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What an amazing time I had yesterday at my Boston Lightroom Seminar (photos by Terry White, the top one taken during the first live shoot that kicks off the day–scroll down ot the next post to see the shot I was taking).

The people of Boston were just absolutely great (what a fantastic crowd to present to), and I met so many wonderful photographers who are really excited about Lightroom. Even more so after Adobe Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty gave the sold-out crowd of nearly 500 the first public look at the cool new features included in the Lightroom version 1.1 upgrade (which is coming soon), which included improved sharpening and noise reduction as well as improved file mobility.

Also, Tom was gracious enough to field one-on-one questions all day long (as did Terry White from Adobe, who was there helping out as well), and it really made for just an amazing experience.

Thanks so much to Tom, Terry, and all the wonderful folks, and NAPP members, from the Boston area who came out to spend the day with me learning about the new digital photography workflow using Lightroom and Photoshop.

The next stop on the tour is Altanta on June 1st, and then New York City on June 7th. Click here for the class schedule or to reserve your seat. Hope to see you there!

P.S. Thanks to all my blog readers who came up to say “hi.” It was really a kick getting to meet you! :)


Here’s one of the shots taken during the live shoot shown in the previous post, of our model Debbie Stephenson (who is actually our Seminar Team Leader, so she works double-duty during the seminar). I lit it with just one light; a Westcott TD-5 SyderLite positioned in front and to my right.


If you’ve already signed up for the now sold-out Boston stop of my “Lightroom Live!” tour, (it’s this coming Monday at the Hynes Convention Center), I’ve got a special treat for you, as Adobe’s Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty will be there helping field questions, and he just might give attendees a sneak peek at…..well…I guess you’ll just have to be there. I’m really honored to have Tom at the event (and thankful to have his help, too!) ;-)

I’ll post some photos from the seminar on Monday, and give you the scoop on what Tom showed the crowd. Also, if you read this blog, make sure you come up and say “hi” when you’re at the seminar. See you there!

P.S. The next stop on my tour is Atlanta on June 1st. For more info (or to sign up), click right here.


Matt Kloskowski has released a totally kick-butt book on photo retouching and photo restoration for Photoshop Elements users (it’s called, surprisingly enough; “The Photoshop Elements 5 Restoration and Retouching Book,” but even if you’re using the full blown “mac daddy” version of Photoshop (CS2 or CS3), this book is still invaluable as his retouching and restoration techniques work in Photoshop CS2 or CS3 as well. The whole book is step-by-step, and he shows the entire process from beginning to end. You can check it out right here. Kudos to Matt on this landmark book for Elements (and Photoshop) users.

Happy Wednesday everybody. Here’s the latest:

  • The latest installment of photographer/author Derrick Story’s “Digital Photography Podcast” features his look at the new features for digital photographers in Photoshop CS3. Check it out right here.
  • Not sure if you noticed, but in Photoshop CS3 Adobe has officially changed the name of “Palettes” to “Panels.” So now, it’s the Layers panel, and the Brushes panel, the Action panel, etc. Now, it will probably take me about 11 months to actually stop calling them palettes in my live sessions and video training, but at least you know; I’m working on it. :)
  • Do digital cameras make better photographers? It’s an interesting article posted over at the Photographer’s Journey Blog, and the discussion was sparked by a new print ad from Nikon. Definitely worth a read.
  • Our main man Matt Kloskowski has posted a great episode of his weekly Lightroom Killer Tips Podcast, on his “10 Favorite Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts.” If you’re into Lightroom, this is a must-see episode.
  • Also don’t miss our buddy Bert Monroy’s very cool video Podcast this week on advanced shadow techniques in Photoshop. Bert is just amazing! Click here to go there.
  • Randy Hufford (Photoshop World Instructor, and head of the “Institute of Visual Arts” in Maui, Hawaii), is doing a five-day Digital Printing Workshop Featuring "Fine Art Reproduction from Capture to Finishing"
    on July 30 thru August 3, at the prestigious Lepp Institute in Los Osos, California. Click here for more info.

That’s what’s up for now. Have a great day!

Here’s a couple of quickies:

  • If you want to learn more about Photoshop CS3, straight from the horse’s mouth (so to speak), then check out this video interview (from the Scobleizer blog) with Photoshop product manager John Nack. Besides just seeing features, John shares some great insights, and it’s definitely worth seeing (it’s 53 minutes in length, but moves along very quickly). You’ll find it right here.
  • If you’re tired of trying to fix the white balance in your photos, check out Shutterbug’s in-depth review on the Expo Disc.
  • Just in case you didn’t see this yesterday; bought the leading Digital Photography reviews site: Kudos to site founder Phil Askey for all the work he’s done, and continues to do there.
  • Our buddy (and official Adobe Lightroom evangelist) George Jardine has posted Episode #31 of his excellent Lightroom Podcast. This episode is a mini tutorial on using the Develop module. If you’ve never caught George’s Podcast, and you’re into Lightroom, this is a must-watch series, so click this link and get on board.

That’s it for today. Have a great Tuesday my friends!