Go Back Up Your Photos. Right Now! Just recently I heard another heartbreaking story from a photographer who didn’t have a back-up of his photos, and he lost everything—-every photo he had taken in the last few years, including client work, family shots—everything—gone forever.
Stop whatever you’re doing and right this very minute, and take a few minutes to protect the visual history of your life, and back up your images. Just drag them onto another hard drive. If you don’t have one; run over to Best Buy, pick one up, and back them up. It takes so much less effort than you’d think.
My Backup Strategy (in 30-seconds or less): I backup all my images (as soon as I return from a shoot) to TWO local G-Tech G-Speed Q drives – one at home and a duplicate of it at the office (and Brad has one for his backup, too!). We also use CrashPlan for our off-site backup. However….
…..yes, that is RC “The Chameleon” Concepcion above on the far right. He’s out in Dubai right now teaching at the Gulf Photo Plus conference (I’d like to see him do his Chameleon thing in Sweden. Just sayin’), anyway when he gets back (on the 17th), he’s going to help me set up a Synology NAS system, which comes highly recommended and I’m excited to get it up and running. More on that soon — I’m hoping to visually chronicle the process.
If you’re going that, why not submit them to the Copyright Office now, too! This would also be a great day to gather up your photos and submit them online to the copyright office. You’ve been putting it off long enough. :)
I’m off to Phoenix today for my “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar there tomorrow If you’re a reader of the blog and you’re at the seminar, I hope you’ll stop me and say “hi” tomorrow (I love meeting people who take the time to read the blog-a-roo).
Hope you all have a kick-butt Tuesday, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for “Guest Blog Wednesday.”
All my best,
P.S.Since I’ll be teaching in Phoenix tomorrow, and Matt’s on vacation, we’re turning “The Grid” over to Pete Collins and Larry Becker. Please see that they’re not arrested or that they do anything that would cause them unemployment issues. ;-)
I saw a tweet this week from @timothyjritter who wrote:
“Didn’t realize WPPI and #PSW14 were so inexpensive. Most professional conferences are $1000+”
He’s right ya know (and I retweeted that yesterday) — it’s an especially good deal if you sign up today (or at the very latest, anytime before the March 17th discount cutoff), because you can save $100 off the regular price and get a full conference pass for just $595. If you’re a KelbyOne member, you get ANOTHER $70 off, so you’re going for just $525 (again, if you register before the March 17th early bird deadline).
It’s our first time ever in Atlanta for our East Coast Photoshop World, and it’s one of the easiest, most affordable places to visit in the US. If you’re on the fence (come on, you know you want to be there), check out this short video below:
This is the year. Come and join us for three career-changing, productivity boosting, inspirational, love-making, beer drinking, educational days that you’ll never forget.
Here’s the link — go check it out — then I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta in about 28 days! :)
I just released another “Photo storytelling” post over at Exposure.so, and this is the first one where I’ve been able to use some of their newly introduced editing tools, including the ability to embed links, and feature one image at full width within a group of images (the editing tweaks they’ve added have been really nice. If you’re an Exposure user, here’s a link to a short video that outlines the new stuff — when you get there, scroll down to Feb 12th).
Anyway, I put together some of my favorite automative images over there from the past year (along with two taken this past week out in Vegas), and if you’ve got a quick minute, I hope you’ll check it out — here’s the link.
Here’s wishing you a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. :)
P.S.I’m working on setting up a studio car shoot next Wednesday while I’m out in Phoenix for my seminar. I’ve got an amazing studio for shooting cars lined up — now I just need an exotic sports or luxury car. If you know anyone out there who has a car that would work and wants a studio shoot and a print poster made of it, let me know here in the comments. Thanks. :)
Photoshop World Atlanta Looking for the best place to learn photography, lighting, Photoshop, Lightroom, or any of the other Adobe CC programs? Look no further than Photoshop World Atlanta! Join your favorite instructors like Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Peter Hurley, Jeremy Cowart, The Photoshop Guys and more for three days packed full of amazing classes, as well as fun events like the After Hours Party, Midnight Madness, and lots of great giveaways at the Closing Ceremony.
You can find out more and sign up right here, and save $100 if you register before March 18! Leave a comment for your chance to win a Photoshop Guys book set.
KelbyOne Live Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski, RC Concepcion, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!
You can check out the full schedule for seminars through March! And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!
Rick Sammon’s Photo Sundial KelbyOne instructor Rick Sammon and app developer Craig Ellis have updated their latest app – Rick Sammon’s Photo Sundial – three times since its release. Updates include: synching and sharing locations, location search unified, menus now support text sizing, and more. Updates were suggested by users. Rick and Craig listen. Find out all about it right here!
Hi everyone! The last time I posted here on Scott’s blog it was while I was still working on the new Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers, Volume 2 and I am happy to announce the book is now shipping. If you enjoyed the first book then you are in for a real treat. This book is designed to take you to that next level with more involved tutorials that are more project based so you can learn these techniques in context. Not to mention I did the best I could to bring you some of the most eye-catching images to inspire your creativity. I have always thought that just seeing what is possible can open up possibilities and change your thought process to generate a new idea.
