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.

Thursday
Apr
2013
11

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  57 Comments

Today’s The Last Day…
…to sign up for the Free Private Photo Walk with Jeff Revell and Pete Collins when you register for Photoshop World Orlando! Join them at 5:30pm in Downtown Orlando for a 2-hour photo walk, capturing images of the city as the sun sets. That will be followed by a fun, relaxing dinner where everyone can share the photos they got and share tips for getting the most out of Photoshop World.

Win A Free Canon Printer!
The person who takes the best shot during the Canon Live Shoot pre-conference workshop at Photoshop World Orlando wins a Canon PIXMA PRO-1 printer worth $999! Join Canon Explorers of Light Jack Reznicki and Eddie Tapp and learn portrait lighting with live shoots, then submit your best photo for your chance to win the Canon PIXMA PRO-1 printer.

Mastering Black & White Outdoor Photography with Moose Peterson
Join legendary landscape photographer Moose Peterson on the Oregon Coast in his latest KelbyTraining.com class, Mastering Black & White Outdoor Photography! In this class, Moose will take you through all the tips, techniques, and tools that are essential for creating stunning black and white images. Of course, he doesn’t just cover the shooting part, but also the Camera Raw and Silver Efex Pro post processing workflow he uses  to create his own iconic photographs.

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)

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

May 10 – Salt Lake City, UT
May 17 – Milwaukee, WI

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

St. Lucia Photo Workshops with Joe McNally, RC Concepcion, and David Burnett
Joe McNally is headed back to the beautiful Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain in St. Lucia this August, and this time he’s taking RC Concepcion and David Burnett with him!

August 18-23, Joe will be joined by world-renowned photojournalist David Burnett as they teach you how to tell stories with your camera. You’ll learn everything from using available and artificial light, to street photography, to portraiture, and even get to hear Joe and David share stories from their long careers shooting for publications like National Geographic and LIFE Magazine.

Then from August 25-30, Joe will be joined by RC Concepcion, known for his technical prowess behind both the camera and computer. During this week, you’ll learn about portrait lighting, how to tame harsh available light, post processing, shooting and processing for HDR, business strategies, and building a website.

You can sign up for one or both of these workshops and get more info right here. And leave a comment for your chance to win a signed book set from Joe McNally!

Winners
Photoshop World Pass
- Marco Miliani

Cliff Mautner Class Rental
- David Gould

Kelby Training Live Ticket
- Jane H

Speedliter’s Handbook from Syl Arena
- Peter Lawton

If you’re one of the winners, we’ll be in touch soon to set you up with your prize. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Apr
2013
10

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Tony Curtis!

by Brad Moore  |  16 Comments


Credit: Lyndsay Curtis, my wife, best friend and business partner

First off, thank you to Scott and Brad for letting me share my story with everyone. I met Scott during his (mis)adventures in January.

My name is Tony D. Curtis and I am a 2nd Class Petty officer in the U.S. Navy and my job title is mass communication specialist (MC).  My job is to use all aspects of media (photo, video, public affairs, etc.) to help tell the Navy’s story to the general public. I’m stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

Within my job, my passion is photography. I can’t explain how lucky I am to have what I think is the best job in the Navy.

It took at least 1,600 sailors to spell out G-H-W-B for our namesake’s birthday and I was chosen to fly in a helo that day to get this shot.

Aboard the ship, we have Navy-trained firefighters, police officers, a post office, a small ship store, a cafeteria, a weekly newspaper and more. It’s literally a floating city. We have enough space and supplies to support the deployment-sized crew of 5,000 Sailors and up to 90 aircraft anywhere in the world.

Being able to combine my love of photography with the access of shooting in such a cool environment is incredible. The most dangerous and exciting part is shooting on the flight deck.

There is just so much going on, lots of colors and lots of repetition. It’s very fast paced and we’re trained to keep our head on a swivel, constantly looking around to make sure we’re safe. Anytime I go onto the flight deck, I have to have proper safety gear and another Sailor from my shop as a spotter, keeping me out of the way of these F/A-18 hornets and super hornets, E-2C Hawkeyes and MH-60R/S Sea Hawk helicopters.

The flight deck is awesome but we don’t just cover the equipment taking off and landing over and over again. The thing that makes the carrier so special is the Sailors. Every Sailor has a different story, a different job and we’re there to capture the moments as each Sailor does their job.

With all the training the Navy has provided, I’ve done my best to pass it on to my best friend and wife, Lyndsay Curtis. When I’m not out to sea or on the ship, we work together on our own portrait business.

