Posts By Scott Kelby

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On Wednesday morning, the folks at Westcott announced their brand new portable, collapsible beauty dish, the 24″ Rapid Box Beauty Dish (designed by awesome photographer and beauty dish master, Joel Grimes himself), and just a few hours later we were in the studio doing a live shoot showing how it works.

Here’s the live shoot
I’m there in our photo studio with Westcott’s own Brandon Heiss, and I’m sharing a clip from “The Grid” that aired on Wednesday afternoon where we showed the shoot, and talked about the dish. I embedded it here, below:

https://youtu.be/3YUN7mebUX8

Again, that’s just a short clip from the show – we talked about lighting, answered questions, and generally had a lighting love-fest, so if you want to catch the full episode, you can watch it here. 

Photoshop World 2016 is almost here!
It’s just over a month way, but it’s not too late to join us for three in-depth days of learning Photography, Photoshop, and Lightroom – you’ll love it, and you’ll learn a ton. Here’s where you get your tickets (and you get $100 off if you’re a KelbyOne member).

OK, that’s it for this Friday, folks. Hope to see you back here on Monday. :)

Have a great weekend!

-Scott

Not only is it here (the eBook version is available now, and the print version is right behind it), we’ve got a screamin’ deal on it, too! (More on that in a sec).

First, here’s what the book’s about (it’s only 33-seconds long – come on – you’ve got 33 seconds – hit play).

https://youtu.be/99QBU8Uyaxs

So, this Photoshop book is a follow-up to my book “How Do I Do That in Lightroom?” which really resonated with a lot of users as it gets you right to the thing you want to do, and just that, so it was natural to follow up with a Photoshop edition. Just like in the Lightroom book – you’re not learning everything in Photoshop; just that thing you need to do right now (like the video says). Also, it’s not for brand new beginners. It’s for folks who kind of already know their way around the program a bit and kinda know what they want to do, but can’t remember (or just don’t know) how to do it (or where it’s hidden). That’s who the book is really for.

OK, check out this rockin’, smokin’ (add your own adjective with an apostrophe here) deal for both KelbyOne members and non-members (courtesy of the book’s publisher, Rocky Nook):

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KelbyOne members can get the eBook for just $10 NOW, pre-order the paperback for $20, or get BOTH for $25 at this link – This is a 10-day-only special offer. Once you enter your KelbyOne info, you’ll receive access to the exclusive coupon codes.
If you’re not a KelbyOne member, you can get the eBook NOW on Amazon or pre-order the paper back on Amazon or Barnes & Noble
OK, that’s the scoop
Tomorrow on The Grid I’ve got a special guest, and a new product reveal, but if I mention who it is, it might give it away, so I’ll share that tomorrow, but it’s cool stuff. :)
Have a great Tuesday everybody!
-Scott

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Hi Gang. Not sure you if caught this, but last week Adobe released a Lightroom update with two pretty significant and mightily cool features; along with new camera support; tethering support for some new cameras; new lens profiles, and a host of bug fixes.

The two awesome features are:

(1) New “Guided Upright” lens corrections
This lets you tell Lightroom where the lens problems are, and it does the rest. It’s really well done (get more details, and a video demo from Adobe’s own Julieanne Kost).

(2) The ability to merge HDRs and create Panos from just the Smart Previews
Previously, you had to have the original images to do this, and without it those menu commands were grayed out). This is cooler than you’d think, and I wrote about this today over on my Lightroom blog: LightroomKillerTips.com

If you’re an Adobe CC subscriber, you can download this update by going to Lightroom’s Help menu and choosing ‘Updates’

Hope you find that helpful.

Best,

-Scott

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OK, y’all — today’s the final day to grab your tickets and save $100 for next month’s Photoshop World 2016 Conference in Las Vegas (July 19-21st, 2016). Here’s what to do:

(1) Go to http://photoshopworld.com and get your tickets right now.

(2) Book your hotel right where we’re all staying (the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino) now while the special room discount for Photoshop World attendees is still available.

(3) Think about coming a day early to take a day learning to build your business in a “business side of photography / marketing / and building your brand” workshop with UK automotive photographer Tim Wallace (he taught a short version of this last year, and everybody lost their minds it was so good). Details here.

