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I know a lot of photographers are struggling with photo composition, and over the past year I’ve had dozens of people send me emails and comments asking when I was going to do a class on photo composition.

I actually had no plans to teach one. Ever.
But a few weeks ago, I came up with an idea about teaching photo composition that’s radically different from anything I’ve ever seen on the topic. My first thought was to write a book about it, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the way I plan to teach this, doesn’t require a whole book. In fact, it wouldn’t even make a good long chapter, because I think I can make people really, finally, and fully “get it” in just about an hour.

I think if it’s presented like I have imagined it in my mind, (and we dispense with all that “rule of thirds,” and “leading lines,” and all that stuff in every class ever taught on the topic), I could finally make that light bulb come on for the participants on such a level that from that day forward, their photography would be dramatically better. I could see the whole class in my mind, and exactly how I would present it, and I got really excited about the about the whole concept.

Here’s where you come in
Now I really wanted to teach this new class and have our video crew produce it as an online class for Kelby Training, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to present it to a live audience. A class like this needs a live audience, but I wanted to be to more intimate than when I present to 600 people in my seminar tours. I even know where and when I want to present it; I want to do it at night, under the stars, at an very cool outdoor amphitheater. I want candles and acoustic guitar music, and an atmosphere made for a night of creativity and learning.

Well, that’s exactly what we have planned, and you’re invited to be there in person for this very special evening, that I hope will change the way you create images, and at the same time will benefit the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya.

Here are the details:

When: Tuesday evening, September 13, 2011 from 8:00 pm to 9:00-ish

Where: The Amphitheater at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa, on the Hillsborough River

Cost: A $10 donation; all of which goes directly to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya

Sign Up: At this link right here.

We only have seating for 150 people at the amphitheater, and the seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (and of course, all of this is weather permitting, since it’s an outdoor event).

I think this is going to be a very fun, unique, and informative night, and if you can make it, you’ll see and hear some concepts, ideas, and techniques that I’ve never seen anyone talking about anywhere. If you can’t make it that night, that evening’s presentation will become an online class on, but probably not until after the first of the year (we have a huge backlog of classes already taped for this year).

This could be your night
If you’ve ever struggled with photo composition, this could be the night where you totally “get it”—one filled with smiles, nods, and “ah-ha” moments that can help you create the type of photos you’ve always wanted to make. The shots that you know are in you, but you just need the key to unlock them. I think I can give you that,¬†and I hope I’ll meet you in person that very night to put a key in your hand. See you there.

Hi Gang: I know it’s not “Pimpy Thursday” but a couple of things came up that I need to let you know ASAP:

(1) You need to download the Kelby Training iPad App Free Update
The major overhaul and update to the Kelby Training Website caused a bunch of server issues that caught us by surprise, and part of the fallout included problems with the App—so much so that we had to release a update so it works at all. Shawn did sneak a few new features in (like a favorites feature), but for the App to work at all, you’re going to need to go to the App store and download the free update. Sorry for all the trouble, and thanks so much for your patience—we’re working to make the site iPad/Android friendly, and to deliver a much better player and a better experience all around, but apparently that doesn’t come without growing pains.

(2) We had to extend the Photoshop World Early Bird discount
With our sites bring down unexpectedly for a couple of days last week, we had loads of requests to extend the $100 off Early Bird discount, so we are—-until Friday, August 12th. Here’s the link with details and/or to sign-up. Jump on it today!

(3) Stay where the Instructors Stay
If you want to snag a room at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (the same hotel all the instructor, staff, and I stay at), at the special Photoshop World rate of $129, there are only a few rooms left in our block, so go to the Photoshop World travel page and grab your room now. They’re also offering $149 at “The Hotel” at Mandalay Bay (a trendy boutique hotel attached to the Mandalay Bay). See you in Vegas!

(4) RC’s new “HDR Crash Course” App for iPad and iPhone is here!
That’s right—RC’s new App that teaches you how to shoot and process HDR like a pro just hit the App store and right now it’s only $9.95 (sweet!). Here’s the link (or get it from the App store on your IOS device).

