Posts By Scott Kelby

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Seriously…is there anything creepier than a ghostly Dave Clayton sitting in a chair staring blankly out the window? Not a chance — it’s as creepy as it gets. Luckily, creating a creepy Dave Clayton ghostly effect, using your own friends and family, is simple (and best of all — you don’t actually need Dave Clayton to do this, which is great because he’s usually creeping around the UK).

I wrote a step-by-step tutorial over on the Coca Cola Journey’s blog – here’ the link if you have a sec (it’s super easy).

I hope you all have a safe, happy Halloween (and keep an eye out for all those little ones out there trick-or-treating).

Best,

-Scott

Ready to go all “old school” with some quick Photoshop tricks that have been around since before the butter churn, but are packed with wholesome goodness and seven essential vitamins? Here ya go:

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Old School: Creating a Soft Spotlight “Behind” Your Subject
If you didn’t put a soft spotlight back behind your subject when you took the shot, this will do in a pinch.

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STEP ONE: Open the image you forgot to add a soft spotlight behind.

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STEP TWO: Duplicate the Background layer and change the layer blend mode to Multiply to darken the entire image (as seen above). Now, get the Elliptical Marquee tool; hold the Shift key, and drag out a large circular selection like the one you see here. Once it’s in place, go under the Select menu, under Modify and choose Feather. Enter 250 pixels for your Feather amount (to greatly soften the edges of your circular selection), and click OK.

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STEP THREE: Now just hit Delete (PC: Backspace) to knock a hole out of that top layer, which gives you a soft spotlight effect behind your subject, as seen above. Two more things: (1) If you want a more defined spot light effect, use less than the 150 pixel feather (maybe 100 or 75), and (2) Because her hair is so tall in this image, I had to add a layer mask to brush away the darkening that went over her hair, but chances are you won’t even have to mess with this.

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Old School Beam of Natural Light
This creates…umm…a beam of natural light coming from a window that isn’t there.

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STEP ONE: Get the Polygonal Lasso Tool (It’s kind of like a connect-the-dots selection tool), and draw out a selection in the shape of the beam of light you want (as seen above, where the beam is smaller at the top of the frame and grows larger toward to the diagonal bottom). 

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STEP TWO: To soften the edges of the selection, go under the Select menu; under Modify, and choose Feather. Enter 150 pixels and click OK. 

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STEP THREE: Press Shift-Command-I (PC: Shift-Ctrl-I) to Invert your selection (so everything outside the beam is selected), then press Command-L (PC: Ctrl-L) to bring up Levels. Drag the center Midtone slider to the right (as shown here) to darken the area outside the beam. Click OK. 

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STEP FOUR: Press Shift-Command-I (PC: Shift-Ctrl-I) to Invert your selection again (so the inside of the beam is selected), then press Command-L (PC: Ctrl-L) to bring up Levels. Drag the bottom left Output Levels slider to the right (as shown here) to brighten the soft beam. Click OK. 

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STEP FIVE: Deselect to complete the effect.

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Better Old School Black and White
Instead of just choosing “Grayscale” from the Image menu, under Mode, or even using the Black & White Adjustment layer, try this: Make sure you foreground color is set to its default of white and black, and then choose “Gradient Map” from the Adjustment Layer pop-up menu. Boom. Done.

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Ain’t no school…like the old school! Hope you found that helpful. :)

Want a Simple, yet effective Lightroom Retouching Eyes tip?
Check out my “Retouching Eyes” tip today over at LightroomKillerTips.com (inspired by a tip Kristi Sherk shared on this week’s episode of The Grid where we were doing blind photo critiques of retouching).

I’m shooting the Bucs/Raiders game this week (thank Goodness the Bucs are finally off the road). Hope you have a fantastic weekend! :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. The next stops for my seminar are in Denver and Las Vegas next month. Hope I’ll see you there.

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Hi gang — and greetings from the Sacramento airport (we wrapped up our seminar here today and Brad and I are headed home on a red eye. Zzzzzzzzz).

OK, so here’s what I’m working on…
It’s a new online class for KelbyOne on reducing noise in your photos, and I’m planning on covering it from both sides — the camera side of things, and of course the post processing, and here’s where I need your help: I want to make sure I cover all the most common noise scenarios, so if there’s a particular kind of noise you struggle with in your photography, please leave me a comment here, and I’ll try to include it in the class.

I plan on covering everything from long exposure noise reduction, to high ISO / low-light issues, along with issues that come from opening up the shadow areas even on low ISO images. I’m going to share lots of different strategies, including 3rd party plug-ins, native solutions, in-camera options, and more. Let me know the kind of stuff you’re having to deal with, and I’ll try to tackle it in the class (again, just leave me a comment below).

I’ve got another new Photoshop class coming out this week…
On Thursday we’re releasing my new “Removing Distracting Stuff using Photoshop” online class. I packed that baby full of stuff that we run into day in/day out, and I think it’s going to help a lot of people. I did it one problem at a time, so people can just go right to the type of thing they want to remove and, short and sweet, you’ll see exactly how to remove them. I’m also posting lots of downloadable practice files so you can practice along with the tutorials. More on Thursday when it launches.

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Above: Here’s a shot from Monday morning, before we opened the doors at my seminar in Sacramento. It probably looks pretty much the same right now, since it’s been 5-1/2 hours since the seminar ended. LOL!). Really enjoyed meeting everybody – such a wonderful crowd of photographers to present to (and thanks for the great turnout!). Can’t wait to come back!

OK, that’s it for tonight (well, by the time you read this…it’ll be morning, right?)
Hope you all have a good night. I’m home for a while, until my next seminar, which is in Denver on Monday, November 14th, and then Las Vegas on Wednesday, November 16th. Here’s where you get tickets.

Best,

-Scott

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P.S. Did I mention I got a new guitar? Well…I did! (it’s not actually “new” – it’s used – just new to me). It’s a 2008 Schecter PT Tele with coil tapped Super Rock humbuckers. I’ve had my eye on one for a while, but I finally came across the right deal, and now she’s sitting at my desk. I haven’t had much of a chance to play her (or change her funky colored strings), but I’m hoping to get a chance this week.

Dig the high gloss finish and lack of pick-guard (which I particularly love, since tele’s pretty much always come with a pick guard). OK, now I have to sell one (or two) to make room. Reverb.com here I come!

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OK, so I’m sitting here in the Delta Club at Laguardia when I realize I totally forgot to blog today. I’m going to blame it on:

(1) A swamped schedule at Photo Plus Expo

(2) Lack of youth ;-)

(3) 1&2

(4) All of the the above

Despite having the memory retention of a hamster, I want to thank all the awesome folks at Photo Plus Expo who stopped me to say hi, shake hands, share a kind word, or take a selfie.  I met so many nice folks, and it always recharges my batteries when I meet such nice photographers – it really was a treat. My sincere thanks!

Also, major love goes out to: 

(1) The awesome folks at Canon who had me speaking on their main stage (about travel photography and my trips to Iceland and Italy), and on their Live Learning Stage today, where I did a whole hot shoe flash thing, and had a ball. Always an honor and a thrill.

(2) Thanks to the very cool crew at Lexar who sponsored my “Portraits on location” photo walk last night on the High Line. We had such a great time, and got to try out all sorts of fun stuff. Also, thanks for all the hospitality – you guys are the best.

(3) Thanks to the crew at Photo Plus Expo (Jeff, Theresa, Jason) for having me teach a lighting Master Class on the conference tracks. Really enjoyed it (lots of eager photographers in that session – such a great group).

(4) Thanks to you all for even reading this last-minute post. I dig you.

Hope you all have a GREAT weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m in Sacramento on Monday with my seminar. If you want to come on out, it’s not too late. 

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I’ve got a busy week coming up in New York City at Photo Plus — the big daddy of all photo shows here in the US, and I hope at some point our paths cross in one of my presentations. Here’s my schedule:

Thursday:
8:00 am: “Creating Gorgeous Light for Captivating Portraits”
This is a two-hour session in their Master Class conference track for photographers who want to learn studio lighting from scratch; how to work with their subjects during a live shoot; and how to create really beautiful, flattering light for their subjects. Registration required. Details here.

