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Happy Friday, everybody!. Here’s what’s up:

One minute and 41-seconds of brilliant advice for photographers
We do an “Inspire Me Monday” piece each week on our KelbyOne Facebook page and this week it’s a short 1-minute and 41-second clip taken from our business interview with Dave Black, and his advice to someone who asked him how to handle a portrait shoot with an athlete is just brilliant. Simple, yet so smart. You’ve got it watch it. It’ll be the best minute forty-one you spend today on your photography.

If you’re a Wedding or Portrait photographerâ¦
We’re doing a giveaway for TWO Full Platform passes to WPPI (the big Wedding and Portrait photographers conference & Expo in Vegas, coming end of Feb/Early March), plus a 1-year KelbyOne Membership (the prize package is valued at $598). Not too shabby. Details to enter are here. (by the way, I spoke at WPPI last year — one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. Absolutely first rate!).

If you’re into Lightroomâ¦
I posted #3 of my “10 Things I would Tell New Lightroom Users” series over at LightroomKillerTips.com – hope you’ll check it out if you get a minute. While you’re there, check out Pete Collins post yesterday about applying presets on import. Really good stuff.

http://youtu.be/nUMuJJZAiks

Secrets of Professional Photographersâ¦
Yesterday, on “The Grid” RC hosted sports photographer Dave Black and lifestyle photographer Erik Valind, and the reviews have been fantastic! You can watch it above (I haven’t had a chance to see it yet myself, but I’ve heard rave reviews. Figures, they crush it when I’m not there). ;-)

Shooting Tethered & Lightroom Mobile Studio Workflow
Next Thursday we’re releasing another of my new Lightroom online classes (we release new full-length online classes each Thursday on KelbyOne), and this one is on setting up Lightroom to shoot tethered and then how to incorporate Lightroom Mobile into your own workflow. Keep an eye out for it next week on KelbyOne.

A Big Shoutout and Thanks!
What an amazing week! I had over 1,000 photographers come out to my “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar this week in Columbus, Richmond, and Raleigh and I met some of the most gracious, kind, and just downright fun people during those three days! I’m very grateful to everyone who came out and spent the day with me, and I hope to see you all again next year. NOTE: I made it through the entire trip without buying a guitar, despite visiting three music stores along the way. I think that’s a record for me. ;-)

Catch me LIVE on Monday at ImagingUSA
I’ll be teaching a session on stage at the Canon booth at PPA’s ImagingUSA show in Nashville on Monday, so if you’re at the show, I hope you’ll stop on by and say Howdy.

One more thing:
If you see me in Nashville on Monday, my wife would probably appreciate it if you would please stop me from sneaking off to Gruhen Guitars shop. Last time I was there I wound up shipping back this candy apple red Fender telecaster). ;-)

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! (I’ll be home on the couch recuperating) and I hope to see you back here on Monday!

Best,

-Scott

 

 

 

 

 

OK, it’s not actually a “Photo storytelling app” –  it’s a Storytelling app that just happens to be really good for photo-storytelling
When I did a “First look” at Project Luca, back in December (here’s the link) there were things I really liked about it (like professionally designed themes, different fonts, a decent level of customization, that it’s app-based, there’s motion options and dissolves, and lots of stuff that makes it great for photographers who want to tell a story).

There was also some key stuff I felt was missingâ¦
â¦and I called them out on it pretty seriously in the article. The Project Luca team wrote me back that same day saying that a lot of the things I complained about (not being able to reorder photos, you couldn’t center captions, updating your story was funky at best, and hidden somewhere hard to find at work, and so on) and they let me know that stuff, and more, was coming in a future build. Well, I’m happy to say, they just released a pretty significant update (the app is still in a limited public beta” you can request to try it out at this link), and it’s come a long way in a short time.

Above: There’s better control over your photo size and location including the ability to move a place photo up or down within your story, which is a big improvement.

Here’s what the Project Luca team noted are the new features in the latest update:

– Centered captions

-Support for high res images on desktop browsers (folks said my London Luca project looked VERY pixelated when viewed on a desktop computer).

– (a little thing, unless you can’t find where they hide the themes)

-New publish dialog

-New theme

-Image re-ordering (much needed, and it works great)

-Photo grid image re-ordering (also needed. So glad this feature made it)

-Better copy/paste support (respects line breaks) (Oh, hallelujah!) 

But there’s still no bold and no italic
That’s a deal breaker for a storytelling app, because without those two, what do we have left at our disposal for emphasis? ALL CAPS?

They fixed a lot of the really glaring issues, which is great. Just one more hurdle to go: 
Building a Luca is still not intuitive enough. I talked about this pretty extensively in my previous post, and while stuff that was missing is now there, the overall process of building a Luca is still kind of counter-intuitive. For instance, the way you start adding photos and writing a story in the default template and then later you pick the template you actually want. Wouldn’t you pick the template first? If not, you start off working in a template you’re not going to use. The app has a lot of quirks like that. Sure, eventually you figure out how to do most of what you want, but do you really have extra time to “figure out” an app, or should it all just make sense?

They’re close. Really close. 
The experience for the reader is actually very good. If they can tackle the authoring experience issues, and make putting a Luca together more of a pleasure than a puzzle, they’ll pretty much have it licked. I’ll keep you updated as they move toward shipping the final version.

Give it try yourself
Give it a try for yourself and see what you think, and let me know if I’m just being too picky (which is entirely possible, but when I see something this close to being really amazing, I want to help push it over that edge to greatness). Get early access over at GetLuca.com

That’s it from cold, gray, snowing Columbus, Ohio
where I’ll be spending the day inside, toasty warm with 300+ photographers who are here for my Shoot Like a Pro Tour. Really looking forward to meeting everyone today, and I’ll be sure to share a photo of Brad’s first-morning fresh beard at breakfast, over on my Instagram account to start your day off right. ;-)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’ll be in Richmond on Wednesday with the tour, then Raleigh on Friday. Come out and spend the day with me. 

http://youtu.be/2xhFtf0ni3A

This week, our in-studio guest on the Grid was renowned wedding photographer Cliff Mautner, and it was one of our best, most-informative episodes ever. It’s a 60-minute show but Cliff was on such a roll, and so “in the zone” that we let it run over to a full 90-minutes, and the feedback we are getting is just incredible. Here’s just a few of the comments:

“I’m glad that show went longer than 60 minutes, but I would have enjoyed that going on for many hours. 90 minutes was a bonus though. That was a GREAT episode! The Grid is off to a great 2015, first Joel Grimes, then Cliff Mautner. Wow!” [John Pokocky]

 

“Any chance this could be a part I episode and get him back for a part II? I could’ve watched him do critiques all day!” [Joel Thomas]

 

“Cliff was great. He joins Joe and Moose for my favorite blind critique guests.” [Tony Drumm]

It was supposed to be one of our “Blind Critique” shows, and we asked for just wedding images, and technically it was but we only got to 9 critiques if that tells you how it went. Cliff covered everything from the business side of weddings to the creative side, and his insights were just so incredibly valuable - it was more like an online class than a show (except for the goofy parts, and there were a few really funny moments).

Anyway, if you’re a wedding photographer, I would really encourage you to sit down and watch the show this weekend. I promise you, you’ll learn a lot and it won’t cost you a dime.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend; hope you get some great shots, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

Best,

-Scott

http://youtu.be/WdWwqAI6x9A

I hadn’t seen this in 10 years, and I had never seen the full version.

My friend Kevin Gilbert sent me this a week or so ago and it’s just so wonderful â” It’s just a few minutes long, but totally worth every minute. I hope it makes your Tuesday, and your upcoming year in photography, a little bit brighter by remembering it’s all about emotion.

Thank you, Kevin for bringing this back to life for me and my readers.

Best,

-Scott

Milestones for 2014
Besides the most popular and most commented-upon posts (which I posted here in Part 1 on Monday), we were pretty busy here on the blog during 2014. Here’s some highlights of what we shared:

We raised nearly $40,000 for the Springs of Hope Orphanage
I don’t think anything we did this year was as important as this  by having folks who participated in my 7th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk donate $1 when they signed up, we made a major difference in the lives of some really wonderful kids. Of everything we did this year, this is what I’m most proud of.

