Tuesday
Aug
2012
14

Want to Learn Lightroom 4? We have got you covered!!!

by Scott Kelby  |  40 Comments

Right now I’m out on tour with my “Photoshop for Photographers” live full-day seminar, and since I’m showing Photoshop all day, I usually have a few folks ask, “Do you guys do any training on Lightroom?” I love when someone asks that because we actually offer an insane amount of Lightroom 4 training, and a lot of different ways to learn — 15 in fact, so here’s a quick list of what we do for photographers who really want to learn Lightroom 4:

Spoiler Alert: There’s a BIG new one coming — that’s #16 down below, but read the other 15 first).

(1) Our Lightroom magazine within a magazine!
In every issue of Photoshop User magazine (the monthly print magazine for members of the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionas [NAPP] and found on newsstands), we have an entire section of the magazine (kind of magazine within a magazine) that focuses just on Lightroom 4 with tutorials features, articles, and tips. Here’s the link for info on NAPP (you get a Photoshop User magazine subscription as part of your annual membership)

(2) We produce the free “Lightroom Killer Tips,” podcast
It’s hosted by Matt Kloskowski. You can watch it on our site (here’s the link) or subscribe to it free on iTunes.

(3) The Lightroom Killer Tips Blog 
Matt also pens the incredibly popular “Lightroom Killer Tips” blog for us, where he posts a ton of  Lightroom 4 tips, techniques, topics, plus loads of his free Lightroom Presets (that’s right—awesome free presets. In fact, some of the presets that Matt created are actually included by Adobe in the Lightroom presets that come preinstalled in Lightroom 4).

(4) The Lightroom 4 Tour Live! 
At Kelby Training we produce a nationwide tour that Matt is teaching live in cities across the country. Thousands of people have been turned on to Lightroom, and an amazing workflow, through this tour already. His next stops are:  Seattle, St. Louis, Kansas City and Orlando. Here’s the link to see when it’s coming near you.

(5) “The Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers”
Since it’s first release (for Lightroom 1) it’s been the #1 bestselling book on the topic and one of my bestselling books ever! Here’s a link to it on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. It’s around $28 bucks.

(6) The Latest Lightroom Info is here on my blog
I spend about 80% of my time in Lightroom, so it’s not surprising that Lightroom is a big topic right here on blog. I share everything from tips and techniques to my thoughts on how Lightroom is evolving and I help to act as your representative, as your voice and mouthpiece to Adobe’s own Lightroom team on the features you need next.

(7) We teach Lightroom on D-Town TV
We produce this wildly popular, free weekly show for DSLR shooters (hosted by RC Concepcion and Larry Becker), and since it’s a show for DSLR shooters, we cover some post production, too, so we include tutorials on Lightroom every chance we get (It’s in it’s 6th season now. You can watch back episodes free, and you’ll see lots of Lightroom). Here’s that link.

(8) Learn Lightroom 4 at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo
That’s right—we have a special Lightroom training track all unto itself at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo that runs the entire conference, with sessions taught by the leading experts on Lightroom, every day–all day (we joke that you can go to Photoshop World, do the Lightroom conference tracks, and never take a single Photoshop class. That’s awesome!). Join us next month in Vegas for this three-day Lightroom love fest (Here’s a link to check out the Lightroom classes offered).

(9) Our Free Lightroom Learning Centers
When a new version of Lightroom comes out, we launch an extensive free online Learning Center, with individual videos on all the new features, along with video interviews with Adobe’s Lightroom product managers, and loads more information on the new release than you’ll find anywhere. You can still visit our Lightroom 3 Learning Center right here.

(10) We teach Lightroom Online at KelbyTraining.com
We have literally hours of Lightroom training available to subscribers to our online training segment, with classes on everything from how to properly back-up your Lightroom catalog and images, to classes on Sharpening in Lightroom, and Lightroom for the Web, plus our three-part “Lightroom In Depth” classes from Matt. Here’s the link.

