Greetings from fabulous Las Vegas where we are kicking off some of the pre-conference fun today at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (I’ve been here a few days already as my wife and I snuck out early to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary, which was yesterday, and we have just been having a blast!). :-)
GET YOUR FREE EXPO PASS
If you can’t come to the full conference but still want to check out the exhibits, watch some demos, catch some of the free Expo-floor classes and take advantage of some of the show specials, you can get a FREE expo-only pass — here’s the link.
THE TWEET UP IS BACK!!!!
Except now it’s called “THE MEET UP” and it’s tonight at the “Eye Candy” bar in the center of the Mandalay Bay Casino (you can’t miss it) and it starts around 9:00-ish. It’s a great place to meet some of the folks you’ll be spending the rest of the week with (I’ll be there, along with all “The Photoshop Guys” from NAPP.
LIVE STREAMING THE OPENING KEYNOTE
Now, I haven’t 100% fully confirmed this yet (because all of my staff is out partying in Vegas tonight), but I believe we are going to be streaming the opening keynote, including Adobe’s full presentation, tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 9:00 AM PT (pacific time) and if we do, it will probably be broadcast at kelbytv.com/onair (well, that’s my best guess anyway). Hope you can catch it (of course, if we actually do stream it, which I think we are, but hey ya never know. I missed a few meetings).
HOWEVER, I expect there to be some cool stuff and surprises at the keynote (there always is), so make sure you check it out. :)
OK, I’D BETTER HIT THE SACK
Big day today —- our Pre-Conference workshops kick off today, and the final rehearsals for the keynote and all that stuff is happening, so it’ll be a busy day so I’m going to hit the sack. Hope I get to meet you in person today, and here’s wishing you a totally Vegas kinda day! :)
Anytime I shoot a game, I try to share little tidbits of what I’ve learned in order to help my fellow shooters, so I made this demotivational poster (with a shot from my Patriots/Bucs game last week) to remind us all that Focus is more than just a word — it’s a five-letter word. I have no idea what that means. Enjoy.
If you’ve followed me for any time at all you’ve heard me rave about the photography of Bill Fortney. He’s been kind of a mentor to me over the years and has taught me an awful lot (and I’ve been blessed to have taught some landscape workshops alongside him over the years as well).
A couple of day’s ago Bill wrote what I think it probably the best article I’ve read about photogaphy this year, and definitely one of my top picks ever. I shared his post earlier this week on Google+ and here are some of the comments from readers:
> “I think this may be one of the best photoblog posts I have ever read. It simply speaks volumes.”
> “Wonderful & inspiring article. Gets me back on track as to why I love photography.”
> “You’re right it did made me think about my own photography.. truly wonderful article.”
> “An insightful treatise! Thank you for sharing it with us. I have tried to adhere to the principles mentioned and am inspired by the well written reminder.”
> “Incredibly profound post!!”
> “Thank you to Bill Fortney (re his “Why Bother?” blog post) for this authentic share. ”
> “I happened upon this post by Bill Fortney today and thought I need to share this with all of my fellow photographers out there who may be in the same situation. …”
> “An excellent post by Bill, now he has a new fan I had not seen his work before”
> “I’m so glad I stopped to read it.”
Bill’s post is called “Why Bother” and I promise you, if you read it you’ll be glad you did —- it really has the power to change the way you feel about your own photography and why “Why we bother” at all.
[DISCLAIMER: Within his article Bill lists his five favorite photographers, and I about fell over when I saw my name on that list. That is absolutely not why I'm sharing this article (though that would have been enough reason alone for me -- wink), but the rest of his article is what really struck a chord with me and I imagine many of you share the same struggles as I do with my photography, and Bill's article helped me a lot. I absolutely know I don't deserve to be included with the other four people on his list, but I am humbled, grateful, and at a total loss for words, outside of just saying "Thanks, Bill."]
Hey gang: I’m getting ready to head out to Vegas for next week’s Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and I wanted to share a few quick things before you (us, we) get there. Here goes:
(1) It’s true — they’re giving away a new D800!!!!
Nikon Professional Services (NPS) sponsors a pre-conference workshop at Photoshop World on shooting concert photography like a pro, and the class actually gets to a shoot a live band on stage — then the best shot (as chosen by applause) wins the new D800. Here’s the cool thing —- the workshop is limited to just 40 participants, so each person has a great shot at winning! There are just a few spots left — and if you’re going to Photoshop World, you can snag one of the last spots. You will totally love this workshop! Here’s the link (http://bit.ly/cwrX0x) and good luck!
(2) Bring Your Camera
You will kick yourself if you don’t because there’s all sorts of shooting opportunities, including the incredibly popular Westcott Shooting Bays, where they’ve put together a series of very creative sets, all perfectly lit with their TD-6 Spiderlites, with live models in full costume for you to shoot. It’s a HUGE hit with the attendees so make sure you don’t miss it (it’s on the Expo floor).
(3) Canon is there in a big way this year!
The folks at Canon have a large booth with their own demo stage and they’ll be doing live demos throughout the expo, so add them to your must-visit list.
(4) You can get a FREE Expo-only pass!
If you can’t go to the full conference, you can still come and check out the Expo floor, see all the vendors, checkout all the new gear, take advantage of show specials, and even catch bonus expo-floor classes at a number of different theaters, and a kick-butt line up of classes at the Peachpit Press theater. Here’s the link to register for your free pass.
