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Above: This was taken as they introduced me to open the Photoshop World keynote presentation earlier this year (that’s me on the far left). Photo by Rob Foldy. 

Happy Monday everybody, and greetings from Charlotte, North Carolina where I’m here with my seminar today at the Charlotte Convention Center (and after shooting the Vols vs Alabama game on Saturday).

The big news today is: Registration is now officially open for The Photoshop World 2017 Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 20-22, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center. It’ll be our first time on the East Coast in three years, and we’re very excited to be bringing the conference back to Orlando.

Here’s the link to reserve your tickets:

An incredible instructor team!
Each year it’s my job to put together the instructor team for Photoshop World, and this past year’s crew was one of our best ever! The new instructors totally rocked, and a bunch of them are already on board for Orlando, and of course we’ll be bringing back some of your favorites as well.

We’re expanding the Partner Pavillon
We’ve got nearly the entire West Side of the Orange County Convention Center, from one end to the other (with the beautiful Hyatt Grand right next door as our host hotel), and we’ve got the entire 2nd floor, and part of the 1st floor, so we’ll be expanding our Partner Pavillon Expo this year, too!

You can register for Pre-Conference Workshops, now too!
When you register for the conference, you can get your tickets for any pre conference workshops now before they’re sold out (earlier this year in Vegas, nearly every single pre-conference workshop was sold out in advance, so nail yours down as soon as you register so you’re not locked out).

More fun stuff, more shooting opportunities, more awesomeness!
We tried some stuff in Vegas that turned out to be really, really well received, so we’re going to build on that in Orlando, including expanding the Photoshop World Film Festival, the photo challenges, and more. You are going to super dig it!

Of course, the sooner you register for the conference, the more you’ll save (and KelbyOne members always save $100 on their Photoshop World Conference registration).


Want some inspiration?
Check out these photos from the last Photoshop World – see what you missed – and make plans not to miss it this coming April (it’ll be here before ya know it!).

So, that’s the big news today, but we’ve got lots of fun stuff planned for here on the blog, so I hope you’ll check back tomorrow.

OK, off to work
I’ve got a few hundred photographers to hang out with today in Charlotte – Brad and I are looking forward to meeting everyone!



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I know I say this every time, but it’s because our goal is to make every Photoshop World better than the last one, and I heard it for three-solid days from Alumni — in their words, “This is the best Photoshop World yet!” Of course, I was thrilled to agree!

All the new instructors (joining our ‘dream team’ of existing industry superstars) and the new events and shooting opportunities all brought a ton of energy to the event, and everybody was talking about it. It was also the first Photoshop World ever, where Adobe had their own training track at the conference, and their Adobe Mobile Apps track was another hit from the Vegas conference.

I’ll tell the rest of the story in pictures (and captions) below [photos by Kevin Newsome and Rob Foldy], but it was an awesome conference from start to finish, with a group of attendees totally rev’d up and ready to learn. It’s like we all needed to be there, at that moment, in that place. It was really something to behold, and I’m so grateful to all the attendees from around the world who joined us for an event we’ll all never forget.

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Above: The keynote was absolutely slammed packed, and our theme this year was based on Saturday Night Live (check out the next two images).


Above: That’s Me and Matt, doing our version of “Photoshop Weekend Update” in the opening movie to kick off the keynote. 


Above: Matt rocked his role as SNL News Anchor. We also had our own version of Photoshop Jeopardy, too! 

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Above: The highlight of the keynote is the Adobe presentation, and Adobe’s own Julieanne Kost rocked her demo which covered so many cool things.

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Above: One of my favorite shots from the keynote (this one from Rob Foldy)

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Above: Julieanne was, of course, very informative, but she was just funny as h@!) throughout, and the standing-room-only crowd was right with her the whole thing. 

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Above: Master of Ceremonies, Larry Becker, was so on his game — he was born to host big shows like this. So entertaining and fun. 

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Above: A big highlight for me was seeing my dear friend, and Adobe Worldwide Evangelist for Photography and Design, Terry White get inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. Well deserved and long overdue. 

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Above: Hey, that’s me! 

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Above: The crowd gets hyped when you start throwing out t-shirts!


Above: Julieanne getting her Lightroom Thing on!


