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Free Books from KelbyOne!
Yesterday you saw the video above where Scott and RC made gift suggestions in the way of books from KelbyOne instructors. Well, today is Free Stuff Thursday, so how about we give away a free copy of each of these books! Leave a comment letting us know which one of the following books you’d like for your chance to win!

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For the next 20 days leading up to Christmas Scott Kelby and RC Concepcion of KelbyOne share with you the gear that every photographer would want to see on under their tree this year.

This episode is dedicated to books written by our own KelbyOne Instructors. These are a must have for photographers who need some quick how-to training, and amazing inspiration. You cannot go wrong with getting the photographer you love these great hits! Visit http://kelbyone.com/shop/ to see all of the books!

For the photographer on your holiday list, make sure you check out our great deals at KelbyOne: http://kelbyone.com/cyberweek/

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Kevin hams it up in front of the Mylio video background in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Daniel J Cox/ Natural Exposures

What do you love most about your life?

Your kids…
Your spouse…
The places you have been…
The sunsets you have seen…
The smiles of strangers and oh so familiar grins of your family…

Photographs reflect the memories that tie our lives together. They are the parties, the vacations, the first kiss and the last days   They are the moments that live in our hearts and stir our souls. They define us. Both in our work, and in our professions….

But too often, we get caught up in the technology of photography…the race for more megapixels and faster lenses.   We don’t stop to embrace our families and friends and find ways to share the photographs of our lives in meaningful ways.

But you know what? All those pictures, those moments, those special times that define us are completely worthless if you can’t find them.

Everyone needs to make sure the pictures that matter in you life can be found quickly and easily. And they better be safe and backed up. We owe this to ourselves, and to the people we love. I know I am guilty of taking the easy road sometimes with my pictures. Forgetting to rename or add keywords when I ingest files. We all do it. It’s like flossing… you know you should… you just forget sometimes.

The same things go for our photographs. Sometimes, we just don’t take the time to set ourselves up for success. Oh we all have our own MacGyver solutions… This piece of software and this drive and that drive and this cloud and that cloud. If it works, keep going. If it doesn’t, then call me! But can you find the pictures from your vacation to the Grand Canyon 2 years ago? Where are they? What computer, what drive… How long is this gonna take!?

So light of recent tragic world events, and the impending emotions and wonder of the holidays, I decided to take my “hit by a bus” test and see where I would be if anything happened to me today. Would my family find all the pictures that matter in our lives? Would my professional legacy be preserved? Would the defining moments of my life be shared with the ones I love?

(And before any of you think this is a morbid exercise, think about why you have life insurance, or homeowner’s insurance. We never ever expect the worst to happen, but if it does, your family is secure. We cannot predict the future.)

So here goes. 5 pictures that define parts of my life. Seminal moments that I will always remember. Its part of my history and my life, and I found them in moments.

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55 years ago in 1960. My first chocolate cake and not my last. A scan of an image my mom took on my first birthday.
Cottage (Photo by Kevin T. Gilbert on 20030420 Shot with a NIKON E2500 set to white balance of AUTO and ISO of 100, shutter speed of 1/535 at f/4.5, with exposure compensation at 0.0, lens at 5.6mm and sharpening set to AUTO, tone set to .
25 years ago in 1991. My triplets jumping on a beautiful summer day. Such a great blackmail photo!
1995 One
20 years ago in 1995. Doing a selfie with President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office. (Damn I wish I had invented selfie sticks back then!)
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And then the ensuing image, taken from a Fujichrome slide of the finished product. I was at that time a working photojournalist in Washington, DC and President of the White House News Photographers Association.
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10 years ago in 2005. Working the Boardroom on the Apprentice with Donald Trump. I shot the first 4 seasons of the NBC show. I was working with Mark Burnett on Eco Challenge and subsequently on The Apprentice, The Contender and many other reality shows.
Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadoccia, Turkey (Photo by Kevin T Gilbert on 20100218) Shot with a SAMSUNG NX100 set to white balance of and ISO of 200, shutter speed of 1/100 at f/5.6, with exposure compensation at 0.0, lens at 200mm and sharpening set to , tone set to .
5 years ago in 2010. Hot-air ballooning with my wife Jamie in the Turkish mountains. Such a magical place on so many levels.
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And now today in 2015… My two year old Viola Grace playing with pumpkins on her birthday in the back yard.   This is my life is defined by the past, present and future. My life in photos. Evoking every emotion imaginable.

