Monday
May
2015
18

Images From My Trip to Spain

by Scott Kelby  |  10 Comments

Hi gang — I just posted a few shots from my trip this past week to Valencia. We (my big brother Jeff and me) were only in Valencia one and a half days, and we got just over 5-hours in Madrid. Why so short? We totally messed up our planning — we were supposed to be there three days — the images, and the story, are over at Exposure.

Here’s the link

If you get a sec, I hope you can check them out. Have a great Monday, and we’ll catch ya tomorrow.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m doing a series on “Features I’d love to see added to Lightroom” and today is “#4″ of 10. If you get a sec, pop on over to LightroomKillerTips.com and join in the discussion — lots of great feature ideas in the comments section. 

Friday
May
2015
15

Hola a todos. Saludos desde España

by Scott Kelby  |  11 Comments

Above: Photo of me by my brother Jeff at an awesome little restaurant near our hotel.

Greetings from Spain, everybody!

Well, by the time you read this, I’m already on my way home — it was a VERY short trip, just me and my big brother Jeffrey (the trip was a Christmas gift from my awesome wifey), and Jeff picked Valencia, Spain after a recommendation from our friend David Ziser, and David was spot on — what a beautiful, fun, charming place!

Above: That’s my big brother Jeff, at the City of Art in Valencia. He really got some great shots on this trip!

So, I don’t really have a post for today other than to say — I’m on my way — I’ll share some photos soon, and a big thanks to everybody who shared the trip with me live during my Periscope App streaming broadcasts from Valencia each day, and last night from Madrid (where our mother was born). :)

Hope you all have a great weekend, and I’ll talk to you again once the jet lag wears off. ;-)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Even though I won’t be there today for the 12:00 noon ET Photoshop World Conference Insider’s Preview, I pre-recorded a few cool tips from my “Retouching Faces” class that I’ll be doing at the conference, and they’ll be sharing those tomorrow (I’ll be there not only in spirit, I’ll be there sharing a few tips, too!). 

Thursday
May
2015
14

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  15 Comments

Photoshop World Preview
We are hosting a live webcast this Friday at 12pm ET to talk all about Photoshop World! The webcast will be hosted by Larry Becker, the MC of Photoshop World. Larry will give you an insider’s view of the event and introduce you to a few of the instructors and preview some of their classes. Whether you have been to Photoshop World before or this is new to you, you’ll want to check out the webcast THIS Friday at 12 pm. Get all the details at KelbyOne.com/pswpreview.

DJI Inspire 1 with Mia McCormick and John McQuiston
Mia McCormick and John McQuiston will help you capture compelling footage by mastering the DJI INSPIRE1 quadcopter. In the first of two classes, designed to walk you through the basic set-up and calibration process, the flight system and all the features of the DJI Pilot App. In this class we’ll take the INSPIRE1 out of the case and get it ready to fly, then take you outside for the first flight. Plus you’ll learn the FAA flight safety guidelines to help you stay out of trouble and keep your INSPIRE1 in the air.

In the second class, Mia and John take you through advanced flying settings and features on your DJI INSPIRE1 and DJI Pilot App. They will show where all the telemetry is displayed and how to operate the on-board 4K camera. You’ll learn how to use the quadcopter’s advanced settings to capture smooth and properly exposed video and amazing still images. This class will walk you through setting up dual operation mode and even give you some pointers on capturing your best footage using both controllers. At the end of this class you will feel comfortable and confident flying your DJI INSPIRE1.

KelbyOne Live
Want to learn from Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, or Ben Willmore live in person? Check out these seminar tour dates to see if they’re coming to a city near you!

Shoot Like A Pro: Reloaded with Scott Kelby
June 5 – Hartford, CT
July 14 – London, UK

The Moment It Clicks with Joe McNally
May 19 – Philadelphia, PA
June 15 – Lansing, MI
June 17 – Nashville, TN
July 13 – Ottawa, ON

Lightroom & Photoshop Creative Integration Tour with Ben Willmore
May 29 – South San Francisco, CA
June 19 – Seattle, WA

These are just some of the upcoming dates for these seminar tours. You can find the full calendar of events right here, and leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to one of these events!

