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Hi Gang: Ready for some serious learning this weekend? Here’s my pick for five classes (including a coupla my own) to make the most of these next few days. Check these out:

(1) Master Post-Processing: 10 Mistakes Every New Photographer Makes and How to Fix Them” with Kristi Sherk
People are absolutely raving about her class. Start with it. You’ll love it, too!

(2) Going From Flat to Fabulous in Photoshop (with me) 
Come with me as I take a bunch of flat images straight out of the camera, and show you exactly step-by-step how to make them fabulous. Plus, I give you the practice files to download and follow right along.

(3) Post Processing Landscape Photos in Camera Raw with Moose Peterson
Moose truly gives you a different perspective on post processing landscapes, and really talks about the “Whys” in a really significant way, and of course, you’ll learn all the “hows” too. You’ll learn a lot.

(4) Inexpensive and DIY Photo Gear Tricks with Larry Becker
Larry is the master of saving money on gear, and his class is a hit. Very clever stuff (and he’s really entertaining just to listen to).

(5) Photo Recipes: Dramatic Lighting with…me!
In one of the installments from my new series of lighting, I cover Dramatic Lighting, and we do some fun, creative things, and I even include the retouching, so you see the entire process from start to finish.

There ya have it. If you’re not a KelbyOne member yet, you can still watch all these classes for free this weekend – just take the 10-day free trial and you can start watching them immediately.

Here’s the link to get started.

Next week, let me know which ones were your favorites. Have a great weekend, and I hope to see ya back here on Monday.



P.S. It’s just 11-days until Photoshop World 2016 in Vegas kicks off. If you want come and join us, it’s not too late. 



Hey gang – just a quick update for what’s new and going on at the upcoming Photoshop World 2016 Conference in Las Vegas this summer, July 19-21, 2016:

(1) CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Photoshop World Guru Awards
This is a photo/image competition just for people who attend the conference (so your odds of winning in a category are pretty decent), and there are categories for everything from illustration to retouching to compositing, and entry is free to any registered attendee (and entry is only for registered attendees). The official rules and form for uploading your images to the competition are right here. Good luck! (btw: if you’re on the fence about entering, read this post from Photoshop World Instructor Corey Barker about how his career changed after winning a Guru Award back when he was an attendee – here’s that link).

(2) We have an incredible roster of instructors this year!
Along with some very familiar faces, we’ve got some up-and-coming star instructors that you are absolutely going to love learning from. Take a look at this year’s instructor dream team (below):


(3) Join us for “An Evening With Gregory Heisler”
We’re doing something very cool this year — and it’s an evening you’ll never forget with one of the most respected, engaging, and captivating presenters of our time, and author of the critically acclaimed 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques from a Photographer’s Photographer (seen below), Mr. Gregory Heisler. You’ve seen Gregory’s iconic portraits of A-list celebrities, athletes, and even Presidents countless times on covers of Time magazine, GQ, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, and ESPN among others, and now he brings those images and stories to life on stage for an evening of inspiration, laughter, and art — you are going to just love it.


(4) Free re-broadcast of our Alumni-only Webcast
Last week we did a live Webcast (hosted by Larry Becker and me), about all the new things coming to Photoshop World this year (and there’s plenty).  This webcast was just for folks who have already been to Photoshop World before, so we don’t talk about “what is Photoshop World” because they already know – instead it’s all about what’s different, what’s new, what’s the buzz this year, and stuff like that. It was a lot of fun, and we had tons of interaction from the viewing audience. If you missed it, you can watch the rebroadcast right now at this link. 


(5) Corey & Vanelli on Photoshop World
While I was on the road, we did something very dangerous — we turned the Grid over to Photoshop World’s Official Mascot, the one and only “Vanelli” (but we had Corey Barker join him to make sure the train didn’t run off the tracks), and I have to say — they nailed it. They totally nailed the Photoshop World experience, and if you’ve been thinking on any level of going, watch this episode (below), and you’ll totally “get it.”

