Friday
Nov
2012
30

OK, we haven’t officially announced this yet, but….you can now “Rent” our individual online classes

by Scott Kelby  |  23 Comments

…and my new “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it for Hot Shoe flash on-a-budget” is one of the first classes we have available for rent, just like you would rent a movie or TV show from online (that’s one of the shots from the class above   — here’s a link to a 1-minute video clip where I explain what I teach in the class). You get to rent it for three days (and watch as many times as you want during that three-day period).

Our special intro deal is  just $6.99 for the three day rental (here’s the link). The regular price will be $9.99

We’re rolling this new feature out in stages, and so only 12 or so classes are available for rental at this time, but of course more will be coming (we have literally hundreds of full-length online classes at KelbyTraining.com)

Now, why would we rent classes? I’m betting on the fact that you’ll watch one or two, you’ll totally dig ‘em, and then you’ll want to sign up to access all our classes 24/7, unlimited, all year long (after all; if you rent two or three classes, it’s a better deal to at least sign up for a month [or, better deal, a year] and watch as many as you want, right?).

Here’s some comments from people who have watched this new class: 

This has been the most informative tutorial I have ever watched !! Thanks Scott. I love how this guided the audience from the very first step (set-up), right to the finishing touches on Lightroom and Photoshop.


> Thanks Scott Kelby, for a thorough well thought out and complete short course on inexpensive lighting, and taking the shoot all the way through. I have been a shooter for many years, and even I learned a lot from your course. Thanks Again.

 

Okay … i’m raving about this course!!! thank you, thank you, and, thank you!!! I so needed every bit of what you gave us … not surprised … but very grateful!!!

 

Great course! I have been waiting to see some more photoshop & Lightroom classes and this one was great! Love the lighting and photoshop and Lightroom mix! Thank you Scott you nailed it:-}

 

Awesome class Scott. This class alone is worth the cost of Kelby Training. While I can afford (some) expensive studio gear, I can’t rationalize it nor do I have the space for it. This training hits the sweet spot for those who want to take better portraits of their family and friends without investing a bunch of money. Of course the retouching closes the loop. Thank you!

 

Well done Mr. Kelby! It’s nice to watch a tutorial where the focus was [not] on inexpensive gear.

 

Excellent Tutorial Scott! I especially liked the retouching segments – a perfect blend of beginning & advanced training!

 

It is, in my opinion, one of the better training videos I have watched on Kelby Training. Thank You.

 

Please do more like this i absoutley loved this course i already have all the gear you used in this class and i dont have any studio equipment…it felt like this class was designed for everything i want to be able to do… thank you so much!!!!

 

Simply an outstanding course! I really appreciate the focus on getting great results with a modest investment in lighting equipment.

 

Scott, I cannot wait for my Holidays time off to experiment with my off-camera flash. You got me all excited and I am now confident I will get great results! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

 

This was one of the most useful courses for my photography. Thank you SO much for this.

 

I have been waiting for a course like this. It thoroughly and simply answered so many questions I had about using hot shoe flash for portraits.

 

Scott.. good video! Purchased the $70 Flash just to see how good..or bad.. it was. I am VERY surprised by the build quality, great. I put it to work last night in a quick shoot and it worked just fine! Thanks for the tip and the detail.”

 

Thanks for such a great lesson Scott! It’s like you read my mind.

OK gang, it’s available right now for rental (follow this link, then click the yellow button on the right side to get the rental). Hope you enjoy the class. :-)

 

Thursday
Nov
2012
29

LensProToGo Launches iPhone App!

by Brad Moore  |  3 Comments

Our friends at LensProToGo just announced the release of their free iOS app, which allows you to browse and order equipment quickly and easily right from your iPhone!

The app adds two new features not yet available on the website to make the rental process easier and more efficient. Users can mark select gear as a “Favorite” while browsing over 400 items by brand (featuring an up to date line up from both Canon and Nikon) or type.  Favorite items are always quickly accessible in the “Favorites” view so a renter can immediately select gear from their personally created list. Additionally, experienced users will benefit from the new “Quick Add” icon which allows them to add multiple items to their cart instantly, even from their Favorites list, without viewing the items detail page.

 

If users do want to learn more about a piece of equipment, the app’s item detail page provides photos, descriptions, technical specifications, suggested accessories and even a related item for comparison. Because LensProToGo is staffed entirely by working professional photographers and DSLR filmmakers, their expertise is essential to providing these relevant suggestions.  The app also provides links to camera manuals for photographers to view while in the field or on the go. Additionally, customers can access LensProToGo’s social media accounts and blog, as well as find directions to the store.

 

Paul Friedman, owner of LensProToGo, and his team wanted to make it easier, faster and more convenient for photographers and filmmakers to get the gear they need no matter where they are. Whether they are on location, waiting in line at the grocery store, or on the side of a mountain, renting gear is now just a few taps away. From a development standpoint, they wanted to focus on efficiency. As photographers and filmmakers, he and his team understand just how precious time can be.

The new app can be downloaded from the App Store by searching “LensProToGo” or by clicking right here.

You can also check out the LensProToGo blog, follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook.

