We’ve had a mobile app for iPhone/iPad and Android for a while now, and we have the KelbyOne Magazines App so you can check out each issue of Photoshop User magazine, and Lightroom Magazine, but we’re pretty darn psyched that now you can also watch our classes on Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire with our new, free downloadable App.

The KelbyOne Mobile App

Our Mobile App gives you access to our online classes (over 700+ for Pro Members) and a whole bunch of other content via your phone or your tablet. It even allows you to download content (like classes) to view offline for when you don’t have an internet connection.

Download on iOS | Download on Android

 

 

The KelbyOne TV App

Sit back and relax with our new TV app.  Now you can curl up on the sofa or in your favorite recliner while you learn lots of cool new stuff.

Download on Roku | Download on Fire TV | Download on Apple TV

 

 

The KelbyOne Magazine App

Whether you want to read Photoshop User or Lightroom Magazine, just grab your mobile devices and stream or download any issue your want for offline viewing! Plus, KelbyOne Pro Members have full access to all the back issues of both magazines going back to 2016, right there in the app.

Download on iOS | Download on Android

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a KelbyOne Pro member, a Plus member, or even a Free member—our apps are still available to you! If you’re not already a member, What are you waiting for? Get Started now (that way so you can put all those holiday gifts to good use right after you unwrap ’em).

Hope you’ll check us out on one of these devices this weekend. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’ll be Atlanta on Tuesday with my “Photoshop for Lightroom Users”Full-day seminar. The following week I’m in Ft. Lauderdale.  Come on out and join me. :)

Get Your First Commercial Client with Social Media Video: 9 Simplified Steps to Shooting and Editing Your First Stop Motion Video

A few years ago I started sending some sweaty emails. What’s a sweaty email you ask?

The ones that make you sweat when you press send because you know what it means for your career if your recipient responds with interest.

Want to see this get animated? Let me show you!

The first client email I sent was to Levi’s. I wanted to shoot a campaign, so I sent an email that was most likely very embarrassing. I never heard back. Fast forward a few years, I’m assisting another filmmaker on a commercial shoot in California and I give a soft elevator pitch to the company saying, “Hey, I also create social media content, check out my work.”

I got the gig, then they sent a shot list of images. A part of this shot list they wanted was some “boomerangs.”

Educating the client is an important part of establishing credibility as an artist.

Clearly, you know creating a boomerang from scratch isn’t just a thing we do on our phones.

I informed the client that in order to produce a professional quality “boomerang” it’s actually a series of individually edited images which are then stitched together into a video. Mind you, I had never created one of these for a client before, but I knew it was possible and that this was a new way to make more money.

The first stop-motion video I created took me at least two hours to shoot and eight hours to edit. I really struggled with how to put it all together. But I’ve got it down now, and I think you can too if you start somewhere.

How to shoot and edit your first stop motion video:

1. Conceptualize
What is the storyline, what message are you trying to convey, what is your subject?

2. Plan the Production
Assemble the resources: do you need props, models, back drops, space, lighting?

3. Light the Scene
Bounce a strobe off of a white ceiling for the most consistent lighting or use LED continuous to create consistent lighting on your subject.

4. Stage the Scene
Imagine you’re creating a miniature movie. If you’re using props, find a way to secure them to the backdrop. If I’m shooting top down for a flat lay scene, I will tape down non-moving elements.

5. Set your Camera
First, use a tripod. This is important. Bring the subject of the image into focus, then set your camera to manual mode and don’t mess with it. Here are my most recent camera/lighting settings:

    • Alien Bee strobe at 1/2 power pointed at a white ceiling. Nikon D750 with a 24-70mm f/2.8 set at 1/160th shutter, 100 ISO, f/5.0
    • The best way to guarantee consistency is to literally not touch your camera. I use the Nikon D750’s wifi paired with the WMU mobile app via my iPad to trigger my camera. I also use the Tether Tools tethering cable connected to my computer and utilize Lightroom’s tethering capabilities to trigger the camera. This automatically imports images so I can review any subtle changes on set.

6. Action
Take the subject of the scene and move it 1-2 inches with each frame captured. Pro tip: don’t breathe. Ok, maybe I’m half joking. This part is the hardest part of the process because any small accidental movement will be noticeable in the final product. Stop motion is a meticulous process. For a simple stop motion I will only shoot about 12-16 images. With this number of images, your final animation will be about 3 seconds. If you want to create a boomerang, you only need 2-3 images to be duplicated multiple times in post-production.

