It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! in Atlanta & Tampa
We only have two more US dates left for the Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! seminar tour… We’ll be in Atlanta tomorrow, Friday March 9th, at the Cobb Galleria Convention Centre, and wrapping things up in Tampa this coming Tuesday, March 13 at the beautiful, historic Tampa Theatre.

Leave a comment for you chance to win a ticket to one of these events (make sure you specify which one). Or you can still sign up for both of these by registering online or calling our customer service team at 800-201-7323.

Win a Copy of The Digital Photography Book Part 4!
Yep, we’re giving away another cool book. This time it’s Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Book – Part 4. It just came out this week and like the first 3 volumes, it contains over 200 of the most closely guarded photography secrets in the industry today. For those keeping score at home, the first book in this set, The Digital Photography Book – Volume 1 was THE best-selling photography book of all time. Leave a comment below and we’ll draw 3 winners before next week’s Free-Stuff post. If you don’t win it, you can still buy it at

Bill Frakes “Shooting Portraits on Location” Webinar
Sports Illustrated photographer and Kelby Training instructor Bill Frakes will be hosting a free webinar March 15 on Shooting Portraits on Location, hosted by the Manfrotto School of Xcellence. The webinar goes from 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT, and you can register right here. I would say leave a comment to win something, but this one is already free ;)

Joe McNally Hot Shoe Lighting Workshop in St. Lucia
Yep, McNally’s headed back to the beautiful Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resorts in St. Lucia for his Hot Shoe Lighting Workshop this fall! The workshop takes place from September 30 – October 6 (but trust me, you’ll want at least an extra day or two to enjoy the island). You can get all the info over at the Jade Mountain website (scroll to the bottom of the page), and they also handle pricing and registration.

Workshop attendees will also receive a free copy of Joe’s Sketching Light book and Language of Light DVD set! While we can’t give away a free ticket to the workshop (sorry), leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Joe’s book, Sketching Light!

Princeton Photo Workshop with Jack Reznicki
Kelby Training instructor Jack Reznicki will be teaching at the Princeton Photo Workshop on April 28, alongside Steve Dreyer and Alan Kesselhaut! Together, they’ll be covering lighting, composition, workflow, HDR, post processing, and lots more. You can find all the info and register right here. Sign up by March 15 and save $30!

We’re giving away a ticket to one lucky commenter, so leave a comment for your chance to win!

Dave Cross Workshop with Calvin Hollywood
Calvin Hollywood will be doing a rare stateside, hands-on workshop at Dave Cross Workshops in Tampa on April 14. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Calvin’s entire workflow, from conception of the idea to final print. He’ll share how he finds his ideas and thinks in terms of the finished product while photographing and working in post production.

And… Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket!

Last Week’s Winners
The winners of last weeks winners are…

Atlanta LSR Seminar: Mike Cooper
Tampa LSR Seminar: Ken Hunt
The Digital Photography Book Library: Ryan Jensen

Congrats to you all, and I’ll be emailing you before noon today :)

Leave a comment for your chance to win one of this week’s giveaways, and have a great Thursday!

  1. Digital Photography Book 4!  Whoa–I have an upcoming birthday and a nice, comfy spot on my desk for “over 200 of the most closely guarded photography secrets in the industry today!”  Just sayin’………(Psssst! Thanks for considering me!)

  2. I would absolutely love both “Sketching Light” or the Digital Photography Book 4! One way or another I’ll find a way to get my hands on both of them at some point! 

  3. This is a great thing your doing Scott! Would be killer to see your lecture live and finally meet you! No matter who gets picked, I’m sure they deserve it! Keep up the great work!

  4. Awesome! Really like the first three can’t wait to either win or buy the fourth! I’m sure that I will get some request from the people who I got them the set as gift will ask for the new one!

  5. I have to say that I love the book series and have the first 3 so now its just a matter of getting number 4 to see what new insights and jokes you have. I also just got done a few days ago watching the Jay Maisel Day walk videos and it was just like being there in person with the two of you. My favorite saying from them was when Jay said “I shoot photos, not pixels”.

  6. Books, books, books! I keep giving them away. Had to buy a set for my iPad so I could keep some for myself! I’d love to get number 4.
    Or go to a workshop. Always something new to learn and who better than these workshop leaders?
    (Sorry for all the exclamation points. But it’s exciting stuff!!!)

  7. I had planned to attend the Atlanta seminar, but unfortunately the money just wasn’t available. Maybe next time. I’d love to win the book though. I have several of Scott’s books, and they’re always an informative and entertaining read.

