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The new issue of “Light It” magazine is here!
We publish a magazine for the iPad for people into hot shoe flash and/or studio lighting and the latest issue is now available for download from the App Store (that’s the cover above, with a cover shot by yours truly — it’s from my regular column called “Lighting Recipes” where I show the final image, and then the behind-the-scenes images, camera set-up, lighting set-up and the whole ball of wax so you can not only see how it’s done, you can do it yourself. Lots of awesome stuff in this issue, so I hope you’ll check it out.

Stay with me at the Rosen Centre Hotel
If you’re joining us in Orlando in April for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, stay where me and all the instructors are staying â” the Rosen Centre Hotel (a very nice hotel right directly across the street from the convention center). They’ve got a special room rate just for our convention attendees ((rooms are only $159 per night + tax if you grab one now), but when those rooms are gone… they’re gone… so if you want to stay with me at the Rosen, here’s the link with the discount codes and all that stuff.

“5 Incredible Online Communities to Get Genuine Feedback on Your Photography” list
A big shout-out to the LightStalking blog (and Tiffany Mueller) for giving our free weekly show for photographers “The Grid” some love about our monthly “Blind Photo Critiques” episodes by including us in their list of ““5 Incredible Online Communities to Get Genuine Feedback on Your Photography.” By the way, we had a great episode this past week with Wedding photographer Cliff Mautner as our in-studio guest. If you’ve got a sec —  here’s the link to LightStalking’s full list of 5 incredible online communities for genuine feedback. (our humble thanks to for including us. We were pretty psyched when we saw our name on that list!).

Lastly, check out our “Seven Conferences in One” concept for this year’s Photoshop World (above).
It’s an exciting new concept for us, and people are totally digging it (the short video above explains it). I don’t want to spoil it, so just watch the really short video where I explain it.

Oh yeah, more one thing
I have a cool announcement set for Thursday here on the blog that I hope will only marginally interrupt our regularly scheduled “Free Stuff Thursday.” We’re doing something I haven’t seen anyone do  —-  ever (I gotta tell ya — it’s not for everybody, but the people that go “Oh man — that is for me!” are going to lose their minds!) so make sure you mark on your calendars to check back with me here on Thursday. PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE: Ken Toney, don’t send me a private email asking me to tell you what the secret is — it’s “too secret” even for you! LOL!

Have a great Tuesday and we’ll see you back here tomorrow when a sports photography legend takes over for Guest Blog Wednesday. Cheers! -Scott 


It’s our biggest issue yet, with lots of awesome lighting tutorials; everything from lighting for weddings; tips for shooting with a beauty dish; lighting home interiors; a very cool location shoot that turns an every day scene into a mystical forest; my Lighting Recipes column, the latest gear news and more.

It’s available now for the iPad on the App store for just $2.99. (By the way: if you download the app (free) you get our launch issue for free as well).

What! Still no Android version?
OK, I got with my team about all this and here’s where it stands. The company that developed our App originally made just a regular ol’ IOS app, but when Apple introduced the Newsstand Concept, so we had to retool the entire magazine for Newsstand. So, we’re now we’re not just converting our ISO app into an Android version; they’re having to reverse-engineer out the Newsstand stuff to get it to work on Android, and so far it’s too buggy to release. So, that’s where it stands right now. When it’s working, we’ll release it on Android, but that will be the only other platform we’re looking at developing for (no desktop versions, no PDF versions, no Web-based versions, etc.).

So, if you have an iPad or iPad mini, go check it out today at the App store (in fact, here’s the link just in case).

It’s issue #11, and the cover story is from the wonderful Nicole Young and its all about shooting food with strobes to create the natural light look.

Above: Here’s this issue’s TOC (page wise, I think it’s our biggest one yet). 

Above: Here’s a glimpse at one of the two-page spreads in Nicole’s article on shooting food (look at the progress of the shadow from hard, well defined to soft on the bottom right. 

Above: Here’s a look at part of my Lighting Recipe column, which appears in each issue. This time we’re at a boxing/fitness gym doing a promo shoot using on-location flash. 

Hey, where’s the Android version?
I thought you guys were working on it? We are. Well, technically the company that writes the App software for our magazine is working on it, but it’s not ready yet. I know a lot of you are very anxious to get your hands on it, and obviously we can’t sell any issues to the Android tablet users until we launch on that platform, but we can’t launch it until it’s ready (the bugs are all worked out and functionality is there). Believe me, as soon as it’s ready, we’ll be screaming it from the rafters.

