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I know I’m just officially announcing it today, but that’s only because I’ve been waiting on the video about (it’s just 1-minute and 25-seconds long) that explains what’s new in this ALL NEW tour.

In just one week  from today (Monday the 13th) I’ll be kicking off the tour in Salt Lake City, and then on Wednesday I’ll be in Los Angeles teaching it at the LA Convention Center. We’re adding more dates all over the country (basically, if I came to your city with the original seminar, I’ll be back with this RELOADED seminar, too!). :)

I designed this new tour from scratch, with all new concepts, ideas, and techniques to pick up right where the original “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar left off, so it’s ideal for photographers who attended the first seminar who feel ready to learn the next level up. If you don’t feel like reading a bunch of stuff, just watch the video above which explains (really quickly) what the day is about.

Here’s the link if you want more info, or want to sign up (it’s just $99 for the full day, and includes my detail workbook).

Thanks so much for listen/watching, etc. and here’s wishing you your best Monday of the year so far!



P.S. A big shout out and my humble thanks to everyone who follows me over on Twitter. I hit one-quarter million followers there this past weekend, and I’m very grateful to everyone who allows me to be a little part of their day. Thank you very much. :)


Hi everybody. Hey, next week it’s my last “Shoot Like a Pro” full-day seminar of the year and I hope you’ll come out and join me for the day. Here’s the details:

Who: Me and Braddo!
What: My Shoot Like a Pro Seminar
When: Monday, December 1st (who wants to work on Monday anyway? Can I get a Woot! Woot!)
Where: The Broward County Convention Center
Why: Because you’re going to learn a whole bunch, laugh a little, and get totally energized and inspired. Perfect way to wrap up the year, and get pumped for 2015.

It’s only $99 for the full day, which includes a detailed workbook (written by yours truly), and you get a digital download of my entire “Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It” full-day seminar as a bonus (it normally sells for $69 all by itself).

Here’s the link to sign-up or just to get more info.

Hope to see you all there in Ft. Lauderdale next week! :)



P.S. Make sure you check back here tomorrow for my 9th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gift Guide, which I actually planned to release today but as you can see, this ain’t it. Had some blog problems, but should be up and running by tomorrow, so check back then for extreme gonzoness.

I absolutely LOVE to learn new stuff, and if I get a chance to sit in another photographer’s class, or spend a day in their workshop, I jump at the chance. Here are five (in no particular order) that are coming up that I would really love to attend (and I’m hoping to get to at least a few of these as a student myself).

(1) Frank Doorhof’s Ultimate Workshop Weekend
I remember the first time I saw Frank teach in person. I caught his first class, and then went back three more times, taking notes every time. Frank is one of the people I’ve learned the most from about fashion lightning, and I continue to learn from him every time I get in front of him (that’s me with Frank above). He’s coming to NYC (he lives in the Netherlands) for a three-day intensive Fashion/model photography workshop with a small group of very lucky students. I’m hoping to be one of them. Here’s the link with all the details.


(2) Peter Read Miller’s Sports Photography Workshop
Peter is one of the all-time greats of sports photography (he has over 100 covers of Sports Illustrated magazine, just for starters), and he’s doing a hands-on workshop in Atlanta on Oct. 6-11th. I got to attend part of his workshop last time they were in Atlanta, and it was absolutely phenomenal!!! Highly recommended! By the way, the class is mostly about action sports, but working sports photographers wind up doing a lot of portraits of athletes, and he covers that as well, as seen above. (Sign up while he’s still got seats):

(3) Lindsay Adler’s Beauty & Fashion Workshop
Every time we have Lindsay on “The Grid” as our guest, or she comes down to tape an online class for KelbyOne, I learn something new. Yes, she does teach lighting, and posing, and all the stuff you’d expect, but her insights in the business of being a beauty/fashion photographer are worth their weight in gold, too! She’s got a seminar, and a hands-on weekend workshop coming up in Vancouver, Canada starting Friday, October 17th, 2014 (the hands-on portion goes through the weekend). I’ve been in Lindsay’s audience at a talk she did for our conference and she was absolutely fantastic, but I’ve never had a chance to take her full workshop. If only they would let me into Canada (long story). Here’s the link — it’ll be amazing.


