Category Archives Pimpy Thursday

Ever wonder how your Lexar memory card or USB drive is made?  This video is a really cool look at the process of how each one is created and put together.  Also, if you watch closely right around the 2:30 mark, you’ll see how Nikon helps the process as well!

Well my friends, it’s the last Pimpy Thursday of 2010, so I’m a bit melancholy as I write this…OK, not really, because I’ve got some end-of-year pimpiness that is just bursting with calcium, niacin, and 12 other essential vitamins.

> My “Photo Recipes Live 2: Behind the Scenes Lighting DVD” is now in-stock!!!
It’s a Christmas miracle—Amazon & Barnes & Noble both have my new DVD, which takes you on location, and behind the scenes for a whole series of portraits where you see the entire process from scratch, including settings, equipment—the works. The DVD also comes with an accompanying mini-book that works in conjunction with the DVD and adds to it as well. Volume 1 was a smash-hit, and I think this one takes it up another notch, so I hope you’ll check it out at either or Barnes & Feel the love! (Not sure what that means).

> My Books are now available on Apple’s iBooks Store (for iPad & iPhone)
It’s taken a while, but they’re finally there—everything from my Digital Photography Book, Volumes 1, 2, and 3, to my Lightroom, to my Photoshop for Digital Photographers. Just launch the iBook app on your iPad or iPhone, tap the Search button, type in Scott Kelby, and my books will appear in a flourish like a beautiful peacock displaying her green, brown, and grey plumage (Man, I shouldn’t be writing blog posts while I’m half-asleep).

> Jeff Revell’s new book on Exposure is available now!
My buddy Jeff, from, and the guy behind the whole “From Snapshots to Great Shots” Series of books from Peachpit Press, has penned a new book that’s just hitting stores now and this time rather than being camera-specific, the entire book is dedicated to teaching you exposure (and teaching it in a way you can really understand). You can get yours at Barnes & Noble or, or wherever books on exposure are sold (stop snickering).

> USA Today includes Lightroom 3 in their favorite products of the year!
Jefferson Graham, who writes the Technology column for USA Today with Ed Baig, and is an accomplished photographer in his own right, had a great article in USA Today about why Lightroom 3 was one of his picks for favorite products of 2010. Definitely worth a read for anyone on the fence—here’s the link.

> Our Kelby Training app for the iPad is…..
….still not here. I hate to keep saying the same thing over and over again (We’re still tweaking it and converting thousands of videos to iPad format), but “We’re still tweaking it and converting thousands of videos to iPad format.” Believe me, nobody’s more anxious than me to get his App out (I’m an iPad freak myself, and would love to watch our training on my iPad), and although I really wanted to release it for you guys as a Holiday gift, it just doesn’t look like it’s in the cards until after the 1st, so…….rats. Just know, as soon as I hear the release date, you’ll be the first to know.

> I know I’m light on the Pimpy today…
….but I’m big on the sleepy, so I’m hitting the sack. I taped (and I’m not exaggerating) 60+ videos today. I’ll have all the details soon, but I think it’s going to help a lot of people (only 40+ more to go!). :)

Have a great Pimpy day everybody, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow.

Hi everybody. Brad’s on vacation, but why let that spoil a piping fresh bowl of pimpy Thursday? Here’s what happening here right before the holidays:

> Photoshop World instructor, and author of the hit Photoshop book “Welcome to Oz” (which Shutterbug had chosen as it’s book of the year)  Vincent Versace has just released, “Welcome to Oz 2: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop CS5.” The book comes with $250 worth of software (Focalpoint 2.0 FULL version and three NiK Software Plugins, also with the complete collection of Vincent’s own presets for the Wacom Cintiq (current and last gen) and all Intuos tablets for both left hand and right hand as well as for Mac and Windows.

> My buddy Jeff Revell over at posted his “Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide” (in PDF format) and you can check out his “all under $100 gift guide” right here. By the way: Jeff told me about one item on his list—replacement lens hoods made of rubber that hold up like the Mamiya lens hood I bought for my 70-200mm, but for a fraction of the price. That was worth it for me right there.

> We taped our Annual Holiday Gear Guide episode of Photoshop User TV today, and we’ve got some really cool stuff this year, including a Polaroid-like Fuji camera for $70 that makes instant prints, to a toaster-like device for backing up your images, to the best iPad stand ever. The episode (Episode #250) should go live later today (or tomorrow if things get squirrely) over at this link. We also included a bunch of Photoshop tips in between, because…well…we’re the Photoshop Guys!

