Monday
Mar
2010
22

This Week’s Blogging Schedule

by Scott Kelby  |  18 Comments

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Hi Gang—-it’s Photoshop World Week (Whoo Hoo!!!!).

In an effort to give you guys the “you are there” feel (and to make my blogging duties somewhat lighter during the conference), this week I’ll be posting live during the conference—mostly photos taken with my iPhone and posted using the iPhone App “Blog Press.”

I’ll also include a headline with the photos, and I’m going to see if at the end of each day, I can get Brad Moore (one of our official show photographers) to upload some quality images from the day’s events as well.

Also, we’ll be covering everything from the Keynote to the Expo live on Twitter (follow @NAPP_News for live wall-to-wall coverage), and keep an eye on the Photoshop World Website for photo uploads, and the Photoshop World blog as well.

If you’re at Photoshop World, make sure you stop me and say hi—-I always get a kick out of meeting the very people I write this blog for. :)   Hope to see you there!

Monday
Mar
2010
22

Come to the Expo Floor For Free!

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

expopassDon’t Forget—-we open the Photoshop World Expo floor to the public for two days (This Thursday and Friday), and all you have to do is register for your free pass online (here’s the link).

You’ll find booths with all the latest Photoshop plug-ins, printers, photo accessories, and about everything Photoshop or photography you can think of. And of course, Adobe is there as well, where you’ll meet some of the Photoshop product managers, and the development team behind Photoshop, face to face (they’re some of the coolest, most down-to-earth folks you’d ever want to meet).

Plus, there are live Expo Theater training sessions, along with free training presentations in the Peachpit Press Theater from lots of Peachpit authors, and loads of cool demos, and lots of fun stuff to check out. Hope to see you on the show floor!

Friday
Mar
2010
19

My First Shoot with the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8

by Scott Kelby  |  80 Comments

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Tuesday afternoon I was walking by Kevin Agren’s office (he’s our Director of Sales), and he asks if I ever got a chance to try the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom he had gotten us as a loaner. I told him I had actually tried it out on a shoot I did back in December for an upcoming book (one of the images from that shoot is shown above), and that I really liked it, (even more so after I looked up the price—-around $725, whereas most of the f/2.8 glass I had been using for the past few years was more in the $1,800 to $2,300 range, which any way you look at it, is a lot for a lens).

The shot you see above was taken with that Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8, and during the shoot I switched back and forth between it and my usual Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and just looking at the images in Lightroom, at a 1:1 view, neither Brad nor I could see a visible difference between the two (I haven’t printed any out at large size yet, and that’s where the rubber may meet the road, but at least on screen, even zoomed in tight, I was very impressed with the image quality and overall sharpness).

Of course, Kevin was thrilled to hear how much I liked it (especially since they’re an advertiser, and Kevin knows, if I didn’t like it, I’d have to say so—really loudly), but beyond that, I know I lot of shooters would love to have some nice fast glass like this, but can’t really justify spending $2,300 or more for Nikon and Canon brand glass. This lens might just be the ticket to getting some fast glass, and then putting the $1,700 or so you save toward a new camera body or some other fast glass.

Lighting Specs From the Shoot
By the way; here are the lighting specs on the shot above. The main light isn’t natural light. There wasn’t enough light coming into the house (a combination of a cloudy day, and a large overhang over the front porch), so we put a single Elinchrom Quadra battery-powered strobe with a large softbox just outside the window, out on the porch, aiming in toward the subject. I tried to match the light from the strobe with the ambient light in the room for a natural look. I was in the house, sitting on the floor aiming upward, and I triggered the  strobe using an Elinchrom Skyport wireless transmitter (I could control the power of the strobe from my camera position using the Skyport, which kept me from having to jump up and go outside every two minutes).

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First Impressions
Overall, I liked it. The lens feels surprisingly well built (especially for the money. Sometimes lenses in this price range can tend to have a ‘cheezy-plasticy’ feel, but this one didn’t at all), yet it also feels fairly lightweight, which I love.

I had read earlier reviews that said they felt it focused a little show, or had a noisy auto focus motor, but I didn’t really notice either during my shoot (that doesn’t mean they’re not true—I just didn’t notice it in my use). The image quality seems very good, and images taken with it are very nice and crisp—-no complaints there whatsoever.

It does have a Macro feature, but I didn’t get a chance to try it, and since I have a dedicated Macro lens, it’s unlikely that I would use the Macro feature anyway—I would get this lens because it’s fast and the price is just so right. So there you have it—my first impressions of the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 (a version is available for most popular camera brands). Here’s a link to it on B&H Photo or Adorama. It’s around $730 or so.

If any of you out there have the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8—let me know what your experience with it has been. I’d really love to hear from you.

Friday
Mar
2010
19

Nancy Staggs Wins 2010 Dean Collins Educators Scholarship

by Scott Kelby  |  9 Comments

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Honoring the legacy of educator Dean Collins—his gift for teaching, his passion for quality, and his lifetime of contributions to the Photoshop and Photography community—the Dean Collins Scholarship is awarded annually to one high school or college educator nominated by his or her students.

The scholarship features an opportunity to attend NAPP’s annual convention – Photoshop World Conference & Expo and includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, a one-year NAPP membership, and subscription to Photoshop User magazine.

NancyStaggs1A big congratulations to educator Nancy Staggs, who teaches at Hueytown High School, in Hueytown, Alabama, as she’s the 2010 recipient of the Dean Collins Educational Scholarship.

She’ll be joining us next week in Orlando, where she’ll be recognized during the opening keynote presentation.

Thursday
Mar
2010
18

New Online Class: How to get Killer Prints from Your Epson Printer

by Scott Kelby  |  34 Comments

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We just released this brand new class on Kelby Training Online, and although I’m the host of this new class, the star is really Dan Steinhardt from Epson (better known as ‘Dano’), and in this new class we dispel many of the long-held myths and folklore about printing, and show how really easy it is to get great looking prints every time.

Dano, the man behind Epson’s Print Academy, knows this stuff absolutely inside and out, and he delivers his insights and information in such a fun, casual, straight forward way and you’ll love learning from him. Here’s the link for more details on this brand new online class—-”How to get Killer Prints from your Epson Printer.”

UPDATE: Hey guys, we’re working on the problems that were pointed out and will update the class as soon as possible.  We’ll let you know when we have the new and improved version posted!

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