Monthly Archives June 2010


We just got even more prizes to give away next Friday in New York City at the free Photoshop CS5 Summit. That’s right—-now we have a bunch of $250 Gift Cards to the most amazing camera store in the world—-B&H Photo!

This all takes place next Friday, and if you want to be there (it’s free), make sure you snag your seat right now. Here are all the details. Hope to see you there!!

Who: Your instructors are “The Photoshop Guys,” Me, Matt Kloskowski, RC Concepcion, Corey Barker, and Dave Cross

When: One night only—Friday, June 25th, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm

Where: The Hammerstein Ballroom, at the Manhattan Center, New York City

Cost: Free, free, free!!!!

Why: ‘To celebrate the launch of Photoshop CS5! (Adobe will be there, too!)

Reserve your Free Ticket: Go right here.

To Learn more: Just watch this quick video right here.

Maui Shore

My buddy, and Photoshop World Instructor Rod Harlan is presenting a 5-day workshop on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii on The Art of Digital Storytelling (Where digital photography meets inspired videography).

He says participants will get the best of both worlds in this workshop with complete hands on photography and videography field-work at some of the most stunning locations around Maui. He’ll be joined by master photographer Randy Hufford who’s lived on the island for over 35 years and will act as your personal guide to some of the best location shooting that only insiders know.

This is followed by focused classroom learning, post-processing, production and effects training (including the new Adobe CS5 Suite).

The workshop runs from Monday July 12th – Friday July 16th and is open to both photographers and videographers. He’ll be going over how to shoot video with your DSLR, take great pictures to use in both print and video, combine it all with audio, graphics and effects, render it out to the best settings, and then distribute it to the widest audience possible.

The workshop offers a unique opportunity to spend 5 consecutive days practicing both digital photography and digital video to produce your own digital story in the most diverse and exciting setting imaginable.

Rod has a ton of information on what they will be seeing and doing on Maui,  right here:


They’ve been gone for a while, but now they’re back; the “This Weekend Only” Special Deal, and the first one back is a doosey! :)

Slickforce Studio is offering the biggest deal they’ve ever offered——$100 off Nick Saglimbeni’s Mastering Retouching DVD Series, but of course the deal is good for this Weekend Only! (they have told me you won’t find a discount greater than this one anywhere in the internet).

If you went to Photoshop World Orlando, you undoubtedly saw their booth, which was jumping the whole show, and their retouching series was definitely getting a lot of attention all three days.

The coupon code will work for the 7-Disc DVD Box Set, the Digital Download or the Bundle (DVD Box Set & Digital Download).

Special Coupon Code: KELBY100

Here’s the Link where you need to enter the with coupon code to automatically take off $100

Thanks to Slickforce for offering this deal to my readers!

The Scriv (our Creative Director for Video), came up with a very clever clip to promote David Ziser’s new online wedding photography class at

The class itself is an on location wedding shoot, shot live during an actual wedding, and it all unfolds as it happens with David shooting and teaching as he goes, so you see it all from start to finish.

It’s an incredibly unique and fascinating way to learn wedding photography (and people are just loving this class), so The Scriv wanted to do something equally unique and different, and so…well….he did.

NOTE: It’s really cute, but it does help if you know up front that David uses the term “Floof” to describe the act of lifting the back edge of the bride’s train and letting it catch some air, so it resettles nicely on the ground—nice and flat and full (which looks great in photos).


Hi Gang: Between my original post on HDR, and the follow-up post on Tuesday, I had over 304 comments from readers, but two really stood out to me.

The first is from my follow-up post, and is in response to a number of people who wrote that they felt that over-the-top HDR images were no longer actually photographs, but had been so radically transformed that they were now illustrations, art, or a painting—-but certainly no longer a photograph.

I thought this reader made a brilliant analogy (the best I’ve heard on the topic), and I wanted to share it with you in case you missed it. For brevity, I’m going to paraphrase a little, but here’s what he said:

“Turning a Tree into a Chair…
The Tree is there. Someone comes along with his/her tools: Axe, knife, etc.. He whittles a chair out of it. Now the chair is there.

Now once it’s a chair you have the option to leave it like that or you can carve details into it, paint it, and/or add upholstery. It’s still a chair whether you improve upon it or not… It just then becomes a specialized type of chair like Victorian, modern, or such.

That’s what HDR does. It adds details, paint, and upholstery to the Photograph. It’s still a photograph, but now enhanced. If you like the regular old whittled chair then don’t HDR it… But if you think your [chair would look better to you]  in HDR then do it…”

This one, from my original post, is in reference to my applying the HDR effect to my photo of the Star Ferry in Hong Kong. It stood out to me as well:

“I’d like to point out that, I believe, something quite similar could well have been accomplished in a single frame with some selective underexposure and filtered small flash fill.”
— John Fowler


I was talking with a friend this week about Apple’s new iPhone 4, and she said something that absolutely cracked me up (and made me stop and think). She said:

“If Apple added Verizon as an iPhone carrier choice, and added Flash to the iPhone, and I worked for a cell phone company—I’m not kidding—I would go looking for another job immediately.”