So last week Joe McNally was down here at the Kelby Training Studios recording a new online class, and between tapings I asked Joe if he would mind sitting down with me for a few minutes to give me a portfolio review (gulp!).

This wasn’t my first portfolio review with Joe; he had given me one about two years ago, and it was a real turning point for me, and I wanted to have him take a look at some of my more recent work. I told Joe not to sugarcoat it or go easy on me because we’re friends, and he assured me he would give it to me straight.

He spent about 25 minutes with me, and I have to tell you; it was incredibly helpful, and I learned things I couldn’t have learned any other way. He absolutely gives you the straight scoop; the good and the bad, but that’s exactly what I needed, and I honestly believe what I learned in that 25 minutes will change how I approach my photography from now on. I was really frustrated with an area of my photography, and Joe helped me see things in a different way, and mentally break through that barrier.

Now, the reason I’m telling you this is this; you might be thinking to yourself, “Oh yeah, sure, it must be nice to be able to have someone like Joe McNally sit down and give you a one-on-one review,” and honestly it is. But the thing is; you can have Joe review your portfolio, too. Believe it or not, Joe does one-on-one portfolio reviews, for free, at Photoshop World. Every Photoshop World, including the one coming up at the end of March.

It’s not just Joe, it’s people like Moose Peterson (shown above during a portfolio review), and Jim DiVitale, along with some of the top photographers in their fields, and while they give you the straight scoop on your work; they’re not there to tear you down, or make your feel bad—they’re doing this to help you become a better photographer, and if you’ve never had a portfolio review by a pro; I promise you, it is an amazing experience that (if you follow their sage advice), will make you a better photographer.

When I’ve done week-long workshops, I always include a one-on-one portfolio review for my students, and when I read the final evaluations at the end of the workshop, invariably the students note that having their portfolio reviewed was one of the most valuable parts of the workshop.

Anyway, if you’re going to Photoshop World, I just can’t encourage you enough to take advantage of this, and have your portfolio reviewed by one of these experts. These are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure you sign up in advance for these free, yet absolutely invaluable insights into your work. If you’re not going to Photoshop World, it’s not too late (here’s the link).


Happy Monday everybody!

  • Sunday Was Super!
    OK, so this first thing has nothing to do Photoshop, but I’ve got to share it; a good friend of mine hooked me, and my best buddy Dave Moser up with Super Bowl Tickets. Not just Super Bowl tickets; but Club Seats on the 45 yard line!!!! (Believe me; I know I’m an incredibly lucky guy).  It was an amazing night (with perfect weather for football—just beautiful!), and even though my team lost, it was still a blast!!! (Dave took the shot above with my iPhone). As much fun as the game was, what was really amazing to see was how they put that huge stage, video wall, massive audio system, and lighting together for that Springsteen halftime show. Incredible!!! It was a sea of people really hustling, and seeing the halftime show live is a whole different experience! OK, now for some real news.
  • New Dates for My Lightroom Live Tour
    I’m coming to Denver and Portland, Oregon with my Lightroom 2 Live Tour at the end of April. I still have to check on the exact dates, but I think Denver’s on the 29th, and Portland’s on May 1st, but I’m not 100% on the exact dates (I’m not sure they’ve posted them yet). Anyway, I’m also launching a new Photoshop Tour, which will kick off in Washington, DC, in May (more details to come about that, too). Either way, we’ll post all the dates for our upcoming Kelby Training Live events later this week, so keep an eye out (here’s the link for now).
  • How to Clean Your Camera’s Sensor
    Moose Peterson has done a really great two-part video series on how to clean your camera’s sensor, and it is just fantastic. He really did a kick-butt job with this, so make sure you check it out over at Moose’s News Blog (here’s that link).
  • Only 18 More Days to Save $100

    There are just a couple of weeks or so left to take advantage of the $100 off Early sign-up registration for Photoshop World (Hey, a hundred bucks means more than ever now, eh?). Here’s where to sign up now.

  • Learning CS4’s Camera Raw
    Just a quick update: I finished up my CS4 Camera Raw online course this weekend, and although it’s 3 hours and 15 minutes long, I honestly think it’s one of the best online classes or DVDs I’ve ever done. I tried something new in how I’m teaching it, and it turned out even better than I had hoped. I’m taping a video clip about it this week, so when it’s done I’ll run it here on the blog, but I just wanted to give you a “heads up” that will have it up live at Kelby Training Online very soon. Thanks to everyone who suggested the idea for this course. I’m psyched!

That’s it for today, folks. I hope you have a really great Monday!


I just learned this week that our friend, photographer, artist, Adobe evangelist, and Photoshop Hall of Famer Julieanne Kost is featured in an exhibition of her work (made famous in her highly acclaimed book, “Window Seat“) at the Modernbook Gallery in Palo Alto, California.

Her exhibition called “In Flight” is featured along with the exhibition “Urban Constructs” by Richard Stultz, and both run through March 1, 2009 at the gallery. Here’s a link to see some of Julieanne’s work (taken from the window seat of commercial airliners) which are featured in the gallery, and here’s the link to the gallery for more info, times and directions. I am so tickled to see Julieanne’s amazing work getting the recognition it so richly deserves with a gallery exhibition like this. Way to go! :)

If you’ve got a minute and 40 seconds, check out this clip (below) that our video team put together to give you a glimpse of what it’s like in a class session at Photoshop World. There are a couple of funny moments, including one with Joe McNally (what an engaging teacher!), and there’s a very cute Photoshop tip from Dave Cross that totally cracked me up when I heard it, but at the same time—-I’ll never forget that keyboard shortcut! Definitely worth checking out.


First, how ’bout that post yesterday from Dustin Snipes! I love it when a photographer shares the entire process, without leaving any steps out, and that’s exactly what Dustin did, and I know he gained a lot of new fans yesterday. Way to go Dustin (and on behalf of my readers—thanks!). Now, on to the news:

  • Remember last week when I featured a four-part series on what’s new in Photoshop CS4? Well the Turning Points blog did a nice follow-up post listing all the features Matt, Dave and I covered in the four videos, so if you didn’t get a chance to watch the videos to see what all is new, check out their complete listing by clicking here.
  • By now you might have heard that Adobe has posted a downloadable beta release of a bug-fix for Lightroom on Adobe Labs (so, it’s the beta for Lightroom 2.3). Before you download it, I want to give you a heads-up; this is NOT the final update (which is why it’s not available automatically through the “Check for Updates” menu command under Lightroom’s Window menu). If you download this update from this link, it won’t update your current version; it will download a separate version of Lightroom (version 2.3 beta), leaving your original untouched. This isn’t a bad thing (especially with a beta, right?), but I just wanted you to know that you’ll now have two Lightroom’s on your computer. Personally I’m waiting for the final update to be released.
  • This week has been an incredibly busy week over at the Kelby Training Online Studios. Adobe’s own Julieanne Kost has been here recording some special online classes, and Joe McNally has been here this week; in the studio and on location doing a new class. Photoshop World instructor Taz Tally is in Studio 2 this week working on some new classes, and on Monday we’ve got Jack Reznicki and attorney Ed Greenberg here doing two special online classes on copyright and how to protect your images; one class for photographers and one class for graphic designers. Right on their heels is Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon doing special online classes on how to use your Canon DSLRs, and we’ve got another incredible retouching class from David Cuerdon coming right behind that. Lastly, I’m finishing up a new online class on Photoshop CS4’s Camera Raw. Just wanted to keep you all in the loop on all the cool stuff coming your way!

That’s it for today folks. See ya back here tomorrow for our Friday wrap-up. Have a great Thursday!