Thursday
Nov
2012
29

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  95 Comments

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. – On A Budget with Hot Shoe Flash
If you’re a photographer who is looking to start using flash but don’t know where to start, Scott Kelby has you covered in his latest KelbyTraining.com class, Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. – On A Budget with Hot Shoe Flash! And if you know a photographer who fits this description, this class provides a great gear guide that could provide some affordable gift ideas.

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

Kelby Training Live Seminars
Check out these upcoming seminars, and leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket!

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers LIVE with RC Concepcion
Dec 3 – Ft. Lauderdale
Dec 6 – Seattle

Lightroom 4 LIVE with Matt Kloskowski
Dec 4 – Sacramento
Dec 10 – San Diego

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
Dec 17 – Houston

TAP! 2013 – Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference - January 8-11, 2013 | Orlando, FL
Photographers, content creators, multi-media professionals, authors and publishers – this is your event! TAP! 2013 is a cutting-edge training conference pushing new limits in digital content creation, publishing, marketing and monetization. The who’s who in this new emerging space will share case studies, talk tech and help you bring your digital publishing project to life. TAP! is designed for management and creatives alike. Sessions cover both strategy and vision as well as practical tools and techniques from content creation to final distribution.

Speakers include Scott Kelby, Guy Kawasaki, Rich Harrington, Terry White, Scott Bourne, and many more! Early bird pricing on all conference packages runs until December 7, use this code PHO12 and save an additional $150 on any registration package.

You can follow @iaepub on Twitter and like TAP! 2013 on Facebook for more info. Leave a comment for your chance to win a free 3 or 4-day ticket to this great event!

Panasonic Lumix GH3 Launch Event Tonight at Samy’s Camera
Tonight at 7:00pm, Samy’s Camera in Los Angeles is hosting a FREE launch event for the Panasonic Lumix GH3 camera featuring National Geographic photographer Ira Block! You can find out all about the event and register right here.

FREE Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Workshop with Syl Arena
On December 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, join Syl Arena for a free workshop in Hollywood! Syl will be hosting a two-hour workshop called Mastering The Speedlite 600EX-RT System at Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center on Sunset Blvd. It’s free, but registration is required. You can find out all about the workshop and sign up on Syl’s blog!

Extended Savings from B&H
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be in the rearview mirror, but our friends at B&H still have some great sales happening! You can still save $70 on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 camera, and $35 on this Wolverine SNAP14 Digital Image Converter! Capture new holiday memories with the camera, and use the digital image converter to scan your old ones so they can easily be shared with your friends and family :-) And, don’t forget, NAPP members get free shipping!

500px iPhone App
If you’re a fan and user of the crazy popular photo sharing site 500px, you can now download their free iPhone app! Use it to keep up with your favorite photographers, find new ones to follow, and leave feedback on your favorite photos. If you don’t have a 500px account, you can get a free one right here!

Winners
Lightroom 4 Live Ticket
- Owen Colborne

KelbyTraining.com 1-Month Subscription
- Kim Spanulo

That’s it for today. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Nov
2012
28

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brian Matiash!

by Brad Moore  |  28 Comments

I, Photographer

I believe it was last summer when I was having dinner with Brad Moore at City Fish in Oldsmar, FL when he asked me to write my first post for Scott’s illustrious Guest Blog series. I was humbled, giddy, and nervous. As a longtime follower of Scott’s work, being asked to contribute marked a milestone in my career as a photographer. I fully admit modeling a lot of how I teach and relate with our users at onOne Software based on Scott’s practices, so you can imagine my surprise when I got an email from Brad a few weeks ago with the subject, “It’s that time again.” I am truly honored to reprise my role as guest contributor and I’d like to thank Scott, Brad, Matt, RC, Corey, Stinky Pete and the rest of my good friends at Kelby Media for doing so much to help so many of us reach our own milestones as photographers.

<Cue the Wayne’s World wave dissolve and smoothly segue to the post>

I will always remember the first time I admitted to actually being a photographer to someone. It was in late winter of 2009 and I was photographing the beautiful and frigid coastline of Provincetown, MA. At the time, I had a full time job at a software company that created products for the financial sector and I was also starting to make inroads with my own little commercial photography business. I already had a few solid gigs under my belt and had been lining up some more. Things were looking good and my goal was to move into doing this full time at some point in 2010. While I was photographing the Provincetown coastline, an elderly woman saw what I was doing, walked up to me, and asked me plainly, “What do you do?”

And to that, for the first time in my life, I answered, “I’m a photographer.”

Prior to that, I would have likely stumbled and stammered to justify what I was doing and I’m sure that more than a few of you can relate. For some reason, there is this layer of self-doubt that we have when owning up to answering this particular question. It’s almost as if we are trying to justify it to ourselves as we answer it. Before I move on to how this memory spurred the point of this post, let me clear the air. We are all photographers. Whether you are a casual hobbyist, an avid enthusiast or a part/full time paid professional, just by virtue of picking up a camera with the intention of freezing a moment in time, you are a photographer.

