Lightroom Tips

Video Interview with Scott Kelby

I sat down with Scott Kelby (author of the new Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers) to talk about his new book. Before we go any further, let me say that this was totally my idea because I wanted to try to pump Scott’s ego up as far as I could. See, when Scott’s in a good mood he gets really generous with his photo gear and I love photo gear… (and I’m totally just kidding here). Seriously, this was my idea for two reasons: 1) I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people to see if this 2nd version of the book is the same as the first and, 2) I honestly believe it’s the best book out there. I realize you have choices out there when it comes to which book to buy and with things getting a little tighter these days, I truly believe this is the book that will help you the most. I personally watched a “this’ll take a few weeks” timeline turn into double that because of Scott’s dedication to writing and rewriting each tutorial in the book, as well as finding photos that best demonstrated the tutorial. But it even trickled down to what to name a tutorial to make it as easy as possible for you, the reader, to quickly get to the concepts you wanted to learn without sifting through page after page. Anyway, enough talk (or words I guess). See for yourself and watch the 6 minute video.

Oh yeah, don’t forget about the contest at the end. Just leave a comment here that says “Hi!” or something about the book if you already have it (or are thinking of getting it) and I’ll pick a winner at the end of the week.

Oh yeah (again), make sure you scroll down for another weekly worth-a-click post.

[Click Play to watch the video of my interview with Scott.]



  1. Jaap Meijer 9 November, 2008 at 15:01 Reply

    Hi from Holland. Great website, great tutorials and films. Though I normally skip at least 1 upgrade, thanx to your adjustments-brush-video I ordered LR2 and am using it with great pleasure. Just takes 1GB internal memory after some adjustments, oops, was not allowed to tell.. kidding. Great software, waiting what will be improvements in next versions.

  2. Matt 2 November, 2008 at 06:15 Reply

    Matt and Scott,

    Great job once again. I am constantly amazed on how much I don’t know. Thanks for shedding light on things.

  3. Teresa 26 October, 2008 at 03:05 Reply

    I am looking forward to more info on Lightroom. I love lightroom by the way, it has jazzed me up about my shooting again. Keep up the good works both of you.

  4. Chris Pearce 24 October, 2008 at 00:32 Reply

    Hey Guys,

    Love the book. Thanks for all of your hard work keeping us updated on all of the latest and greatest.

  5. Matty 23 October, 2008 at 22:00 Reply

    G’day (translation – “Hi!”)

    Awesome work there guys. As someone new to your work I look forward to the future.

    Have a good one!


  6. Bart 23 October, 2008 at 21:52 Reply

    Just got a new Nikon D90 and getting Lightroom 2 shortly. Cant wait to try it out. Course it would be helpful to have Scotts’s book!!

    Keep up the great work Scott (Matt, Dave and all the others as well).

  7. Julita 23 October, 2008 at 17:40 Reply

    Hi !

    Tonight will be my first stab at Lightroom! After all the wonderful things I’ve heard and read (yes, in your book Scott) I am really excited to give it a go!


  8. André 23 October, 2008 at 17:20 Reply

    “Hi!” or something about the book if you already have it (or are thinking of getting it) and I’ll pick a winner at the end of the week.

  9. Bruce 23 October, 2008 at 17:03 Reply

    Hi, Scott I have both of your Digital Photography books. I was immediatly able to put what was in them to work. Appreciate all that you do and look forward to your next project.

    BTW please choose me as the winner 🙂

  10. tim 23 October, 2008 at 17:00 Reply

    I am about to buy lightroom due to all the podcasts and stuff from you two guys……….guess i will have to buy your book as well to get me through( unless I win the contest……
    Great video as per usual

  11. GT 23 October, 2008 at 13:32 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    As Jarrod just said, I will wait for you to send me my sign copy!! Or, I will go and order mine through NAPP 🙂

    Good idea to do an interview.

