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Each year at Photoshop World we pick a theme (just for fun) that runs throughout the conference, including all the signage, displays, and we introduce this theme at the opening keynote. This year, being an election year and all, we decided it would be fun to create “The Photoshop Party’s” political convention live on stage, and we kicked off the convention keynote with the video above, featuring political attack TV ads against each of the Photoshop Guys (again, just for fun). Thanks to our own Erik Kuna and crew who produced it from start to finish.

At each keynote we try and have a “Reveal” — something the crowd wasn’t expecting and this year it was a professional Sarah Palin impersonator who came out to introduce me, and she was a dead ringer (see above). The crowd was a bit stunned until they realized it wasn’t actually her, and then they totally got into the joke.

Catch Joe McNally in Phoenix on Thursday
Joe’s in Phoenix with his one-light/two light tour, and if you’re out that way, you don’t want to miss the change to spend the day with Joe. Here’s the link (It’s $99 for the full day or $79 if you’re a NAPP member). He’ll be in Hartford, CT on the 20th if you miss him in Phoenix.

Improvements to the “Light It Magazine” App
We’ve been getting lots of great feedback on the newly updated store and library layouts for “Light It Magazine.” (our iPad-based magazine on studio lighting and hot-shoe flash). We tried to make it easier to find the issues you’ve downloaded, and to find new ones, and so far, all the feedback has been very positive. Looking forward to getting the Android version completed — still a few things to work out, but we’re getting close. :)  The newly updated iPad version is available on the App Store —- issues are $2.99 each and back issues are available.

Don’t Miss Matt In Missouri
If you’re in Kansas City, so is Matt Kloskowski on Wednesday with his Lightroom 4 Tour. He has been absolutely killing it on this tour, playing to rave reviews and packed houses. If you wanna go, click right here. 

 

I was inspired to create the poster above after Sunday’s Bucs/Panthers game on the sidelines
I call it, “Courage.” I hope it inspires you to greatness, and to a fantastic Tuesday! Cheers. :)

We shall never forget those who perished on 9/11.

The men, women, and children in the two towers;, in the Pentagon, passengers in the four planes; all the brave individuals who rushed in to help others and made the ultimate sacrifice, and the men and women of our armed services who gave their lives to protect our country in the eleven years since that tragic day.

We shall never forget.

THIS JUST IN:
Hey everyone, RC here. Today August 2, 2012 at 2PM EDT (in about 90 min), #Photoshop instructors +Matt Kloskowski +Corey Barker +Pete Collins and I are getting together with some lunch to just talk about all of the other reasons we love Photoshop world outside of #Photoshop and #Photography . Obviously there is a ton of training out there to be had, but you would be amazed as to how so many other things at the conference totally make it one of my favorite places to be.

If you want to watch as we tape this, you can watch at http://kelbytv.com/onair – you can even leave comments or questions.. be happy to answer any.

What as awesome day yesterday in New York!!!! (and thanks to RC who took this pano of the crowd from behind me while I was teaching how to shoot and stitch panos. LOL!).

Thanks to everybody who came out — one of my best crowds of the year! Great to see so many familiar faces and getting to meet some great new folks. I love NY! Just some quick things before I board my flight home:

(1) The deadline to save $100 on a full conference pass to the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo (Sept 7-9) is this Friday, so if you wanna go (and I know you wanna go), go sign up right now (and save even more by reserving your room at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino — that’s where I’m stayin’).

(2) A guy came up to me yesterday at my seminar and he was absolutely raving about Light It magazine (which, of course, had me smiling from ear to ear). He was in the magazine business, and he said he thought it was the best designed and implemented digital magazine he had ever seen, and I was just thrilled). If you haven’t seen Light it (our hot shoe and studio lighting magazine for the iPad), you can download the first issue free from the App Store (we’re working on an Android version now).

(3) If you are going to Photoshop World, don’t forget to enter the Guru Awards. The prizes are awesome, and winning a Guru Award has been a career springboard for a lot of folks (the competition is only open to registered Photoshop World attendees, but entry is free to those folks).

Gotta run —- they’re boarding. Hope you guys have an awesome Tuesday, and we’ll see you here tomorrow for Guest Blog Wednesday. Cheers.

 

 

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Got in yesterday afternoon for my seminar today, and spent the day with my buddy RC Concepcion goofing around in Manhattan (RC used to live here, and he knows all the great restaurants, the history, where everything is and such). We went to the Intrepid museum (built on a World War II aircraft carrier), which was just fantastic (I had been there about 15 or so years ago, and it’s just gotten that much better over the years! Even saw the Space Shuttle Enterprise).

The video clip above is about the seminar I’m teaching today, but if you’re not here in New York today at my seminar, you can catch either me or RC as we take the “show on the road.” The next stop is RC’s in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 15th, and then I’m out in Sacramento, California on August 22nd, and then in Denver on August 29th. Here’s the link for details and/or to sign up. Hope to meet you in person!

