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As someone who loves to shoot sports, I am just tickled silly to let you guys know that at the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida (March 30-April 1, 2011), we are welcoming a new instructor (and sports photography rock god): Dave Black.

A lot of you know Dave from his work for Sports Illustrated, or his immensely popular “Workshop at the Ranch” (link) where he shares his techniques on everything from shooting sports, to working with off-camera flash, to light painting, and now I am so psyched to announced that he’s teaching at Photoshop World.

I wanted to share Dave’s bio (I nabbed it off the Photoshop World Website), and man has this guy had an amazing career:

As a freelance photographer for over 30 years Dave’s work has primarily centered on the sports industry for such publications as Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and the award winning TV show Sports Century on ESPN. The list of event coverage includes the Masters, Kentucky Derby, National Football League, NASCAR and extensive work regarding the United States Olympic Committee, Olympic athletes and coverage of twelve Olympic Games. Known for his creative use of lighting and in particular with the artistic technique of Lightpainting, Dave’s portfolio continues to broaden into the commercial and advertising industry, and with specialized lighting projects including work for the National Geographic and their book Where Valor Rests, Arlington National Cemetery.

He is one of Nikon’s “Legends Behind the Lens” photographers and is a prominent instructor at a variety of workshops each year. His monthly website tutorial articles “Workshop at the Ranch” attract more than 85,000 unique visitors monthly. In 2010 he released his highly acclaimed instructional book, The Way I See It. To see Dave’s images, learn more about photography, or purchase his book visit his website

Dave is teaching Thursday in our Lighting Track, so if you’re going to the conference, keep this class in mind, because I’ve seen Dave teach and he, and his images, are just amazing. If you haven’t signed up—there’s still time to get the $100 off early bird discount. Here’s the link. Hope I’ll see you in Dave’s class!

If you’re going to Photoshop World in Orlando, I hope you’ll check out one of my classes. I’m teaching four sessions in the conference track this year:

Wednesday: Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers
This all new class was inspired by my upcoming book (with a similar) name, and it’s especially aimed at photographers who do their own portrait retouching in Photoshop. It’s designed to help you: (a) determine exactly what needs to be retouched (b) how to do it quickly and efficiently and (c) how to keep detail and texture in everything you do for realistic looking retouches.

Thursday: Photoshop for Travel Photographers
Travel photography is one of my real passions, and I’m really excited about this session, which shows you how to make your travel photos look like you’ve always dreamed they would. I packed a lot of cool stuff in this class, and I honestly can’t wait to teach the class, because I think it’s going to help a lot of people. I love classes like this!

Thursday Afternoon: Blogging for Photographers
I hosted this panel at Photoshop World Las Vegas and it wound up being a bigger hit than I ever expected, so we’re bringing it to Orlando this year. I’m joined by some very successful bloggers who all share their insights and expertise and I hope you’ll stop by and check it out. There’s a lot of info here, including a lot of things I don’t see anybody talking about anywhere, and I really think you’ll get a lot out of it (and you’ll get totally inspired to start a blog of your own).

Friday: Lightroom Killer Tips
This is an updated version of my popular class on the Lightroom track. I learned a bunch of new stuff since last time, so I updated the class to add these new techniques, and this is another one of those classes that I can’t wait to teach. Man, I love Photoshop World! :)

Anyway, if you’re going, I’d love to see you in one of my sessions, so I hope you’ll drop by. If you haven’t planned on going, why not? Here’s the link—come and spend a few days taking your career, and your skills, up a big notch (warning: if you go even once, you’ll want to go every year. Ask anyone that’s been to one). See you in Orlando at the end of March!

Things are already starting to heat up for Photoshop World Orlando!  Pre-conference workshops are filling up quickly (see the post below for more info), and so are the rooms at the Rosen Centre Hotel.

This is the official host hotel for the conference, where all of the instructors stay. And it’s conveniently right across the street from the conference center.

You can get all the details on the Photoshop World Travel Info page, including a link to online reservations, address, nightly rate, and phone number to call-in your reservation. And don’t forget… NAPP members get a discount on Hertz Car Rentals!


Last week I promised that I would tell you guys a little bit about what the folks at FJ Westcott did on the Photoshop World Expo Floor that made them the talk of the show, but first a little history. (All Photos by Terry White. Thanks T!).

Dave Moser (NAPP’s Chief Operating Officer) and I had come up with an idea with based on the the fact that so many people already bring their cameras to Photoshop World. We thought it would be cool if we set up “shooting stations” for lack of a better term, where we would have sets and props or professional models, all professionally lit, where they could practice their skills.


A few months back I called Kelly Mondora over at Westcott Lighting to share the idea, because the only way this was really going to work was to use Continuous Lighting, like their TD-5 Spiderlites (having to deal with strobes, and wireless channels, and getting multiple people shooting at once, just would be a nightmare, and by using the TD-5’s we’d sidestep all that, plus as many people that wanted to shoot at one time, could).


Well, Kelly was all over it, and basically they took the idea and totally ran with it and it was literally the talk of the show because: (1) How incredibly creative the sets and concepts were, and (2) how well executed each set was with great props and backgrounds (3) how nicely lit each set was (4) that the male and female models were great and incredibly patient, (5) the make-up artist they flew in was just amazing, and (6) the fact that they changed the sets and models every day!!!! (One of their sets the first day was Catwoman, as seen at the top of this post. Photo by Terry White).


People were shooting at the “Westcott Shootout” literally all day, every day during the entire conference. You could see crowds huddled around each set at any given time, as seen above (Westcott did all this, while they were running their regular booth at a different location on the show floor).


Anyway, I was so excited at how it came out (which Westcott gets, and deserves 100% credit for), and I wanted to share it with you guys here, so if you come to Orlando Photoshop World next March, you absolutely, positively have to bring your camera and see what they come up with next. (Check out some of Scott Bourne’s awesome shots from the Shootout right here, and here, and here).

Bond, James Bond

Consider this my standing ovation to Kelly, to photographer Michael “MJ” Green who worked the shootout and helped everybody along the way, and to everyone at Westcott who showed that they do way more than just make lighting. They make cool!

P.S. Check out Westcott Lighting on Facebook right here. They always post lots of cool stuff, and videos and tips on lighting.

UPDATE: Westcott caught more than just the attendees attention with their shootout—the LA Times did a write-up on them. Here’s the link.

“Scott Kelby Rocks!” by William Beem

You probably saw Scott’s recap of Photoshop World earlier this week, but we thought it would be nice to let you hear from some of the people who were there as attendees as well.  Here are just a few of the people who have blogged about their experience in Las Vegas last week:

And I’m sure there are more out there, so feel free to link away in the comments if you want to share your experience from Photoshop World!