Tuesday
Apr
2012
24

Quick Update From The CS6 / Creative Cloud Launch

by Scott Kelby  |  8 Comments

Hi Gang: Wow — what a whirlwind trip — up one day, back the next on the red eye, but totally worth it!!!

On Friday, I’m planning a Q&A about the Creative Cloud, which I’m totally psyched about, and I have a lot to share about it, but I’m literally at the airport catching my red-eye flight home, so it’s going to have to wait until them.

The launch event itself, held at San Francisco’s de Young Fine Arts Museum, was a big hit and we got to hear from Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayan, Senior VP of Digital Media David Wadhwani, and Jeffrey Veen (Founder and former CEO of TypeKit, now part of Adobe).

What I was most interested in was today launch of the Creative Cloud, and I have to say, I was really impressed (there’s a lot more to it than I thought). I actually got to spend some time using the Creative Cloud, plus I got to meet with some of the Creative Cloud team, along with some of the Photoshop team later in the day. I was in and out of meetings and briefings all day, but I really learned a lot and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you on Friday.

In the meantime, as soon as my wheels hit the ground, I’m back to the airport for my trip to Swingin’ London baby (yeah!). Can’t wait to share more, but they’re boarding my flight. Hope you all have a swinging Tuesday!

Monday
Apr
2012
23

Join Us for our Free “6-Days Of Photoshop CS6″ Online Webinars

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

In Celebration of the Adobe CS6 Launch, The Photoshop Guys are doing a series of webcasts all this week to talk about Photoshop CS6. We want the focus to be about sharing cool stuff that we’ve learned about this new release as well as answer any questions you may have!

PLUS: Our Photoshop CS6 Launch Center (with loads of CS6 video clips and interviews and news) is NOW LIVE.

Here’s the schedule (below) and here’s where to go to watch:

If you’re a NAPP Member, these webcasts will be available to you on the NAPP Member webcast archive.

Monday
Apr
2012
23

It’s Official: Adobe launches Creative Suite 6 and The New Creative Cloud

by Scott Kelby  |  28 Comments

Today’s the big announce day at Adobe, and I’m out here in San Francisco for the CS6 launch event, and everybody here is really psyched.

Of course, for me it’s all about Photoshop CS6, but obviously for a lot of folks that’s just one part of a big Creative Suite package that was made much bigger by today’s launch of the Adobe Creative Cloud. Get the full scoop on the Creative Cloud right here (it’s cooler than you’d think, and Adobe really reached out to those folks still using CS3, and CS4 with a special deal for them, which I thought was really cool on their part).

First go here
David Wadhwani over at Adobe did a really great, to-the-point, quick summary of what the Creative Cloud is all about, and who it’s designed for (and why), and it’s definitely worth checking out. Here’s the link.

Next go here
Your next stop should probably be Adobe’s own Photoshop page (they would probably want you to visit their Creative Suite page, but hey — I’m a Photoshop Guy). Here’s the link.

Then go here
If you want to know about the other suite stuff, go check out Terry’s Tech Blog, (here’s the link) as he’s got lots of cool videos and stuff on the rest of the suite products, like InDesign and Illustrator (among others).

I’ll have more news tomorrow, after the event, but when I get back I’ve got a lot to share (and some stuff in Photoshop CS6 I’m really, really, psyched about but that isn’t getting the attention it deserves because everybody is still blacking out about Content Aware Move). ;-)

 

 

Friday
Apr
2012
20

Finally “Getting” Pinterest

by Scott Kelby  |  69 Comments

Two weeks ago, on the “The Grid” we talked about Social Media for photographers, and we talked about Twitter, and Google+, and the new kid on the block (which is now reportedly the third largest social media site), Pinterest.

I asked my wife Kalebra to join us on the show, (she’s hooked on Google+ and has a really dedicated, fun, fully engaged group over there — link), and she loves Pinterest as well, so we talked quite a bit about both (I mostly griped about Twitter and their 140 character limit. Don’t get me started).

Anyway, last night she did a cute post about Pinterest over on Google+, and one of the people who follow her there wrote this comment:

“I’m reluctant to sign up for yet another social venue given my trouble keeping up with the four accounts I now have (fb, twit, linked,g+) but have been hearing enough about Pinterest that I’m intrigued. Can you clue me in to how Pinterest fits into the general mix? please and thank you!”

OK, now I get it
My wife wrote back a comment to him that I thought was the best description of what Pinterest is all about I had ever heard. I asked her if I could share it here with you today, because I think it will help a lot of folks understand what Pinterest is all about. She wrote…

I’d be happy to —- just remember it’s only how I see it. ;)


Have you ever torn a travel picture or recipe out of a magazine and stuck it in a folder? How about a photo for inspiration for your next shoot? Well because we view so many of these things on the web now Pinterest is a way to do the same thing we did with magazines but online.


For instance, I love to travel! So, I have a folder (Pinterest calls them “boards”) I named “Places” (link) and it’s full of photos of places I’ve been, and places I want to go. I am also a pilot so I have a board named “Of Flight and Fancy (link) and I LOVE chocolate so I have a board for that too (link).


You could have boards like these for any of your own interests – it’s lots of fun to manage (and have instant access to) all of the things that interest and inspire you.


