Tuesday
Sep
2014
02

Greetings from Vegas: It’s Photoshop World Conference Week!!!!!

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

Hey everybody, sorry for the late post (it was a late night…), but anyway….greetings from Vegas!!!

It’s here: Photoshop World kicks off today with the pre-conference workshops; the parties start tonight, and tomorrow we’re live-streaming Adobe’s keynote, so “it’s on.” Just a couple of quick things:

First,  get the latest Attendee Newsletter
Lots of important information in there for today. Here’s the link (or click on that graphic above).

Also, make sure you download the Photoshop World App
For iPhone and Android phones, and we’ve put every minute of the three-day conference and expo at your fingertips! (note: If you already have the app from our last conferences, it will automatically update with the new Las Vegas schedule. Make sure you refresh the app!). Here’s the link: IOS and Android.

Tomorrow’s Adobe Opening Keynote is being streamed LIVE
Adobe often uses this keynote to sneak peek some new technology, or make special announcements or releases  so you don’t want to miss this, and you can watch it live, free, anywhere in the world. Here’s the link (it starts a few minutes after 9:00 am PT (Noon East Coast time).

You can still get a Free Expo-Only Pass
If you just want to check out the Expo floor (and visit some vendors, see Adobe’s booth, watch some expo floor classes or live shooting demos, thanks to friends at B&H Photo you can get a free Expo-only (available on site at the expo registration in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino).

There’s no Guest Blog Wednesday tomorrow, as we’ll be sharing Photoshop World photos, the Live Keynote stream links, and other conference fun stuff, so check back here to stay on top of the action. :)

Cheers everybody and Viva Las Vegas!

-Scott

Monday
Sep
2014
01

My Images From the US Open Tennis Championships

by Scott Kelby  |  31 Comments

I just released a post over at Exposure.co (the photo story-telling site) with the story of my first time ever shooting a pro tennis tournament, and in this case it was Day One of the US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York (these shots were taken last Monday).

I was only able to shoot starting at the 11:00 am matches and then I had to leave by 3:30 pm to catch my flight to St. Louis for my seminar there (which was awesome! Shout out to all the folks in St. Louis who came out and in Kansas City two days later. Awesome crowds — super nice people!).

Research Beforehand Really Paid Off!
I did a LOT of research before this shoot, and while I think I did “OK” for my first time out, I have a long way to go to get to where I’d like to be. The only reason I even did “OK” was this research beforehand, plus I got help from three sources:

(1) Dave Black. I called him and he had all sorts of little tips about the bigger picture of shooting tennis. The guy’s just amazing. He’s shot everything! (including the US Open).

(2) Right when I walked in to the photo workroom at The Open, I ran right into Elsa Garrison from Getty Images (our guest on “The Grid” just a few weeks ago). She gave me some great, very specific tips for shooting at that venue. And…

(3) I read an awesome book called Photographing Tennis by Chris Nicholson and it was incredibly insightful. He really did a great job of explaining so many things I had questions about. I really got a lot out of it.

Anyway, there are lots of photos and the full story, and all the camera gear, settings, shooting positions, and the whole nine yards all over at Exposure.co — if you’ve got a sec, I hope you’ll check them out.

 

I’ll be back…
I’m going back to New York one week from tonight to shoot the US Open Finals and I just can’t wait. It’s great to have a “second chance” to shoot any event, and even though I’m sure there will be 10x as many photographers, and that will make it that much more challenging — I don’t care — I’m thrilled to have that 2nd chance, and the opportunity to photograph the world’s best players.

Of course, before then I have the Bucs vs. Panther’s NFL regular season home opener and I’m off today for Photoshop World in Vegas. No rest for the weary! (hahaha — don’t worry — I’m lovin’ it!).

Lots to share from Photoshop World this week — Brad will be shooting, and posting lots of pics from the Vegas show. Hope to meet a whole bunch of you there in person, and thanks for letting me share my first Tennis shoot with you here today. I absolutely had a blast, learned a lot, and can’t wait to shoot it again!

All my best,

-Scott

P.S. We’ll be streaming the Photoshop World Keynote LIVE — keep an eye out here for the link (it’s Wednesday morning at 9:00 am Pacific Time). 

