Monday
Dec
2012
31

Take my new class on creating custom photo books in Lightroom 4 — for free!

by Scott Kelby  |  21 Comments

Whatdayasay we end the year with a free class! We just released this new class on creating your own custom photo books using Lightroom 4, and you can take the class for free as our way of saying “Thanks for an amazing year.”

Here’s how it works:
I mentioned here a few weeks back that we now offer some of our classes as downloadable 3-day rentals (just like you’d download a movie rental), and that’s the case here, but you’ll notice that instead of there being a $9.99 rental fee, the rental button says FREE. 

Here’s a link to the class, and I hope you find it helpful (photo books are easy to get hooked on — make one and you’ll fall in love).

Here’s to a 2013 filled with lots of wonderful images (and some beautiful custom books).

All my best,

-Scott

Friday
Dec
2012
28

End of Year Deals on Nikon D600 and D800

by Scott Kelby  |  8 Comments

Saw this yesterday and I thought these deals might be perfect for someone who got a B&H Photo Gift Certificate for Christmas (or has just been saving up for a D600 or D800). The D600 kits have instant savings of $700 and come with all sorts of goodies (by the way, I have that Oben tripod it comes with and it rocks!). 

Here’s the direct links:

D600 (link)
D600 (with accessories for shooting DSLR video) link

D800 (link) [body only, but with lots of accessories)
D800E (link)

Looks like they expire tomorrow. Happy shopping everybody!

Thursday
Dec
2012
27

It’s Free Stuff Thursday: Win My New iPhone 5 Book

by Scott Kelby  |  219 Comments

I just got some copies of my new iPhone 5 book which is co-authored with my buddy Terry White (I take half the chapters and Terry takes the other half, which I affectionally call “the hard chapters.” LOL!).

Anyway, the whole book is just like my book series “The Digital Photography Book” — the same look, feel, layout, the whole one “one topic per page thing” and so if you like learning from that book you’ll feel right at home with our iPhone 5 book. It’s hitting stores any day now but you can win it  today as I’m giving away five copies — just leave a comment here and you’re entered to win. If you don’t win, you can still get your copy from Barnes&Noble.com or Amazon.com (it’s only around $16 bucks and there’s a Nook and Kindle version of both) and be the first to get it.

Happy Free-Stuff Thursday! :)

Wednesday
Dec
2012
26

A step-by-step plan for becoming a better photographer in 2013

by Scott Kelby  |  42 Comments

During the live broadcast of this episode we had over 1,200 comments from viewers (which is just amazing in itself), but since then we’ve heard from so many people who said last week’s episode of “The Grid” was our most helpful episode ever!

In it, Matt and I shared a real-world, step-by-step plan for really improving your photography in the coming year and a lot of folks have let us know it’s already changed the way they think about their photography.

Make sure you watch the episode all the way to the end — we wrap-up with some really important stuff. I hope you find the episode useful, and thanks to everyone who has supported us on “The Grid” this year.

Monday
Dec
2012
24

by Scott Kelby  |  54 Comments

Below is an audio clip of “The Christmas Song,” made by my wife on her iPhone (that’s her above taken on our family vacation to Ireland earlier this year), using her iPhone’s built-in Recorder App (which is normally used for making voice memos), but how it came to be is what makes it special (and it’s why I asked my wife if I could run this on my blog today).

Here’s the story behind it, which I copied and pasted  from an email my wife sent to one of her friends. Here it is in her own words:

Our daughter Kira was 3-1/2 year old  at the time and she used to constantly play with the voice recorder App on my iPhone. I was in my bathroom blow drying my hair the other day (singing/humming that song) when she came in playing around with that recorder App on the phone. She likes it when I sing “The Christmas Song” so she asked me to sing it into the phone. So I did. The phone did a pretty decent job with the recording so I thought I would send it to Scott’s brother Jeff (because he’s always after me to sing him Christmas songs) and then as I was about to send it I thought: “Well, mom might like to have it, and so and so might like it” and then it became my Christmas card!

It took quite a bit of convincing to get my wife to let me run this on the blog a few years back, and again today (especially since she was just goofing with my daughter when she did it, plus it was recorded in just one take, into an iPhone no less, and not done in a professional recording studio), but I think the spirit of Christmas got the best of her, and she finally said yes.

I hope you enjoy listening to it, and that it brings a little Christmas Eve spirit your way. (click this link to hear the song).

Merry Christmas everybody! :-)

Friday
Dec
2012
21

Whoo Hoo! The Worldwide Photo Walk Raised $12,000 for the Springs of Hope Orphanage

by Scott Kelby  |  11 Comments

 

I am excited beyond excited!!! When I got the call from Rob Jones last night that the profits from our t-shirt sales from my Worldwide Photo Walk broke our all-time record and that we had raised $12,000 for the Springs of Hope Orphanage, I about fell out of my chair!

But there’s a little more to the story than just that. While it’s true that we broke our record, (the t-shirt sales by themselves raised $9607.48), Rob wanted to make sure we hit $12,000 so his company “Towner Jones Photography” kicked in an $2392.52 on their own. I am truly touched (but not surprised — this isn’t the first time Rob’s done something like this).

Rob has run the entire t-shirt sale part of the Photo Walk from the very beginning simply out of wanting to help others less fortunate and we are blessed that he saw a need and pitched-in in a big way. Please join me in thanking Rob for the tens of thousands of dollars his efforts have raised for the Springs of Hope Orphanage by leaving him a note here on the blog.

Also, if you didn’t get a chance to get one of the shirts, but want to help the Orphanage, you can make a donation right here. 

My heartfelt thanks to Rob Jones for just being awesome; to my good friend and our Creative Director Felix Nelson for the cool logo he designed for the shirts, and to everyone who bought a shirt to help out the Orphanage. After the past few weeks, I think we all need to celebrate a win of any size, so please join me in thanking Rob, and here’s to small victories that mean a lot. :)

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