Tuesday
Dec
2011
20

“Light It Magazine” App News Update

by Scott Kelby  |  52 Comments

Just a quick update for the folks that have been having a hard time downloading either issues #2 or #3:

(1) What’s driving us crazy, is the download problem is only happening a few users which makes it harder to track down. In our offices, all of our employees that downloaded issue’s 2 and 3 had no problem except one woman. She has an iPad 2, she downloaded the free update from the App store, and everything seems to be set perfectly, but for some reason she still can’t download issue #2, but she can download issue #3 no problem (uggh!). Either way; we’re working on it.

(2) One fix that has worked for a lot of people is to do this: Go to settings, and turn Restrictions ON.
Under Allowed Content make sure In-App Purchases is ON. (If it is already, then toggle OFF, then back ON for good measure.) Then try the download again.

(3) If the download didn’t work after trying it a few times, try it again today. For some reason, people who couldn’t download it two days ago now are suddenly able to download it even though nothing has changed.

It’s Slealthy
Big bugs apparently are easier to fix then problems that just a few people are experiencing, but if you’re one of the people it’s happening to, it doesn’t make it any less frustrating, so please accept my apology for the problem and know that our developer is working on it daily. We’ll get it sorted out (we have to), but in the meantime I wanted to just let you know that if you’re having a problem downloading either issues #2 or #3, we’re working on. Thanks for your patience (and believe me, nobody wants you to get your issue more than we do). :)

I’m having a flash back
This reminds of some of the problems we’ve had with our print magazines over the years. Sometimes, the magazine just doesn’t arrive in the mail. We put a stamp on it. Carefully address it, and send it to the post office, but with each issue we hear from subscribers whose issue for some reason never arrives. They’ve gotten every other issue, but this month—nothing, and for no obvious reason. But with Apps, I think we (you, me) expect that delivery isn’t going to be the problem. I guess some things never change. Double-uggh!

One last thing
If you’re having any problems, make sure you follow us on Facebook as it’s the first place fixes (and announcements of updates, and new issues) are posted. Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/LightIt 

 

Tuesday
Dec
2011
20

Looking for a last-minute Holiday Gift Idea? I’ve got just the book!”

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

I just got my first copy of “Navigating Life,” a book written by my dear friend Douglas Poole, who originally wrote the book for his children—-passing on the lessons he learned as a father raising four children. Now he’s sharing his stories with other parents so their kids can sidestep some of the pitfalls, heartaches, and challenges that can get in the way of leading happy, fun, and fulfilling life.

I helped Douglas produce the book (I did the layout and cover design), and my book editor Kim Doty did all the editing, and well… it came out better than any of us had hoped.

It’s only $14.95 and totally worth it. Here’s the link (just in case): http://bit.ly/uCCTT4 [Congrats Douglas---you did it!!!!]. :-)

Monday
Dec
2011
19

Thanks to Rob Jones, and Photo Walkers Around the World, we raised $10,000 for the “Springs of Hope Kenya” Orphanage

by Scott Kelby  |  47 Comments

Rob Jones pulled off a Christmas Miracle, and he doesn’t even know it. First, a quick background: Rob runs Towner-Jones Photography based up in Washington DC, and when I started my Worldwide Photo Walk a few years back, Rob contacted me asking if he could help by setting up and running an t-shirt shop with the proceeds going to “Springs of Hope Orphanage” in Kenya (which was built from the ground up in part by donations from some of the wonderful people who read this very blog).

Anyway, Rob’s idea was a hit, and last year alone we raised more than $7,000 to feed and cloth the wonderful kinds at Springs of Hope Kenya. This year, Rob set a goal of $10,000, but we got the store up a little late (my fault) and we were at around $7,000 once again, but Rob wouldn’t settle for that, and he personally kicked in another $1,500 and he got a good friend of his, Troy Breidenbach (president of IGT America (igtamerica.com) to donate the remaining $1,500 to reach our $10,000 goal for the orphanage.

Timing is everything
Here’s where Rob’s Christmas Miracle kicks in. Last night my family went to our church’s annual Christmas Play, and at the end our Pastor asked if the folks there could find a way to kick in a little that night to help the Springs of Hope because there had been two recent break-ins at the orphanage, one of them being a violent break-in (he didn’t elaborate), but they wanted to add more security, including a security system, to help protect the children and staff.

Molly Bail, the director of Springs of Hope in Kenya, was visiting our church last night, and she was out front selling hand-bags made by the children and staff to raise money for the orphanage. I hadn’t seen Molly yet (didn’t even know she was there), but I saw her after church and was able to tell her that $10,000 was on its way (even more than they needed), and she was just overcome.

I have a favor to ask
This never would have happened if not for Rob, and for Troy Breidenbach, and for those of you around the world who brought the official Worldwide Photo Walk t-shirts, and I am just so very grateful to you all. That being said, I have a favor to ask. Could you join me here in thanking Rob for working and managing this t-shirt project for years now, so at the end of it all, we don’t just have photos to show for it—-we have something that makes in a real difference in the lives of some very deserving children’s lives. Just leave Rob a quick comment here, or visit his blog and thank him there , or I’m sure that Rob would even appreciate it more if you visited SpringsOfHopeKenya.org and sponsored a child, or you could pick up a holiday gift for them (shown below) that won’t cost you very much, but these gifts of food mean more than you can ever know.

