Tuesday
Apr
2014
22

Come and Watch Some KelbyOne Online Classes On Me

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

Want to check out KelbyOne online training for free? Sure ya do! Well, that’s perfect timing seeing as we’ve just set up a FREE (F-R-Dubba-E) 24-hour trial so you can go watch as many classes as you want (which we’d love you do to because you’ll fall deeply in love with this way of learning, and then you’ll join in and get new classes every week on everything from photography to Photoshop to Lightroom and more!).

Here’s the link to get the free 24-hour trial.

This free trial is just available for a limited time so go right now (quick, like a bunny) and sign up — then just “go to town” on all our new online e classes (like Joe McNally’s “Art of Digital Photography” that was just released last week (everybody is already raving about it, and they should ’cause Joe rocks!). Today’s Tuesday, and that means another new class is coming out  (unfortunately, nobody will tell me what it is beforehand, so we’ll just have to see when they update the site today — that way we’ll both be surprised).

Anyway, that’s the scoop — come watch some awesome free online classes, on me.

Hope you have a busy Tuesday watching classes. :)

Best,

-Scott 

Monday
Apr
2014
21

The Blue Angels (from the Sun n’ Fun Fly-in)

by Scott Kelby  |  15 Comments

Above: It was pitch dark when we got there, and we were all in position just before sunrise.

Hi Gang: Right before I headed up to Photoshop World in Atlanta earlier this month, I got a chance to shoot the US Navy’s famous Blue Angels parked on the flight line at dawn (I was speaking the following day the annual ISAP Summit (the International Society of Aviation Photographers and they took a group of their members along with Pete Collins and me, out to shoot the jets at dawn).

Above: Once the sun came up, I got down low and hid the sun behind the tail wings.

I shared a couple of these on Facebook and Twitter, etc., but I realized last night I had never shared them here, so here ya go. These were all shot with a Canon 1Dx using either a 24-70mm lens, a 16-35mm or a 70-200mm lens f/2.8 lens. This was a pre-dawn shoot and so I shot on a tripod the whole time. As usual, I forgot my cable release, so I wound up using my camera’s self timer to take the shots. No filters or anything fancy.

Above: Once the sun was pretty high, I got in closer with a 16-35mm at 16mm to get this super wide-angle shot with the sun hidden behind the jet. It was my last shot of the day, because once the sun got above the jet, things looked really harsh, really fast.

We got lucky — it was a beautiful morning, great sky and contrails, plus the weather was just perfect. Had a blast — special thanks to Larry Grace and the great folks at the ISAP — what a great organization (if you’re into photographing airplanes of any kind, you definitely need to check them out. Their annual summit is a blast and it’s amazingly affordable, too! Plus, they always get great access to stuff like this for their members). Highly recommend.

Above: This is the one-and-only time I’ll be showing this shot. I love the straight on shot of the jet, but the mess of planes and construction fence and tailors, and all made the background so busy I blurred it out using the Lens Blur filter. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve done this, and this reminded me why — I’m not sure which I hate worse — a really busy background or fake depth of field effects. LOL!

Well, that’s it to kick off this Monday. I’m working from home today as I’m on the home stretch on my new book. We’ll see ya’ll back here tomorrow. Hope yours is a good one. :)

-Scott

Friday
Apr
2014
18

Got My Synology NAS Up and Running (plus some other Friday stuff)

by Scott Kelby  |  23 Comments

Above: That’s not my office behind me. That’s Photoshop User magazine editor Chris Main. You’re only seeing a small part of his sci-fi collection. His office is like an action figure wonderland. 

Above: Now, does this thing go inside this thingy? Feel the roar of 24 Terabytes of sweet storage. Yeah, baby!

