A Christmas Thank You

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I wanted to take a quick moment to say thanks to everyone that stops by my blog from time to time. You’ve given me, what I believe, one of the most valuable things you have – your time. Many of you thank me, but I’ve got to tell ya’ – I always feel like it should be reversed. I’m the one that should be thanking you. The inspiration, enthusiasm, and motivation that I get from you and this blog is something I’m truly grateful for.
And it’s because I always know you’re giving me something so valuable it makes the posts, articles, presets, and videos I prepare that much better. I always feel like I¬íve got to deliver to you, in a way, so I can return the favor. So I wanted to give a great big thank you to everyone out there who stops in from time to time to read or listen to what I have to say. You unknowingly give me a gift each time you do it.

I hope you get all of the photography gear, software, toys, etc… that you’ve hoped for, but most of all I hope you enjoy this time with your loved ones as I will in the next week. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

– Matt Kloskowski
(The guy that will be playing with way to many remote control cars, helicopters, and xBox 360 games tomorrow and for the next week) :)

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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42 Comments

  1. I want to say “thank you” – for your time and your amazing work!

    regards from saxony…

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  2. Thanks for your time and your great posts :) and also merry Christmas, happy Holidays and a happy new year.

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  3. Matt, we’ll have to settle for mutual respect in that case because it’s a BIG thank you from me for everything you’ve done and continue to do.

    There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the progress I’ve made in 2010 would not have been possible without the tireless help from yourself and everyone at Kelby Training and the N.A.P.P. so for that ‘thank you’ just doesn’t seem enough.

    Thank you too for your friendship and generosity, and I know I speak for Anne too with this for the gift you sent over that takes pride of place in our living room and will do so too when we make the move ‘down south’ and relocate to ‘Dorset/Devon’ early 2011.

    We wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas with plenty of overindulgance :)

    Glyn & Anne

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  4. For you and your family merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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  5. A huge thanks to you too Matt ffor all your tips, vids, presets throughout the year. This page is without a doubt the most consistently useful page on the internet for anything and everything to do with Lightroom. Merry Christmas.

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  6. Matt,

    first of all I wish you a Merry Christmass and send you the best wishes.

    Then I would like to thank you for this great blog with all the very interesting stuff. Thanks for your time you spent in writing this blog, creating and releasing all the tutorials and presets.

    Best regards

    Eric

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  7. Matt – thanks for your inspiration and enthusiasm over the past year. Have a great Christmas and new year to all of you and the Kelby team. Enjoy all the toys that come your way…

    Julian
    London, UK

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  8. Hey Matt,

    Thank you for all that you have done for me and others! Your blog has taken me from just a picture taker to an almost photographer! I’ve learned so much from you these past years it’s just unbelievable!

    Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Oh, and have a ball with all those remote toys! :-)

    Thanks again,

    Dennis

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  9. Merry Christmas to you too, Matt and to all of your readers. Your tips and training are invaluable.

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  10. Thanks for all your work. For me your blog, and your preset was the best i ever found.

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  11. “…thanks to everyone that stops by my blog from time to time.”

    Dude, you give us a reason to! Always an informative place to stop – part of my regular “tour” every morning.

    Enjoy the holidays. Merry X.

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  12. Merry Christmas Matt, and Thank YOU! You have inspired me to complete projects I would never have even started – Like I have told you in person – a 300 photo restoration project for my dad (1910 – 1930 photos).

    And, you constantly give us new, interesting, and different ways to look at projects – you take us out of our comfort zone. I need that “kick in the butt”.

    But, most amazing this Christmas – On a photo shoot for a local family – we came back to my home to show them the proofs. While we were here I showed the 8 year old girl how to put together a fantasy page with snow.. she is sooo amazed and has been taking photos of anything and everything ever since.. WE will soon have our youngest Photoshop evangelist ever! The best Christmas gift of all!!

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  13. P.S. How do you know what Santa is going to bringing down your chimney?

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  14. Matt:

    I look back on the last year and I am amazed how much my skills have improved in Photoshop and Lightroom. That’s a direct result of the teaching that you and everyone at Kelby Media do so well. You guys simplify the complicated and for that we are all grateful. I get a kick out of hearing the “Wow, that looks great!” comments from people when they view an image that I processed in Lightroom and/or Photoshop. The best part for me was finally becoming a NAPP member. I’ve already taken advantage of some of the discounts available (Mpix rocks!) and have checked out some of the tutorials. Just keep those presets coming! :D

    Remote control cars and helicopters? Sounds like you’re a big kid at heart! You must have a blast playing with the kids at Christmas time. I remember those days well.

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hope Santa brings you all that you asked for this year! Maybe he’ll have one of those nice 400 f/2.8 lenses in his bag for you, so you can keep up with Scott! :D

    All the best,

    John

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  15. Matt;
    Thank you for all that you do. Happy Holidays to your family and you!

    Hank B.

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  16. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Matt, and see you on your great blog again next year :) !

