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So, last week I was working in Photoshop on a splash screen YouTube thumbnail for a Lightroom tutorial I recorded on renaming your photos in Lightroom. I did this for my other site, and I ran into a few problems along the way, but the fixes worked out so well, I knew I needed to share them on the blog – it’s 2-1/2 (or more) tips mostly for fixing distracting stuff in your photo using The Patch Tool and a great trick for extending your background seamlessly. There are a few extra handy tips in here as well. :)

I hope you found anywhere from 1 to 2-3/4 of those tips helpful. :)

Hey, photographers in Atlanta…
300+ of you are coming out to my seminar there on Monday – if you’re not…it’s not too late. Here’s the link. Hey, Milwaukee — I’m there on Wednesday, come on out. Columbus, I’m headed there next month. Hope you’ll join me. 

Have a great weekend everybody!



P.S. Our interview last week with British fine art photographer Ian Munro (The Gallery at KelbyOne competition winner) – he was so brilliant that we’re airing it again in its entirety TODAY. Great insights and amazing images – streaming on my FB page today at 4pm ET (here’s the link) – don’t miss it.

Creating Breathtaking Floral Images with Melanie Kern-Favilla
Learn how to create stunning floral photographs! Join Melanie Kern Favilla as she shares her secrets for creating dramatic still life photographs using natural light. In this class you’ll learn how to recognize qualities of light, what gear is needed, how to create props and light modifiers yourself, how to choose the right flowers for subjects, and how to apply all of these techniques to any still life subject you choose. There’s even a bonus lesson at the end on macro snowflake photography and using a scanner instead of a camera! Your ability to create amazing photographs is as close as your own window.

In Case You Missed It
Join Dave Black for some lightpainting under the stars in Mono Lake and Bodie Ghost Town. Dave starts off with a walk through of all the gear needed for lightpainting before taking us through the importance of a site survey. Over the course of six different shoots in a variety of locations Dave shares all of the steps and settings needed to create stunning lightpainted starscapes. Each lesson is packed with tips, tricks, and lessons learned from Dave’s decades of experience. Dave is a master teacher, and his love for creating these photographs is truly infectious.

It has been a long time since I have been a guest blogger on Scott’s blog, and it’s fun to write a blog for someone else for a change. I just returned from photographing my 6th Olympics for Team USA and was writing blogs at least once a day from PyeongChang.

I have been home for two weeks now and I am finally recovering from the month-long marathon that is the Olympic Games. The days there are crazy long with many of us photographers pulling 18-hour days full of shooting, editing, and moving from venue to venue. But I am not complaining at all! Even though this is my 6th Olympics, I am always excited about the opportunity to photograph some of the best athletes in the world and from the best spots one could ask for.

People often ask me, “What is your favorite sport to photograph?” I usually answer that it is anything new. I live near San Francisco and we do not have a whole lot of bobsled or speed skating in our area. Having a chance to photograph these sports is really fun for me.

The sport I am most invested in during the Winter Olympics is ice hockey. Not only do I shoot for USA Hockey (both men’s and women’s teams), but I play the game as well. This helps me predict the plays and know where to focus my camera during the action. I also get to know the athletes pretty well which makes it more personal for me.

So this leads me to the highlight of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, watching the women of USA Hockey win the gold medal. You see, I photographed for the team 4 years ago in Sochi and watched the ladies lose the gold medal game to the Canadians, even though the U.S. had a two-goal lead towards the end of the game. It was one of the hardest things to watch as the women cried while receiving their silver medals, knowing that the gold was almost in their hands. I remember that moment like it was yesterday. Before I left for these Olympics, I told my friends and family that the one thing I wanted more than anything was to watch the women get redemption for that loss in Sochi.

So that you all can get a feeling of what it is like to photograph the Olympic Games, I am going to take you through my day when I shot this epic battle.

USA Hockey Women’s Locker Room

I got to the Gangneung Ice Arena around 10am to photograph the women’s locker room before the big game. After shooting for 15 minutes, the ladies were arriving and I hightailed it out of there to edit the images and post them to my team contact. I then prepared both my Canon 1D X Mark II cameras for the upcoming game. On one camera I had a Canon 70-200mm lens with a rubber hood (which is great for pressing the lens up against the glass), and the second camera had a Canon 8-15mm fish eye lens for getting shots of the athletes if they were right in front of me. I also made sure to bring my Canon 24-70mm lens for a potential gold medal group shot if the ladies won. Even though the game did not start until 1:15pm, at 11:30am I made my way from the press tent to the ice to scout out the cleanest glass panels and request my shooting location. Since I was the official photographer for the team, I got preferential treatment in getting my choice of shooting locations.

