WARNING: Backing Up Your Lightroom Catalog DOES NOT Backup Your Photos

At my seminar last week in Salt Lake City (great folks there, by the way — had a blast!), I was talking with a gentleman and he told me his photos were backed up already because he backs-up his Lightroom catalog once a week. Ack! Another guy there thought the same thing — that backing up your Lightroom Catalog also backs up the photos you have in Lightroom. Backing up your Lightroom catalog DOES NOT backup your photos. These are two separate processes. Your Lightroom catalog is simply a database of edits you’ve made to your images and a
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Doing Some Travel Photography This Summer?

If you are, I think I can help you come back with some of the best images you’ve ever taken. Check these out these courses this weekend: > If you’re heading to Europe, check out one of my “Photographer’s travel guides” on where to shoot in: I hear from photographers all the time who tell me how helpful these were to them, and what a difference it made in the images they brought back from their trip. >> If you’re heading to New York City this summer, next week we’re releasing my “Photographer’s Guide to New Continue reading "Doing Some Travel Photography This Summer?"

Quick Photoshop Trick for Fixing Noise

This trick, in particular, is for that nasty noise you can sometimes get in long exposure images — especially if you have to brighten the image, but it can work in all kinds of instances. Now, before I show you this trick, I do want you to know that I normally don’t mess with trying to fix noise in my images. It has to be really, really, really bad for me to even try to deal with noise, because (1) noise reduction techniques and plug-ins simply blur your image to hide the noise, so you’re trading one bad thing for another, Continue reading "Quick Photoshop Trick for Fixing Noise"

These Airfares to Photoshop World Orlando are Insanely Cheap!

So, last night I’m online and checking for airfare deals from East Coast cities to Orlando for the Photoshop World Conference 2018 and I found some doozies! Really just super-low rates to fly to the conference from major cities. The Conference itself is Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 31 – June 2nd, so I was looking at flights arriving the day before (May 30th), and leaving that Sunday, the day after the conference (June 3rd). Check out these flights I found (whose prices are, of course, subject change at any time as airlines seem to change their prices daily, or hourly, Continue reading "These Airfares to Photoshop World Orlando are Insanely Cheap!"

Beginner Photographers: Are You Ready To Make a Serious Breakthrough?

I want to help new photographers really have a breakthrough in their photography, and I think I can – today at 2:00 PM EDT. If you have a friend, co-worker, or family member that is new to photography, and you want to see them make a real leap to where they’re making much better images right away, have them watch this one minute video below about my free Webinar today – I think I can really help (and it’s really 100% free). Here’s where you register(free) for my 2:00 PM ET live “Beginner’s Breakthrough” workshop. I’m going to share Continue reading "Beginner Photographers: Are You Ready To Make a Serious Breakthrough?"

Dave’s cool Platypod trick; a new instructor added to Photoshop World, some Lightroom stuff, and some semi-interesting tips. 

Greetings from Hartford, Connecticut (up here for my Lightroom seminar today). Well, it’s Monday – and it’s gonna be a good one, so let’s do this thing! :) 1) Dave’s cool Platypod Trick
I hadn’t thought of this before, but now that Dave’s shared it, I’m going to be using it.  Here’s the link to Dave’s blog. He’s a clever man, that Dave (make sure you catch his weekly column here tomorrow).  2) New Instructor Announced for Photoshop World
We psyched to announce that Unmesh Dinda, the Mumbai, India Photoshop YouTube sensation will be teaching a session at
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The Most Awesome Photoshop Feature You’re Not Using (and Some Other Cool Tips)

Happy Friday, everybody. I have a little video I made for you today, to talk about a feature Adobe added not long along to Photoshop CC, but I talk to people all the time who have no idea it’s there, and so, of course, they’re not using it. In fact, I can’t find hardly anyone using it, but it’s so awesome I use it all the time, and I think you’ll love it, too. Check out the video below (it has other cool tips in the video as well). Hope you find that helpful. If you’re into Lightroom, and you Continue reading "The Most Awesome Photoshop Feature You’re Not Using (and Some Other Cool Tips)"

How to NATIVELY post to Instagram From Your Mac

Happy, Monday everybody and greetings from Cincinnati, Ohio — I’m up here for my seminar today. Looking forward to meeting everybody. OK, I have a MEGA-awesome tip today, courtesy of my dear friend Dave Clayton (co-host of the “He Shoots / He Draws” podcast), and it gets around the problem some pros in the community have pointed out that if you post from 3rd party apps from your computer, Instagram’s algorithm automatically limits the exposure of your image within Instagram (in short – apparently Instagram doesn’t want folks posting from third-party apps). There is a lot of debate if
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How to NATIVELY post to Instagram From Your Mac

