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Hi Gang: It’s Tuesday. Here’s what’s up:

(1) Thanks Seattle and LA — you guys rocked it!
A big thanks to the nearly 1,200 photographers who came out to hang with me for the day at my “Shoot Like a Pro” tour in Seattle and Los Angeles last Thursday and Friday. What fun, gracious crowds we had, and I met so many awesome folks (and even saw a few friends like Concert Photographer Alan Hess, and Kelby Training Instructor Mike Kubeisey who came out to the LA gig). I’m very grateful to every one who came out and supported the tour — I hope you picked up some things that will help you on your photographic journey, and I hope to see you all again soon! (Photo of the crowd in LA above by Brad Moore).

(2) I have found a killer Wedding font: Parfumarie Script
I always have photographers ask me about fonts I use in tutorials or photo books, and last week I found this new one I really like called “Parfumerie Script OT” (I found it at for $29). It’s an Open-Type font so I went in to Photoshop and made some examples. The top part is just different examples of the fonts upper/lowercase, and the lower part shows the first letter of each word; normal; with Swash version applied; and with Stylistic Alternates applied (you access these in Photoshop’s Character panel, in the pop-out menu up top, under “Open Type”). Hope you find this helpful.

(3) I am super-psyched to be on the Cover!
I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to see that that the Int’l Society of Aviation Photography (ISAP) chose one of my shots for the cover of their annual Symposium program

That’s my wide shot of an FA/18 at sunset in the center and they chose another for inside the program (that’s mine top left corner on the right page). Truly an honor to be alongside such amazing photographers. I heard the event was just incredible (as always). My humble thanks to the ISAP for the honor (especially as a proud ISAP member). :)

(4) I wanted to like the new flickr. I really did.
I Love the way it looks — I hate the way it works. It’s a beautiful, clunky, “let’s bury the command they’ll be looking for at a level that would make Adobe engineers proud” kind of place that, once you learn all the ins/outs is probably OK, but I just don’t have to time to play “site hide-and-seek.” I so hate sitting there thinking, “I just want to delete this photo” and all the obvious ways to do it don’t work (I eventually found it), but I had to Google numerous topics.

You shouldn’t have to use one site to research how to use another (especially when G+’s own great-looking galleries have gotten so good, and so much more intuitive). Oh well, flickr — it was worth a shot, I guess.

(5) Zack Arias’ new class on Kelby Training Online 
Zack is one of the most insightful and thought-provoking photographers out there today, and if you’re a Kelby Training Online subscriber, Zack’s presentation in our Photography Art & Inspiration series  just went live and you can watch it right here.  (Note: Zack was taping two more Kelby Training Online classes this week, one in Atlanta and one up in NYC. Can’t wait for these!).

(6) OK, the flickr thing is a bust, but has all the buzz
Check out Matty K’s quick walkthrough above (it’s just four-minutes and somethin’ long) and you’ll see why there’s a lot of great buzz about 500px’s launch of new online portfolios for photographers. Hats off to ’em!

(7) Tim Wallace and the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish 
Master of Automotive photography, Tim Wallace, did a shoot for Aston Martin’s new 2013 Carbon Fibre Vanquish…and as expected, he got some really amazing images. He did a blog post about it, and if you’re in to automotive photography (and beautiful luxury sports cars), here’s the link:

(8) I’m on my way back from a quick get-away to Vegas
After my back-to-back Seattle and LA seminars, I snuck off to Vegas to meet my wifey, who snuck off to meet me there (The trip was a gift last year from my publisher, Peachpit Press, for being named the world’s #1 top-selling author of books on photography. Thanks Peachipt — we love you guys!). We had three glorious days of R&R, with some great shows, delicious meals, sleeping-in late, and no work or responsibilities whatsoever. Oh well, it’s back to reality now — as you read this we’re already on the way back home and back to work. Hey, it was fun while it lasted. :)  Photo above [the view from our room at the Aria hotel] by Kalebra with her trusty iPhone.

Hope you have a kick-butt Tuesday!
It sure beats the alternative. Cheers, and I’ll see ya here tomorrow for Guest Blog Wednesday featuring the one and only, Guy Kawasaki himself. Don’t miss it!


I saw loads of questions and comments all over the Web yesterday about Adobe’s announcements. The new features part got lots of love. Adobe’s new subscription-only plan for their Creative Cloud software, not so much (and that’s being kind), so I thought I’d do a quick Q&A giving my take on it all.

Q. Scott, should I be freaking out?
A. Absolutely not. I saw a lot of nasty comments yesterday (I’m sure you did, too), but a lot of what I read was based on mis-information or was just plain wrong. 