USA Hockey Women vs Canada Gold Medal Game

Before the game started, the women would come out for their warm ups. The team had requested images from before the game and really wanted a shot to show the intensity on their faces so that they could post a shot on social media leading up to the big matchup. Before they got on the ice, I ran over to the tunnel where they entered the ice and got this shot of Maddie Rooney exuding that intensity.


Hi Gang — we’re only 76 days away from the Photoshop World Conference (May 31-June 2, 2018) in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center (whoo hoo!), and I thought I’d give a quick update on what’s up, via a Q&A style post. Here we go:

Q. This is the only Photoshop World Conference this year, right?
A. That’s right, it the only one, so you should definitely come.  

Q. I see you’re at the Hyatt this time instead of the Orange County Convention Center.
A. You bet! The Hyatt was our host hotel last year and we absolutely loved it. What we didn’t love was having to walk all the way through the Hyatt Convention Center, just to walk to another convention center. Now, you just come downstairs and you’re right in the middle of everything. The Hyatt’s convention center is much newer, and we can have a bigger keynote, a bigger partner pavilion, and we’re all together in just one convenient place. We’re pretty psyched! 

Q. Is that where all the staff and instructors are staying?
Yup, we’re all staying at the beautiful Hyatt Regency. You can stay there, too but it’s filling up very fast (they have a special discount for our attendees) details here.

Q. Is that where Joe McNally is staying?
No. Actually, Joe insists on staying at Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World. He takes a limo over each morning. 

Q. Really?
Of course not. He takes a carriage. It’s why we have to end all conference events by 11:45 PM.

Q. Scott, I’m more of a visual person, and I need to see it to really understand it. Is there any way you could create some sort of short slideshow, set to some upbeat royalty-free music, with lots of photos? Also, could you make it around 90-seconds? —  I have a short attention span. 
Well, when you make it that specific, I feel like I have to. Here it is (below) to your exact specs.

Q. What kind of conference is this really?
It’s ‘clothing optional’

Q. Are you serious?
Well, it’s really up to you. That’s why we call it “optional.”

Q. It’s called Photoshop World?— is it all just Photoshop classes?
It’s grown to be much more than just Photoshop. We have full conference tracks on Lightroom and photography, and lighting/flash, and graphic design, and Business/Career, and more. Of course lots of Photoshop classes, too.

Q. Do I have to pick my classes in advance?
A. Nope. You can go to any class you want, any time you want, and move between classes as you like. No pre-registration necessary unless you’re coming a day early for the pre-conference workshops.

Q. Are the workshops the day before still available?
There are ten pre-conference workshops, but a few of them are almost sold out, so if you’re thinking of coming a day early to get into one of these in-depth workshops, I’d get your ticket for the one you want now, so it’s not sold out.

Q. If I’m a beginner will I be lost?
Only if you don’t follow the directional signs in the Hyatt.

Q. I meant in the sessions?
We have a lot of beginners that come to Photoshop World each year, and they’re able to follow along no problem with most of the sessions. Of course, if a session is named “Advanced” then you should probably sit that one out, but there are nearly 100 sessions so there will be plenty of other classes to choose from. Also, while you might arrive as a beginner, you won’t leave as one.

Q. Last year you guys had Stacy Pearsall for your special evening presentation, and she was awesome. Who will it be this year?
A. We are truly excited this year to bring you “An evening with Jeremy Cowart.” He is one of the most engaging, passionate, driven photographers and champions for social good in our industry, and it will truly be a very special evening for everyone.

Q. Will Roberto Valenzuela be there?
A. Absolutely! He’ll be rocking it.

Q. Peter Hurley? Joe McNally?
A. You bet!

Q. What about Stella Kramer? Please tell me Stella’s gonna be there!
A. She is. Everybody loves Stella!

Q. What about Lindsay Adler? Terry White, Matt Kloskowski? Dave Black? Julieanne Kost? Scarlett Johansson? Kristina Sherk? Dave Cross, Corey Barker, What about them?
A. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, no, yes, yes, yes.

Q. Any international instructors?
A. Oui! (see what I did there?). We’re talkin: Glyn Dewis, Serge Ramelli, Frank Doorhof, Dave Clayton, and Tim Wallace (aw, yeah)

Q. Moose?
A. Moose! :)

Q. Kaylee Greer and her doggos?
A. Si, con mucho mas doggos y puppers!

Q. Any new instructors?
A. Always! We’re welcoming Family/newborn photographer Tracy Sweeney (link), and Photoshop design sharks Mark Heaps and Jesus Ramirez. 

