Thursday News Stuff


Atlanta Was Awesome!!!
I want to start by thanking all the photographers (over 600 of you), that came out to my Atlanta “Photoshop CS5 for Digital Photographers” Seminar last Friday (that’s blog regular Ken Toney posing with me above in an iPhone photo during one of the breaks between classes). We had such a great crowd that day—everybody was totally engaged, and into it and we really had just an awful lot of fun while we were learning, and I can’t thank you all enough for coming out to spend the day with me.

While I was there, on Thursday I got to shoot at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, at their “The Allure of the Automobile” exhibit (these cars from the 40s and 50s were like works of art on wheels), and then that night, I got to shoot Maggie Smith in concert at the Hard Rock Cafe. Totally fun (and more on both of these shoots in the coming weeks).

Larry Rocked It (and I totally messed up)
I want to thank my buddy Larry Becker for a terrific, and very inspirational Guest Blog post yesterday, and at the same time, I want to apologize to Larry for doing two posts that walked on his Guest Blog. That day is pretty sacred around here, and reserved just for the Guest Blogger (it’s their day to do what they will), but I had completely lost track of the days, and thought that yesterday was going to be Tuesday, so I wrote two blog posts (thinking it was Tuesday). Totally my fault (apparently that being closed on Monday thing, really threw me for a loop), and I’m so sorry for getting in the way of great Guest Blog spot. Hope you’ll forgive me, Larry.

The New Episode of D-Town TV is Live
Although it went up crazy late, it did finally get posted this weekend, and this episode is packed with stuff, including a studio shoot, more location shooting with Matt, a great tip for shooting with fast glass from top wedding photographer Cliff Mauntner, plus Cheap Shots with Larry Becker, and a whole bunch more. Here’s the link.

Kick Butt iPhone App for Photographers: Plastic Bullet
A friend turned me on to this iPhone app for photographers called “Plastic Bullet” and I have to tell you—-I’m hooked. You take the shot, and it transforms your photo in a very creative and fun way. Here’s how they describe it: “Plastic Bullet puts the fun, spontaneity, and unpredictability of plastic-fantastic toy cameras right into your pocket. Just tap to turn your photos into gloriously unpredictable works of art, then tap again to change the look.” However, I have to say, it’s actually a lot more fun (and the photos look a lot better) than that description (check out their samples here). I kept tapping and coming up with more new looks. You’ll totally love it, and it’s only $2 bucks! (Here’s the link).

That’s it for today!
Hope you guys have a great Thursday, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow! :)

  1. Thanks for the great class you gave. You delivered highly informative lessons with some very funny moments (ie: NatGeo). The quick tips on the side alone were worth attending. It was also great to meet you in person, though I had to wade to through the throngs of your many devoted groupies/acolytes. Who knew you were such a rock star!

  2. Hey Scott,

    Gotta say that the ‘Day with Jay Maisel’ on Kelby Training is absolutely superb!!! I intended to watch the first 2 parts but ended up glued to my seat and watched the lot; plenty of laughs, wisdom and great images.

    Fascinating to get an insight as to how Jay views the same as us all but in such a different way.


  3. Me and my photo buddies had a great time at your Atlanta seminar. The first hour, not to mention the workbook, made the extremely reasonable price of admission more than worth it for me. Thanks for an informative and inspirational day….and the chance to elbow my friend Chuck numerous times saying, “See, I told you he was awesome!”

  4. Scott-

    No problem at all. Heck, I didn’t even notice because I never really read this blog anyway.

    Kidding!! I’m a kidder too. Seriously though, no problems at all. I actually liked the fact that Jay took a little of the pressure off me. I can’t wait to take the Jay in New York class!! It looks great!

    1. I about fell off the couch laughing when I read Larry’s reply. Great touché!

      Hello, everyone! I just recently started reading Scott’s blog, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it!

  5. Scott, now I feel like you did with PFT!! I like the Plastic Bullet also, I have the Photolooks plug in for Cs5 and it’s a cool one also. I really enjoyed Atlanta, can you do the matt border trick you showed us on PSusertv because I can’t remeber all of it or is it on the NAPP site?

    1. Hey Ken,
      Scott’s one-day seminars are a hoot aren’t they? Are you coming to Vegas in September? I sent my info to you yesterday.
      I just put the Plastic Bullet App onto iTunes but not on my phone yet.
      Oh yeah Scott, Today is Wednesday for me too. :)

  6. Hey Scott. I had an awesome time at the Seminar in Atlanta. Thanks for the advice during one of the breaks on what to bring to Italy with me. I can definitely see how much easier an 18-200mm is going to be rather than lugging my 24-70L and 70-200L. I love ’em, but they’re heavy.

    What did you think of the Auto exhibit? They were just amazing. Seeing that Duesenberg right when I got off the elevator really took my breath away. I snapped some pix last month too:

    Hope to catch you next time you’re in ATL. I really got a lot out of the class!

  7. Your seminar was fantastic, Scott. And thanks to whomever reminded me that my NAPP membership would save me 15% when upgrading to Photoshop CS5.

    Now if I could only figure out how to repeat the photo edits you make look so easy to accomplish… ;)

  8. What a moment! A photo taken by me is on your blog. Never mind that it’s a grainy camera phone picture… :-)

    On a side note, I did not pull a Vanelli and steal your phone number. He got me with that one last fall at PSW Vegas.

    Maybe Vanelli could join the ranks of Google and Photoshop—nouns which are used as verbs:

    “I Googled it.”
    “Just Photoshop it.”
    “He Vanellied me and got my phone number.”

    (I heart Vanelli)

  9. Scott, I just noticed that kelbytraining is also a no-show on the iPad. works just fine. You should get rid of flash. Even though this sucks big time…

  10. Scott, thanks for the kind words about our iPhone photography app, Plastic Bullet. We have a new rev in the works. Would love to share with you details and get you on the beta if you’re interested.

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