I started my love affair with Exposure.co
Last year when I posted my “Favorite Football Shots from the 2013 Season” I tried Exposure.co for the first time, and literally fell in love it, and it became my go-to source for photo-storytelling.  I used Exposure.co for a number of photo stories from the year, including:

A Walk in Rome (images from four days in Rome) – link
Shooting The U.S. Open – link
A Colorful Journey (images from my trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico) – link
Shooting The U.S. Open Men’s Final – link
Game Day with The Vols (shooting Tennessee football) – link
A Rolling Museum (my images of the classic American cars of Cuba) – link
Automotive Photography – link
Shooting the Firestone Grand Prix Indy Race – link
The World on a White Seamless Background – link
From Prague to Budapest (images from my trip along the Danube river)  – link
A little bit of London (shots from my quick trip across the pond) – link 

I tried some “silent movie style” 30-second Micro Photoshop Tips
I tried something new  super quick tips I could do, at my kitchen table at home, without hooking up a mic and I would do them like a silent movie, with just text to explain the tip. The tips were cool, but ultimately the experiment failed, with many folks leaving me comments that “the audio wasn’t working.” You can check out some I posted here on the blog right here. 

We Took The Photoshop World Conference & Expo to Atlanta for the First Time
It’s pretty much been in Orlando for the past 15 years, but this year we thought we’d try something new by taking the show to Atlanta. The Cobb Galleria venue in Atlanta was absolutely ideal for a conference, and it was one of our best conferences ever! (but of course, everybody still wants to go to Vegas).

I taught at the WPPI Conference for the first time
What a great show, and a great experience. I spoke on the Conference Track teaching retouching and I got to speak in Canon’s booth to just huge crowds. Totally had a great time from start to finish and met tons of great people.

Adobe Launched Lightroom Mobile⦠
â¦and we were there with not only an in-depth Launch center, but we launched our first online class on Lightroom mobile to get everybody up and running fast. Here’s the link to the class.

http://youtu.be/ymi4v-A49ss

Karen Hutton made me cry
I’ve never actually seen the finished interview, because it was so upsetting (and embarrassing) at the time, I couldn’t bring myself to watch it (if I had, I’m sure I would have made them cut out that part.

Apple pulled the plug on Aperture, and we had a Webinar on “How to move from Aperture to Lightroom” that very night
We can be really quick when we need to be. And of course besides that, we put together a full-length KelbyOne.com online class on exactly how to make the big switch.

http://youtu.be/CNhPZLvo_pg

We produced a free live Travel Photography Webcast called “From Prague to Budapest”
After my trip, I shared some photos, some tips, some tricks, some post processing techniques, I answered questions — it was so much fun. You can watch the entire Webinar above.

http://youtu.be/DXj8ToCxmiY

I told probably my most embarrassing photography story ever (above). It is NOT pretty.

http://youtu.be/Ozbf05w0cPQ

We broke some news about a little secret Adobe kinda snuck into the release of Lightroom 5.5 to allay a lot of folks’ concerns about the Creative Cloud photographers’ bundle. After you watch the video above, read the Q&A I put together to help explain it. Here’s the link (but again, watch the video first so the Q&A will make sense).

http://youtu.be/9-GdOBA9z-I

We got more love from this than you can imagine
It’s called “How Photographers Can Turn Their DSLR Video Clips Into Movies in Just 5 Minutes (using, believe it or not, just Photoshop). The clip is above. Yes, this is for you.

http://youtu.be/w-MsdK5wL0Q

I Shared a Little Known Feature of Lightroom Mobile here
I shared a quick video tutorial (above) about a little-known feature of Lightroom Mobile that is just so darn cool. I do a live model shoot in the video above (which is much better than a dead model shoot) to show you how it all works. You’ll dig it.

