Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It Live! with Scott Kelby

I had the pleasure of attending my first Scott Kelby all day seminar in Tampa yesterday and it was the best $70 I’ve spent in recent memory.  The event was held downtown in the Tampa Theater on North Franklin St which was a great venue.  The show officially ran from 10 am – 5 pm but we never finished until 5:30 pm.  Scott is a fabulous presenter and had the audience in stitches as he bantered back and forth with attendees.  For those of you who have never see a professional photographer in action…..well they don’t come much better than Scott Kelby.  He showed how to set up both studio and speed lite lighting for shooting both men and women models as well as product photography before working his magic on the images taken in both Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5.  I think he ran through four completely different set ups in all.  The handouts were fabulous and product reps from Adorama, B+H Photo, Wacom, On One Software, Kelby Training and NAPP gave attendees a sort of mini expo to drop by during break and lunch times.  All in all, it was a great day and I learned a lot.  I also managed to grab five free 24 hour online training passes to for anyone who might be interested in checking out what has to offer.  Please leave a comment with your email address if you are interested and I’ll email you a free pass code.

The second part of today’s post relates to a phone call we received from Amber at Verizon Wireless yesterday afternoon while I was in Tampa.  She called me back this morning and asked if we would be interested in upgrading our Verizon 3G mifi router to a shiny new Samsung 4G LTE router.  We’ve been grappling with this dilemma for the past month or so.  You see, our present 3G mifi comes with unlimited data for just over $60/month and we can put a vacation stop on the plan when we are back in Canada, meaning we don’t have to pay any monthly charges at all until we return to the USA in the fall.  Now the 3G router can be a little slow at times depending on how many people are using the same tower at the same time, and judging from the amount of 2200 mifis I see near me at TT Orlando, there are quite a few.  But with an unlimited data, there is no cap or slow down, throttling back, whatever you want to call it.  It just gets a little slow now and then, which we have learned to live with. Switching to Verizon’s 4G LTE data plan, while being 10x faster than 3G, would also cap our data at either 5 GB for $50/month or 10 GB for $80/month and we didn’t really want to do that.  Well today Verizon made us an offer we just couldn’t refuse today.  A brand new Samsung 4G LTE mifi and 20 GB of data per month for exactly what we are now paying for the 3G unlimited plan….$60.14/month including taxes and they ship the new 4G mifi to us free of charge.  We accepted their offer and the new mifi should be here by Friday.

Now if only Canadian carriers, Rogers, Telus, Bell, Fido, etc would offer something similar.


  1. Jeannie March 15, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Oh, boy! I”m calling to complain to Verizon and maybe if I threaten to drop them, they’ll give me the same deal for our mi-fi. We pay 50.00 and some change for only 5 Gigs currently. How can they do that!!!

  2. Tom Van de Bussche March 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    Mark, I hope you don’t have the problems this guy had with his 4G LTE mifi.


  3. Rick Rousseau March 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    If you still have a coupon I’d appreciate you considering sending one my way.

    Kathy and I tried signing up for Verizon MiFi last year and they said we could not do it because we needed an American Address not Canadian, But what I want to point out is once you get your new MiFi be certain to change the password as soon as you activate it.

    Apparently they are one of the easiest devices to Hack and many other bloggers are complaining of this problem and being billed for overages. Paul Dahl from R Sanity RV Adventures wrote about this on I Believe Monday March 12. Please check it out.

    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  4. Dick March 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Mark, I would love a coupon if you still have them.
    We have that Samsung mifi and so far it works well.