...my good friend and the guy who inspired my whole "World Wide Photo Walk" project, Jeff Revell of PhotoWalkPro.com You've heard me talk about Jeff here on the blog numerous times (he came along on my trip to Dubai, and then I tagged along on his trip to Arizona last year, and we've been shooting and hanging out for years now). He's a terrific photographer, a great teacher, and I think with the World Wide photo walk announced this week, it's a perfect opportunity to have him as my Special Guest Blogger. Check in tomorrow to see what Jeff has in store for us. :)


OK, now that Lightroom 2, the real final version is now shipping, I can really take a look at how the new version stacks up against my dream “wish list” of features from a blog post I did well before the public beta was released.

Did I get everything on my wish list? No, but of course, I never expected to (that’s why it’s called a “wish list” rather than “a list of demands”). ;-)

Now, I was pretty psyched to see a lot of the things on my list did make it into the final shipping version, and of course I was disappointed at the ones I thought for sure would be there but didn’t make the cut.

So, here I’m going to look at what’s hot about about the new Lightroom 2 (and there’s plenty of stuff to be excited about), and what’s not (You knew there was going to be a “what’s not,” right?) Here we go:

On the heels of Adobe's release of the shipping version of Lightroom 2, we here at NAPP (the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals) have launched an all new Lighroom 2 Learning Center, with all new videos hosted by me (Scott Kelby) and Lightroom Killer Tips producer Matt Kloskowski. Matt and I do an overview of what's new in Lightroom 2, and we also have created separate video segments for each of the major new features (and a special feature on little improvements and cool little tweaks). Plus, we did a special bonus video there for people who still say "Isn't Lighroom just a replacement for the Bridge?" or "I already have the Bridge and Camera Raw, why do I need Lightroom?" You can check out our all new learning center right here!

News doesn't get much bigger than this; today Adobe announced that they are now shipping the final version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 (Whoo Hooo!). :-) You can read the official press release from Adobe right here. Check out Adobe's Lightroom 2 home page at Adobe.com Congratulations to the Lightroom Team at Adobe for delivering such a kick butt product!!!! I'm psyched!

Well, it is as long as you live in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, or another major U.S. city, as we ramp up for my totally new "Lightroom 2 Live Tour" full-day workshop. We'll be releasing the exact dates and cities soon, but just wanted to let you know now, that we'll be "taking the show on the road" again this year, because we are so excited about all you can do now in Lightroom 2. (I've got to admit; with the new features just introduced, this tour sure will be a lot easier on me, and everyone that attends, too!). Keep an eye here on the blog for a list of cities and dates. The Lightroom 2 Live Tour is sponsored by: Adobe Systems, CDW, Westcott, OnOne Software, MPIX, Peachpit Press, Layers Magazine, Wacom, NAPP, Canon, iStockPhoto.com, Dell, Corel GraphicAuthority.com, and B&H Photo.

Adobe announced that Lightroom 2 is shipping today, and today KelbyTraining.com releases two major Lightroom 2 online training sessions; (1) Lightroom in-depth; a comprehensive 4-1/2 hour online class (2) The Lightroom 2 Power Session; a quick 2-hour "get up to speed fast on the new LR2 features" online course. The instructor for both courses is the host of the Lightroom Killer Tips weekly video show, and blog, Matt Kloskowski and one of the leading experts on Lightroom. The courses are available right now to Kelby Training.com subscribers. If you're not a subscriber, you can learn more, and sign up right here, and have unlimited access to not only Matt's new courses, but all the online courses at Kelby Training.