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It’s here! Our brand-new, just-launched magazine for photographers using Adobe’s Lightroom. We launched with two issues — a FREE launch issue (it’s a full regular issue so you can really get the look, feel and of course, the free training), and we also simultaneously released our 2nd issue ( regular issues are just $4.99. Less than an Extra Value Meal at McDonalds).

The magazine is all about teaching you how to make the most of your time in Lightroom and each issue has articles on everything from creating presets to organizing your images to my column on creating custom photo books, and much more. I’m the mag’s Publisher, but at the reins is Editor-in-Chief (& renown Lightroom guru) +Matt Kloskowski so you know it’s going to rock!

The magazine is available NOW on the App Store for the iPad (For more on our Android tablet development, see this video from +RC Concepcion demo-ing our sister-publication Light-it Magazine on an Android tablet: http://youtu.be/UjqLF7tAKz0 )

NOTE: These issues have embedded video, so the downloads are…well…lets just say we’re working on that part cause they’re pretty big and take a while to download. Patience is a virtue. :)

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Shooting the NFC Championship Game on Sunday for the Falcons

OK, Brad’s been busy getting all my remote gear together for this Sunday’s game (see iPhone photo above). I’m going to be running FIVE remotes this time out, including one with a 300mm f/2.8 rigged at the top of the dome aiming down at the 50-yard-line. It’s a PocketWizard fiesta (using four of the new PocketWizard Plus III  —- link).

Tried using a D5000 with a flip-out LCD screen for when I’m shooting fish-eye mounted on a monopod, but it seems like more work than it’s worth, so back to a full-frame body and shooting kinda blind with it. Can’t wait ’till game day :)

Above: We ordered a two-head floor mount from fplate.net (their stuff totally rocks!) so I can mount two cameras on the ground as the players make their entrance to the field through the smoke and fire.

Above: Ahhhh, there’s nothing more attractive than an iPhone photo of a Pelican case with a bunch of safety cables. We bought even more today for rigging that 300mm f/2.8 to the top of the dome.

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“The Grid” is back from our holiday break, and this Wednesday was our “Blind Photo Critique” show

http://youtu.be/GWH8-yyfue8

Here’s the free re-broadcast of yesterday’s “Blind Photo Critique” Episode of “The Grid.” (We get such great feedback from these blind critique episodes).

We had some great moments in this episode, and I even got tagged as a “Quote of the Day” when I said:

 “I don’t think there’s enough sliders in Lightroom to fix that shot.” LOL!

It’s a really helpful episode with some great learning moments. Check it out above. :)

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When I saw I was on this list, I just couldn’t believe it!

When I first saw a link to the list in my feed, I thought someone was just bringing it to my attention, like “Hey, Scott — here’s something you might consider for your blog” and then as I’m scrolling through the 16 and I saw my name at #10, my jaw just dropped.

It’s very humbling to see the amazing photographers I’m surrounded by on that list (I just hope Jay Maisel doesn’t see that I’m ranked higher than Bresson, or he will fly down here from New York and personally beat the living daylights out of me). LOL! Here’s the link to see the full list: http://bit.ly/UNA31P

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A big thanks to ExpertPhotography.com for choosing this blog as one of their “Top 20 Photography Websites of 2012”

Just saw this a couple of days and was really psyched (and honored) to see my blog was included alongside some of really wonderful photography sites out there (here’s the link to see all 20: http://www.expertphotography.com/top-20-photography-websites-2012/).

Thanks again to ExpertPhotography.com and to all the great folks who visit my blog during the year. :-)

Hope you all have a kick butt weekend. Don’t forget: GO FALCONS!  (which is to show my support for the Falcons, but for some reason when I say it, it just brings out 49ers fan saying mean things instead). LOL! #riseup!

