Monday
Oct
2012
01

If you missed my live “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” tour….

by Scott Kelby  |  6 Comments

..when it was out on the road (or if I didn’t come to your city or country)….you can watch the entire seminar online, from start to finish, no matter where you are in the world.

You even get the same tour workbook (but in color no less), plus all freebies I gave out for attendees.

The full-day seminar is now available as a digital download (just like you’d buy a movie online to download to your computer), for just $49.

The short one-minute video above gives you the full scoop, or go to the download site: http://kelbytraining.com/product/light-it-shoot-it-retouch-it-live-download/

Monday
Oct
2012
01

As the father of a Disney Princess of my own, I think this video is absolutely priceless

by Scott Kelby  |  8 Comments

I know this isn’t about Photoshop or Photography, but everything doesn’t have to be about that, right? Great!

In that case, take a moment watch this short “Celebration of what it means to be a Princess today” with your daughter (you’ll be so glad you did). If she has a brother, you should have him watch it, too! :)

 

 

Friday
Sep
2012
28

Quick Friday Update

by Scott Kelby  |  19 Comments

Hi Gang: We’ve been in the studio for two weeks straight now working on a big project for Kelby Training Online that we’ll be launching this fall, but even though we’ve all been pretty much heads down working on that, lots of other stuff is still rolling, so here’s just a few quick things:

(1) Yesterday we launched a NEW WEEKLY SHOW called “Photography Tips & Tricks”
We call it “Photo TNT” for short, and you can watch the currently streaming version right here (you jump in wherever it’s at in the show), or later today we’ll have the on-demand version online. It’s hosted by RC, Matt, Larry, Pete and Me and it’s just a series a quick tips and tricks — straight and right to the point. Hope you’ll check it out (and if you don’t mind helping us spread the word about it, that would be awesome!). The site to watch on-demand will be http://kelbytv.com/photographytnt/

(2) A lot of folks asking about the Nikon D600 for shooting sports.
Although it did great job as my 2nd body for the Titans game last week, if you remember my concern was that at 5.5 frames per second, it was a little slow. I was hoping by adding a battery grip I could get it up to 8 frames per second (like you could with the D700, which I believe this camera replaces). So far, what I’ve been able to dig up: the battery grip for the D600 doesn’t add fps. More if I hear anything more. Still an amazing camera for the price (it pretty much does what the D3x did (24 megapixels) for about 1/4 the price, and it has more features).

(3) This weekend I’m shooting the Redskins/Bucs game on the sidelines
I’ll post some of my favorites (providing I have favorites) here next week. Looking forward to shooting RGIII (what an athlete!). However….GO BUCS!

(4) Check out Matt Kloskowski’s “Ski Report”
It’s Matt’s new blog where he gets to talk about more than just Lightroom, and he’s got some great stuff on there about his shoot out West with the D800E and the just-announced Photoshop Elements 11. Here’s the link.

(5) Do you live in LA? Do you live near Los Angeles? Do you want to hang out with me on Wednesday and learn some really cool new Photoshop stuff? Awesome! Here’s the link. (I have a video there that explains what I’m teaching in the tour). 

(6) My birthday was back in July
Yet I still don’t know who sent me that picnic basket.  :(

(7) Back up the photos on your cell phone
I’ll bet your DSLR photos are backed up, but when was the last time you backed up the photos on your cell phone? A lot of these might be shots of your family and shots that are irreplaceable. Today’s a good day to do a quick back-up of those cell-phone photos. It’ll take you five minutes. Do it now. :)

(8) Quick Photo Walk Update: We have over 1,200 cities with over 23,000 walkers signed up
if you haven’t signed up to join your local walk…..what are you waiting for? It’s free and I promise you’ll love the experience. Also, Monday is the last day to apply to lead a city as part of my worldwide photo walk  so if you were thinking of it, do it now. Also, Here’s the link to join a walk, or lead a walk. See you Saturday, October 13th. :) 

(9) We have a ton of FREE training and fun stuff on YouTube
We have a free Kelby Media Group YouTube channel, including lots of classes from the Google+ Photographers conference, and sneak peeks at classes, tutorials, all the episodes of “The Grid” and a bunch of just fun or funny stuff. Here’s the link (you can subscribe for free and then you’ll know when we post new stuff).

(10) If you missed my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” LIVE tour….
….you can now watch the entire seminar, from start to finish, and get the same tour workbook (in color no less), plus all freebies I gave out for attendees, no matter where you are as the seminar is now available as a download (just like you’d buy a movie online to download), for just $49.95. I put a one-minute video about it below that gives you the full scoop.

That’s it from a rainy day in Tampa. Hope you have a great weekend, and be sure to welcome the regular refs back to your local NFL field (all the replacement refs have returned to Foot Locker).

Cheers,

-Scott

 

Thursday
Sep
2012
27

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  19 Comments

Worldwide Photo Walk
We’re just a couple of weeks away from the Fifth Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk on October 13! Earlier this week we did a webcast (which you can watch above) to share some tips and answer some of your questions.

Tomorrow is the last day we’ll be approving new walks. So if you don’t see one in your area and want to lead one, you can apply right here.

And, if you want to help promote the walk, here are a couple of web banners you can put on your blog or website!

If you have any questions about anything Photo Walk related, EMAIL PHOTOWALK@KELBYMEDIAGROUP.COM for the fastest response rather than leaving a comment here.

There are nearly 1,200 Photo Walks taking place around the world, and over 22,000 people have registered so far. Help us spread the word to make this one of the best events yet!

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminar
Scott Kelby is heading to Los Angeles on October 3 for the Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour! Join Scott for the day to get tips and tricks for finishing your photographs in the digital darkroom of Photoshop.

We’re giving away a free ticket to this seminar, so leave a comment for your chance to win!

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
Joe McNally is in Atlanta tomorrow, September 28 with his One Light, Two Light seminar! We’re giving away one more ticket to this seminar, so leave a comment and I’ll pick a winner later today. Or you can still sign up right here.

KelbyTraining.com
Two brand new classes have just been added to the KelbyTraining.com library…

First up is The Art of Dance Photography, the latest from Frank Doorhof! This class covers everything from arranging locations and models to adding drama and mood to your photos using color, light, and props.

Next is Fashion Lighting 1, 2, 3 with Lindsay Adler! In this class, Lindsay gets very creative with light modifiers and a variety of lighting setups.

I’ll be honest… If you’re interested in any sort of creative photography, both of these classes will help you come up with great ideas for beautiful images. It doesn’t matter if you’re not even a little bit interested in dance or fashion photography. You’ll learn something that you can apply to any type of photography that uses lighting. Check em out at KelbyTraining.com!

The Moose Cruise with B&H in NYC
Moose Peterson is teaming up with B&H and taking to the waters surrounding Manhattan on October 18 for a three hour tour (a three hour tour…): The Moose Cruise!

If you’ve ever wanted to get up close to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, photograph from underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, or just try out some gear from Nikon, Canon, Oben, and others, well… This is your chance!

Not only is this a great photographic opportunity, but Circle Line is offering tickets at a discounted price of $25! Moose has let us know that space is limited and filling up quickly already, so sign up now!

Farewell To Summer Photo Contest
The team over at Samy’s Camera is giving away a $500 gift card to one lucky person! All you have to do is enter a photo that best captures the essence of summer. It will go on Samy’s Facebook page, where anyone can vote for their favorite picture. The top three most voted-on photos will be selected to be judged by a panel of judges, then awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. And all three of them get gift cards!

You can get all the info and enter your photo right here.

Winners
Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminar
- Jerry W
- Bill S

One Light, Two Light Seminar
- Bryan Whitehead
- Caselin

Kelby Training 1-Month Subscription
- Jolemayo

The HDR Book
- Dan Reiland

Mastering The Lensbaby eBook
- Joe R

We’ll be in touch soon regarding your prizes. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Sep
2012
26

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Amanda Sosa Stone!

by Brad Moore  |  9 Comments


Amanda Sosa Stone with Daughter Lilia. photo by Diana Zalucky

Have you ever felt that glimpse of (insert YOUR THING here)? When it’s close you want to hold onto it forever. It’s a clarity unlike any other. Everything makes sense, whether it’s the purpose of life or finding your own unique vision that will make you rich.

I too have sought “it,” and I, too, want to hold onto “it.” But I’ve lost it many times.  But I know it’s there, and if I know it or feel it, then it must be real, right?

Who isn’t searching for the purpose of life? Who isn’t trying to build up their clientele, or make it to the next level, or just maintain what they’ve spent years building? Every person I encounter is in one of these categories, if not all of them. But how can you feed your creative soul if you can’t see straight or you don’t know your own path?

I’m no master, but I have spent most of my young life analyzing the hows and whys. I learn every day from my clients who teach me through their journeys and who allow me to tag along and honor me with the opportunity to give guidance.

What I’ve learned is this … it’s all about the journey. Moments keep coming and most fade with time, but it’s the “AH HA!” moments that shape our experience and help us grow.

I believe the journey always starts with YOU. Consider these recent pit stops on my own journey.

I did a student talk at my collegiate alma mater about finding your path, and it contained an “AH HA!” moment … the reawakening to my own style.  When you consult, you wear many hats and you edit based on the individual client’s needs. I hadn’t thought of my own unique style in a long time, even though I’m thought of as the “lifestyle” consultant (although I have consulted with every genre under the sun).

