We kicked off my week-long hands on Workshop this morning, and we started right off with a segment on using Smart Objects. We created some very cool templates, based on Smart Objects, and I have to say it was really a kick seeing how excited the students were about learning this very cool technology.

We spent the rest of the morning working on some of my latest CS3 techniques, then we took an hour for lunch, and went out on a class photo shoot (three of my shots from today’s shoot are shown aboveâ”click for a larger version).

Then when we came back from our shoot, and headed back into Santa Fe’s Digital Lab, we started working right away in Lightroom. A few of the students hadn’t even used Lighroom before, but they picked it up really fast, so we worked in Lightroom for the rest of day.

After dinner, we watched three 30-minute photography presentations from three of the other instructors (there’s six of us total, teaching everything from Photoshop to Location Lighting, from to How to Market Your Work, to Portrature, and there’s even a beginner’s class on Digitial Photography). All three presentations were incredibly inspiring and informative and the crowd just ate them up. (My presentation is coming up on Wed. evening).

It was a great end to a wonderful day of sharing, learning, laughing, and fun, and I’m so honored to be a part of it. That’s it from Day 1–more tomorrow! :)

P.S. Reid Callanan, the Director of the Santa Fe Workshops, turned me on to this great photography blog from National Georgraphic photographer David Allen Harvey. Click here to see some great work.


The day before my Lightroom seminar in New York last week, my buddy Gabe Biderman surprised me and Dave Moser by chartering a helicopter to take us an aerial shooting tour of Manhattan (the photo above of me trying to mask my fear, is by Gabe).

Now, I’ve only been in a helicopter once, and I don’t remember too much about it (I was mostly staring at the ground and praying), except I do remeber that when we finally landed my hands were beet red from clutching the handles so tightly on the back of the seat.

So, when they strapped me in with nothing more than a car seatbelt, and the pilot told me we would be leaving the side door open so we could have an unobstructed shooting view, I let the pilot know that there was no way in heck (and I didn’t say heck) I was going to be the guy sitting by the open door (which was good, because as we circled the Empire State Building, the chopper was tilted over so far I felt like I was going to fall out even with the door closed!).

As soon as I heard what Gabe had planned for us, I called Joe McNally for some tips on shooting from a chopper, seeing as he just taught a workshop in Dubai on shooting from a helicopter. Unfortunatley, I missed him and left a message. I didn’t get Joe’s return message until about an hour after we landed (of course, he had some great tips, as always). So, I wound up shooting about 362 of the lamest shots you’ve ever seen (except that you won’t see them—that’s how lame they are). Anyway, the flight was smooth (as opposed to my only other Helicopter experience, where I was bouncing around like a BB in a boxcar), and despite the fact that I took about 8 Gig of total rejects, I still had a blast!!!! Thanks Gabe—that was really a treat :)

Good morning everybody. I’m out here teaching a week-long hands-on workshop at the wonderful Santa Fe Workshops out in Santa Fe, New Mexico (if you haven’t been here, it’s an amazing learning experience, and I highly recommend it).

Here’s what’s goin’ on this morning:

  • There’s an interesting article about “How Photoshop Was Born” over at Web site. Check it out right here.
  • The day before my New York Lightroom seminar, I got to do a little shooting. I wish I had seen this New York Times article on “Where the pros go to shoot in New York” first, because I might have fit in a little more shooting time.
  • Photoshop Hall of Famer John Paul Caponigro has an exhibition of his New York, coming up August 4th-5th up in Cushin, Maine. For more info, visit his Website.
  • My buddy Jeff Revell turned me onto this major productivity killer. It’s a site with a very Photoshop-like color picker, and when you choose a color, it searches Flicker and then displays shots that match that color. It’s surprisngly cool, and will waste your time like nobody’s business. Here’s the link to mess up your day.
  • NAPP members—check this out: Adobe is offering big discounts to all NAPP members that purchase Photoshop CS3/Photoshop CS3 Extended and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom until August 30, 2007 through Adobe’s online store:>> Photoshop CS3 Upgrade and Photoshop Lightroom bundle – $368 (a $130 savings)
    >>Photoshop CS3 Extended Upgrade and Photoshop Lightroom bundle – $498 (a $150 savings)
    >> Photoshop CS3 Full and Photoshop Lightroom bundle – $751 (a $200 savings)
    >> Photoshop CS3 Extended Full and Photoshop Lightroom bundle – $1048 (a $250 savings)
    >> Photoshop Lightroom – $199 (a $100 savings)

    To take advantage of these members-only discounts at the store, you will need a unique offer code. To receive your special code, visit the NAPP member site, and go to the Discounts page (See, it pays to be a NAPP member!) Note: Each member may only purchase 1 copy of Photoshop Lightroom or the Photoshop Lightroom & Photoshop bundle per code.

