Thursday
Feb
2014
06

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  37 Comments

Creative Cloud Month at KelbyOne
Each weekday this month, a new Creative Cloud class is being added to KelbyOne! Take advantage of your full Adobe Creative Cloud membership by learning about the other programs you haven’t been familiar with. Just this week we’ve added Photoshop CC Basics for Photographers, Illustrator CC Basics, Premiere CC Basics, and today InDesign CC Basics is becoming available! Check back tomorrow for Adobe Typekit, and each day for the rest of the month for even more.

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Here’s the link to the Winter Wings Festival info (Rick is a great presenter — you’ll love it!).

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If you want a chance to check out some of these classes for free, leave a comment!

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott KelbyMatt Kloskowski, or RC Concepcion? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Feb 21 – Tampa, FL
Feb 24 – Atlanta, GA
Mar 12 – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 28 – Minneapolis, MN

Lightroom 5 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Feb 17 – Houston, TX
Mar 5 – Los Angeles, CA

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Feb 19 – Lansing, MI
Feb 26 – Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 4 – New York, NY
Mar 26 – Arlington, TX

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through March! And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Joe McNally on The Grid
If you didn’t get to watch yesterday’s live airing of The Grid, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! Scott Kelby was joined by Joe McNally, and as always Joe took the show to a whole other level with his insights into portrait photography. The episode will be up sometime today at KelbyOne.com as well as on our YouTube channel.

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne.com Class Rental
- Brittany Murphy

KelbyOne Live Ticket
- Luis

Joe McNally’s Sketching Light Book
- Steve Maitland

If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Feb
2014
05

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring David Bean!

by Brad Moore  |  25 Comments

Allow me to introduce myself. Some of you reading this have probably heard of me/my work; the majority of you probably have not and I’m totally fine with that. My legal name is Charles David Campbell Tabor Bean, but I’ve gone by David Bean my whole life. The five names are the result of being born to hippie parents.

The following is an excerpt from the bio of me on my site….

“My life confirms the age-old adage “truth is stranger than fiction.” As a child I lived on hippie communes with no neighbors for miles, tiny apartments in Boston and everything in between. I went to 6 different high schools and was a punk rock teen in South Florida who misspent my youth at the detriment of myself and others.”

To say that I had a less-than-normal life is an understatement. For me life until the age of 20 was one of severe loneliness, confusion, anger and rebellion. Those attributes all sort of fed off of each other and kept the circle spinning, especially as a teenager. Now, 20 years later I look back on those days with some regret, but mostly fondness for how all of it has shaped me into who I am. Let me say that I love who I’ve become. I have an amazing Wife, 2 awesome kids and a good career.

I treasure having grown up poor, lonely, misunderstood and mischievous for it has given me two of the most valuable things a person can possess; sympathy and empathy for others. We live in a world today where people seem to be getting not only more narcissistic, but impatient, intolerant and hateful of others and their opinions/beliefs. I’m amazed at how the comments on every single YouTube video I watch dissolves into the cruelest of arguments. You can’t even watch a cat video or a funny ad without somebody turning it into a shouting match about how someone else is stupid, ignorant or just plain wrong.

No one knows who originally said “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle,” but whoever did was very insightful. As a news & current events junkie I see and read all kinds of heart-wrenching stories every day. As I read them I’m fully aware that the people I’m reading about are only a small fraction of all the others going through similar circumstances.

We meet and pass by tens, dozens, hundreds of people a day who all have one thing in common; their lives aren’t perfect. Not only aren’t their lives perfect, but many, many times they’re ravaged by despair and crisis. Most of the time you won’t see this on their face or hear them stop to tell you. If you say, “Hey, how’s it going?” their replay will simply be, “Great, how about you?” Most are either afraid of scaring people away by telling them the truth or they just don’t think anyone would even care.

Photography used to be all about people; and more specifically the subject. It was the art of a photographer making a connection with their subject in such a way that he/she reached in and pulled something out of the person that even they didn’t know was inside of themselves. A photo shoot is like a dance; one person leads and the other follows and when both are in sync it becomes a work of art that inspires others.

