These days just about anyone that is into photography, as a hobbist or as a professional, is familiar with the Kelby Media Group. For years they have been a leader in the photographic industry and I’ve written about them several times here on my blog. Needless to say I’m a huge fan of their work. I’ve been a member of Kelby One and NAPP for many years and have attended several training seminars and Photoshop World conferences.
In 1988 two brothers (Thomas and John Knoll) created a program called Photoshop to edit digital images and graphics. Needless to say, it was an instant hit. It wasn’t too long before Photoshop started becoming a household word and people wanted to learn more. That’s when a man named Scott Kelby, started holding training seminars and classes all around the country and NAPP was founded. NAPP (the National Association of Photoshop Professionals) started publishing Photoshop User Magazine and did a weekly webcast called Photoshop User TV. Believe it or not, that actually started as a Photoshop User Radio, with no video!
Due to the increasing popularity, it was pretty clear that people wanted more and the Photoshop World Conference was started. This was (and still is) one of the biggest and the best events of its kind where people from all around the world could get together for a so called “three day love-fest” to learn from some of the best people and instructors in the industry. At Photoshop World you could learn anything from Photography to Lightroom, learn how to use speedlights and studio lighting, learn the in’s and out’s of social media, how to edit digital video, and how to harness the power of Adobes Creative Cloud. It offers something for everyone from the home hobbyist to people making a living in the industry.
These days, NAPP has morphed into Kelby Media, the one place where creative people can learn how to take their passion, their creativity, and their craft to the next level all using the style of learning that suits them best. If you like reading a book or watching a video, this is the place. You can even sign up for membership with Kelby Media where you will not only get an annual subscription to Photoshop User Magazine but you also can watch thousands of hours online training classes by some of the best people in the industry any time you’d like. Kelby Media TV also produces some of the best (I consider the best) free weekly webcasts like: Photoshop Tips and Tricks, The Grid, Photoshop User TV, and the all new (long over-due) show, The Lightroom Show.
This show, like all the other programs they offer, is filled with all sorts of tips and tricks designed to help you get the most out of the program. It’s a great way for anyone just getting into Lightroom (or even for some of us who’ve been using it for a while) to help you really learn and better use and understand the program.
Lightroom is now on version 5 and I’ve often wondered why they waited so long to add this one to their line-up? The first episode started Feb. 13th and a new episode will be released every Friday. Like all of the Kelby Media webcasts, it’s free and you can watch them anytime, on any device. You can even download episodes and watch them on your own schedule. They’re a great way to take your skills up a few notches. If you’re into Lightroom you owe it to yourself to check it out here (The Lightroom Show) Be sure to check out their other webcasts too! If you’re like me, you’re going enjoy them also.