Monthly Archives October 2021

Hard to believe it’s already here, but we kick off the conference next week. If you sign up right now, not only will you save $150, but you can attend the orientation class the day before and my pre-conference workshop on “What makes a great portrait.” 

Here’s the link for tickets, and I put the official conference trailer below (it’s short, and I hope you check it out). Looking forward to seeing everybody next week (Don’t miss out – this is going to be a phenomenal conference).

In the meantime, here are five awesome courses you can watch now to get you super revved up and ready for next week (including

Here’s a link to Mary Bel’s class.

Here’s the link to Lenworth’s course.

Here’s the link to Jack and Ed’s course.

Here’s the link to Kristina’s course.

Here’s the link to Gilmar’s course.

So many great courses there. You can buy each class individually, or if you join the KelbyOne Pro Plan (even for a month), you can watch them all this weekend. So much to learn from such talented educators – you will dig it!

Have a great, learning-filled weekend, everybody!

-Scott

“That Guy” Isn’t Happy With Latest Version of LR with Scott Kelby & Erik Kuna | The Grid Ep. 490

There’s an updated version of Lightroom (and pretty much every other Adobe software) out this week, and you know what that means… Loads of new features, new cutting edge technology, and complaints from “that guy!” On the latest episode of The Grid, Scott and Erik show some of the new stuff in Lightroom, share about the upcoming Portrait Photography Conference, and take on “that guy.”

New KelbyOne Course: Unpacking the New Masking Features in Lightroom 2021 with Scott Kelby

Join Scott Kelby for a deep dive into the brand new Masking feature added to Lightroom Classic, Camera Raw, and the cloud-based Lightroom! Masking has taken a giant leap forward into a cool new world of precision control over editing your photos. Don’t worry though, you haven’t lost any of the old tools! They’ve just been taken to the next level and given features and functions that you’re going to love. Scott starts off the class with five important things you need to know first before taking a closer look at each aspect of what’s included in Masking. Scott wraps up the class with a quick look at some updates to the Metadata panel of Lightroom Classic. By the end of the class you’ll be prepared to get the most out of these tools while making your photos look fantastic.

Pandemic Productivity & Creativity: You Don’t Drown by Falling in Water; You Only Drown if You Stay There

“You don’t drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there.”

That Zig Ziglar quote sounds kinda funny, but it sure is true – especially during this worldwide pandemic where many of us have “fallen in the water.”

Breaking my ankle and having major surgery in July of 2021 compounded (greatly) my personal experience of “sailing in rough seas” during the “tidal wave” of pandemic.

At times, like many of you, I felt as though the “water was rising” – especially with how the business side of photography was being affected. However, being the positive person that I am, I found a “life preserver” that pulled me to safety: a life preserver of productivity and creativity. 

I share my story with you (thank you Brad and Scott for the share) with the hope of giving you some encouragement if you feel as though you are falling beneath the waves – and to illustrate how being productive and creative is important, some may say essential, for the health of the mind and body . . . and your business.

Scott Kelby and Eric Kuna are members of the group, along with KelbyOne instructors Karen Hutton, Richard Bernabe, Steven Gotz, Mark Heaps and Rob Sylvan.

To begin . . . In the early stages of the pandemic I started the Photo Therapy Facebook Group – a safe place with no politics, and a place where members could share their photographs and get honest feedback. Today we have more than 5,000 members worldwide who find posting their photographs and sharing their stories very therapeutic and rewarding. Yes, I hope you can join the photo fun and photo learning!

As part of the Photo Therapy Facebook group, I set up a Photo Therapy YouTube channel. Here my friend Linda Marshall hosts Monday Meditation, and I share slide shows (that’s me on piano) of some of the members’ photographs . What fun!

Productivity and creativity to the rescue 1.0.

I came up with the idea for the Facebook group after receiving lots of positive feedback on my all-pictures-and-no-words book, Photo Therapy Motivation and Wisdom – discovering the power of pictures, which was published two years earlier.

