Here’s the Lightroom Class Schedule for The Big Conference Coming in April

Hey gang — we’re just about a month away from the Photoshop World Conference in Orlando (April 20-22nd at the Orange County Convention Center), and I wanted to share the full 3-day Lightroom Training Track class schedule with you (yes, you can come to “Photoshop World” and take nothing but Lightroom classes the entire time). Here’s the schedule:

THURSDAY April, 20:
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Organizing Your Images with Lightroom (with Terry White)
> Getting Creative with Lightroom Presets (with Matt Kloskowski)
> Lightroom Tips & Tricks (with Scott Kelby. Hey, that’s me!)

FRIDAY, April 21:
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Tack Sharp! Sharpening in Lightroom (with Daniel Gregory)
> Cityscape Master Class (with Serge Ramelli)
> Creating Unique Styles & Looks in Lightroom (with Rob Sylvan)
> Black & White Today & Yesterday (with Serge Ramelli)
> Everyday Portrait Retouching in Lightroom (with Kristina Sherk)
> The Lightroom Ecosystem: Working in Lightroom Across All Devices (with Rob Sylvan)

SATURDAY, April 22:
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Creating Beautiful Photo Book in Lightroom (with me.)
> All The Other Lightroom Stuff: HDR, Panos, Video, History, Customizing, and more (with Terry White)
> Working with Photoshop (with Serge Ramelli)

Plus, there’s all this:

and it’s just a month away (and it’s not too late to register).

Sign up right now at PhotoshopWorld.com and we’ll see you next month in Orlando for the biggest, best, Lightroom love fest on the planet! You are gonna love it! Whoo Hoo!

Hope you have a rockin’ Wednesday!

-Scott

P.S. My guest today on The Grid (at 4pm ET) is none other than Adobe’s own Terry White. Come join in the discussion. http://kelbytv.com/thegrid

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Behind-The-Scenes at the Opening Night of “The Gallery at KelbyOne”

It was just a couple of months ago when Kalebra called us all together to share her idea of showcasing the work of our KelbyOne members — to lift them up and help them reach a wider audience — and give them a solo gallery showing and a live broadcast to share their work with other people around the world. Of course, step one was — build an art gallery, and with the help of a lot of wonderful folks, it all came together in seemingly no time. Saturday night, we were thrilled to be able to cut the ribbon (see below) on “The Gallery at KelbyOne” — a place where our members’ work would be celebrated and showcased in openings just like this all year long.

After nearly 1,000 submissions from around the world, our judges chose the photographic work of Sonoma, California graphic designer Mark Wegner to open the gallery. We flew Mark and his lovely wife Carol in for a wine and cheese reception in the gallery on Saturday night, followed by a one-on-one interview with Mark about his work, his life, and his vision. It was such an inspiring, fun evening with Larry Becker hosting the presentation/interview (and of course, Larry was just marvelous).

I’m going to share some behind-the-scenes images from Saturday (below), but I wanted to give a special shoutout to the folks at Bay Photo Lab, who graciously not only provided the beautiful prints (and they were gorgeous), but also their clever mounting and exhibition system called “Xpozer” which couldn’t have been a better fit for our gallery, or for displaying Mark’s beautiful images. We had so many questions about the printing and mounting, that we were literally doing demo’s to the guests to show how it all works. Very clever (thank you Bay Photo — you guys rock!).

Here’s a peek behind the scenes (I’ll tell a bit more of the story in the captions — photos by Melvin Rodriguez unless otherwise noted):

Above: Cutting the ribbon to officially open “The Gallery at KelbyOne” (L to R: Jean A. Kendra, yours truly, Kalebra Kelby, our featured artist Mark Wegner, and our host for the evening, Larry Becker). 

 

Above: A couple admiring one of my favorite’s of Mark’s images — his dramatic black and white shot of a Bison.

Above: Mark chatting with some of our guests in the gallery. 

Above: One of our guests (far left) peeks behind one of the prints to see how they’re mounted. 

