Tuesday
Jul
2013
30

If you missed the “Photoshop-World-a-Thon Tips & Tricks Fest…

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

…well then, here’s the free rebroadcast (above). We’ve heard loads of great feedback from this show (we seriously showed some really cool techniques), so I hope you’ll check it out (and we hope it makes you want to come join us in person at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo in September).

Four Days Left to Save $100 Bucks!
Friday is the cutoff for our $100-off early-bird discount, so if you’re planning on going, make sure you register by this Friday to save a big chunk of change.

Shout out to Colorado Springs!
A big thanks to everyone who came out to my Shoot-like-a-Pro tour yesterday in Colorado Springs. Really great crowd (really big crowd!) and everybody was incredibly gracious and really in the mood to learn, which made it really fun for me. Next stops: San Antonio in a few weeks, and then on to Indy (here’s the link).

Hope you all have a rockin’ Tuesday (and to everybody who signs up this week to get the Photoshop World “Early Bird Discount,” you are going to have a blast, you’re going to learn a lot, laugh a lot, and sleep just a little. See you in Vegas!)

Cheers,

-Scott

Monday
Jul
2013
29

Watch the entire “B&H Photo Lightroom Digital Photography Summit” FREE (courtesy of B&H)

by Scott Kelby  |  8 Comments

The awesome folks at B&H Photo have just posted four videos covering the ENTIRE full-day Lightroom Digital Photography Summit (the one held in New York City last month to celebrate the launch of Lightroom 5).

This was the all-day event featuring Julieanne Kost, Katrin Eismann, and me, showing the coolest new features in Lightroom 5; lots of Lightroom tips and hidden tricks; and in one session we did a live shoot on stage and I handed the retouching and effects over to Julieanne and Katrin (who did a remarkable job). The day was fun, informative, and it’s all brought to you FREE by our friends at B&H Photo, and the Summit’s official sponsors Adobe Systems and Canon.

Here’s the link to check out the videos from the event.

Thanks to David Brommer and everyone at B&H who worked so hard to make this very cool event happen (and to their video crew for bringing you the rebroadcast), and to everyone who came to the live event itself. Stuff like this only happens at B&H. You guys rock! 

Hope everybody has a great Monday
I’m out in Colorado Springs today for my “Shoot like a Pro” tour — next stop: San Antonio August 16th, and Indianapolis on August 21st. Hey, if you’re at my seminar today, make sure you come up and say “hi.” Cheers, -Scott

Friday
Jul
2013
26

Adobe is giving all Full Conference Attendees to the Photoshop World Conference in Vegas a FREE 12-month full Creative Cloud subscription. Whoo Hoo!!!

by Scott Kelby  |  80 Comments

As I’m writing this, I gotta tell ya — I can’t believe it myself, but Adobe is giving everyone who attends the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo  (Sept 4-6, 2013) in Vegas, a FULL one year Adobe Creative Cloud membership. I am just floored!

That’s a $600 membership, because you get it all!!! Photoshop CC, Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Muse, Dreamweaver, and on and on, and it all comes with your paid full conference registration. Freakin’ yeah, baby!!!! :)

If you’re already registered for Photoshop World, you still get the one year Adobe Creative Cloud membership deal. If you haven’t registered yet (there’s still time — in fact if you register before Aug. 2nd, you get a $100 early bird discount), you get the CC membership free.

So, now, here’s the deal:

(1) You get world-class Photoshop, Lightroom, Creative Cloud and photography training live and in person. Seven full training classes, packed with the stuff you need to learn now.

(2) You come away with 12-months of the full Adobe Creative Cloud with all the latest creative tools (and yes, if you’re already a CC subscriber, they’ll EXTEND your subscription by 12-months)

(3) You get to choose from over 100 classes; there’s an expo floor with all the top companies displaying their latest gear, and the whole thing is just a blast from beginning to end.

You can sign up right now for a full conference pass for $598 (or just $498 if you’re already a NAPP member). Here’s the link. This is you’re best deal….well…ever!

The whole thing is just amazing to me, and I cannot give a big-enough high-five to Adobe for making this amazingly surreal deal to our attendees. Their support of Photoshop World has always meant a lot to us, but this is just….it’s just…I’m blown away. You will be too!

See you in Vegas in September, baby! Whoo Hoo!!!

