Posts By Scott Kelby

Hi Gang: It’s 1:28 am at night here in Atlanta – I’ve got a class to teach all day tomorrow, so I’ll make this short and sweet.

Adobe released a free update to Lightroom CC (bringing it to version 2015.4) and it includes a new feature to help you deal with those white gaps left in the corner of panos that you’d normally have to jump over to Photoshop for and manually fix it one way or another. It’s called Boundary Warp and you can see it in action below:

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Pretty amazing right?

Other stuff (Lightroom 6 users get this stuff, too, but not Boundary Warp above – that’s just for CC subscribers):
They fixed the issue Nikon users have been having (not being able to tether into Mac OS El Capitan)

Plus, this stuff listed on Adobe’s official Lightroom Blog:

  • Nikon 1 J4 Camera Matching Profile added
  • The panorama merging process should complete roughly twice as fast as Lightroom 6.3
  • Improved quality when applying Auto Straighten and Upright “Level” mode
  • A preference was added to the Mac to prevent accidental “speed swiping”
  • Metadata is added to merged panoramas to support Photoshop’s Adaptive Wide Angle filter
  • Customers can now set the location of where photos are stored when downloaded from Lightroom mobile or Lightroom web in the preference panel or contextually in the folder panel
  • Thumbnails update much quicker when copying and pasting settings in the grid view
  • Images load faster in the Library module when you are zoomed in and navigating images
  • Tethered support added for the Nikon D5500 and Nikon D7200

Here’s the link for the full list of new features, cameras, lens and fixes.

That’s it – gotta hit the sack-a-roonie.

Best,

-Scott

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OK, so last week Brad made this shot (above) of my gear, and you may have seen it here in a tutorial I did on removing moiré patterns in Photoshop that sometimes appear in our shots. Well, someone suggested to my wife Kalebra that she share a shot of her gear, too, so she asked Brad to take a shot of “her gear” as well (seen below).

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I’ve been one-upped. Again. By my own wife (though I have to admit, she’s got some really tasty gear in there). My only defense is that she has to replace some of her gear a lot more often than I do. That’s all I’ve got. #roasted.

I’m headed out to Richmond, Virginia today (Brrrrrr!) for my seminar there tomorrow. I’ll be teaching the seminar in Atlanta on Friday if you want to come out. :)

Have a great Tuesday, try to stay warm, and don’t eat too much of your gear…you’ll get a tummy ache. ;-)

Best,

-Scott

 

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Hey gang, and Happy Monday. (Brrrrrrr!)

Here’s what’s up: Mylio is developing a pretty significant new version of their software designed to gather all your photos from your computer, phone and tablet into one library that you can edit and organize from any device (you can learn more about Mylio in general, at this link).

They’re looking for some Beta testers who will get to work with a pre-release version of this major update, and they’re looking for your feedback and input before it’s released to the public. They’re asking that beta testers use the software on their computer, phone, and a tablet for a few hours per week, and be willing to speak directly with a Mylio team member by phone once a week during the three-month testing period.

It’s a pretty cool opportunity — so if you’re interested in helping, send an email to usertest@mylio.com

I’m off to the frozen East Coast
Tomorrow I’m heading to Richmond for my seminar there Wednesday, and they I’ll be in Atlanta on Friday. Over 300 photographers are going to be joining me in each city – I hope you’re one of them. :)

Have a great Monday everybody, and try to stay warm :)

Best,

-Scott

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Happy Friday, everybody!

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend (especially if you’re snowed in), I thought I’d share some of my favorite photographers that I follow on Instagram, and I wanted to share some that wouldn’t be the obvious ones that of course I already follow (like Joe McNally, Peter Hurley, etc.). Here are my 12 favs (in no particular order):

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AFAR (Afar Media)
A lot of the folks I follow do travel photography, and I love the collection of images AFAR posts daily. If you go there today, make sure you look at that little ski village shot you see in the first row center.

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ELMAKIAS (Adam Elmakias)
There’s a reason this amazing music photographer has nearly 460,000 followers — he’s got amazing images, a really fun feed, and I love his post processing. Really great peek into a the world of music through his eyes.

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VIKINGSPHOTOG (Andy Kenutis)
Andy is the Minnesota Vikings team photographer and I’d have to say he’s definitely one of the best team photographers in the league and his Instagram feed is outstanding. I just mentioned him to a buddy of mine who shoots sports professionally and he was alreadly following him. He said the same thing I did about Andy — that guy’s stuff is amazing!

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ERIKALMAS
I just love Erik’s style, post processing, and the selection of images he posts (look at that shot in the middle!). Really a wonderful collection of constantly updating images. This guy is good on the both sides of the process!!!

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MOOSEPETERSON
Moose is on Instagram now and he’s posting a wonderful mix of aviation and landscape photography, and I love seeing what he posts each day.

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RESOURCETRAVEL
This curated collection is really just beautiful, and one I really look forward to each day. While that don’t have a crush of followers yet…they will.

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DONALDPAGE
Don is the team photographer for the Tennessee Vols, and even if you’re not a Vols fan, if you’re into football photography at all, you should still follow Don because he’s among the best — not just with this on field action shots, but all the commercial-style promo work, lighting, and off field stuff that he totally nails.

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ALEXSTROHL
OK, he has a million followers, so he’s not exactly an unknown treasure, but I love his wintery world. Great style, composition, and subjects. A great one to follow.

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DANIELKORDAN
His stuff is just absolutely gorgeous. Gorgeous! Nuff said.

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JEFFONLINE
Wonderful images from around Europe from a Paris based photographer. I totally dig his work.

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FAMOUSBTSMAGAZINE
If you love seeing behind-the-scenes images of photo shoots, you will so dig their feed. I amazed at some of the set-ups I see on there. It’s ideas and inspiration all wrapped up in one.

