Hey Gang: Just a few quick things to take you into the weekend:
(1) I messed up on my class title at Canon’s theater at WPPI Earlier in the week I said I’d be teaching Sports Photography classes in Canon’s booth, but thankfully I was way off (I gotta stop posting these things really late at night when I’m half asleep). Instead I’ll be doing three presentations where I’ll be covering how to make great portrait images using everything from natural light to hot shoe flash to strobes.
Here’s my WPPI Canon booth teaching schedule: > Monday at 10:45 am > Monday at 3:15 pm > Tuesday at 11:30 am
Hope I’ll see you at one of these in Vegas next week.
(2) I’m working on Part 5 of my “The Digital Photography Book” series I’m knee deep in the hoopla of writing the 5th part in my series, and this one is totally based on the most popular chapter in the previous four books — my “Photo Recipes” chapter, which is the last chapter in each of the books (so the new book will be titled “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes”).
I’m pretty excited about it because instead of just having one final image on one page and then describing the recipe on how to get that type of shot, I’m able to use two-page spreads for each look with a behind-the-scenes image to better illustrate the technique and I’m pretty psyched how it’s coming out. It’ll be out later this year (you’ll be the first to know). :)
(3) First, look at that list above. Amazing, right! There’s only once place on earth where they all come together for three days to teach you everything from Photoshop to Photography, Lighting to Lightroom, and that’s The Photoshop World Conference in Atlanta. It’s next month (OK, well April 8-10th). You can meet them in person, be inspired in their classes, and learn their secrets and techniques for three solid days.
If you’ve never been to Photoshop World and experienced this for yourself, now’s your chance (save $100 by beating the Early Bird deadline). Here’s the link — come join me and them PLUS other amazing instructors like:
Bill Fortney, Brian Smith, Russell Preston Brown, Aaron Blaise, Alan Hess, Brian Hughes, Colin Smith, Eddie Tapp, Jack Reznicki, Ed Greenberg, Erik Valind, Felix Nelson, Fay Sircis, Jack Davis, Helene Glassman, Jason Groupp, Jim Divitale, Kevin Ames, Larry Becker, Joe Glyda, Pete Collins and Vincent Versace.
OK, I gotta run — taping a class with Dave Black today (Whoo Hoo!). Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. Cheers. :)
Hi Gang: Here’s some weekend stuff that might have slipped by ya:
(1) I did a post over at Exposure.so on the “Classic Cars of Cuba” I am super-digging Exposure.so as a source for my photographic storytelling, and to that end, I released a post there yesterday about shooting the pre-1960s classic American cars of Havana, Cuba.
(2) Joe McNally absolutely rocked ‘The Grid!” Having just come of an amazing night, where Joe taped a class for KelbyOne called “Behind The Lens: An Evening With Joe McNally” (which gained him a roaring standing ovation from the crowd, despite the fact that Joe never touched a camera, or a light, nor even showed a single one of his images, which gives you an idea of what kind of class it was!), Joe followed it up with a Grid Episode one reader wrote in to us to say:
“Your Grid interview with Joe McNally was the best 80 min of instruction I’ve seen..”
I posted the episode right below so you can see for yourself â” Joe is just brilliant! His class should be live on KelbyOne in about three weeks.
By the way, here’s few images from the taping of our “Behind the Lensâ¦.” class with Joe (click for a larger view):
(3) If you’re interesting in how to do “Focus Stacking”… watch this! RC did a great tutorial over on our Photography Tips & Tricks show, and if you’ve ever wondered “how’d they do that?” you’re about to learn exactly how it’s done. Thanks RC!
(4) Come spend the day with me! I’m kicking off this year’s “Shoot Like a Pro” tour in Tampa in just 11 days, on Friday, Feb. 21st (skip work, come spend the day with me, make it a long weekend, etc.). I’ve already got over 300 photographers signed up for Tampa — why not you! Come and join me (you’ve got nothing to lose — it’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it’s not the best photography seminar you’ve ever attended at any price, period!).
Then it’s on to Atlanta on Monday the 24th and then Phoenix on March 12th. Here’s where ya go to sign-up: http://bit.ly/14bAUDJ Hope I’ll see you in person at one soon.
(5) Did you see who’s speaking at Photoshop World? That’s right, Peter Hurley! For the first time ever, we’re are psyched to have the one and only Peter Hurley, teaching at Photoshop World. He is literally one of the hottest photographers on the planet today and here’s what he’s teaching:
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 THE ART BEHIND THE HEADSHOT - TOP 10 TIPS
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 TOP 10 HEADSHOT BLUNDERS
Peter is an amazing, hilarious, and passionate teacher and you can meet him, and learn from him, live this April. Come and meet trainers like Peter, and Zack Arias, and Jeremy Cowart,Joe McNally,Moose Peterson, Jay Maisel,Dave Black, Joel Grimes, Tamara Lackey,Me,Matt,RC, Pete and Corey (the Photoshop Guys) and many, many more. You’ve always wanted to go to Photoshop World and now it’s in Atlanta (Delta’s hub) so now’s your chance. Register by March 1st to save $100 on a full conference pass. See you there!
