I mentioned earlier this week that back on Monday we invited some NAPP members to come to our headquarters (just outside Tampa, Florida), and be a part of a full dress rehearsal/dry run for my upcoming “Light It, Shoot it, Retouch It Live!” nationwide tour (inspired by my series of classes with the same name on Kelby Training Online). Well, I got some images from Brad and I thought I’d share them here with you guys on the blog.

The idea of this day was to get in front of a live audience, do the entire seminar from start to finish (with all the lighting set-ups, shooting, and then retouching, editing, and finishing of the photos in Photoshop), and then get live, on the spot feedback from the attendees about anything they wanted added, addressed in more detail, and generally anything I could do to make the day more valuable to them. Well, I’m happy to say, the experiment worked even better than I had hoped (and the tour will be that much better because of it).

OK, that’s me goofing off above while Brad was taking production shots (Nothing is more handsome than having a wire hanging off your face, eh?) Anyway, the audience was absolutely fantastic—I couldn’t have asked for a better group. They were totally into it, and a HUGE help with lots of insights, great questions, and requests that I was able to add directly to the detailed seminar workbook before it goes to press. By the way; you’d think I would have retouched that funky dent in my hair on the top left side, but after seeing this shot, I actually took it a step further and went and got my hair cut today. :)

Here I am doing bunny ears. It was that kind of day. We had three different professional models working with us during the day (two women and a man), and we went through different lighting set-ups for different looks, then we did the full portrait retouches, and ended each segment with finishing off the photos, and adding portrait effects and some fun Photoshop tricks (including a whole segment on compositing).

I really want this tour to be something that will help a lot of people by showing the complete process from empty room to finished image, and I owe a debt of thanks to everyone who came that day to help make the tour the best it can be. Thanks for all your feedback, great input, and for being such a great crowd to present to. You guys rocked it! :-)

This was, hands down, one of the most fun seminars I’ve ever taught, because we covered so much ground in so little time, and everything happened in real time. I’ll have cities and dates coming next week (the tour kicks off in just a few weeks), so stay tuned.

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Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; KelbyOne.com 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. Wow, it seems epic. I’ll just reinforce my cause, could you pleeeease come to Canada? Ottawa or Toronto, it’s not that far from NY, and I know you’re going to NY…

    I’t has everything to be an awesome semminar.

    (did I beat Ken today???)

  2. Pedro, Congrats, I dozed and got beat to the punch. Would love to make tour, hop I can work it out!

  3. Closest I’ve come to beating Ken was a tie… Literally, exact same time.

    Scott – Is there any chance the tour is coming to L.A.?

  4. Thanks for having us Scott! Enjoyed the studio tour as well and the food and drinks were the best!

  5. Hi
    Looks really interesting. When you bringing it to the UK?

  6. After reading this I am even more excited.
    Are you coming to San Jose or San Francisco, if so
    I will be there.
    Hope you enjoy your tour.

  7. Yes, please come back to the UK. You know you want to :-)

  8. This looks very promising and I can already imagine a lot of people being interested in such a tour!

  9. How do I get a pic of little old me alongside my comments. Dumb question I know

  10. Scott – any chance of bringing this one to the UK?

  11. Three words…

    Virginia. Beach. Please.

  12. Raleigh, NC PLEASE!!!!!!!

  13. I hope Boston is on the docket! You have a lot of friends here.

    Scott, will you be touring with models or do you hire different models at each venue? Not that I am applying….. :D


  14. Hey Scott,
    OKC or Dallas would be great here. You Are The Man! ;) :)

  15. Scott,

    I am just starting to experiment with portraiture, and your online class is “on the docket” for me to view. The timing of this is perfect; my club just had the first half of “studio night” last night, with explanations of how it will go in 2 weeks. I have SO much to learn. Are you planning a stop in Chicago?

    – Kev

  16. Please come to Charlotte! Nobody every comes here…except for David Ziser. :-)

  17. Looks like a great class Scott! Don’t suppose it’s coming to Indy, Cincy, or Columbus?

  18. Scott,

    Hope you are planning to come somewhere in Alabama, perhaps Birmingham. You could plan to come around the same time as the Indy Race at Barber’s and kill two birds with one stone.


  19. Hello! are you coming to the baltimore/dc area. Whats going on with d town tv?

  20. Scott. Thanks for a great seminar and a great day at your test run.
    To anyone considering attending the seminar on tour: Do it. You will learn so much and as always, Scott makes it fun while you learn. It’s a great day with a ton of good info.

  21. Scott,

    How about Otis, Indiana. It a well known town near Chicago and we could close the local church (which doubles as the bar every day but Sunday).

    Just kidding, living halfway between Chicago and Indy now I have to choose? This is rough.

