Category Archives News

Above: Look how much smaller the new bag is, yet it holds all my junk. Ahemâ¦I mean my essential gear for travel. ;-)

If you’re like me, you’re never really happy with your laptop bag. That was me for most of my life (well, most of my laptop toting life anyway), until about 5 years ago when I fell deeply and hopeless in love with Thank Tank Photo’s laptop bag. It was prefect. A pocket for everything â” I could even fit my Wacom tablet in it â” it was justâ¦perfect! Especially for someone who carries a lot of stuff (see below).

Here’s what’s in my bag (as seen above):

  1. 15″ MacBook Pro (this is my main computer day in, day out)
  2. A bunch of plastic cards (gift cards, Delta club card, Hilton Honors card, etc.)
  3. USB drive with backup stuff
  4. One-Tb Back-up hard drive of my entire MacBook, plus USB 3 cable
  5. iPad Charger and cable
  6. iPhone charger and cable
  7. Lexar USB 3 CF and SD card reader
  8. Wacom Wireless Pen and Pen Holder
  9. Backup Wacom Pen
  10. Wacom USB Cable
  11. Bendable Laptop LED light (I use it to light my outline during a seminar)
  12. Love Book (That’s what my daughter called it when she gave it to me. It’s always with me).
  13. Two sets of business cards (I know, that’s probably one too many)
  14. MacBook Charger and Cable
  15. Five Sharpie pens (for signing books and stuff)
  16. Bose headphone adapter
  17. Another USB Flash backup (for paranoid presenters)
  18. Guitar Pick. Hey, ya never know.
  19. OK, I’m carrying more USB drives than I need.
  20. Two DVI adapters to connect MacBook to projectors (one and a backup)
  21. Copy of Photoshop User magazine, outlines for my tour, notes, fan mail from some flounder
  22. Wacom Intuos Pro tablet “Small”
  23. Collapsible iPad stand
  24. AAA batteries just in case my headphone’s batteries go dead. I know, I don’t need three â” just one.
  25. Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones (I so love these things, but I hate their bulky carrying case).
  26. A tin of Altoids (Curiously strong mints)
  27. Screen and Lens wipes
  28. Lens cleaning cloth
  29. Logitech Wireless Slide controller (for slide presentations).
  30. iPad Air
  31. Small bag of marijuana.
  32. Made ya look! ;-)


About a year or so ago I saw Think Tank Photo’s booth at a tradeshow (I think it was Photo Plus in NYC), and I thought I’d go pick up another one just like it to replace mine …until I heard the sad newsâ¦.they had discontinued it. I was stunned. It was the best, ever, hands-down and now it’s gone.

It was at that moment that I knew I would have to hold on to my old bag until it literally disintegrated, but luckily that day never came because Wednesday I got something even better than my old Think Tank laptop bag. A brand new, smaller, lighter, better-designed (like they made it just for me) laptop bag. It’s the “My 2nd Brain” Briefcase 15 and it is my new laptop bag dream come true. My world finally makes sense again (Not really).

Above: I did a little iPhone video tour of the bag (iPhone video work by the amazing bearded Brad Moore) to show you how it does it’s thing. It has a perfect pocket for my Wacom tablet, and a separate just for your iPad (In my old bag, I just tossed mine in where I kept my papers and magazines). 

I had pretty much given up on Think Tank Photo ever making another Laptop Bag, and I just cannot tell you excited I was when I found out that not only where they making them again â” that the new one was that much better, smaller and lighter than the old one, but it still held all my gear â” now it’s all just more organized. You’ll have to check out the video to see all the compartments, pockets, sleeves and clever stuff this bag has inside and out. Very well designed, and built like a tank. Super Mclovin’ it!

It sells for $144 over at B&H Photo (that’s where I buy all my stuff). Worth every penny!

Hope this First Look helped you find the bag of your dreams, and here’s wishing you fantastic weekend filled with lots of amazing images. See ya back here on Monday.



Well, here’s your chance, as the fine folks who publish the Canadian-based Stark-Magazine have introduced the “Stark Awards” competition and their official Call for Entries is now open in a host of categories (the story of how these awards came to be is right here).

The overall winner will have their art featured in a Photohaus Gallery Exhibit and Stark Awards will finance the printing and mounting of artwork – See more at this link.

There are a host of judges, including yours truly, and there are cash prizes for the winner of each category and the overall winner as well.

You can find all the details right here.

Good luck everybody!



I am on my way to beautiful Nashville, Tennessee for my SOLD OUT seminar there tomorrow (Whoo Hoo!!!). Very excited to meet everybody (and thanks for the wonderful turn-out Nashville).

I’m getting in to town early and not surprisingly Nashville has a lot of music stores, so I’ll be hitting a bunch of them this afternoon. If you’re a local and know of a music store I shouldn’t miss, please leave me a comment below so I make sure I stop by there.

I’m especially on the lookout for cool used guitars or vintage guitars (and of course my search continues for a distressed Fender Strat with a British Union Jack flag painted on it (like this one here — I’ve contacted them about getting that exact one — so far, no reply at all. Not looking good). Anyway, I know finding one in Nashville is a bit of a long-shot, but hey â” ya never know, right?

Is Photoshop Dead for Photographers?
That was the headline from an article I ran across last week (Well, it was actually worse than that â” it said “Is Photoshop Dead?” and it showed a tombstone with the Photoshop Icon on the tombstone). We tackled that article and issue on last week’s episode of “The Grid” (which I’ve embedded right above).

Our buddy Mike “Hollywood” Kubeisy was our in-studio guest and we also got to talk with him what it’s like working with celebrities and on Hollywood sets and he shared lots of interesting stories (and answered lots of questions from our viewers). Anyway you can watch it right above.