(6) Adobe’s John Nack is now Google’s John Nack One of my favorite people at Adobe, John Nack, is now over at Google. When I first met John he was the Photoshop product manager and over the years he helped steer Photoshop’s development at critical times during it’s development, and I always knew it was in good hands. I wound up working with John quite a bit over the years, and in 2008 we honored John’s contribution to the development of Photoshop by inducting him into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.
John was really passionate about product development and over the years he wound up moving to work on different projects at Adobe, including developing the mobile version of Photoshop, and I’m sure he’ll carry on this passion over at Google where I imagine we’re about to see some amazing thing happen over there. John has an awful lot of friends here at Kelby Media Group, and here on the blog, and we wish him nothing but the very best on this new chapter in his career. You can read John’s farewell post over at his Adobe blog (at this link). Photo by Jeff Schewe.
(7) Lindsay Adler just created something really, really clever for photographers One of the things I’ve always loved about Lindsay’s work is the amazing styling that goes into her shoots. The dresses are always those “Where in the world did you find that!” type of amazing dresses, and I guess Lindsay realized how much we’re struggling to find New York Style where we live, so she created a resource called “Dream Shoot Rentals” where photographers can rent amazing fashion outfits and really stunning accessories without being in New York (and without the New York prices, which is sweet because I’m renting one for an upcoming shoot for the book I’m working on now).
Anyway, her official launch will be at WPPI in Las Vegas next month but you can follow her fashions now on her Facebook page. Congrats to Lindsay for creating this very clever, and affordable resource for photographers, and I wish her tremendous success!
Have an awesome Monday (I know, that’s a stretch). See ya back here tomorrow.
P.S.Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter to catch my free “30-second Photoshop tip of the day” silent tutorials.
With more than 1.5 million people subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud, we wanted to release a whole bunch of online training classes on everything from InDesign to Illustrator, Premiere Pro to Muse, TypeKit to Behance, Photoshop to Lightroom and everything in between.
Each weekday for the entire month of February we’ll be releasing another NEW class on one of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications over at KelbyOne.com, along some other other already cool classes we had planned for February.
WATCH THEM FREE EACH WEEKDAY! We are broadcasting each class FREE from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET — just that day — then it goes back in the Disney Vault, errrr I mean then it’s available just for subscribers after that one free day. The free broadcasts start on Monday, February 3rd. Here’s the link where you can find the FREE airings (again, that’s starting today at 6pm).
So, what’s coming next? We are just getting’ started! We’ll be adding something really unique mid-March for KelbyOne subscribers and you’re gonna be super-diggin’ it, but until then, I hope you’ll check out all the new classes we’re releasing this month.
McNally is #1! First, a hearty congratulations and a big high five to my buddy Joe McNally for being named the #1 Most Inspiring Photographer in PhotoShelter’s 2nd annual “Photographers Outlook” survey of more than 5,700 photographers. I didn’t get to vote in this survey, but I would have voted for Joe myself because I look to him and his work first when I need inspiration. Way to go big Joe!!! :-)
Photographer’s State of the Union (hint: it ain’t pretty) This past Wednesday on “The Grid” we took a frank look at where the industry is today, what photographers are struggling with, and how to make the most of it, and you’ve got a break and want to check it out, it’s right here (above).
If you’re a landscape photographer, man do we have a book for you! So many Photographers have been asking Matt to share his complete landscape post-processing workflow that Matt has now put it all together in this one short (68 page), clear, concise eBook and he totally killed it! H spills all the beans of his whole process using Lightroom and Photoshop. Here’s the link to it on Amazon and Apple’s iBooks Store (it’s only $9.99). Congrats Matt on the launch! NOTE: the book currently has a 1-star rating on Amazon but that’s only because of an old font/text flow issue that has since been resolved — the content and what he shares is definitely 5-star stuff!
That’s it for this Friday. Got some big news coming on Monday so I’ll hope we’ll see you here then. :)
Happy Friday everybody! Here’s a few quickies to take you into the weekend:
If Only This Software Actually Existed I shared this wild video on social media yesterday, and was asking the question, “Is this software real?” Apparently, it’s not — it’s a music video with a message, but man do I love the on-screen interface, and what it does (well, theoretically) is amazing. Either way, the video had to be really challenging to make. Give it a quick look — it’ll totally blow your mind.
Dissolve: changing the playing field for stock video clips I predict this is gonna blow up big time: it’s called “Dissolve” and it’s a very clever, super-low cost stock video footage service. They’re licensing HD video clips starting at an average of around $5 a clip, which is a game-changer price. It’s from one of the co-founders of istockphoto, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns into the next big thing. The video above does a clever job of explaining why you might want to license stock video in the first place. Here’s a link to their site, and their blog. Looks really interesting.
Matt’s Long Exposure Online Class is Getting Big Love! I didn’t even do the class, and people are emailing me about how much they love it. Matt (Kloskowski) told me of all the classes he’s done at KelbyOne, this one has really just struck a chord with people on a level he never expected. If you’re a KelbyOne subscriber, you gotta go watch Matt’s class. Here’s the link.
