Friday
Dec
2012
14

Holiday Gift Ideas: 7 Cool Books for Photographers (and none of them are mine)

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

I’ve had a lot of folks asking me for book suggestions for photographers this Holiday season, so I thought I’d share a few here (without including mine since since I included a few in my Holiday Gear Guide a few weeks back). So, here’s we go (by the way, these are in no particular order).

> Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends
by Tim Mantoani
Tim did a masterful job with book, which features his portraits of famous photographers holding a print of their favorite image. It’s powerful, it’s an important work, and the portrait and the image they’re holding tell you so much about them. I promise you, the photographer you buy this for will love it!

[Get it at Amazon]

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From Oz to Kansas: Almost every black and white conversion technique known to man
by Vincent Versace
This may be the most accurate book title ever! In this follow-up to his bestselling “Return to Oz” Vincent shows Photoshop users a wide range of methods on how to create beautiful black & white images. Very well done from top to bottom; very current, and very useful techniques from a man who really knows how to create the black and white print.

[Get it at Barnes & Noble  or Amazon]

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Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them
by Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind
I just got to see this book in print last week and I am very impressed. This is such real world stuff because in so many cases we don’t get to dictate when we’re going to shoot or where we’re going to shoot, and this book shows you how to shoot in the harshest lighting situations and come out looking like a star. Great info!

[Get it at Barnes & Noble  or Amazon]

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> The Accurate Color interactive iBook series
By Herb Paynter
Herb is one of the pioneers of working with color and his book is just about the most in-depth book for actually understanding color that I’ve seen a quite a while. The key word here is “in-depth” and although it’s for beginners to color, if the photographer on your gift list really, really wants to “get” color in detail, they’ll get a lot out of it (it has interactive quizzes and other cool features). It’s not so much about Photoshop — but it’s really about understanding color at a level they never thought they would.

Get it at Apple’s iBook store for IOS devices

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book
By Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch
This book was just released this week and I think this will be an absolute boon to photographers who have always dreamed of publishing their own “Coffee-table” book (or any other kind for that matter). Guy’s a brilliant mega-bestselling business author and Shawn’s a brilliant app/book designer (and a pretty formidable Black Ops II player) and together they show you exactly how its all done, and give you insights you’re not going to find anywhere else.

[Get it at Amazon] — Kindle ebook only

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Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash
By Joe McNally
I don’t know a photographer using small flash that wouldn’t absolutely LOVE to get a Joe McNally book. In fact, I don’t know a photographer period that wouldn’t love one! Sketching Light is filled with Joe’s wonderful stories, amazing examples, very cute and to the point diagrams, and they will absolutely love it — it’s a lock! The book has 57 reviews on Amazon (which is a lot!) and an average rating of 5-stars (which is very rare indeed). Guaranteed to make you holiday gift champion.

[Get it at Barnes & Noble  or Amazon]

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> All Access: Your Backstage Pass to Concert Photography
By Alan Hess
There have been lots of books about shooting concert photography, but never anything like this. It is just so straight to the point, pragmatic, no BS, and it really shows you exactly what to do and how to do it. I really think it’s the new bible of shooting concert photography and if the photographer on your Holiday gift list dreams of shooting shows, this book is the ticket. Very well done with loads of great images, ideas, and hard-learned techniques from a pro who is in the photo pit every week walking the walking. This book rocks! (I’m cool with the pun). ;-)

[Get it at Barnes & Noble  or Amazon]

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OK gang, there ya have it. Now, if you’re thinking “Aw man, Scott I thought surely some of your books should have been included” (OK, that’s really more wishful thinking on my part), well here’s the link to them all on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Yesterday I started a whole “12-days of Christmas” giveaway thingy over on my Google+ page (http://scottgplus.com) and I’ll be giving away something new every day (including my books, apps, DVDs, memberships, and more). Hope you’ll check it out (and I hope you win). :)

Thursday
Dec
2012
13

A Couple More Things…

by Brad Moore  |  6 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here again. There were a couple items I meant to put in the Free Stuff Thursday post today and forgot about, so I’m making this second post to make sure you see them :-)

Share The Season Photo Contest
Want to win a Nikon D600 (or some other cool prizes)? Our buddy Moose Peterson has a photo contest going on until January 15 called Share The Season, which you can read all about right here. Basically, you have until January 15 to take and upload a photo that goes with the Share The Season theme, then Moose will pick a winner at the end of the month!

