Posts By Scott Kelby

Hi gang (and greetings from Southwest Airlines flight 571 to Nashville):

Just a quick discount deal today – the folks over at WPPI have given KelbyOne subscribers (and my readers) a $150 deal  on a full platform pass for their upcoming conference. Here’s the scoop (straight from them):

“This exclusive discount is good till February 10th. Receive a WPPI Full Platform Pass for only $150!

 The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is the industry’s premier event for photographers looking to learn techniques from the world’s best, to try the newest products on the market, and to develop relationships with others in the business.

If you’re looking to experience the full spectrum of what WPPI has to offer, the Full Platform Pass is the best way to challenge yourself by day and network by night. Full Platform Pass holders can attend up to 200 conference classes, get admission to the 3-day Expo as well as to Launch Pad. Head down the Strip learning lighting and posing techniques from one of our 50 Photo Walk leaders, take one of our new one-day intensive PLUS Classes, or sign up for a focused two hour, hands-on Master Class.

Learn from over 150 of the world’s most influential photographers and befriend them at any of our SIX Special Events from the Joe McNally keynote to the WPPI Pool Party! Enter the promo code KELBY on the Attendee Profile page and choose the Full Platform Pass registration type by February 3rd to get the discounted rate. Then, be sure to reserve your spot at each of our special events described below.”

Here’s the link: http://registration3.experientevent.com/showwpp151/default.aspx?flowcode=ATTENDEE

OK, so that’s the scoop (above). I’ll be teaching on the Expo Floor in our own theater, and I hope I’ll see you there in person (this is an AWESOME show – if you’ve never been, you gotta go!).

Hope you all have a great Monday!

Best,

-Scott

 

Happy Friday, everybody!. Here’s what’s up:

One minute and 41-seconds of brilliant advice for photographers
We do an “Inspire Me Monday” piece each week on our KelbyOne Facebook page and this week it’s a short 1-minute and 41-second clip taken from our business interview with Dave Black, and his advice to someone who asked him how to handle a portrait shoot with an athlete is just brilliant. Simple, yet so smart. You’ve got it watch it. It’ll be the best minute forty-one you spend today on your photography.

If you’re a Wedding or Portrait photographerâ¦
We’re doing a giveaway for TWO Full Platform passes to WPPI (the big Wedding and Portrait photographers conference & Expo in Vegas, coming end of Feb/Early March), plus a 1-year KelbyOne Membership (the prize package is valued at $598). Not too shabby. Details to enter are here. (by the way, I spoke at WPPI last year — one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. Absolutely first rate!).

If you’re into Lightroomâ¦
I posted #3 of my “10 Things I would Tell New Lightroom Users” series over at LightroomKillerTips.com – hope you’ll check it out if you get a minute. While you’re there, check out Pete Collins post yesterday about applying presets on import. Really good stuff.

http://youtu.be/nUMuJJZAiks

Secrets of Professional Photographersâ¦
Yesterday, on “The Grid” RC hosted sports photographer Dave Black and lifestyle photographer Erik Valind, and the reviews have been fantastic! You can watch it above (I haven’t had a chance to see it yet myself, but I’ve heard rave reviews. Figures, they crush it when I’m not there). ;-)

Shooting Tethered & Lightroom Mobile Studio Workflow
Next Thursday we’re releasing another of my new Lightroom online classes (we release new full-length online classes each Thursday on KelbyOne), and this one is on setting up Lightroom to shoot tethered and then how to incorporate Lightroom Mobile into your own workflow. Keep an eye out for it next week on KelbyOne.

A Big Shoutout and Thanks!
What an amazing week! I had over 1,000 photographers come out to my “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar this week in Columbus, Richmond, and Raleigh and I met some of the most gracious, kind, and just downright fun people during those three days! I’m very grateful to everyone who came out and spent the day with me, and I hope to see you all again next year. NOTE: I made it through the entire trip without buying a guitar, despite visiting three music stores along the way. I think that’s a record for me. ;-)

Catch me LIVE on Monday at ImagingUSA
I’ll be teaching a session on stage at the Canon booth at PPA’s ImagingUSA show in Nashville on Monday, so if you’re at the show, I hope you’ll stop on by and say Howdy.

One more thing:
If you see me in Nashville on Monday, my wife would probably appreciate it if you would please stop me from sneaking off to Gruhen Guitars shop. Last time I was there I wound up shipping back this candy apple red Fender telecaster). ;-)

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! (I’ll be home on the couch recuperating) and I hope to see you back here on Monday!

Best,

-Scott

 

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Florida. I was 24-years-old before I ever saw snow in person. Now I’m in Columbus, Ohio where I did my seminar yesterday and I’m making up for lost time. It’s “snow city.” Brrrrrrr!!!!