Above: Our “Behind the Lens” interview and insights come from the one and only Peter Hurley (we have an embedded video interview with Peter, so make sure you check it out. 

So, it’s available right now for the iPad so go grab your copy (just $2.99. Cheaper than a cup of coffee) at the App store.


The new issue of “Light It Magazine” (issue #8) is out, and available in Apple’s Newsstand App on the iPad (it’s only $2.99. Crazy cheap!), and (BIG NEWS) we are currently beta-testing the Android version and so far the testing is going great (the mag looks and works great — just a couple more things to address before we release it, so it won’t be long now).

This issue I’ve got a behind-the-scenes “Photo Recipes” food shoot using two Westcott TD-6 Spiderlites along with some things you can pick up at your local hardware store (seen above).

This is one of my favorite issues so far. Great stuff from Joel Grimes (you’re seeing the opening page above, which includes an embedded video), plus Frank Doorhof always brings great stuff,  and there’s lots of cool stuff cover to cover.

It’s available now, so I hope you’ll check out the new issue, (which costs less than the price of about any McDonald’s Extra Value meal, which that unto itself either says a lot what an incredible value this magazine is, or about how expensive Extra Value meals have become). ;-)

P.S. We now have annual subscriptions available for just $19.99. Insane-o cheap. Cheaper than dinner at Chili’s (well, if you at least order chicken Fajita’s, some chips and salsa, and maybe a Corona) and you get a whole year of issues. Seriously, that’s hundreds of pages of lighting techniques, so subscribe at the App store right this very minute before your fajitas get cold. 





Just in case I didn’t, and just in case you haven’t downloaded the free premiere issue, I thought I’d at least let ya know about “Light It’ magazine, and show you some of the covers from our first seven issues.

The magazine is about hot-shoe flash and studio lighting, and I write a column in the magazine called “Photo recipes” where I show the final image, and then the behind-the-scenes shots of exactly how it was all done.

Here’s the short video (below) that launched the magazine and it tells you all about it (why we launched it, how we designed the magazine, and stuff like that). It’s short but totally worth checking out.

You can download the Premiere issue free on your iPad (the Android version is coming soon!), and the other issues are just $2.99 each (cheap!), plus you’ll be learning lighting techniques from some amazing teachers (we’ve featured everybody from Joe McNally to Jeremy Cowart to Joey Wright to James Schmelzer, Erik Valind, Frank Doorhof, Tom Bol, Jason Groupe, Kevin Ames, and lot of cool training (like Lighting for Weddings) from a literal whose who of flash and studio lighting. Plus we’ve got a DIY lighting columns, lot of lighting gear news, lighting Q&As, some amazing work in our gallery, and lots of fun stuff I promise you’ll love.

It’s less than coffee!
Well, it’s less than a latte where we get coffee near our office anyway, and you’ll learn enough to be able to charge coffee-chain prices for your work (OK, that whole thing is a bit of a stretch, but seriously $2.99 is cheaper than a McDonald’s Extra value meal but that doesn’t sound as cheap as the whole coffee analogy).

OK Scott, I want it. Bad! Where do I get it?
Just go to the App Store on iOS and search for “Light it Magazine” or just click this link and it will take you there.

What’s on tap for Monday here on the Blog?
I’ll be showing some pages from my Paris Photo Book. In other news: all day Monday I’ll be in our studios rolling out my new “Photoshop CS6 for Photographers” live tour to a group of invited Kelby Training subscribers for free. Can’t wait to show some of the cool new stuff in CS6 and how I’m using it today. Have a great weekend everybody!

Gees oh Pete that was a bear to get fixed, but finally the folks who have had a tough time getting Light It magazine’s subscription thingy to work now have a new free update that fixes the problem (I’ve been hearing from happy people all day who can now download their previously purchased issues, and the current issue as well). In a word: “Yay!!!!”

Just hit the App store and get the just-released free update, and you’re home free. Thanks to everyone who was so patient as our developer played the detective game to find out exactly what was causing the problem (it drives you crazy when only a few people are having the problem, and you can’t replicate it on any of your iPads. Uggh! But hey, it’s working now and I for one am thrilled).