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Happy Friday, everybody! Here’s what’s up:

OK, I finally got a new lens!

I unboxed it live on The Grid on Wednesday when it came in from B&H.

It’s been a while since I’ve bought a new lens, so…ya know…I was due. LOL! This is my first in Canon’s mirrorless R-mount line of lenses that match up with its EOS R mirrorless bodies. It’s the just-released 24-240mm f/4-6.4, and this is my new travel lens.

Here’s why I bought it:

(1) I can get my travel rig down in weight considerably, because I won’t be lugging my heavy 70-200mm f/2.8 with me to China next week. Just this lens, and my 16-35mm f/4 (which will hopefully be replaced with a soon to be shipping 15-35mm R-Mount lens).

(2) I won’t have to use the Adapter with this new lens since it’s built for the EOR R mirrorless.

(3) From the reviews I’ve read, it’s absolutely tack-sharp edge to edge! The lenses Canon has been releasing for their mirrorless line have been crazy sharp, and one review I read said it was so good it was worth switching to the EOS just for this lens.

(4) B&H had a killer deal on it — $899. Boom! Done.

(5) Back when I was shooting Nikon, I loved their 28-300mm as my travel lens, but since my switch to Canon six years ago, they haven’t had anything with a similar size and weight, so I got a Tamron 28-300mm that I really like and used a bunch, but this new lens is actually wider, which I love. It’s 24mm rather than 28mm. I can crop the 240mm long end just a little and get to a 300mm equivalent, but you can’t make a 28mm any wider, so starting with a 24mm is a big, big plus in my book.

(6) I love the smaller size. Works great with my Think Tank Photo sling bag. Much better fit than my 70-200mm that’s for sure.

Here’s what I wish were different:

(1) It’s an f/4 to f/6.3, and I would have preferred an f/3.5 to f/5.6. Not a deal breaker, but I’d prefer the variable range I had with my Tamron and Nikon.

(2) Get this — you don’t get a lens hood with it. You have to buy it separately for $35. Oh. Come. On!

I’ll do a field report soon

I’ll have some shots from China soon with it, and I’ve got a location portrait shoot on Monday so I’ll probably bring it as well, and I’ll let you know what I think of it once I take it through its paces.

See what you missed in Vegas!

Check out this video put together by our video crew with highlights from the recent Vegas Photoshop World. If you didn’t get to go, this is what it was like!

We’re one month away from my Worldwide Photo Walk

Well, technically yesterday was one month away because it’s Saturday, October 5th in 1,000+ cities all over the world. It’s free, it’s fun, you oughta come (Hey, that rhymes!). Here’s where to go to see if there’s a photo walk already organized near you (link). If you’re thinking, “What the heck is the Worldwide Photo Walk?” then watch this video (below).

Very Cool Video on Where to Photograph Jets at LAX

Our buddy and rockin’ guitarist Jefferson Graham has been doing a Photowalk series where he shows you cool places to shoot photo walk style, and recently he did a really cool one on where to photograph the big jets coming through LAX. If you’re in photo walks and you’re not following Jeff’s new youtube series, you oughta! Check out his “Hidden LAX” video below and don’t forget to subscribe to his page: Jefferson Graham Photowalk.

Come spend the day with me in Nashville in a few weeks

That’s my crowd in Philly last week. Such a great group – we had a blast!

My “Ultimate Photography Crash Course”full-day seminar is coming to Nashville on Wednesday, Sept. 25th at the Music City Center. It’s just $99 for the full day – includes a detailed workbook of my note, plus it’s100% money-back guaranteed if it’s not the best photography seminar you’ve ever been to, at any price. period. Tickets and details at KelbyOneLive.com (get your tickets now – my Boston seminar last week sold out in advance). 

Have a great, safe, dry weekend everybody!

-Scott

Hey hey! It’s #TravelTuesday with me, Dave Williams, and every week I’m here with something for you from the category lineup of photography, Photoshop, travel, or life. This week: – life. Mine, to be more specific.

First on the agenda, Photoshop World. It was awesome! I had my first PSW class, my “Ten Tips to Help You Create Captivating Travel Images,” and I loved it! I had a great time up on the stage in front of the attendees and it looks as though I had around 200 people in there with me. So, to those who came and to everyone who has followed along on my travels, thank you! Here’s a little look, courtesy of Brad Moore and Mark Heaps.

And, another big thanks to Rachel and the KelbyOne crew for being so ace, and for delivering me a donut onstage!

