Here’s a quick look at what’s up on this glorious Monday in April:
SmugMug buys Flickr (What!!??!!) I don’t know exactly what they’re going to call it, but I’m just glad they did it. Just in case you missed it this weekend – the folks at SmugMug bought Flickr. That’s right! Whoo Hoo!! There’s hope for Flickr at last! SmugMug is a great company, and a class act in our industry, and I can’t wait to see what they do with Flickr — one whose future just got a whole lot brighter. Congrats to the SmugMug crew. Well done, lads! :)
Our first instructor gallery show was a hit! We were honored to feature KelbyOne instructor Moose Peterson for a solo exhibition in ‘The Gallery at KelbyOne’ last Friday night, and people were absolutely LOVING his aviation images (Moose, who is a print master himself, even gave a big shoutout to the folks at Bay Photo Lab for their big beautiful prints, displayed in the gallery using their Xpozer system). It was such a fun night, and Moose’s talk (broadcast live) afterward was funny, insightful, and often touching. We’ll be re-broadcasting the event, free to everyone, streamed on my Facebook page.
Who: Moose Peterson, with host Larry Becker What: A talk with Moose about his aviation photography Where: My Facebook page When: Tuesday, at 2PM ET
Hope you can tune in – you’ll dig it big time.
The “Save $100 Early Bird Discount” to the Photoshop World Conference in Orlando is Ending Soon If you’re thinking of going (and yes, you absolutely should be going – everyone’s invited), then get your ticket’s now before next week’s early bird discount deadline. Hurry hurry! Details and Tickets here.
How to be the first to get my new Lightroom Classic Book (spoiler alert: it’s already on-press) It’s my biggest update to the book yet and has all the new features from the just-released update (including all the new Profile stuff). You can get yours first by pre-ordering right now from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Spend the day with me in Cincinnati / Covington next week, or Hartford the week after I’m teaching my full-day Lightroom seminar (it’s just $99 for the full day) and I want you to come out and spend the day with me learning Lightroom. Lots of fun, useful, practical stuff to share, so come on out. Details and tickets here.
Don’t forget Travel Tuesdays with Dave, here tomorrow.
Here’s wishing you all an absolutely rocking week!
P.S.I finally (finally!) got around to updating my gear page here on the blog – here’s the link if you’ve got a sec.
The best photography, Photoshop, and Lightroom instructors in the world will be in Orlando, on May 31 – June 2, 2018, at the Photoshop World 2018 Conference in Orlando, Florida?
Don’t just read about it afterward, and see all the photos of the amazing classes, and parties and fun – this year, be a part of it.
Save $100 by getting your tickets before Friday, April 27th! The Early Bird special $100-off deal ends April 27th, so get your tickets right now…then:
(1) Get your special hotel room discount for conference attendees (2) Grab your airfare now while it’s cheap (3) Pack your bags, ’cause we’re going to Orlando!
P.S.Need help convincing your boss you need to be there? We’ve written a “letter to your boss” for you, and it’s awesome (Here’s the link) — just copy and paste it into an email to your boss, and we’ll see you there!
Hi Gang — we’re only 76 days away from the Photoshop World Conference (May 31-June 2, 2018) in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center (whoo hoo!), and I thought I’d give a quick update on what’s up, via a Q&A style post. Here we go:
Q. This is the only Photoshop World Conference this year, right? A. That’s right, it the only one, so you should definitely come.
Q. I see you’re at the Hyatt this time instead of the Orange County Convention Center. A. You bet! The Hyatt was our host hotel last year and we absolutely loved it. What we didn’t love was having to walk all the way through the Hyatt Convention Center, just to walk to another convention center. Now, you just come downstairs and you’re right in the middle of everything. The Hyatt’s convention center is much newer, and we can have a bigger keynote, a bigger partner pavilion, and we’re all together in just one convenient place. We’re pretty psyched!
Q. Is that where all the staff and instructors are staying? A. Yup, we’re all staying at the beautiful Hyatt Regency. You can stay there, too but it’s filling up very fast (they have a special discount for our attendees) details here.
Q. Is that where Joe McNally is staying? A. No. Actually, Joe insists on staying at Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World. He takes a limo over each morning.
