The Last U.S. Stop for my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” Tour is Tomorrow in Tampa

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

It’s been an incredibly fun adventure taking this tour all over the US, three cities in Canada, and two in Europe, but tomorrow is my last US stop of the tour (I do have one more tour date in London, England on Saturday, April 28th).

If you haven’t signed up, it’s not too late (and for the first time ever, we’re hosting this event at the historic Tampa Theater in downtown Tampa, Florida. Here’s the link with details (it’s $99 for the full day, or just $79 if you’re a NAPP member).

Thanks to everyone who supported this tour, and came out to see me on the road. It’s been one of my most-successful tours ever, and absolutely the most fun tour I’ve ever taught. I will definitely miss teaching it, but of course soon I’ll be rolling out an entirely different tour, and hopefully later this year I’ll get to see some of you once again (though my touring schedule will be much, much lighter than it has been the past year or so. I’m beat!). :)

Hope I get to see you in person tomorrow in Tampa (or in London next month). Cheers!


Great New Book for Making The Most Out of Google+

by Scott Kelby  |  13 Comments

One of my favorite business book authors, Guy Kawasaki, just released (today) a new book about Google+ called “What the Plus! (Google+ for the Rest of Us).”

I started reading it last night, and I have to say, Guy just has an amazing way of making everything just make sense. Plus, I really love some of his research and insights into why you should be on Google+ in the first place, and why you need to really learn how to make the most of your presence on there.

I’ve only just started the book, and it was all I could do to put it down tonight to write this post. Really insightful, informative, and written like only Guy can.

If you’re on G+, you owe it to yourself to check What the Plus! out (for a limited time it’s available as a FREE downloadable PDF or you can get the Kindle or iBook version for just $2.99).

Here’s the link to the official site (going live today).


What I’m Teaching at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo (later this month)

by Scott Kelby  |  8 Comments

Hi Gang: I know a lot of you are heading to Photoshop World in Washington, DC at the end of this month (It’s kicks off on the 24th), and I was hoping you might consider checking out some of the sessions I’m teaching at the conference. (by the way —- those shots above are from previous Photoshop Worlds).

(1) Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it
This is a mini-version of my live tour, but I didn’t want to do the same lighting set-ups that I do on the tour (since a lot of you have seen the tour live), so I’m doing three different looks using just one single light; I’ll be doing the shoot live on stage (as always), and then I’ll take one or two of those images and take you through the entire start-to-finish retouch.

(2) Photoshop for Travel Photographers
When I taught this class at last year’s Las Vegas Photoshop World, I was hoping that anybody would show up at all (with multiple tracks going at once, you never how how many folks will actually chose your class), but it was standing room only, with nearly 1,200 photographer in that session. I was psyched, and we had an awesome time. I’ll be showing my latest Photoshop techniques for making the most of your travel photos, and how to create the color, depth, and dimension you saw when you were there, come through in your images.

(3) Lightroom 4 Killer Tips
OK, it’s actually a combination of cool stuff from Lightroom 3, and some new tricks for Lightroom 4, too, but if you use Lightroom — you’ve got to be there. I had so many people come up after I did this last time around, and they told me that one session was worth the entire price of the conference. I can’t swear that’s it that good, but I heard that comment again and again, and I hope when I teach in Washington, DC this month, I’ll look out and see you there.

I hope you’ll check out at least one of my sessions, and if you do make sure you come up and say “hi.” I always get a kick out of meeting people who read this blog (and if you’re a commenter, especially come up and say hi — that way I can put a face with a name.

Book signing
I’ll also be doing a book signing of my latest book, “The Digital Photography Book, Part 4″ (and any other book of mine for that matter), at the Peachpit Press Bookstore on the expo floor on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

Maybe some more retouching
If I can work it out in my schedule, I’ll also be doing a special retouching session at the Wacom booth on the Expo floor, and I’ll be using the new Intous 5 tablet (Whoo Hoo!!!).

