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Lots of Photoshop news today as Adobe just released a really nice update to Photoshop (more on that in a moment), and Lightroom (we’re covering that over at LightroomKillerTips.com), and today we are announcing an awesome two-day KelbyOne online live Photoshop Conference, sponsored by Adobe and Photoshop User magazine, which will include training all the latest new stuff in Photoshop released today, and so much more.

It’s two full days, all live online with with two simultaneous training tracks, and an incredible team of instructors. Best of all, it’s all online, so anybody anywhere can attend, and it’s so affordable anybody can be a part of it.

Check out the video below to see if it’s for you:

I want to catch every single class! (Well, maybe not the ones I’m doing, since I pretty much know that stuff). ;-) — but what a great class offering and roster — it’s going to be the Photoshop training event of the year — you don’t want to miss this, and we’d love for you join us for this remarkable training experience.

…and it all happens in just a few weeks from now:

July 14-15, 2020
11:00 AM – 5:45 PM (EDT)

This live-streamed event is open to everyone, everywhere, and you can register today at https://kelbyonelive.com/photoshop-conference – sign up right now to get the best pricing.

Thanks in advance to everyone for helping us spread the word. Whoo hoo —  it’s a great day to be a Photoshop user! :)

Onto The New Photoshop Stuff

I love these feature updates from Adobe, and there are some very nice things in this update for photographers. There are three “biggies.”

Select Subject is Now Officially Awesome

Last year Adobe added an AI-powered helper that make simple selections for you. It was really great at selecting objects (like a banana, a bowling ball, a vase, etc., and it’s OK at selecting people, especially if they were bald or did tightly trimmed hair). In short, it wasn’t made for selecting people, but at least it got you started and then you’d go to Select & Mask and do the masking part. Well, check this out, because this AI feature has obviously been working overtime on the learning.

Above: Here’s our image and we open it in Photoshop 2020 (the new one just released today), and we only do one thing — click the Select Subject button up in the Options Bar (if you don’t see that button, just click on the Magic Wand tool or the Quick Select tool in the toolbar and it will become visible). That’s it. Let’s see the results.

If you’re thinking that’s a pretty cruddy mask it made, you’re right. That’s how the Select Subject featured worked literally just yesterday. That’s the results of clicking that button (I got the mask you see above by opening Select & Mask, just so you could see what Photoshop is creating selection wise). Now let’s look at how the new version handles this exact same image:

What???!!!! That is incredible! It’s selecting the hair (instead of chopping it off). What a massive improvement. Just crazy!!! Yes, you’d still probably have to go to Select & Mask and fine tune it a bit, but now it’s 15-seconds there instead of five minutes. This is a game changer when it comes to selections. Literally leaps and bounds! (High-five Adobe). So, that’s the biggest biggie, and it’s big!

Camera Raw goes all “Lightroomy”

There is also big major overhaul to Adobe’s Camera Raw interface as it now looks and feels much more like Lightroom’s Develop module. Now it won’t feel like two different worlds when you go back and forth from Lightroom to Photoshop, and you won’t have to remember where everything is, and why you can’t find certain things. Now it will feel very familiar. Check it out:

Film strip along the bottom — right side panels one on top of another (instead of in a horizontal tab) — it’s just so…Lightroom like! (photos here by Terry White). You also now have some options for how the filmstrip itself looks, and the ability to save images and do other workflow stuff right from the filmstrip itself.

However, unlike Lightroom you do have the option to have your filmstrip horizontally across the bottom (like you see here), or vertically along the left side.

There are three modes for the right side panels you can choose from. Single Panel mode is like Lightroom’s Solo Mode (you only see one panel — the one you’re working on). Then there’s Responsive panel mode, which has Camera Raw automatically opening or closing panels based on the size of your monitor (well, based on how large you have Camera Raw within your monitor. Multi Panel mode all the panels stay open (they don’t close unless you close them manually.

