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Hi, gang and greetings from Los Angeles where this morning Adobe will take the stage for their huge annual conference, Adobe MAX 2018 — held this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I’m very excited to be teaching at the conference this year — I’m teaching a class today and tomorrow called “How to Present Like a Pro” and I can’t wait to share a bunch of really helpful techniques with the folks here at the conference.

I’m not sharing anything out-of-turn or secret here, but I will tell you that historically Adobe releases big updates to products like Photoshop and Lightroom during their opening Adobe MAX keynote, (along with other products in the Adobe Creative Cloud, and sometimes they even launch new products), so it could potentially be a really exciting morning!

If anything substantial happens for Lightroom during Adobe’s keynote address, we would cover that over at our sister site, LightroomKillerTips.com – but again, that’s not a guarantee of future events, so…maybe there’s nothing new at all. But if Adobe does announce anything cool, don’t worry — we’d be “on it.”

Heads up KelbyOne Pro Members:
If anything big is announced today, we would generally release an issue of Photoshop User magazine covering anything new announced in the Keynote having to do with Photoshop that very same day (which would be, today). So, if they do wind up announce something cool, look for an issue of the mag to appear right away. Hey, ya never know.

I know it’s a whole lot of conjecture, based on things that have happened at past Adobe MAX keynotes, but if they do have some interesting announcements, at least you know we’ll be on it for you right away!

Hope I see you here at the conference, and hopefully in one of my classes.

Here’s to what could be a very exciting week!

Best,

-Scott
West Coast. West Coast! [Say that in a Snoop Dogg voice].

Image credit: Adobe Stock/determined

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk Day is back at it again this year, engaging thousands of photographers around the globe in pursuit of adventure and local photo ops. Before venturing out, you’ll need to pick your gadget of choice. One thing you may not know is that your phone is actually just as powerful as some DSLRs out on the market—especially when you leverage the RAW capture ability of Lightroom mobile’s camera. Have I piqued your interest? Keep reading.

Many of you might already be using Lightroom to sort and fine-tune your photos, but with the latest update of Lightroom CC , you can leverage the cloud and all its syncing magic. One of the most exciting things about Lightroom CC is that it offers syncing across devices—web, mobile, and desktop—so you don’t need to worry about managing or backing up your files. It also offers guided editing, preset syncing across devices, smart keyword searching, long exposure control, and easy sharing capabilities, to name a few features.

Don’t forget to prep your phone when putting together your photography kit this year! The Lightroom mobile camera is one of the best features of this powerful mobile editing suite. Alongside the ability to capture in RAW, it also has exposure compensation, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance tools right where you want them most: in the camera. Annoyed with your mobile camera AE lock? Manual control of your focal plane means never having to struggle with subjects that are too small for your fingers to tap. Perspective grids and custom image ratios make sure that your photos are precisely composed to exactly your vision, while highlight clipping helps keep your exposure in check while shooting via the screen under bright daylight conditions.

Don’t let the desktop define you, edit where you are. Do you have a look and feel you have developed for your editing style? On the go access to your Lightroom presets means you don’t have to wait until you are home to throw up that fresh set. As with Lightroom Classic, edits are nondestructive, saved, and can always be reverted to your original if you go too far. Bringing along your DSLR but still want to tap the power of field editing? With an SD card reader that adapts to your tablet or mobile phone, you can import your photos into Lightroom’s mobile client, organize into albums, tag, export full-resolution images, and share directly to the social platforms you choose via OS sharing tools. Want to share but not on social media? Try the Lightroom web sharing option to create a web gallery with optional file downloads that you can send to clients, family, friends, or post online.

The flexibility of being able to edit wherever you are, on whatever device you’re on, brings tons of value to photo trips or *ahem* Worldwide Photo Walks. You don’t need to limit your editing time by location, meaning your productivity skyrockets. If you have a favorite camera to use, imagine being able to edit those photos while out in the field. As well, for you phone photographers out there, if you shoot through the Lightroom mobile app, you can capture incredibly high-quality photos to immediately use then and there.

To take your photography beyond the camera, try out Adobe Capture CC , a multi-purpose app that translates your images into usable type, vector shapes, patterns, 3D materials, color themes, and brushes. If you’ve always wanted to try transforming your images with graphics, Adobe Capture gives you the tools to play. Create assets right from the camera in Capture, or import from your Lightroom catalog.

