Thursday
Sep
2013
26

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  39 Comments

Sixth Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk
Have you signed up for the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk yet? We’re less than a month away, but there’s still time to find a walk near you and sign up. There are over 17,000 already people signed up to take part in this year’s event! New walks are being added every day, so if you don’t see one near you, keep checking back. If you’re already signed up, don’t forget to pick up your official Worldwide Photo Walk shirt (or hoodie). All of the profits from the shirt sales will go to the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage, so you’re helping kids in need when you make your purchase.

And if you need any extra incentive to sign up for this fun, free event, we’ve recently had more additions to the Contest Prizes! The Grand Prize package is now valued at over $13,000 and includes a Canon 70D, Canon PIXMA PRO-1 printer, Adobe Creative Cloud membership, Wacom Intuos tablet, $250 B&H Gift Card, OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 8, Graphic Authority Complete Collection, Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, Nik Collection by Google, 1 Year of Squarespace, 1 Year of SmugMug Portfolio, Manfrotto Tripod and Ball Head, Westcott Skylux Lighting Kit & 7′ Parabolic Umbrella, Olloclip, 24×36″ Print from iAcrylic, Hurley Pro Board, 2-Year KelbyTraining.com Subscription, 2-Year NAPP Membership, and the Kelby Training Book Library. That’s a lot of stuff!!

New Photoshop and Lightroom Classes on KelbyTraining.com
Want the newest and best training on Photoshop and Lightroom? Check out the most recent additions to the KelbyTraining.com library! We’ve got great new classes from the best in the business, like Portrait Retouching Using Lightroom 5 and Lightroom 5 Killer Tips from Scott Kelby, Compositing Fundamentals from Pete Collins, Color Adjustment and Manipulations from Calvin Hollywood, Overview of Creative Cloud with Corey Barker and more! Head over to KelbyTraining.com today to check out these classes and more.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free rental of one of these classes!

Kelby Training Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Joe McNallyMatt Kloskowski or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Oct 25 – Washington, DC
Oct 29 – Boston, MA

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
Oct 9 – Denver, CO
Oct 23 – Des Plaines, IL (Chicago area)
Oct 30 – Orlando, FL

Lightroom 5 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Oct 11 – Portland, OR

Adobe Photoshop Creativity with Ben Willmore
Oct 4 – Tampa, FL
Oct 16 – Atlanta, GA

Lots more dates have been added for the rest of the year, so head over to the Kelby Training Live site to get the full schedule! And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Killer Deal on Scott Kelby’s Lightroom 5 & Photoshop CC Book Bundle!
Between now and October 1, you can pick up Scott Kelby’s Lightroom 5 Book and Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers Bundle for 40% off from Peachpit Press! Choose from the printed version for $62.99 or the eBook version for $35.00. Check them out right here, and leave a comment for your chance to win a free bundle!

Winners
Landscape Photography Class Rental
- Michael Matthews

Kelby Training Live Ticket
- Chelsea Palmer

If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon! Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Sep
2013
25

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Mike Campau!

by Brad Moore  |  19 Comments

[Note from Brad: This post contains a little PG-13 language/imagery.]

I would first like to thank Scott and Brad for inviting me to be today’s guest blogger… it’s quite an honor and hopefully I won’t make them regret asking me. Like most of us here, I am an image guy and words are my enemy. So, I will do my best to finish a thought, not use run-on sentences, and in the end, shed some light on what I do as a digital artist.

For those of you who don’t know me or my work, let me give you the elevator ride explanation of who I am. I have been in the business of making images for high profile clients, ad agencies, and celebrities for over 15 years. After graduating from the University of Michigan, I cut my teeth in a small retouching studio and worked my way up through studio/agency life until venturing out on my own. I consider myself a digital artist, who’s specialty is creating hybrid images. This is done by combining all of my skill sets into one image, CGI, illustration and photography.

One of the most rewarding aspects of what I do is collaborating with some the best photographers in the world. Working with another artist on a project can be very rewarding, especially when you can combine your talents and create something better than you could have alone. I have had the luxury of working with some great photographers and I would like to shed some light on how the whole process works. Keep in mind that there is no one formula for working together, as we all know, people are very different and so is my approach when working with photographers. The best way to explore this topic is to use real world examples and talk a little bit about approach, collaboration and promotion.


Photos by Tim Tadder

I will start off with a photographer who has done the guest blog before and who has inspired me to be a better artist. That guy is Tim Tadder. Tim and I met a few years ago and we both felt an instant connection in our work… wow, that sounded more like a “bromance” story, not that there is anything wrong with that. Anyways, Tim and I have come to rely on each other for creative inspiration and as sounding boards for ideas.


Photo by Tim Tadder

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Tuesday
Sep
2013
24

Tuesday Photoshop Stuff

by Scott Kelby  |  26 Comments

(1) Fascinating interview with the man who wrote Photoshop, Thomas Knoll
A really great look at Photoshop’s history, evolution and much more. Very frank, revealing, and refreshing. Great stuff  (click the video above to jump over to Vimeo to watch the interview — Vimeo wouldn’t let me embed it here, but you can watch it there).