(6) If you’re going, better book your rooms NOW!!!!
We’ve got special discount room rates for our attendees, right at the resort where Photoshop World is held (and where our staff and instructors stay); the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino right on the Vegas strip. We have a limited number of rooms at our discounted rate, and when they’re gone…they’re gone, so reserve your room now. Here’s the link with details.


(7) Here’s why you gotta go!
It’s just 30-seconds long (below), but you’ll see why you gotta join us this summer in Vegas:

That’s it for this Photoshop World Conference 2016 update! :)



P.S. Tomorrow is “Blind Photo Critique Day” on The Grid with our in-studio guest, lifestyle portrait photographer Erik Valind. Submit your “portrait photos” for critique at this link right here, and we’ll see you tomorrow at 4pm EDT for the show at





Mornin’ everybody – here’s what’s up:

New Tour Dates and Cities for My Seminar
We just added a bunch of new cities and dates for my full-day “Shoot Like a Pro: Part 2 (Reloaded) Seminar” [photo above by Kevin Newsome]— they are:

> March 3 – New York, NY – View
> March 30 – Boston, MA – View
> April 26 – Seattle, WA – View
> April 29 – Portland, OR – View
> May 12 – San Diego, CA – View
> June 7 – Orlando, FL – View
> June 9 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – View
> July – Nashville, TN (exact date in July TBA)
> August – Indianapolis, IN (exact date in Aug TBA)
> August – Columbus, OH (exact date in Aug TBA)
> September. 21 – Minneapolis, MN
> September 23 – Milwaukee, WI
> October – Arlington, TX  (exact date in Oct TBA)
> October  – Sacramento, CA (exact date in Oct TBA)
> November 14 – Denver, CO
> November 16 – Las Vegas, Nevada
> December, Charlotte, NC (exact date TBA)
> Plus a few more cities yet to be announced.

Hope I’ll see you in one of these cities (you can find out more details here).



Photoshop World Registration Opens Next Week
I can’t wait to tell you what we have in store this year for the Photoshop World Conference (including some awesome new instructors we’ve added to the roster, some fun new events, cool new classes, and lots more). Registration opens next week for this year’s conference in Las Vegas. Awwwwyeah!

I’ll post a link here when registration goes live next week, but you can start planning now because the official dates are July 19-21, 2016 (at the beautiful Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino). It’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it…) epic!  :-)


Rebroadcast of our Canon Total Gear Head Live Q&A
On Wednesday afternoon we did a special live Q&A exclusively for KelbyOne members featuring two of the super genius tech guys at Canon (Rudy Winston – DSLR tech guru seen above right, and Brent Ramsey -DSLR Video guru seen above left).  They were there to answer questions about the newly announced Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, and we have the rebroadcast now available and the questions were just pouring in.

The feedback we have received has just been phenomenal, if you’re a KelbyOne member, you can watch the rebroadcast right now at this link. (if you’re not a member, you can take the free 10-day trial and watch it that way, along with all the rest of our classes). Thanks to our friends at Canon for lending us Rudy and Brent – they totally rocked it!



New Online Classes
Yesterday, we mentioned my new KelbyOne online class on Designing Beautiful Wedding Albums in Lightroom, but I thought it was important to let you know about what makes this class different than my existing online class on creating Photo Books in Lightroom.

This class is really about the design of the book – the layout, and creating beautiful looking photo books – that’s the focus of the book — not learning all the Lightroom photo book features (even through you wind up learning those, too). Check out the preview here. 

Also, here’s a peek at some of our other upcoming online classes already taped and in post production:

> Get Up To Speed Fast on the Sony a7R II
> Photo Recipes: Dramatic Lighting
> Using the Canon 600EX RT Hot Shoe Flash
> Design Basics for Adobe InDesign
> Adobe InDesign for Photographers
> Light Painting & Photographing The Stars
> DIY Photography Gear Solutions

Next month we’re taping new KelbyOne online classes with Moose Peterson, along with new classes from Photoshop Retouching Shark Kristina Sherk, and Adobe’s own Bryan O’Neal Hughes on using Adobe’s latest mobile apps, PLUS I have a few new classes I’m taping as well — one on my own simple system for organizing your images, and 10 Things Every DSLR User Should Know. 