Here’s some other quick Monday stuff:

(1) If you’re into seeing the Olympics from a photographer’s point-of-view, our good friend Bill Pekala from Nikon Professional Services is out at the Olympics in London, and has been posting a great series of images on his blog from a different point of view. If you’ve got a minute, it’s worth checking out (here’s the link) and he posts new stuff about every day.

(2) My buddy RC bought a Nexus 7 tablet and I am just really impressed with it. For $199, it is really amazing. WAY better than I ever thought a $199 tablet would be. Love the small size and the way it feels in your hands. Very quick and responsive with a nice crisp screen, and pretty lightweight. I have to say, if a new smaller 7″ iPad wasn’t just six weeks or so away (rumor), I’d probably get one.

(3) If you’re into HDR, you’ve gotta check out Nik Software’s newly updated HDR Efex Pro 2. This is the tool a lot of pros are using and they’re raving about the new version (I just started taking it through it’s paces, and it already looks really cool). You can download a fully-working demo from their site (here’s the link).

(4) MPIX (just the coolest online photo lab ever) is having a “Hip My House” contest where you can win $5,000 worth of prints (RC talked about this on his Guest Blog post a couple of weeks ago), and if you haven’t entered….why not? This contest is really clever, and you’ll love the results. Here’s the link with all the details.

(5) I mentioned that I’d let you guys know how I’m liking my new Macbook Pro. Well I am absolutely super-digging it (as my wife would say). This thing is just screaming fast (I had no idea how big a difference the SSD drives would make) and while the display looks great, neither Photoshop or Lightroom has been updated to take advantage of the Retina display yet, but outside of that, the rest looks wildly crisp (in a good way).

Lastly, if you’re here in New York at my seminar, make sure you come up and say hi. I always get a kick out of meeting folks who read my blog, so track me down so I can thank you. Here’s wishing you a Monday that feels like a Friday! Cheers.

 

Hi Gang: Greetings from a rainy night in Philadelphia (iPhone photo above was taken pressed against my hotel room window right before a huge rain storm hit last night), where today I’m doing my “Photoshop for Photographer’s Tour.” Here’s just a few quick things:

(1) Dave Black’s class on Shooting High School football is absolutely getting just rave reviews. I see incredible comments daily on Twitter, Facebook and G+, and if you’re a kelbytraining.com online subscriber, even if you don’t think you’ll be shooting high school football, I guarantee you’ll learn great things for any sports from Dave’s online class. He is truly a gifted teacher.

(2) I’ve made my transition off my Drobos and I want to do a full blog post on it, but I’ve got so much on my plate right now I won’t be able to do it justice with just a quickie post, but I’ll have something detailed within the next two weeks, so stay tuned.

(3) I’m trying out my new MacBook Pro (with the Retina Display) today in Philly. I’ll let you know how it goes (but I can tell you this — it’s my first Mac with SSD drives, and MAN does it scream!!!!).

(4) Matt Kloskowski runs the popular LightroomKillerTips.com blog, but he wanted a place where he could talk about more than just Lightroom, so he recently launched “The Ski Report” (a play off the last syllable of his last name) and he’s got some great stuff already on there (including his first thoughts on the new MacBook Pro). Here’s the link.

(5) Do you live in New York? Do you live near New York. Do you want to hang out with me on Monday and learn some cool new Photoshop stuff? Cool. Here’s the link. (I have a video there that explains what I’m teaching in the tour). 

(6) I still don’t know who sent me that picnic basket.  :(

(7) Today is a great day to back up your photos (especially if you haven’t done it in a while). Don’t forget to back up the photos on your cell phone!!!

(8) This weekend would be a great time to gather up your photos and submit them online to the copyright office. You’ve been putting it off long enough. :)

(9) We have a ton of cool video stuff at our Kelby Media Group YouTube channel, including lots of classes from the Google+ Photographers conference, and sneak peeks at classes, tutorials, episodes of “The Grid” and a bunch of just fun or funny stuff. Here’s the link (you can subscribe for free and then you’ll know when we post new stuff).

(10) If you’re going to Photoshop World in Vegas in September, you oughta stay where we’re staying (by we, I mean me plus all the staff and instructors); at the Mandalay Bay resort, seeing as we’ve got a discount for conference attendees, but it runs out pretty soon, so if you’re going, snag your room now!!!!! Here’s the link with details and how to get your discount.

That’s it from a rainy night in Philly. If you’re at the seminar today, or in New York on Monday, and you read this blog, make sure you stop me and say Hi. I always get a kick out of meeting folks who read the blog. Have a great weekend and here’s hoping you take your best shot yet! :)

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