Thursday
Mar
2008
27

Adobe Releases New Web-Based Image Editor; Adobe Photoshop Express

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/KSpO4iFPF88" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]Hi everybody! I put together a special video clip (along with my buddy Matt Kloskowski) just for you guys who read my blog, to give you an exclusive first look at the just-announced Beta release of Adobe Photoshop Express, the new Web-based image editor).

WARNING: Before you play the video above, I want you to clear your mind of any preconceived notions that this is a version of Photoshop as we know it (so forget things like the Layers palette, and filters, and all that stuff). Although Photoshop Express does use some Photoshop technology, it’s designed to be a totally different experience (after all, it’s free), and it’s aimed at a totally different audience (18 to 22 year-old MySpace and Facebook users, who aren’t going to spend $600 to $900 to buy Photoshop CS3, or even $99 to buy Elements).

My buddy Terry White put it perspective for me. He said, “Imagine a kid going to his parents and saying “I need a hundred bucks to buy Elements to fix the photos I’m putting on my “MySpace” page.” Now you know why Adobe created Express, and who it’s made for.

That being said; because Photoshop Express has such great Flash-based online galleries, and you can post your images there for free (you get 2 Gig of online storage free), and put a web gallery of your work online today, with no Web experience whatsoever, I think we’ll all be surprised at how many serious shooters and pros wind up using at least part of Express.

So, clear your mind before you watch that video. Think “This wasn’t designed for me—I already have Photoshop—this is for my kids, and my neighbor’s kids, etc.” and remember—”This isn’t a stripped down version of Photoshop,” instead think; “This is a new online photo editing experience and community,” and if you do, I think you’ll be amazed, and surprised at what Adobe has been able to do. OK, now it’s safe to watch the video.

When you’re done, go check out Photoshop Express yourself (Here’s the link). Thanks everybody, and make sure you scroll down to the next post for free info on how to learn Adobe Photoshop Express.

Thursday
Mar
2008
27

Kelby Training Releases “Adobe Photoshop Express” Free Online Learning Center

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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If you want to get up to speed quick on the brand new public beta of “Adobe Photoshop Express,” Kelby Training just released a free online learning center (featuring our own Matt Kloskowski) which takes you through the whole process, from uploading your photos, to editing, to creating online albums, and sharing your work.

Here’s the link to check it out right now. :-)

Wednesday
Mar
2008
26

Come to the Photoshop World Tech Expo. Free!

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Wanna check out the Photoshop World Tech Expo in Orlando next week for free? Here’s the deal: We usually open the Tech Expo part of Photoshop World to the public for one-day only, but this year in Orlando we’ve expanded our Expo to a third day, so we’re opening the show floor to the public for two full days (Thursday, April 3rd and Friday, April 4th).

If you sign-up in advance online, you can get the Expo pass free (if you show up at the door, it’s $20.00 per person). Here’s the link. Here’s why you should come to Orlando and check out the Expo:

  • You get to play with all the latest photography and Photoshop-related gear from exhibitors like Epson, Nikon (who have their own theater this year), Canon, Adobe, OnOne Software, Westcott, NikSoftware, Wacom, Microsoft, Chimera, Corel, LensBabies, and Tamron (among others).
  • There are lots of free training sessions right on the expo floor. You can catch free sessions from Peachpit Press’ authors (people like, well…me, and Bert Monroy, and Matt Kloskowski, and just about every cool trainer you can think of). Plus, this year Nikon has their own theater featuring their superstar shooters, and Microsoft has some incredible photographers doing presentations in their booth as well.
  • There are demo theaters all over the floor, where you can see everything from live shoots, to live demos on lighting, Photoshop plug-ins, new technology, and all kinds of juicy gear.
  • It’s a selling show, so vendors will be selling products, at show special pricing, right on the Expo floor (even B&H Photo has a booth, and it’s always jumpin’).
  • There’s a huge Official Photoshop Bookstore (by Peachpit Press), with everybody’s latest books (including books from almost all the Photoshop World Dream Team instructors), plus other major publishers, like O’Reilly and Wiley, will be there with books and special Expo only deals. Plus you’ll find deals on DVDs, and Online Training, and a whole lot more.
  • It’s a blast. It’s really an awful lot of fun (from the live taping of an episode of Photoshop User TV, to the freebies and goodies vendors give away at their booths), and the chance to meet your favorite trainers in person (including people like Joe McNally, Jay Maisel, Deke McClelland, Dan Margulis, Ben Willmore, among others), and get your books signed, and just talk.

Here’s the link to sign up for your free pass. I hope to see you on the show floor in Orlando next week! :-)

One more thing: If you want to kind of get a feel for the show (and in particular, what the the Tech Expo is like), check out the one-minute video clip below, which was created for the Boston 2005 Photoshop World.

