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I just got word that Datacolor & Manfrotto Distribution are presenting a free Webinar today: “Datacolor New Product Review – SpyderCheckr, SpyderLensCal and SpyderCube”

When: Today—-Tuesday March 22nd
Time: Between 2pm-3pm EDT
Where: Right here

Here’s how they describe it:

Learn how you can save time and money by calibrating your camera lenses’ on your with the SpyderLensCal. Plus, to help you make sure you’re getting accurate color in your images there is the SpyderCheckr. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get accurate predictable color right from the first shot all the way through to final prints!

Datacolor Education Manager, Joshua Fischer, and Manfrotto Distribution Product Manager, Will Holowka, discuss these new and exciting products from Datacolor and learn how you can integrate them into your digital workflow.

During this Webinar, you have exclusive advantages:
$#x2022; Interact one on one with our special speakers. Ask questions & get the answers you need!
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$#x2022; FREE recorded version of the entire webinar. Within 24 hours of the event, you will automatically receive an email with instructions on how to access the webinar.

*In order to be eligible to win a prize, you must have a valid United States address and a valid email address upon registration.

In January you guys posted more than 1,700 Comments
I just went back and added up the number of comments posted by readers from Jan 3rd to Feb 1st, and it was a whopping 1,730 (although 1540 of those were from Ken Toney). ;-)  I was just astounded at the community you guys have built, and I want you to know that I read each and every one. Because I see your comments, I wanted to answer some of the questions I see popping up again and again that aren’t specific to that particular post. However, before I do I just wanted to thank you all for taking the time to share your comments, and especially to thank you for keeping your comments positive and making this a place where everybody’s treated with respect, and people don’t get flamed (or even lightly toasted).

(1) Q. Did you ever get your monopod replaced?
A. As it turns out, getting my monopod broken was the best thing that happened to me at that game. When I posted the story about Packer’s Quarterback Aaron Rodgers breaking my monopod during his touchdown dive (link), the folks at Really Right Stuff (the people who make my beloved BH-40 and BH-55 Ball Heads, which I cannot live without), graciously overnighted me their brand new, super-heavy duty MC-34 Carbon Fiber Monopod (shown above, on the Photoshop User TV set, where I’m telling the story—photo by Brad Moore), which is awesome! Incredibly well built (I’m not sure Rodgers could even take this one out), and it’s getting its first workout next week. That was truly cool of the Really Right Stuff crew.

Then, last Friday I got to speak at Manfrotto Distribution’s Annual Sales Meeting up in New York. They’re the folks behind a lot of the gear I use on a daily basis, including Elinchrom lighting, Lasto modifiers, Avenger stands, and (wait for it, wait for it), Gitzo tripods and monopods.

I’ve done presentations before in their tradeshow booth, but this time they had invited me to do a presentation to their distributors on how I use their gear in my own photography. So, I did a similar presentation to the one I do in their booth for the public, but then I ended with a quick portrait retouch (that’s me in mid retouch above—photo by Will Holowka), and then I ended with a short football photography slideshow.

After I was done, they presented me with not only a replacement for my broken Gitzo monopod, but the replacement was their upgraded model; the Gitzo GM3551 6X Caron Fiber Monopod, which is built like a tank. I don’t think a Packer’s lineman could take this puppy out. This all worked out much better than I could have ever hoped, because now not only do I have two awesome monopods, but I took the $220 Aaron Rodgers gave me, bought some whiskey, and went Honky Tonkin’. ;-)

(2) Q. Where’s the Kelby Training iPad App?
A. Every time I see that comment, which is now daily by the way, I cringe because I don’t have a decent answer. We have run into more hurdles with this project than you can imagine, and every time I think we’re a week away from releasing it, a new issue pops up in a different area. I can tell you we do have Beta versions in-house on our own iPads where we’re testing it, but there’s a reason it’s still in Beta—it’s not quite ready for release. This is one complex puppy, but once it’s lept over every hurdle, it’s going to be awesome. But until it is released, I’m in full cringe mode. Just know, it’s at the top of our list of projects, and I want it as badly as you guys do. Maybe more.