  12. Tim Elliott 21 October, 2008 at 07:46 Reply

    G’day Matt,
    I have both versions of Scott’s books, Lightroom 1&2.
    After 40+ years of photography and a library of photographic books Scott’s books are my “toolbox” for my digital images.
    He writes in such a way that even an “old fart” like me can understand it all and I’m having a ball with digital photography.
    Your killer tips are well used by me most days too.
    Thanks for a great website.
    Cheers, Tim Elliott.

  13. Hutchy 13 October, 2008 at 10:04 Reply

    Well as my old gran used to say – “If you’re not fast, you’re last!”


    P.s. What we all really want to know is……has Scott revised the jokes in the latest edition,

  14. Allison 12 October, 2008 at 19:09 Reply

    Hi Matt and Scott
    I love your books!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so disappointed as I have ordered it through Amazon .ca and it did not arrive before our Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to sit down and jump right into it. I have many friends that I share my books with that also have learned a great deal by your expertise. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with others

  15. Dianne Arnold 12 October, 2008 at 18:11 Reply

    Hi Matt & Scott,
    I agree that the LR2 book is a “must-have” for anyone who is serious about learning LR2 — it is truly a re-write. Everyone needs at “least” one copy.

  16. David Rossberg 12 October, 2008 at 17:14 Reply

    Foret about free – this thing is signed by my hero! Oh Fortuna please make an exception and sprinkle some of that much needed luck down on me!

  17. ray jeanotte 11 October, 2008 at 23:21 Reply

    Hi There,

    I am one of those poor saps, that just bought Lightroom 1, and Scotts Lightroom 1 book. Having used scotts Photoshop CS2 Book. and helped get the book on CS3 to be used as a text book for Tacoma Schools in WA.
    Well I bought the bullit purchased the upgrade for Lightroom 2 and A week later the new book. so here we go again. it is hard to keep up with my students

  18. Dirk Jan de Ridder 11 October, 2008 at 02:49 Reply

    I loved Scott’s LR1 book. Unfortunately I upgraded to LR2 only five weeks after buying the book, so I could really use a free copy of the new book.

  19. dean zhuang 11 October, 2008 at 00:23 Reply

    hi matt, scott

    include me in the contest please, love to have the signed book as i am starting new with LR and big fan of Scott.

    cheers from downunder


  20. Chris Wyatt 10 October, 2008 at 12:49 Reply

    I do have Scott’s first book and after the video I have a better understanding of why I could/should get the new book. I do have a question for you as to your video tutorials versus Scott’s book. I have not signed up yet for the online classes, so I could use your help in deciding what are the differences in what you cover and what’s in the book; what’s your recommendation if I can’t do both as the money now is a little tighter. Is it possible to understand Lightroom 2 with the Lightroom 1 book and your online classes?

    Thanks for all you do on LR Killer Tips. I’m new at this and you explain everything really well.

  21. Timothy Calderwood 9 October, 2008 at 21:56 Reply

    My wife said that if I don’t win the book, I am to put it on my Wish List. So, in either case, I win! 🙂

  22. Guillaume 9 October, 2008 at 19:12 Reply

    …So we can just say hi? Well, let’s go a little bit beyond and say “salut !” from a guy from France AND canada (the BC part that is). I must say there isn’t much Photoshop, Lightroom, etc. going on around where I am (Fernie) except once in a year (ok maybe twice) in Calgary (4hrs away) so I gotta pretty do everything online. So thanks for all the shows, the blogs, the tutorials, NAPP and everything else you guys (Scott, Dave (at least one Canadian), R.C., Corey and the whole crew) do online. It’s wonderful… and I’m working on being able to teach all this things to (I think I know quite a bit) and maybe do it in French too. We lack a lot of Adobe teaching material in French.
    Thanks and Salut again,

    From a French Guy that’s know never to write… (except this time)

    Cheers 😉

  23. Herne 9 October, 2008 at 16:53 Reply

    Hi guys!

