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Hey Gang: Just a few quick things to take you into the weekend:

(1) I messed up on my class title at Canon’s theater at WPPI
Earlier in the week I said I’d be teaching Sports Photography classes in Canon’s booth, but thankfully I was way off (I gotta stop posting these things really late at night when I’m half asleep). Instead I’ll be doing three presentations where I’ll be covering how to make great portrait images using everything from natural light to hot shoe flash to strobes.

Here’s my WPPI Canon booth teaching schedule:
> Monday at 10:45 am
> Monday at 3:15 pm
> Tuesday at  11:30 am

Hope I’ll see you at one of these in Vegas next week.

(2) I’m working on Part 5 of my “The Digital Photography Book” series
I’m knee deep in the hoopla of writing the 5th part in my series, and this one is totally based on the most popular chapter in the previous four books — my “Photo Recipes” chapter, which is the last chapter in each of the books (so the new book will be titled “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes”).

I’m pretty excited about it because instead of just having one final image on one page and then describing the recipe on how to get that type of shot, I’m able to use two-page spreads for each look with a behind-the-scenes image to better illustrate the technique and I’m pretty psyched how it’s coming out. It’ll be out later this year (you’ll be the first to know). :)

(3) First, look at that list above. Amazing, right!
There’s only once place on earth where they all come together for three days to teach you everything from Photoshop to Photography, Lighting to Lightroom, and that’s The Photoshop World Conference in Atlanta. It’s next month (OK, well April 8-10th). You can meet them in person, be inspired in their classes, and learn their secrets and techniques for three solid days.

If you’ve never been to Photoshop World and experienced this for yourself, now’s your chance (save $100 by beating the Early Bird deadline). Here’s the link — come join me and them PLUS other amazing instructors like:

Bill Fortney, Brian Smith, Russell Preston Brown, Aaron Blaise, Alan Hess, Brian Hughes, Colin Smith, Eddie Tapp, Jack Reznicki, Ed Greenberg, Erik Valind, Felix Nelson, Fay Sircis, Jack Davis, Helene Glassman, Jason Groupp, Jim Divitale, Kevin Ames, Larry Becker, Joe Glyda, Pete Collins and Vincent Versace.

OK, I gotta run — taping a class with Dave Black today (Whoo Hoo!).
Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. Cheers. :)

 

I am psyched to be back at WPPI this year (the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) Conference & Expo in Las Vegas next week. Last year was my first time ever speaking there and I had a really great time, and excited to be back again and expanding my classes.

Here’s my speaking schedule: 

(1) WPPI Conference Track:

"Portrait Retouching Secrets for Photographers"
Tuesday, March 4
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Portrait Track

Canon Theater
I’ll be teaching sessions on Lighting and Portraiture in the Canon booth:

> Monday at 10:45 am
> Monday at 3:15 pm
> Tuesday at  11:30 am

B&H Photo Booth
I’ll also be teaching a session on “Shooting it with Just One Light” for B&H Photo at their booth/theater:

If you're at the show, I hope you'll catch one of my sessions (and if you see me wandering around, make sure you stop me and say "hi").

Hope you have a great start to your week!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m up here in Atlanta today for my “Shoot Like a Pro” tour stop and I’m looking forward to meeting everybody (and making some new friends). My next tour stop is in Phoenix on March 12th. 

http://youtu.be/m3Q_mjG–pQ

First, our Quote of the Week (which has already made it’s way around Twitter).

So, Peter was our in-studio guest for our “Blind Photo Critiques” episode of “The Grid” this week, and during the show we brought up one particular set of submitted portraits that had a lot of problems and Peter is trying to be as kind as possible with his comments but you can see he’s really struggling with it.

We ask him on the show, “If you had to give this photographer one bit of advice, what would it be?” and he’s really trying to be nice, so he tells them they need to take a “Beginner’s portrait class,” and Matt is trying to help Peter pin down what the problem is, so he asks Peter, “Lighting? Expression?” and this sets up our “QUOTE OF THE WEEK” (it’s the 2nd line ahead), “so Peter says “I don’t know what to say about those picturesâ¦reallyâ¦I just don’t⦔ (wait, here it comes):

“I take pictures people would want to look at, and I guess they⦔

and he stopped right there…and we all just lost it knowing that what  he just said would surely be our Quote of the Week.

You gotta see it, though, to appreciate it — it starts around 33:15 mark in the video (above). Despite his inner-struggle not to say what he’s really thinking (and people commenting that he’s being too kind), Peter was really great on the episode (as always) and there’s a lot to learn from him during the show, so I hope you get a chance to check it out.

