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Howdy, cowboys and cowgirls, here’s what’s up:

Well, someone found a new way to rip off photographers

I don’t know if there’s any solid way to protect yourself against this type of scam which hits folks who are selling camera gear (or honestly, selling anything). I saw this on Petapixel.com earlier this week — it’s a new scam where the legit seller gets ripped off in a new, and sadly clever way. You need to read post this as a heads up, but I’m not sure even how to adequately protect against it (though the person it happened to does give one solution, it’s not an easy one). Here’s the link.

A new account to follow on Instagram

Wonderful Australian fashion photographer Stephan Bollinger ditched his old Instagram account (and 17,000+ followers) and is starting over from scratch with a new account and new focus. Stephan is a great photographer and teacher, and I hope you’ll give his new Bollinger.photo account a follow. Here’s the link.

“Mastering The Model Shoot” On Tour

Incredible learning opportunity here folks as fashion light master Frank Doorhof is bringing his famous “Mastering The Model Shoot” workshop to New York City on September 1, 2019. Get this — you can join Frank and learn straight from the guy who wrote the book for only $299, which is just an insanely low cost. Insane! There are a few spots left, and if you want to jump ahead fast in lighting, styling, posing and shooting, this is your chance. Here’s the link — do not miss out — Frank is awesome! (I’ve learned so much from him myself; can’t recommend him enough).

7 Little-Known Lightroom Shortcuts

If you’re into Lightroom, I’ve got seven of those little-known, but oh-so-handy Lightroom shortcuts over at LightroomKillerTips.com – some juicy ones in there for ya. Link. (plus, an eighth one today – one I didn’t even know – I learned it from one of my readers).

When did Card Slots become the big thing?

When I saw Sony’s announcement of their new A7R IV Mirrorless camera earlier this week, I had to chuckle when I saw this official promo photo (above) on so many sites which clearly shows, “Yes, it has two card slots.” When did having two card slots become such an “it” thing that it becomes the thing a major camera manufacturer highlights when launching a new camera. It’s a weird time, folks.

Photoshop World Vegas Hotel Rooms 95% Sold Out

The special discount hotel room rate for folks attending the Photoshop World Conference out in Vegas next month (Aug 21-23) are almost gone (they’re now 95% booked up). If you’re thinking of joining us (and you should definitely come out and be a part of it all), these discounted rates are only available until this coming Monday, July 29th. So, this is your last chance to snag a great rate. Conference details here. Reserve your discounted room here. – See you in Vegas, baby yeah!

I found my next lens!

Already pre-ordered it from B&H (I believe it’s due to ship next month. It’s the Canon 24-240mm for my Canon EOS R Mirrorless — one lens that does it all, and I’ve been waiting for Canon to come out with a lens in this range that’s small, lightweight and inexpensive, for years. Canon’s lenses for their EOS R have been incredibly sharp, and I imagine this one will be sharp as anything, too! It’s just $899, which for a lens these days, is incredibly cheap. I love that it’s 24mm, rather than 28mm like most all-in-one lenses already out there (I can crop to get to 300mm or more, but you can’t make a lens any wider than it already is). Anyway, I’m psyched.

I’ve been waiting for Marc’s Book on creativity to ship

I got to see a pre-release copy of photographer Marc Silber’s new book Create, and it’s just so good. Marc’s book is filled with “Creative conversations from some of the world’s top photographers, filmmakers, Grammy award winners, TED presenters, actors, CEOs and more!” It’s about living a creative life, being able to visualize and unlock the creative spirit inside you that will flow through your art, your work, and your life. So well written, and if you’ve ever struggled with coming up with creative ideas and concepts, this is the book for you. Here’s the link to it on Amazon. Congratulations to Marc for creating another wonderful tool for our community.

I do not know how she does it!

