Thursday
Aug
2013
22

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  45 Comments

Photoshop World Vegas
What can I say that hasn’t already been said recently that could help you decide to come to Photoshop World Vegas? It’s an amazing conference with amazing instructors, amazing events, and amazing people all around. Just listen to the people in the video above. If you haven’t already booked a flight, you can get some info on travel right here. And if discount airline Allegiant Air flies out of an airport near you, there’s a chance you can get a cheap, direct flight to Vegas!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to Photoshop World!

The Art Of Digital Photography with Dave Black
Join Mia McCormick for an inspirational conversation with Dave Black, a world renowned sports photographer with over 30 years of experience. Over the course of an hour Dave and Mia discuss topics that range from getting started in photography to overcoming challenges, from the importance of thinking differently to how to develop your own unique style, and so much more!

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 or Joe McNally? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Aug 27 – San Jose, CA
Sep 13 – Miami Beach, FL
Sep 18 – Livonia, MI (Detroit area)
Sep 20 – Arlington, TX (Dallas/Ft. Worth area)

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
Sep 10 – St. Louis, MO
Sep 12 – Kansas City, MO

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!

Peter Read Miller Sports Photography Workshop
The Peter Read Miller Sports Photography Workshop returns to Atlanta, GA for the second year. Class will start Monday afternoon October 28 and end on Sunday morning November 3, 2013. If you want to learn from sports photography from the best of the best, this is where you can do it! Join Peter as he teaches you how to photograph football, baseball, volleyball, swimming, and more. You can download a PDF with all of the workshop info right here (right-click and Save Link As if it doesn’t download automatically) and sign up for the workshop right here.

Vincent Versace Workshops in India
Join Vincent Versace next month for some unique workshop opportunities in Banaras (Varanasi), Kolkata, and Mumbai India! Working in conjunction with the Indian talent sharing website Tumbhi, you can choose to do just one or all three! These workshops will involve intense learning, hands on sessions and lots of fun with Vincent and guest instructor Mickey Strand.

You can get more info on these workshops right here, and leave a comment to win a free rental of one of Vincent’s KelbyTraining.com classes!

Winners
Photoshop World Ticket
- Adam Bucci

Zack Arias $5K Challenge Rental
- Patrick Farrington

Kelby Training Live Ticket
- Christopher Arnold

Olloclip
- Tricia Kennedy

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

Wednesday
Aug
2013
21

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Bruce Dorn!

by Brad Moore  |  10 Comments

Wow, what a great honor to be this week’s Guest Blogger – thanks Scott!

Folks who know me personally know that I’ve never met a soapbox that I didn’t love so I’ll try to keep today’s musing short and succinct.  I’ll have a chance to pontificate at length at this year’s Photoshop World and encourage all attendees to try to catch both of my information packed seminars.

On Thursday, September 5th I’ll be presenting The Ten Commandments of Cinematic Lighting.  Although trying to distill thirty years of hard-won Hollywood and high fashion lighting experience down to an hour’s worth of easily digestible tips is an almost impossible task, I’ve taken my best shot at it.  This isn’t a class for hardware fetishists but rather a philosophical primer on the emotional and practical application of any artificial light source, be it large, small, classic, current, or yet to be revealed.  That said, please don’t mistake this class’s admittedly philosophical bent as code for “More Useless Mumbo-Jumbo” for that would be a huge mistake – attentive attendees will learn from many carefully created examples and take away ten concise and useful tips to consider when creating a dramatic lighting design for either cinema or stills.

And these tips are not a simple distillation of my own extensive experience but rather a finely crafted brew of knowledge gleaned from years of working with The Best of The Best in both the still and motion image-making arenas.

Yep, over the course of my career I have had the honor of not only producing wonderful imagery but also the great pleasure of assigning the creation of such work.  As a young man, working as an Art Director for Conde Nast Publishing’s Mademoiselle Magazine, I routinely assigned juicy editorial assignments to some of the worlds’ best fashion photographers.  Can you imagine how much I learned by offering creative challenges and then stepping back to quietly but intently observe each individual artist’s approach?  It was an amazing time and I gleaned a lot of fresh knowledge with each new experience.

