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Hey everyone. RC here. I’m happy to announce that Snapseed by Google just got a MAJOR upgrade and is now live!!! We figured – this is a great time to get some facetime with Google themselves to talk about it!

In this bonus episode of The Grid – Scott Kelby and RC Concepcion are joined by Nils Kokemohr of Google to debut the release of this awesome app.

Want to See a Whole Class on Snapseed 2.0?

I’m a huge fan of the work Google has done with this app. To make it for free takes it to yet another level. How about if we gave you a whole class on using it for free?

For a full 28 lesson class on how to use Snapseed 2.0 make sure you visit http://kelbyone.com/snapseed

I would say go out and get this program immediately! You’re going to be so happy with what they’ve added here.

Get the newest version of Snapseed by Google by visiting iTunes or Google Play
Google Play: http://bit.ly/k1SnapseedAndroid
Itunes: http://bit.ly/k1SnapseediOS

Hi Gang, and greetings from Sacramento where I’m wrapping up my “Shoot Like a Pro” tour today. Here’s what’s up:

Massive Photo Gear Giveaway
Two awesome photographers, Elia Locardi and Ken Kaminesky, have joined force to form “Dream Photo Tours” and to kick things off they are doing some insane giveaways. Here’s the link to enter for your chance to win (and see a list of all the prizes they’re giving away this week).

I’m off to Dubai next week!
More on the whys coming up soon, but Brad and I are heading there next week, and I need some awesome ideas of where to shoot (It’s been 6+ years since I’ve been there and can’t wait to go back, but I want a plan this time, instead just going around kinda blind, so if you have any ideas, let me know).

It’s “The Lightroom Show,” Episode #4
We’re cranking’ ’em out every week. It’s 12-packed full minutes of just wall-to-wall Lightroom tips and tutorials. Here’s the link, or you can subscribe for free on iTunes (here’s that link).

OK, I gotta hit the sack! (big day tomorrow!).

All my best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m kicking off my all new tour, “Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded!” in April in Salt Lake City, and then Los Angeles. Here’s the link with details. Hope I’ll see you there!

 

It’s hard to believe, but Photoshop is 25-years-old! Yesterday was its official birthday, and yesterday in honor of, and to celebrate, “The Photoshop Guys” did a special broadcast about Photoshop, and we shared some tips and techniques, and you can watch it right above.

You’re Invited!
25 years is a pretty amazing milestone, so to continue the celebration we’re hosting a free Webcast where we’re going to look through the years at the different versions of Photoshop, and we’re going to share our favorite features introduced in each version by sharing our favorite Photoshop tips for each feature (and I’m hoping that last sentence made any sense whatsoever). In short â” wanna come to a free live webcast packed with Photoshop tips? Well, you’re invited.

When you sign up for the free Webcast, you also get a link to download a PDF of our 25-year-tribute feature from Photoshop User magazine written by Adobe’s own Bryan O’Neil Hughes. Here’s the link to sign up.

One more thing!
Adobe’s Worldwide Evangelist, Terry White, did a really cool tribute for Photoshop’s birthday yesterday; he did an entire demo of Photoshop 1.0. You will be amazed at how many things were in that initial release that we still use day in/day out today. I’ve embedded his demo below.

http://youtu.be/z5CyX5NEnzk

I hope you’ll join me in wishing Photoshop, the coolest program ever made, a big “Happy Birthday!” :)

Hope you all have a great weekend (try to stay warm. If it was 28° down here last night in Tampa, I can’t imagine how cold it must be up north. Brrrrrrrr!).

All my best,

-Scott

Hi Gang: it’s my annual tradition to kick off the New Year with a quick look back at the most popular, and most commented-upon posts of 2014 here on my blog, and some of the fun stuff we shared during the past year.

By the way: If you’re wondering how many posts we put up in the course of a year, in 2014 it was 268 posts (Whew!). Also, in case you were wondering: I actually do write all my own posts with the exception of Guest Blog Wednesday and Free Stuff Thursday which are handled for me by my awesome photo assistant (and great writer) Brad Moore, to which I am boundlessly grateful for (thank you so much, Brad!). :) OK, here we go:

The Top 10 Most Commented-on Posts of 2013
Here are the posts that garnered the most comments from readers during the year, in order: (NOTE: I didn’t include any of my Free Stuff Thursday giveaways in these tallies or Guest Blog comments which have their own separate catagory).

