long time  coming (thank you so much for your patience), and I’m just really happy they’re finally here. Hope you find them helpful.

Tomorrow, on “The Grid”
We have our in-studio guest lifestyle photographer Erik Valind, and I’ll be sharing the fiasco, I’m mean story of my shoot at the Bonneville Salt Flats, including never before seen photos (how that’s for enticing). That’s tomorrow at 4:00 pm ET on “The Grid.” See you at there:  http://www.kelbyone/thegrid

Monday
Apr
2014
14

Perhaps my most revealing interview ever

by Scott Kelby  |  86 Comments

Last week, while we were all at Photoshop World, the always amazing Karen Hutton released an interview she did with me on her show “The Chat” and of all the interviews I’ve ever done, a lot of folks have told me this was the most revealing. I wouldn’t’ know, because I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the interview because of something that happened to me during the interview as it went to a place I was not expecting, or prepared to go.

Anyway, I shared it on social last week when she posted it, but I wanted to share it here with my readers who have been with me for so long because we’ve all been through a lot together here on the blog. Here’s how Karen described the interview:

“…It was a revelation; so moving, so deep, heartfelt and genuine. Scott opened up in ways that will probably take you by surprise. He is incredibly passionate about teaching – and about making knowledge accessible to the many, not only the few. You’re about to find out why… and discover the moment in Scott’s life that started an empire.”

You can watch the interview right here on the blog (above), but even though I doubt I’ll ever be able to watch it myself, I am still grateful for Karen being for being such a wonderful and caring interviewer and for bringing out something different in each of her guests. Her show is really taking off, so I hope you’ll jump on board with her — here’s the link to her blog so you can check out other “The Chat” interviews as well.

I’m in Salt Lake City today
My first time in at least 10 years, and I’m excited to be back. I’ve already had an adventure or two and the seminar hasn’t even begun.

Here’s wishing you all an adventure-filled day (in a good way)!

-Scott 

 

Friday
Apr
2014
11

Thanks So Much Atlanta (and see you all in Vegas in the Fall!)

by Scott Kelby  |  6 Comments

(Above: That’s Peter Hurley above and below on-stage delivering a funny, engaging, and throughly inspiring talk to close out the amazing week in Atlanta. Photos here by Brad Moore).

What an incredible week!
One of our best Photoshop World’s ever (and that’s saying something), partially thanks to the Galleria Center in Atlanta which turned out to be the best location ever for hosting a large event like Photoshop World, and partially because the people who came were so engaging, fun and ready to learn that it just set the instructor team on fire!!!!

Each year we close Photoshop World with what we call the “Wrap-Up Rally”
It’s kind of a closing ceremony that’s part learning, lots of fun, tons of prizes and giveaways, and even moments that can bring a tear to your eye or put a song in your heart. We ask three of our instructors each year to do a short 10-minute presentation on any topic they like, and sometimes it’s learning, sometimes it’s a viewing of their work, or stories about their lives, or a talk on how to build your business, but it’s always fascinating to be a part of. Kind of like a series of “Ted” talks all around the subject of photography, design or creativity, and it send everybody back home fully energized and these photos are from that closing rally.

We really strive to make each Photoshop World better than the last, and this one really raised the bar on a lot of levels. Just an incredible team of instructors doing what they do best and I talked to so many people who told me they had been to a number of previous Photoshop World’s and that they thought this was the best so far!

(Above: That’s Tamara Lackey who absolutely crushed it with her closing ceremony presentation on why she loves photographing children).

Anyway, I just wanted to thank everyone who took time out of their lives to come a spend a few days with us, totally engrossed in Photoshop, Lightroom, Lighting and Photography and I hope we’ll see you again this fall in Las Vegas for our biggest and best Photoshop World yet! Cheers Atlanta — you were a wonderful home to Photoshop World and a very gracious host indeed. :)

(Above: Moose Peterson during his closing presentation — he kept his words short and sweet and let his images do the talking, and talk they did! The response was huge cheers from the crowd).

The next Photoshop World is coming in September in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and registration is already open. I want you to be there next time when three other instructors stand on that stage and deliver their presentations and we all share in a life-changing, career-making, love fest for photographers, Photoshop freaks, and creative people from all over the world.

Thanks to Adobe Systems for all their incredible support and to all our awesome sponsors; to all the vendors who found a way to be at Photoshop World while juggling their time between us and the NAB conference out in Vegas (running at the same time), and to everyone who came from all over the world to be a part of this very special event. My heartfelt thanks to you all.

 

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