(2) Adobe’s photographers bundle deal is now available
I know a lot of folks have been waiting for the $9.99 per month bundle deal for the latest versions of both Photoshop & Lightroom (for previous owners of Photoshop, all the way back to CS3), to become available, and now it’s here. Here’s the link for more details. I did a post with more info shortly after Adobe’s announcement during the Photoshop World keynote — here’s that link.

(3) Adobe announces 1-million Creative Cloud paid user mark (hit way ahead of schedule)
Remember when I said Adobe wasn’t going to abandon the subscription-only plan. This is yet another reason why. This report was before they released the $9.99 Photographer’s bundle, so I imagine this number is now going to skyrocket. I’ve been talking to more and more photographers out on the road who are totally on board with this new deal, citing how hair the price is (and I agree). More about this below.

(4) Talking about Adobe’s $9.99 Photographer’s Bundle Deal on “The Grid”
If you missed the episode above of our weekly show for photographers, “The Grid,” in this episode we started the show with some important discussions about Adobe’s $9.99 photographers bundle. You can watch it right above.

(5) New versions of Photoshop and Lightroom released
Adobe has recently released new versions of both Photoshop and Lightroom 5 with new features and bug fixes. If you’re a Creative Cloud user, you can download the update from the Creative Cloud widget thingy. If you’re a Lightroom 5 user stand-alone user, you can download the Lightroom 5.2 free update  here (for Mac) or here (for Windows).

OK, that’s all the Photoshop news for this Tuesday, but….
I’ve got one more semi-related, yet totally not-related news: Tomorrow on “The Grid” it’s our popular “Blind Photo Critique” show, so If you’d like to have your work considered for tomorrow’s photo blind critiques (we show your images but don’t mention your name on the air), just leave us a link to 3 to 5 images that show off your work AT THIS LINK:http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/critique/

From those, we’ll pick 15 to 20 photographer’s work to go over on Wednesday’s show (not based on who posted first — we choose based on showing variety and images we think can help our viewers), and the live show is broadcast TOMORROW at 4:00 pm ET athttp://www.kelbytv.com/thegrid  – join me and Matt LIVE tomorrow — See you then. :-)

Monday
Sep
2013
23

My Worldwide Photo Walk is Only 12-Days Away!

by Scott Kelby  |  15 Comments

I’m getting psyched!!! Here’s a few quick things stay on top of:

(1) We now have more than 1,000 photo walks organized in cities around the world
All the walks are now in place, as the deadline for creating new walks was this past weekend, so now it’s just about finding a walk near you.

(2) We have the biggest and best prizes for the photo contest ever!
Check out this link to see what our awesome sponsors have come up with.

(3) It’s not too late to join a photo walk in your city (it’s free).
Here’s the link to the official photo walk page — see if there’s one near you and join us on Saturday, October 5th for an experience you’ll never forget.

(4) Check out our Worldwide Photo Walk Webcast
Last year we did a free webcast with lots of helpful hints, suggestions, and we answered a bunch of questions people had about joining and walking, and you can watch it right here. 

(5) Order your official t-shirt right now (and help the Springs of Hope Orphanage)
We have awesome official Worldwide Photo Walk t-shirts, and not only do they look really cool (lots of folks wear them on their photo walk), but more importantly, 100% of the profits from the sale of these t-shirts  go to feeding, clothing and caring for the wonderful kids at the Spring of Hope Orphanage, Kenya. Our friend Rob Jones from Towner Jones Photography, came up with t-shirt idea and if things go well this year, we will have raised nearly $50,000 in just these six yearly walks. That rocks! Remember, even if you don’t want a shirt, you can still buy one to support the kids. Here’s the link.  NOTE: We have special LEADER shirts as well (Leaders — you’ll find the link on your leader’s dashboard).

OK, so that’s a quick update. I’m leading a local walk in Rome, Italy this year, and I’m hoping that some of the people that come to my walk speak some English, or we’ll just wind up going to a McDonalds. LOL!!!

Cheers everybody to a great Monday! :)

Friday
Sep
2013
20

Shooting the Cowboy’s Stadium Yesterday. Whoo Hoo!!! :)

by Scott Kelby  |  33 Comments

Cowboy Stadium has been at the top of my list for stadiums to shoot for a few years now, and yesterday I finally got the chance.

I had only seen it from the outside, a few years ago when I was doing my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” tour in Arlington — it’s within walking distance of the convention center where we hold my classes, and it’s just an amazing feat of architecture and design, and when I found out I I’d be here a day early, I reached out over Twitter to find a contact with the Cowboys, and before you know it I was talking with Shannon Gross, Social Media powerful overlord for the Cowboys (and as luck would have it, a photographer).

Our shoot was set for 2:00 pm yesterday, and I was planning out my shoot in the morning when I realized that the massive overhead high-def screens would be black, I shot off a quick last-minute email to Shannon asking if we could get the Cowboy’s logo up on the screens for our shoot, and I would need a helmet (for the shot you see above), and Shannon scrambled to make both happen. This were some of the first dedicated stadium shots the Cowboys would have since the new AT&T branding (It’s now AT&T Stadium) and so I wanted to make sure there was something on those big screens.