The big Adobe Event is this week!!!
I’ll be tuning in live on Wednesday (and so can you â” it’s free â” here’ the link), and of course we’ll be talking about all the new stuff on “The Grid” that afternoon, but in the meantime all I can say is there is some really slick stuff coming our way from the folks in San Jose (hey, that rhymes). Mark it on your calendars.

Hope you all have a first-rate Monday, and I look forward to seeing a whole bunch of you in person tomorrow at my seminar here in Nashville.







Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

This post is dedicated each year to the memory of David Leimbach, (shown above; the brother of our friend and colleague Jeff Leimbach), who died six years ago in combat in Afghanistan.

Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day.

Hi Gang: Here’s just a quick collection of stuff I thought you find interesting (well, I thought they were interesting, anyway):

(1) I wish I had thought of this
I saw this (below) over on Digital Photography School and this is way cool! I love the portrait and I like how the photographer (Rey Vladyc Mangouta) got there even more (that behind-the-scenes shot is awesome!). Here’s the link to the article at DPS.

(2) Matt Hernandez is crushin’ it with his portrait series of McDonald’s All-Americans
You can see more of Matt’s series (and his other work) at this link. Super-diggin’ his work.

(3) “Around the World in 360° — I love how this photographer is living his life!
I know I’m not the first to share this video (below), but if you’ve already seen it, you probably want to watch it again — really fun and inspiring. Wish I had the guts to do what he’s doing when I was his age. Talk about “going for it!”

(4) Another “Matt” is making some awesome landscapes!
My buddy Matt Kloskowski was in Portland last week (just a few days before I got there for my seminar) and he took quite an amazing hike, which including hiking down a stream in a wet suite in freezing neck-deep water and traversing a huge Beaver dam to get the shot you see below (my favorite from shoot), but make sure you see his whole story and his other images. Very cool stuff (here’s the link). Also, congrats to Matt — this image on make it up to the #1 spot the same day he posted it!

(5) This is a really fascinating Time Lapse called “India within – Mumbai & Bangalore”
I’m not really big on Time Lapse stuff, but when you see a really good one, they’re really good! Well done to photographer Pierre Ogeron (saw this originally on

Well, there ya go — just some cool stuff I ran across this weekend. Hope you enjoyed it, and here’s wishing you a better than average Monday. :)



Hi gang, and greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee. Brad and I are here for some shoots there today for the book I've been working on â” it's the fifth installment of my "The Digital Photography Book" series. This one is called "Photo Recipes" and it's been quite an undertaking, but we're on the home stretch now so it won't be long now ’till this baby is off to the printer.

I've already turned most of the book into my in-house editors, and I'm just wrapping up the final few chapters, so it won't be long now, but if you're wondering why I haven't been as active on social media these past few weeks, that's why.

As we're heading into the weekend, here's a few things that are going on:

(1) I'm selling prints of this image to raise money for Eliza’s treatment
Photographers from around the world are selling one of their prints to help raise money for the life-saving medial treatment for an adorable little 4-year-old girl who is suffering from a degenerative genetic disease called Sanfilippo syndrome. If you’d like to help (and I sure hope you will), could you stop by this site, choose any size print you’d like to buy, and the profits go directly to her treatment.

(2) The negative power of the Unsolicited Critique
I know Brad mentioned this yesterday on "Free Stuff Thursday" but a number of people have been calling this week's episode of "The Grid" our best ever because of the topic, which was "The Power of the Unsolicited Critique." I posted the episode here and if you've got a few minutes, I encourage you to watch it (or just let it run in the background). It's a message and a story I think anyone who shares their images online needs to here. By the way, I didn’t choose that thumbnail preview that you see above (thanks Aaron).

(3) The Art of Dixie Dixon
Every Thursday we release at least one new online class over at (though this year we've been usually releasing more than one at a time) and this week we released an inspirational interview called "The Art of Dixie Dixon" and you're so gonna love it. Dixie is an incredibly talented photographer and a rising star in our industry (she's already been named one of Nikon's Ambassadors). If you get a few minutes, here’s the link. 

(4) Tamara Lackey named to Nikon's Ambassador Program
Just a quick shout-out and high-five to KelbyOne instructor Tamara Lackey for being named to Nikon's prestigious Ambassador Program. She's an incredibly talented photographer and teacher, and anybody that saw her closing presentation at the Photoshop World Conference in Atlanta knows why she is so deserving of this distinction. Our hearty congrats to Tamama (wild cheers ensue!).

(5) Photoshop World Vegas registration is now open
If you're looking to come spend three-days with us in Vegas at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, jump on it right now because you can save $150 but ya gotta do it now (plus, if you sign up now, you can still snag at room at the Mandalay Bay, where all the staff and instructors stay). Here's the link with all the details. See you in Vegas!

(6) Are you in Portland? How about Nashville?
I am (OK, well not right now, but on May 13th I'll be there for my full-day seminar and annual Voodoo Donuts run, so I hope you'll come out for the day (it's just $99 or even less if you're a KelbyOne member). Also, we just announced that I'll be coming to Nashville with the tour on June 6th. Here's the link with details on either one.

(7) Have you heard of this McNally guy?
Joe is heading out on a KelbyOne live tour again, too! His first stop is San Jose and then he's off to Seattle. If you haven't had a chance to see Joe live, it truly is a day you'll never forget. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss $99 goodbye. Here's the link. You will learn a ton!

(8) Finished another project for CocaCola
I just finished up another project for Coke's Website â” this one is a special one for mother's day â” as soon as it goes live (probably next week, right?) I'll post the link to the story and the images. Really excited to be working with them on such interesting stuff.

OK, that's it for today â” hope you all have an absolutely awesome weekend and we'll see you back here on Monday.