There’s also a new Local Hue feature

This new feature lets you use the Adjustment Brush (or any of the local adjustments like the Radial Filter, or the Graduated Filter) to change the color of something in your image, like her shirt (seen below) which was originally red. and using one of the local tools you can select that area (in this case, the part of her shirt on the right), then go the Local Hue controls (seen below) where you can change the color of that area you selected (to purple in this case), and change the saturation amount as it. Very intuitive to use (and this feature is also found in Lightroom, and even Lightroom mobile, too).

Plus, there are other nice little tweaks, like a new interface for the Curves panel that’s pretty cool, and new crop overlays, plus they moved the toolbar over to the far right side so it’s not across the top left anymore saving you from traveling 10 miles across your screen to get a tool. Lots of nice little enhancements that just make working in Camera Raw easier and faster. That’s a quick look at some of the new stuff for photographers in Photoshop.

Catch Terry White’s “What new in Photoshop & Lightroom” Webcast today

Watch here at 10:00 AM: https://twhite.me/2YG06B5

Here’s where to learn about all the new Lightroom stuff

Lightroom didn’t get left out of this upgrade cycle, and there’s all sorts of new things for all the different Lightrooms (Classic, Mobile, Cloud) and it’s all covered by our own Rob Sylvan over at my other blog, LightroomKillerTips.comhere’s the link.

Hope you found that helpful (thanks for the cool new stuff Adobe), and here’s wishing you and your loved ones health, safety and sanity. :)

Cheers,

-Scott and the crew (great name for a band by the way)

Whoo hoo! It’s here — tomorrow we kick off two full-days of live online Lightroom learning featuring two simultaneous training tracks, taught by the very best instructors in the business.

Hundreds and hundreds of photographers around the world have already signed up to be a part of this ground-breaking online event, and if you want to join in, it’s not too late. Head over to lightroomconference.com right now and grab your ticket (don’t wait until tomorrow and wind up paying full price — get your ticket at a big discount today).

If somehow you’re just hearing about this, check out the video below:

We’re bringing the Lightroom superstars together to make this the Lightroom training event of the year, and we’d love for you join us for this remarkable training experience.

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…and it all starts tomorrow:

May 5-6, 2020
11:00 AM – 5:45 PM (EDT)

This live-streamed event is open to everyone, and you can register today at lightroomconference.com – Thanks to everybody who has helped us spread for the word, and if you have a photographer friend who you know this would be perfect for, we’d love it if you’d share this post with them.

We’re super psyched, and hope you are, too. In the meantime, stay healthy, keep washing those hands, get a good night’s sleep and I hope to see you online with us tomorrow at the conference. :)

Cheers,

-Scott

Here’s what’s coming up:

TUESDAY: “Lightroom: From Flat to Fabulous” (hands-on 1-hour Webinar)

These Webinars are usually just for KelbyOne Pro members, but in light of our “stuck at home” situation, we’re opening them to everyone everywhere.

Tomorrow it’s a hands-on class —  and we’re going to take a RAW landscape, portrait, and travel image from the original RAW file all the way to the final image. Click here to download my images I’ll be using so you can follow along. Note: If you don’t have Lightroom, you can still follow along in Photoshop’s Camera RAW (it’s the same sliders in the same order that do the exact same things).

Who: You and Me
What: “Lightroom: From Flat to Fabulous” (It’s a hands-on “Follow-Along Live” Webinar. I’m giving you the RAW files to download so you can follow-along live right with me).
Where: kelbyone.com/livewebcast
When: Tuesday | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET (New York Time Zone)
Why: ‘Cause we’re all in this together, and if when we’re focused on creative stuff we’re not focused on all the other stuff.

ALSO LATER TUESDAY: It’s “The Grid” and our topic is “Our Favorite Things”

We’re broadcasting a day early this week (on Tuesday at 2:00 PM ET rather than the usual Wednesday at 4). We’re got a really fun topic; it’s “Our Favorite Things!”