    I recently WON a copy of the book from the LayersTV podcast compliments of RC and Corey! Plus I also have a copy of the original Lightroom book! That’s a double dose of Kelby!!

    Now I just need Scott to sign ’em both!

  24. Andrew T. 9 October, 2008 at 14:46 Reply


    Hi. I have just started using LR2 for my personal use and look forward to visiting this site frequently to learn new tips and ways to make my work in LR2 better. I would also love to have a copy of Scott’s book on LR 2 as well. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  25. Bruce Mason 9 October, 2008 at 09:51 Reply

    Hi! Love Scott’s Photoshop books. I’m sure the Lightroom books are equally great. Thanks for this website and your passion for helping us learn more about Lightroom. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned in the past year.

  26. Robert Hammond 9 October, 2008 at 09:31 Reply

    Hi I bought LR 2. Never had LR 1, so I think the book is great. I really
    like the brush. Great book, easy to read and understand.

  27. Steve Cribbin 9 October, 2008 at 09:28 Reply

    Hi Matt and Scott,

    This is the first of Scott’s books that I have bought, so I can’t comment on the first version. This book is great – well laid out, very readable and written from regular working use of Lightroom2, with plenty of tips. I could spread the word with another copy!

  28. Trina 9 October, 2008 at 09:18 Reply

    Matt, I would love to have this book. I already have an entire row on my bookshelf dedicated to Scott’s books. I think I can squeeze one more in! 🙂

  29. F de Palma 9 October, 2008 at 06:48 Reply

    Just say “Hi”, and I’m expecting to have the possibility to get a copy of Scott’s LR2 book here in Switzerland… before Christmas

  30. Anthony 9 October, 2008 at 04:20 Reply

    Hello Matthew:

    When it comes to imparting complex ideas and knowledge to a wide audience, it is the ability to communicate to a broad range of people: both the new user as well as the seasoned professional in a successful way that makes You, Scott and the Team stand out.

    Oh, and the ability of us viewers to take a 6-minute video of Scott’s knees…

    Best wishes: Anthony.

  31. William Chinn 9 October, 2008 at 01:42 Reply

    Took the book to read while having down time in Tokyo, even though it weighs a ton in the luggage. Selective editing and TATS are worth the price of software and the book itself. Not a regular user, but the section on flobotnor was impressive also. And yes, Scott, the bold shortcuts are worth the ink when you are seaching for them.

  32. Mathias 9 October, 2008 at 01:08 Reply

    Hi guys,

    How do I access the video.
    No matter where I click, nothing happens.
    Any suggestions ?

    In the video archive however, the link is nice and blue.


  33. [ppp' (my cat just did that) my name is Barb 8 October, 2008 at 21:19 Reply

    Hey Matt and Scott!
    I took a course in Photoshop 7 several years ago and have to say i have learned a TON more from Matt’s Layers book and his website and Scott’s books. I just bought his LR1 book last November, which seems kinda silly, so would love an LR2 book. tks again for so many tips…just love that adjustment brush. Feels like the darkroom all over again!
    cheers from canada

  34. david 8 October, 2008 at 20:30 Reply

    Just a thanks to Scott for the Lightroom 2 book.
    It really hit on topics important to me like working from an external drive and multiple catalogs.

    I highly recommend this book to accelrate the learning curve. I use to be a Capture NX2 user until Lightroom2 and this book.


  35. Larry Weissman 8 October, 2008 at 16:57 Reply

    Hi Matt and Scott:
    I don’t have this book yet, but I do have the 7-point system. THAT is an awesome book. I’d sure like to win and add the Lightroom 2 book to my collection.


  36. stijn 8 October, 2008 at 16:29 Reply

    saying hi, just bought the book based on the reviews i read on Amazon and other sites. Can’t wait to discover it in the mail box.
    Just like most of the other books by Scott, I bet this will be another killer indeed. Got to admit Matt, I don’t have a book from you, yet. So next time, interview yourself and do this same ‘contest’ again 😉

  37. fiddlergene 8 October, 2008 at 16:28 Reply

    already have the book, but if I had a second book, maybe I’d learn something new I didn’t get from the first one.

