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Although Wednesday is normally reserved for Guest Bloggers, tomorrow is something entirely different. Tomorrow is “Big Launch Wednesday” and if you come back here then, I’ll have a short video that explains it all.

By the way:
It’s not another DVD or an online course or a seminar.

It’s bigger than that.

It’s the launch of something totally new, and I think it’s something you’re really going to enjoy, so I hope you’ll check back then for the first-ever “New Launch Wednesday.”

Note: There are a handful of people who may have heard something about tomorrow’s launch. If you’re one of those, or if you have a pretty good idea about what it is (like some folks at my Adobe Store presentation), let’s keep it between us until tomorrow, OK? (Shhhhhhh). Many thanks and see you back here then.

Hey gang, Brad here with some quick news:

David Ziser will be doing a webcast TODAY at 2PM Eastern called Building Lifelong Clients, presented by Animoto, that you won’t want to miss!

Here’s a quick description:

What’s the easiest sale to make?  One with a client you already have.

Perfect the softer side of your marketing from internationally renowned photographer (and founder of DigitalProTalk), David Ziser in this free webinar!

A master of client relationships, David Ziser has been a leading photographer and educator in the industry for over twenty years.  His 2009 Digital WakeUp Call tour was called the best of the year and one of the best digital photography seminar series ever.

Recently, David produced the book Captured by the Light, the Essential Guide to Extraordinary Wedding Photography.

After David shares his expertise, Animoto will do a quick walk through of the video creation and sharing process.

This webinar is free, but space is limited, so sign up now!

Hi everybody, and happy Monday (I know, that’s an oxymoron). ;-)  I don’t have one big topic this morning, but a lot of little stuff to catch you up on.

Terry White is on In-Studio Guest Today on “The Grid”
Terry’s our in-studio guest, and we have lots to talk about (I’ve been waiting for this show since we started), but we’re going to start with m response to the comments on Friday about my wish for “Photoshop for the iPad.” The show is broadcast live at 12:00 noon EDT at http://www.kelbytv.com/thegrid — you can watch live (even on your iPad), or you can watch the free rebroadcast tomorrow (or through iTunes). Also, we have post an audio-only version of the Grid as well. Hope you can watch live and join in the discussion.

Lots of shooting this week!
I’ve got two in-studio portrait shoots this week with professional athletes, one an NFL linebacker, and one a Major League baseball player. On Friday I’m shooting the Rays vs Angels game for Southcreek Global. Besides the shoots, I’ve started working on my next book, and the 3rd draft of another book I’ve been finishing up just got printed yesterday.

My prayers are with David duChemin
Brad pointed me to a blog post from Jeffrey Chapman that details a three-story fall David took while leading a tour in Pisa. The post said “He’s got multiple fractures in his feet, hip, and hand,” and he’s in the hospital now (doctors said he’s lucky to be alive after a fall like that), but the post said he’s doing OK so far (though he is going to have to have some surgery). The post from Jeffrey is right here. We all wish David a very speedy and complete 100% recovery and my prayers are with him.

The Kelby Training iPad App is….
Still not ready (sigh). We are working really, really hard on this. We’ve had to reconvert all our videos (the first time we did it, apparently the format we chose wasn’t right), but I just want you to know that I know you guys are frustrated (ask anybody in my company—notbody is as frustrated as I), and I’m very grateful for your patience. As soon as it’s ready—don’t worry—I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops!

If You Missed my Retouching Book Webcast…
The rebroadcast is now online at right here. Thanks to everybody who watched live (we had over 4,000 photographers signed up). I’ve had people sending me emails, Facebook messages and examples of things they learned from the webcast, and it’s been a lot of fun seeing the great results they’re getting. Hope you can check it out.

The First Two in-depth Reviews of my Retouching book
There’s one right here, and right here. If you guys know of any others, send ’em my way.

Fine Art Wedding Photography
About every week I get sample copies of new photography and Photoshop books from different book publishers and every once in a while a book stands out to me, and the latest one to catch my eye is Fine Art Wedding Photography” by Jose Villa and Jeff Kent (published by Amphoto). The book has beautiful photography, and lots of interesting techniques. I’m taking it home this weekend, but on first look—this is one of the most promising books I’ve seen since David Ziser’s “Captured by the Light.” Here’s the link to it on Barnes & Noble and Amazon. It’s around $18. If you only learned one single thing, it’d still be worth it.

That’s it for today
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you on the Grid today, and here on the blog tomorrow. Here’s wishing you a cool and kick butt day!!!

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!
$#x2022; Automatic Chance to Win one of our three exclusive Prize Giveaways – one Datacolor Spyder3 Elite (DC S3EL100), a value of $249; and two people will each win a SpyderCube (DC SC100) valued at $59 each. The 3 winners will be announced at the end of the Webinar, so you must attend the Webinar in its entirety, from beginning until end to qualify for a chance to win.*
$#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.

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