I fear photography is moving away from being about people and connections to becoming more about gear, fame (for the photographer), and a way to make easy, fast money. It’s as if we look at a photo and say “Wow, what great lighting!” or, “I wonder what the camera settings were.” The lighting, background, and any other visuals are important to me as a photographer to create something I want to be proud of. My graphic design background compels me to want to create “scenes” that my subjects live in. It’s my style and I enjoy it.

But it’s my opinion that when you look at a great portrait you should be drawn to the subject and be teased into wanting to know more about that person, their situation and their story. Everyone has a story and it’s our job as photographers to not just take a photo of someone’s physical appearance, but to try to pull out that story, their struggle and even their vulnerabilities.

When I look through my photos it’s sometimes eerie because I feel like the people in them are looking back at me, just like they were when I took the photo. It makes me feel vulnerable for some reason and if I look at a photo where the person is looking into the camera and don’t get that feeling then I think that I probably didn’t make a real connection with them.

It can become really hard to connect to someone when all of the messages we get from society tell us to draw up lines, put people in boxes, label them and make enemies of those who would hold to different opinions than us. I’m a person who has very strong opinions on politics and religion among other things. I think I’m right about a whole lot of things; just ask my Wife. But at the same time I always make it my goal to try to understand how another person could think 180 degrees differently. Respect for the opinions and beliefs of others, no matter how much we disagree with them is essential if we are ever going to be able to connect with the people we shoot.

Conservatives, Democrats, Independents, Christians, Muslims, Atheists, Rednecks, Gang-bangers, celebrities, rich people, poor people, etc. are all human beings created (I believe) in the image of God; let’s not argue about that in the comments please ;) We all have way more in common than we don’t. We all struggle, we all desperately want to love and be loved.

If we make our shoots all about the technical wizardry and fancy gear, but treat the subject as just another prop in the photo, we will create beautiful, perfectly lit photos that have no depth or soul. We will have made the photo be about us the photographer rather than about the person in the photo. People are not props to be used to make our photos look prettier. People are what make our lives and our work beautiful.

If we could learn to see and embrace people as fellow passengers with us on this crazy train called life; all with their own struggles, addictions, problems and beliefs, then maybe we could make real, honest connections that would result in organic photos that aren’t just pretty, but have actual depth and soul.

From one imperfect human being to another, thanks for reading.

You can see more of David’s work at VisualReserve.com, and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Tuesday
Feb
2014
04

Here are the Classes I’m Teaching at the Photoshop World Conference in April

by Scott Kelby  |  16 Comments

Hey, dig this — the Photoshop World Conference & Expo is being held in Atlanta this year for the first time ever (whoo hoo!) on April 8-10, 2014, and of course we are super-psyched. We’re at the Cobb Galleria Conference Center, which is the ideal location and it should be an absolutely killer show!

If you’re planning on going (and I hope that you are), here are the sessions I’m teaching (there are over 100+ sessions but I hope you’ll check out a couple of mine if you’re coming to the conference — it’s open to everyone).

Hot Shoe Flash for Absolute Beginners
I know there are a lot of folks out there that want to start using flash, or have always been curious about it, and if either one of those sounds like you, man, you gotta come check out this new class. I’ve come up with a way to teach flash that I truly believe will have you out shooting confidently with your off camera flash right away. I’m going to take the complexity and fear out of it totally, and make the process amazingly simple to learn and quick to use. You’ll learn the whole process, from start to finish, in just this one hour class and you’ll leave knowing you can do it.

Creating Your Own Custom Photo Book in Lightroom
In this session you’ll learn how to create beautiful photo books from right within Lightroom itself. You’ll see the entire workflow, step-by-step and exactly how to create your own custom photo books the easy way. There are lots of little inside tips, tricks, and time-saving techniques that you’ll learn that will make creating these photo books one of the most-fun, easy, and creative parts of your photographic journey.

The 10-Minute Portrait Retouch
In this class you’re going to learn a number of very quick, yet very effective portrait retouching techniques, and get those under your belt so when we open an image we need to retouch, we can do the entire-retouch in less than 10-minutes (in fact, using all 10-minutes would be our worst-case scenario). One thing we do that speeds things up pretty dramatically is to add automation whenever we can, so you’ll learn exactly how to do that, too. Then, once we learn the techniques, we’ll do a number of start-to-finish retouches so you’ll see how to make this whole thing work really quickly and efficiently.