Q. Really? A. Of course not. He takes a carriage. It’s why we have to end all conference events by 11:45 PM.
Q. Scott, I’m more of a visual person, and I need to see it to really understand it. Is there any way you could create some sort of short slideshow, set to some upbeat royalty-free music, with lots of photos? Also, could you make it around 90-seconds? — I have a short attention span. A. Well, when you make it that specific, I feel like I have to. Here it is (below) to your exact specs.
Q. What kind of conference is this really? A. It’s ‘clothing optional’
Q. Are you serious? A. Well, it’s really up to you. That’s why we call it “optional.”
Q. It’s called Photoshop World?— is it all just Photoshop classes? A. It’s grown to be much more than just Photoshop.We have full conference tracks on Lightroom and photography, and lighting/flash, and graphic design, and Business/Career, and more. Of course lots of Photoshop classes, too.
Q. Do I have to pick my classes in advance? A. Nope. You can go to any class you want, any time you want, and move between classes as you like. No pre-registration necessary unless you’re coming a day early for the pre-conference workshops.
Q. Are the workshops the day before still available? A. There are ten pre-conference workshops, but a few of them are almost sold out, so if you’re thinking of coming a day early to get into one of these in-depth workshops, I’d get your ticket for the one you want now, so it’s not sold out.
Q. If I’m a beginner will I be lost? A. Only if you don’t follow the directional signs in the Hyatt.
Q. I meant in the sessions? A. We have a lot of beginners that come to Photoshop World each year, and they’re able to follow along no problem with most of the sessions. Of course, if a session is named “Advanced” then you should probably sit that one out, but there are nearly 100 sessions so there will be plenty of other classes to choose from. Also, while you might arrive as a beginner, you won’t leave as one.
Q. Last year you guys had Stacy Pearsall for your special evening presentation, and she was awesome. Who will it be this year? A. We are truly excited this year to bring you “An evening with Jeremy Cowart.” He is one of the most engaging, passionate, driven photographers and champions for social good in our industry, and it will truly be a very special evening for everyone.
Q. Will Roberto Valenzuela be there? A. Absolutely! He’ll be rocking it.
Q. Peter Hurley? Joe McNally? A. You bet!
Q. What about Stella Kramer? Please tell me Stella’s gonna be there! A. She is. Everybody loves Stella!
Q. What about Lindsay Adler? Terry White, Matt Kloskowski? Dave Black? Julieanne Kost? Scarlett Johansson? Kristina Sherk? Dave Cross, Corey Barker, What about them? A. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, no, yes, yes, yes.
Q. Any international instructors? A. Oui! (see what I did there?). We’re talkin: Glyn Dewis, Serge Ramelli, Frank Doorhof, Dave Clayton, and Tim Wallace (aw, yeah)
Q. Moose? A. Moose! :)
Q. Kaylee Greer and her doggos? A. Si, con mucho mas doggos y puppers!
Q. Any new instructors? A. Always! We’re welcoming Family/newborn photographer Tracy Sweeney (link), and Photoshop design sharks Mark Heaps and Jesus Ramirez.
Q. Alright, I’ll go register right now. Just checking — Joel Grimes, he will be will be there too, right? A. You bet.
Q. Isn’t there a competition for people who attend the conference? A. There is — they’re called “The Guru Awards” and winning a prestigious “Guru” award has launched many a career. Here are the details on entering.
Q. So the Guru Awards are only open to be people who attend the conference? A. That’s right.
Q. That doesn’t seem fair. A. It does to me.
Q. Will the Partner Pavilion vendor area be open to the public? A. It will not, but if you want to bring a spouse or someone traveling with you, we can arrange a special free pass for them.
Q. Do I get a discount if I’m a KelbyOne Pro member? A. You bet! You save $100 off a conference pass.
Q. It says the conference is produced by KelbyOne. Is it only for members? A. Anyone may attend (well, anyone who’s cool), and if you’re not a member yet, you will be – a one-year KelbyOne Plus membership is included in your conference price for all attendees who buy a full conference pass at $699 or more.
