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That graphic above pretty well explains it (and it’s a pretty sweet deal, too at $30 off).

Here’s the link to get an Annual KelbyOne Gift Membership for the Lightroom using, Photoshop loving, Photography shooting, Creative person on your Holiday Gift List. :)

Oh, yeah, and then there’s this…

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In case you missed this last week — KelbyOne Annual Members are getting a free awesome gift from us every day just because we super-dig our annual members, and if you get someone a gift certificate, they’ll get all the cool stuff we keep adding to our KelbyOne Creative Toolkit, too!

So far (we’re only a few days in — it runs until Christmas eve), here’s the cool, creative gifts we’ve given our annual members so far:

Dec 13th: Our 2016 Photoshop 100-HotTips Guide
Dec 14th: My Nik ColorEfex Pro Architectural Recipes
Dec 15th: Scott’s Lightroom Print Templates
Dec 16th: Lightroom and Camera Raw Keyboard Shortcut Guide
Dec 17th: Special Bonus Issue: The Best of Photoshop User Magazine 
Dec 18th: Your choice of ANY ebook from Rocky Nook Publishing, FREE! (they’re the folks that publish my “How Do I Do that in Lightroom?” Book, and my “How Do I Do That In Photoshop?” books, but you get to choose any ebook from their entire library).
Today: More cool stuff!
Our “12-days of Christmas” keeps on going until December 24th! Plus, we’ll be adding more goodies to your toolkit all year long (pretty sweet, right?).
OK, lots of fun holiday stuff fer ya – hope you have a great Monday, and we’ll see ya back here tomorrow. :)
Best,
-Scott

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If you’re an Annual KelbyOne member, things are going to get seriously awesome for the next 12 days because every day from now until Christmas, as our way of celebrating the Holidays (and celebrating you being our annual member), we are going to give away something very cool every day, starting at 12:00 Noon ET today.

We’re talking presets, templates, plug-ins, even books!

Q. OK, who gets these free gifts?
A. Anyone who has an ‘Annual KelbyOne Membership’ plan.

Q. So annual members get cool free things (like Lightroom presets, and ebooks, and stuff)?
A. Oh, yeah — a whole bunch of fun stuff (some of it is really incredible, thanks to our partners). 

Q. How do we get this stuff?
A. Go to your member Dashboard; click on Toolkit, and new stuff will just appear every single day until Christmas.

Q. Cool! What’s the first thing we get?
A.Well, Timmy, it’s a our new Photoshop 100 Hot Tips Guide!

Q. Really? That is awesome! Do I get another gift tomorrow?
A. Yup. I think tomorrow’s is a set of my own custom Nik Collection Color Efex Pro 4 Recipes.

Q. How about the day after that?
A. Still yes. Every day. For 12 days straight. Cool free stuff for annual members every day. 

Q. Ya know, nobody does stuff like this for 12 straight days, right?
A. It’s a love thing (5 pts. if you recognized that references to a song by The Whispers. Ain’t no school like the old school!). 

Q. I love KelbyOne!
A. We love you right back! (but that’s not a question — more of a statement really)

Q. I love you less since you just publicly corrected me.
A. It doesn’t change the way we feel about you. Love, nothing but love. Well, love and a slight bit of sentence structure correction, but really pretty minimal amounts.

Q. What if I’m not a member? Can I join and get this stuff?
A. Yup, and we have a special new member deal during these 12-days — just $169 (that’s $30 off our regular annual membership, Coupon Code: 12days169 ). Here’s the link. 

Q. That’s more than your CyberWeek deal.
A. It’s not CyberWeek any more. Now it’s just “week.” 

Q. So, I get more for less?
A. That is correct. 

Q. You’re not a cable company are you?
A. Ummm. No. 

Q. Maybe you should buy a Cable Company?
A. It costs a lot to buy a cable company, and then everybody hates you all the time. 

Q. Good point. Just keep doing your thing. 
A. Okay. 

Q. So are you doing this just for these 12-days?
A. Nope. we’re starting it now, but we’ll be adding new gifts to our annual member’s toolkits all year long. 

