Thursday
Jul
2012
26

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  94 Comments

Only 10 Days Left To Save $100 On Photoshop World Vegas!
Photoshop World Vegas is coming up quickly, and there are only ten days left to save $100 on registration with the Early Bird Special!

Plus, if you register now through Sunday, use the code PW12-SPEEDLV to get a free Speed Pass, which lets you take advantage of priority seating in classes and the opening keynote.

And, leave a comment for your chance to win a full-conference pass for Photoshop World Vegas!

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour
TOMORROW, Scott Kelby is in Philadelphia for the latest stop on his Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour!

After Philly, Scott’s headed to New York City on Monday! There’s still time to sign up for both of these… Just head over to KelbyTraining.com for all the info.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to one of these seminars. I’ll check in later today and choose one for Philadelphia, then tomorrow for NYC!

Nik Color Efex 4 Webinar with Alan Hess
On Tuesday, July 31 at 6:00p ET, our buddy Alan Hess will be hosting a free webinar with Nik Software on Using Color Efex Pro 4 with Night and Low-Light Photos! Using Lightroom and Color Efex 4, Alan will show you how to bring out detail and add finishing touches to make your images sing.

Only the first 1,000 people to register will be able to participate in this webinar, so head over to NikSoftware.com to register now!

Moose Peterson Workshops
Short Lens Wildlife Photography Course is for anybody with any brand and any focal length lens. But the goal is to teach basic and advance wildlife photography techniques and strategies using lenses no longer than 400mm. Just how do you fill the frame with your subject with just a 200mm or 300mm lens? That’s one question we’ll answer in this two day class. In that answer is such information like finding the critter, light, flash, biology, approach and a few other essential pieces of the puzzle. August 18-19

Photography Biz Course - The business of photography, it seems to mystify, frustrate and baffle most. I can understand why, there is a ton of really bad information out there! For a long time, we held a business course in our office but the response died so it stopped. Then with the web getting hot, the “need” seemed great again so we offered a class but it too soon died off. Now in the first half of this year we’ve been pounded with the question, “DO you offer a photography business course?”  November 17-18

To register, call 760.924.8632, and leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Moose’s book, Captured!

Last Week’s Winners
Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers
- Mobafoto
- Anthony Nguyen
- Randelm

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminars
- A.J. Borromeo
- Ken Lager

Roberto Valenzuela’s Picture Perfect Practice eBook
- Shawn Highfill

Bert Stephani’s Motivational Light DVD
- Meghan Molin

We’ll be in touch with you today to coordinate your prizes with you. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Jul
2012
25

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Josh Bradley!

by Brad Moore  |  42 Comments

WOW! Pretty much the words that came out of my mouth when I was asked to write for Guest Blog Wednesday. For those who don’t know me I am Josh Bradley, and like Mike Wiacek I am not a full time photographer, but I am heading back in that direction slowly but surely. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work as Moose Peterson’s assistant for a little over 2 years and learned more in that time about photography than some folks do in 10 years.

As photographers we are always learning with every click of the shutter. We learn to see light in new ways, how to get just a bit lower to the ground so that your subject is larger than life, and most importantly we learn how to tell stories. After all, that is what we are. We are storytellers of moments in time. From the images of star trails with long exposure telling the story of the Earth spinning through space, or at 1/1000th of a second freezing the moment a sprinter crosses the finish line, they are all stories.

So in recent times I have found a new story to tell that that has been in the making for the past year. I live in California in a small mountain community. It’s a community that is one filled with lots of animal lovers. Most of the area has ranches with horses, dogs, goats, and the list can go on and on.

One thing that this community also has is a place called Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. For those who don’t know me I am a dog person. I have 4 of my own (all rescues from shelters), and as I am writing this I have one laying under my feet and another trying to get his head scratched (so if there are typos in this post, blame him!). This rescue has been around since 2009, and I have become involved with it doing the photography for all the dogs that are rescued from shelters since late 2010. In the time that I have been helping there have been 200+ dogs rescued with a grand total of 500+ since the rescue opened.

One day I asked the director of the rescue, Zach Skow, “How bad is it at the shelter now?” The next time I visited, he asked me to bring my camera. Suffice to say when I got there I was overwhelmed by the sight.

At that moment this new story started being told. I am calling it “The Abandoned Project” and it tells the stories of dogs in kill shelters. I photographed that day for about an hour. There were hundreds of dogs there to photograph, but I honestly couldn’t take it anymore.

The knowledge that most of these dogs weren’t going to be around in 3-4 days was heartbreaking. Plus, knowing I may be one of the last people they see that paid them any attention or gave them any type of affection was too much. To give you some perspective, 17,188 dogs came through the county shelter where I was photographing. Of those 17,188 dogs, 10,814 were euthanized.

So I am doing this project and telling this story to put a face to these numbers. It is not easy and the only thing that makes it remotely bearable is that every time we go, we bring back 2 or 3 dogs to the rescue to give them another chance at life, and find them new homes.

The end to the story I am telling is almost done, and I am hoping that bringing awareness to this plight helps reduce the number of dogs in shelters all over. Because I know that if this is going on where I live it has to be going on in other places as well. Even if it was just one other town that had the same statistics, that is one town too many.

For all the photographers out there I will say this in closing. Never EVER stop telling the stories of the world. Photograph and bring light to the dark places so that other people can tell your story and pass it on.

