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Before we get onto the news, I just have to thank Vincent Versace for yesterday's amazing Guest post. He was able to move us with words in the same way he does with his images, and it was truly an honor to have him kick off Guest Blog Wednesday in such a classy, thought-provoking, and inspirational way. Thank you, my friend. Now, onto the news: I heard today from NAPP's Executive Director Larry Becker that we now have a special 20% off NAPP member discount in place for the very popular "Photomatix" HDR software that everyone's raving about. So, if you're a NAPP member, head to the member's site for details and your discount code. If you're not a member, and you just want to check out Photomatix, here's the link to their site. Thanks to John Paul Caponigro, who brought the two "Ophan…

That's right, starting tomorrow I'm replacing "No-Blog" Wednesday with (wait for it, wait for it...) "Special Guest Blogger" Wednesday! Each Wednesday I'll be featuring a special guest blogger and I'm honored to announce that we're kicking things off tomorrow with the man who convinced me to to start "Special Guest Blogger Wednesday;" celebrated photographer and Photoshop instructor Vincent Versace (author of the award-winning book, Welcome to Oz: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop). So, don't forget to drop in tomorrow and catch Mr. Versace's post (his topic will definitely capture your attention), and then stop by each Wednesday. I've already got some big names lined up for you as guests, and they're dying to share their latest techniques, news, opinions, and insights. I'm really excited about giving this new idea a try, and I can't wait to see what my guests…

It's time for a fresh bowl of crunchy news nuggets (now with more lightly sweetened multi-grain oat clusters, and added Beta-carotene): Now, I haven't had a chance to research this one myself, but one of my readers posted a comment about a "Photographer's Rights Protest" (scheduled to take place on June 1st, in LA). Here's what he wrote: "Photographers throughout Los Angeles, with cameras in hand, will gather at Hollywood and Highland and Union Station to peacefully rally against the unnecessary treatment they have received from security guards, LAPD, and LASD while photographing in public places, and on the Metro." They've set up a flickr group with more info, and you can find it by clicking here. Another one of my readers, and frequent posters, Paulo is hosting a "Photo Walk" in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida next month, and everyone's invited. Here's the link to…




When I was up in New York a couple of weekends ago to take that workshop from Lou Manna, I got the incredible opportunity to spend the day before shooting the streets of New York with a true living legend; Jay Maisel.

I’ll describe it to you the same way I described it to my wife; I told her ⦔it was like spending the day in a documentary.” Each corner we turned, he had another fascinating story. Each street we walked, there was another photography lesson, or just a lesson about life. He shared stories of old New York, people he knew, people he shot, advice he had been given, jobs he’d taken, and I did my best to pick up on every little nugget he threw out.

We were barely out of his building when he pointed out my first mistake. We were going out to shoot the people of New York, and Jay had this very small, inconspicuous lens. I, on the otherhand, had a large fast lens with an even larger lens hood. Jay asked me, “Which is going to be more intimidating to people on the street? Your camera or mine?”

He then added a colorful analogy that clearly explained the correlation between the time it takes a New Yorker to grab your camera and (ahem) shove it in an area where things were designed to exit, and the size of the lens you’re pointing at them. I immediately got the point, but all I could do was take off the lens hood and turn it around, so it didn’t extend nearly as far. We hadn’t even left the building, and I already knew I wouldn’t make that mistake again.

I've been getting so many questions, and requests for more information on the Westcott Spiderlite TD5 lighting Kit that I used on my Lightroom Live! Tour, that we put together a short demo video (below) to show them in action, and tell you the story of how I wound up using the TD5's, and how my "Scott Kelby Studio Kit" works during a live portrait shoot. [kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Here's a couple of quickies to wrap up the week: First, thanks to my blog reader Bill Dragga, who sent me the hilarious movie poster spoof you see above (and was kind enough to allow me to post it here), based on Matt, RC, and my experience at the tripod-weary Marriott Marquis in Times Square. I love it! (The poster; not the Marriott). My hats off to the Weekly Photo Tips blog; This upcoming Memorial Day weekend their regular blog will be coming down to be replaced with a slideshow to honor American soldiers who have "gone on ahead." Make sure you visit there now (they're calling for readers to submit photos for the slideshow), and then make it a special point to return on Memorial Day to see their tribute. Saw a quick review of my Hartford, CT CS3 Power Tour seminar, complete…