Posts By Scott Kelby

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Hey gang – just a quick update for what’s new and going on at the upcoming Photoshop World 2016 Conference in Las Vegas this summer, July 19-21, 2016:

(1) CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Photoshop World Guru Awards
This is a photo/image competition just for people who attend the conference (so your odds of winning in a category are pretty decent), and there are categories for everything from illustration to retouching to compositing, and entry is free to any registered attendee (and entry is only for registered attendees). The official rules and form for uploading your images to the competition are right here. Good luck! (btw: if you’re on the fence about entering, read this post from Photoshop World Instructor Corey Barker about how his career changed after winning a Guru Award back when he was an attendee – here’s that link).

https://youtu.be/priPeOvZH3o

(2) We have an incredible roster of instructors this year!
Along with some very familiar faces, we’ve got some up-and-coming star instructors that you are absolutely going to love learning from. Take a look at this year’s instructor dream team (below):

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(3) Join us for “An Evening With Gregory Heisler”
We’re doing something very cool this year — and it’s an evening you’ll never forget with one of the most respected, engaging, and captivating presenters of our time, and author of the critically acclaimed 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques from a Photographer’s Photographer (seen below), Mr. Gregory Heisler. You’ve seen Gregory’s iconic portraits of A-list celebrities, athletes, and even Presidents countless times on covers of Time magazine, GQ, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, and ESPN among others, and now he brings those images and stories to life on stage for an evening of inspiration, laughter, and art — you are going to just love it.

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(4) Free re-broadcast of our Alumni-only Webcast
Last week we did a live Webcast (hosted by Larry Becker and me), about all the new things coming to Photoshop World this year (and there’s plenty).  This webcast was just for folks who have already been to Photoshop World before, so we don’t talk about “what is Photoshop World” because they already know – instead it’s all about what’s different, what’s new, what’s the buzz this year, and stuff like that. It was a lot of fun, and we had tons of interaction from the viewing audience. If you missed it, you can watch the rebroadcast right now at this link. 

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(5) Corey & Vanelli on Photoshop World
While I was on the road, we did something very dangerous — we turned the Grid over to Photoshop World’s Official Mascot, the one and only “Vanelli” (but we had Corey Barker join him to make sure the train didn’t run off the tracks), and I have to say — they nailed it. They totally nailed the Photoshop World experience, and if you’ve been thinking on any level of going, watch this episode (below), and you’ll totally “get it.”

https://youtu.be/U_IIpIDlLP0

(6) If you’re going, better book your rooms NOW!!!!
We’ve got special discount room rates for our attendees, right at the resort where Photoshop World is held (and where our staff and instructors stay); the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino right on the Vegas strip. We have a limited number of rooms at our discounted rate, and when they’re gone…they’re gone, so reserve your room now. Here’s the link with details.

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(7) Here’s why you gotta go!
It’s just 30-seconds long (below), but you’ll see why you gotta join us this summer in Vegas:

https://youtu.be/tnpOIvXcZpI

That’s it for this Photoshop World Conference 2016 update! :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Tomorrow is “Blind Photo Critique Day” on The Grid with our in-studio guest, lifestyle portrait photographer Erik Valind. Submit your “portrait photos” for critique at this link right here, and we’ll see you tomorrow at 4pm EDT for the show at http://kelbytv.com/thegrid

 

 

 

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Hi gang: When I seriously started using Instagram last year, I decided that I wanted to use it to share just my travel photography (I basically shoot three photo categories: travel, people and sports), and to get the kind of content I want to have one there (rather than just random shots from my iPhone’s built-in camera) that meant sharing images I’ve taken with my DSLR, and while that seems like a simple thing to do, it’s a bit clunkier than you’d think, which is probably why I get so many questions on what my workflow actually is, so that’s what I’m sharing here today.

Now, I will tell you this – my workflow is constantly evolving, and the one I’m using now I learned from my buddy Terry White (from Adobe), and it works like a charm as long as you’re a Lightroom user, so I’ll share my current workflow first, then I’ll share a workflow that is clunkier, but you can use without using Lightroom. Here we go:

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STEP ONE: The travel images I want to post to Instagram are already on my desktop computer, in my Lightroom CC catalog, so I created a collection with the final images I want to post to Instagram, and I sync that catalog to Lightroom mobile on my iPhone.

