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Howdy, folks. Now, if you’re a Lightroom user, you’re probably not going to find much use for this feature because Lightroom was born to make contact sheets with it’s awesome Print module, but if you’re just using Photoshop, this is one of those things you probably didn’t even realize was there (plus, Adobe took it out for a while, but enough people screamed that they brought it back after a while). Anyway, here ya go, mateys!

STEP ONE: Go under the File menu, under Automate, and choose Contact Sheet II.

STEP TWO: When the window opens, up top choose which folder of images you want to have Photoshop make into a contact sheet. The bottom section (Document) is where you choose the size of the document you want it to create (in this case, I was feeling nostalgic for a paper size nobody’s digital camera actually cares about), so I made it an 8×10″, and I chose a resolution of 240 ppi. In the Thumbnails section, you choose how many columns and how many rows you want (and some other options are there that are self-explanatory), and if you want the file name to appear beneath the images (helpful if you’re making an actual contact sheet for yourself or a client), then you can turn on “Use Filename as Caption” at the very bottom.

STEP THREE: Now sit back and let Photoshop “do its thing” and in a couple of minutes you’ll have your contact sheet. By the way — an especially cool feature is that it will create as many individual documents as it necessary to put all the images in the folder you choose on contact sheets, so don’t be surprised if you see 4, 5 or more tabs across the top when it’s done if you had a lot of photos in that folder.

There ya have — we’ve dug up some more Photoshop buried treasure!

Hope you have a great Monday everybody!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. We added new July tour stops in Richmond and Nashville to my “Lightroom On Tour” full-day seminar. Get your tickets now and come spend the day with me learning Lightroom like a boss! 

Hi gang, and happy Friday. I’ve got a video for you today from Adobe’s own photography and design evangelist Terry White, and this is a recording of a short (30 or so minutes) live stream webinar he did on Photoshop CC’s Liquify tool, and if you haven’t seriously looked at Liquify in a while, you will be blown away by some of the stuff Adobe has added. Here’s his video (and then check back after the jump):

Thank Terry, that rocked! :)

NEWS STUFF: 

(1) Yesterday they released a free update to Luminar
It has an awesome new AI filter (Yes, I included it in my upcoming class, and I gave it a nickname. I call it “The make everything look better slider.” :)  More on this later, but go get the upgrade if you use Luminar. They added a lot of stuff and improved performance big time for some of the tools.

(2) Just a day and a half in, and Kalebra’s new iPhone Photography class is already a hit!
Here are some of the comments from KelbyOne members:

> “Just finished watching You Shot That with Your iPhone with Kalebra Kelby… loved it :slight_smile: What a great course! Really enjoyed hearing Kalebra’s thought process behind her photography…added bonus a wicked sense of humour made the learning fun! Introduced to lots of new apps that I haven’t used before…excited to try them out.”

> “So much great info. I will have to come back a few times to get it all.”

> “Just watched the first segment, already learning new stuff.”

> “I love my DSLR and almost never use my iphone for photos. When I am cought without a camera and am forced to shot with my phone, I feel like I lost the shot even though I took it. I am only a little ways through your class and am amazed at all the thing I have already learned.”

> “What a great course I never knew my iPhone [was] so powerful…”

> “Just finished Kalebra Kelby’s iPhone camera course. It was fantastic and learned a lot of neat tips and loved the app recommendations! I sent a recommendation to this course to all of my camera club members too.”

> “This is a fantastic class, and I love that it was done as a dialog with Larry; it’s light and funny, and very educational. I love that you talked about purpose and composition, as well as showcased how cool these apps can be once one starts to really dig into them.”

I’m very excited, and very proud!!! I’m so glad she did this class!

Here’s the link to her class. :)

(3) Just added Nashville and Richmond, VA to my Lightroom On Tour seminars in July 
Very excited to have added two more cities, and both are at the end of next month:

Richmond, VA on July 26th, 2017
Nashville on  July 28th, 2017

Snag your tickets right now and come out and spend the day with me learning Lightroom like a boss!