> Over 1,000 Photoshop users joined the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) during our live NAPP-a-Thon last week, and if you didn’t sign up then, we’d still absolutely love to have you join up as a member today. It’s only $99 per year, and your membership includes a subscription to the newly expanded Photoshop User magazine (bigger and better than ever, and now you get 10 issues a year, instead of just eight). Here’s the link to join the more than 70,000 other Photoshop users, just like you, around the world. (Hey, this makes an awesome Christmas gift, but what else did you expect me to say on Pimpy Thursday, eh?).

> I just heard from John Paul Caponigro that over $2500 worth of prizes will be awarded tomorrow in the South Africa Photo Safari Sweepstakes. Here’s the Web site with all the details, and you can find out more about the workshops on John Paul’s site (here’s that link).

That’s it for this Yuletide Pimpy Thursday. Hope you have a great day (and hope you’re enjoying your vacation, Braddo), and we’ll see you here tomorrow for Pimpyless Friday.

Hey gang, Brad here with this week’s pimpy goodness :)

Joe McNally is touring Asia with his hands-on workshops and full-day lighting seminars next month! If you sign up for a one-day workshop in Hong Kong or Singapore by this Saturday, December 11th, you’ll also get FREE admission to the seminar! You can register and find all the info on the events at

RC Concepcion’s upcoming book, Get Your Photography On The Web (shown above) is now available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble! I can attest to how much work RC has put into this book (we’re office neighbors), and I’ve gotta tell you – it’s a must-have for photographers.  Go pre-order this one to make sure you get it as soon as possible!

Laurie Excell’s new book, Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots, is also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!  This is the perfect book for someone who just got their first dSLR camera and wants to take the next step to creating great images.

Scott’s The Digital Photography Book was just mentioned in The New York Times for their “Gift Ideas for Photo Hobbyists” article!  Go give it a read for more gift ideas from our buddies Joe McNally and, the Strobist himself, David Hobby.

Scott Bourne over at Photo Focus named Scott Kelby as one of his “Five People Who Made Great Impact on the Photo Industry in 2010,” along with Skip Cohen, Zack Arias, Trey Ratcliff, and Vincent Laforet!  Thanks Scott :)

Craig Ferguson has posted his review of Scott’s Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers.  He points out some of the highlights for him, as well as some things he would have missed in Photoshop had they not been pointed out in the book.

Hey gang – Brad here with a killer holiday deal, some book reviews, and plenty more. Let’s get to it!

NAPP and onOne Software have joined together this holiday season to give photographers and Photoshop professionals one of the best deals of the year, a package valued at $600 for only $349.95!

It’s the award-winning Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 ($499.95 value) from onOne Software (seven products in one that will save you hours of time enhancing photos) plus a 1-year NAPP membership or renewal ($99 value). This exclusive offer ends December 8th, 2010. Check out NAPP’s own RC Concepcion as he covers the benefits of the Perfect Photo Suite, or get more product details here. Also, be sure to scroll down the page to check out the online class RC has created called “Gear and Software Tips for Fall Sports with onOne Software” where he shows how this new product helps solve the most common problems facing photographers!

Ron Martinsen has posted his review of Scott’s Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers, in which he reviews the book chapter by chapter. Very helpful if you’re wondering exactly what’s in the book and don’t want to drive to the store to find out :) Check it out here, as well as his “What Photoshop Books Should I Read?” post that also has lots of great recommendations for learning Photoshop!

If you’re looking for gift ideas for the budding photographer friend and/or family member, check out Shawn King‘s post “Holiday Gift Giving (and Getting).”

Speaking of gift ideas, Lens Pro To Go‘s annual gear sale is still going on!  They’ve got tons of used Canon and Nikon gear available, so check their inventory (bottom left) to see if they have that lens (or camera, flash, etc) you’ve been drooling over :)

The Manfrotto School of Xcellence has some great free online webinars coming up over the next week.  They’re starting off tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. with “Great Portraits Don’t Just Happen” featuring Bill Frakes, followed on December 6 by “Shooting the Forests Series” with Drew Gardner, then finishing on December 8 with “Color Management in the Professional Photographer’s Workflow” with Stacy Pearsall. Get all the details and register right here!