Thursday
Mar
2012
15

The Vinnie Award at Photoshop World

by Brad Moore  |  5 Comments

We just got the crazy list of prizes that will be awarded to the winner of The Vincent Versace Award for Excellence in Digital Photography (or, as we like to call it, “The Vinnie”) at Photoshop World in Washington DC!

Vincent has managed to put together a list of prizes that individually would make any photographer drool, but one very lucky person gets to take home the whole shebang. The purpose of these prizes is to remove any barriers of creativity so that there are no obstacles in the way of the artist. Check it out:

Epson 3000 Printer (shown above)
Wacom Intous Tablet
A Maine Media Workshop Workshop (travel and lodging not included)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Full Nik Software Suite
Full onOne Software Software Suite
Pina Zangaro Personalized 13×19 portfolio
Induro C314 carbon fiber tripod and BH2 ball head
Xrite Color Munki and Xrite Color Checker Passport
Lexar Flash Card
Tiffen 77mm Close-up filter set
Expodisc white balancing disc and depth of field calculator
Hoodman Loupe
Westscott 5-in-1 Reflector
Lowepro Slingshot Camera Bag
24×30 signed Vincent Versace print
Signed copy of Welcome to Oz 2.0 and From Oz to Kansas (when it releases)
All of Acme Educational’s tutorial DVDs
One year subscription to KelbyTraining.com
Whatever cash is in Larry Becker’s pocket when we are standing on stage.
What ever lint is in Vincent’s pocket when he is standing next to Larry Becker on stage.

The winner will be announced during the Opening Keynote at Photoshop World on March 24!

Thursday
Mar
2012
15

Printing 101 Notebook from Ron Martinsen

by Brad Moore  |  4 Comments

Internationally renowned commercial photographer Ron Martinsen has just released Printing 101 Notebook: An Introduction to Fine Art Photography Printing, an eBook that is designed to help frustrated ink jet printer users get the most out of their investment by educating them on everything they will need to make great prints. With interviews and advice from industry legends like Vincent Versace, Eddie Tapp, Greg Gorman, John Paul Caponigro, Douglas Dubler and more, this is a book is a must own for anyone who is serious about making great prints. This gorgeous looking book is over 90 pages that are easily readable on your Computer, iPad, Kindle, or any other device capable of reading PDF files.

Ron has educated over 800,000 visitors on his popular Photography and Photoshop blog. His printing series last year was a huge hit, but there was so much great information to share that his loyal readers asked for a book. Click here to order your copy today.

Thursday
Mar
2012
15

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  60 Comments

NAPP Member Webinar with Fay Sirkis
Next Tuesday, March 20th, NAPP (the National Association of Photoshop Professionals) is hosting an exclusive members-only webinar entitled A Stroke of Genius — Photoshop Art Studio. Fay Sirkis will show you how to take your photographs and turn them into gorgeous paintings using Photoshop. If you’re not a member of NAPP, you could be. We’re giving away a one year membership to NAPP plus Fay’s 2-DVD setA Celebration of Art: Wild About Animals – a Photo Painting SafariJust leave a comment to enter. If you’re already a NAPP member, you can add the year to your membership or you can give it to a friend. As always, if you don’t win this killer prize, you can buy it by entering FAY2012 on the NAPP signup page. Good luck to one & all!

Photoshop World Washington DC
Photoshop World Washington DC is just around the corner, and there’s still time to sign up for what’s gearing up to be one of our biggest Photoshop World conferences yet!

While you’re signing up, make sure you register for a pre-conference workshop! Might I suggest the Real World Concert Photography workshop with Alan Hess and Scott Diussa? I have it on good authority that the person who has the best image from the workshop will win a Nikon D7000 kit! There are still a few spots left, so sign up before it’s too late.

Lightroom 4 Tour
Now that Lightroom 4 is out, we’re gearing up for the Kelby Training Live Lightroom 4 Tour! We have three dates scheduled for Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Chicago in April. You can get all the details and register over at KelbyTraining.com.

KelbyTraining.com
Speaking of Lightroom 4, you can head over to KelbyTraining.com and check out the Lightroom 4 In-Depth series from Matt Kloskowski.

And, while you’re there, check out our newest class from Tim Wallace, The Art of Close-up Automotive Photography.

