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The fairly embarrassing “behind the scenes/not so best-of” video clip above is designed to distract you from the fact that two days ago we should have launched the new 13-week season of Photoshop User TV on our new set, with our new format (so go ahead and watch that video clip now—-it helps ease the pain).

In short, here’s what happened: When we showed up to tape the show last week, we all kind of realized that everything wasn’t quite in place yet (ugh!). The set is much larger than before, and as soon as we started blocking the segments, we realized that we needed a lot more studio lighting than we thought, so we ordered a whole new lighting set-up from Westcott (they make video lighting, too and we already use their stuff on our green screen set and it rocks, so we’re totally relighting our real set with their lights). The lighting should be here today, as well as some mounts we’re missing for the video panels, and well…it all just wasn’t ready yet, so once again, we wait.

Anyway, you all have been really (overly) patient while we’re getting this all together, so thanks for hanging in there with us. Dave, Matt, and I are really excited about the new format, and we think you guys will totally dig it, if we can just get everything together and launch this new season. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we can shoot the season premiere early next week.

Once we get that done, we can move onto getting D-Town TV up and running on its new set and get that baby launched. I know, I know….one thing at a time. Ugh!

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What do you and more than 500 Philadelphia-based photographers have in common? If you come to my seminar on Monday in Philly, we’ll all have something in common, as I’m teaching my “Photoshop Tour for Digital Photographers” there, and I hope you can make it.

Also, just so you know; there’s no way you can lose if you come, because this day is 100% money-back guaranteed—if it’s not the best Photoshop training seminar you’ve ever been to, at any price, we’ll refund your money on the spot. Really!

Here’s a link with all the details (it’s gonna be fun; you’ll learn a whole bunch, and I promise to make it worth your while). :)

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First, a big thanks to the hundreds of photographers who came out to my “Photoshop Tour for Digital Photographers” seminar yesterday in Boston. I totally had a great time, and it was an awesome way to kick off this new tour.

Next Stop: Philadelphia on Monday
The next stop for me on the tour is Philly, next Monday, November 2nd, and I hope you can join me. There’s already well over 400 photographers signed up, so if you’re thinking of going, I hope you sign up quick (here’s the link). See you in Philly!

Jeff Schewe updates “Real World Sharpening” Book
Photoshop Hall of Famer Jeff Schewe has just released a major update to a very important book; “Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom” (by Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe; published by Adobe Press; cover seen above). I can’t think of anyone more appropriate, or more qualified, than Jeff to take Bruce’s original work forward (since Bruce’s passing just a few years ago). There are few topics as important as sharpening (and few that can support an entire book), but this topic, and this author, are right on the money. Kudos to Jeff for his work, and for his dedication to honoring Bruce’s legacy. I think Bruce would be very proud indeed. Here’s the link to it on Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and Borders (and it’s available wherever Photoshop books are sold).

My first “Light it; Shoot it; Retouch It” online class is now live!
It took a while to get it up there, but the first in my three-part series called “Light-it, shoot-it, Retouch it” is now online at Kelby Training. In this series, I pick one particular lighting look, and built it from scratch (you see every step along the way), then once the lighting is set, we do the shoot with you along for every aspect (including all the on-set tweaking), and then I take the images from the camera and show you how I edit the shoot from start to finish, so you see every step along the way. Here’s the link with more details. ALSO: Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom 3 Beta “Power Session” just went live, too! Here’s that link.

What I learned From Julieanne
I mentioned in my post yesterday that I learned something new while stepping into Julieanne Kost’s Lightroom session at Photo Plus East last week, and a couple of folks asked exactly what I learned. Now, I’ll tell you, but you have to promise not to post a comment that says anything along the lines of , “Scott!!!! You didn’t know THAT??? I knew that three years ago!” I thought you were supposed to know these things, etc, blah, blah). OK, here it is; you know how the Crop Tool has that rule of thirds Grid that appears over it when you click on the Crop tool? Well, there’s a setting you can choose called “Auto Show” that makes the Grid invisible until you actually touch one of the adjustment handles, and only then the Grid appears, which for me, is great because although I like the Grid, I don’t like seeing it all the time. It’s found under Lightroom’s View menu, under Tool Overlay.