Just a quick look at what’s coming your way — hope you all have an awesome weekend (hate to see that football season has ended), and we’ll see ya here next week.



P.S. Houston, Texas — I’ll be there a week from today. Come on out!

Happy Tuesday folks. Here’s some quick stuff:


1 – Size Matters! (well, for photographers anyway)
The video above is from my French friend, photographer and Photoshop guy, Serge Ramelli, and it’s really cute. It’s called “Size Matters” and well…you just have to watch it.


2. Shooting the Outback Bowl (and sharing it on Slate)
I got a chance to shoot with the Vols for their Bowl Game last week. I posted my favorite images, and the back story (including gear and settings), using Adobe’s “Slate” (it’s a free App from Adobe, but I used their new web-based Desktop editor to create the post). I also had a pretty big fail, which I talk about in the post. If you’ve got a sec, here’s the link. 


3. One from my New York Class
Here’s a shot I took during my Lighting Master Class at PhotoPlus Expo in New York back in November (Model: Kristina Lezhepekova. Hair/Makeup: Cassi Renee for MAC Cosmetics), and on Monday I’m taping an online class for based on not only this lighting set-up, but the retouching and finishing moves as well, so you see the entire process from start to finish. I’ll let you know as soon as it goes live.

500px editors choice

4. Shoutout to 500px for the Editor’s Choice pick
I was very excited to see that one of my shots (above center) was picked as an “Editor’s Choice” on 500px. I didn’t know about it until someone pointed it out to me on Twitter, but I can tell you it totally made my day. Many thanks and a shoutout to the editors at 500px. (here’s a link to see the image larger).


5. Want to instantly see your best 9 Instagram photos of 2015?
There’s an app for that. Well, actually it’s a Website; it’s free; and all you do is enter your Instagram name and a few seconds later it creates a mosaic like you see above, ready to share (or save). The site is called

Told you these were quickies. :)

Hope your Tuesday is a great one!





This is it — the very last day to get our best KelbyOne membership deal of the year. In short, here’s what it is:

A one-year membership, just $149 (our lowest price of the year), PLUS, you get two awesome bonuses (our Creative Pack full of Photoshop & Lightroom goodies, and my “Live From the Tampa Theater” full day seminar lighting and retouching seminar, from start to finish).

There are also great deals on Photoshop World Full Conference Passes (Save $300), and save a bunch on our latest books (including books by Peter Hurley & Jay Maisel).

Here’s the link:

This all ends tonight at midnight, so “get ’em while they’re hot!”

New Photoshop CC Features and Cool New Lighting Stuff
While out was out in Chicago (Brrrrrr!), RC and the gang had a great show on “The Grid, deoming the just released new features added to Photoshop CC, and we had Brandon from Westcott on to talk about some cool lighting gear. The whole show is right above.

seven7A big shoutout and thanks to for not only naming KelbyOne as one of their “7 Awesome Sites for Learning How to Use Photoshop” but for writing:

“If you’re looking for one Photoshop-centric subscription, KelbyOne should be it.”

We’re excited and honored and doing a major happy dance. Their post is found right here. 



Chicago Today — Tampa on Monday
Today I’m teaching my “Shoot Like a Pro: Part 2 (Reloaded)” seminar in Chicago, and on Monday I’ll be on my home turf with my last seminar for the year — I hope I’ll see you in one or the other (it’s not to late to get tickets for my Tampa seminar).

Hope you have a great weekend (Go Bucs!), and we’ll see you back here on Monday.



Hi Gang: Last week we released a new class I did on location lighting, in this case using the Elinchrom ELB 400 battery pack and heads, but even if you don’t have this awesome little kit, I think you’ll still get a ton out of the class.

Below I pulled out a little two-minute and 16-second clip — it’s an idea of what to do when you get stuck in a situation where you don’t have a great shooting location or you have a challenging one. It’s a simple tip, but it works like a charm (it’s not the first shot you see me take in this clip — wait for the second shotthat’s the keeper!). Check it out below: