News Update – Where's Matt

Hey folks. First, be sure to scroll down and check out the next video post. It’s another one of the Before/After videos and it’s a little different this time.

That said, I wanted to give you a quick “Where’s Matt” update and let you know where I’ll be teaching (at least what I know of) throughout the year.

• First, I’ll be at Photoshop World in Orlando next week. If you’re there make sure you stop by and say hi.

• In April, I’m co-teaching a workshop that I’m incredibly excited about. There’s still a few spots left but they’ll go quick since this is hands on and we’re limiting the number of participants. The workshop is in Arches/Canyonlands National Park. I was there last year and got some of my favorite photos of all time from the trip. But this year we’re doing something really different. Tom Bol is co-teaching the workshop with me. Tom will take us on location to take the class beyond landscapes – we’ll be photographing adventure sports and working with models. We’ll spend a session photographing mountain bikers on the famous Slickrock Trail. We’ll be teaching location lighting techniques including using reflectors, diffusers and TTL flash. I’m really psyched about this one, as I think it brings together a killer location with some really neat adventure sports photos.

• In May (May 26-29) I’m teaching a landscape workshop on the Oregon Coast. I’ve been wanting to get out there for quite a while so I’m excited to finally make the trip. It’s hands on and covers both the shooting and post-processing aspect of photography. We’ll start with sunrise shoots in the field. Then head to grab some breakfast and take a bread/nap. In the afternoon we go into the classroom where you’ll learn the photography workflow as well as have time to work on your photos with me right there behind you helping out. Then we head out for another sunset shoot to cap off the day. Again, its limited and pretty full but you can find out more details and snag some of the last spots here.

• On August 30 – Sept. 3 Photoshop World heads to Vegas again and I’ll be there with some brand new classes.

That’s all I know about for now, but things will definitely change as new seminars come up. I’ll be sure to keep you posted here as things get added. Thanks for giving me a minute. Now check out today’s latest Before/After video.



  1. Thom Jennings 24 March, 2010 at 16:07 Reply

    Do it your way Matt. That’s why I pay attention to you. If I don’t like it, I’m still free to do it my way.

  2. Butch Shaffer 19 March, 2010 at 20:15 Reply

    I want to know the way you use LR and your typical work flow. I appreciate learning the way you do things and the software that you use. Your blog is a great resource. Thank you for sharing your expertise!

  3. Scott 19 March, 2010 at 08:42 Reply

    Last I checked it was YOUR Blog, so feel free to do what you will with it! This is why I visit your blog daily.

  4. gene lowinger 19 March, 2010 at 08:22 Reply

    Teach it any way you see fit. I love the info about plug-ins. Especially the NIK stuff. It’s almost completely replaced my development workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop.

  5. Roger Walton 19 March, 2010 at 08:20 Reply

    From one teacher to another, I’d say keep doing it your way Matt. If you shw a walk-through that uses plug-ins, so what? I’m not going to rush out and buy them just because you show them (Yorkshiremen are far more careful with their hard-earned cash than that!). The reason I watch these walk-throughs is to see how other people do things so that I can re-evaluate my own approaches; in case I get stuck in a rut. So keep it up just as now, please. And thanks.

  6. alex 19 March, 2010 at 04:20 Reply

    hello matt.

    First of all. You are a world class teacher. Dont doubt yourself.

    easy fix. rename your lessons to what it really are. i dont see anything worng in working with lightroom and photoshop trought lightroom. nothing wrong with plugins. but when you name a lesson plain lightroom, it make some trouble.

    keep up the GREAT work.

    Greetings from norway

  7. Rick 18 March, 2010 at 21:31 Reply

    Matt –

    Keep doing what you’ve been doing. I love to see how you do your images whether it involves, LR, PS, SEP, or any other product. Keep up the good work!


  8. Libby 18 March, 2010 at 20:33 Reply

    Matt – show us the way that you do it, no matter what that involves. Those of us watching are free to choose whether or not we want to try or purchase additional software.

  9. Alex S. 18 March, 2010 at 19:05 Reply

    Hey Matt,
    first of I’d like to thank you for your effort of showing us “YOUR” way of working. I really appreciate it.

    I also think that after 3 years of Lightroom there is nothing really new left to show (I know LR3 is right around the corner…still there is not really much revolutionary), so I don’t really know what people really expect from you. Your way of showing the whole workflow is so much more valuable then just showing what a specific slider does.
    I am also OK with you showing additional plug-ins like SEP or Photomatix. It’s up to everybody to decide whether they like a certain part of your workflow (and SEP is a part of your workflow) and also want to embed it in their workflow.

