Tuesday
Oct
2008
28

Report From My Dallas Lightroom 2 Tour Kick-Off

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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First, I want to thank everybody who came out yesterday to help launch my new Lightroom 2 Tour in Dallas (photo above from yesterday’s event; by Jeff Leimbach). Anytime you launch something of this scale, it makes you hold your breath a little, but we had a really great day, and the people in Dallas were incredibly gracious, polite, and just plain fun to spend the day with.

They were especially patient when, for some reason, my seasonal allergies kicked in big time right before lunch and I nearly blew out the overhead speakers a few times with coughs and sneezes that came on before I could hit the mute button.

Despite all that, the real challenge of the day was fitting all the new Lightroom 2 stuff in to a full-day that was already packed to the gills (we actually ended the day nearly 20 minutes late, which means I’ll be tweaking a few things for Orlando tomorrow to bring us in for a landing closer to “on time”).

I did a quick show of hands to see how many people were already using Lightroom 2; how many were still on Lightroom 1, and how many didn’t have Lightroom at all, but were there to see if this was their workflow of the future. Only around 40% of the nearly 500 photographers on hand yesterday actually had Lightroom 2, but by the end of the day, people were lining up to tell me they were going straight home to upgrade (some ordered it online right during the day). The lightbulb really went on for a lot of people yesterday (which I totally dig), and for a lot of folks it was the first time they had seen Photoshop CS4 (I dedicated nearly an entire class to using Lightroom 2 and CS4 together).

We’ll be back in Dallas in early December with Ben Willmore’s “Photoshop CS4 for Photographers” Tour, and I can tell you this; Ben is going to love the friendly hospitality of the folks in Texas. Thank you all so much for your support; for coming out and spending the day with me, and I hope what you learned yesterday helps you in your work, and fun, in Lightroom 2. Now onto Orlando!

Monday
Oct
2008
27

“Photoshop Insider” Monday News Update

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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Hi everybody! It’s Monday, and while it’s not a happy day to be a Tampa Bay Sports fan (I watched my Bucs lose live at Texas Stadium, and then went back to my hotel room and watched the Tampa Rays lose another World Series game on TV), I can overlook that for now, ’cause it’s time for the news:

  • If you’ve got a friend into photography; have I got a perfect Holiday Gift for them; Barnes & Noble has put together a special “Boxed Set” of my book, “The Digital Photography Book,” where you get both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, along with a set of four 5×7 prints, for just $35.96 (even less if you’re a B&N member)–that’s it pictured above. You can get this specially boxed set at any Barnes & Noble store, or online at Barnes & Noble.com (link). They printed a limited number of these boxed sets, and I just learned that they’re really going fast, so if you’re interested; better grab a box soon.
  • One of my blog readers (and a NAPP member) Stephen Power from Limerick, Ireland has launched a new photo blog of his own, called “The Snappy Snapper” (you gotta love that name), and his lead off story today is pretty interesting; it’s called “The Problem With Photography Forums.” You can check it out right here.
  • I’m kicking off my Lightroom Tour 2 today in Dallas, Texas to nearly 500 photographers who’ll be joining me for the full-day workshop. My buddy “Hollywood” Mike Kubiesy (the show photographer for NBC’s “Chuck,” along with “NCIS,” “CSI New York,” and a host of other television shows shot out in Hollywood), is hanging out (and assisting me) today, and I’m really looking forward to meeting some new folks, and showing them my latest Lightroom 2 Workflow. My next stop is Orlando, Florida on Wednesday; click here if you want to join me there.
  • MPIX is in the news again; USA Today did a piece on them about how they’re challenging sites like Shutterfly and Kodak Gallery (you can read that here), and Jeff Revell over at PhotoWalk Pro finally took the plunge, and got his first prints back from MPIX last week (you can read Jeff’s comments here).
  • Yesterday, between games, Mike and I walked over to Union Station, an old train station in Downtown Dallas, to shoot some HDR shots of the exterior. I started shooting the outside of the building from the downtown sidewalk, and sure enough; here comes security. The security guard was pretty polite; she asked what we were doing, and I told her I was in town for the game, and then wanted to take some photos of the architecture of the old building. She told me, “Well, they don’t want you taking pictures of the building.” I was polite, but I let her know this was a public sidewalk; and I was well within my rights to shoot it. She let me know again that they didn’t want me shooting it; I let her know they didn’t have the right to stop me (and so I continued on shooting), and I asked her to call the police and let them settle it. She walked away, and I never saw the police, or her, again.