  8. Can’t wait to get my hands on the new book. These are by far my favorite Digital Photography books. And no, I not just sucking up, I really love them and recommend them all the time. Love that I don’t have to read a whole chapter to get to the meat of the technique. Simple, direct, and informative. Thanks.

  9. Commenting for thew freebie.  First time I’ve done this…

    Got a click-jacking warning message while trying to ad an image.  Will check into that some other time

  10. I would appreciate a copy of the book – will complete my collection (have the 3 previous volumes).  The books have all been helpful – don’t have to read the whole thing to find what you need on the day too!  (though I always read the dedication/intro where Scott hides the goodies!).

  11. I have just read the 3 books in Germany while over there and have found the incredible full of such useful info! I would luv to win the fourth book and hope I’ll be a winner! Otherwise I will need to safe up to buy it! Thank you for bringing out such good books. Wish me luck :-)

  12. Thanks for Free Stuff Thursday goodies. I’ve already signed up for Bill Frakes’ webinar and am looking forward to reading your new book. Volume 4 makes this set a very practical photo encyclopedia.

  13. I have all three of your books, plus your CS 2, CS 3 and CS 5 and your 7 point system for CS 3.  I can’t get enough and for everyone else out there who haven’t got them well ‘what are you waiting for’.  Just love everything you do.  Would so love to win the 4th volume and sit down with a good cup of coffee and just read.  ???????

  14. Would be great to win either Scott’s book or the Joe McNally DVD.
    Got my ticket to the LSR event in London next month. As with the other LSR seminars will you there in the day too Brad? Would be cool to see you over on these shores :-)

  15. WIll you sell a box that fits all 4 volumes, as you did after volume 3?
    Would love to be able to organize them like that, regardless of if I have to buy the 4th volume, or if I get lucky here.

  16. Hi Scott, I loved your first 3 books from “the digital photography book” series. I can’t wait to read the fourth one.

    The other options are great too but since I live in the Netherlands the book would be perfect!

  17. Hey Brad, I would LOVE to win the new Kelby book…the first three were fun, entertaining reading and the perfect complement to my photography self-training. Thanks for the chance!

  18. Scott, I have learned so much from your books on PS CS4 and CS5. Easy to follow. I also just bought your “light it, shoot it, retouch it”. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and humor :-). Hope I win….after all, that’s why I’m leaving this comment – lol!

  19. I think your Digital Photo Series is the best set of books around.   They cover Everything and the tips in them have, time after time, helped me to make better pictures and learn new stuff.  If I lend a book to a friend, that friend always buys himself a copy soon after,

  20. I would enjoy winning Scott’s 4th book to go with my volumes 1-2-3-3.  Yep somehow I ordered two of volume #3.  No matter I gave it to a friend so this one would complete my set.  Yes, I’ll buy it if I don’t win.  Oh, I shouldn’t have said that!!

    Love the blog and enjoy the success you all have attained.


  21. Light It! Shoot It! Retouch It! And the Digital Photography series a fantastic resources for any photographer. Scott’s writing style is fantastic!

  22. Scott, should be getting your book today! I would highly recomend the Bill Frakes webinar, where can you get live training like that for free? I wanted to come to Atlanta tomorrow (only a couple hours from me) but Friday is a bad day, can’t leave my business (Scott, next time please book Atlanta on Mon or Tues) :)
    William Beem and myself are hoping to do the McNally St Lucia workshop, hope that works out!!

  23. Scott, I am here in Atlanta and would love to attend your LSR seminar.  I first thought I would be out of town but plans change.  Throw a ticket my way and I will be on the front row for you to use as an example of what not to do.

  24. Yay, I’d love to win a copy of the books … Scott’s or Joe’s!! And put me down for the Dave Cross workshop too! Sounds fabulous!! Thanks!

  25. Hey Scott,

    I think you and all the photoshop guys are awesome…
    Please enter me to win the book.
    I’ve been watching your show “photoshop user tv” for 2 years now, since I was 15.
    Anyway thanks for all I’ve learned from you! :-)
    -Eli McD

  26. I have Scott’s 2nd and 3rd book and the 4th would be awesome to help out my photography. Considering my creative juices have been running low over the winter.

  27. The digital photography books were the first publications I purchased when I got my first DSLR….well aside from the manual that came with the D80. They got me going and remain great reference material today. Keep up the great work! Even if I don’t win, I will be picking up this book to keep my collection up to date.