When Volume 1 of Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers rolled out in 2011 I was nervous and excited because it was my first book and was having a lot to love up to. It would have been like George Lucas handing over the Star Wars franchise to a first time writer. Having been on a hiatus of several years, the book was met with critical acclaim and successfully revived the once dormant franchise. I was excited to hear how much it impacted so many artists and got them thinking in very different ways. After a couple years of continued success I was asked to do a second volume. This time with all new content using all the latest new features in Photoshop CC including some more advanced 3D techniques and while the technology continues to evolve we must never lose that desire to see things others don’t and continue to show the world something it has never seen before and that you can definitely do in Photoshop.
Here’s a quick rundown of the chapters in this newest volume and some of my favorite examples:
Chapter 1 – This Will Help You On Your Way This chapter is basically a collection of best practices if you are designing in Photoshop. I compiled a number of techniques I used often in my normal work as well as, throughout this book. These include different extraction techniques, custom brushes, texture effects and even toning effects using HDR. I wanted the reader to be abel to refer to these common techniques quickly instead of searching though the book they are all here in the first chapter.
Chapter 2- You Have a Way With Words What is a Photoshop design book without a chapter on text effects? In this chapter we once again explore type as a design element. Text is designed to convey information, it is our job as designers to make that information as stylish and visually appealing as possible to grab the viewers attentions. Here I have put together a few fun exercises that will show how you can design with text in a number of different ways. One of my favorites being the Movable Type effect shown here. I laugh at the irony of using modern technology to create vintage effects but certain things just have a great nostalgia to the way they look.
Chapter 3 – That Was No Accident, It Was By Design In the last book I had a chapter on design effects and it was one of the more popular chapters so had to include one this time. These are more commercial effects you might use for ad design for magazine or online. I even have a full project for designing a beer label for my friend Adam Rohrmann. He had a model shoot of a girl with her face made up to look like a sutra skull. The makeup was done by Shelley Giard and we knew I was going to do most of the work in Photoshop but definitely wanted a good base to start with. I was thrilled how well it came out and just had to include the full tutorial here in the book.
Chapter 4 – Creative Differences This chapter was a new idea this time around. Since I have been doing this I have developed such great friendships with so many prominent photographers that have all too willing to let me play around with there images I thought it would be a good idea share what friendships like that can yield. I decided to have a chapter that featured the work of certain photographers whose work I loved. This time around I was only able to get 2 photographers in the book. The first one is Moose Peterson, who has been doing some remarkable aerial photography with vintage war planes recently. Moose had given me a hard drive full of images so I went crazy. Below you can see the full composite using two of Moose’s planes. This is in the book step-by-step. The next one is my friend Glyn Dewis who is a photographer and retoucher over in the UK. He does the great themed shoots and often will mimic some Hollywood image with his own little twist. In this book he allowed me to use his images to recreate a spoof of the poster image for the movie Looper. This too is in the book step-by-step.
Chapter 5 – Deus Ex Machina This chapter is of course Hollywood effects. Which is one of my favorite things. I am a big fan of entertainment design especially movie posters. In this chapter we will explore some techniques to help give your designs that Hollywood “look”. In the last Down & Dirty book I had a short tutorial on creating a simple movie poster. This time around we have a fully involved project complete with studio shot images and a full composite build from start to finish. All too often see tutorials that show you only part of the process. In addition to some supplemental videos which are on the book companion site you have all you need to follow the project along from start to finish. Here is a quick time-lapse of that very poster.
YouTube time-lapse of Poster:
Chapter 6 – You Will Now be Entering Another Dimension It is certainly no secret I am a big fan of 3D in Photoshop. I am constantly trying to push the envelope and really see what i can get out of it and this last chapter in the book is a testament to that. I guarantee you have not seen 3D in Photoshop taken to such an extreme. In fact the cover art which you saw at the beginning of this post was created entirely in Photoshop CC. No help from any other 3D applications at all. You would think this would require an insane amount of computing power right? Truth be told, I did the entire graphic on a 2 year old MacBook Pro!
So there are just a few examples among the myriad of tips and techniques found in this newest volume of the Down & Dirty series. You can certainly find out more and purchase your own right here or from Amazon.
SmugMug Films just released this video as a part of their on-going inspirational series on photographers and I’m so proud and excited to be a part of it. The experience of working with Smugmug on this project was so much fun, and getting to work with Smugmug’s director, editor and wizard of video, the amazing Anton Lorimer, was something I’ll never forget.
I hope you enjoy the video (and I hope you’ll share with other photographers out there as a way to introduce them this very cool series from SmugMug — I’m the fourth photographer in their series of videos and if you haven’t seen the others yet, you will love them — Here’s the link [you can subscribe for free to get all the photographer profiles as they're released]).
My humble thanks to everyone at Smugmug for including me in their vision — it is truly an honor.