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Hi Gang: Ready for some serious learning this weekend? Here’s my pick for five classes (including a coupla my own) to make the most of these next few days. Check these out:

(1) Master Post-Processing: 10 Mistakes Every New Photographer Makes and How to Fix Them” with Kristi Sherk
People are absolutely raving about her class. Start with it. You’ll love it, too!

https://youtu.be/sa3p7o9F__Y

(2) Going From Flat to Fabulous in Photoshop (with me) 
Come with me as I take a bunch of flat images straight out of the camera, and show you exactly step-by-step how to make them fabulous. Plus, I give you the practice files to download and follow right along.

https://youtu.be/Qk9HCz-blBw

(3) Post Processing Landscape Photos in Camera Raw with Moose Peterson
Moose truly gives you a different perspective on post processing landscapes, and really talks about the “Whys” in a really significant way, and of course, you’ll learn all the “hows” too. You’ll learn a lot.

https://youtu.be/DJWSUNxR3mg

(4) Inexpensive and DIY Photo Gear Tricks with Larry Becker
Larry is the master of saving money on gear, and his class is a hit. Very clever stuff (and he’s really entertaining just to listen to).

https://youtu.be/2gUJZRzjUe8

(5) Photo Recipes: Dramatic Lighting with…me!
In one of the installments from my new series of lighting, I cover Dramatic Lighting, and we do some fun, creative things, and I even include the retouching, so you see the entire process from start to finish.

https://youtu.be/bIdWKIB3q9I

There ya have it. If you’re not a KelbyOne member yet, you can still watch all these classes for free this weekend – just take the 10-day free trial and you can start watching them immediately.

Here’s the link to get started.

Next week, let me know which ones were your favorites. Have a great weekend, and I hope to see ya back here on Monday.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. It’s just 11-days until Photoshop World 2016 in Vegas kicks off. If you want come and join us, it’s not too late. 

 

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Hi Gang, and Happy 4th!

Today is a big holiday for us here in the US –  it’s Independence Day – a day where Americans celebrate their independence from England (around 240 years ago), but also from Glyn Dewis and Dave Clayton (two of England’s finest, but still worth keeping at a safe distance).

We celebrate by gorging ourselves with hot dogs, hamburgers, and mountains of potato chips before settling into a lawn chair with an ice cold beer to watch a glorious fireworks display using fireworks made in China. We also use the word “chips” liberally without anyone ever even once thinking we’re referring to French Fries. ;-)

If you’re thinking of photographing your local fireworks display tonight, you might want to check out an article I wrote ColaCola where I take you through the recipe for how to make Awesome Fireworks photos (It’s a step-by-step article – just follow the recipe and ya can’t miss).

Here’s the link.

However, I would add four things to that article for the more serious photography crowd here on my blog. They are:

1. Set your focus to infinity (This isn’t critical, but if your lens can do it, why not). The fireworks are so bright you can use just regular ol’ auto focus for the most part, but if you have a lens that has a distance scale window on the top of your lens barrel; first turn off your auto focus (right on the lens –  switch it to off), then rotate the focus ring on your lens until you see the Infinity symbol [it looks like the number 8 lying on its side], then turn it back just a smidge, so you’re almost right on the infinity symbol. Again, you don’t have to do this, but it might make things a bit easier.

 2. A couple of years ago @SuzanMcEvoy (one of my followers over on my Twitter page) recommended also switching your White Balance to Tungsten and it works really well (Thanks Susan for the tip).

3. Lightroom (and Photoshop’s) Dehaze feature works wonders on the extraneous smoke in the background, so make sure you give it a try. It’s like it was made for fireworks shots.

4. This one probably goes without saying, but you’re on a tripod so use your lowest ISO setting for the cleanest shots.

Hope you all have a safe, happy 4th of July as we celebrate our nation’s physical distance, in miles and magnitude, from Glyn and Dave which makes it truly a day worth celebrating. ;-)

Cheers!

-Scott

Closing eyes

Very excited to have food photographer Steve Hanson as my guest this week on “The Grid” (my live weekly photography talk show), and we’re taking your submissions now to have your food photography critiqued on this week’s show with Steve.

If you’re not familiar with Steve, here’s a quick video he did for us (below), so watch that first (Steve’s got a great story, and this video has already been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube!):

https://youtu.be/0MgeCe0-jis

Pretty awesome story, right?!  Here’s the link for submitting your images: (NOTE: submit only food photography images, and only submit 3 images total. Also, make sure your images are a reasonable size for viewing).

Once you’ve submitted, watch the show LIVE on Wednesday (details below):

Who: In-Studio Guest Steve Hanson
What: Blind Food Photography Critiques
Where: http://kelbytv.com/thegrid (we also stream live to my Facebook Page)
When: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 4pm EDT (New York Time Zone)
Why: To learn new ways to improve your food photography

I hope you’ll submit some images, and we look forward to you joining us (we’ll be taking your comments and questions live on the air) on Wednesday. See you then!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Are you joining us at Photoshop World in Vegas next month? Ya know, you oughta. :)

This filter was added to Photoshop a while back, then Adobe took it out for a while, but now it’s back, but in a different place, and what it does is turn your photo into an oil painting in literally just one click. You have to watch the video to really appreciate how easy, and awesome, this is. :)

https://youtu.be/LukXUP83-B0

Pretty cool, eh? :)

Hey, come see me in Orlando or Ft. Lauderdale
I’m there with my seminar in just a couple weeks, and I’d love to see you there. Come out and spend the day with me learning, laughing, loving (loving?). Get your tickets right now…or miss the loving.

Okey Dokey, that’s it for this Friday. Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you here for more in my contining series…of love. ;-)

Best,

-Scott
Love man

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Hey gang – this quick little video (below) is about an awesome portfolio feature that already comes with your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription (even with the $9.99 a month photographers bundle). It’s called “Adobe Portfolio” and it’s so easy to use that you can have your own custom online portfolio up and running in about 10 minutes without any additional fees (or any web programming experience whatsoever – anybody can do this easily). Check out the video below to see how this works:

https://youtu.be/UFye8O6fbwA

Hope you found that helpful — it’s one of those things that Adobe kind of snuck in there and it really adds value to their subscription (especially if you’re just paying the $9.99 a month, because you can pay more than that for a portfolio alone).

Hope that starts your Monday off right. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. In 10-days I’ll be in San Diego with my new seminar (on Thursday, May 12th) – hope you can come by. Also, a big shout out to all the photographers in Seattle & Portland who came out to my seminars there last week. Really enjoyed getting to meet so many nice folks. Thanks for making me feel at home so far from home :)

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