Q. Can you give me an example?
A. Sure. I read a bunch of people in forums claiming that Adobe isn’t going to release any bug fixes for Photoshop CS6. Actually, Adobe said just the opposite. They said they would be updating CS6 with bug fixes as necessary — they’re just not adding any new features (well, technically they did go back to CS6 and add a major new feature —- they added the HiDPI support for computers with high dpi displays, like the Retina display on the MacBook Pro, but you know what I mean).

Q. So, Adobe isn’t going to add any new features to Photoshop CS6?
A. Um…no, but that’s not new. I don’t remember Adobe ever going back and adding new features to a previous version of Photoshop once a new version has been announced. 

Q. So they announced a new version of Photoshop?
A. Yup. It’s called Photoshop CC (for Creative Cloud), and it’s got a bunch of new features, and it’s the 2nd feature update they’ve issued for the Creative Cloud. 

Q. I heard we have to subscribe to get these new features. Is that true?
A. Yup. The new features aren’t being added to the old version of Photoshop (CS6), so to get the new features you’ll need to subscribe. 

Q. So I have to pay $50 a month to get these new features!!!!
A. Nope. For some reason, everyone is acting like you have to subscribe to the complete Creative Cloud program to get the new features in Photoshop. Actually you subscribe to just Photoshop by itself for $19.95 a month (Adobe calls this a “Single App subscription”). By the way, this $19.95 Photoshop-only subscription thing isn’t new (it just seems like nobody really knows about it, so everybody’s all focused on the $50-a-month thing). 

Q. But Photoshop CS6 came out just over a year ago. Now I have to shell out $20 a month?
A. Nope — they have a discount for folks who already bought CS6 (or CS5, CS4 even back to CS3) — they get a one-year intro-deal on a Photoshop CC subscription for just $10 a month and they get all the new features (along with any new ones that are released, for as long as they’re subscribed). 

Q. So then I don’t actually have to pay $50 a month for Photoshop?
A. That’s right — the $49.95 monthly subscription is only if you want the full Creative Cloud, which gives you all the Creative Suite Master Collection Applications as well, like InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Muse, and on and on, plus a bunch of new Cloud-based services.

Q. Yeah, but if I bought CS6 and now I want to move to the full-blown Cloud, I’m hosed right? 
A. I
f you bought CS6 and want to move up to the complete Creative Cloud, there’s a deal where you can get the whole shebang for just $19.95 a month (same price as just Photoshop alone, but you have to already be a  CS6 user to qualify). Here’s a link to the page where I found it.

Q. But I’m a photographer and I only use Photoshop. This doesn’t sound like a very good deal.
A. If all you use is Photoshop, I agree, and I wouldn’t get the complete $49.95 monthly Creative Cloud subscription — I’d just go with the $20 Photoshop-only monthly subscription instead. 

Q. What if I use Photoshop and Lightroom. Is it a good deal then?
A. I think it will be before too long (Adobe sneak peeked some cool stuff for photographers on “The Grid” last week), but honestly right now there’s not a really strong case for photographers with the complete Creative Cloud. For example, you could buy the Lightroom 5 upgrade for $79 (I’m assuming it’ll be $79 ’cause that’s what it cost last tim), and then if you’re already a Photoshop user using anything from Photoshop CS3 to CS6, just spend the $10 a month on Photoshop.

So, take the $79 plus $120 for the Photoshop CC  Single App subscription, and you’re around $200. If you went with the complete Creative Cloud subscription you’d be paying $600, so by just getting those two programs (upgrading to Lightroom 5 and subscribing just to Photoshop CC), you’re saving $400 by going this way, and you still have the latest versions of the best image-editing duo on the planet. 

Q. So when does the complete Creative Cloud subscription math work out?
A. As soon as you find yourself using two or more programs (not including Lightroom). So, if you use Photoshop and InDesign, or Photoshop and Premiere Pro, or Photoshop and Muse or any other couple of Adobe programs, the deal goes from “Meh” to “Hey!!!” For example, our in-house video team thinks the complete Creative Cloud is the best thing since sliced bread because they use lots of Adobe applications. For our graphic designers, it rocks for them too because none of them uses just Photoshop. The more programs you use, the more sense it makes. This is why, right now, I don’t think it makes that much sense for photographers, who are going to use just one or two programs (if you count Lightroom, which is included in the complete Creative Cloud) but I think that will change in the future as Adobe adds more photographer-centric features. 

