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Hi everybody – happy Friday, and here’s what’s up:

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My “Simplified Lightoom Image Management” System
Last night, in front of a live audience, I taped a class I’ve been working on for quite some time designed for photographers whose Lightroom organization is either a total mess (very common), or it’s not a mess but it’s too complicated and/or time consuming to keep up. It’s a whole new way of thinking about how to organize your images, both before you get into Lightroom and after, and I can’t wait to share it with you on KelbyOne once it’s finished up (about four weeks or so I imagine). Thanks to everyone who came out and spent the evening with me last night, and thanks for all the wonderful feedback – can’t wait to share this with the world! :) [photo credit: Kim Doty]

Real Estate Photography Photo Critiques (and tips!)
Definitely one of our best episodes of the year, and that’s thanks our guest, California-based Real Estate photographer Thomas Grubba. He was awesome, and although the episode was supposed to just real estate photo critiques (using images submitted by our viewers), there were so many great questions pouring in, that we had to take a bunch of them, and Thomas totally rocked it, giving insights into everything from lighting, color, composition, and gear. Absolutely top notch episode, and you can watch it right above.

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Charlotte – I’m there with my seminar on Monday!
Hope you can come out (I already have a couple of hundred photographers signed up, but we’ve got room for one more!). It’s my “Shoot like a Pro tour, Reloaded!” – hope you can come out and join me there on Monday. http://kelbyonelive.com

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Gabe’s Night Photography Class Rocks!
I know Brad announced this new nighttime photography class yesterday, but last night one of my audience members had already watched the class and he was absolutely raving about it, and the instructor, my friend Gabriel Biderman. Gabe literally wrote the book on night time photography, and we’re honored to have him teaching with us at KelbyOne. Here’ the link to Gabe’s new class.

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Want some cool Lightroom tips?
Well, I’ve been cranking them out over on our sister site: LightroomKillerTips.com – a few of mine from this week:

> Reader Question: Can you create Crop Tool presets? (yes you can! link)
> Quick Develop’s Hidden Little Secret (link)
> How to Clearly See Sensor Dust and Spots on your image (link)

I post there three times a week (monday, Wed and Fri), so if you’re into learning Lightroom, I invite you to pop on by. link

OK, gotta run! Lots of share on Monday about my speaking schedule next week at Photo Plus Expo in New York City. Can’t wait!! :)

Best,

-Scott

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Hey gang, just a quick update on where we are on the Worldwide Photo Walk.

Let’s look at the numbers first, cause they’re awesome!

(1) We had 24,338 walkers participate
(2) We had 1,068 walks organized around the world
(3) We have raised (so far), over $24,000+ for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya (which is more than double what we raised last year. This is a BIG awesome win!! Whoo Hoo!!!)

Thank you to all the leaders who gave their time and expertise; thanks to everybody who joined a walk, and of course a big thank you to everyone who bought a t-shirt or donated to the Orphanage. What a blessing this will be for them (and for you, too!).

Now, some housekeeping stuff:


(1) The deadline to enter the main photo contest is…
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 12:00 Midnight EDT.

To enter your image (which must have been taken during the official walk), go to the WorldwidePhotoWalk official web site; log-in with your user name and password; then from the top right side of the menu bar select “Your Walk.” Then, on your walk page, go to the Contest Tab (as shown below), and click on the photo contest button (shown circled in red below).

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Our contest this year is handled by the folks at ViewBug. They’ll ask you to create a free ViewBug account, and you can submit your one image to the photo competition there.


 

WALK LEADER PHOTO CONTEST

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(2) The deadline for the Leader photo contest is…
…the same as above for the walkers (Sunday, Oct. 16th, 2016); go to the site; log-in with your user name and password, and from the Leader’s Dashboard, in the top menu click on “Photo Walk” and from the pop-down menu choose “Your Photo Walk.” Then click on the Contest tab, and you’ll see a button for “Enter Leader Contest” (as shown above).

That’s it for now. Lots more contests and fun coming up, including the “Video Contest” (with an awesome prize from Canon USA our awesome sponsor — more on this next week), plus the People’s Choice Awards, and the announcement of all the finalists and winners.

Hope you found that helpful. Make sure you stop back tomorrow for a very special guest blog/tribute to one of the true greats in our industry.

Best,

-Scott

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Canon just announced perhaps one of the most anxiously awaited new cameras in years — the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. I got a chance to do a shoot with it (see the video below), and I have to say, it’s not only probably the best camera Canon’s ever made, it’s arguably one of the best cameras ever made, period. I just fell in love with it!

First, check out the video where I go over all the main specs (and I share a few shots from my first shoot with it).

That video covered all the really big features, but…
there’s all sorts of other cool stuff in this camera, so head over to Canon’s site to read the press release about all the other stuff, like built-in light flicker correction and a new noise algorithm, and enhanced scene recognition and face detection capabilities, and all that type of stuff.

In the meantime, here’s some more picture of the body, which look astonishingly like the old 5D Mark III body!

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Above: The back view which look very familiar. 

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Above: Side view with lens attached (seriously, where you would be without these helpful captions)?

