Thursday
Mar
2012
01

Scott’s Hockey Shot featured on ZUMA Press Pictures of the Day!!

by Brad Moore  |  20 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with some really exciting news…

I’m sitting at my desk yesterday, and across the hall I see Scott get up from his desk, laptop in hand, and HUGE smile on his face, to dance out his door and call out, “Gather round everyone, for I have great news!!”

As he slowly and dramatically turns the laptop around (still grinning ear to ear), we all see his photo of Ryan Malone from the Tampa Bay Lightning featured on the ZUMA Press Pictures of the Day website!

At that very moment, a flock of doves flew through the air, trumpets sounded, and a bunch of other exciting stuff happened :)

Okay, that last part may have only been in my mind, but it was definitely a moment of celebration and excitement for us as we congratulated Scott on not only getting some killer hockey photos, but having one of them featured on the ZUMA site.

For those of you who have been following Scott’s “Painful Dance” with hockey photography, you too know just how excited he really is.

Way to go Scott!!

Thursday
Mar
2012
01

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  58 Comments

Get A FREE DC Night Photo Tour When You Register For Photoshop World
Sign up for Photoshop World from Thursday, March 1 – Friday, March 9 and you ll have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive Night Photo Tour of DC* (a $100 value). Taking place from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, the Moonlight Madness night photo tour of DC, led by Cindi Hobgood of Scout Photo Expeditions, will take you by bus through The District to many of DC s iconic sites and give you the chance to absorb, embrace and capture the beauty of Washington D.C. To take advantage of this special offer, simply use this special code PE12-NIGHTSHOTS when registering online or by calling NAPP at 800-738-8513, M-F, 8:30 am – 7:00 pm EST.

Click here for more information, including details on the tour.

*Limited to the first 50 people to sign up using the promo code.

Military & Government Photoshop World Discount:
Members of the military and government employees can take advantage of a special offer to attend Photoshop World DC. Simply sign up for a full conference pass using this special code PE12-PRODISC and you’ll receive the low rate of $425, that’s a savings of about 40-percent off the current registration rate. Offer expires on March 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm. Valid with new registrations only. No other promotions/discounts available, including Alumni Discount.

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! in Atlanta and Tampa
The last two U.S. seminars for Scott Kelby’s Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! Tour are coming up in Atlanta on March 9 and Tampa on March 13. And you could win a free ticket just by leaving a comment! We’re giving away one ticket to each seminar, so make sure you let us know which one you’d like to attend.

The Digital Photography Book Library
Scott Kelby’s book, Digital Photography, Part 4 is due out in March, so what better time to pick up the set that contains volumes 1, 2 and 3? With over 600 of the most closely guarded photographic tricks of the trade, these books will have you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time. Written in that trademark Scott Kelby style, the Digital Photography Library is like having Scott on a photo shoot with you, pointing out the best way to get the results you want. Leave a comment if you’d like to be included in the random drawing for this prize and we’ll select a winner next Wednesday. As always, if you don’t win it, you can buy it at KelbyTraining.com.

Wacom & NAPP Special Live Show March 1 @ 4:00pm EST
NAPP is at it again with another special live show this Thursday, March 1 from 4:00 to 5:00pm EST with special guest Wes Maggio, Applications Specialist & Senior Evangelist with Wacom Technologies.

It s a special announcement and live demonstration of a new addition to the Wacom lineup that is sure to be a slam-dunk. Q&A session and the opportunity to win something really special from Wacom is a real plus!

Watch as NAPP’s Corey Barker and Pete Collins, and Wes take on this new addition in a two-on-one battle that will leave you on the edge of your seat. So, grab some chips and a cold beverage, turn on the big screen, and prepare to be schooled. Time to dodge and learn!

No Need to Register Just join us on March 1st @ 4:00pm EST.

KelbyTraining.com
Two new classes have gone up on KelbyTraining.com in the past week. With perfect timing to coincide with the cover story of the March issue of Photoshop User Magazine, Mike Kubeisy’s Hollywood Portraiture and Film Noir Photography is the first of the two new classes. Mike takes you on location and to the studio to show you how to get the most out of both situations, as well as building sets in the studio. He’s been shooting on Hollywood sets for over 25 years and knows how to do it all!

