Tuesday
Feb
2008
19

Tuesday News Nuggets

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on:

  • Nikon released a Firmware upgrade for the Nikon D300 that addresses a rare issue that could occur that creates vertical bands in images taken at shutter speeds longer than 8 seconds. Here’s the scoop on the upgrade, how to install it, and a download link (click here).
  • BIG OPPORTUNITY: If you’ve ever wanted a chance to learn printing from acclaimed Landscape photographer Stephen Johnson—this may be your best chance ever. Get this; he has a hands-on Fine Art Digital Printing Workshop coming up on Feb. 23-26 (in his studio near San Francisco), but he only has two people signed up so far–and he’s still going to do the workshop! So, if you want the opportunity of a lifetime, you can get on board and learn from Stephen almost one-on-one. Plus, if you’re a NAPP member, Stephen will give you 10% off the registration. Here’s the link for more info (if you can take advantage of this, this will rock your world!).
  • When I was at David Hobby’s Strobist workshop this weekend, I ran into a terrific pet photographer, and she told me (well, she admitted to me) that she joined NAPP to get free B&H Photo shipping, because since she shoot pets, she goes through seamless paper like you can’t believe (she says she saves about $600 a year just in B&H shipping charges). OK, the good news is, she told me although she originally joined for the free shipping, now she is totally hooked on everything else; the magazine, the Web site, all the training, etc.. I thanked her, and told her not to worry, because we go out of our way to encourage members to take advantage of the member discounts so that (as she said), their “NAPP membership is free!” I took advantage of that NAPP free shipping discount myself yesterday when I ordered Two Avenger 420 rolling C-stands from B&H and saved $31.70 by getting the free shipping. That would’ve paid for nearly 1/3 my annual membership in one order (well, it would have, but they’re nice enough to give me my membership for free. Ya know, seeing as I’m NAPP’s President, and all).
  • Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, Publisher at Peachpit Press, did an audio interview with Joe McNally about this groundbreaking book, “The Moment it Clicks” and you can listen to it by clicking here.
  • Want to see some really slick photography (on a really well-designed site—check out the EXIF data panel that appears over each photo. Too cool!). It’s from photographer Julien Roumagnac. Take a moment and check it out. You’ll dig it.

That’s it for today, see you all tomorrow! :-)

Monday
Feb
2008
18

Report From David Hobby’s Strobist Workshop

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

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On Saturday, Matt, RC and I got up early and drove over to Orlando to catch David Hobby’s Strobist workshop on off-camera flash, and I gotta tell you—it was even better than I had hoped!

David is just a great teacher, a natural public speaker, and he’s very funny and engaging (that’s David above–photo by RC). During the workshop (which started at 9:30 am), he revealed some really great techniques that had us taking notes all day, and I had already gotten my money’s worth in first hour—it was that good!

He broke the day into two segments, starting with teaching off camera flash technique in the morning, and then doing lots of live shoots in the afternoon, with David setting up everything from scratch, from simple one-flash shoots (one of which had RC as the subject), and wound up with more complex set-ups using up to five flashes later in the day. He showed techniques for lighting any room with two flashes, and some great techniques for group shots, and since you saw everything from scratch, right in front of your eyes, it was a really great way to learn.

I just can’t recommend David’s workshop enough, and if it’s coming anywhere near you—you’ve got to sign up (by the way; both days were sold out in advance, so when you see it’s coming your way—you’d better snag a seat quick!). He’s coming to Phoenix in March, and the first day is already sold out (here’s the link with full info). Anyway, if you can catch this workshop, it will change how you light (and see) the world from now on. :)

Monday
Feb
2008
18

Apple Releases Aperture 2

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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Last week Apple released a major update to Aperture, their image workflow application, and the new update includes more than 100 new features, tweaks, and enhancements, including support for the latest cameras from Nikon, Canon, and Sony. The update includes major user-requested improvements to the interface, and to the overall speed of the program, especially in viewing thumbnail images.

I haven’t had a chance to play with the new version yet, (I hope to this week), but the improvements look pretty substantial and the initial feedback I’ve seen from existing Aperture users has been very positive. You can see a list of all the new features in version 2, by clicking this link.

