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One of the things I look forward to every year is my live seminar stops in Houston and Los Angeles. Both great cities with some of the most fun and engaging crowds I get to present to all year.

I’m thankful we will be able to do the seminar for the folks in those two cities, but after closely monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 virus situation and out of concern for the health of our seminar attendees and our staff, we have made the difficult decision to not gather us all together in person at the convention center. Instead, we’ll be live-streaming the entire seminar online (same dates, same times), but exclusively for the folks in those two cities.

I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that I won’t be there in-person getting to greet everybody and seeing some old friends (and making new ones), but I feel very thankful that we still have a way to present the full day of training, in its entirety without having to worry for one another’s health.

We’ve done live-stream seminars like this before — to photographers in areas of Europe where we weren’t able to bring the tour in person, so we have the technology and experience and the whole day comes off amazingly well from start to finish. Of course, the folks in LA and Houston will be able to see me the whole time, but I’m a bit bummed I won’t be able to see everybody myself. So, while I really wish we could all be together on location, our collective health is more important, and while difficult, you and I both know it’s the right thing to do.

After Houston and LA, we had Charlotte and Raleigh lined up as my next two stops but for now, we’ve made the decision to postpone my seminar in those two cities all together until this is all behind us, and we can head back out on the road live again.

I’ll have more news about our live events on Monday, so make sure you check back then, and I’ll keep everybody updated here on my blog and through my social media.

Until then, stay safe; wash those hands well (for 20-seconds) anytime you go out and when you come back home, and here’s wishing you, our country and the world good health and a stay-at-home weekend with brighter days ahead for us all.

-Scott

I’ve got an incredible workshop planned from start to finish so come on down to the Tampa Bay area and spend a couple of days with me learning how to shoot flash like a pro. It’s a real-world, hands-on workshop that will make you fall absolutely in love with your flash. We’re shooting in the studio, on location, with live professional models in all different types of scenarios, and it has the power to change everything for you when it comes to making stunning portraits with flash.

The workshop is on May 2-3, 2020 (with a casual get-together dinner with me the night before, on May 1st). Once the workshop starts we hit the ground running — we’re in the classroom, we’re in the studio, we’re shooting, we’re editing, we’re grabbing some super yummy chow, and then we’re in the bus heading out for more shooting on location. You’ll work hard, you’ll shoot a lot, you’ll edit a bunch, you’ll laugh a lot, you’ll learn a ton, and you’ll come home with some killer shots!

Check out my short workshop trailer below:

This is an intimate workshop with only 15 spots available total, and there are already just a few left, so if you want to come and join me down in Tampa, go right now and sign-up (here’s the link) and we’ll see you soon for a workshop you’ll never forget!

Have a great weekend everybody, and don’t forget to catch the new season of The Walking Dead. It’s off to a great start! :)

-Scott

P.S. This weekend I’ll be shooting with a prototype of the Kickstarter darling of 2020, the Platyball (it’s a really fascinating ballhead from the same folks behind the Platypod). I’m planning on doing a field report video for Monday, so make sure you stop back by then.

What a way to wrap up the year — a gallery showing of images from my coffee table book project The Great Indoors, which celebrates classic interiors from around the world, from libraries to opera houses, amazing cathedrals, theaters and more.

Kalebra took this shot right before the doors opened to the reception
Kalebra does all the staging for each gallery show, and I knew she was really good at it, but after seeing how she arranged my images so masterfully, I have a whole new appreciation for her art of sequencing. It made an incredible difference.

The wine and cheese opening reception was this past Friday night and we invited KelbyOne members to come and join us in the gallery, and afterward we went to our theater where the wonderful Larry Becker (just the best interviewer you could ever hope to be interviewed by), did an interview with me about the images displayed in the gallery.

We talked about everything from the travel to the techniques to sharing personal stories — it was so much fun, and we had such a great crowd.

We’ve been hosting these gallery showings for nearly two years now, and it was pretty surreal to be on the other side of it all, but I have to admit, it was really a lot of fun. The images all printed so beautifully (shout out to Bay Photo Lab — their Xposer system is a star! A comment I heard often about the printing is that they look like they’re printed on metal, but it’s actually all on a Vivid Satin paper material using a 12 color ink set. They have this down to an art, and it was an honor to have my images printed by them. I absolutely love how they came out!).

That’s Larry Becker doing his opening remarks for bringing me up for the interview.

I’m including the video interview here below. I hope you can check it out — I’ve gotten such great comments from folks who couldn’t make but either caught the live stream or watched it afterward online, and I’m so grateful for the reception it has received.

I’m down in Ft. Lauderdale today teaching my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar — my last for the year, and I’m looking forward to spending the holidays with family and friends. If you’re at the seminar today, make sure you come up and say hi. :)

We’ll be posting the 2020 tour dates shortly, so keep an eye out here or on my social.

Here’s to an awesome week — I hope yours is a great one! :)

-Scott

OK, guys — today, Cyber Monday, is your last chance to get our absolute best price of the year on KelbyOne Pro annual membership:

This makes an amazing holiday gift, too!

Here’s the link to get our incredible CyberMonday offer!

PROGRAMMING NOTE:

Today, starting at 10:00 am ET and running until 5:00 pm at the top of every hour we’re doing LIVE 10-minute screaming deal Webcast where we convinced one of our partners to offer an insane discount but just for one-hour (and ONLY1-hour) but you’ve got to watch to get the Discount code.

