Thursday
Jul
2007
05

Thursday News Update

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Hope everybody had a great fourth. Here’s the news:

  • John Beardsworth has posted a very extensive, menu-by-menu list of the new features added in Lightroom 1.1 (over at this site Photoshopservices.co.uk). If you were wondering if your favorite “pet” feature (or fix) made its way into this new version, this is the place to check. Well done, John. :-)
  • If you’re going to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo this September, there’s an optional pre-conference Workshop (the day before Photoshop World officially starts) that you might want to check out. It’s a beginner’s intro to using your digital SLR, and it’s taught by pro landscape photographers Laurie Excel (AKA, “The Equipment Lady” and the person behind NAPP’s own Camera Gear Desk). Laurie is a wonderful teacher, and in this workshop you’ll finally learn what all the buttons and dials do, why they’re there, which ones to use, and which ones to ignore. If you really want to start getting the most out of your digital SLR, I highly recommend this workshop. There’s more info right here.
  • iPhone users: there’s a great little article (by James Duncan Davidson) over at O’Reilly.com on how to get photos directly from Lightroom right into your iPhone. Definitely worth checking out.
  • For the past few weeks, “The Photoshop Guys” have been filming our episodes “on the road” as construction is wrapping up on our new video production studio. With any luck, we’ll be filming there next week (we’re keeping our fingers crossed) and we’ll be launching with a new set, new branding for the show (HINT: it’s not going to be called “NAPP TV” anymore), and a HUGE giveaway. In the meantime, after filming episodes in the back of Corey’s Mini Cooper, and around Dave Cross’s pool, this week the displaced “PSGs” filmed our show from a local golf course (as seen above), and despite the change in location, the jokes are just as lame as ever (but we did have some cool tutorials, including a special guest tutorial from Photoshop Hall of Famer Deke McClelland). Check out this week’s episode right here online, or catch it each week by subscribing (for free) in Apple’s iTunes (for Windows and Mac).

  • If you’ve had any trouble finding my Lightroom 1.1. book update, scroll down to the next post for step-by-step instructions on where to find it on Peachpit.com.

That’s it so far. Have a great Thursday everybody! :)

Thursday
Jul
2007
05

How to Download my Lightroom 1.1 Update

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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I received a couple of emails from readers who couldn’t find my Lightroom 1.1 update once they got to Peachpit.com’s Website, but luckily my friends over at Peachpit Press were kind enough to forward these step-by-step instructions:

1. Go to http://www.peachpit.com/register
2. If you have an account log in with your e-mail address and password. If you haven’t previously registered with Peachpit, you’ll need to register (it’s free and takes less than one minute).
3. Enter the 10-digit ISBN number found on the back of the book into the ISBN field (not th3 13-digit one—the 10 digit one).
4. Answer the security question, which asks you to look something up in the book (that way, they know you really own the book).
5. Once you’ve answered the question, a new screen will appear (shown above–click on it for a larger view), then click on the “Access to protected content” link
6. Download the pdf.

That’s all there is to it! :-)

Wednesday
Jul
2007
04

Happy “Fourth of July” Everybody!

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

I want to wish all my readers (well, at least the US-based ones) Happy Independence Day. I’m taking “the fourth” off to spend some time with my family, and I hope you’re able to do the same. Have a great day and we’ll see you tomorrow. :-)

-Scott

Tuesday
Jul
2007
03

Back From The Cruise (and some Monday news, on Tuesday)

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I’m back from our annual company cruise (we do a series of meetings at sea each year), and I was able to sneak in a couple of shoots while I was there. Here are two shots (click on either for a much larger view) taken on the Bahamas island of Coco Cay, where Larry Becker and I spent a couple of hours after our Saturday meetings (both were taken with a Canon 5D, with a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. I also got a chance to use the Hoodman Pro Loupe again—-absolutely essential for outdoor shooting).