 

At my Photoshop seminars last week in Boston and Washington DC, three questions came up again and again from the seminar participants and so I thought I’d address them here:

(1) Photoshop CS6 doesn’t run in your Web browser
The first one is a myth going around that if you get the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop you run it in your Web browser. Good news — it is NOT a web-based application — it’s the same Photoshop that works the same way as if you had bought it in a box at your local computer store —- but now you just download it from the Web (er, the Adobe Cloud) and install it on your computer just like you do with about any software program these days.

I think what throws people off is the word “Cloud” and when we think “Cloud” we think “Web-based”, and while there is a cloud-component and features that come as part of a membership to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, that’s just to extend the power and workflow of Adobe’s applications — they are not Web based applications. So why did Adobe use the word Cloud at all? My guess is, Wall Street loves anything with the word “Cloud” in it (I’m judging by the number of backlit ads I see in airports touting different companies “Cloud integration” or “Cloud Solutions” or “Cloud Cloudiness”).

I think probably the biggest benefit (well, it is for me anyway) of Creative Cloud membership is that you get new Photoshop features as soon as they’re ready — you don’t have to wait 18 months to two years before you get new features — they just release these new features via updates from the cloud as soon as they’re fully baked. I’ve been on the Creative Cloud since it came out (I even told the crowd — the version of Photoshop I’ve been using all day today is the Creative Cloud version, and they seemed relieved).

(2) If you don’t have CS6, you can rent just Photoshop CS6 alone for $20 a month
This shocked a lot of folks (especially folks on Photoshop Elements or who just had Lightroom that thought they’d never be able to afford the full Photoshop). This isn’t a stripped down version, or trial version or any of those other myths — it’s the full-blown Photoshop CS6 (including the new DSLR Video editing features) that we all use everyday.

(3) A whole BUNCH of folks didn’t know Adobe cut Lightroom 4’s price in half!
I was surprised at how many folks didn’t realize that Lightroom 4 isn’t $299 any more. A while back Adobe lowered the price to just $149.99 (which is awesome — yay Adobe), but Lightroom 4 is also now included as part of the full Creative Cloud membership, so if you’re already a full Adobe Creative Cloud member (so you’re not just renting Photoshop by itself) then you can  just go and download the full Lightroom 4 right now. Sweet, right? Oh yeah!

Anyway, that’s just a few of the things that kept coming up in Boston and again in DC last week so I thought I’d share them here. How software is sold and delivered is changing just like everything else in technology these days, and I know it’s hard to keep with it all (it’s a struggle for me, and I have lots of help), so I hope you find these helpful (lot’s more on the whole Creative Cloud thing over on Adobe’s site).

Note:  In re-reading these three points, they sound a little “pluggy” but just so you know, I don’t get a kick-back, commission, or anything else from Adobe if you buy Photoshop, Lightroom or the Creative Cloud, which if you ask me is a doggone shame! LOL!.

http://youtu.be/q7bmcXUO_aA

..when it was out on the road (or if I didn’t come to your city or country)â¦.you can watch the entire seminar online, from start to finish, no matter where you are in the world.

You even get the same tour workbook (but in color no less), plus all freebies I gave out for attendees.

The full-day seminar is now available as a digital download (just like you'd buy a movie online to download to your computer), for just $49.

The short one-minute video above gives you the full scoop, or go to the download site: http://kelbytraining.com/product/light-it-shoot-it-retouch-it-live-download/

Right now I’m out on tour with my “Photoshop for Photographers” live full-day seminar, and since I’m showing Photoshop all day, I usually have a few folks ask, “Do you guys do any training on Lightroom?” I love when someone asks that because we actually offer an insane amount of Lightroom 4 training, and a lot of different ways to learn — 15 in fact, so here’s a quick list of what we do for photographers who really want to learn Lightroom 4:

Spoiler Alert: There’s a BIG new one coming — that’s #16 down below, but read the other 15 first).

