Thursday
Jun
2007
28

Video: See Lightroom 1.1 in Action

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Here’s some great resouces for seeing the new features of Adobe’s free Lightroom 1.1 update:

  • First, check out our buddy Terry White’s Creative Suite Video Podcast today (shown above), where Terry takes you through the new features like only Terry “T-Bone” White can. :-)
  • Next, our man RC (The Photoshop Ninja), takes a look at different aspects of the update with individual video clips over at Layers Magazine (the How-To Magazine for Everything Adobe)
  • Then check out NAPP’s own Lightroom Learning Center, where our own Matt Kloskowski (who does the Lightroom Killer Tips weekly video podcast) takes a look at what’s new, too!
  • Also, in a semi-related note; scroll down to yesterday posts, and click on the Comments button to check out Glyn Dewis’ story about his experience shooting teathered directly into Lightroom while covering a live event shoot. Really great to hear this type of field report, and how profitable his shoot was. Thanks Glyn for sharing this.
  • My editor’s are just finishing up proofing the last parts of my Lightroom 1.1 Update Kit and we plan to have posted  later today, so please check back for a link on where to download it. I’ll do a separate post then it goes live.

NOTE: Although these are called “Video Podcasts” you absolutely DO NOT need an iPod to watch them—you can watch these video clips from either inside Apple’s free iTunes software for Mac and Windows (if you have an iPod, or any Macintosh) you already have iTunes. Also, in most cases you can watch these videos right on their Web page, right in your browser, so make sure you check ‘em out.

Wednesday
Jun
2007
27

Adobe Releases Lightroom 1.1 (and more Lightroom News)

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Good Wednesday everybody! Here’s the Lightroom scoop:

  • Adobe has officially released Lightroom version 1.1 (which is really more like a version 1.5 release, but it goes WAY beyond fixing bugs–it adds some serious new features, enhancements, and improvements throughout the application, including the ability to merge multiple libraries [now called “Catalogs.”), better sharpening and noise reduction, a new Clarity control that kicks butt, and lots of other little tweaks you’ll love. The update is FREE, and you can download it directly from Adobe’s site (For the Mac version click here. For the Windows version click here).
  • I just finished writing a special free Version 1.1 PDF update for people who’ve bought my book “The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers” and we’re working on having it up live by tomorrow. I call this update “My Lightroom 1.1 Update Kit” and the kit is laid out in two page spreads; the left page shows how we used to do a particular task in the original Lightroom 1.0, and the right page shows the new and improved way to do it in version 1.1. It’s a really clean, quick, and efficient way to get up-to-speed fast, and the initial feedback on it has been really terrific. Also, I threw in lots of cool little tips because…well, I just love cool little tips. More on this when it goes live tomorrow.
  • I’m also excited to announce that today we’re launching a 21-day online course with my buddy (and NAPP TV Co-host) Matt Klowkowski, on Lightroom version 1.1. The classes are just 5-minutes per day, and you get to download the same photos Matt works on in the class (so you can follow right along), plus you get a PDF outline each day (and some other cool bonus stuff I can’t tell you about). The 21-day class is $69.95 (but only $49.95 if you’re a NAPP member), and you can get more info, or sign up, at PhotoshopTraining.com
  • Lightroom-News.com has posted an in-depth article on the new features. Click here to jump there. There’s also a nice little article over at the Wired Blog Network about the new 1.1 update, complete with some screen caps. Check it out here.
  • Scroll down to the next post to see a quick video clip filmed during my Santa Fe Workshop. :)

It’s a great day to be a Lightroom user—have a good one! :)

Tuesday
Jun
2007
26

Video: A Quick Look at my Santa Fe Workshop

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Here’s a short video clip (which aired on this week’s NAPP TV episode), which gives you a quick look at my Santa Fe Workshop. Click play on the image below to start the video (If you can’t see it, you probably need the latest Flash Player Plugin).

Tuesday
Jun
2007
26

Some Quick News

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Howdy, folks. :)

  • Part 2 of the Derrick Story’s “Photoshop CS3 Insiders” interview with Adobe’s Kevin Connor and Dave Story is now online. It’s an audio interview (called Podcast 85), so all you have to do is go to Derrick’s site and click the link for the interview.
  • Looking for some inspiration today? Check out my buddy Jeff Revell’s photo blog, which has some great photos of classic cars, plus some other cool images. Here’s the link.
  • This has nothing to do with Photoshop whatsoever, but if you really love popcorn, and you want the best popcorn on the planet, check out Garrett Popcorn (from Chicago). They ship nationwide, and their popcorn will change your life (in a good way). You can get two flavors, side-by-side, in one large can (try the half carmel, half cheese—it rocks!). It’s not cheap, but ask anyone whose waited in line for hour at one of their Chicago stores (there’s now one in NYC, too!), if it’s worth it (trust me–it is).
  • The photo above (click on it for a larger view) was taken by Marvin Derezin, (one of my Santa Fe Workshop students) as I was shooting the infrared photo of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi that I posted here on the blog on June 15th (scroll down to see the shot I was taking). Thanks to Marv for sending the photo.
  • I had a great comment posted yesterday by Trina, who wants to take a workshop, but wants to know what the difference between something like my Santa Fe Workshop and my upcoming GAPW workshop. In short, here’s the answer:

    The Santa Fe workshops that are based on Photoshop (like mine) take place mostly in a state-of-the-art hands-on digital lab, and you generally stay and work in that lab the entire week. Now, because of the way I teach Photoshop and Lightroom, I kind of break the lab rules a bit, and take my students out for a location shoot each day (sometimes quite early, before class), so we can learn the entire process from start to finish (we shoot, we process, we print). We do everything from architectural shoots, to portraits (and portrait retouching), to flowers, and everything in between (we even included a wedding shoot this time), so it’s very broad based, but main reason you come to my Santa Fe workshop is to learn Photoshop and Lightroom.

    In contrast, the GAPW workshops are focused on landscape photography—that’s why they’re held in such amazingly beautiful places, and we take you to some breathtaking locations to give you every opportunity to creates some shots of a lifetime. These are definitely landscape photography workshops, so we only shoot in good light. The rest of the time, we are back in the classroom (on your own laptop) learning how to process our landscape photography (and only landscape photography) using Photoshop and Lightroom.

    I hope that helps, Trina. And to Wayne who signed up yesterday for my Montana workshop—dude, we’re going to have a blast! :)

That’s it for now. Have a great Tuesday.

Monday
Jun
2007
25

Monday News Update

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Good Monday everybody. Here’s what’s up:

  • If you’re looking for a GPS for your digital camera (one that will embed the exact Latitude and Longitude of where you take each shot into the metadata of the image file), check out Moose Peterson’s News blog today, as he reports on the super-small GPS unit he got for father’s day. Click here for the link.
  • When I was out at Santa Fe, one of the other instructors there, teaching a class called “Mastering the Portrait” was Karen Kuehn, and her presentation to the entire school just blew me away, and when I saw her student work (after taking her class out on location shoots all week), was just amazing. If you want to start off your week with some wonderful inspiration, check out Karen’s site. (The next class she teaches—I’m going to go as a student for sure!)
  • Want to do a photo workshop with me this fall? Then make sure you scroll down to the next post with all the details.
  • There’s a site called “Lightroom Galleries” that just rocks. They have developed some just amazing Flash-based Web galleries fyou can download for free for Lightroom’s Web module. You can see samples of them in action, and then download them right there. This is very cool stuff, and extends Lightroom’s Web power by quite a bit. Here’s the link.
  • Our buddy Vincent Versace is on this week’s “Inside Digital Photo” Podcast, with host Scott Sheppard. He’s talking about Capture NX (among other things), and Vinny is always fascinating to listen to, so make sure you check it out at Inside Digital Photo.com
  • I need your help: This weekend Matt, Dave, Corey, RC, and I are shooting in Nassau, Bahamas, and if you’ve got any ideas on great locations for landscape photography down there, please post a comment here on the blog. Really appreciate it. :-)

Well, that’s it for my Monday morning news. Should be an exciting week, so keep an eye out on the blog for the latest. Have a great Monday everybody. Keep shootin’ and pushing them pixels, yall!

Monday
Jun
2007
25

Join Me on My Montana/Glacier National Park Photography & Photoshop Workshop

by Scott Kelby  |  8 Comments

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On September 19-23, 2007, I’m leading a photography workshop (in conjunction with the GAPW: Great American Photographic Workshops), along with my good friend and brilliant landscape photographer Bill Fortney (That’s one of Bill’s photos from Glacier shown above), and if you act quickly, you can snag one of the few remaining spots (it’s limited to just 20 participants).

In the early mornings and near sunset, we’ll be shooting some of the most amazing scenic landscapes in all of North America, and during the day we’ll be learning the “New Digital Photography” workflow using Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Plus, with Bill Fortney there, you’re going to learn a lot about your camera, a lot about landscape photography, and you’re going to laugh an awful lot (Bill is an absolute blast at these workshops, and his genuine love of people, and landscape photography, is absolutely infectious).

Here’s the direct link, to the GAPW site (and to the page with the detail on my workshop), but if you can’t make my workshop, both Matt (who just came back from leading a workshop in Banff) and Dave Cross have upcoming GAPW workshops as well, so click here for the full schedule.

I hope I’ll get to be shooting right alongside you, and sharing some of my favorite new techniques. And, with any luck at all, I’ll be eating all your snacks. ;-)

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