Peter Just Wrapped His First Book, and It Rocks!
Peter was down here literally finishing the final chapters for his first book which we’re producing for Peachpit Press, and it’s called “PETER HURLEY: THE HEADSHOT” and we are super-psyched about it. I’m the Editor for Peter’s book and I cannot tell you what an amazing learning experience this has been for me. In fact, I learned stuff just yesterday that made me want to go back and reshoot my last shoot — it’s just that good. The book is heading into production and layout now with our in-house team (all the writing is done), and I just cannot wait until it’s released (early summer) because I can tell you right now, it’s going to be an absolute smash hit. Congratulations to Peter for literally knocking it out of the park.

Well, we’re back from our Valentine’s weekend getaway (with Sharon and Moose Peterson) and did we have a blast! (We packed a lot into 2-1/2 days).

I put together a photo-story-gallery post over at Exposure.so of my self-assigned photo project while I was there — I chose “Color” as my subject (and I explain why in the Exposure post) and share lots of images there as well.

If you’ve got a minute, I hope you’ll check it out (here’s the link).

Although I’msharing photos from my “color as my subject” project, we did lots of other fun stuff including:

(a) Visiting a way-off-the-beaten-path white cliffs/mountain-thingy in Abiquiu, New Mexico called “Plaza Blanca” where key parts of the movie “Cowboys & Aliens” was filmed. It was actually pretty cool (even though I’ve never seen the movie). I took plenty of photos. None of them good (we were there at “high noon”).

(b) Making over an hour drive to a State Park that was “Closed for the Season.” Ugh.

(c) Dining at what Joe McNally called “The best Mexican food he’s ever eaten” (Joe doesn’t like Mexican food, so that’s saying something). It’s called Gabriel’s and it’s just outside of Santa Fe. Super yummy.

(d) Getting lost and accidentally winding up in Taos, New Mexico, which as it turned out was not a bad thing.

(e) We laughed for 2-1/2 days solid. Our sides still hurt.

Now I’m back to work, and ready to roll — lots of fun stuff to work on this week.

Hope you all have a great day, and hope you get a chance to check out the shots from the trip. :)

 

These are just some of the comments we’ve received about this past week’s episode of “The Grid” with Joe McNally as our in-studio guest. I know I mentioned this yesterday here on the blog (among six other topics), but the rave reviews just keep pouring in over social media. If you haven’t had a chance to catch this episode, I promise it will be more than worth your time. (I’m posting the episode again here on the blog, just below the quotes). If you photograph people, you will learn a ton. Here’s a few sample comments:

“â¦Grid interview with Joe McNally was the best 80 min of instruction I’ve seen.”

“Rewatching cuz what Scott Kelby has Joe McNally explain is more important than anything I’ve learned, period.”

 “Just finished TheGridLive show with Joe McNally – best ever Grid. Amazing insight. Thanks @Scott Kelby & Joe!”

“JUST finished watching it. Best 80mins I’ve spent in a while.”

“Just watched it last night and I loved it! The guy is just amazing! What a show!”

“Finally watched this weeks The Grid with Joe McNally and Scott Kelby last night.  Joe is just awesome!”

“Prepare to have a very thought provoking experience :)”

“Joe..loved the message…get into the experience and capture the essence!  Thank you!”

“Wow. Great interview. I learned so much. Thanks for posting it.”

“Every time I watch a program with Joe it reminds me that it’s not about a piece of paper with chemicals on it or about a paycheck, it’s about telling the story of your subject and bring that story to life in a picture. Thank you Scott and Joe for reigniting my passion for photography even after 19 years of shooting and getting burnt out several times.”

“Yes. He did! Joe nailed it!!”

“Awesome episode! Thanks, Scott, for having Joe answer my question. And, boy, did he answer it, with pictures for examples to boot! The man is a treasure.”

“Just watched it and it was better than great. Thank-you Joe and Scott.”

“This was the first Grid show I’ve been able to watch live in months and it couldn’t have been better. Thanks Joe!”

“Definitely cut through a lot of hand-wringing and doubt about what it takes to really capture a subject.”

“Thanks for the show. It really was eye opening.His personality is just amazing. That’s what makes him one of the greatest photographer.”

“That is the best description and teaching I’ve seen to get into someones world, to bring out the best in them. I can’t wait to put Joe’s process into action.”

“Say that you’ll do it again next week! The man is a master!”

If you missed it, here it is (the free rebroadcast):

http://youtu.be/KGCDos916aQ

Hi Gang: Here’s some weekend stuff that might have slipped by ya:

(1) I did a post over at Exposure.so on the “Classic Cars of Cuba”
I am super-digging Exposure.so as a source for my photographic storytelling, and to that end, I released a post there yesterday about shooting the pre-1960s classic American cars of Havana, Cuba.

