Wednesday
Dec
2007
26

Post Christmas “Lite” News Update

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

top5.jpg I’m back, baby! I had a wonderful, relaxing, fun-filled Christmas, and although I’m still somewhat in Holiday mode, I’ve got a “lite” post-Christmas update for you.

  • First, I had a wonderful Christmas Eve surprise; I took a look at Amazon.com’s top selling titles for the entire Computers & Internet category, and saw that I had four of the top five bestselling books (see above), which really made me grateful to all my faithful readers who are kind enough to give my books as Holiday gifts. That’s about the best present you can give a writer like me, so my humble thanks go out to all who passed on my books to family and friends. You guys rock!
  • adim.jpgAdobe’s own in-house Photoshop genius, Russell Preston Brown, has announced the location and theme for his 11th annual “ADIM Conference” (Art Directors Invitational Masterclass), held each year in a different location. This coming year it’s being held in sunny San Jose, California on April 30th – May 3rd, and its has a clever “Classic Movie Monsters” theme. It’s really an amazing event (ask anyone who’s been), which includes creative opportunities, events, and classes you simply can’t find anywhere else. Here’s the link to the site (the site design itself is very cool), for all the details.
  • Designorati did an in-depth review of my “Photoshop 7-point-system” book and while I did flinch a bit while reading it (the reviewer Jeremy Schultz was very clear about what he didn’t like about my previous books), it’s still one of the most complete and fair reviews out there (in the end, he said “I almost never give a perfect ten, but Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3 deserves it.” Click here to feel my pain (or joy, depending on how you look at things).
  • OK, to wrap up this truncated version of the news, how about a little photographic and Photoshop inspiration: check out Motor Image Works site. They specialize in car photography, and putting CGI generated cars into photographic scenes, and they have a section on their site where they show a breakdown of how the images where compositing (showing just the car, just the background, added CGI elements, and the final image. Definitely worth checking out (here’s the link).
  • Santa (in the form of my wife and friends), got me lots of cool photo gear for Christmas, and although I haven’t had a chance to take any of it out for a spin yet, I’m heading out with some of it later today, so hopefully I’ll have some field reviews for you by next week.

That’s it for this “Lite” version of the news. See you all tomorrow! :-)

Friday
Dec
2007
21

My Six Favorite Magazines (They Make Great Last Minute Holiday Gifts)

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

Before I get to my list, first I have to tell you; I am just so thrilled at the response to our launch yesterday of our subscription-based online training. The first-day’s sign-ups were beyond what any of us had even hoped for, and we’re so excited to have you all on board. It’s going to be an amazing year ahead (with lots more surprises right around the corner). Thanks to everyone who came onboard, posted comments, and showed their support. It means a lot.

Now, if you’re looking for some last-minute Holiday gifts, here’s a list of my six favorite print magazines, and you can give gift subscriptions to any of these online at their Web site (I’ll include the links for each one). Here we go (not listed in any particular order):

outdoor.jpg> Outdoor Photographer
I can’t wait to see this one in my mailbox each month, and I particularly look forward to the monthly columns from people like George Lepp, Bob Krist, Bill Hatcher, William Neill, and Frans Lanting. Great stuff for the nature, landscape, and outdoor photographer on your list. Also, lots of great info on gear for outdoor photographers and they always end each issue with a photo that makes you smile. Here’s the link.

pdn.jpg> PDN (Photo District News)
This is for the pro photographer on your list, but anyone will enjoy the wonderful images and article on industry pros. It has a heavy lean toward advertising and commercial photography, but here’s the thing; it’s amazing photography, the magazine is very well written, beautifully laid out, and is just slick from top to bottom (with a beautiful print job as well). Here’s the link to subscribe.

digpro.jpg> Digital Photo Pro
The newest magazine of the bunch, but it rocks. A great layout, and lots of digital photography focused content (including Photoshop and Lightroom feature stories and tutorials), make this one of my absolute favorites. Good info on gear, on printing, and I really enjoy the Misinformation column on the back page. Lots of great photography and a layout that works beautifully to show it at large sizes that really make it hard to put down. Here’s the link to subscribe.

how.jpg> HOW magazine
This one is for the graphic designer/art director on your holiday list, and nobody covers this market like HOW. As you might expect, the layout is just beautiful, but not the least bit “over the top.” It’s elegant, very readable and engaging. Lots of design-business articles, and one of my favorite columns has always been their “Workspace” column, which shows the interior of some of the coolest ad agencies, design shops, and creative companies in the world. Very inspiring. Also, lots of cool stuff on Type, which I dearly love. Here’s the link to subscribe.

