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kenya2006_072_copy2Hi gang. I got the official update yesterday from Molly and Joseph Bail on how the fund raising has been going to finish the roof and complete the orphanage in Kenya.

They needed just over $49,000 total  to get the orphanage finished, furnished, and up and running, and I am absolutely thrilled to report that they now, thanks in part to your efforts, have over $64,000 and tomorrow Molly, Joseph and their son Elijah (pictured here) are flying back to Kenya for an entire year to feed, clothe, and care for these children.

I heard again and again how check and Paypal donations have been coming in (still averaging at least three a day from readers of this blog), and I am so touched and thankful to have such wonderful, caring and compassionate readers. There are even readers who have pledged monthly donations to help feed and clothe these children (if you’re so moved, here’s the link).

Gang, this was a BIG win! You did something really special—something really important in the big picture, and I can’t thank you all enough for your generosity and support for getting this project back on track!

I’ll be sure to post photos when the roof is finished, and from the opening day (which won’t be too far away now!) Please keep Molly, Joseph, and their son Elijah, in your prayers going forward, and thanks again for making a difference in the life of a child.   — Scott

P.S. I’ve received some emails from readers who have just gotten their first copies of my CS4 Book for Digital Photographers. As soon as the Spiral-bound editions hit our warehouse, I’ll sign them and get them right out to you all!

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Corey Barker, over at PlanetPhotoshop.com just launched a very cool Photoshop contest, and the winner gets (among other prizes) a full conference pass to Photoshop World this March in Boston. Here’s how Corey describes the contest:

“The way it works is you are presented with three tutorials that have been selected from the vast library of tutorials here on Planet Photoshop. After watching the tutorials your assignment is to use the techniques you learn from one or all of them to create an original piece of artwork. Feel free to be as creative as you want. Just think of these tutorials as a springboard as you proceed to create your original art.” –Corey

The deadline is just two weeks away, so for for details (and how to submit your work), click here. Good luck! :)

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You’ve heard me talk about David Ziser countless times on this blog, and he is one of my favorite Wedding photographers, a gifted instructor, and an amazing blogger to boot. One of the things I admire most about David is that he’s not afraid to take a stance or make a statement about a photography technique, or the photography business, that sometimes flies in the face of the status quo.

Well, I was on David’s site yesterday (DigitalProTalk.com), and I watched a video he did back in October of last year, that detailed a back-lighting problem he was having on location, where he wanted the bride and groom backlit with flash while standing in the shadowy entry way of an elegant home (as seen above—photo by David Ziser). During this video, David said something that really stood out to me—so much so that it’s my “Quote of the Week.” In talking about his lighting challenge he said:

The fact of the matter is, it’s so easy these days to go ahead and take a photograph with that [fixing it in Photoshop] in mind. Some people say “Oh my gosh; If you don’t get it right in the camera, don’t even bother pressing the button!” but I’m going to disagree with that, because I think we can fuss and fiddle with it out on location, and do everything we can do from having to go into Photoshop or Lightroom, (and I’m going to use Lightroom in this case here). My point is, “Why fuss for 10 minutes” on the job when you can fuss for one minute in Lightroom and basically get the shot that you want?”  — David Ziser

Why this struck such a chord with me is that maybe my pendulum has swung too far the other way. I really bend over backwards to get the shot right in the camera, and I probably do spend too much time sometimes on location tweaking a light, or a reflector, or a scrim, because I know I shouldn’t have to fix it in Photoshop. Anyway, it’s some great food for though from someone whose photography and photo editing skills I admire very much. Thanks David, for giving me something to think about this weekend.

Here’s the link to David’s video, which includes his quote: Bridal Location Shoot with David Ziser

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If you’ve read this blog for any time at all, you know by now that I often write these posts either late at night, or really early in the morning. You also know that it’s not unusal for my posts to have typos, mistakes, and other mishaps that occur when you write blog posts when you’re really sleepy (by the way, my mistakes aren’t just limited to those two times; I make mistakes all day long).

Anyway, last week on my blog, in a December 23rd post about location shooting with the Lastolite EZYBox, I mistakenly called my Nikon 14-24mm lens a “VR” lens (which it is not). Now, generally when I make a mistake like that, one of my readers will usually post something like, “Hey Scott, there’s a typo in your post. That lens isn’t a VR” and then I’ll usually post back saying, “Hey, thanks for catching that” and I go and change it. It’s happened dozens of times.