If you’ve got a sec, it’s right here: http://bit.ly/1edkDfl

(2) Joe McNally absolutely rocked ‘The Grid!”
Having just come of an amazing night, where Joe taped a class for KelbyOne called “Behind The Lens: An Evening With Joe McNally” (which gained him a roaring standing ovation from the crowd, despite the fact that Joe never touched a camera, or a light, nor even showed a single one of  his images, which gives you an idea of what kind of class it was!), Joe followed it up with a Grid Episode one reader wrote in to us to say:

“Your Grid interview with Joe McNally was the best 80 min of instruction I’ve seen..”

I posted the episode right below so you can see for yourself â” Joe is just brilliant! His class should be live on KelbyOne in about three weeks.

http://youtu.be/KGCDos916aQ

By the way, here’s few images from the taping of our “Behind the Lensâ¦.” class with Joe (click for a larger view):


(3) If you’re interesting in how to do “Focus Stacking”… watch this!
RC did a great tutorial over on our Photography Tips & Tricks show, and if you’ve ever wondered “how’d they do that?” you’re about to learn exactly how it’s done. Thanks RC!

http://youtu.be/qAXDV-NMoMc

(4) Come spend the day with me! 
I’m kicking off this year’s “Shoot Like a Pro” tour in Tampa in just 11 days, on Friday, Feb. 21st (skip work, come spend the day with me, make it a long weekend, etc.). I’ve already got over 300 photographers signed up for Tampa — why not you! Come and join me (you’ve got nothing to lose — it’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it’s not the best photography seminar you’ve ever attended at any price, period!).

Then it’s on to Atlanta on Monday the 24th and then Phoenix on March 12th. Here’s where ya go to sign-up: http://bit.ly/14bAUDJ  Hope I’ll see you in person at one soon.

(5) Did you see who’s speaking at Photoshop World? That’s right, Peter Hurley!
For the first time ever, we’re are psyched to have the one and only Peter Hurley, teaching at Photoshop World. He is literally one of the hottest photographers on the planet today and here’s what he’s teaching:

Tuesday, April 08, 2014
THE ART BEHIND THE HEADSHOT - TOP 10 TIPS

Wednesday, April 09, 2014
TOP 10 HEADSHOT BLUNDERS

Peter is an amazing, hilarious, and passionate teacher and you can meet him, and learn from him, live this April. Come and meet trainers like Peter, and Zack Arias, and Jeremy Cowart, Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Jay Maisel,  Dave Black, Joel Grimes, Tamara Lackey, Me, Matt, RC, Pete and Corey (the Photoshop Guys) and many, many more. You’ve always wanted to go to Photoshop World and now it’s in Atlanta (Delta’s hub) so now’s your chance. Register by March 1st to save $100 on a full conference pass. See you there!

(6) Adobe’s John Nack is now Google’s John Nack
One of my favorite people at Adobe, John Nack, is now over at Google. When I first met John he was the Photoshop product manager and over the years he helped steer Photoshop’s development at critical times during it’s development, and I always knew it was in good hands. I wound up working with John quite a bit over the years, and in 2008 we honored John’s contribution to the development of Photoshop by inducting him into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

John was really passionate about product development and over the years he wound up moving to work on different projects at Adobe, including developing the mobile version of Photoshop, and I’m sure he’ll carry on this passion over at Google where I imagine we’re about to see some amazing thing happen over there. John has an awful lot of friends here at Kelby Media Group, and here on the blog, and we wish him nothing but the very best on this new chapter in his career. You can read John’s farewell post over at his Adobe blog (at this link). Photo by Jeff Schewe.

 

(7) Lindsay Adler just created something really, really clever for photographers
One of the things I’ve always loved about Lindsay’s work is the amazing styling that goes into her shoots. The dresses are always those “Where in the world did you find that!” type of amazing dresses, and I guess Lindsay realized how much we’re struggling to find New York Style where we live, so she created a resource called “Dream Shoot Rentals” where photographers can rent amazing fashion outfits and really stunning accessories without being in New York (and without the New York prices, which is sweet because I’m renting one for an upcoming shoot for the book I’m working on now).

Anyway, her official launch will be at WPPI in Las Vegas next month but you can follow her fashions now on her Facebook page. Congrats to Lindsay for creating this very clever, and affordable resource for photographers, and I wish her tremendous success!

Have an awesome Monday (I know, that’s a stretch). See ya back here tomorrow.

-Scott

P.S. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter to catch my free30-second Photoshop tip of the day” silent tutorials. 

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