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The pre-conference Photoshop World sessions start today, and if you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late. In short; it’s three days (plus today’s pre-conference workshops), and three tracks, all online, with the whole conference archived for an entire year so you can catch any classes you missed or rewatch any of your favorites. It’s all taught by an incredible team of the best-known Photoshop gurus, Lightroom experts, and photographers in our industry.

Plus, we have a special after-hours event – “A evening with Moose Peterson” that will truly be something special, and something folks will be talking about long after the event.

Tickets and more info are right here – it’s not too late – don’t miss out and then hear how awesome it all was – be a part of it. Get your ticket right now. :)

OK, onto our Photoshop Tip (no audio)

This is really handy – check it out (remember, no audio. No talking. Etc., cause it doesn’t need it).

Told ya – that’s pretty handy, right?

Looking forward to seeing everybody at the conference. I’ve got some really cool stuff to share in my classes. Hope you can make it. :)

–Scott

I have to think the answer is “Yes.”

I saw Digital Photography World’s article about both Nikon and Panasonic officially announcing they will no longer be developing compact point-and-shoot cameras, and my initial reaction was, “Someone still makes point-and-shoot cameras?” (apparently Canon and Sony do), along with, “Everybody is already carrying a great point-and-shoot camera – one that will do things even the most expensive point and shoots can’t (like make a phone call), and if the rumors are even in the ballpark, in about a week or so, they’re about to get way, way better. Here’s a link to the article – worth a read.

Next week is the Photoshop World 2022 Conference

First, check out the trailer (Below);

It’s not too late to sign up for the greatest Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photography conference on the planet.

Just like always, you can watch any session in any of the tracks, and we archive the entire conference for a full year so you can catch any sessions you missed or re-watch any sessions you want to see again.

Check out this amazing lineup of instructors:

Tickets and more info at photoshopworld.com – go sign up right now, and we’ll see you next week!

A quick look at how the Platypod gear is being used in the field

The folks at Platypod just released this 1-minute video (it’s really well done), which shows all the different ways their stuff is being used in photography and video, and it’s pretty cool (it’s also neat to see how far they’ve come from their founding back in 2014. They’re good people). Give it a quick look (below):

I’ve Got One Spot Left For My Travel Photography Workshop in Tuscany, Italy

Will you be the one to grab that last spot? It’s going to be an incredible learning, laughing, eating Italian food, shooting, post-processing, and speaking in bad Italian accents kinda-workshop with me and the brilliant Mimo Meidany. Fly into Florence and come join us this October. Details and the magic ticket are right here.

Today’s the last day to upload your best image from the Worldwide Photo Walk to the official Photo Competition

How to submit your image into the contest:

  1. Edit your favorite photo, making sure the final file size is less than 5MB.
  2. Login to your account at worldwidephotowalk.com.
  3. Navigate to Your Walk found in the top navigation bar.
  4. Scroll down and click on the Contest tab found under the map.
  5. Use the form provided to upload your photo submission.
  6. While you’re there, visit the Gallery page to view other walkers’ submissions.

Don’t miss out on entering your best image from the Photo Walk. Good luck, everybody! :)

That’s it for this Friday. Hope to see you all next week at the Conference. Have a great weekend, and hope to catch you back here next week. :)

-Scott

If you’re still wondering whether you should register for Photoshop World, here are just a few more examples of what you might learn, or be inspired by, from our instructors. Below are excerpts from just a few of our favorite Photoshop World instructors’ guest blogs. Click on their names to view the full posts. And if you find inspiration in these, just imagine what’s in store for you at Photoshop World! It’s coming up on August 30 – September 1, so don’t wait to register.


Tracy Sweeney: Newborn Photography

Often, when styling newborns, I include seasonal elements. I think about the cyclical nature of life and documenting a baby’s entry into this world in a seasonal fashion adds interest and meaning to my images. Since I live in an area where seasons are so distinct, I am rejuvenated throughout the year with the transitional colors and textures and my images are always changing.

I do this either through natural elements, in fall for example: pine cones, leaves, pumpkins and apples, or with color: gold, brown, orange and red.

Fall

Similarly, I do this for all the seasons with various natural items or nature inspired textures.

Winter

Spring

Summer

However, remember: one set, many images. I recognize that not everyone will necessarily want a seasonally focused image, or they do not want many. So, I begin with the full set, and then detract items for a simpler look.

Tip: Do not invest a lot money in seasonal pieces as they are only used for a short amount of time and trends change quickly. Find natural items outdoors that you can incorporate (i.e. pine cones, leaves,  flowers, wood, etc. Inspect everything carefully for bugs and debris prior to using. If you photograph in an urban area or prefer artificial elements, check the sale aisles after the holidays and seasons for discounts.


Kirk Nelson: Special Effects for Photography

Smoke is generally a difficult element to work with as real smoke is dangerous. More people die from smoke inhalation than from fire, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Smoke is also difficult to control as it generally stems from fire and not something I like to have in my studio space!