Have a great weekend everybody!

Best,

-Scott

You Shot That With Your iPhone? with Kalebra Kelby
Learn how to create DSLR quality photos with your iPhone! Join Kalebra Kelby as she shares what she’s learned from 10 years of shooting exclusively with her trusty iPhone. No matter what gear you use for your photography, you need to know its strengths and limitations to get the most out of it, and the same is true when shooting with an iPhone. In this class you’ll learn the importance of shooting with intention, how to leverage built-in functionalities in ways you never thought of, tips for creating stronger compositions, how to get the most out of different lighting situations, how to get better photographs of people, and more. Kalebra wraps up the class with a series of lessons on her go-to apps for editing on the iPhone. Practice makes perfect, and there’s probably not another camera you have at your disposal more often than your iPhone, so make the most of it!

In Case You Missed It
Streamline your mobile photography workflow with Lightroom Mobile! Join Josh Haftel, senior product manager at Adobe, as he teaches you how to use Lightroom Mobile to import, organize, edit, and share your mobile photography, as well as how you can synchronize it all with Lightroom on your desktop and Lightroom Web.

Photo by Cato Catoldo

When The Little Moments Reveal The Bigger Picture

Hello all,

My name is Rob Foldy, and KelbyOne just released my new class Making Your Pee Wees Look Like Pros. In the class, I go over a lot of quick, easy tips that can take anyone’s images to the next level. One of the many things I share is that great photography is all about storytelling.

Often times, these aren’t peak action moments. Sometimes they are, sure: a horse crossing the finish line to win the Kentucky Derby, the last out of the World Series, the touchdown that sends a high-school football team to their first ever state championship. But often times, it’s the moments in between plays, or immediately following a big moment, that when captured can really tell the best story, and make for some great pictures!

I’d love to share a few images that I’ve made over the past year or so that I believe help illustrate this idea. Each of these images is the result of an event that just occurred, but I believe are more powerful than the actual event itself.

In this image, the shirtless player had just hit a walk-off hit to win the ballgame for his team. In the celebration immediately following (which typically also makes for great photographs), his teammates somehow ended up pulling off his jersey, which resulted in this image. You can tell which team won by looking at his smiling teammate, and see the opposing team walking off the field dejected.

This photo is one of my favorites. This is an image of a pitcher who was just removed from a game, despite pitching seven perfect innings. You may have heard of a no-hitter in baseball, those are quite rare. Even more rare is a perfect game, meaning that the pitcher not only allowed no hits by the opposing team, but also didn’t walk anyone and his teammates did not commit an error. The manager had a very good reason for pulling him out of the game: this pitcher was prone to getting blisters if he threw too much, and their team was about to head into the playoffs, where they would need him to be healthy. It’s rare to have a dugout this empty during a game, and this image speaks volumes about what must be going through this player’s mind. Instead of celebrating the tremendous accomplishment of throwing a perfect game, he sits alone in the dugout.

This frame shows both the starting and backup quarterbacks from the Miami Dolphins walking off the field after a win. Last year was the best season the Dolphins have had in a very long time, despite their starter getting hurt late in the season and having to rely on solid play from their backup. I believe this image reveals the closeness of their relationship, and I think it was that kind of closeness on the entire team that allowed them to have the season they did.

At first glance, this may look like a typical Gatorade bath shot, but there’s a bit more than meets the eye. This was an interim head-coach, and they’re usually not the ones who get to experience that kind of celebration and support from the players.

These players are jumping in celebration after a big play that occurred on the field, but by leaping into the air, they positioned themselves against a much cleaner background than the cluttered NFL sidelines.

 

Now that you have a glimpse into the types of moments to keep an eye out for, here are a few more photographs that should hold their own without me having to explain them:

Of course, life isn’t always happy, celebration photographs. The most difficult assignment of my career was covering the remaining three Miami Marlins games of last season after their star pitcher died tragically in a boating accident. As a photojournalist, my job is to tell the story: good, bad or indifferent. I honestly hope nobody ever has to tell another story like that one:

This last image is just a pretty picture of a guy playing baseball. Sometimes, it’s just that simple. Photography is fun. Sports are fun. So just go out and make fun pictures!