Monday
Feb
2008
18

The Book Report

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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I’ve got a bunch of book news, so I thought I’d put it all in one quick post, so here goes:

  • Joe McNally’s landmark book, “The Moment it Clicks” is already sold out just about everywhere, and the publisher has already gone back to press for a 2nd printing to print another 25,000 copies, so if you want to get yours as soon as they’re available, preorder yours now at Amazon.com or Barnes&Noble.com. Congrats to Joe for creating the most highly acclaimed photography book in years! Note: Here’s a recent review on Joe’s book from Michael Clark Photography [link], and an in-depth review from David duChemin at the PixelatedImage blog.
  • On Saturday I saw one of the first copies off press of Matt Kloskowski’s new book, “Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature” and it came out just beautifully (some of the people who pre-ordered his book have already begun receiving their copies). His step-by-step method is really ideal for learning Layers, and his whole project-based approach really makes the book stand apart. Here’s the link to it on Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com
  • Here’s some recent reviews I’ve run across on my book, The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 2:
    > Stephen Zeller Photography (link)
    > Professional Snapshots.com (link)
    > Hal Maclean (link)
    > Mike Lao (link)
  • Also, ThinkCamera.com picked my book, “The Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers” as one of their top five books of 2007. I would have really been excited, had they not prefaced the mention with, “Some hate his worn-thin humour. Some dislike the fact that he tells you what to do rather than shows you how to do it,” particularly because it’s true. Hey, I am what I am. ;-) (Here’s the link).
  • Also, I’ve just finished up the latest edition of “The Photoshop Elements 6 Book for Digital Photographers” and it’s on it’s way to press, so we should see copies before long. And, for this latest edition, I brought in my buddy, and Photoshop User TV co-host Matt Kloskowski as my co-author, and I’m totally psyched about having Matt on board. He rocks the houseski (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself). Here’s links to the book on Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com

Thanks for reading for this episode of the Book Report.

Friday
Feb
2008
15

Friday News Wrap-up (and a “Scott Thinks It’s Hot” Award Winner!)

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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Hi everybody. I’ve been in Vegas all this week, first for some business, then I took a few days off with my wife and some friends to just hang out and see some shows (saw Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” show Wed. night, featuring the music of The Beatles and it was just unbelievable!!! My favorite Cirque show ever!). Now, I’m back, and here’s whaz up:

  • I’ve been working with Nik Software’s brand new Viveza plug-in for Photoshop, which brings the U-point technology used in Nikon’s popular Capture NX to Photoshop, and I have to say; it’s freakin’ incredible! In fact, so much so, that it’s getting my “Scott Thinks It’s Hot” award, given only to absolutely kick-butt products! The plug-in has a great user interface, pretty snappy performance, and it’s so fast and easy to use, that it’s going to become a part of my regular workflow. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out their video clip which shows it in action (click here); and you’ll totally get it, (and why it will change the way you do selective editing forever). Kudos to the gang at Nik Software for bringing Viveza to Photoshop. I’m psyched!!!
  • I saw a comment posted on my blog this past week from Adobe’s Vice President of Product Development, Dave Story, in response to my post called “Adobe’s Listening.” Here’s what Dave wrote:
  • Adobe is definitely listening, and not just to Lightroom requests. It’s absolutely common for me to require my team members to spend 10-20% of their time out in the community. Not just product managers, but software engineers and software quality engineers…everyone.

    I really don’t understand why every software company doesn’t do this. It is harder, and it is definitely difficult not to be able to accomplish everything our customers want, but it’s critical if we are going to meet our customers’ needs.

    One thing I will say, is that it takes some thick skin to read all the criticisms of our “beloved babies” that we poured so much sweat and tears into…but in the end it is all worth it to see what our customers create (in part) using our tools.

    I say this all the time — Adobe has the best customers in the world!

