Thursday
Jul
2007
12

News Update (from Kennebunkport, Maine)

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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Hi everybody. I’ve been really enjoying my vacation time off here in Maine, and my family is just loving it (I got this shot of my 17-month-old daughter the first day we got here–click on it for a larger version). The weather has been overcast (with gray skies every day), so I haven’t done really any outdoor shooting, and yesterday my brother and I played a great local golf course (it was nice and cool—unlike the swealtering heat of Tampa back home). However, today is just beautiful, and I hope to exploring the area today with camera in hand. It’s the first time I’ll be trying out the new Gitzo Traveler Tripod with the smaller “Really Right Stuff BH-40″ ballhead (the little brother to the world class BH-55) that my wife got me for Father’s Day.

Now, onto some news:

  • You know how I love retouching sites, and this one is pretty cool. I found this site (from retoucher Rodrigo Bessane) from an Extreme Photoshop Retouching video he posted on YouTube, and I followed the link to his site. Although he’s not doing tutorials, just seeing what he retouched, and how the final image came out is an education unto itself, and definitely worth a visit (click right here).
  • For the past few month I’ve been using X-Rite’s Eye-One Display 2 hardware calibration system (and loving it by the way—I wrote about it in my new “CS3 Book for Digital Photographers), and I just learned that they’re hosting a one-day seminar in various US Cities. It’s called the “Picture Perfect Color Seminar” and it’s taught by pro photographer Phil Nelson. For details on their tour, click this link.
  • Corey Barker (The Photoshop Lad) has just released a new 21-day online course called “Adobe Illustrator Down & Dirty Tricks,” and if you’re an Illustrator user, you’ve got to check it out. It’s over at PhotoshopTraining.com
  • Adobe’s photography evangelist George Jardine has just posted the latest installment of his Lightroom Podcast series, and this episode features an interview with Eric Scouten from the Lightroom Team. Check it out right here.
  • I saw on Rob Galbraith.com where photojournalist David Honl (who I’ve mentioned here in the blog), has just come out with a really interesting looking set of dedicated flash modifiers (in fact, I might have to pick up a set myself—they really look helpful). I’d start with Rob’s article (there’s a really great photo of the modifiers there), and check out his article on it, and then if you want to pick them up, head over to David’s site. Here’s the link to Rob’s coverage.
  • Want a little Thursday inspiration? Check out the photography of John Lehet (I was turned on to his work by a NAPP member named Harold [he didn't give his last name]). It’s a nice way to start your Thursday.

Well, breakfast is here, and I’ve got to run. Have a great Thursday everybody!

-Scott
Your “Maine” Man! ;-)

Friday
Jul
2007
06

Friday Wrap Up

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

Here’s what’s happening:

  • Just a quick note: I’m taking some vacation time off with my family starting on Monday, as we head to a small cabin in Maine for a couple of weeks. I’m going to do a lot of shooting while I’m up there, with family and friends, and I’ll probably be posting some shots, but the news posts will be pretty sporadic for the next two weeks. If I get any decent shots I’ll post them here on the blog.
  • I found this site, which offers very cool free Photoshop brushes, on the CreativeGuy.com blog (a really great blog by the way), and this collection of brushes is one of the best I’ve seen. If you’re into custom brushes, and into getting them absolutely free, then click right here.
  • There’s an interesting article over at PDN’s site on getting photo releases for property shots. It’s actually an excerpt from the book “The Photographer’s Legal Handbook” by Nancy Wolff. Click here to read the excerpt online.
  • Remember last week when I mentioned my buddy Jeff Revell’s photography blog? Well this week you can learn more about Jeff, as he’s been profiled over at Jason Moore’s excellent Photoshop and Photography blog. I really like the way Jason profiles photographers because it gives you some real insight into the person behind the lens. Click here to check out Jeff’s profile.
  • If you’re thinking about an iPhone, make a quick trip to Terry White’s Tech Blog today to read his post “Do I Still Like My iPhone?” which are his comments after one week of using it extensively. In a related note; Terry’s in-depth review of the iPhone (also on this tech blog), has become so popular that it’s taken on a life of its own, being linked to from all over the world (if you haven’t read it, make sure you scroll down and check it out—it’s very complete. (By the way; I’ve had my iPhone for a week now and I like it more every day. In fact, at this point I couldn’t go back to my old phone).
  • If you’re thinking about coming to Photoshop World Conference & Expo this fall (Sept. 6-8, 2007), here’s a couple of things to keep in mind: (1) There’s only 28 days left to take advantage of the $100 off early bird registration offer. (2) All the instructors and staff are staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (our host hotel), and we have blocked some rooms there for our attendees, but they’re filling up fast. If you miss out on snagging rooms there, try the Luxor which is right next door and connected to the Mandalay Bay by free monorail. (3) Some of the optional pre-conference sessions are already starting to sell out, so if you’re going, and you want to attend a precon (Dan Margulis has a very intesting new precon on Lab Color called “Lab in Depth”), make sure you reserve a space now. Go to the Photoshop World Web site for more details.
  • The Santa Fe Workshops just yesterday announced an amazing opportunity; a Location Photography and Lighting workshop with Joe McNally & Jerry Courvoisier in Milan Italy, from September 30 – October 5, 2007. Joe will be doing the lighting part, while Jerry (who is teaching at Photoshop World this September for the first time), is doing the Photoshop training, and I have to tell you—it just sounds like an amazing experience all the way around. Here’s a link to a page with all the details.

That’s it for today. I’ve got a studio shoot today for my new “CS3 for Digital Photographers” online course that’s going live a few weeks over at PhotoshopTraining.com, and I’m doing a shoot for a new book I’ll announce here on the site next week. Have a great weekend everybody! :-)

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)

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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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! :)

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