shutter.jpg> Shutterbug
In the last few years, I feel that Shutterbug has really moved to the next level, and it’s one of my favorite to sit down and read as soon as it arrives, because they focus on a lot of new gear, and I just love that. Of course there’s lots of great photography and feature articles, but when it comes to gear, this one has no peer (hey, that rhymes). A great pick for the photographer on your list. Here’s the link to subscribe.

popphoto.jpg> Popular Photography
The grand-daddy of all photography magazines still shows how it got to be that, with great articles, great photography, and perhaps most of all; really great in-depth product reviews. They also have a very nice online site as well. Great writing, a touch of Photoshop training, and lots of info on gear make it one of my favorites. Here’s the link to subscribe.

There you have it; my six picks for my favorite magazines. Now, I’m sure you probably noticed that I excluded the two magazines I publish (Photoshop User and Layers Magazine), because I’m kinda (very) biased about those two, and I figured those were implied. ;-)

Have a great weekend everybody. I’m going to take Monday (Christmas Eve) and Christmas Day off to spend with my family, so it’ll be “No Blog Monday and Tuesday.” I wish you all a wonderful joy-filled Christmas, and I hope Santa brings each of you a D3 or a Mark III (hey, that rhymes, too!).

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Thursday
Dec
2007
20

Today We Introduce a Truly Groundbreaking Subscription-Based Online Training Experience

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

Kelby Training Online

OK, this is really, really, really big news; today we just launched a groundbreaking new online training program, featuring the best teachers on the planet, and it’s subscription-based so you get unlimited access to ALL of our online courses for an amazingly affordable price.

Here’s a Q&A with all the details:

Q. Before we get started; do I have to read all this stuff, or do you have a quick video clip that explains it all?
A. Yup, we sure do. Here’s the link.

Q. So what is subscription-based online training?
A. In the past, we’ve offered online training courses, and it was always “Pay as you go” (basically, you’d pay individually for each class you took). But now you can pay one annual subscription fee and then you have unlimited access to all our online classes.

Q. You said this is amazingly affordable. OK, how affordable is it?
A. Our annual subscription is only $199, or you can pay $19.95 a month. By contrast our online classes used to be around $70.00 each. If you took just three classes, you were already paying more than our new subscription tuition. Now, you get unlimited access, all year long, for only $199. That’s just 55¢ a day, for unlimited access to the best Photoshop and photography teachers on the planet.

Q. What if I’m a NAPP member? Do I get a discount?
A. Absolutely! You get an annual subscription for just $179 (or only $17.99 a month).

Q. How many classes do you have online right now?
A. We just launched today, and we already have 34 classes up online, right now, with more waiting in the wings (and I mean literally waiting in the wings; including some amazing new classes going up next week!)

Q. What makes you guys different?
A. We knew we had to do something really special to stand out from the other online training options, so we asked ourselves what is the single most important aspect of any online course. Is it the topics? The price? The technology? The quantity? The look? What is it? We think the single most important thing is “The teacher.” It’s who you’re learning from, and their connection with the students. It’s their passion, their knowledge, their ability to communicate and share in a way that makes sense, that’s engaging, and even fun. That’s why we built our entire program around one thing; bringing you nothing but the very best teachers on the planet. Period.

Q. So who is on your faculty?
A. Only the most gifted teachers like:

  • Katrin Eismann
  • Bert Monroy
  • Dan Margulis
  • Dave Cross
  • Ben Willmore
  • Matt Kloskowski
  • Eddie Tapp
  • John Paul Caponigro
  • Terry White
  • Moose Peterson
  • Joe McNally
  • Rich Harrington
  • David Ziser
  • RC Concepcion
  • Fay Sirkis
  • Corey Barker
  • and Vincent Versace (with more announced in just the next few weeks).

They don’t all have classes up live yet, but we’re working on them all as we speak, and as soon as one of their classes is complete (they’re all doing multiple classes), we’ll open that class up to our online students.

Q. Scott, are you teaching any classes?
A. You know it! Today my “Photoshop CS3 for Digital Photographers” class went live and I’ve got two more classes on the way: (1) Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques, and (2) A class I’m co-hosting/moderating with photographer Andy Greenwell on “Building Your First Studio From Scratch” (which is scheduled to go live in the next 10 days).

