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I just got some copies of my new iPhone 5 book which is co-authored with my buddy Terry White (I take half the chapters and Terry takes the other half, which I affectionally call “the hard chapters.” LOL!).

Anyway, the whole book is just like my book series “The Digital Photography Book” — the same look, feel, layout, the whole one “one topic per page thing” and so if you like learning from that book you’ll feel right at home with our iPhone 5 book. It’s hitting stores any day now but you can win it  today as I’m giving away five copies — just leave a comment here and you’re entered to win. If you don’t win, you can still get your copy from Barnes&Noble.com or Amazon.com (it’s only around $16 bucks and there’s a Nook and Kindle version of both) and be the first to get it.

Happy Free-Stuff Thursday! :)

Below is an audio clip of "The Christmas Song," made by my wife on her iPhone (that's her above taken on our family vacation to Ireland earlier this year), using her iPhone's built-in Recorder App (which is normally used for making voice memos), but how it came to be is what makes it special (and it's why I asked my wife if I could run this on my blog today).

Here's the story behind it, which I copied and pasted  from an email my wife sent to one of her friends. Here it is in her own words:

Our daughter Kira was 3-1/2 year old  at the time and she used to constantly play with the voice recorder App on my iPhone. I was in my bathroom blow drying my hair the other day (singing/humming that song) when she came in playing around with that recorder App on the phone. She likes it when I sing "The Christmas Song" so she asked me to sing it into the phone. So I did. The phone did a pretty decent job with the recording so I thought I would send it to Scott's brother Jeff (because he's always after me to sing him Christmas songs) and then as I was about to send it I thought: "Well, mom might like to have it, and so and so might like it" and then it became my Christmas card!

It took quite a bit of convincing to get my wife to let me run this on the blog a few years back, and again today (especially since she was just goofing with my daughter when she did it, plus it was recorded in just one take, into an iPhone no less, and not done in a professional recording studio), but I think the spirit of Christmas got the best of her, and she finally said yes.

I hope you enjoy listening to it, and that it brings a little Christmas Eve spirit your way. (click this link to hear the song).

Merry Christmas everybody! :-)

Do you totally love Photoshop tips & tricks? Me too! Then join us tonight because we’ll be sharing a ton of them LIVE from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM ET at our “NAPPaThon”.

It’s 90-minutes of cool Photoshop tricks to give folks an idea of what we do for our members at the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).

PLUS, we’re giving away a one-year membership to someone watching live EVERY MINUTE!!!! It’s going to be a blast, so join me and the gang tonight!

Who: Matt, RC, Corey, Pete, and Me (“The Photoshop Guys”)
What: A 90-minute love-fest of our favorite cool Photoshop tips
Where:  RSVP right here: http://photoshopuser.com/webcasts/ 
When: Tonight at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm ET
(Here’s a world time-zone calculator: http://bit.ly/JUuYUj — use New York City as our time zone).
Why: We hope that you’ll love this so much, and when you hear our secret “BIG ANNOUNCEMENT”  you’ll want to join the Photoshop training association that I head, called the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). You can learn more about NAPP here. 

Hope you’ll join us there tonight! We’re gonna get tipsy! (wah, wah, wahhhh).

Thanks,

-Scott

P.S. Can you please invite your friends? Everyone’s welcome and we want to get as many people to tune in as possible. Many thanks in advance. 

 

Adobe’s online Creative Cloud event is today!
It’s the one where they’re unveiling what’s next in the Creative Cloud is today, and I’m part of the presentation (I’ll be talking a little about the cloud itself, but then later on I’m doing a segment called “Hidden Gems” where I’ll be showing some new stuff and some little-known existing features in Photoshop.

When: TODAY, December 11th, 2012
Time: 10:00 PST (1:00 pm New York Time)
Where: Here's the link.  

My new book is already sold out
But if you didn’t get your order in yesterday, you can still order the Print edition from Amazon.com and they’ll deliver it as soon as the next batch hits their warehouse — here's the link just in case.