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Live
- James D

Moose Peterson’s Captured eBook
- Gene Tewksbury

If either of these is you, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
May
2015
13

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Dave Black!

by Brad Moore  |  6 Comments

Let There Be Light
Thanks Scott for the opportunity to be a quest blog writer this week…it’s such an honor dude.  And perfect timing as I am preparing for my own Lightpainting Workshop on May 28-30, in Loveland, Colorado.

Okay… Let’s learn how to Lightpaint.

Humanity is drawn to light. It is in our DNA. We can’t help but look towards the brightest part of a picture. As a photographer it is my responsibility to help guide the viewer to the subject in the picture, and I can do so with light.

But sometimes a flash or strobe just isn’t graceful enough. That’s when I turn off the studio lights and delve into the most creative lighting technique of all. Lightpainting… it’s the perfect combination of photography and artistic expression.

The word photography in the Greek means “light writing.” Simply said, Lightpainting is the revealing of the subject from darkness with light. In general, Lightpaintings make use of long exposure times like 3 seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 2 minutes, or more.

Let’s begin with some basics and Lightpaint a “Table-Top” Still Life. I will need a dark environment for my little subject …the Yellow Tail Fly. I will use a Manual Exposure of which I have a basic starting exposure that I begin many of my Lightpaintings with: ISO500, 30 seconds at f/8.

During the 30 seconds exposure time I will use a mobile light source to illuminate the subjects in the scene and reveal them from the dark with Lightpainting.

For my Table-Top still life and live model Lightpaintings I use a small Stylus penlight with a single LED bulb made by Streamlight.

First I arrange my subject and composing the scene. Then, like with all Lightpaintings, I secure the camera on a sturdy tripod. With the studio lights turned “on” I use Auto Focus on the subject and then turn “off” the auto focus. This is so the auto focus does not activate or “search” in the dark when you turn off the lights, open the shutter, and begin to Lightpaint.

I use the Auto Focus (AF) back button. By simply releasing your thumb from the AF button on the back of the camera it stops activation of the Auto Focus operation. Or you can also simply turn OFF the AF switch on the barrel of the lens or camera.

I also use a Manual WB of 10,000 Kelvin when Lightpainting with any LED flashlight. This setting helps add a warm color tone to the overall picture. And I will also activate the Long Exposure Noise Reduction mode in the camera. This prevents any noise speckles from appearing due to the long exposure time that generates heat inside the camera.

I’m now ready to turn OFF the room lights and make my first “TEST SHOT” without adding any Lightpainting to the subjects, just to see if there is any unwanted ambient light creeping in from a window or the door.

With a dark or “Blank” image on the LCD screen I’m now I’m ready to add some Lightpainting. I like to apply the light from off camera angles to create a dramatic lighting effect. In this image titled Yellow Tail Fly, the light from my Stylus is coming into the scene from the upper right corner of the frame.


Yellow Tail Fly: Nikon D7000, ISO400, 30 seconds exposure at f/32, Nikon 28-300mm VRII zoom lens at 300mm, WB 6700K, Manfrotto Tripod with 410 Gear Head, Stylus penlight, SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro Flash Card.

The closer the light source is to the subject, the brighter the subject becomes. Also said, the longer time I spend illuminating my subject the brighter the subject becomes. Too much light or too much time spent applying light can overexpose portions of the image…and vise verse.

I try to keep the light source (Stylus) moving while applying the light, usually in a swirling or brushing motion. This helps soften the transitional edges between light and shadow, which is key in creating a painterly quality to the picture. You are in effect “painting with light.”

My basic Manual Exposure setting of ISO 500, 30 seconds at f/8 is a good way to begin, but it can vary depending on intensity of your flashlight and the distance from flashlight to subject, and also how large your subject is. Don’t give up, I sometimes make 10-15 Lightpaintings before I get one that I like.