I gave Project Luca a shot
This was fairly recently — it’s a new iPad-based photo storytelling app, and I tried it out by doing a story on my very short photographic journey in London a few months ago. I wouldn’t say I trashed it, but it needs a few things before it’s ready for prime time (it’s still in beta, but the developers saw the article, responded the same day, and are fixing a bunch of stuff before it ships, so it’ll wind up being pretty darn cool). Here’s the link

http://youtu.be/PCbrKUPKMXk

Book Launches:

http://youtu.be/PCbrKUPKMXk

I launched Part 5 of my “The Digital Photography Book” Series here on the blog— this one is all “Photo Recipes.”

http://youtu.be/xKqPVyLcQZc

I released a big update to my book, “The Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers” – it’s my first all “CC” version and it’s gone over really, really well. Still very excited about it (the video above explains it).

http://youtu.be/wgkeAd9YGIg

I released an ebook of nothing but my Chapter Intros (to raise money for the Springs of Hope Orphanage) -The book is available right here.

We did some stuff that mattered
Like Behind the Lens: An evening with Joe McNally — it was just an electrifying presentation, a magical night, and one of our most popular and most talked-about classes of the entire year. Every photography student should be required to see it. (link)

http://youtu.be/F1VxNDlAiBQ

We also did our first documentary: Moose Peterson’s “Aviation Photography: Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them.” It came out so wonderfully, we shared it with the world with a one-night free premiere, with Moose himself on hand. There’s wasn’t a dry eye in the house. This was something we were all really proud of.

http://youtu.be/O4DJjWdujdg

We launched a new series of in-depth interviews called “Trailer Blazers: Powerful Women of Photography” showcasing women who changed and challenged our industry.

http://youtu.be/PEcvSsnkY00

We also did our first-ever “Creative Cloud Month” where each day we released a new full-length online class on one of Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications. (Interesting note: When we launched this, Adobe had around 1.5 million subscribers to the Adobe Creative Cloud. Today they have only 3.5 million).

Jeremy Cowart in Miami portraits on location revisited
A few years after our classes in Venice Beach, California with Jeremy (which were such a hit), we caught up with Jeremy again on Miami’s South Beach and, son-of-a-gun, man can that guy turn nothin’ into something. It’s like a masterclass on how to shoot anywhere, and it was as big a hit as his classes from Venice. You can watch the intro right here and you’ll see what I mean (even if you’re not a KelbyOne member).

http://youtu.be/-9rc6jDVeA8

SmugMug Films mini-documentery on me (above) as an educator and photographer was such an honor (and they produced it beautifully).

WHEW!!!!
That’s just some of the highlights of what we covered in 2014 here on the blog and at KelbyOne. Next week we’ll wrap up with Part 3, which will be our top-10 episodes of “The Grid” (our weekly photography talkshow) and I’ll embed the episodes right on the blog so you can watch ’em right there.

Have a great weekend everybody and we’ll see you next week!

Best,

-Scott

Last Friday I had my last football shoot of the season (sniff, sniff), but it was a doozy! It was the Tennessee Vols first bowl game since 2010, and it was an electrifying atmosphere to shoot a football game. Such a blast!

I was shooting with the Vols photo crew (led by the awesome “Big Daddy” Don Page) so I had lots of extra access (including the locker room after the big Vols win), and I covered it all over on exposure.co

Here’s the link to the images if you’ve got a sec.

I also posted some of the images in that post that I uploaded to Instagram during the game (mostly behind-the-scenes stuff), and I showed the final shot of having to shoot through a throng of other photographers and video camera and mics at the end of the game (see below).

Anyway, I hope you get a chance to check out the images. 

One more thing
Hey,  tomorrow our in-studio guest on “The Grid” (our first episode of the New Year), is none other than photographer and Photoshop World instructor  Joel Grimes, and it’s going to be an awesome episode you don’t want to miss. It’s at 4pm Wednesday at this link right here. 

That’s it for today. See you here for Guest Blog Wednesday tomorrow (if you’re at all into shooting video, you’re not going to want to miss it!).

Best,

-Scott

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