We just posted another online class at KelbyTraining.com from Joe McNally, and this one is how to use Small Flash (off camera hot-shoe flash) in the studio and on location, and it just kicks butt! Joe is the absolute master of off-camera flash, he's got just an amazing way of teaching, and you see it all unfold live right in front you and you learn in such a personal way that really connects with photographers. Here's the link to Joe's class (you can watch a free sample while you're there), and the list of the 20 lessons in this new class. Very cool stuff!

Yesterday I was going through the session evaluations from my Photoshop World "Photoshop Seven-Point System" class (I take these evaluations very seriously, and I read every single evaluation from every class I teach). I was really gratified to see that the class really struck a chord with attendees (so much so, that I'll be teaching it again in Las Vegas at Photoshop World this September), but I saw an evaluation that really stood out to me, which read: "One says Bridge; One says Camera Raw; One says Lightroom---I'm confused!" With 80 sessions at Photoshop World, and 41 instructors, as you might imagine there are a lot of classes that include, or are based on, either Camera Raw, The Bridge, Lightroom, or all three, which is what I think is behind this attendee's comment. After reading it, I realized that he probably isn't alone, so…

Hi everybody, and welcome to the first of many "No Blog Wednesdays" because I realize that I really need a mid-week blogging break about every week at this time, to catch up on work, writing, and just hang with the family. So, from now on, all Wednesdays here at The Photoshop Insider will officially be "No Blog Wednesdays." But, I'm not leaving you out to dry, because each Wednesday I will have a similar post to the one you're reading now (written on Tuesday, but posted on Wednesday) with a link to a different person in our industry who isn't a slacker that needs a mid-week blogging break (like me), so you can jump over to their blog and see what's up on Wednesdays (Just don't forget to come back here on Thursdays and Fridays). Here's a blog to check out today: PlanetPhotoshop.com Thanks…

I did a shoot today with Big Electric Cat lead guitarist Tony Llanes, and his Harley (click on it for a larger view). Tony looks like like a tough guy, but I've been friends with Tony for around 27 years and he's a total teddy bear, and one of the nicest, warmest, and most fun guys you'd ever want to meet (and one hell of a guitar player, to boot). The shoot was done on a black seamless paper background with just one light--an Elinchrom Ranger RX strobe with an Elinchrom Octaback, and we placed it directly above the bike, aiming straight down, for a dramatic, shadowy look. I intentionally let the shadows on Tony just fall, rather than trying to fill them in with a reflector, but there are two reflectors on the floor, just outside the frame, one on each side, bouncing…

I'm coming to Hartford, Connecticut for the first time ever, on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 with the Photoshop CS3 Power Tour one-day seminar, and I hope if you're in that area, you'll come out and spend the day with me. The seminar is held at the Connecticut Convention Center, and it's only $99 for the full-day seminar, (if you're a NAPP member, it's just $79). Here's the link with full details, class schedule, and you can sign-up there as well. Hope I'll see you there!


I get emails and comments from people who ask me for suggestions on everything from which lens to buy, to which restaurant to eat at when they come to the Tampa Bay area. So, for the past few months I’ve been putting together a “top 5” list of all this type of stuff—from my favorite Photoshop books, to great places to get an amazing steak, to five things you probably didn’t know about me, to…well, just a load of different stuff—all over the board, on all different kinds of stuff.

I share the same recommendations I’d give to a friend, so you might actually find one or two parts to be helpful. I put links to as many things as I could, but as you’ll also see some things couldn’t have a link.

Note: although it’s a “top five” list, they’re listed in no particular order.

Also, if there’s a topic I missed, or a product/service/restaurant, etc. that you want to turn me on to….post it here…there’s nothing I love more than learning about cool new stuff.

One last thing: it’s a long list, and if I posted it on my home page, it would take up the whole page and then some, so click the “More” link below to see the full list. Hope you enjoy it, and that it starts off your Monday with a smile.