(11) We have Lightroom Training DVDs
We know not everybody likes to learn live, or online, which is why we offer Lightroom training DVDs, and they’re still incredibly popular (especially titles like our “Lightroom 4 Power Session” which is designed to bring people who upgrade from earlier versions of Lightroom up to speed fast on Lightroom 4).

(12) Lightroom Tutorials on Photoshop User TV
In just about every free weekly episode ofPhotoshop User TV, we feature either a Lightroom tip, or a full feature tutorial during the show, because like I said earlier, it’s actually called “Photoshop” Lightroom. It’s free. Every week.Here’s the link.

(13) Our Lightroom Training Apps
One of our most popular Apps (for the iPad) is our “Lightroom Crash Course” (from none other than own own Matt Kloskowski (I have to admit, it’s awesome having one of the absolutely world’s best Lightroom trainers working for us), and it’s only $10. It rocks!

(14) Lightroom Training on the NAPP-Member Site
Another place where we do a lot of Lightroom training is on the NAPP Member’s site. We have both videos and written tutorials, and we’re about to undergo our most expansive Lightroom training initiative there ever. Plus, we have a Lightroom Help Desk where you can get your questions answered directly, one-on-one. Here’s the link with info on joining NAPP.

(15) 100 Ways Lightroom Kicks The Bridge and Camera Raw’s A$%!!!!
To help photographers out there that ask, “I have the Bridge and Camera Raw, do I really need Lightroom?” Matt and I created a series of 100 short video clips (60-seconds or less) ) called (and I’m not making this up): 100 Ways Lightroom Kicks The Bridge and Camera Raw’s A$%!!!!  It surprises a lot of people because when you see the side-by-side comparison, you totally “get it” and realize there really is no comparison. Here’s the link.

(16) We’re getting  ready to launch a new magazine just for Lightroom!
It’s called Lightroom User” magazine, and it will be a tablet-based magazine in the same size and format as our popular “Light it Magazine” (for hot shoe and studio flash), and it will be 100% dedicated to teaching you Lightroom 4 (and future versions). The magazine is in production now, and once it launches I’ll be sure to let you guys know right here on the blog.

Whew!!! That’s a bunch of Lightroom training!!!

I hope some of you find that helpful, and that maybe you found out about some other ways we’re supporting the education of Lightroom in the community.

Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share all this with you, and I hope you’ll check at least some of it out — I promise it will be a big help to you on your Lightroom 4 journey. :)

Monday
Aug
2012
13

BREAKING NEWS: Announcing My 5th Annual “Worldwide Photo Walk”

by Scott Kelby  |  61 Comments

It’s official: I’m here to announce the dates for Scott Kelby’s 5th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ (the world’s largest Photo Walk, with walks in over 1,100 cities last year) and you’re invited to be a part of this free amazing global, social photography event.

Here’s a quick Q&A with all the details.

Q. When is the official Photo Walk day?
A. The official date is Saturday, October 13th, 2012.

Q. Wasn’t it two days last year?
A. Yup, and all it did was create a lot of confusion and many upset walkers who felt that the walk lost a lot of its “specialness” by being on two days, so we’re officially back to walking on just that one Saturday around the world.

Q. How did the October time-frame work out?
A. That part we got GREAT feedback on, so we’re keeping it in October. We also learned a lot from last year’s walk and this year we’re working hard to make sure we’re more organized, more timely, better at communicating with walkers and leaders, we’ve improved the official Worldwide Photo Walk site, and added lots of other tweaks to make the experience better for everyone this year (more on that in just a moment).

Q. What exactly is a Photo Walk?
A. Watch the short video clip above on and you’ll get the idea.

Q. Is there a fee to participate ?
A. Nope — it’s totally free.

Q. Do you have any cities signed up with Photo Walks yet?
A. Yup—lots of them all over the world!

Q. How did those cities gets walks already?
A. We always give the previous year’s Photo Walk leaders two-weeks advance notice to lead a walk again in the current year (after all—they’re seasoned leaders).