Q. If the teacher provides files for us to practice along with, can we download them, or do we have to pay extra?
A.
You get ‘em without any extra fees whatsoever. It’s part of your subscription.

Q. OK, I’m a photographer; tell me something that’s going to get me really psyched!
A. How’d you like to learn landscape photography from Moose Peterson, the man behind the renowned “Digital Landscape Workshop Series.” We flew a camera crew out on location to Montana to take you on a live landscape shoot and training workshop with Moose himself.

Q. Now you’re talking. Tell me more!
A. OK, next month we’re live on location in a beautiful church with world famous wedding photographer David Ziser, where you’ll learn the secrets of pro wedding photography. Learn from the master as David photographs the formal bride and groom shots, and you’re right there with him as he explains everything from lighting to posing to how to turn this all into profits for you.

Q. That’s what I’m talking ’bout! OK, can you give me just a little more, cause I’m getting pretty psyched?
A. This week our video crew was in the studio with Joe McNally and on location for an amazing environmental portrait shoot with a ballerina that will blow you away. Imagine learning location lighting, and professional off-camera flash techniques from the man who literally wrote the book on location lighting. During the taping our crew said (and I quote,”this one class alone is worth the entire year’s subscription”). This is just a peek at what’s already “in the can” and what’s coming in the weeks and months ahead.

Q. How ’bout spilling the beans on a cool unannounced class?
A. No sweat, cause I’ve got a killer class for ya. How about an Adobe ACE Certification “Boot Camp” class from Matt Kloskowski, the same guy who taught the live ACE Boot Camp pre-conference session at three Photoshop Worlds! That’s coming online in the next couple of weeks, too. How cool is that!

Q. Can I get a sneak peek at how it all works? How about letting me try a couple of lessons?
A. Sure, why not. Head over to the KelbyTraining site, and click the “Try it Now (Free)” link at the top. You can watch the first three lessons from any of the classes to get a sense of what we’re doing, how the player works, and stuff like that.

Q. This sounds just amazing. How do I sign up, because I want to start taking classes today?
A. I knew you’d say that (’cause I wrote it). You can sign up right now at the site, and start taking any one of our classes today. Plus, you’ll have unlimited access to all new classes as soon as they go live.

Q. Thanks for taking the time to do this Q&A. It was really helpful. It’s like you knew what I was going to ask before I even asked it.
A. It’s a gift. I have to say, I really felt a connection with you. (Or, with me. Well, you know what I mean).

So that’s it folks. You’re seeing the ground-floor launch of something that we’re very committed to, and very honored to be developing for you. I invite you to subscribe and join me and Katrin, and Dan, and Bert, Matt, Dave, Ben, Eddie, Vincent, JP, Rich, Terry, RC, Joe, Fay and the whole gang as Kelby Training brings you the very best training, from the very best teachers on the planet, with a tuition that’s affordable for every one, and every company. Here’s the link to start learning with us today.

That’s it for today. Hope to see you back here tomorrow for my Friday wrap-up. Have a great Thursday everybody! :)

Wednesday
Dec
2007
19

Wednesday News Stuff

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

bestpodcast.jpg

Here’s some stuff. On Wednesday. It’s Wednesday stuff.

First, I’m really excited to announce that our show, Photoshop User TV, was named by Apple as one of their “Best of 2007 Podcasts” in the Video Podcasts category. We’re totally psyched, and our humble thanks to the Editors at iTunes for the honor of including “The Photoshop Guys” in your Editors’ Choice for 2007.

If you’re thinking of getting someone on your holiday list an HD camcorder, check out the DV Confidential blog, where Rod Harlan reveals his pick for the best HD camcorder under $1,000.

Joe McNally’s upcoming book, “The Moment It Clicks” has already created a huge buzz in the photography community with it shooting to the top of Amazon.com’s bestsellers in the photography category this week, and get this; I saw it get as high as 246 of ALL books on Amazon.com. I hope you got to watch Joe’s video (I posted a link earlier this week), but beyond that, take a moment to go back to Monday’s post and read the comments posted by people who’ve taken a class from Joe, and you’ll see exactly why it’s going to be book of the year. Our hats off to Joe for sharing his gift of teaching, and his amazing images with us all. (Here’s the link to Amazon.com to preorder yours).

karinsean.jpgThe amazing Katrin Eismann has teamed up with Sean Duggan on a new book called “The Creative Digital Darkroom” (from O’Reilly Publishing) that’s being released this coming week, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. They’ve got a blog about the book with all the details, and you can check it out right here.

