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Happy Friday everybody! Here’s a few quickies to take you into the weekend:

http://youtu.be/5qrGOi41iwE

If Only This Software Actually Existed
I shared this wild video on social media yesterday, and was asking the question, “Is this software real?” Apparently, it’s not — it’s a music video with a message, but man do I love the on-screen interface, and what it does (well, theoretically) is amazing. Either way, the video had to be really challenging to make. Give it a quick look — it’ll totally blow your mind.

http://youtu.be/bKS8tWWrkpA

Dissolve: changing the playing field for stock video clips
I predict this is gonna blow up big time: it’s called “Dissolve” and it’s a very clever, super-low cost stock video footage service. They’re licensing HD video clips starting at an average of around $5 a clip, which is a game-changer price. It’s from one of the co-founders of istockphoto, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns into the next big thing. The video above does a clever job of explaining why you might want to license stock video in the first place. Here’s a link to their site, and their blog. Looks really interesting.

Matt’s Long Exposure Online Class is Getting Big Love!
I didn’t even do the class, and people are emailing me about how much they love it. Matt (Kloskowski) told me of all the classes he’s done at KelbyOne, this one has really just struck a chord with people on a level he never expected. If you’re a KelbyOne subscriber, you gotta go watch Matt’s class. Here’s the link.

Come spend the day with me in Tampa
My first seminar of the season is coming next month as my “Shoot Like a Pro” tour comes to Tampa, Florida. Hope you can come join me for the day. Here’s the link if you wanna come. :)

http://youtu.be/3W_iMve4xvg

Count Your Blessings, Folks
This has nothing to do with Photography or photography, but if you take just a couple of minutes and watch this video clip, it will astound you (and seriously remind you count your blessings, and remind us to stop complaining about life’s little inconveniences). You’ll truly admire what this amazing man does for his family. I am speechless.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend; try to stay warm, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLeIBZzm-Ms

It’s official! (Watch the short video above first, then I put together a short Q&A below to help answer any questions you might have). Thanks so much for all your support, and we’re looking forward to a really amazing year (and this is just the beginning). :)

Q. If I'm already a member of NAPP or Kelby Training, is there an extra charge for all this new stuff?
A. Nope â” you just get it all now that we've become KelbyOne.

Q. I'm already a NAPP member, what does that mean for me?
A. It means your membership just got a whole lot better (even though that's terribly bad grammar, which is probably why we employ so many editors, but clearly none of them were allowed to read this Q&A). You now get access to the entire library of Kelby Training's online classes. All of them. Literally thousand of videos, hundreds of full-length classes. You get it all!

Q. If I'm already a Kelby Training subscriber, what does that mean for me?
A. Your world of learning just got a whole lot bigger and better. It means you now have also have all of the benefits of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals rolled into your membership, but at no extra cost to you. Lots more stuff at the same price. It's a mountain of training, and you get it all.

Q. So, if I'm already a NAPP member, how much will it cost when it's time to renew my membership?
A. We're "grandfathering you in" at NAPP's original renewal price. Since back in the 1990s, NAPP membership has always been just $99, and so if you're a NAPP member, you can renew your KelbyOne membership for that same $99 (even though the full price is $249). Best of all, your renewal rate stays the same, as long as you don't leave KelbyOne. If you leave, and then decide to come back at some time in the future, you'd have to join from scratch at the new price of $249, so in shortâ¦don't leave.

Q. But what if I'm a Kelby Training Subscriber?
A. You're grandfathered in, too! A Kelby Training membership and renewal has been $199 for years, and thankfully that's not going to change for you â” as long as you remain a KelbyOne member. If you leave, and then decide to come back at some later time, you'd have to join from scratch at the new price of $249, so stay up to date and you're locked in at the old price.

Q. What if I have both?
A. You can renew at whichever membership you had first. So, if you were a NAPP member, and you later joined Kelby Training, you can renew at the NAPP price. If you joined Kelby Training first, then you'd renew at the Kelby Training price instead.

Q. You really want me to stay as a member, don't you?
A. Are you kidding? Absolutely! So much so, that we just doubled all your member benefits without raising your cost. We really, really want you with us, and there's a lot more great stuff coming, starting as soon as Feb 1st.

Q. What can I expect from KelbyOne in 2014?
A. Lots of amazing new classes, including more classes on shooting and editing DSLR video, lots more training for graphics programs like Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, Dreamweaver and more. Along with the most amazing photography classes we've ever produced. More classes from your favorite teachers (like Joe McNally, Jeremy Cowart, Moose Peterson, Joel Grimes, Lindsay Adler, and of course me and the "Photoshop Guys"), plus lots of amazing new classes from some instructors that will blow your mind!

Q. What does a brand new member pay?
A. It's $25 per month, or they save $50 by choosing an Annual Subscription at just $249.

Q. So does the NAPP member site roll over into the KelbyOne site now?
A. Absolutely! Right now, we're still maintaining the NAPP site for our members convenience, but it's all rolling over to KelbyOne. A lot of it is there already, but we've made lots of improvements.

