Monthly Archives February 2009


Hi gang: here’s what’s up:

Future Photoshop Guru
Is that an adorable photo or what? That’s 2-year-old Stephanie McLemore showing impeccable taste for someone of her young age (photo by her mom, Therese McLemore, taken with her iPhone). The photo came my way courtesy of her dad Sean, who wrote, “She is 2 years old and loves to be like her daddy, she even owns her own digital point and shoot. Even though her technical skills aren’t developed at such a young age we still get some unique pictures from her sometimes.” Hey, it looks like her technical skills are about to get better! ;-) Thanks to Sean and Therese for sharing this wonderful photo.

My Favorite Camera Profile
Matt and I were just talking yesterday about what our favorite Camera Raw/Lightroom camera profiles are (these are new in Lightroom 2 and Camera Raw 5.2), and we both said hands down our favorite was the Camera Landscape profile (of course, both of us shoot a lot of landscapes, so maybe that’s why). To me, adding these camera profiles is one of the most important things Adobe has done to Camera Raw/Lightroom in their recent updates, but I don’t think that; (a) many photographers realize how helpful these profiles are, and; (b) I don’t think Adobe has made enough of a fuss over having included them. Anyway, if you have CS4 and LR2, and haven’t checked them out; go look in your Camera Calibration panel (they’re in the pop-up menu). If they’re not there, go get the latest free update from Adobe’s site.

Lost Your Camera? Look here!
This is a very clever site; it’s called “Found Cameras and Orphan Pictures” and if you haven’t heard of them; you’ve got to check them out. They try and reunite lost memory cards and lost cameras with their owners by showing some of the shots on the card (or camera). It’s really pretty clever (and pretty handy if you’ve lost your gear). Here’s the link.

The 2009 Photoshop World Planner is Now Available!
My buddy Dave Cross has released his now famous, “Photoshop World Planner,” which is a very clever PDF that lets you plan which classes you want to take. Along with the free PDF, Dave put together a quick video to show how to take advantage of it. Here’s the link.

In-Depth Look at Glossy Displays for Photographers
There’s an interesting article over at about the new glossy displays on laptops from Apple, Dell, HP and others. If you’re worried about the glossy screens, this article may help you sleep better at night—-here’s the link.

Jack’s In The House!
Our good friend, and Photoshop Hall of Famer Jack Davis (shown below) was here last week recording a series of training videos for Kelby Training Online, and the ad below is part of our industry-wide print ad campaign which features our instructors. While Jack was here, we also had him on as a guest on Photoshop User TV, and he did a very slick tutorial, which should air on today’s show, so make sure you check it out. We also had Julieanne Kost on the show (she was in town taping some videos, too), and her guest spot is on last week’s show (the Feb. 2nd show), and you can check out both at Photoshop User


That’s it for today folks. Have a fantastic Tuesday, and dont’ forget to check back tomorrow for a tradition here at the Photoshop Insider: Guest Blog Wednesday.


Here’s another shot from my shoot with rapper “10 Minute.” After we lost all light at our location shoot, we headed back into the studio to finish up. Here are the details on the shot:


Although you can see two lights in the production shot above (photo by Brad Moore), only one (the one directly above his head) was actually connected (the light in the background was left from an earlier shoot that day (the one I did with the clamp-on fan). The light directly above his head is a White Lightning 1200 watt strobe with a Beauty Dish reflector and I have the diffuser that goes over the beauty dish (to somewhat soften the edgy light that comes from a beauty dish). The reason the medium gray background appears so dark is because I used a high shutter speed, so it would fall off to black (I used 1/250 of a second). NOTE: In the production photo, it kind of looks like the beauty dish is in front of 10 Minute, but it’s actually directly above his head, aiming straight down.

Now, you might be thinking, “Hey Scott, I thought you only used Elinchrom strobes?” True dat. But I bought this set-up a while back, and at the time it was the cheapest route to getting a beauty dish look, so I picked it up, but Brad was bugging me last week to finally break down and buy an Elinchrom dish to go over my RX-600’s, which I’ll probably do because the big pain of the White Lightning is that I can’t use my Skyport triggers to change the power output. Each time I needed to change the power output, we had to pull the whole boom down, and not only is it a pain, it really slow things down during the shoot.