The Patterns module allows you to turn your camera into a kaleidoscope, giving you multiple ways of tessellating what your camera sees. Or you can create seamless tiling patterns for use as backgrounds, composite resources, or design elements. Another interesting feature for photographers is the Shapes module, which turns your phone’s camera into a vector graphic-making machine. This gives you the power to create infinitely scalable graphics out of regular photos, to use as logos, illustrations, animations, and more.

The assets you create in Capture are available immediately via Creative Cloud Libraries on compatible desktop and mobile apps. Snap a shape, and immediately find it in your CC Libraries panel in Photoshop and Illustrator. Generate a color palette in the Colors module to immediately use it in InDesign, After Effects, and more. Find your assets in the Creative Cloud Libraries panel on desktop, or in the associated asset panel in mobile apps. Want to share your asset wealth with others? Share right from in the Capture app, or on the web with Creative Cloud Libraries.

If you’d like to learn more about Adobe Lightroom CC and Capture CC, check out the resources below before going on your next trip for Worldwide Photo Walk Day!

https://theblog.adobe.com/lightroom-cc-try-it-and-learn-it/

https://theblog.adobe.com/august-lightroom-cc-releases/

https://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/2018/08/new-features-in-lightroom-cc-mobile.html

https://theblog.adobe.com/creative-refresher-capture-transforms-world-design-assets/

https://helpx.adobe.com/mobile-apps/help/capture-faq.html

 

Pollyanna Macchiano is a mobile app enthusiast and design program manager at Adobe who thrives on being involved in the arts: writing, doodling, and general nerdiness included. Powered by green tea and mochi.

 

 

 

 

 

Hi, gang — greetings from Washington DC. I’m up here for my seminar today, and looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of you!

Today, I’m officially announcing my new book‚ “How Do I Do That in Lightroom Classic, 2nd Edition,” which (according to Amazon) the print edition should be in stock and ready to ship today (Well, that’s what their Website said, anyway). Here’s what the book is all about:

I hope you’ll give it a read — I think you’ll really find it useful.

Here’s a link to order your copy at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. 

Have a great weekend, everybody. I’ll have some shots to share from my shoot at the Library of Congress and the National Cathedral, next week.

Best,

-Scott

 

Tip of the hat to UK-blogger/photographer/awesome guy Brian Worley who shared this tip at some point, and darn it’s a good one — it’s how to use a feature in Lightroom to find out which lens (or lenses) you use the most. Deceptively simple.

STEP ONE: In Lightroom’s Library module; in the Catalog panel on the left, click on ‘All Photos.’

STEP TWO: Press the backslash key [ \ ] to bring up the Library Filter across the top of your thumbnail preview area. Click on the Metadata tab up top (shown circled below in red).

STEP THREE: If it’s not already selected, in one of the columns choose “Lens” as the column header (also shown circled in red above), and it will instantly display the number of images you took with each lens you own (as shown above, where not surprisingly my 70-200mm f/2.8 is my most-used lens). My 14mm isn’t far behind. Click on any listing, it will display just those photos taken with just that lens. The stuff that Lightroom does behind the scenes for us is really impressive.

Thanks, Brian! Also, please check out Brian’s Guest Blog post from April of this year. Great stuff (as always).

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Next week I’m teaching my Lightroom seminar in Raleigh (Wed) and Lansing (Friday). Come out on (it’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it doesn’t totally rock). Here’s the link for details or tickets. 

Yesterday we did a special Holiday episode of The Grid all about how to take great fireworks shots. Erik (the real Rocket Man) Kuna and I cover everything from The Gear to the techniques to the post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom and lots of helpful tips along the way.

We get right to it from the start (we have a lot to cover), and if you’re looking to make great fireworks shots tonight, we give the exact time-tested recipe of settings that can’t miss!

Here’s wishing and your family a happy, safe, and fun 4th of July. Hope you get some great shots! :)

Best,

-Scott

The Print Edition is here!
It’s my biggest update in years, and it has ALL the latest stuff, including all the new Profile features — it’s the latest edition of the world’s bestselling Lightroom book, and you can get it right now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or pick one up at the Photoshop World Official Bookstore at the conference).

