Monthly Archives January 2008


Hi Everybody:
I just thought I’d pop in here real quick just to let you know something that I hope you already know, but just in case you weren’t sure: I absolutely, positively read each and every comment you post here on the blog. In fact, not only do I read them here on the site, each comment is emailed directly to me, and even forwarded to my iPhone as well, so I often read them even when I’m away from my computer.

Unfortunately, as much as I’d like to, I usually can’t respond to individual comments or technical questions, or I wouldn’t have time left to teach classes, write articles, or books, do Photoshop User TV, play with my kids, go to dinner with my wife, etc.

There are so many times where I really want to jump in and answer a question or clarify things, but I’m already devoting so much time to the blog that if I devote any more my co-workers, family, friends, etc. will grab torches and pitchforks and start gathering outside my door, so I hope you understand.

Your comments do shape what I have planned for the blog (for example, next week I’m planning a “Seven-Point-System Q&A” based on the questions people are posting in here about the book, like how to use Smart Objects with Lightroom, and if “The System” is compatible with CS2, and Elements, and so on).

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I am listening (OK, reading), and that I love hearing from you all. It really makes me feel connected to the great folks who come by here each day, and I’ve met so many great people (and made so many new friends) through this blog.

I’ve gone shooting with people I’ve met from the blog, taken advice from your posts, and even bought products and services based on your recommendations, because I really feel like we’re all in this together. I know you all have placed a lot of trust in me (which I never take for granted), and in turn, I put my trust in you. I count on you guys; I care about what you think, and I value what you have to say.

It’s that interaction that makes this whole process not only very rewarding for me, but an awful lot of fun. I’m really glad you’re here, and thanks for hangin’ in with me. It’s gonna be a really amazing year, and I’m glad you’re going to be a part of it. :-)

I’ve got a number of posts today, so make sure you scroll on down and catch ’em all.

benhdr.jpgLooking for an incredible learning opportunity? Here’s one: Our buddy, (and Photoshop World and Kelby Training instructor), Ben Willmore, is doing an special three-day hands-on workshop on High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography at the Palm Beach Photographic Workshops in Delray Beach, Florida on January 11-13, 2008 Ben is the master of HDR (that’s his image shown here), and if you’ve really wanted to get your arms around it, there is no better way. Here’s the link for more info, or to sign up (space is very limited, and this workshop is coming up fast, so if you’re planning on going, I’d sign up now)


A number of people asked to see the unretouched car shot as it came out of the camera….well, here it is (click for a larger version).

I was able to darken the sky by setting the Recovery slider to 100 (in Camera Raw), and throwing the rest of the Seven Point System at it. The car didn’t get that much attention (except for the “painting with light” steps from the Seven Points), but cloning those wires over the roof the hotel was a HUGE pain.

Retouching the ground and those wires took 90% of the retouching time (I used a combination of cloning and copying those wires up onto their own layer and using that copy of them to the right of the car to cover up the hotel roof). Hope that helps. :)

ets1595tifjpg.gifChicago-based photographer David Cuerdon, who designed the cover art for the June 2007 issue of Photoshop User magazine last year, has already won numerous awards for his cover design, but now Lisa Gumz (a professional makeup artist who did the make-up for the shoot, and is also David’s wife) has now won an award for the same cover, as she took the “Best of Category” award in “The Create Awards” Photography Support (make-up) category. Our congratulations to Lisa and David for combining their talents to come up with such a striking cover. Way to go, you two! :-)


If you’re going to PPA’s Imaging USA (which kicks off Sunday in Tampa, Florida), I’m going to be teaching a retouching session in the Kelby Training Booth on the show floor on both Monday and Tuesday. Then, Tuesday afternoon, “The Photoshop Guys” (Matt Kloskowski, Dave Cross, and I) are taping a special episode of Photoshop User TV from the booth, and both RC and Corey Barker (our NAPP cohorts), will also be doing live sessions in the booth, so if you’re at the show, I’ll hope you’ll stop by and check it out.

Here’s the Kelby Training Booth Schedule:


  • 12:00 pm: Automating Photoshop for Photographers (with Matt Kloskowski)
  • 1:00 pm: Creating Flash Galleries in a flash (with RC Concepcion)
  • 2:00 pm: Photoshop for Wedding Photographers (with Matt Kloskowski)
  • 3:00 pm: Photoshop & Dreamweaver Integration (with RC Concepcion)
  • 4:00 pm: Photoshop CS3 Channels (with Corey Barker)


  • 12:00 pm: Lightroom and Photoshop (with Matt Kloskowski)
  • 1:00 pm: Photoshop Portrait Retouching Techniques (with Scott Kelby)
  • 2:00 pm: Camera Raw Workflow Essentials (with Matt Kloskowski)
  • 3:00 pm: Photoshop CS3 for Digital Photographers (with Scott Kelby)
  • 4:00 pm: Photoshop Finishing Touches (with Dave Cross)


  • 9:00 am: Creative Lighting Effects (with Corey Barker)
  • 10:00 am: Photoshop Portrait Retouching Techniques (with Scott Kelby)
  • 11:30 am: Photoshop User TV Live Taping (Scott, Matt, and Dave)

Hope I’ll see you at the show (make sure you come up and say “hi” if you’re there).

If you got any of these cool Holiday gifts (or if you gave one of these to a friend or family member) and you want a really great way to get the most from them, I hope you’ll consider one of my new books. For example:

newipod.jpgIf you got one of the new iPods (an iPod touch, nano, or classic), then there’s my book “The iPod Book,” which follows the same layout and theme as my Digital Photography book. It’s the latest edition of the world’s #1 bestselling iPod book (and has been translated into a dozen different languages) and I totally updated it for the new iPods. It includes how to use iTunes, the iTunes music store, and how to do all the stuff you really want to do with your iPod. You can order it now from, or Barnes and, or at your local bookstore.

newiphone.jpgIf you got an iPhone, there’s The iPhone Book (which I co-authored with my buddy, and renown iPhone freak, Terry White). It was chosen by’s Editors as their Editor’s Choice for “Best Computer Book of 2007,” and uses the same “just one thing per page” layout and look as my Digital Photography book. I’ve had so many people email me that they had no idea what their iPhone could really do until they got this book. I really think you’ll like it. You can get it now from, or Barnes and, or at your local bookstore.

newdigital.jpgIf you got a digital camera, then check out my brand new book “The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2.” This is all new content, and picks up where Volume 1 left off. If you got a flash or you’re thinking of building a studio, you’ll dig the chapters on off camera flash, and building a studio from scratch. There’s also chapters on wedding photography, portrait photography, landscape photography, and much more. You can order it now from, or Barnes and, or at your local bookstore.

So, get one (aw what the heck, get all three) and learn lots of cool stuff fast.