If you can’t wait ’till then, it’s available right now from Apple’s iBook Store (for IOS) — here's the link

Submit your images for our “Blind Critiques” episode of “The Grid”
If you’d like to have your photography considered for TOMORROW”s blind critiques (we show your images but don’t mention your name on the air), just leave us a link to your images AT THIS ADDRESS: http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/critique/

We’ll pick 20 or so photographer’s work to go over on the show (not based on who posted first — we choose based on showing variety and images we think can help our viewers), and the live show is broadcast TOMORROW at 4:00 pm ET at http://www.kelbytv.com/thegrid  — see you on “The Grid”

Catch Matt Kloskowski on “The Hallmark Channel’s: Home & Family”
That’s right, our own homegrown Mattski is going to be a guest Wednesday on broadcast TV on the Hallmark Channel’s show, “Home & Family.” They’ll be talking about photography and Photoshop and what Matt uses to make his hair so shiny, so make sure you tune in. Here’s the details:

When: Wednesday at 9:00 am ET
Where: The Hallmark Channel (check your local cable guide)
When Again: It’s possible it’s not at 9:00 am everywhere, so again, check your cable guide.

Want more megapixels? Be careful what you wish for. 
I was reminded this week how large the file sizes are for images I shoot with my Nikon D800. I grabbed a hard drive to copy around 1,000 images I took in Cuba, and I was shocked to see that it wouldn’t fit on the drive because it was a whopping 43 Gigbytes!!! I looked at what the Raw files were from my Nikon D3s, and for around 1,000 Raw files it was 1/3 the size (around 15GB) and for the same number of JPEGs from a similar camera it around 6GB. I’ll shoot more than 1,000 photos at any given football game in just three hours (glad I’m shooting JPEG).

Anyway, I added a chart below with the specs. Eyeopening. (And yes, I know it’s just simple math, and that hard drive space has never been cheaper, but until you actually try and copy that many GB and your hard drive says “Not enough room” and you think, “Nah, it can’t be” you found out, “Oh, it be.”).

You will get a kick out of this video!
I know I’m probably the 15,000th person to share this very cute Jimmy Fallon/Mariah Carey rendition of Mariah’s “All I want for Christmas is You” Christmas song, but Kalebra and I just watched it a few mornings ago and it really got us in the Christmas Spirit (and I’ve been singing it ever since).

Hope it makes your Holiday, and your Tuesday a little brighter. :-)

http://youtu.be/sWEfszb9h8Q

Gotta run!
Hope to see you all today at the Adobe event (it’s free!). Cheers, -Scott 

http://youtu.be/iIfzx-0_EEM

Our buddy, lifestyle photographer Erik Valind, was in town taping a class for Kelby Training Online and I snagged him as my in-studio Guest for a special “Holiday Gifts for Photographers” episode of “The Grid” (our weekly talkshow for photographers).

These are an entirely different collection of gifts from my “Gonzo Gear Guide” that I published here on Monday — these are all entirely new, awesome, super useful (and mostly inexpensive) yet totally cool gear for the photographer on your Holiday Gift List (except Erik apparently has the holiday gift budget of a neurosurgeon but I will say, even though some of his suggestions cost a bit more, he picked some really great values, including a lens deal that really surprised me).

You can watch our Gift Guide for Photographer episode above. Happy shopping everybody! :)

http://youtu.be/9bjve67p33E

I actually saw this video back when it was originally produced at a meeting at the local Apple office in Tampa (long since closed), and I remember thinking, “I wonder if we’ll ever really have stuff like this in our lifetime?”

Of course, there was no way for anyone to know back then that what we were looking at was a version of what would eventually be released as Siri. :)

Start from the 1-minute point for the demo of what they envisioned as “The Knowledge Navigator.” Now, I just mentioned Apple, which means this will quickly turn into a comment war, so to divert your attention briefly from that, how about people who shoot HDR photography, huh? That’s not “real” photography, right? ;-)

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