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Thursday – 12:00 pm Noon: Book Signing at Rocky Nook booth #769
My latest book, “How Do I Do That in Photoshop’ will be there, and I’ll be at the Rocky Nook booth doing a book signing of it (and any other of my books), and I hope you’ll stop by (I’m happy to sign any books you already have, or if you pick up one there at the show). Either way, come on by and say hi.

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Thursday – 2:20 to 3:05 pm:
Travel Photography with the Canon EOS 5K Mark IV at the Canon Booth

I’ll be on the main stage at the Canon booth (it’s the first giant booth when you walk in the door), doing a talk on how to take travel photos like a pro. I’ll be sharing shots from my Iceland trip, Venice, The Dolomites along with all sorts of tips — everything from camera settings, accessories to take (and which to leave behind), plus lots of stuff on what to shoot, when, and how. It’s free if you have an Expo pass, so come on by.

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Thursday: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Hands-on “Portraits on location” Photo Walk workshop
I’m working with the awesome folks from Lexar Memory on this photo walk – It’s limited to a small group of people, and we’re going to head out into the streets of Manhattan with two professional models. I’ll explain the technique, then you’ll split into two groups and try out the same techniques yourself with the models. We’ll be using both natural light and flash, and we’ll pack a lot into those two-hours — you’ll learn a bunch, and you’ll be shooting plenty the whole time. Unfortunately, this one is already sold out in advance.

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Friday – 2:00 – 2:45pm – Shoot with Flash Like a Pro
Canon Live Learning Stage (Canon Booth)
If you want to really get into flash, and using some really awesome flash modifiers, come by and catch this free session on the Canon Live Learning Stage (right up front). I’ll be doing a live shoot with a model and showing you how to set everything up; how to work with the model, and lots of tips and techniques, and it’s all free (thanks to the folks at Canon), and I hope to see you there!
OK, busy week, and it’s only just begun (as I sit here in the Atlanta airport between flights).  Again, hope our paths cross, or I see you in one of my sessions or book signing while I’m up in NYC! :)
Best,
-Scott

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Above: This was taken as they introduced me to open the Photoshop World keynote presentation earlier this year (that’s me on the far left). Photo by Rob Foldy. 

Happy Monday everybody, and greetings from Charlotte, North Carolina where I’m here with my seminar today at the Charlotte Convention Center (and after shooting the Vols vs Alabama game on Saturday).

The big news today is: Registration is now officially open for The Photoshop World 2017 Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 20-22, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center. It’ll be our first time on the East Coast in three years, and we’re very excited to be bringing the conference back to Orlando.

Here’s the link to reserve your tickets: photoshopworld.com

An incredible instructor team!
Each year it’s my job to put together the instructor team for Photoshop World, and this past year’s crew was one of our best ever! The new instructors totally rocked, and a bunch of them are already on board for Orlando, and of course we’ll be bringing back some of your favorites as well.

We’re expanding the Partner Pavillon
We’ve got nearly the entire West Side of the Orange County Convention Center, from one end to the other (with the beautiful Hyatt Grand right next door as our host hotel), and we’ve got the entire 2nd floor, and part of the 1st floor, so we’ll be expanding our Partner Pavillon Expo this year, too!

You can register for Pre-Conference Workshops, now too!
When you register for the conference, you can get your tickets for any pre conference workshops now before they’re sold out (earlier this year in Vegas, nearly every single pre-conference workshop was sold out in advance, so nail yours down as soon as you register so you’re not locked out).

More fun stuff, more shooting opportunities, more awesomeness!
We tried some stuff in Vegas that turned out to be really, really well received, so we’re going to build on that in Orlando, including expanding the Photoshop World Film Festival, the photo challenges, and more. You are going to super dig it!

Of course, the sooner you register for the conference, the more you’ll save (and KelbyOne members always save $100 on their Photoshop World Conference registration).

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Want some inspiration?
Check out these photos from the last Photoshop World – see what you missed – and make plans not to miss it this coming April (it’ll be here before ya know it!).

So, that’s the big news today, but we’ve got lots of fun stuff planned for here on the blog, so I hope you’ll check back tomorrow.

OK, off to work
I’ve got a few hundred photographers to hang out with today in Charlotte – Brad and I are looking forward to meeting everyone!

Best,

-Scott

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