Friday
Apr
2013
05

The Full “Philly” Experience

by Scott Kelby  |  14 Comments

Man, did I trash my diet in Philly or what!!!!

First, we had a awesome day! Philadelphia was the first city on my nationwide tour, and the nearly 500 photographers who came out Wednesday could not have been more welcoming or friendly. Now, onto the important stuff — incredible Philly food! ;-)

My buddy John Geliebter (shown above left with me) took Brad and I out to his favorite cheesesteak dive “Tony Luke’s” in South Philly (seen above). Total dive (and I mean that as a compliment), and there I experienced the magical healing power of the best Philly Cheesesteak I’ve had, because when I woke up Wednesday morning my Bronchritis was gone and I felt great!

I took your advice!
I asked here on the blog for suggestions where to eat while I’m there and so many folks mentioned DiNic’s in the Reading Terminal (right across the street from the convention center) that we went there for our seminar lunch break (I had the Roast Pork with Sharp Provolone and Broccoli Rabe — absolutely delicious!). Next time I’m in Philly, I will hit “Steve’s Prince of Steaks” (highly recommended by readers) and I will stop by either Pat’s or Genos just to get the Philly Experience, but when it comes to chow; Tony’s and DiNic’s totally rocked it this trip!

We just added TWO MORE CITIES!
Come out and spend the day with me in:

Chicago on April 30th
Seattle on May 23rd
Los Angeles on May 24th

Seats are filled on a first-come, first served basis, so come snag yours right now (it’s only $99 for the full day; just $79 if you’re a NAPP member). Here’s the link. 

OK, let’s switch gears!
Today I’m taping a class with the incredible Tim Wallace (famous UK-based automotive photographer) on lighting and shooting car interiors (Tim’s doing the teaching, I’m doing the shooting. Geesh, from one pressure cooker to the next). Below: here are some scenes from the class Tim just taped this week for Kelby Training Online on how to photograph motorcycles (photos by Erik Kuna).

Above: Behind the scenes shots from Tim’s new online class on photographing motorcycles 

 

Above: More behind the scenes shots (photos by Erik Kuna)

I’ll be sharing some shots from our taping today with Tim over on my Twitter account, and my Facebook page.

Thanks again to all the great folks in Philly who came out to my  seminar, and who made me feel so welcome (and thanks to everybody who came up with Philly restaurant suggestions. Well, now I’m back at home eating right, but that sure was fun!) Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

Cheers, —Scott

Thursday
Apr
2013
04

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  81 Comments

Want To Win A Nikon D600?
Well, they’re giving one away to the person who gets the best shot during the Real World Concert Photography pre-conference workshop at Photoshop World Orlando! This workshop is limited to 40 participants, so that’s a 1-in-40 chance you have of winning if you sign up. Even better news… Only about half of the participants usually even submit an image for the chance to win!

We’ll even help one lucky person by giving away another full-conference pass! Just leave a comment here and you’re entered. Good luck!

The Business Side of Cliff Mautner
World renowned wedding photographer Cliff Mautner shares his thoughts and insights into the business of wedding photography in his latest class on KelbyTraining.com. Join Cliff as he sits down with Kelby Training’s Larry Becker to talk about starting a wedding photography business, things that Cliff has learned along the way, and the future of wedding 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 KelbyJoe McNallyMatt KloskowskiRC Concepcion, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

The Shoot Like A Pro Tour with Scott Kelby
Apr 30 – Chicago, IL
May 23 – Seattle, WA (info coming soon)
May 24 – Los Angeles, CA (info coming soon)

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Apr 10 – San Francisco, CA
May 10 – Salt Lake City, UT
May 17 – Milwaukee, WI

Photographic Artistry with Adobe Photoshop with Ben Willmore
Apr 12 – Portland, OR
Apr 22 – Denver, CO
May 15 – Columbus, OH
May 21 – Boston, MA

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
Apr 24 – Minneapolis, MN

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to one of these events!

The Photocrati Fund
Do you know a photographer looking for funding for a project that’s near to their heart? The Photocrati Fund offers a $5,000 grant to one photographer each year to undertake an environmental or humanitarian photography project. At the completion of the project, the grant winner’s images will be displayed as a photo essay on Photocrati.com. The winner will be chosen by a panel of some of the world’s top environmental and cultural photographers at the end of June.

The deadline to apply for the grant is April 30, and you can get more info right here.

Syl Arena’s Speedliter’s Intensive Tour
Canon Speedlite master Syl Arena (author of the best-selling Speedliter’s Handbook) will be hitting 15 cities this spring on his Speedliter’s Intensive tour. If you want to learn how to create great light with Canon flash, this one-day Intensive is not to be missed. Members and fans of NAPP can head to this page and use the promo code NAPP25 to save $25. Also be sure to watch Syl’s Speedliting courses on Kelby Training!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a signed copy of the Speedliter’s Handbook!

Winners
Photoshop World Pass
- Jeff Douglas

Tamara Lackey Kelby Training Rental
- Raymond Hoffmann

Kelby Training Live Ticket
- Rob D

Rick Sammon Kelby Training Rental
- Michael Glover

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

Wednesday
Apr
2013
03

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring David E. Jackson!

by Brad Moore  |  19 Comments

Shooting An Album Cover from Concept to Finish

Big thanks to both Scott and Brad for inviting me back to be the guest blogger this week!