(1) Our Lightroom magazine within a magazine!
In every issue of Photoshop User magazine (the monthly print magazine for members of the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionas [NAPP] and found on newsstands), we have an entire section of the magazine (kind of magazine within a magazine) that focuses just on Lightroom 4 with tutorials features, articles, and tips. Here's the link for info on NAPP (you get a Photoshop User magazine subscription as part of your annual membership)

(2) We produce the free "Lightroom Killer Tips," podcast
It’s hosted by Matt Kloskowski. You can watch it on our site (here's the link) or subscribe to it free on iTunes.

(3) The Lightroom Killer Tips Blog 
Matt also pens the incredibly popular "Lightroom Killer Tips" blog for us, where he posts a ton of  Lightroom 4 tips, techniques, topics, plus loads of his free Lightroom Presets (that's rightâ”awesome free presets. In fact, some of the presets that Matt created are actually included by Adobe in the Lightroom presets that come preinstalled in Lightroom 4).

(4) The Lightroom 4 Tour Live! 
At Kelby Training we produce a nationwide tour that Matt is teaching live in cities across the country. Thousands of people have been turned on to Lightroom, and an amazing workflow, through this tour already. His next stops are:  Seattle, St. Louis, Kansas City and Orlando. Here’s the link to see when it’s coming near you.

(5) "The Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers"
Since it’s first release (for Lightroom 1) it’s been the #1 bestselling book on the topic and one of my bestselling books ever! Here’s a link to it on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. It’s around $28 bucks.

(6) The Latest Lightroom Info is here on my blog
I spend about 80% of my time in Lightroom, so it’s not surprising that Lightroom is a big topic right here on blog. I share everything from tips and techniques to my thoughts on how Lightroom is evolving and I help to act as your representative, as your voice and mouthpiece to Adobe’s own Lightroom team on the features you need next.

(7) We teach Lightroom on D-Town TV
We produce this wildly popular, free weekly show for DSLR shooters (hosted by RC Concepcion and Larry Becker), and since it's a show for DSLR shooters, we cover some post production, too, so we include tutorials on Lightroom every chance we get (It's in it's 6th season now. You can watch back episodes free, and you'll see lots of Lightroom). Here's that link.

(8) Learn Lightroom 4 at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo
That's rightâ”we have a special Lightroom training track all unto itself at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo that runs the entire conference, with sessions taught by the leading experts on Lightroom, every day-all day (we joke that you can go to Photoshop World, do the Lightroom conference tracks, and never take a single Photoshop class. That's awesome!). Join us next month in Vegas for this three-day Lightroom love fest (Here's a link to check out the Lightroom classes offered).

(9) Our Free Lightroom Learning Centers
When a new version of Lightroom comes out, we launch an extensive free online Learning Center, with individual videos on all the new features, along with video interviews with Adobe's Lightroom product managers, and loads more information on the new release than you'll find anywhere. You can still visit our Lightroom 3 Learning Center right here.

(10) We teach Lightroom Online at KelbyTraining.com
We have literally hours of Lightroom training available to subscribers to our online training segment, with classes on everything from how to properly back-up your Lightroom catalog and images, to classes on Sharpening in Lightroom, and Lightroom for the Web, plus our three-part "Lightroom In Depth" classes from Matt. Here's the link.

(11) We have Lightroom Training DVDs
We know not everybody likes to learn live, or online, which is why we offer Lightroom training DVDs, and they're still incredibly popular (especially titles like our "Lightroom 4 Power Session" which is designed to bring people who upgrade from earlier versions of Lightroom up to speed fast on Lightroom 4).

(12) Lightroom Tutorials on Photoshop User TV
In just about every free weekly episode ofPhotoshop User TV, we feature either a Lightroom tip, or a full feature tutorial during the show, because like I said earlier, it's actually called "Photoshop" Lightroom. It's free. Every week.Here's the link.

(13) Our Lightroom Training Apps
One of our most popular Apps (for the iPad) is our “Lightroom Crash Course” (from none other than own own Matt Kloskowski (I have to admit, it's awesome having one of the absolutely world's best Lightroom trainers working for us), and it’s only $10. It rocks!

