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It’s our biggest issue yet, with lots of awesome lighting tutorials; everything from lighting for weddings; tips for shooting with a beauty dish; lighting home interiors; a very cool location shoot that turns an every day scene into a mystical forest; my Lighting Recipes column, the latest gear news and more.

It’s available now for the iPad on the App store for just $2.99. (By the way: if you download the app (free) you get our launch issue for free as well).

What! Still no Android version?
OK, I got with my team about all this and here’s where it stands. The company that developed our App originally made just a regular ol’ IOS app, but when Apple introduced the Newsstand Concept, so we had to retool the entire magazine for Newsstand. So, we’re now we’re not just converting our ISO app into an Android version; they’re having to reverse-engineer out the Newsstand stuff to get it to work on Android, and so far it’s too buggy to release. So, that’s where it stands right now. When it’s working, we’ll release it on Android, but that will be the only other platform we’re looking at developing for (no desktop versions, no PDF versions, no Web-based versions, etc.).

So, if you have an iPad or iPad mini, go check it out today at the App store (in fact, here’s the link just in case).

It’s official: I’m heading to London to bring one of our most popular seminars ever to the UK. Here are the details:

What: My “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch It” tour
When: Saturday, 28, April
Where: The Islington Design Centre
Tickets: Only 89£ (if you sign up soon)
Why: Because I love Swingin’ London baby, yeah!

For more details, or to sign up for my London seminar (seating is limited), click right here:http://bit.ly/yFNHYp — My thanks go to UK-based NAPP Evangelist Dave Clayton and Photoshop World instructor Glyn Dewis who helped us put this London tour stop together. Hope to meet you in person there!

P.S. If you’re reading this from the UK, could you help us spread the word over there? Much appreciated. :)

I know a lot of photographers are struggling with photo composition, and over the past year I’ve had dozens of people send me emails and comments asking when I was going to do a class on photo composition.

I actually had no plans to teach one. Ever.
But a few weeks ago, I came up with an idea about teaching photo composition that’s radically different from anything I’ve ever seen on the topic. My first thought was to write a book about it, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the way I plan to teach this, doesn’t require a whole book. In fact, it wouldn’t even make a good long chapter, because I think I can make people really, finally, and fully “get it” in just about an hour.

I think if it’s presented like I have imagined it in my mind, (and we dispense with all that “rule of thirds,” and “leading lines,” and all that stuff in every class ever taught on the topic), I could finally make that light bulb come on for the participants on such a level that from that day forward, their photography would be dramatically better. I could see the whole class in my mind, and exactly how I would present it, and I got really excited about the about the whole concept.

Here’s where you come in
Now I really wanted to teach this new class and have our video crew produce it as an online class for Kelby Training, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to present it to a live audience. A class like this needs a live audience, but I wanted to be to more intimate than when I present to 600 people in my seminar tours. I even know where and when I want to present it; I want to do it at night, under the stars, at an very cool outdoor amphitheater. I want candles and acoustic guitar music, and an atmosphere made for a night of creativity and learning.

Well, that’s exactly what we have planned, and you’re invited to be there in person for this very special evening, that I hope will change the way you create images, and at the same time will benefit the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya.

Here are the details:

When: Tuesday evening, September 13, 2011 from 8:00 pm to 9:00-ish

Where: The Amphitheater at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa, on the Hillsborough River

Cost: A $10 donation; all of which goes directly to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya

Sign Up: At this link right here.

We only have seating for 150 people at the amphitheater, and the seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis (and of course, all of this is weather permitting, since it’s an outdoor event).

I think this is going to be a very fun, unique, and informative night, and if you can make it, you’ll see and hear some concepts, ideas, and techniques that I’ve never seen anyone talking about anywhere. If you can’t make it that night, that evening’s presentation will become an online class on KelbyTraining.com, but probably not until after the first of the year (we have a huge backlog of classes already taped for this year).

This could be your night
If you’ve ever struggled with photo composition, this could be the night where you totally “get it”—one filled with smiles, nods, and “ah-ha” moments that can help you create the type of photos you’ve always wanted to make. The shots that you know are in you, but you just need the key to unlock them. I think I can give you that, and I hope I’ll meet you in person that very night to put a key in your hand. See you there.

Scott Kelby Workshop – BTS from Dave Cross on Vimeo.

Last week, I had the opportunity to do something I rarely get to do; an intimate hands-on class where my students and I get to shoot and retouch alongside each other all day long. Dave Cross (Canadian Photoshop Ninja) invited me to teach this one-day workshop at his new studios just outside Tampa, Florida, and I have to say, it was a really wonderful experience.

I was following Joel Grimes, who had just had his workshop at Dave’s place the week before (if I hadn’t been in Canada, I would have paid to be in Joel’s class myself), and I have to say—Dave’s studios is really set up perfectly for this type of intimate workshop; with a good-sized fully-equiped studio, a really comfortable set-up for both the students and instructors, and he even brought in a yummy lunch for everybody.

Dave put together the “behind-the-scenes” video you see above, and I thought I’d share it with you guys to give you a glimpse into the day (I had such a great group of students that day. Totally engaged, totally into, and they made some totally awesome images!).

Dave’s got some incredible workshops coming up (including some world class wedding photography instructors), so if you want to learn up close and personal, visit Dave’s site  (Here’s the link).

Thanks Dave for having, and being such a gracious host to me and my students. Your place rocks!

I’m very excited, and totally honored, to announce that at my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” tour dates in:

> Cologne, Germany (10, August), and….

> Amsterdam, Netherlands (12, August)…

I have a very special guest on stage with me in each city.

Cologne
I have a very special guest retoucher—none other than the amazing Calvin Hollywood. Those of you who have seen him on Kelby Training Online know he’s one of the most talented retouchers and special effects artists on the planet, and he’ll be doing a guest retouch in one of my sessions. How cool is that!!!

Amsterdam
Joining me in Amsterdam is the hottest rising star of the studio lighting world, and one of the best lighting educators anywhere—Frank Doorhof (ask anyone who has seen his one of his classes—this guy is insane!!!! I’ve learned a lot of Frank, and was a fan years before I ever met him in person). Frank will be doing one of my live shoots that day, and it is SO going to rock.

I cannot tell you how excited, and honored I am, to be sharing the stage with these two superstars, and I hope you’ll get to see them live with me, too!

Here’s the link with all the details, and how to sign up. My thanks to Calvin and Frank for joining me for these two very special, very important dates—my first seminars in Europe ever! Can’t wait!!!!!!

My Light it, Shoot it, Retouch It Tour is in New York City on Thursday, with around 900 or so photographers who will be there and I want you to be there too!!!

It’s not to late if you want to snag one of the remaining seats. It’s only $99 for the full day, including a detailed step-by-step workbook that follows right along with what I’m doing all day, plus some other goodies I can’t tell you about until the workshop (by the way, it’s only $79 if you’re an NAPP member, so you gotta go!).

It’ll be a blast, plus you have no risk at all, because we have a 100% money-back guarantee if it’s not the best seminar of its kind you’ve ever attended, at any price, period! What do you have to lose? Don’t just read about it on my blog on Friday—come on down to the Javits center and be a part of it. Here’s the event details. I hope you can make it (and if you come, make sure you come up and say hi).

See you there! :)

P.S. I did a short video clip about the seminar–you can watch it right here.

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