Happy, Monday everybody and greetings from Cincinnati, Ohio — I’m up here for my seminar today. Looking forward to meeting everybody. OK, I have a MEGA-awesome tip today, courtesy of my dear friend Dave Clayton (co-host of the “He Shoots / He Draws” podcast), and it gets around the problem some pros in the community have pointed out that if you post from 3rd party apps from your computer, Instagram’s algorithm automatically limits the exposure of your image within Instagram (in short – apparently Instagram doesn’t want folks posting from third-party apps). There is a lot of debate if
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Today’s the last day to save $100 on a Photoshop World 2018 Conference Ticket

That’s right — the Photoshop World Conference Early Bird Discount ends tonight at midnight ET for next month’s mega-conference in Orlando, Florida, but if you get it on right now you’re not too late to save 100 bucks. Head on over to photoshopworld.com right now and snag your tickets. You’ve always wanted to go — you keep saying “I’m going to go one of these years…” why not come join us now? You’ll learn more in three days than you have in three years, and you’ll come back faster, better, and totally re-energized. Here’s a peek at some of
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5 Quick Monday Updates & News

Here’s a quick look at what’s up on this glorious Monday in April: SmugMug buys Flickr (What!!??!!)
I don’t know exactly what they’re going to call it, but I’m just glad they did it. Just in case you missed it this weekend – the folks at SmugMug bought Flickr. That’s right! Whoo Hoo!! There’s hope for Flickr at last! SmugMug is a great company, and a class act in our industry, and I can’t wait to see what they do with Flickr — one whose future just got a whole lot brighter. Congrats to the SmugMug crew. Well done,
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Lightroom Classic: High Contrast B&W Tutorial Using The New Profiles

Howdy, gang. I’m back in the saddle and we’re kicking off this week with an Intermediate Level Lightroom Classic tutorial on converting to black and white using the New Profiles (and a whole lot more, because we go pretty much from start to finish, so I cover a lot of different techniques). This is definitely for people who are already very familiar with Lightroom, because it goes at a quick pace, and I don’t explain every little thing because if you’re watching this video, you’d already know the beginner stuff. So, stick with me – we cover a lot of Continue reading "Lightroom Classic: High Contrast B&W Tutorial Using The New Profiles"

I’m Back From Venice, Italy and I’ve Got Lots of Photos To Share

Buongiorno, everybody! I’m back from an amazing (and quite yummy) week in Venice, where I was leading a travel photography workshop, along with long exposure photography expert Mimo Meidany.  I put some of my favorite images from the workshop together, along with the story and behind-the-scenes shots, in a Spark Page. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec: https://spark.adobe.com/page/1iHJGY3Gku9Es/ Thanks in advance for checking it out (and I hope you’ll share it if you do). I’ll be back on my blogging schedule next week now that I’m back, and until then, here’s wishing you an awesome Continue reading "I’m Back From Venice, Italy and I’ve Got Lots of Photos To Share"

Seven of my Favorite Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are seven of my favorite Photoshop keyboard shortcuts — ones I use every day in my work and I hope you find them useful in yours. Here goes:
Press Shift-Command-E (PC: Shift-Ctrl-E) to merge all your visible layers together — it’s like a shortcut for flattening (well, it is if you don’t have any layers turned off and hidden anyway). Press ‘d’ then ‘x’ to set your Foreground color to white. Press “x” again to change it to black. If you copy and paste (or drag) an image from one document to another and it doesn’t fit on
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Where Will You Be When Our Industry’s Best Instructors Take The Stage?

The best photography, Photoshop, and Lightroom instructors in the world will be in Orlando, on May 31 – June 2, 2018, at the Photoshop World 2018 Conference in Orlando, Florida? Don’t just read about it afterward, and see all the photos of the amazing classes, and parties and fun – this year, be a part of it. Save $100 by getting your tickets before this Friday!
The Early Bird special $100-off deal ends this Friday, so get your tickets right now…then:

(1) Get your special hotel room discount for conference attendees
(2) Grab your airfare now while it’s cheap
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2-1/2 of The Most Awesomely Helpful Photoshop Tricks You’ll Learn This Week

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, lightroomkillertips.com 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. Continue reading "2-1/2 of The Most Awesomely Helpful Photoshop Tricks You’ll Learn This Week"

Photoshop World Q&A Time!

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.
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Tonight, Something Very Special is Happening to a Very Talented Photographer

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 Continue reading "Tonight, Something Very Special is Happening to a Very Talented Photographer"

Tonight, Something Very Special is Happening to a Very Talented Photographer

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 Continue reading "Tonight, Something Very Special is Happening to a Very Talented Photographer"

Fixing a Brochure Disaster in Photoshop (it’s cooler than it sounds)

So my buddy Jim sends me a photo he took with his iPhone of the first Photoshop World Conference brochure ever to let me know the first one was back in 1999 and this is our 19th year of producing the Photoshop World Conference (whoo hoo!). Anyway, the photo he sent was pretty much a mess, and this was something I wanted to keep for posterity. So, I used Photoshop (and some slick Lens tricks) to bring the brochure back to life and you see the whole process from Start to Finish, and as luck would have it, it’s
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