Above: A rare sight — me in the server room. Even rarer — me plugging in an Ethernet cable. (the three photos above by RC. The photo below is RC). :)

Psyched to get my new Synology NAS set-up yesterday
RC helped me get it set-up but honestly, it was a breeze (had I known it would be so simple, I would have done it myself). The hardest part was finding an open spot in our server room — we had it up and running in less than 5-minutes. Now Brad is going to copy my archives onto the Synology (it was already copying when I left the office) so it won’t be long now. I’ll do a quick video on how it all works once all the files are moved over but I’m pretty psyched to get this up and running. Now RC is trying to convince me to ditch Crash Plan and go with Glacier instead for my offsite backup. I’ll let ya know how that goes, too, but when I asked Brad yesterday how CrashPlan was working for us, he said “I’m not sure.” That’s not a good sign. LOL!

RC’s 2nd Edition of “The HDR Book” is here!
Yesterday I got ahold of RC Concepcion’s major update to his super popular “The HDR Book” and I gotta tell ya — as good as his first edition was (it made him famous in HDR circles for his trademark brand of post processing), this new 2nd edition is even better. He totally crushed it! Here’s how RC describes this 2nd edition:

“For those who’ve already bought the first edition, you have a completely new set of projects to work with, and some new tricks to put up your sleeve. The techniques more emphasize where we are going in HDR..  A more focused way to get to a look that’s good. Also, the first book focused on HDR Efex Pro 1  more but HDR Efex 2 isn’t as good as Photomatix 5, so it’s written for the newest version of Photomatix.”

You can download the Kindle version right now for just $19.95 (link) or you can pre-order the print copy today and you’ll have it pretty darn soon (we just got our printed copies in house, so copies are already on their way to the bookstores). Here’s the link to it at Barnes & Noble or from Amazon.com (Congrats to RC for raising the bar once again).

Portland, Oregon Here I Come!
Somebody let Voodoo Donuts know we’re coming to town and have some ready! We’re bringing my live tour your way on Tuesday, May 8th and I hope you’ll come out and spend the day with me (and Brad). It’s just $99 (even less if you’re a KelbyOne subscriber). Here’s the link with all the details. See ya next month!

 

Join us for “The Artistic Side of Joe McNally”
We just released another in our highly acclaimed series of Inspirational interviews — this time our own Mia McCormick sits down for a look at the Art of Digital Photography with Joe McNally.

If you’re a KelbyOne member, make it a special point to watch this intriguing interview with Joe as Mia uncovers the artist behind the camera. Incredibly memory, amazing imagery, and just so inspirational. Joe is a one of a kind. Here’s the link.

 

KelbyOne App Update: Bug Fixes have already been submitted
Good news, and more good news. First, the good news: The big new feature of the KelbyOne App 2.0 (the ability to take up to two classes offline for viewing when you’re on a plane, train, in a car, etc.) has been a huge hit with members. Now the more good news: you helped us find a few bugs, including one with the new search function, and we’re already got a update with fixes submitted to Apple and as soon as they approve it, it should be smooth sailing. We’re working on some interface tweaks as well for the next update (coming right behind the one already submitted) that will help make things easier to find and more streamlined.

Also, just wanted to mention that the App is for iPad and iPhone as well.

On the Android side — things are looking great so far with the public Beta. A few minor fixes, but we’re “on it!” Thanks to everyone who has given us feedback, suggestions and ideas. It’s making a difference!

Hope you all have a rockin’ weekend
I’ve got a shoot today, and maybe another this weekend, but I’m home until May so I’m enjoying the down time and it’s giving me a chance to finish off my upcoming book: “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes.”  

Here’s to clear skies, warm temps, and lots of colored eggs this Easter weekend.

Best,

-Scott

Thursday
Apr
2014
17

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  54 Comments

Photoshop for Lightroom Users eBook – $12.99
Have you been on the fence about picking up Scott’s latest book, Photoshop for Lightroom Users? Now’s the time to grab it! It’s this week’s Peachpit eBook Deal of the Week, and it can be yours for just $12.99! It’s on sale until Saturday, so get it before it’s too late. And leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of the eBook!