(4) If you’re coming a day early, and want hands-on-help on building your portfolio, you’ve got a rare opportunity to learn from one of the best — Daniel Gregory — in a hands-on portfolio prep in-depth workshop. If you want to nurture the artist within you, then check out Julieanne Kost’s workshop called “Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception to Though Execution” – you will get totally immersed in this. Details on both optional pre-conference workshops here. 

(5) Start thinking about which parties, events, photo shoots, and get-togethers you’re going to do while you’re out there with us learning and laughing next month.

(6) Watch this video for instant inspiration, and to get psyched for the trip!

https://youtu.be/1-v3_mwlJRo

(7) Pack your bags — we’re headed to Vegas!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Best,

-Scott

 

…when the world’s best teachers take the stage in Las Vegas next month, on the 19th – 21st, at the Photoshop World 2016 Conference?

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Why not come and be a part of it all? Don’t just read about it afterward. Experience it yourself.

Save $100 by getting your tickets before this Friday!
The Early Bird special $100-off deal ends this Friday, so get your tickets right now…then:

(1) Get your special hotel room discount for conference attendees
(2) Grab your airfare (we have a discount airfare finder)
(3) Start booking some show reservations, and making dinner plans
(4) Pack your bags, ’cause we’re going to Vegas, baby!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Need help convincing your boss you need to be there? We’ve written a “letter to your boss” for you, and it’s awesome — just copy and paste it into a letter, than do #1’s one thru four above. Here’s the link. See you there!

Hi Gang: Happy Monday, and I thought we’d kick this week off with a quick look at some social media stuff for photographers:

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(1) Twitter finally stops penalizing us for using photos
I wrote a post about this problem back in December — begging Twitter to step penalizing us for attaching a photo by taking away characters from our 140-character limit. Well, they recently announced that they are lifting that penalty and now we can add a photo and still have our full 140-character limit. They haven’t given a firm date for this yet, just that we should expect it “…over the coming months” (you can read their announcement here). Now, if we could just get one 10-character hashtag added on to that 140-character limit… ;-)

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(2) Instagram’s new algorithm goes live
So far, I haven’t noticed a difference as it’s only been live a few days now, but the order you’ll see things in your feed might be slightly different (here’s a good article on the new rollout this week from TechCrunch). So far I haven’t noticed a big difference, and I haven’t really talked to anyone who says there’s something noticeable under the new scheme, so….so far so good, but posts are no longer in the chronological order we’re used to seeing.

By the way — a big thanks to everyone following me over on Instagram — I’m coming up on 75,000 followers, and I’m really enjoying the very friendly community of sharing there (I think it’s the friendliest of the social sites by far).

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(3) You’re probably missing most of my posts on Facebook
Facebook picks and chooses which posts you see, even if you’ve chosen to follow someone — they choose whether you see that person’s posts or not. That’s especially true for people like me with a Facebook Brand page. I have nearly 190,000 people following me, but only a small percentage ever see my posts UNLESS I actually pay to have them boosted. Then Facebook shows them to more people.

Facebook uses a computer algorithm to sense if what a user is posting might possibly be an ad or promotion (right or wrong, and it’s often wrong), and instead of showing my post to the 190,000 people who have asked to follow me, instead it will literally show it to just 230 or so people. Ugh. That’s why so many people miss my calls for submissions for The Grid’s Blind Photo critiques, or when we do a free Webcast or if I give away free copies of my book, or free tickets to my seminars. They simply don’t ever see them. If I don’t pay to boost them, Facebook makes sure virtually nobody sees them. However, if you want to see these types of things from me, you can request to see all my (or any users) posts. Here’s how:

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On your Facebook page – go to your Newsfeed Preferences and choose which of the pages you follow that you want to see all their posts (as shown above). That’s it. :)

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Iconosquare (stats for Instagram) goes Pro!
I’ve been raving about the online service Iconosquare, which is a site that helps you grow your Instagram audience by helping you determine everything from the best day and time to post, to which type of posts get the most engagement, and so on. Really amazing stats and incredibly useful. Anyway, they’ve just upgraded their service to Iconosquare Pro, and if you haven’t looked at them in a while, it’s worth checking out. Here’s the link.

Hope you found that helpful.

I’m off to Orlando tomorrow…
…for my seminar. I hope I’ll be seeing you there! (it’s not too late if you want to come out and spend the day with me). Next stop, Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday.

Have a good one. :)

-Scott

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