  28. Thanks for the chance to win.  I have The Digital Photography Books 1, 2 and 3 and love them.  I refer to them often.  I also have the Photoshop Elements 6 and 9 books.  I don’t buy an upgrade of Elements without upgrading to your books also.  I received my first digital SLR camera about five years ago and have had your books by my side since then.  I would not know as much as I do now if it wouldn’t be for your clear and concise books.  Thanks.

    Jeff Paul

  29. I have all three of the previous Digtal Photography books.  They occupy a place right next to my camera’s owner’s manual and I take them everywhere I go and use them as reference.  Book number 4 would complete my collection.

  30. What a great reward for reading a great blog – a chance to win free stuff!  Okay, enter me for the books and the ticket for Calvin Hollywood’s seminar at Mr. Cross’ joint.

  31. I’d love to win either of the books. Love the Digi Photo Book vol. 1…It was the VERY first photography book I bought. Ordering my first speedlight today…Joe McNally’s book would definitely be incredible to own. I’ve heard great things. Thanks.

  32. My heart’s desire is to attend a workshop in Tampa at Dave Cross’ place. I would still have expenses for travel and lodging, but winning the Calvin Hollywood workshop would make it all worthwhile.

  33. I went to the Light it, shoot it,…seminar in Philly.  I HATE driving to Philly but its my best option…the ONLY reason I go there is because I love NAPP so much!  Thank you to everyone for all your knowledge!  I love to learn new stuff!  Thanks for always giving us new content!  

  34. Scott, I can’t believe you’re giving away all those “closely guarded” secrets in your new book! The “establishment” will be aghast! But if you’d like to pick me for a free copy… It would add to my other Scott Kelby books on my shelf. Thanks!

  35. I enjoyed the Grid yesterday, especially the stuff about people who take the technical side of photography a bit too seriously! Sometimes you just gotta have fun! :)

    Anyway, thanks for the chance to add to my Digital Photography book collection! I loaned out volume 1 to a friend who hasn’t returned it yet. :(

  36. Well, first I bought Book 1, gave it away when I bought the set, now I need to complete the set again.  When I complete the set, I think I’ll attach it to the side of the set box with Velcro so it actually looks like its part of the set….   ;-)

  37. I love Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography books.  They are my go to reference for shooting tips and camera settings.  I can’t wait to get the new book!

  38. WOW! something for nothing, get your chics for free…oops, wrong song.
    I would really like that 4th book. I’ve about worn the ink off the 1st three. You guys are the best!

  39. I’m bubbling with excitement to see you in the ATL tomorrow!! I know I’m just one of the plebs, but I’m a passionate one! It would be super duper to meet Calvin as well or even get a copy of your book! Cheers!

  40. Scott,
    thank you so much for all the great hits you have supplied us over the years. the books, webinars, NAPP. i cant keep up with it all; i guess i will have to just quit my job, catch up to you and your crew and become a groupie!

  41. Get Calvinized! That would be awesome! Long flight from Phx but it would totally worth it! Of course, Scott’s book would be groovy too.

    FYI. Sketching Light is fantastic. If you don’t win it, don’t wait to buy it. Joe is not only a great instructor, but he is also entertaining to read (and watch for that matter).

  42. I bought volume 1, years ago and that was the start into the “Kelby World” .  Loved it and all of the other Scott Kelby books I have purchased/videos.  I would LOVE volume 4!!

  43. The first three had so much content I can’t wait to see what else you came up with to write about. These are the best photography books I’ve ever seen and read and I’m sure number four will continue the trend.

  44. YES, would LOVE to get the Digital Photography book Part 4!!!
    After I went to the Light It! Shoot It! Retouch It! seminar in Denver last year I’m totally hooked on Kelby Training…Have a few of Scott’s books already. (

  45. Because I have the first 3 Kelby digital photography books and the 4th would be the “icing on the cake”. Ticket to see Calvin Hollywood in Tampa would be awesome too! 

  46. I’m really looking forward to book 4. I’ve been teaching Photoshop & Photography classes for about 10 years now in WV and your first 3, and now this one, are the first books I recommend. Everyone really likes your writing style. I tell them that it’s just like you were standing there with us talking about cameras. Same thing with your Photoshop books. You have a real teaching gift. Hope to see you again, LIVE, sometime soon.

  47. Scott Kelby’s books were the first ones I ever bought when I made the decision to get into photography, and I’ve never looked back.  Buying his new one isn’t in the budget right now, so winning it would be awesome!  Thanks to Scott and his team for all they do for the photographic community.