  38. Dutch Courage 8 October, 2008 at 14:30 Reply

    Hi Matt and Scott,

    I live in Holland and bought Scott’s book 2 weeks ago. I also have the Lightroom 1 book written by Scott and I think this new book is so much better. I really enjoyed reading it and it helps me to use Lightroom 2.1 much better than before. Highly recommended!!

  39. Dick Katz 8 October, 2008 at 13:50 Reply

    Hi Matt! Great interview with Scott. I always look forward to your
    tips and insight.


    Sausalito, CA

    PS What was that gadget that Dave Cross had on his camera at Photoshop World? It looked like some kind of electronic, magnified viewfinder or something…

  40. David Leatherwood 8 October, 2008 at 12:04 Reply

    Book reviews without reading the book!
    What a novel concept (NOT)

    Great book Scott. Keep up the good work

    Lake Jackson TX

  41. Kevin O'Connell 8 October, 2008 at 11:28 Reply

    Hi Matt,
    Just getting in on a freebi, but having you guys blogging has been a big freebi in it’s own right!

    New York City

  42. Robin 8 October, 2008 at 11:20 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    I have been learning Lightroom 1 with Scott’s first book. The process has been a slow one due to the complexities of life, however, I have new inspiration. In December I will become a grandmother for the first time and want to capture this wonderful time in the “best possible light” so I upgraded to 2.0 for the help I will need. A copy of Scott’s book would be the perfect addition to this exciting photographic adventure.

    Thanks for the opportunity,

    Orange County, CA

  43. Thorf 8 October, 2008 at 10:28 Reply

    Greetings and ????? from the Land of the Rising Sun.

    I’m really impressed with both you and Scott’s work on instructing people how to use Photoshop and Lightroom. Keep up the good work!

    I’m going to have to consider buying the book, although I’m thinking about going for a subscription to Kelby Training instead… Decisions!

    Akita, Japan

  44. ozzie 8 October, 2008 at 01:23 Reply


    You guys are so much better when you are just being yourselves and not trying to be “lively” and “funny”. Seriously, take this from an old TV director – you are sooooo much more interesting just as you are.

    So what did I win?


  45. Larry G 7 October, 2008 at 23:52 Reply

    Matt and Scott,

    Thanks for the insights you both always bring to the subject.
    Winning a copy of the book would be nice too!

    Larry G

  46. David Wike 7 October, 2008 at 23:44 Reply

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for the killer tips and all the good info you folks make available. And sign me up for that book by Scott. I wore out my old cs and cs2 for photogs books. Love to win one although I’ll probably be purchasing one just to find out how to really optimize Lightroom in my workflow.
    Dave W

  47. Wayne Klockner 7 October, 2008 at 22:11 Reply

    Got the book and the program around the same time…brilliant! Both are a real treat to this new DSLR owner. Thanks, Scott.

  48. Lance Hankins 7 October, 2008 at 21:27 Reply

    Had the first one. Bought the 2nd. I love it. It cleared up a lot of things and you’re right – the chapters on organization and adjustment brush alone are worth the price of the book. I’d highly recommend it to anyone who upgrades to LR2. Unequivocally!!!

  49. Toni Bennett 7 October, 2008 at 21:17 Reply

    Hi Matt: I never knew what all the fuss was about Lightroom till you showed me how I can’t live without it. Now Photoshop is jealous. I have Scott’s Lightroom 1 book and I’ll have to update soon.

  50. Paul 7 October, 2008 at 20:06 Reply

    I’ve got a quick question here Matt about Lightroom – when I’m previewing my images, they have great pop, but once it finishes rendering the higher quality, the image just drops off and is fairly flat – which one is the image from my camera? If the second one is (after rendering) is there some way to apply the presets or something that lightroom seems to apply for the lower rez previews?

