Hey everyone, RC here reporting from Adobe MAX in Los Angeles California. Over 7000 people are in attendance here to check out what’s new from the world of Adobe – and they are not disappointing over here.

For those who were not able to make it to Los Angeles, Adobe streamed the keynote live for all to see – a full 2+ hours. There were a slew of updates that were posted so let me share with you a couple of the ones that really stood out to me.


In the Photoshop space for Mobile – Adobe has merged the powers of their current apps Adobe Brush, Adobe Shape, Adobe Color and Adobe Hue into one app called Adobe Capture CC. Using the camera, you can create shapes and color themes and use them as jump points into your creative projects. I could totally see this being useful in one app.


Following the grouping of powerful components together into apps, we see now Photoshop Fix – a new program that brings together great features like Liquify, smoothing, and content aware healing into one application.


I think Fix will go over very well in a roundtrip scenario with Lightroom for the tablet and phone. Both of these apps got a new release as well. In addition to including Dehaze, you can now use the Targeted Adjustment Tool to make selective changes in color or make changes in black and white. Adobe has even included a camera inside of the app which i thought was another solid add.

I think this is a great move by Adobe here. There are a lot of people using phones and tablets – individuals that could totally benefit from powerful apps on their computers. By offering their apps on mobile devices for free- you can get a bunch of people interested in the Adobe ecosystem, and make them more willing to become members of the Creative Cloud. Big props to them here for that.


The photos that you have on the mobile app can be sorted by date, and can be sent over to Adobe Premiere Clip – a program designed to make videos. Now, you have a picture to slideshow workflow right from within your phone.


The Lightroom Desktop did get two updates as well. First – the import process has been improved, giving you a multi screen view helping you select pictures from your devices and place them into the areas that you need them. You’ll also get access to Dehaze on an adjustment brush – a welcome addition since Dehaze was just a global adjustment previously. Very helpful. Make sure you check out the Lightroom Killer Tips website soon as we start playing around with these new additions.


The Adobe Stock service will now add videos to the list of assets that you can use in your projects. You’ll also have the option to browse for the collateral you’ll need right from inside of the Creative Cloud Libraries of Dreamweaver CC, Muse CC, and Flash CC (though they were already available in places like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign)


The other big thing for me was the introduction of Adobe Portfolio. This tool appears to have some underpinnings in Bechance and aims to let creatives set up their portfolios with little ease. I could see this trying to go toe to toe with the likes of Squarespace but time will tell. As soon as I get into the program i’ll go ahead and kick the tires on it.

There are plenty of things to see here in Los Angeles. With Corey Barker and Pete Collins also out here, We’ll keep our eyes peeled for things that we can share with all of you. If you want to check out a full list of all of the things that were released, you can see the full press release here!

Have a great morning!


How Your Fast Paced Everyday Life Can Hide Your Passion For Photography From You
You wake up to the alarm in the morning, jump (or slide) out of bed, down your coffee, check your calendar, throw on your clothes (or shower first if you’re lucky enough) race to the bus stop, school, work, event, wherever and go throughout your day trying to catch up, only to realize that you’re late to leave the office for your child’s big game but you hustle and get there just in time to catch little Sally cross the finish line, or start her recital, or take her to tutoring or…

Sound familiar?


I’m willing to bet that some of you are saying, “Exactly! I don’t have the energy to be passionate about photography. The only thing I’m passionate about is getting into my jammies at the end of the day.” Wait. I digress. Where was I?

Oh, yeah. Here’s the thing. You’re wrong.

I want you to think about all the times when you take a picture of your coffee, fancy plate of food, little Sally coming across the finish line, Grandma acting silly, a sunset at the beach, a flower, or even a structure that’s beautiful to you. I want you to think about the time you went to someone’s wedding (who had hired a perfectly good wedding photographer) and you still felt compelled to get “that” shot.

Do you pause to take those photos because you don’t have enough things to squeeze into the precious minutes of your day? To me, it sounds like you’re passionate about capturing a moment and at those times you might even be thinking…

“I’d love to be able to zoom in on little Sally when she’s on the field.”


“How long do I have to wait for the guy in the Speedo to move out of my perfect sunset shot?!”


“I wish that wedding photographer would get out of my way because I HAVE THE PERFECT SHOT!”

Haha! (I’m sorry, but I know a lot of wedding photographers and that last one makes me giggle.)