7. Edit your Images
Import your photos into Lightroom. Make sure everything is edited consistently. Here’s a quick tip. Once you get your perfect edit on one of the photos. Copy that preset, and paste onto the whole set of images.

8. Edit your Stop Motion Video
I take all of my selected photos from Lightroom, right click, open as layers in Photoshop.

Once the photos are in Photoshop, I go to the motion workspace and then click create frame animation, then go to the right tab and click make frames from layers.

Your photos will appear into a timeline. Now you can choose how long you want each frame to appear. On average I choose between 0.1 and 0.2 seconds per frame.

Depending on if you shot your stop motion from beginning to end or started at the end and removed elements from the frame, you may need to reverse your frames. Now, press play and watch your stop motion come to life!

Once you create a frame animation, you have to convert this to a video timeline and export as a video, because social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram don’t allow actual GIF uploads yet. So, although you made a GIF, you will be uploading a video.

Lazy stop motion shortcut: export all of your images from Lightroom and open them in your preferred video editing software. Create a compound clip (Final Cut Pro) or nested sequence (Adobe Premiere Pro) and speed up the entire clip to wherever it feels right, then export as a video and call yourself a pro.

9. Upload and Start Conceptualizing your Next Stop Motion
You did it!

Using Stop Motion Video for Social Media Marketing
According to a Nielsen study, Social Media usage and Video Content are becoming pertinent in reaching today’s audiences. The chances that consumers are going to engage with content is 100x more likely if the content is visual over text. Video content gets more engagement than photo. So as a brand or a marketer, just knowing that consumers are spending any percentage more time interacting with video content should be a cue to get on that bandwagon and get creative with social media video advertising.

With the direction of social media marketing, your time is now; and by now, I mean yesterday. As an artist wanting to step into commercial work, the time to start is now. Start anywhere. To practice, help a friend with a small business take photos of their product. The versatility of how stop motion video can be used is a perfect reason to start adding it to either your social media marking strategy or to your service offering.

I hope this simple how-to has inspired and motivated you to pick up your camera and create your first stop motion video.

If you’re a creative and you enjoyed reading this, you may like this article, too.

McKenzie Hanson is a commercial photographer and stop motion artist based out of Chicago, Illinois. She juggles a camera in her hand and a toddler on her hip. Keep up with her on social @itskenziejean and check out more of her work at McKenzieHanson.com.

Hello, hello, hello, and welcome! It’s #TravelTuesday here on Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider so I, Dave Williams, am here for you! Yes, that’s right, for you! Every week, right here, I try to either get your cogs turning or share something to make your life a little easier or a little better. (And, it’s no easy task, let me tell you!) But, first off, I have a little story to share with you about an encounter I had with a fox, during which I learned exactly what is and what isn’t covered by the warranty offered by BlackRapid—you can read that here. Moving on, however, let me tell you what I came here to tell you!

The punchy title, above, doesn’t give a lot away really, does it? I tend to do that. I’m not going to say ‘clickbait,’ but yeah, you know. Here’s exactly what I’m going to show you:

Using Adobe Spark Post, it’s really simple to bring one of your iPhone Live Photos to life as a video to easily share anywhere. It’s so easy it’s actually going to make for a really, really short post (so I may have to drag it out somewhat ;-).

Here’s what I’ll show you how to do (I’ve helpfully embedded the file here, as well as provided a link to it separately, just in case you have a disastrous browser situation because I’m nice like that. Anyway, what was I saying about padding this out a little?):

 

 

First up, we need to launch the Adobe Spark Post app on an iPhone. Within the app, get a new project up and running.

Next, let’s add a photo. By selecting a photo already present in the post, or by using the Add Image option, select Photo Library from the list and find the Live Photo in your Gallery.

 

When adding the photo you’ll get the option seen here to select either the Photo or the Live Photo. Let’s choose Live Photo.

 

 

When the entire post is complete, hit Share in the upper-right corner, then select Video rather than Image.

 

 

This will output the post as a short video made up from the sequence of shots captured when you shot your Live Photo on your iPhone, and it’s a great way to share it easily. The file I shared with you is 3.9mb and is in MP4 format. :)

I hope you enjoy trying this method!

Adobe Spark Post is available in the Adobe CC Photography Plan and there’s a bunch of information about the Adobe Spark suite on KelbyOne.com.

Much love,

Dave

OK, guys — today, Cyber Monday, is your last chance to get our absolute best prices of the year on KelbyOne Pro annual memberships, and Photoshop World 2019 Conference Tickets (your choice: Orlando in late May or Vegas in August).