Above: Lots of wonderful cheeses and wines on hand for our guests as they head into the gallery. When you first enter the gallery, we have a collection of photographic work from our KelbyOne instructors on display.

Above: Giving some love to BayPhoto for their awesome prints and mounting system. 

Above: Mmmmmm. Cheese. :)

Above: A few scenes from Mark’s opening. 

Above: Mark chatting with guests about his work.

 

Above: We opened the video area so guests could take a peek at the KelbyOne Studios and the sets we use for everything from training classes to live webcasts and even the set of “The Grid” (both the new one, and the classic set which is still intact for a few more weeks).  

Above: After the reception, we moved into the KelbyOne theatre to learn more about Mark and his wonderful work. This is me briefly welcoming the crowd as I introduce Larry Becker, our host for the evening, and our featured artist, Mark Wegner. 

Above: Larry and Mark begin their chat, streamed live all over the world. 

Above: Larry was such a great host. Such a great wit, but also, so great at getting the most out of his guests. It made for a very inspiring night. 

Above: Mark shared so many great insights, tips, and he was funny, clever, and such an inspiring artist.

Above: Mark talked about a number of his pieces in the gallery and what went into making them. 

Above: A little behind-the-scenes from the production side of things. That’s Leighton on the jib crane camera. 

Above: The chemistry between Larry and Mark really made the talk captivating. 

Above: It was the perfect setting for such an intimate talk with the artist, and before you knew it, it was time to say goodnight.

Above: Larry looks on as Mark shares the story of his work.

Above: At the end of the night, after we said goodbye to our last guest, Kalebra snapped this shot of the gallery with her trusty iPhone. For me, it was really something to see her idea come to life so quickly, and it was especially gratifying in how our team embraced the idea of showcasing someone from our own community, and how they all came together in such a short amount of time to build a beautiful gallery to give our members that opportunity. I’m so proud of our crew — Kalebra, Jean Kendra and I are very blessed to be able to work with them each day. 

In just a few weeks, we’ll start on the course to find the next KelbyOne member who’ll have their own solo opening here in our gallery, and I’ll be sure to let you know when submissions are open.

Again, our hearty congratulations to Mark for sharing his beautiful work, and for sharing his wonderful wife Carol with us during their visit. She was a joy. They both are — and it’s the icing on the cake to be there when really good things happen to really good people. Also, my humble thanks to my wife Kalebra for sharing her vision, and her heart for making people’s dreams come true, and for letting us all be a part of it.

Here’s to a day when your dreams come true. :)

Best,

-Scott

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Only 5-Days Left to Save $100 on Photoshop World 2017 Tickets

Pack your bags – we’re going to Orlando (but you might as well save $100 by getting your tickets before this Friday, when the early-bird discount expires).

But before you do anything, watch this video (below), and then we’ll talk after (it’s 30-seconds – you’ll dig it).

OK, thanks for stayin’ with me. OK, here’s the deal:

It’s regularly $799 for a full conference pass BUT if you register by this Friday (the 17h), it’s only…

$699…BUT….

If you’re a KelbyOne member, you save another $100, so it’s only…

$599. Legit.

OK, call your friends – get a group together – pack your bags, and I’ll see you in Orlando, April 20-22, 2017. It’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it…) legendary (bet you thought I was going to say epic).

Have a great Monday everybody. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. You can still get special discount room rates at the Hyatt. our official host hotel for the conference (it’s right next to the convention center). 

 

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Lightroom users in Philadelphia — I’m headed your way one week from today!

Hey, that rhymes. Must be a sign…a sign that if you’re a photographer in Philly, you should come out and spend the day with me next Monday for my “Lightroom On Tour” live seminar. Here’s the scoop:

Who: you (and me).
What: My full-day Lightroom seminar
Where: The Philadelphia Convention Center
When: Monday, March 13th starting at 10:00 am.
Why: Because you want to get really good at Lightroom, really fast!

