Monthly Archives August 2019

Good morning everybody! We are live-streaming the opening keynote from Adobe this morning, featuring Terry White and his keynote team from Adobe — it’s gonna rock!

It kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (Vegas time), or 1:00 PM East Coast time. You’ll super dig it.

Here’s the link to watch the live stream right here.

Please share that link with your friends, followers, social media audience, etc. They will dig it (and by proxy, you as well).

OK, it’s 1:38 am – I need to hit the sack – I’ve got my part of the keynote presentation tomorrow, and I have a book signing at the Peachpit Press official Photoshop World Bookstore; I’m teaching a class on travel photography; I’ve got some meetings with partners; I’ve got a sound check with my band, and then we play the PSW After Hours Party at night. Gonna be a full day, and a long night, and I’m gonna need that sleep.

Have an awesome day everybody! It’s Photoshop World time, Whoo hoo!! :)

-Scott

P.S. I’m totally psyched! It’s going to be an awesome day!

Photoshop World Vegas starts tomorrow and I’m so excited! I just can’t hide it! It’s me, Dave Williams, here for #TravelTuesday with Dave at ScottKelby.com and this week I’m writing from high above the Atlantic Ocean on my way from London to Vegas (baby) where PSW is about to kick off!

Photoshop World is a gathering of photographers, designers, and all manner of creatives involved in digital imagery from around our beautiful planet, coming together under one roof to share, learn and connect. There are classes, live shoots, events, workshops, and late night sessions designed to educate and inspire, and it’s a great setting to network with other like-minded, awesome individuals, and to grow through investing in the creativity we love.

Kirk marsh, matt divine, mark Rodriguez, brad Moore, Gilmar smith, Scott Kelby, Dave Williams, jr Maddox, Larry Becker, Doug young, Kaylee Greer, dalton Hamm, group shot selfie at photoshop world conference east Orlando

Sponsored by Adobe and hosted by KelbyOne, the conference is an amazing 3 days and well worth attending. I’ve been there for a few years now and learned so much from the instructors, and this time I’m excited to say that I’m one of the instructors too. I’ll be teaching my Top Ten Tips to Help You Create Captivating Travel Images on Thursday afternoon, and I’d love to see you there. You can still get day tickets or full conference passes at PhotoshopWorld.com

Photoshop World is a great place to learn, and learning is important in photography. It boosts our confidence, enlightens us to things we didn’t know (or couldn’t quite put our finger on,) and in turn that gives us happiness and satisfaction. There are various ways to learn, we all know this, but one particular method of learning that comes off the back of Photoshop World is copying. We all look up to people and we mimic those people, looking to them for guidance and taking note of their actions. It’s a good way to learn, we all do it, and it’s particular prevalent at Photoshop World and in the KelbyOne community. The thing about Photoshop World that takes it up a notch is being able to speak to the photographers we admire – asking questions, offering opinions, debating, and then taking new, fresh knowledge and ideas away and taking ownership of the new work we do, applying all that we have learned and working hard at new outcomes.

Photoshop World is great for all methods of learning – you can sit back and listen, you can get involved and jump in, participate in activities, and even go to Midnight Madness and get involved in the quiz and the games (and eat the donuts!)

I personally can’t wait to get there and I’ll be sad to leave, and if you aren’t going you certainly should be. I’ll be hanging out in the lounge area and it would be great to meet you!

Much love

Dave

Hi Gang: I’ll be at Photoshop World this week (I am on my way there now), but here’s a quick update on what’s going on:

Some pics from Orlando Photoshop World earlier this year.

(1) We’ll be posting lots of photos here from the conference…

Starting tomorrow, (our pre-conference workshop day), we’ll be posting lots of photos from the conference (probably later in the day since those workshops don’t start until later in the day Vegas time). I hope you’ll check back to see the images from the event as it unfolds.

(2) We are Live-Streaming Adobe’s Opening Keynote from the conference.