Q. How cool is that! You guys rock.
A. [blush]

Q. OK, can we get to the “5 Quick Layers Tips” video now?
A. Sure, but I’ve really enjoyed our time together. 

Q. Me, too.
A. I know. You had me at “Q.”

Here ya go:

I’m on my way to Dallas today – hope to meet some of you tomorrow at my seminar in Arlington. :)

Happy Holidays,

-Scott

P.S. Even though I’m out of town, “The Grid” is still on for tomorrow — Larry Becker is hosting and we have the crew from MacPhun plug-ins on showing off their brand new plug-in “Luminar.” 

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Welcome to another magical collection of awesome gear that’s simply too gonzo to live without for another minute but, at the same time, will give you perfect gift ideas for the gonzo photographer on your Holiday Gift list.

Before we get to the list, just remember: The holidays are about giving (who is giving you what, and how much, so you can post pictures of it on social media). So don’t be shy: Act like a millennial, even if you’re actually old enough to still be a fan of Roosevelt.

NOTE: You can download a PDF version of the gear guide (complete with links to stuff), right here. This is the full version with the layout that appears in the new issue of Photoshop User magazine.

As is my sacred Gonzo tradition, I’m breaking things into three distinct categories:

  1. Stocking Stuffers: But you can use these as actual holiday gifts if you’re not that crazy about the person.
  1. Great Value Gear: Stuff that’s a really good deal for the money, and even though it’s not a lot of money, they’ll still totally dig it.
  1. Cha-ching! Stuff you buy for the surgeon/Wall Street banker/rap mogul on your Holiday gift list. This is the stuff that makes them burst into spontaneous tears of joy. Well, at least I would.

Okay, folks, hang on to any loose body parts; here we go!

STOCKING STUFFERS: 

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The ProMaster Clamper Junior
This is a really clever, very sturdy mini-tripod, but what makes it unique is that it has a clamp built in to two of the legs, so you can clamp it on a railing. It’s small, lightweight, but tough.

$44.95 at Amazon

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Topaz Adjust (Photoshop and/or Lightroom Plug-in)
Probably Topaz’s most-popular plug-in (for Photoshop or Lightroom), it’s great for creating a wide range of special effects, and it comes with loads of presets, so all your holiday gift receiver has to do is click on presets until he sees one that looks good, and click OK. Of course, he can tweak away to his heart’s content, but by that time, he’ll already be basking in the glow of your generosity for getting this for him in the first place.

Price: $49.99 (at B&H Photo)

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A Year of Backblaze Unlimited Backup
There’s more than a reasonable chance that the photographers on your gift list don’t have an offsite backup of their all-important image library, but don’t worry: You can get them one for just $5 a month for unlimited storage. The whole process is automated, and best of all, they can back up external drives. They’ll totally dig this, and one day, if catastrophe strikes and they need to retrieve all their images from this backup, they’ll never forget you! It could be, literally, the ultimate gift.

Price: $5/month; $50/1 year; or $95/2 years (Direct)

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Westcott 30″ 1-Stop Diffuser
Put this diffuser between your subject and the sun, and you’ll turn that harsh nasty light into beautiful gorgeous light and it’s only $14.17, which is a crazy low price to pay for beautiful light. Plus, it’s collapsible and folds down to one- third its size, and the whole thing looks like it cost three times the price. It’s all good.

Price: $14.17 (at B&H Photo)

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Some Cool Books
If they’re into sports, they’ll love You Will Never Get in the Game by Jimmy Cribbs (the story of Atlanta Falcon’s team photographer). Price: $34.95 (direct)

Or how about Photo Adventures for Kids by Anne-Laure Jacquart, which is a really great photo project book to get kids interested in learning about photography. Very well done! Price: $11.57 (from Amazon)

Hey, they just might like my brand-new book, The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2017 Release). Price: $46.74 (from Amazon)

Or if you want to splurge just a little, get them either of these gorgeous coffee-table style photo books:

AIR by Vincent LaForet (breathtakingly beautiful aerial shots): Price: $59.95 (from Amazon)

Paris by Serge Ramelli: (the city of romance in black and white) Price: $75.00 (from Amazon)


GREAT VALUE GEAR:
Stuff that’s a really good deal for the money, and even though it’s not a lot of money, they’ll still totally dig it.