It’s just $99 for the full day, including my detailed workbook, and 10 of my own custom Lightroom presets. Here’s the link for more details, and tickets.

Boston Photographers:
I’m there this Friday (in just four days!). If you haven’t already signed up, don’t be only photographer in Boston not there that day — come on out and let’s learn some Lightroom.

Hope you’ll share this with any photographers you know in either Philly or Boston. :)

Have a way better than average Monday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Next month I’m in Chicago and the Detroit area with my seminar. Hope I’ll meet you there!

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The Featured Artist Opening “The Gallery at KelbyOne is…”

If you missed last week’s episode of “The Grid,” ( our live weekly show about photography) with the super awesome Kalebra as my in-studio guest — we opened the show by announcing the artist whose work will open “The Gallery at KelbyOne” (a beautiful new photographic art gallery at the KelbyOne headquarters in Florida).

The winner is: photographer and Art Director, Mark Wegner from Sonoma County, California

We were really taken with both Mark’s B&W and his color work, and the strong graphic aesthetic he brings to his compositions.

I did a full Q&A about this on-going project a few weeks back here on the blog when we opened submissions for the gallery showing to KelbyOne members. If you’ve got a moment, I think you’ll enjoying reading how the idea came about and why we’re hosting this gallery. It’s something we’re very excited about, and very proud of, and once you read about it, we hope you will be, too.

 

We’re working out the exact date of Mark’s opening now, and as soon as we have that nailed down, I’ll share it here on the blog (and we’ll be inviting members to join us for the opening night’s reception, and live interview with Mark in the theater).

Our hearty congratulations to Mark, and thanks to everyone who took the time to enter. We’ll be opening submissions to find our next featured artist in the gallery very soon, so stayed tuned.

Blind Photo Critiques Tomorrow on “The Grid!”
Plus, tomorrow we reveal our all-new “underground hacker” set for the show with all new graphics and a new look, new intro music, heck — new everything!  (Note: we did 269 episodes — just short of six years, on that old set, which debuted live on March 7, 2011 ); My guest tomorrow is Rick Sammon and we’re doing our monthly “Blind Photo Critiques” episode, so if you’d like to have your work considered for blind critique, here’s the link to submit your images. Good luck, and see you tomorrow at 4pm ET at kelbytv.com/thegrid

Best,

-Scott

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Have Lightroom Suggest a Crop Automatically

Good Monday everybody, and here’s one that might have gone unnoticed (Adobe actually started letting the public test this last year) — it’s called “Suggested Crop” and here’s how Adobe describes it:

“Adds options to experiment with different crops based off a new image aesthetics and compositional analysis technology.”

In short, I think that means “A robot can crop better than we can.” 😉  (Just a joke – just for laughs, etc.)

Anyway, at this point, this feature is only available in “Lightroom Web” but it’s worth trying out if you’ve sync’d any collections to Lightroom Web (then just go to lightroom.adobe.com – log in with your ID, and you’ll see your sync’d images there).

You one of those images in its Develop Module (press the letter “d” on your keyboard, just like in Lightroom Desktop), and you’ll get a pop-up message asking if you want to try out this new cropping feature they’re testing. If you click Yes (or OK, or whatever), it will give you one-click buttons you can click and it will show you different ratios (like 1:1, 16:9, etc.) and when you click, it will show you how their AI would crop.

I don’t always agree with its choice, but of course I will when the robots from space take over, which is only a matter of time (well, at least it is on Season 2 of Colony). If you don’t like their choices, you can always hit the little “x” to cancel and do it yourself (or don’t crop at all).

