Posts By Scott Kelby

I’m on an email list from (a very cool site) and today they had a story about George Lange’s photography “flipbook” and they were raving about his work, so I went to check it out. They were right on the money. His people photography is just brilliant, and his presentation is cute, clever, sometimes funny, sometimes weird, but always interesting. Even the music is interesting, and the way it’s all put together makes you watch it again and again. In short; you gotta see this guy’s stuff: Click here to watch his online flipbook.

It’s a leisurely 10:53 am on the East Coast, and here’s what’s goin’ on:

⢠Check out this online article about the ethics of “Photoshopping” Real Estate Listings. Apparently, this is more common than you might think. Here’s the link.

⢠Here’s another cool retouching site and this one is mostly celebrity retouching, so it’s even more interesting than usual. It’s called FluidEffect, and it’s got both retouching and compositing sections. Besides being just fascinating, these are great learning tools because you can see exactly what was done, what can be done, and where it’s been overdone at some sites. Here’s the link.

⢠Adobe has added a number of cool new special interest sessions to Photoshop World, including a “Developer’s Kitchen” to help Photoshop plug-in developers (and potential developers) get the help they need. Adobe is also hosting a special “Birds of a Feather” meeting for Medical and Scientific Research Professionals, where Adobe will show “Photoshop CS3 Extended developed specifically for customers who use Photoshop for image analysis, visualization and communication.” Plus, Adobe has created an “Adobe Plug-in Pavilion” on the Tech Expo Show Floor, open both days, where attendees can see firsthand some of the amazing new plug-ins developed for Photoshop. For more info, visit the PhotoshopWorld home page.

⢠For those that have asked “Why isn’t there a Lightroom pre-conference workshop at Photoshop World?” actually, there is. It’s just hiding under the name “Photoshop Soup2Nuts.” If you’re going to Photoshop World, Soup2Nuts is a hands-on Lightroom workshop, and the instructors are a who’s who of Camera Raw, Photoshop and Lightroom, and includes the man who wrote much of all three—Thomas Knoll, making his first Photoshop World appearance as an instructor. Wild stuff! For more on the Workshop, visit the special Soup2Nuts site. To nab one of the remaining spots, go to

⢠I don’t know if you’ve been checking out the latest round of photos posted on renown wildlife photographer Moose Peterson’s blog, but there is just some amazing stuff there. If you haven’t been in a few weeks, check it out (his eagle shots are just amazing!).

⢠We’re coming to the end of the “2007 Photoshop Hall of Fame” nominating period, so if you’ve got a person you think should be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, you can nominate them by going to Photoshop Hall of and clicking the Submit Nominees link.

⢠What happens when a Canadian goes to Texas? See for yourself, as Houston has apparently taken my Photoshop TV co-host Dave Cross in as their “native son.” I don’t know who Dave knows in Houston, but I hope he introduces me. Soon. Check it out at Dave’s blog.

I’m pretty darn excited to announce that I’m kicking off a Nationwide U.S. Lightroom tour, starting next month, where I’ll be teaching “The New Digital Photography Workflow” using Lightroom and Photoshop. If you’re a pro photographer, or a serious shooter, then this day was designed from the ground-up for you, and you’re going to see everything done step-by-step, from start to finish. I begin each seminar with a live in-class portrait shoot, using a full studio lighting set-up (you’ll get all the details), and I take you through each step from initial shoot, through sorting, developing, presenting the proofs to the client, and even outputting the final prints live in class. The tour is sponsored by Adobe, Westcott, and Epson, and is produced by NAPP. We’re adding more cities, but the first cities, dates, and a full class schedule is now online at I hope to see you on one of my stops, because this day will change the way you work with Photoshop and digital photographey from that day forward. You’re going to learn a lot, and we’re going to have a blast! See you there. (Note: don’t miss the Friday wrap-up post, which follows this post below).

It’s Friday, and wellâ¦it’s Friday! :-)⢠My buddy Jeff Revell turned me on to this before/after retouching site (called “DigitalRETOUCH”), and it uses a very clever Flash-based method for showing the before and after retouches, color correction and shaping. The image you see on screen is the “after’ photo, then you drag a scrubber bar below the photo to the right and as you drag the “before” image is revealed (so you can pause anytime for a split/screen view). Note: before you visit the site, be forewarned there are some fashion photos that contain nudity. Not just nudity, but bare nudie, naked, nakedness). Now that you know; here’s the link.