Here are the deals:

NOTE: These deals END TONIGHT at 12:00 am midnight ET

PROGRAMMING NOTE:
Today, starting at 10:00 am ET and running until 5:00 pm, at the top of every hour we’re doing LIVE 10-minute screaming deal Webcast where we convinced one of our partners to offer an insane discount but just for One-hour (and ONLY1-hour) but you’ve got to watch to get the Discount code.

Here are the details:

Who: Join Larry Becker LIVE from our studios
What: Unbelievable Cyber Monday deals that only last 1-hour TOTAL!
Where: Here’s the link
When: Today starting at 10:00 am and at the top of every hour until 5pm ET.
Why: Cause we always do something cool on Cyber Monday!

Of course, our KelbyOne & Photoshop World Conference deals are running all day today, too, so for goodness sake don’t forget about those!

OK, that’s the Cyber Monday scoop! The deals are here, but only for today!

Happy Shopping! :)

Best,

-Scott

Today is “Black Friday” (the biggest retail shopping day of the year in the US) and we’ve got our best deals of the year on:

Here’s are the links to the deals:

> KelbyOne Black Friday Deal

> Photoshop World Black Friday Deal

We’d love to have you as a KelbyOne Pro member — we have an incredible line-up of instructors and amazing courses planned for 2019, and you’ll be joining a worldwide community of people just like you, helping each other, sharing their techniques, and taking advantage of a ton of benefits that make your membership absolutely invaluable.

Photoshop World: Orlando or Vegas in 2019 — Your Pick!
Of course, we’d love to have you spend three-amazing days with us in Orlando next May, or in Vegas next August, at the conference. Hope you cash in on these deals right now.

By the way – here’s a quick look at last year’s conference, and why Photoshop World is so awesome (and why you’ve gotta be there)!

Hope you have a great weekend (#rolltide), and we’ll see ya back here on Monday! :)

Happy Shopping!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. On “Cyber Monday” we’ll be doing LIVE broadcasts EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR with special “1-hour only screaming deals” we’ve specially arranged with our partners. These are CRAZY deals. Join the always awesome Larry Becker on Monday (I’ll have all the details here on Monday, so make sure you start your day here).  

Today is a big holiday in the US; it’s a day where we take time off to celebrate all the things we’re thankful for. We get together with family; over-eat a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal, and then we watch football until we pass out. It’s just about a perfect day.

I got up this morning feeling especially grateful for the many blessings I enjoy all year long, and I wanted to take a few minutes to share the things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving Day. I believe counting your blessings is one of the best things a person can do (and that this list of 200 is only a start, is a real blessing to me for sure).

Here they are, (in no particular order):

I’m thankful….

1. that I got to marry the girl of my dreams (it’ll be 30-years this coming September)

2. for Keurig Coffee Makers

3. for little hole-in-the-wall restaurants

4. for having a big brother I could always look up to

5. that she said “yes!”

6. for the “Skip” button on YouTube ads 

7. when I hear the ringtone that lets me know my son is texting us

8. for Seinfeld reruns 

9. that I learned how to use Photoshop and Lightroom

10. for lazy Saturday mornings when we just chill

11. for Saturday College Football games and that our son chose a big football school (#rolltide!)

12. for Hulu and Netflix and Amazon Prime

13. for Maggie the Wonderdog

14. for how happy Maki the SuperDog makes my wife

15. for that first cup of coffee in the morning

16. that my wife got us a Latte maker

17. for big greasy double-cheeseburgers served in restaurants whose cleanliness is so suspect that my wife would never eat there

18. for anytime I drive up to our house, and see our son’s truck sitting out front

19. that first morning hug from my wifey

20. that the Buc’s miserable season is mercifully almost over

21. that this year the Patriot’s aren’t as good as they usually are

22. for any chilly day here in Florida

23. for my daughter’s wonderful sense of humor

24. when my daughter shares her drawings with me

25. for CoffeeMate individual creamers

26. that my son was born with the built-in love of helping and looking out for other people

27. for the text my son just sent us as I’m writing this that brought tears to my eyes 

28. for my daughter’s laugh

29. for all the family traditions that my wife fosters and we all love

30. that our kids get to attend great schools

31. for Dunkin Donut’s drive-thru in the morning, and that they’ll make your coffee just the way you like it

32. for Terry White

33. for the kind people who read my blog each day

34. for all the little things

35. for our cozy couch for watching TV

36. for Logic Pro X (the wonderful recording studio software on my Mac)

37. for Pizza, and the fine people who deliver them. 