Anyway, hope you find that helpful.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’re wondering why this isn’t in Lightroom for the desktop yet, my guess is that it’s easier to add things to an online app than it is to do an update to Lightroom on your computer. Hopefully this will make it to the Desktop app sometime soon — sometimes I would like a 2nd opinion. 🙂

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Q&A About “The Gallery at KelbyOne” and How To Get Your Own Gallery Opening

Happy Monday everybody — glad to have you here. So, last week on “The Grid” my wife Kalebra was our guest on the show, and we started the show sharing one of her ideas that has come to life. In short, here’s how it works:

“Picture this — we fly you and a guest to the KelbyOne Headquarters in Tampa, Florida so you can attend the opening night of your own private Gallery Showing.

It starts with you cutting the ribbon on your exhibit, then we usher you in with the crowd to a wine and cheese reception where they can enjoy your beautifully framed and mounted work in our new photographic gallery, with sprawling white walls; beautiful lighting; and wood floors.

After posing for pictures and chatting with the crowd, we head into the theater for a live interview where we talk about you, your work, and get some insight into the images you create. Your “gallery talk” is streamed live to KelbyOne members and guests who’ll be celebrating your gallery opening evening event, and talk, from every corner of the globe.”

Sounds like fun? It’s more than fun — it’s the opportunity to feature KelbyOne members and lift up a talented photographer or artist and share their work with the world. To get them recognition and exposure they might not get any other way. Our goal is to be that “foot in the door” or “big break” that gets an artist noticed and hopefully one that leads to bigger and better things.

I did a short Q&A below, because while we’ve already had hundreds of entries since we launched the idea last Wednesday, we have lots and lots of questions. Here goes:

Q. Is this just an online gallery?
A. No, this is a physical gallery, located at our Headquarters just outside Tampa, Florida. The gallery itself is currently under construction, but it’s fairly far along, and will be completed very soon (well before the actual first opening).

Q. Is this just a one-time thing?
A. Nope, this is something we’re doing throughout the year, so there will be multiple gallery showings each featuring a different photographer or artist.

Q. Is there an entry fee for my work to be considered?
A. There is no fee for KelbyOne members.

Q. What if I’m not a KelbyOne member?
A. Sorry — this is something we’re doing just for the KelbyOne member community, so only KelbyOne members may submit their work for consideration.

Q. What do you need for me to have my work considered for “The Gallery at KelbyOne?”
A. We just need a link to see your work. We’re looking for a body of work — we’ll feature approximately 14 of your images in the Gallery Show. It can be a link to your portfolio, to a photo gallery on Facebook — doesn’t matter. Just some place where we can see your work.

Q. Are you looking for a special topic or category?
A. Not at all — we’re just looking for great undiscovered work from great undiscovered artists.

Q. Do the images have to be photos?
A. Nope. They can be illustrations, line drawings, graphic designs, collages, montages, fine art — you name it, but the gallery is for digital art, so keep that in mind.

Q. Do I need to put my work in categories so you can judge them?
A. Nope — we just need to see that within your work there are enough solid images for a Gallery Showing. Again, we’re looking for approximately 14 images to display.

Q. What if I don’t live in the United States?
A. That means it will (a) Cost us more for your airfare, and (b) you’ll have to get a passport.

Q. What if I live in North Korea?
A. You will have very little traffic on your ride to the airport, or anywhere for that matter. Of course, they won’t actually let you leave when you get to the airport, but don’t worry — we’ll eat your weight in cheese at the opening, and I’ll just interview myself, which I think think this Q&A proves I’m perfectly capable of.

Q. Would it help if I send a bribe — maybe cash sent to your offices in a plain manila envelope?
A. Absolutely! That would definitely tip the scales in your favor.

Q. Really?
A. No! Are you kidding? This isn’t the Olympics! (Ouch, who said that? Just a joke. You knew that was a joke right? Everybody know that’s a joke, right? Right? hello?)

Q. Hey, I’m not a KelbyOne member, but I am a North Korean, and an Olympic Judge, and I’m offended!
A. Sorry, being offended by nearly everything is strictly an American trait, so you’re disqualified. Next question!

Q. Who takes care of the printing and framing of my images if I’m chosen?
A. We take care of all of that for you. When you arrive everything will already be in place, and it won’t cost you a dime.