I had my buddy Rod Harlan on the set, because when I was finished with 10 Minute, I was going to shoot a couple of headshots for Rod (Yes, I had three different shoots that day—-I couldn’t have pulled that off without Brad’s help). Anyway, 10 Minute went to change clothes for another look, and before I changed the lighting set-up, I had Rod step in to the exact same beauty dish set-up I used for 10 Minute, and the  photo is shown below (though I did convert it to black and white in Lightroom).


We had Rod hold the MacBook Pro, just so he’d have something to hang on to (a prop), and it was an easy choice since he’s such a Mac-head, but surprisingly enough while he was holding it, it started rotating his canvas (kidding, just a joke).

Anyway, just a little Monday morning one-light quickie to start off the week. :)


Hi everybody. It’s Friday, and here’s what’s up:

  • Apple, I’m Begging You!
    I don’t usually ask Apple for, well…anything, but today I’m begging; please, please, I implore you, give us an option to turn Gestures off on the new MacBook Pro laptops. Besides Photoshop CS4 rotating my canvas and zooming in/out all day, now I’m using Adobe InDesign CS4 as well, and now my text blocks rotate when I least expect it. Of course, it’s not just Adobe products (or I’d be pleading to Adobe here instead). My font sizes change in Safari and Email a dozen times a day. It is driving me crazy!!!! OK, that’s it—-just had to get it off my chest. I’m OK now.
  • My New Tour Dates, and Our New Tour Site
    We launched a totally redesigned (and vastly improved) version of our live one-day Photoshop seminars site (now called “Kelby Training Live”-–one of the site’s headers is shown above), and we’ve got the new dates up there for not only my Lightroom 2 Live Tour (Denver on Wed. May 20th, and Portland, Oregon on Friday, May 22nd), but also my new “Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks Tour,” which kicks off in Washington DC on Friday, May 8th. Here’s a link to check out the new site, and the upcoming dates for all our tours (including Bert Monroy’s Creativity Tour, Ben Willmore’s Photoshop for Photographers Tour, Joe McNally’s new Off Camera Flash Tour, and Dave Cross’ Maximum Photoshop Tour).
  • My Original “Photoshop Insider Blog” Site is Still Online
    I started this blog over at back in 2005, and I was searching for something the other day, and realized that the old site is still online, so if you’ve got a minute, go take a quick look at the “old blog.” There’s still some decent info over there (along with stuff that’s totally outdated). Here’s the link to my original Photoshop Insider blog.
  • Versace’s “Finish the Sentenence”
    One of my favorite things on my buddy Dave Cross’ site is his “Finish The Sentence” feature, and last week he had Vincent “Vinny, V-man, Vin-man” Versace,” finishing the sentences.  Here’s the link to “Vs” thing. (Also, while you’re there; check out Mike Fulton’s Finish the Sentence this week. Very well done).

Well, that’s all I got. That’s it. I’m tapped out. Have a great weekend everybody, and if you use Photoshop CS4, don’t forget to scroll down and take this week’s CS4 Tool/Feature survey.

Yellow Sticky Note

Joey L’s excellent, inspirational Guest Blog post from yesterday got me thinking about a lot of things, and one of those was the guest blog topic in general:

  1. I’ve followed Joey’s blog for quite a while now, so I knew his photography would be great, but I was equally as impressed with his writing style, and even more with what he had to say. His post was what I love most about this Guest Blog concept, which is that every guest brings their own personality, their own story, and their own views on photography to my readers, and I think it’s that freedom that makes it great.
  2. I also want to thank my assistant and digital tech Brad Moore, who was responsible for us having the honor Joey L as our guest in the first place. But beyond that, Brad has taken a big role in growing and managing “Guest Blog Wednesday,” and thanks to him we’ve got some really exciting photographers, Photoshop gurus, and other special guests coming in the months ahead. This has helped me immeasurably, and I’m very grateful for his ideas, hard work, and dedication. Thanks, man!
  3. Of course, I wouldn’t have a Guest Blog at all if it were not for Vincent Versace, who not only approached me with the idea (after I had announced “No Blog Wednesdays”), but offered to get the ball rolling by writing the first Guest Blog post (which was a huge hit, no less). Thanks Vinny—you were right—it was a great idea! :-)
  4. But what makes it all worthwhile is reading your kind, insightful, and genuine comments to my Guest Bloggers, and seeing how warm and welcome you make my guests feel. You’ve made this a very inviting place for others to share their ideas and images, and I wanted to let you know it hasn’t gone unnoticed. How thankful I am that I can invite anyone, from any discipline or background, without worry about how they’ll be accepted here. You guys are the best!