Merry Christmas everybody!
Thanks to Rob and Troy, and even my friend Janine who sends a donation to Springs of Hope every single month, and thanks to you all for coming to the rescue once again, and being a part of a little Christmas miracle.

 

Friday
Dec
2011
16

Believe it or not, Issue #3 of “Light it” is already here!

by Scott Kelby  |  35 Comments

 

NOTE: Whatever you do, stop right now and get the FREE UPDATE from the App store. This is an important bug fix so download it right away. Now, onto our story:

After taking what seemed to be 5 lifetimes to approve issue #2, issue #3 is already here and ready for downloading! (Whoo Hoo).

It’s an awesome issue, which includes a very cool article from Jason Groupp on “Lighting for Weddings,” plus Frank Doorhof’s “Studio Techniques,” My “Photo Recipes” column, Tom Bol on “Location Lighting,” Erik Valind with “Little Lights, Big Shadows” and our feature story is “Visualizing Lighting for a Composite Image” is from James Quantz, Jr. Don’t wait—-go download that puppy now!

P.S. Did I mention that you need to download the free update from the App store?  :)

 

Friday
Dec
2011
16

“This Weekend Only Deal” – Animoto Pro + NAPP = $249!!

by Brad Moore  |  4 Comments

Animoto Pro has joined with NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) to create a very special combo offer – now you can get both for the price of one!

From December 16-18, just sign up for one year of Animoto Pro at $249 and you’ll also get a one-year membership to NAPP (good for renewals too).

Act now and tap into the power of these two amazing resources that will forever change how you approach your photography and your business.

What is Animoto Pro?
Animoto Pro is the tool photographers everywhere have embraced to turn their photography and video clips into custom HD videos injust minutes. Animoto Pro lets you spend more time doing what you love – shooting and editing amazing photos.

What is NAPP?
You don’t have to be a Photoshop pro to join NAPP, but you’ll become one when you do. No other training resource offers a how-to magazine like Photoshop User (10 annually), thousands of online tutorials, hundreds of money saving discounts, three online Help Desks, and more.

GET STARTED at Animoto.com/napp

Thursday
Dec
2011
15

It’s Pimpy Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  5 Comments

Hey everyone, Brad Moore here with the latest happenings in Kelby Land :)

Corey & Scott Get Down & Dirty
Join us for a free live webcast this Thursday, December 15th beginning at 4PM ET. You can register on KelbyTraining.com or you can just pop in on Thursday afternoon. Those who register will be entered into a drawing for prizes like Corey’s book, a one-year NAPP membership, a $25 gift certificate to The NAPP Gear store and more. Scott & Corey will be sitting down to talk about this book which is really unique in that it uses all kinds of nooks and crannys of Photoshop to make really cool designs. It sold out on Amazon within a week and people are raving about it. Also, if you buy the book at KelbyTraining.com in December, Corey will sign it for you AND you’ll get 3 free clearance DVDs (randomly selected) with your order! We hope to see you at the webcast on Thursday!

KelbyTraining.com
In Advertising Photography: From Pre- to Post-Production with Douglas Sonders, we take you on-location with Douglas as he shows you how he approaches an advertising shoot from beginning to end. He shows you all of the planning before the shoot, the shoot itself, and the post-processing/retouching process that results in the final image.

And in Composition: The Strongest Way of Seeing, Rick Sammon shares the secrets to composing technically and emotionally as he shares images from his worldwide travels.

Giveaways on The Grid
If you were watching the live broadcast of The Grid yesterday, you already know Scott and RC were giving stuff away left and right during our Holiday Gift Guide episode! But it’s not too late to win if you weren’t watching live… We’ve still got some stuff to give away for everyone else :) You can tune in over at KelbyTV.com as soon as Episode 36 is posted (should be sometime this afternoon) and leave a comment for your chance to win some amazing prizes!

Holiday Templates for Lightroom
Matt Kloskowski is doing special Lightroom holiday template tutorials each day this week over at LightroomKillerTips.com. Be sure to swing by each day to catch all five!

Photoshop World DC
It’s not too early to register for Photoshop World Washington DC. You can put it on your wish list, or give it to someone else as a gift! All of the hotel and travel info is up, plus the class schedule, and pre-conference workshops. And, if you’re going, you’ll definitely want to download the Photoshop World App to make your own custom schedule and get alerts for everything that’s going on.

Vincent Versace in American Photo
Kelby Training instructor Vincent Versace is featured in the current issue of American Photo Magazine! His work from his travels to Burma, where he photographed Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma, is featured in an 8-page spread in the January/February 2012 issue. You can pick it up at a nearby magazine rack, and check out more of Vincent’s work at VersacePhotography.com

That’s it for this week! I’ll leave you with this quote as food for thought…

Before I became a picture editor, I assumed that ‘good photographers’ took ‘good pictures’ because they had a special eye. What I found was that good photographers take good pictures because they take great pains to have good subjects in front of their cameras.
- John Loengard

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