Picture Perfect Beach Portraits with Tamara Lackey
Join Tamara Lackey on the beach in her latest KelbyOne class, Picture Perfect Beach Portraits, to learn how to create dynamic family portraits in a variety of situations. The beach environment, while beautiful, can present a range of challenges; from harsh light to blowing sand, that can easily take a toll on your subjects, your gear, and yourself. In this class, you’ll learn how to work with families, small children, and couples in ways that make the most of wonderful photography situations. Tamara Lackey will give you tips to help keep your subjects engaged and your gear safe so you can get the perfect shots!

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, RC Concepcion, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
May 13 – Portland, OR

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
May 2 – Denver, CO
May 20 – Hartford, CT

Photoshop Creativity with Ben Willmore
May 7 – Philadelphia, PA
May 9 – South San Francisco, CA
May 28 – Sacramento, CA

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through May! And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Exposure: From Snapshots to Great Shots, 2nd Edition
Friend of the blog and Photo Walk Pro guy Jeff Revell has updated his book, Exposure: From Snapshots to Great Shots, and it’s available now! If you’re new to photography and trying to wrap your head around how your camera sees light, this book is for you. You can even check out a chapter of the book for free! Jeff also did an interview with Peachpit where he answers questions about his favorite camera, favorite picture, how he got started in photography, and more.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of Jeff’s new book!

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Live Ticket
-Ed Adams

Shoot at Old Car City with Bill Fortney
-David in Signal Mountain

Moose Peterson Class
-Pedro Oliveira

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

Wednesday
Apr
2014
16

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Douglas Sonders!

by Brad Moore  |  10 Comments

In many of my workshops, photography career articles, and classes, I’ll often share with my students the one amazing tool that will revolutionize their work, help attract new clients, and keep their spirits positive all at once. It’s personal work. Sure, maybe you’ve heard this before, but maybe you haven’t heard the true significance of why doing ongoing personal photoshoots are so important for you. For me, doing this has made my entire career.

The past year has thankfully been very good business-wise (I’m a commercial photographer and video producer), but as we all know, we don’t always get to shoot the projects we find most exciting or fulfilling. I’ve always relied on my personal projects to keep me excited and my work looking fresh. Every time I have shot something for myself/portfolio it has always yielded something positive. Whether directly leading to new jobs, or maybe personal fulfillment with charity-related projects, or maybe something that allows me to fulfill a childhood dream, personal work has never steered me wrong.

I’ve been talking about my shoots as a contributing writer to Fstoppers recently. In this guest post I wanted to share some of what I’ve been working on the past year here on Scott’s blog, and if you’re interested in finding out more about any one of these shoots, I’ve provided links to in-depth articles for each one so I don’t take up too much of your time here.

Below are a few examples from the past year or so of things I have worked on in my free time or projects that happened because of personal work that I hope you will enjoy!

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Tuesday
Apr
2014
15

Big App News: Your “most requested” feature is now here And so is our Android Version (finally!)

by Scott Kelby  |  28 Comments

Big, big App news today for KelbyOne subscribers as we’ve just released a major update to the KelbyOne App for IOS, and it includes the #1 most-requested feature by our members: the ability to take a class “off-line” so you can watch it on a flight, or during a commute, or any time you don’t have access to wireless.

This new version has already been released (along with a bunch of other happy new features), and it’s available free to KelbyOne Subscribers from App Store for iPad.

Oh I can’t believe this day is finally here — we have an Android version!
Well, technically our Android version is available to download as a BETA version (meaning you can download it, try it out, and give us feedback now since it’s not “fully baked” quite yet). To download the Android version Beta, just go to Kelbyone.com/android — give it a whirl and give us your feedback (the “taking a class offline” feature has not yet made it to this Android version quite yet).

OK, gang — there ya have it. Believe me, I know both have been a long time  coming (thank you so much for your patience), and I’m just really happy they’re finally here. Hope you find them helpful.

Tomorrow, on “The Grid”
We have our in-studio guest lifestyle photographer Erik Valind, and I’ll be sharing the fiasco, I’m mean story of my shoot at the Bonneville Salt Flats, including never before seen photos (how that’s for enticing). That’s tomorrow at 4:00 pm ET on “The Grid.” See you at there:  http://www.kelbyone/thegrid

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