Wednesday
Jul
2012
04

Happy “Fourth of July” Everybody!

by Scott Kelby  |  17 Comments

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Photo by Brad Moore

I want to wish all my readers (well, at least the US-based ones) Happy Independence Day.

I’m taking today off to spend some time with my family, and I hope you’re able to do the same. Have a great day and we’ll see you here tomorrow for “Free Stuff” Thursday.

Just in case: here’s what ‘Independence Day’ Really Means to Us
Today is a national holiday celebrating our country’s independence from traditional film. No longer will we press the shutter button thinking, “Well, that just cost me 22¢” or “Well, that’s 36—time to pop in another roll.” or that phrase heard so often on vacation, “I need to stop and buy some film.”

Should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: No longer will we wait hours, or days, to see our prints only to find out that someone was blinking or the flash didn’t fire. No longer will we go quitely into the night, to drop off our film in an overnight drop box. We’re going to live on to shoot for free another day—free from the tyranny of film chemicals and safe lights; changing bags and temperature regulators; cotton gloves and Print tongs. No today as we gather together to fill our 16 and 32-gig cards with wild abandon we celebrate our real Independence Day! (–insert wild cheers here).

Tuesday
Jul
2012
03

50% Off All Kelby Training Apps!

by Brad Moore  |  17 Comments

For the next 48 (ish1) hours, you can get any and all2 of the iOS apps from Kelby Training for HALF PRICE!!

Not only that, but the Lightroom 4 Crash Course app was just added, and is also available during this time for just $4.99!

Head over to the Apple App Store before 3:00pm1 ET Thursday, July 5, to take advantage of this opportunity.

1 The iOS store may take time to update its prices, so time frame is approximate. In other words, grab it as soon as you see the sale price!
2 Light It Magazine and Photoshop User Magazine are not included in this sale

Tuesday
Jul
2012
03

How to Shoot Fireworks (My 4th of July Post Tradition )

by Scott Kelby  |  37 Comments

Hi Gang: Each year right before Independence Day (celebrated here in the U.S. on the Fourth of July), I share a quick post on how to photograph Fireworks (a traditional part of the 4th of July celebration here). I’m posting the technique that I included on page 175 of my book, “The Digital Photography Book, Part 1.” Here we go:

This is another one that throws a lot of people (one of my best friends, who didn’t get a single crisp fireworks shot on the Fourth of July, made me including this tip just for him, and the thousands of other digital shooters that share his pain).

For starters, you’ll need to shoot fireworks with your camera on a tripod, because you’re going to need a slow enough shutter speed to capture the falling light trails, which is what you’re really after.

Also, this is where using a cable release really pays off, because you’ll need to see the rocket’s trajectory to know when to push the shutter button—if you’re looking in the viewfinder instead, it will be more of a hit or miss proposition.

Next, use a zoom lens (ideally a 200mm or more) so you can get in tight and capture just the fireworks themselves. If you want fireworks and the background (like fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World), then use a wider lens.

Now, I recommend shooting in full Manual mode, because you just set two settings and you’re good to go:

  1. Set the Shutter Speed to 4 seconds
  2. Set the Aperture to f/11. Fire a test shot and look at the LCD monitor on the back of your camera to see if you like the results. If it overexposes, lower the shutter speed to 3 seconds, then take another shot and check the results again.

TIP: If your camera has “Bulb” mode (where the shutter stays open as long as you hold down the shutter release button down), this works great–hold the shutter button down when the rocket bursts, then release when the light trails start to fade. (By the way; most Canon and Nikon digital SLRs have bulb mode). The rest is timing—because now you’ve got the exposure and sharpness covered.

There you have it—-hope you all get some great shots on the fourth, and remember to stay safe around fireworks of any kind, and we’ll see you back here in one piece tomorrow. :)

Monday
Jul
2012
02

If you missed seeing my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” tour live, today we have something very special to announce.

by Scott Kelby  |  24 Comments

(NOTE: If you watch this one-minute long video above now, you can skip all the way down to the last lne of text for details). 

If you missed my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” LIVE tour, you can now finally experience the entire seminar, from start to finish, and get the same tour workbook (in color no less), plus all freebies I gave out for attendees, starting today no matter where you live as we are making the day available as a digital download (just like you’d buy a movie online to download).

Although I was able to visit many major cities in the US, Canada, and even three cities in Europe, there were just so many places we didn’t get to visit with the tour. But now no matter where you are, you can attend the entire event, just as it happened, live from beginning to end. You’ll learn all the techniques, all the lighting, all the retouching, and you’ll absolutely have the best seat in the house, but at literally half the price.

We are SO excited to bring this to you our friends around the world —- our first-ever start-to-finish full day seminar available now anywhere you are.

Here’s the link to download the full digital seminar today (it’s just $49.99 US).

Friday
Jun
2012
29

$50 Off Kelby Training Online — THIS WEEKEND ONLY Killer Deal!

by Brad Moore  |  25 Comments

Hi Gang: I asked our team for as good a deal as we’ve EVER offered on our annual online training subscription plan and this weekend only (until this Sunday night, July 1st at 12:00 Midnight ET), you can take $50.00 off.

That’s right — hundreds of online classes on Photoshop, Photography, Lightroom and Lighting taught by the best instructors in the world (from Joe McNally to Ben Willmore; from Joel Grimes to Cliff Mautner, from “The Photoshop Guys” to Jeremy Cowart and a who’s who of the industry’s best teachers), all for around .50¢ a class. That is just insane!!!

Here’s the link with all the details and where you can get started learning online.

Just use the code KTSKB712 at the checkout to subscribe for only $149.00.

Psst… Hey NAPP members… You still get an extra $20 off, so you can subscribe or renew for just $129.00!! Remember — this is one of  my blog’s “This weekend only deals” so….it’s for this weekend only! 

Friday
Jun
2012
29

If you’re serious about taking better portraits, watch this.

by Scott Kelby  |  18 Comments

Last week on ‘The Grid” (our weekly photography show), we had Joe McNally as our in-studio guest, and we had Joe do blind-critiques of portraits submitted by our viewers, and I have to say, I learned more about portrait photography in that one show that I have in a year.

People are absolutely raving about Joe’s critiques, as they were, hands down the most insightful, informative, and just plain brilliant I’ve ever seen. Period. I’m running the free broadcast right here, so if you really want to see portrait photography in a new light, you have got to watch this class. I promise, you will be amazed.

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