Friday
Oct
2011
21

UPDATE: Worldwide Photo Walk Winners Announced Here at 12:00 PM Noon EDT Today

by Scott Kelby  |  19 Comments

Hi Gang: I’m hard at work tonight narrowing things down from nearly 1,000 local walk winning images to come up with the 10 finalists and the Grand Prize Winner for my 4th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk.

Once again, this year it’s really tough narrowing things down (you just can’t imagine how challenging it is), because there are so many great entries, but nevertheless—-I plan to releases the winner’s names and images here today at 12:00 PM Noon EDT.

I hope you’ll check back then to see some really cool images (and good luck to all the entrants) :)

-Scott

Thursday
Oct
2011
20

It’s Pimpy Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  6 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with this week’s news:

Kelby Training Live
Check the dates below to see if Scott, Matt, or Dave is coming to your town!

Lightroom 3 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Oct. 26: Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 28: Indianapolis, IN
Nov. 2: Tampa, FL
Nov. 7: Arlington, TX

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live with Scott Kelby
Nov. 14: San Francisco, CA
Nov. 21: Seattle, WA

Photoshop CS5 Power User Tour with Dave Cross
Nov. 9: Chicago, IL
Nov. 15: New York, NY
Nov. 16: Toronto, ON
Nov. 30: San Diego, CA

KelbyTraining.com
The latest addition to KelbyTraining.com is Working with Speedlites: One Flash Photography with Syl Arena, author of The Speedliter’s Handbook. Syl takes you through all the basics of using Canon speedlites, including camera settings, modes, color temperatures, ETTL, manual mode, high-speed sync, and even which types of batteries work best! If you’re a Canon speedlite user, you’ll definitely want to check this class out.

Kelby Training Specials
Don’t forget that when you buy a book, DVD, or bundle from KelbyTraining.com in October, your order ships with a coupon good for $10 off your next purchase — so order now, and save more later!

For those of you who LOVE Scott’s books in the spiral bound version, here’s a special for you. It’s the Scott Kelby Spiral Bound Reference Set (yeah, catchy name) and it’s ONLY available at KelbyTraining.com. You’ll get both The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers AND The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers spiral-bound editions for just $98.99 (or less if you’re a NAPP member)!

If you’re planning a shoot for your high school senior we have a killer DVD set on sale for $30 off. It’s a 3-disc set by James Schmelzer called Senior Portrait Photography and it covers everything from indoor lighting to outdoor lighting to cool ideas for backdrops and props.  This one is good whether you’re going to be the one behind the lens or if you’re going to be assisting with some of the ideas and setup for the shots.

Tim Mantoani’s Behind Photographs Book
You may remember Tim Mantoani’s first guest blog where he talks about his Behind Photographs project. Now he’s turning his historic project into a book, and you can be part of the project! Head over to Kickstarter to check out what you can get by helping Tim fund this project, and check out the full project at Mantoani.com.

Epson at Photo Plus Expo
If you’re going to be at Photo Plus Expo in New York next week, make sure you stop by the Epson booth. They’ve teamed up with Greg Gorman, Jeff Schewe, and Bert Monroy to create two 40×60 backlit images for their booth. They combined the beauty of a model, photographed by Greg, and body art, created by Bert in Adobe Illustrator, and added to the model by Jeff using Adobe Photoshop, to create these large-scale works of art. There’s also some hidden meanings that will be explained at the display, so look closely! Here’s a sample of what you’ll see:

Randy Van Duinen Gallery Opening
If you’re in the Tampa area, swing by the AIA Gallery tomorrow night between 6pm-9pm for Randy Van Duinen’s Disappearing Florida show opening!

That’s it for this week. Stop back by again tomorrow for an update from Scott on his DLWS Lake Placid experience :)

Wednesday
Oct
2011
19

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Joey Wright!

by Brad Moore  |  18 Comments

The Making of a Photographer

I must start off by stating that it’s a huge honor to be writing for Scott’s blog, given that I picked up my first Kelby-authored book back in 2003 while learning to use Photoshop 7.  I should also note that I’ve been reading and envying the talented guest bloggers on Scott’s site for years, so it’s quite humbling to join the roster. I must admit it’s also a bit intimidating … because that very roster includes many of the photographers who inspired me when I picked up my first DSLR three years ago.  However, as I reflect on my current work as a commercial photographer, I realize that my journey into photography started long before I ever picked up a camera.  I can clearly recall key milestone events, as bizarre and trivial as they may seem, that helped to move me further along a path in the world of visual arts.