    So just keep going to show us your whole workflow and I don’t even care if you get paid by other third party software companies. In the end I decide if embedding your tips into my workflow will benefit me.


  10. Jessica 18 March, 2010 at 18:40 Reply

    I love coming here and seeing what you have to offer and I appreciate the way you teach. I would love to see you do a video from start to finish in LR. Import, develop all the way to sharpening and export… BUT I realize most use other programs in conjunction with LR (as it was designed to be) and not like me. I would eventually like to buy other adobe products once I start bringing any sort of money in.

    BTW, I’ll be at the conference in Orlando next week. I’m SO excited!

  11. Roald 18 March, 2010 at 17:54 Reply

    Matt. Please show it your way. If there are several ways to do thing I’ll bet that you have tried them all end choosed the one that is best for you. And since you are one of the big masters – I just follow your track.

  12. Tony 18 March, 2010 at 16:54 Reply

    I think your doing great. Keep up the good work. I like knowing exactly how you do your photos. Continue keeping it real. All I can say if people don’t need the plugin don’t buy it. Matt’s just trying to keep it real and show you how he does things. He showed 2 different views of how to do it. Thanks Matt.

  13. Ali 18 March, 2010 at 16:39 Reply

    Please, keep us showing us the way you do it. Otherwise, i could go to the Adobe Site. I want to see other techniques and get inspiration from other developers (plug-ins).

  14. Jack 18 March, 2010 at 15:45 Reply

    Matt, I come here to see how you do it. Maybe mentioning, when appropriate, why you’ve chosen one method over another, would help clarify the cost-benefit analysis for the many photographers to whom it is understandably vital.

  15. Chris Belyea 18 March, 2010 at 14:39 Reply

    Matt – please continue to show us how YOU do it. If that involves a plug in, then so be it.

    Learning is about experimenting and trying new things, which is exactly the way you do it, and I really appreciate it 🙂

  16. Will 18 March, 2010 at 14:09 Reply

    I like the way you teach light-room. This web site is one of the reasons I am going with Lightroom over Aperture. I just feel like if there is something I can’t figure out there are more resources for Lightroom learning.

    I too use Silver FX pro and I think it is great that, being a Lightroom guy, you are willing to admit that there are some things that are just easier/better in other programs.

  17. Frank 18 March, 2010 at 13:59 Reply

    I for one want to see what YOUR work flow is and why ( U do explain). If you are using a third party plugin and I like it and can afford it I will get it. You did explain that if you were not big into B/W you don’t need the plug in so what’s the fuss??

    Please keep showing us YOUR way to get the final print. Thanks again Mister K


  18. Jim 18 March, 2010 at 12:58 Reply

    Matt, You’re doing GREAT. LR is not the only game in town, and knowing a better, faster, easier, way of doing something helps all of us get the images we want. If one doesn’t want to spend the money on the SW you’re using, that’s their choice. If you show me a piece of SW that cost’s $200 ( I don’t care who the company is), and it saves me time, makes my images better, etc. then I’ll decide whether or not to purchase it. I want to know the “best” way to do things. Certainly, if there’s a way in LR I want to know that too. I think that’s the best “compromise” if there has to be one.

  19. Simon 18 March, 2010 at 12:48 Reply

    Matt, I Like the fact you choose to show us different methods as it keeps our minds moving ,Lightroom is a great tool ,but its not the only one ,so being showed other software is a positive ,being creative involves using many Techniques,thats the same as using other software ,keeps it all moving round & round .Thanks for sharing.

  20. Craig 18 March, 2010 at 12:29 Reply

    Show us the way you do it. It doesn’t bother me if you use an add-on product that we’d have to buy. After fall, most people bought Lightroom as an add-on to Photoshop.

    I do sometimes wonder why you don’t use an alternate method. For instance, in the black and white conversion video, you said you don’t use the Grayscale conversion in Lightroom, but I didn’t really get why you felt Silver Effects worked better for you. Speed? Control? Quality of result? Get results you can’t get with Lighrroom? Sometimes, knowing why you chose the approach you use is more helpful than seeing the technique itself.

  21. Stephen Rack 18 March, 2010 at 12:11 Reply

    Keep on showing us your way. You are the professional and teacher. Expose to all the tools YOU use. I’ve learned so much reading your blog and along the way been exposed to new tools to help me improve my photos. At the end of the day you said it best. It’s YOUR blog! We the readers are fortunate that your sharing your knowledge with us. Keep it up and don’t change a thing.

  22. Rudolph Kaplan 17 March, 2010 at 10:55 Reply

    Matt–the dates for the Las Vegas Photoshop World you give here are from Monday through Friday. If this is correct it is a change from previous Wednesday through Saturday conferences. How should I schedule?

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