Q. So I can keep learning from the Photoshop World Conference instructors even after the conference? A.You so “get this!”Yes, yes you can keep learning from them after the conference in their awesome online courses. Thank you for asking such a non-set-up, spontaneous, impromptu, unplanned, yet marketing savvy question. I so dig you.
Q. So, if I’m a KelbyOne member and I register before April 28th, 2018 – I can get $200 off, right? A. You are right. It’s a steal at full price, but you can still get $200 off if you’re quick about it.
Q. What if I have a question that’s not answered here? A.Well, that’s hard to imagine, but if somehow one slipped by, check our official FAQ or you can chat with our team directly from the site unless you do it late at night when they’re all busy on match.com
Q. Well Scott, this has been incredibly informative. A. That’s really more of a statement, but since it’s so on the money, I’ll let it stand.
Q. I’ve always wanted to go — this is the year. I’m going! A. Now yer talkin’!
Well, I hope you found this at least 22.4% helpful. Have a great week everybody!
P.S. Q.Scott, is there any way you might embed a short video below that might just push me over the edge about going? A. I’m reluctant to do that, but OK — it’s below, but only because you asked. ;-) Here are some highlights from last year’s conference, but just know — this year will be even awesomer!
That’s right — come to beautiful Venice, Italy and join me and Venice photography expert (and KelbyOne Instructor) Mimo Meidany for an unforgettable four-day “Magic of Venice” travel photography workshop in one of the most amazing locales on the planet. First, watch this short video:
Get ready for an unforgettable hands-on travel photography workshop in one of the most magical and photogenic cities in the world, — beautiful Venice, Italy. The beautiful canals and bridges of Venice will be your home for four delightful days of creating captivating images, learning important camera techniques, composition, and the latest post-processing techniques. All this while enjoying wonderful meals, remarkable views, and making new friends.
What: The Magic of Venice Travel Photography Workshop Instructors: Scott Kelby and Mimo Meidany When: April 6-9, 2018 (with an informal get-together the night of the 5th) Where: The Hotel Concordia, Venice, Italy Price: $3,450 Per Person (includes accommodations – see below) Tickets: More details and tickets here (limited to 10 participants maximum)
Your home for the workshop is the wonderful Hotel Concordia; a charming boutique style hotel (with excellent wi-fi) located in the heart of Venice, and just steps from San Marco Square. It’s close to many of Venice’s most iconic shooting locations (and some incredible little-known spots and vantage points) with lots of great shopping and restaurants nearby (including some of my favorites).
We’ll be shooting each day on location Then heading back to the hotel for post-processing our images where we’ll learning new techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop; learn new camera techniques; have time for critiques before we head back out to make more gorgeous images. Lots of learning, lots of laughing, amidst the incredible views and scrumptious food of this truly enchanting floating city. After sunset each day you’ll be free to explore the city on your own, and its charming restaurants and cafes.
It will be an extraordinary experience — one that will inspire, inform, stretch you, and challenge you to try new techniques, new ways of thinking, and do things photographically you never thought you could. You’ll come home with lots of stunning images, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Mimo and I look forward to welcoming you to Venice and getting to know you as we spend a few days together making images, learning new techniques, and uncovering the Magic of Venice.
NOTE: This workshop is limited to a maximum of 10 participants.
What’s Included: Workshop fee includes four nights accommodations at the Hotel Concordia, double-occupancy, including Four continental breakfasts at the hotel. Additional meals are on your own. (If you prefer more privacy, single rooms are available for an up-charge. See the sign-up page for details).
Activity Level: Light to Moderate There are no roads in Venice — it’s a walking city, so we’ll be traveling by foot. One of Venice’s nicknames is “The City of Bridges,” and you’ll be crossing many of them during your stay. They are small bridges (across tiny canals), but just know ahead of time — there are plenty of them. Workshop Participants should be in good health; wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and be ready for lots of walking and standing for extended periods of time.
Dress: The weather in Venice in April is beautiful — it’s not too hot with highs in the low 60s F°, but it can get a little chilly at night, so bring at least a light jacket or coat. As with any outdoor event, the weather is somewhat unpredictable, so also be prepared if it rains.
