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What Not To Do When You’re Pregnant (aka WNTDWYP)

Hey there, Robby Klein here again!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with me or my past Guest Blogs, I am an entertainment and advertising photographer based out of Nashville,TN and I have a 2-month old son named Beckett! And that’s where this blog begins!

Throughout my wife’s pregnancy I probably took more photos a day than I ever have in the 15 years I’ve been shooting. I tried to think of pretty maternity photos to take of her, but if you’re familiar with my style, it is not the cute and pretty maternity type photos that some of you do so well. My editorial background tends to take me to weirder places and ideas than you would typically find in a maternity shoot.

During her 30th week of pregnancy I off-the-cuff mentioned something that she should not do while she’s pregnant, and it made us both laugh at the idea of her actually doing it as a pregnant woman. That day as I thought more about what I had said I started thinking about several crazy things that pregnant women shouldn’t do, and asked my wife if she would pose for one of those ideas.

The first idea was “boxing…”

..and after we shot the photo I realized that there was something fun and interesting about the “What Not To Do Idea” and decided that we would start doing a weekly photo until our son was here.

Things quickly escalated, as they typically do when creative decisions are left up to yours truly, and my next idea came to me pretty quickly as I passed by an old Army Tank at a VFW Hall outside of Nashville. I knew we had to use it for a photo. After a quick Craigslist hunt for a uniform and visit to our local prop shot, Art Dogs Props, we reminded people what not to do when you’re 32 weeks pregnant, “Go to war!”

I travel often and am lucky enough to bring my bride along with me most of the time. So when we found out that we’d be heading down to NOLA, where we are originally from, I knew I wanted to incorporate Louisiana into the series, which would also help diversify the photos.

I called my BFF Garrett to tell him we were coming down, and I wanted to head out into the swamps to shoot a photo! I picked Garrett because I’d seen him catch gators plenty of times in the past.

So, sure enough, one late night we headed into the swamps in search of a gator for our photo to help remind people what not to do when you’re 33 weeks pregnant, “catch gators.”

We headed back to Nashville after that. One idea that I had early on was fencing. I shot out a few emails after hitting the google machine pretty hard and found the Music City Fencing Club. They welcomed us in to remind ladies what not to do when you’re 34 weeks pregnant,“fencing.”

Like I said, we travel a good bit, so when we booked a trip to Arizona and decided we were going to swing by the Grand Canyon, the wheels started turning! I convinced an eBay dealer to meet me in person with a rattlesnake statue and found a fantastic jacket to hit the bill!

On a freezing (and snowing) day at the Grand Canyon, we reminded everyone what not to do when you’re 35 weeks pregnant, “Rattlesnake Hunting.”

By this time I had a running list of ideas in my phone. As the weeks went on, I would pick the ideas that I thought we could best pull off with the time we had. Because of our often demanding schedules and the fact that each photo was both shot and released on the week it represents (that was important to me to stick to), multiple times during this series I would realize at 4pm on a Tuesday that the following day from 1pm-3pm was the only time we had to shoot the photo! So it would turn into a mad dash of trying to track down locations, props, etc. in a matter of hours to be able to pull off the shot.

One of those shots happened when we pulled favors from every corner of Nashville just to remind you fine people at home what not to do when you’re 36 weeks pregnant, “Ride The Bull.”

I tried hard to make these images as fun, interesting and authentic as possible and, Art Dog Props really came through for me week after week! The locations were always what took the longest to find, and that was definitely the case for week 37! I finally remembered my friend Alicia is quite the adventurer and picked her brain a bit. She helped us find a great outdoor location so that I could remind the adventurous ladies of the word what not to do when they’re 37 weeks pregnant, “rock climbing.”

Around this time I was starting to feel like we were in the home stretch. I had an idea for week 40 and was getting nervous that the baby would come early and I would lose the chance at the closing image. We thought about shooting it early, but decided against breaking our rule of both shooting and release on the accurate week it’s portraying.

With the help of my buddy John and his trusty steed, we reminded you wild ones out there what not to do when you’re 38 weeks pregnant, “motorcycle stunts.”

This next idea may have been one of my earliest ideas, but for some reason I assumed getting an airplane as a prop would be easy! It wasn’t, who would have guessed.. So FINALLY after weeks of searching, we got connected with a flight school that was more than happy to help us remind the thrill seekers out there what not to do when you’re 39 weeks pregnant (besides turning a leaf blower on your wife), “skydiving.”

I never would have guessed that we would have had as much fun or gotten as great of a response with this series as we did. The stress of producing them each week just went away while we would be shooting and I saw the ideas come to life.

A few weeks into this shoot I knew how I wanted to end it. I had recently binge watched Stranger Things and fell head over heels for the show. Over a couple weeks time I collected all the items needed, and on that faithful open day that popped up, we emptied my living room and built our set as a final reminder what not to do when you’re 40 weeks pregnant, “Communicate with the Upside-Down.”

