I’m gearing up for Photoshop World next week. In the meantime, here’s a few links and what-not to keep you busy. Have a great weekend:

• Word on the street is that Scott Kelby rocked! his first (and sold out) Light it, Shoot it, Retouch It seminar yesterday. Congrats to Scott. Make sure you sign up quickly for the next few tours (Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Chicago) if you want to snag a seat.

• Jason Lykins did a review of my first app done with Kelby Training. The app is called the Photoshop CS5 Crash course and it’s basically a Photoshop beginners training video in app form. You can read the review on Terry White’s Best App Site here.

• Speaking of apps, our buddy Rick Sammon has a new HDR app to check out.

• I guess I’m really app happy today. Check out the upcoming iPad app Photosmith (The mobile companion to Lightroom).

• The folks at ExpoImaging continue to put out some of the best flash modifiers out there. I just got a look at the new Rogue Grid. If you’ve used the Rogue Flashbenders before, then you’ll love this one.

• In case you hadn’t heard, Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2 is out (and available for Lightroom). Here’s the link.

• Back in February, I did an interview with Digital Photo Experience on photography, Photoshop and Lightroom. Here’s the link.

• Russell Brown has a great script for automatically opening a layer from Photoshop into Camera Raw. Very cool!



  1. Peter Laraz 5 April, 2011 at 09:33 Reply

    sorry your other images are great (most of the time) but these HDR images are the usual stuff that make my eyes bleed.
    what is it that people like such ugly overdone HDR images?

    it´s fake looking ultra colorfull crap…. sorry my 2 cents.

  2. michael B 4 April, 2011 at 17:31 Reply

    Isn’t is a violation of copyright in France to publish a picture of the Eiffel Tower at night when it is light up? From my understanding, the design company considers their light show to be copyrighted and will go after people that publish photos of it at night with the tower being the main subject or substantial portion of the photo.

  3. Cheryl Gribble 4 April, 2011 at 10:49 Reply

    Awesome HDR… when is a book coming out about the post-process tweaking after the software? More about HDR? The biggest part is adjusting the images after the HDR, local correction,etc… are you writing a book?

    The blog say I, I, I, but who are you? What is your name? Are you RC?
    Great blog by the way.
    Student, Photo 150, central Calif.

  4. Adam Donaldson 4 April, 2011 at 08:45 Reply

    Cool as cats! You captured the atmosphere of Paris to a T.
    I love Paris and Love those HDR images (did I just say that!)

  5. Thomas 3 April, 2011 at 17:07 Reply

    Matt, I read the review on the CS5 crash course. It ends stating that Kelby training will soon release the app that will make all kelby training modules available on the iPad. Don’t mean any disrespect, but isn’t this exactly what was stated around 1 year ago…then again a few months later…and again…and again?

    Do you have any reliable date for this or is it as soon as always?

    I do look forward to it as I thinkthe tool will rock, especially for those without 2 screens…but I am kind of losing interest since “soon” never quite seems to come about!

  6. Edward 31 March, 2011 at 15:10 Reply

    I just bought a copy of your Layers book. Great work! I read your chapter on smoothing and enhancing skin. I applied this technique on a picture and compared the result to the result of enhancing skin with local adjustments – negative clarity – in Lightroom. Although I notice small differences, I find it difficult to decide what method produces the best results. In what situations would you recommend your Photoshop technique for skin enhancement and for what kind of pictures: Lightroom?
    Best regards,

  7. RON 30 March, 2011 at 01:46 Reply


    if you use a pc,

    you need to first show hidden files and folders, then you can go to documents and setting, your user name, application data, adobe,lightroom and make a copy of that folder to another location that is backed up. also you need to go to where your catalog is stored. and copy that to a folder to maybe the same location you copied the lightroom folder in to a folder called LR Cat Back up, you decide the name, if you shoot Raws then as long as the xpm side car file is included in the folder with your raw files then you will be ok if you ever need to re load those files into LR. Those are the files that tell LR how to treat the raw file..


  8. Jeff 26 March, 2011 at 14:34 Reply


    Was just re-reading your recent posts and have a question about deleting. After you delete all the photos marked as rejected, do you go back to where you backed them up on import and delete those as well? If so is there a way to streamline the process so you don’t have to go and select each photo individually?
    Thanks (for everything!)

  9. Mary H. Loves Lucy Dog 25 March, 2011 at 18:24 Reply

    Forgive me if this is not the right place for this question: I am new to LR and am trying to figure out if it is possible to back-up the LR catalog with the images and any adjustments that have been made, along with the presets and brush presets I have loaded, with Carbonite? We use Carbonite online back-up but I can’t figure out how to have LR included… if it can be. Thanks!

  10. ryan 25 March, 2011 at 17:06 Reply

    RE: PhotoSmith
    Pretty cool app but it doesn’t look like you can use your iPad to edit your library’s metadata remotely.
    Eg, I want to rate and keyword my library that is stored on my office workstation while sitting on the couch in front of the TV via this iPad app.
    Requiring actual local copies of the photos on the device mean I wouldn’t use this much.
    We are in v3 of LR and there should be no reason why you can’t load a library off a network drive without having to hack it.

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