Monthly Archives October 2009

generated_23_46_38Do you guys remember when I did a video clip about a light stand that was perfect for wedding photographers because as soon as you lift it up, the legs collapse inward, so sliding it in/out of a church pew was a total no-brainer, and getting in tight places where you normally wouldn’t think of putting a light stand? (here’s that video clip—if you watch it, it’ll all make total sense). Anyway, it was called the Kwik Stand, and a lot of photographers snapped them up, and fell in love with them.

Sadly, the company that invented them closed last year (unrelated to the success of the Kwik Stand), but the good news is; another Kwik Stand lover has not only licensed the technology, but has improved upon it and is now offering their version of the stand, called a “Cheetahstand.” We just got a couple in the studio in the past few weeks, and they’re awesome. (Here’s the link for more info. They’re $89.95 with free shipping in the continental US).

I’ve only used them for Wedding shoots so far, but if you guys have any other ways these might be used, let me know (there just might be something in for you if you come up with something really practical). Anyway, watch the video (link above), then if you’ve got other ideas for how you might use this stand, let me know by posting a comment here on the blog.

One more thing: NAPP members get $10 off. (Hey, 10 bucks is 10 bucks!)


What do you and more than 500 Philadelphia-based photographers have in common? If you come to my seminar on Monday in Philly, we’ll all have something in common, as I’m teaching my “Photoshop Tour for Digital Photographers” there, and I hope you can make it.

Also, just so you know; there’s no way you can lose if you come, because this day is 100% money-back guaranteed—if it’s not the best Photoshop training seminar you’ve ever been to, at any price, we’ll refund your money on the spot. Really!

Here’s a link with all the details (it’s gonna be fun; you’ll learn a whole bunch, and I promise to make it worth your while). :)


OK, this isn’t the biggest fix in Lightroom 3, nor the most important fix, or even a fix that most folks would even notice at first, but it’s one of those little things that has annoyed me since Lightroom 1, and now instead of grimacing each time I see it, now I smile.

They changed it so the “Backup Catalog” dialog box, which used to appear when you launch Lightroom—-now only appears when you Quit, which to me just makes so much sense. I always felt having it show up when you first launched Lightroom was kind of like asking you to Save a blank document right when you first open it (even though I know what we’re doing isn’t technically ‘saving;’ we’re backing up the catalog, but I’d rather back-up the catalog after I’ve been working on it for hours—-not before I even start).

Anyway, I’m not sure how many of you noticed (or even cared), but I’d just like to throw out a “Yeah Baby!” to whomever made the call at Adobe to move this feature so it only appears when you Quit Lightroom.  (Code: IAARRWTNWIW).

Hi everybody:
Before we get to some news quickies; just a quick thanks for my friend Bert Monroy for honoring us with his inspirational guest blog yesterday. Really wonderful words wrapped in beautiful images. You sir, rock!!!

Now, onto the news:


Two new DVDs from Vincent Versace come with something very cool!
Vinny is always “pulling a rabbit out of his hat” and I have to tell you; this one is very slick indeed, because if you pre-order one of Vincent’s new training DVDs (called Welcome to Oz 2.0), as a bonus you get a full copy of OnOne Software’s FocalPoint 1.0 plug-in for Photoshop. What’s particularly cool about this is—the software isn’t a demo version, or a crippled version in any way—it’s the full software (and you can even upgrade it when a new version comes out, which is usually not the case when you get a deal like this). Anyway, you can find out all the details right here.


Joe McNally’s Next Stop For His Location Lighting Seminar is Coming up Nov. 6th in Los Angeles, then onto New York City on Thurs Nov., 12th.
After selling out Washington DC with over 900 photographers, and literally blowing everybody away (you can’t believe the rave reviews we’re getting on Joe’s seminar!), Joe McNally is making his final stops with his Kelby Training Live location lighting tour this year in Los Angeles on Friday, November 6th, and then New York City on Thursday, November 12th, and if you’ve been waiting to have Joe show you exactly how it’s all done, here’s where you get all the info. This day will blow you away! (the photo above, from Joe’s DC seminar, courtesy of Joe).

It is just me…
Or is the judging this season on “Dancing With the Stars” incredibly inconsistent? I know this has absolutely nothing to do with Photoshop or photography or anything, but come on—I can hardly concentrate on this other stuff when Len is giving a free pass to stars who dance as stiff as a board, but then he hammers Mya, who dances like a real pro. What’s he got against Mya? It’s almost like two of the judges are watching one routine, and the other is watching something entirely different. I’ve always enjoyed “Dancing” but having both Dancing and “So You Think you Can Dance” going on at the same time really shows the difference between the quality and consistency of the judging on “So you think” (which I think is very even most of the time) vs. Dancing, where you have no idea what the judges will think about a particular dance, and the chances of them agreeing is very slim. Ugh!

Photographer Matt Lange Chronicles His Trip to Photo Plus Expo in New York Last Week
I mentioned that I talked Matt Lange (the photographer I shot the Louisiana Tech football game with two weeks ago), and his buddy Donald Page into coming to New York for the Photo Plus Expo show last week, and he put together a post with words and pictures chronicling his trip, the people he met, and the experiences he had. If you’ve got a minute, it’s worth checking out, as this was Matt’s first time in New York, and that experience, for anybody, is pretty amazing in and of itself, but his story really makes you want to plan to go to PPE next year. Here’s the link to check it out.