This project ended up being more fun and meaningful than I ever would have imagined! We are excited to share them with baby Beckett, who was delivered on 4/11/17, and tell him the tales of all of mom’s great adventures in pregnancy! And who knows, maybe there will be a “What Not To Do With A Newborn” series coming down the pipes…

I am someone that fell in love with photography long before I ever considered making a career out of it or financially gaining from it. I love shooting, I do it for fun daily! So when this project started, that’s just what it was, another fun thing to do with photography. I hadn’t considered what my clients would think of the project, but after a recent round of meeting in NYC and L.A. I was so happy to hear that so many of them had followed the series online and wanted to know more about it! At that point I started showing the series on my iPad at meetings and I feel like it’s really helped people see where my mind goes, and hopefully the love that I have for the craft, even when there is no financial gain to motivate.

I know a lot of you enjoy seeing more of the making of type stuff, I’ll leave you with some behind the scenes shots so you can get a little more context on how they were created.

You can see more of Robby’s work at RobbyKlein.com, and follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr.

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could take a folder of images (RAW images, TIFF images, etc.) and have Photoshop automatically convert that folder of images into any formats you like (PSDs, TIFFs, JPEGS or all three at the same time), and while it’s doing it, how about having it run the Photoshop Action of your choice, and even embed a color profile for the Web, and your copyright info? That would be cool, right?

Here’s how to unleash this unholy power! (it’s not really unholy — that was just added for dramatic effect because, after all, this is just a script running in the background doing fancy stuff you can’t see).

See, that was cooler than it sounded, right?

OK, guess where I’m going? 
If you guessed either:

Nashville (Friday, July 28th)
> Richmond (Wednesday, July 26th)
> Los Angeles (Monday, August 14th)
> Seattle (Friday, August 18th)
> San Francisco (Wednesday, August 16th)

You were right on the money!

I’ll be in those cities teaching my Lightroom On Tour full day seminar, and I want you to come out. How much do I want you to come out? Well, enough that I made a 1-minute, 8-second video to tell you all the cool stuff you will learn (and it’s plenty!). Here’s the link with all the details (but watch that video first).

OK, makes you want to come and join me right? Right! Let’s do this! :)  Hope I’ll get to meet you in person in one of those cities.

Have a kick-butt Tuesday! (if there is such a thing). ;-)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Tomorrow is “Blind Photo Critique” day on The Grid. Our category is “Portraits” and we’ll have Hungarian retoucher Viktor Fejes as my in-studio guest (here’s here recording some classes for KelbyOne – he is awesome!). Here’s the link to submit your portrait images. 

Dear Adobe: 
It’s 2017, and we still have to hold the Shift-key to resize things proportionally. Can we please, please just resize images like nearly every modern application on the planet does, where the default is to resize proportionally by just dragging, but then if you want to squash or stretch the image non-proportionally, then you hold the Shift key?

I know, this is “the way we’ve always done it…” but it’s not too late to change this for us, and for future generations of Photoshop users (especially people new to the program, who are used to resizing images without having to hold a modifier key).

If you’re concerned about those people who hate change, how about a compromise — make it an option in Photoshop’s Preferences. Give us a checkbox in the General Preferences that says “Resize with Shift, ” and it can even be on by default, but at least we could turn it off and resize images proportionally without having to hold a stinkin’ modifier key.

Imagined History Lesson
A buddy of mine and I were talking about this very topic a while back, and he said he imagined what happened was this:

Somewhere around Photoshop 3.0 (when Layers were introduced), an Adobe Product Manager said to the engineers, “We need a way to resize an image on a Layer,” and they said, “OK, here ya go, it’s called ‘Free Transform.’ The product managers started testing it and said, “Hey, it doesn’t resize proportionally — it stretches everything!” so the engineers went back, added that feature, and said “OK, we added it. Just hold the Shift key and now you can resize proportionally.”

Now, we have no idea if that’s how it all came down, but it sure sounds plausible to me.

There’s Still Time…
For the past few years, at Adobe’s Max Conference (coming up in October) they have announced/released new features for Photoshop CC, and since it’s only June, there’s probably time to add a preference for turning off the Shift-key thing. So, my plea to Adobe (on behalf of Photoshop users everywhere) is:

Please either swap the Shift key thing (make it only necessary when you don’t want to resize proportionally) or give us an option in preferences to change it ourselves. 

Now, what I would say to Adobe is this:

“I know you don’t want to change this (because if you did, you already would have), but if you had to start over from scratch and rebuild Photoshop all over today, would you still make proportional resizing require holding the Shift key? Of course not. You know how I know this is true? Because recently you did build a new application from the ground up — Adobe Muse — and when you resize images in Muse, they resize proportionally without holding the Shift key.”