That’s it for now. Don’t forget to read the following post today, so it’s not just Pimpy Tuesday. ;-)

Hi Gang: Thanks to everybody who was a part of last night’s very special event, the premiere of “Another Day with Jay Maisel”

Here are just a few of the comments I received right after it aired live last night (with Jay here in the studio with us taking questions live):

> Loved every min of the last 3 hrs spent with Jay Maisel & Scott Kelby…Thank You both so much. absolutely amazing and inspiring! Thank you Jay, great!

> Thank you for an inspiring, insightful and goose-bumpy afternoon! You and Jay are amazing!!!

> @ScottKelby who’d have thought you could top a day with Jay Maisel, fair play you managed it, great work guys!

> Wow Scott! You and Jay really hit a home run, my hat is off to you, Jay and Adam for the great work! It was worth the wait!

> Scott, the Jay Maisel webcast was fabulous. Kudos to you, Jay and Adam. I was inspired, educated and entertained! I didn’t want it to end.

> Really enjoyed Another Day With Jay Maisel. So inspiring! Thank you so much for making it available to everyone!

> The day with Jay Maisel was wonderful! The words loving, generous, and sweet come to mind. Thank you very much for this evening! So worth it.

> The Jay Maisel Webcast… Amazing!! One of the best interviews I have seen from Kelby Training. What an interesting, creative, and great artist. Thank you for sharing this with us… Your people did a great job with putting this all together.

> Fascinating look at a fascinating man. Now to join @KelbyTraining!

> Much thanks to @ScottKelby for that fantastic insight of another day with Jay Maisel! It’s pretty late right now, but it was well worth it.

> @ScottKelby is right. Jay Maisel’s legacy will live forever…

> Thank you @ScottKelby @JayMaisel and the entire team at @kelbytraining for a fantastic video “another day with Jay Maisel”…worth the wait

> Loving the @KelbyTraining @ScottKelby Another Day w/Jay Maisel, totally inspired

> Thanks for the show w/Jay. So wonderful to see into his life and work.

> Wonderful show tonight with You and Jay Maisel. Adam did a terrific job editing, words cannot describe! So FANTASTIC and so RE-inspiring. THANK YOU

> What a way to end the day! I can’t wait to get my cameras charged up. Living in NYC, I think I’ll see things in a whole new light!

> I can’t say thank you enough times..I loved the 3hrs spent with you and Jay Maisel

> Thanks for feeding my soul!

Jay was amazing because “Jay is Jay.” Adam Rohrmann (the director of the class) did an incredible job on the directing and editing, and it was just a very memorable and inspirational evening all the way around way.

(Above: here’s our crew on set right after the broadcast; from L to R: RC Concepcion, behind him live broadcast editor Daniel Bryant, assistant editor Meredith Pack, Brad “Braddo” Moore, that’s Jay in front [of course], powerful overlord of IT Paul Wilder in the back, and in the middle our director and editor Adam Rohrmann. Behind Adam, the head of our video team Erik Kuna, then me, then the International Ambassradess to France Nancy Masse, Cameraman Juan Alphonso, and Matt Kloskowski (just hanging out and soaking it all in).

Now, if we can just get Jay to do “A Day in Paris with Jay Maisel” we can do this all again. Viva le France!

Hey gang, Brad here with a quick reminder about tonight’s one-time-only free public showing of Another Day with Jay Maisel.

We’re kicking things off at 6:00pm Eastern (which is only hour away) over at We have Jay Maisel here in the studio answering your questions alongside Scott Kelby during the webcast. You can send in your questions via the Twitter hashtag #AskJay or on the live chat.

You’ll also want to tune in for info on a special $20 discount for annual subscriptions to Kelby Training! The discount will only be good between 6:00pm – 10:00pm Eastern tonight, and it’s online only, so make sure you watch so you can take advantage of this very limited-time offer!

And, just to follow up on some questions from Scott’s blog post earlier today… The Phase One 645 DF and Leaf Aptus-II 80MP Digital Back Scott was shooting with during the NYC fashion shoot last week is courtesy of the fine folks over at Capture Integration! They have all kinds of great gear available for purchase or rent, so definitely check them out :)

Hi Gang: The short video above explains what we’ve got cooked up for you guys (a first for us), but it never says what time it’s all going to happen (because I didn’t exactly know at the time I taped it). But here’s the info:

Time: 6:00 pm EDT on June 6th (but watch the video to find out what makes this difference).

Where: Right Here

We are REALLY excited about this, and the opportunity for everybody to interact with Jay live. Can’t wait! :)