Thursday
Jul
2014
17

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  10 Comments

Win A FREE Pass to Photoshop World Las Vegas!
Submit your best photos to this contest for your chance to win a FREE pass to Photoshop World Las Vegas! The big winner will also have their photo published in Photoshop User magazine AND get a free year of KelbyOne! The winner will be chosen by a panel including Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski, Peter Hurley, Tamara Lackey, and Erik Valind. The deadline to submit is August 2, so click here and share your best work!

Behind The Lens: In-Depth Portfolio Reviews with Joe McNally and Scott Kelby
Join Joe McNally and Scott Kelby for an evening of no-holds-barred portfolio critiques, stories, and laughs. Joe graciously provides his expert, constructive insights to help beginners and experienced shooters alike improve their portfolio. More experienced photographers often get to a point where takeaways and suggestions are rare. Joe’s unique way of seeing into photographs, coupled with his years of experience, and absolutely entertaining delivery style, makes this live night at the Tampa Improv a must watch class for any photographer.

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

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

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Aug 26 – St. Louis, MO
Aug 28 – Kansas City, MO

One Flash, Two Flash with Joe McNally
July 24 – Milwaukee, WI
July 28 – Boston, MA

Photoshop Down & Dirty Master FX with Corey Barker
Aug 1 – Miami, FL
Aug 13 – Austin, TX

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through August, and we’ll be updating it with more dates soon! Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Jeremy Cowart’s Photographers Toolkit
Our good friend Jeremy Cowart recently made his Photographers Toolkit available for free download! If you’re curious about the gear Jeremy uses to make the amazing images he creates, just sign up for his mailing list and you’ll get a link to download this PDF. He covers everything from his cameras and lenses to apps to desks to lights and everything in between. Rather than try to explain it myself, here’s a blurb from the toolkit intro:

Just imagine we’re sitting down at a coffee shop and I’m quickly telling you about my latest favorite pieces of gear. That’s the idea and tone behind everything below. If you want all the super impersonal, technical details about gear then well, there are a million other places to go for that.

This isn’t THE guide for photographers, this is MY guide. These are the actual items that I own and use on a daily basis. I don’t necessarily have all the latest greatest versions of everything, so some of the items below might be a little outdated. But if they’re here, that means I’m currently still using them and loving them. I’ve collected them over time, and would suggest you do the same with your gear. You don’t need to go out and buy everything you want right away. Pick a few that you enjoy and go create great art.

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Rentals
- Brent Connell
- pinkquin

KelbyOne Live Ticket
- Rusty Parkhurst

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

Wednesday
Jul
2014
16

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Gilmar Smith!

by Brad Moore  |  10 Comments

When I received an email from Brad asking me if I wanted to write a guest post for Scott I was psyched. I screamed some colorful words like the ones coming out of the Master Jay Maisel’s mouth and I quickly wrote back saying YES! I was honored to even be considered to write on Scott’s blog. But then I panicked…. What could I possibly write about?

Well, I have been shooting for only 3 years, I’ve had my up and downs, I’ve tried several photography genres, and I kicked and whined just to think about specializing in just one thing. Then I realized what I enjoyed the most was shooting people. So far this is what has worked for me.

Between now an then I experimented a little with landscape photography, long exposures, macro photography, food photography, concert photography, and I even had the great opportunity to work with a motor sport team (8 Star Motorsports) and cover a couple of events and do their pictures for their sponsors brochure. By trying all of this I learned things I couldn’t have learned if I had said I that only specialized in portraits, and I would have missed all the amazing experiences I had by playing around in different genres. I don’t mean I don’t enjoy photographing cars, food, flowers or landscapes, I just think they look way better when there’s a human in the frame. But that’s my personal case.