Ditto on the Cinematic side of the street.  As time passed, and my interests changed, I segued from the Rag Trade into the more creatively-broad arena of Advertising.  I continued to do a bit of Graphic Design and Art Direction – and a lot of Still Photography – but ultimately found my True Love in The Art of Cinematography.

I must be the luckiest guy alive because one thing led to another and I soon found myself working in Hollywood!   After induction into the Directors Guild of America, I became a Creative Director at the world’s biggest motion picture special effects house (Robert Able & Associates) where I spent many years busily designing, producing, and directing major television advertising campaigns.  Big budgets and lots of creative freedom added up to what could only be described as truly awesome times.  And, as a Producer and Director, I was once again blessed with the great pleasure of assigning plum jobs to other creative souls – this time to the guys and gals who I think occupy the highest rungs of the lens-based visual arts, the Cinematographers or, as they are also known, the Directors of Photography.  Sweet!

Which finally brings me to my second seminar offering at the upcoming Photoshop World conference, Introduction to HD Storytelling, on Friday September 6th from 1:00-2:00pm.  This seminar will focus on the exploitation of contemporary hybrid tools for a personal exploration of motion picture storytelling.

Here’s how I see it: I think every person has an interesting and compelling story in them – maybe more than one.  These stories may big and far-reaching or small and private but at their heart every well-told story is based on effective structure and basic technique.  If you own a hybrid camera – one that offers both Still and HD capture – and a computer with an editing program, well heck, you’re halfway to your three-picture studio deal with Paramount!   That’s how it went for Writer/Director/Producer Robert Rodriguez when he created and shared his first short film “El Mariachi”!!

Okay, so you’re not really halfway to Hollywood just because you own some gear but you do have a solid foundation on which to build your own personal exploration of motion picture storytelling. And I’m excited to help you along the way with an inspiring hour of entertaining examples and solid advice to get the ball rolling. My personal career with the motion picture camera has taken me to the most exciting places on the planet where I see and capture the most beautiful things. In this seminar I’ll also share how that came to be and offer solid advice on how to start your own cinematic show reel.

My advice? Invest two hours hanging out with me, Brucie -The Second Most Interesting Man Alive!  Fail to do so and you’ll miss out on good solid advice, inspirational imagery, and a well-marked road map to Big Fun ;)

Wait a minute – just two hours?!? I could do days on these topics! Quick, someone tell Scott to get me on the video tutorial program around here!

You can see more of Bruce’s work at BruceDorn.com and iDCPhotoVideo.com, and follow him on Twitter.

Tuesday
Aug
2013
20

90-Second Review: PNY’s Thinksafe Lock for an Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

Above: The rear view, with the included combination lock attached to the PNY hinge-link. 

A few weeks back I reviewed MacLock’s “MacBook Pro Security Bracket” for securing your laptop from theft when unattended (here’s the link). When I posted that review, a few of the commenters pointed me to PNY’s new “ThinkSafe” lock for the MacBook Pro Retina display model, so I immediately ordered it to do a comparison (and here we go!).

How it works
Basically, this works by having you slide a hard, thin piece of metal between the hinge in your laptop’s lid so it sticks out of the back of your MacBook Pro (scroll way down to see a close up of it). There’s a small hole in the end (the part that sticks out) and the lock hooks right through it (and you wrap the lock around something that won’t move, like a chair leg, or table leg) and that’s it — the two become one.

Above: Here’s the little hinge lock from the keyboard view. You only see that little metal plate, but that plate doesn’t sit flush — it kinda slides around loose unless its locked down. 

PROS:
It has a combination lock, which I much prefer over a key lock (if you lose the key, you’re hosed — your MacBook isn’t leaving when you leave, and that freaks me out). Plus, you can register your four-digit code with PNY in case you ever forget it.

The price: it’s only $20 including the combination lock. That’s a third of the price of the MacLocks solution, at around $60.