So before my talk, I crawled into the attic and dusted off photo boxes (yes, those were the days we printed with developer and my nails were stained with chemicals … I wasn’t a glove-wearing girl). When I pulled down the images, I slowly unveiled a personal style that I’d forgotten: mostly portraits, classic, simple and slightly epic in emotion. I knew what I liked then. That was Pit Stop one.

The next stop was making over my office, an attempt to find inspiration in my own space. I pulled out all my old photo books and my old tears from years ago. I wanted to do a wall of things that inspired me. I pulled out photo gifts over the years (some with sentimental value based on who shot them, some that were simply awe-inspiring), cutouts from years past, landscapes, still life, portraits, etc. Sprawled out on the office floor with frames I recently found around the house and Goodwill (I am thrifty) and started editing – and yes, editing for myself is as torturous as it is for you.

Once I forced myself to pick the images that made me the happiest, I realized it was the same theme – classic, simple, emotionally epic. But what shocked me was the amount of portraiture I’ve embraced over the years. The landscapes and some of my favorite gifts were pushed to the side. What made the cut? It was some of the greats (Da Vinci, Cartier-Bresson, Callahan), some more recent but no less brilliant work (Knights, Erickson and my college roommate) and some of the actual people who’ve shaped my life (Weissberg by Markow), and a few recent success stories (Costanzo) … even some work created by myself (that wasn’t easy).

Let me explain my decorating style. I work quickly and I don’t question what I do, so once I picked the images, I started cutting and sticking the images into frames. My 3-year-old son helped me stick the images up on the wall (no walls were damaged in the process) with no specific plan or layout, other than what I saw in my head. If I didn’t do it right there and then, it might be another 20 years sitting on a bookshelf or in a folder.

And there I had it – a glimpse of myself. This doesn’t change my editing skills. But it does make me happy, to see myself reflected back, and now I see it every day.

How does this help find the meaning of life? It was a process of reflection – a look at the past and how it shaped the present, and how it’s continuously shaping my future. I got into this industry because I loved the notion of the “caught moment;” I loved the soul captured through the eyes; I loved emotion that could be felt through a shutter. It’s this love that draws me back and shows me the way. It’s this passion that drives me to help my clients everyday.

What is your passion? What keeps drawing you near? What is that one thing that stops you from throwing in the towel, even though you’ve thought about it many times)?

Discover it. Reignite it. And do it over and over again for your entire life and career.

Seek. Reflect. Keep moving forward. Remember, change is the only constant.

What I’ve learned about this industry is that whatever career path you choose, you must integrate it into your life. It can’t be a burden. Embrace it and stop running from fear of rejection. Shine your light on it, capture it and embrace the career and life you choose. It’s not about making a million bucks (but that is nice) – it’s about embracing each moment you experience.

And if you’re lucky, you brought your camera along to capture it!


Barbara Morgan – one of my most favorite images of all time.


Jim Erickson – From his Book Mothers he sent as a promo over 10 years ago to me as an art buyer.  A favorite book I have kept over the years.  I sinned and ripped this image out of the book because I loved it too much not to look at it every day.


Amanda Sosa Stone (circa college – aka Amanda Sosa) – this was a polaroid from a series of 4×5 portraits taken.  Orlando Weekly’s award winning cover image.


Photo of Elyse Weissberg (mentor and consultant extraordinaire) by: Paul Markow


Pablo Corral Vega – (One of My Dream Clients from National Geographic Assignment Division)


Harry Callahan – A self taught master that always reminds me to capture people that are in your life.

Amanda Sosa Stone is a creative consultant based out of Orlando. You can find out more about her at SosaStone.com or AgencyAccess.com, and follow her on Twitter.

Tuesday
Sep
2012
25

Going on my Worldwide Photo Walk? Don’t miss our FREE Photo Tips Webcast today at 3PM ET!

by Scott Kelby  |  47 Comments

In just 30 minutes from now!!!! —- Join RC ConcepcionBrad Moore and me  for our free Photo Walk tips Webcast — we’ll be sharing lots of photo tips, tips for the walk, helpful suggestions, and how to make the most of your walk. Even if you’re not going on the walk (yet), you can still join in (everybody’s welcome!).
Plus, we’re going to be talking about our Worldwide Photo Walk Event page over on  Google+ (http://bit.ly/wwpwgplus), and we’ll be taking your questions LIVE.

Go here for the webcast at 3PM today (just 30 minutes from now):   http://worldwidephotowalk.com/webcast/

I hope you join us!

Cheers,

-Scott

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