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Westcott 26″ RapidBox Octa Softbox for Flash
These pop-up softboxes are just brilliantly designed: They open and close like an umbrella. This particular one is actually a pop-up beauty dish, and it’s awesome! I think it’s the best designed and most durable collapsible I’ve ever seen, and it fits in such a small, lightweight, soft-sided case that you won’t believe it could even fit. I would call this “ultra portable,” to say the least. Designed to work with your off-camera flash, it comes with a well-made hot-shoe bracket, so you’re ready to go in 60 seconds. I’m a big fan of these, and Westcott now also makes 10×24″ strip bank versions. (I have two of them!) They’re worth every penny.

Price: $169.90 (at B&H Photo)

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Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 10 Sling Camera Bag
A friend turned me on to this small sling bag and I love it on a level you can’t imagine! I took it with me on my last photo trip, and now it’s my travel companion—perfect for carrying a couple of lenses and accessories. You carry it like a backpack, but then you swivel it around in front of you for easy access. So well designed, super-lightweight, and built like a Think Tank bag (amazing quality). They’ll love this.

Price: $84.75 (at B&H Photo)

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Haida 150 Series Filter Holder System
If the photographer on your holiday list shoots landscape, architectural, or travel photography, they’ll love this filter system that lets you take long exposure shots in broad daylight. Really wonderfully designed and built. (I started using these this summer, and I was just so impressed.) And the price (especially for the quality) is really amazing—much lower than the competition’s—plus the case and overall presentation makes them look like you spent way more than you did. Make sure you know which type of lens your photographer friend uses, get the filter holder adapter ring set that fits their landscape lens, then pick up a Haida 150×150 ND 3.0 Optical Glass Filter, which is a 10-stop neutral density filter, to go in the bracket. You’ll feel much love when you give this gift!

Haida 150 Series Filter Holder: Around $150 (at B&H Photo)
Haida 150×150 ND 3.0 Optical Glass Filter: $129 (at B&H Photo)

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Platypod Pro and Pro Max
This new model grew out of a huge Kickstarter campaign because photographers are either looking to put cameras where tripods aren’t allowed or into spaces that are too small or tight for a tripod; or they just want to shoot at really low angles. (I use one for shooting remotes at football games or weddings, where I can place it behind the altar.) The Platypod Pro Max is probably the best solution ever! Built with lightweight but crazy-strong commercial aircraft aluminum, this is such a clever design.

Pro Deluxe Kit (for midsize cameras) Price: $49 (at Platypod)
Pro Max (for larger cameras) Price: $99
(at Platypod)

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Lexar 128 GB JumpDrive C20i Lightning to USB 3.0 Cable with Built-in Flash Drive
Okay, that’s a boring name, but this is a really cool, handy device that does more than you might think. Not only can you transfer up to 128 GB of photos, either from your iPhone or iPad to your computer (or vice versa), it also actually acts as an iPhone or iPad charger. So small and lightweight, but backed with power!

Price: $136.99 (at B&H Photo)

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Tether Tools Case Air Wireless Tethering System
Photographers have been dying for an inexpensive, reliable, easy way to shoot directly from their DSLR straight to an iPad or iPhone (also works for Android devices), and Tether Tools totally nailed that with their new Case Air Wireless Tethering System. You can even focus and fire your camera using their app (for iOS or Android). So easy to set up and use, and the price is right. Very cool stuff!

Price: $159.99 (at B&H Photo)

Battery Grip
This is one of those gifts that they’ll love you for forever because it’s so handy and it makes their camera look and feel more like a high-end pro camera, as it gives them a second battery holder and a shutter button for when they’re shooting vertical. The price starts at around $50 for a third-party grip, but if you buy a Nikon brand for a Nikon camera, or Canon brand for Canon, expect to pay at least 2–3 times as much, so give the Vello brand at B&H a serious look. You’ll be a holiday hero for this one!

