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Greetings from 31,000 feet. I’m on my Delta flight home from Minneapolis, where this week between Indy and Minne I kicked off my new full-day seminar “The Ultimate Photography Crash Course” to more than 450 photographers (and some really incredibly nice folks. I love the Midwest!). I had such a great time, and I was thrilled at how well the new seminar was received.

I met so many great folks — people really into photography and Photoshop and Lightroom — my kinda folks. Thank you all for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality.

Yesterday I got to take a day off to go shooting

I spent the day with my new buddy, Minnesotan photographer Jay Grammond, and despite the cold (Brrrr!) and wind (Brrrrr!) and rain (Brrrr!), we still had a fun day shooting everything from the nation’s third-largest cathedral to the gorgeous Minnesota State Captial building; from a classic old research Library to just an incredible little chapel whose architecture was inspired by the Hagia Sofia Mosque (now a museum) in Istanbul, Turkey. Just amazing!

My Playpod sure got a workout that day, and nobody batted an eye at it. Security guard after a security guard saw me using it, and none of them ever said a word. I was able to put it in all sorts of places. Thanks, Jay for a really fun day! I haven’t had a chance to edit the images yet, but I’ll share ’em as soon as I get ’em done.

Had a great dinner with some friends from Adobe

A lot of Adobe’s Lightroom engineering folks are based in Minneapolis, and I had literally my best dinner of the year. The food was amazing and the company even better. Shout out to Jeff, Jon, and Julie — just awesome folks.

OK, we’ve been cleared for landing.

This weekend we’re having a graduation party for my son Jordan — super psyched about that! Gonna work a bit on my new book (it’s a natural light portrait book), and watch another big episode of Game of Thrones. It’s gonna be a great weekend! Hope yours is, too! Gotta run — wheels down, flaps down — it’s good to be home! :)

Cheers,

Scott


OK, but first there’s this! :)

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… this past Saturday afternoon our son Jordan graduated with two degrees from The University of Alabama, and the whole family (and friends) went up to be there as he walked across the stage to pick up his diplomas and let me tell you, it was such a proud moment for us all. We were cheering and screaming and whoopin’ it up!!! (#rolltide!). We are so excited for him to be starting this new chapter of his life, and for the fine young man he has become. A prouder parent I could not be. :-)

That’s right — the print version of my latest book, “The Landscape Photography Book” hits the stores this week! It’s my most pre-ordered book in years, and it’s already #1 on Amazon’s photography bestseller’s list (see below), but you might win a free copy of the print edition today. Just leave a comment below, and you’re entered. We’ll draw five winners at random and ship you the book (as soon as we get our in-house copies, which should be any day). If you want to pre-order your copy now (so you get it first), here’s the link to the print version on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Good luck, everybody! (more news stuff below).

I ‘m in Indianapolis Today For My Seminar Tomorrow

It’s not too late to come and join me, and about 200 other Indianapolis area photographers, for my full-day seminar; “The Ultimate Photography Crash Course.” Sign up over at KelbyOneLive.com

I’m in Minneapolis This Thursday

If you want to join me there for the seminar, it’s not too late either. KelbyOneLive.com

And then there’s the Photoshop World Conference at the end of this month

Whoo Hoo!!! It’s almost here — the world’s biggest and most complete Photoshop, Lightroom and Photography conference, and it all starts on May 31st in Orlando and runs for three days — you gotta come (there’s still time to sign up and be a part of it all): PhotoshopWorld.com

Have a great day everybody! Can’t wait to meet everybody tomorrow here in Indy!

-Scott

Lt. Blaine Reeher Dixon prior to launching off the deck of the Truman in a FA/18 Hornet

It’s been six years since my last opportunity to fly out to a carrier for a few days, and I was so thrilled to get that chance again. I don’t know if you remember the story of my original trip (here’s the link), but I was so overwhelmed the first day out on the flight deck, that I basically blew the shoot. I took the same shot over and over again jets taking off again and again, and when I looked at the images later, I realized I was shooting the wrong thing. Ever since then I’d be hoping for an opportunity to try again, and thanks to my buddy Ed Buice, I finally got the chance.

I didn’t have any internet or cell coverage since Tuesday afternoon, and it was a blessing and a curse (you really learn fast how much you rely on your phone for simple things like “What time is sunset” and “Who was the actor in that movie?” all day long). I liked being unplugged less than I thought, but it was still a nice break (and one I’m glad that’s over).

Anyway, as I write this I’m on my connecting flight home from Atlanta and it’s 9:26 pm, so I’m not going to have any photos to share until Monday, where I’m planning to do an Adobe Spark Page post of the trip. Lots of stories to share, photos, behind-the-scenes stuff. Hoping for Monday. Now, this was a different carrier than I had been on before — my last trip had been out to the USS George H. W. Bush.

One thing was exactly the same, though…

That one thing that was exactly the same was my admiration for the men and women of our US Navy. I wish every American could get the opportunity to spend a few days on a Navy ship. What an outstanding crew – so professional, dedicated, polite, friendly, hard-working, and the sence of pride they have for what they doing, and how they do it, is just something to see for yourself. Seeing how they handle the jets and helos on the flight deck is just…well, it’s a master class on precision and teamwork, but it extends through the entire crew. I’m so grateful for their service and sacrifice, and the sacrifice of their families.

I’m also so thankful to my buddy Ed Buice (you are the man!), and my new buddy Todd “Brian” Beveridge, NCIS Special Agent Afloat Dan Chaney, and all the folks at NCIS who helped make my trip out to a carrier not only possible but an awful lot of fun.