So the reality. I have been to 70 countries in my life and seen lots and lots of crazy things covering the world. I have over 2 million digital files and slides on various drives and stuck in boxes in storage. But I have a tapestry of about 1000 images that define me. The who, what and where of my life. The images that I want my family to have. These images mean so much to me.

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So can you find your best, your defining, most personal moments? Are they organized, are they on all your devices? Are they with you all the time? Mine are. And I can put my hands on them in seconds. They are on my computer at home, the laptop I travel with, on my iPad and my iPhone. They are on my Windows Surface at the office and on a separate drive at my mom’s house in Virginia, and a NAS at my home. And I just do all this with a few quick actions and I am done.

Please please please take some time this holiday season to reflect on your lives, pray for peace, do good for others, and find the pictures that define your life and share them with your family.

Kevin Gilbert is a 30 year photojournalist, entrepreneur, teacher, Panasonic Lumix Luminary, and the memory evangelist at Mylio, a Bellevue, WA software company building products to help us all find our pictures, make them safe, and have they with you all the time. Keep an eye out for his Inspirational Interview with Mia McCormick releasing tomorrow at KelbyOne.com!

Last night Adobe released a ton of new updates for users in the Adobe Creative Cloud and Photoshop was among the apps that got a good amount of changes to it.  These features were things that we got to see a sneak peek at Adobe Max – but it is so nice to see that they are out as fast as they could.

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We are excited about the new features – so much so that we have them all set up in our Photoshop CC 2015.1 Learning Center! Our own Corey Barker takes you through all of the features and gets you up to speed on all of the new additions in no time at all!  We also have all of the updates in one spot there.

I believe there is no better time to be an Adobe Creative Cloud user.  Whether using the Creative Cloud Photography Plan or the Full Creative Cloud subscription, the amount of features you’re getting from Adobe is wonderful.

For the next 20 days leading up to Christmas Scott Kelby and RC Concepcion of KelbyOne share with you the gear that every photographer would want to see on under their tree this year.

This episode is dedicated to the Platypod Pro – a great flat mount for your DSLR or off camera Flashes. For more information on the Platypod Pro go to www.platypodpro.com

For the photographer on your holiday list, make sure you check out our great deals at KelbyOne: http://kelbyone.com/cyberweek/

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All the best deals, from all over the Web, in just 5 minutes
Cyber Monday is here, and we are doing it again! Our team is scouring the Web today to find all the best Cyber Monday deals on photography gear, Photoshop stuff, plug-ins, you name it and we share it all in just 5-minutes in our now-famous “Cyber Monday Deal Watch!”

Our own Larry Becker will be sharing where the best gear and software deals are from all over the Web. These are short, sweet and right to the point live broadcasts (just 5 minutes long or less).

Here’s the info on today’s live Cyber Deal Watch broadcasts:

When: Starting at 10am today (New York Time), and again at the top of each hour until 4pm.
Where: At this link right here.
Cost: Totally free — just come join in the Cyber Monday fun!

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Oh, But There’s More!

Today (Cyber Monday) is the day of the year that more people join KelbyOne or renew their online memberships, than any other day of the year, and 1-year full memberships are just $149, plus you get two insanely cool bonuses just for joining during this deal.

Here’s a link to our own Cyber Monday deals. 

Hope you have a Cyber Monday full of awesome deals, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!

Best,

-Scott

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