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Creativity doesn’t come easy, at least not for me. It’s more of a fight with plenty of ups and down. Often it involves climbing to the top of one ladder, only to discover the need to jump off. Through it all I’ve discovered that striving to become more creative is a challenge worth the reward, because it helps us to become more of the person who we were designed to be.

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In my own journey, I’ve found that when the creative spark is ignited we create our best work and lead more meaningful lives. Yet, becoming creative isn’t as easy as it seems. So I set out to write a book on the topic with the goal of helping others to become more creative and alive. And I’m super excited to announce that as of last week, the book has been released! The title of the book is, The Creative Fight. Check out the trailer below:

Do you want to become more creative? If so, read on!  Below are a few stories, images and ideas that I hope will strike a chord and inspire you to fight the good fight and live a better life. Let me begin by introducing you to the cast of characters that I hope will inspire: Miguel, Andrew, Jack and Chuck. The first character you probably know. His full name is Miguel de Cervantes. But what you probably didn’t know, is that…

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If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you probably saw a post or two of mine looking for a cool car to shoot after my seminar in Phoenix. Well I found one. Actually, two.

Last year, I got to shoot a classic Cobra and a brand new Corvette at photographer Paul Markow’s studio in Phoenix (a super-nice guy with a killer studio — big enough to shoot a car no problem, and a cove roof to bounce the lights off). This year I wound up shooting a Maserati GranTurismo — seen above (believe it or not, I rented it from Enterprise rent-a-car in Phoenix for a song), and then Adam Thaler, a photographer who follows me on Facebook, saw my search for an exotic car and brought over a red Ferrari California — so the shoot was on!

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Mornin’ everybody. Sorry for the late post, but…I just woke up. LOL! (The photo above of me, with the famous Sydney Opera House in the background, is by Australian Photographer Keith McInnes).

We just got back home last night from our trip to Australia and New Zealand (and quite a few long flights), and while it was a totally incredible trip, it’s still always great to get back home.

Lots to share on Monday – I’m working on a post with images from the trip and the plan is to share those on Monday  (I’m still culling through the shoots).

Even though I’ve been on the road, the gang back here at KelbyOne has been working on lots of cool stuff I hope to share some of that with you next week, along with stories from the trip, and lots of fun news – should be a great week. :)

Anyway, just wanted to touch base; say “howdy” and let you know I’m back in the saddle (so to speak).  I’ll be shooting the Bucs again this Sunday and I’ll be back here on Monday with some shots from the trip, and I hope you’ll check back then.

Have a great weekend everybody – hope you make some great images!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Been posting lots of stuff over on Instagram – hope you’ll follow me there – @scottkelby

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Hey everyone, RC here reporting from Adobe MAX in Los Angeles California. Over 7000 people are in attendance here to check out what’s new from the world of Adobe – and they are not disappointing over here.

For those who were not able to make it to Los Angeles, Adobe streamed the keynote live for all to see – a full 2+ hours. There were a slew of updates that were posted so let me share with you a couple of the ones that really stood out to me.

ADOBE CAPTURE CC IS HERE
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In the Photoshop space for Mobile – Adobe has merged the powers of their current apps Adobe Brush, Adobe Shape, Adobe Color and Adobe Hue into one app called Adobe Capture CC. Using the camera, you can create shapes and color themes and use them as jump points into your creative projects. I could totally see this being useful in one app.

SAY HELLO TO ADOBE FIX
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Following the grouping of powerful components together into apps, we see now Photoshop Fix – a new program that brings together great features like Liquify, smoothing, and content aware healing into one application.


LIGHTROOM FOR PHONES AND TABLETS
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I think Fix will go over very well in a roundtrip scenario with Lightroom for the tablet and phone. Both of these apps got a new release as well. In addition to including Dehaze, you can now use the Targeted Adjustment Tool to make selective changes in color or make changes in black and white. Adobe has even included a camera inside of the app which i thought was another solid add.

THESE APPS ARE ALSO FREE
I think this is a great move by Adobe here. There are a lot of people using phones and tablets – individuals that could totally benefit from powerful apps on their computers. By offering their apps on mobile devices for free- you can get a bunch of people interested in the Adobe ecosystem, and make them more willing to become members of the Creative Cloud. Big props to them here for that.

SEND PICTURES TO ADOBE CLIP
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The photos that you have on the mobile app can be sorted by date, and can be sent over to Adobe Premiere Clip – a program designed to make videos. Now, you have a picture to slideshow workflow right from within your phone.


NEW IMPORT SCREENS FOR LIGHTROOM
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The Lightroom Desktop did get two updates as well. First – the import process has been improved, giving you a multi screen view helping you select pictures from your devices and place them into the areas that you need them. You’ll also get access to Dehaze on an adjustment brush – a welcome addition since Dehaze was just a global adjustment previously. Very helpful. Make sure you check out the Lightroom Killer Tips website soon as we start playing around with these new additions.


VIDEO NOW IN ADOBE STOCK
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The Adobe Stock service will now add videos to the list of assets that you can use in your projects. You’ll also have the option to browse for the collateral you’ll need right from inside of the Creative Cloud Libraries of Dreamweaver CC, Muse CC, and Flash CC (though they were already available in places like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign)

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The other big thing for me was the introduction of Adobe Portfolio. This tool appears to have some underpinnings in Bechance and aims to let creatives set up their portfolios with little ease. I could see this trying to go toe to toe with the likes of Squarespace but time will tell. As soon as I get into the program i’ll go ahead and kick the tires on it.

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There are plenty of things to see here in Los Angeles. With Corey Barker and Pete Collins also out here, We’ll keep our eyes peeled for things that we can share with all of you. If you want to check out a full list of all of the things that were released, you can see the full press release here!

Have a great morning!

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