  48. Now that Hasselblads will ship with LR4, can we get Hassie discounts thru NAPP? Seriously you  should talk to them about having a flyer inserted for Kelby Training in their box.

  49. Oh boy!  Hoping for the copy of Digital Photography Book Part 4, Sketching Light, or a ticket to the Princeton Photo Workshop!!  That’s the worst part about being a poor photographer; after spending all my money on camera equipment, it’s hard to find cash to learn how to use it!

  50. Sketching Light looks like another great book from Joe, and Scott’s book 4 looks great too. Hoping for either of those! Keep up the great work guys! :)

  51. I have Scott Kelby’s Digitial Photobraphy Book – volume 1.  I would love to win the  Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Book – Part 4.   Enjoy your blogs, books & videos.

  52. Got books 1,2 and 3. Planning to buy #4 to make it the best selling book.  BUT….if you want to give it me…     Love reading the blog everyday.

  53. What can I say other than thank you Scott (and Brad for posting). I have bought Digital Photography Book Part 2 and one of your other books “Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop”. Great books and well written. I would love to read part 4 of the Digital Photography Book!

    I Live in Denmark so I hope not I win any workshop event… you know, I can’t afford the trip to US even though I would love to visit your country. Maybe that happens some day… I wish!

    Keep up the good work, that makes me happy!

    John Morck

  54. While I would love to go to a seminar, there would be no way that I can transport myself there. The books all look lovely, especially Joe McNally’s. I haven’t read that one yet. If I don’t win, I’ll definitely pick up a copy. How did I not know about this ‘Free Stuff Thursday’ before? Anyways, congrats to those who win any of the tickets though, let us know how it turns out. 

  55. I want to order Scott’s new lightroom 4 book but I don’t see it on  When can I order it?  Will you please post it on tomorrows blog.  Thanks.

  56. Thanks to you original Digital Photography Book, you got me started on my photography journey and eventual love for it!  You make it easy for enthusiasts like me to learn and be inspired. :)

  57. Holy carp (yes, I just referenced a religious fish) I could win The Digital Photography Book Part 4 or a workshop with Jack Reznicki at a location I could actually drive to just by posting a comment? I better not flounder. Salmons got to win, it might as will be me. I’ll stop now, you’ve probably all haddock-nuf.

  58. Hi from Germany ,

    I own the first three books, in German of course, but I’d like trying the original, so please help me with that, would you ??

    ciao from Harrislee

    the one and only

  59. Would love to send my wife to Atlanta as a treat. We are in the process of moving abck to Germany after living 6 years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Would be a nice way to say Good Bye to Atlanta.

  60. Hey guys, can’t wait to see you in D.C. I’m staying with my parents so look for me, I will be the one you have to kick out of the building each night! I look forward to reading book 4!

  61. So great that you are so generous! Love the useful knowledge and hope to continue learning (and hopefully winning… Not in the Charlie Sheen way…)

  62. I have Scott’s first 3 Digital Photography books. Would be great to win #4–so I can stay one step ahead of my wife and her growing interest in photography :-)

  63.  The Digital Photography Book Part 4…I’ve been waiting for this one! I so enjoyed the 1st 3 books, these books are like little workshops with Scott. Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks.

  64. I so enjoyed the first 3 books that I recommended it to everyone I know take pictures. I already also
    recommended the 4th volume even at our library. Would be great to win the 4th volume.
    Thanks sharing with us your outstanding knowledge about photography!

  65. I’d LOVE to have a copy of Joe McNally’s book, Sketching Light! And…while you’re at it…a trip to his workshop in St. Lucia! ;-)

  66. I received DP book 1 as a Christmas gift, and went out and bought 2 & 3.  I often refer back to it to refresh my memory.  Am also planning on getting your book on Lightroom along with my purchase of LR.  Thanks for all the helpful information you present in plain English!!

  67. Hi, would love to win Scott’s volume 4 of The Digital Photography Book.
    Also wouldn’t mind winning Joe McNally’s Sketching Light.

    Thank you, Jan Gemeinhardt

  68. Already attended the Light It! Shoot It! Retouch It! Live in Dallas. I’m thinking you were his assistant at the seminar. Loved the seminar. I would love to get a free copy of The Digital Photography Book Part 4.

  69. I would love to win your new book 4! I am at PSW right now and it ha been great. I loved your Light It – Shoot It- Retouch it Session and I look forward to your Lightroom Killer Tips Session today. Thank you!

  70. Just found time to slow down and catch up on some of the stuff going on, Been driving all over the country side trucking. book 4 sounds good for a read up on neww insites.

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