Secondly is Environmental Sports Portraiture: Sports Photography Gear, the follow-up to Bill FrakesAction Sports Photography class. Bill walks you through his camera bag, accessories, lighting gear, and what you’ll need to set up remote cameras like he does when shooting for Sports Illustrated!

Winners from Last Week (and the week before)
In all the hustle and bustle of last week’s travels, I forgot to pick winners from the giveaways we did two weeks ago! My apologies for that. Congratulations to the following people:

- A Day With Jay Maisel DVD Set: Cecil Thomas and John Doty
- The Digital Photography Workshop in Moab with Dave Black: Joe Duncan
- Nikon School for DSLR Video Workshop: Jackie Schneider
- B&W Master Class Workshop with Vincent Versace and Harold Davis: Pablo Miras
- All Access: Concert Photography Book by Alan Hess: Kristina Jacob and Kent Cabreira

And the winners of last week’s giveaways are:

- Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! Ticket: Greg Collins
- The iPhone Book (Fifth Edition) by Scott Kelby & Terry White: Mike Christine

That’s it for this week. Make sure you leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to Scott’s Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! seminar or The Digital Photography Book Library!

Wednesday
Feb
2012
29

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Dave Clayton!

by Brad Moore  |  62 Comments

You know that moment when you are sitting in a bar and the pretty girl keeps looking over at you, she approaches you, then walks right past as she was actually looking at the good looking guy behind you? Well, when I got the email from Brad asking if I wanted to be a guest blogger here, my first reaction was to text Glyn and say “I think Brad meant to send you this email mate.” I would like to stress that I don’t think of Brad as the pretty girl nor Glyn as the handsome guy, that is a scenario none of us need to think about!

Hi, I’m Dave Clayton, a.k.a ‘NAPPMEMBER UK’, a.k.a The NAPP UK Evangelist, a.k.a The Earl of Grey & Lord Chappyton Jollybottom (the latter two thanks to Scott Kelby).

I’m not a photographer but one day hope to be within touching distance, I still have my ‘Learner’ plates on. I do love graphic design, I would call myself a graphic designer more than a photographer, not quite in Corey Barker’s league but if anything’s going to help me improve it’s his new Down & Dirty Tricks book!

I’m Dave. Dave the NAPP member, Dave the Dad, Dave the husband, Dave the mate. And Dave dislikes himself for referring to himself in the third person just then …it’s so not ‘Dave Clayton!’

So here I am writing a blog post for Scott Kelby. Incredible! If I wasn’t ‘NAPPMEMBER UK – the UK NAPP Evangelist’ I would be sitting where you are reading about another inspiring photographer (amazing post from Glyn last week by the way!), so I apologise for that break in continued inspiration!

So what is a NAPP Evangelist?
Despite it’s religious connotations it also means “an enthusiastic advocate” and by that it means I am an enthusiastic supporter of The National Association of Photoshop Professionals and all that is connected to it. I guess keeping with this year’s Photoshop World theme I would also be a ‘campaigner.’ I am also an enthusiastic supporter of my football team, Queens Park Rangers and where possible I will try to convince you that they are the greatest team in the World and hope that you believe me. Sadly, in that instance it’s not strictly true, some days they are not even the best team in their own postcode (zipcode) but I love them all the same.

With NAPP / Kelby Training it’s different. This is my other team, a team that only gets better and better, pushing boundaries, trying new things and always looking to give the absolute best to its members. They have the best instructors, the best selling books and authors, amazing classes on their training site, live seminars, a twice yearly event like no other and the darn nicest people (even Brad Moore!) you could wish to meet. That’s why I am enthusiastic and why I became a full member 4 years ago after years of buying Photoshop User magazine wherever I could find it in the UK (not easy) since around 2001.

Where it all began
It all started with a letter in Photoshop Creative magazine late 2009, Scott saw it, blogged about it (he mentioned two chaps by the name of Tim Wallace and Glyn Dewis – whatever happened to those guys?) and was encouraged enough to promise a trip to London in 2010 on the back of it. Scott knew nothing of me back then. It was Nancy Masse, a wonderful young lady who goes beyond superlatives when I describe her, that started the process. We emailed each other, I told her that I’d like to get more NAPP love for the UK and so it began. There were no terms and conditions, just “please spread the word and we’ll love ya”. That was good enough for me! I was chuffed to bits, such an honour. “Dave Clayton – NAPP UK Evangelist” – it’s up there with a Blue Peter badge (UK will get that one) ;)

I then set about recruiting members and generally spreading the word where I could. I was determined to show that there was great potential for more interest in the NAPP organization across the proverbial pond. The organization helped with a joining incentive for UK members and with that I built my first blog site at www.nappmember.co.uk followed by a Twitter page and a Facebook page. I was so convinced that it was totally worth the £65 a year I just started mentioning NAPP wherever possible and I might have even suggested we would get more in good time (gulp).

In 2010 the organization came through with a visit from both Joe McNally in July and Scott Kelby in October (just after PSW) for seminars at The Design Centre in Islington. Scott’s visit was the first time I met him properly and also Glyn. What an introduction, a day with Scott Kelby to meet a new friend! Spending time with those guys wasn’t hard, it was like being with two mates you’ve known for years, I’m sure that day felt like years to Scott too – to quote him “I hate those guys” ;) Between these two events I had traveled to Photoshop World in Las Vegas to introduce myself properly (met Scott very briefly)  and show I was serious. Best decision ever – if you’ve never been to a Photoshop World then really try and make an effort. 100% satisfaction, trust me!

What happened next…
2011 built on the events of 2010 and was more than I could ever have hoped for. Among some of the highlights were:

A ‘shout out’ by Scott at the start of the live streamed Photoshop World Keynote in Vegas.
Scott’s personal visit to London in May hanging out with Glyn Dewis and myself.
Dave Cross visiting for the Focus on Imaging expo and his & Marlene’s first visit to a QPR game with me.
An acknowledgment in Alan Hess’ iPad 2 book. Brilliant & unexpected!
Meeting Calvin Hollywood and Gabor Richter on their UK visit. Lovely blokes!
My first mention in Photoshop User magazine and numerous mentions on The Grid, Photoshop User TV etc.
Scott congratulating me on my marriage to Andrea in June on the live ‘Day with Jay Maisel’ webcast and Jay’s subsequent nod of approval. Jay is so cool ;)

I believed in the value of the organization when I began to evangelize but to have met the people that I have along the way only drives me further to do them proud. We all do the things we do for some kind of reward, whether it be financial or personal. My involvement with the organization has been very personal. Sure, I’ve learnt a lot of cool techniques to use in my work or creative endeavours, but it’s the exposure to people at all creative levels that I wouldn’t ordinarily have and the friends I’ve made and continue to that makes it worth the effort. When you turned over your first $99 for membership it may have been simply a means of getting the knowledge to further your career or your hobby, but I’ll be willing to bet that your relationship too will become personal.

I will say this, I’m 46 years old, I’ve had a great life, made good friends, I’ve enough life experience to know the kind of people I like to be around and consider to be friends. All the people I know through being a NAPP member and my association with all at Kelby Media fit into that mould. I’m no ‘hero worshipper’ (apart from maybe Pele and Stan Bowles – Google them), I have people I admire greatly and a lot of that is also down to their ability, professionalism and personality. This NAPP Evangelist gig feels right, it feels natural to me and it’s part of what I am proud to add to my life achievements. I’m in this for the long term and its pretty blooming exciting !

 

Where am I going?
Now in 2012 I am happy that my ‘evangelist’ role is pretty self explanatory to most and becoming more recognised but my work is nowhere near done. The UK (even Europe) community of photographers and Photoshop users is massive and I will continue to find new and creative ways to spread the word and encourage more people to join NAPP and Kelby Training. Already this year we have convinced a 10 strong group to travel from UK/Europe to attend Photoshop World in Washington DC (MISSION:PSW was also featured in a full page spread in Photoshop Creative magazine in January) and Scott has just confirmed his Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It tour in Islington London for 28th April 2012, lets sell that one out and try for another later in the year!!

Let’s be clear, those of us with the moniker of ‘NAPP Evangelist’, including my cohorts in the U.S. are not employees of NAPP. Personally, I hold down a regular full time marketing job, I have a small freelance design company, I’m married to the amazing Andrea, we are proud parents to four wonderful children (two fantastic teenage boys, 14 & 15, and two beautiful daughters aged 2 and 3) and my spare time is very limited which makes my NAPP work that much more special. But I wouldn’t enjoy what I love doing and the new skills I learn without NAPP or any of the fine services provided by the Kelby Media group and its associates. My reward is the help and support of my peers in what I am trying to achieve.

Ultimately I want and hope that I have created a role that others around the rest of the world can take on to the extent that I feel I have done and spread this community far and wide. Let’s see Kelby seminars around the world and make the ‘National’ truly ‘International’. I will support and help anyone who wants to become an Evangelist, don’t be afraid to put yourself forward if you are anywhere in the world, other than UK of course ;o) I’d eventually love to be leading a Worldwide ‘collective’ of evangelists so let’s make this happen. If you can put in the time it’s totally worth it.

Thanks!
I’d like to take this opportunity (because I don’t normally have this many viewers !! ) to give a huge thanks to Scott, Nancy and all at NAPP/Kelby Media, David Rogers and Alan Brusky for their constant valued input, Alan Hess, Kim Brockie,  the #curryclub chaps, Gareth Davies (Studios), also some people for helping out with our Photoshop World trip: Brian at ThinkTank photo & Snapperstuff, Stewart at LensesForHire, Danny at 3leggedthing , Jeff at SnapilyPro and Simon at Photoshop Creative. Of course  all the UK (and US/Worldwide) supporters and new members who Re-Tweet, Share, +1, Like and engage who have become good friends – especially my old buddy and cohort Mister Glyn Dewis – my brother from another mother. When Glyn got asked to teach at Photoshop World I felt like a proud big brother, he is worth all the trust they have put in him. Glyn even encouraged me to do my first modelling gig at one of his workshops, that image is about to grace the front cover of top German photography magazine, ‘Pictures’ !! Since then we’ve done two more, both great fun indeed!!

It goes without saying but I will because I can, a massive thank you to my wonderfully gorgeous wife Andrea, with four children its hard to find time to do much for ourselves and she is superb and very patient in letting me spend some of that time doing the NAPP UK work. I love you Mrs Jollybottom! x

 


So, now when you hear my name and any associated (all in good humour) verbal abuse on ‘The Grid’ you’ll know who I am and why I am – so please follow, share, like and tell your UK and European friends. I have swag and I’m not afraid to use it !!! Thanks for reading if you got this far – usual service resumed next Wednesday ;)
Please come and find me at PSW and say hello, always good to put faces to names.

If you have any questions, suggestions or constructive criticism or want to somehow sponsor NAPP UK by way of prize items or discounts then please contact me over at at www.nappmember.co.uk. I am also www.gplusdave.com, @nappmember_uk and facebook.com/nappmember

Tuesday
Feb
2012
28

Join us for a free “Photoshop Touch” LIVE Webinar today at 12:00 Noon ET

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

My buddies (and co-workers) +RC Concepcion and +pete collins are doing another FREE live webinar today on the just-released “Photoshop Touch” for the iPad 2, and you’re invited! (Today they’re going more in-depth than they did in the introduction to the Touch yesterday).

When: 12:00 Noon ET Today
Where:  http://kelbytv.com/onair/

This app is already getting LOTS of buzz — come see why it rocks!

Tuesday
Feb
2012
28

Cliff Mautner honored as 2012 Nikon Wedding and Portrait Photographers International photographer of the year

by Scott Kelby  |  15 Comments

A big congratulations to our buddy Cliff Mautner who was chosen as the 2012 Nikon Wedding and Portrait Photographers International photographer of the year, and was presented with the award last week at the WPPI Conference in Las Vegas.

Anyone who has seen Cliff’s amazing images, or learned from Cliff live or online (people literally rave about his Kelby Training Online classes) knows what a talented, passionate photographer and educator he is, and we couldn’t be prouder that he was chosen to receive this prestigious award.

Our hearty congrats to Cliff and a big high-five from his family here at Kelby Media Group.

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