Category Archives Photoshop


Hi gang — and greetings from the Sacramento airport (we wrapped up our seminar here today and Brad and I are headed home on a red eye. Zzzzzzzzz).

OK, so here’s what I’m working on…
It’s a new online class for KelbyOne on reducing noise in your photos, and I’m planning on covering it from both sides — the camera side of things, and of course the post processing, and here’s where I need your help: I want to make sure I cover all the most common noise scenarios, so if there’s a particular kind of noise you struggle with in your photography, please leave me a comment here, and I’ll try to include it in the class.

I plan on covering everything from long exposure noise reduction, to high ISO / low-light issues, along with issues that come from opening up the shadow areas even on low ISO images. I’m going to share lots of different strategies, including 3rd party plug-ins, native solutions, in-camera options, and more. Let me know the kind of stuff you’re having to deal with, and I’ll try to tackle it in the class (again, just leave me a comment below).

I’ve got another new Photoshop class coming out this week…
On Thursday we’re releasing my new “Removing Distracting Stuff using Photoshop” online class. I packed that baby full of stuff that we run into day in/day out, and I think it’s going to help a lot of people. I did it one problem at a time, so people can just go right to the type of thing they want to remove and, short and sweet, you’ll see exactly how to remove them. I’m also posting lots of downloadable practice files so you can practice along with the tutorials. More on Thursday when it launches.


Above: Here’s a shot from Monday morning, before we opened the doors at my seminar in Sacramento. It probably looks pretty much the same right now, since it’s been 5-1/2 hours since the seminar ended. LOL!). Really enjoyed meeting everybody – such a wonderful crowd of photographers to present to (and thanks for the great turnout!). Can’t wait to come back!

OK, that’s it for tonight (well, by the time you read this…it’ll be morning, right?)
Hope you all have a good night. I’m home for a while, until my next seminar, which is in Denver on Monday, November 14th, and then Las Vegas on Wednesday, November 16th. Here’s where you get tickets.




P.S. Did I mention I got a new guitar? Well…I did! (it’s not actually “new” – it’s used – just new to me). It’s a 2008 Schecter PT Tele with coil tapped Super Rock humbuckers. I’ve had my eye on one for a while, but I finally came across the right deal, and now she’s sitting at my desk. I haven’t had much of a chance to play her (or change her funky colored strings), but I’m hoping to get a chance this week.

Dig the high gloss finish and lack of pick-guard (which I particularly love, since tele’s pretty much always come with a pick guard). OK, now I have to sell one (or two) to make room. here I come!

Hi Gang, and greetings from the yummy cheese capital of the USA – Milwaukee, Wisconsin (here for my seminar today – looking forward to meeting everybody!).

So, here’s the scoop (well, as it relates to Photoshop anyway). Basically, Adobe would like your feedback on how often you’d like to see Photoshop updated, as well as your thoughts on balancing new features, bug fixes and polish to existing features.

They put together a quick survey over at this link

I took the survey myself, and you have lots of opportunities to share your thoughts with Adobe, by answering Multiple Choice questions, or by writing in your own comments (totally optional).

Anyway, this is so worth doing, and a great opportunity to be heard directly by the Photoshop team at Adobe — I hope you take advantage of it.

In other news…


It’s just 8-days away, and we have walks set up in over 1,000 cities around the world. There’s still plenty of time to join a local walk near you (it’s free, it’s fun, you’ll make new friends, you’ll take a lot of pictures, and you might even win a cool prize or two). Here’s the link to see if there’s a walk near you.

Here’s wishing you a fantastic weekend! :)



P.S. I’m shooting the Bucs/Rams home opener in Tampa on Sunday, but if you want to read a really shocking football photography “incident” that happened to me a few years back, read my story “Aaron Rodgers Owes me a New Monopod.” You will never forget it. Here’s the link.

Howdy, everybody. I’ve got a pretty cool Photoshop tutorial for ya, but first with all the exciting news about the Worldwide Photo Walk yesterday, I wanted to hit a couple of questions real quick, then we’ll get on to the Photoshop stuff.

“Why aren’t you doing a photo walk in my city?”
We get this question a lot, but you’ll be happy to know we don’t actually pick the cities — every city, everywhere is invited to create a photo walk — you just need a photographer in your city to apply to lead one.  So, if you search for a walk in your city and you don’t see one – it just means someone hasn’t volunteered to lead a walk there yet.

Now, we just publicly launched yesterday, and a whole bunch of cities added photo walks yesterday and bunch more will be coming online today, so if you don’t see a walk in your city…just wait a few days and check back — there will probably be one there (especially if you live in a fairly good-sized city).

