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Whoo hoo! It’s here — tomorrow we kick off two full-days of live online Lightroom learning featuring two simultaneous training tracks, taught by the very best instructors in the business.

Hundreds and hundreds of photographers around the world have already signed up to be a part of this ground-breaking online event, and if you want to join in, it’s not too late. Head over to lightroomconference.com right now and grab your ticket (don’t wait until tomorrow and wind up paying full price — get your ticket at a big discount today).

If somehow you’re just hearing about this, check out the video below:

We’re bringing the Lightroom superstars together to make this the Lightroom training event of the year, and we’d love for you join us for this remarkable training experience.

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…and it all starts tomorrow:

May 5-6, 2020
11:00 AM – 5:45 PM (EDT)

This live-streamed event is open to everyone, and you can register today at lightroomconference.com – Thanks to everybody who has helped us spread for the word, and if you have a photographer friend who you know this would be perfect for, we’d love it if you’d share this post with them.

We’re super psyched, and hope you are, too. In the meantime, stay healthy, keep washing those hands, get a good night’s sleep and I hope to see you online with us tomorrow at the conference. :)

Cheers,

-Scott

Here’s what’s coming up:

TUESDAY: “Lightroom: From Flat to Fabulous” (hands-on 1-hour Webinar)

These Webinars are usually just for KelbyOne Pro members, but in light of our “stuck at home” situation, we’re opening them to everyone everywhere.

Tomorrow it’s a hands-on class —  and we’re going to take a RAW landscape, portrait, and travel image from the original RAW file all the way to the final image. Click here to download my images I’ll be using so you can follow along. Note: If you don’t have Lightroom, you can still follow along in Photoshop’s Camera RAW (it’s the same sliders in the same order that do the exact same things).

Who: You and Me
What: “Lightroom: From Flat to Fabulous” (It’s a hands-on “Follow-Along Live” Webinar. I’m giving you the RAW files to download so you can follow-along live right with me).
Where: kelbyone.com/livewebcast
When: Tuesday | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET (New York Time Zone)
Why: ‘Cause we’re all in this together, and if when we’re focused on creative stuff we’re not focused on all the other stuff.

ALSO LATER TUESDAY: It’s “The Grid” and our topic is “Our Favorite Things”

We’re broadcasting a day early this week (on Tuesday at 2:00 PM ET rather than the usual Wednesday at 4). We’re got a really fun topic; it’s “Our Favorite Things!”

Yes, it will include some photography gear and software, but also our favorites of everything, from people to places, food to movies, TV shows and gadgets and more. Best of all, we want to hear YOUR favorite stuff and we’ll be giving away a Playtpod Ultra to whoever posts the best favorite (that’s a double-negative if I’ve ever heard one). Should be a blast, and we have LOTS of great fun “things” to share.

Who: Erik Kuna and Me
What: The Grid; our live photography talkshow video podcast. Our topic this week is “Our Favorite Things” (see text above for more on that).
Where: Facebook.com/skelby
When: 2:00 PM ET (New York Time Zone)
Why: Because this is what we do every week now for the past seven years. It’s free, open to everybody, and we take your questions and comments live on the air.

WEDNESDAY: My full-day “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar presented live in it’s entirety just for photographers in the UK

Here’s the video that explains the full-day event (below), and it’s only open to photographers in the UK. You also get 30-day on-demand access to the entire day, plus a digital download of the 153-page workbook. And yes, I am broadcasting live at 5:00 am here in the US, so we can start at 10:00 AM in the UK. Looking forward to chatting with everybody on Wednesday!

Who: Me and a whole bunch of photographers in the UK
What: My entire “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” presented live for photographers in the UK.
Where: https://bit.ly/2XAWJfU
When: 10:00 AM – 17:15 (London Time Zone)
Why: Because of this awful virus I can’t get there in person this time around, which breaks my heart — I love the UK, the British people, and I have so many friends I will miss, but this is the very next best thing.

May 5-6, 2020: The KelbyOne Lightroom Conference

We officially launched the two-day, two track Lightroom Conference on Friday and photographers all over the world are already signing up to be a part of this history-making event. You can join us, too — we made it incredibly affordable to everybody could take part. Check out the video below for all the details, then head to LightroomConference.com for tickets. This is going to be something really special as it’s all presented LIVE!

Who: You and the best Lightroom instructors on the planet!
What: The KelbyOne Live Lightroom Conference
Where: lightroomconference.com
When: May 5-6, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 5:45 ET (New York Time)
Why: Because we can still move our skills ahead; we can still bring photographers together online for a shared learning experience, and it’s two days we can focus on positive, creative learning (and learn a ton will absolutely will!).