Come spend the day with me in Tampa My first seminar of the season is coming next month as my “Shoot Like a Pro” tour comes to Tampa, Florida. Hope you can come join me for the day. Here’s the link if you wanna come. :)
Count Your Blessings, Folks This has nothing to do with Photography or photography, but if you take just a couple of minutes and watch this video clip, it will astound you (and seriously remind you count your blessings, and remind us to stop complaining about life’s little inconveniences). You’ll truly admire what this amazing man does for his family. I am speechless.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend; try to stay warm, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.
It’s official! (Watch the short video above first, then I put together a short Q&A below to help answer any questions you might have). Thanks so much for all your support, and we’re looking forward to a really amazing year (and this is just the beginning). :)
Q. If I'm already a member of NAPP or Kelby Training, is there an extra charge for all this new stuff? A.Nope â” you just get it all now that we've become KelbyOne.
Q. I'm already a NAPP member, what does that mean for me? A.It means your membership just got a whole lot better (even though that's terribly bad grammar, which is probably why we employ so many editors, but clearly none of them were allowed to read this Q&A). You now get access to the entire library of Kelby Training's online classes. All of them. Literally thousand of videos, hundreds of full-length classes. You get it all!
Q. If I'm already a Kelby Training subscriber, what does that mean for me? A.Your world of learning just got a whole lot bigger and better. It means you now have also have all of the benefits of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals rolled into your membership, but at no extra cost to you. Lots more stuff at the same price. It's a mountain of training, and you get it all.
Q. So, if I'm already a NAPP member, how much will it cost when it's time to renew my membership? A.We're "grandfathering you in" at NAPP's original renewal price. Since back in the 1990s, NAPP membership has always been just $99, and so if you're a NAPP member, you can renew your KelbyOne membership for that same $99 (even though the full price is $249). Best of all, your renewal rate stays the same, as long as you don't leave KelbyOne. If you leave, and then decide to come back at some time in the future, you'd have to join from scratch at the new price of $249, so in shortâ¦don't leave.
Q. But what if I'm a Kelby Training Subscriber? A.You're grandfathered in, too! A Kelby Training membership and renewal has been $199 for years, and thankfully that's not going to change for you â” as long as you remain a KelbyOne member. If you leave, and then decide to come back at some later time, you'd have to join from scratch at the new price of $249, so stay up to date and you're locked in at the old price.
Q. What if I have both? A.You can renew at whichever membership you had first. So, if you were a NAPP member, and you later joined Kelby Training, you can renew at the NAPP price. If you joined Kelby Training first, then you'd renew at the Kelby Training price instead.
Q. You really want me to stay as a member, don't you? A. Are you kidding? Absolutely! So much so, that we just doubled all your member benefits without raising your cost. We really, really want you with us, and there's a lot more great stuff coming, starting as soon as Feb 1st.
Q. What can I expect from KelbyOne in 2014? A.Lots of amazing new classes, including more classes on shooting and editing DSLR video, lots more training for graphics programs like Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, Dreamweaver and more. Along with the most amazing photography classes we've ever produced. More classes from your favorite teachers (like Joe McNally, Jeremy Cowart, Moose Peterson, Joel Grimes, Lindsay Adler, and of course me and the "Photoshop Guys"), plus lots of amazing new classes from some instructors that will blow your mind!
Q. What does a brand new member pay? A.It's $25 per month, or they save $50 by choosing an Annual Subscription at just $249.
Q. So does the NAPP member site roll over into the KelbyOne site now? A.Absolutely! Right now, we're still maintaining the NAPP site for our members convenience, but it's all rolling over to KelbyOne. A lot of it is there already, but we've made lots of improvements.
Q. What else is new? A. For our online classes, we now have a completely new, vastly updated player which makes watching the videos even better. Now you can watch our classes at 1.5x speed or even 2x speed. Also, you can pop out the viewer into a separate floating window, and just overall it's a much better user experience than ever before.
Q. What about the App? When can we expect an update? A.Our newly redesigned iPad App is already at Apple awaiting their approval. As soon as they give it the thumbs up, we'll release it. It's much improved, and we're already working on the next update to the App which will include the ability to download a class for offline viewing, so you can watch classes while you're on a plane, or train, subway, etc. without a wifi connection. All good stuff.
Q. Will the magazine still be called "Photoshop User" magazine? A. Yup. It's still the same magazine, produced and written by the very same people.
Q. Will everybody now get all the NAPP member discounts? A. Yup, we're all in this together. KelbyOne will offer the same benefits offered previously from NAPP and KelbyTraining, but now it's just one product at one price from one source. Yay!
Q. You seem pretty excited about this! A. I really am, and this is just the beginning â” the first step, of what we have planned this year. For anyone who wants to learn Photoshop, Photography, Lightroom, Design, Video or Lighting, this is going to be an incredible journey for them. No matter how you like to learn, we've got you covered.