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Well, kind of… Wacom is actually sponsoring the Guru Awards at Photoshop World next week in Las Vegas!

Let me tell you, they have some killer prizes lined up for the winners (I can’t say what they are, but you should be able to make a pretty good guess ;) ).

The Guru Award winners and runners-up will also have their work on display outside the expo hall for everyone to see. I always take some time to check these out up close because they really do some amazing work.

Thanks to Wacom for sponsoring the Guru Awards and providing some great prizes to these very talented people!

…these special bonus things on the Expo floor.

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1930’s Hollywood Glamor Style Lighting with Mike Kubiesy
Our good friend, and Hollywood pro shooter, Mike Kubiesy is teaching a class on how to get that classic 1930’s Hollywood Lighting look that you don’t want to miss (like Mike’s shots you see above). The class is Friday, September 3rd at 11:45 am on the Expo Floor at the NAPP Expo Theater. Mike’s a great teacher—you’re going to learn a lot. Plus, Mike’s got a class on creating Hollywood Movie Posters (I’m sneaking into this one myself). By the way—these are FREE bonus classes if you’re going to Photoshop World.

Contrast, Details, and Color Manipulations with Calvin Hollywood
OK, totally unrelated to Mike’s Hollywood stuff, is the amazing work of German retoucher, and Photoshop wizard “Calvin Hollywood.” This guy’s stuff is off the hook, and if you want to learn how to do the latest portrait post-processing stuff—this is the guy you want to see! (you might recognize Calvin from his kick-butt Guest Blog post here on my blog). His class is on Thursday, Sept. 2nd, at 2:00 pm in the NAPP Expo Theater. Again—it’s a FREE bonus class.

Studio Lighting: Behind The Scenes With…well…Me!
I’m doing a special presentation at the Manfrotto booth on the show floor about how I use Elinchrom Lighting and Lastolite modifiers in the studio and on location. This was a big hit in Orlando, and they’ve asked me to do it again in Vegas, but I’ve updated my presentation since then with lots of new stuff, so I hope you’ll check it out. It’s on Thursday at 3:15 pm at the Manfrotto booth. Hope I’ll see you there!

There are also Free Bonus Sessions from Cliff Mautner (the wedding photographer that everybody’s been going crazy over on Online), along with a Portrait Lighting Class from the incredible James Schmelzer (ask anybody whose taken his class), and RC Concepcion’s class for photographer’s on how to get your photography blog up and running right now!, plus a whole bunch of other cool classes—here’s the full list of free Expo Floor Bonus classes, times, and locations. Don’t forget, you can still get your free Expo Only pass right here.


If you’re coming to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo next month; make sure you bring your camera, because we’re doing something really cool with the folks at Westcott that will totally make it worth your while.

Besides Westcott’s regular booth on the show floor, NAPP has partnered with Westcott to create a special “Photo Shootout” area. Here’s what Westcott has planned:

Four uniquely themed shootout bays will feature professional models, renowned instructors, commercial product set ups and more. Each day we will begin with four custom designed scenes all professionally lit utilizing the award-winning Spiderlite TD5 constant lighting system along with high-end modifiers, props and backgrounds.  Professional models with be styled by Candace Corey who has worked with such talent as Lady Antebellum, Danny Glover, Olympic Winner Shawn Johnson, comedian Chelsea Handler and more.   Her work can also be found in Rolling Stone, People, Self and Maxim. Stop by the Westcott booth and meet Candace in person as she provides instruction on the importance of styling for photography.

To help guide you through the shootout will be two amazing photographers who have both designed and created past Westcott catalog covers. Eric Eggly is a commercial, international and award winning photographer with more than 20 years experience. Michael Green is an artist, professional and award-winning photographer with the distinguished recognition of being a NAPP Guru Award winner as well as a current Westcott Top Pro. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how these guys both became so successful.

Plus, while you’re there you can enter to win one of two complete displays used at the show valued at well over $8,000 each including lights, modifiers and backgrounds.