Friday
Aug
2014
29

Special “This Weekend Only” Deal For My Readers on a 15″ Toshiba Laptop

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

Every once in a while we’re able to snag a special deal for folks who read my blog, and this one is pretty sweet if you’re looking for a pimped-out PC laptop. Here’s the deal:

The full specs are on their site, but it’s a 15.6″ Toshiba laptop with a 4K touchscreen display, and it comes with Lightroom, it runs Windows 8, it’s got 16GB of Ram, a 1-TB hard Drive and you get for just $1299

The retail price is $1799, and there’s already a $200 off promo, but we have an exclusive $300 additional code so my readers get a total of $500 off (sweet!) but the deal is only good through Sept 1st, 2014.

Discount Code is KELBY14KP50 

Here’s the link with more details on the laptop. Again, this is a “this weekend only” deal, so if you’re in the market, jump on it quick.

Hope you all have an awesome weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. :)

Best,

-Scott

Thursday
Aug
2014
28

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  43 Comments

Aviation Photography: Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them
Join Moose Peterson, world-renowned wildlife and aviation photographer, alongside Scott Kelby, for a live webcast of the world premiere of Moose’s latest project. Together they’ll take us through this exhilarating documentary of two World War II pilots and the planes they loved and flew. Filmed on location with The Texas Flying Legends, this film beautifully captures the glory of these Warbirds in flight. You’ll experience the power and brilliant imagery of airplanes, such as P-51 Mustangs and B-25 Bombers, and you will see personal interviews with navigators, gunners, pilots and Tuskegee Airmen.

Reserve your space now for a front-row seat and experience Moose Peterson’s pictorial passion of preserving the legacy of these epic men and machines.

Squarespace Workshops at Photoshop World Vegas
Building a high quality website is a key element to growing your business or sharing your photography with the world. Squarespace was built with the professional photographer in mind: each design has been carefully considered and crafted to make your photos look spectacular on any device.

During Photoshop World Vegas, Squarespace will be hosting two one-hour workshops for creative professionals looking to build a website to show off their work, experience, and personality to attract jobs and clients. In the first workshop they will be covering:

  • Photo preparation for use with Squarespace
  • Things to consider when choosing a template
  • Creating a portfolio
  • Connecting your social media accounts

The second workshop will be covering tips and tricks for existing Squarespace users to take your site to the next level. You can find out more about both workshops and sign up right here.

How To Use A GoPro with Mia McCormick
We’re all looking for ways to capture life’s interesting moments, and if what you are doing has action involved, then a great way to document it is with an action camera. Join Mia McCormick on the beach, in the water, on the track, and every place in between as she shares her favorite tips, techniques, accessories, and settings to help you get the most out of your action camera.

Leave a comment for your chance to watch this class for free!

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Corey Barker, Matt Kloskowski, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Aug 28 – Kansas City, MO (Today!)
Sept 26 – Houston, TX
Oct 1 – Orlando, FL
Oct 10 – Westminster, London, UK
Oct 17 – Charlotte, NC
Dec 1 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Power of One Flash with Joe McNally
Sept 24 – Cleveland, OH
Nov 6 – Washington, DC
Dec 9 – San Diego, CA

Photoshop Down & Dirty Master FX with Corey Barker
Oct 3 – New Orleans, LA

The Lightroom LIVE Tour with Matt Kloskowski
Sept 29 – Livonia, MI
Oct 22 – Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 4 – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5 – San Antonio, TX

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Oct20 – Chicago, IL
Nov 7 – Los Angeles, CA

The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
Sept 22 – Arlington, TX
Oct 7 – Raleigh, NC
Nov 10 – Toronto, ON
Dec 12 – Phoenix, AZ

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through the end of the year. Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Rental
- Ed Rhodes

KelbyOne Live Ticket
- Cody Ash

If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Aug
2014
27

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jeremy Cowart!

by Brad Moore  |  11 Comments

For years now, I’ve always preached the importance and value of personal projects or personal work. The million dollar question that I always get asked is any variation of “How do I get work? How do I get to where you are? How do I make a living as a photographer?”

