Monthly Archives July 2010


I hope you’ll come and spend the day with me in New York on Monday learning all the cool new stuff in Lightroom 3. I just kicked the tour off in Ft. Lauderdale on Monday (had over 400 photographers there for the day, and we had a blast).

I can’t tell you how many people came up to me during the day, who didn’t have Lightroom at all yet, but were just blown away by what it could do. It’s really the kind of day that can change everything for your workflow, so I hope you can make it if you’re up that way.

It’s only $99 for the full day of training (including my step-by-step workbook), or just $79 if you’re a NAPP member. Here’s the link with all the details. Hope I’ll get to see you in person at the Javits Center on Monday. It’s gonna rock!

P.S. Don’t forget Matt is Boston on Friday. Use the same link above and see Matty K live!

…..and I have nothing to show for it. Well, there was this one photo that somehow wound up on my camera:

Crazy Joe Davolasm

Yup, that’s what happens when you (a) let Joe McNally come on vacation with you, and (b) one night you leave your camera on the dining room table. I should have known better.

There were 15 of us (my entire family, my brother in law and his family, my brother Jeff, my friends Jim Workman, Jean Kenda, and their son Kevin, and Joe McNally and his wife Annie). We were all there simply on vacation, and during the trip we’d be celebrating my 50th birthday.

Despite the fact that I have absolutely nothing to show photographically from my entire trip, I had a ball from beginning to end. First, I didn’t work a lick the entire time. My photo assistant Brad Moore covered the blog for the days I missed, along with a great guest blog from John Wright and yesterday’s hilarious one from Aaron Johnson (I’ve been a long-time What The Duck fan, and I have a custom made “What the Duck” I received as a gift from my buddy Larry Becker—that’s it below, and it’s been hanging on my office wall ever since).


Did you really not get any shots?
I really didn’t get any shots. The guys in the office thought I was kidding, until I showed my buddy Dave Moser the few that I didn’t delete immediately upon import, and he said (his exact words) “Oh…boss. I dunno know. You’ve got three. Maybe four shots shots there. Tops.” Believe it or not, he was being very kind—I wouldn’t even post any of them. They might make a good tutorial one day on how to fix totally uninspired, snapshot-looking travel photos.

OK, I did get one shot I like (below). That’s my daughter Kira taking a shot of my brother Jeff, at sunset in the charming town of Sitges (about 30 minutes outside Barcelona), which was our vacation home for the trip.


So what happened?
I think it was that I was way more into family, friends, and relaxation than I was into photography on this trip, and I never really got in the zone on any level. By the last day, I realized that didn’t have a single decent shot, so in desperation my brother and I drove to a European Balloon Festival he read about in Delta’s Sky magazine on the trip over. It was 30 miles away in the other direction, but sadly, I didn’t get anything  there either, as seen below (these were taken at 8:20 pm, and unfortunately the balloons headed off directly into the sun, which was already pretty low, and had just tucked behind a hazy cloud, so once again, lameness abounds).


Funny thing is; I’m totally OK with it. I had just finished two books—back to back—and what I really needed was some time to recharge, and I totally did that. Besides, football season is right around the corner. :)

Didn’t you go shooting with Joe?
Yup. One day Joe and Annie took me on a birthday photo trip to a little medieval town about 30 miles outside of Barcelona. There was this beautiful river lined with old buildings that looked like it would be cool to shoot. As luck would have it; the river was dry. You couldn’t paddle a canoe down it. It kinda killed the shot, so we spent most of the time just laughing and just walking around and checking things out.

On the way there, Annie had spotted a huge field of daises just off the highway, so we left early to try and catch a few shots (hoping to save the day), but when we pulled up alongside them, we could see from the highway, that they were kind of wilted, and turned away from the sun. But undeterred we took the next exit and went searching for more sunflowers. About 15 minutes down the road we found a field that looked better—-on private property—which apparently has never stopped Joe or Annie, so we “snuck” our Audi rental car into the field, kind of behind the tall daisies, but still somewhat in sight of the three farm houses surrounding it.

I really didn’t want to wind up in a Spanish jail, so I told Joe and Annie, let’s get in, shoot a few shots, kind of lay low, and we get out. So I’m out there shooting, Annie’s shooting, and I look over at Joe, who is wearing a bright red shirt mind you, and (I am not making this up) he is literally standing on top of the car shooting. We looked over and Annie and I burst into laughter. I have never had more fun getting lame shots of daisies (though Annie absolutely got a few great ones).