What do I need to bring to the workshop? A DSLR or Mirrorless Camera; a sturdy tripod with ballhead; wireless remote or cable release; a wide-angle lens (24mm or wider); a telephoto lens; a neutral density filter (10-stops or higher) would be ideal for long exposure techniques. You’ll need a laptop with either Lightroom or Photoshop (or both) for the post-processing segments.
What level of experience is required? All levels of experience are welcome, but participants should be familiar with their camera and lens and have some experience in either Lightroom or Photoshop.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? The Hotel Concordia hotel offers Airport Transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport for an additional fee.
What if I have questions that aren’t answered here? You can post a comment below, or you can email me directly.
What’s the refund policy? If you have to cancel the workshop, as long as you cancel before March 28, 2018, you will receive a 100% refund, minus a $300 cancellation fee. After April 1st, 2018 refunds will not be available.
Where do I sign up? Right here (you’ll be taken to the sign-up page).
Reserve your space now — and we’ll see you soon in beautiful Venice, Italy.
I’m out in Houston today with my Lightroom Seminar Looking forward to meeting some of you there. Then I’m off to Las Vegas for a quick visit to the WPPI Expo – hope to see you there. :)
Have a great Monday!
P.S.See how I worked that Italian word in there? That’s pretty much the extent of my Italian language skills. You’ll be glad Mimo is with us — his Italian is quite a bit better. ;-)
Rob Foldy Is Getting Married Tomorrow! That’s right, my buddy, Sports Photographer, KelbyOne Instructor, Miami Marlins Team Photographer, Frequent Grid Guest, and all over SupaLuva Rob Foldy is settling down with a wonderful gal, late tomorrow afternoon. The wifey and I are heading up for the wedding; Brad “Braddo” Moore will be there and I expect his beard to be in full bloom this time of year, so it should be a spectacular wedding. Congrats to Rob and his lovely wife-to-be Amanda! Please have Spray Cheese and Chicken in a Biskit at the reception. The crowd will love it!
I’m off to the Imaging USA Conference on Sunday in Nashville I’ll be doing a book signing at Rocky Nook (publishers of my new book, “The Flash Book”) on Monday at 11:30 am. If you’re at the show hope you’ll come on by. They are in booth #767 (they’ll have lots of my other books for sale, too!). Also, look for Erik “DCATS” Kuna with me at the show as we chat about Disney Cruises, Amazon, Tesla and Space X as we walk between meetings. ;-) Hope I see you there!
Oh man, this interview was a blast! I was the guest on Steve Brazill’s“Behind The Shot” Podcast this week, and he is such a great interviewer, and we had so much fun. We dissected some of my shoots and talked about all kinds of stuff. Such fun – you can check it out right here (thanks Steve for the honor of being on your show. I totally had a ball!). You can watch it / listen below.
The Deadline for Entries for your own gallery showing is this coming Monday! Ack! KelbyOne members — this could be your chance to have your own private gallery showing – the Deadline to enter is the 15th of this month, so make sure you enter. Go right now! (note: contest only open to current KelbyOne Pro members)
Photoshop World 2018 Registration is Now Open! We’re in Orlando, at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Convention Center, May 31-June 2, 2018 and right now you can still reserve a room, at our special attendee discount rate, right there at the Hyatt and stay right in the heart of everything (it’s also where all our staff and instructors stay). Here’s a link to the travel page – reserve your room now, and we’ll see you in just a few months.
Coupla last minute things:
Did you check out Dave William’s post here Tuesday on shooting for stock photography? You should (here’s the link).
Awesome episode of The Grid this week with LA-based Digital Tech Clay Rasmussen. He was in town taping a KelbyOne class on CaptureOne (to be released Feb. 7th). We talked about this “hidden gig” in the photography world. Definitely worth checking out (he was a really great guest!). You can catch it over here.
Have a fantastic weekend everybody. Hope I see you at Rob’s Wedding, or in Nashville Sunday or Monday, or back on the Grid on Wednesday. :)
P.S.Here’s the trailer for how shoot DSLR video for beginners (it’s got a wedding photography angle, because that’s one of the biggest uses, but the techniques are the same no matter what you’re shooting. You’ll learn a lot).