  1. Creatives Unite at KelbyOne! (461 comments) link
  2. 2. Why I Switched To Canon (251 comments) link
  3. 3. Canon Announces the EOS 7D Mark II  Sports and Wildlife Photographers Hold on to Your Hats (ya know, if we actually wore hats) (199 comments) link
  4. 4. I Need Your Help Trimming My Online Portfolio (194 comments) link
  5. 5. Real world field report on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II – (145 comments) link
  6. 6. Photoshop and Adobe’s promise of the Creative Cloud (99 comments) link
  7. 7. Perhaps my most revealing interview ever (87 comments) link
  8. 8. This is an Amazing Guitar, But That Night I Got Something So Much More (86 comments) link
  9. 9.  …And What an Amazing Day It Was (85 comments) link
  10. 10. If you heard from me…that was me (85 comments) link

Interesting Side Note About Comments
While the amount of comments here on the blog has gone down slightly year-over-year, I often mention my blog posts on Facebook, G+ and Twitter, and those readers generally comment there (on social media) rather than here on the blog. It’s not unusual for a blog post to have 12 or 15 comments here on the blog, but the Facebook post about it to have over 100+ comments. Just an interesting insight into how people are interacting. When you think about it, it totally makes sense.

Guest Bloggers
I’m very grateful to all the Guest Bloggers who shared their images, ideas and inspiration with my readers each Wednesday. Here are the top posts from 2014 (in order of comments):

1. If I Had $1,000-ish To Spend on Improving My Landscape Photography, I’d Get… (Matt Kloskowski) Link

2. The Second Best Job in the World (John Reid) Link

3. Your Starting Point is Critical (Michael Woloszynowicz) Link

4. The Hunting Photographer: (Frank Doorhof) Link

5. The Evolution of My Photography (Elia Locardi) Link

6. Subject as Object (Levi Sim) Link

7. ‘Third Day” All-Access Concert Shoot (Brad Moore) Link

8. Sympathy and Empathy For Others. (David Bean) Link

9. Taking Photos of My Dogs (Alan Hess) Link

10. The Season For Giving (Bill Fortney) Link

 

My Photo Shoots
When I do a shoot, I usually post the images here within a day or so (or the spread from the photo book I made if it was a travel shoot), and here are the shoots that garnered the most comments from 2014 (in order of popularity):

1. My First Studio Shoot Using Lightroom Mobile (link)

2. From Prague to Budapest: My Images From Europe, As Told Through Exposure.co (link)

3. One From my Bridal Shoot (including behind-the-scenes shots) (link)

4. Photos From my Weekend Trip to Santa Fe (link)

5. My Favorite Football Shots From The 2013 Season (link)

6. My Images from Rome, as told through exposure.co (link)

7. My Images From the US Open Tennis Championships (plus behind-the-scenes) (link)

8. My Automotive Photography as Told Through Exposure.so (link)

9. My Shots From The US Open Men’s Tennis Finals (link)

10. The Blue Angels (from the Sun n’ Fun Fly-in) (link)

That’s it for Part One of my look back at “The Best of The Blog” for 2014
I’ll be back Next Week with Part Two, where we’ll look at some of the milestones from an entire year here on the blog. :)
Happy New Year everybody!
-Scott

http://youtu.be/IH5qGVWECes

Hi gang, meet Julio. He’s a little shy in the video above (after all, it’s just his first day), but he’s an awesome guy (we’ve been working with him for about a year – he helps out on complex shoots and assists the instructors that come here with location shoots and stuff while they’re taping classes for KelbyOne). He’s an event/portrait photographer himself, and he’s joining our team full-time as chief editor, fancy-pants blog specialist, and big kahuna of content on the just-launched KelbyOne blog, where you’ll find him every day bringing’ the love.

Julio’s job is to make the KelbyOne blog incredibly awesome! He’s going to make it packed full of cool content on Photoshop, Lightroom and Photography; he’s going to tell us what’s going on in the biz each day, he’s bringing cool guests, breaking news, reviews, whatever’s going on â” he’s totally going to be on top of it. Plus, he has really awesome hair (rivaling the finely-tuned fro of Jared Polin, which is not an easy thing to do).

If you get a chance, stop by the K1 blog, or just leave him a shout-out here.  Thanks for helping us welcome Julio (you can follow him on Twitter at @julifro) and we look forward to him sharing his hair care secrets his freshly starched ideas with us all.

Have an awesome Tuesday everybody, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for Guest Blog Wednesday.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Joe McNally is our in-studio guest tomorrow at 4pm live on “The Grid.”  

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