My heart, and my prayers, go out to all those suffering from the senseless tragedy in Boston yesterday.
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!
1. Whoo Hooo —- three years in a row!
First up, I want to start with a really big thanks to the readers of my books, because today it was announced that for the third year straight I’ve been named the #1 top-selling photography book author in the US (according to data compiled from Nielsen Bookscan). Here’s a link to the official press release from my Publisher, Peachpit Press.
My humble thanks to Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel (my Publisher), Ted Waitt (My Editor at Peachpit), Marketing Wizards Scott Cowlin and Sara Jane Todd, and all the crew at Peachpit and New Riders who make it a blast to write books. Also, a big high five to my in-house crew of some of the most talented and creative people on the planet, my in-house Editor Kim Doty, Tech Editor Cindy Snyder, My Book Designer Jessica Maldonado and Dave Damstra and his layout crew that all come together somehow again and again to do really great stuff. Plus a big “Hey You!” to our Chief Operating Officer Dave Moser who relentlessly rides herd over and shepherds all these book projects along.
2. I’m teaching at Nikon’s Booth this week in Vegas at the WPPI Conference & Expo
If you’re out here in Vegas, I’m doing a presentation today at 12:30 pm at Nikon’s booth called “Shooting with Just One Light” so if you’re out here, I hope you’ll stop on by and check it out.
3. Kelby Training & NAPP at WPPI
We have separate booths here at the Expo in Vegas (Kelby Training for the photography side of things, and of course NAPP for the Photoshop side). We have free live presentations from a number of our Kelby Training Online instructors, so stop by and see who’s on stage Monday thru Wednesday.
4. I’m doing a lighting Demo Wednesday at B&H Photo’s booth
OK, it’s now officially turning into a busy week (but I love it!). I’ll be doing some fun lighting stuff with a live shoot for B&H on their stage on Wednesday at 12:20 pm at their booth, #921 in the Grand Ballroom.
5. Coming soon to a Photoshop User TV set near you — it’s “The Photoshop Girl!”
“The Photoshop Guys” (RC, Corey, Pete, Matt and Me) are excited to announce that we have added our own Jessica Maldonado to the weekly show as one of our co-hosts. Jessica has been designing (and performing mini-miracles) with my book covers and interior designs for years now and she’s one of the most talented Photoshop designers I’ve ever known, and that’s exactly why we want her on the show. She does such kick-butt Photoshop stuff day-in, day-out that we wanted her to share all that with our viewers (and it’s a way for us to steal her techniques). So, keep an eye out for our first “Photoshop Girl” joining the guys each week on Photoshop User TV.
6. Our buddy, and NAPP UK Evangelist Dave Clayton featured in German Photo magazine “Pictures”
None of us has any idea whatsoever what the article says, but the fact that’s there a picture of my buddy Dave, our mutual buddy the amazing Glyn Dewis, and yours truly just means one thing — it must be a very unflattering article. LOL! Congrats to Dave (absolutely one of the best guys on the planet), and here’s hoping that one day there’s an article about you I can actually read. Cheers ya Geezer! ;-) (By the way, here’s the link to their site).
7. MC2 Tony D. Curtis named Navy Photographer of the Year
For those of you who remember my aircraft carrier shoot back in January, that name probably rang a bell, because that’s the totally great guy who helped me and my buddy Ed out when our gear got left back at the base and didn’t make it out to the carrier at all. Tony hooked us up with gear, hung out with us, shared tips and was generally just a really great guy and top notch photographer (and I’m thrilled to see such a talented photographer recognized as Navy Photographer of the Year). Also, before I learned the big news, I had already asked Tony if he’s be up for doing a guest blog post here on the blog, and he’s “All in” so I look forward to sharing more of Tony’s life, career and work here soon.
Plus, I mentioned Tim Walter in my post —- another talented photographer who helped us, and kept us from being run over by F/A-18s, and Tim won “Outstanding New Photographer of the Year.” A hearty congrats to both, and my thanks for your service to our country.
That’s it for today folks — hope I’ll see you at the Nikon booth today at 12:30 for my session.
Hi Gang: Not really one big topic today, but here’s a bunch of quick stuff that’s going on:
A big thanks to the readers of Shutter magazine, who named me as one the Top 10 Most Influential in the Industry (I came in at #6). I am very grateful to everyone who voted for me, and to Shutter who did a feature on each of the top 10, and I included some caps of their article about me below (here’s the link to the article in Shutter, where you can read the interview and see all the winners, which included my buddy Joe McNally).
“10 Tips for Creating a Successful Portfolio”
Cliff Mautner (named one of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World” by American Photo magazine) was our in-studio guest this week on “The Grid” (our free weekly show for photographers) and this episode is getting a lot of buzz. Our Topic was “10 Tips for Creating a Successful Portfolio” and Cliff was the perfect guest because of his insights into the world of wedding photography. Great episode and if you missed it, you can watch it right below.
The US Navy retweeted my Carrier Shot blog post
When I saw this on Twitter:
“@scottkelby got a once in a lifetime chance – take photos aboard CVN77. This AWESOME photos & blog –> ow.ly/htX1J”
I was so excited, and so honored, and just totally psyched!!!! Whoo Hooo!!!!
The Evolution of an On-Location Portrait Session
Our good friend Rick Sammon has a wonderful post today over on his blog called “The Evolution of an On-Location Portrait Session.” The images and behind-the-scenes stuff are terrific, and there are some real learning moments. Also, if you’re already a Kelby Training Online subscriber, make sure you check out Rick’s online classes (they have been really rockin’!). Anyway, if you’ve got a sec, check out Rick’s post right here: http://bit.ly/14BTX67
Above: One of Rick’s shots from his post. Very cool stuff!
Tutorial: How to control the panning of still images and video in Photoshop CS6
Check out this Awesome Photoshop tutorial from our friend (and NAPP Photoshop Guru) Nicole S. Young for people who edit DSLR Video in Photoshop CS6 (and CS6 is perfect for photographers who want to edit video without learning a whole video editing program). Here’s the link: Way to rock it Nicole!!!! :-)
Big shout out to “Weekly Photo Tips” for their in-depth review of our magazine for photographers using hot shoe flash and studio lighting: “Light It Magazine” for iPad (above).
My favorite line from the review? It’s where they said:
“If I could only have one photography publication, it would be Light It, hands down.” Woot!!! :)
Here’s the link if you’ve got a second: http://bit.ly/YGBLVN
Psyched to see one of my shots from the aircraft carrier make PhotoExtract.com’s
“8 Top Google+ Photographs” list for January 29th!
Here’s the link: http://www.photoextract.com/plus-extract/2013/1/29 (Whoo Hoo!). :-)
Man, it’s be an amazing few weeks!!!!! My feet still aren’t touching the ground.
Thanks everybody for all your support, kind comments, and good vibes this past few weeks. Here’s wishing you a super-kick-butt weekend and we’ll see ya back here on Monday.
P.S. Don’t make plans for Wednesday night — we’ve got something fun brewing! :-)