 

Thursday
Jul
2013
25

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  19 Comments

Photoshop World Webcast – TONIGHT!
Be sure to tune in tonight at 7:00PM ET to get a glimpse of what’s going to be happening at Photoshop World Vegas! The Photoshop Guys will be showing you what they’re teaching at the conference, and we’ll also have tutorials from other instructors! If you have questions, we’ll be talking to you in the live chat and answering them on air. We’ll also be offering an additional discount to people who register during the webcast, and we have some free stuff to give away (including tickets to Photoshop World), so register now to be entered into the drawing for those!

It’s all happening at PhotoshopWorld.com/webcasts tonight at 7:00PM ET, so we’ll see you there (invite your friends too)!

Studio Photography Techniques Using Constant Lighting
Join Master Craftsmen Photographer James Schmelzer in Studio Photography Techniques Using Constant Lighting as he guides you through the transition from strobes to using constant lighting sources. Constant lighting gives us the ability to better read the lighting on the face. James starts off with an introduction into lighting theory, then takes you through the step-by-step process of setting up various types of constant lighting sources, and ways to create different effects with some of the lights that are available today. Constant lighting sources make it fun and easy to experiment, and you’ll leave the class feeling inspired to try some of the techniques in your own photography!

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 McNally, Ben Willmore, or Matt Kloskowski? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
July 29 – Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 16 – San Antonio, TX
Aug 21 – Indianapolis, IN
Aug 27 – San Jose, CA

Photographic Artistry with Ben Willmore
July 22 – Cleveland, OH

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
July 31 – Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 7 – Charlotte, NC
Aug 9 – Pittsburgh, PA

Lightroom 5 with Matt Kloskowski
Aug 2 – Hartford, CT

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!

Free Cross-Processing Lightroom & Photoshop Preset Pack from Nicolesy
Nicole S. Young
, a.k.a. “Nicolesy”, is giving away a free preset pack for Lightroom and Photoshop over in her store! And, as a bonus, her presets also contain an action set for Photoshop CC users, thanks to the new Camera Raw filter. The preset pack will be a FREE DOWNLOAD through Sunday night, so head over there soon to get your copy. And, while you’re there, if you see anything else you like in the store, Nicole has offered a 20% discount code for you to use on all products, good through July 31st: KELBY20

Winners
Photoshop World Ticket
- James Minns

Zack Arias Class Rental
- Banh

Kelby Training Live Ticket
- Mark

If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon! Have a great Thursday, and we’ll see you tonight at 7PM ET for the Photoshop World Webcast!

Wednesday
Jul
2013
24

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Mike Kubeisy!

by Brad Moore  |  10 Comments

Perception. When you watch a James Bond movie you just know James will show up in a black tux adjusting his bow tie and tugging his jacket to look sharp, kind of like “That’s right I’m here. Bond, James Bond!” Actually it’s just an actor playing a role of a very cool British Secret Agent. My personal favorites are Sir Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan.

Here’s a photo of my funny friend Michael Weatherly in the infamous pose…

I am Mike Kubeisy. I’ve been shooting in Hollywood for many years and perception is a huge part on the set. It may look like a wood floor, but it’s actually paint on cement. Many times I’ll touch something to see what it really is, only to be amazed that it’s not what it appears, but it sure looks good. That actor’s character is mean and repulsive, but actually he is a very kind, gracious man. He’s acting.

When talent walks on my set, how do I appear?

Am I professional, casual, a bit over the top, maybe tightly wound because of who I’m shooting or the nature of the shot? I want to be confident. I need to be commanding! How does my equipment look? Are the strobes matching, are they making funny noises because the fans are dirty or have been dropped so many times they rattle? Is anything bent or do you have tape holding something together? Is your approach “They function properly, the image should turn out fine.” ERROR! Really? C’mon man, how is that perceived?

Being a professional photographer in the Motion Picture Industry is a very cool job, kind of like James Bond. I’m sure if you asked any Special Operative about their job they would say it’s very cool, but they would also tell you, it’s at a very high cost with all the sacrifices made.

I would like to share about having a commanding presence on the set. Not acting or perceiving to be a photographer, but being one!

Just what does that mean? When I get the call to shoot on any given day, I am always early! I was once told “It is easy to be early, hard to be on time.” In Los Angeles that is so true with traffic and any other issues that may occur. My camera equipment is good to go.

Batteries are charged, and I have backup equipment should there be a problem. I suggest having instruction manuals of your gear loaded in PDF format in your phone or tablet.