Kalebra posted this shot to her Instagram and I was like, Dang! How’d she get that with her iPhone. I’m there beside her at night with my whole rig; tripod, bullhead, fancy lenses, cable release, etc., and she got a way-cooler shot that I did from there (once again). Hope you’re following her on Instagram, and if you’re into dogs, she has an awesome account just for our two crazy doggos, called “maggieandmaki” – it’s a pretty hilarious account of their daily lives, and her doggo pics are awesome (and her commentary is…well…you’ll see). 🤪🐕

Boston and Philly, I’m Headed Your Way in August

My 320+ strong crowd of photographers at my seminar in the Detroit area last week. I had a blast there, and Chicago at the day before. What a blast!

My new “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar is in full swing now and I am getting just over-the-top incredible feedback from the folks who have come out. I am having a ball teaching these concepts and helping photographers get real results right away — I love it! My next two cities are Boston on August 29, and Philadelphia on Aug 30th. Hope you can come out and spend the day with me. It’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it’s the single best photography seminar you’ve ever attended at any price, period! You’ve got nothing to lose! Tickets and info here. (more cities and dates coming very soon).

Spotted this deal from Bay Photo Lab – Time to make some prints!

Spotted this deal on Twitter – Bay Photo Lab’s giving 15% off anything until Monday (we use their XPosure System for displaying prints in our gallery and it is awesome – ask anyone who has seen them). Here’s the link to get their 15% off deal.

It’s Still #1 (whoo hoo!)

It came out in 2017 but it’s still the #1 bestselling lighting book on Amazon, and if you’re not absolutely in love with your flash, this $20 book will make all the difference in the world. I’ve gotten so many emails and comments from readers and they all pretty much say the same thing, which is “I finally love my flash.” As an author, there are no sweeter words — it’s why I wrote the book. I want people to love their flash, and get the type of results they bought their flash for in the first place. I think this book can honestly help. It’s $20. Whadayagottolose? Here’s the link.

Hope you all have an outstanding weekend! :)

-Scott

P.S. Did any of you catch the trailer for the next season of “The Walking Dead?” The Season 10 one they released at Comic-Con last week? It has an epic almost hopeful feeling (well, at least at the end). I love the soundtrack and the shocking love-triangle thing that looks like it’s forming. Anyway, here’s a link to the 4-minute+ Comic-Con trailer if you haven’t seen it. [note: it’s pretty gory, like all Walking Dead stuff).


Alright, which do you want first? 

The bad news? OK.

I had just boarded my flight to Minneapolis last week when I got a call from my editor at Rocky Nook to let me know that they received the first copies of The Landscape Photography Book and about 30% of the book had a serious printing issue. The company that printed the book admitted the mistake and agreed it was unacceptable, so this past weekend they were back on press reprinting the entire print over from scratch.

Unfortunately, (for my readers who pre-ordered the book, and my editors, and my publisher, and me) that means instead of the book being delivered to readers and bookstores this past week as expected, it will now be delayed a few more weeks as the books have to be bound, finished and shipped. Ugh. :(

Wow, that is bad news. What’s the good news?

Well, if there is a bright spot here, it’s that my publisher made the right call to have the book reprinted. Not every publisher would have done that because this is a decision that adversely affects their business, their author, and their relationships with the booksellers as well (especially seeing as this book had my biggest pre-sales numbers in years).

The folks at Rocky Nook felt that the printing for a photography book like this had to be “on the money” and I totally agree. They have always been absolutely committed to the reader, so I’m not surprised they made the call to pull all the copies already in print and go back to press. It’s one of the things that makes me proud to be one of their authors. My hats off to them.

So, to sum it all up:

The good news is — when you see The Landscape Photography Book, the printing will look great. The bad news is, we have to wait a bit longer to see it look great.  

Needless to say, I was (a) upset (b) heartbroken (c) upset and heartbroken, and just generally bummed out, but I would have been embarrassed to have delivered a book that didn’t live up our standards, so I understand and agree it’s the right call, even if it’s a painful one. 

Thanks everybody for your patience a few weeks more. Thanks to Rocky Nook for caring so much about our readers, and to the printer for owning up to the error.

