Hi, gang – Happy Tuesday! Today I wanted to share some Lens Correction stuff in Photoshop (this works in Lightroom, too!) that a lot of folks have overlooked (like the Aspect slider for one). This is really powerful stuff — it uses a number of different parts of the Lens Correction and Transform panel, but it’s good solid stuff; it’s easy to use, and there will be times when you really oughta be using it.

I made a video for ya (below). Lots of little tips inside this one:

Again — that works the same way in Lightroom — the panels are just in a different location.

Hope you found that helpful. :)

I’m in Indy in three weeks from today with my Lightroom Seminar
You can be there, too. Here’s the link with details. 

Have a great Tuesday everybody, and see you tomorrow for “Guest Blog Wednesday.”

Best,

-Scott

It was during the conference wrap-up at Photoshop World, just after Larry Becker’s presentation of the Guru Awards, and I’m sitting backstage when my show director told me it was time to get ‘mic’d up” for my closing comments to the crowd. I headed over to the audio crew, and while they were running the mic cable down the back of my jacket, I looked up at one of the huge screens and saw that my book publisher, Nancy Davis of Peachpit Press had taken the stage and was addressing the crowd.

When you’re backstage, if you’re not wearing a headset, you can’t hear the audio from the stage (the audio speakers are on the other side of the curtain, facing away from you, so I can’t actually hear what Nancy is saying — it just sounds like muffled voices, but a graphic appears on the center screen and I see covers of my books from over the years appearing quickly one-by-one, and then I am absolutely floored to see the headline “Over 5-Million Copies Sold!” in huge letters across the screen. My jaw dropped. I literally had no idea. The last time anyone had shared an overall sales number was when I hit 1-million, and I figured they would have told me when I hit two million, but not a word until that moment. I was stunned.

I ran up on stage, hugged Nancy and thanked her, then looked out at the wonderful cheers of a standing ovation from the Photoshop World crowd, with my loving wife Kalebra in the front row (who knew about it all but somehow managed to keep it a secret). It was all pretty overwhelming, but it was at that moment that I realized I should say a few words. I was not at all prepared to make a short speech, but I stumbled my way through this surreal moment and left the stage a bit dazed and amazed.

Now that I’ve had a few days to come back down to earth (and get some much-needed sleep), I want to do it right. I want to express my sincere gratitude to all of you who have read my books, passed them on to friends, shared photos of the covers, tweeted about them, written blog posts about them, did reviews on Amazon, created YouTube videos about them, or just dropped me a line to say thanks.

A very special thanks to my amazing wife Kalebra — her fingerprints are on every book I’ve ever written. Thank you for being my idea generator, sounding board, advice desk, tie breaker, creative consultant, and for getting me through some really tough books that I otherwise wouldn’t have survived. She is my partner in every book we create, and I couldn’t do any of this without her (and wouldn’t want to). Thank you, my love.

I’m indebted to my in-house book editor Kim Doty, and my Art Director Jessica Maldonado. They are a big part of the reason for those sales, and they are as committed, and talented of a team as there is in this industry. I consider myself very blessed to get to work with them each day. I am surrounded by an incredible team here at KelbyOne and pinch myself daily that I have the job I do, and the best team in the business to help me produce these books.

Getting to write books is a privilege and one I never take for granted.
I’m very thankful to Nancy Davis and her team at Peachpit Press who are so committed to making books that really help people. I’m honored by the readers who’ve taken a chance on me and my books, and for any of their success in Photoshop, Photography, or Lightroom that I contributed to even in the smallest way, I’m forever grateful. Seeing their success and progress is a thrill and it keeps me wanting to write more books, to share the latest things I’ve learned, and to keep us all moving ahead doing the one thing that we all want to do — to simply make better images.

Thanks for letting my books be a part of your photographic, Photoshop, and Lightroom education. It is truly an honor.

Best,

-Scott

Happy Friday, everybody. (even if you don’t watch the tip – make sure you read my P.S. at the bottom of the post. It’s guaranteed to make you wish I was younger and had more hair). 

I’ve got a great tip for you today from our dear friend, UK-based graphic designer Dave Clayton, who shared this tip on ‘The Grid” on Wednesday and people were just loving it. Alan Hess wrote “This will change my workflow forever!” and I gotta tell ya — I agree (I didn’t know this tip either). Check out this short video we made just for you guys on the blog here today:

Pretty sweet, right? Thanks, Dave (after speaking at Photoshop World, he came and taped two online classes for KelbyOne — one on Photoshop design for social media, and one straight-up design class for Photoshop users). Such a great guy (and such a great tip!).

Hope you have a great weekend, and we’ll catch you back here next week (well, at least that’s the plan). ;-)

Cheers,

-Scott

P.S. Tomorrow night I’m playing a gig on drums — it’s my high-school reunion (well, technically it’s the year before I graduated reunion), but I’m playing with the same guys I played with back in high school in my first band (three of them were seniors, I was a junior, so it’s really their reunion). Nevertheless, I’m playing it — a bunch of classic rock songs from the late 70s/early 80s (same stuff we played back then), and a couple of newer songs. Yes, I’m making my wife Kalebra go, too. I make her come watch me play every five years as some kind of cruel punishment. She has dubbed it as the “Not my reunion” gig. Follow her tomorrow night on Twitter for many photos and sadly hilarious commentary. Her Twitter handle is @kalebrakelby – it’s gonna rock! (or something like it). 