Nothing is more embarrassing than to have a show’s star in front of your camera, and you’re not quite sure why it’s not working right. This actually happened to me. I was shooting on Crossing Jordan with the star of the show, Jill Hennessy, when my camera would not focus. I tried a few settings and smiled a lot (never let them see you sweat). Finally I just put the lens mode in manual and bypassed all the other settings on that lens (that was the beginning of the end with my Nikon relationship), got the shot and all was good because I knew my gear and was confident with it.

How do you gain confidence? Or since today it’s my turn to blog, how do you learn to have a Commanding Performance? Work with some friends, not just good friends who know your quirks, but new friends that you have to engage.

Have your work critiqued but not on Facebook! Try and find a mentor, colleague, or camera club where your work can be critiqued creatively. Shoot then shoot some more. Shoot in situations you’re not comfortable with so that you need to practice and think outside the box.

In the early `80s I assisted shooting catalogue fashion for the May Co. You were given 3 rolls of 120 film, that’s 12 frames on a Hasselblad camera. The first roll was shot for the Art Director’s concept, the second was shot for the Buyer’s ideas of the items being photographed, and the third roll was shot for your input. So there was some creativity but it was not all about you. You learned to see differently and light accordingly. The other thing you learned is that when the ad came out and it was your image, you kept your mouth shut and never said “I told you so.”

I can teach someone about the camera in about 3 months. Lighting however is a forever education. I’m still learning new tricks with different tools I see used on the set. It’s kind of like muscle memory; just keep doing it till it comes naturally.

In baseball you practice, take ground balls, throw it around, get in the batting cage, and hit a few at different speeds everyday to develop the muscle memory.

One of the ways I learn a new technique in Photoshop (when I don’t call the Photoshop Guys) is from making mistakes or not being able to achieve what I want to. Then I have to research it, and apply my new technique.

(Great time to plug Photoshop World in Vegas. You will learn a lot! Enough said, moving on.)

If you have an opportunity to go to a workshop or seminar for a couple of days but it might cost $1500, and you don’t really have it, what should you do? My stand is you need to learn in order to compete. You have to be on top of your game, know what’s going on in the market and industry you shoot in be it photography, lighting or software upgrades. It will also be good to network. Remember your competition will also be there. Find the resources and go.

Here’s a great debate: equipment. Do you buy the most expensive, newest model on the market? I would love to; however, I know from my experience that many photographers love gear. They will have a shoot that pays them $2500, and then they go out and buy that piece of new gear for $2400. Soon they’re out of business or at the very least selling that gear for pennies on the dollar. I invested in a digital camera, and learned to digitally enhance it with Photoshop. I was one of the first to shoot on the set digitally. Soon I was commanding the set with a digital camera and was gaining the respect of Producers. Not just on one show but many, I was, and still am respected for my digital skills. The shows I shoot on all know that I have all the gear I’ll need in working, reliable order.

Do you know what they say about film? It’s the stuff on your teeth! Oh how I crack myself up, thank you very much, I’ll be here all week, try the veal. Braddo, thanks for the stage. Okay I got this, back to the blog.

I have shot with Alien Bees since `97. They are not the most expensive strobe heads in the market, but I can tell you they are very dependable, and the customer service is fantastic. I just upgraded my strobe heads to the Einsteins in the past year, and thus far I have been satisfied with the gear. My equipment is always functional and reliable.

My cameras and lenses are Canon. This is where I get in trouble…I don’t believe in third party glass, and here’s why. If there is compromise in any of their glass, why would I take any chance for failure? If the third party lenses were being compared to the manufacturers, why then would I compromise with the standard of the lens? True, Canon L lenses are very expensive, but Canon does not compare their lenses to third party lenses.

I am challenged every day with varying situations and personalities beyond my control. The things I can control, my equipment, I need to know it will function with the support I require. This way when I’m on the set, I can command what it is I’m doing and deal with those that I’m responsible for.

I have had guests on the set with me, and when I wrap, they always graciously ask if they can help strike my gear. If my assistant or I don’t put it away, I have no idea the condition it will be in when I need it again. All of my gear is in cases, and each item has its place. If an item is not there, I will know right away because it’s not back in the place it needs to be, and I need to look for it.

On a motion picture set my crew consists of a Camera Assistant…

…a Grip, a Make-Up Artist…

…Hair Stylist, and a Set Costumer…

I don’t tell them their craft, but I do make them aware of any problems, it could be a crooked tie or a flyaway piece of hair, maybe the make-up is not heavy enough. Not that there’s a mistake, but when they were prepping, the talent was not under my lighting. Now when the talent is on the set, it will be seen differently through my camera, and it is my job to bring it to their attention. Lighting is all me. I’m directing the Assistant and Grip on how we’re going to achieve the look required. If I don’t sound like I have a clue what I’m doing, how will they have confidence in me and be motivated to do their best?