I’ll post the details here and a link on Wednesday. Since our Keynote is on Wednesday, there’s no Guest Blogger this week. We’ll (well, Brad) will be posting lots of photos here, so make sure you come back on Wednesday either way.

(3) For up-to-the-minute coverage

make sure you follow either @KelbyOne or @Photoshopworld_ over on Twitter or on Instagram. If you’re out at the conference, we’d love it if you would add the hashtag #psw2019 to your tweets. :)

Above: The official trailer for my new full-day seminar

(4) This isn’t exactly Photoshop World related, but…

next week (right after Photoshop World), I’m headed to Boston and Philadelphia with my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar. Hundreds of photographers are already signed up to join me for the day — hope you can, too. Go to KelbyOneLive.com for details and tickets (it’s only $99 for the full day, including a 150+ page workbook, and it’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it’s not the best photography seminar you’ve ever attended at any price period!).

Available in the Apple App Store or Google Play

(5) Get the Photoshop World app!

If you’re going to the conference, this is a must-have. It’s incredibly helpful; it has all the events, times, class schedules (you can make your own custom class schedule), and it’s just incredibly helpful. Available for iPhones or Android. The name of the app is PSW2019.

That’s it for now gang. If you’re going to Photoshop World, make sure you stop me and say “hi.” Have a great week everybody, and don’t forget to stop by here and catch some of the action. :)

-Scott

P.S. In just a few days now we’ve approved Photo Walks in over 500 locations around the world as part of my 12th annual Worldwide Photo Walk. More info (and to sign up join a walk – it’s free) go to worldwidephotowalk.com

It’s on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 and you’re invited to join us at my 12th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ brought to you, once again, by our awesome friends at Canon, and produced by us here at KelbyOne.

This Photo Walk™ is a global phenomenon, with walks in nearly 1,000 cities around the world hosting walks last year. Best of all, besides all the fun, photos and making friends, it all benefits the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya.

Check out this short video from me (below) for the whole scoop!

Above: In that video, I say it’s my 11th annual, but it’s actually my 12th. After this many years, you start to lose track. ;-)

Here are the details: 

Who: Everybody! You’re invited to join us — everyone is welcome!
What: A free photo walk in 1,000+ cities around the world (here’s the link)
When: Saturday, October 5, 2019 (walks last 2 hours and usually end up at a restaurant, cafe, or pub)
Where: In a city near you (find a city that’s hosting a walk near you right here)
Why: It’s a fun, free event for photographers that has an important social mission (plus, you might win the optional local or national photo contest)

Above: That’s my awesome photo walk group shot from the photo walk I led last year in beautiful Innsbruck, Austria. 

What to do if you don’t see a photo walk organized near you:


If you don’t find a walk near you, maybe you could be the one to lead a walk in your town? Here’s where to apply to lead a walk in your city.

Lots more details to come, but for now, head over to the official Worldwide Photo Walk Site, find a walk, maybe lead a walk, and get involved. It’s all free, you might win something, you might make some new friends, you might make some really great images, you just never know, right?

If you love this idea, you’ll love this podcast on Photo Walks

It’s from photographer and tech writer Jefferson Graham (and may I add, rockin’ guitarist), and not only is Jeff leading a walk this year as part of my Worldwide Photo Walk (his is in Manhattan Beach, California), but he’s also has a great YouTube series where he takes you to different places around the globe sharing great photo walk locations. It’s just so good (and he really gets around) — check out a sample here with his “What’s a Photo Walk” video trailer (below).

Thanks to the Official 2019 Photo Walk Sponsor Canon USA

We’re honored to have Canon as our Photo Walk sponsor again this year — they are a great supporter of the overall photography community, and their support here makes the World Wide Photo Walk possible. Once again Canon is making some amazing contest prizes available, and they’re creating free training videos for our photo walkers on how to make your best photo walk images ever. Thank you, Canon USA for supporting this social photography event. You rock!

Have a great weekend, everybody. Go sign up go join your local Photo Walk – it’s on, baby! Whoo hoo!!!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m off to the Photoshop World Conference in Las Vegas next week. We’ll be live-streaming the opening keynote – I’ll have a link here on Wednesday to catch the live stream. See you in Vegas (it’s not too late to join us – go to photoshopworld.com for details and travel info).

Hollywood Style Compositing Tricks with Corey Barker

Take your Photoshop creativity to new levels by exploring Hollywood style compositing tricks with Corey Barker! In this class Corey teaches you how to create amazing effects using layers, brushes, masks, selections, and other Photoshop tools while building a movie poster. This project will expose you to a variety of techniques and give you a lot of ideas that you can use in other projects. Corey steps through the project from the base image to the background, and all of the cool atmospheric effects and textures that bind the final image into a masterpiece!



In Case You Missed It: Advanced Compositing in Adobe Photoshop

Get ready to take your compositing skills to the next level! Join Corey Barker as steps you through the creation of a fantasy composite image, from extracting the subject though the final touches. Whether you are using an older version of Photoshop or the latest, you’ll learn how to cleanly extract your subject from the source image, how to build a background environment around your subject, and how to blend all of the elements together using lighting and atmospheric effects to create a believable composite image with impact. Corey will show you ways to use Photoshop that you’ve never thought of before, and he wraps up the class with cool tips for adding text and blending non-human objects into your composite.

Greetings! I’s been about two years since my last guest blog post on 10 years of Lightroom Help Desk Advice, and I thought it would be a good chance to follow up with 10 more tips to help you get the most out of Lightroom Classic. 

1. Dig Into Smart Collections

Smart collections allow you to harness the power of the database inside of Lightroom Classic by leveraging the information contained in your photo’s metadata. Plus, any additional data you may have added (like keywords, titles, captions, etc.), to automate the process of finding, grouping, and organizing your photos in meaningful ways. You can think of smart collections simply as saved searches that run automatically.

Smart collections are just one of three types of collections you can find in the Collections panel. If you click the plus sign (+) in the header of the Collections panel, you can access the menu for creating each type of collection. In addition to the Smart Collection, there is the regular Collection type, which is useful for manually grouping photos together based on a common theme or purpose, and the Collection Set, which are essentially containers for other collections and enable the creation of an organizing structure for your various collections.

For example, you might have a Collection Set named for a trip or event, and then within that set, you could have a combination of regular collections and smart collections that contain relevant photos. These can be grouped together based on any criteria that suit your needs, such as dates, names of people, locations, and so on.

I typically use regular collections when I am manually going through photos and picking and choosing specific photos that I want to group together for some reason, and I use smart collections when I want to automatically gather up a group of photos that all meet the same criteria. I organize those various collections inside of relevant collection sets.

To create a new smart collection, you can use the Create Smart Collection menu in the panel header, the New Smart Collection command in the Library menu, or simply right-click anywhere inside the Collections panel to access the same Create Smart Collection menu. This opens the Smart Collection dialog box.

When it comes to creating the rules for the Smart Collection, you first need to decide if you want the photos added to this collection to match any, all, or none of the rules you go on to define by choosing an option from the drop-down menu next to Match. Leaving match set to all is the most straightforward way to get started. You can see all the possible rules at your disposal by clicking the rules drop-down menu and scrolling through the list.

Remember, the only way photos can be added to a smart collection is if they meet the defined criteria, and the only way they can be removed from a smart collection is when a particular photo no longer matches the defined criteria. There are so many ways Smart Collections can leverage the power of the Lightroom catalog and make your life simpler. Experiment and have fun!

2. Designate A Target Collection

Speaking of collections, have you discovered the ability to set one regular collection to be the “Target” collection? The Target collection has a super power, which is that you can add selected photos to the Target collection simply by pressing the B key.

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