Posts By Scott Kelby

Melanie Kern-Favilla won a legion of fans around the world Friday night at her gallery opening and in her live interview (with the always awesome Larry Becker). Melanie shared so much of herself, along with her techniques, and her life as a photographer, storm chaser and engineer on the Long Island Rail Road. She was so open and engaging, funny and charming, and such an inspiration to us all.

Here are some of the comments from the folks who watched her interview online (I have it here for you, at the bottom of this post, but read the comments first):

 

“Breathtaking art, inspirational, what a talent …I am so moved by this presentation. While watching I forgot that I was sitting at the computer screen, what an unforgettable evening.Stunning creativity, resourcefulness, photography, and post-processing.”

“Stunning creativity, resourcefulness, photography, and post-processing.”

“This webcast is a gift. Thanks so much!”

“I love your story, Mel. Gives me hope and drive to become a much better photographer. Thank you!”

“Wonderful interview. She is so cool.”

“Thank you for inspiring me to keep practicing. You are making a difference in my life, and it is very much appreciated.”

“Mel’s images are gorgeous! The KelbyOne Gallery? It’s flipping AMAZING! You guys rock! Love it!”

“Congratulations Melanie. I just had a look through your online gallery – awesome job – especially on the lighting.”

“Beautiful work and a great interesting interview.”

“Wow Melanie, what an experience! Fantastic!”

“Mel…you’re a shining star!”

“Stunning pix!!! Sorry to miss the opening….it was sold out!!!”

“The lighting is beautiful and the colors so deep and rich. Outstanding!”

“The eye of the artist. Congratulations. You nailed it!”

“What a diverse and talented photographer. You are awesome!”

“Awesome photography! Art at its best!”

“Lovely to see an acknowledgment about this photographer. It’s a wonderful world.”

“Can a photograph be art? Yes indeed, Melanie Kern-Favilla proves that it can.”

“What a great interview, she was so professional! You have another great career ahead.”

“Her work is stunning!”

Everything they said is spot on. I’m embedding the interview here (below). You will love it, laugh a lot, and learn a lot.

I’m embedding the interview here (below). You will love it, laugh a lot, and learn a lot.

Her interview is wonderful, and so is she. It was such an honor to have Melanie’s work gracing the walls of our gallery. Congratulations to Melanie (and to her very cool husband Dave who encouraged her to enter the international competition in the first place). Thanks to the awesome folks at Bay Photo Labs, whose printing and Xpozer system was once again, a huge hit — both the sheer quality of the printing, but also how the system stands off from the wall. Perfect for a gallery (I spent half the night explaining how it works).

I also want to give a special shout out to Kalebra whose idea it was to celebrate and share the work of our KelbyOne members (Here’s a link to her post about Melanie’s opening). It is so exciting to see her dream making other people’s dream come true.

We’ll be opening the entries for the next gallery show competition soon. Stay tuned for details.

Have a great week everybody. It’s off to a great start!

Best,

-Scott

Tonight Melanie Kern-Favilla, a Railroad Engineer from Long Island, New York, will have a solo gallery showing of her photography. How cool is that!

Yesterday when Melanie toured the gallery in preparation for tonight’s opening, something very special happened. It was the first time Melanie had ever even seen one of her images printed. Even more special is the fact that the first time she saw one of her images printed, it was hanging on a gallery wall. She was overwhelmed, and it was a heart-warming moment for Kalebra, Erik and me to experience with her, as Melanie and her husband Dave stood in the gallery and just took it all in.

Melanie already has a really fascinating job
She’s a Train Engineer. She’s not the conductor. She doesn’t punch your ticket. She’s up front, operating the train. She might just have the coolest job ever (said every kid who ever dreamed of being the train engineer on a big locomotive).

So, how did this Train Engineer for the Long Island Rail Road (the busiest commuter rail system in America), wind up having a solo gallery show of her photography?

She’s a KelbyOne member.

She entered her images in a photo competition — one created to celebrate and recognize the work of KelbyOne members — people for whom photography is a passion, love, art, but whose work perhaps hasn’t yet been discovered or shared with a wide audience. This would be a chance for a talented member to have their work displayed in an ideal setting and get exposed to a worldwide audience overnight. Who knows what doors that could open, and what opportunities that could present.

We wanted to create an experience both for KelbyOne members who visit the gallery tonight to enjoy Melanie’s images (during the wine and cheese reception at the gallery), and those around the world who will experience Melanie’s outstanding work for the first time during her one-on-one interview tonight with the awesome Larry Becker — during which  her words and images will reach a new audience, and new heights.

We are honored to be able to share Melanie’s story, her process, the art, and the artist tonight at her opening, and we invite you to join us online and be a part of it all.

The broadcast is free and open to everyone.

When: Tonight, Friday, July 21, 2017, at 8:00 PM EDT (New York Time)
Where: At kelbyone.com/gallery-webcast or on my Facebook page where it will be also streamed live.

You will love getting to know Melanie, her work; how she lit, post-processed, and created her stunning images, and I hope you can join us.

It won’t be long before we open the next gallery show competition…
…and if you’re a KelbyOne member, you too will have a chance for your own solo gallery show. Seeing Melanie standing in a gallery surrounded by her work was a thrill for us. I hope you’ll know that same feeling one day soon. :)

See you this evening at 8:00 pm. It will be a night to remember.

Big news today — Adobe released a pretty major update to Lightroom Mobile with lots of long-awaited features making their way to Mobile, (and if you use Lightroom Mobile on your iPad, today’s an even better day for you).

Note: on the heels of this announcement, we’re releasing my new “Lightroom Mobile: Start to Finish” online course today, too! KelbyOne members will be able to watch it later this morning (or you can take the 10-day free trial if you’re not a member, and watch it today, as well). 