That’s it for today, folks. See you all tomorrow for more food and fun! (I’m not exactly sure what that means) :)

Tuesday
Dec
2007
18

Scott’s School of Hard Knocks

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

rellocks2.jpgThe day before my seminar in Honolulu a couple weeks back, I got to spend some time shooting with just a great guy and photographer; Steve Dantzig (who wrote the book, Softbox Lighting Techniques for the Professional Photographer).

Steve and I wound up as guests on the same radio show a few months back, and as our interviews crossed paths, the host introduced us to each other, and as luck would have it, I had just bought his book (which is great by the way). Anyway, Steve lives in Honoulu (lucky dog); one thing led to another, and before you knew it, Steve had invited me to go shooting with him, at a beautiful cove about 30 minutes away (he even picked me up from the airport). Long story short; we got rained out, so we wound up shooting in his studio instead, and he quickly arranged to have a local up-and-coming model (and her entourage) meet us at the studio.

Anyway, once we got the lighting set up, Steve invited me to shoot as well. I was shooting my new Nikon D300. I was swapping cards during the shoot (using one for shooting, while the other was downloading into Lightroom; I couldn’t shoot tethered because I couldn’t get Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 to work with Mac OS X Leopard, but thankfully, it now does —no problem). So, here’s the “School of Hard Knocks” lesson. When the D300 ships, by default when you take a shot, it shows up on the camera’s LCD monitor (here’s the stinger:) even if you DON’T have a memory card in the camera.

So, as you might expect, I did an entire series of shots which vanished into thin air, because I forgot to put a card in the camera (On my D200 and D2Xs, I had turned that “go ahead and shoot without a memory card” feature OFF long ago, so I couldn’t accidentally take shots without there being a card in the camera. To do this on your D300, go to the Custom Settings menu, under Controls, and change control f9 [No memory card] to Release Locked [as shown above]. This locks your shutter release if no memory card is in the camera).

Luckily, this wasn’t a paid client gig, but had it been, this could have been a really serious situation. I have no idea why Nikon choose to set up the D300 so by defaul it shoots without a memory card, but it does, so all you new D300 owners be forewarned, and learn from another one of Scott’s famous “School of Hard Knocks” lessons from the field learned the hard way.

NOTE: Don’t forget to scroll down to the next post for some tasty Tuesday News Nuggets.

Tuesday
Dec
2007
18

Tuesday News Nuggets

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

Happy Tuesday everybody! Here’s what’s goin’ on:

cep3_mainhead.jpgIf you’re thinking of buying any Nik Software stuff this Holiday Season, here’s a way to save some money. Moose Peterson (over at Moose’s News Blog), got Nik to give his readers a 10% discount of any Nik software purchases (like Dfine 2.0, Nik Color Efex 3.0, Nik Sharper Pro 2.0), by enter a special “Moose and friends” discount code (which Moose reveals on his blog). Anyway, here’s the link to Moose’s blog, with a link, and the discount code. Thanks to Moose for letting my readers get in on your deal. You’re not a bad egg. ;-)

  • You all have heard me talk (rave, exclaim, carry on, etc.) about Really Right Stuff’s L-brackets (which let you switch from shooting portrait to landscape in just seconds. Well, they finally put together a video demo to show how it works. Here’s the link.
  • This has nothing to do with Photoshop or photography, just an observation—but I was in the Apple Store last week, and it was (as always) just absolutely packed with shoppers. But what really struck me was how many employees were there assisting people. It seemed like there was one employee for every two people (and there were like 70 or 80 people in the store at the time). I’m not complaining; it’s a good thing, but it’s just kind of wild to see that many employees in a store that size. Keep an eye out next time you’re in the Apple store. It’s like the deck of a Starship.
  • Last week I mentioned that Sean Duggan is doing a black and white workshop at the Lepp Institute, but I forget to mention that NAPP members get a discount on any classes they take from the Lepp Institute. Not bad, eh?
  • I found this recent review of my Photoshop Seven-Point-System book, complete with Pros and Cons about the book. Here’s the link.
  • If you’re into Food Photography, I found a pretty cool flickr group dedicated to just that. You’ll find it right here.

That’s it for today. I’m in the studio shooting and working on stuff today. I’ve got some Big News for tomorrow, so I hope you’ll check back in then.

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