Well, I gotta run. The seminar starts in a few hours, and I’ve got to set everything up. Have a great Monday everybody, and Go Rays! (he said, half heartedly, knowing how few teams in World Series history have come back from a 1-3 deficit).

Friday
Oct
2008
24

Report from Photo Plus East in New York City

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

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A great day at the show yesterday; I did three demo sessions (that’s me above during my gig at the Adobe booth—photo by Ted Waitt); met some great people, saw some old friends; made some new ones; had dinner with some good friends at my favorite restaurant: Carmine’s on West 44th in Manhattan, then watched the Rays win. I’m totally beat, but what a great way to spend the day! :)

I didn’t get much time to visit booths today, but here’s what I saw that was creating a buzz:

  1. The Epson booth was insane, and their new printers were getting a lot of attention. When I went by, I saw a long line, and followed it up to the front and found out why; Joe McNally was signing prints.
  2. Stopped by the Bogen Imaging Booth (or should I say, “booths” because they had like six), and they’ve got a new Elinchrom Ranger Kit (portable light and battery pack) coming out that looks cool, and they’ve got so many cool goodies I could almost empty my wallet right there.
  3. Adobe’s booth was a madhouse. Lots of buzz around Lightroom 2 and CS4, with back-to-back sessions going all day. The crowd was 10 deep.
  4. Not as many wedding album booths as I had seen at Imaging USA back in January, but all the camera makers were well represented. Nikon had presentations going and McNally did an amazing presentation there on speedlights (off camera flash); so did Canon, and Canon’s 5DMark II was getting lots of attention.
  5. Sony had a huge booth, but I didn’t get over there yet.
  6. Westcott had a cool booth, and live demos going all day (I did one on the Spiderlite TD-5′s this afternoon). Had a really great crowd, and answered a lot of questions. The new brighter bulbs were a big hit.
  7. Plug-ins are hot right now, and both Nik Software and OnOne Software had plenty of traffic and buzz.
  8. I showed Instant JPEG from Raw in one of my demo sessions and people were diggin’ it.
  9. Both NAPP and Kelby Training had booths at the show, and we were slammed all day.
  10. Saw Rob Sylvan, from NAPP’s Help Desk, at the show, and he had his Lightoom 2 For Dummies Book (hot off the press). I took a look at it tonight, and Rob did a real nice job with it!
  11. B&H Photo was jammin’ (as usual), and they were running free buses from the convention center to the store (and back) all day.
  12. There were a lot of live shoots, and live demo shoots, going on all over the floor. More than I remember seeing the past, and most were pretty cool.

That’s it for tonight (I’m falling asleep at the wheel). Hopefully, I’ll have more on the show on Monday, but I’ve got to hit the sack; I have to teach tomorrow. Have a great weekend everybody, and I’ll see some of you (around 500 of you) in Dallas, Texas on Monday. Can’t wait!

Thursday
Oct
2008
23

Photoshop Insider Thursday ‘News Stuff’

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Hi folks! It’s Thursday, here’s what’s up:

  • First, a big thanks to Rich Harrington for his excellent Guest Blog yesterday. You can see how much time and thought Rich put into that post, and from the wonderful comments he got, you can see the impact what he shared will have on many users. Nice job, Rich (as always). :)
  • Adobe has released a free update to Lightroom 2, and Camera Raw 5, which includes supports for new cameras, and in Lightroom’s case, a few bug fixes are included as well. You can download the free updates from Adobe (here’s the link).
  • Big News: Michael Tapes (and the crew at Imagenomics) have released an update to the incredibly hot new utility “Instant JPEG from Raw.” The update (like the utility itself) is free with added camera supports and some minor fixes. Download it free from RawWorkflow.com
  • Just a reminder; I’m teaching three FREE SESSIONS at the Photo Plus Expo today in New York City: (1) at 1:00 pm I’m teaching a Lightroom and CS4 Killer Tips session at the Adobe Booth. Then onto Peachpit’s booth at 3:00 for a Portrait Retouching Session, and then wrapping up at Westcott’s booth with a demo of how I use their Spiderlite TD-5s. Hope you’ll stop by and say “hi!”
  • Tomorrow’s the last day to enter my iPhone Photo Contest, for your chance to win a $500 Apple Store Gift Card, or a $100 iTunes Gift Card if you win one of the five photo categories. All the info is right here.
  • Matt Kloskowski did a video interview with me about my new “Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers” over at his blog, Lightroom Killer Tips. It’s a short interview, and can watch it right here.
  • Jeff Revell did a great tutorial over at his PhotoWalk Pro blog about how he edited his shots from the Int’l Gold Cup Race we shot last Saturday (Jeff and I both edited our images using the same technique—I won’t spoil it though–you’ll have to watch the video). Here’s the link.
  • Janine Smith (one of my friends, and a wonderful photographer) pointed out this cool Lightroom pop-culture reference to me: “Was delighted to get John Sandford’s latest crime novel this week, “Heat Lightning.” To my surprise, on page 47, a bad guy uses Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to get a license plate by (in detail, correctly) using the sliders on a series of photos to enhance them. When he’s got the license plate, he proceeds to find and kill the guy, so Adobe would probably not appreciate the publicity.” I’m used to seeing Photoshop references in pop culture, but this is the first time I’ve seen Lightroom. Too cool! (Thanks Janine, for sending that my way).

That’s it for today folks. Hope I’ll see you in New York, or in Dallas on Monday, or in Orlando on Wednesday! Have a great day!!!

Wednesday
Oct
2008
22

It’s “Guest Blog Wednesday” featuring Richard Harrington

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

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Regaining Your Digital Life
So You Can Have More of a Personal Life

I frequently find myself scratching my head…why is it that each new tool that is supposed to save us time seems to keep us occupied more often. The more people try to enhance their productivity, the more likely they are to stay attached to their computers. This is really a shame as the goal is to get more time back, more time for shooting, more time with family and friends, or even just more time to sleep.

I make my living being fast in Photoshop. Whether it’s for clients who hire my shop to create broadcast graphics and multimedia projects or for those who read my books and watch the weekly podcasts. It is my job to get things done… in this spirit, let me share ten things you can do to speed up Photoshop and carve out more time for your personal life. On their own, not one of these are not going to change your world, but together you’ll find yourself with literally hours freed up each week.

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Scratch Disk & RAM
For many of us, the days of RAM costing as much as the computer seem like recent memories. I remember buying my first Mac clone for my startup business, a Power Computing tower. The RAM cost more than the computer. Hard drives weren’t much better.

Just last week, we added a new Mac Pro to the office. A quick online shopping experience and we added 8GB of RAM for $269 and 1 TB if internal storage for $145. The cost to take the machine to screaming fast? About $425 with next afternoon delivery. That’s not to say you should go crazy with upgrades, but $400 well spent makes the machine significantly faster at opening files and managing memory.

While we are on the topic, if you are going to Photoshop CS4, be sure your graphics card is beefy with Open GL support and you’ll see a much more responsive Photoshop.

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Shoot Raw and Use Camera Raw, Lightroom, or Aperture
I am continually amazed at how many people do not shoot Raw, and I mean just Raw. I Continue reading

Tuesday
Oct
2008
21

NAPP at Photo Plus East (in NYC)

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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If you’re a NAPP member, not only will NAPP have a booth on the show floor at PPE, we’ve arranged a special deal where NAPP members can get a FREE expo pass (you can click here for the link to sign up free as a NAPP member, but you have to use the special VIP code which is posted on the NAPP member Website).

We are also offering a special deal where, if a member brings by a non-member and they join, the referring member gets a free book or DVD of their choice. Sweet!
NAPP’s Executive Director, Larry Becker, will be in the booth (along with some other NAPP folks), so if you see our booth, be sure to give Larry some love.)

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