The first key moment in my journey took place within the first few days of elementary school when I got my first big art assignment. The teacher asked each of us to draw a picture of our family’s house.  As expected, all of my classmates turned in the standard drawing of a square with a triangle on top.  Now, I’m not sure if this was because they weren’t pumped about the assignment or if they each lived in a box with a parking cone on top… but I saw this assignment as an opportunity to get the creative juices flowing while busting out my new pack of colored pencils that my mother packed in my school bag.  While my finished rendering was no Picasso, the teacher was thoroughly impressed with the amount of detail I captured in my first real art project.  This was my first experience of turning a visual thought into a real creation and receiving accolades from another person.  In other words, I just pleased my first client! This was something that really provided me with personal pleasure and was the first time I really discovered the joy of art.


My second milestone event took place in 3rd grade when my art teacher took notice of my work and asked me to do a drawing demo at the upcoming art fair.  The demo consisted of me sitting awkwardly at a table while drawing ninja turtles as people walked by. It was a bit bizarre but it was a real confidence booster at the same time. There’s a saying that goes something like this, “You’re not an artist until an artist tells you so.” I never considered my own artwork to be anything special but that changed upon receiving praise from an artist with some credibility. It was the confidence booster that I needed to keep doodling, and that’s exactly what I did.

I never put down the colored pencils, and the doodling never stopped.  Yet another notable incident occurred in middle school when I sold my first drawing.  It was a full-color rendering of Beavis & Butthead for which a fellow classmate offered a whopping ten bucks! That was no chump change in middle school but the dollar amount wasn’t the key significance, it was the realization that art could be more than just a hobby.  Shortly after, I started getting requests from more and more peers as I was beginning to see the business potential in my craft.

In high school, I took years of drafting class because architecture seemed like a great career choice that would take advantage of my passion for drawing.  It was almost d©j  vu when I was assigned to draw my family’s house once again, but this time a few rectangles and green blobs (trees) weren’t going to cut the mustard. I was to create detailed blue prints and even produced a scale model made of foam board. I didn’t end up fully pursuing architecture because it turned out to be a bit more technical and less creative than I had hoped. Nonetheless, the experience certainly helped sharpen my sense of detail. To this day, I am haunted by flashbacks of the T-square every time I create a new guide in Photoshop!

Now entering college with architecture out of the picture, I was back to doodling and wondering where I could direct my artistic capabilities. I still wanted to pursue a creative career but I didn’t want to end up a starving artist. Just as I hit this roadblock in my creative career path, I was introduced to the world of computer aided design. I was working at a small office on campus at my community college when I met the in-house graphic artist. I found myself constantly sneaking out of my office to see what he was creating with computer software that resembled science fiction to me. Either way, I knew it was time to merge my traditional art skills with technology and that’s exactly what I did. I started learning about computers and shortly after, I was building my first custom PC and getting enrolled into the Digital Media program at UCF.

Although my decision to get into graphic design was a bit spontaneous and not completely based on traditional career planning, I knew it was the right decision. I was soon learning about all aspects of digital media including computer illustration, game design, web design, 3d animation, photography, and video & music production. I continued focusing most heavily on graphic design and started freelancing before I finished college. Once I completed my degree program, I set out into the job market and landed my first gigs as a graphic artist which included work at a print shop, a small publishing company and a global accounting firm. I finally made it! Or so I thought…

After working in the graphic design field for several years, there was a problem. I wasn’t completely fulfilled and I needed another creative outlet. Up until that point, I had very little experience with photography with the exception of borrowing my Dad’s film cameras to record weekend rollerblade sessions with my friends back in middle school. In mid-2008, I made a purchase that turned out to be the biggest milestone of my life: I purchased my first DSLR, a Nikon D80.