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STEP TWO: In Lighroom Mobile on my iPhone, I go to that sync’d collection; click on the image I want to share to Instagram (it’s already tweaked, sharpened and ready to go if it’s in that collection), then (1) I tap the Share icon at the top right corner of Lightroom Mobile, but I don’t choose “Share” from the pop-up menu that appears — (2) choose “Open In” (because you’ll need to open this selected image in the Instagram App).

NOTE: you can actually make this just a three-tap process by tapping and holding on the thumbnail of the image you want to post while you’re in the collection view and that menu you see above pops right now. You can watch a short video of how this works over on our YouTube page today (the video is only 24-seconds I believe). Here’s the link. 

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STEP THREE: When you do this, a list of apps open that you can open your selected image in; choose “Copy to Instagram” as shown above.

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STEP FOUR: Now your image from Lightroom Mobile appears in Instagram and you’re ready go to.

NON-LIGHTROOM WORKFLOW
This is the clunky workflow I was using before – you don’t need Lightroom Mobile for it, but it takes a few steps. Here goes:

(1) Find the JPEG image on your computer that you want to share to Instagram.

(2) Save that image into either Dropbox (if you’re a subscriber) or if you’re a Mac user using iCloud, save your image to iCloud Drive (this is what I used to do).

(3) Now go to the iCloud Drive app on your iPhone – click on the image you want to use; click “Download to View” then tap the Share button and choose Save Image. This saves your image to your iPhone’s Camera Roll.

(4) Lastly, launch the Instagram app; click the “new” post button and the first image that appears is the one you just saved and now you can share it to Instagram.

Whew that was a lot of steps (and you can see why, if you have Lightroom Mobile, it’s a whole lot easier).

Hope you found that helpful on some level, and we’ll see ya tomorrow!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Hey, I’m coming to Seattle and Portland next week with my seminar. Hope I’ll see you there. 

Happy Friday, everybody. OK, before we look at this tutorial, you should probably look at this tutorial. It’s one I wrote today over at the other site I write – LightroomKillertips.com and it’s on how I went from the flat out-of-camera original image to the image we’re going to do a finishing move upon in the video you see below. So, if you want to go see how I got to here (without any presets, plug-ins or HDR), here’s that link again.

OK, now onto a Photoshop Finishing move I use often on interior shots like this (it’s super easy to do!).

https://youtu.be/PjYXxm-zNmQ

Hope you found that helpful.

One more thing!
If you missed our Photoshop World Alumni-only Webcast last night, we’re rebroadcasting it at this link (if you haven’t been before, wait for our public “Here’s what Photoshop World” webcast is – this one was just for people who have already been, so we only cover all the cool new things, and not the things new attendees would want to know. Thanks.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Best,

-Scott

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Check this out! The one and only Peter Hurley has organized the first ever “Headshot Crew Cruise” this month (on Norwegian Cruise Lines no less), where you cruise with Peter and his guest instructors from NYC down to Bermuda and back, and you learn and laugh and chill from port to port.

The cool thing is — the training part is free — just get your cabin, and you’re “in” to all the live classes.

Here’s a link with the details: https://headshotcrew.com/crewz/

Really cool opportunity to learn and lounge on your way to Bermuda.

Best,

-Scott

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Mornin’ everybody. I get a steady stream of questions about tethering into Lightroom (that’s where you connect your camera directly to your computer and when you shoot, your images appear really large on screen, instead of seeing them on the tiny 3″ monitor on the back of your camera). So this morning, I thought I’d quickly go through seven things you’ll probably want to know. Here goes:

  1. Not every camera can tether to Lightroom
    Here’s a list from Adobe of the cameras it supports for tethering. It’s pretty much Canon and Nikon cameras, with a few Leica camera models (the tethering in Lightroom requires camera manufacturers to provide Adobe with support for tethering to their cameras, so it’s not something Adobe can just decide to do on their own without their support).
  2. You can “super shrink” or hide the Tether bar (the heads up display)
    If you hold the Option key (PC: Alt key) and click on the little “x” in the top right corner of the bar, it will shrink the bar down to just a shutter button (yes, you can fire your camera’s shutter with that button). If you want to hide the bar altogether (but keep the tethering still active), press Command-T (PC: Ctrl-T).
  3. That Table that holds my laptop is from Tethertools.com
    I always get asked where I got that table. There’s a company called Tethertools that does nothing but create accessories for people who tether, like the table. They also make an optional little slot under the table for holding an external hard drive; and (my favorite) a nicely designed pop-out drink holder (it’s handier than you’d think).
  4. How to recover from a stall
    At some point, without warning, your tethering will just stop. It’s not your fault, but you will have to know how to recover from a “stall.” First, make sure you camera is awake. If it goes to sleep to protect the battery life of the camera, it puts tethering to sleep, too. If waking it doesn’t work — turn the camera on/off. If that doesn’t work, turn off Lightroom’s tethering (choose Stop Tethered Capture from the File menu), and then turn it back on in the same place. Lastly, unplug and replug the USB cable from your camera and your laptop. One of those will usually do the trick and get you back up and running. BTW: my wife is a pilot and takes great umbrage with my use of the phrase “recovering from a stall” for tethering. Just sayin’.
  5. Canon cameras write a copy to the memory card in the camera. Nikon’s don’t.
    It’s just the way they’re set up by the manufacturer — it’s not Adobe showing a preference. On my 5D Mark III it writes to the compact flash card in the camera and I dig that because it gives me an automatic backup as I shoot, which is nice. NOTE: if you have trouble tethering to Nikon — try popping the card out of the camera.
  6. You might already have the cable you need to tether
    Nearly all cameras ship with the exact cable you need to tether — it’s simply a USB cable with a mini USB on one end (that connects to the mini-USB port on your camera) and a regular USB on the other to plug into your computer. So, go look in the box your camera came in (it’s in your closet) to see if you kept it (you probably did). If you didn’t, you can buy a USB cable online — just ask for one with a mini USB on one end, and a regular USB on the other. The one I use (the long orange cable seen above), is from tethertools. It’s orange so you can see it easier in a dark studio.
  7. Once tethered, you can do live client proofing to an iPad
    You can hand your client an iPad and have them see images from your shoot live on the iPad as you’re shooting (btw: clients super love this!). Not only that — they can see the shoot live on the Web, even if they’re not there (or, if they are there, they can share the shoot with a colleague or friend off site. I have a short video that explains the entire process below.

https://youtu.be/3qofLKdZ0uY

Hope you find that helpful, and hope it inspires you to give tethering a try. Once you do, you can’t imagine not tethering (yes, it’s that good!).

Best,

-Scott

Morning everybody! I am very excited to announce three more awesome instructors have been added to our already amazing line-up of instructors (we’ve got a killer line up this summer, and it just got more amazing). Please welcome:

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Matt Kloskowski
We are so excited to have Matt back teaching at Photoshop World this year, and of course, he’ll be teaching some Lightroom and photography classes on the conference tracks. So glad he’ll be “rockin’ the houseski” (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) out in Vegas with us this summer.

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Trey Ratcliff
How psyched are we to have Trey teaching for us? Megapsyched! Not only is Trey teaching some Travel photography / Photoshop & Lightroom stuff, he’s also hosting our first-ever “Photoshop World Film Festival” where we’ll be featuring ten of the best “under five minute” video creations and film shorts from our own attendees. Really delighted to have Trey joining us, and you’ll love getting to learn from him.

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Serge Ramelli
Mesdames et Messieurs, we are proud to introduce, teaching for the first time at Photoshop World, French photographer, Lightroom teacher, and Film Producer, the one and only Serge Ramelli. A rising star in the post processing teaching community and a very accomplished photographer, we are really tickled to have him joining our instructor team this summer.

If you’ve been to Photoshop World before…
Then keep an eye on your email inbox for a very special invite, because on Thursday evening we’re inviting all our Alumni from the past few years to a live private Webcast about all the new things, and new instructors, and fun new events we have planned for this year’s conference. So much to share! Plus….

Someone watching will win roundtrip Airfare to Vegas, Hotel, & a Full Conference Pass!!!! 
That’s right — live on the broadcast some lucky person will win our “Vegas Conference Megatrip,” which includes round trip airfare to Vegas (from anywhere in the US); hotel at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (the official home of Photoshop World), and a Full Conference Pass (wait…I’m passing out!). That’s right — so keep an eye on your inbox and come join me and Larry Becker on Thursday night.

Have you seen this? If not, watch it right now (it’s short) because it really shows you what it’s like going to Photoshop World (this is some quick highlights from last year). It’s worth watching (but don’t say I didn’t warn you — you’re really going to want to go!).

https://youtu.be/L_W3mUA7_7Q

OK, does that make you want to go or what, right? Right! Come join us this summer in Las Vegas for the hottest time and the coolest Lightroom, Photoshop and Photography training event, and general Adobe lovefest anywhere! Here’s the link for all the details.

Have a kick-butt Monday!

-Scott

P.S. Did I mention the whole Free Airfare and hotel thingy? Well, it’s pretty awesome. Hope you win it!

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