Now, since Photoshop World it seems life has resumed, which for me means travelling! I’m writing this post from the porch of the Thunderbird Lodge in Chinle, AZ, having woken up in Page and taken a look over the amazing vista at Horseshoe Bend before rolling through the landscape to Monument Valley where I’m currently shooting with Siân Elizabeth on some projects both together and independently. So far so good on that one, but I want to tell you about the little adventure that just finished.

Mark Heaps and I fulfilled a promise. Two years ago we decided we would go on a motorcycle adventure and we have now done that, albeit quite a short and sweet one (but, hopefully, the first of many.)

We collected our Triumph Tigers from Las Vegas Triumph immediately after Photoshop World ended, and we rode straight out into the blazing Nevada and Arizona deserts with one goal in our sights: – Route 66.

For three days we took in the sights on this amazing stretch of the mother road around the Seligman area, and if you didn’t know already, Seligman is perhaps better known as Radiator Springs from the Disney movie Cars. We tested our riding skills with twists and turns, ups and downs, strong side winds and dusty gravel roads, and it was amazing! I’ve been on some cool rides before but this was the most diverse, entertaining, and in some places, challenging motorcycle road trip I’ve had. Mark and I had the opportunity to share our experiences of photography training and of life in general. I already mentioned that we had planned to ride together for a couple of years, but here’s the point: –

One of the most beautiful qualities of friendship is to understand and to be understood. It refreshes the soul. Having the opportunity to share stories and experiences, and then subsequently share and adventure, came off the back of having met online through shared interest and realising we ticked the same tock, and we developed that and took it up a notch. The KelbyOne Community and Photoshop World are a fantastic way not only to learn but to share and to network. Mark and I maximised on it, and I strongly urge you to do the same so that you can click with like-minded people who speak your language, metaphorically and literally, and take on the world together.

Never let your friends get lonely. Keep disturbing them!

Much love

Dave

Adobe Keynote speaker Terry White, shown above in all four frames, totally crushed it at the conference in Vegas!

…it was just incredible (truly one of the best ever), and I’ve got a bunch of pictures and stories to share but I couldn’t get them ready in time to post them today. I’ll have ’em together pretty soon and post a link to them here, but for now…I’ve pretty much got nuthin.

Well, actually…

Over on my other blog, Lightroom Killer Tips, I have a pretty cool skin smoothing technique I picked up from Frank Doorhof when I was at the conference, and it uses the new Texture slider along with two other sliders to give the best skin smoothing I’ve seen in Lightroom yet. Here’s a link to that post.

Dave Williams at Photoshop World

Dave was teaching at Photoshop World for the first time, and I stuck my head into his travel photography class and it was absolutely packed. From all accounts, Dave rocked it, and I was thrilled to see him up on that stage! Congrats Dave. Don’t forget to catch his column tomorrow here on the blog. :)

Wednesday I’m off to Boston for my seminar there Thursday, and then Friday I’ll be in Philadelphia for my new “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar. If you’re in either one of those cities this week, come out and spend the day with me. Tickets and details here.

That’s it for now —  here’s to a rockin’ week!

-Scott

Good morning everybody! We are live-streaming the opening keynote from Adobe this morning, featuring Terry White and his keynote team from Adobe — it’s gonna rock!

It kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (Vegas time), or 1:00 PM East Coast time. You’ll super dig it.

Here’s the link to watch the live stream right here.

Please share that link with your friends, followers, social media audience, etc. They will dig it (and by proxy, you as well).

OK, it’s 1:38 am – I need to hit the sack – I’ve got my part of the keynote presentation tomorrow, and I have a book signing at the Peachpit Press official Photoshop World Bookstore; I’m teaching a class on travel photography; I’ve got some meetings with partners; I’ve got a sound check with my band, and then we play the PSW After Hours Party at night. Gonna be a full day, and a long night, and I’m gonna need that sleep.

Have an awesome day everybody! It’s Photoshop World time, Whoo hoo!! :)

-Scott

P.S. I’m totally psyched! It’s going to be an awesome day!

Hi Gang: I’ll be at Photoshop World this week (I am on my way there now), but here’s a quick update on what’s going on:

Some pics from Orlando Photoshop World earlier this year.

(1) We’ll be posting lots of photos here from the conference…

Starting tomorrow, (our pre-conference workshop day), we’ll be posting lots of photos from the conference (probably later in the day since those workshops don’t start until later in the day Vegas time). I hope you’ll check back to see the images from the event as it unfolds.

(2) We are Live-Streaming Adobe’s Opening Keynote from the conference.

I’ll post the details here and a link on Wednesday. Since our Keynote is on Wednesday, there’s no Guest Blogger this week. We’ll (well, Brad) will be posting lots of photos here, so make sure you come back on Wednesday either way.