This is something we’ve always wanted to offer on the show floor, and I want to thank Kelly, Dave, and everyone at Westcott for helping to make this happen.

Westcott has a really great presence on Facebook, and they’re always posting images, tutorials, and articles about lighting. If you’re into studio gear, friend them on Facebook (here’s the link).


Hi Gang: I usually don’t post on Wednesday, but today we’re rolling out something totally new for Photoshop World—something we’ve never been before, but we gotten so many requests for it, we wanted to make it available.

It’s a one-day only pass to Photoshop World Las Vegas. That way, if you can’t attend the entire three day event, you can at least go for one day, take all the classes that day you want to take, check out the Expo floor, and do the whole experience, but without taking a week off of work.

You can use your one-day pass on these dates:

  • Wednesday (Sept. 1) and includes entrance to Opening Keynote from Adobe, expo floor, and you can attend party at House of Blues (party ticket required).
  • Thursday (Sept. 2) and can attend the “Art of Digital Photography” evening presentation, and/or Midnight Madness (tickets limited).
  • Friday (Sept. 3) includes all classes, and expo floor access, and special closing ceremony presentation

One day Pricing is $299 for NAPP members, or $349 for non members, (but non-members get a 90-day trial NAPP membership included with their one-day pass).

If you choose any one-day pass, you’re also eligible to sign-up for an optional pre-conference workshop held on August 31st. To snag one of these “first time ever” one day passes, click right here.

Fine Print: Of course, you can’t combine special promotional offers or discounts with a one-day pass purchase. One-day Pass holders are not eligible for a Pro Pass, Speed Pass, Portfolio Review or Guru Award competition.

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We’ve got a lot going on right now at Kelby Media Group, so here’s a quick update:

Last two days left to save $100 off Photoshop World Conference Registration
Just a quick reminder—Friday’s the cut-off for the “Save $100” Early Bird registration for Photoshop World Vegas (coming Sept 1-3). First, here’s a post I did about the last Photoshop World (in Orlando), with lots of photos. Secondly, here’s the link with all the details, travel discounts, and a link where you can register (I promise, you’ll have a blast!). Thirdly, I hope to meet you in person in Vegas! See you there!

Great Review of David’s Ziser’s “Captured By the Light”
OK, although this review starts with the reviewer giving me some heat for raving about the book so much, within a few a paragraphs, he agrees calling it “one of the best he’s ever read on the topic,” so, (whew!) he kind of lets me off the hook. (Well, kinda). Anyway, it’s a great review over at the Digital Wedding Forum (link).

Catch Corey at the “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tour” in Nashville Next Week!
Our own Photoshop Guy, Corey Barker, is taking our “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks” to the Nashville Convention Center next week, on Friday, August 6th. It is truly an amazing day, and I hope you can spend the day with Corey. You’ll learn so much your head will explode (in a good way, if there is such a thing). Here’s the link with details.

My “Photo Recipes App” featuring in the iTunes Store
One of my readers just brought this to my attention—my “Photo Recipes: Behind the Scenes” App (for the iPad and iPhone) has been featured on Apple’s iTunes Store (See above, and Whoo Hooo!). Thanks to the thousands of people have already bought the App, and I’m really excited about it (and the other stuff we have coming soon!). Here’s a direct link.

Photoshop World Pre-Conference Workshop Are Starting To Sell Out
Just a heads up if you’re going to Photoshop World: These optional pre-conference (the day before) workshop are already sold out:

  1. Creating Video with DSLR Cameras
  2. Channel & Masks
  3. On Location Wedding Shoot
  4. The NAPP Photo Safari

The HDR Crash Course workshop will be sold out by Monday as well. Also, in danger of selling out shortly is the “Real World Concert Photography” workshop (only 14 spots left).