Rick Sammon Wildlife Shoot
Our friend Rick Sammon is leading an “Out of Africa” wildlife shoot at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas next month, and there is nly one tent remaining. You can get all the details and sign up right here.

Last Week’s Winners
Here are the lucky winners from last week’s giveaways…

- Digital Photography Book Part 4: Leigh Catley, Dan Ablan, and Teri Egts
- Sketching Light: Sarah Leonard
- Jack Reznicki Workshop: DaveG
- Calvin Hollywood Workshop: Miriam Rosenthal

That’s it for this week. Have a great Thursday!

 

Wednesday
Mar
2012
14

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Dean Bradshaw!

by Brad Moore  |  27 Comments

Think like a digital ninja.
First of all I’d like to thank Scott and Brad for inviting me to write – I’m a big fan of what they do and how they empower the world to be better creators. Without people like them spreading the amazing wealth of information we have at our fingertips it would have been more difficult for me to migrate from a zoological career catching snakes in the Australian outback to where I am now – creating conceptual imagery for brands and magazines.

We live in a time where what we imagine, we can make – there has never been a better time to be an artist.  I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about my digital workflow in the hopes that you will find it useful.

I deal in high-impact imagery. I try to photograph ideas more than portraits – directing scenes and characters to tell a story. I started out as a photojournalist shooting first wildlife, then wild places, and now; wild people and stories. I have a background in retouching and compositing, skill-sets which I now leverage to create images that would be impossible to make happen otherwise. As far as aesthetic qualities, my work is characterized by contrast, depth, rich color and texture. I also incorporate compositing into many of my images, one of the components of a digital workflow that we’ll be dealing with here. Rather than talk about them, you can check out my images here.

Photography, particularly in the commercial world, has become far more than just shooting film and handing it off to the client. The digital revolution has not only led to the incredible democratization of creation we see today (I highly recommend you watch press pause play), but also an entirely new way to approach creating images.

The digital workflow allows us to create anything we can imagine. I can shoot elements in Africa, Australia and Southern California and blend them seamlessly so that the image looks like it was shot in one frame. For example, I just finished a campaign working with Art Director Jethro Ames and local ad agency Parkerwhite where I built 8 different images that communicate the beauty and heroism of athletes in moments of peak action. About half the talent we shot in a studio on green screen and the other half were on location – where the background was remixed beyond anything we could have achieved in a single frame. This allowed us to create scenes in the same way that a painter or illustrator would build a scene. It’s difficult to describe, so check out a highlights video we put together here:

I’m going to go over some of the fundamental elements in a digital workflow the way that I see them.

Green screen
I refer to it as green screen, but…

Continue reading

Wednesday
Mar
2012
14

50% Off Kelby Training Apps for 24-Hours Only!!

by Brad Moore  |  17 Comments

Brad here with some exciting news… In celebration of the overwhelming success of and response to Scott’s new Lighting Recipes app, we’re having a 24-hour app sale for all of the other Kelby Training apps!*

Today only, for 24 hours, all Kelby Training apps that are normally $9.99 are on sale for $4.99. Take advantage of our biggest app discount ever, and tell your friends too!

*Excludes Light It Magazine

Tuesday
Mar
2012
13

How ’bout a Free Expo-Only Pass for Photoshop World DC!

by Scott Kelby  |  4 Comments

Hi Gang: It’s late. I’ve really got nuthin’. Oh….wait….how about a FREE Expo-only for the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Washington, DC?

You can visit the show floor either Sunday, March 25 and/or Monday, March 26.

If you’ve never been to our Expo floor, it is truly awesome! There are lots of classes running on the Expo floor; tons of demos and special expo-only pricing on gear; Adobe will be there (along with Photoshop Product Managers and Engineers), and bring your camera because the folks from Westcott lighting will once again have their incredibly creative Shooting Booths set-up so you can try out their gear during a LIVE shoot with different models in different scenes (it’s the hit of the show floor)!

Lots of vendors, lots of cool stuff to see and learn, and totally lots of fun! Best of all — it’s free.

Just sign-up now for your free Expo-only pass (good for two admissions) right here. 

P.S. If you’re at my seminar in Tampa today, make sure you come up and say “hi.” :)

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