Posts By Scott Kelby

Hi gang, and happy Monday (groan). Aw come on, it’s going to be a great week (especially since I’m on vacation out in Vegas. Whoo hoo!).

Anyway, here’s another installment in my on-going series of Photoshop Buried Treasure — this time it’s about a filter in Photoshop CC that’s been there for a while, but it’s hidden deep within Photoshop’s dense forest of filters (sorry, couldn’t help myself). Anyway, it’s a filter that makes trees. I am not making this up (see above where I added that tree. Not the treasure map. Up at the very top). Check it this filter out below, mateys:

Hope you found that helpful. :)

Hey, Richmond and Nashville, some Lightroom training is coming your way…
…as I’m coming there for my full-day seminar later this month. Here’s a link with all the details. Come on out and spend the day with me. Just $89 if you book your ticket now. Includes LOTS of goodies (like presets and stuff). See you there!

Have a good one everybody, and plant a tree today (even if it’s a digital one). ;-)

Best,

-Scott

Here ya go, guys – this weekend only – a 72-hour sale on a KelbyOne annual membership (unlimited access to all our courses and all the benefits of membership for an entire year) but this deal is just for folks who read my blogs.

With this deal, you get $25.00 OFF a new annual membership (this is for new members only).

Here’s the sale link with the special code embedded.

This deal is only good this weekend (it expires early on Monday the 10th), so if you’ve been holding out for a killer deal…well…this is your chance. :)

Welcome aboard to all the folks who are going to take advantage of this 72-hour sale – we’re delighted to have you on board – it’s going to be an amazing year, and we’re so glad to have you with us. Have a great, safe, fun weekend everybody. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. For more info on KelbyOne, you can visit our Website, but to get this deal, you have to use the link I shared above.

I want to wish all my readers Happy Independence Day (well, at least the US-based ones).

I’m taking today off to spend some time with my family, and I hope you’re able to do the same. Have a great day and we’ll see you here tomorrow for “Guest Blog” Wednesday, and on ‘The Grid’ tomorrow I have Paris-based photographer Serge Ramelli.

Just in Case: Here’s What ‘Independence Day’ Really Means to Us
Today is a national holiday celebrating our country’s independence from traditional film. No longer will we press the shutter button thinking, “Well, that just cost me 22¢” or “Well, that’s 36 — time to pop in another roll.”or that phrase heard so often on vacation, “I need to stop and buy some film.”

Should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: No longer will we wait hours, or days, to see our prints only to find out that someone was blinking or the flash didn’t fire. No longer will we go quitely into the night, to drop off our film in an overnight drop box. We’re going to live on to shoot for free another day — free from the tyranny of film chemicals and safe lights; changing bags and temperature regulators; cotton gloves and Print tongs. No today as we gather together to fill our 32 and 64-gig cards with wild abandon we celebrate our real Independence Day! (insert wild cheers here).

So, that’s what Independence Day really means to us Americans. That and right to eat stuff we’re not supposed to. Mostly the 2nd one.

Hope yours is a happy 4th wherever you are! :)

Best,

-Scott

Hi Gang: Friday I did a post on “How to Shoot Awesome Fireworks shots!”  and today it’s how to Edit them in Photoshop (that way you’re prepared for the editing, now, too!). The video includes a really simple trick for creating your own custom “Fireworks Show Finale!” So cool you’ll drop your hot dog. That sounds bad but you know what I mean. 

Check out the video I made for you below:

Pretty fun stuff. Hope you get some awesome shots!.

Our offices are closed tomorrow for the Holiday…but…
We’ll be back on Wednesday for another gripping episode of “The Grid” and you don’t want to miss it because…well…you just don’t want to miss it. Ya know. Missing it is bad. Etc.

Have a great Monday, and be safe tomorrow and get back here Wednesday in one piece.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Are you coming out to my full-day Lightroom seminar in Nashville or Richmond this month? Ya oughta. It’s a pretty fun day, and you’ll learn a bunch, and you’ll have the opportunity to buy a really expensive bland convention center lunch. Here’s the link with details. 

Each year, on the Fourth of July we celebrate Independence Day. It’s a day where Americans from all walks of life gather together to enjoy massive fireworks displays as our way of celebrating our independence from Dave Clayton and Glyn Dewis, shown above posing with some random American male model).