Dave Cross and Corey Barker did a shoot with a local model in Downtown Nassau, and Dave has posted some shots over at his blog, at DaveCross.com

Now, for some of that Monday news, on Tuesday:

  • Jeff Revell turned me onto this clever Photoshop tutorial called “Improve your photography with classical art” which uses Photoshop’s “Match Color” feature to enhance the color of your images in a way I really hadn’t thought of. It shows you the results, and then the step-by-step instructions (with screen captures) to show you how it’s done. Worth a quick look (click here to check it out).
  • Our buddy Bill Fortney has a feature article in the current issue of “Double Exposure,”called “Images from the Industry.” Take a moment and start your Tuesday off right with this quick read, and some very inspiring images (Here’s the link).
  • If you do any serious air travel with your photo gear, you’ll want to check out these two free downloadable PDFs, which I learned about from Ben Willmore’s “Where is Ben” blog. They’re from “Think Tank Photo” (makers of camera bags and cases for professional photographers), and the article’s are called “Fear for your Gear,” which contain (in their words), “…advice from photographers who travel tens and hundreds of thousands of miles each year and who have learned how to get themselves and their equipment onto planes with a minimum of hassle and risk.” Here’s the link (and thanks to Ben for sharing this).
  • In some totally non-Photoshop news; I bought an iPhone this weekend, and I have to say it is just incredible. However cool it looks in Apple ads, or on their Web site, seeing one in person will just blow you away. As Terry White says (in his very thorough in-depth review on his popular Tech Blog), it’s not perfect, but it’s by far the best phone ever. Of course, when it comes to tech gear, Terry has needs that go beyond that of mortal man. For “the rest of us” it is just brilliant!! I couldn’t be happier (and my wife got one too, and she LOVES it!). We’re an ‘iFamily.”

Have a great Tuesday everybody! :)

Friday
Jun
2007
29

My Lightroom 1.1 Update Kit is Up!

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

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Yippie! It’s up!!! (I guess it actually went up yesterday, but I didn’t get the exact URL for the download until this morning. Sorry ’bout that).

Remember: this update was created exclusively for people who actually own my book “The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers” and I created this 1.1 Update Kit as an added benefit for those specific people (whom I dearly love, by the way).

To download my Lightroom 1.1 Update Kit, go to Peachpit.com/register and enter the 10-digit ISBN number found on the back of the book. Once you do that, to download the book it’s going to ask you a simple question that, if you own the book, you’ll be able to easily answer (a sample question might be something like, “On page 12, what’s the first word in paragraph two?” That’s not the question, but it’s that easy.).

If you don’t have the book yet, you can pick it up at your local bookstore, or online from Barnes&Noble.com, or Amazon.com.  Of course, once you get the book, then you can download my 1.1 Update Kit as well.

So, I hope you enjoy my 1.1 Update Kit, and I know you’re going to enjoy Lightroom 1.1. :-)

Now, for some quick news:

  • If you have a digital camera, make sure you check out this week’s episode of “The Digital Photography Show” Podcast, as Scott and Michael talk with an expert from Penn Camera on how to clean your digital camera’s sensor. It’s a terrific walk-though of how to blow, brush and wipe that dust away. The rep from Penn does a great job of demystifying the process and debunking some of the myths out there about sensor cleaning, and they talk about specific products and how to use them. Here’s the direct link.
  • We’re getting incredible feedback on Corey Barker’s new online training course on Photoshop Channels. If you’ve ever wanted to unlock the power of Photoshop’s Channels features, make sure you check out Corey’s 21-day online course (remember, it’s just five minutes a day). Don’t forget: NAPP members get a BIG discount on taking the course. It’s over at PhotoshopTraining.com
  • I’m off to the Bahamas today for some “meetings at sea” with a bunch of our staff (I love my job). We’ve sneaking in a photo shoot while we’re in Nassau and shooting with me will be Matt, Corey, Dave, Larry Becker, and friends. We’ll probably do some sort of shoot while we’re down here (seeing as our new Photoshop TV studio isn’t done yet). Should be lot of fun (and a little bit of work).

Have a great weekend, mon! :-)

Thursday
Jun
2007
28

My Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers is “On Press” Today!

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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It won’t be long now; as my “Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers” is on press today, and should be in bookstores in just a couple of weeks.

The new version of the book not only adds the important new features of CS3, but I’ve learned SO much since the CS2 version of the book was published (believe it or not, that was back in April of 2005), that I wound up rewriting about 70% of the book from scratch. Plus, I wanted one place where the entire process “comes together” I added a new workflow chapter at the end of the book, that shows my own step-by-step digital photography workflow, which you can use as a starting place for building your own.

You can preorder the book and be among the first to get it as soon as it comes off press, over at either Barnes & Noble.com or Amazon.com, or you can find it in bookstores in just a few weeks. :-)

>> There’s more Lightroom 1.1 news today, so scroll down to the next post to catch that action.

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