Monthly Archives September 2009

01_filesOne of my book readers, Tobias Gräning from Berlin, Germany, dropped me a note yesterday with a great tip, based on one of my tips in my Digital Photography Book, Volume 3. My quick tip was to make sure you download the free digital PDF versions of your camera’s user manual because they’re searchable, and you’ll find what you’re looking for a lot faster (I have PDF manuals for all my own gear).

He took the tip up a notch by telling me about an iPhone application called “Good Reader PDF” that is designed to let you download and read these large-sized PDFs (larger size PDFs than you can normally read on an iPhone or iPod touch). You can see a screen cap above how the PDFs are listed, and then how they’re displayed (it’s just 99¢ from the iPhone App Store).

You can’t imagine how handy it is having your camera’s user manual right out on location with you, without dragging the physical manual out in the field. Thanks Tobias for sharing this one with me (and my readers).


Each year at Photoshop World we open the Exhibit Floor to the public for just two days, and if you’d like a free Expo-only pass (so you can see all the exhibitors, including Adobe), and catch the free expo floor classes and presentations, you can go right here to get yours.

We had a record-breaking number of Photoshop users and photographers visit the Expo floor at Boston Photoshop World, and I think the reason is there’s just so much going on there. Most of the vendors are now doing live demos, plus there are multiple theaters where you can catch some of the biggest names in Photoshop and photography live on stage, and getting to learn from, and meet all these superstars one-on-one creates a lot of energy and excitement on the floor.

Plus, this is a selling show, so a lot of the exhibitors run “show only” specials where they blow-out deals you won’t find anywhere else, and well…the whole thing is just a blast. Remember; the Expo-only pass is free if you register in advance, or its $20 per person at the door.


So what’s a typical day like assisting Joe McNally? First things first. When you’re a photographer’s assistant, especially for someone like Joe, “typical” goes right out the door.

To start, here’s a bit of the back story:
While I was in school for my undergrad, I was lucky enough to get a summer internship with Joe. In retrospect, I can confidently say that I learned more in those three months than in my entire college education. Now, people ask me all the time how I pulled off an internship with such a person, and my answer really comes down to persistence. I had seen a presentation of Joe’s at the Maine Photographic Workshops, really loved his work and became a fan.

Communication Arts Magazine puts out a great photo annual each year, and lists the contact info for everyone who makes it in… So that next summer, when browsing through, I saw a photo of Joe’s, called the studio, interviewed, and (more…)


Professional Food Photography with Joe Glyda Now Online
We just had an online class “go live” this week that I’m particularly excited about; it’s Joe Glyda’s class on Professional Food Photography. Joe is a terrific teacher (if you’ve ever caught Joe during one of his sessions at Photoshop World you know what I mean), and he’s got some really great techniques in his new class. Here’s the link with all the details (NOTE: If you’re not a Kelby Training Online subscriber, you can still watch the first couple of segments by following that link). ALSO: I did a quick little video from the production set of Joe’s class to give some background on the class and what he’s teaching, and you can watch that short clip right here.

Next Stop For My Lightroom 2 Live Tour: Detroit
Well, it’s actually Livonia, Michigan, so it’s the greater Detroit area, but it’s going to be a great day (I take you all the through my actual workflow from start to finish), and I hope you can join me for my first Lightroom event in Michigan ever! Here’s the link for more details or to reserve your seat (it’s only $99—or $79 is you’re a NAPP member).

Model Releases for Photographers Class Now Online
Jack and Ed are back with a fantastic online class on when and why you need to have model releases, what they need to cover, and a host of things you’ve probably never considered, but if you shoot portraits of anybody—you’ll definitely need to know. Absolutely invaluable info! Here’s the link to view the lessons.

McNally’s Next Off-Camera Lighting Tour Stop is Washington DC
That’s right—the same one-day Off-Camera Flash workshop that Joe McNally sold out in San Francisco weeks early, is now headed to Washington DC on Friday, October 23rd. People are still talking about Joe’s San Francisco workshop, and I hope you’ll be able to snag one of the available spots for his day there (seating is limited, and filled on a first-come, first-served basis). Here’s the link for more info.

