Thursday
Mar
2012
22

Adobe Releases Public Beta Version of Photoshop CS6

by Scott Kelby  |  16 Comments

They’ve been teasing’ it. They’ve been giving sneak peeks.  You knew it wouldn’t be long…and now it’s here — Photoshop CS6 (free public beta version)!

Here’s the link to our Photoshop CS6 Beta Launch Site, with lots of FREE videos, tips, an interview with Photoshop Product Manager Bryan Hughes and lots more! CS6 is here. Whoo Hooo!!!! :-)

Thursday
Mar
2012
22

Photoshop World Washington DC This Weekend!!

by Brad Moore  |  3 Comments

Photoshop World DC is upon us, beginning in just a couple of days on March 24! The cherry blossoms are blossoming, and creatives are beginning to descend on the city already.

You can come check out the Photoshop World Expo for FREE on Sunday and Monday and catch tons of free classes in the NAPP and Kelby Training Theatres!

And, you know how Westcott always has those awesome setups for attendees to shoot? Well, Adobe has teamed up with them and will have a Lightroom 4 booth right beside them with 10 workstations set up for attendees to process their images right on the expo floor! That’s not all though…

Each day, the Adobe Lightroom team will give away three free copies of Lightroom 4 to the photographers of their three favorite images! That’s nine copies of Lightroom 4 in three days. Then, out of those nine winners, they’ll choose one Grand Prize winner who will receive a certificate for Adobe CS6 Design Premium!!

So, sign up for your FREE Photoshop World Expo pass, swing by the Westcott Shootout Booth and take some kick-butt images, then process them at booth #445 for your chance to win a copy of Lightroom 4 and Adobe CS6 Design Premium!

Thursday
Mar
2012
22

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  100 Comments

Crush The Composition DVD
Scott Kelby’s hugely popular Crush The Composition class is now available on DVD! Filmed under the stars in front of a live audience in Downtown Tampa, Scott shares the secrets to nailing your composition in a way no other photographer has done. Pick up your copy at the Kelby Training Store. Leave a comment for your chance to win a copy!

Jeremy Cowart’s LifeFinder Workshop in DC
The day after Photoshop World Washington DC, Tuesday March 27, Jeremy Cowart will be hosting his LifeFinder Workshop! In the workshop, he covers how he got started, his vision toolkit, his lighting, how he stays inspired, and lots more. $249 gets you and someone who needs a break into the workshop, plus his LifeFinder DVD. Get all the info and sign up right here.

Keep an eye out on his blog for more tour dates to be announced soon, and leave a comment for your chance to win one of three free tickets!

KelbyTraining.com
Tony Corbell’s Simple Lighting Techniques for Photographers is the latest class on Kelby Training. Join Tony in the studio and on location as he walks you through the basics of softboxes, speedlights, and using ambient light to create great images!

Drew Gardner Australian Workshops
Drew Gardner is heading down under to teach a couple of two-day workshops in New South Wales and Victoria! He’ll cover how he plans for his shoots, the techniques he uses to pull them off, and managing the other people involved in the shoot. And (fingers crossed) he’s hoping to have some cool gear on hand for participants to get their hands on. You can get all the details and sign up right here.

And, Drew is giving away 10 free copies of his Location Lighting DVD to some lucky commenters, so leave a comment for your chance to snag one of these!

Photoshop Quiz Game from Dave Cross
For Photoshop users who want to test their knowledge of Photoshop CS5, Dave Cross has released the Photoshop Quiz Game. Modeled after an 80s game show, the game features 3 levels of difficulty and more than 600 True or False, Multiple Choice and “Name the Dialog” questions. The game, which will be available for the iPhone and iPad also includes brief explanations of the correct answer (so you might even learn a little something along the way). Available “any time now” in the iTunes Store.

Leave a comment for your chance to win one of three copies of this app!

Last Week’s Winner
The winner of last week’s giveaway of the 1-Year NAPP Membership and Fay Sirkis DVDs is… Brian Bushong. Congratulations Brian!

That’s it for today. Have a great Thursday, and if you’re at Photoshop World, make sure you say hi!

Wednesday
Mar
2012
21

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Scott Strazzante!

by Brad Moore  |  16 Comments

When I was a kid, in lieu of hiring a babysitter, my mom would just plop me down in front of the television.

I think I learned more about life from Mike and Carol Brady than my own parents.

In fact, at the time, I looked a lot like Cousin Oliver, who was brought on the “The Brady Bunch” to boost sagging ratings, but, instead, only helped the show jump the shark.

So, where am I going with this trip back to before the remote control was invented?

Well, it isn’t because I caught the photo bug from the episode where Greg Brady inadvertently made a shot of a key football play while photographing his cheerleader girlfriend, but because I think I was subconsciously inspired to do street photography by another show I watched.

You see, my local public television station in Chicago would occasionally broadcast a syndicated program about photography.

Each week, a different thirty-minute episode would be shown.

One week, it was about a specific news photographer. The next, it was the sports photographer’s turn.

Then, one fateful week, I witnessed an episode about this crazy man, who wandered New York City snapping photos of people walking past or kissing in Central Park.

That man was Gary Winogrand.

At the time, I had no idea that I wanted to be a photographer, but, there was something about Winogrand that fascinated me.

He photographed unusual people in an unusual way.

Fast forward to 2010.

At this point, I had been a newspaper photographer for almost 25 years and was employed at the Chicago Tribune.

I had spent the majority of my career shooting newspapery things- sporting events, funerals, protests, business portraits, concerts and so on.

I never really thought about street photography, because I saw no point to it.

My newspaper had no interest in publishing a photo of a smoker walking down the street or a woman with a fabulous fur coat. There was no news hook.

