Wednesday
Sep
2007
19

Wednesday News Morsels

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

Here’s a quick look at what’s up:

  • Our buddy Jim Dalrymple (over at Macworld.com), has put together a great piece on Adobe’s 25th anniversary, with a look back at their amazing history, how they got where they are, their relationship with Apple, and where they’re going in the future. It’s a great read, so check it out right here.
  • Want to do something really important today? Stop what you’re doing, and go right now and back up all the digital photos on your computer. It’ll probably take you 10 minutes to back them up to an external hard drive, but trust me–one day you’ll be really, really amazingly glad you did.
  • NikSoftware has a pretty nice online newsletter that they publish monthly, and it includes some news, tutorials on their products, they feature a photographer each issue, and overall it’s very nicely done. Definitely worth a look by clicking here.
  • Just a reminder; I’m bringing my Lightroom Live Tour to the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday, October 30th. Hope you can join me there! (Here’s the link with all the details).
  • My buddy Jeff Revell let me try out his digital camera GPS unit (which he read about on Moose’s News Blog), when we were shooting last week in DC, and I have to say; it’s pretty sweet. It’s called the N2 di-GPS mini (I know; nice name) from Dawn Technology, Ltd and it’s designed to work with Nikon digital cameras.Here’s what I like about it; you don’t need any additional software—it just embeds your current GPS coordinates right into your image’s metadata at the moment you press the shutter button. Then you can see view this GPS data in programs like Lightroom. It’s super lightweight, it doesn’t have any moving parts; the cable plug-ins into your external flash input, and it slides right into your hot shoe mount. Here’s the link with more info (Thanks to Jeff for letting me try it out; and thanks to Moose for turning Jeff onto it. Small world, eh?).

Well kids, my work here is done. By the time you read this we’re already winging our way to the great state of Montana for my GAPW Glacier National Park photography workshop. I’ll be reporting from there, but they’re two hours behind Florida, so my posts will probably go up a little later than usual. Have a great Wednesday, folks!

Tuesday
Sep
2007
18

Tuesday News Nuggets

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

Here’s some crunchy Tuesday news (now with more fiber):

  • I saw this last week on Photojojo.com, and then I got numerous posts and emails about it, so I finally had to try it, and I have to tell you—it’s pretty darn cool. It’s called “Animoto” and it’s a site that creates music-video style slideshows of your uploaded images, and it does it in a very clever, very automated, very MTV-like way.Here’s the link to their site; check out their demo, and then upload some of your own images. If you want to see where the future of online services is going; this is just a glimpse. Cool stuff for sure!
  • There’s a great article over at LayersMagazine.com from Janine Warner, called, “The Making of a Great Photography Website: Three Distinct Approaches,” and it’s really quite brilliant (and so is Janine. She was one of the speakers at the MacDesign Conference in NYC, and she was one of the top ranked speakers at the entire event). Anyway, if you’re a pro photographer, it’s definitely worth a read (here’s the link).
  • OnOne Software just released 100 free Camera Raw 4.1 presets created by our buddy (and Photoshop and Photography Guru), Jack Davis (of the WOW! Book fame), and if Jack makes a preset, or an action, or a Style; you better believe they’re gonna rock. Download ‘em free right here, courtesy of OnOne Software.
  • You’re gonna love this site: It’s called 1001 Noisy Cameras and it’s the scoop on everything happening under the surface of the digital photo biz. It’s not just a rumor site, it’s not just a community site, it’s not just a comment site; it’s all of that and way more, with links to everything happening everywhere. I’ve added it to my daily visits, and it’s really well done from top to bottom. Here’s the link.
  • Lastly, here’s a retouching site you’ve got to see (I may have talked about this one before, but: (1) I can’t remember if I did, or (2) I saw some images there I don’t remember seeing. It’s called “Fluid Effect” and there are (as always) fascinating before/after images, and some nicely done pro-level retouching; so make sure you click on the Retouching link on the left side.
  • Hey, there’s more stuff below, so scroll on down for a couple more posts

Tomorrow I’m off to Montana’s Glacier National Park for my photography and Photoshop workshop with the Great American Workshop (GAPW: here’s the link), and it’s my first trip out to Montana, and I’m totally psyched. If I get any decent shots, you’ll see ‘em here on the blog.

Have a great Tuesday everybody! See you tomorrow.