Well, the best answer is personal work. The path to nearly every success story with famous photographers is personal work… some project that they started on their own that got discovered by an art director, then another, and so on.

See, it’s not enough anymore to just take nice photos. Nearly anyone these days can learn how to take good a nice photo. But it’s rare that you see that combined with a unique passion project (unique being the key word there).

All that being said, I try to walk the talk and do my own personal projects. I’ve done projects in Haiti, Africa and in the states as well. My latest is a project called PortraitQA and the premise is simple. Photograph someone and have them ask a question that the next subject answers. Then they ask a question that the next person answers and on and on and on. It’s an endless cultural dialogue of strangers. Sometimes the subjects know each other but it’s mostly stranger to stranger.

Here are some favorites thus far:


Bradley Spitzer – 33 – Art Director/Photographer
My question to Bradley:
What do you fear?
Bradley’s answer: I fear I will be alone for the rest of my life, as my wife and I will soon be divorced. I worry that the stain of a failed marriage negates the possibility of having a healthy, loving relationship in the future. And even beyond those, I fear that I won’t learn from my mistakes and bad decisions.
Bradley’s question for the next subject: What do you regret?


Andres Martinez - @ondrace - 28 – Photographer
Answer: What do I regret? Well, a lot. One of my biggest regrets is letting fear run so much of my life. When I think back on how many times I didn’t seize a moment or an opportunity that’s presented itself due to being fearful of failure or a less than comfortable outcome, my heart breaks a little bit. What could simply saying “yes” instead of a hesitant “maybe…” have done for me so many times before? What makes taking that first small step so difficult sometimes? Every situation that’s be tough has ultimately made me stronger. Why can’t I learn that lesson? So here’s to taking some risks, making some mistakes and being better.


Reese Cowart - 12 - 6th Grader (I had Reese hold up her IPhone with the flashlight on. I had no idea the lens flare would do this.)
Previous question: With technology expanding at such a rapid rate, how do you see yourself living 25 years from now?
Reese’s answer: I see myself living in the future with flying cars! In the future I hope that I will be able to carry myself around on Aerial Silks! When I am 37 I will be able to have a robot to do all chores for me!
Reese’s question for the next subject: I lost my Daddy this year. How do you deal with the loss of a loved one?


Jason Brown - @jasonbrown0 - 34 - CEO of Aroluxe Marketing
Jason’s answer: Reese, first off I’m very sorry for your loss. Second, I know how you feel. I lost my dad 35 days ago today in a freak accident, and I miss him so much. “How do you deal with the loss of a loved one?” For me, my answer has been a single word: “God.” I’m extremely weak in a lot of areas, including understanding what’s best for the world. So I chose to do it with God, because without God death is the end, but with God death is the beginning of something that God tells me is glorious for my dad. Without God, a burial is a permanent rest below, but with God a burial is temporary until my dad is raised up again. Without God, I don’t get to see my dad again, but with God, I get to see and hug and talk and kiss him again one day – so I chose with God. I wasn’t built to “deal” with death or loss, so God does it for me. He wraps up the confusion, the emptiness, and the heartache in perfect wisdom, love, and understanding and he hands it to me in every situation – when I’m strong and want to do everything that I think my dad would want me to accomplish and when I’m alone in my car, and a song that reminds me of him comes on and I break down and cry, God gives me exactly what I need at that moment. That doesn’t mean that it’s easier or hurts any less, it just means that I’m not alone and I know that I don’t have to deal with the “loss”, because it’s not a loss, it’s just a temporary separation.


Gaylon Wilcox – 62 – Retired Construction Worker
Previous question: They say smell is the sense that is tied most to memory. What is your top memory associated with your favorite smell?
Gaylons answer: My favorite smell and best memories was when we poured Italian dressing over the brisket and it would drip down onto the charcoal below. We used to enter cooking contests and we would cook everything that could crawl… alligator, raccoon, you name it. We had such a blast.