It comes with a carrying pouch that keeps it all together nicely for travel.

It also supports the MacBook Air & MacBook Pros with the built-in lock hole

It can’t easily be defeated by someone with a small screwdriver.

CONS:
This really isn’t something you would leave attached to your MacBook Pro all the time. You really need to attach it when you need to lock it, and remove the whole thing when you don’t, because the way it sticks out of the back of your MacBook Pro, makes it tough to fit comfortably in a laptop bag. It also looks kind of awkward when not in use.

The potential for scratching everything from a desk, to your MacBook itself is pretty high. It’s a piece of metal hanging out from the back of your computer. As long as you just use it when you need to secure it, it’s probably OK, but if you left it on all the time, something’s gonna get scratched.

You can’t change the four-digit lock code. They give you a pre-programmed code when you buy the lock, so you have to memorize it, because you can’t change it. That’s surprising.

The instruction manual is really poorly designed. It looks very easy at first glance, but it’s confusing as anything for such a simple device. There are not quite enough visuals and not nearly enough text to describe some aspects. It took three of us to figure it out. Having six languages on the page didn’t help the matter either.

The clip that slides into your MacBook’s hinge just sits there kind of loose (not flat and tight), so when it’s not locked down, it slides around, clanks and giggles a bit, and generally is somewhat annoying, kinda like having a large paper clip sliding around between the hinge in the lid of your laptop. It’s not quite that bad, but close. This kinda surprised me as I figured it would be a snug fit.

Above: Here’s a close-up of how the lock attaches to the metal hinge-link that sticks out of the back of your MacBook Pro. There’s a hole in the metal plate, and the lock hooks into it. 

Bottomline
Both of these will do the job of keeping your MacBook Pro from getting swiped unless you come across a determined thief with both time and the right tools. In the end, I see the MacLocks solution as one I can leave on MacBook Pro all the time and only use it when I need it by just taking out my lock. The PNY is one I would need to install each time I want to use it. It’s a quick install (once you know how to do it), but still, you have to take it on/off each time, so it is a different beast.

If I had to choose between the PNY and the MacLock’s solution, I’d spend the extra $40 and go with the MacLocks, because I think it’s an easier-to-live-with solution for everyday use. If you only lock your MacBook on rare occasions, then just spend the $20 on the PNY — it’ll do the job.

Overall Rating
If I actually had a five-star rating-system, with 5 being best, I would give it 4 stars, knocking off a star for the clunkiness of the clip; the fact that you have to take it on/off for the most part, and for the really bad manual.

PNY ThinkSafe Portable MacBook Locking System
Price:
 $20
Works on: Apple MacBook Pros, MacBook Pro with Retina Display, MacBook Air
Available from: Amazon.com

Monday
Aug
2013
19

Want a New Feature Added to Photoshop? Now’s Your Chance!

by Scott Kelby  |  26 Comments

Imagine being able to talk directly to Adobe’s own Photoshop engineers, and you get to tell them about your feature idea, or an addition to an existing feature, or some little fix or tweak that would make using Photoshop even better for you, and they turn around and try to apply the fix to the code to add your feature to Photoshop right there! The fixes will ship with a future version of Photoshop.

Well, it’s happening in two weeks at Adobe’s ‘Codeathon’ — held at the Photoshop World Conference in Vegas next month.

So, if you’re like me and you’ve got some ideas — one’s where you think “Hey, I wish they’d add a checkbox for this….” or “If they would just add a button that did that…” ….well, your dream may just come true right in front of your eye, while you wait! :)

If you can’t make it to Vegas in two weeks (there’s still time if you want to go), I’d still to love to hear your ideas here for new Photoshop features, tweaks, fixes, add-ons, and enhancements, and I’ll make sure they get delivered directly to Adobe’s Photoshop team for you. :)

Cheers everybody and having a great Monday!

Friday
Aug
2013
16

Quick Worldwide Photo Walk Update

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

Hi Gang and greetings from sunny (hot) San Antonio, Texas where I’m doing my “Shoot Like a Pro” tour here today for around 400 photographers. Here’s what up since our official announce on Monday:

(1) We have nearly 490 cities with Photo Walks organized

(2) We have other 4,000 photographers signed up for these walks

(3) We just added some cool new cities: Like Arroyo Grande, California, Bremen HD Deutschland, and Princeton, New Jersey with more being added every day

(4) If you applied to lead a walk and you’re still waiting to hear your approval status, it’s just because it takes a while to individually approve each request from cities literally all over the world. Don’t worry — we’re chipping away at the mountain of requests.

(5) I was hoping to do a post today about all the prizes, but new ones keep coming in, so it’ll have to be next week, but the prize list is getting pretty amazing. More to come on that soon.

(6) We’ve created a special flickr group just for walkers to add another level of interaction between walkers around the world. Our own RC Concepcion did a short video that shows how you join the group and stay connected. The video is below:

http://youtu.be/115NcT52A-c

(7) You can follow the official Worldwide Photo Walk Facebook page here (link). Or our Google+ page here (link), or find us on Twitter here (link), but honestly our Twitter presence is a little….well…it’s…let’s say we could use some followers (ahem). It’s probably better if you just search on Twitter under the hashtag #WWPW.

For more info, or to find a city to join a walk near you, or to apply to lead a walk yourself, or if you’re just bored and have some time on your hands, visit the official Worldwide Photo Walk site (link).

Cheers everybody, and have a safe, happy, fun weekend.

-Scott

P.S. Hope to see a whole bunch of you in Indianapolis next Wednesday (link

 

Thursday
Aug
2013
15

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  149 Comments

Photoshop World Vegas
We’re just a few weeks away from Photoshop World Vegas! We’ve put together a series of videos to help people who’ve never been to Photoshop World get an idea of all the things that happen at this one-of-a-kind conference, and you can watch them above. Our very own Larry Becker takes you through everything including the in-depth workshops, the opening keynote, Midnight Madness, the After Hours Party, and much much more.

If you want a chance to win a free ticket to Photoshop World, just leave a comment!

The $5K Challenge with Zack Arias
What could you do photographically with five thousand dollars? Join Zack Arias in The $5K Challenge: Professional Photography On A Budget, as he sets out a challenge to show what can be done on a budget of $5,000. Zack does everything from buying the camera gear to covering his expenses for a weekend of travel in New York City, and even hiring a photo editor to sit down and help him edit his photos down to a tight new body of work. At the end of the project he’ll have new gear, an interesting experience, a new portfolio, and money left over to do it again.

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 or Joe McNally? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Aug 16 – San Antonio, TX
Aug 21 – Indianapolis, IN
Aug 27 – San Jose, CA
Sep 13 – Miami Beach, FL

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
Sep 10 – St. Louis, MO
Sep 12 – Kansas City, MO

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!

Win An Ice Light from FJ Westcott
Our friends at FJ Westcott are giving away a free Ice Light to one lucky person! All you have to do is go to FJWestcott.com and enter your email address in the box when it pops up. And be sure to check out the video above if you want to see the Ice Light (and its creator Jerry Ghionis) in action!

Olloclip Up for Entrepreneur of 2013
It’s no secret that we’re HUGE fans of the olloclip here at the Kelby offices. That’s why we’re pumped to hear that they’re up for Entrepreneur of 2013 from Entrepreneur Magazine! If you’re also a fan, head on over and watch the video of how Patrick O’Neill came up with the idea for this fantastic iPhone camera accessory and submit your vote!

Leave a comment for your chance to win your very own olloclip!

Winners
Photoshop World Ticket
- Pam Singleton

Lightroom 5 Book for Digital Photographers
- Daniel Buckenmyer
- Jim Kirk
- John Williamson
- Reena Smurf
- Paul P

Tim Wallace Class Rental
- Holger

Kelby Training Live Ticket
- John Price

The Digital Photography Book, Part 1
- Claire Skinner
- James

If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon! Have a great Thursday, and come say hi if you’re at the San Antonio or Indianapolis seminars in the next few days!

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