Personal Projects
Personal projects have been a huge part of my photography. When I got my camera in 2011 I took over the garage and built a little studio, then I annoyed everybody at home so I could practice with my new set of lights. After a little while people gave up on being my subjects and I had to try a new genre…. The Selfie. Along with the selfie I discovered my crafty skills, and soon after the Hamburger Hat was born. After 3 years of making the hat and using those pictures as my avatar in every social media platform I really enjoy when a client ask me if they can have their picture taken with the Hamburger Hat. It’s my personal ongoing series.

My Portfolio
Almost every single one of my images have a sentimental meaning to me but I couldn’t just fill my portfolio with selfies. I’ve put myself in front of the camera because I have a huge need to create, to try new things, and, heck, I enjoy taking a selfie from time to time too! I will say my camera is my Xanax, creating pictures is how I have kept my sanity the last 3 years but I think it was necessary for me to have more subjects than myself in my book.

After listening to a zillion opinions of how to build a portfolio, I decided I was only going to show the kind of images that I wanted to be hired to do. The kind of work that I enjoy doing the most. Portraits with a creative twist and beauty. At the time I was doing mostly corporate portraits (what paid my bills), so I had to find a way to get those creative pics I had in my head into my portfolio.

Then we come to one of the questions I get asked the most…

How do you find your models?
Social media. Facebook. To date, most of the models I’ve worked with I have met through groups or friends on Facebook. Yes, I’ve heard of Model Mayhem, I have an account but honestly I have never used it. I kinda feel safer using Facebook because you have more access to personal information so you can see who you’re dealing with.

Always be clear when contacting models if your doing TFP, (time/trade for print) and talk about terms and expectations before the shoot. And always, always, always get your model release signed. Make sure all of the parties know what the use of the images are gonna be and it’s a fair trade.

Keep your dirty laundry in the hamper!
Working in a positive creative environment is extremely important to me.  I’ve been contacted several times to collaborate with different kind of artists and when I see their posts on social media I just get completely turned off by erratic behavior. It doesn’t matter how good somebody’s work is, a bad attitude can easily screw up a deal.

Remember this is my personal 5 cents on the topic, this is the way I work.

Building a killer team.
I was extremely lucky to build a killer team when I was in Orlando with a hair and make up artist, Valeria Angelino. We met on a shoot and since then we started working together. It was magical. We were always on the same page and we really enjoyed creating together. She’s fantastic, she has toured with Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and she’s currently touring with The Voice. I miss her to death.

Chances are there are lots of local artists looking to build their portfolios too, don’t be afraid to contact people, the worst thing can happen is somebody says no. Know the value of your work, know what you have to offer, and think of a deal that can be beneficial for both of you whether it’s prints, digital images, editorials, etc.

Remember all these collaborations can bring something for your business in the future.

Stay Inspired
The best way to stay inspired is to keep busy. Whether it is planning shoots, shooting personal projects, making props, learning new techniques, experimenting; If your butt’s on a sofa waiting for the magical powers of inspiration come to you, chances are you’re gonna get frustrated and nothing is gonna happen. Connect to people, scout new locations, find new subjects, heck do something!

You don’t need to break the piggy bank.
We all dream about a huge production budget for a shoot but in real life you don’t really need to spend a huge amount of money to have a successful shoot. Use a piece of fabric, make bubbles, shoot through a window or a glass, use powder or flour, make hair or makeup the main focus on your subject.

Choose your battles.
The not very fun part of becoming a photographer is educating people. I still get invited to parties and then right after the invitation I get the, “Oh and bring your camera” comment. I get lots of “exposure” payment offers even for people that are trying to use my pictures for commercial purposes. Sadly some people don’t take photographers seriously and this can become very frustrating. Choose your battles, sometimes it’s better to just walk away than try to prove your point . Value your work, your time and your talent.

You can see more of Gilmar’s work at GilmarPhotography.com, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

Tuesday
Jul
2014
15

If you heard from me…that was me.

by Scott Kelby  |  86 Comments

Above: That’s me. Not the print. That’s me holding the print. You know what I mean. 