So the trip was a bust?
Not all at. Although I didn’t get a shot, I had one of the best vacations ever, despite the fact that I left my camera unattended long enough that Joe got ahold of it. I wish he had gone out and taken some shots with it—-at least I’d have something to show here.

So, I’m back. I’m tan, rested, and ready (OK, I’m not tan, but the rest is true), and I’m totally ready to get back to work and do whatever it is that I do (though a lot of people around here still don’t quite know what that is). ;-)  Thanks to Brad for covering for me, and thanks to you guys for being here again. It’s great to go on vacation, but it’s always great to be back home, too.


Thank you, Scott for letting me interrupt your guest blog series with some unnecessary foolishness.
Photographers are a weird bunch, which is why a daily comic strip centered around the business writes itself (or so I wish). For this guest blog I’ve decided to highlight 10 themes (some controversial) that have made for good comic fodder over the years.

1. Man vs. Machine
One of the six elements of comic strip humor is writing something that is “recognizable”. It’s no wonder then that this strip has become an all-time favorite to many…


OK, who HASN’T heard that before? By the way, I’m still look looking for an upright bass that will make me sound like Brian Bromberg.


2. Pro or Pro bono


That strip has been turned into a verb. My dad emailed me to let me know he was “WTD43’d” one time. Writing for one of the most unregulated industries provides a fair amount of material. Who’s a professional, who’s not and who cares?
The following strip is inspired by the second most asked question of photographers. (the first most asked question being: “Can I have a copy of that?”)

top news

Hey gang, Brad here again. We’ll return to Scott’s regularly scheduled programming on Thursday, but for now just a few pieces of news…

  • Scott’s doing a Photo Walk in NYC sponsored by Adorama this coming Sunday, July 18. It was just announced and has already sold out, but you can still get on the waiting list. Click here for details.
  • The day after that is Scott’s Lightroom LIVE Seminar at the Javits Center in NYC! It’s not too late to sign up for that one, so you can get details and register right here.
  • Speaking of Adorama, if you’re a NAPP member, be sure to check out the latest discounts from them – 10% off ALL Think Tank Photo gear and more!
  • We just received a shipment of Scott’s new Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers, so if you pre-ordered, you should be getting yours any day!
  • If you’re a Joe McNally fan, be sure to check out the latest addition to Kelby Training Online, Shooting with the Elinchrom Quadra System.
  • Joe also just kicked off a new round of one-day lighting workshops up in Dobbs Ferry this week. It’s not too late to grab your spot in one of those.
  • If you’re on Scott’s or RC’s waiting list for the Worldwide Photo Walk, Dave Cross and I have plenty of room in our walks! Join Dave in Safety Harbor or me in Downtown Tampa. We’re at over 1,000 walks and nearly 24,000 walkers, so come take part in this fun event!
  • If you know me, you know that I’m into concert photography. You have got to check out the absolutely killer work of Petr Klapper [some of the artists he’s shot can be a bit off-color, so be careful]. This guy blows my mind!
  • And, last but not least, tomorrow’s guest blogger is one many of you know and love… Aaron Johnson, author and creator of What The Duck. Be sure to check back in tomorrow to see what he has in store!

That’s it for today. Hope you all have a great Tuesday!


Hey gang, Brad here filling in for Scott again.  He’s down in Ft. Lauderdale today, kicking off the new and improved Lightroom LIVE Tour, so he wanted me to let you know that today is “No-Blog Monday” since he’s been busy prepping for that.

But… I did want to share something with you that I got from last week’s guest blogger, John Wright. He was so thankful for the response his blog got that he emailed me to say this…

“For what it’s worth I’d like to send a really heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all your readers who responded so generously and positively to my post. The reach of Scott’s blog is vast and to think that my words may have resonated so positively with so many photographers and readers is incredible. To hear of people who are about to shoot jobs like John S, about to shoot his first wedding in 30 years, and to know that what was a simple, though genuine, stream of consciousness may help him approach what could be a daunting project, with a little more confidence, is not only flattering but kinda humbling. A very real ‘thank you’ to everyone who read my words and to those with whom they resonated, I’m SO glad they did! :)”

So, that’s it for today.  If you happened to miss Friday’s blog on “The Shot,” or even if you caught it early in the day, go back and give it a read then browse through the comments.  There were some pretty killer shots in there from some of you, so it’s worth a quick look back!  Thanks again to all of you who chimed in on the discussion and shared your best-so-far images!