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Hi folks. How ’bout a big round of applause for Andrew Kornylak for his excellent Guest Blog post yesterday! Besides his very cool adventure photography, I loved what he did with this videos, and I know it got a lot of people thinking about ways to extend what they’re already doing, and that’s one of the things I love best about Guest Blog Wednesday; it gets us thinking and seeing things in a new way. Thanks Andrew for an inspiring and informative post! Now, onto the news:

  • One from The Outer Banks
    The image above is another one from my trip to DLWS Workshop in North Carolina’s Outer Banks and this one is from Tuesday morning’s dawn shoot at the commercial pier (click on it for a larger view). These rusty abandoned old boats made some really great subjects for the class to shoot, and although the sun went in and out of the clouds, I did manage to get this image I kinda like. Thanks again to Moose & Co. for letting me be a part of their creative world for a couple of days. I totally had a blast!
  • Off to DC!
    Today I’m on my way up to Washington, DC for tomorrow’s Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks special effects workshop and I am so excited!!!! Corey Barker, who worked with me to help develop the tour, is coming up with me for the kick-off of the tour (He’s teaching the day himself in Richmond at the end of the month), and I’m hooking up with some buddies for dinner, so it’s going to be a great trip all the way around! If you’re going to be at the DC Seminar (like Stacie), make sure you stop me and say “hi.” It’s always a lot of fun for me to meet people who follow this blog.
  • Making Poster Layouts (like the one you see above)
    I had a number of questions from readers, and even from other students at the DLWS workshop who read this blog about how I made the poster border I put around the image shown above, and those shown on Tuesday. It’s easier than it looks, because all you’re really doing is adding some Canvas side to the left and right; a little more to the top, a bunch at the bottom, and then adding some text. Here’s how it’s done:

canvas1STEP ONE: Go under the Image menu and choose Canvas Size. Turn on the Relative checkbox, then enter 3 inches in the Width field and click OK (this adds 1-1/2″ of white space on either side of your image).

canvas2STEP TWO: Go to the Canvas Size dialog again. In the Anchor Grid, the darkened square represents your images, so click on the bottom center square, so your white space is added above your image. Then enter 4 inches in the Height field, and click OK.

canvas3STEP THREE: Go to the Canvas Size dialog one last time. Now you’re going to add 8 inches of white space below your image (the bottom needs to have more white space to accomodate your text), so click the top center square in the Anchor, then enter 8 inches in the Height field, then click OK to add 8″ of white space below your image.


STEP FOUR: Now add your text, centered horizontally below your image. I used the font Trajan Pro (which comes with Photoshop CS3 and higher), and increase the Tracking Amount (the space between the letters) to 120, as shown in Photoshop’s Character panel above.

OK, that’s all there is to it.

  • Join me in Denver or Portland For A Lightroom Lovefest!
    We’re just a few weeks away from my first time ever bringing my Lightroom 2 Tour to Denver, Colorado and Portland, Oregon, and I hope you’re coming out to join me (hundreds of photographers are already signed up in both cities, so don’t wait until the last minute; we have less room than we do in DC). The Denver seminar is on Wednesday, May 20th, and Portland is on Friday May 22nd (hey, that leaves me a day to go shooting with Laurie Excell, who’s based in Portland, on Thursday. Whoo Hoo!!). Anyway, you’re invited to come join me at either workshop, and I hope you’ll be there, because Lightroom (where I now do 80% of my work) will change the way you work and manage your images forever! Here’s the link.

That’s all for today, folks. Hope I’ll be seeing you in DC tomorrow—we’re going have one heck of a great time!


I’m sitting at my desk one day—the phone rings, and I hear, “Hey, ya Mook; it’s McNally.” He told me he called to tell me that he was putting together a special week-long small-flash lighting workshop in the amazingly beautiful, lush, tropical island of St. Lucia down in the Caribbean, from July 5-12th.