Adobe, this simple change would make you heroes to many, many longtime Photoshop users out there. Remember when you let us change the name of a Layer by just double-clicking on it? It used to take a pop-up dialog box, but then you fixed it, and we cheered. Little things like this mean a lot to people who live and work in Photoshop CC every day. We’re not asking for some miracle technology. We’re not asking for the next healing brush or Vanishing Point. It’s “the little things.” Just add a simple preference to make our lives easier. It’s hero time.

Drops the mic. ;-)

Hope you all have a great Monday, with minds open to change and not just doing things because “that’s the way we always did them.”

Best,

-Scott

We are very, very excited to once again announce the winner of our contest where one talented KelbyOne member (and a guest) will be flown to Florida for their own solo gallery showing at “The Gallery at KelbyOne.”

We had members enter from all over the world, and I’m excited to announce that our winner is KelbyOne member:

Melanie Kern-Favilla

Her gorgeously quiet, breathtaking images of flowers and close up shots of nature absolutely captivated the judges, and we can’t wait to see her images hanging on the walls of the gallery (printed beautifully by Bay Photo Lab using the ‘Xpozer’ system).

Her gallery show opening is at 7:00 pm on Friday, July 21st and we’ll be broadcasting a live 1-hour interview (hosted by Larry Becker) with the artist at 8:00 pm that evening from our live events theatre (the live stream on Facebook from the opening and interview are both open to everyone). More details and a link as we get closer.

Congratulations Melanie – we can’t wait to share your wonderful work with the world. :)

Have a great weekend everybody, and see ya next week!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’re like “What’s this whole gallery thing?” check out this quick Q&A. 

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Where Am I Now?

Hi everyone! Thought I would pop in and say hi and tell you what I have been up to for the past year. A lot has happened over the past year and I am thankful for still being able to provide Photoshop training and inspiration and YES, I am pushing it still with 3D in Photoshop! Below is a recent example of combining 3D with photography.

Some of you know that I still write the Down & Dirty column in Photoshop User Magazine, and it’s still one of the most popular sections of the magazine. I hope you have enjoyed those. As a matter of fact, not only did I write Down & Dirty column in the upcoming June issue, but I also wrote a feature article on special finishing effects in Photoshop. That issue will be out in the next few days I am told. Find out more over at KelbyOne!

I also have been keeping with teaching at some of my favorite live events like the most recent Photoshop World back in April. This time it was in Orlando and I had a great time as usual. I also met a lot of new friends and caught up with old ones. Always a great time to learn and network! I also will be at Adobe MAX once again later this year, which will be my 8th time teaching at this event. This time it will be in Las Vegas! I also will be a featured instructor at Russell Brown’s famous pre-conference workshop. I have been to several of these as a visitor but this will be my first time teaching in it. If you have never been to Adobe MAX you really should try to make it. It is a blast! Last year, Quentin Tarantino was a guest speaker! How cool is that!?

Speaking of Adobe, I have also been doing some projects with Project Felix, which is the new 3D compositing application for designers Adobe has been developing. I did some training videos on getting started with Project Felix and will also be teaching live hands-on labs with Project Felix at Adobe MAX in October.

Oh yeah, if some of you were at the last Photoshop World in Orlando, you might remember the live model shoots in the vendor pavilion where you could take shots of a model on a lit set. Well, I happened to walk by when I saw a gentleman spy with a Paris backdrop. I took a quick shot with my iPhone, then took it into Photoshop. Now, the thing is, I finished this composite the very same day I took it and wanted to share on my social channels. But that very evening there was a shooting in Paris that was covered on all the news channels. At the time, it didn’t seem appropriate to post an image implying violence in Paris. So I tucked it away, until now. This finished image took about an hour!

But what has been keeping me busy all the rest of the time this past year? Well, some of you may know that a little over a year ago I launched MasterFXTraining.com, which is my solo training site where you will find some of the coolest Photoshop training anywhere, especially when it comes to 3D. In fact, most of the tutorials and projects involve Photoshop 3D as a design tool. Over the past year my library of training has over 50 projects and new ones added every couple weeks. It is THE Photoshop for 3D!

Just below you can see a free tutorial from my site which will give you an idea of the type of training there is. Browse the entire library of courses here.

In addition to keeping up with training in Photoshop 3D I have also started getting back into freelance design. As much as I enjoy teaching, I also am excited to get back into doing design work. This was always my first love using Photoshop and I can see how Photoshop 3D will do in real-world design projects. I am sure these will turn into great tutorials as well.

Well, that is just some of what I have been up to and what is coming up. For those that have been following my work since my early days as a NAPP instructor and still follow today, I hope you have always enjoyed my training as much as I have had creating it and I hope you will join me in what is to come. Remember to always, experiment, be creative, and above all…have fun!

You can find out more about Master FX Training at MasterFXTraining.com and find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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