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  17. Dear Matt – thanks so much for all of your fabulous tips! Your advice always improves my understanding. On this note, I have a question (which you don’t have to answer on Xmas eve!). When i upgraded to LR3, i neglected to convert my 2.2 catalog. As all my images and edits seem to be intact, i wasn’t too concerned. HOwever, when i then upgraded to 3.3, when i go to import LR2 opens and when i close it (without importing), now LR 3 says the images are already in my catalog and i can’t import them. I am afraid to remove LR2 as i might destroy the link to the catalog but can’t figure out in preferences where i might change this. The only way to import the images seems to be to import them in LR2, then go to Pictures and import into LR3 from there. What the heck have i done? Can i import from LR2.2 to a new LR 3 catalog? I have about 20,000 images in catalog 2.2!! thanks so much and happy, healthy, creative 2011!! b

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  18. Matt,

    A very merry christmas to you and your family as well and all the best for 2011. Stopping by on “my time” is always a pleasure, because the knowledge that I have gained from your posts on this blog, FB, and through NAPP since I became a member earlier this year has increased my ability to shoot better photography (as well as post process the output) exponentially.

    We’ll settle for a mutual respect and thank you because without the things that you and all your colleagues do, I would no doubt be just another average amateur photographer !

    Cheers,
    Mike
    Ottawa, ON

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  19. Hello Matt,

    I’ve only been a member of NAPP for the month of December and I’ve already “attended” a dozen or so of your tutorial teaching sessions. I like your presentations and find them both extremely informative and very educational.

    Happy Holidays,
    Cassidy

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  20. Merry Christmas and thank you! Enjoy playing with the cars & toys. Before you know it, they’ll be driving the cars!!

    Joe
    Brandon, FL

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  21. Matt,

    I wish you and you family a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. Your Lightroom tips, presets and education have made a huge difference in my phootgraphy. I am looking at today’s photos and comparing to the previous Xmas photos and all I can say is “Thank you”.

    To every else who reads this…Happy Holidays. It’s the best time of the year!

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  22. All the above plus so much more. Thanks Matt you have truly made a difference in the way I look, and process my pics.

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  23. Matt,

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too.

    re: XBOX: If you play any Call of Duty just send me an email with your gamer tag and I’ll be on the lookout for ya” ;>)

    Bill
    a.k.a. CU5TeR

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  24. Matt, Thank you for your time and great blog. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and your family.
    Groetjes from the Netherlands,
    Ed

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  25. Merry Christmas!! Love your blog and have started watching your videos on kelbytraining.com. Great stuff!!!

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  26. It is less than a year since I naively picked up my first DSLR not knowing just what a huge learning curve it would be. I am extremely thankful to you and Scott for being so generous with your time, I look forward to your posts and dtown videos and hope you know I am one of the many grateful. Happy New Year to you, your families and co-workers.

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  27. Matt,

    Not long ago you had a video showing how to add a matte border to an image in photoshop that when printed would give the appearance that it was done by a framer, remember?

    You had also said that close up you could notice that it was not really a matted print, but it sure looked good to me.

    Anyway I have spent hours trying to find this tuitorial video of yours, with no luck.

    Can you please help me find it? I’ve been a NAPP member almost forever.

    Thanks and happy holidays to you and your family,

    patrick

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  28. Hi Matt

    Merry Christmas – I am very glad to give you my time because you never waste it. Your blog is the only one I read on a weekly basis. Many thanks for all the great info! (Solo Mode!!!!!!!)

    Nicole

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  29. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks for using my Christmas tree photo again too! :)

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  30. Let’s see some cool pictures of those RC cars! Would be fun to photoshop those!

    –John

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  31. Thank you for this blog and everything you have done for the digital photography community.

    There is one topic that I would like to see covered extensively sometime during the new year. I have watched a few videos on noise reduction and sharpening in Lightroom but I still feel confused on how to fully utilize these features. I would love to see a tutorial showing how to properly use them. I believe that if there were sample images that can be downloaded with the video so a person like myself can follow along. I think that’s the one thing missing from the videos I have watched, the lack of quality in the recordings. I know its all personal preferences when it comes to these settings but guided practice and experimentation would really help my understand these features.

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  32. I’d like to see in advance the chapter of BURN NOTICE.
    Last one – if I knew it – I didn’t watch … you didn’t work like always Matt!
    Happy New Year my friend!

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  33. Midgets. Lots and lots of midgets. Oh, and maybe some monkeys, too :0) Happy New Year, dude. Thanks for all the hard work!

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  34. Thanks for a years worth of great tips. I’d love to see more printing tips and web gallery tips.

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  35. Hi Matt,

    LR has some great web galleries; however, not being a really good “web guy” I’m not sure how to integrate those galleries into a website. I know that RC is web guru. Perhaps this is something you and he could collaborate on to show a soup to nuts series on how to edit photos, build a slick gallery and integrate with an existing website or as part of a new website build.

    Other than that, keep doing what you’re doing!

    Happy New Year!

    Darren

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  36. Matt,
    Love the site. I have all the versions from 1-3. My question is, now that I have version 3, can I delete the older versions from my desktop? And what do I do with all the catalog and backup files? I can never seem to keep it straight which goes with which and what files are the important ones to hold on to. Now it seems my folders are full of lightroom programs, catalogs and backups. HELP!

    Thanks and Happy New Year,

    Glen

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  37. Matt,

    Good to see that you purchase from iStockphoto for your website.

    That is a cool Christmas tree.

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  38. More presets of course and some camera tutorials would be awesome. Perhaps a how’s they do that type of tutorial. Thanks for all you do!

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