(3) Q. When’s the next Annual World Wide Photo Walk?
A. We haven’t picked the exact date again, but I imagine it will be approximately around the same time frame (late summer, so it’s really hot outside), but as soon as we nail down a date, I’ll be releasing that date here for sure.

(4) Q. When is the new Season of D-Town TV going to air?
A. OK, you have to keep this under wraps, but it’s been delayed a few weeks because we are launching an awesome new show in the next couple of weeks that I think you all will love. I can’t reveal all the details yet, but in the meantime it looks like D-Town TV will kick off its new season next week, but with some changes, which will be revealed in that first episode. It’s all good stuff, so stay tuned.

(5) Q. When is Jay Maisel’s new class going to be released? What about Jeremy Cowart’s 2nd class?
A. Good news: Jay’s class (which is incredible by the way) is almost out of editing, and should be up within just a few weeks. I am excited to tell you that Jeremy’s 2nd class is set to be released later today (his first class was one of our most-watched classes of the year, even though it didn’t come out until October). That’s Jeremy above, in a photo taken by RC yesterday at our studios where Jeremy was recording videos on how he does his Photoshop post-production. This is part of his upcoming online class where we went on location to Nashville to tape him doing an album cover shoot with a big name band. An amazing teaching opportunity from an amazing photographer and instructor.

(6) Q. When are you going to release an iPad App for “Photo Recipes, Part 2?”
A. The App is actually produced by my book’s Publisher, the fine folks over at Peachpit Press, and I imagine we’re probably just a few months away from its iPad release. I’ll let you guys know as soon as I hear anything concrete, but so far I haven’t heard a proposed ship date.

(7) Q. So Scott, are you shooting the SuperBowl?
A. Man, I wish. Unfortunately, I’ll be just watching the game at home, but luckily I’ll be surrounded by friends who all wish they were shooting it too, so we can drown our sorrows in yummy football food, while we scream at the TV (all wearing our Bears logo gear. We were so close!). Now, although Football season is just about officially over, I have a feeling it might be time for an NBA shoot this coming week. :-)

So, there you have it. Some quick answers to those lingering questions. Thanks again to everyone who posted comments and joined in the discussion this year. I love reading your comments, and commenting back when I have the chance. Have a great weekend everybody and we’ll see you here next week.

Lots of cool stuff to share today, about some great folks, and friends of the blog:

> First, my buddy, and aviation photographer, Jose Ramos (better known by his call sign “Fuji”), just got a two-page spread (shown above) featuring his photography, including air-to-air shots, in the upcoming Winter issue of “Hook Magazine.” Congrats Jose! (Disco, out).

> You guys who read this blog regularly are already familiar with the incredible automotive photography of UK-based photographer Tim Wallace, and as much as we so know he’s among the world’s best, it’s great to see him getting some of the public accolades he so richly deserves, as Tim recently won the Professional Advertising Photographer of the Year Award for 2010. A big congrats to Tim!!! Here’s the link.

> Last week I ran a short video by our friend Glyn Dewis on a look back at his photography shoots for 2010 (link), and this week I ran across an interview with Glyn that’s really a great read, and there’s lot of great photos as well. It’s over at the BrandonJFX blog (link). If you’ve got a moment, check it out.

> This week we have German retoucher, total Photoshop shark, and all around cool-guy, Calvin Hollywood here at the Kelby Training Studios down in Florida. Calvin’s here taping a series of Photoshop classes he’s doing for Kelby Training Online. He’s doing some really amazing stuff (he’s here with a studio lighting wizard from Germany, and the two of them work together as a team, staging the shots (all live for the cameras), then Calvin takes over with the retouch. Amazing stuff! We had Calvin as a guest on Photoshop User TV as well, so keep an eye out—he may be on this week’s show, or if not, next week’s for sure.

That’s it from here; have a great Tuesday everybody!

Today is the big day… It’s time for the NAPPathon!

You might be asking yourself, “What the heck is a NAPPathon?” I’ll let Larry Becker explain…

Scott Kelby, Larry Becker, Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski, Corey Barker, and RC Concepcion will be bringing you a mixture of live segments, Photoshop training, video tutorials taken directly from the NAPP member website (never before seen by the public), and various humor-filled videos from the NAPP archives. Most of the archive footage was created for special events (like Photoshop World conference) or aired only once for a specific occasion.

