For the past few Photoshop World's, we've been doing a live blog from the event, but this year we thought we'd get the coverage started earlier, and it's already up and running. The blog is from our own in-house social media ninja Nancy Masse, and she's got everything from interviews with Photoshop World instructors to tips on getting the most from Photoshop World, and all sorts of cool conference-related stuff. You can check out Nancy's new Photoshop World blog right here.


Dustin Snipes is a full time staff sports photographer and part-time Red Bull drinker in Los Angeles, Calif. When he is not taking photos (or drinking Red Bull) he spends his time watching reruns of “How I Met Your Mother.”

For the last few months, people have been asking me about the post-production involved in the photos on my blog post “70 basketball portraits I did in two days.” I always planned on sharing it with everyone but just haven’t had time to put anything together until now. Recently, I was asked to do a guest post for Scott’s blog and thought, “What better way to share this Photoshop tip with everyone than on Mr. Photoshop himself’s blog, Scott Kelby?” I was pretty giddy, to say the least.

It’s actually a pretty simple process that has a few steps to get this “look” (and it’s not LucisArts or HDR :) ).

Here goes:

There is one thing you must promise me–and yourself–before reading this post. Repeat (or read) after me:

“I, (state your name, or clever web user ID) will not overuse this technique on EVERY photo I take. I will only use it in moderation.”

At Christmas I got a very cool new electric guitar from my wife (that's not the accessory, by the way), and she wanted to make sure I got a guitar I really liked, so I went to the local music store to find one I liked, but while there, I walked by the drum department and that's when I saw a small, specially designed fan for drummers that mounts right on a cymbal stand. Well, I took a look at how it was mounted and realized that it would fit perfectly on a lightstand, which would make it an ideal fan for people shooting fashion, because you can easily control the height and angle of the wind (rather than having it sitting on the floor, where it's harder to access and aim). Anyway, the fan is called the "BLOWiT Personal Cooling System" (OK, the…

.....sports portrait photographer, blogger, and post processing shark; Dustin Snipes. My assistant Brad Moore had turned me on to Dustin's very cool work about a month or so ago, and he's also got a great blog (here's the link) where he gives some background into his shoot (including production shots). He's got a very cool post-processing effect for his images, and he's planning a post-processing technique for his guest blog post tomorrow, so I'm pretty psyched to see it (though he's not just a post-processing guy----his lighting and composition is spot on). So, make sure you check back to catch his Special Guest post.

I don't normally do book reviews, because I don't think it's right for me, a Photoshop and photography book author, to publicly criticize another author's Photoshop or photography instruction book. It just ain't right. Luckily, with this book I don't have to (which is why I'm making an exception and doing a book review). I just got a copy of "Footprint Travel Photography" by Steve Davey (published by FootPrintBooks), and I have to tell you, I'm very impressed. Here are seven things I love about this book: The author is a great travel photographer, and this book is loaded with this beautiful images. It's got a nice, clean layout that makes you want to read the book It's broken down into short, digestible one, two, and four page sections on a particular topic or idea. The author writes in a very conversational style, and…

One of the highlights of my trip to San Francisco was getting to see the Hearst Gallery's retrospective on one of the most brilliant digital artists of our time, our good friend (and Photoshop Hall of Famer) Bert Monroy. What an amazing exhibition (and beautifully presented by the gallery---kudos to them for an outstanding job). The gallery was closed that day, but Bert arranged for us to have a private tour with him, and it was just amazing. I've seen Bert's amazing photo-realistic work many times over the years, but seeing it at that scale really revealed the incredible detail that he puts into his work. The shots below give you just a glimpse at the retrospective, and besides his work (all output on the latest Epson printers---including an entire section of the exhibit printed on large canvas), they had a number of important…