Q. What else is new?
A. For our online classes, we now have a completely new, vastly updated player which makes watching the videos even better. Now you can watch our classes at 1.5x speed or even 2x speed. Also, you can pop out the viewer into a separate floating window, and just overall it's a much better user experience than ever before.

Q. What about the App? When can we expect an update?
A. Our newly redesigned iPad App is already at Apple awaiting their approval. As soon as they give it the thumbs up, we'll release it. It's much improved, and we're already working on the next update to the App which will include the ability to download a class for offline viewing, so you can watch classes while you're on a plane, or train, subway, etc. without a wifi connection. All good stuff.

Q. Will the magazine still be called "Photoshop User" magazine?
A. Yup. It's still the same magazine, produced and written by the very same people.

Q. Will everybody now get all the NAPP member discounts?
A. Yup, we're all in this together. KelbyOne will offer the same benefits offered previously from NAPP and KelbyTraining, but now it's just one product at one price from one source. Yay!

Q. You seem pretty excited about this!
A. I really am, and this is just the beginning â” the first step, of what we have planned this year. For anyone who wants to learn Photoshop, Photography, Lightroom, Design, Video or Lighting, this is going to be an incredible journey for them. No matter how you like to learn, we've got you covered.

Q. OK, what's the Website now?
A. It's kelbyone.com

Q. Can I tell my friends about this and share it on social media?
A. We'd be best pals forever if you did. Thanks.

Hi Gang: I thought I'd once again kick off the new year with a quick look back at the most popular, and most commented-on posts of 2013 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 2013 it was 273 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 photo assistant Brad Moore, to which I am boundlessly grateful for (high-five, Brad!). :)

 

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. My Take on Adobe's Announcements Yesterday at the MAX Conference (647 comments) link

2.  You Said Something I Disagree With. You Must Be Getting Paid. (371 comments) link

3. My Take on Adobe's Creative Cloud Deal for Photographers (364 comments) link

4. Some Shots from the Falcons / 49ers NFL Championship Game (290 comments) link

5. Adobe's Letting Everyone In On $9.99 "Bundle Deal" But Only For a Few Days (184 comments) link

6. Three Quick Friday Things (113 comments) link

 7. Some Shots From Last Week's Wedding Shoot (112 comments) link

8.  So, How Many "Keepers" Do You Get From a Shoot? (103 comments) link

9. Want to Come Work With Us? We're Hiring Now For Some Awesome Jobs (121 comments) link

10. Another Epic Remote Camera Failâ¦. (95 comments) link

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Guest Bloggers
I'm indebted to all the Guest Bloggers who shared their images, ideas and inspiration with my readers each Wednesday. Here are the top commented posts from 2013:

1. Zack Arias (113 Comments) Link

2. A Special 9/11 Guest Blog from Joe McNally (86 Comments) Link

3. Mark S. Johnson (66 Comments) Link

4. RC Concepcion: To Thine Own Self Be True (57 Comments) Link

5. Bill Fortney (50 Comments) Link

6. Brad Moore (50 Comments) Link

7. Rob Sylvan (38) Link

8. Uli Staiger (35 Comments) Link

9. Vincent Versace (34 Comments) Link

10. Pete Collins (33 Comments) Link

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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 2013 (in order of popularity):

1. It was a Football Shootin', Remote Firein' Weekend! (82 Comments) Link

2. Shots and a Q&A from My Shoot Aboard a US Navy Aircraft Carrier (74 Comments) Link

3. My Favorite Football Shots of The 2012 Season (60 Comments) Link

4. Shots from the Broncos/Chiefs Game Sunday Night (52 Comments) Link

5. Shooting Exotic Sports Cars at the duPont Registry (50 Comments) Link

6. My First Studio Car Shoot (plus behind-the-scenes) (50 Comments) Link

7. Shots From My First Football Shoot of the Season (47 Comments) Link

8. Behind-The-Scenes Video of my Audi R8 Shoot Using the New Priolite Strobes (42 Comments) Link

9. Shooting Detail Shots of an Aston Martin Vantage (41 Comments) Link

10. Some Shots from Sunday's Falcons/Seahawks Playoff Game (41 Comments) Link

NOTE: Technically, my post “ Some Shots From Last Week's Wedding Shoot” with 112 comments (link) would have been the #1 most popular shoot post, but I already included that in the most popular of all posts category earlier, so I skipped it here under “Shoots.” 

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That's it for Part One
I'll be back on Next Week with Part Two, where we'll look at some of the milestones from an entire year here on the blog and I hope you'll join me back here then. In the meantime, here's wishing you a fantastic "1st weekend of the New Year" and I hope it's the beginning of a string of wonderful weekends to come!

Bucs/Bills
First, to kick things off here are a couple of shots from the Bucs/Bills game on Sunday (I’ll share some game action shots over on my Facebook/Twitter/G+ accts. The 49ers come to town this Sunday and that should be a really fun game to shoot, so I’m looking forward to that one for sure.