Q. But what if Adobe raises the price on me?
A. I doubt I’ll be in my 60s and the price for the Creative Cloud will still be the same. At some point, it’ll probably go up, but any company can raise the price of any of their products at any time, just like the US Post Office does with the price of a stamp (and most companies do pretty regularly, which is why everything costs us more today  from milk to gas to coffee). Also, just like any product, you don’t have to buy it if they do raise the price. 

Q. So what happens if I can’t pay my subscription one month?
A. The same thing that happens if you can’t make your car payment. Two big burly guys come to your house in the middle of the night and take back your copy of Photoshop.

Q. Really?!
A. Well, they don’t come to your house per se (they do it digitally), but why chance it?

Q. I read that the Creative Cloud apps run in a Browser. Is that true?
A. I can’t believe I keep reading this, but no. No, no, no. They don’t run in your browser. All the Adobe desktop apps in the Creative Cloud  (like Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.) run like they always did — on your desktop. But instead of getting a box shipped to you, you just download the software from “The Cloud.”

Q. I also read you always have to be online because it checks every day to see if your subscription is current. What if I’m not online when they check each day?
A. It’s my understanding that if you’re an annual subscriber, it only checks once-a-month to confirm your registration — not every day, all day, and annual subscribers can actually be off-line for up to 99 days straight and it still keep their subscription active (but I can’t remember ever meeting anyone who was offline for 99 days. I did hear stories of a Grandmother in Wyoming once though). For monthly subscribers, I think you can be offline for around 37 days, but still — I don’t know where this whole “check every day” thing came from either, but my advice would be; when they come to check, quickly turn out the lights and hide behind the couch.

Q. Will that work?
A. I’m not certain, but again, why chance it?

Q. Why is Adobe the only one doing this?
A. Actually, they’re not (look at AutoDesk, Audible, Microsoft, iTunes Match, Amazon Prime, etc.), and I imagine within just a couple of years (or less), this subscription model will become the norm. Don’t shoot the messenger. Shoot Brad instead.

Q. Hey, I bought CS6 last year. Aren’t I entitled to these feature updates for free?
A. Well, every time Adobe releases a new version of their software, only people that buy the new software get the new features. If you look in your copy of CS5, you won’t find any of the CS6 features in there — only the people that bought CS6 get them. When you bought CS6, you bought it based on the features that were in there at the time, and that’s exactly what you got. There was no promise that if Adobe came out with new features that you’d get them — new features always go in the next version of the software.

Q. Well, that’s not exactly true. Creative Cloud subscribers got those features free!
A. That’s true, because subscribers get new features free, as soon as they’re ready, so they’re always on the latest version of the software.

Q. So basically, Adobe is using that as a marketing thing to get people to subscribe to the Creative Cloud?
A. Wellâ¦yeah. Cloud subscribers get the new features free as soon as they’re ready. It made me want to subscribe.

Q. That’s not fair!
A. You seriously need to find the person who, at some point in your life, mistakenly told you that life was fair and clonk them with that round cardboard tube that comes inside Christmas wrapping paper.

Q. What if I don’t want to subscribe? What if I don’t want to “rent” my software?
A. You don’t have to. You can still buy the retail version of Photoshop CS6 just like always, and you’ll own it and there’s no monthly fee. 

Q. Well, how much does Photoshop CS6 cost?
A. I believe it’s $700 (ish).

Q. Wow. Renting doesn’t sound so bad now. 
A. I know, right?

Q. I know you said we can still buy Photoshop CS6, but I just scoured Adobe’s Website and I can’t find any link to it at all.
A. Me either. I searched all over, even got friends to help search with me, and I couldn’t find it for a long time (apparently buying CS6 includes a game of “needle in the haystack” first) but eventually I uncovered it. Here’s the link.

Q. So Scott, what do you think is a fair price for a bundle of both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5?
A. A bunch of folks watching our live broadcast with Adobe’s Tom Hogarty thought the sweet spot for a bundle of the two of them would be $20, and I agree — that would be ideal. Probably isn’t going to happen, cause that would be both at about $10 a month, and one costs $700 and one costs $149. If you’re thinking, “Hey, $15 sounds great” I wouldn’t hold my breath for that either. I think $24.95 would still be really reasonable, but of course it’s not up to me. 

Q. So have you talked to Adobe about all this new pricing stuff?
A. Absolutely. I’ve been out there for meetings, I’ve had numerous conference calls, I’m on an Adobe advisory board, and I’ve been in close contact with Adobe over all of this and I’ve given my opinion to the point that I can’t believe they would actually continue to take my calls. But at the end of the day, I can only offer advice and give them the perspective of the 70,000 NAPP members I represent, but I’m not the Adobe CEO, and product pricing is not my call to make.

This is the product direction Adobe chose going forward, made by people with a much higher pay grade than me. I’m glad they asked at all. Most companies wouldn’t have. I also think they really listened (not just to me, but a wide range of industry influencers and longtime customers and I think that’s why some of the pricing deals and discounts are as low as they are. $10 a month for the latest Photoshop? That’s a pretty unbelievable price honestly — lower than I thought they’d ever go). But the software market has changed tremendously in the past few years and they have to do what they feel is best course for their products and their company going forward. By the way, this subscription model isn’t just where the future of software in general is going. It’s already here (as I mentioned earlier).  

Q. Do you think Adobe will change their mind about this?
A. No. This isn’t a decision they made two weeks ago, and Adobe knows there are a ton of people who already subscribe to the Creative Cloud (the last figure I heard was over 500,000 subscribers and growing, which is pretty staggering) and there are a ton of people who absolutely love the Creative Cloud, the tools it brings and the opportunities and doors it opens. I run into people while I’m out on tour who wouldn’t go back to the old way if you paid them, so while it may not be perfect for everyone just yet, this is pretty much just “Creative Cloud 1.0.” I’m honestly surprised at what Adobe has added in just one year, and I’ve seen some things that are coming, and I imagine before too long everybody will want to be in on this because Adobe is working on some truly groundbreaking stuff. 

Q. I know, I know, but I’m just so mad about all this!
A. Change freaks a lot of people out, and all the misinformation out there hasn’t helped either. But just know that you still have lots of options, so don’t feel like you’re being forced down one particular road. You can subscribe to just Photoshop. You can buy and own Photoshop CS6. You can join the whole Creative Cloud, or not. You can keep the software you already have and keep using it for years. You can sit on the sidelines and just see how this whole thing plays out, but regardless, you still have options. 

Q. So what are you going to do?
A. I subscribed to the Creative Cloud about two weeks after Adobe announced it, and I love it. I do use more than just Lightroom and Photoshop (I’ve been using InDesign all day today), and for me, and for my company, it not only makes sense, it saves me money. I’ve spent my entire career waiting 18 to 20 months for Adobe to release new Photoshop features. Now, I get them as soon as they’re ready. The waiting is over, and the decision was an easy one, but again, I had options. You do, too. 

I hope that helped to clear some things up.



If you missed out on the NAB Show this year, Mia McCormick and Larry Becker from Kelby Training were there to have you covered. They discovered some of the coolest new gear that was at the show, and here are just some of video highlights from what they discovered! You can see more at the Kelby Media Group YouTube Channel where videos are still being added.

Again, here’s the link to check out even more highlights from NAB.

The Latest Issue of Light It Magazine (for the iPad) is here!
Lots of cool stuff in this issue (our biggest issue yet), including a feature on lighting action sports, and my “Lighting Recipes” column on mixing flash with ambient light (and a bunch more).

Android version update: I wish I had more news, but I don’t. We do have a beta version up and running (I posted a video of RC showing it a while back), but it’s still so buggy we can’t release it. I know this is the same story you’ve heard for a while now, but I’m not the App developer, I’m their client, and like you I’m very anxious to get the Android version released (if for nothing more than to change the conversation from “Where’s the Android version?”). Believe me, when it’s ready, we’ll release it. For those of you with iPads, hope you enjoy the latest issue (you can find it on the App store).

You launched another magazine? Really?
OK, that’s only kinda true — I do have a new magazine but it’s a “Flipboard 2.0” magazine I created called “Cool Photography Stuff” and it’s only available via the App Flipboard 2.0 (available for the iPad and the iPhone). This ability to create magazines on the fly is a new feature of Flipboard just released last week, and “Cool Photography Stuff” is a collection of articles I find each day from all different types of online media that I think you might like. It’s live (I’ve been updating it two or three times a day), and it’s free — just launch Flipboard and do a search for “Cool Photography Stuff” and then you can subscribe to it (still free) and see it right on Flipboard. Whichever article I chose last winds up being the cover image (as seen above), so the cover will be changing several times a day. Hope you find it helpful.

Our Hockey Workshop is Sold Out. Again.
This was the last opportunity to do it again this season (due to team/Forum scheduling), but we’re super-psyched to be able to do it once again. We have photographers coming from all over the world once again, and Scott Audette and I can’t wait to “hit the ice.” Thanks to everyone who signed up. Now drop the puck already! ;-)

Thinking About Taking Adobe’s “ACE” Exam?
If you are — check this out. The day before we kick off the Photoshop World Conference & Expo (coming up in Orlando, Florida in just a couple of weeks), we host a number of optional more intimate, in-depth workshops, including everything from a Live Concert Photography workshop, to a Light-painting workshop with Dave Black to a live Wedding Shoot workshop and more, but this year we’re adding a special workshop just on how to pass the Adobe Certified Expert program for Photoshop, taught by the guy who literally wrote the test! (that’s RC by the way). Plus you get a discount on taking the test, and Adobe is doing some cool giveaways in the class as well, and much more. Here’s the link with details on all of these pre-conference workshops. See you a day early in Orlando!