This is Brad. He’s from Knoxville, Tennessee so he’s used to cold weather, and even likes it, but it’s really not fair because his beard generates it’s own heat (just ask the ladies in Columbus).

Luckily, we hunkered down indoors yesterday, and we had an awesome group of photographers (over 300+ photographers braved the cold and the snow to come out for the day – as seen above). Thanks to everybody who came out, and even though it was cold outside, I sure got a warm welcome from the great photographers up there. I’ll be back next year with my new tour. :)

I won’t be there for “The Grid” tomorrow….
Brad and I will be in Richmond, Virginia (in fact, I’m at the airport right now), and I've got a shoot at one of the most beautiful classic old theaters in the country today (provided my flight doesn't get delayed), and then I'll be teaching my seminar when the Grid air, and I hate to miss it, because our in-studio guests are none other than Dave Black, and lifestyle photographer Erik Valind. It’s gonna be a great show, so make sure you join RC tomorrow at 4pm as he welcomes Dave and Erik. Here’s the link. 

OK, I gotta fly!
They’ll be boarding soon, so I’ve got to head out. Hope I’ll get to meet some of you in person tomorrow at my seminar in Richmond (if you haven’t signed up, it’s not too late – here’s the link).

All my best,

-Scott

P.S. Yesterday I started a new series over on LighroomKillerTips.com called “10 Things I would tell a new Lightroom user” and if you’ve got a quick minute, it’s right here.
 

 

OK, it’s not actually a “Photo storytelling app” –  it’s a Storytelling app that just happens to be really good for photo-storytelling
When I did a “First look” at Project Luca, back in December (here’s the link) there were things I really liked about it (like professionally designed themes, different fonts, a decent level of customization, that it’s app-based, there’s motion options and dissolves, and lots of stuff that makes it great for photographers who want to tell a story).

There was also some key stuff I felt was missingâ¦
â¦and I called them out on it pretty seriously in the article. The Project Luca team wrote me back that same day saying that a lot of the things I complained about (not being able to reorder photos, you couldn’t center captions, updating your story was funky at best, and hidden somewhere hard to find at work, and so on) and they let me know that stuff, and more, was coming in a future build. Well, I’m happy to say, they just released a pretty significant update (the app is still in a limited public beta” you can request to try it out at this link), and it’s come a long way in a short time.

Above: There’s better control over your photo size and location including the ability to move a place photo up or down within your story, which is a big improvement.

Here’s what the Project Luca team noted are the new features in the latest update:

– Centered captions

-Support for high res images on desktop browsers (folks said my London Luca project looked VERY pixelated when viewed on a desktop computer).

– (a little thing, unless you can’t find where they hide the themes)

-New publish dialog

-New theme

-Image re-ordering (much needed, and it works great)

-Photo grid image re-ordering (also needed. So glad this feature made it)

-Better copy/paste support (respects line breaks) (Oh, hallelujah!) 

But there’s still no bold and no italic
That’s a deal breaker for a storytelling app, because without those two, what do we have left at our disposal for emphasis? ALL CAPS?

They fixed a lot of the really glaring issues, which is great. Just one more hurdle to go: 
Building a Luca is still not intuitive enough. I talked about this pretty extensively in my previous post, and while stuff that was missing is now there, the overall process of building a Luca is still kind of counter-intuitive. For instance, the way you start adding photos and writing a story in the default template and then later you pick the template you actually want. Wouldn’t you pick the template first? If not, you start off working in a template you’re not going to use. The app has a lot of quirks like that. Sure, eventually you figure out how to do most of what you want, but do you really have extra time to “figure out” an app, or should it all just make sense?

They’re close. Really close. 
The experience for the reader is actually very good. If they can tackle the authoring experience issues, and make putting a Luca together more of a pleasure than a puzzle, they’ll pretty much have it licked. I’ll keep you updated as they move toward shipping the final version.

Give it try yourself
Give it a try for yourself and see what you think, and let me know if I’m just being too picky (which is entirely possible, but when I see something this close to being really amazing, I want to help push it over that edge to greatness). Get early access over at GetLuca.com

That’s it from cold, gray, snowing Columbus, Ohio
where I’ll be spending the day inside, toasty warm with 300+ photographers who are here for my Shoot Like a Pro Tour. Really looking forward to meeting everyone today, and I’ll be sure to share a photo of Brad’s first-morning fresh beard at breakfast, over on my Instagram account to start your day off right. ;-)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’ll be in Richmond on Wednesday with the tour, then Raleigh on Friday. Come out and spend the day with me. 