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Wednesday
Mar
2008
26

Shooting Tethered From Your Camera Into Lightroom (in Lightroom 2)

by Scott Kelby  |  38 Comments

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I had a number of comments on my “Wedding Shoot” blog post yesterday, asking how to set up Lightroom and your camera to shoot tethered (where the images aren’t written onto your memory card—they go straight from the camera onto your laptop, so you can see them full size on screen). So, I thought I’d go ahead and show that today, so here ya go. The shot above, taken by RC, shows me shooting (along side makeup artist Shelly Giard) but I’m tethered very close to my laptop, because I forgot to bring my USB extender cable (I highly recommend picking up a USB extender cable. It’s really helpful, if you actually remember to bring it to the shoot).

Step One: To connect your camera to your laptop (or desktop machine), you need to use that little USB connector cable that came with your camera (the same cable that some people use to connect their camera to their computer to download photos as slowly as humanly possible). So, connect one end to your DSLR’s USB input, and then the other end into your laptop’s USB port.

Step Two: You will need a piece of software that goes between your camera, and Lightroom. If you’re a Canon shooter, you already have that software—it’s called “Canon EOS Viewer” and it comes free with your Canon digital camera. If you’re a Nikon shooter, you need Camera Control Pro 2, which sells for $160 at B&H, but you can download a fully working trial-version for 30-days from Nikons’ site (here’s the link).

Step Three: Make a folder somewhere on your computer (I put mine on my desktop), and name it “Watched.” Note: Since I’m shooting Nikon, I’m going to show how to set up Camera Control Pro 2 for Nikon shooters.

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Step Four: Make sure your camera and laptop are connected, your camera is turned on, then launch Camera Control Pro 2. When the software launches, go under the Tools menu and choose Download options. When the dialog appears (shown above), click the Choose button (as shown here), and then find the “Watched Folder” you created in Step Three and choose it. That’s all you do in Camera Control Pro 2. On to Lightroom.

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Step Five: Now you’re going to go to Lightroom, and set it up Go under Lightroom’s File menu, under Auto Import, and first choose “Enable Auto Import” (to turn it on) and then choose Auto Import Settings. When the dialog appears (shown above), at the top where it says “Watched Folder” click on the Choose button, find your watched folder, and choose it (now, any photo that goes into that Watched folder will get automatically imported into Lightroom, and that’s exactly where Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 is putting them). The rest of the dialog is pretty much like Lightroom’s normal import dialog, where you choose where the files are saved, what they’re named, and you add keywords.

That’s it—when you shoot now, the images go seamlessly through Nikon Camera Control Pro 2, and right into that folder in Lightroom. I select that folder in Lightroom, switch to the Grid view, double-click on the first photo so it zooms up to Loupe view size, and I start-a-shooin’. Hope that helps. :-)

Wednesday
Mar
2008
26

Free Orlando PhotoWalk Planned The Day Before Photoshop World

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Jeff Revell, of PhotoWalkPro.com fame, is going to be attending the Photoshop World Conference & Expo next week, and since he’s down that way he’s putting together a special Photo Walk in Orlando and everyone’s invited to come along (you don’t have to be a Photoshop World attendee to join the Photo Walk).

It’s scheduled for Tuesday April 1st, (Photo Walks last around two hours), and Jeff is planning on shooting just outside downtown—in and around the Lake Eola area (great cityscapes, plus skyline reflections in the water), and they’ll continue to some historic buildings and sites in the Church Street Station area.

Everyone’s invited to join Jeff and gang, and you can find out more details by clicking here. Make sure you check out shots from Jeff’s Photo Walk in Washington, DC earlier this month, here on my blog (Matt and I flew up for the walk) and check out the coverage on Jeff’s blog as well).

Tuesday
Mar
2008
25

From Yesterday’s Bridal Shoot

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

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Here are some shots from a Bridal Shoot I did yesterday at a Catholic church in Clearwater, Florida (click on it for a larger view). The images haven’t been retouched in Photoshop yet—you’re seeing a straight capture of them taken in Lightroom’s “Lights Out” mode, in the Grid.

The shots were taken using the same one-light Elinchrom On-Location studio lighting set-up that I talked about on the final day of Lighting Gear Week (An Elinchrom Ranger RX Kit [flash head and battery pack], with a 53″ Elinchrom Midiocta softbox, mounted on a rolling Avenger boom stand. We also used a reflector for some of the shots, but mostly just that Elinchrom). We shot inside the church, and then outside in the portico, but still used the Elinchrom for everything except two of the shots you see here.

They were shot with a Nikon D3, with a 70-2oo mm VR lens, a 50mm f/1.4 lens (the one I talk about in Vol. 2 of “The Digital Photography Book), but a few were taken with a Nikon D300 using a 17-55mm f/2.8 lens and a 12-24mm f/4 wide angle zoom. I shot tethered to my laptop most of the day, with the images going straight from my camera right into Lightroom, via Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 (as seen below).

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Thanks to RC Concepcion (who was there shooting me shooting the Bride–photo above by RC–click on it for a larger version), to Shelley (our makeup artist), to Erin (who assisted me on the shoot, and is seen above wondering–”Is this thing aimed right?), and of course, Kortney our lovely bride.

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