Thursday
Sep
2014
04

Scenes from Photoshop World Vegas Day 1!

by Brad Moore  |  5 Comments

Hey everyone, Brad here with a quick update from Vegas! Here are some shots of what’s been going on so far here at Photoshop World. Also, if you’re in Vegas, make sure you check out today’s other post for a very cool opportunity to take part in with Erik Valind the day AFTER the conference!

Thursday
Sep
2014
04

Post-Photoshop World Workshop with Erik Valind

by Brad Moore  |  0 Comments

We just got an email from Photoshop World and KelbyOne instructor Erik Valind letting us know that he’s doing a lighting workshop in Nelson on Saturday! If you’re interested, here are all the details directly from Erik himself…

Date: Saturday, Sept 6th 12PM – 6PM
Location: Nelson’s Ghost Town
Signup: http://bit.ly/pswpostcon

Attendees will learn how to master lighting on location using a variety of light sources and modifiers for every skill level and budget. This workshop will focus on getting the attendees behind the lens and creating killer images. I’ve hired local agency represented models and have made sure to keep the model to attendee ratio balanced to ensure maximum shooting time. I will walk them through a location and lighting scenario then my assistant Julio will step back to assist, as everyone gets a turn to direct and shoot.

We will cover the following:

  • Taming Natural Light
  • Working with speedlights and small flash
  • Overpowering the sun with studio strobes
  • Softboxes, Umbrellas, Reflectors, Diffusors, and Beauty Dishes

What is Provided:

  • Round-trip transportation from Mandalay Bay
  • Boxed lunch and plenty to drink
  • Professional models
  • An AMAZING location – Nelson’s ghost town

Again, you can find out more and register right here!

Tuesday
Sep
2014
02

Greetings from Vegas: It’s Photoshop World Conference Week!!!!!

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

Hey everybody, sorry for the late post (it was a late night…), but anyway….greetings from Vegas!!!

It’s here: Photoshop World kicks off today with the pre-conference workshops; the parties start tonight, and tomorrow we’re live-streaming Adobe’s keynote, so “it’s on.” Just a couple of quick things:

First,  get the latest Attendee Newsletter
Lots of important information in there for today. Here’s the link (or click on that graphic above).

Also, make sure you download the Photoshop World App
For iPhone and Android phones, and we’ve put every minute of the three-day conference and expo at your fingertips! (note: If you already have the app from our last conferences, it will automatically update with the new Las Vegas schedule. Make sure you refresh the app!). Here’s the link: IOS and Android.

Tomorrow’s Adobe Opening Keynote is being streamed LIVE
Adobe often uses this keynote to sneak peek some new technology, or make special announcements or releases  so you don’t want to miss this, and you can watch it live, free, anywhere in the world. Here’s the link (it starts a few minutes after 9:00 am PT (Noon East Coast time).

You can still get a Free Expo-Only Pass
If you just want to check out the Expo floor (and visit some vendors, see Adobe’s booth, watch some expo floor classes or live shooting demos, thanks to friends at B&H Photo you can get a free Expo-only (available on site at the expo registration in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino).

There’s no Guest Blog Wednesday tomorrow, as we’ll be sharing Photoshop World photos, the Live Keynote stream links, and other conference fun stuff, so check back here to stay on top of the action. :)

Cheers everybody and Viva Las Vegas!

-Scott

Monday
Sep
2014
01

My Images From the US Open Tennis Championships

by Scott Kelby  |  31 Comments

I just released a post over at Exposure.co (the photo story-telling site) with the story of my first time ever shooting a pro tennis tournament, and in this case it was Day One of the US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York (these shots were taken last Monday).

I was only able to shoot starting at the 11:00 am matches and then I had to leave by 3:30 pm to catch my flight to St. Louis for my seminar there (which was awesome! Shout out to all the folks in St. Louis who came out and in Kansas City two days later. Awesome crowds — super nice people!).

Research Beforehand Really Paid Off!
I did a LOT of research before this shoot, and while I think I did “OK” for my first time out, I have a long way to go to get to where I’d like to be. The only reason I even did “OK” was this research beforehand, plus I got help from three sources:

(1) Dave Black. I called him and he had all sorts of little tips about the bigger picture of shooting tennis. The guy’s just amazing. He’s shot everything! (including the US Open).

(2) Right when I walked in to the photo workroom at The Open, I ran right into Elsa Garrison from Getty Images (our guest on “The Grid” just a few weeks ago). She gave me some great, very specific tips for shooting at that venue. And…

(3) I read an awesome book called Photographing Tennis by Chris Nicholson and it was incredibly insightful. He really did a great job of explaining so many things I had questions about. I really got a lot out of it.

Anyway, there are lots of photos and the full story, and all the camera gear, settings, shooting positions, and the whole nine yards all over at Exposure.co — if you’ve got a sec, I hope you’ll check them out.