Check out more of Marley’s Mutts on Facebook
Follow Josh at his Blog on Facebook, or over on Twitter

Tuesday
Jul
2012
24

Nashville Rocks!

by Scott Kelby  |  23 Comments

How can you not love a town that has rocking chairs in their convention center!!!

Man, did we pick the right city to kick off my Photoshop for Photographers tour!!! The people in Nashville ROCK!!!! We had such a fun day (and nearly 300 photographers from all over Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky showed up), and they were the most fun, most gracious, and just downright into-it crowd you could possibly ask for to kick off a tour. I loved every minute of it, and met some really great, down to earth photographers. Thanks for the warm welcome Nashville!!!

On to Philadelphia on Friday and then New York City on Monday!
I hope you’ll come out and catch my new tour. LOTS of cool new stuff to share!! Here’s all the details: 

Hey, whatdayasay we give away two tickets each to Philly and New York!
If you’d like to attend either my Philly seminar on Friday, or New York on Monday and can’t afford to go, just leave me a comment here, and tonight I’ll be two people for each city to come and spend the day at the seminar for free.

Hope I get to chance to show you all the cool new stuff I’ve been working on in Photoshop (and the amazing stuff in CS6), in just a few days. Have a great Tuesday everybody and thanks again to everybody who came out to join me in Nashville (including my buddy Big Donnnnnnnnnn Jones!), I sure had a blast (and I hope you did, too!).

Tuesday
Jul
2012
24

Some Shots From My “Not My Reunion Gig”

by Scott Kelby  |  13 Comments

If you’ve been following the saga of “Not my Reunion” here on the blog (see late last week), or over at Kalebra’s hilarious G+ posts about it, here are a few shots from the reunion on Saturday night (photos by Brad Moore). 

(Above: That’s me back in the back — 3.4 miles from the front of the stage. I can usually only been seen through the Hubble telescope. This is one of the many reasons shortly after high school I switched to keyboards. LOL!!!). Photo by Kalebra with her trusty iPhone.

(Above: That’s Tony McMahon on lead guitar. He’s a really smoking guitar player — even was back when we were teens. He has a Hawaiian Lei around this neck. I never found out why. That’s Dean Erskine behind him. You don’t want to play him in golf. He owns a golf course. Literally. He’s been playing since he was nine. Leave your wallet at home. He plays a pretty mean banjo, too!.) Photo by Brad Moore.

(Above: A close-up of Tony’s Gibson Les Paul in action. Photo by Brad Moore).

(Above: here’s a shot of the whole gang. From L to R: Tayloe Harding on Keyboards. Mike “Big Dog” partially obscured by mic stands and things on Percussion,  that’s me back in the South 40; Tony McMahon on Lead Guitar, Tim Colton on Bass, Dean Erskine on Guitar and Banjo on Eagles songs, and Joe Mathein on Lead Vocals (sitting in for our original lead singer Angie Aparo) . It’s possible we’re not a “pretty boy” band. ;-)  Photo by Brad Moore. 

(Above: A good clean shot of me chopping wood in green and blue.  Photo by Brad Moore. 

(Above: Here one of me right before we went on, taken by my sweetie with her “Trusty iPhone.” I wore a Marshall Amplification t-shirt while playing the drums just to throw off the people dancing. ;-)

My wife Kalebra was such a great sport for coming yet again to another “Not my Reunion” and covering the event live on her G+ page (which was almost as much fun as the gig itself). Plus, Brad Moore totally took one for the team by coming out and getting some shots (Thanks Braddo!).

It’s been five years since our last reunion, and since we’re all older than dirt, who knows if we’ll ever get the chance to relive our high school classic rock band days again, but for that one night we got to laugh, play louder than we should have, and the sweet sound of cowbell filled the air during “We’re an American Band.”

A great way to spend a Saturday night back in my home town seeing old friends and reliving some of the best times of my young life. Thanks guys, I had a ball. Now, can I get my guitar and keyboards and move back up front? ;-)

 

 

 

Monday
Jul
2012
23

Today We’re Posting my Travel Photography Online Class

by Scott Kelby  |  37 Comments

Hi Gang: First, watch that 60-second video above, and then come back here for what the video didn’t tell you (no peeking — go watch the video clip first — plus, you get to hear me speak French, which I usually reserve for special occassions).

OK, here’s what it didn’t tell you
It’s a two-part class; the first part is the “how to shoot” part, which is around an hour and half long, shot on location in Paris, France (the ideal place to shoot a travel photography class). By the way; the class isn’t about how to shoot Paris — it’s just filmed in Paris  — it’s about shooting travel photography in general.

In the second part  of the class, I take the images shot in the Part One, and go through the entire Lightroom / Photoshop workflow and post-processing, from start to finish. We do all the Camera Raw editing, stitching of Panos, retouching, the whole nine yards starting with the raw photos right out of the camera. That 2nd part is three and half hours of in-depth training. Of course, you don’t have to watch all three and half hours — you can jump right to technique you want to learn if you like, but at least all totaled it’s around FIVE hours of travel photography techniques and post-processing.

There have been two online classes that I have been over-the-top excited about; one was my “Crush the Composition” class and the other is this travel class. I really feel like it’s going to help a lot of folks get the best travel photos they’ve ever taken. It’s very pragmatic, straight to the point, packed with techniques you can really use. If you’re a Kelby Training Subscriber, I hope you’ll check out the class when it’s released later today right here. If you’ve haven’t subscribed to Kelby Training, n’attendez pas une autre minute. Joignez maintenant.!!! :)

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.”

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