38. for mornings where Maggie doesn’t bark at other children and parents in the car line

39. that my son is such a faithful person by nature

40. for Sunday night’s texting my buddy Jeff Revell as we watch ‘The Walking Dead’ together, while 1,000 miles apart

41. for our tradition of watching “Love Actually” again every Christmas

42. for living so close to Disney World

43. for how awesome my wife is at planning trips

44. for being married to such an amazing cook

45. for a really comfy bed pillow

46. for Rick and Susan Sammon

47. for all my guitars

48. for beautiful offices for us to work in each day

49. to have Jessica, Kim and Cindy work on my books

50. that people actually buy my books, which lets me keep writing them

51. for the smell of my wife’s cooking when I walk in the door

52. for times when just my daughter and I get to go out to lunch

53. for Moose and Sharon

54. for Dave, Peter, and Glyn 

55. for having such a wonderful mother and father growing up. 

56. for being able to play musical instruments

57. for having mentors whose wisdom and whip-cracking have helped immeasurably throughout my life

58. for Jeanne Jilleba who helps me so much each day

59. for having a great relationship with my mother and father-in-law

60. for having a mother-in-law who stepped in for my own mother when she passed away

61. for the trips my brother and I take together once a year

62. to Delta, their SkyClub, and all the upgrades I get each year

63. to Erik Kuna for being my friend

64. for all the folks who come out to my seminars each year.

65. that I still get to work with my friend Ted Waitt

66. for Levi, and Sally and Dianne for caring so much about our members

67. for Chris, Susie, Karen and Pam – I’m lucky to work with them

68. for my wife’s beautiful smile

69. for how my son always shares new songs he finds with me

70. for all the times my wife texts me a heart emoji

71. for somebody’s else’s fries

72. for how my friend Dave Clayton’s texts always make me laugh out loud

73. that my kids know they are loved completely and unconditionally 

74. for my Pastor and friend Douglas Poole

75. for Victoria’s sweet texts, and for what a joy she is

76. that I get to drive a car each day that makes driving a joy

77. for really good air conditioning

78. that I get to use such great camera and lighting gear

79. for Google’s news app on my phone

80. for my great Web team; Adam, Aaron, Yo, and Curt 

81. for everybody who checked on my wifey when she got in an accident

82. for black t-shirts with logos on them

83. for Dave Black, Kristy Sherk, Lindsay Adler and Peter Hurley, 

84. for the beautiful baby grand piano Kalebra bought for my birthday 20+ years ago

85. that I’ve been able to be a part of the Photoshop World conference all these years

86. for when great ideas pop in my head, and for being able to move on when it turns out some of them aren’t as great as I thought

87. for all my friends who came to the rescue

88. for the pretty drive to work in the mornings

89. for Juan, Steve, Jason and Christina

90. that my daughter and our niece are such great friends

91. that my son loves so many different kinds of music (everything from classic rock to Sinatra to rap to metal)

92. for all the times my big brother helped me, and guided me, when I was growing up.

93. for my apple watch and all the reminders it gives me

94. for weekends and days off

95. for the smell of coffee brewing

96. for Margie, Angela, Jacque, John and Rachel

97. for Maxx Hammond for being such a great friend to my son all these years, and for being an important part of our family

98. for comfortable shoes

99. for having a friend like Manny

100. for loving every minute with my family

101. for the men and women of our military 

102. for Julie, Kleber, Heidi and Cheryl

103. for the little Blackstar tube amp sitting on my desk

104. anytime I get to go to New York City

105. for our dear friend and partner Jean A.

106. for James Taylor

107. for all the awesome texts I’m getting from friends today

108. that my daughter still cares that I bake my special “Christmas Cookies” each year when we put up the tree (and I’m grateful she thinks Pillsbury mean ‘special’).

109. my guardian angel 

110. for bagels with cream cheese

111. for Larry Tiefenbrunn

112. for first responders

113. that my camera bag has four wheels

114. for Viktor and Ron

115. for Larry Becker, Rob Sylvan, and Dave Williams

116. for my friends Chicky Nando, Pisco, Big Mike, Cathy B, and Mimo

117. for all the stuff in Erik’s backpack (since he always has that thing I need that I forgot to bring)

118. for waking up feeling great in the morning!