My energy is dictating the flow of the crew. If I’m timid or not confident, it’s like the kid who keeps turning out of the batter’s box before the pitch even comes close.

One of my assistants, Christine, always wants to rehearse or at the very least go over the shot list and any special equipment that will be used in the shoot. This way she doesn’t look surprised or out of control on the set. She is in charge of what she’s doing, commanding. Am I making sense yet, are you getting this?

I can always tell a rookie by the way they hold the camera, their hand will be twisted the other way under the lens, not allowing them the stability they get from holding it right. Learn your craft, not just know it, but look it. Convey confidence.

You also need to be personable and approachable. There is always gum on the set. Who wants to discuss something with you if you have coffee breath? It’s gross but it is reality. I also find a sense of humor works for me. I said humor not arrogance. I promise you, if you’re timid or arrogant on the set, there will be a relief pitcher there in a heartbeat. I have replaced photographers from other shows because they were too demanding or high maintenance. Stay sharp (no pun intended). You can read my first Guest Blog I did for Scott about 3 years ago, about attitude.

I was in Dallas with Scott a few years ago for a Lightroom class. I figured that after dinner the night before the class I could hang out with The Man himself and learn something from him. Scott graciously excused himself and told me that he had to prep and rehearse for his class tomorrow. I’m thinking “This guy does this kind of stuff all the time. Prep for what? You’re an All-Star.” Then it hit me like a wild pitch, that’s why Scott Kelby is an All-Star, he still preps. I had just learned another lesson.

Prepping is so important in gaining confidence. Confidence will gain you more experience.

Experience will allow you to hit it out of the park.

My Friends be Commanding, but be humble, and BE SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU!

Thanks Braddo and Scott.

From Hollywood I’m Mike Kubeisy.

That’s a wrap, fade to black.

You can see more of Mike’s work at 4stills.com, follow him on Facebook and Twitter, and check out his classes on KelbyTraining.com.

Tuesday
Jul
2013
23

Big High-Five to Flipboard, Who Gave My “Cool Photography Stuff” Magazine Some Love

by Scott Kelby  |  9 Comments

A big thanks and shout-out to Flipboard for including my Flipboard 2.0 magazine “Cool Photography Stuff” on their Inside Flipboard blog last week in a post about Flipboard magazines for photography.

If you’re not familiar with Flipboard, it’s a killer App for the iPad and Android tablets that transforms your Twitter, Facebook, G+ and other social media feeds into a beautifully laid-out magazine, and it changes your social media experience to a much richer, more visual experience (perfect for photographers and designers).

Two years ago, Apple named Flipboard their “App of the Year” (yes, it’s that good), but this year Flipboard took things up a notch by allowing anyone to create and curate their own custom Flipboard magazine, using content shared on the Web and social media, so I launched my own (they’re free to create, and free to subscribe to. In fact, even the Flipboard 2.0 App is free. It’s all free, free, free!). :)

I was really tickled to see this, cause I really enjoy curating my little daily magazine (see above).  Each day I “flip” any cool stuff I see on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and a dozen other sources around the Web into this free daily Flipboard mag, including news, tutorials, beautiful images, and interesting articles. So, if you want to know what’s happening out there in photography every day, it’s kind of a one-stop-shop.

Above: Here’s the link to my mag (it shows it’s by skelby — that’s me). The cover story photo is by one of the hottest up-and-coming sports portrait photographers out there today, Matt Hernandez. I’m a big fan Matt’s work. You can choose a new cover (from things you’ve flipped) each day if you like (and I usually do). 

Here’s the link to Flipboard’s blog post (with a number of great Flipboard magazines listed as well), and if you click on the cover  of mine, it takes you to my “Cool photography stuff” mag: http://bit.ly/13jeFIS — Thanks again Flipboard for the shoutout, and for making such a cool App. Also, thanks to the 6,000+ photographers who have already subscribed for free and get my magazine in their Flipboard daily feed.

Cheers,

-Scott

P.S. Hey, don’t forget, on Thursday we have our free “Photoshop World-a-thon Sneek Peek” where me and the “Photoshop Guys” are sharing some of our favorite tips from the upcoming conference in September in Vegas. Everyone’s invited this Thursday at 7:00 pm. RSVP at this link (it’s free, and of course, we’ll have lots of cool giveaways and loads of tips). You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kiss an hour goodbye! LOL! See you then! 

 

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