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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…


Hello photographers and people frequenting this blog stalking Scott Kelby. My name is Matt Lehman. I’m a graphic designer at CMT (Country Music Television in the family of MTV Networks), and I have a small freelance gig called Invisible Associates. Here’s my guest blog. In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy, “I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal.” Minds will be blown. Poverty will be eradicated. Roofs will most definitely be raised (figuratively speaking, like when you push your hands up and down in the air). Yay photography!

Photo by Lee Steffen

I’m not a photographer in any way. I’m afraid of cameras really. They’re expensive. They break. Worst of all, there’s too much to learn… focusing, aperture-ness, ISO-ness, lenses, shutter speed, ambient light, other fancy words, etc. I took a photography class in college, and it was miserable. Most of my pictures involved me lying on the ground and tilting my camera at what I perceived to be an avant garde angle. Hey look, I just took a titled shot of that fire hydrant! Some things are in focus and some aren’t! Then I had to spend three hours in the darkroom to confirm that yep, these pictures are indeed pathetic. So I continued down the super-lucrative path I was on: the yellow brick road known as graphic design and illustration.

I love design and illustration despite the fact that the names connote some guy sitting at a drafting table with an airbrush kit turning around to give someone an affirming thumbs up. In a sweater vest. And a mustache. And not the ironically cool kind of mustache that’s currently en vogue. Photography. Just the name alone sounds so much cooler. In college, people who had earrings and ponytails and played in bands were photography majors. It was up there with actor, circus performer, or mime in “careers parents don’t want their kids to select.” There was and is a sexiness to photography. Remember the Lamborghini Trapper Keepers? Someone had to shoot that goodness.

Speaking of Lamborghini Trapper Keepers,

Nashville-based graphic designer Matt Lehman.  Matt first came to my attention (me being Brad) when Jeremy Cowart announced the winner of the Help-Portrait Logo Contest (Matt was the winner, if you didn't already figure that out).  I checked out his website, showed it to Scott and Corey, they gave it a thumbs up, and I asked if he wanted to take one of our Wednesday spots. I would link to his site, but I know he's working furiously to get some new work up by the time the blog goes live.  Anyway, Matt has a great post on photography from a designer's point of view.  Plus he's just a crazy guy, so you'll get a kick out of his blog even if you don't care about photography or design.  At which point I would ask why you're even here, but that's beside the point...…

Ok, but seriously folks, I really do love my job with Zack. The idea for that video came from a recent porch night with the Usedfilm crew after bringing up the request to do a blog post here. I hope you enjoyed it. For this part of the post, I’m choosing to give you a background of how I came to work with Zack full time. Here we go… I was born and raised in rural Oklahoma about 45 miles northeast of Tulsa where I graduated high school with a class of 54 students. That’s it. Tiny farming community by the name of Adair. I mean my neighbors were cows for crying out loud! Out of high school I went off to study graphic design at the technical branch of Oklahoma State University. After 1 1/2 semesters I quickly realized that I wasn’t any…

Drew Gardner photographed on Polaroid Type 55 by Lucinda Marland Recently I was commissioned by Suzuki to shoot a print and billboard ad for the Suzuki Swift. It was based around an incident in a tattoo parlour, which goes horribly wrong, the tattooist misspells the word 'respect' writing 'resplect' instead. To unimaginable consequences but very funny. Now this shoot is the most interesting I have undertaken in a very long time. Why? Because as well as shooting the ad as a still, my team and I shot it as a short movie for the client too. A true glimpse into where I believe the industry is heading at breakneck speed. We shot the still in the morning and decided to retain the same lighting to give the same visual 'language' in print and moving images. It was a lot of fun but there are…

World-renown portrait/advertising/fashion photographer Drew Gardner!  I (Brad) have been following Drew's photography over the past couple of years, and have just been blown away by everything I've seen.  It's difficult to label what kind of photography he does because he's so diverse in his subject matter.  But no matter what he's shooting, he has a very unique vision which ranges from epic to eccentric. Check back tomorrow to see what Drew has to share, but in the meantime you can check out his website to see this crazy Brit's work :)