So many times I get Facebook or Twitter or G+ comments, even emails, that start off by saying, “To the person who comments for Scott” or “To whomever answers Scott’s emails” or “To the intern that responds to comments on Scott’s blog” and stuff along those lines, so I thought I’d do a quick Q&A to let you know when it’s me and when it’s not me. Here goes:

Q. If I post a comment on your Facebook page, and I see a response from you, who is it that is actually writing that response?
A. Me.  

Q. So who answers for you on Twitter and Google+, then?
A. Ummmm… that’s Me.  

Q. What about here on the blog?
A. Me. Still, me.   

Q. Is it ever anyone else?
A. Nope. If you heard from me…that was me. 

Q. So Brad doesn’t answer as you? Not ever?
A. Never. If Brad answers anybody, he says “Hey, it’s Brad here…”

Q. How do you have the time to answer all these people directly?
A. I try and answer as many people back as I can, and some days that means I get to answer 40 or 50 people, and some days that means just two or three, and sometimes none at all (it really depends on my schedule at home and at the office, and if I’m traveling or out of the country). It also depends what they’re asking. If it’s something I can answer quickly, I try and answer, but if it’s something drawn out that takes more time I often run out of time. In fact, I seem to run out of time a lot. Lol!

Q. Do you respond to private messages on Facebook or G+ or DM’s on Twitter?
A. Honestly, I rarely check those, if ever. I’m trying to check the Facebook ones more now, but maybe just once at week at best.

Q. How come?
A. It’s because if I added those other three contact points to my daily inbox of literally sometimes over 200 emails, I would never get any work done; I wouldn’t be able to write books; or see my kids, see my wife, occasionally visit the restroom, sleep, drive, play guitar, ya know — stuff like that. I try to answer as many emails as possible, but I generally don’t even get through a day’s worth. My inbox is pretty scary looking. 

Q. So what’s the best way to get ahold of you? 
A. Hit me up on Twitter. I check it several times a day, but again — I’m not checking DMs — just public Tweets where you’re calling me out in the Tweet. I can’t answer them all, but I get to quite a few each day. Sometimes I get behind and catch up a day or two later.  

Q. Do you have a public email address?
A. I do, but those emails go first to my assistant Lynn.  A number of those she answers back directly, BUT NOT AS ME! She answers back as Scott’s assistant Lynn (so you know it’s coming from her). A lot of times people are asking for something that Lynn can send them or help them with, or get them to the right place or what have you and she does an awesome job of all that routing. Every day Lynn also forwards me emails she thinks I would want to see so I can answer those folks back directly, and I answer those daily (well, at least within a day or two). By the way, if you’re lonely and feel like talking to Lynn first, my public email is skelby@photoshopuser.com

Q. Can I call you?
A. Sure. My office number is 813-433-5000

Q. Will I get through?
A. I doubt it. I mean, someone will answer the phone, but then eventually you’ll wind up with Lynn and she’ll tell you I’m “unavailable” which is true since I’m not there. Well, at least not now anyway, but just so ya know — it’s easier squeezing toothpaste back into the tube than it is to get past Lynn. She’s like that USA Goalie Tim Howard, but with phone calls. By the way, she never falls for that, “I’m an old high school friend of Scott’s” trick. I had no friends in high school. Just my typewriter, and a stick and a ball of yarn.Well, those and Ken Toney. 

Q. Do you actually read all your comments on social media and here on the blog?
A. I read every single one. 

Q. But I sent you an email and I never heard back?
A. That’s because as much as I’d like to, I can’t answer every email I receive, even if you have a legit question or idea or concern or just want to chat about something happening in the industry (I get quite a lot of those and again, depending on my schedule, I answer as many as I can, which isn’t as many as I get). Also, shorter emails are MUCH more likely to get read. If you start your email with, “I started photography at the age of nine…” there’s a good change I won’t make it into your teens.