(14) Lightroom Training on the NAPP-Member Site
Another place where we do a lot of Lightroom training is on the NAPP Member’s site. We have both videos and written tutorials, and we’re about to undergo our most expansive Lightroom training initiative there ever. Plus, we have a Lightroom Help Desk where you can get your questions answered directly, one-on-one. Here's the link with info on joining NAPP.

(15) 100 Ways Lightroom Kicks The Bridge and Camera Raw's A$%!!!!
To help photographers out there that ask, “I have the Bridge and Camera Raw, do I really need Lightroom?” Matt and I created a series of 100 short video clips (60-seconds or less) ) called (and I'm not making this up): 100 Ways Lightroom Kicks The Bridge and Camera Raw's A$%!!!!  It surprises a lot of people because when you see the side-by-side comparison, you totally “get it” and realize there really is no comparison. Here’s the link.

(16) We’re getting  ready to launch a new magazine just for Lightroom!
It’s called Lightroom User” magazine, and it will be a tablet-based magazine in the same size and format as our popular “Light it Magazine” (for hot shoe and studio flash), and it will be 100% dedicated to teaching you Lightroom 4 (and future versions). The magazine is in production now, and once it launches I’ll be sure to let you guys know right here on the blog.

Whew!!! That's a bunch of Lightroom training!!!

I hope some of you find that helpful, and that maybe you found out about some other ways we're supporting the education of Lightroom in the community.

Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share all this with you, and I hope you’ll check at least some of it out — I promise it will be a big help to you on your Lightroom 4 journey. :)

http://youtu.be/DJPs3j8K1-E

Hi Gang: First, watch that 60-second video above, and then come back here for what the video didn’t tell you (no peeking — go watch the video clip first — plus, you get to hear me speak French, which I usually reserve for special occassions).

OK, here’s what it didn’t tell you
It’s a two-part class; the first part is the “how to shoot” part, which is around an hour and half long, shot on location in Paris, France (the ideal place to shoot a travel photography class). By the way; the class isn’t about how to shoot Paris — it’s just filmed in Paris  — it’s about shooting travel photography in general.

In the second part  of the class, I take the images shot in the Part One, and go through the entire Lightroom / Photoshop workflow and post-processing, from start to finish. We do all the Camera Raw editing, stitching of Panos, retouching, the whole nine yards starting with the raw photos right out of the camera. That 2nd part is three and half hours of in-depth training. Of course, you don’t have to watch all three and half hours — you can jump right to technique you want to learn if you like, but at least all totaled it’s around FIVE hours of travel photography techniques and post-processing.

There have been two online classes that I have been over-the-top excited about; one was my “Crush the Composition” class and the other is this travel class. I really feel like it’s going to help a lot of folks get the best travel photos they’ve ever taken. It’s very pragmatic, straight to the point, packed with techniques you can really use. If you’re a Kelby Training Subscriber, I hope you’ll check out the class when it’s released later today right here. If you’ve haven’t subscribed to Kelby Training, n’attendez pas une autre minute. Joignez maintenant.!!! :)

http://youtu.be/q7bmcXUO_aA

(NOTE: If you watch this one-minute long video above now, you can skip all the way down to the last lne of text for details). 

If you missed my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” LIVE tour, you can now finally experience the entire seminar, from start to finish, and get the same tour workbook (in color no less), plus all freebies I gave out for attendees, starting today no matter where you live as we are making the day available as a digital download (just like you’d buy a movie online to download).

Although I was able to visit many major cities in the US, Canada, and even three cities in Europe, there were just so many places we didn’t get to visit with the tour. But now no matter where you are, you can attend the entire event, just as it happened, live from beginning to end. You’ll learn all the techniques, all the lighting, all the retouching, and you’ll absolutely have the best seat in the house, but at literally half the price.

We are SO excited to bring this to you our friends around the world —- our first-ever start-to-finish full day seminar available now anywhere you are.

Here’s the link to download the full digital seminar today (it’s just $49.99 US).

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