Monthly Archives February 2020

It’s a multi-week voyage of discovery that I think has the power to help propel your photography forward this year. It starts today, and we’ll pick it back up next Friday. You in for something fun that will make a difference? Great – let’s get started.

DAY ONE (today):

Go on Instagram and find 20 to 25 images of the exact type of photos you want to be making. So, let’s say you’re into landscapes — in the Instagram Search type in Landscapes, and scroll through the list of images and when you come across an image that makes you say to yourself, “Yes! That’s the exact type of image I would love to be making” take a screen capture of that image (it will save it to your camera roll). If you don’t know how to make a screen capture on your phone, Google it.

That’s all you have to do for today, Day One, but it’s a VERY important step. Be thoughtful about your choices, because your journey begins with identifying exactly which type of photos you want to be making.

This is a great thing to do this weekend. Get a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine), carve out some uninterrupted time and really give this some thoughtful consideration; make those screencaps, and we’ll regroup for Day Two next week. :)

Have a great weekend and happy hunting. :)

=Scott

A Guide To Commanding Color with Mark Heaps

Gain the ability to command color in your images! Join Mark Heaps as he teaches you the terminology, fundamentals, theory, and tools to adjust, edit, change, and tweak the colors in your photos. You’ll learn how color exists within Photoshop, how to control saturation, different ways to isolate colors, how to match the color of objects, how to affect the mood of your images by adjusting color, and so much more. By the end of the class you’ll have the skills to approach editing color with confidence.

In Case You Missed It… Advanced Photoshop: The Psychology and Science Behind Color Grading

Join Viktor Fejes for an advanced look at essential elements of color theory. From understanding color models and the science of RGB, to how to apply this knowledge when performing practical tasks such as color correcting and color grading. Viktor starts with the fundamentals and works up to advanced techniques used in cinema. If you want to manipulate color at will, understand the reasons why, and make your images look fantastic while doing it, then this class is for you.

Inside Tips on Building a Great Composite

As a High End Retoucher, I love working on cool images with cool creatives! Over the years I’ve been super lucky to get to work on some really fantastic projects, from movie posters, to ad campaigns, to beauty images. I’ve gotten to work on a wide range of fun projects.

©Columbia Pictures

Of all the genres of images, the ones I get asked to work on the most involve compositing, and, I gotta admit, this is probably my favorite type of project. Pulling off a believable composite involves a pretty wide range of skills. From masking, to color correction, to adjusting lighting, it can take a lot to bring several disparate elements together to create a well crafted image.

©Kate Turning

For this Guest Blog post, I thought it would be good to talk a little bit about some of the most important factors you need to think about when building a composite image in Photoshop. These factors are:

  • Layer Structure
  • Masking
  • Color Correction
  • Lighting
  • Perspective
  • Depth of field

Let’s take a quick look at each of these.

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Hi folks! Dave Williams here, fresh from moving house for you on #TravelTuesday. A little advice before I go on…don’t move house! It’s so much hassle! I had no idea I own a whole holdall worth of tripods and more photography gear than I think I’ll ever need.

The whole move has put me out of action for about a week, with very minimal access to my laptop and camera, while I deal with packing, moving, and unpacking. It has put me in a strange position because this hasn’t happened for a long time, and now I’m finding myself wondering which project to pick back up or what new project to start. It’s from that thought that I lay down these words for you today.

Like any other professional industry, photography constantly demands that we demonstrate our A-game, and constantly evolve to meet the flux of the battlefield we work in. However, unlike any other professional industry, photography is also an art. As artists, we combine this with constant learning and development. This learning is the key to growth as a photographer.

To this end, not only should we constantly be furthering our skillset through personal projects, but also through education. This means we should be setting ourselves goals and attaining them. The end goal should be big, but the steps should be little. Here’s why: –

If we want to get from A to Z, we pass B, C, D, E, F, G, etc., all the way to Z. If we liken this to our goals, we should have an end goal of Z and many smaller goals all along the way. Every time we meet an objective, we feel the success and we’re fuelled from it to drive us onto the next one. It gives us many successes all the way through to our goal, and it also gives us the opportunity to re-evaluate the goals as we’re moving. The other huge positive is, counterintuitively, in the negatives. If we fall, we only fall back one step rather than falling the whole way back to point A, so it’s far easier to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and push forward again.

Easy, right? So get your end goal in sight, plot your course, and meet your goals!

Much love
Dave

I know Photoshop feels like a very mature product, but 30 years? It can’t be 30 years already, right? (this getting old thing…well…it’s not for the young).

How lucky are we that for the past 30 years this program has existed — it touches most every visual part of our lives; if you see a Web page, a billboard, a video, a movie, a TV show, an ad, even an email, at some point it probably was touched in some way by Photoshop. It’s that much a part of our lives.

I came a little late to the Photoshop game – when I first saw it, it was already on version 2.0, and shortly after I started really using it, it was already at version 2.5 and it was already a mind-blowing program back then. I think one of the most amazing things — one of the things that makes Photoshop such a special program to this day, is that its a program without walls. You never say, “Photoshop can’t do this.” Instead, you say, “I wonder how you do this in Photoshop” because even though you might not know how to do a particular thing you want to do…you know Photoshop can do it. The limit isn’t the program — you don’t hit its limits — and that is truly something.

To get a feel for that Photoshop magic, take a look back with me at this video Adobe’s own Terry White did a while back where he’s showing the first version of Photoshop (Photoshop 1.0). It’s amazing to see the features that were in that first version that are still a mainstay of our workflows today, but it’s also awesome to see how far we’ve come since then. Check it out below.

Last week, in honor of Photoshop’s 30th anniversary, Terry also did a live Webcast showing his Top 30 favorite Photoshop features of all time. It’s so good! You’ll learn some cool things along the way, including features you might not even know where there. I’ve embedded that video below:

I hope you’ll join me in wishing Photoshop, the coolest program ever made, a big “Happy 30th Birthday!” :)

Here’s wishing you a kick-butt week!

-Scott

P.S. My Prague travel photography workshop I announced here on Friday sold out Friday. If you want to get on the early notice list for my upcoming workshops, head over to ScottKelbyWorkshops.com and sign up there. That way, you’ll get a heads-up before I announce my next workshop to the public (and it’s a pretty incredible one, so you’ll know to know early).

This is your invitation to grab one of the last two spots to join me and KelbyOne Instructor Mimo Meidany for an unforgettable four-day travel photography workshop — “Picture Perfect Prague.” Its old-world charm, architecture, soaring spires, and beautiful bridges make it a photographer’s paradise! First, watch this short video (below):

Tickets & Details

What: My “Picture Perfect Prague” Travel Photography Workshop
Instructors: Scott Kelby and Mimo Meidany
When: May 21-24, 2020
Where: The Hilton Prague Old Town
Price: $4,950 Per Person (includes 4 nights accommodations, breakfast each day, the night before dinner, parting luncheon, transportation to and from the daily location shoots, and the workshop itself).
Tickets: More details and tickets here (limited to 12 participants maximum — there are only two spots left!)

Don’t Miss Out!

All of my travel workshops have sold out in advance, and as of this morning, there’s only 2-spots left for this one. I hope one of those will be yours. Reserve your spot now, and we’ll see you in Prague this May.

Head to scottkelbyworkshops.com for tickets and lots more info.

Have a great weekend everybody!

I hope I run into you next week out in Vegas at the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait) show. I’ll be doing a book signing at the Rocky Nook booth on Thursday. Come on by and say hi.

Scott

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