The point is that you are passionate about photography and you are having photographer’s thoughts. So, own it! Love it! Do it! Here’s some of the best advice I can give you about all of it. Ready?

Pay attention to your photographer’s thoughts, give them an extra few seconds and your passion will reveal itself to you. If you take those images, look at them again and enjoy them and appreciate that moment. If you have an extra minute or two, take them into an app or program and have fun with the process. You might as well because you’re passionate about it. ;)

Have a wonderful day everyone!

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Greetings from Queenstown, New Zealand (we popped over here after our visit to Sydney), where we’re pretty tired, but we still have big smiles on our faces from the amazing weekend that was.

First, before we go on — the group photo above is of the awesome group of photographers I led in Sydney, Australia as part of the Worldwide Photo Walk (photo by Keith McInnes, who not only took this shot, but helped me immeasurably in coordinating my first ever visit to Australia). That’s us in front of the iconic Sydney Opera House (more on that story in a different post, but many thanks to the great folks at Destination NSW for all their gracious help, and for their cool gifts for my walk group in Sydney). But, I did want to say, this was perhaps my best local group yet – just the nicest, most fun, most laid back group — I love them! :)

My favorite thing after the walk is….
…seeing all the group shots from around the world. It’s just so amazing to see smiling, happy groups of photographers from all over the globe all enjoying this social event together. It really puts a song in my heart. Last night, Kalebra and I were huddled up in a quaint restaurant here in New Zealand looking at group shots from Braunschweig, Germany; Davenport, Iowa;  London; Singapore; Manila; Kuwait; Cairo; Bolivia; Nova Scotia; and so many more.

Please check out some of these for yourself over on my Facebook page (look for the Oct 3rd post with the balloons and confetti “it’s here!” graphic). I promise you, it’ll put a smile on your face.

This short video is absolutely classic!
Our dear friend Glyn Dewis led a walk in Warwick, England this year, and he got the whole town involved, including the Mayor and the official Town Crier. You’ve got to see this short little video. It defines “classic.” :)

Although the walk is over…
We’ve only just begun – Walk leaders need to pick their local winners; then I have to pick a bunch more, including the Leaders Competition winner; and this year we’ve tightened up the timeline so it doesn’t take so long to get all this done. Leaders: look for an email from us with deadlines and details coming very soon!

My thanks to all the walk leaders!
Ask anyone who has led a walk before — it’s tremendously more work than it seems, and the leaders who take it seriously, really work their butts off to make their walk a success, and I wanted to share my humble thanks for all you did to get your city a walk. I know your walkers appreciate what you do, but I wanted you to know that I absolutely do, too! :)

If you haven’t shared your group shot yet, you can share it here in my comments (the image or post a link), or over on my Facebook page ( – I for one would LOVE to see them!!!!

Thanks to everyone who participated in walks around the world this year — and especially those who donated to the Springs of Hope Orphanage, along with all our wonderful sponsors, including our Platinum sponsor Canon, without whom we could never pull off a worldwide event of this scale in the first place.

Cheers, and lots to more to come!



P.S. Here’s a few snaps (below) from my group, mostly after our walk at a great pub in the Rocks district of Sydney. 



It’s here!!! Today in nearly a thousand cities around the world my 8th Annual World Wide Photo Walk kicks off, and by tonight nearly 20,000 photographers around the world will collectively have taken literally millions of photos as part of their local Photo Walks. How cool is that!!!!

If you haven’t signed up for a walk yet: go here  right now – find a walk near you and sign up free! (you can be walking with us tomorrow!).

If you’re already signed up to walk, here are SEVEN LAST MINUTE PHOTO WALK TIPS to make your day a success:



We’re just 2 days away and then we’re walkin’ – so exciting!!! :)


IMPORTANT: I’ve created a series of six videos packed with camera tips and photo tips just for folks who are registered for my Photo Walk this Saturday. If you’re registered, keep an eye out for an email from me (that looks like the graphic above), and the sender is “Worldwide Photo Walk” (if you don’t have it, check your junk mail).

Anyway, I wanted to do these videos this year to help folks get their best photo walks images yet, and I hope you find it helpful.

OK, I’ll be back tomorrow with some last minute tips to help make your walk a safe and successful one, so make sure you check back here then.

All my best,


Shoot Like A Pro: Reloaded with Scott Kelby
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Check out all the upcoming dates for Washington DC, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Philadelphia, and more right here, and leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to one of these events! (more…)