Monthly Archives September 2007



First, a big thanks to everybody who came out to my Lightroom Live Tour yesterday in DC (photos above by Dave Moser). I met some really great people (including a lot of people who read the blog who came up to say hi), and I picked up some new Lightroom techniques which grew out of figuring out some questions from attendees. All in all, it was a really great/fun/exciting day and again, my personal thanks to everybody who came out; and thanks to my official tour sponsors: Epson, Nikon, and Westcott, who help to make the tour possible. Now, onto the news:

  • We’ve posted a photo gallery from Photoshop World, so click here to get a behind the scene look at last week’s record-breaking event. Also, Shawn King, over at Your Mac Life, posted some of his shots from Photoshop World in an online gallery. You can check them out right here.
  • I ran across an interesting article from the “Seeds of Thought” blog, written by two photographers who attended my Chicago Lightroom Tour, who run Bella Photography. Although they talk briefly about the tour, it was the crowd on hand that got them thinking. Here’s an excerpt from their blog:”The class was attended by just over 500 photographers, graphic artists, and others in the image making business. As I looked around the huge room, I thought to myself; “Okay, these folks are the movers and shakers in the industry”, the ones who really get it and are here to learn new techniques in how to present better work for their clients. What came to mind were “differences”, differences between one photographer and other. What makes one better? Why do some always book many jobs in advance while others wait and struggle to get work?”Then they went on to come up with a series of questions called “What to ask when selecting a photographer” and while it’s very well written, it also makes you stop and think about the industry, how competitive its become, and why we need to stay on the cutting edge. Check out the article right here.
  • I ran into the “National Coalition Against Sharp Photos” twice this week; once out in Nevada’s Valley of Fire, and more than once in Washington DC, when I tried to use a tripod while shooting.I totally understand limiting the use of tripods in crowded places because you don’t want a passerby to trip over a tripod leg and take a bad fall, but where I was shooting in DC, I was completely isolated. I had set up and taken about two shots before the Police arrived on scene to make me tear down my tripod. I could stand in the same spot and handhold my camera, but apparently if I want to shoot a really sharp image (by using a tripod), then I’m breaking the law.I gotta tell you–I just don’t get it. One DC police officer told me that if I see any “Granite” (meaning it’s a nice public monument that you might actually like to shoot), I couldn’t use my tripod. However, I could (get this), shoot from the sidewalk with a tripod. That’s what gets me–if I’m shooting on the sidewalk; somebody could more easily trip. I have just one thing to say: Grrrrrrrr!
  • We’ll be posting the “Live at Photoshop World” episode of Photoshop User TV tomorrow, and on the show I did a brief demo of the Really Right Stuff flash bracket for wedding photographers that I talked about last week here on the blog. I had a number of emails from readers asking for photos of the bracket in use, but the video shows it even better, so make sure you check out tomorrow’s show (you can watch it right there on the Web site—here’s the link–just remember; it doesn’t go live until sometime tomorrow).
  • I just have to share this; at the closing ceremony for Photoshop World, we did a look back at some of the highlights from the week, and so I asked Moose Peterson to share his presentation from our after hours special session called, “The Art of Digital Photography.” His part was a five-minute slide presentation of his recent landscape work, and it was so incredibly beautiful, and emotionally moving, that it brought the crowd of over 3,400 to their feet for a spontaneous, rousing standing ovation. It was truly a magical moment, and I was thrilled to have been there to see it. It once again demonstrated the power of images to move people in a way that few things in life can. Just amazing. Way to go, Moose!
  • I got my hands on the just-announced Nikon gear at Photoshop World last week, so scroll down to the next post for more details.

That’s it for today. I’ve got lots more to share this week, so I hope I’ll see you back here tomorrow. Have a really great Tuesday!!! :-)


Nikon gave their first public showing of their newly announced D300 and D3 DSLRs at Photoshop World last week, and I got to spend some time with the both, and I was just blown away. They have really taken things to a whole new level, and it created a real buzz on the Photoshop World Expo floor.

Although I won’t get to really put the D3 [photo above courtesy of Nikon] through its paces until my workshop out in Montana next week, I did get to crank off a few shots on the show floor so I could try out some of the new features, and I was really tickled (OK, giddy is more like it). First, the larger screen on the back of the camera just rocks. It’s so crisp, clear, and incredibly bright (even on the well-lit expo floor, it was as bright as I ever seen a camera LCD). The real show-stopper though was the in-camera leveling screen (called the Visual Horizon Adjustment), which looks (and acts) just like horizon line gauge in commercial aircraft—it’s just brilliant (and really puts a smile on everyone’s face who sees it).

