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Today is Labor Day in the United States, and our offices are closed, so we’re taking today off here at the blog but I’ll be back on here tomorrow.

By the way: I looked up Labor Day in WikiPedia, and here are a few interesting tidbits about this American Holiday:

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties.

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City.

In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and College football seasons.

(NOTE: My football shooting season has already started, as I shot the Bucs vs. Bengals and the Bucs vs. Browns NFL Preseason games already. Here’s some thumbnails from the Browns game, below).

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Have a great Labor Day today. Don’t forget to rest and party! :-)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. We have right around 650 Photo Walks organized around the world as part of my Worldwide Photo Walk. If you’re relaxing this Labor Day, why not click this link; type in the name of your city, and see if there’s a walk near you that you can join on Saturday, Oct. 3rd?

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It’s a huge event, held once every five years in New YorkParis, Tokyo and Shanghai and not only is it my first time attending, I’m actually teaching a session in the conference track, and get this — it’s not Photoshop, Lightroom or Photography related.

Canon asked if I might do a business class this time around, so I’m really excited to be doing a class next Thursday (a week from this Thursday), called “How to Present Like a Pro” where I’ll share my favorites tips and techniques for making presentations that rock.

But besides my class…
Everybody I’ve talked to about this tells me how huge this Expo is, and it covers everything Canon does, from film-making to photography to copiers to…well, Canon makes a lot of products covering a wide range of stuff, and I can’t wait to see it all, and you can too. Here’s the details:

When: September 10-11, 2015
Where: Javits Convention Center, NYC

Here’s the link for details and to register (you need this ACCESS CODE to register because this is an invite-only event, but don’t worry — this access code is your invite: IGKB4PPT).

Check out this video (below) – I found it on YouTube and it’s from the 2010 Paris Canon Expo – I can’t imagine what the one in NYC is going to be like. That’s some crazy stuff!!!  Looks like it’s going to be a blast!

https://youtu.be/hTTIeyzxTeQ

Hope I’ll see you there in person next week. It’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it…) epic!

Best,

-Scott

OK, over 3,200 of you voted yesterday and I posted the results from that Lightroom Reader Suggested Feature Survey (quite surprising results by the way), over at LightroomKillerTips.com along with a link to today’s even quicker one-question survey, which is based on the series that I wrote which started this whole thing, called:

“What I love to see added to Lightroom”

I did a post on one feature each day for seven days, so there are just seven feature ideas (but you can only pick one). It’s short and sweet â” will take you less than 60-seconds.

Here’s the direct link to this new survey if you just want to jump over there real quick and vote, but make sure you jump back over to Lightroom Killer Tips to see yesterday’s results, too.

Perhaps, equally as important, but not really….
…are the results from my “Which Guitar Has To Go Home?” survey:

That’s right â” the Paul Stanley (lead singer for KISS) Signature Model Flying “V” up in the top right corner was your clear #1 choice and therefore must be banished from my office, and sent into exile within my private residence (which is very close to my house) under strict orders not to get anywhere near my Les Paul or my Paul Reed Smith Custom 24.

JOIN US LIVE LATER TODAY!
In times like these it’s a tradition (for over 1/100th of a century) to conduct an official “Changing of the Guitar” ceremony broadcast LIVE today via the Periscope App (free for IOS and now Android). If you’re not already following me there, please do (I’m @scottkelby) and watch as the magic unfolds. The spectacle and pageantry of this majestic processional is really something to behold. You’ll want to tell your grandchildren about this one, so make sure your batteries are charged, you have plenty of film on hand, and get there early to get a good spot and avoid all the tourists.

That’s all from here in “I’m up way too late” land. Hope you have a rockin’ Tuesday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Later today we’ll be forming the “Missing V” formation as we gather in unison to hum “Detroit Rock City.” 

 

Above: Photo of me by my brother Jeff at an awesome little restaurant near our hotel.

Greetings from Spain, everybody!

Well, by the time you read this, I’m already on my way home â” it was a VERY short trip, just me and my big brother Jeffrey (the trip was a Christmas gift from my awesome wifey), and Jeff picked Valencia, Spain after a recommendation from our friend David Ziser, and David was spot on â” what a beautiful, fun, charming place!

Above: That’s my big brother Jeff, at the City of Art in Valencia. He really got some great shots on this trip!