It’s not too late…
If you haven’t signed up  for Photoshop World, it’s not too late. Go to Photoshop right now and get all the details, grab a hotel room, and we’ll see you in just a few weeks for a learning experience that you’ll be talking about for years (don’t forget, if you go, you gotta come to one of my sessions). See you there! :)


More Free Stuff! Lighting Recipes App Just Released for iPad

by Brad Moore  |  58 Comments

Brad Moore here again with another bit of news… Our latest iPad app, Scott Kelby’s Lighting Recipes, just launched on the iTunes store today, and it’s FREE!

The cool thing is, it’s not just a couple of lighting setups… There are 13 lessons in this app, showing you the finished image and production shots so you can see how each one is set up.

Scott walks you through each setup, plus there are even bonus setups within some of the lessons! Not bad for free, eh? :)

If you’re looking for some of our other educational apps, you can see a full list of Kelby Training apps (for iPhone and iPad) right here, including Learn To Use Brushes in Photoshop, another app that was just release this past week.

And if you like the Lighting Recipes app, make sure you check out Light It Magazine, our magazine for all things lighting!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free download of the Brushes app!


It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  377 Comments

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! in Atlanta & Tampa
We only have two more US dates left for the Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! seminar tour… We’ll be in Atlanta tomorrow, Friday March 9th, at the Cobb Galleria Convention Centre, and wrapping things up in Tampa this coming Tuesday, March 13 at the beautiful, historic Tampa Theatre.

Leave a comment for you chance to win a ticket to one of these events (make sure you specify which one). Or you can still sign up for both of these by registering online or calling our customer service team at 800-201-7323.

Win a Copy of The Digital Photography Book Part 4!
Yep, we’re giving away another cool book. This time it’s Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Book – Part 4. It just came out this week and like the first 3 volumes, it contains over 200 of the most closely guarded photography secrets in the industry today. For those keeping score at home, the first book in this set, The Digital Photography Book – Volume 1 was THE best-selling photography book of all time. Leave a comment below and we’ll draw 3 winners before next week’s Free-Stuff post. If you don’t win it, you can still buy it at

Bill Frakes “Shooting Portraits on Location” Webinar
Sports Illustrated photographer and Kelby Training instructor Bill Frakes will be hosting a free webinar March 15 on Shooting Portraits on Location, hosted by the Manfrotto School of Xcellence. The webinar goes from 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT, and you can register right here. I would say leave a comment to win something, but this one is already free ;)

Joe McNally Hot Shoe Lighting Workshop in St. Lucia
Yep, McNally’s headed back to the beautiful Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resorts in St. Lucia for his Hot Shoe Lighting Workshop this fall! The workshop takes place from September 30 – October 6 (but trust me, you’ll want at least an extra day or two to enjoy the island). You can get all the info over at the Jade Mountain website (scroll to the bottom of the page), and they also handle pricing and registration.

Workshop attendees will also receive a free copy of Joe’s Sketching Light book and Language of Light DVD set! While we can’t give away a free ticket to the workshop (sorry), leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Joe’s book, Sketching Light!

Princeton Photo Workshop with Jack Reznicki
Kelby Training instructor Jack Reznicki will be teaching at the Princeton Photo Workshop on April 28, alongside Steve Dreyer and Alan Kesselhaut! Together, they’ll be covering lighting, composition, workflow, HDR, post processing, and lots more. You can find all the info and register right here. Sign up by March 15 and save $30!

We’re giving away a ticket to one lucky commenter, so leave a comment for your chance to win!

Dave Cross Workshop with Calvin Hollywood
Calvin Hollywood will be doing a rare stateside, hands-on workshop at Dave Cross Workshops in Tampa on April 14. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Calvin’s entire workflow, from conception of the idea to final print. He’ll share how he finds his ideas and thinks in terms of the finished product while photographing and working in post production.

And… Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket!

Last Week’s Winners
The winners of last weeks winners are…

- Atlanta LSR Seminar: Mike Cooper
- Tampa LSR Seminar: Ken Hunt
- The Digital Photography Book Library: Ryan Jensen

Congrats to you all, and I’ll be emailing you before noon today :)

Leave a comment for your chance to win one of this week’s giveaways, and have a great Thursday!

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