(3) For up-to-the-minute coverage

make sure you follow either @KelbyOne or @Photoshopworld_ over on Twitter or on Instagram. If you’re out at the conference, we’d love it if you would add the hashtag #psw2019 to your tweets. :)

Above: The official trailer for my new full-day seminar

(4) This isn’t exactly Photoshop World related, but…

next week (right after Photoshop World), I’m headed to Boston and Philadelphia with my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar. Hundreds of photographers are already signed up to join me for the day — hope you can, too. Go to KelbyOneLive.com for details and tickets (it’s only $99 for the full day, including a 150+ page workbook, and it’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it’s not the best photography seminar you’ve ever attended at any price period!).

Available in the Apple App Store or Google Play

(5) Get the Photoshop World app!

If you’re going to the conference, this is a must-have. It’s incredibly helpful; it has all the events, times, class schedules (you can make your own custom class schedule), and it’s just incredibly helpful. Available for iPhones or Android. The name of the app is PSW2019.

That’s it for now gang. If you’re going to Photoshop World, make sure you stop me and say “hi.” Have a great week everybody, and don’t forget to stop by here and catch some of the action. :)

-Scott

P.S. In just a few days now we’ve approved Photo Walks in over 500 locations around the world as part of my 12th annual Worldwide Photo Walk. More info (and to sign up join a walk – it’s free) go to worldwidephotowalk.com

Hi, everybody! I’m back from my trip to Belfast/The Faroe Islands/Iceland. Such a fantastic time, but I’m glad to be back home, and back to work. Lots of pics and stories to share soon, but holy cow I cannot believe it’s only NINE days until Photoshop World Las Vegas.

Here’s some important stuff if you’re going (or thinking of going – it’s not too late. Airfare’s are still cheap and even though our room block is 100% sold out, you can can still get some great rates at The Mirage, our home for the conference. Details, tickets and travel info at photoshop world.com)

If you’re coming early…

There are still a few spots left in some of the pre-conference workshops (these are optional workshops held the day before the conference. Some go on location or have live shoots for you to do, some are more classroom-based, some are both). These are really popular because they give you a chance to deep dive into a particular topic you’re interested in a smaller, more intimate setting. Here are three, I know you will love (but they are all first-rate workshops from top to bottom):

The Art of Photographic Storytelling, with Karen Hutton

Karen is a creative wizard and in this workshop, you’re going to learn a process of how to be creative on the spot. It’s about learning to be an artist, instead of a traffic cam. How to think like an artist. Create like an artist. Explore new ideas and unlock your creative side. It’s part classroom, part shooting, lots of self-discovery and learning. Karen is a joy. You will learn so much about photography that doesn’t have to do with settings or lenses. Details here.

Mastering the Model Shoot, with Frank Doorhof

People come to The Netherlands from all over the world to learn lighting, posing, and how to work with models from Frank. He’s the author of the bestselling book “Mastering the Model Shoot” and he’s one of the best lighting guys out there. I’ve learned a ton from Frank’s workshops, and you will too. This is a class where you’ll be working and shooting the models, too, so bring your camera for sure. Details here.

Master The Dramatic Portrait With Joel Grimes

Joel is one of the best lighting instructors in the world, and earlier this year I saw a glimpse of what Joel will be teaching in this class, and I was blown away. You’re going to learn portrait lighting and posing techniques that are change everything for you. Joel is one of the most fun, engaging, and passionate teachers and his ability to communicate his techniques and really make it stick are what make him so special. What an amazing opportunity for some lucky photographers. Details here.

That’s just three workshops, but there are still just a few spots left in some of the others (some workshops are already sold out, so lock down your spot right now). Details here.

Grab One Of The Last Few Party Tickets Now!

Cause I’m getting the band back together, and not only are we playing live at the attendee party the first night, but we’re also inviting some of our instructors up for an “Instructor Jam Session” (Wait ’till you hear Frank Doorhof shred on guitar!). It’s going to be a fun night of music, drinks, and dancing, but there are a limited number of tickets left, so grab yours right now while you still can. Tickets here.

I’ve got a lot to work to do before now and conference – lots to get ready for, but this is such a fun time. Can’t wait to see everybody in Vegas! Hope I see you there! Whoo hoo!

-Scott

P.S. The week after Photoshop World I’m up in Boston and Philly with my new “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar. Come on out and spend the day with me. It’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it’s not the best photography seminar you’ve ever been to, at any price, anywhere, period! Here’s the link with more details and tickets.

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