This past September I was hired by Eleven Seven Music to photograph and create the album artwork for heavy metal band Drowning Pool’s new album, “Resilience.” I was presented with a great opportunity to produce work for the band that would not only showcase them in a dynamic new way, but also push new personal boundaries within my work and challenge me to create something exceptional. Continue reading

Tuesday
Apr
2013
02

I’m Calling in Sick :(

by Scott Kelby  |  21 Comments

I’ve had a really low-level cold for about 10-days now but on Sunday it decided to move things up a notch, to full blown Bronchitis, so on Monday I went to the doctor, he gave me a shot (ouch!), and some medicine, and a Philly Cheesesteak (OK, he didn’t’ give me that, that I’m getting tomorrow in Philly), so I spent the day at home resting, drinking lots of water and generally looking like the pup you see above.

I’m OK, but I don’t have anything too exciting for today’s blog post (written on Monday night, cough-couch), so I’m calling in sick. Still looking forward to seeing everyone at my Shoot Like a Pro seminar in Philly on Wednesday (over 400 photographers are already signed up for the day), but when you see me, you probably shouldn’t shake my hand unless you want to look like this doggie, too.

Have a healthy Tuesday everybody. :-)

Monday
Apr
2013
01

Six Quick Monday Things

by Scott Kelby  |  37 Comments

The Latest Issue of Light It Magazine (for the iPad) is here!
Lots of cool stuff in this issue (our biggest issue yet), including a feature on lighting action sports, and my “Lighting Recipes” column on mixing flash with ambient light (and a bunch more).

Android version update: I wish I had more news, but I don’t. We do have a beta version up and running (I posted a video of RC showing it a while back), but it’s still so buggy we can’t release it. I know this is the same story you’ve heard for a while now, but I’m not the App developer, I’m their client, and like you I’m very anxious to get the Android version released (if for nothing more than to change the conversation from “Where’s the Android version?”). Believe me, when it’s ready, we’ll release it. For those of you with iPads, hope you enjoy the latest issue (you can find it on the App store).

You launched another magazine? Really?
OK, that’s only kinda true — I do have a new magazine but it’s a “Flipboard 2.0″ magazine I created called “Cool Photography Stuff” and it’s only available via the App Flipboard 2.0 (available for the iPad and the iPhone). This ability to create magazines on the fly is a new feature of Flipboard just released last week, and “Cool Photography Stuff” is a collection of articles I find each day from all different types of online media that I think you might like. It’s live (I’ve been updating it two or three times a day), and it’s free — just launch Flipboard and do a search for “Cool Photography Stuff” and then you can subscribe to it (still free) and see it right on Flipboard. Whichever article I chose last winds up being the cover image (as seen above), so the cover will be changing several times a day. Hope you find it helpful.

Our Hockey Workshop is Sold Out. Again.
This was the last opportunity to do it again this season (due to team/Forum scheduling), but we’re super-psyched to be able to do it once again. We have photographers coming from all over the world once again, and Scott Audette and I can’t wait to “hit the ice.” Thanks to everyone who signed up. Now drop the puck already! ;-)

Thinking About Taking Adobe’s “ACE” Exam?
If you are — check this out. The day before we kick off the Photoshop World Conference & Expo (coming up in Orlando, Florida in just a couple of weeks), we host a number of optional more intimate, in-depth workshops, including everything from a Live Concert Photography workshop, to a Light-painting workshop with Dave Black to a live Wedding Shoot workshop and more, but this year we’re adding a special workshop just on how to pass the Adobe Certified Expert program for Photoshop, taught by the guy who literally wrote the test! (that’s RC by the way). Plus you get a discount on taking the test, and Adobe is doing some cool giveaways in the class as well, and much more. Here’s the link with details on all of these pre-conference workshops. See you a day early in Orlando!

I’m Back From Spring Break Vacation!
We cashed in a bunch of those Frequent Flier Miles (I have quite a few) and we snuck away with the Kid’s to Maui for Spring Break (where I got the shot you see above — thanks to our friend Randy Jay Braun for the location). We had a ball (and believe it or not, I still have FF miles left), but now I’m back in the saddle and back at work today. It’s all I can do to keep from crying. LOL! ;-)

Our trip started out with….well….it started in a very un-expected way. So much so, my wife wrote about the “experience” over on her page. Here’s the link. (don’t say I didn’t warn ya).

Philadelphia Photographers — where is the Ultimate Cheesesteak?
OK, I’m heading to Philadelphia tomorrow for my “Shoot like a Pro” full-day seminar on Wednesday, and although I’ve been to Philly half-a-dozen times or more, I still have NOT found the ultimate place to get a Philly Cheese Steak. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever even really been to a Philly Cheesesteak place in Philly (last time I was there, I had Italian) so I need somebody up there who really knows, to tell me exactly where it’s found. Thanks in advance for any help, directions, and tips you can share.

That’s it for my Six Quick Monday Things. Hope you all have a great Monday and I’ll see you here tomorrow (even though I’ll be up in Philly).

Cheers,  

–Scott

Friday
Mar
2013
29

Announcing The Coolest Hands-on Workshop I’ve Ever Done. Again.

by Scott Kelby  |  18 Comments

The first one was amazing (here’s the link), and we had lots of folks asking us if we could possibly do another one but the problem is: there’s only one weekend left in this entire season where we could schedule another Professional Hockey Photography Hands-on Workshop.

But that weekend is April 26, 27, 28th, 2013. It’s on. Drop the puck!

Check out the video above for details — (it’s the original that explains the workshop — but it mentions the old dates, so don’t let that throw you).

The last workshop sold-out within the first two hours it was announced, so if you want to join us for this incredible hands-on workshop, down in Tampa at the Forum, on the ice, you gotta do it right now (it’s filled on a first-come, first-served basis). Space is limited to the first 22 people who sign up. Here’s the link to reserve your spot today. Time to Kick Ice!

Because of team/Forum scheduling this is the only other workshop we’ll be able to host this season, so we hope to see you there for a workshop you’ll never forget.

-Scott Kelby and Scott Audette

P.S. I’d bring a U/V Filter if I were you. ;-)

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