Monday
Dec
2007
10

I’m Back In The Saddle (along with some Maui Pics)

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I’m back, baby!!!! :-)

Before we get to the story of the shots you see above, first a quick thanks to everyone who came out to my Honolulu Lightroom Live seminar. You guys were absolutely a joy to present to, and it was a really great way to end the year. My buddy (and one of the world’s best shooters), Joe McNally was there teaching the class with me (Joe did all the Live Shoots that day), and we just had a blast. Joe is simply amazing, and having him there took the class to the next level for sure.

Also, we had some celebrities drop by, as Photoshop World instructors Eddie Tapp and Randy Hufford both took in the day, and I was careful to make sure I harassed them both sufficiently. ;-)

I also worked in two shoots during this trip; the first on Honolulu with Steve Dantzig (who wrote the book Softbox Lighting Techniques for Professional Photographers) and he and I got rained out for our location shoot, so we wound up doing some studio work (more on this later in the week), and then on Maui I was invited to shoot some ancient Hawaii hula by Hawaii’s leading fine art hula photographer, Randy Jay Braun. (Click here to visit Randy’s site). Randy lined up a wonderful hula dancer, Tricia Dong, who is based up in Vancouver, Canada and was vacationing in Maui (she’s pictured above). Beside dancing traditional hula, she runs a fitness company called Code5Fitness.com.

She was really terrific, and so patient as we ran back and forth from our cars to the beach to shoot between the torrential rains during some of the Maui’s worst weather in six years. We still had a blast (and the first day’s photos are shown above).

We shot again at sunset the 2nd day, and McNally and Anne Cahill (from Nikon Professional Services) came along with us for the shoot (which turned into a flash fiesta), and I’ll post those shots tomorrow.

Info on the shots above: All taken with a Nikon D300 (it absolutely rocks by the way—even better than I had hoped it would be. More on this later). We shot under overcast skies, but there was still enough light to handhold the shots; most of which were shot at f/2.8 with a 70-200mm VR lens.

The effect on these shots took just two clicks in Lightroom. It uses the built-in “Aged Photo” Develop module preset, then I added my edge vignetting effect in Lightroom that I’ve been showing on my Lightroom Live Tour. Other than balancing the exposure a little bit, and sharpening; that’s it.

Good news: Randy noted that after this shoot, I now have a big leg up in the highly competitive Tampa, Florida hula photography market. ;-)

Thanks to Randy Braun and to Tricia for the opportunity to be a part of your shoot. Randy was just terrific (and he’s one hell of a photographer, and his calendars and fine art photos are for sale all over the island). It was so much fun, not even the rain could dampen my spirits. :)

Wednesday
Dec
2007
05

Time Off For Good Behavior

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

Hi Everybody:
I had the best intentions of writing the blog every day while I’m out here in Hawaii, but……well….you’ve seen the results (or lack thereof), so I’ve decided to go ahead and take the rest of this week off just to chill and spend time with my family.

However, I will be back on Monday in my full daily blogging glory, and I’ve got lots to share next week, so I hope you’ll join me then.

Have a great week everybody and we’ll see you next week. :)

Aloha and Mahalo!

-Scott

Monday
Dec
2007
03

I’m Speechless

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I have to say, I am absolutely blown away, humbled, and just flat out thrilled at the thoughtful, clever, and creative comments that were posted after my article on why nobody reads the introduction of books (and why it’s so important to me that they do).

The comments were so good in fact, that I wound up rewriting (at the last minute), the entire introduction section incorporating ideas directly from those comments. As hard as it was to rewrite and retool part of the book at the very last minute; it was 100% worth it.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) I’m going to outline how I changed the Intro section, and I hope to list the names of those people who will be getting a signed copy of the book thanks to their ideas being chosen, and Ill post the winner of the free Full Conference pass to Photoshop World Orlando (yes, there was a winner).

But beyond all that, I am just so touched, and so grateful that so many of you (nearly 300) would take the time to post your thoughts and ideas, and share your vision for how to address this problem. I just had never expected the volume of responses that came in, and I was just as tickled as I could be at the quality of the ideas I received.

It was an eye-opening experience, and my sincere thanks go to everyone who contributed their suggestions, which I believe have not only improved this book, but all my future books to come. In short; you guys rock!!!!

Monday
Dec
2007
03

Aloha From Beautiful Hawaii

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Aloha and Happy Monday from the beautiful shores of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. My Lightroom Tour is today, and I’m equally exicted and honored to have my buddy Joe McNally (one of the world’s top shooters), here with me, and today he’ll be doing the live shoot during the day, and well…I’m really psyched (of course, being in Hawaii isn’t half bad either). ;-)

I hope to have a report, with some photos from my brand new Nikon D300, to post tomorrow. Hope to see you here in Honolulu! :)

Mahalo and Aloha,

-Scott

Saturday
Dec
2007
01

Great Copyright Law Presentation Free To Download

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The Picture Archive Council of America has a free PowerPoint slide presentation you can download and use in help educating people in understanding, and honoring copyright law. It’s very well done, straight to the point (complete with photographic examples), and it’s an ideal tool for helping stressing the importance of honoring a photographer’s copyright, why copyright laws exist, how to protect your work, and more. You can download it right here (Kudos to Design Tool Monthly for turning me on to this great resource).

Friday
Nov
2007
30

Catching Up

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Hi everybody. Sorry no post yet. I do plan on posting later today, but right now we’re at DEFCON 4 trying to get this book out, so if you check back later (much later), I hope to have an important post up, so thanks for your patience. :)

-Scott

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