KelbyOne Seminar Tour Review: Is it Worth the Trip?

KelbyOne Seminar Tour

Earlier this week, I went to a KelbyOne Live Seminar in Rosemont. I had been counting down the days to this thing. In case you didn't know, KelbyOne is an online subscription that gives you access to courses taught by world-class professionals in the creative industry. They cover a lot of ground. Everything from software like Photoshop and Lightroom, to different styles of shooting like food photography, weddings, sports, and fashion.

Now, if I haven't mentioned this enough, I'm an addict when it comes to these damn sites. I am the epitome of their ideal customer, because when it comes to learning a new software technique, or anything to improve my craft, I will fling out my wallet, and frantically wave my debit card around screaming "shut up and take my money!" It's a real problem. It truly is. And I need to simmer down. 

So, I've tried many of these sites, I even go more in-depth in my previous blog posts about the best online course sites. But do you know what's different about this one? What makes this one stand out from the rest? 

The goodies. Kelbyone is generous when it comes to their membership. They spoil you with Photoshop magazines, discounts to big photography/video retailers like B&H, and of course--awesome live seminars like this one...

When I finally arrived at the seminar, I was greeted at the sign-in table with you guessed it--goodies.

They hook you up! I haven't had a chance to thoroughly go through this stuff but it looks promising, especially the magazine. The book in the front is a god sent, everything that we learned throughout the workshop is conveniently printed in this book. Yep a cheat guide worth over 5 hours of learning..I'll take it. 

The content was pretty solid too, and RC Concepcion is a really cool guy.  The workshops are full of hidden gems, and things I never knew about Photoshop, as well as new ways to jumpstart your stale workflow (Stay tuned for another blog post where I'll share a tutorial on my favorite tip I learned from the entire seminar!)

One of the highlights for me was a demo that the company Topaz Labs performed during the lunch break. Their beastly plug-ins can fix camera/shake motion blue, correct noisy images from high ISO, and add style to your images Check their website out, you have to see this stuff for yourself! 

 Screenshot taken from Topazlabs.com. This photo found on their site demonstrates their denoise plugin. I need this in my life. 

Screenshot taken from Topazlabs.com. This photo found on their site demonstrates their denoise plugin. I need this in my life. 

Overall the experience was a great one, I'd put my Mad Panda stamp of approval on it. If it happens to come to your city. Check it out. Like many other sites, KelbyOne has a free trial for their website, so be sure to snag a course or two during your free 24 hours. 

 Had a chat with the Photoshop guru himself Mr. RC Concepcion! 

Had a chat with the Photoshop guru himself Mr. RC Concepcion!