Monthly Archives March 2007

I’m pretty darn excited to announce that I’m kicking off a Nationwide U.S. Lightroom tour, starting next month, where I’ll be teaching “The New Digital Photography Workflow” using Lightroom and Photoshop. If you’re a pro photographer, or a serious shooter, then this day was designed from the ground-up for you, and you’re going to see everything done step-by-step, from start to finish. I begin each seminar with a live in-class portrait shoot, using a full studio lighting set-up (you’ll get all the details), and I take you through each step from initial shoot, through sorting, developing, presenting the proofs to the client, and even outputting the final prints live in class. The tour is sponsored by Adobe, Westcott, and Epson, and is produced by NAPP. We’re adding more cities, but the first cities, dates, and a full class schedule is now online at I hope to see you on one of my stops, because this day will change the way you work with Photoshop and digital photographey from that day forward. You’re going to learn a lot, and we’re going to have a blast! See you there. (Note: don’t miss the Friday wrap-up post, which follows this post below).

It’s Friday, and wellâ¦it’s Friday! :-)⢠My buddy Jeff Revell turned me on to this before/after retouching site (called “DigitalRETOUCH”), and it uses a very clever Flash-based method for showing the before and after retouches, color correction and shaping. The image you see on screen is the “after’ photo, then you drag a scrubber bar below the photo to the right and as you drag the “before” image is revealed (so you can pause anytime for a split/screen view). Note: before you visit the site, be forewarned there are some fashion photos that contain nudity. Not just nudity, but bare nudie, naked, nakedness). Now that you know; here’s the link.

â¢When Dave Cross teaches a Photoshop session, the average size of the class is around 600 people, but for a intimate group of just 20 lucky people, you’ll not only get to spend the day’s learning Dave’s latest Photoshop for photographers techniques; you’ll get to start each day (and end each day at sunset) shooting right alongside Dave in some of the most stunning landscape locales in the West; Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. This workshop, sponsored by NAPP and produced by the Great American Photography Workshops (GAPW), is coming up next month (April 18-22, 2007) and if you act quickly you can snag one of the few remaining spots for a Photoshop and photography experience like no other. Plus, they’ll be plenty of opportunities to make Canadian jokes, and you’ll probably see a Canadian shirt or two as well (by the way; Dave’s “Photoshop TV Canada Shirt auction for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital raised over $212.00). To register, or for more info, visit GAPW’s Web Site right away.

â¢Our good friend, and Photoshop Hall-of-Famer, Jack Davis has just released a set of FREE (that’s F-R-double-E free) set of Lightroom Presets, courtesy of OnOne Software (who also developed Jack’s Frame and Edge effects set). You can download these “WOW!” presets by clicking here.

⢠Speaking of Lightroom (like that smooth segue?), if you’re a Metadata template freak (and you know who you are), then check out this free Web-based Metadata template maker for Lightroom, called Jeffrey’s Metadata-Panel Builder. It’s pretty cool (ya know, in a metadata template kind of cool way).

Two Photoshops? Yup. It’s official; when CS3 ships (sometime this spring), there will be, for the first time ever, two editions of Photoshop: a Standard and an Extended edition. (That’s why the splash screen on the free Public Beta Preview version of CS3 says “Standard Edition”—so you knew there had to be some other version, right?). Photoshop CS3 Extended has all the features of the Standard version plus an extended feature set (Adobe hasn’t revealed the exact features quite yet—they’re saving it for the official launch event announced yesterday to be held in New York City on March 27, 2007). In Adobe’s press release today (which I’m honored to be quoted in) they did reveal that the Extended version includes “…a new set of capabilities for integration of 3-D and motion graphics, image measurement and analysis. Photoshop CS3 Extended also simplifies the workflow for professionals in architecture, engineering, medical and science.” For more info, check out Adobe’s press release or the special page on

Here’s what’s going on:⢠It’s official; Adobe will be making their official CS3 annoucment on March 27th (not just Photoshop, but the full Creative Suite Product Line) at a special “Launch Event” in New York City. As John Nack noted on this blog; this is the official announcement of features; not the shipping date for the product. Here’s the scoop straight from Adobe’s PR blog.

⢠Even though it’s still nearly a month away, the Photoshop World Conference and Expo (coming up in Boston April 4-6) has already broken our all-time East Coast attendance record by more than 300 people, and it’s very likely that the conference will reach maximum capacity within just a few day, and be the first Photoshop World ever to sell out in advance. When we reach the sold-out mark, we will start a cancellation waiting list, so if someone cancels in advance, you’ll be able to take their spot. I guess what I’m trying to say is; if you were thinking of going; I’d sign up, like…today at

⢠I did an interview with Dave Cross last week about Lightroom and the future of the digital photography workflow. I’ve been told it’s a surprisingly candid interview (which means I probably said some things I shouldn’t have said) and you can read it at

⢠I ran across this great quote on Chuck Inglefield’s “Thoughts on Photography” blog. It was a comment posted by photographer Ivan Apfel (who’s a fantastic wedding phototgrapher, by the way) in response to a post by Chuck about photo-sharing sites where people critque your photography, and how the tendancy is to start shooting to please the people who critque your work, rather than stretching yourself as a artist. Here’s Ivan’s quote:

“The moment you stop caring about whether someone else approves your images and begin concerning yourself with whether you approve of your images is the moment when you begin creating your best work.”

