Tuesday
May
2007
01

Tuesday News Update

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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I’m back from a beautiful day off playing golf (Tip: don’t play Matt for money). Here’s what’s goin’ on.

  • You’ve probably heard about our Photoshop TV photography contest, called “The Photoshop TV Shopping Spree at B&H Photo” where we send the grand prize winner to New York City (including round trip airfare and hotel), and give you a $1,000 shopping spree at B&H Photo’s Incredible Manhattan store. Well, Matt, Dave, and I went to B&H to show you just what that $1,000 might buy. Watch the video clip (which starts just like the segment we did on Photoshop TV, but this version has all the individual products listed, including some of our favorite camera gear) by clicking right here.
  • OK, since I mentioned Matt, I might as well lead off with the news that he’s just launched a new 21-day online training course on learning Photoshop CS3. It’s called “The Photoshop CS3 Power Session” and it’s designed for people who were using Photoshop CS2, and they want to learn how to put the new CS3 features to use rigtht away. The great thing about his course is it’s just “five minutes a day,” (that’s a perfect length, because who doesn’t have 5-minutes to get WAY better at Photoshop, right?). Here’s how it works: you go to the site, download the same image Matt works on for that day, you download a detailed outline (along with some extra tips and keyboard shortcuts), then you follow right along with him. It’s really brilliant, and the feedback we’ve gotten from Matt’s courses has been incredible. Of course, NAPP members get a huge discount (only $39.95 for the entire 21-day course). Start Matt’s class today at PhotoshopTraining.com
  • If you’re a Nikon shooter using Capture NX, you’ll want to check out the new training DVD set (3 DVDs in all) caled “Unleashing the Raw Power of Capture NX” by renown photographer and Photoshop World instructor Vincent Versace. Vinny knows Capture NX on a level few people in the world do, and if you’re using Capture NX, you’ve got to get his collection. You can order yours at http://acmeeducational.com/nx070325/index.html
  • Want to see some great photography? It’s the work of photographer Matt Brandon, and his site is called “The Digital Trekker.” Be sure to check out his galleries of people in their natural environment—very cool stuff. Check it out by clicking here.
  • Just a quick word of thanks to everyone who’s purchased my new “Lightroom for Digital Photographers” book. This week for the first time it’s ranked in the Top 100 of ALL books on Amazon.com, and it’s really exciting to see how many photographers are totally embracing Lightroom and “The New Digital Photography Workflow” using Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. If you want to pick up a copy of the book, you can order yours right here.
  • Yesterday our friends at PhotoshopNews.com posted a very helpful set of links to some troubleshooting tech docs for Vista users running Photoshop CS3, along with links to Adobe articles on how to optimize CS3 for maximum speed on both Mac OS X and Windows. Click here to go there.
  • The “Digital Landscape Workshop Series” just posted their 2008 dates for their “Shooting Fall Color” photography/digital imaging workshop in Vermont (the official dates are Oct. 5-8, 2008) and since they’re always sold out well in advance, I wanted to post it now so you can snag a spot. Here’s their schedule for the rest of 2007 along with the Vermont date next year. (Note: this is the workshop I attended back in October of last year that I did the live report from. I cannot recommend this workshop enough—you will have so much fun, and laugh so much, and learn so much your head will explode.That’s all for today. Don’t forget to push some pixels around, and we’ll catch you tomorrow! :-)
Monday
Apr
2007
30

The Unknown El Capitan Pano (click for larger version)

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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I say “unknown” because I had forgotten I had taken it, and hadn’t run across it until yesterday while searching through my Yosemite photos for something else (the only reason I found it at all, is because immediately before I shoot a pano, I shoot a shot of my hand holding up my index finger, then immediately after the last shot of the pano, I shoot my hand holding up two fingers. So, while I was scrolling through the photos in Lightroom, I saw “my finger” and I was like “Hey, a pano!”).

The pano is made up of eight vertical photos, switched together using Photoshop CS3′s Photomerge automation (Scroll down to the next post to see the eight photos that made-up the pano above). Photoshop switched the pano together first time without a hitch–all I had to do was click OK, and then crop it a tiny bit afterward to make it straight, since I didn’t use a pano nodal point attachment on my tripod—I just shot it with my regular ol’ ballhead. The final version is over 83 inches wide.

Monday
Apr
2007
30

Here’s The 8 Photos That Made Up The Pano

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Here’s the eight photos (shown here in Adobe Lightroom), that make up the pano shown in the previous post.