That’s Stephen Wallace, and you probably recognize him as the KelbyOne member who was the winner of our contest for a solo show in the Gallery at KelbyOne, but he’s also a rising star, and on Saturday night his star was certainly shining bright!
Right after his interview with Larry Becker, broadcast live and viewed all over the world, I was standing in the theater when a gentleman who was in the audience came up to tell Steve how much he admired his work, and how fascinating his talk was, but he said something that really stood out. He said to Steve that what was most amazing to him was for an incredible of a photographer as Stephen is, he was so humble about it all. It made us all love him, and his work, even more.
It was a magical night Like the openings for Mark Wegner and Melanie Kern-Favila before him — there is something so special that happens when we all come together to experience beautiful art; to share the process and learn about the person behind it; and to celebrate what is good in this world. It was a wonderful night of learning, laughter, and watching as another star is born. I’ll share some of the images from the evening here, with a few captions, but if you get a chance, watch Stephen’s talk from the gallery (it’s embedded a little farther down this page). There is so much to this artist, to his man, and he has a lot to share. He truly honored the gallery with this images, and his words.
Above:I took this shot at the end of the night, after everybody left, down low with a wide angle lens. Stephen’s images from Myanmar (formerly Burma) looked amazing on the walls.
Above:He talked a lot about why he choses to photograph so often in Southeast Asia. His answers were so insightful.
Above:His use of natural light, and his understanding of how to harness that light, was really intriguing. So simple, but so effective.
Above:I grabbed a few shots before and after the sold out crowd arrived for his opening.
Above:That’s my personal favorite of Steven’s gallery images. It’s like he’s flying.
Above:Some scenes from Steve’s opening.
Above:Matt Kloskowski and his wife Diana dropped by – that’s Matt chatting with Steve before his talk.
Above: I know we talk a lot about Bay Photo Lab’s Xposure printing system, but you should see the reaction of people who visit the gallery. The images look so amazing, and the mounting is so clever. It was one of the first things Stephen looked at when he saw his images for the first time. We feel very fortunate, very blessed to have BayPhoto as our sponsor for the gallery — their printing system helps the images come alive.
Above:This is Steve’s interview from Saturday night with Larry Becker (who was as awesome as always) – it says “The Grid Live” for some reason, but that’s not what the actual video is — it’s Steve’s chat with Larry. I promise you – you’ll love it. You’ll learn a lot. You’ll laugh, too. You’ll be intrigued and engaged, and you’ll just really enjoy it. You’ll see some wonderful images, and meet a fascinating man who has lived a pretty incredible life. I hope you take the time. It’s worth it.
Above:Steve and his wonderful wife Becky. We got to spend a little time with them before and after the gallery opening, and they are just awesome people.
Are you next? On Thursday, we’ll be announcing the next gallery competition opening dates and how you can submit your images, during a live Webcast we’re doing for KelbyOne members on how to get your work noticed in 2018. It’s just one part of our presentation, but it’s an important one.
I hope you’ll be joining some of these amazingly talented people — photographers who all thought they’d never be the one chosen. If you think you probably won’t win…you’re in good company.
A special thanks I want to give a special thanks to our in-house team who works so hard to put together this special evening. Thanks to Merideth Duffin, our director, Steve Nicolai who leads our video team and makes sure everything works like a charm; to Juan Alfonso our camera operator and jack-of-all-trades; to Rachel Scott who wore many hats from event photographer to social media maven (her day job) to live chat moderator; to Jean A. Kendra for all her help, for being our cheese and wine expert, and for being so supportive of this idea from the very beginning. Thanks to Larry Becker (he’s just so brilliant); to Pam Suttmiller for always helping every time, and to Erik Kuna, who so loves what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, and helps in every aspect from start to finish.
It all started with Kalebra’s dream None of this would even be possible if Kalebra hadn’t come up with the idea to take someone from our community and find a way to raise them up; to give them a bigger audience for their work; to get them the recognition they deserve. Thank you for being so awesome, and for having such a heart for others. You are just such a cool person.
My thanks for Steven and Becky for honoring our studio, and being such fun, modest, and just just awesome people. Thanks, Steve for sharing your gift with our members and with the world. It was a night none of us will soon forget.
Here’s to a great week everybody, and to new opportunities. :)