I hope to see you in one of my Photoshop World classes in Atlanta in just a couple of months. If you haven’t signed up yet, Here’s the link.

Monday
Feb
2014
03

Announcing “Creative Cloud Training Month” at KelbyOne

by Scott Kelby  |  9 Comments

With more than 1.5 million people subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud, we wanted to release a whole bunch of online training classes on everything from InDesign to Illustrator, Premiere Pro to Muse, TypeKit to Behance, Photoshop to Lightroom and everything in between.

Each weekday for the entire month of February we’ll be releasing another NEW class on one of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications over at KelbyOne.com, along some other other already cool classes we had planned for February.

WATCH THEM FREE EACH WEEKDAY!
We are broadcasting each class FREE  from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET — just that day — then it goes back in the Disney Vault, errrr I mean then it’s available just for subscribers after that one free day. The free broadcasts start on Monday, February 3rd. Here’s the link where you can find the FREE airings (again, that’s starting today at 6pm).

So, what’s coming next?
We are just getting’ started! We’ll be adding something really unique mid-March for KelbyOne subscribers and you’re gonna be super-diggin’ it, but until then, I hope you’ll check out all the new classes we’re releasing this month.

Cheers, -Scott

Friday
Jan
2014
31

Three Friday Quickies to Take You Into The Weekend

by Scott Kelby  |  21 Comments

McNally is #1!
First, a hearty congratulations and a big high five to my buddy Joe McNally for being named the #1 Most Inspiring Photographer in PhotoShelter’s 2nd annual “Photographers Outlook” survey of more than 5,700 photographers. I didn’t get to vote in this survey, but I would have voted for Joe myself because I look to him and his work first when I need inspiration. Way to go big Joe!!! :-)

Photographer’s State of the Union (hint: it ain’t pretty)
This past Wednesday on “The Grid” we took a frank look at where the industry is today, what photographers are struggling with, and how to make the most of it, and you’ve got a break and want to check it out, it’s right here (above).

If you’re a landscape photographer, man do we have a book for you!
So many Photographers have been asking Matt to share his complete landscape post-processing workflow that Matt has now put it all together in this one short (68 page), clear, concise eBook and he totally killed it! H spills all the beans of his whole process using Lightroom and Photoshop. Here’s the link to it on Amazon and Apple’s iBooks Store (it’s only $9.99). Congrats Matt on the launch!  NOTE: the book currently has a 1-star rating on Amazon but that’s only because of an old font/text flow issue that has since been resolved  — the content and what he shares is definitely 5-star stuff! 

That’s it for this Friday. Got some big news coming on Monday so I’ll hope we’ll see you here then. :)

Best,

-Scott

Thursday
Jan
2014
30

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  79 Comments

Social Media for Photographers with Colby Brown
Take your social media efforts to new heights with rock solid advice from Colby Brown, a landscape, travel, and humanitarian photographer, who has become one of the most followed photographers on the Internet.

In this class Colby gets you up to speed on the hottest social media networks for photographers and explains not only why they are important, but how you can start developing a social media strategy that is smart, efficient, and enables you to attain your goals.

Leave a comment for your chance to check this class out for free!

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott KelbyMatt Kloskowski, or RC Concepcion? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Feb 21 – Tampa, FL
Feb 24 – Atlanta, GA
Mar 12 – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 28 – Minneapolis, MN

Lightroom 5 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Jan 31 – Covington, KY (Cincinnati Area)
Feb 5 – Richmond, VA

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Feb 19 – Lansing, MI
Feb 26 – Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 4 – New York, NY
Mar 26 – Arlington, TX

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through March! And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Joe McNally at the Vancouver Photo Workshops
Vancouver Photo Workshops proudly presents a series of 6 exclusive seminars and workshops with internationally acclaimed photographer Joe McNally. Joe will be in Vancouver from February 13 to February 22nd, 2014. Workshops range from $59 to $1250 in price. In 2012, they sold out all events in a matter of days, so if you’re interested to see Joe this time then don’t delay.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Joe’s book, Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash!

Last Week’s Winners
Photoshop Guys Book Set
-Allison Cobb

KelbyOne Live Ticket
-Dale S.

KelbyOne Rental
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If you’re one of the lucky winners we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

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