Tuesday
Feb
2014
04

Here are the Classes I’m Teaching at the Photoshop World Conference in April

by Scott Kelby  |  16 Comments

Hey, dig this — the Photoshop World Conference & Expo is being held in Atlanta this year for the first time ever (whoo hoo!) on April 8-10, 2014, and of course we are super-psyched. We’re at the Cobb Galleria Conference Center, which is the ideal location and it should be an absolutely killer show!

If you’re planning on going (and I hope that you are), here are the sessions I’m teaching (there are over 100+ sessions but I hope you’ll check out a couple of mine if you’re coming to the conference — it’s open to everyone).

Hot Shoe Flash for Absolute Beginners
I know there are a lot of folks out there that want to start using flash, or have always been curious about it, and if either one of those sounds like you, man, you gotta come check out this new class. I’ve come up with a way to teach flash that I truly believe will have you out shooting confidently with your off camera flash right away. I’m going to take the complexity and fear out of it totally, and make the process amazingly simple to learn and quick to use. You’ll learn the whole process, from start to finish, in just this one hour class and you’ll leave knowing you can do it.

Creating Your Own Custom Photo Book in Lightroom
In this session you’ll learn how to create beautiful photo books from right within Lightroom itself. You’ll see the entire workflow, step-by-step and exactly how to create your own custom photo books the easy way. There are lots of little inside tips, tricks, and time-saving techniques that you’ll learn that will make creating these photo books one of the most-fun, easy, and creative parts of your photographic journey.

The 10-Minute Portrait Retouch
In this class you’re going to learn a number of very quick, yet very effective portrait retouching techniques, and get those under your belt so when we open an image we need to retouch, we can do the entire-retouch in less than 10-minutes (in fact, using all 10-minutes would be our worst-case scenario). One thing we do that speeds things up pretty dramatically is to add automation whenever we can, so you’ll learn exactly how to do that, too. Then, once we learn the techniques, we’ll do a number of start-to-finish retouches so you’ll see how to make this whole thing work really quickly and efficiently.

I hope to see you in one of my Photoshop World classes in Atlanta in just a couple of months. If you haven’t signed up yet, Here’s the link.

Monday
Feb
2014
03

Announcing “Creative Cloud Training Month” at KelbyOne

by Scott Kelby  |  9 Comments

With more than 1.5 million people subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud, we wanted to release a whole bunch of online training classes on everything from InDesign to Illustrator, Premiere Pro to Muse, TypeKit to Behance, Photoshop to Lightroom and everything in between.

Each weekday for the entire month of February we’ll be releasing another NEW class on one of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications over at KelbyOne.com, along some other other already cool classes we had planned for February.

WATCH THEM FREE EACH WEEKDAY!
We are broadcasting each class FREE  from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET — just that day — then it goes back in the Disney Vault, errrr I mean then it’s available just for subscribers after that one free day. The free broadcasts start on Monday, February 3rd. Here’s the link where you can find the FREE airings (again, that’s starting today at 6pm).

So, what’s coming next?
We are just getting’ started! We’ll be adding something really unique mid-March for KelbyOne subscribers and you’re gonna be super-diggin’ it, but until then, I hope you’ll check out all the new classes we’re releasing this month.

Cheers, -Scott

Friday
Jan
2014
31

Three Friday Quickies to Take You Into The Weekend

by Scott Kelby  |  21 Comments

McNally is #1!
First, a hearty congratulations and a big high five to my buddy Joe McNally for being named the #1 Most Inspiring Photographer in PhotoShelter’s 2nd annual “Photographers Outlook” survey of more than 5,700 photographers. I didn’t get to vote in this survey, but I would have voted for Joe myself because I look to him and his work first when I need inspiration. Way to go big Joe!!! :-)

Photographer’s State of the Union (hint: it ain’t pretty)
This past Wednesday on “The Grid” we took a frank look at where the industry is today, what photographers are struggling with, and how to make the most of it, and you’ve got a break and want to check it out, it’s right here (above).

If you’re a landscape photographer, man do we have a book for you!
So many Photographers have been asking Matt to share his complete landscape post-processing workflow that Matt has now put it all together in this one short (68 page), clear, concise eBook and he totally killed it! H spills all the beans of his whole process using Lightroom and Photoshop. Here’s the link to it on Amazon and Apple’s iBooks Store (it’s only $9.99). Congrats Matt on the launch!  NOTE: the book currently has a 1-star rating on Amazon but that’s only because of an old font/text flow issue that has since been resolved  — the content and what he shares is definitely 5-star stuff! 

That’s it for this Friday. Got some big news coming on Monday so I’ll hope we’ll see you here then. :)

Best,

-Scott

Thursday
Jan
2014
30

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  79 Comments

Social Media for Photographers with Colby Brown
Take your social media efforts to new heights with rock solid advice from Colby Brown, a landscape, travel, and humanitarian photographer, who has become one of the most followed photographers on the Internet.

In this class Colby gets you up to speed on the hottest social media networks for photographers and explains not only why they are important, but how you can start developing a social media strategy that is smart, efficient, and enables you to attain your goals.

Leave a comment for your chance to check this class out for free!