    Tom Q

  22. I sure hope a west coast tour is in the cards. San Diego would be fantastic but I’d happily drive to LA to see it. I bet I could even talk Alan Hess into a car pool.

  23. Hi Scott. I would love to see your program live. Please consider bringing your tour to Las Vegas. We have a couple of very active local camera clubs out here, so I’m sure you would sell out.

  24. As long as you’re taking requests let me put in a plug for Oregon. Eugene, Corvallis, Salem or Portland would be just dandy.


  25. Please come to either Providence or Boston. We love you up here Scott. While you’re at it. Bring Photoshop World back to Boston.

  26. Hey Scott, how ’bout giving Phoenix a little love on this tour? Weather is PERFECT this time of year! And you can see some spring training baseball with all the teams that left Florida for the Arizona “dry heat”!

  27. Hey Scott, forget Boston, Indy, Dallas… try something really out there – come to Australia ;)

  28. OMG…hope you gonna make stop here in ” MIAMI” please that would be awesome to see that class down here…please !

  29. Scott, I see that when you did your shot in NYC and there in your studio you use the 70-200mm for the session. Why so long lens, why not a shorter lens? Why so fat form the subject?

  30. Scott,
    Since McNally and Hobby are managing to miss Kansas City entirely, if you come here, where all your NAPP buddies have been(Cross, Monroy, RC, Ben Willmore), but I believe you never have, I will buy you the best brisket in the world. Those Flashbus guys are making me driver clear to St. Louis to their last stop, so as a consolation you could come to my hometown. Now you know who “Moshooter” was during the NAPPathon- it was me and it stands for Missouri Shooter!

  31. Salt Lake Salt Lake Salt Lake Salt Lake Salt Lake Salt Lake Salt Lake Salt Lake.

    Or even a little farther North to Logan–we’d sell it out, guaranteed!

  32. Looks like a great day was had by all Scott judging by the photos; looks like another great excuse to head over to the US in 2011 :)


    ps> It’s been a looooong time since I suffered with ‘hair dent’ I can tell you :)

  33. Hey Scott,

    Are you coming to San Jose, California?

    I really wish you could come, I just started photography.

    I am reading as many books as I can, watch as many videos from KelbyTV. I am also reading the last chapter of your book, the digital photography book volume 1. Its awesome, this is the book that made me start photography.

    If you are coming then that would be great and I will definitely come for my first seminar.

    Oh one question, should I buy Photoshop CS5/ Lightroom right away or should I wait for couple more months?

    Ritvik :)

  34. Scott,

    Please come to Pittsburgh…I will replace your broken monopod.


    • Ron, you know that’s a Gitzo ($349), don’t you? You can probably travel to NY for that! I have a Gitzo mono just like Scott’s, that would have really ticked me off to loose it, even though I could easily replace it. I hate breaking anything, it’s like sentimental!

  35. I hope you will bring professional PhotoShop technology to china. My simply knowing of PS technology is from your book,which helps me a lot. If you really come to china,
    we could learn the PS technology more directly and fully from you and your team!

  36. Scott, I just love “The Fonz” look you’re sportin’ for that seminar.
    Did you smack your fist on your camera whenever it wasn’t doing exactly what you wanted it to? Ha!
    (…or maybe punching the model…?)

  37. Hi Scott,

    Looks like you have everyone begging you to come to their location so I thought I’d chime in with a location as well. Traverse City Michigan is a beautiful resort community with wineries, great food, and friendly people. Each year we have the National Cherry festival and, more recently, Michael Moore founded the Traverse City Film Festival and the Traverse City Comedy Arts festival. I am trying to get a photo week started in Traverse City in order to inspire new photographers in an area filled with Natural Beauty. I talked to photographer, Bruce Dale, when he was in the area visiting and he said he would love to help and I was wondering if you would be willing to help also?

  38. Love to see you around these parts. At worst, in Louisiana somewhere!

  39. Hi Scott, Just wondering if there were any plans to hit up Asia like Joe McNally did? Hopefully somewhere close to Korea? Would be kind of interesting.

  40. For all interested in this seminar, I can only recommend attending. As one of the “chosen” ones lucky enough to attend I’ve enjoyed very much. Learned a lot and took home a great experience and lot of new friends. it was great to talk to all Photoshop Guys and staff at NAPP. Looking forward to see you all at PSW conference in Orlando 2011

  41. Oh how i would love to attend one of your sessions. if you could come to the Philippines for it, I’m sure a lot will be thrilled!

  42. Hi Scott,

    Any chance you’ll be coming to Portland, OR? I’ve been a big fan of your books for a long time. I usually refer to them as my Photoshop bible.

    Keep up the great work and great shots of Stevie as usual.


  43. Hi Scott..saw your coming to Phoenix this month..& would love to sign up for the class…but was wondering if there is manual we get to take home…as a refreasher?? Thanks!

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