Q. How many cities participated last year and how many photographers did the Photo Walk that day?
A. We had:

  1. Nearly 30,000 photographers around the globe
  2. We had more than 1,100 walks in cities around the world
  3. More than 6 million photos were taken on walks during that one day

Q. How can I find out if there’s a walk in my area?
A. Go to the official Worldwide Photo Walk website and click on the “Find Walks” link at the top right, then type in the city, state, and/or country where you want to walk, and if there are any walks already organized, they’ll be listed on the right side (and you’ll see pins on the map in your area).

Q. How can I lead a Photo Walk?
A. You apply over at the official Worldwide Photo Walk website just click on the “Lead a Walk” button (or just click here). While you’re there, make sure you watch the brief video we made for you to explain what’s entailed in being a Photo Walk Leader.

Q. What does it take to become a Photo Walk Leader?
A. We’re looking for people who have experience leading groups, so if you’re the president of your local camera club, or a college teacher, or photography instructor, or you run a local camera store, or you’ve lead Photo Walks in your area before, etc., you’re likely to get accepted to be a leader. We ask for your qualifications on the leader application, and that’s the type of experience we’re looking for.

Q. What if my city already has a Photo Walk, but I want to lead a walk, too?
A. Most big cities can accommodate more than one walk, and so as soon as one starts to fill up, we add a 2nd  or even a third or fourth depending on the response and city size. Also, if the walks are held geographically far from each other but technically in the same major city, we usually add those, too. (For example, New York City could have walks in Central Park, SoHo, Chinatown, and Times Square, and probably a half dozen other locations)

Q. Is there a photo contest?
A. Absolutely! The best photo in each city (as chosen by your local walk leader), not only gets the ebook edition of my “Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers,” but their image is automatically entered into the GRAND PRIZE competition for thousands of dollars in prizes (from those I also choose 10-finalists, with great prizes and there’s a People’s Choice award winner as well). 

Q. Wasn’t the prize a printed-book in the past?
A. It was, but getting those books to actually arrive in the winner’s and leaders hands was in, many cases, about impossible. Since this is a worldwide event, we had to ship the books all over the world, to every country you can think of. For reasons we can’t begin to control, a LOT of books never got to the winners, (they got held up in customs for months, or lost or stolen along the way — once they leave our warehouse, the whole thing is literally out of our hands). We also had a number of books each year that were badly damaged during shipping, and between those lost, stolen, and damaged and we would spend literally months dealing with very upset walkers (We still hear from walkers to this day that never received their books — they’re upset and I don’t blame them), but with an eBook we can be sure they arrive all over the world in a timely manner, and in tact, and that everybody gets their book.

Q. Do I have to enter the prize competition?
A. Absolutely not. This is a totally separate part of the experience, and if you don’t want to enter your images, you absolutely don’t have to (it’s just to make the experience more fun, and if you don’t think joining the contest if un, you surely don’t have to upload a photo for the contest). You can go and shoot for the day, and never let anyone see your photos. Ever. They can be your private “secret” photos.

Q. Did you get any complaints about how the winners were chosen?
A.
 Are you kidding? Absolutely! People get pretty outraged if they think one of their images deserved to be the winner but wasn’t chosen by their leader or by me as a finalist. I have people send me angry emails because their leader picked what they (and their friends) think is the “wrong photo,” but hey—that’s the thing about art—its subjective. At the end, I pick one grand prize winner, and 10 finalists, and I catch some heat for that, too, but I’m OK with it. Surprisingly, I’ve never heard one single complaint about my picks from any of the winners. ;-)

Q. Is there a separate Contest For Photo Walk LEADERS?
A. We have that, too! We started it last year as a way to honor the work of our leaders (we’ll contact the leaders after the walk with how to enter an image in the Leader’s competition), and we’re doing it again this year.

