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Over the weekend I posted this photo of me holding up a poster I made for the owner of the Audi R8 I shot a few weeks ago. I mentioned I made the poster using Lightroom (and a tiny bit of Photoshop â” just for the type at the bottom), and a lot of folks asked how I put it together so I did the quick tutorial you see below.

The image was printed on our Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer on Epson Exhibition Fiber paper.

Hanging Prints In My Office
After I ran this video on my Facebook page and on Twitter, I got a new set of questions: “How are you hanging those prints on the wall of your office” so here’s the scoop on that: Those are actually thin shelves that screw into the wall from IKEA called RIBBA that are perfect for clipping prints to. They’re about $10 a section (cheap!). Another option from IKEA is the DIGNITET wire — very hip looking, easier to install (slightly more expensive), but there’s one downside to both: you can’t order them online — you have to go an actual IKEA store to get them.

UPDATE: Hanging clips
Since I released this post this morning, had a few questions about which type of clips I used to hang these. I wish I had some cool thing to turn you on to, they are just metal clips from Office Dept (link). See below. 

One More Thing:
If you missed my behind-the-scenes video of the actual R8 Shoot I ran here on the blog a few weeks back (using the cool new Priolites that are getting a lot of buzz), I embedded it right below so you can check it out (just click play).

Anyway, hope that helps, and here’s wishing you a “kick-butt Monday” (even though you know and I know, that’s an oxymoron). Cheers everybody!

Great video clip from my buddy Matt Kloskowski on what he thinks may well be the most useful button in Lightroom (he originally ran this over on last week). I can’t say I disagree, because I use it literally every single day dozens of times (if not more). If it’s not “the” most useful button, it’s surely is among the very top!

Hope you all have a great Monday. :)

Lightroom 5 Beta is here!
That’s right — Adobe released a free downloadable Beta version of Lightroom 5 and I gotta tell ya — it SO rocks!!!!

Our launch center, produced by the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) has videos from us on all the new features, so I  won’t  spoil it for you here, but Adobe really moved Lightroom a big step forward with this release with some killer stuff for the Develop Module (hint: including a “real” healing brush), and they ticked a few key things off our wish list in the Slideshow and Books module too that make a big difference (among a host of tweaks, enhancements and improvements throughout).

Here’s the link to our Lightroom 5 Beta Learning Center — and there’s a direct link there to download the Lightroom 5 Beta version.

It’s here! Our brand-new, just-launched magazine for photographers using Adobe’s Lightroom. We launched with two issues — a FREE launch issue (it’s a full regular issue so you can really get the look, feel and of course, the free training), and we also simultaneously released our 2nd issue ( regular issues are just $4.99. Less than an Extra Value Meal at McDonalds).

The magazine is all about teaching you how to make the most of your time in Lightroom and each issue has articles on everything from creating presets to organizing your images to my column on creating custom photo books, and much more. I’m the mag’s Publisher, but at the reins is Editor-in-Chief (& renown Lightroom guru) +Matt Kloskowski so you know it’s going to rock!

The magazine is available NOW on the App Store for the iPad (For more on our Android tablet development, see this video from +RC Concepcion demo-ing our sister-publication Light-it Magazine on an Android tablet: )

NOTE: These issues have embedded video, so the downloads are…well…lets just say we’re working on that part cause they’re pretty big and take a while to download. Patience is a virtue. :)



Shooting the NFC Championship Game on Sunday for the Falcons

OK, Brad’s been busy getting all my remote gear together for this Sunday’s game (see iPhone photo above). I’m going to be running FIVE remotes this time out, including one with a 300mm f/2.8 rigged at the top of the dome aiming down at the 50-yard-line. It’s a PocketWizard fiesta (using four of the new PocketWizard Plus III  —- link).

Tried using a D5000 with a flip-out LCD screen for when I’m shooting fish-eye mounted on a monopod, but it seems like more work than it’s worth, so back to a full-frame body and shooting kinda blind with it. Can’t wait ’till game day :)

Above: We ordered a two-head floor mount from (their stuff totally rocks!) so I can mount two cameras on the ground as the players make their entrance to the field through the smoke and fire.

Above: Ahhhh, there’s nothing more attractive than an iPhone photo of a Pelican case with a bunch of safety cables. We bought even more today for rigging that 300mm f/2.8 to the top of the dome.



“The Grid” is back from our holiday break, and this Wednesday was our “Blind Photo Critique” show

Here’s the free re-broadcast of yesterday’s “Blind Photo Critique” Episode of “The Grid.” (We get such great feedback from these blind critique episodes).

