Friday
Jun
2014
27

BREAKING NEWS: Apple confirms that Aperture is discontinued

by Scott Kelby  |  22 Comments

Apple has pulled the plug on Aperture. But not only Aperture, iPhoto is a goner, too!

Both are reportedly to be replaced with a new Photos app (the one Apple demo’d at WWDC) in the next release of the Mac OS (Mac OS Yosemite), something this fall.

Wow!!! Kinda stunned. Not as stunned as the guy in the TV above, but stunned nevertheless. Of note: the last time Apple introduced a new version of Aperture (Aperture 3) was back in February of 2010. Apparently they had discontinued development long ago — now they’re just making it official.

Here’s the link to the story: http://9to5mac.com/

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress.

Friday
Jun
2014
27

First Look: Think Tank Photo’s “My 2nd Brain” Briefcase (laptop bag)

by Scott Kelby  |  40 Comments


Above: Look how much smaller the new bag is, yet it holds all my junk. Ahem…I mean my essential gear for travel. ;-)

If you’re like me, you’re never really happy with your laptop bag. That was me for most of my life (well, most of my laptop toting life anyway), until about 5 years ago when I fell deeply and hopeless in love with Thank Tank Photo’s laptop bag. It was prefect. A pocket for everything — I could even fit my Wacom tablet in it — it was just…perfect! Especially for someone who carries a lot of stuff (see below).

Here’s what’s in my bag (as seen above):

  1. 15″ MacBook Pro (this is my main computer day in, day out)
  2. A bunch of plastic cards (gift cards, Delta club card, Hilton Honors card, etc.)
  3. USB drive with backup stuff
  4. One-Tb Back-up hard drive of my entire MacBook, plus USB 3 cable
  5. iPad Charger and cable
  6. iPhone charger and cable
  7. Lexar USB 3 CF and SD card reader
  8. Wacom Wireless Pen and Pen Holder
  9. Backup Wacom Pen
  10. Wacom USB Cable
  11. Bendable Laptop LED light (I use it to light my outline during a seminar)
  12. Love Book (That’s what my daughter called it when she gave it to me. It’s always with me).
  13. Two sets of business cards (I know, that’s probably one too many)
  14. MacBook Charger and Cable
  15. Five Sharpie pens (for signing books and stuff)
  16. Bose headphone adapter
  17. Another USB Flash backup (for paranoid presenters)
  18. Guitar Pick. Hey, ya never know.
  19. OK, I’m carrying more USB drives than I need.
  20. Two DVI adapters to connect MacBook to projectors (one and a backup)
  21. Copy of Photoshop User magazine, outlines for my tour, notes, fan mail from some flounder
  22. Wacom Intuos Pro tablet “Small”
  23. Collapsible iPad stand
  24. AAA batteries just in case my headphone’s batteries go dead. I know, I don’t need three — just one.
  25. Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones (I so love these things, but I hate their bulky carrying case).
  26. A tin of Altoids (Curiously strong mints)
  27. Screen and Lens wipes
  28. Lens cleaning cloth
  29. Logitech Wireless Slide controller (for slide presentations).
  30. iPad Air
  31. Small bag of marijuana.
  32. Made ya look! ;-)

 

About a year or so ago I saw Think Tank Photo’s booth at a tradeshow (I think it was Photo Plus in NYC), and I thought I’d go pick up another one just like it to replace mine …until I heard the sad news….they had discontinued it. I was stunned. It was the best, ever, hands-down and now it’s gone.

It was at that moment that I knew I would have to hold on to my old bag until it literally disintegrated, but luckily that day never came because Wednesday I got something even better than my old Think Tank laptop bag. A brand new, smaller, lighter, better-designed (like they made it just for me) laptop bag. It’s the “My 2nd Brain” Briefcase 15 and it is my new laptop bag dream come true. My world finally makes sense again (Not really).

Above: I did a little iPhone video tour of the bag (iPhone video work by the amazing bearded Brad Moore) to show you how it does it’s thing. It has a perfect pocket for my Wacom tablet, and a separate just for your iPad (In my old bag, I just tossed mine in where I kept my papers and magazines). 

I had pretty much given up on Think Tank Photo ever making another Laptop Bag, and I just cannot tell you excited I was when I found out that not only where they making them again — that the new one was that much better, smaller and lighter than the old one, but it still held all my gear — now it’s all just more organized. You’ll have to check out the video to see all the compartments, pockets, sleeves and clever stuff this bag has inside and out. Very well designed, and built like a tank. Super Mclovin’ it!

It sells for $144 over at B&H Photo (that’s where I buy all my stuff). Worth every penny!

Hope this First Look helped you find the bag of your dreams, and here’s wishing you fantastic weekend filled with lots of amazing images. See ya back here on Monday.

