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One of the highlights of my trip to San Francisco was getting to see the Hearst Gallery’s retrospective on one of the most brilliant digital artists of our time, our good friend (and Photoshop Hall of Famer) Bert Monroy. What an amazing exhibition (and beautifully presented by the gallery—kudos to them for an outstanding job).

The gallery was closed that day, but Bert arranged for us to have a private tour with him, and it was just amazing. I’ve seen Bert’s amazing photo-realistic work many times over the years, but seeing it at that scale really revealed the incredible detail that he puts into his work.

The shots below give you just a glimpse at the retrospective, and besides his work (all output on the latest Epson printers—including an entire section of the exhibit printed on large canvas), they had a number of important stepping stones from Bert’s career, including corporate work he had done in the early days, his first book (the first book ever on Adobe Photoshop), and even Bert’s original 128k Macintosh (shown below). It’s an amazing exhibit and if you’re out in the San Francisco area (the Hearst Gallery is just outside Berkley in Moraga, California—here’s the link), you’ve got to see it for yourself. Stunning work from a living legend, and true pioneer of digital art.







I’m teaching three sessions at the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo (March 25-27, 2009, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachucetts), and I wanted to give you a little background on my sessions.

  1. Portrait Retouching, Part 1
    I did this class for the first time at Photoshop World Las Vegas and it was a huge hit with the crowd. In fact, the #1 comment about the class was they wanted “more!” So, this time in Boston I’ve expanded it to two parts, so I can cover much more ground. I’ll be showing some of the latest Photoshop techniques for making people look their very best, and I’ll be including some more advanced techniques as well.
  2. Portrait Retouching, Part 2
    The first half of this class picks up where Part 1 left off, with a new batch of retouching techniques. Then, in the second half of the class, we’ll pull the whole thing together as I stage a live studio portrait shoot right in the class, and then I’ll take those shots straight into Photoshop where you’ll see the entire retouching process from start to finish. We’ll use the techniques you’ve learned in part 1 and part 2, and you’ll experience right along with me, how to deal with any unexpected retouching challenges.
  3. Creative Print Layouts in Lightroom (or How to show your work in Lightroom)
    This session (open to all Photoshop World conference attendees) is part of “The Lightroom Conference at Photoshop World” and in it I’m going to show you how to use Lightroom’s Print module to design some really creative, clever, and fun layouts that will make your work, and your client’s work, really stand out. Once you see what can be done (and how easy some of these layouts are), it will change the way you show and present your work from now on.

So, if you’re going to Photoshop World, I hope you’ll check out some of my sessions. If you’re not registered yet, you can sign up right here. Hope I’ll see you there!


Lightroom has become such a big part of the professional photographer’s workflow these days, that this year at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo (held in Boston, March 25-27, 2009 at the Hynes Convention Center) we have added so many more Lightroom sessions that it’s become its own “Conference within a Conference.”

There are now so many Lightroom classes that you can actually come to Photoshop World and totally immerse yourself in Lightroom learning as we now have a full track of Lightroom training every single day! (So, you could actually go to Photoshop World and never take a Photoshop class. Eerie. I know).

We’re calling it “The Lightroom Conference at Photoshop World” and check out this all-star line up of the world’s leading Lightroom instructors:

  • Katrin Eismann
  • Scott Kelby (hey, that’s me!)
  • Julieanne Kost
  • Matt Kloskowski
  • Jack Davis
  • Martin Evening
  • Kevin Ames
  • Andrew Rodney
  • and David Ziser

Plus, we’re planning special after-hours events just for Lightroom Users, including Birds-of-a-Feather dinners, and more.

Best of all; it’s all included in your Photoshop World Conference Pass, so if you sign up for Photoshop World, you’re able to attend any or all of the Lightroom sessions and special events. We’re really excited about “The Lightroom Conference at Photoshop World” and to be able to add this new training experience, which is based upon what attendees at last year’s Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Las Vegas told us—“We want more Lightroom!” Well, you got it, baby!!! Here’s where you sign up. Hope to see you there!

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This past weekend I uncovered a problem with how your comments to specific posts are being handled. I don’t moderate your comments before they are posted (your comments should appear as soon as your write them), however we do have a very necessary spam filter that keeps tons of spam comments from being posted (and yes there are actually thousands caught by that filter each month!).

Anyway, for some reason it has been taking a lot of your legitimate comments and flagging them as spam, and this weekend I was shocked to find that literally hundreds of your comments were “Awaiting Moderation.” Of course, I immediately went and released them all, and we’re working on a fix, but in the meantime I wanted to apologize for your comments being delayed. Your comments are very important to me (I read each and every one), and to the community we’ve built here, so thanks for your patience as we get this worked out.

Until we do have this worked out, I’ll be checking the list numerous times each day to make sure your comments do get posted.

All my best,




Wow—what a great day yesterday in LA! The crowd was absolutely awesome, and we just had such a blast!!! (photos above by Matt Kloskowski)

Tom Hogarty, Adobe’s Lightroom Product Manager, flew in for the day to help field questions from the nearly 700 photographers on hand, along with my buddy Matt Kloskowski, and between the three of us, we were swamped all day.

Also on hand was our recent guest blogger, concert photographer Alan Hess, who posted some very cool shots from the day (including a slick pano of the meeting hall) over at his blog (here’s the link).

Matt is picking up the tour next year with his first tour stop being Covington, Kentucky on January 23rd. If you want to sign up, here’s the link for all the details.

Thanks to everyone in LA for being so much fun. I really got to meet some great people yesterday, and everybody made me feel right at home. Can’t wait to see you all again!