One workshop that still has spots left, only because I think it’s totally mis-named, is James Schmelzer’s “Quality of Light” workshop, which is really a hands-on lighting class on shooting incredible Senior Portraits. Jim is a brilliant teacher (one of the best), and his Senior Portraiture classes on Kelby Training Online are a HUGE hit. In fact, if you sign up for his pre-conference workshop and you don’t absolutely just love it, come see me and I’ll refund your workshop registration fee on the spot (I’m that sure you’re going just love it).

You can find out more on the pre-conference workshops right here.

My Lightroom 3 Book is Now in Bookstores
I have a number of questions this past week about my Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers, and I just wanted to let you know that it’s now in bookstores (actually has been for a few weeks now). Here’s a link to a short video with me describing what’s new in the Lightroom 3 version of the book (besides just the obvious new Lightroom 3 features), and you can buy the book right now online at either or Barnes & (online, or in their actual stores), or wherever cool Lightroom books are sold.

Kick Butt Tip from David Hobby on D-Town TV
We were very fortunate to have David Hobby (the Strobist Himself), on as an in-studio guest on D-Town TV (the free weekly show for Canon and Nikon DSLR shooters, hosted by Matt Kloskowski and myself), and David has an incredible tip for off-camera flash or location strobe shooters, that uses a camera trick, with a little bit of Photoshop, and it’s really brilliant. Plus, it’s super simple, which makes it even more brilliant. I tried his trick out yesterday on a location shoot I did in Downtown Tampa, I have to say, not only did it work like a charm, but I’ll be using it from now on! (Thanks David). Of course, there’s lots more in this episode (including a great tip for shooting still and video simultaneously from Moose Peterson). Here’s the link.

Cliff Mautner for President
Did Cliff Mautner’s Guest Post totally nail it yesterday or what!!!! Just read the comments (and Cliff’s replies as well), and you’ll see what I mean. His way of looking at wedding photography, and photography in general is really inspirational, and his images capture such depth and emotion. He truly is one a kind. Thank you Cliff for sharing your gift with my readers.

My FREE Lightroom Editing Online Class goes up at 12:00 noon EDT today
If you participated in my World Wide Photo Walk, and you missed my live Lightroom editing online class yesterday (held just for Walkers), don’t worry—we archived the class, and it’s totally free for you—you can watch any time, at your leisure, by going to the World Wide Photo Walk site (link), then log-in to your walker’s account, and you’ll see a replay of the live class. Again, it’s set to up at 12:00 noon EDT today. Thanks to everybody who watched live yesterday and asked some great live questions yesterday. Matt, RC, Nancy, and I had a ball!!!!

NOTE: We’ve got a LOT more TOTALLY FREE live, interactive training classes coming from Kelby Training very soon—more details to come, but I think you’re going to like it. A lot!

There even more happening here…
But I’ve got to hit the sack. Thanks for giving me a chance to share all the new stuff we’re working on with you. I feel very, very fortunate to get to teach for a living, and I’m indebted to all of you I’ve had the pleasure of teaching. Here’s wishing you a totally great Thursday!


That’s right—-the Early Bird Special is almost over (it ends Friday), so if you’re thinking of joining us in Vegas on September 1-3, 2010 for the Photoshop training event of the year, this is your chance to save $100 right up front.

This year I’m teaching three classes during the conference:

(1) Lightroom Killer Tips

(2) Down & Dirty Tricks, 2010

(3) Designing With Type 2010

Plus, I’m doing at talk called “Studio Lighting Techniques: Behind the Scenes” at the Manfrotto booth on the Expo Floor (by the way—we’re breaking our record for number of exhibitors this year in Vegas, which means there will be more cool stuff on the show floor than ever, plus this is a selling show, so there will be lots of “Show Special” deals all three days.

If you’ve never been to Photoshop World, go to this link, and hit the “Watch” button. If you want more info or to sign up, click right here. Hope I see you in Vegas!!!! (Sign up before Friday and save some cash!).

P.S. We have the best deal ever on hotel rooms at our Official Conference Hotel, the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, so if you want to stay where me, Matt, Corey, RC, Dave, and all the instructors and staff are staying, snag your rooms using our special discount code. That’s right here.