Friday
Sep
2007
07

NAPP Surpases 70,000 Members!

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Another announcement from yesterday’s Photoshop World keynote was that the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) has now surpassed 70,000 members. This is a true testament to the real passion people around the world have for Adobe Photoshop and the community that has grown to support it.

We when started NAPP, nearly 10 years ago, we never dreamed that one day it would grow to become what it has, and it’s so gratifying to see so many members from around the world helping each other, supporting each other, and coming together as part of this global community. I don’t think there’s ever been another program that has the power to bring users together like Photoshop does, and my hats-off, and a sincere congrats to the amazing people at Adobe who have created something amazing, that it has literally changed our world.

Thanks to all our loyal members, sponsors, partners, and friends who’ve supported NAPP over the years, and helped to build this vibrant, growing worldwide community.

Wednesday
Sep
2007
05

Valley of Fire Shoot (and some news)

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Hi everybody, and greetings from Photoshop World Las Vegas. :-)

Yesterday afternoon I snuck out for a shoot at the Valley of Fire National Park, about an hour or so outside of Las Vegas, and it was really a blast. I was invited to the shoot by Canon’s Steve Inglima (who runs Canon’s Explorer of Light Program–that’s Steve back in the cave), and we were joined by two other Explorers of Light; renowned landscape photographer Steven Johnson (on the far right in the hat), and the amazing Eddie Tapp, along with Judy (Eddie’s sweetie, who happens to be just a wonderful photographer, specializing in portraits of children, and mother/child shots), next to me.

I took around 245 shots on our 3+ hour hike/shoot and the photos above were taken with a Canon 5D, and a 16-35mm f/2.8 lens (click on it for a much larger view). It was processed in Lightroom, sharpened in Photoshop, but has no color enhancements at all (Just exposure, shadows, recovery, etc.—no Saturation or Vibrance boost, or other color tweaks—it’s just so colorful already). I haven’t had to chance to really go though the entire shoot yet, but on a quick glance, the top shot was one I liked. I’ll post more when I get a chance.

I had a really great time (and awful lot of laughs), and it was an honor to get to shoot with such amazing photographers and genuinely nice people. Now, onto the news:

  • Terry White sent me a link to a very interesting article on C|Net.com about Geotagging; how to organize your digital photos by where they were taken; not just when. It’s definitely worth a read (here’s the link).
  • I ran across this blog last night, and I really like it because it has tips, and little videos, articles, hints, etc. on a wide range of stuff for creative people. It’s called Creativetechs, and there’s some very clever, and interesting stuff there (including some mini-workshops). Check it out right here.
  • Jeff Schewe (over at PhotoshopNews.com), has posted a load of photos, and a “play-by-play” of my Chicago Lightroom Tour, and he really did a great job giving you a look at the day (complete with captions for each photo), but also giving you a behind-the-scenes look as well. Here’s the link to the article at PhotoshopNews.com. Also, Dan Ablans did a two-part review of the day on his blog, starting while he was sitting in the class itself, and he then did a follow-up after the seminar. Here’s the link to Dan’s report.
  • I mentioned the special session tonight in Vegas called Capture & Creativity (on Portrait and Wedding photography) that is a tribute to Monte Zucker, featuring Clay Blackmore and Jane Conner-Ziser. Well, after Photoshop World they’re taking their “show on the road, with a nationwide tour. Their tour sounds fantastic (I’m going to try and sneak into one of their stops myself). The full info on their tour is right here.

That’s it from Vegas, baby! I’ll try to blog at some point tomorrow, but it’s kind of crazy on opening day, with the keynote, and I’ve got a session, and the Expo floor opens, and….well, it could easily be “No Blog Thursday.” But ya never know. :) Have a great one everybody!

Tuesday
Sep
2007
04

Tuesday News Update

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Hi Everybody. It’s a beautiful morning here in Vegas, as we start our preparations for the conference, which starts with the pre-conference workshops tomorrow, and then the official opening keynote and tradeshow opening on Thursday. But, right now, it’s time for the news:

  • First a reminder: if you want a free Expo pass to check out the tradeshow here at Photoshop World on Friday (the one day we open the show floor to the public), head over to PhotoshopWorld.com right now and get your pass. Otherwise, you’ll pay $25 a head at the door.
  • The Strobist (the hottest site for on/off camera flash technique, and one of my absolute favorite blogs), posted a link where you can download some of Joe McNally’s amazing work which appears in a promo piece called “Simply Lit” for the fine folks over a Bogen Imaging. It gives a behinds-the-scene look at how Joe lights portrait scenes and the whole thing is really nicely done—definitely worth the quick download. Here’s the link to the story on the Strobist (if you’re into on-camera flash; check out the whole site while you’re there–you’ll love it!).
  • I found a blog review of my recent Chicago Lightroom Tour, from photographer Samuel Barr, which includes loads of photos he took during the event (I only posted two photos; he’s got like 30+, so you really get a feel for the day). But if you go there, scroll down past the post and check out some of his own photography. He’s got some really nice images, and the farther down you scroll, the more cool stuff you see. Here’s the link.
  • I’m in Washington DC on Monday with my Lightroom Tour, so if you’re anywhere near there, I hope you’ll join me for the day. Here’s all the info.
  • If you’re at Photoshop World this week, don’t forget; there’s a special free bonus after hour sessions tomorrow night, from celebrated wedding photographer Clay Blackmore, along with photographer and Photoshop retoucher Jane Conner-Ziser, who are doing a special class on weddings and portraits, called “Capture & Creativity; A tribute to Monte Zucker.” This special workshop, which starts at 5:30 pm and runs to around 9:30 pm) is open to ANY Photoshop World attendee (not just pre-conference workshop attendees), and it should be an amazing experience. I hope you’ll take advantage of it. :)
  • Want to see some cool shots? Go check out Moose’s News Blog. He’s got a really great portrait shot from his recent photo workshop at sea, with Vinny Versace, Laurie Excell, and our home boy Dave Cross. Don’t miss the shot of Adobe’s Russell Brown. It’s a classic. :)