Q. Do I get to keep the prints after the showing?
A. Absolutely. We’ll ship them to you with our compliments.

Q. OK, what’s the catch?
A. There is no catch. To give you a little insight, one day I asked Kalebra “If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?” She immediately said, “I’d be a talent scout. I would love it, because my job would be to make people’s dreams come true!” If you ask me, this is a just an extension of that — Kalebra’s dream of lifting someone from our community up, and giving someone who might never have the opportunity a gallery showing of their own. This is their shot, their chance, and hopefully that will open doors and lead to big things. It’s a very genuine idea, and there’s no marketing, no discounts, no deals, no hidden agenda. It’s another side of us, and our community, and as soon as she shared her idea with us, we all loved it and wanted to be a part of it — of lifting an artist up — and that’s really what this is all about.

Q. When is the cutoff date for submissions?
A. It’s January 15th, 2017 at midnight ET.

Q. That’s not a lot of time.
A. That’s not a question.

Q. Can I have more time?
A. No. Come on, it’s 14 or so images. It’s just a link to your images online. If you can’t put that together in a week or so, maybe you’re not ready for a Gallery Showing.

Q. Really?
A. No, I was just being mean. That’s one of the only benefits of writing a daily blog — the opportunity to get snarky with people who ask dumb questions like that. See, that’s me being mean again, and for no reason at all. I’m simply invoking “Blogger privilege.”

Q. Wait, but isn’t it actually you that is writing these questions in the first place?
A. Ummmm. Next question please.

Q. OK, where do I submit the link to my work?
A. Log into the KelbyOne member site, and then click this link (if you’re not logged in, it will ask you to log in with your member User Name and Password).

Q. I see you have a set of terms I have to agree to that sounds like I’m signing over the rights, not only to my work, but also perhaps the deed to my home, and any future profits from the potential sale of medicinal marijuana. Are you going to steal my work?
A. Look, I’ve seen your work. Believe me, nobody is every going to want to steal your work.

Q. Wow, that was kinda harsh.
A. Look, somebody had to tell you. OK, in all seriousness, we hate having all that legal crud as much as you do, but sadly because we live in such a litigious society, now if you’re going to display anyone’s images it takes a team of lawyers to come up with terms so you don’t get sued. You can thank the lawyers for that one, but these types of terms are sadly very common these days no matter which competition or contest you enter. We’re not trying to take anything from you — we’re just trying to protect ourselves. We wouldn’t have those terms if we didn’t need to legally protect ourselves. We would have greatly preferred to keep the money our own lawyers charged us to create it. Don’t get me started.

Q. Well, it sounds like a rights grab, so I’m not going to submit my work.
A. Okey Dokey. Lots of other people already submitted so we’ll choose one of them instead.

Q. You’re pretty serious about the snarky thing?
A. It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning. That, and the knowledge that at some point in the day we might get the opportunity to shoplift something small from Walgreens.

Q. You do that?
A. No, but a guy has to have dreams, doesn’t he?

Q. This isn’t about the gallery per se, but are you shooting the College National Championship Game tonight between Alabama and Clemson?
A. Why yes I am (and thank you for asking). I am super-psyched, and #rolltide!

Q. Snarkiness aside, you’re pretty excited about this, aren’t you?
A. I am. The moment Kalebra shared her dream of making someone else’s dream come true, we were “all in.” I can’t wait to meet the artist myself on Opening Night. It will be something none of us will ever forget.

So, there ya have it. If you have any questions I haven’t answered here, just leave it for me in the comments, and I’ll get an answer for you (maybe even a snarky answer if you ask a snarky question).

Here’s to a 2017 where your work get recognized, and you reach a worldwide audience that can enjoy, appreciate, and celebrate your work.