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

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Feb 21 – Tampa, FL
Feb 24 – Atlanta, GA
Mar 12 – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 28 – Minneapolis, MN

Lightroom 5 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Jan 31 – Covington, KY (Cincinnati Area)
Feb 5 – Richmond, VA

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Feb 19 – Lansing, MI
Feb 26 – Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 4 – New York, NY
Mar 26 – Arlington, TX

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

Joe McNally at the Vancouver Photo Workshops
Vancouver Photo Workshops proudly presents a series of 6 exclusive seminars and workshops with internationally acclaimed photographer Joe McNally. Joe will be in Vancouver from February 13 to February 22nd, 2014. Workshops range from $59 to $1250 in price. In 2012, they sold out all events in a matter of days, so if you’re interested to see Joe this time then don’t delay.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Joe’s book, Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash!

Last Week’s Winners
Photoshop Guys Book Set
-Allison Cobb

KelbyOne Live Ticket
-Dale S.

KelbyOne Rental
-cwhite

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

Wednesday
Jan
2014
29

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Elia Locardi!

by Brad Moore  |  32 Comments


Elia, Fujiyoshida, Japan 2013  |  Photo Credit: Naomi Locardi

Each new year brings with it an opportunity to reflect on days gone by and look forward to the promise of the year ahead. If we’re lucky, life leads us in positive new directions we may not have expected and things unfold in ways we could never anticipate.

Since 2009, with a unique blend of inspiration, passion, caffeine and a touch of insomnia, my wife and I have visited more than 40 countries and flown over 1 million air miles. In March of 2012, we surrendered our apartment in central Florida (and most of our possessions with it) taking to the road full-time and becoming completely “Location Independent.” Our vision for our life is continually changing and evolving as our experiences, and the people we meet along the way, inspire us to visit new places and seek out new and richer experiences.


Sleeping Giants – Mount Bromo, Indonesia 2013

The Evolution of My Photography Style
Throughout my career in the post production and visual effects industry I always strived to bring something new and fresh to the table, something that would break the standard mold. I had the opportunity to work on many talented creative teams and bring unique visions for client projects to life. While that experience was invaluable, the accumulative stress of working long hours, under harsh deadlines, drove me to the brink. I knew that I wanted my life to go in a new direction – one fueled by passion and inspiration, focusing more on life experience, so I completely reassessed what was important. With a mix of anxiety and anticipation, I left my job as an Art Director and a decade long career in the industry along with it.

In 2009, when I decided that Professional Travel Photography would be my new career path, I knew that to be successful in such a competitive market I would have to attack the task of creating my portfolio with that same drive to create something new and fresh. I would need to find ways to raise the bar and make my photography stand out.

I was driven (my wife might say obsessed) to create a new look by experimenting with different post-processing techniques. With more than a decade of working experience in Adobe® Photoshop, and a past rooted so heavily in software based production, I was able to completely reverse engineer my photography by implementing this accumulated technical knowledge.


Going Home – London, England 2010


The Future is Now - Dubai, UAE 2012

In the very beginning my photography was 100% experimental. Primarily composed of my joyous exploration of the world around me, as I’d capture and catalogue subjects that I found most interesting and inspiring. Rapidly, I realized that I wanted to transmit my sincere feelings of awe and wonder to the audience viewing my work. Beyond that, I also wanted to create a “wow factor” – a moment of meaningful impact – that I could share with the viewer.


Belly of the Beast – Stockholm, Sweden 2011

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Tuesday
Jan
2014
28

Are You Still “Hunting” For The Shot?

by Scott Kelby  |  8 Comments

Last week on “The Grid” we were doing our popular “Blind Critiques” episode (where viewers send in their best images for us to critique on-air, but we don’t give the photographer’s name — we just to through and review their images).

Anyway, in this episode we ran across this series of shots sent in by a photographer; they were scenes of some interestingly lit buildings in an office complex/entertainment area, most notably a “Hampton Inn” and the buildings nearby. While the shots were technically correct (exposure, composition, sharpness) they were just find of “nothing” shots. We were actually struggling a bit to describe precisely why these shots were so lackluster, when I viewer (JWPhoto) sent in this very insight comment that I think absolutely nailed what was happening in these photos. He said:

“These are ‘Hunting Shots.” This photographer is hunting for a photo, and these just say “Is this it? How about this?” Nothing that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and says “Here! Look!”   –JWPhoto

I knew he was right, because I’ve been there myself so many times when I’ve been standing in front of a scene that looks really great while I’m standing there, but then once you put the camera to your eye, and start taking photos, you’re not seeing images that look as cool as the scene. So your start hunting. You start “working the scene” to find a way to express what you’re standing in front of in a way that people viewing your image will hopefully think, “Wow!” too. That process of working the scene — that’s really good, and it’s what we should be doing — working, hunting, experimenting to uncover that image.

So, where did this photographer fall down then? He never “found” that shot, yet he sent in his “hunting photos” as examples of his best work to be critiqued. He sent in the photos he took before he ever found a really intriguing shot, or a really unusual angle, or composition, or some other unique thing that would make anyone look at his image and think something more than “Well, it’s properly exposed.”

I posted the episode above, and if you scrub over to around to 1 hr, and 20-seconds mark, you can see the critique of this photographer’s work, and why we were struggling so much to put it into works (which is where JWPHoto can in and really gave it context and meaning).

It’s OK to have “Hunting Shots.” We all do. I have thousands. But it’s our job as photographers to be good editors of our work, and to not add those hunting shots to our portfolios. Every time we go hunting with our camera, we shouldn’t expect to always come away with a prize. It’s unrealistic. But our job and our challenge (and what makes all this so much fun) is to keep hunting until we do capture that prized image. When you get it, you’ll know.

The hunt is on! :)

-Scott

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