Here’s to a week of better printing! :-)

-Scott



OK, but first there’s this! :)

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… this past Saturday afternoon our son Jordan graduated with two degrees from The University of Alabama, and the whole family (and friends) went up to be there as he walked across the stage to pick up his diplomas and let me tell you, it was such a proud moment for us all. We were cheering and screaming and whoopin’ it up!!! (#rolltide!). We are so excited for him to be starting this new chapter of his life, and for the fine young man he has become. A prouder parent I could not be. :-)

That’s right — the print version of my latest book, “The Landscape Photography Book” hits the stores this week! It’s my most pre-ordered book in years, and it’s already #1 on Amazon’s photography bestseller’s list (see below), but you might win a free copy of the print edition today. Just leave a comment below, and you’re entered. We’ll draw five winners at random and ship you the book (as soon as we get our in-house copies, which should be any day). If you want to pre-order your copy now (so you get it first), here’s the link to the print version on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Good luck, everybody! (more news stuff below).

I ‘m in Indianapolis Today For My Seminar Tomorrow

It’s not too late to come and join me, and about 200 other Indianapolis area photographers, for my full-day seminar; “The Ultimate Photography Crash Course.” Sign up over at KelbyOneLive.com

I’m in Minneapolis This Thursday

If you want to join me there for the seminar, it’s not too late either. KelbyOneLive.com

And then there’s the Photoshop World Conference at the end of this month

Whoo Hoo!!! It’s almost here — the world’s biggest and most complete Photoshop, Lightroom and Photography conference, and it all starts on May 31st in Orlando and runs for three days — you gotta come (there’s still time to sign up and be a part of it all): PhotoshopWorld.com

Have a great day everybody! Can’t wait to meet everybody tomorrow here in Indy!

-Scott

Yup — it’s a Photoshop book (and I think it will be a tremendously helpful one to a lot of people). First, watch the official trailer (made with love) below:

I wrote this book expressly for Lightroom users because it just covers the most important things that you’d go over to Photoshop for, and it makes it super easy to learn Photoshop. You’ll learn everything from layers to retouching to special effects, how to create today’s hottest looks, and so much more. If you’re a Lightroom user, and you’ve been wanting to learn Photoshop, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.

Here are links to it on Amazon (both print and Kindle versions are available) and on Barnes & Noble.com (both print and NOOK eBook versions available here, as well).

If you’re a KelbyOne member, you can get 37% off the print version (plus free shipping) or the eBook if you order at Peachpit.com. Just enter this code at checkout: PSLR37 .

Go get one! :)

Good to be back
I took a few weeks off to spend time with my family up in the mountains of Tennessee, and we had such a great time, but it’s always good to be back home, and I’m back on the saddle with my blogging here and at LightroomKillerTips.com, so I hope I’ll be seeing a lot of you this year.

Here’s to a kick-butt, super awesome, fun, happy, healthy, Photoshopy 2019!

Thanks,

-Scott

 

Hi, gang — greetings from Washington DC. I’m up here for my seminar today, and looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of you!

Today, I’m officially announcing my new book‚ “How Do I Do That in Lightroom Classic, 2nd Edition,” which (according to Amazon) the print edition should be in stock and ready to ship today (Well, that’s what their Website said, anyway). Here’s what the book is all about:

I hope you’ll give it a read — I think you’ll really find it useful.

Here’s a link to order your copy at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. 

Have a great weekend, everybody. I’ll have some shots to share from my shoot at the Library of Congress and the National Cathedral, next week.

Best,

-Scott

 

The Print Edition is here!
It’s my biggest update in years, and it has ALL the latest stuff, including all the new Profile features — it’s the latest edition of the world’s bestselling Lightroom book, and you can get it right now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or pick one up at the Photoshop World Official Bookstore at the conference).

Check out this cool giveaway from Profoto USA
Next Friday (one week from today) Profoto is picking one lucky winner to win $10,000+ of awesome lighting gear, plus you’ll get a two-day workshop with photographer Michael Anthony (that’s his shot above) to learn how to make the most of it.