Thanks Toronto!
What a great city to wrap up this year’s tour! It was my last seminar of the year and the photographers in Toronto sure made it a memorable one. Great turnout (The seminar was sold out weeks in advance). I’m over at Henry’s Camera on Church St. in downtown Toronto today if you’re around and want to come by (it’s free!). I’ll be talking lighting and retouching.

Jeff’s giving away the farm!
My buddy, sports photographer Jeff Cable is doing it again, but this time he’s giving away nearly $3,000 worth of goodies (including some of my new books, and Lexar cards and readers, and an Epson printer, and on and on). To enter, just head over to Jeff’s Facebook page (here’s the link).

New Kelby Training iPad App is on the way!
We’ve submitted the updated, IOS7-compatible Kelby Training Online App to the App store, and as soon as Apple approves it (hopefully by the end of this week/first of next week), I’ll let you know. We’re working with an Android developer to create our first Android version of the App and I’ll let you know how that progresses (thus far, we haven’t had a whole lot of luck developing for the Android platform, but our fingers are crossed that this time we’ll have better luck).

OK, that’s it from the frozen tundra of Canada (OK, that might just be stretching it a bit, but it is super-brrrrrrr here — at least for this Florida guy). Hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday!

 

 

> Join me Wednesday Night for a FREE online Webinar called "A Walk in Rome"
I did one of these after my trip to Cuba (called "Connecting with Cuba") and after last year’s Paris Photo Walk with “A Walk in Paris” and they were really well received, so I thought we'd do one about my images and photo book from Paris last week. If you're into travel photography, I've got lots of practical photography and Photoshop tips for you, PLUS a review of the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-f/6.3 lens for full frame cameras, and I'll be taking your questions and comments live on the air.

What: “A Walk in Rome” Free Photography Webinar
Where: Here’s the link
When: This Wednesday at 7:00 pm ET

Plus we'll talking about my Worldwide Photo Walk (I held a local walk in Rome. I've got lots of fun stuff to share and some really helpful photo tips,so I hope you can join me (it's Free) at 7:00 pm ET Wednesday at this link. Also, can you help me spread the word? :) [NOTE: If you can’t make the live broadcast, we’ll start free rebroadcasts the following day].

> Worldwide Photo Walk Contest Deadline is TODAY at 12pm ET
If you want to get a chance to win some incredible prizes, including a Canon 70D camera (courtesy of the official Photo Walk sponsor, Canon themselves), plus all sorts of other amazing goodies, make sure you get your contest photo uploaded by TODAY at 12pm ET (New York time). Remember, if you don’t enter, you don’t have a chance of winning, so make sure you upload your best photo for a chance to win.

> A Different Perspective on This Past Week’s Photo Industry Scandals, PLUS How to Not Hate HDR (Well, not as much anyway)
This week’s episode of “The Grid” should be a wild one, as we’re talking about the recent scandals within the photography industry (but we have a different perspective on it), and although we’re not going to be able stop people from doing HDR (and we shouldn’t), maybe we can help them spot the telltale signs of “bad HDR” along with how to avoid it. It all starts with admitting you have a problem. LOL!! ;You do not want to miss this episode, which airs (as always) LIVE every Wednesday at 4:00 pm ET at this link. 

> My Shoot Like a Pro Tour is coming to DC
OK, even thought the seminar isn’t this week, I’m giving away two free tickets to the seminar this week, so it kinda counts. Just leave a comment here and you’re entered, and we’ll draw two winners tomorrow. All the details on the seminar are right here.  See you in DC.

> Learn Landscape & Travel Photography from Trey Ratcliff
Here’s the scoop on this just-released online class at Kelby Training Online from renown travel and landscape photographer Trey Ratcliff:

“Join Trey on location in New Zealand as a virtual participant in his landscape photography workshop. From sunrise to sunset, visiting streams, lakes, mountains, and hills, Trey takes you from one incredible setting to the next, all the while sharing his tips, tricks, and techniques for capturing breathtaking landscapes and high dynamic range photos.”

We’re already getting lots of great feedback from this new class, so if you’re a Kelby Training subscriber, you’ll want to catch it right away. If you’re not a subscriber, here’s yet another reason to join. 

> Catch Matt’s Lightroom Basics Class, streaming FREE until Thursday
Each week on Kelby Training Online we stream one of our classes continuously 24-hours-a-day absolutely free (in fact, it’s streaming right this very minute — just jump over there right now (or heck, anytime before Thursday) and watch the entire class, on us. So what happens on Thursday when this class stops? Another class starts streaming continuously for a week. Sweet!

We’re hoping you’ll like learning this this so much that you’ll want access to all our classes (nearly 400) any class, any time, on demand. Here’s the link to join (just in case). :)

OK, it’s a busy week this week. Let’s get to it! (and here’s wishing you a fantastic one!)

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