Landscape Photography: Preplanning and Post-Processing with Richard Bernabe
Take your landscape photography to the next level with Richard Bernabe! Join Richard in Cape Hatteras as he photographs the beautiful Outer Banks while demonstrating how the decisions you make in the field will impact the tools and techniques you can use in your post processing. This class is all about how you can bring your field work together with your post processing, so that you are capturing photographs that allow you to get the most out of your workflow. Over the course of several days of shooting Richard teaches you how to capture and process images involving exposure blending, correcting perspective distortion, removing lens flare, increasing depth of field with focus stacking, and much more. Each lesson on a specific capture technique is paired with a lesson on how to process those photographs using Lightroom and Photoshop.

In Case You Missed It
Take a photographic road tour through the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway with Richard Bernabe and learn how to master an array of compositional tools for creating more dynamic landscape photographs. In this class Richard uses the stunning mountain scenery of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway to share his landscape photography thought processes and show you how to create more compelling landscape images. From sunrise to sunset, and grand landscapes to cascading waterfalls, Richard demonstrates techniques and tools that you can start using immediately in your work, as well as the gear and camera settings he uses in each of these situations.

Follow Your Intuition

How many times in a day are you faced with having to make a choice? What time do I need to wake up? What should I wear? What should I eat for breakfast, etc…. That’s within the first hour of the day. Everyday we have to make hundreds if not thousands of decisions. How do we know what to do, which path to take?

As an Artist, the decision making process is amplified. As we walk through the creative process we often second guess ourselves. What lens should I use? What background do I put my subjects in? White or black dress, hat or no hat, etc… The list of creative options goes on and on. Do you ever feel a bit overwhelmed?

On one hand the creative process can be the most exhausting, nerve racking experience an Artist has to go through. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could make a creative decision knowing that you are 100% right every time? I’m going to let you in on a secret that will revolutionize your photography.

First, have you ever watched American Idol, the X Factor, or one of those types of shows where the judges give advice? What do they say over and over. “Take a risk and be yourself.” “Do what feels right, and let it all hang out.” You see, originality will always trump those who copy. When you copy someone’s artistic vision, you will always blend with the masses because there is a line out the door of copiers. If you be yourself, you will stand out from the crowd.

So, how does the creative process work in the real world? For starters, there is this annoying voice that seems to chatter over our shoulder as we come to a crossroad and have to make a creative decision. It goes something like this, ”Are you sure you doing it right? Someone’s not going to like what you’re doing,” and it goes on and on. You start to think about your photography teacher and what he or she would say. And of course there are your friends, colleagues, not to mention the social media crowd. All this chatter is playing inside your head as you are trying to figure out which modifier you should put on your strobe.

Since you were born you have been practicing one thing over and over. From what shoes to wear to what music you listen to, you have been formulating what you like and dislike. It turns out, you are pretty good at it. You have a personality, temperament, history of years on this planet, that all play a factor in your decision making process. It all feeds into your intuition and is the culmination of who you are. It’s your uniqueness.

I have a quote that I repeat over and over to my workshop attendees, “You are unique, one of a kind, there is no one on the planet just like you.” This thing called your intuition is the ticket to you being a creative force. If you are in sync with your intuition, it will never lead you astray. NEVER! How do I know that? Because Art is the manifestation of self-expression. The creative process should be driven by the very core of who you are. No one should be able to tell you you’re off track.

The problem with most Artist/Photographers, is we never really trust our intuition and are constantly being swayed by other’s opinions. Often our creative process lacks the skill-set to compete in the marketplace. If you want to be a world class violinist you have to practice your craft six to eight hours a day. Just ask one. It’s no different in photography. The best photographers in the world out practice 99.9 percent of all other photographers on the planet. They take a risk by following what comes natural, their intuition.

When I set up my lights and build a portrait, how do I know I am on the right track? When it feels right! That’s right, when my intuition, my feeling and my emotions tell me it is right, I can’t go wrong. Because I end up with something that is unique that fits me to a T. A flash meter will never tell you where to put your lights, or what modifier to use, or how far you place it from your subject. This is reserved for the creative mind and falls on the shoulders of your intuition. Stop listening to the chatter of other’s opinions and follow the single greatest asset you posses as an Artist, your very own intuition.

You can see more of Joel’s work at JoelGrimes.com, and follow him on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

We kick off each Photoshop World Conference with a Photoshop-based parody of a movie or TV show, and this year we went with the long-running Fox TV series, “COPS” but of course, we added our own Photoshop twist to it. :)

It stars Corey Barker, Matt Kloskowski, Dave Cross, Yours Truly, a special appearance from Kristi Sherk (you’ll hardly recognize her), and Kaylee Greer, along with a special cameo (can’t tell you who it is, but if you’ve ever been to Photoshop World, you’ll instantly recognize him).

Here’s the ‘Photoshop COPS’ video (below) that kicked off the Conference last week:

Hope you got a chuckle or two (and keep watching for just a couple of minutes afterward to catch the Blooper Reel).

Hope you have a Photoshop COP-free Tuesday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Don’t forget — I’m in Minneapolis and Indianapolis next month with my full day Lightroom seminar. Come on out and spend the day with me. 

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