Lots of cool stuff still happening as we adapt to this current situation, but I’m thrilled we’re in a position to help so many folks, and to keep the education flowing to photographers all over the world.

Stay safe, wash your hands, do all the things we’ve been told a thousand times to do, and we’ll get through all this. Brighter days are ahead. :)

Cheers,

-Scott

It’s two full days, live online with with two simultaneous training tracks, and an instructor team of the very best in the business. Best of all, it’s all online, and it’s so affordable anybody can be a part of it.

I am super-psyched to announce the KelbyOne Lightroom Conference — sponsored by Adobe and produced by KelbyOne Live. Check out the video below to see what it’s all about:

We’re bringing the Lightroom superstars together to make this the Lightroom training event of the year, and we’d love for you join uas for this remarkable training experience.

…and it all happens in just a few weeks from now:

May 5-6, 2020
11:00 AM – 5:45 PM (EDT)

This live-streamed event is open to everyone, and you can register today at lightroomconference.com – photographers from all over are already signing up (we sneaked the news on my show “The Grid” on Wednesday), so sign up early to get the best pricing.

Thanks in advance to everyone for helping us spread the word. Whoo hoo we’re off and running! :)

Stay healthy, keep washing those hands and staying a safe distance (1.2 miles) from each other and we’ll catch you back here on Monday. Have a great weekend. :)

-Scott

P.S. Tonight at 9:00 PM ET – I’m doing my first ever “Book Chat” over on my Facebook page. It’s kind of like an “author talk” at a bookstore, but without the bookstore. I’ll be talking about my three latest books, giving away two $50 Rocky Nook publishing gift cards, I’ll be doing a “dramatic reading” of some of my quirky chapter intros, taking your questions and comments. It’ll either be lots of fun or a total disaster, but you’ll only know if you come and check it out. Lower the lights, bring some wine, maybe some cheese (or spray cheese) and I’ll see you there tonight. Here’s the link.


PROGRAMMING ALERT: Today at 11:00 AM ET I’m doing a free webinar – everyone’s invited, that takes you on a journey about your own photography, and has the power to take your work to the next level. It’s based on a series I’ve been running once a week on my blog, and today’s Webinar is the culmination of that. It’s live; I take your questions on the air, and you’ll totally dig it. Here’s the link to watch the live stream (and comment) on my Facebook page – 11:00 AM ET today.

I get this question a lot, and so I thought I’d share how I think about the two; how they are different, and when to use them. Both of these sliders enhance or bring out detail in the image, but they do it in very different ways. One isn’t really better than the other, because depending on the image, Clarity might look better on one, and Texture might look better on the next. It’s great to have the flexibility of having both, but here’s a look at how using them can affect the overall tone of your image.

Original shot on the left. +100 Texture on the right. Not a big tonal change.

TEXTURE SLIDER

When I want to bring out the texture in my image, but I don’t want it to mess with the overall tone too much (or mess with the fine detail areas of the image), I reach for the Texture slider. For example purposes, here I’m cranking up the Texture amount up way higher than I normally would (to +100). In the image you see above, the ‘Before’ photo is on the left, and the ‘After’ photo on the right has the Texture cranked up to +100. You can see that even though I cranked the Texture all the way up, the overall tone of the image is fairly similar. The medium-sized detail has been enhanced throughout the image (a bit hard to see at this size, but very obvious when you see it full size on your own images). That enhanced detail is especially visible on the buildings in front. Everything has more definition and detail, but nothing looks too crazy.

Original on the left: +100 Clarity on the right. Relativity big tonal change.

CLARITY SLIDER

When I want to bring out detail, and I want things like metal, glass or water to really “pop” I grab the Clarity slider. Here’s the Clarity slider cranked up to +100, and you can see how contrasty the image has become. The dark areas are much darker and the brighter midtones are brighter, too. The overall tone and color saturation of the image has changed quite a bit, and that’s because the Clarity slider enhances Midtone contrast (well, it does if you drag it to the right, anyway). The glass on the buildings looks much shinier and it really “pops” but look at the road to its right, and the sky — they’re all pretty dark and a bit grungy. If I increased the Shadow slider by the same amount, you’d swear it was an HDR tone-mapped photo.

+100 texture on the left. +100 Clarity on the right.
Original Image (zoomed in).
+100 Texture
+100 Clarity

The Takeaway

The big takeaway here is how much Clarity effects the overall tone of the image (great when you want to get a gritty effect, or make metal, glass and water shinier), while Texture doesn’t tend to mess with the tone nearly as much, but does a great job bringing out detail. Look at them side-by-side just above.