Being in Norfolk, Virginia, my two lives of civilian photography and the Navy photojournalist cross quite a bit. This is most apparent during homecoming ceremonies for deployed units. It is probably our favorite thing to shoot.

Photography is my job, my hobby, and my passion. Luckily I get to pursue it at work and at home and have a blast doing it.

Tony D. Curtis was named the 2012 Navy Photographer of the Year and won the 2012 D.C. Shoot Off “Chip Shot” Best in Show award. He is getting ready to transfer to his next set of orders in Sicily.

You can see more of Lyndsay and Tony’s work at LyndsayCurtis.com or Facebook.com/LyndsayCurtisPhotography, and follow Tony on Twitter or Facebook.

If you are interested in talking to a recruiter about joining the Navy, visit Navy.com

Tuesday
Apr
2013
09

Some Last Minute Photoshop World Conference Stuff!

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

We’re just a week away from Photoshop World kicking off, so here’s a bunch of PSWorld stuff!

Get Our New Completely Redesigned Photoshop World Conference App
I gotta hand it to our App developer Shawn Welch, he totally nailed this App update! If you’re going to Photoshop World, this App is indispensable — it lets you do everything from assemble your custom class schedule, to finding vendors on the Expo floor, to learning about every instructor, finding your way to class, and a whole lot more!  Available FREE on the App store for iPhone and iPad. (Great job Shawn!)

Big Electric Cat is Rockin’ Photoshop World!
My band “Big Electric Cat” (fronted by the amazing Kalebra Kelby) is playing the Photoshop World Private Attendee Party on Wednesday night at B.B. Kings Bar & Grill. If you don’t have your tickets yet, call 1-800-738-8513 and grab a couple before it’s sold out!

Here’s what you missed last time (but you don’t have to miss it in Orlando!)
At the end of the conference, we have a big together for all the attendees and instructors as we recap an incredible week, and our video crew puts together four short clips, one for each day), and they’re a great way to really see what Photoshop World is all about. I’m posting the four here (they’re very short — less than 2 minutes each I believe) :

Above: Highlights from the pre-conference workshops, the day before the conference starts.

Above: It’s Day 1 of our Election Year theme (That’s not really Sarah Palin. It’s an impresonator just for laughs, but she was so spot-on that it freaked some people out. Here’s the keynote, the private party, the Expo, classes are more!)

Above: Day 2: It’s portfolio reviews, live shoots, food shoots, lighting, more classes, Westcott’s amazing “Shoot Offs” with live models on the show floor, the Expo floor, and the occasional zombie.

Above: Day 3′s video includes a peek at Dave Black’s incredible live shoot with an Olympic Gold Medal gymnast, more live shoots, a whirlwind tour of the Expo floor; the panelists for the “Art of Digital Photography” nighttime panel; and a hint of what’s in-store at Midnight Madness. 

Is it too late to sign-up?
Heck no! It’s not too late to join us next week in Orlando for three days that will absolutely blow your mind! There are seven different tracks running all three days, and whether you’re into Photoshop, Graphic Design, Lighting, Photography, Lightroom, or the business side of it all, there are tons of class (and tons of fun) waiting for you next week in Orlando.

Thousands of people from around the world will be there — so, where will you be the when world’s best instructors take the stage next week? I hope you’re right there with us for an experience you’ll never forget!

Here’s the link: photoshopworld.com — this is the year! You’re going! :)

I’ll see you there!

—Scott

Monday
Apr
2013
08

How ’bout a Free Expo Pass for Photoshop World Orlando?

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

Hi Gang: Sorry for the late post. I’ve really got nuthin’. Oh….wait….how about a FREE Expo-only Pass for the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida?

You can visit the show floor either day:

> Thursday, April 18
> Friday, April 19

If you’ve never been to our Expo floor, it is truly awesome! There are lots of classes running on the Expo floor; tons of demos and special expo-only pricing on gear; Adobe will be there (along with Photoshop Product Managers and Engineers), and bring your camera because the folks from Westcott lighting are partnering with Adobe to bring a live shooting workflow experience to the Expo floor where you can try out their Lighting gear during a LIVE shoot with different models in different scenes (it’s the hit of the show floor) and then post-process the images right there and then at Adobe’s booth right next door.

Lots of vendors, lots of cool stuff to see and learn (there are two theaters with free classes going all day), and totally lots of fun! Best of all — it’s free (if you reserver for your free tickets now, in advance).

Just sign-up now for your free Expo-only pass (good for two admissions) right here. 

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

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