Starting at $50.00 (at B&H Photo)

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Mpix Premium Panoramic Photo Books
I made my first one of these photo books earlier this year, and I have to say, they scream quality! The thickness of the pages just gives it such an expensive feel (but without an actual expensive price). Your giftees can design their books right on the Mpix site (it’s so simple to create a book; anyone can do it), and they’ll be amazed when their photo book arrives—just beautiful! Either gift them the ability to make one using their images, or make a book of your images and present it as a gift.

Price: Starting at $39.99 (at MPIX)

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B&H Photo Gift Cards
Not sure exactly what to get your photographer friends? Yes you are. Get ’em a B&H Photo Gift Card. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want something from the greatest photo store on earth, plus this way they can get whatever they want (within the limit of how much you put on the card, of course). You can order them direct from the B&H site, and they send a card and a catalog, so it looks pretty substantial.

Price: Starting at $25 (link)

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Macphun Luminar (plug-in for Photoshop and/or Lightroom)
If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s just because it’s brand new. I think this might be the perfect plug-in for people who are just getting into using plug-ins, because: (a) it has lots of presets; (b) it does tons of stuff; (c) it’s very easy to use; and (d) it’s super affordable at $69. It does everything from photo special effects to editing tasks (even editing RAW images); and again, its big strength is lots of presets that create good looks. It’s pretty full-featured photo-editing software on its own, so you’ll see stuff like Layers, Noise Reduction, Curves, and more, but I just use the special effects—of which there are plenty to keep your giftee busy. The downside is that it’s Mac only at this point, so make sure your photographer giftee uses a Mac.

Price: $69 (at MacPhun)

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3 Legged Thing Equinox Albert Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod and AirHed 360
This has become my go-to tripod for travel, because it really packs up small, it’s fairly lightweight, but sturdy as all get-out, and it comes with a really nice ballhead (and a nice ballhead alone can cost more than this entire rig, so that helps make it a great deal). They make an even smaller, lighter travel tripod called the “Leo,” if size and portability is #1 on your list; otherwise, I’d go with the Albert, even though it’s a little heavier, and a little bigger.

Albert: $489.99 (at B&H Photo)
Leo: $349.99 (at B&H Photo)

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Phottix Mitros Flash (and Odin II Wireless Flash Transmitter)
If you want to get the photographer on your gift list a really good quality flash without spending $600, this is what I’d go with. They’re awesome quality flashes, but I have to say it’s the wireless transmitter—the Phottix Odin II Flash Trigger Transmitter, sold separately for around $199 and used for wirelessly controlling one or more flashes—that made me fall in love with this system. It’s like it was designed by a photographer (rather than an engineer). If you’ve seen me out on the road this year, these are the flashes I’ve been using.

Phottix Mitros+ Transceiver Flash: Around $350 (link)
Phottix Odin II Flash Trigger Transmitter: $194.90 (link)


 

CHA-CHING!
Stuff that’s a really good deal for the money, and even though it’s not a lot of money, they’ll still totally dig it.

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Impact Venture TTL 600W/s Battery-Powered Monolight Kit
The hot things in lighting right now are these studio strobes you can take on location and, instead of having a separate battery pack, the battery is built right into the light itself, so it’s just the light, on a stand, and that’s it—no cables whatsoever. Of course, the problem has been that they’ve been crazy expensive, which is why I like this Impact version so much: The light, a 32″ hex softbox, the wireless controller, and a spare battery are available as a kit from B&H Photo for just $1,249.95, which is a pretty screaming deal. It has built-in high-speed sync and LED modeling lights. And did I mention the price? It’s less than one-half the competitor’s. Sweet!