I’m very excited to announce that the awesome RC Concepcion has been named “Director of Content and Education” at KelbyOne
RC wrote a blog post about it, called “My New Job at KelbyOne” (here’s the ink) so I want you to hear it about it in his words, but I’m so happy for him; I”m excited about what he brings to the role, and I’m just really proud of him on so many levels. Please join me in welcoming RC to this new position leading our team and helping to mold and guide our educational curriculum for the future.

Yesterday We Released FOUR Brand New Full-Length Lightroom Online Classes (All taught by yours truly)
We’ve having a Lightroom Love-fest and I hope you’ll check out my new classes (the one shown above is one of my favorites of the four. The entire class is about “How to Create Cool Photo layouts” for your images, from multi-photo posters to slick one-photo layouts and everything in between. It not only show you how to create them, but I share a bunch of my own favorite layouts, with all the settings, in the class. Here’s the link to watch it right now.

Here’s my other classes that were released yesterday, too:

> Why you might want to switch to Lightroom (for folks not yet using Lightroom) link
> My Lightroom Sports Photography Workflow (link)
> Sharpening in Lightroom (link)

By the way, we release brand new online classes every Thursday (Brad mentioned Pete’s new online class on Photoshop’s “Mixer Brush” yesterday, and if you just said to yourself “What’s the Mixer brush?” then you’ve gotta watch Pete’s class. You’ll fall in love with it!) :)

My next Lightroom class, scheduled for release next week, is on shooting tethered and using Lightroom Mobile in the studio (from start to finish).

We’re giving away FIVE copies of Jay Maisel’s brilliant new book TODAY!
We’re picking the winners this afternoon, but there’s still time to enter (provided you’re reading this on Friday morning, mind you), so head over to LightroomKillerTips.com – leave a comment THERE (on the Jay’s Book giveaway post), and you’re entered. We’re picking the winners this afternoon around 4pm (NY time).

http://youtu.be/iwgBjMRp54s

It was either a really awesome or totally horrible episode of “The Grid”
This week’s episode of “The Grid” (our weekly live talk show on photography) is being hailed by some as our best show ever! It’s also being hailed by some as literally our worst show ever. It is definitely our longest episode ever. Our in-studio guest was Jared Polin (Fro Knows Photo) and it had a little bit of everything (swearing, rants, arguing, blood pressure rising, big hair, sniping, 80s throwbacks – you name it. The train did come off the tracks a few times). Jared was a great guest – really outspoken and passionate, and he really gets into his groove about 1/2 way into the show, and we just had to let it keep rolling because it was really getting interesting. Anyway, while it is a very long episode, there’s lots of good info wrapped in some really funny (and polarizing) moments, so it’s worth at least letting it run in the background and just listen. Hope you check it out (above).

If you live in Columbus, Richmond or Raleigh, I hope I get to meet you in person next week!
I’ve only got a few cities left for my full-day “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar and I’ll be in:

> Columbus on Monday
> Richmond on Wednesday
> Raleigh on Friday (my first time visiting Raleigh ever)

Hope you can come out. It’s just $99 for the full day and there a 100% money-back guarantee if it’s not the best photography seminar you’ve ever been to at any price, period! Here’s the link with all the details.

Well, that it for this Friday!
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend – hope you have some opportunies to shoot, create, and have a yummy snack or two, and I hope to see you here again next week.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’re not following me over on Instagram yet, you’re missing some really boring photos I put up there. My Instagram name is (wait for it…wait for it…) Scott Kelby — go follow me right now, in case you’re having a hard time sleeping. ;-)

In the past few months, since RC and I picked up the reins from Matt over at LightroomKillerTips.com we have really been putting up a ton of cool Lightroom tips, techniques and tutorials on there.

For example, today I’ve got a really cool tip on how to get a “Fade” effect (like we have in Photoshop) over in Lightroom when you use the Adjustment Brush.  On Monday I did a post called “7 Really Useful Lightroom Shortcuts” that a lot of folks said they really found helpful. Last week, RC did a short, quick, right to the point “Start to Finish in Five Minutes Black & White” portrait conversion, and basically we’re adding new stuff every weekday (we’ve even had some awesome guests already with lots more to come).

We’ve done some great giveaways there, too (today we’re giving away FIVE copies of Jay Maisel’s book, “Light, Gesture & Color”) and we’re really starting to have some great community interaction, input, and fun, and if you haven’t been checking me and RC out there regularly, I sure hope you’ll give us a look. 

OK, so that’s basically it â” if you’re into learning more about Lightroom, I hope you’ll come check us out. 

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to post here yesterday. We took a weekend trip with my son to celebrate his 18th birthday and we didn’t get back until yesterday. My little boy is all grown up (sniff, sniff). But what a man he’s turned out to be. Could not be prouder! 

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