Another of “Photoshop’s Buried Treasures!” This time, B&W Conversions using Calculations

Oh yeah, Calculations — buried indeed, but in the spirit of the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, we’ve hoisted it up from its briny grave so you can make better-than-average black and white conversions without even using a plug-in. Before we “dive in” just want to remind you about my FREE webinar tomorrow at 2-pm EDT for beginner photographers. It’s called “Beginner’s Breakthrough” and if you know somebody new to photography and they want to kick their images up a big notch, I think I have some things that will really help. If you could share this Continue reading "Another of “Photoshop’s Buried Treasures!” This time, B&W Conversions using Calculations"

A DAY TO HONOR OUR NATION’S FALLEN SOLDIERS

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. This post is dedicated each year to the memory of David Leimbach, (shown above; the brother of our dear friend and colleague Jeff Leimbach), who died nine years ago in combat in Afghanistan. Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day. Here’s Continue reading "A DAY TO HONOR OUR NATION’S FALLEN SOLDIERS"

It’s New Class Friday!

Just One More Flash with Scott Kelby
Learn how to add one more flash to your portrait lighting with Scott Kelby! Building on the foundation you gained in Just One Flash, Scott teaches you the why, when, and how of adding a second flash to your Speedlight setup. Whether you want to create separation between your subject and the background, add a fill light to your subject, or change the look of the background itself, you’ll be amazed at all the great things you can do with a second flash. Be sure to re-watch the Just One Flash class Continue reading "It’s New Class Friday!"

I want to help new photographers have a real breakthrough…

If you have a friend, co-worker, or family member that is new to photography, and you want to see them make a real leap to where they’re making much better images right away, have them watch this one minute video below – I think I can help (and it’s 100% free). I’m going to share some things I believe can really make a difference in their photography right away. It’s free and open to everyone, so I encourage you to invite your friends (just send them a link to this post). Here’s the link to register for the Webinar. Thanks Continue reading "I want to help new photographers have a real breakthrough…"

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Gavin Hoey!

Small Studio, Big Potential
Around 10 years ago I invested in a wooden cabin at the end of my garden. Finally I got every portrait photographers dream, my own permanent studio and it was HUGE… then I started adding lights, props, an office and I realised it was small, very small! Thanks to YouTube, I’ve invited millions of photographers into my studio and have been asked countless questions about my small home studio set up, so here are some answers. How Small Is Small?
Don’t let the photos fool you, my studio is just 13 feet wide by 24 feet
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It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Gavin Hoey!

Small Studio, Big Potential
Around 10 years ago I invested in a wooden cabin at the end of my garden. Finally I got every portrait photographers dream, my own permanent studio and it was HUGE… then I started adding lights, props, an office and I realised it was small, very small! Thanks to YouTube, I’ve invited millions of photographers into my studio and have been asked countless questions about my small home studio set up, so here are some answers. How Small Is Small?
Don’t let the photos fool you, my studio is just 13 feet wide by 24 feet
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Photoshop Buried Treasure: Camera Raw One-Key Super Zoom

Hi, gang – here’s another in my new series of Photoshop’s Buried Treasure – this one is a quick, one-click mega zoom that not takes you to a tight zoom right where you want it, it instantly returns you to the tool you were last using. Really handy stuff (and it’s not the trick you were thinking). Hope you found that helpful! Here’s wishing you an awesome Tuesday! Best, -Scott P.S. Looking forward to meeting everybody up here for my Lightroom seminar here in Indianapolis today!    The post Photoshop Buried Treasure: Camera Raw One-Key Super Zoom appeared first Continue reading "Photoshop Buried Treasure: Camera Raw One-Key Super Zoom"

Behind-the-scenes: Dramatic One-flash Portrait

Happy Monday everybody. I’m sharing one of my favorite portrait lighting set-ups – one that creates lots of drama and shadows yet it’s super easy to set-up. Above: We’re using just one light — an Elinchrom ELC 500 strobe (but this technique will also work, or course, with a Canon, Nikon, Phottix, etc. flash as well), with an  Elinchrom Rotalux “Deep Octa” softbox here (but you can do this technique with whichever softbox you have). It’s not so much the type of softbox — it’s how you position it. The key to this technique is putting your softbox way up
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It’s New Class Thursday!

Designing Graphics for Social Media in Photoshop: 101 with Dave Clayton
Learn how to use Photoshop to help get your message out on social media! Join Dave Clayton to get a designer’s perspective on using your images to build your brand awareness on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Each social media outlet has its own set of parameters you need to consider, and with Dave’s Photoshop templates and techniques you’ll be well on your way to creating a cohesive message tailored to each platform. Whether you have a business or a hobby you’ll benefit from learning how to optimize the Continue reading "It’s New Class Thursday!"

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brad Moore!

Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson
What’s Brad Been Up To? Hey everyone, I figured I would take this opportunity to just check in and let you know what I’ve been up to so far this year! I’ve been doing a bit of a hodgepodge of things, but I’m definitely staying busy… I kicked the year off with a few thousand of my friends (and Styx and Keith Urban) at Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight at Bicentennial Mall Park in Nashville.
Photo by Robby Klein
As if that wasn’t enough fun, just a few days later I made my debut at The
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I Found a New Source For V-Flats

Hi gang. I’m happy to report that last weekend I found a new source for V-flats here in the US, and the price is right and you can find them in 65 locations (mostly in the Central and Northeast, South, and everywhere out West), and when I show behind-the-scenes shots using them, I always get asked about where to get them. In the past, it was “Find a local sign store” but a lot of folks were kind of reticent about going into a sign store and asking for ‘Gator Board,” so I’m glad I found this new source. First, let’s
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Photoshop’s Buried Treasure — A New Series Here on The Blog

Hi gang, and welcome to my new series on Photoshop features that can really be helpful…if you only knew they existed, and what they did. There’s some really great stuff buried in Photoshop, and it’s stuff that maybe we don’t use every day, but once unearthed, they can make a big difference. I’m calling this new series “Buried Treasure” and we’re starting with one of my favorites (I had to use it just yesterday), and in the short video tutorial below, I’ll show you how I used it, and a way you might not have thought of where it can Continue reading "Photoshop’s Buried Treasure — A New Series Here on The Blog"

Behind the Scenes From a One Light Portrait Shoot

Hi everybody and happy Friday. I was taping a segment to a new class I’m doing — a follow-up to my “Just One Flash” called (wait for it…wait for it…) “Just one more flash.” Anyway, when the taping was over, I wanted to try something a little different portrait wise (well for me anyway), so I did a very simple portrait where the goal was to try and give it a window light look, and I thought I’d share the final image, some behind-the-scenes shots, and talk a little about camera settings and post processing. I’ll do that all in
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It’s New Class Thursday!

Everything Else In Lightroom: Part Two with Scott Kelby
Building on Everything Else in Lightroom, Part 1, Scott Kelby has assembled a new set of skills every Lightroom user should know into Everything Else in Lightroom, Part 2. This series is designed to teach you a wide range of Lightroom topics, and serve as a reference for those times when you just want to dive into a specific topic, or come back and review. In this class you can master custom file name templates, learn how to use the Map module, become more efficient with export actions, customize your Continue reading "It’s New Class Thursday!"

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Bella Kotak!

Photo by John Schell
My 5 Essentials For An Outdoor Location Shoot
Spring is officially underway and with it, a flurry of photoshoots among the beautiful flowering nature. It’s that time of year when shooting outside is comfortable, and the evening light has the last of winter’s lingering softness. A vast majority of my shoots take place on location, and over the years I’ve learned to bring along a few things that make shooting outdoors that little bit less stressful. 1) Scissors
I have a pair of strong scissors I bring to “tidy” up a scene (i.e. get rid
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Lightroom Tip: Why Being Able to Move Adjustment Pins Can Be Really Handy

Hi gang, and welcome to Tuesday. Day Nine in this month we call May. ;-) I wanted to share a tip with you I did a while back on LightroomKillerTips.com (the other daily blog I write, in an effort to ensure I never actually sleep), and I still get comments about it. It’s a feature Adobe snuck into Lightroom in one of those late-night under cover of darkness updates they do to Lightroom, and it’s about why the added ability to move an Edit pin can be a huge timesaver. Check it out below: Hope you found that helpful Continue reading "Lightroom Tip: Why Being Able to Move Adjustment Pins Can Be Really Handy"

Photoshop Tip: What To Do If Your Tools Are All Screwed Up

Hi gang, and happy Monday. It’s going to be a great week! :) Just a quick tip today, but the thing I’m going to show you is pretty hidden, and you’d use it when a tool starts behaving differently than it usually does. You might have a made a change to a setting up in the Options Bar the last time you were you using Photoshop, and you can’t remember which setting you changed that’s now causing it to act wonky. If that happens, here what ya do: Above: Look up at the Options Bar up top. On the very
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Will You Be The Next Featured Artist in “The Gallery at KelbyOne?”

Above: Some images from our gallery opening for KelbyOne member, and the first artist featured in “The Gallery at KelbyOne,” photographer Mark Wegner (seen in the top left image). Wednesday on ‘The Grid” Kalebra announced some very exciting news — we’re opening submissions again for KelbyOne members to be considered for their own “solo artist gallery show” in our photographic gallery located at our headquarters in Tampa. It’s called “The Gallery at KelbyOne.”  Our goal behind the gallery is to find an undiscovered artist within our KelbyOne community that we can raise up, celebrate, and expose them and their work Continue reading "Will You Be The Next Featured Artist in “The Gallery at KelbyOne?”"

It’s New Class Thursday!

Electrifying Eyes – Retouching Eyes in Photoshop with Kristina Sherk
Join Kristina Sherk from Shark Pixel for an entire class dedicated to teaching you the best methods for retouching eyes using Photoshop. The eyes are the windows to the soul, and the first things viewers connect with when looking at your photographs. Correctly retouching eyes, without going overboard, is one of the most crucial aspects of portrait retouching, and can make or break a photo. In this class you’ll learn all aspects of eye retouching, including under the eyes, opening the eyes, whitening, adding lashes, exaggerating color, improving catchlights, and Continue reading "It’s New Class Thursday!"

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Matthew DeFeo!

Photo by Jason Menon

Wet Plate A Hundred And Sixty Six Year Old Photo Process

Number one question I get on a weekly basis.. What goes into a typical wet plate shoot? Well, I’m about to walk you through what wet plate collodion is, and what I do when I setup to shoot on location.
Photo by Luis Velez
To create an image, I hand pour the emulsion (collodion) into a pool on a glass or black aluminum plate, then carefully move it around until its evenly coated. The excess is drained back into the bottle. Next, I lower the
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