Above: A little one-on-one Photoshop retouching coaching from me.

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Above: Tim Wallace shooting a car live in class, tethering directly into Lightroom.

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Above: Tim, a yellow sports car and Lightroom. It’s a marriage made in heaven. :)

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Above: Kristina Sherk teaching high-end Photoshop retouching in class.


Above: Corey Barker teaching some Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks


Above: Learning some “Bad A@$ Photoshop Tricks!”

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Above: Another new event at Photoshop World was “An Evening With Gregory Heisler” and man did he just blow everybody away. 

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Above: He had a packed house of photographers and creative souls who came to be inspired by one of the most engaging speakers in our industry. 

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Above: A moment from “An Evening With Gregory Heisler”


Above: Photography icon Gregory Heisler poses for a selfie after his evening presentation

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Above: The awesome Moose Peterson, during one of his many sessions at the conference. 

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Above: The King poses for a shot with the King of Sports Photography.

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Above: Dave Black had “The King” pose for a light-painted portrait done live in his class. 

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Above: The wonderful crew at Hoodman (I love their gear!) answers questions in their booth at our Partner Pavilion. 

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Above: Matt making friends at the Partner Pavilion.

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Above: The all-new Photoshop World App was a big hit this year — available on all the different platforms, and we even had the class and full conference evaluation forms built right in the app. 

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Above: With all those windows, there’s lots of opportunities to grab a quick shot. 

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Above: The one-on-one portfolio reviews are a highlight for many attendees. 

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Above: It was our coolest party ever — at “LIGHT” the super-hip Vegas nightclub. 

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Above: “Old School” dance hits got the dance floor rockin’.

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Above: Some Bruno Mars got even me out there. 

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Above: It was cool to see the work of our attendees up on the screen in “Light”


Above: Photoshop Wizard Corey Barker doin’ his Photoshop thing! 


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Above: Canon was on hand, doing FREE sensor and camera cleanings in their own special lounge area. 

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Above: Roberto Valenzuela rockin’ it in the conference tracks. He’s definitely an attendee favorite!

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Above: Donut Time — a “Midnight Madness Tradition.” (Hey, this guy flew in from Mexico for his first Photoshop World ever. Really fun guy!). 

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Above: Things usually get a bit crazy at Midnight Madness. No exception this time. 

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Above: Lindsay Adler works her lighting magic during one of her sessions. 

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Above: Matt Kloskowski crushing it during one of his Lightroom sessions. 

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Above: How can you not love Glyn Dewis. The guy gives 110% to his students. 


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Above: When one of the top automotive photographers in the world is teaching the class, you just don’t talk about car photography — you bring a Maclaren right into the classroom and show exactly how it’s done. 

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Above: That’s my book Publisher, and super awesome Nancy Davis, who surprised me during the closing ceremony by presenting me with an award for being named the #1 top-selling photography techniques author for the sixth year in a row. 

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Above: I had no idea this was going to happen. I’m sitting backstage with my wife watching the Guru Awards and closing ceremony from the control boards when one of the AV crews runs back and says “You have to get a mic on now!” That’s me and Nancy posing with my award. Thanks to all my readers out there — I never could have done it without you (and thanks to the crew at Peachpit Press — they rock!).


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Above: On location with the “dog photography whisperer” Kaylee Greer. Her pre-conference workshop on photographing dogs was a HUGE hit!

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Above: Here’s “Kaylee’s Crew” group shot, including some really sweet doggies! 


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Above: What a great smile! We love to see attendees, camera in hand, taking shots and having fun.

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Above: The “Natural Light Shoots” were bigger than ever. People were super diggin’ it. 

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Above: Joe Glyda helping out with the food photography Natural Light Shoots.

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Above: Everybody gets involved in the Natural Light Shoots.

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Above: Our Bride for the natural light shoots poses for the students. 

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Above: Looks like our bride found a groom (or vice-versa).

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Above: Bringing the fun (and very cool, creative hair). :)

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Above: The Set for our Live episode of “The Grid” should always look like this. LOL!!

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Above: Honored to have Photoshop World instructor Trey Ratcliff as my guest on our LIVE FROM VEGAS episode of The Grid. 

