Friday
Aug
2008
01

Friday News Quickies

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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It’s Friday, and time for some crunchy morsels of news:

  • First, just a reminder; today is the last day to take advantage of the $100 Off Early Bird Discount for Photoshop World Conference & Expo. Here’s the link. (Hope to see you in Vegas!).
  • I’m happy to report that today we have over 113 cities around the world who now have Photo Walks as part of my World Wide Photo Walk event. Click here to see if your city was added in the last two days. Thanks everybody—this is going to rock! :)
  • USA Today’s Jefferson Graham did a video interview with Adobe’s Lightroom Marketing Manager Fred Johnson, and if you’ve got just a minute, click here to check it out.
  • Yesterday I saw that Dave Piazza from Westcott is doing a free class at B&H Photo’s ‘Event Space’ at their Manhattan store, on “Portrait Lighting with Daylight Fluorescents.” (Which I’m sure will including the TD-5 Spiderlites. The class is Wednesday, August 20, 2008. Here’s the link.

That’s it for today folks. Have a great weekend, and I’ve got lots of stuff so share next week, so we’ll see you back there then.

Friday
Aug
2008
01

If You’re a Wedding Photographer; You’ve Got To Check Out This Video

by Scott Kelby  |  14 Comments

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A few weeks ago I was doing an on-location video shoot for my new book, The Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers. (This video is a special bonus feature exclusively for people who buy the book, in addition to the two new workflow chapters already in the book; one on location portrait photography and one on travel photography).

Anyway, I tried out this new piece of gear for the shoot (I’m not going to tell you what it is), and it worked so amazingly well, that I decided on the spot to do a quick little side video just to show it off.

I have no affiliation with the company whatsoever, but Larry Becker (NAPP Exec Director) was with me and let me know that NAPP members get a $10 discount on it, so then I had to do the video. It’s only 1 minute, 47 seconds long, so if you’re a Wedding photographer, you’ve got to watch that video up above.

By the way, here’s the link, to the product I’m demoing (ya know, just in case). ;-)

Thursday
Jul
2008
31

My World Wide PhotoWalk Q&A

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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Since we launched my World Wide Photowalk on Monday, things have been just crazy. We thought it would be popular, but honestly we were unprepared for the avalanche of interest, sign-ups, and people who want to lead Photo Walks in their cities around the world.

We were also flooded with questions, so I thought I’d do a quick Q&A to answer some of the most common questions.

Q. Are more cities being added?
A. Absolutely—so far there are 33 cities, but new ones are being added daily (just yesterday we added Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, and Cincinnati (led by none other than David Ziser himself), along with Manila in the Philippines, Ybor City (Tampa), and Malmo, Sweden, among others.

Q. Are there are lot of cities pending approval?
A. Oh yeah—about 108 more cities so far. We had to add a little more automation to the “becoming a leader” process, and by tomorrow we expect that 40 or 50 of those will be awarded a Photo Walk city, and added to the list shortly thereafter.

Q. Will some big cities have more than walk the same day?
A. Yup. When you see a listed city that’s followed by a name in parenthesis, that usually means there are multiple walks in different areas of the city. For example; New York City (Chinatown). They’ll be other New York locations as well.

Q. Are walks starting to fill up yet?
A. A number of cities are already completely full, and registration is now closed (unless someone else can lead an additional walk in that city).

Q. Have you added any more prizes to the photo contest part?

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Thursday
Jul
2008
31

Thursday News Stuff

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

Happy Thursday everybody! Here’s what’s up:

  • First, a big thanks to Jeff Revell for this excellent guest post yesterday. It really got a lot of people excited about not only the upcoming World Wide PhotoWalk, but also for photo walks in general.
  • Interesting side note: a mix-up happened with Jeff’s host city (Washington DC), for the WWPW, and he wound up having both Washington DC and Alexandria, VA listed as separate events, when it fact, they were the same walk. But since Jeff is the PhotoWalk “Pro,” he decided to host TWO the same day; one in the morning, one in the afternoon. Too cool. Also, although Jeff’s site (PhotoWalkPro.com) has become the resource for photo walking, he also covers loads of Photoshop (including lots of HDR tutorials) and photography in general, so make sure you check it out (here’s the link).
  • The folks over at Westcott (Makers of the TD-5 Spiderlites) have launched a community Web site for photographers with a simple theme: Share, Ask, Learn. This new community site includes a forum where pros answer your questions, a community gallery, and if you’re looking for some extra exposure and recognition, check out their they are launching a Top 100 Westcott Edorsed Pros program. Check it all out right here.
  • FrederickVan has a great video interview with Photoshop Senior Product Manager John Nack, and if you’ve got a few minutes, it’s definitely worth checking out (here’s the link).
  • If you are going to Photoshop World in Vegas this September, I want to recommend a class; Photoshop Restoration Rescue, taught by my Photoshop User TV co-host Matt Kloskowski. We had a number of requests for a class like this, and so I asked Matt (who had just finished a book on retouching for Photoshop Elements users) to tackle it, and I’ve gotta tell ya; he put together an amazing class. He’s teaching it Thursday, September 4th, at 10:45 am. It is going to rock!
  • Panos Efstathiadis, over at PanosFX, has come out with some more amazing Photoshop (and Elements) actions (free for you to download), including: (1.) The OoB+ (Out of Bounds plus) is an advanced tool which simplifies the steps needed to create the impressive and popular OoB effects, and (2.) The PanosFX FAN takes one of your images and transforms it into a hand-held fan! Check them out over at PanosFX.com!

That’s it for today, folks. Have a really great Thursday, and do your best to really intimates some pixels. See ya tomorra! ;-)

Thursday
Jul
2008
31

Just One More Day Left To Get The Photoshop World $100 Off Early-Bird Full Conference Pass

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

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That’s it. One day. Well, two if you count today, but I wasn’t counting today. Technically, you if you forget to sign up today, at least you’ll still be able to save that hundred bucks if you register tomorrow, but after that—you’re hosed (well, for an extra hundred bucks, anyway). Can you tell I wrote this while I was really, really tired?

So, save a hundred clams and sign up right now (It’s Vegas, baby! You gotta be there!): Here’s the link.

Wednesday
Jul
2008
30

It’s “Guest Blog Wednesday” featuring Jeff Revell

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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The Zen of Photowalking
When Scott first started the Guest Blog segment he told me that I was going to be on the hook for one in the future. I figured it was no big deal, I mean hey, I blog every day, right? What could be so hard?

Then he started rolling out the parade of superstar personalities that reads like a Who’s Who of the Photography world. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to contribute anything of value after the likes of Vincent Versace, Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, and so on.

Then the other day Scott and I were talking about the plans for his World Wide Photowalk and I knew I finally had my in. Having hosted several photowalks I can say with some confidence that I know my way around these events. With that being said, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on what makes a photowalk so special and how you can maximize your experience when participating in one.

Most photographers have walked, camera in hand, through unfamiliar spaces, shooting their way along their route. So what makes this any different from a photowalk? It’s the social aspect of sharing the experience that makes photowalking so unique. Many of the photowalks that I have hosted were attended by complete strangers but they all had two things in common, a love of photography and a desire to share their passion with like-minded people. I was reminded of this fact during my last photowalk in Georgetown.

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