Q. What do I get for being a Photo Walk LEADER?
A. You also get the ebook edition of my “Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers,” and you get to pick the best shot from your local Photo Walk group and award them with a free copy of the ebook as well. Plus, that person you chose is entered into the grand prize competition for a bunch of insane prizes (or they could wind up as one of my top-10 finalists, and still win lots of cool prizes). We also have a “People’s Choice Award” where you vote for the best shot, and a special competition just for Photo Walk leaders.

Q. Do we have cool t-shirts for walkers & leaders ?
A. You betcha! Each year, our friend Rob Jones from Towner Jones Photography, who came up with idea of selling t-shirts to raise money for (you guessed it), the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. 100% of the profits from the sale of these t-shirts will go to feeding and care for these great kids. Last year (with Rob’s gracious help and contributions) we raised over $10,000 (imagine how much $10,000 means to an orphanage in Africa). I’m so grateful that Rob wanted to help us again this year.

I’ll post a link to the online store later this week (we’re updating the store with more options and colors) where you can purchase your walker or leader shirt. This year, let’s buy enough shirts to donate $15,000 to Springs of Hope Kenya (we can do it!!!!)

Q. So are you leading a Local Walk again this year?
A.
 You betcha! The local walk I’m this year takes place in Paris, France. That’s right baby, Paris!!!! My birthday present from my wife this year was to take me back to Paris (When we were there earlier this year, I was taping three classes, two on travel photography and one with Jay Maisel) so now we’re going back to relax and enjoy this amazing city. As luck would have it, our travel dates coincide with the Photo Walk so I’m doing my walk there in Paris (and man am I am psyched!!!) Hope my Parisian friend, and top-notch photographer, Serge Ramelli will be joining me, but he probably wants to lead a walk himself).

Of course we’ll end my walk at a super-yummy French cafe where we can all hang out, grab some lunch, share photos and make new friends. Also, you don’t have to live in Paris to join me on this walk  — this is a great excuse to plan a vacation to Paris!

Q. What happens when a city fills up?
A. We have a waiting list for each sold out city, so if someone cancels, it automatically adds (and notifies) the next person on the list, so definitely get on the list.

Q. How many is full?
A. Photo Walks are limited to 50 photographers. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, you haven’t seen 50 photographers coming down the sidewalk at the same time, and later all converging at once on a restaurant or pub. It’s more like a scary bike gang (except without the bikes, or gang, or scariness).

Q. I want to know more about this PhotoWalk thing; what’s involved, how do I sign up, and all that stuff. Where do I go?
A. 
There’s a detailed FAQ on the Website (here’s the link), and once you’re signed up for a walk, we’ve made it much easier for your Walk Leader to keep you up-to-date with messages on your local Walk page.

Q. Where do I go for the latest PhotoWalk information?
A. This year we have an official Google+ Page everyone can follow (manned by our own RC Concepcion, but I’ll be popping in there as well). To stay on top of all of the latest news: follow this link: [kelbywalk.com] then click the “Add” button and now breaking Worldwide Photo Walk news will show up in your stream.

Of course you can follow the World Wide Photo Walk on Twitter (@KelbyWWPW) or on Facebook (Facebook.com/ScottKelbyPhotowalk), but That’s where all the latest updates from me, and from official PhotoWalk Project Manager RC Concepcion will be posted.

Q. So when can I sign up to be either a walker or a Walk Leader?
A. Right now! Here’s the link, and I hope you join us this year as we make worldwide photographic history!

Friday
Aug
2012
10

My “Location Scouting” Trip to Ireland

by Scott Kelby  |  109 Comments

I call it a “Location Scouting” trip, mostly because I know this — I want to go back again!!! (here’s a few shots from the photo book I always create after each trip).

