Thursday
Feb
2012
16

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  236 Comments

Man do we have lots of great stuff to give away today!

A Day With Jay Maisel DVD – Win It Before You Can Buy It!
Legendary photographer Jay Maisel has a new DVD entitled A Day With Jay Maisel – Two Part Series that’s due out on February 20th, but we’re friends with Jay so we have the early hook up.  In this DVD, you’ll join Jay Maisel and Scott Kelby on a walking tour of Jay’s favorite places to shoot in New York City. They walk the bustling streets of the Big Apple – talking about theory, technique, and the art of finding photographs among the faces and architecture they find along the way.

Leave a comment to enter and we’ll draw 2 lucky winners next Wednesday. As always, if you don’t win it you can buy it at KelbyTraining.com — just $89.99 for the set (or $69.99 if you’re a NAPP member).

$14 Off Bundles
Also – only 2 more weeks to save $14 on all Bundles at KelbyTraining.com. Check out the sale page and get some amazing training packages at a great price!

KelbyTraining.com
We’ve added some great new classes to the KelbyTraining.com library in the past few weeks! Check these out:

Photoshop CS5 Finishing Touches for Photographers with Dave Cross
Photoshop Techniques for Photographers: Bringing Back the Focus with Vincent Versace
Photoshop Techniques for Photographers: Extending the Dynamic Range of Focus with Vincent Versace
Inspired Light and Automotive Photography with Tim Wallace

The Digital Photo Workshops in Moab with Dave Black
Dave Black is heading to Moab with The Digital Photo Workshops April 19–22! If you want the opportunity to learn from the master as he covers Lightpainting Arches, Action Photography with Climbers and Mountain Bikers, and photographing Mesa Arch and Canyon Vistas, you can sign up right here.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free pass to this workshop!

Nikon School for DSLR Video
Matt Kloskowski recently attended the new Nikon School for DSLR Video and gave a great writeup about it over at LightroomKillerTips.com. There are spots available at upcoming workshops in Miami, Seattle, Baltimore, Boston, and Chicago (dates below), which you can register for right here.

March 17-18: Miami
April 21-22: Seattle
April 28-29: Baltimore
May 5-6: Boston
June 2-3: Chicago

And… Leave a comment for a chance to win a free ticket to one of these workshops! Make sure you let us know in your comment which one you want to check out.

B&W Workshop with Vincent Versace & Harold Davis
Vincent Versace and Harold Davis are teaming up to do a full-day B&W Master Class Workshop on Saturday, March 10 in Berkeley, California. They’ll be covering workflows for Lightroom, Nik Silver Efex Pro, Photoshop, creating monochromatic HDR, and plenty more.

Registration is $395.00, but you can leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket!

All Access: Your Backstage Pass to Concert Photography
Alan Hess just released a book that’s been years in the making, All Access: Your Backstage Pass to Concert Photography! If you’ve been to Alan’s classes at Photoshop World or watched his (and Scott Diussa’s) class on Kelby Training, you know he’s the go-to guy for all things concert related. Not only does he cover concert photography from A-Z in this book, he also includes Pro Tips from other concert photographers, lighting directors, musicians, and photo editors.

I (Brad Moore) am honored to be included in Alan’s book, along with my buddies Scott Diussa, Drew Gurian, Hali McGrath and others. You can see the full table of contents over at Alan’s website, and leave a comment for your chance to win one of two copies of this book!

Blind Critiques on The Grid
Yesterday Scott and Matt tried something new on The Grid. Viewers were invited to submit photos to be considered for blind critiqued on the show! I went through all of the submissions and chose people at random, grabbed their images, and put them in numbered folders so that Scott and Matt wouldn’t know whose images they were. From that pool, they chose the ones they thought would be the most helpful to critique, then gave their feedback on the show.

According to our live viewers, this was one of the most helpful and appreciated episodes we’ve done! There’s a good chance the guys will be doing another one of these in the future, so keep an eye out on Scott’s Google+ and Facebook pages for news on that.