We celebrate by surrounding ourselves with hot dogs, hamburgers, and mountains of potato chips before settling into a lawn chair with an ice cold beer to watch a glorious fireworks display using fireworks made in China. By the way — they’re “chips.” Not fries. Just sayin’ ;-)

Another great American tradition is the “Sharing of how to take awesome fireworks tutorial” that I do each year here on the blog, and since we’re just a few days away from the fireworks displays, we’d better start ramping up for it now. Here we go:

Here’s what you need from a Gear standpoint:

  1. Tripod: For the best results, you’ll need to shoot fireworks with your camera on a tripod, because you’re going to need a slow enough shutter speed to capture the falling light trails, which is what you’re really after.
  2. Cable Release: This is where using a cable release really pays off because you’ll need to see the rocket’s trajectory to know when to push the shutter button. If you’re looking in the viewfinder instead, it will be more of a hit or miss proposition.
  3. Zoom Lens: Use a zoom lens (ideally a 200mm or more) if you want to get in tight and capture just the fireworks themselves. If you want fireworks and the ground (like fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World, or at the beach, or a city skyline, etc.), then use a wider lens, like the 28mm lens I used in the shot above (taken with my brother’s very old Canon Rebel and an 18-200mm zoom).

Camera Settings:

I recommend shooting in full Manual mode because you just set two these settings and you’re good to go:

  1. Set the Shutter Speed to 4 seconds
  2. Set the Aperture to f/11. Fire a test shot and look at the LCD monitor on the back of your camera to see if you like the results. If it overexposes, lower the shutter speed to 3 seconds, then take another shot and check the results again.

That’s the basics.

If you want to take things up a notch (and go all ‘pro’ on me), you could also add these four things:

1. Set your focus to infinity (This isn’t critical, but if your lens can do it, why not). The fireworks are so bright you can use just regular ol’ autofocus for the most part, but if you have a lens that has a distance scale window on the top of your lens barrel; first turn off your auto focus (right on the lens –  switch it to off), then rotate the focus ring on your lens until you see the Infinity symbol [it looks like the number 8 lying on its side], then turn it back just a smidge, so you’re almost right on the infinity symbol. Again, you don’t have to do this, but it might make things a bit easier.

2. A couple of years ago @SuzanMcEvoy (one of my followers over on my Twitter page) recommended also switching your White Balance to Tungsten and it works really well (Thanks Susan for the tip).

3. Lightroom (and Photoshop’s Camera Raw) Dehaze feature works wonders on the extraneous smoke in the background, so make sure you give it a try. It’s like it was made for fireworks shots.

4. This one probably goes without saying, but you’re on a tripod so use your lowest ISO setting for the cleanest shots.

TIP: If your camera has ‘Bulb mode’ (where the shutter stays open as long as you hold down the shutter release button down), this works great — hold the shutter button down when the rocket bursts, then release when the light trails start to fade. (By the way; most Canon, Nikon, and Sony DSLRs have Bulb mode). The rest is timing because now you’ve got the exposure and sharpness covered and you have a hand free to hold the adult beverage of your choice.

Hope you all have a safe, happy 4th of July as we celebrate our nation’s physical distance, in miles and magnitude, from Glyn and Dave which makes it truly a day worth celebrating. ;-)

Cheers!

-Scott

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could take a folder of images (RAW images, TIFF images, etc.) and have Photoshop automatically convert that folder of images into any formats you like (PSDs, TIFFs, JPEGS or all three at the same time), and while it’s doing it, how about having it run the Photoshop Action of your choice, and even embed a color profile for the Web, and your copyright info? That would be cool, right?

Here’s how to unleash this unholy power! (it’s not really unholy — that was just added for dramatic effect because, after all, this is just a script running in the background doing fancy stuff you can’t see).

See, that was cooler than it sounded, right?

OK, guess where I’m going? 
If you guessed either:

Nashville (Friday, July 28th)
> Richmond (Wednesday, July 26th)
> Los Angeles (Monday, August 14th)
> Seattle (Friday, August 18th)
> San Francisco (Wednesday, August 16th)

You were right on the money!

I’ll be in those cities teaching my Lightroom On Tour full day seminar, and I want you to come out. How much do I want you to come out? Well, enough that I made a 1-minute, 8-second video to tell you all the cool stuff you will learn (and it’s plenty!). Here’s the link with all the details (but watch that video first).

OK, makes you want to come and join me right? Right! Let’s do this! :)  Hope I’ll get to meet you in person in one of those cities.

Have a kick-butt Tuesday! (if there is such a thing). ;-)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Tomorrow is “Blind Photo Critique” day on The Grid. Our category is “Portraits” and we’ll have Hungarian retoucher Viktor Fejes as my in-studio guest (here’s here recording some classes for KelbyOne – he is awesome!). Here’s the link to submit your portrait images. 

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