Photoshop Tip: Create a Template By Adding Just One Letter to the File Name

Happy Friday, everybody. (even if you don’t watch the tip – make sure you read my P.S. at the bottom of the post. It’s guaranteed to make you wish I was younger and had more hair).  I’ve got a great tip for you today from our dear friend, UK-based graphic designer Dave Clayton, who shared this tip on ‘The Grid” on Wednesday and people were just loving it. Alan Hess wrote “This will change my workflow forever!” and I gotta tell ya — I agree (I didn’t know this tip either). Check out this short video we Continue reading "Photoshop Tip: Create a Template By Adding Just One Letter to the File Name"

It’s New Class Thursday!

Landscape Photography: Preplanning and Post-Processing with Richard Bernabe
Take your landscape photography to the next level with Richard Bernabe! Join Richard in Cape Hatteras as he photographs the beautiful Outer Banks while demonstrating how the decisions you make in the field will impact the tools and techniques you can use in your post processing. This class is all about how you can bring your field work together with your post processing, so that you are capturing photographs that allow you to get the most out of your workflow. Over the course of several days of shooting Richard teaches you Continue reading "It’s New Class Thursday!"

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Joel Grimes!

Follow Your Intuition

How many times in a day are you faced with having to make a choice? What time do I need to wake up? What should I wear? What should I eat for breakfast, etc…. That’s within the first hour of the day. Everyday we have to make hundreds if not thousands of decisions. How do we know what to do, which path to take? As an Artist, the decision making process is amplified. As we walk through the creative process we often second guess ourselves. What lens should I use? What background do I put my subjects
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It’s “Photoshop COPS” – The New Reality TV Show?

We kick off each Photoshop World Conference with a Photoshop-based parody of a movie or TV show, and this year we went with the long-running Fox TV series “COPS” but of course, we added our own Photoshop twist to it. :) It stars Corey Barker, Matt Kloskowski, Dave Cross, Yours Truly, a special appearance from Kristi Sherk (you’ll hardly recognize her), and Kaylee Greer, along with a special cameo (can’t tell you who it is, but if you’ve ever been to Photoshop World, you’ll instantly recognize him). Here’s the ‘Photoshop COPS’ video (below) that kicked off the Conference last week: Hope you Continue reading "It’s “Photoshop COPS” – The New Reality TV Show?"

Highlights From The Photoshop World 2017 Conference

What an AWESOME week!!!!
I know I say this pretty often, so I’m going to paraphrase one of our longtime attendees, (known as drchevalier in the KelbyOne community), who came up to me at the end of the conference and said,
This is my 7th time at Photoshop World, and out of all of them, this was the best!”
I could not agree more. I heard the same thing again and again — even from some longtime instructors who said they felt this was absolutely the best Photoshop World ever! The one phrase that came up again and again…
…was that
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Bridal Shoot (with behind-the-scenes shots and camera settings)

Hey, it’s Photoshop World week, and to celebrate, today I thought I’d share some shots from a recent bridal shoot I did for a project I’m working on. The shoot took place at Casa Bella – a beautiful 9,000 sq ft. luxury home/venue for weddings and events in our area. I teamed up with my awesome wife Kalebra who did all the styling and art direction for the shoot (she’s just a blast to be on a shoot with — she brings an energy, and fun to the shoot that’s contagious. Also, seeing how she sees things, and how she works with our
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It’s Photoshop Word Conference Week. Awwwww, yeah! :-)

It’s finally here, and I’m so excited (well, technically it starts Wednesday with the pre-conference workshop, and then the opening Keynote (streamed live, featuring Adobe), kicks off the conference on Wednesday morning at 9:00 AM ET, but ya know — it’s Photoshop World week! Whoo Hoo! :) If you’ll be there…
Two things you definitely want to do: (1) Go to the free Orientation class 
If this is your first time at Photoshop World, we have a special crash course just for you. Hosted by Larry Becker, this orientation is designed to make sure you get the most out of Continue reading "It’s Photoshop Word Conference Week. Awwwww, yeah! :-)"

Stuff to Watch This Weekend

Hi gang – sorry for the late post today – with the Photoshop World Conference coming next week, it’s hard to work on anything else (really exciting, but busy as heck!). Anyway, I thought I’d share a few courses for you to watch this weekend that are just getting tons of love from our members — these are classes that people are just raving about, so if you’re looking for some learning this Holiday Weekend, I hope you’ll give these a look: Larry nailed it in this class, and people are writing in that even though they thought they really knew Continue reading "Stuff to Watch This Weekend"

It’s New Class Thursday!