Q. Alright, I’ll go register right now. Just checking — Joel Grimes, he will be will be there too, right?
A. You bet. 

Q. Isn’t there a competition for people who attend the conference?
A. There is — they’re called “The Guru Awards”  and winning a prestigious “Guru” award has launched many a career. Here are the details on entering.

Q. So the Guru Awards are only open to be people who attend the conference?
A. That’s right.

Q. That doesn’t seem fair.
A. It does to me.

Q. Will the Partner Pavilion vendor area be open to the public?
It will not, but if you want to bring a spouse or someone traveling with you, we can arrange a special free pass for them.

Q. OK, this sounds like a go. Do I get a discount if I sign up early?
You can save $100 bucks off the full conference pass if you register before April 28, 2018. 

Q. Do I get a discount if I’m a KelbyOne Pro member?
A. You bet! You save $100 off a conference pass.

Q. It says the conference is produced by KelbyOne. Is it only for members?
Anyone may attend (well, anyone who’s cool), and if you’re not a member yet, you will be – a one-year KelbyOne Plus membership is included in your conference price for all attendees who didn’t received the KelbyOne Pro member discount.

Q. So I can keep learning from the Photoshop World Conference instructors even after the conference?
You so “get this!” Yes, yes you can keep learning from them after the conference in their awesome online courses. Thank you for asking such a non-set-up, spontaneous, impromptu, unplanned, yet marketing savvy question. I so dig you.

Q. So, if I’m a KelbyOne member and I register before April 28th, 2018 –  I can get $200 off, right?
A. You are right. It’s a steal at full price, but you can still get $200 off if you’re quick about it.

Q. What if I have a question that’s not answered here?
Well, that’s hard to imagine, but if somehow one slipped by, check our official FAQ or you can chat with our team directly from the site unless you do it late at night when they’re all busy on

Q. Well Scott, this has been incredibly informative.
 That’s really more of a statement, but since it’s so on the money, I’ll let it stand.

Q. I’ve always wanted to go — this is the year. I’m going!
Now yer talkin’!

Well, I hope you found this at least 22.4% helpful. Have a great week everybody!



Q. Scott, is there any way you might embed a short video below that might just push me over the edge about going?
A. I’m reluctant to do that, but OK — it’s below, but only because you asked. ;-) Here are some highlights from last year’s conference, but just know — this year will be even awesomer! 

British Photographer Ian Munro will have his own solo show tonight at “The Gallery at KelbyOne”
Tonight, at a special wine & cheese reception we’ll be celebrating the photographic work of Ian Munro and you’re invited to be a part of the opening, no matter where you are in the world.

Ian won a competition we hold several times a year for KelbyOne Pro members where the winner gets a solo gallery show with images beautifully printed on Vivid Satin by Bay Photo Lab using their unique Xpozer print display system.

We’re live-streaming our interview with Ian tonight, and you’ll get a peek at the gallery, and his witty, wonderfully inspiring work.” It will be a night to remember, and you’ll see it all unfold live.


Who: Photographer Ian Munro and our host Larry Becker (Plus, a bunch of people enjoying wine and cheese). Mmmm. Cheese.
The Opening reception and interview from Ian’s solo show at  “The Gallery at KelbyOne”
When: Tonight – Friday, March 16th – the live broadcast with Ian starts at @8pm ET
Where: My Facebook Page, or at
Why: To showcase the amazing work of our KelbyOne members, and share their work with a worldwide audience

The presentation starts at 8 PM ET (Note to International viewers: the US observes Daylight Savings Time so we recently moved our clocks forward 1-hour). Hope you can join us. :)

For more details about the gallery competition (including how to enter when we open the next round of entries shortly), jump over here.

See you tonight – you will enjoy meeting Ian, and you absolutely love his work.



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Ignite more enthusiasm in your photography business! Join Tracy Sweeney as she shares time tested and proven techniques to help you create a sustainable business with repeat clients. Tracy is all about the client experience, and in this class she shares her secrets for building lifelong clients through attention to detail, creating emotional connection, setting clear expectations, developing consistency in branding, and so much more. By the end of class your head will be swimming with new ideas you can infuse into your own business!

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Join Tim Wallace for the conclusion to his series on building a profitable photography business. Continuing on from the previous class, Tim delves deeper into the methods, business practices, and philosophy that has propelled his business to success. The goal of this class is to help prepare you to make well informed business decisions and take your business to the next level. According to Tim, your professionalism is your brand, your personality is your business card, and how you make clients feel is your trademark.