Here are the details:

Who: Join Larry Becker LIVE from our studios
What: Unbelievable Cyber Monday deals that only last 1-hour TOTAL!
Where: Here’s the link
When: Today starting at 10:00 am and at the top of every hour until 5 pm ET.
Why: Cause we always do something cool on Cyber Monday!

Of course, our KelbyOne Pro Membership deal is running all day today, too, so for goodness sake don’t forget about that mega-deal!

If you’re stuck for gift ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide

Lots of great stuff for photographers, from Stocking Stuffers to gifts that will totally blow their minds! Here’s the link.

OK, that’s the Cyber Monday scoop! The deals are here, but only for today!

Happy Shopping! :)

-Scott

Adobe Keynote speaker Terry White, shown above in all four frames, totally crushed it at the conference in Vegas!

…it was just incredible (truly one of the best ever), and I’ve got a bunch of pictures and stories to share but I couldn’t get them ready in time to post them today. I’ll have ’em together pretty soon and post a link to them here, but for now…I’ve pretty much got nuthin.

Well, actually…

Over on my other blog, Lightroom Killer Tips, I have a pretty cool skin smoothing technique I picked up from Frank Doorhof when I was at the conference, and it uses the new Texture slider along with two other sliders to give the best skin smoothing I’ve seen in Lightroom yet. Here’s a link to that post.

Dave Williams at Photoshop World

Dave was teaching at Photoshop World for the first time, and I stuck my head into his travel photography class and it was absolutely packed. From all accounts, Dave rocked it, and I was thrilled to see him up on that stage! Congrats Dave. Don’t forget to catch his column tomorrow here on the blog. :)

Wednesday I’m off to Boston for my seminar there Thursday, and then Friday I’ll be in Philadelphia for my new “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar. If you’re in either one of those cities this week, come out and spend the day with me. Tickets and details here.

That’s it for now —  here’s to a rockin’ week!

-Scott

Photoshop World is coming up soon, and with two events this year it’s set to be amazing! I’ve said of Photoshop World before: –

You should never underestimate the power of networking provided by Photoshop World, as well as the learning, inspiration, motivation, and everything else on offer! You never know who you might be talking to and everyone there is your friend.

Dave, last year

It’s because of the people at KelbyOne and Photoshop World that I have gotten where I am today. I started my journey as a travel photographer a few years ago and developed my skills as a writer and instructor as well, partly due to what I’ve learned and experienced at Photoshop world.  I’m proud to be a KelbyOne instructor, a writer for Photoshop User magazine, the editor of Layers Magazine, and the dude who writes for you every Tuesday for #TravelTuesday on ScottKelby.com.


Photoshop World is the best place in the industry to make and maintain connections, bar none. It’s funny because when you learn to write for editorial there are a whole bunch of rules, one of which is that when you want to emphasise something you put it in italics—you don’t make it bold and underline it, but I just can’t make this point strongly enough! 

Photoshop World is much, much more than a conference! Aside from the fact that you can attend a ton of classes on a range of tracks led by the cream of the crop from the creative industry. Here’s the real deal, let’s go!

First off, you know all those names you see on the KelbyOne Facebook Page? The members’ images shared on the KelbyOne Instagram feed? The names you hear mentioned when the comments are read out during The Grid? The names you see commenting on your Instagram posts because you’re both members of the KelbyOne community? You get to put faces to those names!

So, what else?! I mean, surely life-long friendships alone are a pretty good reason to look forward to the other side of Photoshop World, but what else?

The Partner Pavilion’s pretty sweet. You know that there’s a huge gathering of awesome creatives showing their wares there too, right? So, the likes of B&H Photo and Platypod Tripods are joined by so many other awesome companies that we all love right in one place, waiting to meet you too! That’s a pretty “mainstream” thing about Photoshop World though, and that’s not the point of this post. It’s meant to be the other things!

And then there are all the extra-curricular activities! There is a whole load of things going on in the evenings. When you hear about a party being announced or “tickets being released tomorrow morning” or anything like that, jump on it!

So, there’s all that, there’s the t-shirt toss, there’s the shipment of the biggest pile of Krispy Kreme donuts you’ve ever seen at Midnight Madness, and I feel like I’m laying down a sales pitch now, but there’s good reason for that—Photoshop World is the creative event of all creative events!

Kirk marsh, matt divine, mark Rodriguez, brad Moore, Gilmar smith, Scott Kelby, Dave Williams, jr Maddox, Larry Becker, Doug young, Kaylee Greer, dalton Hamm, group shot selfie at photoshop world conference east Orlando

Live events, in general, provide unique learning and career building opportunities that aren’t matched anywhere else. Taking a break from your day job, particularly when in our creative and ever-evolving industry, to sharpen your skills and pick up new tips and techniques will always make us more effective and efficient. Not only is it an opportunity to meet your business idols, making connections can lead to finding your next mentor and your chances of learning are greatly improved among an actively engaged and like-minded crowd. Hands-on demos and workshops afford an opportunity to ask the questions you want to ask. Breaking out of your comfort zone, albeit in comfortable surrounds, engages different parts of our minds and that’s exactly what we sometimes need to break out of old ways of thinking and step into new ones. There are just so many reasons to attend Photoshop World, which I have personally experienced and benefited from, that I could make this list last forever, but ultimately, if you want to improve yourself, invest in yourself at Photoshop World!

Much love

Dave

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