Wednesday
Aug
2008
13

It’s “Guest Blog Wednesday” featuring Corey Barker

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Greetings from Planet Photoshop! So first let me say it’s a real privilege to be able to share some thoughts with you all today and as an added bonus, I have prepared a special video tutorial (found at the bottom) exclusively for this post. But before we get to that, I wanted to briefly touch on the subject of creative exploration.

I am often asked how I come up with some of the stuff I do in my tutorials. To put it simply, it’s a lot of experimentation. When it comes to Photoshop, the only limitations seem to be that of the artist or photographer using it. One can spend a tremendous amount of time learning the textbook functions of Photoshop but to achieve something remarkable one must be willing to look beyond the obvious and strive to present something in a new or unusual way, or even create something no one has ever seen before.

So where do you start? I often engage in a little creative exercise I like to call creativity farming. What I like to do is spend an afternoon at the bookstore, pouring through most of the magazines on the newsstands and just feeding that visual data into my brain. When you are faced with a creative challenge your mind is at work flashing images through your thoughts of things, places, people, objects and making connections between them. Well, it cannot create these connections or ideas if your brain has nothing to refer to. Look at it this way. Just turning the oven on and waiting doesn’t produce a cake. You have to get the ingredients together, mix them up, then let it cook for a while. It’s not just magazines and books either. I have found inspiration in places like the web, restaurants, and even the movie theater. When you go to the movies. Don’t just look at what’s on the big screen. Look at all the movie posters and banners in the lobby. There’s a host of good ideas everywhere. Now I am not suggesting you copy someone else’s design altogether. You may just notice a small part that interests you, like the background or the text. It’s just building one idea on top of another. You would be hard pressed to find any artist, designer, or photographer whose work isn’t influenced by another, even if they aren’t aware of it.

So how does this translate to working in Photoshop? This is where experimentation comes into play. To be honest, playing is probably a more accurate word. Playing with the tools is where I discovered a lot of interesting stuff. Have you ever been in a situation where you would ask: What if I did this? It’s that attitude that you need to have when playing around in Photoshop. Sure, the Levels can adjust the contrast, but what if I move this slider way over here? You won’t know until you try. Most of the time it’s something pretty unexciting, but every now and again there is that ‘aha’ moment. Even if that discovery isn’t necessarily what you are looking for at the moment. Save that file, brush, or layer style right then and you may use it later. Have you ever remembered something you once did but couldn’t remember how you did it?

Which brings us to the bonus video tutorial. What I wanted to do was to show how I go about experimenting with Photoshop and how one idea can build on another and produce another idea altogether. By discovering one simple technique that can be explored in many different ways and produce so many different results, you will have a library of techniques at your disposal. When you see something that interests you, the mind will bring those components of technique and creative thought to harmonious fruition.

Tuesday
Aug
2008
12

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is…

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

……the co-host of the popular Layers TV, daily blogger and the man behind one of the most popular Photoshop web-sites; “PlanetPhotoshop.com,” columnist for Photoshop User magazine, Photoshop World instructor, and the one they call “The Photoshop Lad,” it’s my buddy Corey Barker.

Corey is one of our industry’s most talented artists, trainers, and illustrators. He caught our attention after he won, or was one of the finalists, in every single Photoshop Guru Award category (along with winning The Vincent Versace Award for Excellence in Digital Photography), so it’s not surprising that we asked him to join our team full time, and he’s had a huge impact, and a rapidly growing fan base, ever since. Make sure you check in tomorrow to see what “The Laddy” has in store.

Tuesday
Aug
2008
12

Tuesday News Quickies

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Here’s what’s up:

  • Back in March of this year I did a tutorial about shooting tethered directly into Lightroom during a bridal shoot (here’s the link), and since I was shooting Nikon gear, I showed how to do the set-up using Nikon’s Camera Control 2 software to link between my camera and Lightroom. Luckily, one of my readers, Terry Reinert did a tutorial follow-up that ties directly into my tutorial (picking up at Step Four) on how to shoot tethered for Canon users using the Canon EOS Utility, and he did a great job of it, too! Here’s the link (My thanks to Terry for adding this important info. Way to go!). :)
  • If you’re going to Photoshop World in Vegas next month, I hope you’ll stop by and catch one of the sessions I’m teaching. I’m doing three classes (one each day of the conference).
  1. On Thursday, Sept. 4th, I’m doing a class on Typography Essentials and Type Design, which combines two of my all-time most popular Photoshop World classes into one session, where the focus is mostly on designing with type for photographers and designers new to working with type.
  2. On Friday, Sept. 5th, I’m teaching a brand new class on Retouching Portraits.
  3. On Saturday, Sept. 6th, I’m doing the “Photoshop Seven-Point System” class that I debuted earlier this year in Orlando, and I had such great response from it, that I’m offering it in Vegas as well.

There are more than 70 sessions overall, and if you want to see the full class schedule, you can check it out right here. Hope to see you in one of my sessions!