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Above: What could this be? Wait! Wait! I know! Is it — the top of the camera? Yes, you are correct (said the council on the glaringingly obvious. So why did I make these captions at all? Because it looks better!). 

Canon also announced a couple of new lens (one that I am particularly interested in is the newly updated 16-35mm and they also announced a 24-105mm. Both expected in October I believe).

OK, that’s the big news today. I’m in Indianapolis with my seminar today. I expect to meet a bunch of very excited Canon shooters there today!

Best,

-Scott

 

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I shared this a few weeks ago over on my daily Lightroom tips blog (LightroomKillerTips.com) and I thought you guys over here might find them useful as well. It’s three of my favorite, quick little Lightroom shortcuts. Nothing really earth-shaking here, but just really useful bread-and-butter stuff worth knowing.

Here’s what they are, and why I think they’re so handy:

Hope you find that helpful.

Best,

-Scott

Hi Gang: Happy Monday, and I thought we’d kick this week off with a quick look at some social media stuff for photographers:

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(1) Twitter finally stops penalizing us for using photos
I wrote a post about this problem back in December — begging Twitter to step penalizing us for attaching a photo by taking away characters from our 140-character limit. Well, they recently announced that they are lifting that penalty and now we can add a photo and still have our full 140-character limit. They haven’t given a firm date for this yet, just that we should expect it “…over the coming months” (you can read their announcement here). Now, if we could just get one 10-character hashtag added on to that 140-character limit… ;-)

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(2) Instagram’s new algorithm goes live
So far, I haven’t noticed a difference as it’s only been live a few days now, but the order you’ll see things in your feed might be slightly different (here’s a good article on the new rollout this week from TechCrunch). So far I haven’t noticed a big difference, and I haven’t really talked to anyone who says there’s something noticeable under the new scheme, so….so far so good, but posts are no longer in the chronological order we’re used to seeing.

By the way — a big thanks to everyone following me over on Instagram — I’m coming up on 75,000 followers, and I’m really enjoying the very friendly community of sharing there (I think it’s the friendliest of the social sites by far).

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(3) You’re probably missing most of my posts on Facebook
Facebook picks and chooses which posts you see, even if you’ve chosen to follow someone — they choose whether you see that person’s posts or not. That’s especially true for people like me with a Facebook Brand page. I have nearly 190,000 people following me, but only a small percentage ever see my posts UNLESS I actually pay to have them boosted. Then Facebook shows them to more people.

Facebook uses a computer algorithm to sense if what a user is posting might possibly be an ad or promotion (right or wrong, and it’s often wrong), and instead of showing my post to the 190,000 people who have asked to follow me, instead it will literally show it to just 230 or so people. Ugh. That’s why so many people miss my calls for submissions for The Grid’s Blind Photo critiques, or when we do a free Webcast or if I give away free copies of my book, or free tickets to my seminars. They simply don’t ever see them. If I don’t pay to boost them, Facebook makes sure virtually nobody sees them. However, if you want to see these types of things from me, you can request to see all my (or any users) posts. Here’s how:

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On your Facebook page – go to your Newsfeed Preferences and choose which of the pages you follow that you want to see all their posts (as shown above). That’s it. :)

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Iconosquare (stats for Instagram) goes Pro!
I’ve been raving about the online service Iconosquare, which is a site that helps you grow your Instagram audience by helping you determine everything from the best day and time to post, to which type of posts get the most engagement, and so on. Really amazing stats and incredibly useful. Anyway, they’ve just upgraded their service to Iconosquare Pro, and if you haven’t looked at them in a while, it’s worth checking out. Here’s the link.

Hope you found that helpful.

I’m off to Orlando tomorrow…
…for my seminar. I hope I’ll be seeing you there! (it’s not too late if you want to come out and spend the day with me). Next stop, Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday.

Have a good one. :)

-Scott

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I was on the road all last week (flying from Tampa to San Francisco to New York and then back to Tampa all in just four days. Ugh!), and while I was on the road, I was asked on social media for my reaction to the recent developments at B&H Photo (I imagine it’s because I’ve had such a close relationship with them over the years).

My friends at B&H Photo are literally some of the finest people I’ve ever worked with, and if you knew them like I do, you’d know they are among the most caring, moral, and ethical business people in our industry, and I know this feeling is shared by so many people and companies that interact with them often. Taking care of people the way they do is what they do best, and why they’ve become such a success. So, today I was going to address the issue, but I could not have done a better job telling the other side of the story than respected educator Katrin Eismann who did address it on her Facebook page.

The folks at PhotoFocus.com graciously shared her post titled “A Visit to the B&H Photo warehouse” and for anyone with concerns, I think it’s so worth reading, especially as we are in an era where the “Internet” acts as instant judge and jury upon simply reading a headline or a short article not only without knowing the other side of the story, but without even caring to consider it.

Kudos to someone of Katrin’s stature in the community for taking the time and effort to visit B&H herself, see it with her own eyes, and share her thoughtful perspective on the other side of the story (the older I get, the more I’m reminded there’s always another side to every story).

Tomorrow I have a simple one-light lighting tutorial for you, and I hope you’ll check back then. Hope you have a better than average Monday. :)

All my best,

-Scott

 

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