Holiday Gear Guide with Scott Kelby & Terry White | The Grid Ep. 493
Looking for that perfect gift for the photographer in your life, or to add to your wish list? Join Scott Kelby and Terry White as they share all their favorite gear that they think might fit on your list!
New KelbyOne Course: Creating Content for Instagram with Photoshop with Dave Clayton
Put the power of Photoshop into your Instagram game! Join Dave Clayton as he takes you through a series of projects for creating compelling content for your feed. Dave starts with a firm foundation in what’s involved, and then takes you step-by-step through creating panoramic photo carousels, photo collages, and telling visual stories with individual images. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of Photoshop’s Artboard feature, how to create template files, and save time with Crop tool presets. Whether you’re a business owner or casual content creator you’ll come away with valuable skills you can start using now.
“How Would I Edit Your Photo?” with Scott Kelby & Erik Kuna | The Grid Ep. 492
This week on The Grid, Scott and Erik tackle editing viewer submitted photos! Tune in to see their approaches to different types of images and find out how you can apply their tips to your own photography.
New KelbyOne Course: How To Ignite Your Photography Business with Alex Cearns
Get your ducks in a row with this photography business bootcamp! Join Alex Cearns as she shares her wisdom and experience from getting her own pet photography business off the ground to the successful business it is today. In this class you’ll gain tips on how to choose a solid direction for your business, strengthen your client reach, focus on branding, skip common mistakes, and learn how to run your business more effectively!
Blind Critiques with Scott Kelby & Erik Kuna | The Grid Ep. 491
This week on The Grid, it’s another round of blind critiques with Scott and Erik! Tune in to see what advice they have for improving viewers’ submitted photos.
New KelbyOne Course: Macro Photography: Up Close and Personal with Karen Hutton
New to Macro? Not so new, but want a new way to approach it? Professional Fujifilm X-Photographer Karen Hutton shares her secrets to success. She’ll show you what lenses to use, what aperture is best, whether to use handheld or tripod, what to do if you’re stuck at home, how to use storytelling to make an amazing image, how to use natural light to your advantage, and the right lenses for the job. With her help you too can become “the Macro Whisperer”. That is, one whose photographs at first glance inform, but at second glance touches deeply, revealing the whisperings of Mother Nature herself—up close and personal.
New KelbyOne Course: Advanced Milky Way Photography Post Processing with Erik Kuna
Take a deeper dive into post processing your Milky Way photos! Join Erik Kuna as he teaches you how to decrease the noise and increase the signal to bring out the very best in your astrophotography. Erik walks you step-by-step through his workflow for dealing with noise, nailing the white balance, reducing light pollution, adding depth and dimension, enhancing the Milky Way core, and a series of finishing moves to really make things pop.
In Case You Missed It: Demystifying Milky Way Landscape Photography
Learn how to capture breathtaking photos of the Milky Way with Erik Kuna! In this class Erik gets you up to speed on the gear you’ll need, the settings you’ll use, tools to help you plan your shoot, essential information about the Milky Way, and techniques to get tack sharp stars, all before heading out to some dark sky locations in the American Southwest. Erik wraps up the class with a review of some of the photos captured and some tips to help you move forward.
Rare is the software application that transcends its basic utility to become not only a ubiquitous element of pop culture and daily life for many, but also a verb. Photoshop is one such unicorn.
As such, many successful approaches to life can also be applied to gaining proficiency in Photoshop—and vice versa. Here’s a look at ten life lessons to be gleaned from and applied to mastering one of the world’s favorite software applications.
Flexibility is Key
While there’s no easy Cmd/Ctrl+Z equivalent in life, the value of flexibility is easily understood. Just as having options in life makes it more manageable , maintaining flexibility in Photoshop is also crucial. Smart objects, masks, adjustment layers—these are game-changing ways of working that provide the ultimate in flexibility. Use them to your advantage.
Experimentation Leads to Breakthroughs
Throughout human history, there are many storied examples of how experimentation, happy accidents, and unexpected discoveries have led to enormous scientific breakthroughs (penicillin, anyone?). The same sense of curiosity and wonder can be applied to Photoshop to unlock new potential. What effect does the Difference blend mode have? How many different ways might you make use of the Render > Difference Clouds command? How exactly might the Pencil tool be useful? What happens if you invert your image or apply your edits in a different order? One of the best ways to figure out what a command or setting in Photoshop does is to push the limits and see for yourself. Drag sliders to their extremes and see what happens. Unlike life, you can’t ruin Photoshop with poor choices. There’s always a way back.
The Learning Never Ends
No one knows absolutely everything there is to know about Photoshop. Everyone has their respective silos of mastery. Some know everything about working in 3D, others can teach you everything there is to know about non-destructive editing. But there is always more to learn. Even after 20 years of Photoshopping, I’m constantly surprised by random little quirks or hidden surprises I somehow never stumbled across before. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to ask questions of some of the original masterminds that have been part of Photoshop’s creation since the beginning—and even they didn’t have all the answers. Let this be both a comfort and a call to action. In life, as in Photoshop, the day we stop learning is the beginning of the end.
“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.