Best,

-Scott

Thursday
Jun
2014
26

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  20 Comments

OKDOTHIS
You may recall the launch of Jeremy Cowart’s iPhone app, OKDOTHIS last year. Well, he recently re-launched the app with a new website and tons of new features that make the app even better and easier to use! Now you can see a Trending feed, Recent feed, view photos by category, search for images and Dos, and much more. It’s been featured by PetaPixelTUAW, Gizmodo, Fast Company, and even got some love from Katie Couric! It’s free to download, so if you haven’t already, you can grab it right here!

Print, Pack, and Ship Your Images Like A Pro
In this age of primarily showing photos on electronic devices the printing of a photo has taken on greater significance and value. At some point every photographer will be asked to produce a print for someone. Join RC Concepcion as he expertly guides you through every step in the process of bringing a photo from capture to print to boxing it up for maximum impact. RC is assisted by Dan “Dano” Steinhardt, who brings his expertise to discuss the ins and outs of printer capabilities and the nuances of paper types, as he shares many pro-level tips along the way. Together RC and Dano will show you how to extend the craftsmanship of photography into this critical phase of the process that will allow you to create works of art that you will be proud to send out into the world.

Leave a comment for your chance to watch this class for free!

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, or Corey Barker? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Aug 26 – St. Louis, MO
Aug 28 – Kansas City, MO

One Flash, Two Flash with Joe McNally
June 27 – Seattle, WA
July 24 – Milwaukee, WI
July 28 – Boston, MA

Photoshop Down & Dirty Master FX with Corey Barker
Aug 1 – Miami, FL
Aug 13 – Austin, TX

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through August, and we’ll be updating it with more dates soon! Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Class Rental
- Matthew

KelbyOne Live Ticket
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Mastering The Model Shoot by Frank Doorhof
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If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Jun
2014
25

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Tom Medvedich!

by Brad Moore  |  7 Comments

First off, thanks to Scott and Brad for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences with such a great audience. It’s much appreciated! I’d like to take a second to introduce myself– My name is Tom Medvedich and I’m a commercial photographer based in New York City.


Eminem for XXL, Los Angeles 2014

For the entire time you’re on this planet, people will be telling you what you can’t do. I was at a portfolio review a few months ago and I got great feedback from 95% of the reviewers. One of the people I met with was a photo editor from a fashion magazine. She looked through both my still life and portraiture books and seemed to be unimpressed. She put them down, looked me in the eyes and said, “You know… It’s clear that you have absolutely no connection with people and you should definitely give up this ‘shooting rappers’ thing. It’s really time to pick your pony.” I smiled and thanked her for the feedback. It wasn’t the first time someone’s told me I can’t shoot still life and portraiture. Thankfully I didn’t entertain her comments. Little did we both know that a few months later Eminem’s team would choose me out of a group of photographers that I highly respect to shoot Eminem, Jimmy Iovine, and Dr. Dre for the cover of XXL Magazine in LA.


Eminem, Jimmy Iovine, and Dr. Dre for XXL, Los Angeles 2014

When I was a kid, one of the main things that drew me to photography was the freedom of being able to do whatever I wanted (within reason). The thought of being stuck in a routine job wasn’t my idea of how I wanted to live life. Back when I was assisting, I was always bouncing around between different photographers that shot various disciplines. Still life, fashion, celebrity… you name it. I really enjoyed it. I had great relationships with most of these photographers and occasionally during the course of a 10 hour job, the topic of what I wanted to shoot would come up. I would reply with “Still life. And portraiture.” Nine times out of ten, I’d get the same type of responses. “There’s no way you’ll be able to do both,” “Clients won’t take you seriously if you don’t specialize in one category,” “You’ll need two different web sites,” and on and on. They were trying to tell me to master one discipline and not spread myself thin. They meant well and I understood where they were coming from, but I just couldn’t subscribe to that mentality.


Dewar’s for Leo Burnett, NYC 2011 & Steve Stoute for Complex, NYC 2011

How could people possibly think they could tell me what I was supposed to shoot? What if you were passionate about food and architecture. Who’s to say you couldn’t shoot both? That being said, I would recommend that if you are strong in one area and weak in the other, I’d leave the weak stuff out of your book until you get better at it. But that goes for any body of work in any discipline of photography. Your book should have a strong, clear voice. If you only shoot beverages, make sure all of your images can stand on their own. Conversely, if you shoot beverages, cosmetics, soft goods and urban landscapes, you’ve got to take even more care to make sure each category is buttoned up and polished because people will be weary if you have too many different galleries on your site. So you’d better have knockout work.


Still Life for SLAM, NYC 2011 & Shaq for Reebok, Las Vegas 2013

This stance in photography is one that I enjoy. It’s humbling because it’s an underdog mentality where you constantly feel like you need to prove yourself. People are usually expecting you to suck at one of the two things you do. One thing to note is that if you’re just starting out, your work might suck. I know mine did. But I kept working at it and trying to improve with every shoot. I knew the naysayers had a point when they were trying to tell me to tighten up my work. Now I enjoy seeing the reactions of people when they see both my still life and people books. They often say, “Whoa, I didn’t know you shot still life AND portraiture,” or “Wow, your portraits look just as clean as your still life images.” That kind of recognition is nice after all the years of committing to these various disciplines.