The episode should be posted on Kelby TV sometime today if you missed the live airing, or you can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Last Week’s Winners
The winners of last week’s prizes are… Laura Downs for the Photoshop World pass, and Anna Soens for the RC Concepcion Web Bundle!

That’s it for this Thursday. Leave a comment for your chance to win one of these great prizes!

Wednesday
Feb
2012
15

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Peter Hurley!

by Brad Moore  |  198 Comments

How important is it to accentuate your subject’s jawline in a portrait?  For me it’s major, and more often than not the first direction that comes out of my mouth toward anyone in front of my camera. I believe it’s our job to pull the best out of our clients, so we need to be feeding them constant direction in order to do that.

As photographers, we all use direct direction in order to get a client into a position that makes them physically look better.  So since this one area means so much to me, I thought I’d share some tips on it in this little video.  In it you’ll see how adamant I am about having my clients bring their jawline towards my camera day in and day out.  This simple technique instantly improves the images I’m taking of my clients, and I hope you gain a few insights here that you find helpful and can implement on your next shoot.  Enjoy!

You can see more work from Peter at PeterHurley.com, follow him on Twitter, and like him on Facebook. And if you want more tips on shooting headshots, check out his 4-hour The Art Behind The Headshot DVD!

Tuesday
Feb
2012
14

HP Releases the Z1 Workstation

by Brad Moore  |  17 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with a quick announcement.

HP just announced their brand new Z1 Workstation, a 27″ all-in-one workstation that opens to allow for hardware upgrades! This system features the quad-core Intel Xeon processor, an NVIDIA Quadro graphics card, and options for USB 3.0, Blu-Ray Writer, SSD hard drive, and more for top performance.

Check out all the details over at HP.com!

Tuesday
Feb
2012
14

Happy Valentine’s Day

by Scott Kelby  |  13 Comments

Howdy folks. Sorry for the late post, but I took today off to spend with my sweetie (we actually snuck away last night and headed to our favorite getaway place, and now we’re spending the day shopping and just hanging out, which I understand may include a stop at a guitar store). :)  By the way: the photo above, taken at Vegas Photoshop World, is by my buddy Mike “Hollywood” Kubeisy”

Today we’re celebrating our 25th Valentine’s Day together (and this year we’ll be married 23 years!). As all my friends are quick to remind me — I am the luckiest guy in the world (Hey, at least I know it). :)

Make sure you check back tomorrow for Guest Blog Wednesday, and here’s wishing you a Valentine’s Day to remember! :)

Monday
Feb
2012
13

It’s FREE Photoshop World Ticket Monday

by Scott Kelby  |  319 Comments

I’m going to be giving away a FREE full-conference pass to next month’s Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Washington DC to some lucky commenter here today, but before you rush down and enter (just leave a comment here of any sort, and you’re entered), watch this short video (only 1 min: 31 seconds), to get psyched up for it. It pretty much shows you why you gotta be there (and why you should enter today to see if you win the free ticket!).

We’re going to have an all-time record-breaking attendance for our East Coast show, and you’re invited to be there when Joe McNally, Dave Black, Moose Peterson, Jeremy Cowart, Joel Grimes, Ben Willmore, Jay Maisel, along with many of the best known names in the business (like Bert Monroy, Vincent Versace, David Ziser, Calvin Hollywood, Gregory Heisler, and John Paul Caponigro) and of course “The Photoshop Guys” (Matt Kloskowski, RC Concepcion, Pete Collins, Dave Cross, Cory Barker, Cliff Mautner, and me),take the stage to teach you our very latest techniques.

PLUS: Learn directly from Adobe, as their own gurus will teaching sessions, including Terry White, Julieanne Kost, Russell Brown, and Photoshop Senior Product Manager Bryan Hughes.

If you’re planning on going (ya know, in case you don’t win the ticket), just remember: there’s only FIVE days left to save $100 on the Early Bird registration, so sign up now, and I’ll see you at the world’s largest Photoshop and photography event: The Photoshop World Conference & Expo, March 24-26, 2012 in Washington DC. Here’s the link with more details and how to sign up.  Continue reading

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