I’m Back From Spring Break Vacation!
We cashed in a bunch of those Frequent Flier Miles (I have quite a few) and we snuck away with the Kid’s to Maui for Spring Break (where I got the shot you see above — thanks to our friend Randy Jay Braun for the location). We had a ball (and believe it or not, I still have FF miles left), but now I’m back in the saddle and back at work today. It’s all I can do to keep from crying. LOL! ;-)

Our trip started out with….well….it started in a very un-expected way. So much so, my wife wrote about the “experience” over on her page. Here’s the link. (don’t say I didn’t warn ya).

Philadelphia Photographers — where is the Ultimate Cheesesteak?
OK, I’m heading to Philadelphia tomorrow for my “Shoot like a Pro” full-day seminar on Wednesday, and although I’ve been to Philly half-a-dozen times or more, I still have NOT found the ultimate place to get a Philly Cheese Steak. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever even really been to a Philly Cheesesteak place in Philly (last time I was there, I had Italian) so I need somebody up there who really knows, to tell me exactly where it’s found. Thanks in advance for any help, directions, and tips you can share.

That’s it for my Six Quick Monday Things. Hope you all have a great Monday and I’ll see you here tomorrow (even though I’ll be up in Philly).



Want to love coming to work every day? Come work with us at Kelby Training. We’ve got some BIG things we’re working on, and we need kick-butt people to help make it all happen. If that sounds like you, this could be the job of your dreams.

These job openings are in-house at our headquarters in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida (our offices are way cool), so you’ll have to either (a) live here already or (b) move here (lots of people move to Florida even without having jobs here). Luckily, we have really great benefits and you’ll get the opportunity to really work your butt off. But at least you’ll be doing it with some of the coolest, most creative, most fun people anywhere. Details at the bottom of this post for how to apply.

Here's who we're looking for:

(1) Insanely great video editors
If you’re a total shark at editing, we need you. All the editors we have are freakin’ amazing, so you have to totally “bring it.” But if you can swim with this crew, you will have a blast (well as much of a blast as you can have editing videos of me, Matt and RC and friends but you know what I mean). I truly love our video crew, and their leader, and you will, too! Totally great working environment with a real team spirit.

(2) Marketing Geniuses
We just hired an awesome Marketing Director Super-Wizard Guy, and he is putting together an absolutely kick-butt marketing team around him. We want you on that wall. We need you on that wall. You'll need to have some serious marketing experience, lots of energy, passion for what you do, and the ability to not only come up with great ideas, but make them happen. An incredible opportunity for the right person. You can start right away (the pay's not half bad either, you get awesome benefits, plus there's plenty of opportunity for growth). This is the job you've been waiting for. Seriously.

(3) App Developer
I can get a 14-year-old kid to make an App — for this job, you have to be at least 15 (kidding). Seriously though, we need a top-notch App developer that is more than someone who can just write code. We need someone with serious design skills, who thinks UI is an art form, and is totally committed to making a user experience that is clean, simple, functional and beautiful. We have a ton of projects just waiting for you. You can start tomorrow. I’m not joking.

(4) Other Warm Bodies
OK, that’s an exaggeration — they don’t need to be warm. We’re working on a few other positions that we’ll be posting very soon, so keep an eye out here on the blog and as soon as we get them fleshed out, I’ll let you know.

A little bit about us
Kelby Media Group is an awesome place to work, with a casual work environment, really cool offices (link to photos-part 1, and part 2), and you’ll have to opportunity to really make a difference, doing some really important stuff, alongside some really brilliant people already on our team.

We only hire kick-butt, highly motivated, really smart and creative people, so if you get a job here, you know you're the best of the best (and we treat you like it).

If any of these sounds like a perfect fit for you, or someone you know, then come and work for us! If you post a comment here asking for our HR dept, we'll email the contact info where to can send your resume (don't send us a stuffy resume that sounds like you're looking for a job at Bank of America. They'll weed you out way before it gets to me, and I want you to make the cut).

That's the gig. Although we're pretty casual about a lot of things, we're really serious about finding incredible talent — people with a great attitude, ethics, passion, and personality. If that sounds like you, I want to meet you. Soon!