I’m looking forward to a lot of amazing Guest Posts in the next few months, but I wanted to take this quick ‘time out’ to offer my thanks to everyone who has helped to make this idea have wings. I am in your debt.

Howdy folks. It’s Thursday; here’s what’s up:


It’s our tradition to come up with a new theme each year for the Photoshop World Conference, and this theme plays out through everything we do around the event, from the marketing pieces to the opening keynote, to the signage at the event—even to the outfits our staff wears at the event. Each year also we create an official conference poster for the conference attendees.

Well, this year’s conference is based on a Football theme, and  Nancy Masse (our in-house social diva and bon vivant) has a very cool post over at the Photoshop World Blog with all of the show posters we’ve created over the years (and by “we” I mean Felix Nelson, NAPP’s amazing Creative Director who created all those posters himself!). The poster on the left above is from 2001, when we did a Basketball Theme, and introduced the whole “Photoshop Instructor Dream Team” concept, and on the right it this year’s show poster. (To see all the posters, click here to check out Nancy’s post).

Nancy was bragging this week how she “scooped” me with her post, but I had one up my sleeve. You see, Nancy’s posters start in 2000, but the first Photoshop World was actually held in 1999, in Orlando, Florida and the poster was designed (pre-Felix) by Photoshop genius Doug Gornick. I don’t have the original Photoshop file, but we have that original poster framed and hanging in one of our hallways at NAPP Headquarters, but somehow Nancy missed that (he chuckles under his breath), and so I had Brad take a photo of it, still it in its frame (because over the years its gotten a bit washed out and splotchy because of its hanging location in direct sunlight), and I present it to you below.

The sad part is; if you could see the full size original poster, Doug put an incredible amount of detail into this giant space station, in orbit above a “death star-like” version of Earth, and it’s totally lost in this small Web image (but is clearly visible in the original, and people are always amazed when they see it in person. Those little orange blobs are highly detailed astronaughts welding on that structure). Anyway, thanks to Nancy for her efforts, and oh yeah—“Nah, na, na, na, naaaa, nah!” ;-)


In other news:

  • I don’t know if you caught Terry White’s post about his Drobo back-up issues earlier this week, but I’ve received a couple of emails about it, and so I called up Terry to ask him to detail the problem. As Terry says in his article, (I’m paraphrasing here), ‘the Drobo did it’s job, but he still lost his data.’ That’s because the Drobo’s job is to protect against Drive Failure, which is exactly what it did—-all of his drives were still functioning perfectly. But he had a problem the Drobo couldn’t protect against, which was Data Corruption on the OS-level. His directory got hosed, so the data was actually still there, and you can recover it with recovery software, but when your directory doesn’t think the data is still there, you can’t access it. Terry shared a great analogy that brings the problem into perspective; “Let’s say you’re using a  Windows PC, and you get a nasty virus. Your Drobo will still have all green lights, because it monitors drive health, and all your drives are fine, but the virus is destroying your directory and all your files on the drives. If you don’t have a back-up of the files on your Drobo in a case like that, you’re hosed.” This is another reason why I have two Drobos; one at home and a mirror of it at the Office. If one goes down, I have a backup. By the way; Terry had a backup, and although it took overnight to restore it; all his photos were saved. Whew!
  • We released a new training video this week on Kelby Training Online called “Building a Website with Photoshop CS4 and Dreamweaver CS4,” from Photoshop Web Guru RC Concepcion. We’ve had a lot of folks asking for a class just like this, which really shows the step-by-step process from beginning to end and RC has done a kick-butt job of it (when it comes to this stuff; RC is ‘The Man”). Here’s the link to the full run down of his new course.
  • We just announced the winners of the 4th Annual Photoshop User Awards, (produced by Photoshop User magazine, and sponsored by Adobe Systems, Layers Magazine, MPIX, and Peachpit Press).  To check out the winning entries, click this link. Congratulations to digital artist Ciro Marchetti, who won the Best of Show award, and will going to Barcelona, Spain for a 5-day “Dream assignment!”
  • Lastly, if you want some Thursday inspiration, check out the incredible photography of Thomas Broening. I’ve showcased his work before, here on the blog, but I just went by his site again, and I was impressed all over again with some of his latest stuff. Just brilliant! Here’s the link.

Have a great Thursday everybody, and for those of you who follow NAPP via Nancy’s NAPP_News Twitter page, please don’t mention the whole “I just re-scooped her” thing. She has so little joy as it is. ;-)