Monthly Archives August 2009


I just learned last night that for the first time ever, B&H Photo will have their own live Training Theater on the Photoshop World Expo Floor in Vegas (the conference is coming up Oct 1-3, 2009 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino).

I’m going to try and weasel my way into their theater for a couple of demos myself (maybe of the Westcott Spiderlites or the new Elinchrom Quadra gear, or both), but since I just learned about it last night, I haven’t confirmed anything yet, but I’ll let ya know as soon as the schedule is announced. (Note: the photo above is of the Kelby Training Theater on the Expo floor).

Also, just a heads up: I don’t know if the room rates in Vegas have ever been less (well, certainly not since we’ve been doing our conference there), and airfares are really affordable now, too, so if you’ve always wanted to go….this may be your best chance yet. I did a quick check of roundtrip airfares today, and here’s an example of what I mean (of course, subject to change at the airlines whim):

All prices are Roundtrip:

  • From Seattle: $204.20 (Southwest)
  • From Orlando: $253 (Delta)
  • From Los Angeles: $109 (Delta)
  • From New York : $258 (Delta)
  • From Dallas: $273 (Continental)
  • From Denver: $197.20 (Southwest)
  • From Chicago: $268 (Delta)
  • From Miami: $263 (Northwest)
  • From San Jose: $194.20 (Southwest)

Anyway, I thought it was cool B&H Photo was doing this, and I hope to see you guys at the show! Here’s the link for Photoshop World details.


Win Some Sweet Adobe Goodies
Layers Magazine (the how-to magazine for everything Adobe) is running a contest called “How Photoshop CS4 Saved The Day” where you tell about a time you were in a jam and you used Photoshop CS4 to save the day (Basically, they’re looking for your creative solutions to everyday challenges).

They pick weekly winners (for the next five weeks) which get a copy of Lightroom 2, plus an Adobe 18-1 Card Reader, an 8GB USB Drive, and a three-year subscription to Layers. Plus you’ll be featured in a Layers magazine article and on the website, as well the Adobe website.

At the end they pick one grand prize winner who gets the entire Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium or Web Premium (or equivalent value), a full conference pass to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, a one-year subscription to Kelby Training’s Online Training, and $250 of books or DVDs from our own Kelby Training. (The Grand Prize winner will also receive special recognition at Photoshop World in Vegas on October 1 during the opening ceremony). For all the details, or to enter, here’s the link.

Update on Yesterday’s “How I Display My Prints” Post
I learned yesterday (from some of my astute readers) that IKEA has discontinued the KLANG ledge I showed yesterday, but Joe P. pointed out that they have something that looks like it might be better (for the same $14.99). It’s called the “RIBBA Picture Ledge” and you can see it at IKEA online (here’s the link). It’s 45″ long, so you’d only need two to cover the same space as three of the KLANGs (so you save about $15). Also, Ken C. pointed out another cool option—-a thin cable used as a Curtain Wire, but of course we’d use it to hang prints. It’s called “DIGNITET,” it’s $14.99 as well, and here’s the link to it on (but sadly neither are available for online order—-you have to go to an IKEA store to get yours).

The First in-Depth Review of Volume 3
The first in-depth review I’ve seen of my new book, “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 3” is now online at Ronald R. Martinsen’s Photography Blog (Unfiltered Reviews with Real Feedback). Here’s the link to check it out.

My Down & Dirty Seminar in Orlando is Just A Few Weeks Away
We’ve already got more than 400 people signed up for my Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks workshop coming to Orlando, Florida on Friday August 28th. If you’re thinking of joining me for the day, make sure you sign up right away, as seating is limited, and when it’s full, it’s full. Here’s the link with all the info.

Sweet Deal on Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper
Friend of the blog Michael Tapes turned me on to a sweet deal on my favorite paper, at more than 40% off. It’s from a company called, and here’s the link with details. Thanks Michael for the heads-up.

Tomorrow’s Guest Blogger is…….
…..the full time photography assistant for living legend Jay Maisel, it’s Jamie Smith!

My assistant Brad Moore came up with the idea of having some of the photo assistants of famous photographers do a gig as guest bloggers (just as Brad did about his experiences working for Joe McNally), and I loved the idea on a bunch of different levels. One of the first people Brad wanted to feature was Jamie—who being Jay’s full-time assistant has to have just one amazing job!!!! I can’t wait to hear what Jamie has to say tomorrow, so make sure you join me here to catch Jamie’s Guest Blog.

That’s it for today folks!
I hope you have a kick-butt day everybody!!!!!


Since I ran that video clip about my Sports Shoot Contest, I’ve had dozens of requests about how I hang the prints seen behind me in my office (above), and I actually did a little blurb about them already (they’re from IKEA, and they’re called “Klang.” If I remember correctly, which I seldom do, they’re around $14).

But I’m still getting lots of questions, and here’s why:

  1. You can only get them (Klang) at a physical IKEA store (they’re not available online from
  2. Without seeing what a “Klang” actually looks like (my prints cover them up), it’s hard know what you’re looking for if do you go to the store.

Luckily, Matt had one still in its wrapper, leaning against a wall in his office, so I borrowed it for the photo you see above (Note: I know you want the caption to read, “That’s me holding Matt’s Klang” but it’s not gonna happen). Photo by RC.

In that photo, you can see what Klang looks like, and behind me you can see how I’m using three of them. This is different than it’s used in the store, where it’s used as a ledge or shelf with a raised front edge. This is how Matt uses his Klang. (I know—that sounds bad, too).

Anyway, I hang mine higher up the wall, and then use clips to hold the prints in place. That way, I don’t have to mount or frame my prints, and I can swap new ones in/out quickly. Matt puts his lower on the wall, then mounts or frames his prints, and puts them on the ledge where they lean against the wall. Both styles work great—it’s just down to personal preference. Hope that helps. :)


Just wanted to give you guys a heads up: We’ve put together a special¬† “Library Bundle” of “The Digital Photography Book” which contains all three volumes (Volumes 1, 2 & the new Volume 3) and it includes a FREE Limited Edition Slipcase (Shown above). It’s only $44.95 for the bundle (if you’re a NAPP member, it’s only $36.99), and you can order yours right here.

If you already own all three books, and just want the Limited Edition slipcover,¬† you can buy just the slipcase for $11.95. Here’s that link.


You guys know I’m a hooked on (it’s how I keep up with everything. Well, that and my daily call from Terry White), but for some reason I only look at Alltop on my Mac, until last week I saw how Alltop works on the iPhone with their new mobile version.

It’s the formatting. You still see the top five headlines from all your favorite blogs (you can see the one’s I follow daily at, and what I love about Alltop on my computer (the simplicity) is amplified on my iPhone. Next time you’re on your iPhone, check out and you’ll see what I mean.


Back at Photoshop World in Boston, I did a two-part class on Portrait Retouching. In the first part, I went through the most requested current retouching techniques, but in the 2nd part (held the following day), I spent the first class on more techniques, taking it further, but then I did a live shoot (with a professional model), and then took the images from the shoot and did a full start-to-finish live retouch right in the class.

Well, last night I was looking the latest issue of HOW magazine, and I saw a new print ad for NAPP (seen above) and they used the actual before and after photo that I retouched live in the class, and I thought I’d share that here (if you click on the ad; you’ll see the larger version).

Anyway, the reason I’m sharing all this is; I’m doing this same two-part Retouching series at Photoshop World in Las Vegas this October and I hope you’ll come and check out my class in person (well, both my classes). Here’s the link for info on Photoshop World. I hope I’ll see you in my classes!