â¢When Dave Cross teaches a Photoshop session, the average size of the class is around 600 people, but for a intimate group of just 20 lucky people, you’ll not only get to spend the day’s learning Dave’s latest Photoshop for photographers techniques; you’ll get to start each day (and end each day at sunset) shooting right alongside Dave in some of the most stunning landscape locales in the West; Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. This workshop, sponsored by NAPP and produced by the Great American Photography Workshops (GAPW), is coming up next month (April 18-22, 2007) and if you act quickly you can snag one of the few remaining spots for a Photoshop and photography experience like no other. Plus, they’ll be plenty of opportunities to make Canadian jokes, and you’ll probably see a Canadian shirt or two as well (by the way; Dave’s “Photoshop TV Canada Shirt auction for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital raised over $212.00). To register, or for more info, visit GAPW’s Web Site right away.

â¢Our good friend, and Photoshop Hall-of-Famer, Jack Davis has just released a set of FREE (that’s F-R-double-E free) set of Lightroom Presets, courtesy of OnOne Software (who also developed Jack’s Frame and Edge effects set). You can download these “WOW!” presets by clicking here.

⢠Speaking of Lightroom (like that smooth segue?), if you’re a Metadata template freak (and you know who you are), then check out this free Web-based Metadata template maker for Lightroom, called Jeffrey’s Metadata-Panel Builder. It’s pretty cool (ya know, in a metadata template kind of cool way).

Two Photoshops? Yup. It’s official; when CS3 ships (sometime this spring), there will be, for the first time ever, two editions of Photoshop: a Standard and an Extended edition. (That’s why the splash screen on the free Public Beta Preview version of CS3 says “Standard Edition”—so you knew there had to be some other version, right?). Photoshop CS3 Extended has all the features of the Standard version plus an extended feature set (Adobe hasn’t revealed the exact features quite yet—they’re saving it for the official launch event announced yesterday to be held in New York City on March 27, 2007). In Adobe’s press release today (which I’m honored to be quoted in) they did reveal that the Extended version includes “…a new set of capabilities for integration of 3-D and motion graphics, image measurement and analysis. Photoshop CS3 Extended also simplifies the workflow for professionals in architecture, engineering, medical and science.” For more info, check out Adobe’s press release or the special page on

Here’s what’s going on:⢠It’s official; Adobe will be making their official CS3 annoucment on March 27th (not just Photoshop, but the full Creative Suite Product Line) at a special “Launch Event” in New York City. As John Nack noted on this blog; this is the official announcement of features; not the shipping date for the product. Here’s the scoop straight from Adobe’s PR blog.

⢠Even though it’s still nearly a month away, the Photoshop World Conference and Expo (coming up in Boston April 4-6) has already broken our all-time East Coast attendance record by more than 300 people, and it’s very likely that the conference will reach maximum capacity within just a few day, and be the first Photoshop World ever to sell out in advance. When we reach the sold-out mark, we will start a cancellation waiting list, so if someone cancels in advance, you’ll be able to take their spot. I guess what I’m trying to say is; if you were thinking of going; I’d sign up, like…today at

⢠I did an interview with Dave Cross last week about Lightroom and the future of the digital photography workflow. I’ve been told it’s a surprisingly candid interview (which means I probably said some things I shouldn’t have said) and you can read it at

⢠I ran across this great quote on Chuck Inglefield’s “Thoughts on Photography” blog. It was a comment posted by photographer Ivan Apfel (who’s a fantastic wedding phototgrapher, by the way) in response to a post by Chuck about photo-sharing sites where people critque your photography, and how the tendancy is to start shooting to please the people who critque your work, rather than stretching yourself as a artist. Here’s Ivan’s quote:

“The moment you stop caring about whether someone else approves your images and begin concerning yourself with whether you approve of your images is the moment when you begin creating your best work.”

NOTE: Please click the Comments button at the bottom of this post to read a great follow-up comment posted this morning by George Gerder. It’s a perfect add-on to this theme.

⢠NAPP is very honored to announce that John Loiacano, Adobe’s Senior VP of Creative Solutions, will be the featured keynote speaker at the Photoshop World opening keynote (John is shown above during his keynote presentation at Photoshop World Las Vegas last year, where he and Adobe’s Kevin Connor gave the audience a first look at some of Lightroom’s new features, and a sneak peek at some upcoming Photoshop technology). John is a first-class presenter who totally energized the Las Vegas crowd, and with the all new technology coming out of Adobe (including the upcoming release of CS3), I can only imagine what he has in store (OK, actually I kind of know what he has in store, and trust me—his keynote will be the talk of the industry). You can see some shots of his Las Vegas keynote here.

⢠Nikon very quitely just raised the bar for entry-level DSLR cameras, by dramatically upgrading their recently introduced D-40 with a 10+ megapixel sensor, they’ve taken the lowest ISO down to 100 (even the D70’s lowest ISO was 200), and the increased the shooting rate to 3 frames per second. You can find direct links to all the info on this new rebranded Nikon D40X at