Tuesday
Jul
2008
08

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is…

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

…a man who has been called “The modern day Ansel Adams,” renowned landscape photographer, and Photoshop Hall of Famer, Stephen Johnson.

Besides being a remarkable photographer, gifted educator, and author of the highly acclaimed book “Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography,” Stephen brings an unique perspective to our industry, and to the art and craft of photography and digital imaging. I’ve had some really thought-provoking conversations with Stephen over the years and I can’t wait to see what he has to share with us tomorrow, so make sure you stop in and check out his special guest blog.

Monday
Jul
2008
07

Don’t Miss Last Friday’s Eyeopening Interview with Copyright Attorney Ed Greenberg

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Last Friday I posted on a blog an exclusive one-on-one interview I did with Intellectual Property Attorney Ed Greenberg, where Ed dispelled many of the most common myths and misconceptions about copyright, shooting in public, model releases, and more.

Well, the response and flood of emails I have gotten on that interview has just been through the roof. Ed was just an absolute wealth of information (it was actually a part part interview running nearly 20 minutes—but worth every minute). Some people are calling it the best thing I’ve run on this blog yet, so if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the link to the videos I posted on Friday.

The interview will appear in this week’s Episode of Photoshop User TV (posted later today), but you can hear the interview now (I posted it here on the blog on Friday so it would be up for the entire Fourth of July Weekend).

My thanks again to Ed for taking the time to dispel some of the most common myths and misconceptions, and I hope to follow this up with an interview with Jack Reznicki on the step-by-step process of registering your images. Great stuff!

Monday
Jul
2008
07

Prizes for the 2008 “Vinny Award” Announced

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This year’s prizes for the winner of the “Vincent Versace Award for Digital Photography Excellence” (more commonly known as “The Vinny” Awards) have been announced, and I gotta tell ya—it’s a pretty amazing package. (Note: This prestigious award is a special award category within the Photoshop World Guru Awards, and any attendee who enters the Photography category is automatically eligible for the Vinny Award as well).

This year’s Vinny Award winner’s prizes will include:

  • The New Epson Stylus Photo R2880 printer with a supply of Exhibition Fiber paper
  • A Nikon D60 Digital Camera Kit
  • Wacom 6×11″ Widescreen Tablet
  • The entire collection of Nik Software’s products
  • The entire collection of OnOne Software’s products
  • The Full Adobe Creative Suite
  • X-Rite’s ColorMunki
  • A Hoodman Professional Loupe
  • The entire Training DVD Collection from Acme Educational
  • A 24″x30″ signed Versace Print

And, of course, you’re presented with the Vinny Award itself during the Photoshop World Las Vegas opening keynote.

If you’re going to Photoshop World in Las Vegas this September, and haven’t entered the Guru Awards yet—what are you waiting for? (There is no fee to enter the competition and every Photoshop World attendee may enter). Here’s the link with all the details. Good luck everybody!

Monday
Jul
2008
07

Confiscating My Brother’s Memory Card in Italy

by Scott Kelby  |  4 Comments

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I wanted to share an interesting story with you that happened to my brother Jeff while we were in Italy. We were in Genoa one day, and he and his girlfriend had been out doing the tourist thing, and at the end of the day they stopped into a large grocery store to get some Diet Cokes (called “Coke Light” in Italy) to take back to the hotel room.

As they were walking around, Jeff saw some interesting looking produce and pulled out his Canon G-9 Point-and-Shoot and took a few pictures. Within a few minutes a man came up dressed in plain clothes, flashed a badge, and told him he couldn’t take photos in the store. My brother said “no problem” (after all, it’s a private store, right?), but then the guy demanded my brother’s memory card.

My brother gave him that “Are you outta your mind” look and said, “No way!” Can you guess what happened next? The guy simply shrugged his shoulders and walked away.

My brother saw him in the store a little later, and the guy had a bag and was shopping. My brother made eye contact with him, and the guy turned away as though he didn’t want Jeff looking at him. Jeff feels like this wasn’t “official store security,” but instead some guy collecting (and then reselling) memory cards from unsuspecting tourists (many of whom might have just surrendered that card immediately).

Anyway, he kept his card, and the shots, and luckily that was the end of it. Have any of you heard of anything along these lines? I’d just be interested to know.

Friday
Jul
2008
04

Catch My Exclusive Interview with Attorney Ed Greenberg for the Straight Scoop on Copyright, Model Releases, and Shooting in Public

by Scott Kelby  |  6 Comments

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If you’ve been reading this blog for the past month or so, you’ve read my posts about photographers being harassed when shooting in public, and a lot of readers have chimed in with comments about what we can and can’t shoot, what our rights as photographers are and aren’t, our interpretations of copyright law, and so on. There’s just one problem; we’re not attorneys.

So, I contacted New York-based Intellectual Property Attorney Ed Greenberg, who’s a published author on the topic, and who has been dealing with photography copyright, contract, and creative rights issues for over 30 years, to finally get the straight no-nonsense scoop on all this.

Ed is absolutely brilliant; he communicates in Plain English (and with a great sense of humor as well), and he cuts through the bull and gets right to the point (which is why we now have Ed, and photography rights advocate Jack Reznicki, co-host a legal session for photographers at Photoshop World).

I had Ed as a call-in guest for next week’s episode of Photoshop User TV where I asked Ed to debunk some of the most widely held myths of copyright, model releases and shooting in public (the same topics we’ve been discussing here on the blog). Below are two video clips of the interview from next week’s show, approximately 10-minutes each, which represent some of the best, and most important information we’ve ever delivered in the history of the program.

The two clips, Part I and Part II, will air on next Monday’s show, but I wanted to run the interview here now, because I think you’ll find it as eye-opening, surprising, revealing, and as incredibly valuable as I did. This interview can change the way you work and protect your images in a very profound way, and that’s why I wanted to run it today, and during this entire fourth of July weekend, so you’d have a chance to really give it your undivided attention.

My thanks to Ed for being so gracious as to share his time and expertise with my readers here on the blog. I really hope you find this helpful. Also, thanks to my buddy Terry White, who came up with the idea to go straight to the source and really get to the heart of this matter.

Click the videos below (start with the top video Part I), to watch each interview.

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PART ONE:

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PART TWO:

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Again, my humble thanks to Ed for his time and insights, and if you’re going to Photoshop World Las Vegas this September, make sure you catch his and Jack’s full hour-long, eye-opening class.

Thursday
Jul
2008
03

Save Saturday, August 23, 2008 for me (I’ve got something really cool for us to do that day)!

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

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Seriously, I have cooked up something very, very cool for us to do together, and you are SO going to want to be a part of it.

Although I can’t spill the beans until later this month, I wanted to give you a heads up now to mark your calendar to spend Saturday, August 23rd with me (Trust me; you’re gonna love it!) :)

Remember; on August 23rd—-it’s you and me—doing something you’re totally going to be into, so try and keep that day open. More details soon!

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