Q. So who writes all your blog posts?
A. I write the blog on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. On Wednesday, it’s “Guest Blog Wednesday” and I turn over the blog to someone else in our industry, and I’m so thankful to Vincent Versace for coming up with the idea, because over the years some amazing posts from some incredible people have blossomed there thanks to his idea (which is why each year Vinnie returns with a Guest Blog post of his on the anniversary of “Guest Blog Wednesday”). On Thursday it’s “Free Stuff Thursday and Brad writes that post totally himself, and he finds something to give away every Thursday as well. On Thursdays we feature any workshops or projects our friends or doing, or anything we have coming up that’s fun or interesting here at K1. I’m very grateful to Brad for shepherding Wednesdays and blogging for me on Free Stuff Thursdays. He works really hard on both and he rocks it like a boss! 

Q. OK, so you answer your social media sites and you write your blog three days-a-week, but can you please tell me who writes your books? 
A. Ugh! I’ve heard this one for years (even from other authors in our industry). but I write all my own books. Always have. My Publishers and Editors all know it, but I know nobody believes it. My wife surely knows it. It used to make me mad, but now I’m pretty much at peace with it, but if you see my name on the cover, I wrote ALL of it. Even the captions, even the forwards, all the intros — even though it kind of drives my in-house editor’s a bit nuts, because I know they’d like to help out but I’m just kind of anal about that stuff, so I feel like I have to do it myself. It’s probably some character flaw or something, and my life would sure be a lot easier if I used a ghost writer or an intern or just paid somebody to write my stuff, and while my life would be easier, I wouldn’t be happier. I joke around a lot, and I have a quirky often sophomoric sense of humor, but I take the education part of my writing, and my life, very seriously.

Now, if you see TWO names on the book title, that means I have a co-author and we split the book in half (for example, he did 5 chapters — I did the other five) with the exception of my Elements Book which I co-author with Matt Kloskowski, where Matt now does the Lion’s share of the book (and he kicks butt at it). 

Q. Do you ever delete people’s comments on FB, G+ or here on the blog?
A. Rarely, but if  someone is mean to me, calls me names,  or if they’re mean to someone else commenting, I do sometimes delete a comment. How often? Maybe one every six weeks. I let a LOT of stuff slide, but if someone crosses the line I have no problem with hitting the delete button. I wound up deleting two or three in a day once, but that was just a crazy day. Also, if you say really naughty words, that’ll get that button hit as well. Luckily, most folks here on the blog, or who follow me on social are pretty cool, so thankfully I don’t have to do it very often. Hey, I just realized — it’s been over two months now. Somebody’s probably due. LOL!!

Q. What topics bring out comments that might get deleted?
A. If I mention I’m buying a new iPhone — that’s #1. Now, understand, I’m not telling other folks to buy one — if I just merely mention “Hey, Apple announced a new iPhone — can’t wait to get it” you can almost count the seconds until someone gets deleted. It’s a lock. Look for that post around September, then step back a few feet so you’re not caught in the blast zone. It gets really personal, really fast. I wake up with my finger on the Delete and Block commenter button. 

Q. Are you, in fact, Ken Toney?
A. It’s possible.

Q. Really?
A. Anything’s possible.

Q. Come on?
A. OK, Ken Toney and I are actually separate people living in separate States (for legal reasons), but I love the guy like a brother. 

Q. Have you ever had to delete one of his comments?
A. Oh, all the time. He has a mouth like a sailor — his comments read like the transcript of an Andrew Dice Clay stand-up routine. 

Q. Really?
A. Anything’s possible. ;-)

Well, that’s it in a nutshell (this is me, in a nutshell). [did anybody get that reference?]. Anyway, I hope that clears the air a bit, so you know once and for all; if you hear from me…it’s me. :)

Have a fantastic Tuesday everybody. This has been an automated message. ;-)

Best,

-Scott #214a

Monday
Jul
2014
14

Protecting Your Photographic Memories. You Need to See This.

by Scott Kelby  |  16 Comments

Last week I heard about this Tedx talk given by photographer Kevin Gilbert on the importance of protecting your photographic memories (I don’t want share too much more than that, because I really want you to hear it from him).