The Red Violin: Nikon D800, ISO100, 1 minute at f/6.3, Nikon 105mm MACRO lens,
WB 10,000K, Manfrotto Tripod with 410 Gear Head, Stylus penlight, SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro Flash Card.

Here is another “Table-Top” Still Life, but it has 2 variations from the Yellow Tail Fly. I used a lower ISO of only 100 and I increased the exposure time to 1 minute. Why? …because I felt I would need 1 entire minute to “precisely” apply Lightpainting from only a few inches away, and from multiple Off Camera angles. Lightpainting so close to the subject using ISO500 would result in way overexposing the subject.

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Tuesday
May
2015
12

Backstage Pass, Hartford Here I come, and “The Lightroom Show” Update

by Scott Kelby  |  11 Comments

The “Photoshop Guys” reimagined as Super Heroes?
Each month we release a podcast just for KelbyOne members called “Backstage Pass” and in this month’s episode, our producer and host Mia McCormick thought it would be fun to leverage Corey Barker’s love of movies and totally mad-Photoshop skills by doing a SuperHero theme (ya know, with the Avengers movie premiere and all), and well — you can see some of the results above. If you’re a KelbyOne member, make sure you catch the whole behind-the-scene video (and lots of member news stuff) at this link. 

Photographers in Hartford, Connecticut – Here I come!

My all-new tour is on it’s way to Hartford next month on Friday, June 5th (it’s my last US-stop before heading to London for my July 14th seminar). Hope you can make it (it’s just $99 for the full day, including a detailed workbook). I’d love to meet you there in person. Here’s the link with details.

Episode #13 of “The Lightroom Show” (and now we go on a 1-month hiatus).
Our first season of “The Lightroom Show” (our weekly show all about Lightroom, hosted by RC and me), is in the can, and the latest episode is now online (here’s the link to watch it, and any episodes you missed).

After 13-weeks each of our shows takes a one-month hiatus, but we’ll be back with Season Two before you know it (as long as “before you know it is about a month). Thanks for all your support on this new show, and we’ve got a bunch more cool stuff to share with you when we kick off Season Two.

In the meantime, you can find RC, Pete, Me and some special guests sharing our favorite Lightroom tips each weekday at LightroomKillerTips.com

OK, gang. I’m off to Spain this week with my brother Jeff, and I’ll be sharing my adventures via the free Periscope live streaming App starting Tuesday, so I hope you’ll follow me there (I’m @scottkelby on Periscope).

Have a super Tuesday everybody!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Regarding Friday’s post (I’m dumping my Apple Watch) – One of my readers mentioned that I might be within Apple’s return window and and son-of-a-gun I was in time, and returned it for a full refund (and I was also able to cancel my black wristband that hadn’t shipped yet). It was a pretty interesting two weeks — not surprised at how many people were downright angry that I bought an Apple Watch in the first place, but pretty stunned at how many people were seriously cranked that I returned it, like it somehow invalidated their purchase. I had to permanently ban a few folks, which I very rarely ever have to even delete a nasty comment. I have no idea why people get so offended over somebody else buying or returning a watch, but man — some people are really on the edge over stuff like this. Hey, it’s just a watch for goodness sake.

 

 

 

Monday
May
2015
11

My New Lightroom Book is Shipping!

by Scott Kelby  |  17 Comments

Whoo Hoo!  Here’s the quick video that describes the latest version (which has LOTS of new stuff — not just the new features):

It’s available right now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Direct from us, and wherever cool Lightroom books are sold. NOTE: The book is exactly the same, and works the same whether you have Lightroom CC or Lightroom 6 (just skip the chapter on Lightroom mobile if you have Lightroom 6).

Hope you all have a super-awesome Monday (well, it something to shoot for, anyway), and we’ll see ya here tomorrow! :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. In case you missed it on my Facebook and Twitter accounts — I did a post on Exposure.co with my favorite images from my trip to France and Italy last week (here’s the link). I think they look way better over there than they did here on the blog in the book layouts. Sheer size makes a big impact. See if you agree. 

 

 

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