  • Terry White has added an invaluable new page to his popular Tech Blog, and that is a list of Terry’s favorite gear (stuff that he himself uses, which is saying something!). Check it out right here.

That’s it from here. Hope you all have a great Monday! :-)


During the Live Bridal Shoot that kicks off the day



A big thanks to everyone who came out to my New York Lightroom Seminar yesterday (photos above by Dave Moser). It was really great seeing so many familiar faces and getting to meet so many new people, and lots of NAPP members. Plus, for me, it is just such a kick seeing so many pro photographers (over 800+ yesterday) getting so psyched about Lightroom, and the “New Digital Photography Workflow” using Lightroom and Photoshop. Just an amazing day and I can’t thank the wonderful people of New York City for their gracious hospitality.

Also, many thanks to my tour sponsors: Epson, Nikon, Westcott, Peachpit Press, and B&H Photo (all of whom had displays at our mini-expo). It was also the first time we had a display from Westcott, and it was absolutely jammed!!! People are so psyched about those SpiderLites (once you see ’em live; you’ve got to have one. Or two!).

We’re working on the next group of tour dates (we’ll be coming to Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, somewhere in Florida, and a number of other cities as well), and I’ll post them here on the blog as soon as they’re locked down (any day now).

Now, for the Friday News Update (well, it’s actually the next post down). :-)

Well, I’m back home and back in the saddle (I have no idea what that means). Anyway, here’s what’s going on:

  • By now you’ve learned that my link to Moose Peterson’s News Blog (referenced on Wed.) was missing a letter, and that made the link broken. Sorry about that. The correct link is here.
  • Renown Landscape Photographer Stephen Johnson has just released his June 2007 Newsletter, and you can read it online from his site (while you’re there, make sure you check out some of his amazing photography).
  • I just ran across a great site with Web Gallery templates for Lightroom, including some very cool Flash templates. It’s called, and if you’re into Lightroom, you’ve gotta check it out.
  • Apparently, you’ve gotta be really quick if you want one of B&H Photo’s “Scott Kelby Location Kits.” I saw this comment posted by “Ade” yesterday: “I got the “location kit available” e-mail late on Tuesday morning, and placed my order as soon as I could. I’ve got a UPS tracking number. On Wednesday, I wanted to buy a second kit for a friend and was suprised to find out that it was out of stock again! So, it would seem that whatever kits B&H had probably sold out on Tuesday!” So, if you want one of those kits, I would go to the page on B&H’s site (here’s the link), and click the “Notify When in Stock” link. Then B&H will email you when it’s in stock, and when you get that email; go right then and get yours.
  • Dave Cross, like you’ve never seen him (even more animated than usual), and how to quickly create your own animated “you.” You’ve just gotta see it (click here).
  • A really great, insightful interview with our buddy, and world class photographer Joe McNally over at Joe is one of the hottest photographers on the planet (this guy is everywhere), and the article gives you some great background and insights into the artist and his work (I think this interview was conducted while Joe was in Dubai recently teaching a workshop on shooting from a helicopter). Click here to read it online.
  • Digital Artist (and Photoshop World instructor) Fay Sirkis was at my Lightroom Seminar in New York yesterday, and she just released an in-depth DVD called “A celebration of art; Paint like a Master.” She had the DVDs available for sale on the breaks yesterday and she completely sold out!!!!! Fay’s classes at Photoshop World are standing-room-only, and her pre-conference workshop is always among the first (if not first) to sell-out in advance. Fay is just a gifted, passionate, and engaging instructor and her DVD is already getting rave reviews. If you didn’t pick up a copy yesterday, you can order it online right here.

That’s it for my Friday update. Have a great weekend everybody! :-)

Yup, I’m on the road again (this time off to New York for my Lightroom Tour tomorrow, where we’ll have just over 800 photographers learning “The New Digital Photography Workflow using Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS3). Here’s what’s going on:

A very kind person posted that yesterday they got an email from B&H Photo letting them know that the Scott Kelby Location Kit is now back in stock. If you’ve been waiting for it, here’s the direct link (also, here’s the link to my video on how the kit works.

Moose Peterson, Joe McNally, and Laurie Excel are, right this very minute, out in Oregon holding their Digital Landscape Workshop Series (DLWS) that you’ve heard me talking about here on the blog. I SO wanted to be out there with me, but it ran at the same time as my NYC Lightroom Tour, so I had to miss this one. To make matters worse, Moose has posted some just beautiful images from their shoots on his News blog. Click here to feel as jealous as I do that we’re not there.

Time to board. Gotta run! :)