These shots were taken with a Canon 5D Mark III using an 8-15mm Fisheye zoom lens, and I usually had it zoomed out to between 14mm and 16mm on a Gitzo tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead. Contrast and Clarity added in Lightroom (except for on the turf field itself).

This shot was taken at the 50-yard-line, up high with a super-wide angle lens — the 16-35mm set at 16mm.

The stadium itself was just amazing. The screen….well…what can you say about the HD screen — it’s just insane, but the whole facility is incredibly well designed, well thought-out, and just so focused on creating the ultimate fan experience.

Above: Brad snapped this iPhone shot of me during the shoot.

The Cowboys offer daily guided tours of the stadium, and so we’d wait until the short break between on-field tours to take our shots, so we’d get set up, check our email and stuff until the tour headed for the locker-room tour and then we’d have a nice empty field all to ourselves. We’d shoot, pack and move to another location and shoot until the next tour hit the field, so it was a pretty relaxing shoot, and we still had everything wrapped up in about two hours from start to finish.

Here’s one for the road, shooting right down the handrail toward the corner of the field. I have lots more shots, and some great stories, but I’ll have to save those for next week’s episode of “The Grid,” ’cause it’s time to hit the hay — big day tomorrow here in Dallas with my tour tomorrow, and I hope I’ll see some of you there.

A big thanks to Shannon Gross and the gracious folks in the Cowboys organization for the wonderful opportunity to take some shots for them (and for me) and I hope to see you all again real soon! Cheers. :)

Thursday
Sep
2013
19

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  29 Comments

Photoshop Design Challenge
Corey Barker has just announced the first Photoshop Design Challenge, inviting you to submit your best Disaster Movie Poster designs (each person can submit two)! Prizes include a NAPP Membership, a year of Adobe Creative Cloud, a year of Squarespace, a new Wacom Intuos Pro tablet, some great books and more. Submissions will be judged by Corey, Bert Monroy, Pete Collins, and NAPP Creative Director Felix Nelson. Head over to Corey’s blog to get all the details and start working on your designs!

Worldwide Photo Walk
Have you signed up for the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk yet? We’re less than a month away, but there’s still time to find a walk near you and sign up. There are over 17,000 already people signed up to take part in this year’s event! New walks are being added every day, so if you don’t see one near you, keep checking back. If you’re already signed up, don’t forget to pick up your official Worldwide Photo Walk shirt (or hoodie). All of the profits from the shirt sales will go to the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage, so you’re helping kids in need when you make your purchase.

And if you need any extra incentive to sign up for this fun, free event, we’ve recently had more additions to the Contest Prizes! The Grand Prize package is now valued at over $13,000 and includes a Canon 70D, Canon PIXMA PRO-1 printer, Adobe Creative Cloud membership, Wacom Intuos tablet, $250 B&H Gift Card, OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 8, Graphic Authority Complete Collection, Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, Nik Collection by Google, 1 Year of Squarespace, 1 Year of SmugMug Portfolio, Manfrotto Tripod and Ball Head, Westcott Skylux Lighting Kit & 7′ Parabolic Umbrella, Olloclip, 24×36″ Print from iAcrylic, Hurley Pro Board, 2-Year KelbyTraining.com Subscription, 2-Year NAPP Membership, and the Kelby Training Book Library. That’s a lot of stuff!!

Beginner Basics: Landscape Photography
Do you love the idea of grabbing your camera and heading out to beautiful locations? Then join Matt Kloskowski in Beginner Basics: Landscape Photography to learn the basics of landscape photography. This is the class Matt wishes he had when he got started with landscape photography. You’ll learn all about the gear you’ll need, the camera settings you’ll want to use, and all kinds of tips and tricks to help you get tack sharp photos that are composed for impact. By knowing the basics you’ll be more comfortable when you are out on location, so you can enjoy the scenery, and make great photos while you are there.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free rental of this class!

Kelby Training Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Joe McNallyMatt Kloskowski or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Sep 20 – Arlington, TX (Dallas/Ft. Worth area)
Oct 25 – Washington, DC
Oct 29 – Boston, MA

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
Oct 9 – Denver, CO
Oct 23 – Des Plaines, IL (Chicago area)
Oct 30 – Orlando, FL

Lightroom 5 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Oct 11 – Portland, OR

Adobe Photoshop Creativity with Ben Willmore
Oct 4 – Tampa, FL
Oct 16 – Atlanta, GA

Lots more dates have been added for the rest of the year, so head over to the Kelby Training Live site to get the full schedule! And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Special Prints and Resources from John Paul Caponigro
For the first time ever, Paul Caponigro and his son John Paul Caponigro are offering a unique print edition – a 17×22” print with two images (one image from each of them). The normal edition prices start at $2,000 and $5,000 for single images. This is a fabulous deal at $495 for both images. The edition is limited to the number of prints sold by Friday at midnight.

Be sure to check out John Paul’s blog and resource library for photographers as well, where he is constantly sharing incredibly valuable resources and information!

Winners
Zack Arias Class Rental
-Holger

Kelby Training Live Ticket
-jriceco

If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon! Have a great Thursday.

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