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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
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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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Well, at least it is on the KelbyOne Facebook page, where each Friday, we post a quick photography, Lightroom or Photoshop tip (either from me, or one from some of our awesome instructors), and they’re all just 1-minute each (or less). Well, at least thats’s the goal.

If you missed any from the previous few Fridays, you can check ’em out on the KelbyOne YouTube page (ya know, you should subscribe to our YouTube page).

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Greetings from Portland, Oregon
I’ve spent the past few days out in Oregon taping some classes on Essential Techniques for Landscape photographers, and Essential Post-Processing techniques for Landscape photographers, and we just wrapped up today, and then we drove to Portland last night for my seminar here today (hope I’ll get to meet you in person here today).

https://youtu.be/dWX8dLrH_Jo

Yesterday Brad posted about my new class on simple Fashion lighting, but we didn’t have the class trailer. Now we do, and it’s right there above (it’s just a minute, so I hope you’ll check it out).

OK, that’s it from here in chilly Portland. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Did you see the awesome team of instructors we have lined up for the Lightroom training tracks at the Photoshop World 2016 conference this summer in Vegas? Check ’em out below.

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Hi Gang and Happy Monday. I’m on my way out to Seattle today for my seminar tomorrow, and then I’m off to Portland, Oregon for my seminar there, Friday, but before I head out here’s a little tip for a more readable, better-looking Instagram feed, and this tips works about 70% of the time (see below for more on the 70% thing).

Adding Line Breaks to Your Captions
This tip is for when your caption is a little long, or for when you want to separate your hashtags from the rest of your caption (of course, you can post all your hashtags as the first comment, but that’s a different tip). Anyway, it’s a little hidden how to do this on an iPhone, so that’s what I thought I’d share today.

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Above: Notice those two glorious line breaks above? Sure makes reading your caption easier. 

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Above: To add a line break; on an iPhone; tap the “123” button on the keyboard (shown circled above in red).

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Above: That brings up the number keyboard, and with it a “Return” key (circled in red above). Place your cursor where you want it; tap the Return key, and it creates a line break. 

NOTE: Remember the 70% thing I mentioned before? Well, when I went back to older posts and added these line breaks to make long captions more readable, it didn’t work in every case — even though it appeared to work while editing the caption; sometimes when I tapped the “Done” button the line breaks which it just showed, completely went away (by the way — adding line breaks doesn’t just make the text more readable — by taking one long caption and breaking it into shorter blocks of text, the chances of people reading your caption at all go way up because little blocks of text make the time it takes to read the caption seem shorter to people, so they’re more likely to read it in the first place).

Hope you find that helpful (and I hope if you’re on Instagram you’ll follow me there — I post travel photography shots there daily). I’m @scottkelby on Instagram.

Hope you have a better-than-average Monday, we’ll catch ya here tomorrow.

Best,

-Scott

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