Price: $1249.95 (at B&H Photo)

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Canon EOS 5 Mark IV
If the Canon shooter on your holiday list is looking for a new camera body, the 5D Mark IV is perhaps the best all-around camera Canon has ever made. It’s a big upgrade over the industry workhorse Mark III, and just about every single aspect is improved or enhanced on this bad boy. It has more megapixels, better sensor, built-in wireless, built-in GPS, more frames per second, and I could go on and on, but the bottom line is this: It makes better images. If you buy them this body, they’ll follow you around like a puppy for the rest of their lives.

Price: Body only $3,499 (at B&H Photo)

 

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Elinchrom ELC Pro  HD 500s Flash Head
Want something awesome for the studio photographer on your list? These new strobes from Elinchrom are the best I’ve used from them (and they’re known for their quality/value ratio). Great new design, but beyond that, it fires about as fast as you can shoot with virtually no recycling time between shots. And you can do stroboscopic, sequence, and delayed strobe effects easily—these modes are built in. Very consistent, well designed, and a lot of bang for the buck.

Price: $1,049.99 (at B&H Photo)

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Canon EF 16–35mmf 2 8L III USM Lens 
This 16–35mm range is one of my all-time favorites for a super-wide-angle lens, and Canon just released a new updated version of this classic lens that’s sharper than ever. If your photographer giftee shoots landscape, travel, architecture or football (I use it for my remote cameras), he’ll lose his mind if you get him one of these. This is the good stuff!

Price: $2,199 (at B&H Photo)


STUFF FROM US
I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least make mention of some of the cool gifts we have over here at KelbyOne.

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A One-Year KelbyOne Online Education membership
Wanna give them a gift that they’ll remember all year long? How about world-class, online training on everything from Photoshop to Lightroom to photography. It’s $199 for an entire year (with 24/7 access to literally thousands of lessons), or just $19.95 a month. Not only will they love you for it, so will I.

Monthly: $19.95 (at KelbyOne.com)
Annual: $199 (at KelbyOne.com)

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My “How Do I Do That In Photoshop?” and “How Do I Do That In Lightroom?” Book Bundle
I created these two books for people who are already at least somewhat familiar with Photoshop and/or Lightroom and they want reference books they can keep right at their desk, so when they ask themselves, “Isn’t there a way to do that in Lightroom or Photoshop?” they just turn right to the page in the respective book that describes just that one topic. These books have a been a huge hit with readers (the Lightroom book is already in its third printing), and you can get a deal from the publisher on the two-book bundle for only $30.00.

Both eBooks: $20 (from Rocky Nook)
Both Paperbacks: $30 (at Rocky Nook)
Both Print and eBook Bundles: $45 (at Rocky Nook)

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Treat them to the Photoshop World 2017 Conference in Orlando next April
Treat them to the Photoshop World Conference in Orlando Okay, do you want to totally blow them away to the extent that they need a spinal tap? Give them a full conference pass to the Photoshop World Conference in April in Orlando, Florida. It’s a three-day Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography love fest, and they’ll be talking about this gift, what they learned, and the overall experience, for years to come.

If you’re a KelbyOne member, if you buy it for them now, you get $100 off for being a member, and another $100 off with the Early Bird discount, so it’s just $599. (at http://photoshopworld.com)

For everybody else, it’s $699 (but if you buy it now, before the early-bird discount cut-off) it’s still $100 off). (at http://photoshopworld.com)  ■


Well, there ya have it folks. Remember, it’s not how many gifts you get. It’s about how many gifts you get me! ;-)

Happy Holidays!

-Scott

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Today in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving; a national holiday where we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy (and I truly feel like the most blessed guy on earth).

Traditionally this is a day where families come together to eat a Thanksgiving turkey feast, and then we watch the Cowboys lose to the Redskins. It’s just about a perfect day. Our offices are closed today for Thanksgiving, but I’ll be back here tomorrow with some insane deals on all our stuff in honor of the biggest shopping day of the year (known as Black Friday).

In the meantime, please enjoy the stock image above (nothing brings the warmth, togetherness, and joy of Thanksgiving together like a stock image with 3D-Rendered pumkins).

In all seriousness, here’s wishing you and your family a joyous, happy, and yummy Thanksgiving.

All my best,

-Scott

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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

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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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