Well kids, that’s it from Vegas today. I’ve got a shoot late this afternoon, and I’m hoping to have some shots to post tomorrow (I always try to slide a little shooting into every trip). See a really great Tuesday, and I hope I get to see you in person this week here in Vegas!!!

Monday
Sep
2007
03

Lightroom Chicago Wrap-up, Plus a Cool Tip from Jeff Schewe

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First, a big thanks to everybody who came out to my Lightroom seminar in Chicago last Thursday (the top photo was taken by Dave Moser, during my live bridal shoot which starts the day. Below it is the photo I was taking, using just one Westcott TD5 Spiderlite [they rock!], and a reflector–click on them for larger views). I really had a blast, and met lots of really great people (and saw some old friends, too!).

I was lucky enough to have Lightroom expert Jeff Schewe on hand, along with Adobe’s own Terry White, who both helped me field questions on the breaks, and that was incredibly helpful. At lunch, Jeff shared a very cool Lightroom tip with Terry and I that neither of us knew about, and it’s so simple that of course, Terry and I were both embarrassed we didn’t know it.

In Lightroom 1.1, Adobe really beefed up the Sharpening features big time (and Jeff worked closely with Adobe on this particular part of Lightroom), and what Jeff pointed out was that Adobe included two great new Develop Module sharpening presets (One for landscapes; one for portraits) in version 1.1. Jeff said a lot of people had no idea these had been added (I sure didn’t know), but that these work two work great, and and at the very least are good starting points when sharpening either of those types of images.

My thanks to Jeff once again for helping out at the seminar, for sharing this tip, and also thanks to Terry for helping, and for being the other guy in the room who didn’t know that tip. It made me feel a lot better. ;-)

Next stop on my tour: Washington, DC next Monday (click here for info or to register). I hope to see you there!  (NOTE: here are two blogs that posted comments after the seminar: NMB photography, and  Julie Monacella Photography.

Hey, it’s Monday, so it’s time for some news, so scroll down to the next post. :-)

Monday
Sep
2007
03

Monday News Quickies

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

It’s Photoshop World week, so I can’t be sure if we’ll have a “No Blogging Tuesday” or “No Blogging Wednesday,” but for now, we’ve got some Monday news quickies. Here ya go:

  • If you’re coming to Photoshop World this week in Vegas; bring your favorite high-res image over to the Epson booth, and they’ll print it for you on any of their printers (your choice), and you get to keep the print. Sweet!
  • I just got my copy of David duChemin’s new limited edition coffee table phtography book, “The Pixelated Image” and it’s just absolutely wonderful. He’s got some just fascinating images, and the book is beautifully done (it’s a collector’s edition type of book). Check it out right here.
  • On the heel of my “shooting the Bears from the sidelines” story from last week, George Stark posted a comment with a great link to a Seattle Times blog about Football photography. Really great stuff, with some great examples of what you can do with a 200mm lens. If you’re into this stuff; you’ll love it. Here’s the link.
  • The Blog Critics posted a review of my book, “The Photoshop Channels Book”, and it’s probably the most in-depth review of the book done by anybody. Click here to give it a quick read.
  • I just got the new Wedding Pro Flash Bracket from Really Right Stuff, and it is surprisingly light, surprisingly sturdy, and really brilliantly designed. I’m using a Stoffen OmniBounce with an SB-800 flash as part of my wedding gear, and this bracket lets you flip from horizontal to vertical shooting in about 2 seconds flat, while keeping the flash upright (yet off the camera).I just got this puppy on Friday, so I haven’t had a chance to field test it yet, but I was so impressed with it’s design, that I wanted give a shout out to Really Right Stuff, because it so nice to find a company whose stuff is absolutely first rate from top to bottom. Way to go!

That’s it for today. Tomorrow I’ll be at Photoshop World, hopefully with some sort of report on something. I can’t wait. I’m psyched! Have a kick butt Monday everybody!!! :-)

Friday
Aug
2007
31

Shooting the Chicago Bears From The Sidelines

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After my Lightroom Seminar I had just an amazing night, as I spent half of the Bears/Browns NFL game at Solider Field in the Bear’s own Luxury Skybox, as a guest of the Bear’s Chairman Michael McCasky (who’s not only a true gentleman, but one heck of a photographer), and the other half on the field shooting the game from the sidelines. What an absolute blast!!!!

I didn’t have the glass with me that I needed to shoot the game the way I would have liked (I needed a really fast 400mm, but only had a 200mm f/4), but I was having so much fun runnin’ and gunnin’ that it didn’t get me down. I haven’t really had a chance to go through all the images, but here’s a few of the first ones I got.

Thanks to Michael, and his wonderful family, for making me and my buddy Dave feel so welcome in “your house.” I’ll never forget it. :)

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