He told me that it would be limited to just a hand-full of students, and each day we’d all be shooting on location, including hands-on shoots on the beach, in the jungle; we’d be shooting all around the tiny island, and lighting everything from mountain bike racers to professional models, and that he was going to just immerse the class in how to absolutely nail location lighting with small flash.

He said he’d cover his techniques for mixing flash with available light, how to incorporate reflectors and diffusers, how to work with remote flashes, using color and gels, and basically he was going to share his whole bag of tricks on how to get pro results from small flash for your location portraits (which is the subject of his #1 bestselling book, ‘The Hot Shoe Diaries”).


He went on and on about how unbelievable the island was (he said it was a true paradise) and how incredible the resort was (he had been there many times before), and how gracious the owners of the hotel were, what an amazing location this was for a workshop, and the whole time I was thinking, “This sounds amazing; I’ve gottta sign up for this workshop!” and then Joe says, “…and I want you to come down and teach a class one-day on how to finish your images in Photoshop.” I said, “Are you serious?” He was. He had me at “Hey, ya Mook!” I still haven’t picked my jaw up off the floor. Long story short; I’m so there!!!!

Anyway, now that I’m the official guest instructor, I’m inviting you to be one of those 12 students that will spend a week in paradise learning from the master of small flash. On the last day some Photoshop Mook will show up and share some of his favorite Photoshop techniques for correcting, retouching, and finishing the breathtaking images you will have taken during that week with Joe. I should have lots of shots to work on, because I’ll be sneaking into some of Joe’s classes and shooting right alongside you. I just can’t wait!!!!


I asked Joe to tell me, in his own words, what the experience that week will be like. Here’s what Joe said:

“I have been blessed to have a bit of a second home in the Caribbean for 15 years–Anse Chastenet. I have always found a welcome there, and every time I have been there, I have found new inspiration about what to point a camera at. To be a better photog, stand in front of more interesting stuff. And in St. Lucia everything is interesting. The people, the setting, the light. We will work and shoot a lot for the week, and also mix in some hammock time and more than a few drinks with umbrellas in them.”

The lush tropical Anse Chastanet Resort he mentioned is our home for this workshop (you can see some of the views in shots above, taken by McNally himself—Here’s the link with workshop and hotel details), and if you scroll down that page a bit, you’ll find the info on Joe’s “Hot Shoe” workshop in paradise, which kicks off the evening of July 5th with a meet and greet. It’s going to be the learning experience of a lifetime for just 12 lucky photographers, and I hope I’ll get to shake your hand, and go shooting with you down in St. Lucia in July.

NOTE: Joe wrote about the whole thing on his blog; here’s the link to read about the resort, the island, how he wound up down there—the whole nine yards. A great read!


On June 24-28, thirty photographers will join me, along with landscape photography legend Bill Fortney, and fine art photographer Joanne Wells, for a photography and digital imaging workshop in the beautiful surroundings of Savannah, Georgia that will change how you shoot and process your images forever. You’re invited to be one of those thirty photographers.

This workshop, produced by the wonderful folks over at the “Great American Photography Workshops,” will combine on-location shoots each day, with classroom time focused on one topic; how to create stunning landscape images.

We start each day with a dawn photo shoot at some of the most beautiful shooting locales in the entire South. Then, after we break for a yummy breakfast, we’re in the classroom where you’ll learn about digital photography, about processing your images in Photoshop, and about how to combine the two to create really captivating images.

After lunch, we’re back in the classroom for more learning, and then as the beautiful light descends upon Savannah, we’re back on location shooting landscapes. After our shoot, we break for dinner to unwind and talk about the day’s experiences.

Now, I have to tell you, this will be the third landscape workshop I’ve done with Bill Fortney, and Bill really knows how to make these workshops an awful lot of fun. You’ll learn a bunch, you’ll laugh a bunch, and you’ll come away with some images that not only will wind up in your portfolio, you’ll definitely be framing and hanging some of these on the wall.