I bought a camera because I was doing a lot of wake boarding at the time and wanted to capture our sessions just like I did in my skating days. After having my camera for a couple weeks, I met a photographer out on my friend’s boat who showed me some pics he took earlier that day during a fashion shoot. I was intrigued to say the least. He proceeded to tell me about a local Photography Meet & Greet that was two weeks away and I told him to count me in. I attended, snapped some photos of the models who showed up, and the rest was history. It’s been a little over three years since that event and I haven’t put down my camera ever since.

Becoming a commercial photographer was never my intended plan… but I can now see that it was life’s plan for me. The journey that started within my first week of grade school eventually led to developing a craft as well as a passion.  With that said, it’s hard to imagine that I may have never discovered what makes me happiest had I missed any of those key moments. Either way, I couldn’t be happier with the way things unfolded and the best part is—this is only the beginning!

Joey Wright is an Orlando-based photographer specializing in swimsuit, beauty, and commercial fashion photography. You can see more of his work at JoeyWrightPhotography.com

Tuesday
Oct
2011
18

Update from the Workshop in Lake Placid

by Scott Kelby  |  29 Comments

We had a great first day (well, technically it started Sunday night, but today was our first day out shooting). We started with an early morning shoot (it wasn’t really a dawn shoot, that’s this morning, this was an after sunrise shoot in a forrest and at a waterfall.

Shooting in the forrest can really be a challenge (it was for me anyway), because you’re surrounded by all this beauty every where you look around you, but then you raise the camera to your eye and you only see one small part of the big picture, and now it looks busy and messy and just….well….nothing like what you’re seeing with your eyes. Very frustrating, but Moose had some great tips and that helped a lot.

We’ve got a great group of students—really nice folks, and totally engaged. Very serious about learning, and that makes it great for us as instructors. I taught a Photoshop/Lightroom class today and took the class through a start to finish from some of my shots from this morning. After two shoots (morning and near dusk), I don’t have anything I’m real happy with yet, but hey…it’s just day one.

I’m heading down to the bar for a get together with the students, and a couple of portfolio reviews, so I’d better head out. Tomorrow’s Guest Blog Wednesday so I won’t be posting here, but if I get anything I’ll post it over on my Google+ page (link). Have a great Tuesday everybody, and we’ll see you back here on Thursday.

Monday
Oct
2011
17

It’s Sleepy Monday in Lake Placid

by Scott Kelby  |  16 Comments

Hi Gang, and greetings from the cold, kinda rainy, but still gorgeous Lake Placid, New York, where I’m hanging out as guest instructor at Moose Peterson’s “Digital Landscape Workshop Series.”

Last night I kicked off my segment of the workshop a presentation of my “Crush the Composition” class, which is really fun to teach (especially to this group—really nice people and totally engaged. This week is going to be a blast!).

That being said, it’s Midnight, and we have a dawn shoot, some I’m going to keep this short and sweet. First, below is an unofficial part of my Worldwide Photoshop Walk (it’s more of a tradition), but people send me their group shots and I post ‘em (this time, over on my Google+ page — here’s the link), but I’m also showing the smaller thumbnails here. Since I last posted this, the list of cities that have sent in group photos has grown by quite a bit, and when they come in, I post ‘em. Again, this is just a tradition, and not something anyone is required to do, so I didn’t send out an invitation or anything like that — I just mentioned it here on the blog.

I hope to have a photo or two to show from either tomorrow’s dawn or dusk shots (fingers crossed on the weather), but either way, we’re going to having a ball. Hope everybody has a great Monday, and hopefully I’ll have something for tomorrow, but for now it’s off to bed. Zzzzzzzz. Have a great Monday (that’s an oxymoron). ;-)

Friday
Oct
2011
14

Congrats to Matt Kloskowski, Black Belt!

by Scott Kelby  |  68 Comments

(Above: L to R: Pete, RC, Matt [in his old belt], Yours Truly, Corey, and Brad, right after his testing)

Last night the Photoshop Guys were there to support our buddy Matt Kloskowski as he tested for his Black Belt in Taekwondo, and as expected—-he rocked it!

He’s been winning tournament after tournament during this training, including 1st place in sparring and 1st in forms competition numerous times, and he’s competing in a little over a week in a big competition—his first as a black belt.

A big congratulations to Matt, who has been training hard for years for this night, and we all are so proud of him. Way to go, Ski!!!!! :-)

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