Wednesday
Nov
2007
28

It’s “Actual Post or Two” Wednesday

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

Just a quick thanks to all the wonderful folks (all 800+ of you), who came out to spend the day with me for the last stop this year of my “Photoshop CS3 Power Tour.” I had a couple of special guests in the audience yesterday, including Scott Sherman, host of “The Digital Photography Show” and Jeff Revell, from the very popular “Jeff’s Photo Blog.” And although DC photography icon Mike Meyer wasn’t there in person, his presence was felt by all.

I met lots of really great people (including a lot of people who had been out to my “Lightroom Live Tour” when it was in DC a couple of months back) and it was so cool to have so many come up and let me know that they had bought Lightroom after my seminar, and how much Lightroom had changed their life. As an instructor, that was very gratifying, and reminded me once again why I do it, and how blessed I am that I get to do it.

Thanks to you all once again for your support, for spending the day with me in DC, and for showing me such gracious hospitality in your city. Can’t wait to see all you next year! :-)

Now, it’s safe to check out the other posts here today, on this auspicious “Actual Post or Two” Wednesday.

Tuesday
Nov
2007
27

It’s Unexpected “No Blog” Tuesday

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

Hi Everybody: So sorry there’s no real blog post today. I’m up in DC for my Power Tour seminar today, and I thought I’d have time to put up a decent post, but unfortunately time got away from me.

So, thanks for stopping by “Unexpected No Blog” Tuesday here at the Photoshop Insider, and we’ll see you tomorrow for “An Actual Post or Two Wednesday.” :)

Monday
Nov
2007
26

Monday News Fix

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Before we jump right in; today I’m on my way up to Washington, DC for this year’s last stop of my “Photoshop CS3 Power Tour” seminar (which is tomorrow at the Washington DC Convention Center). If you’d like to join me tomorrow (and around 750 of my new best friends), you can sign up at kelbytraining.com (it’s $99 for the full day, and only $79 for NAPP members).

Now, onto the news:

  • Photoshop Hall of Famer Eddie Tapp is offering a unique training opportunity at the Institute of Visual Arts, in Oahu, Hawaii, where he’s doing a two-day intensive Photoshop CS3 workshop. The details are right here.
  • David Ziser has an interesting debate (you can hear the can of worms being opened), called “JPEG or Raw: One of three religious arguments in the digital world”. It’s worth checking out (by the way; David has one of the best and most active photography blogs out there. Just the right mix of technqiue, news, and opinion). Here’s the link.
  • Terry White got one of the first Nikon D300s to ship; check out his first impressions over at his tech blog (click here).

Well, I’ve got to head to the airport. I hope to see you tomorrow in DC. Have a great Monday everybody! :)

Friday
Nov
2007
23

Food For Thought From One of Today’s Hottest Photographers

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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I read a really fascinating article in the November 2007 issue of “Digital Photo Pro” magazine, about photographer and Photoshop retoucher Gary Land. He is just an absolutely amazing celebrity and sports photographer who captures the biggest stars for everything from Rebok ads to editorial spreads in the biggest national magazines, and he is definitely “the man in demand.”

Land has created his own trademark look, which incorporates some absolutely brilliant compositing techniques, which combines detailed planning in the shooting stage (including meticulous lighting), and some serious Photoshop skills in the darkroom. But besides an enlightening article on his work, he said a couple of things in the article that I thought were worth sharing. He shoots 99% of his work with a digital camera, but sometimes the client specifically requests film, so he obliges, but here’s his quote about film:

“I love film, but it’s a pain in the ass, because you’ve got to shoot the film, change the film, you’ve got to process it, you’ve got to scan it. It’s just a pain, and it doesn’t look as good in the end. It really doesn’t.”

But what really caught my eye, was his comment about printing resolution. He said:

“I got into a fight with a printer company rep the other day. I’m like, ‘I’ve printed this stuff.’ I print all my files at 150 dpi. He said, ‘You’re crazy.’ I said I am not crazy. I’m telling you there’s no difference, and I do these tests all the time. I can print one of my files at 150 and the same file at 300 [dpi] and it’s the exact same look. Take a magnifying glass and it’s the same. 150 is awesome.”

He goes on to say,

“That’s a little secret I think. I like printing at 150 [dpi] it just looks much better.”

I’ve subscribed to his “less resolution is more” theory for more than 10 years, since the brilliant Photoshop and prepress magician Doug Gornick showed me the light. Doug was printing everything at 144 dpi. He said the print shop will always argue with you that it can’t be done, but they’re always amazed with the results. I saw Doug’s results again and again, and the proof was in the pudding. To this day, I feel the “use only 300 dpi for print” line is another one of those Photoshop myths that may have been accurate (or just plain simple to pass on a general rule), years ago, but I personally don’t think it’s really relevant anymore. But hey, that’s just me. :)

Stop by and check out Gary Land’s amazing work (much of which is composites of the athlete or celebrity being shot in 15 minutes or less on white seamless, and then is composited seamlessly with a separate background in Photoshop afterward), at his site (click here to jump there).

You can read the feature article on Gary from Digital Photo Pro’s Web site (click here to read it online).

Thursday
Nov
2007
22

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

Hi everybody. As anyone who knows me would tell you, I’m the happiest, most blessed guy in the world, with so much to be thankful for, and today I’m taking today off to spend it with the people who made me that way.

Here’s wishing you and yours a day filled with the warmth and joy we get from being surrounded by the people we love. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday
Nov
2007
21

Volume 2 of my Digital Photography Book

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This week I’m just wrapping up the writing and shooting for the soon to be released, “The Digital Photography Book, Vol 2,” which pretty much picks up where Vol. 1 left off. I built the book on feedback from readers of the first book, who asked things like, “Can you do the same thing for studio lighting?” and “Off camera flash” and can give you give us more Wedding photography tips, more landscape tips, more travel photography tips, and just more of everything. So, I did just that.

The new book uses the exact same layout and look of Volume 1, and it goes to press in the first week of December, (although Amazon.com shows it in their warehouses around Jan.5th, and Barnes & Nobles shows it available on December 28th, 2007), so, it will either be:

  • (a) In stock and shipping on that day
  • (b) It will be available earlier, or
  • (c) later

So, I’m going to give you the links here to pre-order the book from Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com (Amazon. com is listing it for $16.49. Cheap!), but here’s the thing: once I send it to my publisher (Peachpit Press), and they send it off to be printed and shipped, it’s out of my hands, so if you do preorder it, and Amazon sends you an automated email message that says it won’t be available until July of 2010, please don’t come here and post hateful comments on my blog that I’m intentionally misleading you, or say bad things about my mother, or any of the other angry things people post here when they get that email, of which I have absolutely no involvement or control whatsoever.

Thanks everybody, and I hope you preorder the book today, and join me in this “when does it really ship?” adventure. :-)

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