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

Convert 2D Art Into 3D Objects with Corey Barker

Join Corey Barker for a fun project that creates a 3D scene from a flat 2D piece of art while exploring a certain part of movie history. Corey provides the original 2D art so you can follow along as he explains and demonstrates each step in the process. By the end of the class you’ll have your own version of the 3D scene and a new set of Photoshop 3D techniques that you can use in your own creative projects.



In Case You Missed It: Outrageous 3D with Photoshop

Corey Barker is going to dig into Photoshop’s 3D features from a creative designer’s perspective and create some outrageous eye-popping 3D graphics all right inside Photoshop CS4. While a basic understanding of 3D is helpful, you don’t need to be a 3D expert to take full advantage of these features. So strap in, this is going to be one heck of a ride!

David Ziser is teaching at Photoshop World Las Vegas, taking place this week, August 21-23. Register now to come see him in person!

My Top 5 Tips for Safari Photography

Good Morning Everybody,

I have to say, I was thrilled when I received a note from Brad inviting me to do a Guest Blog Post for Scott’s blog as a run-up to Photoshop World Las Vegas just a few days from now. It’s been a while and I’m happy to be back in the “blogging” saddle again.

As many of you know, my wife LaDawn and I have ramped up our world travels these last several years. To put that in perspective, we now travel worldwide about 7 months of the year – last year we crossed the Atlantic Ocean 8 times, the Equator twice, and the Arctic Circle twice covering about 65,000 miles in the process, whew!!!

That’s a lot of time in the air but the adventures are worth every minute!

Now all that travel does not mean I’m slowing things down photography-wise, not at all! Each year, I’m shooting about 60,000 – 70,000 images. In fact, Canon’s Service Department just told me I wore out the shutter on my Canon 7D Mark II. Happily, I just received it back from their repair department. But now the subject matter isn’t brides and grooms. Up until last year most of my images have been travel and landscape related – I’m still inspired by the culture, history, beauty, and people of all the countries we visit. It’s just a thrill to photograph everything we encounter in our travels. 

Then last year, I co-hosted two photo safaris in South Africa shooting over 45,000 images in just five weeks. You’re right, that was quite an edit job. And just recently, we returned from nearly 6 weeks in South America climbing up to Machu Picchu and dancing with the Blue Footed Boobies in the Galapagos Islands shooting a grand total of 31,000 images. The Africa and Galapagos experiences have really energized my wildlife photography aspirations.

Watching the Blue Footed Boobies almost gives you “Dancin’ Feet.”

That being said, I hope you’ll join me at Photoshop World where I will be presenting two completely new programs: Landscape Photography Between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Because I’m too darn lazy to wake up earlier than that and I usually have an adult beverage in my hand after 5 p.m.) and my second program – How I Became a World Famous (OK, reasonably decent) Wildlife Photographer in Only Three Weeks. 

Ok, I know my program titles are a little “tongue-in-cheek,” but the cool thing is that I really did learn a lot of new photography techniques and tips from all our world travels and experiences these last several years. I want to share some of that info, particularly Safari info, in this blog post and then more thoroughly in my two programs I’ll be presenting at Photoshop World in the next few days. 

BTW, I’m leading two safaris again to Africa next year and a third to India to photograph Bengal tigers, but more on that at the end of this post.

In this post I’m going to hit on a few tips and tricks that I think could really help any aspiring wildlife photographers out there. So, let’s get to it…

We drove nearly 3 hours in the drizzling rain to get this photo. The cheetah brothers where still hiding when the first safari vehicle passed. We were in the second vehicle passing about 5 minutes later – perfect timing!

Tip #1: Gear Considerations:

Just like anyone going on their first Safari, I was worried about want kind of gear to pack. I wanted to pack lean and mean but still be adequately equipped to capture great images. Here was my first pass at the gear list:

(more…)

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!

Photoshop World Vegas starts tomorrow and I’m so excited! I just can’t hide it! It’s me, Dave Williams, here for #TravelTuesday with Dave at ScottKelby.com and this week I’m writing from high above the Atlantic Ocean on my way from London to Vegas (baby) where PSW is about to kick off!

Photoshop World is a gathering of photographers, designers, and all manner of creatives involved in digital imagery from around our beautiful planet, coming together under one roof to share, learn and connect. There are classes, live shoots, events, workshops, and late night sessions designed to educate and inspire, and it’s a great setting to network with other like-minded, awesome individuals, and to grow through investing in the creativity we love.

Kirk marsh, matt divine, mark Rodriguez, brad Moore, Gilmar smith, Scott Kelby, Dave Williams, jr Maddox, Larry Becker, Doug young, Kaylee Greer, dalton Hamm, group shot selfie at photoshop world conference east Orlando

Sponsored by Adobe and hosted by KelbyOne, the conference is an amazing 3 days and well worth attending. I’ve been there for a few years now and learned so much from the instructors, and this time I’m excited to say that I’m one of the instructors too. I’ll be teaching my Top Ten Tips to Help You Create Captivating Travel Images on Thursday afternoon, and I’d love to see you there. You can still get day tickets or full conference passes at PhotoshopWorld.com

Photoshop World is a great place to learn, and learning is important in photography. It boosts our confidence, enlightens us to things we didn’t know (or couldn’t quite put our finger on,) and in turn that gives us happiness and satisfaction. There are various ways to learn, we all know this, but one particular method of learning that comes off the back of Photoshop World is copying. We all look up to people and we mimic those people, looking to them for guidance and taking note of their actions. It’s a good way to learn, we all do it, and it’s particular prevalent at Photoshop World and in the KelbyOne community. The thing about Photoshop World that takes it up a notch is being able to speak to the photographers we admire – asking questions, offering opinions, debating, and then taking new, fresh knowledge and ideas away and taking ownership of the new work we do, applying all that we have learned and working hard at new outcomes.

Photoshop World is great for all methods of learning – you can sit back and listen, you can get involved and jump in, participate in activities, and even go to Midnight Madness and get involved in the quiz and the games (and eat the donuts!)

I personally can’t wait to get there and I’ll be sad to leave, and if you aren’t going you certainly should be. I’ll be hanging out in the lounge area and it would be great to meet you!

Much love

Dave

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

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