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Above: The incomparable Joe McNally lights his subject during one of this classes. It’s a thrill to see a real master at work. 

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Above: Checking out the booths and theaters in our Partner Pavilion. 

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Above: Fashion Photographer Lindsay Adler during one of her live shoots. 

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Above: Peter Hurley doin’ his thing during one of his packed sessions!

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Above: Taking a break between sessions to catch up on email and social. 

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Above: The students making their own shots during the pre-conference workshops. 

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Above: Folks who come a day before get a chance to dig in deep with dedicated hands-on workshops. 

That’s a quick look at Photoshop World 2016
We’re working on a short video recap, and I’ll post that as soon as it’s ready. In the meantime, a big word of thanks to our awesome crew who worked their butts off to deliver our best Photoshop World yet. Also, thanks to Rob and Kevin for the awesome photos used in this post. Thanks to all our partners who exhibited in our Partner Pavilion, and a super big thanks and high five to all the attendees who came from around the world to spend a few days learning and laughing with us. We are very grateful to everyone who participated. :)

Have a great Monday and a fantastic week!




First, please enjoy this lame iPhone shot, taken through my hotel-room window, 60-somethin’ floors up from the Vegas. LOL!!!

Super-psyched to be here for Photoshop World! The pre-conference workshops kick off today, and I’m so excited to be seeing everybody this week.

I’ll be doing some coverage here on the blog from the event, which kicks off tomorrow, but most of it will be over on my Facebook page (link) where we’ll be posting daily galleries from our photo crew (which includes Rob “DJ EZ-fold” Foldy). Lots of fun stuff to share this week – I’m glad you’re here (on the blog), or here out in Vegas.

This is going to be a great week!!! Whoo Hoo!!!!



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So excited! The Photoshop World 2016 Conference in Las Vegas is almost here – it kicks off in just 8-days (whoo hoo!!!!).

If you want to come and join us – it’s not too late (and here’s a little inspiration for you):

Pack your bags!
Book your flights – gas up the car – grab your hotel room, because we’re headed to Vegas!

Here’s the link with details (don’t forget: KelbyOne members get $100 off the full conference pass).

Looking forward to seeing a whole bunch of you there in eight day!




OK, y’all — today’s the final day to grab your tickets and save $100 for next month’s Photoshop World 2016 Conference in Las Vegas (July 19-21st, 2016). Here’s what to do:

(1) Go to and get your tickets right now.

(2) Book your hotel right where we’re all staying (the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino) now while the special room discount for Photoshop World attendees is still available.

(3) Think about coming a day early to take a day learning to build your business in a “business side of photography / marketing / and building your brand” workshop with UK automotive photographer Tim Wallace (he taught a short version of this last year, and everybody lost their minds it was so good). Details here.

(4) If you’re coming a day early, and want hands-on-help on building your portfolio, you’ve got a rare opportunity to learn from one of the best — Daniel Gregory — in a hands-on portfolio prep in-depth workshop. If you want to nurture the artist within you, then check out Julieanne Kost’s workshop called “Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception to Though Execution” – you will get totally immersed in this. Details on both optional pre-conference workshops here. 

(5) Start thinking about which parties, events, photo shoots, and get-togethers you’re going to do while you’re out there with us learning and laughing next month.

(6) Watch this video for instant inspiration, and to get psyched for the trip!

(7) Pack your bags — we’re headed to Vegas!

Hope you all have a great weekend!




…when the world’s best teachers take the stage in Las Vegas next month, on the 19th – 21st, at the Photoshop World 2016 Conference?


Why not come and be a part of it all? Don’t just read about it afterward. Experience it yourself.

Save $100 by getting your tickets before this Friday!
The Early Bird special $100-off deal ends this Friday, so get your tickets right now…then:

(1) Get your special hotel room discount for conference attendees
(2) Grab your airfare (we have a discount airfare finder)
(3) Start booking some show reservations, and making dinner plans
(4) Pack your bags, ’cause we’re going to Vegas, baby!



P.S. Need help convincing your boss you need to be there? We’ve written a “letter to your boss” for you, and it’s awesome — just copy and paste it into a letter, than do #1’s one thru four above. Here’s the link. See you there!