As someone who loves to shoot sports, I am just tickled silly to let you guys know that at the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida (March 30-April 1, 2011), we are welcoming a new instructor (and sports photography rock god): Dave Black.

A lot of you know Dave from his work for Sports Illustrated, or his immensely popular “Workshop at the Ranch” (link) where he shares his techniques on everything from shooting sports, to working with off-camera flash, to light painting, and now I am so psyched to announced that he’s teaching at Photoshop World.

I wanted to share Dave’s bio (I nabbed it off the Photoshop World Website), and man has this guy had an amazing career:

As a freelance photographer for over 30 years Dave’s work has primarily centered on the sports industry for such publications as Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and the award winning TV show Sports Century on ESPN. The list of event coverage includes the Masters, Kentucky Derby, National Football League, NASCAR and extensive work regarding the United States Olympic Committee, Olympic athletes and coverage of twelve Olympic Games. Known for his creative use of lighting and in particular with the artistic technique of Lightpainting, Dave’s portfolio continues to broaden into the commercial and advertising industry, and with specialized lighting projects including work for the National Geographic and their book Where Valor Rests, Arlington National Cemetery.

He is one of Nikon’s “Legends Behind the Lens” photographers and is a prominent instructor at a variety of workshops each year. His monthly website tutorial articles “Workshop at the Ranch” attract more than 85,000 unique visitors monthly. In 2010 he released his highly acclaimed instructional book, The Way I See It. To see Dave’s images, learn more about photography, or purchase his book visit his website

Dave is teaching Thursday in our Lighting Track, so if you’re going to the conference, keep this class in mind, because I’ve seen Dave teach and he, and his images, are just amazing. If you haven’t signed up—there’s still time to get the $100 off early bird discount. Here’s the link. Hope I’ll see you in Dave’s class!

About The Author

Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.


  1. Scott, your rubbing it in, sure wished I could make Orlando to see Dave!

  2. Hey Scott, thanks for turning us on to new photographers-Dave’s work looks great and I look forward to checking out more of his photography (hopefully at Photoshop World)!

  3. Dave Black – an all time favorite!

  4. Hi Dear Scott,

    Unbelievable Photos …… Very creative …..

    Best regards

  5. Wow! Now there’s a site to bookmark! Awesome photos and his tutorials look interesting.

    Thanks for sharing!


  6. A really great guy and an excellent speaker… you don’t want to miss his class!

  7. Cool, is he gonna do some Kelbytraining classes as well?
    That would be cool for someone that doesn´t live in the US of A and can´t come to these kinds of events.

  8. Super excited for this session. BTW, so as a result of seeing him on the schedule, I checked out his website, and noticed that he’s an instructor at a sports photography workshop in Colorado Springs in May, which I just signed up for. I never would’ve found it otherwise.

  9. Great person to have at PSW. Ive followed his workshop at the ranch for a while now and always find something to take from it. He or yourself would be great to see give a kelbytraining video on shooting a game.

  10. He needs to teach at kelby training ;0)

  11. Will he be coming to vegas in the fall?

  12. Cool… just shot my first real sporting event… well, it was WWE wrestling, so sport might be pushing it.

    I need help. This stuff is tough.

  13. Congratulations Dave! (Great name ;-) )

    Welcome to PSW!
    Your work is fantastic!
    You will love Photoshop World!
    I’m a fairly new PSW instructor myself, but a loooong time attendee (I’ve been to 14 PSWs)!
    There is no experience quite like it.
    The creative energy from instructors and attendees is truly inspiring.

    Welcome and congratulations again!
    Looking forward to meeting you!


    Dave Cuerdon

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