First, a little about Ireland
What an absolutely magical place! The Irish people are as warm, witty, and kind as everyone said they would be, and we had an absolutely wonderful experience from beginning to end. It truly is a beautiful country, and even though I just saw a tiny bit of it for five days, it makes you want to spend months there and just explore the countryside and learn more about the people, their history, and their lives.

Now, for the shooting
This was a family vacation trip (joining me, Kalebra and the kids was my brother Jeff and my in-laws, so we were seven in total). I knew from the outset that photography would not be the focus, and honestly, that was fine with me. I never got up for a dawn shoot (it would have awakened the wifey and kids for sure), and at sunset we were usually at dinner, so I just had to shoot in whatever light was there. The only problem was — there wasn’t much light at all.

Ahhhhh, the weather
We were there for five days (with two travel days on either end), and it rained every single day. All day. When you woke up, the sky was dark gray and it looked like it was ready to rain. If you looked outside and didn’t see dark gray clouds, it was only because was already raining. There were a few moments each day when the sky would start to clear a bit and the rain would pause, but literally just for few minutes here and there. I read while I was there that July had been Ireland’s rainiest month in history, and August was already looking like a record-setter as well. Yup, that’s when we chose to go. (LOL!).

I didn’t push that shutter enough
I only shot around 150 shots a day total, including multiple frames shot for HDR and Panos, which is really low for me (I shoot twice that in a 3-hour football game), but the weather kind of limited what I could shoot. For example, we drove out to the famous Cliffs of Moher, and it was so socked in with fog and rain, we couldn’t see 50 feet in front of us (not to mention it was windy and cold!. Brrrrrrr!). So, while me and my gear got plenty wet, I never pushed the shutter button once.

We had originally planned to get up to Galway, and spend more time in Cork, and to see Shannon a bit, and well… we where having so much fun (we got to stay in Dromoland castle, which everybody loved — especially my six-year-old daughter), that we wound up doing more relaxing and playing around they we had planned, but it made for an incredibly fun vacation for everybody.

The Gear
I took my Nikon D4 (so I could shoot in really low light if necessary), and I took two lenses: My 28-300mm f/3.5 to f/5.6 VR lens, and I had tried out a 16-35mm f/2.8 lens from LensProToGo.com (awesome folks — highly recommended) a few weeks back, so this time around I borrowed Matt’s 16-35mm and it’s a great little lens (though I can’t really justify buying one when I already have a 14-24mm, but the advantage of the 16-35mm is that you can use 77mm screw-on filters (like the 8-stop Tiffen ND I took with me). I also took an Oben travel tripod with a Really Right Stuff Ballhead. That’s pretty much it (I actually did take a lightweight flash kit, but never even got a chance to use it once).

The danger of setting your own expectations
I had in my mind the kind of shots I was hoping to come back with. You know the ones —- the tiny thatched-hut village with a quaint dirt road overflowing with a flock of sheep and stranding a Land Rover. Well, I never saw anything like that. That’s the danger of setting expectations — you go thinking you’re going to get a particular type of shot, but then the reality of where you wind up sets in you’re disappointed with your shots, (which I was), and it’s not Ireland’s fault, and its not the weather’s fault. It’s my fault. I should have gone open to whatever came my way, instead of standing there saying “This isn’t what I was really looking for. It must be somewhere else here.”

Now that the trip is over, and I put my photo book together (seen here), I’m happier with what I got then I was while I was there, but it sure makes me want to go back and capture those giant waves crashing against the coast, and sheep in the streets, and sweeping landscapes under crisp blue skies. I now have a better idea where I want to go when I go back, and I have some specific locations I want to return to. I also want more than five days.

Contrast this with Cuba or India
In India, I had a guide and driver, and it was just Kalebra and I so we could cover a lot of ground each day.  If I saw something I wanted to shoot, the driver would just literally pull over. If I wanted to shoot a particular thing, the guide knew right where to take me. Same thing in Cuba. But in Ireland, we were literally on our own  — seven of us in two rental cars, so it definitely changes how you shoot on your trip.