In the meantime, I made a quick “first look” video for you going over the new features and interface (below), but before we get to there, in short here’s what’s new:

  • The Adjustment Brush is here (Awwwww, yeah!) and it rocks! Great implementation (see the video below). Plus, if you have an iPhone with 3D Touch support, it’s pressure sensitive when “painting” with your finger, and if you have an  iPad Pro, it supports the Apple Pencil’s pressure sensitivity.
  • You can now Erase areas in the Radial and Graduated Filter  (like you can on desktop Lightroom)
  • Full Featured Sharpening is here (the full panel from Desktop Lightroom CC with all the same sliders)
  • The Noise Reduction Panel is here, too!
  • Cool ‘Haptic Feedback’ feature for straightening images while aiming built-in camera app
  • Live Clipping Warning (via a Zebra pattern) while shooting with the built-in camera app
  • All new updated Android phone interface, designed to be most “Android-y” UI for Lightroom Mobile yet, with a faster, more natural Android feel throughout the App.
  • The iPad gets the new “more Lightroom CC-like” user interface introduced in the iPhone previously (seen at the top of this post).

There’s a few other smaller tweaks and enhancements, and some things are more discoverable thanks to the update interface. Take a look at the video before for a quick look:

Adobe has not yet released the new user interface for Android tablet’s yet, but hopefully, that won’t be too far behind.

Hope you enjoyed this first look, and I invite you to check out my new Lightroom Mobile: Start to Finish course that comes out today at KelbyOne. 

Have a totally updated mobile day, ya’ll! :)

-Scott

I’m working on a post for later this morning, that I promise will be a lot more interesting than this non-interesting post, so if you would be so kind as to come back around 11:00 AM EST today, I will have a cool video for you.

Also, if you’re a KelbyOne member, there is a special Member’s Only Webcast today at 11:00 am (check your member’s dashboard, or keep an eye out for an email from us with details), and joining me will be CFG (Cool Frenchy Guy) Serge Ramelli (and no, there’s not a new Lightroom CC update coming today, so don’t everybody get all riled up). :)

OK, I gotta run – gotta finish this post for later this morning.

See you in a while!

-Scott

Hi, gang, and happy Monday! I’ve been sailing the seven seas (not really), and I’ve dug up (not really) some more Photoshop Buried Treasure (OK, this part is true), and this time it’s on how to get back to the previous version of Select and Mask, which used to be called “Refine Edge.”

Adobe updated Refine Edge with a new mathematical algorithm and a totally new workspace (rather than it just being a floating panel), and while the new math works better for some images, it doesn’t work as well for some other, so being able to jump back to the other method (and old math) when you need to is pretty handy. Here’s a quick rundown:

Above: Here’s the current Select & Mask workspace, with its own toolbar on the left side, and side panel on the right, using the new math. I really love this new interface, and how it works most of the time, but there are certain instances where the old version works better, and that’s why Adobe added a way for us to get back to the older version.

STEP ONE: To access the old Refine Edge feature, hold the Shift-key, then go under the Select menu up top, and choose Select and Mask from the menu (as shown here — it doesn’t work if you hold Shift and click the Select and Mask button in the Options Bar — you have to choose it from the pop-down menu as shown here).

STEP TWO: Now the regular Photoshop interface remains in place, and the old Refine Edge window appears, as seen above, and you can use it like you always used (provided, of course, that you always used to). :)

Hope you found that little piece of Photoshop Buried Treasure helpful! :)

Don’t forget — Friday at 8:00 pm — LIVE from the “Gallery at KelbyOne”…
It’s an interview and behind-the-scenes from KelbyOne member’s solo gallery show in the Gallery at KelbyOne. Join the most awesome Larry Becker, as he sits down with competition winner Melanie Kern-Favila to talk about her amazing photography, and get to know her and work. It’s free; everyone’s invited to join us, and it will be simulcast on my Facebook, this Friday, July 21st. Ask anyone who attended the first opening with Mark Wegner, it’s really a fun, inspiring night, and a great opportunity to join us in celebrating the wonderful work of our members.

When: Friday, July 21st, 8:00 PM, EDT
Where: My Facebook page live

See you then! Have a great Monday, ya’ll!

-Scott

P.S. If you’re a KelbyOne member and you’d like to join us in person at the Gallery this Friday at 7 pm for a wine and cheese reception for Melanie’s Gallery Opening, you are welcome to join us and enjoy her work in person (it’s free for KelbyOne members, but there’s limited seating, so grab your seats now – here’s the link).

Last week I was very fortunate to have Paris-based photographer and Photoshop/Lightroom expert Serge Ramelli as my guest on ‘The Grid’ and I have to say, he shared some real-world experience and insights about getting work by how you post your images on Social Media that was absolutely just blowing people away! I’ve had people emailing me, tweeting, etc., about this episode and how much insight they gained from what Serge shared. It’s literally money in your pocket if you’ve been trying to sell your work, or get noticed or get hired via social media. Really brilliant stuff.

I’ve embedded the episode below, but before we got into our topic, we covered lots of other industry news, including Lexar getting out of the Memory Card business; Canon’s new 6D Mark II announcement (and the standard techie whiny that accompanies any new camera announcement), and a bunch of other stuff, so all that is up front, and we really get to the meat of the topic about 1/2 way through the show, but you should still watch the whole thing because…well…ya know…ya just should. :)

Here’s the episode (below) – I really think you’ll get into what Serge has to share:

Well, there ya go. Viva le Serge! :)

BTW: Serge is recording some awesome Lightroom classes for us at KelbyOne, so be looking for those soon (I’ll let you know when they’re released).

Have a great Tuesday everybody, and we’ll catch ya back here tomorrow for Guest Blog Wednesday (it’s a good one!). :)

Best,

-Scott

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