    Cheers,

    Dave Story
    VP Product Development
    Creative Solutions, Adobe Systems

  • Dave is confirming something we already knew—that Adobe is listening to us, their customers, more than ever, but it’s still awfully nice to hear it direct from the horse’s mouth (so to speak).
  • We’ve posted our first online class from Digital Video Guru (and Photoshop World Instructor) Richard Harrington, and it’s one a lot of people have been asking for: Getting Started with Apple Motion. Here’s the link to Rich’s new online class over at KelbyTraining.com. Note: We’ve got a lot more classes coming from Rich very soon, so stayed tuned! (That’s TV talk. I thought Rich would appreciate that type of jargon). ;-)
  • If you’re in the Waipahu, Hawaii area (you lucky dog!), then you’ll want to catch a free seminar this Sunday, Feb. 17th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm with Photoshop “WOW” books author Jack Davis. All you have to do is RSVP to  808-877-7022. For more info visit the Institute of Visual Arts site (link).
  • The monthly newsletter of celebrated landscape photographer Stephen Johnson is now available online. Click here to check it out.
  • Want to see some beautiful photography to take you into the weekend? Then check out the winners of PDN’s “World in Focus” travel photography contest. They’ve posted an online gallery of the winners right here.
  • I had my day made on Thursday afternoon, when I looked in my email in-box and there was a very nice email from Clement Mok. Apparently, a number of my readers had sent him the link to my story from Monday, and he dropped me a line, and was as gracious as ever. What a class act!
  • You’ve heard me mention the popular “Flying With Fish” blog (run by photographer Steven Frischling, who has dedicated his blog to helping photographers navigate the increasingly tricky task of traveling with pro-quality photo gear. Well, he’s now offering a series of one-day workshops called the “One Day No Jet Lag Photo Quick Course Seminar & Workshop” which are “designed to educate photographers on a wide range of skills and tools to make life on the road easier.” The next ones are coming up soon: March 15th in the Baltimore/Washington area, and then on March 16th in Manhattan (he just wrapped up his workshop in Hong Kong this past week). Check out the day’s schedule (it sounds surprisingly cool), right here, for all the details.

That’s what’s going on today. Have a great weekend everybody, and I’ll see you on Monday (which could be “Manic Monday” or “Mondo Monday” or “Manheim Monday” depending on how late I write the post). Have a good one!

Thursday
Feb
2008
14

Thursday’s Industry Communiqué (For Lover’s Only!)

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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When you’ve been writing news every Thursday since 2005, sometimes you just have to call it something other than just the “Thursday News,” so since it’s Valentine’s Day I came up with this name, which includes just a hint of French (the international language of love. Hey, my first thought was to call it “Thursday News Pellets,” which makes “Industry Communiqué” sound totally palatable now, doesn’t it)? Here goes (remember, this is for just for Lover’s—-backwards skating only!):

  • On February 28th I’ll be over in Dallas, Texas teaching (on behalf of Nikon), at the annual International Symposium for Aerial Photography (ISAP). This is my 2nd time speaking for this group, and it is just a blast. Beside being just a great group to present to; their photography (which was on display at the event) is simply breathtaking. For more info on the International Society for Aviation Photography, click right here.
  • Hard to believe as this must sound, but Photoshop User TV actually did air on “real” television last night on Fox Business channel. Now, as you might expect, besides the date problem, there was apparently a time slot issue in some parts of the country, and as soon as I’m back in the office (tomorrow), I’ll track it down and hopefully get you the right info for next week, but hey….it’s a start. :)  Also, we expect to have the on-screen guide show “Photoshop User TV” within the next week or so, to make it easier to Tivo each episode.
  • Last week, a NAPP member named Charlie Guild posted this comment on my blog, and I wanted to share it with you. He wrote, “Of all the things you and the rest of the pack at NAPP have done for me as a photographer (and there has been a ton), one of the best surprises was being turned on to Joe McNally’s The Moment it Clicks. No amount of hype could match what this book delivers. I sincerely believe that time will prove this out to simply be one of the most important single pieces of work in digital photography.” Charlie, I couldn’t agree more.
  • For those of you planning to go to Photoshop World in Orlando, make sure to make it a point catch our special after-hour session called “The Art of Digital Photography.” This is not another Photoshop class—-it’s the photographers themselves showing some of their best work, and talking about the creativity and art behind the image, and it’s just such an inspiring, funny, and often touching evening that the following day it’s always the talk of the show. You’ll see presentations from gifted photographers, including Jay Maisel, Joe McNally, John Paul Caponigro, Moose Peterson, Joe Glyda, Vincent Versace, and the panel is moderated by the wonderful Jim DiVitale. It’s a night to remember, so make it a point to be there (the session is open to all registered Photoshop World attendees). Here’s a link with more on this after hour sessions.
  • Tech Note for Nikon D300 users: We’ve heard from a handful of D300 users who, since switching to Mac OS X Leopard, have been having a hard time getting their Macs to recognize files from their D300s. The interim fix is to set your D300 so it captures Raw images at 12-bit rather than 14-bit, and that fixes the problem. Rumors have it that Apple is prepping a major bug-fix of Mac OS X Leopard which will be released by month’s end, and that may well include a OS-wide fix for this problem, but at least for now we’ve got a way around it. Just thought we’d pass that on.

That’s it for this “Lover’s Only, Valentine’s Day Industry Communiqué.” I’ll be back tomorrow, with the boringly named “Friday News Wrap-up” to send you whirling off into the weekend full of hope, and promise, and other stuff I only say to my kids. See you then! :-)

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