Yes, it will include some photography gear and software, but also our favorites of everything, from people to places, food to movies, TV shows and gadgets and more. Best of all, we want to hear YOUR favorite stuff and we’ll be giving away a Playtpod Ultra to whoever posts the best favorite (that’s a double-negative if I’ve ever heard one). Should be a blast, and we have LOTS of great fun “things” to share.

Who: Erik Kuna and Me
What: The Grid; our live photography talkshow video podcast. Our topic this week is “Our Favorite Things” (see text above for more on that).
Where: Facebook.com/skelby
When: 2:00 PM ET (New York Time Zone)
Why: Because this is what we do every week now for the past seven years. It’s free, open to everybody, and we take your questions and comments live on the air.

WEDNESDAY: My full-day “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar presented live in it’s entirety just for photographers in the UK

Here’s the video that explains the full-day event (below), and it’s only open to photographers in the UK. You also get 30-day on-demand access to the entire day, plus a digital download of the 153-page workbook. And yes, I am broadcasting live at 5:00 am here in the US, so we can start at 10:00 AM in the UK. Looking forward to chatting with everybody on Wednesday!

Who: Me and a whole bunch of photographers in the UK
What: My entire “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” presented live for photographers in the UK.
Where: https://bit.ly/2XAWJfU
When: 10:00 AM – 17:15 (London Time Zone)
Why: Because of this awful virus I can’t get there in person this time around, which breaks my heart — I love the UK, the British people, and I have so many friends I will miss, but this is the very next best thing.

May 5-6, 2020: The KelbyOne Lightroom Conference

We officially launched the two-day, two track Lightroom Conference on Friday and photographers all over the world are already signing up to be a part of this history-making event. You can join us, too — we made it incredibly affordable to everybody could take part. Check out the video below for all the details, then head to LightroomConference.com for tickets. This is going to be something really special as it’s all presented LIVE!

Who: You and the best Lightroom instructors on the planet!
What: The KelbyOne Live Lightroom Conference
Where: lightroomconference.com
When: May 5-6, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 5:45 ET (New York Time)
Why: Because we can still move our skills ahead; we can still bring photographers together online for a shared learning experience, and it’s two days we can focus on positive, creative learning (and learn a ton will absolutely will!).

Lots of cool stuff still happening as we adapt to this current situation, but I’m thrilled we’re in a position to help so many folks, and to keep the education flowing to photographers all over the world.

Stay safe, wash your hands, do all the things we’ve been told a thousand times to do, and we’ll get through all this. Brighter days are ahead. :)

Cheers,

-Scott

It’s two full days, live online with with two simultaneous training tracks, and an instructor team of the very best in the business. Best of all, it’s all online, and it’s so affordable anybody can be a part of it.

I am super-psyched to announce the KelbyOne Lightroom Conference — sponsored by Adobe and produced by KelbyOne Live. Check out the video below to see what it’s all about:

We’re bringing the Lightroom superstars together to make this the Lightroom training event of the year, and we’d love for you join uas for this remarkable training experience.

…and it all happens in just a few weeks from now:

May 5-6, 2020
11:00 AM – 5:45 PM (EDT)

This live-streamed event is open to everyone, and you can register today at lightroomconference.com – photographers from all over are already signing up (we sneaked the news on my show “The Grid” on Wednesday), so sign up early to get the best pricing.

Thanks in advance to everyone for helping us spread the word. Whoo hoo we’re off and running! :)

Stay healthy, keep washing those hands and staying a safe distance (1.2 miles) from each other and we’ll catch you back here on Monday. Have a great weekend. :)

-Scott

P.S. Tonight at 9:00 PM ET – I’m doing my first ever “Book Chat” over on my Facebook page. It’s kind of like an “author talk” at a bookstore, but without the bookstore. I’ll be talking about my three latest books, giving away two $50 Rocky Nook publishing gift cards, I’ll be doing a “dramatic reading” of some of my quirky chapter intros, taking your questions and comments. It’ll either be lots of fun or a total disaster, but you’ll only know if you come and check it out. Lower the lights, bring some wine, maybe some cheese (or spray cheese) and I’ll see you there tonight. Here’s the link.


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.

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