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When I was out in Los Angeles for my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” tour, USA Today came by for an interview about what I take on the road when I travel. They did a cool little video where they show all the tech (and non-tech) stuff I travel with, and in the article they list everything I carry in my Think Tank Photo laptop bag.

The article, and video, are online now in Jefferson Graham’s “Talking Your Tech” section (Jefferson is a photographer himself), here’s the link to the online version of the story (and the video) is below. The story is in today’s print edition of USA Today in their Tech Section.

UPDATE: I got a copy of USA Today at the hotel this morning, and here’s how it looks in the print edition (see below):

Onto the Big Game
It was a history-making game last night as Saints Quarterback Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s all time Single Season Passing record and it was amazing to be there to witness it. Got lots of shots of Drew right when it happened, and I’ll share some of those shortly, but it’s 1:50 am and I’ve got a flight home in the morning, so I’m hitting the sack

Even through the Falcons lost (Boooo), it was still a lot of fun, and I had a bunch of buddies there shooting the game, including Matt Lange, Michael Benford, and Chuck Barnes (among others), so the game was a blast, and the lighting for a Dome stadium, was pretty amazing. What a great night!!! (and I am beat!).

Hope you all have a great Tuesday, and I’ll be posting some photos soon!

I knew it. Nik SO gets the iPad experience that it’s no surprise that Apple named Nik Software’s photo editing App Snapseed their “iPad App of the Year.” I looked back in my email to this summer, and dug up an email I sent to a friend who works for Nik when he asked if I had tried out the Beta of Snapseed. Here’s what I wrote to him back then:

“It feels like this is what Apple was hoping somebody would finally do in an App for the iPad. You leveraged the things that make the iPad great, and combined it with the creative power that makes Nik [Software] plug-ins so great. I would tell you I’m impressed, but that doesn’t go nearly far enough for what you have guys have managed to pull off.”

My congrats to Nik Software You guys did it! :-)

Hey guys, Brad Moore here with some exciting news… Scott Bourne over at Photo Focus has named Scott Kelby as the Photographic Educator of the Year for 2011! Scott (Kelby) was super excited, and of course very honored to find out about this. When I saw it, I was really happy for him and wanted to share it with you all as well.

Please join me in congratulating one of the most entertaining, talented, and engaging teachers I know, Mr. Scott Kelby!

Today is Veterans Day in the US, and I wanted to take a moment to honor and thank the men and women who have served in our country’s military, and who fought to defend the very freedoms we enjoy today. America owes you a debt of gratitude for your service and sacrifice, and I just wanted to join in with a heartfelt thanks.

Hi Gang: There’s a lot going on right now, so I thought I’d just bring you up-to-date on what’s up:

(1) If you missed the Grid, you gotta catch the replay
We had an epic episode of “The Grid” this week (RC co-hosted The Grid with me as well, filling in for Matt who was teaching a landscape workshop up in Maine), and it’s kind of based on the photo you see above (the topic was inspired by an excellent article in Outdoor Photographer magazine by Bob Krist). The rebroadcast is now online, and if you get a chance, check it out.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and as you’ll see there is a 25% it will enrage you (but for many people it was also very enlightening and a real learning moment). Here’s the link.

(2) I only have three dates left this year for my“Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” tour
I hope you can make it out in one of these cities:

> San Francisco: Nov. 14th

> Seattle: Nov. 21st

> Washington DC: December 2nd

Here’s where you go for more info, or to reserve your seat. Hope I get to see you in person soon

(3)If you missed my Webcast, it’s been posted for free replay
If you missed my free Webcast on Tuesday, the rebroadcast is finally (finally!) online. We do a studio shoot, create three different lighting looks, then I take you through the retouch from start to finish. I took questions during the live broadcast and answered those as well. Hope you can check it out. Here’s the link:

(4) I’m the guest speaker at next week’s DLWS Workshop
This weekend I’m heading to Lake Placid, New York where I’m the Guest Instructor at Moose Peterson’s Digital Landscape Workshop Series workshop (link), and I am really psyched. Any time I get to present along Moose Peterson it a true honor, and I’m looking forward to meeting everybody on Sunday night where I’m doing a special presentation of my “Crush The Composition” class. Can’t wait! A big thanks to Moose for letting me be a small part of your renown workshop series.

(5) My love affair with Google+ continues to grow
If you’re on Google+ I invite you to follow me there. I post there usually a few times a day, and I often share things there I don’t get to share anywhere else (or at the very least, I get to share them there first). It’s really an amazing social meeting gathering place for photographers, and the community there reminds me a lot of the one we have here — a lot of great people all helping each other. You’ll love it. Here’s the link to my Google+ page.

(6) A great deal for Photo Walkers from our friends at Adobe
If you’re in North America and participated in my Worldwide Photo Walk, you can pick up Lightroom for $200 Off!
Adobe put together a special deal for North American participants of my Worldwide Photo Walk. We sent an email to eligible participants yesterday so keep an eye on your inbox for all the details (that’s the header of the email above), but I think that’s very cool of Adobe to offer that, so thanks Adobe! :-)

(7) Our Web sites were….well….it hasn’t been a great month for our Websites
Thanks to everybody who dropped me a line here or over on Twitter to let me know that our and Matt’s Lightroom Killer Tips site were having problems. It took a bit of detective work, but we finally tracked down the problem and got it fixed, but we couldn’t have done it without you guys letting us know first.

It’s been a really, really tough month for our Web team here at Kelby Media. We added some amazing new features for our Kelby Training Online subscribers, but it was not without a ton of bumps and bruises along the way. Most of it is behind is now, but we’re still battling a few issues we did not expect, so first I’m so sorry to everyone who experienced our growing pains, and thanks to everybody who was patient, helped us track things down, and generally put up with us through all of this. You guys are the best.

(8) Lastly, here’s that Disciple band poster I made for my son
If you did catch “The Grid” this week, you heard me talking about some posters I made for my son of his favorite band, the Christian Metal band “Disciple.” I got the chance to shoot them when they were on tour earlier this year (here’s the link to that story), and I took some shots of the band, and made them into 20″x30″ posters in Photoshop. Then I uploaded them to, who then printed them, mounted them, framed them, added glass, and then shipped them to me the very next day (This is one of my favorite things about MPIX). The one shown above is the one I wanted to display on the show, but I didn’t have it on my blog post, so I took this iPhone photo of it before we hung it up in my son’s room. MPIX so rocks!!!! (So does Disciple, by the way. My favorite song of theirs is Dear X, You Don’t Own Me  —  available on iTunes).

(9) There’s more, but I’m pretty tired so I’m hitting the sack
Here’s wishing you your best Friday yet, and a totally cool and kick butt (CAKB) weekend. Cheers!

I had just finished teaching my seminar in Houston when my wife called me with the news that Steve Jobs had passed away. While I was talking with her, my iPhone lit up with text messages from friends around the world sharing the same sad news, but when I went to Apple’s home page and saw this, even though I had already heard the news, my head hung and my heart sank.

This is a real loss for our country. This is a real loss for the world. He was the father of personal computing and his products and innovations changed all of our lives in a very profound way. My prayers are with his family and friends. He will be missed.

P.S. Our friend and Photoshop Hall of Famer Dan Margulis wrote one of the most eloquent and moving tributes to Steve I’ve come across. If you have a moment, it’s worth a read. Bring tissue. Here’s the link.