Thursday
Apr
2012
26

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  183 Comments

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE! in London
We’re just two days away from the last ever Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE! seminar in the world. We are currently en route to swingin’ London to meet up with some jolly chaps named Glyn and Dave who’ve helped us get everything sorted for the seminar. Then on Saturday, we’ll be in Islington, London at the Business Design Centre (silly Brits and their “re” endings)! We hope to see you there for what’s sure to go down in history as the best Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE! seminar we’ve ever done in London!

6 Days of Photoshop CS6
NAPP is offering 6 Days of Adobe Photoshop CS6 this week. It’s a series of live webcasts showcasing the cool new features of CS6. The webcasts are open to the public through Saturday, but after that you can only access them if you’re a NAPP member. Today’s starts at noon ET and it’s all about Design and JDI Features. If you missed the first 2 days, you can still catch those webcasts on Saturday when we show the week in review. Check out the complete schedule here.

Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers
For anyone who missed it last week, Scott is giving away a free chapter from his Adobe Lightroom 4 for Digital Photographers Book. You can grab it here. As for the book itself, well it’s not even out yet but you can pre-order a copy here.

David Ziser Wedding Portraits DVD
Leave a comment to win one of 3 copies of David Ziser’s Wedding Portraits DVD. In this two-disc set, you’ll learn the classical posing and lighting techniques along with how to get the perfect shot in tricky situations from one of the best wedding photographers out there.

KelbyTraining.com
Check out Tim Wallace’s latest class on Kelby Training – Post Processing for Automotive Photography! Take what you learned in his classes on automotive photography to the next level with this class on post processing. Fine tune your results to bring out the most in your vehicles.

The Digital Photography Workshops
Join Ben Willmore and The Digital Photo Workshops crew for a southwest adventure in Page, Arizona from May 10-13 that few experience.

Page, Arizona is a little-known spot with big photo opportunities. This small town, located on the Colorado River and overlooking the Glen Canyon Dam, will be base camp for our photo adventure, which will include Slot Canyons, Monument Valley, Horseshoe Bend and Lake Vistas, just to name a few.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to this workshop!

Joe McNally in Australia
Joe McNally is heading down under for the Nikon “Through The Lens” Tour! Head over to his blog for info on the tour.

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

Scott’s London Seminar
- PJ
-  Marchino M

Matt’s Lightroom 4 Chicago Seminar
- Bruce G

Fay Sirkis’ Wild About Animals DVD
- Suzanne Offner

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

Wednesday
Apr
2012
25

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Bryan O’Neil Hughes!

by Brad Moore  |  30 Comments

Photoshop CS6 : What’s in it for photographers?

First, thanks Scott for having me back, I always enjoy the opportunity to reach so many like-minded Photoshop users and photographers in one place. Photoshop means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but today I want to answer one of the questions I get from photographers – “what’s in it for us?”. The answer – more than ever.

Photoshop CS5 was one of our strongest releases to date; even though we grappled with the enormous mountain that was Cocoa, we still delivered a broad, powerful and very magical release. How do you follow that? Well, without a major architectural change we were able to respond with 62% more features than CS5! Here’s what excites me as a photographer.

Lets go from the general to the specific…

Adobe Camera Raw 7.0
For those of you enjoying Lightroom 4, you’re already aware that we have an entirely new raw processing engine. The new technology features a revamped UI with sliders all set to an equal start point; new auto functionality and most dramatically, new controls for shadows and highlights. As the below image from my iPhone shows, even shooting into the sun, you have considerably more latitude with your exposures. Why a phone you ask? If this is what can be done with a heavily compressed JPEG – imagine how nice the raw images look (they look amazing).

I shouldn’t fail to mention that local adjustments (by brush or graduated filter) have nearly doubled in number!

Mini Bridge
Mini Bridge can now run in a filmstrip; if you’re coming from Elements or Lightroom, you’ll appreciate the familiar interface. As before, Mini Bridge taps the power of Bridge and serves it up in the flexibility of a panel (you can drag and resize it as you like). Bridge has now been rewritten as a 64-bit native application; bottom-line, we can support as much memory as you have available. Faster, more stable and with a cleaner interface than ever before. I find that most photographers are spending a great deal of time in Lightroom, I’m no exception; my workflow (and I’ve found many who share it) is to get as far as I can in LR, then export DNG files {my HDR candidates, panos, composites, fine-art and things which need retouching} to a folder – I target that folder from within Photoshop in Mini Bridge.

Interface
This is a feature for everyone and I mention it because there’s much more than meets the eye. You can’t miss Photoshop’s new dark interface and we hope you like it. The darker tone helps make the image the center of your work; plus it’s consistent with Lightroom and our video applications, all of which are increasingly being used alongside Photoshop. This feature is anything but just a fresh coat of paint though; we replaced over 1,900 icons and policed alignment, cursors, buttons, layout and even grammar throughout the application.

If you’re fond of the old look (or two other options), you can easily change the UI tone in preferences. Our research strongly supports our default choice of dark grey, but we gave you a 4-way switch just in-case.

Background Save/Auto Recovery
One of the things I love about Lightroom is that it can save quietly in the background while I continue working; no waiting for a progress bar before I can continue on – thanks to Background Save, Photoshop can too. We didn’t stop there though, this technology gave us the ability to Auto Recover as well; this is one of those features you can’t really appreciate until it saves you. A few weeks back I was on a flight back from New York, busily putting together a demo in Photoshop; I had ignored my low battery indicators and my machine went dark in the middle of an operation – so frustrating. Hours later, back at my desk, I plugged my machine in and powered up; there were my open documents, patiently waiting in Photoshop – it just worked.

Gradient Map Presets
If you love Black & White as I do, you’ll definitely appreciate the new Gradient Map “Photographic Toning” presets for the adjustment layer of the same name.

Color Lookup
The new Color Lookup adjustment layer deserves a post of its own… Continue reading

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. ;-)

 

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