-Scott

Tuesday
Sep
2007
18

Monument Valley Pano Uncovered

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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OK, the headline makes it sound more dramatic than it really was; I was searching through Lightoom for a shot I took out in Utah’s Monument Valley (Click for a much larger version). The only reason I found this pano at all was that I use a little trick so I can spot panos while searching through hundreds of thumbnails:

Right before I start shooting my pano, I hold my index finger up in front of the lens and I crank off a shot (that lets me know where the pano starts). Then I shoot the pano (this one was made up of 10 shots), and after the last shot, I hold two fingers up in the front of the lens and crank off another, to let me know that I’ve reached the end of my pano. That way, when scrolling through hundreds of thumbnails, these “fingers” jump out at you, and that’s exactly what happened yesterday. I saw my outstretched finger and said, “Hey, I must have shot a pano!” and the images in the pano are the ones which appear between the two finger photos.

The photo itself isn’t particularly remarkable, but it does give a nice reference for the size and scale of Monument Valley, but beyond that what is remarkable is CS3′s Photomerge feature for stitching together panos. I didn’t do anything “right” when taking this pano. I just held up the camera, and cranked off 10 shots—no special tripod, I didn’t turn off Auto Focus, I didn’t do an exposure lock, the only rule I followed was that I let the photos overlap by about 20%, and son of gun if Photomerge didn’t perfectly align and balance the tone for all 10 photos automatically. If you shoot panos (or thought you’d ever want to), the Photomerge feature in CS3 is worth the entire upgrade price.

Tuesday
Sep
2007
18

KelbyTraining.com Launched at Photoshop World

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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One of the big announcements made at Photoshop World from our company was the launch of KelbyTraining.com (that’s me above, in front of the Kelby Training booth at Photoshop World –photo by Jeff Greene). You can read the official press release here, but if you’d rather hear the plain-English scoop straight from the horse’s mouth (so to speak); here it is:

If you wanted to go to one of my live seminars, you went over to PhotoshopSeminars.com, and if you wanted one of my DVDs, you went to PhotoshopVideos.com, and if you wanted one of my books, then you could go to ScottKelbyBooks.com and if you wanted to take one of my online courses, you’d have to go to PhotoshopTraining.com, but if you wanted a copy of Layers Magazine (I’m the mag’s Publisher), then you’d have to head over to LayersMagazine.com, and…well, we were apparently making finding all these things as hard as humanly possible. But now, all this educational stuff for Photoshop (and a whole lot more), is now all in one place at KelbyTraining.com.

Plus, since I’m training director for Kelby Training (that makes sense, eh?) it’s my job to make sure that no matter who you take the training from (like a live seminar we produce with Bert Monroy or Ben Willmore), or an online course from Dave Cross or Corey Barker, or if you buy one of Dave Cross’s books, no matter how you like to learn best (whether online, from DVDs, books, live seminars, etc.) it’s always the same consistent, step-by-step, high quality training that we’ve become known for.

So, that’s the scoop for now; we’ve launched KelbyTraining.com; one name with infinite possibilities (hey, that would make a great slogan!), but there’s LOTS more to come, so stay tuned.

Monday
Sep
2007
17

It’s Unexpected ”No Blog” Monday

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

Hi Everybody. I didn’t expect for this to be a “No Blog” Monday, but I was up all night finishing up a project (more on this soon), and now I’m in a meeting, and everyone’s staring at me because they’re talking and my laptop is open and I’m typing.

I’ll be back tomorrow, cause I’ve got lots of news, and a pano from Monument Valley I found yesterday while looking for something else.

Have a great “no Blog” Monday! :)

-Scott
Blogging, but not really

Friday
Sep
2007
14

Adobe Releases Lightroom 1.2 Update and Camera Raw 4.2 Update

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

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Sorry I didn’t get this posted sooner (I’ve been in meetings all morning), but Adobe released Lightroom 1.2 a FREE maintenance (bug-fix) update, which also adds support for some new digital cameras (like the Canon EOS 40D, the Fuji FinePix IS-1, Olympus EVOLT E-510, and Panasonic DMC-FZ18 among others). You can download it here for Mac, or here for Windows. That’s it—short and sweet. It’s an update. It makes things better. Mmmmmm. Better. :-)

Adobe also released an update for Camera Raw (bringing it to version 4.2), which add similar support for these new digital cameras. Here’s the Mac link; here’s the Windows link.

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