“What if I still don’t see one?”
Then maybe you should consider leading one. :)  Just go to the official site; click on “Lead a Walk” and apply to lead one in your city, and you’re up and running. Anyway, I know a lot of folks are under the impression that we pick the cities, but in reality — you pick the cities, so just wanted to give everybody everywhere a chance to join us. Hope that helps.

“Do you have a short video that explains the walk?”
Man, was I hoping you’d ask that. I sure do – it’s right below.

OK, now back to Photoshop and stuff
Today I have a Photoshop retouching mini-tutorial for ya, for when your subject has one eye that is more open than the other (which is surprisingly common), and you’ll learn a few cool tricks and shortcuts along the way. I made this video (2nd video below) just for you guys and it’s only around 5-minutes, but I hope you’ll find it’s worth it. :)

There ya have it – it’s “Two Video Tuesday” (at no extra charge!).

Hey, I hope you join me as part of my 9th annual Worldwide Photo Walk. The prizes are awesome. The cites around the world that are hosting walks are awesome, and the awesome is awesomely awesome (take that evil grammarians!). ;-)


A guy who is back from Nashville already, but is in Orlando today doing a site inspection for next year’s Photoshop World Conference 2017. Whoo Hoo! :)

P.S. Hey! Psssst! Wanna come see me in Indy next week (the 25th) with my full day seminar? Sure you do! Here’s the link where you can get tickets. All the cool kids will be there. 

Hi Gang: This is a quickie, but it’s important if you’re a Photoshop user and you stitch your panos in Photoshop CC, because if you’re using the “old” way, you’re missing out. Watch the quick video below:

Hope you find that helpful. :)

What’s next?
Lots of stuff. On the 19th I’m up in Little Rock, Arkansas (my first time in Arkansas in my whole life) at the Photo Expo 2016, (on behalf of the fine folks at Canon) – doing a keynote presentation. Really looking forward to it (thank you Canon for the opportunity) and I hope I get to meet some of you there. :)

I’m teaching my full-day seminar (part 2 of my “Shoot Like a Pro” day up in Nashville on August 15th, and then in Indianapolis on the 25th. Come out and spend the day with me.

I’m in NYC late next week. Let me know if you have a cool place I should shoot (not the standard places. It has to be someplace really cool, really unique, you can get special super-secret access, etc.). Hit me up here in the comments.

I’m headed to Iceland at the end of this month, just to take some photos and see Iceland for the first time. My buddy, the awesome Terry White is coming with me, and if you have any tips, good hotels to stay at, etc., drop me a line here.

Do you dig Photoshop? Me, too! Want to get really, really good at it? Go take the free trial at – go to the Learning Tracks; choose the one that’s right for your skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced), and you’re off and running. Here’s the link. 

That’s it for now…
Have a great weekend, and I’ll catch up with you on Monday.






(Above: There’s more here than first meets the eye).

Mornin’ everybody! I’ve been getting a ton of really great feedback on my “From Flat to Fabulous in Photoshop” course on KelbyOne, so to celebrate, I recorded a new segment just for you to give you an idea of what the class is all about.

Download The Practice File
Plus, you can download the RAW file and follow right along with me (that’s the link, right below). BTW: in the online course, I make all the files available for download so you can do the same thing with every single project.

Download Practice File

Now Watch The Video and Follow Along
There’s lots of really useful Photoshop stuff in this short video, including a bunch of little tips and timesavers, which is what I love about teaching these types of projects.

Also, I don’t use any plug-ins, presets or actions in this tutorial. Just all stuff that’s already in Photoshop. OK, let’s get to it:

I hope following along with that made you interested in learning more, and taking my course (you can sign up for the free 10-day trial and watch the entire course right now). Here’s the link to my full “From Flat to Fabulous in Photoshop” course.

Here’s wishing you a great Monday, an awesome week, and starting off August on a high note!



P.S. Here’s the official trailer for my “From Flat to Fabulous in Photoshop” course (below), ya know…just in case. :)


First, here’s a really cool Photoshop drop shadow trick, but beyond that, there’s a technique in here that I promise you will help you in your everyday Photoshop work. This is good stuff!


Nashville and Indianapolis, Here I Come (well, in a coupla weeks anyway)
That’s right — I’m back with my all new “Part 2” seminar in Nashville on Monday, August 15th, and in Indy on Thursday, August 25th. I hope you can come out and join me. Here’s the link with details.

Front shot of plasma tv screen isolated on white

Lightroom for Apple TV is here…
…and I’ve got the whole scoop (how to install it, what it will and won’t do, and a quick Q&A all about it), over at If you’ve got a sec, check it out (it’s pretty cool, and the app is free!).

Hope you guys have a super great Friday, and an awesome weekend!
We’ll see ya back here next week. :)