Thursday
Jan
2008
17

Three New Cool Flash-Based Web Photo Galleries Adobe Snuck Into Lightroom

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

In the last free update to Lightroom, Adobe did something very cool; they snuck in three very slick Flash-based web site templates (which are completely customizable), designed by the gang over at Airtight Interactive. In Lightroom, these three templates actually appear in the Gallery Panel on the right side, and they’re called:

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Airtight Postcard Viewer (shown above top), which arranges your photos like they’re on a Light table, and when you click on any one, it zooms into a large size (seen in the image right below it). Click on either image to see larger versions.
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Airtight Auto Viewer (shown above–click for larger version), which gives you a row of interactive panels, and the center panel displays your full color image while the panels on either side are dimmed back. People viewing your Web site have the choice of clicking the play button to watch an automated slideshow, or they use the arrows to scroll through the slides at their own pace.

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Airtight Simple Viewer (above above top), displays your images as tidy square thumbnails on the left, and when you click on a thumbnail the larger version is displayed with a white Polaroid border around it.

flashpal.jpgWhat’s so cool about these (besides the way they look), is how incredibly customizable they are, and how easy they are to customize. There’s a panel (shown here) where you choose how many thumbnails, how large they are, if they have a border, and how wide it will be, and a dozen or so customizations specific to each template. It’s very, very well done.

Kudos to Airtight Interactive for such well thought out design and especially for letting Adobe’s Lightroom Team share it with us Lightroom users.

Wednesday
Jan
2008
16

Wedding Photography Guru David Ziser Live on Location!

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

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The amazing David Ziser has been in town since last week working on his on-location wedding shoot for KelbyTraining.com, and I stopped by and crashed their shoot yesterday at a local church. I stayed just long enough to take a few quick shots (as seen above), but while I was there I watched him tape a short segment and I have to tell you—David Ziser flat out rocks! He is, without a doubt, one of the best teachers out there, and the stuff he imparts in his teaching you just don’t find anywhere else. He makes it all so clear, so simple, and it just makes so much sense. I can’t wait to watch his entire class when it goes online (should be within just few weeks).

Besides traveling the world shooting high-end weddings, and teaching both the photography and the business side of wedding photography, he has one of the most informative (and active), blogs out there (called “DigitalProTalk.com“). I know I’ve mentioned it here before (I even talked about it in my latest book), but even if you’re not a wedding photographer, you’ve got to add to your daily list (David posts numerous times each time. He even makes me feel like I’m a slacker). Here’s the link to his site, and I’ll let you all know as soon as his first online class goes live.

One last thing: David’s Photoshop World pre-conference workshop (and live on location wedding shoot) is one of the very first ones to sell out (he’s sold out every single one well in advance), so if you’re planning on going—make sure you snag your spot right away.

Wednesday
Jan
2008
16

Dan Margulis On Lab Color and Shakespeare (I’m not making this up)

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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As promised, here’s the full intro to Dan’s new advanced Photoshop Lab Color Frontier online class, and I posted the full intro for two reasons:

  1. Dan’s the real deal. He’s brash, outspoken, and he “calls ‘em like he sees ‘em.” You’ve got to hear it in his own words. Plus, you’ve got to love any class intro that’s rated PG, and I particularly enjoy the way Dan both scares you away, and then at the same time nearly dares you to take his class.
  2. You’ve got to watch the full intro because at one point not only does Dan somehow manage to draw a connection between Shakespeare and Photoshop Lab Color, but he actually kind of acts out a scene from Shakespeare’s King Henry IV, Part One. But here’s the most surprising thing; he does it so darn well (and knows the topic so well), that it’s really captivating (in a “Shakespeare goes to Brooklyn” kind of way). I promise you—you’ll love it. It can only be hours before this winds up on YouTube.com because it’s really, well…you just gotta watch it. Only Dan could pull this off.

So, lower the lights, hit the play button above, sit back and just watch. Oh yeah, it wouldn’t hurt to grab a glass of wine first. Or two.

Tuesday
Jan
2008
15

Tuesday News Nuggets

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

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Hi folks: here’s what’s up:

  • Photographer Alan Hess from ShotLivePhoto.com sent me the photo above (click for a larger version) which he took of Nikon shooters on the sidelines of the San Diego Chargers vs. Detroit Lions game late last year. Thanks Alan, for sharing your photo with my readers (and check out Alan’s fantastic concert photography if you get a chance–here’s the link).
  • When I was checking out Terry’s video on Elements 6 for Mac yesterday, I wound up over at Terry’s Tech Blog, where he’s got a great in-depth review of Wacom’s new lightweight 12″ Cintiq 12WX and if you’ve ever dreamed of having a Cintiq, this is your chance. By the way, Corey Barker’s been using one here in his office, and I got to play around with it, and I’ve got to tell ya—it absolutely rocks! Here’s the link to Terry’s review.
  • Want some Tuesday photo inspiration? Check out the photography of UK-based photographer Tim Wallace. Make sure you visit his Automobile portfolio. Amazing stuff. Here’s the link.
  • This is a bit off topic, but if you’re thinking about whether to go BlueRay or HD-DVD, check out DV-Confidential’s report on the topic right here.
  • “The Blog Critic.com” did an in-depth review of my new book, “The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2″ and you can read it online right here.
  • Looks like it’s going to be a big day for Apple, as Steve Jobs kicks off the Macworld Expo out in San Francisco with his highly anticipated Keynote presentation. Should be a fun day!

Have a great one everybody. See ya tomorrow! :-)

Tuesday
Jan
2008
15

Photoshop User TV Live From Imaging USA Show

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Don’t miss this week’s episode of Photoshop User TV (you can watch it right online), as we taped the show last week live from the KelbyTraining.com booth on the show floor of PPA’s Imaging USA show at the Tampa Convention Center (the photo above was taken during the taping by Corey Barker).

Matt, Dave, and I each gave previews from some of our online classes, and RC did a tour of the Expo, along with some interviews with vendors and photographers at the show. You can watch the show right here.

Monday
Jan
2008
14

Congratulations to Matt “Marathon Man” Kloskowski—HE DID IT!!!!

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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A huge congratulations to my buddy Matt Kloskowski, who yesterday ran in the Disney Marathon (that’s Matt and his brother crossing the finish line after running 26.2 miles in the 80°+ Florida heat! Click on the photo for a much larger view).

RC, my brother Jeff, and I were there to photograph Matt’s race, and text him with unmotivating messages while he ran, (including a play-by-play of our breakfast at Disney’s Polynesian Resort while Matt was in the middle of his race. I’d text him with stuff like, “Hey, RC, can you pass the maple syrup? Whoops, sorry Matt–that text was supposed to be for RC.” and stuff like, “Man, we’ve been waiting so long in this breakfast line. I’m beat!” and worse).

Despite all our text jokes, Matt finished the race and we’re all so proud of him, and just amazed at his incredible accomplishment, Way to go, Ski!!!! :-)

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