Monday
Nov
2007
26

Monday News Fix

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Before we jump right in; today I’m on my way up to Washington, DC for this year’s last stop of my “Photoshop CS3 Power Tour” seminar (which is tomorrow at the Washington DC Convention Center). If you’d like to join me tomorrow (and around 750 of my new best friends), you can sign up at kelbytraining.com (it’s $99 for the full day, and only $79 for NAPP members).

Now, onto the news:

  • Photoshop Hall of Famer Eddie Tapp is offering a unique training opportunity at the Institute of Visual Arts, in Oahu, Hawaii, where he’s doing a two-day intensive Photoshop CS3 workshop. The details are right here.
  • David Ziser has an interesting debate (you can hear the can of worms being opened), called “JPEG or Raw: One of three religious arguments in the digital world”. It’s worth checking out (by the way; David has one of the best and most active photography blogs out there. Just the right mix of technqiue, news, and opinion). Here’s the link.
  • Terry White got one of the first Nikon D300s to ship; check out his first impressions over at his tech blog (click here).

Well, I’ve got to head to the airport. I hope to see you tomorrow in DC. Have a great Monday everybody! :)

Friday
Nov
2007
23

Food For Thought From One of Today’s Hottest Photographers

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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I read a really fascinating article in the November 2007 issue of “Digital Photo Pro” magazine, about photographer and Photoshop retoucher Gary Land. He is just an absolutely amazing celebrity and sports photographer who captures the biggest stars for everything from Rebok ads to editorial spreads in the biggest national magazines, and he is definitely “the man in demand.”

Land has created his own trademark look, which incorporates some absolutely brilliant compositing techniques, which combines detailed planning in the shooting stage (including meticulous lighting), and some serious Photoshop skills in the darkroom. But besides an enlightening article on his work, he said a couple of things in the article that I thought were worth sharing. He shoots 99% of his work with a digital camera, but sometimes the client specifically requests film, so he obliges, but here’s his quote about film:

“I love film, but it’s a pain in the ass, because you’ve got to shoot the film, change the film, you’ve got to process it, you’ve got to scan it. It’s just a pain, and it doesn’t look as good in the end. It really doesn’t.”

But what really caught my eye, was his comment about printing resolution. He said:

“I got into a fight with a printer company rep the other day. I’m like, ‘I’ve printed this stuff.’ I print all my files at 150 dpi. He said, ‘You’re crazy.’ I said I am not crazy. I’m telling you there’s no difference, and I do these tests all the time. I can print one of my files at 150 and the same file at 300 [dpi] and it’s the exact same look. Take a magnifying glass and it’s the same. 150 is awesome.”

He goes on to say,

“That’s a little secret I think. I like printing at 150 [dpi] it just looks much better.”

I’ve subscribed to his “less resolution is more” theory for more than 10 years, since the brilliant Photoshop and prepress magician Doug Gornick showed me the light. Doug was printing everything at 144 dpi. He said the print shop will always argue with you that it can’t be done, but they’re always amazed with the results. I saw Doug’s results again and again, and the proof was in the pudding. To this day, I feel the “use only 300 dpi for print” line is another one of those Photoshop myths that may have been accurate (or just plain simple to pass on a general rule), years ago, but I personally don’t think it’s really relevant anymore. But hey, that’s just me. :)

Stop by and check out Gary Land’s amazing work (much of which is composites of the athlete or celebrity being shot in 15 minutes or less on white seamless, and then is composited seamlessly with a separate background in Photoshop afterward), at his site (click here to jump there).

You can read the feature article on Gary from Digital Photo Pro’s Web site (click here to read it online).

Thursday
Nov
2007
22

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

Hi everybody. As anyone who knows me would tell you, I’m the happiest, most blessed guy in the world, with so much to be thankful for, and today I’m taking today off to spend it with the people who made me that way.

Here’s wishing you and yours a day filled with the warmth and joy we get from being surrounded by the people we love. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday
Nov
2007
21

Volume 2 of my Digital Photography Book

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This week I’m just wrapping up the writing and shooting for the soon to be released, “The Digital Photography Book, Vol 2,” which pretty much picks up where Vol. 1 left off. I built the book on feedback from readers of the first book, who asked things like, “Can you do the same thing for studio lighting?” and “Off camera flash” and can give you give us more Wedding photography tips, more landscape tips, more travel photography tips, and just more of everything. So, I did just that.

The new book uses the exact same layout and look of Volume 1, and it goes to press in the first week of December, (although Amazon.com shows it in their warehouses around Jan.5th, and Barnes & Nobles shows it available on December 28th, 2007), so, it will either be:

  • (a) In stock and shipping on that day
  • (b) It will be available earlier, or
  • (c) later

So, I’m going to give you the links here to pre-order the book from Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com (Amazon. com is listing it for $16.49. Cheap!), but here’s the thing: once I send it to my publisher (Peachpit Press), and they send it off to be printed and shipped, it’s out of my hands, so if you do preorder it, and Amazon sends you an automated email message that says it won’t be available until July of 2010, please don’t come here and post hateful comments on my blog that I’m intentionally misleading you, or say bad things about my mother, or any of the other angry things people post here when they get that email, of which I have absolutely no involvement or control whatsoever.

Thanks everybody, and I hope you preorder the book today, and join me in this “when does it really ship?” adventure. :-)

Wednesday
Nov
2007
21

Stuck for a Holiday Gift? I Bet They’ll Like This!

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Last year, I got a B&H Photo Gift Card from one of my buddies, and I have to say, I was just ecstatic! Since they carry about every thing any photo or graphics geek could ever want, it’s pretty much “a lock” that it will go over big. Anyway, they start at $20 and head up to $1,000 if you’re really in the giving spirit. Here’s the link to their gift card section (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/find/giftCard.jsp).

Tuesday
Nov
2007
20

Tuesday News Nuggets

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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Hi Everybody. Here’s what’s goin on:

  • My buddy Matt Kloskowski did a post last week called “Why Lightroom?” on his “Lightroom Killer Tips” blog that started a great discussion (and is creating some real buzz). Check it out right here.
  • In that same vein, on this week’s episode of Photoshop User TV, I did a special segment on Lightroom vs. The CS3 Bridge and Camera Raw, and where Lightroom fits in, inspired by comments I got from a number of attendees at my “CS3 Power Tour” in New York City two weeks ago (namely, “What is Lightroom?”). Here’s the link to watch it online (it’s the first segment in the show).
  • Terry White, of Terry’s Tech Blog fame, and co-author of “The iPhone Book,” is quoted in the current issue of Newsweek in an article on GPS units. You can read the article right here.
  • Thomas Testi, over at Blog Critics Magazine posted a very in-depth review of my Photoshop 7-Point System book today, and he does a good job of showing how this book differs from my other Photoshop books. Here’s the link.
  • Want some Tuesday photo inspiration? Go check out photographer Jill Greenberg’s “Manipulator” web site (if the name sounds familiar,Jill gained fame earlier in the year with her “crying baby” shots). Jill has a very unique style (and a signature Photoshop finishing style that is very slick). Click here to check it out her work.

That’s it for today’s new folks. Make sure you scroll down to the next post which answers some questions about the Elinchrom Octabank I keep talking about.

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