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IGERSRECOMMENDATION
This collection is all over the place, and I think that’s what I like about it. You never know what topic you’re going to get, but they’re always great images. A really fun, fascinating feed.

Hope you’ll give some of these a look this weekend (and of course, I’d love to have you following my feed there, which is focused on travel photography. It’s @scottkelby).

Hope you have a great weekend, and I’ll be seeing some of you next week in person in Richmond and Atlanta.

Best,

-Scott

 

 

 

 

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So, Brad had set up and taken this photo of my gear (for use on Social Media), and when I opened it in Photoshop I noticed something “funky” when I zoomed in on the camera bag on the right…

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Above: I zoomed in so you can see it — it’s a “moire” pattern, which is an unwanted repeating color pattern that appears over part of your image, probably most often on clothing (when you least expect it, and sometimes on objects where you’d least expect it, like a camera bag). In this case, it’s that blue and gold series of zebra stripes covering the entire front of the camera bag.

Luckily, this is such a common occurrence that both Lightroom and Photoshop’s Camera Raw have a feature dedicated to fixing it.

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Above: In Lightroom’s Develop Module (or Photoshop’s Camera Raw, which is what I’m showing here), go to the Adjustment Brush, and in the the Brush controls you’ll see a slider for “Moire Reduction” (shown circled here in red). I started by getting the amount at +50 to see how it would do.

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Above: I set my brush to a large size and started painting over the bag and…voila! The Moire is gone! Well, at a setting of 50% it was mostly gone, but I could still see a bit, so I dragged the slider to the right to +65 and then it was gone.

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Above: Here’s a before and after, where you can see the blue and gold on the left, and on the right in the “after” view, you can see it’s pretty much gone.

The first part is beginning to recognize the signs of a moire pattern, because after all, if you don’t know what it looks like, you won’t realize it needs correcting. At least now, if you do run across a moire, you know how to quickly and easily fix it. :)

Ahhhhh, that’s a moire! (sorry, I couldn’t help myself).

Hope you have a great Tuesday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you entered my giveaway (over on my Facebook page) for a free ticket to my seminar next week in Richmond and Atlanta, I posted the winner’s names this morning. 

I follow a number of online guitar teachers, and I recently read an email from guitar instructor Griff Hamlin that really struck a chord with me (no pun intended, but it’s just so on the money) — his article was asking the same question above, but about progressing at learning guitar, and in not so many words he asked “…are you noodling or practicing?”

I wanted to illustrate this concept, so I grabbed a guitar, and Brad made this quick iPhone video (right before I discussed this same concept on “The Grid”)  so the production quality is “iPhone grade” but you’ll totally get the point. Plus, they’re really short videos — less than 30-seconds).

First, here’s the difference between Noodling and Practicing:

This is Noodling (below): 

https://youtu.be/ZxwqVdDSF1o

It’s fun noodling around and playing some riffs you already know but you’re not getting any better at guitar. It’s not moving you closer to where you want to be. You’re not improving, you’re not growing — you’re just having fun, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having fun — as long as you realize it’s nothing more than that.

This is Practicing: 

https://youtu.be/TXd52xqqi8I

That video above of me playing different positions of the Pentatonic scale is as boring to play as it is to watch, but that’s OK because that is something that actually does make you better. It’s practice. It makes you grow. You’re improving. And if you do enough of it, you know what happens? Suddenly your noodling becomes a whole lot more fun, because now you can do things you could never do before, and you’re able to play things you never dreamed you could, at speeds you thought you couldn’t. That’s the power of real practice.

It’s the same thing with photography
If you grab your camera, head out the door, and just kind of shoot whatever comes your way — you’re noodling.  It’s fun — just walking around and taking photos of whatever — I do it myself when I get a chance, but it doesn’t make you better at photography. It doesn’t improve your photography. It doesn’t make you grow, but it’s fun and there’s nothing wrong with fun, as long as you understand that’s what it is.

The problem is — I’m not sure a lot of photographers realize that. And that’s precisely why they’re not getting better. They’re doing a lot of noodling, and not a lot of real practicing at all.

How do you practice photography?
Practice has a goal. Practice is a lot of repetition. Practice is trying a technique again and again to until you really have it — you really understand it – you can do it without thinking. If you find yourself working with a hot shoe flash, and you’re moving it an inch or two after each shot, and then seeing the difference it makes in the shadows on your subject’s face — that’s practice.

If you’re doing street photography, and you go out — not trying to make a great picture, but trying to practice your timing, or setting out to look for interesting shadows and only shooting those, or maybe you’re looking for nothing but contrasting colors, or going way outside your comfort zone and taking pictures of people (if you’ve been uncomfortable with that in the past). That’s practice.

Practice isn’t a lot of fun, but if you do it a lot, you’ll start to see a difference fast. You’ll grow. You’ll see the results. And then, when you do go out shooting for fun (noodling), your noodling will be more fun because you’ll come back with more keepers, and when you feel like you’re making better images, the “fun” suddenly become a lot more fun, and a lot more meaningful. You’re not just out there hoping to get lucky any more. Now you know what you’re doing, and you can have more fun doing it.

Now that you know the difference…
Ask yourself, truthfully…have you been practicing or noodling?

I realized that with my guitar playing, I was noodling a lot, and not practicing nearly enough. I made a conscious decision to change that, and I already have. Same with my photography. If I want to have more fun, and get better results, I know exactly which path I need to take. I hope this helped you a little bit on your path, too. My thanks to Griff Hamlin for inspiring me, and making it clear for me. I love the difference a great teacher can make.

Hope you have a great week, everybody. Let’s get some good practicing in. :)

Best,

-Scott

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