P.S. If you’re looking for the Monday News Report, you can get it in person today at the Innsbrook Island Golf Course, ’cause I’m taking a day off!! That’s right baby, I’m chasin’ the little white ball around today with my brother Jeff, Matt, Felix, and some friends from the office. So…..we’ll see you tomorrow for the full Monday News Report, which will be titled something along the lines of “Tuesday News Report.” See ya then. Oh yeah: FORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday
Apr
2007
27

I Love LA! (and other Friday News)

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

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I just want to thank everyone who attended the kick-off of my nationwide Lightroom Tour Live this past Wednesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center (all 800 of you!). I met so many wonderful people, I learned a lot, I saw some old friends and made some new ones. I posted a few photos above (taken by my buddy Dave Moser—you can click on them for a larger view. The top photo was taken during the live bridal shoot that starts the day, then we take those live shots into Lightroom and follow a step-by-step workflow that ends with the final prints coming off an Epson Stylus Pro 3800 right there in the class). Anyway, I just wanted to thank you all for spending the day with me—I really had a blast and greatly appreciate the wonderful support.

The next stop on my Lightroom Tour is at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center on May 21st, but our seating is much more limited than it was in Los Angeles, so if you’d like to join me, sign up today at PhotoshopSeminars.com. I hope to see you in Boston!

Note: I just saw a comment posted here on my blog, with a link to a review of my seminar at ChromaticSoul, written by one of the attendees. Here’s the direct link.

Now for some Friday news:

  • If you’re into video Podcasts, I was just turned on to one that really speaks to the tech-freak deep inside us all. It’s USA Today’s “Talking Tech.” This free weekly show and is hosted by tech guru Jefferson Graham (who happens to be a Photoshop fan), and Ed Baig, who do a great job of keeping you (us, we, me, etc.) up on all the latest tech gear without getting “tech geeky” at all. What I like best about the show is their format; it’s casual (the current episode was filmed outside an Apple store), fun, and refreshingly “plain English” for a tech show. Plus, their shows are short, sweet, and right to the point. Definitely check it out (you can watch right from within Apple’s iTunes [for PC and Mac], and you can subscribe and get it downloaded weekly for free. Highly recommended. Click here for the link).
  • Here’s another photo retouching site (this one from Russia), that features before/after retouching shots, and as always I just find these so interesting. It’s great way to see what is being done in retouching, what can be done, and each retoucher definitely has his/her own style, and that makes it all the more interesting. This one’s called Touch of Glamor, and here’s the link.
  • Last week I mentioned that my Photoshop TV co-host Dave Cross has a Photoshop training class coming up at the Digital Technology Centre in Sarasota, Florida on May 19th, and now my other co-host Matt Kloskowski, is bringing a day of hands-on training on Photoshop Layers for Digital Photographers. These are very intimate classes (which means at some point, Matt will probably take his shirt off), so if you want to attend, follow this link to snag one of the few available seats (these classes are limited to 18 participants), for either Dave or Matt’s workshop. By the way; I’ve taught the Digital Technology Centre, and it is an absolute first-class operation, and they always have the very best instructors (and of course, if you’ve ever caught Dave or Matt live, you know you’re in for something very special from these two gifted Photoshop instructors).
  • The photography blog “Pixelated Image” (from photographer David duChemin) did a mini-review of my new Lightroom Book, after reading just the first chapter, and although it includes what is certainly not the most flattering comments about my somewhat different sense of humor, he does a great job of really capturing the flavor of the book, and how it’s put together. Follow this link to read it online. While you’re there be sure to check out this wonderful photography here).By the way; he does have a point about my humor—you either like it, or you hate it. Thankfully I get hundreds of very kind letters from people who totally get my sense of humor, but if you don’t like my style of humor, then apparently you really, really, really don’t like it (and generally want to see me dead).Here’s the thing: the whole book does NOT contain this humor; it’s pretty much contained to just two places: (1) The book’s 3-page introduction, and (2) The opening page of each chapter. That’s it. The rest of the book (as I mention in the introduction), is step-by-step (Step One: do this, Step two: do that), so there’s not really a lot of opportunities to inject any other stuff. I do keep it light and conversational, but again; my “stream of consciousness” style of humor (as my Editor and friend Chris Main likes to call it) is pretty much confined to those two places, so out of a 416 page book, it’s three pages for the intro, and then 1 page each for 10 or 11 chapters (so we’re talking 14 pages of fun, 406 pages of Step one, step two, and so on).Now, here’s something else you might find helpful; we know (from publishing so many books), that the vast majority of people skip over a book’s introduction, and jump right to the first chapter. That’s particularly bad for me (and my readers), because that’s where I explain how to use the book, where to download the accompanying practice files, and lots of other stuff that they need to know to make the most of the book. So, to trick people into reading the introduction, I usually disguise it as something else (like, in this book for example, I call it the “Unexpected Q&A Section” so people read it, thinking it’s not the Introduction. Since it’s not step-by-step, I have fun with it, and I do include some, well….off the wall stuff, but along with it, are valuable instructions on how to make the most of the book.

