Tuesday
Dec
2008
09

Tuesday News Quickies

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Hi everybody, he’s some quick Tuesday Stuff:

  • A nice follow-up piece to my tutorials last week on making photo books, comes from Syl Arena who did a survey and research about photo book sources. Worth checking out (here’s the link).
  • We released another very cool new online class at KelbyTraining.com; this one’s called “Classical Lighting and Posing Techniques with David Ziser (shown above).” His classes have been a HUGE hit with subscribers, because he has a way of just bringing things down to earth, and really making them stick. Here’s the link to all the lessons.
  • This week’s “Quote of the Week” is from my buddy Matt Kloskowski, who was interviewed in Dave Cross’s “Finish the Sentence” segment. When asked the question, “If I could give one piece of advice it would be…” Matt replied, “…forget about the technical stuff sometimes. Don’t concentrate so much on histograms, 8-bit, 16-bit, JPEG/Raw, Adobe RGB vs. sRGB etc… Concentrate on what you’re seeing, take better photos and that stuff won’t be as crucial.
  • This one’s totally just for fun, but it’s worth seeing just to see the amount of effort that went into it. My book designer Jessica sent me this—-and well, you just gotta see it. Here’s the link (make sure you look at the high-res version).
  • Lastly, renown outdoor photographer and educator Moose Peterson is at NAPP Headquarters this week, and I’m having him do a guest spot later today for an upcoming episode of Photoshop User TV. Let me know what you’d like to see Moose cover on the show, and maybe we can get him to talk about/demo/discuss it.

That’s it for today. Have a great Tuesday everybody!

Tuesday
Dec
2008
09

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is…

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

…the action packed, talent-packed, hand-pruned by McNally, won in a card game photography assistant….the boy wonder himself, Brad Moore.

I gotta tell ya, Brad has a wild (and surprisingly true) story for his guest blog post tomorrow, so be sure to stop by tomorrow and take a peek into the wild world of Brad Moore, man of mystery. If you love a good story, he’ll make it worth your while.

Monday
Dec
2008
08

Florida Eagle Sighting (Of course, not by me)

by Scott Kelby  |  4 Comments

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True story: While I was on my recent vacation in Egypt, my sister-in-law felt she had to call me just to let me know that there were not one, not three, but actually nine American Bald Eagles perched in my back yard. And though once again, I had missed them, my friend (and Santa Fe Workshop Student), Steve Rogers happened upon the Eagle shown above, not more than a hour or so from where I live here in Florida, and captured it in flight.

In his email to me, he wrote, “I remembered from your blog you had a bald eagle around your house a few weeks ago. Well, I drove away this evening and saw one flying near my house. I fumbled around and got my D300 and clicked away before he flew off. I didn’t get any world-class photos, but here’s one of the not-so-blurry shots.”

So, I wanted to share his fantastic shot (I love the rim lighting), especially since Steve and I are now no longer friends. ;-) Way to go, Steve (and thanks for letting me share your image).

Monday
Dec
2008
08

Holiday Gift Idea: Bill Fortney’s “America From 500 Feet, II” Photo Book

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

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Last week I saw my first copy of Bill Fortney’s amazing new book, “America From 500 Feet, II” which is a stunning photography book of images of the American landscape, taken from an Ultralight airplane (as seen above), over a period of one year, by two incredible landscape photographers: Bill Fortney and Mark Kettenhofen,” and I was blown away. We all were.

His original book, “America From 500 Feet” still holds the record as the best-selling aviation photography book in history, and this new project, if possible, is even better. The images are so dramatic, so beautiful, and so compelling, that it makes you see the American landscape in a whole new way. They include some great stories from their year on the road, and the entire hardcover book is beautifully laid out, presented, and printed. It would make a perfect holiday gift! You can find it at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com for around $32.

My congratulations to Bill and Mark for creating something really special.

Friday
Dec
2008
05

Friday “Photoshop Insider” News Nuggets

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Hi gang—just a few quick things to take us into the weekend:

  • I came across some cool, quick-little “case study” videos from professional retoucher Jean-Michel Massey, which show the evolution of a commercial retouch, and I thought the videos were fascinating (Jean-Michel has some mad skills). Here’s the link to check them out.
  • My buddy RC “Rico” Concepcion (Ed Note from RC: “This was actually done by one of our regular readers, Firgs. Big thanks!) did something fairly horrible to Matt, Dave, Corey, himself and I (a still from it is seen above) that is just really, well…you’ve got to see it for yourself. It’s called “Elf Yourself” and if you’ve got two seconds, and don’t mind seeing grown men looking fairly ridiculous, check it out right here (totally for laughs).
  • Photographer Janine Smith (who was at my LA Lightroom seminar yesterday), turned me onto the fact that Amazon.com now lets you add products from other sites to your Amazon.com wishlist (for example, you could add things from B&H Photo to your wish lists, even though you’re on Amazon).
  • I just learned that Mpix.com will now make prints up to full 24″x36″ poster size (previously, their largest size was 20″x30″). I’m using Mpix to output some prints I’m doing as holiday gifts, because I can just upload them from my computer, and they’ll ship the final print, packaged flat, right to the person on my gift list. Sweet!
  • Just in case you missed it; Adobe announced a pretty substantial update to Camera Raw (called Camera Raw 5.2), which includes adding the Targeted Adjustment Tool (TAT) to Camera Raw, Snapshots, Camera Profiles, and Output Sharpening, along with support for some new cameras. You can download the free update from Adobe.com (Mac) or (Windows).

That’s it for today. I’ve got some pretty cool news for Monday, so I hope I’ll see you back here then. Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

Friday
Dec
2008
05

Update From My Los Angeles Lightroom Tour

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Wow—what a great day yesterday in LA! The crowd was absolutely awesome, and we just had such a blast!!! (photos above by Matt Kloskowski)

Tom Hogarty, Adobe’s Lightroom Product Manager, flew in for the day to help field questions from the nearly 700 photographers on hand, along with my buddy Matt Kloskowski, and between the three of us, we were swamped all day.

Also on hand was our recent guest blogger, concert photographer Alan Hess, who posted some very cool shots from the day (including a slick pano of the meeting hall) over at his blog (here’s the link).

Matt is picking up the tour next year with his first tour stop being Covington, Kentucky on January 23rd. If you want to sign up, here’s the link for all the details.

Thanks to everyone in LA for being so much fun. I really got to meet some great people yesterday, and everybody made me feel right at home. Can’t wait to see you all again!

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