119. for Joe and Annie

120. that our dog Maki has a best friend in our son’s dog Nami

121. for beautiful clouds when I’m shooting a sunrise

122. for a yummy breakfast after a sunrise shoot

123. for my wife’s homemade chocolate-chip pancakes

124. for the sound of my wife’s voice

125. for mornings when I get up early and get a bunch of stuff done and I look up and it’s only 8:15 am

126. for landings in London

127. for the quiet time my wife and I share with our coffee in the mornings before the kids wake up

128. for my MacBook Pro and how much easier it makes my business life each day

129. for forgiveness 

130. that I realize what a privileged, blessed life I lead, and to whom I owe the thanks

131. that I start each day getting centered reading the Bible and daily devotionals

132. for how my daughter is always dancing

133. for the night’s where our family gets together to play games

134. for when we all lay on the floor, looking up and debate how tall the ceiling is in our living room

135. for our holiday trips to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

136. for cheese. Any kind of cheese. Even if it dispenses from a can

137. that somebody kept reading even though we’re down to number 137

138. that we have doggie treats when we really need them

139. for breakfasts at First Watch

140. for Carmine’s on W. 44th Street

141. for all the awesome instructors I get to work with

142. for empty middle seats

143. for my iPad and all the awesome apps, like the Kindle Reader

144. for the Texture app so I can read all my favorite magazines on my iPad

145. that I get to make new friends along the way

146. that people come to my workshops and I get to make new friends

147. for everyone who has stuck up for me in an online forum

148. for all the people who helped me along the way, and who may be gone, but are not forgotten

149. for the great companies and partners who sponsor The Grid

150. that I get to do a weekly live photography show and have such wonderful photographers as guests

151. for my Platypod Ultra

152. that my employees have a long weekend this weekend

153. for my lunch this week with an old friend

154. that we work so close to one of the best Cuban restaurants 

155. for Tara our awesome official Chilis server for over 10-years now

156. for how happy fresh flowers make my wife

157. to see how happy it makes Kalebra when we all eat our vegetables at dinner

158. for a beautiful yard for the doggos to run in. 

159. for Sundays when I sleep in really late

160. that my son left his awesome drum kit here so I can play it

161. that my old rock band from high-school still gets together to play our high-school reunion party

162. that I live in a very sunny place

163. for Google search

164. for every time my wife is cooking and says “I’m trying something different tonight.” It always leads to a delicious meal!

165. that I always remember our anniversary

166. that our family makes birthdays really special for each other

167. that we have a photographic art gallery and that we get to celebrate our member’s work there

168. that I have such a great art director for my shoots in Kalebra

169. for William C. Miller, my high school band director, who taught us more than music.

170. that I was born and raised here

171. for Deb, John, Bob, Sam, and all my friends in Boston

172. for the Sci-Fi Drive-In Theatre restaurant 

173. for Frank Doorhof

174. for all the summers in Sarasota at the beach when I was growing up

175. for getting to board early

176. for Larry Grace, Ed Buice, and Rob Foldy

177. for Superchargers

178. for when the dogs realize it was just a random sound and stop barking

179. for all the live concerts, Broadway shows, and performances I’ve experienced

180. for my wife’s guardian angel, who has been working overtime lately

181. for Zephyrhills bottled spring water

182. for the times my brother and I get to play golf

183. for the Genius Bar in the Apple Store 

184. for Chili’s chips and salsa

185. for now thoughtful my wife is

186. for afternoon’s at the movies

187. for the times when I could think of the perfect gift

188. for all the people who participate in my Worldwide Photo Walk and for the joy it brings me to see their smiling faces in their group shots

189. for everyone who has donated to the Springs of Hope Kenya orphanage

190. for all the wonderful gifts I treasure that Kalebra has gotten me over the years

191. for all my friends at Canon USA

192. for everybody who follows me on social media, and shares a kind word or says something nice about one of my images.

193. for every handmade birthday card my daughter has made for me

194. that my son is a way better version of me

195. for all the times when my wife knows exactly what to say and how to say it

196. that people are kind when they point out my typos on my blog

197. that I love to drive

198. that I still get to play with Scotty and Tony in a band. 

199. for how easy it was to come up with 200 things I’m grateful for

200. for God, and His Son Jesus Christ, for leading me to the woman of my dreams, for blessing us with such amazing children, for allowing me to make a living doing something I truly love, for always being there when I need Him, for blessing me with a wonderful, fulfilling, and happy life, and such a warm, loving family to share it with.

Here’s wishing you a Thanksgiving full of family, food, gratitude for our many blessings, and I hope your team wins this weekend unless you’re playing Alabama! #rolltide!

All my best, 

-Scott

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