Look at what they’re giving away (this is an insane list of gear!):

2x Profoto A1 for Canon or Nikon (valued at $1990)
2x Profoto A1 Gel Kits (valued at $198)
1x Profoto A1 Soft Bounce (valued at $149)
1x B1X Location Kit (valued at $4,148)
1x B2 To-Go Kit (valued at $1,995)
1x OCF Softbox 2×3′ (valued at $219)
1x OCF Softbox Octa 2′ (valued at $159)
1x OCF Beauty Dish White (valued at $199)
3x OCF Speedrings (valued at $298)
1x OCF Magnum Reflector (valued at $199)
1x OCF Grid Kit (valued at $99)
1x Profoto Air TTL remote of your choice (valued at $419)

They are choosing a random winner from the entries, so go enter right now, right here: https://t.co/rvEA6a7vLg

Good luck everybody!

With the big Photoshop World Conference just 6-days away…
…we are all psyched/crazy-busy/excited/exhausted but having a ball doing it all. Can’t wait to see everybody next week – it’s going to be an amazing conference (and if you’re wondering…is it too late to go? Nope — you can still come join us — people are still signing up every day). Hit us up at photoshopworld.com for details/info/tickets. OK, here’s some stuff:

Today at 1:00 PM I’m the guest on the Photofocus Podcast with Vanelli
It’s coming out today – the interview with host, Mr. V himself, Vanelli. :)   We’re talking about education (formal vs. informal) and all sorts of stuff. Check http://photofocus.com to check it out, or subscribe to their podcast at 

Getting great feedback from my “Where to shoot in New York Travel Photography Course.” 
Here’s a comment I saw yesterday from Kevin Scott:

“Loving this course! I have NEVER had a desire to go to NYC, but this is making me rethink that. Regardless, I love all the “Photographer’s Guide to…” courses. Even if it is somewhere I don’t have on my travel radar, I always take away nuggets, from post-processing tips/tricks to just seeing some of the shots that I keep in the back of my mind to inspire me in my everyday shooting. Thanks so much, @ScottKelby for doing these!”

If you’re coming to PSW next week, don’t forget your camera!
We’ve got lots of cool sets, models, and fun stuff to shoot. PLUS, if you’re a Canon shooter, Canon will be there doing FREE sensor cleanings right on the spot. Did I mention it’s free for Canon shooter? Yup. It is.

My band will be rockin’ next Thursday night…
…and after our first set at the Photoshop World Party, we’re doing an ‘Instructor Jam Session” where we’ll be inviting some the many KelbyOne instructors that are musicians to come up and jam with us on a song or two. It will be a night to remember.

I’m doing a book signing…or two!
One at the Peachpit Press booth in the official bookstore, and one at the Rocky Nook bookstore. Both of my latest books (The Flash Book and my just-released Lightroom Classic book for Digital Photographers will both be there in stock).

If you’ll be at Photoshop World next week…
Two things you definitely want to do:

(1) Go to the free Orientation class 
If this is your first time at Photoshop World, we have a special crash course just for you. Hosted by Larry Becker, this orientation is designed to make sure you get the most out of your experience. Free and open to all attendees on Wednesday (the day before the full conference kicks off).

(2) Download the App 
We have an awesome conference app (for IOS and Android) that you will find invaluable during the conference. The full schedule is in there; directions; events times and locations, and a whole bunch more. Find it on the App Store for iPhones, or on Google Play for Android.

If you can’t go this year…
Then make sure you tune in Thursday morning at 10:00 AM ET (I’ll put a link here on the blog on Thursday morning and on all our social media) so you can watch the opening keynote LIVE. It’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it…) epic!

Also, Brad will be posting shots from the conference next week, so if you want to see what’s happening, make sure you check back here then.

Gotta run — got a lot of work this weekend to get ready for the conference (and I’ve got practice-up on some of my songs, so I remember the chords, the words, ya know, stuff like that.

Have a great weekend, and I hope I’ll see you in Orlando next week!

Best,

-Scott

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