If it sounds like I’m complaining, it’s only about my photography failures, because I had one of my best vacations ever (and we got to celebrate my wife’s birthday while we were there, which was a blast). I saw a beautiful country, met some lovely people, I watched Olympic boxing in a pub with a pint of Murphy’s, I got to stay in an amazing castle, watched my daughter learn archery (and she rocked it!), watched my son row across a still lake in the morning mist, saw my wife experience a life-long dream (I’ll leave that for her to tell on her G+ page), and saw my brother make a beautiful chip up out of the bunker right and land right near the hole on the 18th green. We had lots of laughs, wonderful meals, and at one point we almost drove straight into a stream (another story, with more laughs). It really was a perfect trip, and set me up to go back again when photography is the focus, and I can’t wait to go again to shoot, and to return once again for another family vacation just like it.

Thanks to everyone here and on my Google+ page who sent me ideas on where to visit, where to shoot, where to stay, where to eat, and what not to miss. I missed some of it, but now I have a perfect excuse to go back to one of the most beautiful, warm, welcoming places I’ve ever seen. :-)

Thursday
Aug
2012
09

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  122 Comments

Dancers in Flight with Beautiful Light
That’s the latest class from Joe McNally on KelbyTraining.com! Join Joe in the studio as he works with small lights and big lights to capture the grace and beauty of dancers in action.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a 1-month Kelby Training subscription!

Kelby Training Live
Want to see Scott Kelby, RC Concepcion, Joe McNally, and Matt Kloskowski live and in person? Check out these seminar tour dates coming up this month!

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers
- August 14: Charlotte with RC Concepcion
- August 22: Sacramento with Scott Kelby
- August 29: Denver with Scott Kelby

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
- August 20: Miami
- August 27: Portland

Lightroom 4 Live with Matt Kloskowski
- August 24: Seattle

We’re giving away three tickets to these seminars, so leave a comment for your chance to win one!

Photoshop World
We’re quickly approaching Photoshop World Vegas, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino September 5-7! You didn’t hear it from me, but word on the street is that, even though we’re technically past the cutoff date to get special room rates at Mandalay Bay, you can still get the rate if rooms are still available.

And, if you register in the next week, we’ll give one lucky person a free Pro Pass upgrade! This will get you an After Hour Party Ticket, NAPP Backpack, NAPP Badge Holder, T-Shirt, and more. When you register, leave a comment here, and I’ll choose the winner next week.

QuickStart for Photoshop CS6 from Dave Cross
Check out QuickStart for Photoshop CS6, a free iPad app from Dave Cross that covers the new and improved features in Photoshop CS6, complete with screen captures and some free videos. You can also purchase an additional 25 in-depth videos through an in-app purchase if you’d like to go deeper.

Or be one of the first people to use one of these two codes to get them for free!
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- FJHP7XWTEHRJ

Last Week’s Winners
Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminar
- Chuck Adams

Kelby Training 1-Month Subscription
- Patrick Farrington

Vincent Versace’s From Oz to Kansas
- Will Milne

Wednesday
Aug
2012
08

50% Off 4×6 Prints from Mpix TODAY ONLY!

by Brad Moore  |  1 Comments

Hey gang, Brad here with a quick bit of news. I just got this email from Mpix and wanted to share it with you! Check it out:

Starting today, August 8, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. (Central) for this day only, 4×6 prints are HALF OFF with promo code 4X6SALE12. Promo applies to 19-cent prints and standard E-Surface, Metallic and True Black & White 4×6 prints. This awesome sale ends at 11:59 p.m. (Central) tomorrow.

Head over to Mpix.com now to put in your order!

Discount applies to prints only. Additional services applied to the prints are not discounted. Sale does not include Standouts or Gallery Wraps, etc. Lustre coating, retouching and mounting are not included. Mpix promo codes do not apply to ROES orders. Promo code cannot be applied to orders submitted before the sale date.

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