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Scott Kelby’s wit along with his strong communication skills allow him to teach in a manner that is very entertaining.  The sound system malfunctioned at one of his presentations that I witnessed at PhotoshopWorld in 2007.  His quick thinking and humorous reactions while continuing to thoroughly educate the subject matter, kept the audience in stitches.  This allowed the group to forget they/we were learning because we were having so much fun doing it.  That said, I teach the same way I witnessed him instruct that day.  It is inevitable that you will run into problems while teaching computer classes because something will go wrong.  Any time I have a problem whether it’s something I did or a computer glitch, I turn it into a fun experience for my class.  I get them to laugh at my expense, but they get the idea that it’s okay to make mistakes.

Scott’s books are written the same way.  I absolutely hate reading the average text book especially if it is of a technical nature.  Since I teach computer classes at Oklahoma City Community College, I have read a lot of books that will, quite frankly, bore you to sleep.  However, Scott’s books are written in a fashion that keeps the reader or student entertained while they are learning.  I fully understand that some folks do not like the humor.  You can see this with some of the comments for his books written into sights like Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  But, comments that state they like his wit & humor far outweigh the negative ones.  And, since he is #1 in photography book sales worldwide, he must be doing something right.

I could go on and on about the positive way this man has influenced my life, but enough is enough. 

The image that I have put into this post is a before and after of a young woman of which I took senior pictures.  The retouching is a combination of Scott Kelby, and Vincent Versace techniques.  Fixing the skin blemishes, the hair, and the lips & eye color are Scott’s techniques.  The lighting and blurring were from Vincent’s session at PhotoshopWorld last September in Vegas.  

Be sure to click on the image for a high-resolution full-size image to really see the details.

Megan Before and After

Scott Kelby NAPP Founder

Posted: June 26, 2010 in NAPP
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Devil Dog

High Contrast Process Learned from Scott Kelby

After I posted to my blog on Friday, I realized that I did a great disservice to Scott Kelby.  He should have been first and everyone and everything else later.  It is hard to know where to start with what I have learned from Mr. Kelby in one way or another.  So I’ll start at the day I went to my first NAPP One-Day Seminar in Arlington, Texas hosted by Ben Willmore.  This was in December, 2006.  Of course that particular day I had no idea that Scott Kelby even existed, but I knew by the way that seminar was structured that I had to join NAPP that day.  I have never looked back.  Photography, or simply taking pictures, has been something that I have liked to do for quite some number of years.  However, I never had any formal training at all.  I had taken a Photoshop class at OCCC, my employer, during the fall semester of 2006 so I could learn how to make some of the photos that I have taken look a little better. 

The NAPP member website that I had access to after I joined on that fateful December day is amazing.  They have at least four new tutorials posted their every week and the old tutorials are available to members with a simple click of the mouse.  One thing about all of the tutorials that really helped me was the way that they all tell how to do the steps whether you are using a PC or a Mac.  Most of them use Macs, but I use a PC so this is extremely helpful to me.  They usually mention that it’s not that you will match the tutorial, but the steps involved are the important part.  I have heard time and time again that mistakes are not bad if you learn something from them, and that one should continually experiment.  I feel that these extremely user friendly tutorials are made in a customer service oriented company that is due to a culture induced by Scott Kelby.  

I went to my first PhotoshopWorld in Las Vegas in September 2007.  I met Scott for the first time then.  Even though I felt like a star-struck fan of a rock star when I introduced myself, Scott reached out and shook my hand as if he had known me all my life.  Scott Kelby is an extremely kind individual who wants to pass his knowledge to anyone willing to listen and learn.  He not only teaches how to be a better photographer or Photoshop user, but his teaching style mixed with intense humor is contagious.  In fact, I have used his teaching techniques in every class I teach.  If I can teach my students and give them a good laugh along the way, I have succeeded.

I will add more to the story of Scott Kelby on the next blog post tomorrow.