So why is it that so many of us get defensive when someone calls you an amateur photographer? It’s such a beautiful word, so appropriate for so many of us out there, and yet in the same breath, it is seen as a form of denigration—a lower rung in a caste system of photographers. Have you ever actually looked up the definition of amateur? While there are different interpretations of the word, the definition I wholeheartedly subscribe to is ‘a person who engages in a pursuit.’ Doesn’t that sound so lovely? It almost has a romantic feel to it. And it’s true after all, isn’t it? Aren’t we all actively engaged in the pursuit of our photography? While I consider myself a working photographer, I also wholly consider myself an amateur. Photography is my life and I will dedicate my time here to mastering it in my own way and helping others find their own paths.

But let’s go back to the issue at hand—namely, the consternation that we feel when we have to justify whether we are photographers. It was in thinking about this that I realized what I should write about. The problem lies in this pervasive need to seek the approval of as many people as possible in order to justify whether you are a photographer, and worse, whether you are even a good photographer. For many of us, the quality of an image has been relegated to the response rate and engagement percentage of a post you made on your social media outlet of choice. Good, honest, quality feedback has been supplanted by mindless Likes and +1s. Our entire scale of artistic growth has been commoditized whereas the clear voices of a small group of mentors and trusted friends have been replaced by a cacophony of fleeting words and phrases left as comments. And then there are the trolls and the flame wars. Small-minded people getting off on slicing and dicing anything that you share with impunity, no matter what the nature is.

The culmination of investing your emotions and tying your growth to all of these things can be terribly destructive and stifling for those photographers out there who are doubtful of themselves and not sure whether they feel like they can contribute anything meaningful to the world with their work. All of this static may serve to turn someone away, making them gun-shy to share their work or even pick up a camera in the first place. I am saying this because I know it to be true. I have friends who are impacted in this way and it truly saddens me and that is why I wanted to bring it to light here. Photography is only what you make it out to be for yourself.

Understand this: photography isn’t easy. There are no shortcuts. It’s laden with frustration and disappointment, but it’s also a labor of love. Yes, the barrier to entry for creating an image is extremely low—just pick up any device capable of capturing an image and press a button. If that’s as far as you want to take it, then by all means “snapshoot” away. I’ll support you 100%.

There is one lesson I’m hoping you take away from this: true growth in photography, or in any craft or vocation, requires confidence in yourself and confidence in your ability to dust yourself off when you do fail, because you will. It also means that you have confidence to weed out the static and confidence to pursue meaningful growth from those you trust and who will give feedback that is both constructive and supportive and not laced with anything else.

If there is one concept that I am vehemently passionate about, it is sharing of work. I share my work because I believe that is how I infuse the last piece of soul into my image. I also share the anecdotes and technical details surrounding the creation of my images because I absolutely love teaching my techniques and giving away the farm. I don’t share to get comments, +1s or Likes. They are most certainly appreciated but please understand that they aren’t any sorts of driving forces for me. I share because I am a photographer and sharing is the elemental outcome of being a photographer.

I’d like to leave you with what my hope is that you’ll take away from this post. Do you remember when I defined the word ‘Amateur’ up above? It is a person who engages in a pursuit, and in this case, the pursuit is photography. What I’d like you to think about is ‘who are you pursuing photography for?’ By determining the true answer to that question, I suspect you’ll find your individualized path to artistic growth appear a bit more clearly.

And always remember: never stop shooting.

Thank you for your time.

You can see more of Brian’s work at BrianMatiash.com, and find him on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

Tuesday
Nov
2012
27

Apple’s look into the Future (from back in the 1990s).

by Scott Kelby  |  26 Comments

I actually saw this video back when it was originally produced at a meeting at the local Apple office in Tampa (long since closed), and I remember thinking, “I wonder if we’ll ever really have stuff like this in our lifetime?”

Of course, there was no way for anyone to know back then that what we were looking at was a version of what would eventually be released as Siri. :)

Start from the 1-minute point for the demo of what they envisioned as “The Knowledge Navigator.” Now, I just mentioned Apple, which means this will quickly turn into a comment war, so to divert your attention briefly from that, how about people who shoot HDR photography, huh? That’s not “real” photography, right? ;-)

Tuesday
Nov
2012
27

OK, We Totally Got Crushed on Cyber Monday

by Scott Kelby  |  13 Comments

It’s a blessing and a curse — we had the biggest single sales day in the history of our company (yay!!!), but at the same time, having all that took down our network, half of our sites, our customer service phone lines, and well…you name it. It was off-the-chains (whatever that means. I hear kids say that).

If you couldn’t get through to us for any reason yesterday….
…we will still gladly honor any of our Cyber Monday deals today (see yesterday’s post for a listing).

Although I’m making a joke (to keep from crying…)
We take our customer service commitment very seriously, and although we thought we were fully prepared to tackle the Cyber Monday crunch, it went way beyond our wildest dreams and we were digging ourselves out all day (until late into the night). Thanks to everyone who took advantage of our deals, and to everyone who couldn’t get through (or struggled to get their order in online) I hope we get the chance to make it right for you today. Thanks for your patience, your support, and for hanging in there with us.

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