That’s pretty much all I have for today, except that I did take an hour on my first flight today to watch the final episode of Season 7 of “Game of Thrones.” I binge-watched all seven seasons in the past few months while traveling on planes, and I believe it’s just about the best show on TV. Now I’m all caught up and ready for the final season. I hope it ends better than “Lost.” ;-)

Have a great weekend everybody! Anchor’s away!

-Scott

P.S. Don’t forget to book your hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando for the Photoshop World Conference at the end of next month. We’re almost sold out of rooms there. Here’s the link to the travel page.

I am so excited — this is the first thing I’ve ever invented (with lots of help from my friends at Westcott) — it’s a lighting tool for educators and students, and its sole purpose is to teach people lighting before they go and buy lighting. Check out the video below to see what it’s all about (and how the idea came about).

So, now that you’ve seen the video, you know — it’s about experimenting, learning, and seeing “the light.” That way, when you do buy a flash or a studio strobe or continuous light, the frustration, the futzing, and the whole guessing game is over because you’ll have a plan — you’ll know what you’re trying to achieve, what light does, when to use hard light, diffused light, what gobos do, what fresnels do, the color differences between tungsten and daylight. You’ll know all this because the light comes with a full training class on light, and how to use The Learning Light, in your classroom, or with other students, or for just you as you’re learning.

It’s got direct hard light, soft diffused light, a Fresnel spotlight, its own set of gobos, and a carrying case it all fits perfectly inside. It’s LED powered so it doesn’t get hot to the touch.

We released a full training class on it to KelbyOne members this week, but if you buy the light, you get full access to the class as part of the lighting package.

It’s available today

The light, with the gobos and the training class, is just $89.90 and you can get it direct from the folks at Westcott (here’s the link), and B&H Photo will be carrying them any day now, too.

As an educator myself, you can probably imagine how exciting it is to have a tool like this for other educators and students, and I’m so grateful to my friends at Westcott: Eric Eggley (who came up with so many great ideas for The Learning Light, and took my initial idea and took it much farther than I’d ever hoped), and to Brandon Heiss, whose vision and commitment to helping teachers is why there is a Learning Light today at all.

I’m super-psyched! (can ya tell)? ;-)

One last thing, and it’s something I think is really important (and you’ll hear me talk about this aspect a lot). This is not lighting. It’s a learning tool. It’s the light you buy before you buy real lighting. It’s for experimenting with shadows, and light, and for learning lighting before you fully invest it in. I truly hope you’ll find it helpful (and I think you’ll find it’s a lot of fun), and thanks for taking the time to let me share this all with you (and tell your teacher friends about it, if you would). :)

Have a great weekend, everybody!

-Scott

P.S. Did I mention I invented a light for educators? Whoo hoo!!! I’m super-psyched!

If it’s been more than six months since you’ve updated your portfolio (like it has been for me), then let’s make this “Update Your Portfolio Weekend” and give our port the refresh you’ve been meaning to give it for month (and then on Monday, I’m hoping you’ll post links to your updated portfolio site so I can check them out).

Now, if you’re reading this thinking, “Well, I’m out, I don’t even have a portfolio” then you’re in luck, because chances are you subscribe to some Adobe subscription plan, and if you do, that means you get access to “Adobe Portfolio” for free, which is an amazing awesome, and easy, templatized site for getting your portfolio up and running in about an hour.

Best of all, it’s free.

Well, Adobe Portfolio (found at myportfolio.com) is a part of your Adobe subscription plan but you know what I mean — you don’t have to pay extra for it — the Web hosting is already included in your plan, too, so there are no extra costs at all. It’s free with your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription).

If you want some step-by-step help on how to set up your Adobe Portfolio for the first time, I did a full class on it, and I take you through the process (it’s super-simple), and you’ll have a portfolio up and running fast.

So that’s our weekend assignment.

I’ll be updating my port, too, and we’ll all meet back here on Monday to share links. Deal? Deal.

Have a great weekend everybody, and here’s to freshened-up ports!

-Scott

P.S. This is also a great weekend to make your Photoshop World Conference plans, so you can join us in Orlando May 31st – June 2nd, 2019 in Orlando, Flordia. Details, tickets and travel info/hotel discounts at photoshopworld.com

…it went way, way off the tracks. I think in a good way — but anytime you do an interview, and you actually talk about things like religion, well…you know it’s not your average interview. I really enjoyed going what host Andy McSweeney called “going off the grid” (I see what ya did there), and anyway, it’s an audio podcast with a part 1 and 2 (links below), and you’ve got a few minutes, you can let it run in the background while you’re doing your post-processing.

Here’s the link to Part 1

Here’s the link to Part 2

Thanks to Andy for asking me questions, and going places, I usually don’t get to go in interviews. What great fun. I think. ;-)

From”Make a Print Monday”

You might remember last month when I launched “Make a Print Monday” where we all stop what we’re doing and make a print (or send a print off to the lab, for the sheer joy and importance of printing. Well, I shared the shot you see above of my print from “Make a Print Monday” on my social media channels, but I realized I never shared it here, so….well, here ya go. :)

I say, next month, let’s do it again! :)

Only Two Spots Left…

If you want to come with me to Paris this summer, there are only two spots left. It’s going to be an amazing travel photography workshop — lots of learning, laughing, amazing French food, and making new friends in the most photogenic city in the world. Grab one of those spots right now (here’s the link with details), and I’ll see you in Paris for an unforgettable experience.

Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with lots of great images, and fun. :)

-Scott

P.S.A big thanks to everybody who joined our KelbyOne Pro plan during our big sale last week. It was a record-breaker for us, and we’re excited to have so many new members. You guys rock! 

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