Best,

-Scott

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Time for a Lightroom Coffee Break: Sharpening with the View Mask Feature

It’s Tuesday, that must mean it’s time for a Lightroom Coffee Break, from Adobe’s own Benjamin Warde. It’s only one-minute long, but he shares a really great, somewhat hidden feature that is incredibly useful when it comes to sharpening:

Pretty sweet, right? 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and hope to stop by tomorrow!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Don’t forget, I’m in Dallas, Texas next week with the final stop on my Shoot Like a Pro Tour. Hope you can come out and spend the day with me. 

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Our Cyber Monday Deals PLUS Our new “10 Minute Screamin’ Deals” at the Top of Every Hour!

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OK guys — today, Cyber Monday, is your last chance to get our absolute best prices of the year on KelbyOne annual memberships, and Photoshop World 2017 Conference passes. Here’s the deals:

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

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PROGRAMING NOTE: Today, starting at 10:00 am ET and running until 4:00 pm, at the top of every hour we’re doing a LIVE 10-minute screaming deal Webcast where we convinced one of our partners to offer an insane discount but just for 10-minutes (and ONLY 10-minutes). Some stuff is incredibly cheap. Some stuff (can’t tip the hats on which ones) are simply free (that’s right — they’re giving their product away for 10 minutes), but you’ve got to watch to get the code. Here’s the details:

Who: Join Larry Becker LIVE from our studios
What: Unbelievable Cyber Monday deals that only last 10-minutes TOTAL!
Where: Here’s the link
When: Today starting at 10:00 am and at the top of every hour until 4pm.
Why: Cause we always do something cool on Cyber Monday!

Of course, our 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!

Hope you have a great start to your week, everybody! :)

Best,

-Scott

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How to Shoot The Super Moon Tonight!

Full moon at night. Grass in the foreground. Perfect for background, copy-space. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Howdy everybody, and greetings from Denver (I’m here for my seminar today). Caught a late flight after the Bucs vs. Bears game last night — look forward to meeting everybody here today. 🙂

OK, tonight’s the big Super Moon shoot (well, it started last night, and wraps up tonight), so since everybody here is a photographer, I thought I’d toss in a quick tutorial on how to get a good shot of this celestial phenomenon, and the settings I’d use to get there.

STEP ONE: Use a tripod. Technically, you could do this hand-held because of the shutter speed we’re going to use, but you want it to be really sharp, so I highly recommend a tripod.

STEP TWO: Use the longest lens you have. If you have a tele-extender, slap that on, too! Even those it’s probably the closest to earth it’s ever going to be during our lifetime, it’s still a ways away, so if you’ve got a 300mm, a 400mm, etc., now’s the time to pull that bad boy out.

STEP THREE: Shoot in Manual Mode; set your ISO to 100 (or whatever your cleanest, native ISO is). Then set your f/stop to f/11, and set your shutter speed to 1/250 of a second (this isn’t a long exposure situation — the moon is moving, and it’s bright, so you need a nice quick shutter speed, even though it seems like you wouldn’t).

STEP FOUR: Because what you’re trying to do here is show the sheer size of the super moon, I would put something in the shot to show a sense of scale (like the grass you see in the shot above). Shoot it with a cityscape in the background — a building — a tower, a hill, a large oak tree;  a coyote howling at the moon;  ET flying in front of it, etc. Otherwise, it will just be a moon photo like any other moon photo, so giving it a sense of scale makes all the difference with a super moon.

STEP FIVE: The final step is focusing. You can use the Auto Focus on your camera (especially tonight), but if you have a lens that has a focus scale, you can set your lens to focus to infinity by doing this: switch your lens to Manual focus; turn your focus barrel all the way until you see the infinity symbol in the little window on your lens, then once you reach infinity, turn back to the line just before the Infinity symbol. If your lens doesn’t have this feature, again, you can use Auto Focus, or even just manually focus on the moon — it’s pretty big and bright.

OK, that’s the ticket — wishing you a super, super moon shot!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Over on my blog today I revealed the winner (and some honorable mentions) of my Worldwide Photo Walk’s new Video Category competition. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec. 

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