The much larger viewfinder rocks (it made a bigger difference than I initially thought it would), and the LiveView feature was cooler than I thought it would be, as well. The D3’s ability to write to two memory cards is very slick (you can shoot to one, and have it write an automatic backup of the same shots to the second card, or you can shoot Raw photos to one card; JPEGs to the other, or even have the second card kick in when your first card is full. This I love).

Although all the new bells and whistles get a lot of attention, everybody was talking about the low noise at higher ISOs, and I’ll have more first-hand experience with it soon, but for me, perhaps more than anything else, this is what is making me drool over the D3.

I did play around a bit with the D300 as well, (which made me realize I would soon be replacing my beloved D200), but I spent most of my time with the D3, which will inevitably replace my wonderful D2Xs.

Anyway, although I don’t have a full field report on them yet; I wanted to share my first impression on these amazing new cameras (way to go Nikon!), and I really look forward to getting them out in the field next week and really seeing what they can do. Can’t wait! :)





I caught the red-eye out from Vegas Photoshop World straight to DC for my Lightroom Live Tour today, where we have over 700 photographers signed up for the full-day workshop. I’m totally psyched! :-)

I got to do a little shooting last night with my buddy Dave Moser who flew with me to DC (seen above to my immediate right), where we met up with Jeff Revell (far right) and Mike Myer (far left) for some shooting around “The Mall.” (I know, it’s very touristy, but I’m a sucker for that stuff up here). The shots (click for larger versions) were taken with a Nikon D-200 (which I’m shooting tomorrow at the seminar), using a 17mm-55mm f/2.8 lens for the wide shots, and a 70-200mm f/2.8 for the long shots, on a Gitzo Mountaineer Tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ballhead.

I’ll have updates from Photoshop World starting tomorrow. I did get a chance to play with the new Nikon Gear a little (it was WAY cool), and I’ve got lots of news to share on lots of cool things, too, so stay tuned.

Have a great day everybody. Looking forward to seeing some of you in DC today. Have a great Monday! :)


Hi Everybody! Sorry we had to experience “No Blog Thursday,” but it was just crazy yesterday (absolutely a blast, but still crazy). Later today I’m going to try and toss up some photos (I only have one class to teach today; Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks, so my schedule isn’t as crazy).

Yesterday we kicked things off with the opening keynote, and this year we had a Motown Theme, which featured a live performance from that fictitious 1960s Motown singing group, “Scott Kelby & the Histograms.” Then we made some major announcements about NAPP (scroll down to the next posts for that), and then Adobe’s John Loiacono gave a very cool presentation, which included a sneak peek at the new online version of Photoshop, called Photoshop Express. John Nack (who’s here at the show), has a post on this blog today about the sneak peek, with a screen cap of the app, so check it out right here.

After the keynote, we headed off the first conference sessions, and then at 1:00 pm we opened the expo floor and it was just jammin! At 5:00 pm we taped an “All Tips” live episode of Photoshop User TV from the Kelby Training booth on the Expo floor, then we wrapped that up and headed to the ESPN Zone at the New York New York Casino & Resort for our private attendee party, where my band “Big Electric Cat” played a live set (photo above from David Ziser), and everybody was dancin’, drinking, and having a ball. It was the perfect way to end the first day. (UPDATE: Check out David Ziser’s “Digital ProTalk” blog for photos of Big Electric Cat during last night’s ESPN Zone party, and shots from his on location wedding shoot pre-conference workshop).

Today the conference gets into full swing, with conference sessions running all day, and the public is allowed onto the Expo floor. I haven’t had to chance to get over the Nikon meeting room to check out the new D3 and the D300 yet, but hope to today. I did get a chance to hold some of the new Canon gear, but haven’t shot anything with it yet.

I did a quick live demo (On Photoshop User TV) of the Really Right Stuff wedding flash bracket I talked about last week here on the blog, as their booth was just two aisles over from our stage, so I went over and borrowed one for the show. Also, Wacom released a new, very cool all-black special edition tablet that was way cool, and I showed that on the show as well.

Check back later today and hopefully I’ll either have photos to post, or my Web team will have posted some shots on the Photoshop World site.

For the NAPP announcements, scroll down to the next post.


I am absolutely thrilled, honored, and just plain excited out of my mind to announce that Bert Monroy (Photoshop author, artist, and instuctor extrodinairre), has joined the NAPP team full time, and will be creating exclusive content for NAPP members around the world.

Bert is a icon in this industry, is a gifted Photoshop trainer, and is regarded as the absolute master of Photoshop illustration techniques. Honestly, there is just nobody like Bert, and to have Bert join our team is really a dream come true for us, and a tremendous boon for our members who will get to learn directly from this Photoshop Hall of Famer.

So expect to see a lot more of Bert in our mags, in our live seminars, on Photoshop User TV, and pretty much everywhere, ’cause this guy is just amazing!!!

For more on Bert, and to see some of his photorealistic work, visit