Posts By Scott Kelby

My first impressions of the Apple Watch (after having it three days or so)

After I posted a picture on Friday of my Apple Watch over on my Facebook page, some folks were asking what I thought of it. Now that I’ve had it for a few days here’s my initial thoughts after wearing (and playing) with it for the weekend:

1. You do need to read the instructions – it’s not an iPad where everything’s so obvious.
2. It’s more thoughtfully designed than I thought. Some seriously clever design went into making a watch computer easy to use.
3. There are more apps than I was expecting at launch, and I’ve already fallen in love with a few (like the Delta app).
4. The sport wrist band is kind of a pain to put on. Once on though, it feels great.
5. I already want more watch faces designs.
6. The movement and feel of the digital crown is just beautiful. It feels like a quality piece of machinery. The pressure screen works really well, too.
7. The charging cable is well designed, but the cable is like twice as long as an iPhone charging cable, which believe it or, seems too long (and takes up a decent amount of room in my laptop bag).
8. I wish it held a charge a lot longer (they say it needs to be recharged every 18 hours or so). Mine hasn’t gone dead yet, but when I saw it was low on battery, I took it off and plugged it in. I’m not used to having my watch off my wrist for two hours.
9. I was surprised how much configuration for the watch is actually done on the iPhone, rather than the watch.
10. The speaker just isn’t loud enough.
11. Texting on it is really slickly done. It’s very usable and handy.
12. It’s a lot more fun than I was expecting. You find yourself messing with it just for the sheer fun of it, and fun is…well…fun.
13. The “contact” portion of it (calling/texting your favorites) is very well done and fast to access.
14. The whole thing takes a little getting used to.
15. The wireless remote camera app (that lets you trigger your iPhone camera remotely from your watch), is pretty darn slick.
16. I’m surprised how convenient it is not having to get my phone out for every little thing. This is perhaps its strong point. It’s raison d’ªtre.

Now just waiting for my black sports band (not digging the white band that came with my sports model).

That’s my first take on it. So far – super diggin’ it.

Hope you have a great Monday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. The title of this post isn’t “My Apple Watch vs. Your Samsung or moto Watch”so there’s no need to defend your choice of watch, or tell me why yours is better, or how the Apple watch copied yours, or whatever. If you like your current watch, that’s all that matters â” you don’t have to try and prove your is superior. I’m just giving my first impressions of this watch. Also, if you’re not interested, or an Apple watch doesn’t suit you, costs too much, etc., there’s lot of other stuff to read on Internet today â” no need to let us know you’re not getting one.

More big news for photographers who are KelbyOne subscribers
Lightroom has become such an important part of so many photographer's daily workflow that we really wanted to expand the ways we deliver our Lightroom training even further. Adobe’s launch of Lightroom CC this week gave us a perfect opportunity to take what we learned from having produced an app-based version of the magazine last year, and make the jump to print by including it in Photoshop User magazine.

KelbyOne annual members get the print edition of Photoshop User, and international members receive the digital version [note: U.S. members can choose the digital or print version]. Photoshop User is published 10-times a year, and each issue is 100+ pages, so an annual member would get more than 1,000 pages of Photoshop and Lightroom training a year)

It's a magazine within a magazine
Our first issue will include tutorials from the Lightroom Crew at KelbyOne (RC Concepcion, Mia McCormick, Pete Collins and of course Scott Kelby), along with guest writers and feature articles from some of the best- known names in Lightroom education. You guys know – we take this Lightroom stuff really seriously â” we can't imagine our photography life with it, so we’re pretty psyched about expanding our training in print.

In other news:

(1) Today we’re releasing our new episode of “The Lightroom Show” (our weekly show with Lightroom tips and tricks, hosted by me and RC). We’ll post it at this link. 

(2) If you haven’t checked out our Lightroom Learning Center (with 20 short video clips taking you through all the new features, plus free replays of our four live Lightroom Launch Webcasts), here’s the link. 

