Age 53; born in Lakeland, Florida; resident of the Tampa Bay area.
Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User Magazine; Publisher of “Light it” magazine and “Lightroom” magazine; training director and instructor for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour, President National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), CEO of Kelby Media Group, author of a string of bestselling technology books. Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, Training Director for Kelby Training Online, and co-host of the weekly talk show “The Grid.”. 10 jobs, little sleep.
Last Book Read:
Stumbling on Happiness, by Daniel Gilbert
Favorite Films: (In no particular order)
The American President, Notting Hill, 48 Hours, True Lies, Austin Powers, Trading Places, The Sting, Dave, Beauty and the Beast, Love Actually, Groundhog Day, Grease, Pretty Woman, Stripes, Galaxy Quest, The Holiday, and just about any good romantic comedy.
Favorite Bands/Musicians: (In no particular order)
Bon Jovi, The Babys, Kenny Loggins, Aerosmith, Frank Sinatra, Boston, James Taylor, Eddie Money, Kiss, Chicago, Journey and most disco songs from ’78 thru ’84 with the notable exception of “I Will Survive” and “I Love The Nightlife”
Capogna’s Dugout Italian Restaurant in Clearwater, Ocean Prime, In/Out Burger, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Mimi e Coco in Rome, Flemings Steakhouse, Carmine’s on West 44th in NYC, Keen’s Steakhouse in NYC, Il Fornaio in Burlingame, Gibson’s Steakhouse in Chicago, 5-Guys Burgers, PF Changs, Plan B Burger in Hartford, CT, Burger 21, and Cuban Breezes in Oldsmar, Florida.
Sports Photography, Guitar, TaeKwondo, Piano
PDN, Outdoor Photographer, Professional Photographer, National Geographic Traveler, and Digital Photo Pro magazine.
Rigatoni with meat sauce. an In/Out Burger Double-Double, Peccadillo with yellow rice, a New York strip with a Maytag blue cheese crust, Spaghetti Aglio and Olio, my wife’s salad (known locally by friends and family as “The Salad”), the Prime Rib at Keen’s in NYC, Chinese food from anywhere, and the 1905 salad from the Columbia Spanish restaurant.
Just finished “The Photoshop Book for Lightroom Users” from New Riders Publishing.
Wrote “The Digital Photography Book, Part 1, which became the bestselling book in history on digital photography. Won the Benjamin Franklin Award for my book The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, was named The #1 Bestsellling computer/ technology author in the world for the past six years straight, and the #1 top-selling author of photography books for three years running. Earned my black belt in Tae Kwondo. Played in a band in Europe, started my own successful business, married the girl of my dreams, and have an absolutely wonderful son, and an amazing little girl. I’m one happy puppy!
Favorite TV Shows: (in no particular order)
Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, SNL, So You Think You Can Dance, Breaking Bad, Hell’s Kitchen, and Seinfeld Reruns.
I Stay Home to Watch:
Tampa Bay Bucs away games.
A 15″ Apple MacBook Pro Retina, a 27″ iMac, a Wacom Intous5 tablet
My Favorite Stuff
- Really Right Stuff Ballhead
- Hoodman Loupe
- Elinchrom BXRi-500 Strobes
- Lastolite Tri-Grip Diffuser
- Westcott Skylux LED Continuous Lights
- Priolite MBX500 500W/s Monolight
- Prints from MPIX.com
- Think Tank Photo International Airport rolling photo bag
- Nik Color Efex Pro 4 Photoshop Plug-in
- Apple iPad
- TetherTools Aero Traveler TetherTable
- BlackRapid R-Strap
- Epson Stylus Pro 3880
Favorite Software Programs:
Lightroom 5, Adobe Photoshop CC, iTunes, Adobe InDesign, Keynote, and Photo Mechanic.
I love going to Disney World or Universal Studios with my family, and just hanging out.
Favorite Web Sites:
Terry White’s Tech Blog, Digital Pro Talk, PhotoWalkPro.com, John Nack on Adobe, MooseNews, NikonRumors.com, Apple Insider, Seth Godin’s Blog, B&H Photo, JoeBucsFan.com, Google+, ProFootballTalk.com, and BestAppSite.com
Experiencing the birth of my son and my daughter, and seeing my beautiful wife walking down the aisle to marry me (24 years ago).
You never go wrong by doing the right thing.