Next Stop For the Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Tour is Houston, Texas!
Brilliant Photoshop trainer and author of the “Photoshop WOW” book series Jack Davis is taking our Photoshop Down & Dirty One Day Workshop to Houston, Texas on Wednesday, September 23rd for a day of nothing but the hottest Photoshop special effects. Here’s the link for all the details (by the way; Jack totally rocks, and it was his original WOW! book series that got me hooked on Photoshop special effects. If you get a chance to learn from Jack in person—don’t miss it!).

What’s Coming Up Next in Online Classes
We’re welcoming a new photographer to our online teaching faculty when James (Jim) Schmelzer’s first online class goes live next week on creating Senior Portraits. I’ve been a fan of Jim’s teachings for a few years now (I have at least two of his DVDs on lighting), and I thought so much of his style and delivery, that I asked him to share his lightning and posing techniques in a series of online classes, and his first one just hits it right out of the park! If you’re into the growing Senior Portrait market, you’ve gotta see his class when it goes live next week at Kelby Training Online.

I know a lot of you have been asking about when my first “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch It” online class will be available at Kelby Training Online and the good news is; it’s set to follow the week after Jim’s class, so it won’t be long now. I’ve done three of these Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it, classes, and after the first one goes live, we’ll be working on finishing the 2nd and 3rd classes. I’ll let you guys know as soon as it’s up and running.

New Training DVDs Now Available
Everybody likes to learn a different way; some of our students like to learn online; some through books, some in live seminars, and some like to own DVDs of the classes themselves and the good news is; some of our most popular classes are now available as DVDs, including Moose Peterson’s very popular Yosemite Big Game Photography class, and Matt Kloskowski’s popular “Mastering Layers in Photoshop CS4” class. You can find both (and all our other DVDs) right here.

That’s it for this Kelby Training Update. I’ll let you know when the new stuff goes live! :)


Howdy folks:
I had something different planned for today, but it didn’t work out, so…how ’bout some news?

Epson Releases New Stylus Pro 3880 Printer
I know, you probably read about this last week on Dave Cross’ blog, but just in case you missed it: “Hey, Epson released the 3880!” (shown above—photo courtesy of Epson). This replaces the Epson Stylus® Pro 3800 (which I loved so dearly), but this promises to be even better thanks to a new ink set with a wider color range (including “more dramatic blues and violets”), enhanced black and white printing, and new imaging technology that according to Epson “…provides smoother color transitions and better highlight and shadow detail.” Sweet! Can’t wait to get my hands on one and give you guys the low down, but in the meantime you can read the full release over at Dave’s blog, or head over to Epson’s 3880 page right here.

David Ziser kicks off 2nd leg of Nationwide Wide Tour today
Famous wedding photographer and instructor David Ziser is kicking off the 2nd leg of his “Digital Wake Up Call” tour today, starting in Indianapolis, and then heading onto to St. Louis, Kansas City, Omaha, and well…pretty much everywhere he didn’t hit in the first leg. Here’s a link to his site for a list of cities and dates, and full tour info. David’s workshop rocks—-it’s highly recommended!

The World Wide Photo Walk “People’s Choice Award” Winners
This one slipped by a lot of folks so I thought I mention that the winners for the  World Wide Photo Walk “People’s Choice Award” have been announced and you can see the top 25 picks right here, including the winning image chosen by you guys (well, you guys who voted anyway). Really great to see these additional images being honored in this brand new category.

The Photo Walk Photo Book Idea Has Legs
Thanks to everybody who last week shared their ideas and opinions on the World Wide Photo Walk book idea. It really gave me a lot to think about (including a lot of things I hadn’t thought about), and this week we’ll take a closer look at what’s involved, now that I have new ammunition (and new hurdles) I hadn’t considered before. Thanks again for helping me sort this one out.

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is……
…a man unlike any other man. He’s just a heartbeat away from Joe McNally, and should Joe not be able to fulfill his duties as Mr. Photo Universe, his able-bodied full-time assistant (who took over where Brad Man, the Bad Man, left off), would step in and take the shot (thus saving the job). Yes folks, in our continuing series which features guest blogs from full-time photo assistants, this week we feature Joe McNally’s assistant; the one, the only…Drew Gurian.

All kidding aside, Drew is a really great guy, and a very talented concert and wedding photographer in his own right, and I’m really looking forward to reading his guest post tomorrow here on the blog, so please drop by and make him feel welcome.

That’s it for this Tuesday
Have a great one everybody. Make it count! :-)