His talk, titled “The Lost Generation,” is around 16-minutes long but it flies by because of the wonderful images, the funny and often touching stories, and his engaging, fun presentation style.

I promise you, this it will be worth your while. Not only will it make you think, it will probably put some great things in motion for you, and it’s sure to start your Monday with a smile.

Here’s wishing you all a fantastic Monday (if, ya know, there is such a thing. It’s kind of like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster).

Best,

-Scott

 

Friday
Jul
2014
11

Adobe Quietly Allays a Big Creative Cloud Concern in Lightroom 5.5

by Scott Kelby  |  14 Comments

In the most recent update to Creative Cloud users, Adobe did something I just did not see coming, and it’s designed to allay the concerns of some Lightroom Creative Cloud subscribers (or potential subscribers). Watch the video above first (it’s really short) which explains what they did, then I did a short Q&A below, which will only make sense after you watch the video:

Q. Does this affect me if I bought Lightroom outright, rather than subscribed?
A. Nope. Not at all. This only affects folks who are using Lightroom through a Creative Cloud subscription (either the full subscription or the Photographers Bundle).

Q. So, if the scenario plays out like you said in the video, can I still import photos into Lightroom?
A. Yup. You can import and export (so, if you’re working with Raw files, you can still export out JPEGs or Tiffs. you can even print your images!). 

Q. Why do you think they disabled the Map module?
A. That one had me stumped at first, but my guess is — they would owe royalties to Google for part of the Map integration and if they’re not collecting subscriptions they probably don’t want to pay royalties. I haven’t confirmed that with Adobe, but that’s my guess.

Q. Do you think they’ll do something similar for Photoshop CC?
A. If you had asked me Monday, I would have said no. Today, I’m thinking they might do something similar. Makes sense to me, but again — that’s just my guess (have not asked Adobe if this is in their plans).

Q. Does this mean that every time that I’ve opened either LR or Photoshop 2014 that its checking with Adobe to see if I’m paid up? (This question from Dave Cooley over on my Facebook page).
A. No. It checks just once a month.

Q. Hey Scott, I just bought your Photoshop for Lightroom users book! It’s great thank you! (that’s another comment from my Facebook page, this time from Monika Rohfeld).
A. Monika, that’s not a question, but I’m going to let that slide because any comment that refers to my “Photoshop Book for Lightroom Users” should be highlighted here as an example of “the perfect Facebook comment,” so thank you Monika. My Publisher thanks you. My children’s college fund thanks you. I thank you. 

Q. If I already have Lightroom, can I still subscribe and get PS also? And if I cancel, the only gone for me would be PS? (another from my Facebook page. this one from Kellie Durbin Carey).
A. OK, that’s a toughie. You can subscribe to just Photoshop, but I believe it’s actually more expensive (like double) the cost of the Photographer’s Bundle of Lightroom & Photoshop and Lightroom Mobile for $9.99 a month, so here’s what I’d do: Go with the Bundle deal for $9.99, but keep using your current Lightroom for now (don’t update it to the Creative Cloud version of 5.5). That way, if you cancel, you’ll still have a fully functioning Lightroom. However, when Lightroom 6 comes out (whenever that is), then you’ll pay the full upgrade price. 

Q. Can you still write xmp data to file? Then you can use Bridge/ACR with settings that were applied in Lightroom? (Facebook comment from Susan Koppel)
A. I haven’t tested it myself yet, but you can still write XMP files (that’s a Library module function) so theoretically you could do just what you’re saying. Again, haven’t tested it, but it makes sense. Good thinking by the way, Susan.