Everything Else in Lightroom, Part One with Scott Kelby
Time to learn everything else there is to know in Lightroom! Join Scott Kelby in this class designed to teach you a wide range of specific topics every Lightroom users needs to know. You can jump in on any topic that interests you and get up to speed on that aspect of Lightroom, and use this class as a go-to resource any time you need to expand your skill set even further. Maybe you need to know how to transfer a collection of photos from one computer to another, how to Continue reading "It’s New Class Thursday!"

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Mark Condon of Shotkit!

Photo by Daniel Stark
Three Years of Shotkit | Photographers & Their Camera Gear Hey guys, this is Mark here from a site you may have heard of called Shotkit. Thanks for having me here on ScottKelby.com – it’s truly an honour. I started Shotkit back in 2014 to scratch my own itch of wanting to know what my favourite photographers carried in their camera bags. Everyone knows that a good camera does not a good photographer make, but most of us in the industry are still very passionate about the photography equipment we use… and whilst few
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It’s “I got nuthin’” Tuesday!

Hi folks, and greetings from the Wayne County, Michigan (I’m here for my seminar today – over 300 Detroit area photographers here today for my Lightroom seminar. Whoo hoo!). A big shout out to all the kind folks who came out and spent the day with me yesterday in Chicago. Alway love being in the Chicago area – so many friendly folks – thanks for coming out. :) Watch ‘The Grid’ on Facebook’s App for Apple TV
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Four Simple Steps To Create Your Own Custom Photoshop Actions

Happy Monday everybody — ready to learn about Actions? Wild cheers ensue! (Hey, it could happen). Anyway, I still get questions about Photoshop’s Action feature, so I thought I’d do a ‘quick start’ kinda post to get you up and running in five minutes. What’s an Action?
If you’re wondering what “Actions” are, basically it’s like a tape recorder in Photoshop that records your step and plays them back really fast, so you can automate repetitive tasks. Best of all, simple actions (yes, you can create really complex ones if you want), are really easy to create and use. In our example,
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Nice Tutorial on Blending Masks in Photoshop CC

I ran across this Blend Mask tutorial on one of Adobe’s official blogs over in the UK, and it’s a great little tutorial (a little more of an advanced technique, but well worthwhile and easy to follow). It’s from Adobe’s Richard Curtis, and the post itself is from September of last year. In the tutorial Richard shows how to make the robe of the 2nd monk (well, the 2nd from the left), perfectly match the color and luminance of the first monk. Really good stuff. Here’s the link to Richard’s Blending Mask tutorial. Hope you found that helpful (and Continue reading "Nice Tutorial on Blending Masks in Photoshop CC"

It’s New Class Thursday!

Family Photography: The Art of Storytelling with Tracy Sweeney
Learn how to cultivate beautiful memories for your client families! Join Tracy Sweeney as she shares her years of experience as a family photographer to help you prepare for success in this business. Tracy starts off the class with a focus on planning, preparation, and scouting; all of which will help you get the most out of your session while feeling confident and looking professional. From there you’ll witness Tracy at work with two different families in a park and on the beach. Tracy talks through her approach to lighting, to Continue reading "It’s New Class Thursday!"

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Scott Valentine!

I’ve always been fascinated by the nature of creativity. There are all the usual questions, of course… What is creativity? Where does it come from? How close do I have to stand to a creative person for some of it to rub off on me? The last question comes with certain social restrictions (also possibly certain restraining orders), but the first two we can sit and discuss over coffee. Even better, we can put the results of that discussion to use, make the answers work for us. Ready? Go! If I had to nail down a working definition, I’d say
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Awesome Little Photoshop ‘Find The Best Font’ Tip

OK, if you’ve ever struggled with finding just the right font for a project, you will love this tip. Adobe made a change in Photoshop CC that makes being able to see what different fonts look like live in your document on screen, and its so much easier and faster than the old versions. It’s a really handy tip to know if you ever work with type on any level at all. See, that’s much better than the old method (and if you’re saying to yourself, “Heck, I didn’t even know the old version” that’s cool — this is better Continue reading "Awesome Little Photoshop ‘Find The Best Font’ Tip"

My Current Setup For Shooting Tethered Into Lightroom

Happy Monday everybody! I’m out doing my Lightroom seminar tour this year (I’ll be in Chicago and the Detroit area with my seminar next Monday and Tuesday respectively), and I get lots of questions about the tethering rig I use, so I thought I’d share a few Behind-the-Scenes shots from a studio shoot I did a few weeks ago (shots for an upcoming book), where I can break down the set-up (and the lighting while we’re there, right?). Here’s the basic set-up: The Cable:
The long orange cable is the essential thing you need to connect your DSLR to
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