So, I don’t really have a post for today other than to say â” I’m on my way â” I’ll share some photos soon, and a big thanks to everybody who shared the trip with me live during my Periscope App streaming broadcasts from Valencia each day, and last night from Madrid (where our mother was born). :)

Hope you all have a great weekend, and I’ll talk to you again once the jet lag wears off. ;-)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Even though I won’t be there today for the 12:00 noon ET Photoshop World Conference Insider’s Preview, I pre-recorded a few cool tips from my “Retouching Faces” class that I’ll be doing at the conference, and they’ll be sharing those tomorrow (I’ll be there not only in spirit, I’ll be there sharing a few tips, too!). 

Bonjour, mon ami! We’re back from a week in the South of France (our base was in Cap-Ferrat, which is right between Monaco and Nice, France). [photo above in front of the casino in Monaco by Kleber Stephenson].

We snuck away for a week with another couple for some vacation, and we just had an absolute blast! The weather was mostly beautiful, and we even snuck a day trip down to Portofino, Italy and then to Vernazza in Cinque Terre (we put some serious miles on our rental car).

I put together a photo book on the flight home, and I hope to share that here tomorrow (either that, or an Exposure.co post â” haven’t decided yet). In the meantime, Kalebra has posted some shots from “her trusty iPhone” over on her blog (here’s the link), and she totally crushed it.

I tried something new this trip that was a lot of fun
During the trip, I broadcast live video (using the free app Periscope) from Cannes, Portofino and driving the Formula 1 track in Monaco, and it was such a blast interacting with everybody live like that. If you’re not already following me on Periscope, I’m on there as “@scottkelby” (here’s the link to Periscope) – hope you’ll follow me – I do just one or two a day usually.

OK, I’m back to work
I’m back home and off to the office today, so I’d better get rolling. Hope you have a great day, and hope you’ll stop back by again tomorrow :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I hope you’re going to join me in Las Vegas, Aug. 11-13th for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo. It’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it…) epic! Lots of cool shooting opportunities, some cool new stuff and awesome new instructors. Here’s all the details. 

My first impressions of the Apple Watch (after having it three days or so)

After I posted a picture on Friday of my Apple Watch over on my Facebook page, some folks were asking what I thought of it. Now that I’ve had it for a few days here’s my initial thoughts after wearing (and playing) with it for the weekend:

1. You do need to read the instructions – it’s not an iPad where everything’s so obvious.
2. It’s more thoughtfully designed than I thought. Some seriously clever design went into making a watch computer easy to use.
3. There are more apps than I was expecting at launch, and I’ve already fallen in love with a few (like the Delta app).
4. The sport wrist band is kind of a pain to put on. Once on though, it feels great.
5. I already want more watch faces designs.
6. The movement and feel of the digital crown is just beautiful. It feels like a quality piece of machinery. The pressure screen works really well, too.
7. The charging cable is well designed, but the cable is like twice as long as an iPhone charging cable, which believe it or, seems too long (and takes up a decent amount of room in my laptop bag).
8. I wish it held a charge a lot longer (they say it needs to be recharged every 18 hours or so). Mine hasn’t gone dead yet, but when I saw it was low on battery, I took it off and plugged it in. I’m not used to having my watch off my wrist for two hours.
9. I was surprised how much configuration for the watch is actually done on the iPhone, rather than the watch.
10. The speaker just isn’t loud enough.
11. Texting on it is really slickly done. It’s very usable and handy.
12. It’s a lot more fun than I was expecting. You find yourself messing with it just for the sheer fun of it, and fun is…well…fun.
13. The “contact” portion of it (calling/texting your favorites) is very well done and fast to access.
14. The whole thing takes a little getting used to.
15. The wireless remote camera app (that lets you trigger your iPhone camera remotely from your watch), is pretty darn slick.
16. I’m surprised how convenient it is not having to get my phone out for every little thing. This is perhaps its strong point. It’s raison d’ªtre.

Now just waiting for my black sports band (not digging the white band that came with my sports model).

That’s my first take on it. So far – super diggin’ it.

Hope you have a great Monday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. The title of this post isn’t “My Apple Watch vs. Your Samsung or moto Watch”so there’s no need to defend your choice of watch, or tell me why yours is better, or how the Apple watch copied yours, or whatever. If you like your current watch, that’s all that matters â” you don’t have to try and prove your is superior. I’m just giving my first impressions of this watch. Also, if you’re not interested, or an Apple watch doesn’t suit you, costs too much, etc., there’s lot of other stuff to read on Internet today â” no need to let us know you’re not getting one.

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