Bill Fortney on Scott Kelby’s It’s A Jesus Thing
Bill Fortney shared his thoughts about Scott’s newest book over on his blog recently. If you have a minute, read his post “When Is A Risk, Not A Risk?“ for his perspective on stepping out in faith.

Okay, that’s really it for today. Have a great Thursday!

Thursday
Dec
2012
13

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  69 Comments

The Photoshop Elements 11 Book for Digital Photographers
Looking for the perfect gift for the new photographer in your family? Adobe Photoshop Elements and The Photoshop Elements 11 Book for Digital Photographers make for the perfect combo to help them take their photos to the next level! Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski walk you through all the most important parts of the software so you can get straight to editing photos without spending a bunch of time learning all the technical aspects of the software. Add this book to your holiday shopping (or wish) list today!

KelbyTraining.com
The first class from Glyn Dewis is now available on KelbyTraining.com! Check out The Business Side of Glyn Dewis: Becoming A Successful Commercial Photographer to spend an hour with Glyn as he chats about developing a personal style, planning, what to do when things go wrong, and a variety of other topics.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a 1-Month subscription to KelbyTraining.com!

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How To Publish A Book from Guy Kawasaki & Shawn Welch
Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch have teamed up to bring you APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How To Publish A Book, a Kindle ebook they wrote to help people understand self-publishing. APE’s thesis is powerful yet simple: filling the roles of Author, Publisher and Entrepreneur yields results that rival traditional publishing. We call this “artisanal publishing”–that is, when writers who love their craft control the publishing process and produce high-quality books.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy!

Winners
1-Month KelbyTraining.com Subscription
- Greg H.

One Light, Two Light Seminar
- Steve Schuenke

Wednesday
Dec
2012
12

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brad Moore!

by Brad Moore  |  25 Comments


Photo by Joe McNally

Back in October, I made my annual trek to New York City for Photo Plus Expo. But this year I did something that I hadn’t done in previous years… I signed up to have my portfolio reviewed while I was there.

These portfolio reviews are a little different than most others. They’re done by creative directors from major magazines, art buyers from ad agencies, photo editors from wire services, and other people who see tons of images every day from a multitude of photographers (and some of them are photographers themselves). My experience with this was a good one, but that’s another blog post for another day. I mention these portfolio reviews because one of them led to the events that took place this past weekend…

The last review I had was with a photo editor from Clear Channel Media + Entertainment, a company that owns 850 radio stations across the country. She liked my work so much that she wound up hiring me to cover the Jingle Ball concerts for Y100 in Miami and 93.3 FLZ in Tampa.

The lineups for these shows included everyone from up and coming artists like Walk The Moon, Karmin, and Austin Mahone…


Walk The Moon


Karmin


Austin Mahone

…to megastars like Flo Rida, Enrique Iglesias, and Justin Bieber.


Flo Rida


Enrique Iglesias


Justin Bieber

And since I was shooting for Clear Channel, I got an all access pass to both shows. Continue reading

Tuesday
Dec
2012
11

It’s “Lots of Quick News” (and it’s “Big Adobe Event” Tuesday)

by Scott Kelby  |  19 Comments

Adobe’s online Creative Cloud event is today!
It’s the one where they’re unveiling what’s next in the Creative Cloud is today, and I’m part of the presentation (I’ll be talking a little about the cloud itself, but then later on I’m doing a segment called “Hidden Gems” where I’ll be showing some new stuff and some little-known existing features in Photoshop.

When: TODAY, December 11th, 2012
Time: 10:00 PST (1:00 pm New York Time)
Where: Here’s the link.  