    So, yes—in each book I try and trick people into reading my introduction (sometimes referred to as “my non-introduction introductions”), but it’s only to help my readers get more out of the book. Plus, as an author, after you’ve written 402 pages of Step one, Step two, and so on, even I need a break to say something silly, and hopefully make you smile a little while you’re learning. :-)

  • I found this link on Anne Marie Conception’s excellent “Design Geek” email newsletter, and it’s to a site who has designed a really nice looking set of CS3 replacement icons for you to download. Also on Anne Marie’s newsletter, was a link to a really cool Flash-based graphic showing all the icons for all the new Adobe products, and it’s just so darn cool.You’ve got to check it out (it only takes a moment).
  • My buddy Terry White’s excellent Tech Blog has moved to new digs: get on board at his new address: terrywhite.com/techblog
Tuesday
Apr
2007
24

Report from Gate 69, Airside E

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

Amazon’s bestselling software list

OK, this was designed to be a report from Gate 69, Airside E, but they started boarding my flight to LAX earlier than I expected, so this is now “News from Row 11, Seat C” (hey, it’s an aisle seat with an empty seat beside me—I’m not complaining). :-)

  • Interesting tidbit about how popular Lightroom is becoming: On Amazon.com’s list of bestselling software titles, Adobe Lightroom ranks as the #3 seller (the Photoshop CS3 upgrade is #4, and the Photoshop Elements 5.0 is #6). Pretty amazing when you think about it. I know one thing; Lightroom is crazy popular in LA, as my Lightroom seminar tomorrow now has nearly 800 people signed up in advance. If you’re out that way, and want to come out and catch the day, you can register at the door. (Next stop: Boston. Here’s the details).
  • Video and Photoshop guru Richard Harrington has just released the third edition of this landmark book “Photoshop for Video.” I got my hands on a copy yesterday, and it is without a doubt the most comprehensive book I’ve ever seen on the topic. Rich teaches a number of sessions on the Video Track at Photoshop World, and I can tell you he’s as engaging as a writer as he when he’s training live, so if you’re into learning more about Photoshop for Video, then absolutely pick up a copy (here’s a link).
  • I’ve talked a number of times about how cool (and very unusual) it is for a company the size and scope of Adobe to be hosting public blogs for their product managers and engineers. I love those blogs, because they give you an insight in Adobe, and a peek behind their walls, that you just don’t get about anywhere else. Well, they’ve taken things up a notch, as John Loiacono (Adobe’s Senior VP of their Creative Solutions Business Unit, better known as “Johnny L” to anyone who’s caught his fascinating and fun keynote presentations at Photoshop Las Vegas last year, or in Boston earlier this year), who has his own Adobe Blog (it’s now part of my daily blog visit list), and he’s posted a blurb about CS3′s buzz in the marketplace, and the eco system and community that has sprung up around Photoshop (he also talks about his experiences at Photoshop World, which is cool (For me, anyway). His blog, and his latest post, are definitely worth checking out, but beyond this one post; my hats off to Adobe for opening this direct pipeline to their customers, and to Johnny L himself for taking the time to address us all directly.
  • We posted some more photos from Photoshop World Boston, and you can check them out by clicking here.
  • I saw this on Dave Cross’ blog, and I had to pass it on—it seems that Dave has found an online printing service (called Printing XXL) that will print a free poster-sized print for you just for trying their service (which Dave just did). It doesn’t appear that there are any strings attached (which is cool), except that once you see your photos at poster sized, you’ll probably be hooked. Here’s the link to Dave’s blog for more details.That’s it for my report from Seat 11C. I’m hoping that tomorrow I’ll have some photos to post from the event (my buddy Dave Moser is with me, and as always he brought his camera). If you’re coming to my seminar tomorrow and you’re a reader of my blog, be sure to stop me and say “hi.” :-)
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