Q. This has nothing to do with Lightroom, but I heard Joe McNally’s new online class came out yesterday. Is it as good as everybody says?
A. It’s better. This is a comment on Joe’s class I saw on Google+ from Martin Gleixner “Hands down – the best class ever I’ve seen on #kelbyone. Joe is unbelievable. Thank you so much for this great evening with Joe McNally.” Saw this one on Twitter from @irishmikenyc: “Wow! Thank you so much scott & joe, this kind of info is just as or more valuable than settings n’ gear.” This one from Facebook from Jill Martin, “I didn’t want to have my hopes up when you talked about it on the grid a week ago, but no worries, it was everything you claimed it would be. Very good class. The entire year’s subscription would have been worth it just for this one class.” Yes, it’s that good. Here’s the link: http://kel.by/TV6fFV

Q. You are so incredibly lucky that someone asked that question about Joe’s class, right?
A. Ummmmmm, yeah. That was lucky, right? (cough, cough). 

Q. Hey, wait a minute…you didn’t ask that last one yourself did you?
A. Would I do something like that? (don’t answer that — you’re already out of questions). 

Q. So does the LR news also mean any PSD files aren’t orphaned & can be seen/exported via LR if you loose PS w/o a subscription? (On my Twitter page from Steve Brazill – @razz2)
A. Yes, but your PDS files weren’t orphaned even before this news because you can open PSDs and view and print them in a dozen different programs. LR does like you resave as a JPEG, but there are probably others that do, too. 

Q. I’ll stay with my non subscription version on my Mac. (David Hays from my Facebook page).
A. Thanks for letting me know. That’s really helpful?

Q. Adobe listened when a lot of us were bellyaching when CC was released. Kudos to them.  Great company! (from Kevin Graham over on my Google+ page).
A. Not a question Kevin, but I’m still running it here because I’m happy to see someone acknowledging that Adobe made a big positive step by doing this. This is a good thing — it adds a safety net for subscribers — many of whom I felt had a valid concern and I’m glad Adobe addressed it the way they did. A little amazed, but glad. Still surprised they left the Web, Slideshow and Print modules intact. 

OK, that’s the big news from yesterday — (well, that and Joe’s class which I think was pretty big news). Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. :)

Thursday
Jul
2014
10

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  15 Comments

The Art of Digital Photography: The Inspirational Series with Greg Heisler
Join Mia McCormick and Gregory Heisler as they sit down to discuss Greg’s award-winning career as a portraitist. Greg is known the world over for his evocative portraits of some of the most well known leaders in government, business, the arts, and more. Spend an hour hearing inspiring stories of how Greg got started in photography, and some of the many lessons he has learned along the way. From the importance of having a unique vision that transcends technique to the willingness to take chances when everything is on the line, Greg and Mia discuss key moments in Greg’s experience as a portrait photographer that will surely give you a new appreciation for his thoughtful approach to his work.

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

Creating Websites with Lightroom and the SmugMug Plug-In
SmugMug is known as one of the industry’s best looking and easiest ways to show off, sell, and print your photos online. In this class, Matt Kloskowski walks you through setting up and using the SmugMug Lightroom plug-in to get your galleries online.

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

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

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Aug 26 – St. Louis, MO
Aug 28 – Kansas City, MO

One Flash, Two Flash with Joe McNally
July 24 – Milwaukee, WI
July 28 – Boston, MA

Photoshop Down & Dirty Master FX with Corey Barker
Aug 1 – Miami, FL
Aug 13 – Austin, TX

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through August, and we’ll be updating it with more dates soon! Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Lost Photos from Macphun
Ever wanted to find photos that you know are buried deep in your email but have no idea where to find them?

Lost Photos is a handy Mac app that securely scans your email account for every photo you’ve ever sent or received and then displays them for you in a convenient browser.  All photos are downloaded to your computer, making it ultra-fast to view them, archive them to permanent storage, edit them and even share them again.

Install Lost Photos for FREE to access the first 100 photos from your email account(s), then upgrade for a couple of bucks to get an unlimited number of photos.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free canvas print of one of your photos that Lost Photos uncovers for you!

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Class Rental
- Thor Doc

KelbyOne Live Ticket
- Jose G

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

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