Viewers who pre-register for the FREE event will also be entered into prize drawings for NAPP memberships, Photoshop World conference tickets, and B&H gift cards! Pre-registration is not required to watch the free event but it is encouraged. Viewers are also invited to chime in with questions or comments on the live blog that will be running simultaneously during the event.

Be sure to invite all of your friends to come be a part of this event!

It all happens from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST LIVE right here!

Hey everyone, RC here. Aside from all of the cool projects we have going on in the world of Photoshop and Photography, we also keep an ear out there on the world of technology. I figured i’d keep things light today and just share with you a couple of things that were awesome (and funny) in the world of tech this week.

Kevin Bacon On Kevin Bacon on Google TV

Google’s off to take the TV world by storm, and despite a few setbacks with channel providers, theyre still making a full court press to win the hearts and minds of the TV faithful. Theyre newest attempt? Kevin Bacon. I’d love to add more color commentary to this, but it’s just priceless on it’s own.

Adobe Releases Flash 10.2 Beta
If you’re into watching video on your computers, this is something that should definitely interest you. Flash 10.2 beta is now taking all of the processing of video and making it less and less computer processor intensive by enabling more hardware acceleration. The results are just awesome.

Click here to go to the Adobe Labs Website and see a video of 1080p on a Macbook air. With no Hiccups.

“No Color Management” Print Utility for Photoshop
Recently, John Nack of Adobe has announced that Adobe has created a utility to give back a feature that was removed in the newest versions of Photoshop – the ability to print with no color management.

According to John Nack:
“…There are, however, people who need to print without color management. They print color targets which are then used to generate printer profiles for new printer/paper/ink combinations. These users range from printer manufactures to third-party ink suppliers to power users like Andrew Rodney who supply their own high quality profiles.”

For more information this, make sure you click on this link to go to his blog.

A little light nerdiness never hurt anyone. Have a wonderful Friday everyone!


I get asked this just about daily, but yes—-I personally write all the posts that appear on my blog (with the exception, of course, of Guest Blog Wednesday, and any time I have Brad or one of the gang cover for me if I’m on vacation, and in those cases, they always start by saying “Brad here…” or something like that, so you’ll know it’s not me).

It usually takes me between 30 minutes to an hour and a half each night to write this blog, and I have been really struggling with keeping up with doing all this blogging, and getting all my other work done (and still having a family life). Basically, I really, really need another day off.

Here’s The Plan
I do a lot of workshops, and seminars, and I write books, and I do classes for Kelby Training, and so on, and of course it’s important to me that you guys know what I’m doing and where I’m teaching, so I post all that stuff here on my blog. Unfortunately on some days, I’m stuck for a topic, or tight on time, and that’s all I have to post that day (the “I’m teaching in such-and-such city next week type of stuff”), and since I do a lot of training stuff, and so do my buddies here at Kelby Media Group (Matt, Dave, Corey, and RC), I wind up posting that type of stuff a lot more than I’d like.

So, since I need an extra day off, but I still need to let people know where I’m teaching, and which books I’m writing, and so on, I thought I might combine both all into something I call….

“Pimpy Thursdays”

I’ll be off on Thursdays from now on, but the Thursday blog post goes on as Brad Moore (my photo assistant and digital tech), is going to cover all that stuff about books, my seminars, online classes and what my crew is doing all on that one day each week, so those days I can focus more on Photoshop and photography stuff.

That way, I get a day off, and the marketing stuff on my blog will pretty much be consolidated to just Thursdays. It’s important to me that you to know where I’m teaching and what I’m doing, so I hope you’ll still stop by on Thursdays to see what’s up (plus if you don’t, Brad will get lonely).

Now, I’ll still share things like I did last Thursday, when I wrapped up a shoot with Jeremy Cowart (there’s no way I could have waited to share that story), and occasionally because of timing issues, I’ll have to break my “no pimping” rule, but if I can take Thursdays off, and still get the word out what I’m doing, I think we’ll both be happier (that’s you and me—not me and Brad).

So, thanks for understanding, and giving me an extra day to breathe. Ya know, with all that extra time, I could probably write another book, or add another city to my seminar tour, or do another online class. Or…… (just kidding). ;-)