(5) I hope you’ll consider catching one or more of my classes
I invite you to check out some of my classes on the conference track, and my Wacom-sponosed retouching session. Here’s the link to what I’m teaching in Vegas
(6) Dave Black’s class will blow your mind
Dave is just flat out brilliant and can make any topic brilliant but he’s doing a Sports Action live shoot of a world champion gymnast in class, on the balance beam, and what he pulls off is insane!!! He did it earlier this year at the DC Photoshop World and people are still talking about it.
(7) Here’s some other trainers you don’t want to miss!
These are such inspiring, passionate and just amazing instructors that I would recommend you catch at least one of their classes even if the topic isn’t one that’s right up your alley. Try sitting in on a class from Jay Maisel, Joel Grimes, Frank Doorhof, Jeremy Cowart, and Cliff Mautner. You are guaranteed to learn and be inspired.
(8) Don’t forget to catch some of the new trainers, too!
I get the job of choosing who gets to speak at Photoshop World so when we bring on somebody new, you know they have to be really special, and these trainers are: Erik Valind, Lindsay Adler, and Tamara Lackey.
Wait, we’re not done — look at the graphic below, then read under it.
(9) The “Tweet-up” is back
OK, it’s called “The Meetup” now (see the graphic above, designed by Corey), and here’s the deal: Come join me and the rest of the Photoshop Guys at the EyeCandy bar in the middle of the Mandalay Bay casino from 9:00 pm to 11pm(ish) Tuesday, September 4 for The MEET UP, (formally the Tweet Up.).
(10) It’s not too late if you want to come!
Although you can’t register online at this point, if you call our toll-free number, 1-800-738-8513 they will get you set-up with a full conference pass and anything else you need.
OK gang, that’s my tips. Hope I’ll get to see you in person in Vegas next week!!! Whoo Hooo!!!! :)
Today is the last day to register online for Photoshop World! But that doesn’t mean you can’t come to the event and register in person. It’s not too late to get your Pro Pass upgrade, sign up for a pre-conference workshop, or snag an After Hours Party Ticket for an evening of fun at House of Blues.
You can also grab your FREE Photoshop World Expo pass right here! Come check out bonus classes from people like Dave Black, Jeremy Cowart, Jack Reznicki and get your hands on the latest gear from Wacom, Westcott, and Manfrotto in between seeing demos from Adobe, Nik, and OnOne.
And if you’re already registered, make sure you download the Photoshop World App (iOS | Android) to create your own custom schedule and keep up with all the latest news. And check out the Photoshop World Blog to grab the 2012 Insider’s Guide!
I’ve heard that there are still some rooms available at Mandalay Bay, so book one of those while you can and stay where the instructors stay!
Photoshop Hall Of Fame
One of the big announcements that always happens at Photoshop World is the newest inductee into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. A brand new website that’s dedicated to this has been launched, just in time for the announcement of the 2012 inductee at next week’s conference in Las Vegas! Head over to PhotoshopHallOfFame.com to see everyone who is part of this very exclusive club.
Shooting Fall Landscapes, the latest class from Moose Peterson, has just been added to the ever-growing library of classes on Kelby Training! Go with Moose to the Eastern Sierras and watch as he shares his decades and decades (and decades ;-) ) of wisdom with you as he creates stunning images of fall color. Once the images have been have been captured, Moose will then take you into the digital darkroom and show you how to finish them.
Kelby Training Live
Check out these upcoming Kelby Training Live events:
Photoshop CS6 for Photographers with RC Concepcion
9/14 – Arlington, TX
One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
9/13 – Phoenix, AZ
9/20 – Hartford, CT
9/28 – Atlanta, GA
Lightroom 4 Live with Matt Kloskowski
9/11 – St. Louis, MO
9/12 – Kansas City, MO
Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to one of these seminars!
How To Make It As A Photo Assistant - Drew Gurian Webinar
Today at 4:00pm ET, my good friend Drew Gurian, first assistant to Joe McNally, will be hosting a webinar on How To Make It As A Photo Assistant. Register now and tune in for what’s sure to be an incredibly insightful hour! Make sure you get there early, because once it’s full you won’t be able to get in!
35% Off Michael Clark’s Exposed
If you saw yesterday’s guest blog from Michael Clark, you know he’s a kick-butt photographer with great insights. If you want to see more of his work and find out how he creates his images, pick up his book, Exposed. You can grab it from Peachpit and use the code KMCLARK to get 35% off the physical or eBook versions! Both versions also include 149 minutes of video showing Michael’s post processing workflow for Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6.
Plus, you can leave a comment here for your chance to win a signed copy of the book from Michael!
Portraits with Passion Webinar with Fay Sirkis
If you’re a NAPP member, make sure you keep an eye out for Part 3 in the four-part webinar series, Portraits with Passion, from Fay Sirkis! In the third part, Fay focuses on one of the things she’s most well known for, Pet Portraiture. This one goes up September 12, so mark your calendar!
If you’re not a NAPP member and want to check this out, along with other member exclusive tutorials and discounts, you can sign up right here. And use promo code FAY3 to get a free What’s New in Photoshop CS6 DVD!
50% Off Training Apps from Serge Ramelli
Now through September 1, you can get any of Serge Ramelli’s training apps for half price! Choose from training on Photoshop, Lightroom, photography, and HDR processing.
Serge is a photographer and instructor in France, and helped us tremendously when we were filming Scott’s Travel Photography class and A Week with Jay Maisel in Paris (coming soon!). Check out his beautiful photography, and download some of his apps!
Last Week’s Winners
Photoshop World Full-Conference Pass
- Ed Adams
1-Month Kelby Training Subscription
- Jeff Choi
That’s it for today. We’ll be in Vegas for Photoshop World next week, so Free Stuff Thursday will be taking a break before returning on September 13. Hope to see you there!