(4) Rick Sammon’s Provence, France photography workshop
Provence has been at the top of my list of places to go for years â” almost got the chance this year but then I had a scheduling conflict and couldn’t go. Broke my heart. Also, I’ve always wanted to take one of Rick’s workshops, because he’s not only a great teacher, but a really great person, and I imagine a workshop filled with fun, laughter, and lots of pictures. So although I’ve missed the opportunity to visit Prevance, and I’ve missed Rick’s workshops, this might be my chance. Plenty of time to plan â” it’s next June. Here’s just in the planning stages, but if you’re thinking (like I am) that Provence in June with Rick might be just amazing, here’s the link. 


(5) Joe McNally’s “On Assignment: St. Lucia!” Workshop
If you can imagine how incredible a week with Joe McNally might be, shooting and learning from literally one of the world’s best, in an exotic island location, in literally one of the world’s top-rated resorts (ANSE CHASTANET and JADE MOUNTAIN) then this can be that bucket-list workshop you’ve always dreamed of. I was fortunate enough to be Joe’s guest instructor twice down in St. Lucia, and it is truly an experience you’ll never forget. The resort is just beyond words. The locations where you’ll shoot? Amazing. And the shoots Joe sets up for the class are just astounding. And if all that weren’t enough, our own RC Concepcion is the guest instructor teaching you his Lightroom workflow and his Photoshop techniques. It’s this September 14 – 19, 2014 — you’ll learn small flash, how to use it like a pro, and work fast with the minimum of gear. You will lose your mind!!! It’s a very small group, and once it’s full, it’s full so save your spot right now. Here’s the link with more details.

Well, that’s my dreaming for this Monday. Hope to have some cool news to share with here tomorrow (and a short video), so I’ll hope you’ll stop by then.



Hey Gang: I’ve been taking a few days off for the Holidays, so I’m in “lame blogging” mode, but I’m stepping in for a last-minute save with a few FREE tickets to Matt’s Lightroom 5 Live Training Tour coming up at the end of January and into March.

Just post a comment here, with the city you want to go to, and we’ll pick two winners in each city for a free ticket. Here’s the upcoming cities for Matt’s live tour:

  • Covington, Kentucky — January 31st
  • Richmond, Virginia — February 5th
  • Houston, Texas — February 17th
  • Los Angeles  — March 3rd

Here’s more info on the tour, along with class schedule for the day. Good luck everybody (and Happy Holidays!)


P.S. I’m shooting the Eagles/Cowboys game in Dallas on Sunday — I’ll share some of those shots next week.

I’ve got a busy week coming up, and I hope at some point along the way you’re a part of it. :-) [Photo above by Bede McCarthy].

Tomorrow I’m speaking on a panel with a very interesting topic: on the future of photography

Canon has invited me to speak in their booth theater on one of my favorite topics: Sports Photography, and it’s open to anyone at the Expo, so come on by — I’m on at 2:30 pm (I’d love to get to meet you in person, so if you come by, make sure you come up and say “hi”). Here’s the schedule for all the instructors and Canon Explorers of Light teaching in Canon’s theater:

Note: On Friday, Peter Read Miller is speaking at 1:00 pm. I’ll be out-of-town on Friday but that’s one I wouldn’t have missed. Also if I were there that day, I’d be sure not to miss Greg Heisler — he is really amazing (and a terrific speaker).

On Friday I fly down to Washington DC for my “Shoot Like a Pro” Tour there at the Washington DC Convention Center. Over 600 photographers are spending the day with me on Friday, why not come along? Here’s the link to grab your seat and we’ll see you on Friday.

On Saturday I’m back at Photo Plus Expo for my Canon booth presentation at 11:00 am, and then I’m headed back home to take a quick breather (Whew!) before I head to Boston for my Shoot Like a Pro tour there on Tuesday (here’s the link if you want to come and join me).

It’s a busy week, but I’m really looking forward to it, and for the chance to meet you in person, so I hope if you see me anywhere this week (NYC or DC), you’ll stop me and say “hi.” See you somewhere soon! :-)

I’m coming to:

  • San Antonio on Friday, August 16th
  • Indianapolis on  Wednesday, August 21st
  • San Jose on Tuesday, August 27th
  • Colorado Springs on July 29th
It’s my first time teaching in three of these four cities — (I’ve only taught in Indy). Can’t wait! :-)

Here’s the link to reserve your seat ($99 for the full day of training. $79 if you’re a NAPP member).