Check out this cool giveaway from Profoto USA
Next Friday (one week from today) Profoto is picking one lucky winner to win $10,000+ of awesome lighting gear, plus you’ll get a two-day workshop with photographer Michael Anthony (that’s his shot above) to learn how to make the most of it.

Look at what they’re giving away (this is an insane list of gear!):

2x Profoto A1 for Canon or Nikon (valued at $1990)
2x Profoto A1 Gel Kits (valued at $198)
1x Profoto A1 Soft Bounce (valued at $149)
1x B1X Location Kit (valued at $4,148)
1x B2 To-Go Kit (valued at $1,995)
1x OCF Softbox 2×3′ (valued at $219)
1x OCF Softbox Octa 2′ (valued at $159)
1x OCF Beauty Dish White (valued at $199)
3x OCF Speedrings (valued at $298)
1x OCF Magnum Reflector (valued at $199)
1x OCF Grid Kit (valued at $99)
1x Profoto Air TTL remote of your choice (valued at $419)

They are choosing a random winner from the entries, so go enter right now, right here: https://t.co/rvEA6a7vLg

Good luck everybody!

With the big Photoshop World Conference just 6-days away…
…we are all psyched/crazy-busy/excited/exhausted but having a ball doing it all. Can’t wait to see everybody next week – it’s going to be an amazing conference (and if you’re wondering…is it too late to go? Nope — you can still come join us — people are still signing up every day). Hit us up at photoshopworld.com for details/info/tickets. OK, here’s some stuff:

Today at 1:00 PM I’m the guest on the Photofocus Podcast with Vanelli
It’s coming out today – the interview with host, Mr. V himself, Vanelli. :)   We’re talking about education (formal vs. informal) and all sorts of stuff. Check http://photofocus.com to check it out, or subscribe to their podcast at 

Getting great feedback from my “Where to shoot in New York Travel Photography Course.” 
Here’s a comment I saw yesterday from Kevin Scott:

“Loving this course! I have NEVER had a desire to go to NYC, but this is making me rethink that. Regardless, I love all the “Photographer’s Guide to…” courses. Even if it is somewhere I don’t have on my travel radar, I always take away nuggets, from post-processing tips/tricks to just seeing some of the shots that I keep in the back of my mind to inspire me in my everyday shooting. Thanks so much, @ScottKelby for doing these!”

If you’re coming to PSW next week, don’t forget your camera!
We’ve got lots of cool sets, models, and fun stuff to shoot. PLUS, if you’re a Canon shooter, Canon will be there doing FREE sensor cleanings right on the spot. Did I mention it’s free for Canon shooter? Yup. It is.

My band will be rockin’ next Thursday night…
…and after our first set at the Photoshop World Party, we’re doing an ‘Instructor Jam Session” where we’ll be inviting some the many KelbyOne instructors that are musicians to come up and jam with us on a song or two. It will be a night to remember.

I’m doing a book signing…or two!
One at the Peachpit Press booth in the official bookstore, and one at the Rocky Nook bookstore. Both of my latest books (The Flash Book and my just-released Lightroom Classic book for Digital Photographers will both be there in stock).

If you’ll be at Photoshop World next week…
Two things you definitely want to do:

(1) Go to the free Orientation class 
If this is your first time at Photoshop World, we have a special crash course just for you. Hosted by Larry Becker, this orientation is designed to make sure you get the most out of your experience. Free and open to all attendees on Wednesday (the day before the full conference kicks off).

(2) Download the App 
We have an awesome conference app (for IOS and Android) that you will find invaluable during the conference. The full schedule is in there; directions; events times and locations, and a whole bunch more. Find it on the App Store for iPhones, or on Google Play for Android.

If you can’t go this year…
Then make sure you tune in Thursday morning at 10:00 AM ET (I’ll put a link here on the blog on Thursday morning and on all our social media) so you can watch the opening keynote LIVE. It’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it…) epic!

Also, Brad will be posting shots from the conference next week, so if you want to see what’s happening, make sure you check back here then.

Gotta run — got a lot of work this weekend to get ready for the conference (and I’ve got practice-up on some of my songs, so I remember the chords, the words, ya know, stuff like that.

Have a great weekend, and I hope I’ll see you in Orlando next week!

Best,

-Scott

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