This Guy is Good
That’s the subject line of an email I got from Brad Moore yesterday, describing the work of photographer Ryan Schude, and after looking at his stuff—I totally agree. Now, his style is pretty wild (and his shoots look really complex), so if you’re in the mood for some (a) really good (b) wild (c) complex photography, take 60 seconds and check out this work (my guess is; you’ll spend a lot more than 60 seconds once you get there. This guy is good!). Here’s the link.

See Ya Tomorrow!
Have a great Thursday everybody, and I hope to see you right back here tomorrow.

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Guest Blog for Scott! When I was asked to write this blog I had no idea what to write about. What did I eat this morning? What am I doing this afternoon? My latest painting? I had no idea. Guest blog for Scott Kelby—the man that has written more books than I can count—that’s a tall order!

As I tossed and turned thinking of what to write, I realized that previous guest bloggers were mostly photographers, retouchers and art directors—a virtual cornucopia of talents and skill sets. But they all had one thing in common—Photoshop.

As I write this blog I am still coming down from the excitement of Photoshop World that took place in Vegas this month, where once again, a vast number of people came together because of this one piece of remarkable software. People from all walks of life imaginable have this one thing in common.

As Adobe Photoshop celebrates its twentieth anniversary, it is interesting to look back at how this computer application changed the way we approach Imaging. As an example, just the other night I was channel switching and came across one of those crime investigation dramas where the verb “Photoshopped” was used three times!

There have been many changes to our workflow since Photoshop became one of our tools. I remember witnessing a major shift in the graphic arts industry back in the early 90s. Ad agencies all over New York City started dumping those giant, costly behemoths that were known as paint box systems. These giants took up valuable space and required a techie to run them. They were replaced with Macs directly on the art directors’ desks.

The combination of digital photography and Photoshop dramatically changed our approach to imaging. Gone are the days… (more…)


First, a big thanks to the hundreds of photographers who came out to my “Photoshop Tour for Digital Photographers” seminar yesterday in Boston. I totally had a great time, and it was an awesome way to kick off this new tour.

Next Stop: Philadelphia on Monday
The next stop for me on the tour is Philly, next Monday, November 2nd, and I hope you can join me. There’s already well over 400 photographers signed up, so if you’re thinking of going, I hope you sign up quick (here’s the link). See you in Philly!

Jeff Schewe updates “Real World Sharpening” Book
Photoshop Hall of Famer Jeff Schewe has just released a major update to a very important book; “Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom” (by Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe; published by Adobe Press; cover seen above). I can’t think of anyone more appropriate, or more qualified, than Jeff to take Bruce’s original work forward (since Bruce’s passing just a few years ago). There are few topics as important as sharpening (and few that can support an entire book), but this topic, and this author, are right on the money. Kudos to Jeff for his work, and for his dedication to honoring Bruce’s legacy. I think Bruce would be very proud indeed. Here’s the link to it on Barnes & Noble, and Borders (and it’s available wherever Photoshop books are sold).

My first “Light it; Shoot it; Retouch It” online class is now live!
It took a while to get it up there, but the first in my three-part series called “Light-it, shoot-it, Retouch it” is now online at Kelby Training. In this series, I pick one particular lighting look, and built it from scratch (you see every step along the way), then once the lighting is set, we do the shoot with you along for every aspect (including all the on-set tweaking), and then I take the images from the camera and show you how I edit the shoot from start to finish, so you see every step along the way. Here’s the link with more details. ALSO: Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom 3 Beta “Power Session” just went live, too! Here’s that link.

What I learned From Julieanne
I mentioned in my post yesterday that I learned something new while stepping into Julieanne Kost’s Lightroom session at Photo Plus East last week, and a couple of folks asked exactly what I learned. Now, I’ll tell you, but you have to promise not to post a comment that says anything along the lines of , “Scott!!!! You didn’t know THAT??? I knew that three years ago!” I thought you were supposed to know these things, etc, blah, blah). OK, here it is; you know how the Crop Tool has that rule of thirds Grid that appears over it when you click on the Crop tool? Well, there’s a setting you can choose called “Auto Show” that makes the Grid invisible until you actually touch one of the adjustment handles, and only then the Grid appears, which for me, is great because although I like the Grid, I don’t like seeing it all the time. It’s found under Lightroom’s View menu, under Tool Overlay.

Tim Mantoani at Photo Plus
At Photo Plus, I finally got to meet a particular person face-to-face, whose work I really admire; Tim Mantoani. I don’t know if you remember Tim’s fantastic Guest Blog post here (link), but one of the projects he talked about was his project where he made portraits of famous photographers posing with one of their favorite prints, but he shot these with a huge 20×24 Wisner camera. Well, he had the camera set up at Photo Plus, and I got a chance to check it out in person,  (Tim and I have emailed back and forth, but this was the first time I got to actually shake his hand). I saw a couple of the prints while I was there, and I was so impressed with him, and his work. Besides this project, Tim’s sports portraits are just fantastic, and if you’ve got a minute, stop by Tim’s site and check out his latest work—-it’ll start your Tuesday off right.

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is….
….someone very special indeed. Photoshop Hall of Famer, and one of the fathers of modern digital art. Photoshop World instructor, brilliant artist, and my friend, Bert Monroy.

Bert is truly a living legend of Photoshop, and if you’ve got two seconds, jump back with me to my post on Bert’s recent gallery showing outside San Francisco, and take a quick peek at some of his work, and then make sure you’re back here tomorrow to experience Bert’s Guest Blog for yourself. It’s truly an honor to have him guesting here on the blog. Can’t wait!!

That’s it for today, folks.
Here’s wishing you a wonderful Tuesday—-I hope it’s your best yet!