Posts By Scott Kelby

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Well, they’re technically from MindShift Gear (a Think Tank company), but they’re designed in partnership with Moose, and I have to say — these bags totally kick butt! I got my hands on one this week and I was very impressed. In short, there are three big things I love about them:

(1) Incredible accessibility — you can access everything right through the front.

(2) It holds just a ton of gear, including long glass, and it still fits in an airline overhead (it’s soft sided and smartly sized overall).

(3) It’s surprisingly lightweight (which is big if you’re thinking of stuffing it with gear).

I’ll be toting some big glass in these this football season. Just really well designed, thought out, and constructed. Moose and Mindshift hit one out of the park on these bad boys!

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Above: This is the middle-sized one, the MP-3 V2.0. Check out what fits insides (that’s three bodies – and I rarely travel with three, so I’d take two and use the extra space for another lens). 

Here’s a video from Moose (below) that really takes you through how they work and what makes them so awesome. Definitely worth checking out.

https://youtu.be/xWfD__jCcLg

These bags start at $199 (for the small one), but that one I showed above is only $279. Worth every penny.

Here’s the link with the all the details or to order yours.  (Note: I’m planning on doing a short Facebook video post about it later today, so keep an eye on my Facebook page).

OK, I’m off to Photoshop World!
On Monday, I’ll be reporting from the conference out in Vegas, and sharing some photos from the Pre-Conference day here then. Hope I get to meet you out there – it’s going to be an epic event!!! :)

All my best,

-Scott

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So excited! The Photoshop World 2016 Conference in Las Vegas is almost here – it kicks off in just 8-days (whoo hoo!!!!).

If you want to come and join us – it’s not too late (and here’s a little inspiration for you):

https://youtu.be/1-v3_mwlJRo

Pack your bags!
Book your flights – gas up the car – grab your hotel room, because we’re headed to Vegas!

Here’s the link with details (don’t forget: KelbyOne members get $100 off the full conference pass).

Looking forward to seeing a whole bunch of you there in eight day!

Best,

-Scott

Hi Gang: Ready for some serious learning this weekend? Here’s my pick for five classes (including a coupla my own) to make the most of these next few days. Check these out:

(1) Master Post-Processing: 10 Mistakes Every New Photographer Makes and How to Fix Them” with Kristi Sherk
People are absolutely raving about her class. Start with it. You’ll love it, too!

https://youtu.be/sa3p7o9F__Y

(2) Going From Flat to Fabulous in Photoshop (with me) 
Come with me as I take a bunch of flat images straight out of the camera, and show you exactly step-by-step how to make them fabulous. Plus, I give you the practice files to download and follow right along.

https://youtu.be/Qk9HCz-blBw

(3) Post Processing Landscape Photos in Camera Raw with Moose Peterson
Moose truly gives you a different perspective on post processing landscapes, and really talks about the “Whys” in a really significant way, and of course, you’ll learn all the “hows” too. You’ll learn a lot.

https://youtu.be/DJWSUNxR3mg

(4) Inexpensive and DIY Photo Gear Tricks with Larry Becker
Larry is the master of saving money on gear, and his class is a hit. Very clever stuff (and he’s really entertaining just to listen to).

https://youtu.be/2gUJZRzjUe8

(5) Photo Recipes: Dramatic Lighting with…me!
In one of the installments from my new series of lighting, I cover Dramatic Lighting, and we do some fun, creative things, and I even include the retouching, so you see the entire process from start to finish.

https://youtu.be/bIdWKIB3q9I

There ya have it. If you’re not a KelbyOne member yet, you can still watch all these classes for free this weekend – just take the 10-day free trial and you can start watching them immediately.

Here’s the link to get started.

Next week, let me know which ones were your favorites. Have a great weekend, and I hope to see ya back here on Monday.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. It’s just 11-days until Photoshop World 2016 in Vegas kicks off. If you want come and join us, it’s not too late. 

 

Hi Gang: Yesterday it was “How to Shoot Awesome Fireworks shots!” and today it’s how to Edit them in Photoshop, including a really simple trick for creating your own custom “Fireworks Show Finale!”

Check out the short video I made for you below:

 

https://youtu.be/KNAeAKm41lE

Pretty fun stuff. Hope you got some awesome shots last night (feel free to share yours below).

Tomorrow: Another KelbyOne Member’s-only Webinar
We are psyched to have Adobe’s own Terry White (Adobe’s Worldwide Evangelist, and soon to be Photoshop Hall of Famer), as our guest and he’ll be taking your questions live about the just-released Photoshop CC 2015.5. It’s at 1pm tomorrow ET (if you’re a KelbyOne member – keep an eye on your email inbox for your invite).

Don’t Miss The Grid tomorrow at 4pm EDT
Should be a fun one – Terry will be there too (but we’re not doing a Photoshop Q&A – that’s for members). Here’s the link to The Grid: http://kelbytv.com/thegrid

Have a great Tuesday and don’t forget to drop back for tomorrow’s guest blogger, wedding photographer Justin Wojtczak (last week, my guest blogger was concert photographer Alan Hess who had a rockin’ post [no pun intended, but what the heck, right?) about releases, and the business side of shooting bands and concerts. If you missed it, here’s the link.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Speaking of Alan – he’ll be teaching at Photoshop World later this month (the 19th-21st). So will Justin. And Terry. So will I. Hope you’ll be there, too (it’s not too late – http://photoshopworld.com)

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Hi Gang, and Happy 4th!

Today is a big holiday for us here in the US –  it’s Independence Day – a day where Americans celebrate their independence from England (around 240 years ago), but also from Glyn Dewis and Dave Clayton (two of England’s finest, but still worth keeping at a safe distance).

We celebrate by gorging ourselves with hot dogs, hamburgers, and mountains of potato chips before settling into a lawn chair with an ice cold beer to watch a glorious fireworks display using fireworks made in China. We also use the word “chips” liberally without anyone ever even once thinking we’re referring to French Fries. ;-)

If you’re thinking of photographing your local fireworks display tonight, you might want to check out an article I wrote ColaCola where I take you through the recipe for how to make Awesome Fireworks photos (It’s a step-by-step article – just follow the recipe and ya can’t miss).

Here’s the link.

However, I would add four things to that article for the more serious photography crowd here on my blog. They are:

1. Set your focus to infinity (This isn’t critical, but if your lens can do it, why not). The fireworks are so bright you can use just regular ol’ auto focus for the most part, but if you have a lens that has a distance scale window on the top of your lens barrel; first turn off your auto focus (right on the lens –  switch it to off), then rotate the focus ring on your lens until you see the Infinity symbol [it looks like the number 8 lying on its side], then turn it back just a smidge, so you’re almost right on the infinity symbol. Again, you don’t have to do this, but it might make things a bit easier.

 2. A couple of years ago @SuzanMcEvoy (one of my followers over on my Twitter page) recommended also switching your White Balance to Tungsten and it works really well (Thanks Susan for the tip).

3. Lightroom (and Photoshop’s) Dehaze feature works wonders on the extraneous smoke in the background, so make sure you give it a try. It’s like it was made for fireworks shots.

4. This one probably goes without saying, but you’re on a tripod so use your lowest ISO setting for the cleanest shots.

Hope you all have a safe, happy 4th of July as we celebrate our nation’s physical distance, in miles and magnitude, from Glyn and Dave which makes it truly a day worth celebrating. ;-)

Cheers!

-Scott

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