Well, this time the guy who pointed out my error, added “Is this something they custom made for you?” (knowing it was not). He was kind of being a smart $#% with this  “Is this something they custom made for you” comment, so I thought I’d be a little one back, and added this comment, “Actually, it is a special custom-made version of the 14-24mm Nikon made for me with the VR added (this model isn’t available to the general public, but may be in the future). Happy Holidays! -Scott. I never dreamed that anyone would take me seriously (especially since this wasn’t a blog post—it was just a comment about a post).

Well, my comment turned out to be an even bigger mistake than accidentally saying it was a VR in the first place, because a Nikon rumors site picked up on it, and ran a post called “Is Scott Kelby kidding” which started a long debate about the lens existence (Maybe they actually made it for me, and I slipped up, etc.) and whether wide angles lenses would even need VR, and so on. Then it was picked up over in the forums over at DPReview.com, and the next thing I know I get a call from Nikon because they are getting calls from people who want this new VR lens, which obviously doesn’t exist.

Now, right when all this happened (last week), I went to both site’s forums and immediately posted a comment saying it was my mistake, and my reply was totally a joke, and that there is no 14-24mm VR lens from Nikon; they didn’t custom make one for me (as if), and so on.

So, I’m sorry to Nikon for the trouble, and to anyone who spent more than 30-seconds debating on forums about this. I’m even sorry to the guy I was a smart #%$ to. Totally my fault, and don’t worry—I won’t do anything like that again.

Note: Photo above courtesy of NIkon USA

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Hi Gang. Hope everybody had a great weekend: here’s what’s up:

  • I want to start with this week’s blog schedule: I’m only going to be blogging today and tomorrow, and then I’m taking off Wed. (Christmas Eve) and the rest of the week until Monday. I took the week off from work, and I just want to spend some time with the kids, so I hope you’ll join me here tomorrow, and then again next Monday.
  • We’re coming up on the entry deadline for the 4th annual Photoshop User Awards (the deadline is December 31, 2008). The grand prize winner will get an all-expense paid 5-day trip for two to Barcelona, Spain, and there are great prizes in a number of different categories. The contest is open to anyone, and if you’ve never entered a contest before—what are you waiting for? For all the details, click here.
  • Joe McNally is doing a series of one-day Lighting Workshops up in Dobbs Ferry (about 40 minutes outside of New York City), on Jan. 19, 20, 21, 22, and 24th. Here’s the link for details. Also, I wasn’t going to announce it quite yet, so consider this un-official announcement but we’re in the final stages of developing a nationwide Joe McNally lighting tour, produced by Kelby Training Live, that will be kicking off in February. More details as soon as we’ve nailed the first round of dates.
  • HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA: McNally’s groundbreaking book, “The Moment It Clicks” is turning into a huge seller for the holidays, and if you’re looking for that last-minute gift, this is a lock to be a hit with the photographer on your list. Here’s the link to it from Barnes & Noble and at Amazon.com.
  • UPDATE: I’m thrilled to announce that Springs of Hope, Kenya can now accept donations via Paypal (thanks to my readers who contacted them directly, helped them get it set up, and in the spirit of the Holidays, some of you have already made donations using Paypal. You guys continue to amaze me with your generosity). Here’s the link if you want to do something today that will make you feel absolutely great! (note: I’m not seeing the button appear in Firebox, but I see in it Safari).  P.S. Scott Sherman, from the Digital Photography Life podcast, posted a comment to my blog entry about you guys raising more than $10,000 for the orphanage. His story is both amazing and inspiring, and it includes a quote from Anne Frank that I’d never heard, but will never forget. If you’ve got a few seconds; click this link, then scroll to the bottom to find Scott’s Sherman’s comment.
  • LIGHTROOM 2.2: If you updated to Lightroom 2.2, and you had downloaded the Beta Camera Profiles, you now have both the Beta profiles, and the final profiles. My buddy Matt Kloskowski did a tutorial on how to remove the old profiles over at his blog (and podcast) at LightroomKillerTips.com.
  • Photoshop World instructor Jim DiVitale just posted his new Digital Imaging Tune-Up Clinic Blog where he takes you behind the scenes on a food shoot in the studio. Here’s the link (definitely worth checking out).

That’s it for today, folks. I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful Holiday Season, and I hope to see you back here tomorrow. :)

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Adobe released a free downloadable update to Lightroom 2 (bringing it to version 2.2), that adds support for some recently released cameras (including the Canon 5D Mark II, , a number of Panasonic cameras, and the Canon G10), along with some bug fixes (for a list of the bug fixes, visit Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty’s blog by clicking here).

Also, (and this is big), this update includes the final versions of the Camera Profiles which will now be available in the Calibration panel (those of you who attended my Lightroom 2 Live Tour know about the Beta versions of these).

To get the free update, go under Lightroom’ 2’s Help menu and choose “Check for Updates.”

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