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If you get a chance to pick up the October issue of ShutterBug magazine, six pages in there’s a full page ad (shown above) featuring a headshot I took using Westcott’s Spiderlites (Actually, it was just one Spiderlite, which is an amazing daylight-balanced fluorescent continuous light with a softbox attachment) and a 30″ Westcott silver reflector which I used in an over/under “clamshell” lighting set-up).

I’ve become somewhat of a Spiderlite evangelist (OK, Spiderlite freak) since the first time I saw them used live at a Monte Zucker seminar last year. Then earlier this year I got a chance to use them myself during a two-day Lightroom hands-on workshop, and I was totally hooked.

When it came time to kick off my nationwide Lightroom Live tour, I called B&H Photo to order a set of Spiderlites for the tour, and I’ve been using them ever since. They’ve created quite a buzz on the tour, because once you see them used live, you’ve got to have ’em. In fact, they’re so popular with my Lightroom Tour students, that B&H Photo put together “The Scott Kelby Studio Kit,” which features the same exact set-up I use on the tour (2 TD-5 Spiderlites with softboxes, 2 Light stands, plus a Westcott Illuminator two-sided [black/white] collapsible background and pop-up stand. Here’s the link to the kit over at B&H.

[Note: I don’t get any royalty or fee if you buy the kit; B&H put the kit together as a courtesy to my students. As for the Westcott print campaign; I don’t get paid for that either; I don’t do paid endorsements, so if you see me supporting a product or service, not only do I use it myself, you must know I really, really like it a lot].


Scott Sherman of “The Digital Photography Show” (shown above with me during the lunch break at my DC Lightroom Tour on Monday—photo by the ubiquitous Dave Moser), did a segment on this week’s show on the tour itself, and he interviewed me for this episode (which is already online) where we talked about the tour, and I unveiled the concept behind my new upcoming Photoshop book, “Scott Kelby’s Seven-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3”, which is already in production, and will be in bookstores next month. You can listen to the show right there on their Website (here’s the link).

Thanks to Scott (and co-host Michael Stein), for having me on, and for creating such a cool (and fast growing) show, with such great, enthusiastic listeners.

NOTE: Scroll down to the next post for the latest Wednesday news. :)


Here’s what’s going on:

  • There’s a free online article called “30 Secret Photoshop Shortcuts” over at, and although there are dozens of sites that claim to have Photoshop “secret tips,” their tips actually are quite good, undocumented tips, very well-presented and definitely worth a look (you will pick up some useful shortcuts for sure). Here’s the link.
  • During the keynote at Photoshop World last week, Adobe introduced an official logo for Photoshop (kind of like a service mark that means “Photoshop),” along with the official tag line; “Photoshop: See What’s Possible.” (both are shown above).I liked the tag-line the very first time I heard it (I really think it fits), but at first I really didn’t like the “logo” at all (thinking it looked like a cartoon “talk bubble” at first glance), but after a short time, it does start to grow on you, and now I’m becoming fairly comfortable with it (I didn’t say I really like it now. I said “I’m “becoming fairly comfortable with it”). Here a link to a series of video clips on Adobe’s site which introduce the entire Adobe Photoshop family of products, and you can see the new logo in use on that page.
  • There’s a nice step-by-step video tutorial on Photoshop’s Lighting Effects filter and how to use it as a portrait lighting effect. The tutorial, called “Lighting in CS3” is over at (the how-to magazine for everything Adobe), and it’s from photographer Chris Alvanas. Worth checking out (click here to watch it online).
  • The “Your Mac Life” radio show has posted a load of cool photos from last week’s Photoshop World Conference & Expo out in Vegas. If you’ve got a sec, click here to see what you missed. Also, we’ve uploaded even more shots from the event at the Photoshop World site (here’s the link to those).
  • Yesterday I talked about the “National Coalition Against Sharp Photos” (NCASP) and how I was stopped on more than one occasion for using a tripod (in both DC and out in Nevada). This led me to a very cool blog called “” from attorney Carolyn E. Wright, who commented on my “no tripods here” experience on her blog. I wish I had found her very helpful blog earlier (at least before the Police had stopped me), but beyond her comment on my situation, her blog is really excellent, and if you’re at all concerned about copyright and legal issues, this is a site that should be on your radar big time. Here’s the link.

That’s it for this Wednesday. Hope you have a kick-butt day, and keep showing those pixels who’s boss! :)



First, a big thanks to everybody who came out to my Lightroom Live Tour yesterday in DC (photos above by Dave Moser). I met some really great people (including a lot of people who read the blog who came up to say hi), and I picked up some new Lightroom techniques which grew out of figuring out some questions from attendees. All in all, it was a really great/fun/exciting day and again, my personal thanks to everybody who came out; and thanks to my official tour sponsors: Epson, Nikon, and Westcott, who help to make the tour possible. Now, onto the news:

  • We’ve posted a photo gallery from Photoshop World, so click here to get a behind the scene look at last week’s record-breaking event. Also, Shawn King, over at Your Mac Life, posted some of his shots from Photoshop World in an online gallery. You can check them out right here.
  • I ran across an interesting article from the “Seeds of Thought” blog, written by two photographers who attended my Chicago Lightroom Tour, who run Bella Photography. Although they talk briefly about the tour, it was the crowd on hand that got them thinking. Here’s an excerpt from their blog:”The class was attended by just over 500 photographers, graphic artists, and others in the image making business. As I looked around the huge room, I thought to myself; “Okay, these folks are the movers and shakers in the industry”, the ones who really get it and are here to learn new techniques in how to present better work for their clients. What came to mind were “differences”, differences between one photographer and other. What makes one better? Why do some always book many jobs in advance while others wait and struggle to get work?”Then they went on to come up with a series of questions called “What to ask when selecting a photographer” and while it’s very well written, it also makes you stop and think about the industry, how competitive its become, and why we need to stay on the cutting edge. Check out the article right here.
  • I ran into the “National Coalition Against Sharp Photos” twice this week; once out in Nevada’s Valley of Fire, and more than once in Washington DC, when I tried to use a tripod while shooting.I totally understand limiting the use of tripods in crowded places because you don’t want a passerby to trip over a tripod leg and take a bad fall, but where I was shooting in DC, I was completely isolated. I had set up and taken about two shots before the Police arrived on scene to make me tear down my tripod. I could stand in the same spot and handhold my camera, but apparently if I want to shoot a really sharp image (by using a tripod), then I’m breaking the law.I gotta tell you–I just don’t get it. One DC police officer told me that if I see any “Granite” (meaning it’s a nice public monument that you might actually like to shoot), I couldn’t use my tripod. However, I could (get this), shoot from the sidewalk with a tripod. That’s what gets me–if I’m shooting on the sidewalk; somebody could more easily trip. I have just one thing to say: Grrrrrrrr!
  • We’ll be posting the “Live at Photoshop World” episode of Photoshop User TV tomorrow, and on the show I did a brief demo of the Really Right Stuff flash bracket for wedding photographers that I talked about last week here on the blog. I had a number of emails from readers asking for photos of the bracket in use, but the video shows it even better, so make sure you check out tomorrow’s show (you can watch it right there on the Web site—here’s the link–just remember; it doesn’t go live until sometime tomorrow).
  • I just have to share this; at the closing ceremony for Photoshop World, we did a look back at some of the highlights from the week, and so I asked Moose Peterson to share his presentation from our after hours special session called, “The Art of Digital Photography.” His part was a five-minute slide presentation of his recent landscape work, and it was so incredibly beautiful, and emotionally moving, that it brought the crowd of over 3,400 to their feet for a spontaneous, rousing standing ovation. It was truly a magical moment, and I was thrilled to have been there to see it. It once again demonstrated the power of images to move people in a way that few things in life can. Just amazing. Way to go, Moose!
  • I got my hands on the just-announced Nikon gear at Photoshop World last week, so scroll down to the next post for more details.

That’s it for today. I’ve got lots more to share this week, so I hope I’ll see you back here tomorrow. Have a really great Tuesday!!! :-)


Nikon gave their first public showing of their newly announced D300 and D3 DSLRs at Photoshop World last week, and I got to spend some time with the both, and I was just blown away. They have really taken things to a whole new level, and it created a real buzz on the Photoshop World Expo floor.

Although I won’t get to really put the D3 [photo above courtesy of Nikon] through its paces until my workshop out in Montana next week, I did get to crank off a few shots on the show floor so I could try out some of the new features, and I was really tickled (OK, giddy is more like it). First, the larger screen on the back of the camera just rocks. It’s so crisp, clear, and incredibly bright (even on the well-lit expo floor, it was as bright as I ever seen a camera LCD). The real show-stopper though was the in-camera leveling screen (called the Visual Horizon Adjustment), which looks (and acts) just like horizon line gauge in commercial aircraft—it’s just brilliant (and really puts a smile on everyone’s face who sees it).

The much larger viewfinder rocks (it made a bigger difference than I initially thought it would), and the LiveView feature was cooler than I thought it would be, as well. The D3’s ability to write to two memory cards is very slick (you can shoot to one, and have it write an automatic backup of the same shots to the second card, or you can shoot Raw photos to one card; JPEGs to the other, or even have the second card kick in when your first card is full. This I love).

Although all the new bells and whistles get a lot of attention, everybody was talking about the low noise at higher ISOs, and I’ll have more first-hand experience with it soon, but for me, perhaps more than anything else, this is what is making me drool over the D3.

I did play around a bit with the D300 as well, (which made me realize I would soon be replacing my beloved D200), but I spent most of my time with the D3, which will inevitably replace my wonderful D2Xs.

Anyway, although I don’t have a full field report on them yet; I wanted to share my first impression on these amazing new cameras (way to go Nikon!), and I really look forward to getting them out in the field next week and really seeing what they can do. Can’t wait! :)





I caught the red-eye out from Vegas Photoshop World straight to DC for my Lightroom Live Tour today, where we have over 700 photographers signed up for the full-day workshop. I’m totally psyched! :-)

I got to do a little shooting last night with my buddy Dave Moser who flew with me to DC (seen above to my immediate right), where we met up with Jeff Revell (far right) and Mike Myer (far left) for some shooting around “The Mall.” (I know, it’s very touristy, but I’m a sucker for that stuff up here). The shots (click for larger versions) were taken with a Nikon D-200 (which I’m shooting tomorrow at the seminar), using a 17mm-55mm f/2.8 lens for the wide shots, and a 70-200mm f/2.8 for the long shots, on a Gitzo Mountaineer Tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ballhead.

I’ll have updates from Photoshop World starting tomorrow. I did get a chance to play with the new Nikon Gear a little (it was WAY cool), and I’ve got lots of news to share on lots of cool things, too, so stay tuned.

Have a great day everybody. Looking forward to seeing some of you in DC today. Have a great Monday! :)