Then two things happened simultaneously. I started doing a photo blog and I started getting tired of the staged nature of certain photo assignments- political rallies, press conferences, environmental portraits and the like.

After a couple weeks of doing “Shooting from the Hip”, I quickly realized that I didn’t produce enough interesting content to fill my blog.

As a typical photojournalist, I shoot a lot of things to simply feed the beast. Assignments that are necessary and somewhat interesting, but not interesting enough to stand on their own.

I, also, knew that when I had some free time, I couldn’t wander too far from the Tribune Tower.

So, I started to go on photo walks up and down Michigan Avenue.

A whole new photo world opened up for me.

I now had a reason to photograph the amazing situations and fantastic characters that in the past I would walk right by.

It took awhile for me to get the knack of shooting with my camera at my waist.

I began by pre-focusing about five feet out, but that yielded mostly out of focus images.

I realized, too, that the lens I was using, a medium zoom, was not wide enough.

Eventually, I settled on a 16-35mm zoom and using a technique where I focus
and shoot while walking past a scene.

I know that I look like a total creep, but it is the only way I can think of to consistently make pure images of real moments without any camera awareness.

I have never had a subject of my street photography get mad at me, but, for some weird reason, I get a hard time from people watching me do street photography. Some guy even pushed me into Michigan Avenue when I responded to his complaint about my shooting from the hip style.

I guess it is that Midwest value of protecting your fellow citizen or maybe there are a lot of crazy folk in the city.

So, after doing hardcore street photography for awhile, I started expanding what street photography meant to me.

First, I did a portrait series on the men and women who dress up as the Statue of Liberty or Uncle Sam to promote Liberty Tax Service.
For this series, I would introduce myself and ask if I could make the subject’s portrait with a 50mm lens set at f/1.2.

I traveled all around Chicago and it’s suburbs looking for the wavers.

By time I was finished, I had photographed about 25 different men and women.

The thing I found amazing was that each one was alike but also different at the same time.

Another one of my projects was on the tradition in Chicago called “dibs”.

Dibs is the Winter time practice of using a random piece of furniture or household item to reserve one’s newly shoveled out parking space.

After a huge snowstorm in early 2011, I drove around the Pilsen neighborhood only photographing different types of chairs that people used.

I ended up photographing nearly 50 in one hour and putting them together in grid form.

Some of my other subsets of street photography evolved from people that I witnessed on a daily basis- the homeless and down on their luck that populate downtown Chicago.

I started to notice last year, that more and more street people had stopped verbally asking for spare change but had instead switched to using home made signs to make their plea.

I don’t like photographing homeless people surreptitiously, so, I usually would photograph a sign holder then go back and introduce myself and explain what I was doing.

Not one person was upset that I had photographed them and they all were willing to be part of my project.

Another recent collection, that I worked on in 2011, documented the “Forever Marilyn” statue that was installed in Pioneer Court adjacent to the Tribune Tower.

The 26-foot sculpture by Seward Johnson has created quite a stir and has provided me with countless photo opportunities.

The great thing about street photography is that I can do it anywhere at anytime.

I love doing it on vacation, like my recent trip to Norway, where I photographed a sharp dressed man in Oslo while in the middle of an argument with my wife about me doing street photography while on vacation. Oops! Maybe vacation with my wife isn’t the best time for street photography. Strike that.

A great time for street photography is when I am out of town shooting a Chicago Bears’ game in London or New Orleans or on assignment in the Mecca of street photography- New York City.

In my next life, I will pattern myself after Winogrand and just wander the streets of New York enjoying life and making images of the hustle and bustle.

My newest street photography toy is the iPhone.

I just began a project where I do entire blog posts of Hipstamatic street photos on specific Chicago neighborhoods. I started with The East Side, where I grew up and have moved on to Chinatown, Hyde Park, Pilsen, Little Village and Wicker Park.

With over 200 neighborhoods in Chicago, this subset of street photography will keep me busy for a long while.

I don’t think I will ever do street photography full time, but, I am so glad to have the vibrant streets of Chicago right outside my workplace whenever I need a photographic boost.

You can see more of Scott’s work on his Shooting from the Hip blog and keep up with him on Twitter.

Tuesday
Mar
2012
20

Just finished watching an amazing class from UK-based Automotive photographer Tim Wallace

by Scott Kelby  |  17 Comments


I’ve got a car shoot coming up for my current book project, so while I was on the treadmill this weekend, I wanted to catch Tim Wallace’s two classes on Kelby Training online (I watched it on my iPad using our free App), and I have to say — I was blown away!

On Sunday I watched his class “The Art of Close up Car Photography” and he teaches lighting and shooting techniques that I just don’t know how I would have learned on my own. Really brilliant stuff. NOTE: Tim did a wonderful guest blog post here on my blog — here’s the link. 

If you’re a Kelby Training Online subscriber, even if you’re not into car photography, his class will SO make you want to shoot cars now! :)  Here’s the link.

Also, I put Tim’s video intro to the class (below). If you’ve got a quick sec, check it out (it’s only like one-minute long, but totally worth it).

Monday
Mar
2012
19

Our New Partnership with our Friends at B&H Photo

by Scott Kelby  |  19 Comments

We are excited, honored, and just basically thrilled to announce our new partnership with B&H Photo.

We’ve been friends and partners for many years but today you can actually purchase Kelby Media Group products directly from B&H Photo (see the email newsletter from B&H below).

I get all my gear from B&H (just got my D4 from them on Friday. Whoo Hooo!), and I’m totally psyched to be growing our partnership with such an awesome team. Here’s a link to their site (ya know, just in case). :)

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