Lenisa Ann Careaga – @misslenisalove - 26 – Dance instructor, Nutritionist, Nanny, College student
Previous question: What to do you want to do? Get married? Stay single? Go into the army? You’ve got the rest of your life ahead of you.
Lenisa’s Answer: My favorite quote is, “Dance as if nobody’s watching, Love like you’ve never been hurt, Sing like nobody’s listening, Live like its heaven on earth.” My dream is to be able to inspire women from around the world that have been through domestic violence. I plan to use nutrition and art therapy to help them heal from their harsh experiences. Exercise and eating healthy are powerful tools that ease the pain created from their emotional struggles. Art therapy, such as painting, dancing, journaling, etc… build confidence, compliments the healing process, and helps women explore who they are. I would love to get married and have children in the future but I definitely want to never lose sight my dream, while helping spread self-love to other people.


Peter Court – @peterrcourt - 22 – Leading Initiatives for Q Ideas
Previous question: What’s the happiest part of your life right now?
Peter’s answer: Great question. It would have to be the people in my life. I recently relocated from New York City to Nashville just three weeks ago, huge change in basically every aspect of my life. The friendships and relationships I have already established here in a few short weeks have encouraged me like nothing else. Moving and leaving “comfortable” is always tough, but necessary for any type of growth to occur.


Fairlight Hubbard – @fairlight – 36 – Photographer/director
Previous question: If you were offered a million dollars, would you skip the next year of life? Why or why not?
Fairlight’s answer: The funny thing is, I just spent the last 3 months taking time away from my “life,” or at least the life I have built thus far. In that time, I revisited the life of my childhood living off grid, I remembered how I love to play in creeks… forgot why looking in the mirror seemed important… I lost touch with most everyone… but I got in touch with me. I remembered what I was made of… who I am. Although I don’t think money should be a catalyst for meaningful decisions, if a windfall allows one to break free from a routine that is no longer serving them, it is a gift that should not be passed over. Perhaps skipping life is when we don’t take this time…

You can follow this project on Instagram, OKDOTHIS, and Facebook, and see more of Jeremy’s work at JeremyCowart.com. You can also catch him live in person at Photoshop World in Las Vegas next week!

Tuesday
Aug
2014
26

Some Quick Tuesday Stuff

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

Above: iPhone shot of Bruno Mars in concert.

Whew!!! What a busy travel week. On Saturday I snuck the wifey off to Vegas to see Bruno Mars in concert at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan Hotel (it was a surprise birthday present — her birthday was a few weeks ago), and we had an absolute blast! Bruno Mars’ show was just absolutely outstanding — one of the best concerts either of us had ever seen. Everything from the sound to the lights to the stage show was just spot on. What a talented guy!

Anyway, here’s what’s up:

Adobe Releases “Aperture to Lightroom Migration Guide”
They actually did this a few weeks ago, but I run into lots of folks who hadn’t heard it had been released. You can download the free guide (called “”Making the Switch from Aperture to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom”), in PDF format, right here. 

 

Heads up to Canon Pro Shooters
This past week Canon launched a brand new Twitter page for pro Canon shooters here in the United States. You can follow them right here: @canonusapro

Worldwide Photo Walk Update:
We’re up to over 675 walks so far in cities all around the world, and we’re almost to 6,000 photo walkers! (Whoo hoo!). My thanks to everybody who has donated $1 to the orphanage (much love!). New cities include: Ludwigshafen, Germany; Bronx, NY, USA; Springfield, IL, USA; Embu das Artes, Brasil; Oviedo, Spain; Worcester, Worcester UK; Szeged, Hungary; and Auckland, New Zealand. Come join the walk near you: (link).

I’m in St. Louis today — Kansas City on Thursday!
I’m teaching my full-day seminar here in St. Louis today, and on Thursday in Kansas City. Looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of you in person. http://kel.by/SM_SLAPtour 

Photoshop World is just one week away!
It’s not to late to register and join us for the full conference in Las Vegas. Here’s the link. Also, if you can’t make the full conference, but want a free pass to the Expo floor, here’s the link for a free expo-only pass. Lots of cool stuff to see!

OK, gang — that’s it for this Tuesdays. I hope if you’re here in St. Louis and you read my blog, you’ll come up and say ‘hi.” :)

All my best,

-Scott

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