Because of my schedule, this is the only landscape workshop I’ll be teaching this year, and as someone that reads my blog, I hope you’ll be able to come to spend these five-days with me, Bill, and Joanne shooting, laughing and learning in the beautiful scenery of Savannah.

It’s $795 for the workshop, and obviously, space is very limited (both of our previous workshops were sold out well in advance), so if you want to go, here’s a link to more details and where to register. I really hope I’ll see you there, because this is a workshop you’ll never forget!


I know I kind of mentioned this in passing a few weeks back, but last week we officially announced the launch of my brand new Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Tour, which is kicking off in Washington, DC on Friday, May 8th at the Washington Convention Center.

If you’re thinking of coming, I would definitely sign up now, because since we announced it last Thursday, this has been the fastest filling seminar in our 16-year history, and I want you to come spend the day with me (especially if you’re a reader of this blog).

This tour is all about Photoshop special effects, and creating the same looks you see in magazines, on TV, in Hollywood and on the Web, so I’m not going to be doing the standard stuff (like teaching color correction, or sharpening, or Camera Raw); instead this totally a day of eye-popping, jaw-dropping, way cool special effects—the kind of stuff that clients just love and I hope you’ll join me for this very special live seminar in DC. It’s $99 for the full day event (only $79 if you’re a NAPP member).  Here’s the link with all the details. Hope I see you there!


I mentioned last week about sitting in on one of RC Concepcion’s sessions at Photoshop World in Boston, and how incredibly impressed I was with his content and delivery (believe me, I knew he was good—that’s why we hired him in the first place, but he’s really taken it up a notch).

Anyway, he’s got some really cool things coming up, and I wanted to share them here, so you can get a chance to learn from him in a live class setting.

You Can Do It, Too!
Moose Peterson and RC have been teaching an intimate workshop called “You Can Do It, Too!” Here’s how they describe it: “We take pictures, we talk about the business of photography revolving around the editorial marketplace (where it all begins) and how to exploit the web in your business plan.” It’s been a huge hit, selling out in advance (it’s limited to just six people), and their next one is coming up April 16-19, 2009 at Mammoth Lakes, CA.  There’s a great quote from one of the past participants that’s well worth reading (here’s the link).

The Voices That Matter Web DesignConference
RC has become the “go-to guy” for anything to do with Web design, especially for photographers, and he’s going to be one of the instructors at the upcoming Voices That Matter Web Design Conference in San Francisco, CA on April 27-30th, where he’s teaching a pre-conference workshop, along with regular conference sessions on everything from Flash to Photoshop, Dreamweaver to video on the Web. Here’s where you can learn more.

New Online Web Design Classes
RC just wrapped up four new courses for Kelby Training Online, including his upcoming “Dreamweaver CS4 Basics” online class, along with ”Building a Website in Photoshop CS4 and Dreamweaver CS4” as well as a “Lightroom 2 & Dreamweaver CS4 Portfolio design class,” and a “Flash CS4 Basics” online class on Kelby Training. Here’s the link for more details.

All RC all the Time!
You can also catch RC each week on Layers TV, and he writes the daily blog over at, which pretty much ensures that he never sleeps (well, that and that the fact that he’s got a six month old baby girl—–just as adorable as she can be!).

Anyway, I’m really tickled to see so many cool things coming RC’s way, and if you get a chance to see him live—jump on it. He’s a really gifted, engaging, funny, and passionate presenter who really knows his stuff, and knows how to make it stick. Way to go RC!!! :)

We’ve been getting a lot of frantic calls and emails about our Photoshop for Photographers seminar next week in Houston with Ben Willmore, because a few days ago it sold out.

The good news is; we were able to expand the ballroom in the Convention Center to accomodate more people (so everyone on the cancellation waiting list will be now able to attend), and if you weren’t already signed up—now you can (although there are already less than 40 seats left, so if you’re thinking of going—-I’d sign up now. Here’s the link.