Still Life for Gilt Groupe x Infiniti, Los Angeles 2013

One of my newest clients is The Chia Co., and I just got back from shooting their CEO, John Foss, at one of their farms in Nicaragua. I was excited when they asked me to shoot this portrait because at the time, we were on location shooting a still life ad for them where we had one of their Bircher Muesli Chia Pods in a NYC park setting. They’ve had me shoot three full fledged still life jobs and next thing I know, they’re asking me to shoot portraiture. I genuinely appreciate a client that trusts my abilities and doesn’t get caught up in “he isn’t that type of photographer”.


The Chia Co. CEO John Foss, Nicaragua 2014

I’m so fortunate that photography has taken me to so many amazing places around the world and I’ve met some incredible people along the way (including my wife). I’ve been very lucky to have worked with people that trusted me to get the job done well. It wouldn’t have panned out that way if I had listened to a handful of people who thought I couldn’t do it. At the end of the day, strong work will stand out and people will recognize it. There’s nothing stopping you from landing jobs in various categories of shooting. I’m living proof, and I’m certainly not the only one to do it. If people don’t want to hire you because you shoot more than one category, chances are you wouldn’t want to collaborate or work with them anyway, so it all works out in the end. Believe in your goals, stay true to your voice, and most importantly, keep shooting new and better work!


Still Life for New Jersey Monthly, New Jersey 2013 & Blake Griffin for SLAM, Los Angeles 2012

You can see more of Tom’s work at TomMedvedich.com, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Tuesday
Jun
2014
24

Look Who’s Teaching at Photoshop World in Vegas! Oh Yeah!!!!

by Scott Kelby  |  14 Comments

That’s right baby, for the first time ever it’s one of the leading automotive photographers in the world, and my vote for the best automotive photography teacher on the planet, the one and only Tim Wallace. 

Oh yeah! He’s coming to Vegas from the UK, and he’s doing a live car shoot class, a session on Photoshop retouching for car and product photography, and a business class (he is one heck of a businessman, too!).

We are so excited to have Tim teaching for us in Vegas this September at Photoshop World. If you’re going, even if you have never taken a car shot, you gotta check out at least one of Tim’s sessions. If you’re not going, why the heck not! Get your ticket right here and come to Vegas and spend three days that will supercharge your career!

Above: That’s Tim and me when he was in town taping some classes for KelbyOne. 

By the way, we have some other very cool new instructors teaching for their first time with us in Vegas, but I’ll reveal those another day, but I just had to share this news about Tim since he’s one of my heroes of photography.

Spin the Reels — I bet you get something (wink).

Have a great Tuesday, and here’s to learning from the best instructors on the planet! :)

-Scott

P.S. Here’s a link where you can download a PDF of the brochure and class schedule for the Photoshop World Conference in Vegas. Ya know, just in case. ;-)

Monday
Jun
2014
23

The Trick To Resizing Digital Camera Images for Print

by Scott Kelby  |  46 Comments

Hi Gang: I thought I’d kick off this Monday by answering a question I was asked over on my Twitter page:

To answer John’s question, the first thing we have to get over is the age-old myth that you need to print at 300 dpi. For today’s ink-jet printers you need a minimum of around 200 ppi (and people love to argue this next figure endlessly) but most of the pros I know who are seriously into printing feel that the “sweet spot” resolution for today’s printers is 240 ppi, and anything above that doesn’t give you a better print (just a larger file size).

I print at 240 ppi max, sometimes less, but I personally don’t print at a higher ppi than 240 ever (by the way; that’s Lightroom’s default printing resolution as well). If you want to argue about resolution, feel free to go find a printing forum and have at it — I really didn’t want to host that debate here, but John asked me and I’m answering him (based on how I do it) here because I know some other folks might have similar questions. To make it easier I did a short video on two different ways to use Photoshop to get the size and resolution you want (since Lightroom does all this math automatically under the hood). Here ya go:

I hope you found that helpful.

Photoshop CC’s “Two Install” issue
Those of you who installed last week’s Photoshop CC update (the one called “The 2014 update of Photoshop CC” – ugh), have learned that it left your old Photoshop CC there and installed a new separate version. Terry White did a post about the hows and why and what to do with your extra copy over on his tech blog.

By the way, did I mention that Terry actually works for Adobe as their worldwide evangelist (I think he’s worked there around 14 or so years now) and he would love to hear your comments (his words) over on his tech blog, so if for any reason you’re unhappy, grumpy, or perhaps you’re happy, cheerful and full of glee, here’s the link to Terry’s blog — that’s Terry “the human pin cushion” White from Adobe Systems where you are going straight to the source directly, fully and totally unfettered (whatever unfettered means).

That’s it for today!
Hope you all have an awesome Monday and we’ll see ya back here tomorrow. :)

Best,

-Scott

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