There are products on the market that do a great job of creating smoke safely, and I’ve used smoke grenades before for some fun setups with models, engaged couples, grads, etc. But for crafting digital resources to use in compositing, I like using something a little more controllable, cheap, and easily attainable: Dry Ice. Mixing dry ice and water doesn’t produce smoke, it produces water vapor, but that looks identical to smoke and behaves in a very similar fashion. Plus, it’s completely safe to breath around! The primary difference is that smoke rises, and water vapor sinks. That just means you have to find a way to elevate the container producing the vapor, and that can be as simple as a cookie sheet on the edge of a table.

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If you’re wondering whether you should register for Photoshop World, here are just a few examples of what you might learn, or be inspired by, from our instructors. Below are excerpts from just a few of our favorite Photoshop World instructors’ guest blogs. Click on their names to view the full posts. And if you find inspiration in these, just imagine what’s in store for you at Photoshop World!


Gilmar Smith: Make The Best With What You Have, and Develop A Personal Style

I still work with the first and only camera I’ve ever had. My trusty Canon 5D Mark II. I bought my Elinchrom strobes at around the same time I bought my camera. It was probably September of 2011, and those are still the only ones I have. My computer is about that old too. It even died on me a couple of months ago, and I got a new hard drive, a new battery, turned to YouTube, and fixed it myself. This is proof that when you want something you go for it. I can’t make excuses. I do drool over gear, but I’m supporting two kids on my own and building my empire brick by brick. So, I make the best with what I have.

It goes back to what makes you unique. I get a lot of messages from people asking me how can they jump into the photography business to make a living. And, to be honest, those questions were the inspiration to write this blog post.

I don’t have all the answers. My process hasn’t been easy. I’ve gotten a lot of doors shut on my face, and I’ve had to dust myself off, get up and try again. But I’ve been fully committed all the time.

First, find your niche, then, make your work stand out from the rest. You can only do that by investing long hours on your craft. Try different techniques. There’s no shortcut. Put the hours in and be creative.


Moose Peterson: Passion Tells The story

Where do you start? Well in this instance, you start by first making introductions and the simple portrait. Always working on making the uncommon from the common, we start at the hangar. With nothing more required than a camera and lens, I’ll show you by simply moving a subject back into a hangar you can find dramatic lighting to create that first portrait. That huge door wide open is a great light source and the hangar is a place pilots are very comfortable. Combining the two is how you introduce your skills and passion to the pilot that can lead to so much more, hopefully that air to air photo mission. In our Air to Air class, we also start in the beginning, which means on the ground. Light is what wraps up our visual storytelling and learning that on the ground is essential! How do you do that? You’ll see as we “fly” a model around looking at the light falling on it, the background and then the combo to tell the story. You learn just like the pilots do, in ground school before you take to the air. We’ve laid it all out for you so all you have to do is insert your passion to make it all come to life!

Photographers come to photography often thinking the f/stop, shutter speed and Photoshop are the biggest challenges to be conquered to be successful. Not to scare you, but that’s the easiest and simplest to master in this craft. It’s not till after you think you understand light that the challenge really becomes personal and the mastery creeps along. Because it is then you must invest the most important ingredient for improvement, time! Personal projects where you invest your heart, time and personality to tell the visual story are the true calling of photography. Stories unfold every second of every day around the world providing us all with an opportunity to explore and invest, to fail and succeed in and what I still feel is the grandest pursuit in life. The ball is now in your court to move forward, just remember, passion tells the story!


Kristina Sherk: Retouching in Lightroom vs. Photoshop

Let’s say you want to make five changes to the iris of your model. So – let’s hypothetically think about how we would do that in Photoshop versus Lightroom.

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It’s back again this year, and it’s three full days, multiple training tracks, all online, featuring your favorite Photoshop World instructors and the Photoshop World experience, complete with an opening keynote, Midnight Madness, the attendee party, the Guru Awards — the whole nine yards as we aim to make it as close to the in-person event as possible, which means it’s going to be awesome!

First, check out the official trailer below:

Just like always, you can watch any session in any of the tracks, and we archive the entire conference for a full year so you can catch any sessions you missed or re-watch any sessions you want to see again.

Check out this amazing lineup of instructors:

For more information or to reserve your spot now using the early-bird discount, click this link right here, and we’ll see you at the conference.

Now, it’s onto our Photo Tip Friday

(it’s actually five really quick tips) from our dear friend Rick Sammon:

Have a great weekend, everybody! :)

-Scott

We kick off every Photoshop World Conference with a movie that runs before the opening keynote, and it sets the tone for the rest of the conference. Creating these silly Photoshop-related mini movies is a tradition of ours, and with all the recent private space launches, we decided to go with a space launch theme (it didn’t hurt having Erik Kuna on the creative team). So without further ado, I present the Oscar-worthy acting, and James Cameron style production that is…the Photoshop World Opening Keynote Movie:

Hope that helped kick off your week right (or wrong?)

Cheers,

-Scott

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