Monday
Nov
2007
19

Shooting NASCAR in Miami This Weekend

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On Saturday I flew down to Miami to shoot the Ford 300 (Part of the NASCAR Busch Series) with my buddy (and fellow Photoshop World instructor) Joe Glyda, and race photographer Mark Allias (the photo of Joe and I above was taken by Mark). It was just a beautiful day, with absolutely gorgeous weather, we had “All Access” media passes, so we could pretty much shoot from anywhere (and we did), and we just had a ball.

The track shots shown above were taken with my Nikon D2Xs using a Nikon 200-400m f/4 VR lens (from LensProToGo), supported with a Gitzo GM-3550 Mountainer 6X Carbon Fiber monopod (which is marvelous, by the way), and the shots in the Pits were taken with a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens. NOTE: most of the shots with the 200-400mm were taken in the D2Xs’ High Speed Crop mode (and they were all shot in Raw).

The daylight shots were taken at 100 ISO, but the race didn’t start until later in the day, and to keep my shutter speeds fast enough to freeze the action, I had to keep raising the ISO, first to 400 ISO around 5:00 and then to 800 ISO once the sun went down and the bright track lights came on.

I shot from a number of different vantage points (up high, at track level, and from in the pits themselves). Before the race was over, I staked out a position in nearly the front row of photographers over at Victory Lane, and was able to snap that photo you see of winner Jeff Burton holding up his trophy (while shielding my camera gear from the celebratory champagne/beer/Gatorade shower). Then I grabbed my gear and headed straight back to the airport in time to catch the last flight home.

I didn’t even get to look at my shots until Sunday evening, safely after my Tampa Bay Bucs put a “whompin’” on the Atlanta Falcons, to move two games ahead in our division (but hey, who’s counting). Anyway, here’s a few shots from the day (you can click on them to go to a page with larger versions). Thanks to Joe and Mark (who stayed to shoot the Ford 400 today), for hanging out and shooting with me. You guys rock!

 

Friday
Nov
2007
16

Adobe Software Updates Galore

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Adobe_LogoAdobe today announced a bunch of great updates to all kinds of software including Photoshop CS3, Photoshop Lightroom, Camera Raw, Bridge, and the DNG Converter. Here’s what the NAPP members home page says:

In a recent rush of activity by Adobe engineers, there are several major updates to software from our friends at Adobe. Photoshop Lightroom has been updated to version 1.3 to improve Mac OS 10.5 Leopard compatibility, Camera Raw now supports some of the latest cutting edge cameras, and Photoshop CS3 Sports the new version number 10.0.1 to knock out quite a few small but annoying compatibility issues for both Mac and PC users. Oh yeah, and remember our old friend Bridge CS3? Well it’s up to v2.1.1 and sports a cool new HQ preview in the Advanced panel as well as some important little maintenance issues.

If you’re a NAPP member the full update details are available here.

For non-members, Terry White’s blog has a rundown of the features and updates here.

Friday
Nov
2007
16

The 7-point-system on “Your Mac Life”

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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Wednesday night I was a guest on Shawn King’s excellent “Your Mac Life” radio show, and of course, we talked about my Photoshop 7-point-system (Shawn had lots of in-depth questions about it), but I think it was some of the other things Shawn asked that made it one of my most revealing interviews yet.

Shawn touched on everything from whether I do paid endorsements for products, to questions about Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen stepping down and Adobe’s future, to questions about my start in this business (and my film-shooting days), including the real reason I decided to publish a magazine 10 years ago, to how people react to my quirky sense of humor (or lack thereof), to a talk about Adobe making a version of Photoshop available online.

You can listen to the interview right on their web site by clicking right here.

Friday
Nov
2007
16

Photoshop World 2008 in Orlando: Registration Now Open

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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It’s official; the next stop for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo is Orlando, Florida’s Orange County Convention Center, on April 2-4, 2008. This year, our theme is “Photoshop World: The Evolution,” and we’re taking things up a notch with lots of new sessions, some great new instructors, an expanded three-day Expo, and all the latest Photoshop and Creative Suite techniques taught by the very best instructors on the planet. Registration for the event is now open, and you can reserve your space at photoshopworld.com

Thursday
Nov
2007
15

A Shot From The Update Of My iPod Book

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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The latest update of my book, “The iPod Book” is now on press (Apple changed so much with the latest release of their iPods, including the iPod touch, that I pretty much had to rewrite the book from scratch).

Here’s one of the lifestyle shots from the book. (That’s Photoshop User TV news anchor Stephanie Cross in the shot you see here. Click on it for a larger version). I shot it using one light; a 7′ Elinchrom Octabank with an Elinchrom Ranger Kit [strobe and battery pack] positioned to her right (it is one amazing strobe!). It was shot with a Nikon D200, at f/8 at 1/125 of a second, and it’s shot at 800 ISO.

Now, you might be wondering why I shot in a studio at ISO 800. That’s simple; that’s what the camera was set on from my previous shoot, and I forgot (once again), to change it back to 100 ISO. Luckily the shot came out properly exposed, and didn’t have too much visible grain. Anyway, just another peek into the life of the world’s most forgetful photographer.

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