  • NAPP member Tom Calderwood did a Star Trail photo, using time lapse photography, that came out really beautifully (you can see it right here in his NAPP online portfolio), but Tom took things up a step by showing how he did it, including putting together an online video of all the frames coming together, and if you’ve got a minute, it’s worth checking here (here’s that link).
  • Just an update; I’m getting a lot of questions from people who have pre-ordered my Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers, because Amazon.com shows the shipping date as January 2009. Not to worry—that’s just a glitch in the system of some sort; I’ve already finished writing the book, it’s already in production, and I’ll be signing copies at Photoshop World in Vegas in just a few weeks, so the January thing is, well…it’s wacked. So, if it doesn’t freak you out seeing a totally wrong shipping date, you can preorder it now at Amazon.com, or Barnes & Noble.com, or wherever fine Lightroom books are sold.

That’s it for this fine Tuesday. Have a good one! :)

Monday
Aug
2008
11

My Weekend Workshop With Mary DuPrie

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

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Three workshops in one week is a lot for even me; I took that architectural shooting workshop last weekend, then I taught that sports shooting workshop on Tuesday for the Chicago Bears, and then this past weekend my buddy Terry White and I took a weekend workshop with well known Detroit-area photographer and instructor Mary DuPrie.

My buddy Dave Moser had given me one of Mary’s excellent DVDs last year for my birthday (it was a DVD for photographers on how to work with and pose models), so when Terry told me about her workshop, I was already very familiar with her work, and signed on right away (she only allows four photographers per workshop, which gives you lots of personal one-on-one instruction).

The workshop started with a Friday night “meet and greet” with Mary, her assistant Chris, Tammy the make-up artist, and the other photographers (Blake and David). Mary’s large natural-light studio is ideal for a workshop like this, and besides having just about every prop and background known to man (I told her it was like shooting in a Pier One store), she also had about every style of strobe, softbox, and accessory, too, so everything you’d want was just an arms-length away the whole weekend.

The next morning we got right to work. While the make-up artist was getting our professional model ready, Mary started the day with a session on how to work

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Monday
Aug
2008
11

The Final Number of Worldwide PhotoWalk Cities: 236

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

I’m stunned, psyched, thrilled, and a half dozen other adjectives about how many cities around the world have signed up to have their own photowalk, and that thousands of people have already signed up to be a part of the walks in their area. This is just too cool!

Here’s some other stats:

  1. 48 States have PhotoWalks
  2. 43 Countries Around the World now have PhotoWalks
  3. 47 Cities are already completely full

Although we’re no longer accepting applications to lead walks for new cities, here’s a list of some new cities that were added since Friday, so take a look and see if there’s now one close to you:

  • San Antonio
  • Panama City, Panama
  • Souix Falls, South Dakota
  • Fresno, CA
  • Boston, North End (2nd walk)
  • Philadelphia, PA (2nd walk)
  • Setubal, Portugal
  • St. Charles, Missouri
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tom Price, Australia
  • Grand Haven, Michigan
  • Lubbock, Texas
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • CD Juarez, Mexico
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Guatemala
  • Cambridge, England
  • Nuerenburg, Germany
  • San Francisco, CA (walk #3)
  • Antwerp, Belgium
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Bogota, Columbia
  • Oulu, Finland
  • A Coruña, Spain
  • Morristown, Tennessee

My thanks to everyone who volunteered to lead a photowalk in their city, and although we had to limit the number of cities that were awarded walks, we’re still humbled by how many people were willing to take their own time to connect with other photographers in their area. My sincere thanks to you all.

We’re less than two weeks away from the Saturday, August, 23rd walk date, and we’ll be coordinating this week with our confirmed city photowalk leaders, and nailing down some of the final details, so stay tuned.

If you haven’t signed up for a walk yet—there’s still time. Remember, it’s totally free and totally fun, and I hope you’ll join us for the history-making event (Click here for the final list of cities, and where to register to be a part of a walk near you).

Friday
Aug
2008
08

Worldwide Photowalk Update, #2

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Here’s some quick news about the August 23rd Worldwide PhotoWalk to celebrate the release of my new book, The Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers. (Preorder it now from Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com)

  • Today is the final day to apply to be a Leader of a PhotoWalk for your city, and after today we won’t be adding any additional cities, so if you wanted to host one—-get right on it.
  • I just did an interview about the PhotoWalk with Shawn King of the popular YourMacLife radio show (Shawn and Photoshop World Instructor Lesa Snider are hosting the New York, Greenwich Village walk), and you can listen to it: click here
    (Note: Shawn asks me during the interview where in the world I would like to hold a photowalk if I could do one anywhere, and the answer I gave wound up revealing something very embarrassing about my past. Yikes!).
  • We now have more than 200 cities on board (I’ll release the final number of cities on Monday, as we’ll be approving the final group of cities this weekend).
  • We’ve added a number of cities this week, all around the world, including:
  1. Beijing, China
  2. White River Junction, Vermont
  3. Coney Island, New York
  4. Wellington, New Zealand
  5. Cape Town, South Africa
  6. Fredericksburg, Virginia
  7. Mount Dora, Florida
  8. Vienna, Austria
  9. Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  10. Austin, Texas
  11. Los Alamos, New Mexico
  12. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  13. Trondheim, Norway
  14. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  15. Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
  16. Tel-Aviv, Israel
  17. Lake Tahoe, North Shore

If you haven’t signed up to be a part of a walk, make sure you check the current list of cities (click here), and see if there’s one near you. Hope you’ll be able to join the thousands of photographers around the world who have already signed up to be a part of this history-making event! :)

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