NOTE: Please click the Comments button at the bottom of this post to read a great follow-up comment posted this morning by George Gerder. It’s a perfect add-on to this theme.

⢠NAPP is very honored to announce that John Loiacano, Adobe’s Senior VP of Creative Solutions, will be the featured keynote speaker at the Photoshop World opening keynote (John is shown above during his keynote presentation at Photoshop World Las Vegas last year, where he and Adobe’s Kevin Connor gave the audience a first look at some of Lightroom’s new features, and a sneak peek at some upcoming Photoshop technology). John is a first-class presenter who totally energized the Las Vegas crowd, and with the all new technology coming out of Adobe (including the upcoming release of CS3), I can only imagine what he has in store (OK, actually I kind of know what he has in store, and trust me—his keynote will be the talk of the industry). You can see some shots of his Las Vegas keynote here.

⢠Nikon very quitely just raised the bar for entry-level DSLR cameras, by dramatically upgrading their recently introduced D-40 with a 10+ megapixel sensor, they’ve taken the lowest ISO down to 100 (even the D70’s lowest ISO was 200), and the increased the shooting rate to 3 frames per second. You can find direct links to all the info on this new rebranded Nikon D40X at

I’m pretty darn psyched (and totally honored) to announce that B&H Photo has put together a “Scott Kelby Location Kit”
with all the cool location lighting stuff I’ve been talking about here in my blog, and in my live sessions (as seen above–of course, you have to provide the flash and I use two Nikon SB-800s because I shoot with Nikon gear, but the kit works with any off-camera hot-shoe mounted flashes).

The kit includes two Lastolite tri-grip diffusion panels, two lightweight (yet surprisingly sturdy) 8′ light stands with two regular Bogen/Monfrotto clamps for holding the diffusion panels; and two of their “Justin” clamps, which let you mount hot-shoe flashes and position them in any direction using the built-in ball head, and two of the same lightstands come with that. Plus, it comes with a Westcott 6-in-one reflector and a very slickly designed Impact boom stand with clips so you can position the reflector right where you want it. The kit assumes you already have a flash, so it’s everything but the flash (it’s all the gear shown above) and the whole package is just $495, which is an incredible deal for the results you can get (you can see this package in action by going back to my post on February 22nd). Click here to jump to B&H page on this kit. (Don’t forget; if you call B&H, NAPP members get free shipping, which saves you $27.65. Well, it does if you’re shipping to Tampa anyway).

Although it’s called the “Scott Kelby Location Lighting Kit,” I have to give credit to the amazing Joe McNally (master of the wireless flash, and one of the most talented and gifted working photographers/instructors in our industry today), because I learned the whole technique (of shooting the on-camera style flashes through the Lastolite Diffusers with Justin Clamps) from him. Many thanks to Joe for turning me onto to this amazingly light, portable, and easy-to-use system that’s changed everything for me. My personal thanks to Joe for all he’s taught me, and all he continues to teach me. (If you’re going to Photoshop World, make darn sure you catch Joe’s amazing sessions. He will change the way you approach a lot of things, and he’ll inspire you with this amazing images from his years shooting with National Geographic and Sports Illustrated, to name just a few.

Also thanks to the wonderful folks at B&H Photo (Gabe, Steve, Manny and crew) for putting this location lighting kit together. I’m so honored, and can’t thank you enough for making it so easy for NAPP members to get their hands on all this cool gear. You rock!

Here’s what happening out there (and by “out there” I mean, over there where I’m pointing):⢠Last week Adobe did an offical online “Lightroom Launch Party” and NAPP was invited to host one of the sections of the party, live from NAPP headquarters, but I was out in Yosemite and Matt & Dave were out at Adobe at a training workshop, so instead I produced a short video clip live from Yosemite at the Digital Landscape Workshop Series (DLWS), where I was doing a Lightroom class. It’s a short clip, and you get to see behind the scenes at the workshop, and the students reaction to Lightroom. Click here to watch the video online.

⢠Lots more news tomorrow (hopefully including some more photos from Yosemite), so we’ll see you then!

⢠Nikon has launched a special Web site with loads of information on their VR (Vibration Reduction) technology. It’s very well and definitely worth a visit, by clicking here.

⢠COOL SITE: Check out this site that features posts of “lost photos,” (found that have been discarded, so they don’t know who is in the photos, who took them, where they were taken, etc.). It’s surprisingly interesting, and very well done. It sounds kind of weird, but it’s actaully pretty cool. Check it out by clicking here.

⢠Great little article (with videos) about why Mac users using iPhoto to manage their photo collection should switch to Adobe Lightroom. Click here to read it and watch the videos.

⢠I ran across this very cool little site which has a “Camera Simulator” that is wonderful for showing how different apertures and shutter speeds affect how the photo will look. It’s interactive, and very cleverly done. Even if you know this stuff cold, it’s still just cool to see how they’ve set this up. Click here to check it out.

⢠If you’re curious about Lightroom, check out Terry White’s Creative Suite Podcast (just posted today), which includes a great tutorial on getting started with Lightroom 1.0. Check it out by clicking here. (Don’t forget, you can download the free 30-day Trial Version of Lightroom from