Shortly after starting the Photo Therapy Facebook Group I came up with the idea for another inspirational book, Photo Quest – discovering your photographic and artistic voice. I felt as though the pandemic was the perfect time for photographers to find their voice. Many of my pro photographer friends agreed, and contributed to the book, hence the “All-Star Photo Mentors” in the credit line.

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It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here writing from on the road in my converted van made especially for my travel photography. I’m currently in Scotland and on Friday I did something.

I was in a little bay called Skerray, at the end of a country road on the north coast of Scotland. It’s not often visited by people other than fishermen and dog walkers, and me!

I was exploring and noticed a desolate building absent of a roof, but when I went inside I found a couple of wooden boats and some paintings.

There was a bare picture frame on the wall. It looked sad. It looked like it needed a little something.

I got to work. I went back to the van and busted out my camera and tripod, then headed onto the beach. There were beautiful rocks with intricate shapes and nice colours, so I arranged them and took a shot of Skerray Bay. I hustled back to the van and processed the photo in Adobe Photoshop, making some very minor tweaks, before printing the shot on the Epson XP-900 that I designed into the van on A3.

I headed back to that little picture frame and left my souvenir behind.

With the festive season coming up I feel this is an appropriate time to remind all photographers to give the gift of photography, using their special talent to make friends and family smile.

Much love

Dave

Tomorrow is the kickoff and opening keynote for Adobe’s annual Max Conference, and historically Adobe releases big updates to all their software tomorrow. Now, if that were to happen, and it was something really big, I would probably have a full length course, all ready to go for release tomorrow to get KelbyOne members up to speed fast, but of course, that’s only if Adobe releases something really earth shattering, and of course, who knows if that will happen, but if it did, well…I would be ready.

Also, if Lightroom were to get anything major, I’ll bet we would be covering it tomorrow over at LightroomKillerTIps.com with an in-depth article from Rob Sylvan, but again, this is all just speculation, but if history is any indicator, there should at least be some new stuff tomorrow, and there’s always that potential for really big game changing stuff, but really, who knows? Anything’s possible. That’s tomorrow folks, a day of possibilities, but really, who knows? :)

Here’s to a great “Day before tomorrow” (which would make a great name for a movie about Adobe Max’s opening keynote). ;-)

-Scott
A guy who is just guessing about tomorrow, and he could be right, but it’s just a guess.

Check this out short 1-minute tip for folks using the new shallow depth of field effect for video. There’s a real “gotcha” here but Jefferson has two great workarounds. Check it out.

Want a truly wonderful photography course to watch this weekend?

It’s one of our all-time best, most celebrated courses, and it’s from a living legend of photography. It’s called “Another Day with Jay Maisel – it’s a street photography master class filmed on the streets of New York City. Jay is a marvel, and you’ll get wisdom and insight from him you won’t find anywhere else. He is truly a gem, and you will love this course, filmed entirely in black and white. Check out the official trailer below (and here’s a link to the course):

You will love that course – it’s packed with that next level stuff that really makes a difference. Here’s that link again.

Let me know what you think after you’ve had a chance to watch it. :)

Just 11-Days Until The Portrait Photography Conference Kicks Off

It’s coming up Nov. 2-3, 2021 and everyone’s invited (that means you!), and it’s going to be awesome! I’m teaching four sessions during the conference: 

(1) What Makes a Great Portrait (a free pre-conference session the day before, on Nov. 1st, for all registered attendees)

(2) Mastering the One-Light Portrait

(3) Introduction to Portrait Compositing

(4) My Top 20 Portrait Photography Tips

Those are my sessions, but there are plenty more, including session from portrait masters like Joe McNally, Frank Doorhof, and many more! Hope you can make it – here’s the link for tickets and details. If you can’t make it but you have friends or co-workers that would get a lot out of it, please let them know for me). :) 

Have a great weekend, everybody! #GoBucs and #RollTide! :) 

-Scott

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