I also find that I don’t need to add as much Texture amount to bring out detail as I would with the Clarity slider. I don’t want to say it’s more powerful — maybe it’s just more sensitive. I also often use the two together by dragging the Texture up, and then adding about 1/2 as much Clarity (so, if I were to drag the Texture amount up to 50, I would only add 25 or so Clarity if even that much). They do work nicely together.

Hope you found that helpful.

I know we mentioned the launch of this class last Thursday here on the blog, but I’m getting such wonderful feedback on this new course (btw: you don’t have to have Profoto lights to get a lot out of the course), that I wanted to share some of the initial feedback. We’re getting comments like:

“This was so good – it answered so many questions for me. Seeing the amount of trial and error that went into this shoot was incredibly helpful.” 

“Thanks Scott, one of the best yet.”

“Your real life problem solving approach has a bit of that Joe McNally style.”

“I’m in the midst of it, and I agree that it’s very good. I’m a long-time Profoto user.”

“Awesome Class Scott & Team! It shows how much work goes in to a picture. What would me frighten most, is all the black walls and curtains… Hard to light. Was so trilled to see how you made it work! Cool!”

Here’s a link to the course. If you’re not a KelbyOne Pro member, you can join now with a monthly subscription for $20 and watch this course (and ALL the rest of the incredible classes in our library). Of course, you can cancel anytime (but make sure you watch the class first). :)

Have a great Monday everybody. Stay inside, stay safe, and keep moving forward so when this awful virus is behind us, we’re in a position to really take things to the next level. :)

-Scott

Start your week off right by doing something really important. Go Back Up Your Photos, right now.

I get an email or Facebook message on a regular basis with another heartbreaking story from a photographer who didn’t have a back-up of their photos, and they lost every photo they had taken in the last few years, including photos of their family — everything — gone forever.

Stop whatever you’re doing and right this very minute, and take a few minutes to protect the visual history of your life, and back up your images. Just drag them from your computer onto an external hard drive. It takes so much less effort than you’d think.

If you don’t have one: here’s a link to one of the portable drives I use —  it’s a WD 4-terabyte portable USB 3.0 drive for just $89 at B&H Photo. $89! That is incredibly inexpensive, (and it works like a champ).

My Backup and Lightroom Organization Strategy

If you’re a KelbyOne Pro, I have an entire course on backing up and organizing your images on your back-up drive and then in Lightroom. It’s called my 2019 “Simplified Lightroom Image Management System” (or SLIM System for short) and folks have told me so many times how helpful it has been to them and you might find it helpful, too — here’s the link.

Anyway, this is just your friendly reminder that this is, officially, “Back Up Your Photos Monday.” :)

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Houston & LA – I’m Headed Your Way!

The next stops for my full-day “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar are Houston on Monday, March 23, and then Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 25th. Hope you can come out and join me for the day. Tickets and info right here.

Have a good one!

Scott

Last week I did a tutorial over at my Lightroom blog (LightroomKillerTips.com) and it was on how to create a 6-up layout in the print module (six tall images on one page). In that tutorial I showed how to use the Identify Plate so you can add text below your image. Even as I was writing the tutorial, I couldn’t help but think, “This is just a mess.”

It was Adobe that first brought professional type to computing — it’s in their DNA — heck a ton of our fonts have Adobe in the title, but when it came to Lightroom, it’s like Adobe got amnesia. Lightroom has the most limited type features of any program you have today on your computer. Any of them. Even Apple’s free TextEdit app runs rings about Lightroom’s type features…with one exception and that’s what this post is about.

Take a look at the Type panel from Lightroom Classic’s Book module (below):

Tracking, Leading, Kerning, Baseline Shift…actual real type controls and even text style presets. Real type controls, and this is already in Lightroom Classic inside the Book module.

Dear Adobe: Please copy this panel over to the Print Module and the Slideshow module.

You’ve already created it. It’s got a UI. It’s already a panel inside of Lightroom. It’s already there, just one module over. Please make type in Lightroom at least decent.

I know this might not be on the top of your Lightroom wish list, but this is already there. It’s not like we’re asking for a new feature — just take one that’s already there and copy it to where it will do more good. It’s low-hanging fruit. Pick it!

Thanks for listening. :)

-Scott

P.S. I’m off to San Diego tomorrow for my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar on Wed, and then in Phoenix on Thursday. Nearly 500 photographers are coming out – if you’re not signed up, it’s not too late. Here’s the link for tickets and more info.

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