I hope this helps you be prepared for the little moments that best tell the story of what you’re photographing. For more information on this, and a lot more tips on how to create powerful sports images, be sure to check out my new class!

Rob Foldy is a professional sports and portrait photographer based in Miami, Florida. You can see more of his work at RobFoldyPhotography.com, and follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. His career has grown to serve multiple private clients, universities, sports teams and top-tier wire services both across the U.S. and globally. In addition to being the team photographer for Major League Baseball franchise the Miami Marlins, other notable clients include the Miami Dolphins, Getty Images, ESPN and Sports Illustrated. Rob’s commercial clients include Nike, Beats by Dre and Lexus, and his editorial work has been featured in magazines, on websites and used on television programs for The New York Times, Microsoft, ESPN’s SportsCenter and many more. He has covered events such as the NBA Finals, NCAA College Football Playoffs, NFL championship games, and has shot a Major League Baseball no-hitter. His unique perspective and strong attention to detail set Rob’s images apart from the competition.

Rob is proud to use Nikon, Adobe, Spider Holster, Think Tank Photo, Hoodman and Apple products.

Above: My iPhone shot of Ann Wilson (lead singer of Heart) at the Capitol Theater on Saturday night.

So, last Saturday night my big brother Jeff and his girlfriend Dee treated the wifey and me to a concert by Ann Wilson, lead singer of the classic rock band Heart. Ann was great — she can belt it out like a boss, and she’s freakin’ 66-years-old. She did some Heart songs of course, (not as many as I hoped), but she did some incredible covers, including songs by Yes and The Who that people went crazy for — she seriously nailed those songs. Great concert overall, and an intimate 750-seat venue to enjoy her in — really fun night.

Anyway, I posted the pic above from the show on my Facebook page, (proving once again that Kalebra clearly is the iPhone photographer in our family), but there’s another story here — an inspirational and awesome one, and I wanted to share that with you.  It came in the form of a comment on my Facebook page, under that photo, from a woman named, Monica Fraioli Cole and it underscores what I always say about the power of creating photo books. Here’s what Monica wrote: 

How is this for a photography story? I am an Elementary Ed. teacher and amateur photographer. I married my love for photography with Ann Wilson – took a Sony RX100 to two back to back special solo concerts she gave in 2015 at City Winery in NYC. Shot from two different audience seats during each show and came up with some interesting shots.

I did not like the way they were editing in color, so I chose to go with black and white. Made a sequence order photo book documenting both shows and sent it to Ann. She loved it, I edited further and it is now being sold as a commemorative photo book at her current shows and online. Great feeling and experience for me :)

p.s The show you saw is Ann Wilson of Heart…not a full Heart show….she is focusing on doing songs she loves…that is why Magic Man and Even it Up were not on the setlist. Hope you enjoyed her song choices. Awesome singer for almost 67! Here is my photo book – just screenshots, but you will get the idea. https://mocophoto.zenfolio.com/p845003400

Seriously! How cool is that?! Shot from the audience with a Sony RX100! Of course, a ton of people take shots from the audience at concerts these days, with their phones and even DSLRs, but by Monica taking that one step and going further — making a photo book — and sending it to Ann — look where she wound up. I’ve heard stories like this again and again, and it always does my heart good to hear about someone having success like this.

Thanks Monica for sharing your story, and the link to your photo book screen shots. I think you totally rocked it!

Hope to see you back here for Guest Blog Wednesday, and on The Grid tomorrow at 4 pm ET when my guests will be LA-based commercial photographer Ian Spanier and the man behind the Platypod himself, Larry Tiefenbrunn — it’s going to (wait for it…wait for it…) epic! :)

Have a great Tuesday everybody!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. My full-day Lightroom seminar is coming to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle in August. Get a seat now before I make you stand the whole time. ;-)  Here’s the link. 

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