My new book is already sold out
But if you didn’t get your order in yesterday, you can still order the Print edition from Amazon.com and they’ll deliver it as soon as the next batch hits their warehouse — here’s the link just in case.

If you can’t wait ’till then, it’s available right now from Apple’s iBook Store (for IOS) — here’s the link

Submit your images for our “Blind Critiques” episode of “The Grid”
If you’d like to have your photography considered for TOMORROW”s blind critiques (we show your images but don’t mention your name on the air), just leave us a link to your images AT THIS ADDRESS: http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/critique/

We’ll pick 20 or so photographer’s work to go over on the show (not based on who posted first — we choose based on showing variety and images we think can help our viewers), and the live show is broadcast TOMORROW at 4:00 pm ET at http://www.kelbytv.com/thegrid  — see you on “The Grid”

Catch Matt Kloskowski on “The Hallmark Channel’s: Home & Family”
That’s right, our own homegrown Mattski is going to be a guest Wednesday on broadcast TV on the Hallmark Channel’s show, “Home & Family.” They’ll be talking about photography and Photoshop and what Matt uses to make his hair so shiny, so make sure you tune in. Here’s the details:

When: Wednesday at 9:00 am ET
Where: The Hallmark Channel (check your local cable guide)
When Again: It’s possible it’s not at 9:00 am everywhere, so again, check your cable guide.

Want more megapixels? Be careful what you wish for. 
I was reminded this week how large the file sizes are for images I shoot with my Nikon D800. I grabbed a hard drive to copy around 1,000 images I took in Cuba, and I was shocked to see that it wouldn’t fit on the drive because it was a whopping 43 Gigbytes!!! I looked at what the Raw files were from my Nikon D3s, and for around 1,000 Raw files it was 1/3 the size (around 15GB) and for the same number of JPEGs from a similar camera it around 6GB. I’ll shoot more than 1,000 photos at any given football game in just three hours (glad I’m shooting JPEG).

Anyway, I added a chart below with the specs. Eyeopening. (And yes, I know it’s just simple math, and that hard drive space has never been cheaper, but until you actually try and copy that many GB and your hard drive says “Not enough room” and you think, “Nah, it can’t be” you found out, “Oh, it be.”).

You will get a kick out of this video!
I know I’m probably the 15,000th person to share this very cute Jimmy Fallon/Mariah Carey rendition of Mariah’s “All I want for Christmas is You” Christmas song, but Kalebra and I just watched it a few mornings ago and it really got us in the Christmas Spirit (and I’ve been singing it ever since).

Hope it makes your Holiday, and your Tuesday a little brighter. :-)

Gotta run!
Hope to see you all today at the Adobe event (it’s free!). Cheers, -Scott 

Monday
Dec
2012
10

Introducing My Brand New Book (it’s certainly one I never dreamed I would write)

by Scott Kelby  |  Comments Off Comments

Every once in a while I write a book on something that’s way outside my usual Photography and Photoshop topics, like a few years back when I wrote a short hardcover book for guys who didn’t want kids (trying to explain why they’re missing out on about the greatest thing ever!). Well, this book is certainly something different for me, and it’s on a topic that I would have ever dreamed that I would write.

I hope you’ll take a moment and watch the short video above about why I wrote it and who it’s for. Also, if you order (or download) a copy, know that 100% of the profits from the book will go to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. 

NOTE: on the video it says that’s its only available in ebook format at this time (it’s now in the Apple iBooks store — here’s the link), but actually we now have printed copies and you can buy them directly from Amazon.com (here’s the link).

One more thing: I left the commenting turned off for this post, which is unusual for me, but this book is unusual for me too, and this way I can actually go to the office instead of just sitting around all day with my finger on the “Delete comment and block user button.” LOL!  :)

Cheers, and here’s wishing you your best Monday yet!

All my best,

-Scott

P.S. UPDATE: The book is now sold-out on Amazon.com, but you can still place your order there and as soon as they get the next shipment they’ll send your copy out straight away. Many thanks to every one who ordered a copy! :)

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