OK, gotta run — another busy day ahead. :)

Have an awesome weekend, and we’ll see ya back here on Monday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. There are a few folks who were having Lightroom CC install problems, and I posted a fix over at our daily Lightroom blog (here’s the link) that helped a lot of folks. 

It has been an awesomely exciting day here at KelbyOne, as for us, news doesn’t get much bigger than this!!!

Adobe launched Lightroom CC today, and we had it covered big time!

1. We launched a FREE Lightroom Learning Center, with 20 videos on all the new features, along with Q&As, details and more. Here’s the link.. 

2. We did THREE live Lightroom CC Webcasts (the fourth is coming up in 15 minutes) at this link (7pm EDT)

3.  GET THIS: B&H Photo made a special deal, just for our viewers, for today and tomorrow. A FULL-YEAR subscription to the Adobe Photography Bundle (Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC), for just $99.99. That is the lowest price I’ve ever seen. Here’s the link (only good thru tomorrow). Thanks B&H – you guys so rock!!!

4. We released FIFTEEN new Lightroom CC full-length online classes covering a ton of Lightroom learning. It’s all on KelbyOne.com right now.

5. There’s a whole bunch more, but I’ve got a run (we’ve live in just a few minutes). I’ll have lots more to share tomorrow on The Grid at 4pm at kelbytv.com/thegrid

See you then!

-Scott

P.S. If you would help us spread the word about all this stuff, it would be much appreciated! :)

Mornin’ everybody —  Well, today’s the day (but it’s not “the time” quite yet) that the big news gets revealed, and we’ll be all over it. Make sure you keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for the latest.

We have FOUR free LIVE webcast’s today regarding the big news (including live Q&A) and you’re invited. We did have to change our broadcast schedule a bit – here’s the updated schedule:

>  1:00 pm (six hours from now, which is 7am EDT)

>  3:00 pm

>  5:00 pm

>  7:00 pm

All of them at EDT (New York Time). Here’s a world clock time zone helper. 

Sign up for the free Webinars right here. 

Hope you’ll be able to join us – it’s gonna be a really fun day!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Note: the four webinars will be essentially the same â” except of course from the questions answered during the live Q&A.

Morning, all. Lots to go over really quickly:

(1) The Times Have Changed For Tomorrow’s Free “HUGE Secret Thing For Photographers” Webcasts

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to change the broadcast times for our FOUR free super-secret topic Webinars tomorrow to:

1PM, 3PM, 5PM, and 7PM EDT (New York Time). 

BTW: if you’re going all, “Huh? A big secret? What??!!!” here’s the link to Friday’s post that explains it.

Sorry about that — it was out of our control (like pretty much everything. LOL!!). These webinars are hosted by RC & Me (hosts of “The Lightroom Show” and we’ll be taking your questions live (and believe me, you’ll have plenty!).

Here’s the link to sign-up (it’s free). See you live tomorrow! (This is going to be BIG!!). :)

2. We’re  brining my new ALL NEW “Reloaded” seminar to London in July
I am so excited to be coming back with an all-new tour that picks up where the seminar I did there last year left off. Everyone is welcome to come (even if you didn’t make my seminar last year). I’ve love to met you there in person. Here’s the link to reserve your spot.

3. Joe McNally’s “The Moment It Clicks” seminar is in Phoenix TOMORROW!!! Whoo hoo!!
This is a totally different side of Joe, with a totally new seminar from the ground up, including the change to submit your images to have Joe to a live portfolio review right there on stage. It’s an amazing day and the people who caught the launch of this new tour were absolutely just blown away. It’s just $99 for a day of photography learning that you’ll never forget. Here’s the link. It’s tomorrow in Phoenix (but the list of Joe’s other stops is there as well).

That’s a quick update on what we’re working on for you.

Can’t wait to share some BIG news with you tomorrow! :)

Best,

-Scott

OK, for us, things don’t get much bigger than this â” 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 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 7:00 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 â” 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

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