Another thing I’ve heard people say they like about it is that interaction is not really required–you can–but it’s not expected. I hope this helps. Happy Pinning! :)

Thanks Sweetie (er, I mean…Kalebra) for letting me share that with my readers. I haven’t done a lot on Pinterest yet, but every time I see Kalebra’s boards I sure want to. Maybe when I get back from London.

Here’s wishing you all a really fun weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. Oh, in the meantime, here’s a taste of Kalebra’s Chocolate board. ;-)

 

Thursday
Apr
2012
19

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  104 Comments

Photo Walks at The Google+ Photographer’s Conference
The Google+ Photographer’s Conference is next month in San Francisco, and while the main sessions will be broadcast live, you can only be part of the Photo Walks if you’re there in person! Scott Kelby will be leading one at Golden Gate Park, plus lots of others around San Francisco will be led by Trey Ratcliff, Catherine Hall, RC Concepcion, Lindsay Adler, and more! Get all the info and register at GPlusPC.com.

The Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers
Since Lightroom first launched, Scott Kelby’s The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers has been the world’s #1 best-selling Lightroom book. His latest version for Lightroom 4 is being printed as we speak and it’s available for pre-order now here. Scott uses his same step-by-step, plain-English style and layout to make learning Lightroom easy and fun in this edition. He doesn’t just show you which sliders do what and what the new features are — instead he will teach you how to create your own photography workflow using Lightroom. In the spirit of Free Stuff Thursday, you can grab a chapter from the book here.

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE! in London
We’re just nine days away from the last ever Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE! seminar with Scott Kelby! We’re heading to Islington, London, UK on April 28 for a day of awesomeness that you won’t want to miss. Sign up here, or leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket!

Lightroom 4 Live
Matt Kloskowski is hitting the road with the Lightroom 4 Live seminar tour. Head over to KelbyTraining.com for dates and registration, or leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to one of these seminars! Make sure you specify which city.

How about $2,500 and a Wacom Intuos4 Tablet for free?
If you can create a kick butt political t-shirt design you could walk away with those prizes and more! NAPP and Zazzle.com have teamed up to offer you the chance to put your Photoshop skills to the test and win amazing prizes in a Political T-shirt Design Contest.The 2012 political race is heating up, so now is the perfect time to show off your best and most exciting political design ideas. The grand prize winner will be walking away with $2,500, a Wacom Intuos4 Tablet, a one year membership to NAPP and a one year subscription to Kelby Training! In today’s world, designers must be not only talented, but also savvy when it comes to using their skills. Take your creativity and expertise off the screen and paper and apply it to a real world product! The contest is open to anyone, but hurry, because Sunday, April 22nd is the deadline. For complete details, visit the contest page.

Fay Sirkis – Wild About Animals DVD
OK – so you know those amazingly cool photographs you take? Did you know that in Photoshop, you can turn them into hand painted works of art! Yep, that’s right and our very own Fay Sirkis will show you how in this 2 Disc DVD set called, Wild About Animals – A Photo Painting Safari.

Just leave a comment and as always, we’ll randomly draw for 3 winners before next week’s Free Stuff Thursday post.

Think Tank Products Now Available at B&H!
That’s right, the full line of Think Tank Photo products is now available at B&H Photo Video! Two of our favorite companies together at last. Head on over to B&H to shop for camera bags, laptop bags, card holders, and everything else from Think Tank Photo!

Rick Sammon’s Big Cats App
Rick Sammon’s 7th app is Rick’s Big Cats: For big (and small) cat lovers. For just $.99, you get 20 photos to use as iPad and iPhone wallpapers! Head on over to RickSammon.info for all the details.

KelbyTraining.com
Environmental Light and Automotive Photography, the latest class from the ever-popular Tim Wallace is now available at KelbyTraining.com! If you’ve ever wanted to get into automotive photography but weren’t sure where to start, this is the perfect class for you. Tim shows you how to get the most out of one camera, one lens, and available light to make some killer car photos!

Last Week’s Winners
Here are the winners of last week’s giveaways:

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE! in London
Jim Diedrich and CJ Evans

Lightroom 4 Live Seminar
Marc Myton, Jennifer, and Glenn Nieciag

David Ziser’s Live Wedding Shoot DVD
Henk

Photoshop Quiz Game
Don, Randy, and RFrazier

Congratulations, and we’ll be in touch soon!

That’s it for today. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Apr
2012
18

Submit Your Photos For Today’s “Blind Critiques” Live on “The Grid” (broadcast live at 4:00 pm ET today).

by Scott Kelby  |  25 Comments

Sorry to interrupt Guest Blog Wednesday, but I know a lot of you have been waiting for the next “Live Blind Critique” episode of “The Grid” and well, it’s been just over a month since the last one, so it’s today.

If you’d like to have your work considered for today’s blind critiques (we show your images but don’t mention your name on the air), just leave us a link to your portfolio right here: http://bit.ly/J9yCsP, or to some images you’ve posted online, and we’ll pick 20 or so photographer’s work to go over on the show (not based on who posted first — we choose based on showing variety and images we think can help our viewers).

Then, we’ll see you at 4:00 pm today at http://www.kelbytv.com/thegrid (by the way, I’m holding a note in the photo above. Not really, but it sounds better than catching flies).

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