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. 

A Clear Vision of Lenses for Photographers with Larry Becker
Join Larry Becker for a class designed to give you a firm understanding of lens characteristics, capabilities, technologies, and key terms. Lens manufacturing has advanced at a rapid rate, and it is important to stay up to date with the advantages newer lenses have over those in the past. Larry takes you through the variety of lens mounts, aperture settings, focusing concerns, image stabilization, and cutting edge lens technologies that will make you a better lens consumer. Larry wraps up the class with a closer look at a few popular lens configurations currently available.

In Case You Missed It
Natural light is all around us, but it is up to the photographer to control it in order to make a beautiful portrait. Join Erik Valind as he shows you how to tame that natural light, from direct noontime sun to overcast and shadowless days, and capture killer portraits with little more than just your camera and a reflector. No speedlights or strobes are required for this class. Erik teaches you about the factors that you can control, and then walks you various techniques you can use through a series of real world demonstrations, each one building on the last, that will give you the skills to start seeing and using natural light in new ways.

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.

Howdy, folks. Now, if you’re a Lightroom user, you’re probably not going to find much use for this feature because Lightroom was born to make contact sheets with it’s awesome Print module, but if you’re just using Photoshop, this is one of those things you probably didn’t even realize was there (plus, Adobe took it out for a while, but enough people screamed that they brought it back after a while). Anyway, here ya go, mateys!

STEP ONE: Go under the File menu, under Automate, and choose Contact Sheet II.

STEP TWO: When the window opens, up top choose which folder of images you want to have Photoshop make into a contact sheet. The bottom section (Document) is where you choose the size of the document you want it to create (in this case, I was feeling nostalgic for a paper size nobody’s digital camera actually cares about), so I made it an 8×10″, and I chose a resolution of 240 ppi. In the Thumbnails section, you choose how many columns and how many rows you want (and some other options are there that are self-explanatory), and if you want the file name to appear beneath the images (helpful if you’re making an actual contact sheet for yourself or a client), then you can turn on “Use Filename as Caption” at the very bottom.

STEP THREE: Now sit back and let Photoshop “do its thing” and in a couple of minutes you’ll have your contact sheet. By the way — an especially cool feature is that it will create as many individual documents as it necessary to put all the images in the folder you choose on contact sheets, so don’t be surprised if you see 4, 5 or more tabs across the top when it’s done if you had a lot of photos in that folder.

There ya have — we’ve dug up some more Photoshop buried treasure!

Hope you have a great Monday everybody!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. We added new July tour stops in Richmond and Nashville to my “Lightroom On Tour” full-day seminar. Get your tickets now and come spend the day with me learning Lightroom like a boss! 

Hi gang, and happy Friday. I’ve got a video for you today from Adobe’s own photography and design evangelist Terry White, and this is a recording of a short (30 or so minutes) live stream webinar he did on Photoshop CC’s Liquify tool, and if you haven’t seriously looked at Liquify in a while, you will be blown away by some of the stuff Adobe has added. Here’s his video (and then check back after the jump):

Thank Terry, that rocked! :)

NEWS STUFF: 

(1) Yesterday they released a free update to Luminar
It has an awesome new AI filter (Yes, I included it in my upcoming class, and I gave it a nickname. I call it “The make everything look better slider.” :)  More on this later, but go get the upgrade if you use Luminar. They added a lot of stuff and improved performance big time for some of the tools.

(2) Just a day and a half in, and Kalebra’s new iPhone Photography class is already a hit!
Here are some of the comments from KelbyOne members:

> “Just finished watching You Shot That with Your iPhone with Kalebra Kelby… loved it :slight_smile: What a great course! Really enjoyed hearing Kalebra’s thought process behind her photography…added bonus a wicked sense of humour made the learning fun! Introduced to lots of new apps that I haven’t used before…excited to try them out.”

> “So much great info. I will have to come back a few times to get it all.”

> “Just watched the first segment, already learning new stuff.”

> “I love my DSLR and almost never use my iphone for photos. When I am cought without a camera and am forced to shot with my phone, I feel like I lost the shot even though I took it. I am only a little ways through your class and am amazed at all the thing I have already learned.”

> “What a great course I never knew my iPhone [was] so powerful…”

> “Just finished Kalebra Kelby’s iPhone camera course. It was fantastic and learned a lot of neat tips and loved the app recommendations! I sent a recommendation to this course to all of my camera club members too.”

> “This is a fantastic class, and I love that it was done as a dialog with Larry; it’s light and funny, and very educational. I love that you talked about purpose and composition, as well as showcased how cool these apps can be once one starts to really dig into them.”

I’m very excited, and very proud!!! I’m so glad she did this class!

Here’s the link to her class. :)

(3) Just added Nashville and Richmond, VA to my Lightroom On Tour seminars in July 
Very excited to have added two more cities, and both are at the end of next month:

Richmond, VA on July 26th, 2017
Nashville on  July 28th, 2017

Snag your tickets right now and come out and spend the day with me learning Lightroom like a boss!

Have a great weekend everybody!

Best,

-Scott

You Shot That With Your iPhone? with Kalebra Kelby
Learn how to create DSLR quality photos with your iPhone! Join Kalebra Kelby as she shares what she’s learned from 10 years of shooting exclusively with her trusty iPhone. No matter what gear you use for your photography, you need to know its strengths and limitations to get the most out of it, and the same is true when shooting with an iPhone. In this class you’ll learn the importance of shooting with intention, how to leverage built-in functionalities in ways you never thought of, tips for creating stronger compositions, how to get the most out of different lighting situations, how to get better photographs of people, and more. Kalebra wraps up the class with a series of lessons on her go-to apps for editing on the iPhone. Practice makes perfect, and there’s probably not another camera you have at your disposal more often than your iPhone, so make the most of it!

In Case You Missed It
Streamline your mobile photography workflow with Lightroom Mobile! Join Josh Haftel, senior product manager at Adobe, as he teaches you how to use Lightroom Mobile to import, organize, edit, and share your mobile photography, as well as how you can synchronize it all with Lightroom on your desktop and Lightroom Web.

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