Monthly Archives October 2007


Here’s one more for this week’s DLWS workshop in Cape Cod.

I have to say, the DLWS experience is really like no other. Although it’s absolutely a first-rate, professionally produced from top-to-bottom workshop, it somehow maintains a really fun, “you’re one of the family” feel, that is really unique to them. It takes the whole workshop to another level, and it reminds of the same feeling you get at Photoshop World—where there’s this buzz that runs through the whole event.

I have to give the credit to Moose Peterson and his organization, because from the moment you walk through the workshop door, you know that they’re really passionate about what they do, and how committed they are to making sure you get the most out of the workshop. My thanks to Moose, Sharon, Joe McNally, and Laurie Excell for their hospitality, and for sharing what they’ve learned so willingly with us all. :)

Today I’m up in New York City for the PhotoPlus Expo, which starts today and runs through Saturday. I’ll be doing a few sessions in the “Kelby Training” booth on the show floor today, so if you’re up in NYC for the show, make sure you stop by and check out my portrait retouching sessions. , and I’ll be checking out the latest gear, and reporting back on anything really slick I run across. I’ll be dangerously close to B&H Photo, so I fully expect to come back with a lighter wallet. :)

Now, onto some Thursday News Stuff:

  • Derrick Story has a great interview with Photoshop Elements Product Manager Mark Dalm (who is really a terrific guy, with a really engaging personality—the kind of guy you’d hope was managing a product as important as Elements), over at this Digital Story Podcast, and if you want the full scoop on what’s new in Photoshop Elements 6, make sure you check this out (click here).
  • Our man Corey Barker (The Photoshop Lad), will be teaching some sessions at the Voices That Matter Web Design Conference coming up next week on Oct. 22-25, 2007 at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco. Corey is a brilliant teacher (if you’ve ever seen him on Layers TV you already know that), and he’ll be teaching sessions on a number of different topics, and the whole conference looks like it will be just an amazing experience. Click here for more info.
  • If you’re interested in photography copyright issues or photography and the law, you’ve got to listen to episode #71 of “The Digital Photography Show,” as it features a fascinating interview with Carolyn Wright, The Photo Attorney. Here’s the link.
  • Don’t forget; I’ll be in Tampa on October 30th for my only Florida stop this year on my “Lightroom Live Tour.” It’s $99 for the full day, or if you’re a NAPP member, it’s only $79. I hope I’ll see you there (here’s the link to what I cover in the class).

That it for this morning. More to report tomorrow. Have a great Thursday everybody! :)


Thanks to msacks and wade who both posted comments asking if they could see the “before” untouched shot of the house image (shown above–click for a larger view), to see how the Seven Point System was applied to create the final image posted yesterday.

I also think it’s helpful to see the “before” windows (the open windows I covered), and the large truck and the DLWS van on the sides, which I had to clone out, though the edge vignette effect (which is also included in the Seven Point book, even though it’s not one of the “Seven Points”), did help to minimize distraction around the edges of the image, too.

Thanks again to msacks and wade for the suggestion. :)


I’m back in the office now, and happy to announce the first two winners of the “iPhone Book-a-day” giveway. They are:

Monday – Day 1: Jonathan Perez
Tuesday – Day 2: Chris Kennedy

I have no idea where these two fine people are from, because we don’t ask for address information until you’ve won (so we can ship you the book). We’ll ship the books (or the iPhone itself), to any country. Also, if you win one of the “iPhone Book a Day” contests, you’re still in the running for the grand prize on the 10th day. Thanks for entering, and good luck everybody!


Inside Digital Photo radio has just posted an in-depth radio interview with me about my new Photoshop 7-point-system, and a whole bunch of other stuff (It was one of the most fun interviews I’ve done, because after a short while, the host Scott Shepard and I kind of forgot it was an interview, and it turned into two buddies talking on the phone, and we talked about my Canon experience, and Nikon stuff, and iPhone stuff, and well…you name it). Here’s the link. 


On Tuesday about an hour before sunset we headed out to a lighthouse, right near a public beach, where I got this very “Cape Cod-like” shot (click on it for a much larger view). Same camera and lens as the shot I posted yesterday, but at 50mm, with an exposure of f/11 at 1/20 of a second, shot in Aperture priority mode (I shoot all outdoor shots in Aperture priority so I can control the focus of the background).

NOTE: I had a number of comments and emails yesterday about how yesterday’s photo was post-processed. For the image you see here, and yesterday’s image, I used my “Photoshop Seven Point System” for all image toning, but in yesterday’s image I had to do some serious cloning, because on the right side of the house, you could see the DLWS van in the parking lot, so I cloned that out. But worse yet, on the left side of the house, in front of the front porch, was a huge Army Corp of Engineer’s truck that had to be cloned out, and it took some time, but it was totally ruining the shot.

Although those two things HAD to be removed to save the shot (believe me, I tried recomposing as best I could, but that truck was REALLY big and in just the wrong place), then I cheated a little bit. If you look at the third window from the right on the bottom floor, it looks just like the other windows. In reality, that window was open, and it didn’t look very good, so I copied the window to the left of it up onto its own layer, and then I dragged that nice golden reflection window over the open window, and used Free Transform to shrink it down just a little bit so it was a perfect fit (this “window swap” was much easier than it sounds–it took all of 30-seconds). I did the exact same thing for one of the windows above the front porch–I copied the closed reflecting window to the left of it, and put it over the open window.

Other than the two window swaps, and cloning out the truck and the van, the rest was just toning use my Seven Point System. By the way, I got my first printed copy of the book on Friday right before I left for Detroit, and I was really psyched. Also, if you’re going to PhotoPlus in NYC this week, we can’t promise it, but Peachpit Press has a booth there, and they hope to have a limited number of copies there for sale. Hey, you didn’t hear it from me. ;-)