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I want to wish all my readers Happy Independence Day (well, at least the US-based ones).

I’m taking today off to spend some time with my family, and I hope you’re able to do the same. Have a great day and we’ll see you here tomorrow for “Guest Blog” Wednesday, and on ‘The Grid’ tomorrow I have Paris-based photographer Serge Ramelli.

Just in Case: Here’s What ‘Independence Day’ Really Means to Us
Today is a national holiday celebrating our country’s independence from traditional film. No longer will we press the shutter button thinking, “Well, that just cost me 22¢” or “Well, that’s 36 — time to pop in another roll.”or that phrase heard so often on vacation, “I need to stop and buy some film.”

Should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: No longer will we wait hours, or days, to see our prints only to find out that someone was blinking or the flash didn’t fire. No longer will we go quitely into the night, to drop off our film in an overnight drop box. We’re going to live on to shoot for free another day — free from the tyranny of film chemicals and safe lights; changing bags and temperature regulators; cotton gloves and Print tongs. No today as we gather together to fill our 32 and 64-gig cards with wild abandon we celebrate our real Independence Day! (insert wild cheers here).

So, that’s what Independence Day really means to us Americans. That and right to eat stuff we’re not supposed to. Mostly the 2nd one.

Hope yours is a happy 4th wherever you are! :)

Best,

-Scott

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. 

We kick off each Photoshop World Conference with a Photoshop-based parody of a movie or TV show, and this year we went with the long-running Fox TV series, “COPS” but of course, we added our own Photoshop twist to it. :)

It stars Corey Barker, Matt Kloskowski, Dave Cross, Yours Truly, a special appearance from Kristi Sherk (you’ll hardly recognize her), and Kaylee Greer, along with a special cameo (can’t tell you who it is, but if you’ve ever been to Photoshop World, you’ll instantly recognize him).

Here’s the ‘Photoshop COPS’ video (below) that kicked off the Conference last week:

Hope you got a chuckle or two (and keep watching for just a couple of minutes afterward to catch the Blooper Reel).

Hope you have a Photoshop COP-free Tuesday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Don’t forget — I’m in Minneapolis and Indianapolis next month with my full day Lightroom seminar. Come on out and spend the day with me. 

Hi folks, and greetings from the Wayne County, Michigan (I’m here for my seminar today – over 300 Detroit area photographers here today for my Lightroom seminar. Whoo hoo!). A big shout out to all the kind folks who came out and spent the day with me yesterday in Chicago. Always love being in the Chicago area – so many friendly folks – thanks for coming out. :)

Watch ‘The Grid’ on Facebook’s App for Apple TV
So, it’s Tuesday and I kinda got nuthin’ – our flight was delayed and we didn’t get in until around 1:00 am, and well, blah, blah, blah I don’t really have a post. However, while I’ve got you here – my buddy Terry White sent me the shot above of ‘The Grid” (which airs live every Wednesday), being seen on the Facebook App on his Apple TV (on a 70″ HD screen). The reason this works is—we simulcast to my Facebook page (http://facebook.com/skelby) so if you have the Facebook App for Apple TV you can watch our Facebook stream live (and you can comment right there on Facebook – we monitor all your comments there as well).

Hope you’ll join us tomorrow and try it out.

Who: Me and a guest usually
What: The Grid (our weekly photography show)
Where: http://kelbytv.com/thegrid 0r http://facebook.com/skelby
When: Wednesday at 4PM ET (New York time)
Why: ’cause for six years this is what we do on Wednesday at 4pm – we talk about photography and stuff.

Hope you all have a stellar Tuesday, and we’ll catch you back here tomorrow for Guest Blog Wednesday.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. The next stops on my nationwide seminar tour are next month in Minneapolis and Indianapolis. Hope to meet you there. 

Yesterday we looked at my picks for the best Guest Blog posts from this past year, and today we’re continuing my “Best of 2016 on the Blog” with a look at some of the most popular posts overall.

 

Here are the 10 most popular posts of 2016: 

 1. GOOGLE AWESOMELY MAKES THE NIK COLLECTION PLUG-INS TOTALLY FREE AND EVERYBODY’S PI$S@D!
When I announced that Google made the Nik Collection free, it started a stream of whining that I just was not anticipating. Then I realized, “Oh, I forgot. This is the internet.”

2. SCOTT’S TOP FIVE LIST OF EVERYTHING! (REVISITED)
One of my readers tweeted that he’d love to see me redo this popular post from 2008, so I did it. It took a long time, but it was fun seeing how many of my picks had changed or stayed exactly the same. 
3. A NEW PHOTOSHOP IS HERE!
I did a bunch of demo videos and explained stuff, answered some questions, and shared the scoop all about the new version of Photoshop CC.
4. “FIRST LOOK” FIELD REPORT OF THE JUST ANNOUNCED CANON EOS 1DX MARK II
I got to borrow a Canon 1Dx Mark II just before it was released to shoot a college bowl game, and an NFL game, and I shared a few shots and impressions from both shoots. Best sports camera ever (even though I’m still using my old 1Dxs. Still don’t have a Mark II yet. Tear).
5. IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE NOT GETTING BETTER AT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY, COULD IT BE THAT YOU’RE “NOODLING” INSTEAD OF “PRACTICING?”
I feel like this was probably the most helpful post I wrote during 2016. It used a guitar analogy (which is why I’m playing an EVH guitar above), and it had two little 20-second videos (that are critical to the story), but the message could help you grow and improve as a photographer in a very meaningful way.
6. WHEN YOUR “TECHNICALLY CORRECT” PHOTO DOESN’T LOOK GOOD
I wrote about the difference between an artistic shot and one that is technically correct, and I used a shot from the New York Public Library as an example.
 
7. HOW TO REMOVE GLARE IN EYEGLASSES IN PHOTOSHOP
This is another Photoshop tutorial request from Twitter (it’s funny how the commenting workflow has changed. People read about a post on my Facebook or Twitter; they go read the post; then go back to social media to comment. I get it — we all want to comment where are friends already are). Sometimes a post here on the blog will get just one or two comments, or maybe even none, but then the Facebook post about that same blog post can have 100+ comments.
8. PHOTOS FROM MY 3-DAY PHOTO TRIP TO ICELAND
This post was me saying that had posted my Iceland trip images over on Exposure.co — I’ll save you from having to jump to that page, just to turn around and jump to Exposure, so here’s the direct link to the photo story on Exposure.co
9. MY CAMERA SETTINGS FOR SHOOTING FOOTBALL
I had been asked about them so many times, I thought I’d do a post and then when people asked about them on social media, I could just link them to this post. I didn’t expect it to get as much traction as it did.
10. SHOOTING WITH THE DOLPHINS (AND SOME REMOTE CAMERA STUFF!)
This is another one that I was surprised made it to the top 10 (even if just barely). It was about my awesome experience shooting with the Dolphins, and about how I used a simple remote camera set-up to get the shot you see above (from the Dolphins live Twitter feed during the game), and a bunch of others. Lots of behind-the-scenes shots. Such a blast!
Well, there ya have it — the top 10 from 2016. I might wrap up the year with one more “best of” on Friday, but it’ll already be February by then…so… ;-)

Hope your Tuesday is a really great one!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. My new Lightroom on tour full-day seminar is kicking off in Boston on March 10th, and in Philadelphia on the 13th. Hope I get to see you there (here’s the link with details). 
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