Monday
Jul
2012
23

Can You Help Me Unravel My Birthday Mystery?

by Scott Kelby  |  22 Comments

Q. Who sent me this absolutely beautiful wicker picnic basket for my birthday?
A. I have no idea.

This is my Birthday Mystery
When I got home from my Hawaii vacation a large box was sitting at the front door. I brought it in, and inside the box was this fantastic picnic basket (photo by Kalebra on her trusty iPhone). I searched everywhere for a “This is from….” card. I looked inside the box and out, inside the picnic basket itself, and everywhere I could think to look but I could not find who sent it.

So, the really nice person who sent this to me for my birthday is probably thinking I’m an ungrateful rat since I’ve never thanked them for it. I’ve called a few folks who I thought might have sent it to me, but you have to be careful with that because you don’t want to ask someone directly and force them to say, “Ummm, no, I didn’t get you anything for your birthday,” so the whole thing is kinda awkward, as is the post, but I’m desperate to find out whom to thank and I can’t let this drag on any longer.

My guess is that the person who sent this expensive gift must know me pretty well, and in that case they probably read this blog, and if you are indeed that person, then you know my cell phone number, and if you would call it so I can thank you personally for such a very cool gift that I can’t wait to use to surprise my wifey with a picnic (of course, at this point it will only be when and where, because I think she knows a romantic picnic cannot be far behind).

So, that’s my story
If you sent it, please please call me. If you know who sent it, call them and have them call me. If you didn’t send it….why not! (totally kidding. Just a joke). Thanks for helping me track down “The Mystery of the Unmarked Birthday Picnic Basket.”

Monday
Jul
2012
23

The Winner of My “Cow Bell” Challenge From Friday

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

I don’t know how he does it, but he’s done it again!

Our buddy Ken Toney was the first person to pick Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band” which is the song I had to go out and buy the Cowbell for, so Ken picks up a copy of my just-released “Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers.” 

Lot of great guesses though, from Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” to Loverboy’s “Everybody’s working for the weekend” but Saturday I was using that cowbell on American Band at “Not My Reunion.” We did have a ball, and I was able to coax Brad Moore into taking some photos so I hope to have some of them for you tomorrow here on the blog.

I’m in Nashville, Tennessee today for my “Photoshop for Photographers Tour” and I’ll be in Philly on Friday with the tour and next Monday in New York City so I’ll hope I’ll get to meet you in person in one of these three towns. Have an “it needs more cowbell” kinda day!

Friday
Jul
2012
20

Join Joe McNally and RC For a Workshop in Paradise

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

My buddy RC Concepcion is the Guest Instructor at Joe McNally‘s St. Lucia workshop, which is just the most amazing location (and hotel — see above) for a workshop ever!.

This is one of those “once in a lifetime” opportunities to learn from two of the best in the business, and if you want the full scoop, Joe just put a post over on his blog (here’s the link). If you get to do this, just know up front — I’m totally jealous!!!!

P.S. I’m giving all attendees to Joe & RC’s workshop a copy of my “Lightroom 4 book for Digital Photographers.” 

Friday
Jul
2012
20

I’m Having a Weird Friday

by Scott Kelby  |  96 Comments

Any day where you have to go buy a cowbell, is a weird day.

But that’s part of what I’m doing today, as I head to Lakeland, Florida (where I was born and raised) to play drums at rehearsal with the band Phoenix, which was my first “real” band back when I was 16-years-old in high school.

We reunited the original members around 10 years ago for a fun gig up in Georgia, and then we played five years ago for our High School reunion (well, technically it was the guitar player, bass player and keyboard player’s reunion. They were Seniors and I was a junior so they graduated a year ahead of me and the lead singer, which is why to this day my wife refers to this gig as “Not my Reunion.”).

It’s great seeing the guys again and playing a song that absolutely requires cowbell but yet is not BOC’s “The Reaper.” (The first person to guess which 70s/80s song it is, wins a free copy of my Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers). Our set list includes songs from Frampton, Bad Company, Doobie Brothers, Skynyrd, The Eagles, and even a Hendrix tune.

The actual gig is Saturday night and I’m trying to coax pro-concert photographer Brad Moore into coming and shooting the gig, but he’s used to big concerts and this surely is not, but if not, Kalebra will have some shots from her “Trusty iPhone” and I’ll share those next week.

I’ll be in Nashville on Monday with my Photoshop for photographers tour, and if you make the trip out to meet “the drummer of the band Phoenix” I hope you’ll come up and say hi. Hope you all have a rocking’ weekend!

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Thursday
Jul
2012
19

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  73 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with this week’s news and free stuff!

High School Football Photography with Dave Black and Scott Kelby
You’ve gotta check out this new Kelby Training class from Sports Illustrated photographer Dave Black on High School Football Photography! Join Dave and Scott Kelby on the sidelines of a high school football game to learn all their tips and secrets to getting the greatest shots you can.

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour – NASHVILLE & PHILADELPHIA
Wake up Tennesseeans! Scott Kelby is bringing the Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour to the greatest state capital in the country, Nashville (though I may be a bit biased), on Monday!

After that, he’s heading up to Philadelphia on Friday, July 27 for the second tour stop!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to each of these seminars (I’ll pick for Nashville tomorrow).

Photoshop World Photo Walks
Register for Photoshop World by Sunday, July 22 and you’ll have the chance to participate in one of the following FREE photo walks:

Las Vegas By Day!
Taking place in the afternoon on Tuesday, September 4, the Explore Las Vegas By Day photo walk, led by noted photographer and onOne Software manager Brian Matiash, will take you through Las Vegas and give you the chance to absorb, embrace and capture the essence of Las Vegas during the day.

Las Vegas By Night!
Taking place in the evening on Thursday, September 6, the Explore Las Vegas By Night photo walk, led by noted photographer and B&H marketing manager Gabriel Biderman, will take you through The Entertainment Capital of the World at night to capture the beauty of this cultural mecca.

Head over to PhotoshopWorld.com to sign up today!

Get Roberto Valenzuela’s Picture Perfect Practice for $9.99
If you enjoyed yesterday’s guest post from Roberto Valenzuela, make sure you check out this week’s Peachpit eBook Deal of the Week, his Picture Perfect Practice for just $9.99! This offer is only good through Saturday, so make sure you pick it up before then!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free download of the ebook!

Bert Stephani Workshop
If you watched The Grid yesterday, you had the pleasure of seeing Bert Stephani take part in blind critiques with Scott and Matt. Now he’s on his way to West Palm Beach to teach his Portrait and Lighting Workshop from July 20-22! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the best.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Bert’s Motivational Light DVD!

Last Week’s Winners
Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminar
- Shadow Fox Fotos

Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers
- Dale Willingham
- Todd Crump
- John Dewberry

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