Tim Mantoani at Photo Plus
At Photo Plus, I finally got to meet a particular person face-to-face, whose work I really admire; Tim Mantoani. I don’t know if you remember Tim’s fantastic Guest Blog post here (link), but one of the projects he talked about was his project where he made portraits of famous photographers posing with one of their favorite prints, but he shot these with a huge 20×24 Wisner camera. Well, he had the camera set up at Photo Plus, and I got a chance to check it out in person,  (Tim and I have emailed back and forth, but this was the first time I got to actually shake his hand). I saw a couple of the prints while I was there, and I was so impressed with him, and his work. Besides this project, Tim’s sports portraits are just fantastic, and if you’ve got a minute, stop by Tim’s site and check out his latest work—-it’ll start your Tuesday off right.

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is….
….someone very special indeed. Photoshop Hall of Famer, and one of the fathers of modern digital art. Photoshop World instructor, brilliant artist, and my friend, Bert Monroy.

Bert is truly a living legend of Photoshop, and if you’ve got two seconds, jump back with me to my post on Bert’s recent gallery showing outside San Francisco, and take a quick peek at some of his work, and then make sure you’re back here tomorrow to experience Bert’s Guest Blog for yourself. It’s truly an honor to have him guesting here on the blog. Can’t wait!!

That’s it for today, folks.
Here’s wishing you a wonderful Tuesday—-I hope it’s your best yet!

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We taped an episode of Photoshop User TV while we were at Photoshop World, and it went “live” this week over at PhotoshopUserTV.com (and on the iTunes Store). Since we had a hard time getting Matt, Dave, and I together at the same time, we each did our own mini-tours of the Expo floor; stopping by some of our favorite booths, and generally just giving you a look at what it’s like on the Expo floor. You can watch the episode online right here.

NEW SEASON UPDATE: The new set is now far enough along now that we’ve picked a launch date to kick off the new season of Photoshop User TV—-it’s set to premiere on Monday, November 9th, with our new set, new format, and more Photoshop tips, tricks, and techniques than ever! Hope you’ll tune in to catch the new show.

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  1. Well, technically it’s in Livonia, Michigan, but that’s close enough. Anyway, I hope you’ll join me, and more than 400 other photographers, for a full-day of Lightroom love and learning. We’ve got three live shoots, so you learn the entire process from beginning to end. It’s gonna rock! Here’s the link.
  2. In other seminar news: Joe McNally is about to sell out his Washington DC stop for his new Kelby Training Live Location Lighting Seminar (it’s on Friday, October 23rd), so if you’re thinking about going, I’d get on board fast! Here’s the link to his tour.
  3. I’m kicking off my brand new “Photoshop for Digital Photographers Tour” in Boston in just a few weeks, on Monday, October 26th, and if you’re up that way—you’ve gotta come out for this day, cause I’m sharing all the latest new stuff, and I really want you to be there. Here’s the link for details.
  4. RC Concepcion is doing our “Adobe CS4 Creative Suite Unleashed” tour in St. Louis, MO on Wednesday, Oct 28th, and if you’re a suite user—this day is just for you! He and Dave are getting rave reviews out on the road on this one, so if you can get there—get there! Here’s the link.

That’s it for now. Hope to shake your hand in person tomorrow (or in Boston in a few weeks). :)

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I love behind the scenes training videos, and “Session from Joey L” is the brand new DVD from rising star photographer Joey Lawrence (remember his amazing guest blog here earlier this year? Here’s the link), goes beyond that, as he answers some of his most-asked questions about his lighting techniques and his Photoshop pro-processing moves.

I’ve been going through the DVD myself this past week (it’s available as a DVD or direct download), and I have to say—-it’s very cool seeing how he puts these shoots together (he’s got a really cool job, and get some amazing gigs).

He’s got a preview video on his site, and if you’ve got a minute, give it a look (warning: if you watch the preview; you’ll be hooked). Luckily, the disc lives up to the hype. Congrats Joey on being willing to share what you’ve learned. Here’s the link for more info, or to order his disc.

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