Thursday
Jan
2009
29

Thursday News Update

by Scott Kelby  |  21 Comments

First, how ’bout that post yesterday from Dustin Snipes! I love it when a photographer shares the entire process, without leaving any steps out, and that’s exactly what Dustin did, and I know he gained a lot of new fans yesterday. Way to go Dustin (and on behalf of my readers—thanks!). Now, on to the news:

  • Remember last week when I featured a four-part series on what’s new in Photoshop CS4? Well the Turning Points blog did a nice follow-up post listing all the features Matt, Dave and I covered in the four videos, so if you didn’t get a chance to watch the videos to see what all is new, check out their complete listing by clicking here.
  • By now you might have heard that Adobe has posted a downloadable beta release of a bug-fix for Lightroom on Adobe Labs (so, it’s the beta for Lightroom 2.3). Before you download it, I want to give you a heads-up; this is NOT the final update (which is why it’s not available automatically through the “Check for Updates” menu command under Lightroom’s Window menu). If you download this update from this link, it won’t update your current version; it will download a separate version of Lightroom (version 2.3 beta), leaving your original untouched. This isn’t a bad thing (especially with a beta, right?), but I just wanted you to know that you’ll now have two Lightroom’s on your computer. Personally I’m waiting for the final update to be released.
  • This week has been an incredibly busy week over at the Kelby Training Online Studios. Adobe’s own Julieanne Kost has been here recording some special online classes, and Joe McNally has been here this week; in the studio and on location doing a new class. Photoshop World instructor Taz Tally is in Studio 2 this week working on some new classes, and on Monday we’ve got Jack Reznicki and attorney Ed Greenberg here doing two special online classes on copyright and how to protect your images; one class for photographers and one class for graphic designers. Right on their heels is Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon doing special online classes on how to use your Canon DSLRs, and we’ve got another incredible retouching class from David Cuerdon coming right behind that. Lastly, I’m finishing up a new online class on Photoshop CS4′s Camera Raw. Just wanted to keep you all in the loop on all the cool stuff coming your way!

That’s it for today folks. See ya back here tomorrow for our Friday wrap-up. Have a great Thursday!

Thursday
Jan
2009
29

New Photoshop World Blog Goes Live!

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

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For the past few Photoshop World’s, we’ve been doing a live blog from the event, but this year we thought we’d get the coverage started earlier, and it’s already up and running. The blog is from our own in-house social media ninja Nancy Masse, and she’s got everything from interviews with Photoshop World instructors to tips on getting the most from Photoshop World, and all sorts of cool conference-related stuff.

You can check out Nancy’s new Photoshop World blog right here.

Wednesday
Jan
2009
28

It’s “Guest Blog Wednesday” featuring Dustin Snipes!

by Brad Moore  |  52 Comments

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Dustin Snipes is a full time staff sports photographer and part-time Red Bull drinker in Los Angeles, Calif. When he is not taking photos (or drinking Red Bull) he spends his time watching reruns of “How I Met Your Mother.”

For the last few months, people have been asking me about the post-production involved in the photos on my blog post “70 basketball portraits I did in two days.” I always planned on sharing it with everyone but just haven’t had time to put anything together until now. Recently, I was asked to do a guest post for Scott’s blog and thought, “What better way to share this Photoshop tip with everyone than on Mr. Photoshop himself’s blog, Scott Kelby?” I was pretty giddy, to say the least.

It’s actually a pretty simple process that has a few steps to get this “look” (and it’s not LucisArts or HDR :) ).

Here goes:

There is one thing you must promise me–and yourself–before reading this post. Repeat (or read) after me:

“I, (state your name, or clever web user ID) will not overuse this technique on EVERY photo I take. I will only use it in moderation.”
Continue reading

Tuesday
Jan
2009
27

Kick-Butt New “Fashion Photography Accessory” Discovery!

by Scott Kelby  |  24 Comments

At Christmas I got a very cool new electric guitar from my wife (that’s not the accessory, by the way), and she wanted to make sure I got a guitar I really liked, so I went to the local music store to find one I liked, but while there, I walked by the drum department and that’s when I saw a small, specially designed fan for drummers that mounts right on a cymbal stand.

Well, I took a look at how it was mounted and realized that it would fit perfectly on a lightstand, which would make it an ideal fan for people shooting fashion, because you can easily control the height and angle of the wind (rather than having it sitting on the floor, where it’s harder to access and aim).

Anyway, the fan is called the “BLOWiT Personal Cooling System” (OK, the name needs some work), and I tried it in the music store, and it seemed like a perfect fan solution for portraits since you could mount it up high so easily. So, I got home and ordered one (it was only $69.99). It’s pictured here below mounted to a light-stand in our studio.

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Anyway, I did a shoot week before last and I got to try it out for the first time on a real job, and I have to say; it totally rocked! (sorry about that lame pun). But seriously, it worked out amazingly well. The shot below was taken using that fan on its lowest setting.

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Below are two set-up shots (taken by Brad Moore) so you can see the fan (and the lighting, in case you care) in use during my shoot.

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Lighting Info: I used two Elinchrom RX-600 Strobes for the shoot, one beside the subject with a 40″ Elinchrom softbox, and one behind on the opposite side with a Elinchrom strip bank softbox. Both are triggered by Skyport wireless triggers.There are no lights on the gray background, so it pretty much fell to black. The photo directly above is just to show more detail of the fan, but there I’m using an Elinchrom 53″ midi-octa softbox on the same RX-600 strobe.

Camera Info: Shot with a Nikon D3, with a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens, at 105mm. The ISO was 200, and the exposure was f/8 at 1/160 of a second. I shot in Manual mode. The post-processing was done in Lightroom (exposure, white balance, tone, etc.), and then over to Photohsop for some retouching (removing some minor blemishes, brightening the eyes, some dodging and burning, and I enhanced the highlights in her hair.

Fan Info: Usually, doing something like this (taking a fan made for drummers, and using for something entirely different), doesn’t work out, but here it worked just like I hoped it would. I let the subject be in charge of the angle and intensity of the fan, and during the shoot she would reach over and adjust the angle or speed (it has three speeds). Although we used it on the lowest speed most of the day, if I could add one improvement, it would be for the higher setting to be even higher (I’m not sure that’s possible with its light weight and size). Anyway, I’m pretty psyched about it and wanted to turn you on to this new discovery. You can order your BLOWiT Personal Cooling System direct at their Website (here’s the link).

Tuesday
Jan
2009
27

Tomorrow’s Guest Blogger is…..

by Scott Kelby  |  6 Comments

…..sports portrait photographer, blogger, and post processing shark; Dustin Snipes.

My assistant Brad Moore had turned me on to Dustin’s very cool work about a month or so ago, and he’s also got a great blog (here’s the link) where he gives some background into his shoot (including production shots). He’s got a very cool post-processing effect for his images, and he’s planning a post-processing technique for his guest blog post tomorrow, so I’m pretty psyched to see it (though he’s not just a post-processing guy—-his lighting and composition is spot on). So, make sure you check back to catch his Special Guest post.

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