I’m pretty darn psyched (and totally honored) to announce that B&H Photo has put together a “Scott Kelby Location Kit”
with all the cool location lighting stuff I’ve been talking about here in my blog, and in my live sessions (as seen above–of course, you have to provide the flash and I use two Nikon SB-800s because I shoot with Nikon gear, but the kit works with any off-camera hot-shoe mounted flashes).

The kit includes two Lastolite tri-grip diffusion panels, two lightweight (yet surprisingly sturdy) 8′ light stands with two regular Bogen/Monfrotto clamps for holding the diffusion panels; and two of their “Justin” clamps, which let you mount hot-shoe flashes and position them in any direction using the built-in ball head, and two of the same lightstands come with that. Plus, it comes with a Westcott 6-in-one reflector and a very slickly designed Impact boom stand with clips so you can position the reflector right where you want it. The kit assumes you already have a flash, so it’s everything but the flash (it’s all the gear shown above) and the whole package is just $495, which is an incredible deal for the results you can get (you can see this package in action by going back to my post on February 22nd). Click here to jump to B&H page on this kit. (Don’t forget; if you call B&H, NAPP members get free shipping, which saves you $27.65. Well, it does if you’re shipping to Tampa anyway).

Although it’s called the “Scott Kelby Location Lighting Kit,” I have to give credit to the amazing Joe McNally (master of the wireless flash, and one of the most talented and gifted working photographers/instructors in our industry today), because I learned the whole technique (of shooting the on-camera style flashes through the Lastolite Diffusers with Justin Clamps) from him. Many thanks to Joe for turning me onto to this amazingly light, portable, and easy-to-use system that’s changed everything for me. My personal thanks to Joe for all he’s taught me, and all he continues to teach me. (If you’re going to Photoshop World, make darn sure you catch Joe’s amazing sessions. He will change the way you approach a lot of things, and he’ll inspire you with this amazing images from his years shooting with National Geographic and Sports Illustrated, to name just a few.

Also thanks to the wonderful folks at B&H Photo (Gabe, Steve, Manny and crew) for putting this location lighting kit together. I’m so honored, and can’t thank you enough for making it so easy for NAPP members to get their hands on all this cool gear. You rock!

Here’s what happening out there (and by “out there” I mean, over there where I’m pointing):⢠Last week Adobe did an offical online “Lightroom Launch Party” and NAPP was invited to host one of the sections of the party, live from NAPP headquarters, but I was out in Yosemite and Matt & Dave were out at Adobe at a training workshop, so instead I produced a short video clip live from Yosemite at the Digital Landscape Workshop Series (DLWS), where I was doing a Lightroom class. It’s a short clip, and you get to see behind the scenes at the workshop, and the students reaction to Lightroom. Click here to watch the video online.

⢠Lots more news tomorrow (hopefully including some more photos from Yosemite), so we’ll see you then!

⢠Nikon has launched a special Web site with loads of information on their VR (Vibration Reduction) technology. It’s very well and definitely worth a visit, by clicking here.

⢠COOL SITE: Check out this site that features posts of “lost photos,” (found that have been discarded, so they don’t know who is in the photos, who took them, where they were taken, etc.). It’s surprisingly interesting, and very well done. It sounds kind of weird, but it’s actaully pretty cool. Check it out by clicking here.

⢠Great little article (with videos) about why Mac users using iPhoto to manage their photo collection should switch to Adobe Lightroom. Click here to read it and watch the videos.

⢠I ran across this very cool little site which has a “Camera Simulator” that is wonderful for showing how different apertures and shutter speeds affect how the photo will look. It’s interactive, and very cleverly done. Even if you know this stuff cold, it’s still just cool to see how they’ve set this up. Click here to check it out.

⢠If you’re curious about Lightroom, check out Terry White’s Creative Suite Podcast (just posted today), which includes a great tutorial on getting started with Lightroom 1.0. Check it out by clicking here. (Don’t forget, you can download the free 30-day Trial Version of Lightroom from Adobe.com).

Dave's Fisheye Debuts in Yosemite
My best buddy Dave Moser finally got to shoot his new Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye lens out in Yosemite. He gave me this fisheye shot taken while we were shooting at Yosemite Falls (that’s our buddy Marvin Derezin in the orange jacket shooting behind me. He wore that bright orange color to increse the likelyhood that he would be mauled by bears). Thanks to Dave for sharing this! :-)

Photoshop World 2007Just a quick heads-up: tomorrow’s the last day to use the Advance Registration discount to save $100 off a Photoshop World full-conference pass (The conference itself is April 4-6, 2007 at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center). So, if you’re going, but you haven’t signed up yet; I’d get on it. You can register on the Photoshop World Website, or you can call 1-800-738-8513 here in the States, or 813-433-5005 outside the US. Hope I’ll be seeing you in Boston! :-)

P.S. There’s a short video clip now on the Photoshop World Web site that gives you an idea of what it’s like actually being at a Photoshop World. It’s on the right side, and it plays right there on the page. Give it a quick look if you get a chance.