 

I’ll be back…
I’m going back to New York one week from tonight to shoot the US Open Finals and I just can’t wait. It’s great to have a “second chance” to shoot any event, and even though I’m sure there will be 10x as many photographers, and that will make it that much more challenging — I don’t care — I’m thrilled to have that 2nd chance, and the opportunity to photograph the world’s best players.

Of course, before then I have the Bucs vs. Panther’s NFL regular season home opener and I’m off today for Photoshop World in Vegas. No rest for the weary! (hahaha — don’t worry — I’m lovin’ it!).

Lots to share from Photoshop World this week — Brad will be shooting, and posting lots of pics from the Vegas show. Hope to meet a whole bunch of you there in person, and thanks for letting me share my first Tennis shoot with you here today. I absolutely had a blast, learned a lot, and can’t wait to shoot it again!

All my best,

-Scott

P.S. We’ll be streaming the Photoshop World Keynote LIVE — keep an eye out here for the link (it’s Wednesday morning at 9:00 am Pacific Time). 

Friday
Aug
2014
29

Special “This Weekend Only” Deal For My Readers on a 15″ Toshiba Laptop

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

Every once in a while we’re able to snag a special deal for folks who read my blog, and this one is pretty sweet if you’re looking for a pimped-out PC laptop. Here’s the deal:

The full specs are on their site, but it’s a 15.6″ Toshiba laptop with a 4K touchscreen display, and it comes with Lightroom, it runs Windows 8, it’s got 16GB of Ram, a 1-TB hard Drive and you get for just $1299

The retail price is $1799, and there’s already a $200 off promo, but we have an exclusive $300 additional code so my readers get a total of $500 off (sweet!) but the deal is only good through Sept 1st, 2014.

Discount Code is KELBY14KP50 

Here’s the link with more details on the laptop. Again, this is a “this weekend only” deal, so if you’re in the market, jump on it quick.

Hope you all have an awesome weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. :)

Best,

-Scott

Thursday
Aug
2014
28

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  43 Comments

Aviation Photography: Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them
Join Moose Peterson, world-renowned wildlife and aviation photographer, alongside Scott Kelby, for a live webcast of the world premiere of Moose’s latest project. Together they’ll take us through this exhilarating documentary of two World War II pilots and the planes they loved and flew. Filmed on location with The Texas Flying Legends, this film beautifully captures the glory of these Warbirds in flight. You’ll experience the power and brilliant imagery of airplanes, such as P-51 Mustangs and B-25 Bombers, and you will see personal interviews with navigators, gunners, pilots and Tuskegee Airmen.

Reserve your space now for a front-row seat and experience Moose Peterson’s pictorial passion of preserving the legacy of these epic men and machines.

Squarespace Workshops at Photoshop World Vegas
Building a high quality website is a key element to growing your business or sharing your photography with the world. Squarespace was built with the professional photographer in mind: each design has been carefully considered and crafted to make your photos look spectacular on any device.

During Photoshop World Vegas, Squarespace will be hosting two one-hour workshops for creative professionals looking to build a website to show off their work, experience, and personality to attract jobs and clients. In the first workshop they will be covering:

  • Photo preparation for use with Squarespace
  • Things to consider when choosing a template
  • Creating a portfolio
  • Connecting your social media accounts

The second workshop will be covering tips and tricks for existing Squarespace users to take your site to the next level. You can find out more about both workshops and sign up right here.

How To Use A GoPro with Mia McCormick
We’re all looking for ways to capture life’s interesting moments, and if what you are doing has action involved, then a great way to document it is with an action camera. Join Mia McCormick on the beach, in the water, on the track, and every place in between as she shares her favorite tips, techniques, accessories, and settings to help you get the most out of your action camera.

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

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

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Aug 28 – Kansas City, MO (Today!)
Sept 26 – Houston, TX
Oct 1 – Orlando, FL
Oct 10 – Westminster, London, UK
Oct 17 – Charlotte, NC
Dec 1 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Power of One Flash with Joe McNally
Sept 24 – Cleveland, OH
Nov 6 – Washington, DC
Dec 9 – San Diego, CA

Photoshop Down & Dirty Master FX with Corey Barker
Oct 3 – New Orleans, LA

The Lightroom LIVE Tour with Matt Kloskowski
Sept 29 – Livonia, MI
Oct 22 – Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 4 – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5 – San Antonio, TX

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Oct20 – Chicago, IL
Nov 7 – Los Angeles, CA

The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
Sept 22 – Arlington, TX
Oct 7 – Raleigh, NC
Nov 10 – Toronto, ON
Dec 12 – Phoenix, AZ

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through the end of the year. Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Rental
- Ed Rhodes

KelbyOne Live Ticket
- Cody Ash

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

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