We had some great moments in this episode, and I even got tagged as a “Quote of the Day” when I said:

 “I don’t think there’s enough sliders in Lightroom to fix that shot.” LOL!

It’s a really helpful episode with some great learning moments. Check it out above. :)



When I saw I was on this list, I just couldn’t believe it!

When I first saw a link to the list in my feed, I thought someone was just bringing it to my attention, like “Hey, Scott — here’s something you might consider for your blog” and then as I’m scrolling through the 16 and I saw my name at #10, my jaw just dropped.

It’s very humbling to see the amazing photographers I’m surrounded by on that list (I just hope Jay Maisel doesn’t see that I’m ranked higher than Bresson, or he will fly down here from New York and personally beat the living daylights out of me). LOL! Here’s the link to see the full list:



A big thanks to for choosing this blog as one of their “Top 20 Photography Websites of 2012”

Just saw this a couple of days and was really psyched (and honored) to see my blog was included alongside some of really wonderful photography sites out there (here’s the link to see all 20:

Thanks again to and to all the great folks who visit my blog during the year. :-)

Hope you all have a kick butt weekend. Don’t forget: GO FALCONS!  (which is to show my support for the Falcons, but for some reason when I say it, it just brings out 49ers fan saying mean things instead). LOL! #riseup!


At my Photoshop seminars last week in Boston and Washington DC, three questions came up again and again from the seminar participants and so I thought I’d address them here:

(1) Photoshop CS6 doesn’t run in your Web browser
The first one is a myth going around that if you get the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop you run it in your Web browser. Good news — it is NOT a web-based application — it’s the same Photoshop that works the same way as if you had bought it in a box at your local computer store —- but now you just download it from the Web (er, the Adobe Cloud) and install it on your computer just like you do with about any software program these days.

I think what throws people off is the word “Cloud” and when we think “Cloud” we think “Web-based”, and while there is a cloud-component and features that come as part of a membership to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, that’s just to extend the power and workflow of Adobe’s applications — they are not Web based applications. So why did Adobe use the word Cloud at all? My guess is, Wall Street loves anything with the word “Cloud” in it (I’m judging by the number of backlit ads I see in airports touting different companies “Cloud integration” or “Cloud Solutions” or “Cloud Cloudiness”).

I think probably the biggest benefit (well, it is for me anyway) of Creative Cloud membership is that you get new Photoshop features as soon as they’re ready — you don’t have to wait 18 months to two years before you get new features — they just release these new features via updates from the cloud as soon as they’re fully baked. I’ve been on the Creative Cloud since it came out (I even told the crowd — the version of Photoshop I’ve been using all day today is the Creative Cloud version, and they seemed relieved).

(2) If you don’t have CS6, you can rent just Photoshop CS6 alone for $20 a month
This shocked a lot of folks (especially folks on Photoshop Elements or who just had Lightroom that thought they’d never be able to afford the full Photoshop). This isn’t a stripped down version, or trial version or any of those other myths — it’s the full-blown Photoshop CS6 (including the new DSLR Video editing features) that we all use everyday.

(3) A whole BUNCH of folks didn’t know Adobe cut Lightroom 4’s price in half!
I was surprised at how many folks didn’t realize that Lightroom 4 isn’t $299 any more. A while back Adobe lowered the price to just $149.99 (which is awesome — yay Adobe), but Lightroom 4 is also now included as part of the full Creative Cloud membership, so if you’re already a full Adobe Creative Cloud member (so you’re not just renting Photoshop by itself) then you can  just go and download the full Lightroom 4 right now. Sweet, right? Oh yeah!

Anyway, that’s just a few of the things that kept coming up in Boston and again in DC last week so I thought I’d share them here. How software is sold and delivered is changing just like everything else in technology these days, and I know it’s hard to keep with it all (it’s a struggle for me, and I have lots of help), so I hope you find these helpful (lot’s more on the whole Creative Cloud thing over on Adobe’s site).

Note:  In re-reading these three points, they sound a little “pluggy” but just so you know, I don’t get a kick-back, commission, or anything else from Adobe if you buy Photoshop, Lightroom or the Creative Cloud, which if you ask me is a doggone shame! LOL!.

..when it was out on the road (or if I didn’t come to your city or country)â¦.you can watch the entire seminar online, from start to finish, no matter where you are in the world.

You even get the same tour workbook (but in color no less), plus all freebies I gave out for attendees.

The full-day seminar is now available as a digital download (just like you'd buy a movie online to download to your computer), for just $49.

The short one-minute video above gives you the full scoop, or go to the download site: