Monday
Apr
2013
15

BREAKING NEWS: Announcing our “Lightroom 5 Beta Launch Center”

by Scott Kelby  |  8 Comments

Lightroom 5 Beta is here!
That’s right — Adobe released a free downloadable Beta version of Lightroom 5 and I gotta tell ya — it SO rocks!!!!

Our launch center, produced by the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) has videos from us on all the new features, so I  won’t  spoil it for you here, but Adobe really moved Lightroom a big step forward with this release with some killer stuff for the Develop Module (hint: including a “real” healing brush), and they ticked a few key things off our wish list in the Slideshow and Books module too that make a big difference (among a host of tweaks, enhancements and improvements throughout).

Here’s the link to our Lightroom 5 Beta Learning Center — and there’s a direct link there to download the Lightroom 5 Beta version.

Monday
Apr
2013
15

So, I Hired a Portfolio Consultant….

by Scott Kelby  |  17 Comments

Yes, there are portfolio consultants, and I found an awesome one!
My friend Jason Joseph turned me on to her work and after listening to her doing a guest-spot on a podcast; then checking out her Web site (link), and eventually talking with her on the phone, I was convinced she could really help me, and she already has.

Her name is Stella Kramer, and even though we just started working together, I can’t tell you how much I learned from just our first hour working together. I took a whole page of notes, but what I learned was far beyond just tweaking my portfolio. Really just an eyeopening, enlightening, and fascinating look into a different side of the business (I’ve got to get her to write a guest blog one day). Anyway, one of the first things she proposed for me was to separate out my sports photography into a separate site, which I did (that’s it shown above).

Here’s the link.

I created this new sports portfolio over at Squarespace.com using one of their built-in templates (they have really cool layouts) and it’s linked directly into my SmugMug.com portfolio (since the two companies have an alliance  — note the little SmugMug logo on the left side under my navigation).

Anyway, while my new sports portfolio site isn’t quite complete yet, (but hey…it’s a start)
Lot’s more work to do with Stella moving forward including the art of sequencing the images and a wide range of stuff but this was at least one of my homework assignments from her, so I’m on my way.

Let me know what you think of the new layout. Hope you guys have a great Monday — I’m off to Photoshop World! Hope I see you there. :)

Friday
Apr
2013
12

Last Minute Photoshop World Stuff (if you’re going, or thinking of going, be sure to read this!)

by Scott Kelby  |  9 Comments

Hey gang: I’m getting ready to head out to Orlando for next week’s Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and I wanted to share a few quick things before you (us, we) get there. Here goes:

(1) You can get a FREE Expo-only pass!
If you can’t go to the full conference, you can still come and check out the Expo floor, see all the vendors, checkout all the new gear, take advantage of show specials, and even catch bonus expo-floor classes at a number of different theaters, and a kick-butt line up of classes at the Peachpit Press theater. Here’s the link to register for your free pass.

(2) It’s true — they’re giving away a new D600!!!!
Nikon Professional Services (NPS) sponsors a pre-conference workshop at Photoshop World on shooting concert photography like a pro, and the class actually gets to a shoot a live band on stage — then the best shot (as chosen by applause) wins the new D600 (and I believe a lens, but don’t hold me to that). Here’s the cool thing —- the workshop is limited to just 40 participants (and not all 40 even enter the competition), so each person has a great shot at winning! There are just a few spots left — and if you’re going to Photoshop World, you can snag one of the last spots. You will totally  love this workshop! Here’s the link (http://bit.ly/cwrX0x) and good luck!

(3) Bring Your Camera
You will kick yourself if you don’t because there’s all sorts of shooting opportunities, including the incredibly popular Westcott Shooting Bays, where they’ve put together a series of very creative sets, all perfectly lit with Westcott lighting, with live models in full costume for you to shoot. It’s a HUGE hit with the attendees so make sure you don’t miss it (it’s on the Expo floor).

(4) Canon is there in a big way again this year!
The folks at Canon have a large booth with a special “Hot Shoe Flash” shooting area and they’ll be doing live demos throughout the expo, so add them to your must-visit list.

(5) I hope you’ll consider catching some of my classes
I invite you to check out some of my classes on the conference track, and my talk about lighting for Manfrotto on the Expo floor. Here’s the link to what I’m teaching in Orlando next week.

(6) Adobe is there. Big time!
Adobe is all over Photoshop World, from their booth on the Expo floor, to the opening keynote, to having Photoshop and Lightroom product managers teaching classes in the conference sessions  — it’s Adobe’s world and you’re invited.

(7) If this is your first time, here’s some trainers you don’t want to miss!
These are such inspiring, passionate and just amazing instructors that I would recommend you catch at least one of their classes even if the topic isn’t one that’s right up your alley. Try sitting in on a class from Jay MaiselJoel GrimesDave BlackKatrin Eismann, and Joe McNally. You are guaranteed to learn and be inspired.

(8) Don’t forget to catch some of the new trainers, too!
I get the job of choosing who gets to speak at Photoshop World so when we bring on somebody new, you know they have to be really special, and these trainers are: Jason Groupp, Colin Smith, Bill Fortney, Aaron Blaise, and Guy Kawasaki.

(9) It’s a Lightroom Love-fest
If you’re into Lightroom, you are going to lose your mind, because we have a full Lightroom learning track that runs all the days, the entire conference long, so you totally immerse yourself in Lightroom and never take a class on anything else. You can go into a full Lightroom-induced coma. That’s not a bad thing.

(10) It’s not too late if you want to come!
Although you can’t register online at this point, you can register show site for a full conference pass and anything else you need. Click here to see on site registration hours.

OK gang, that’s my tips. Hope I’ll get to see you in person in Orlando next week!!! Whoo Hooo!!!! :)

Thursday
Apr
2013
11

Gear Highlights from NAB Show

by Brad Moore  |  1 Comments

If you missed out on the NAB Show this year, Mia McCormick and Larry Becker from Kelby Training were there to have you covered. They discovered some of the coolest new gear that was at the show, and here are just some of video highlights from what they discovered! You can see more at the Kelby Media Group YouTube Channel where videos are still being added.

Again, here’s the link to check out even more highlights from NAB.

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