    Thanks very much.

  51. Chris 7 October, 2008 at 19:57 Reply

    The book is pretty great so far and I’ve only just read through the organization stuff!! Things I never would of thought to do.. I always was avoiding doing anything with my photo’s because I thought it would be too much work with so many but after reading the first couple chapters it’s a much more simple task then I ever thought.

    As for Matt keep up the great site and books. The teeth whitening adjustment brush you made makes it crazy easy!! Thanks

  52. Lorie Weires 7 October, 2008 at 19:48 Reply

    I love all Scott’s books. Always learn something!! And I love Lightroom. Thanks for a great blog – always learn here also!!

  53. Jerry Hildebrand 7 October, 2008 at 19:47 Reply


    I’ve had the book for about two weeks now and have found it very instructive – just like Scott’s previous books. I like his style and down to earth approach that allows the reader to easily understand both the concept he’s trying to put forth, as well as, the step-by-step approach.

    My only issue is, like others, getting the Adjustment Brush to respond quickly enough and not lock up the program. Everything else runs quite smoothly.

    Best regards,


  54. Stephen D. Prince 7 October, 2008 at 19:25 Reply

    Really nice interview Matt. You and Scott work well together. I have already decided to get the book, but still nice to see the video.

  55. Daniel 7 October, 2008 at 19:08 Reply

    Rockin The Houski –What’s Up Matt,

    I want to win this book. Please pick me. You and Scott Rock!!!

    p.s. Matt, I was at your Illustrator Classic Effects session at PS World way to go Matt. That was a real amazing class. I would love to see an Illustrator Classic Effects or The Illustrator for Digital Designers Book coming from you sometime soon.


  56. Kurt 7 October, 2008 at 18:55 Reply

    Hi Matt
    It was nice meeting you and having lunch at the Tampa Photowalk,. I have not gotten the book yet, our Barnes did not have it the last time I was in it. (Last Week) Looking forward to getting it this weekend if they have it. I am using LR 2 and just love it, all parts. Just am getting to print from it now and WOW it works great. Keep up the great work. See you soon

    Kurt from Naples

  57. Chris 7 October, 2008 at 18:45 Reply

    Saying Hello for the contest. But I also wanted to say that I’ve been following your blog for about six months, Matt, and I think it’s one of the best resources and forums for for Lightroom out there. Keep up the great work.



  58. Sean Kukowski 7 October, 2008 at 18:25 Reply

    What’s up!!! LR has changed so much since LR1 and so has Scott’s new book well worth the read and the 26 bucks. Thanks guys…

  59. adrian 7 October, 2008 at 17:14 Reply

    I am a devoted LR user since the first version, bought the book back then and learned a lot , attended the Lightroom tour in Tampa, and bought the second book 2 weeks ago when Borders got it in stock withouth thinking twice about it. Scotts’ books are very informative always filled with clever tips and tricks, but most of all very easy to understand and put all the info to use with a better understanding of what your doing and how to process your images to get the best results. I have even learned how to deal with his wierd sense of humor (I go right past it)LOL. So Matt let me know if I’ve sucked up enough to Scott and if there is ever any photo gear he wants to pass on and you have already got it or have no use for , I will be glad to take it off your hands. Your blog also is something I faithfully follow and look forward to seeing your new entries every week.

  60. Stacey 7 October, 2008 at 16:47 Reply

    I love Scott’s books! I’ve not purchased this one because I’ve not purchased LR2 yet. But, it’s on the budget books for October. Yeah!!

  61. Peter 7 October, 2008 at 15:03 Reply

    Hi Matt (for contest)

    SCOTT –

    Matt wouldn’t say it cause he is such a nice guy. I’ll say it for him –

    Your buddy deserves a big fat raise.

    His tutorials are steaming hot
    His Books are very well written
    His blog rocks and is always interesting
    His presets are excellent
    He takes a beating and keeps on ticking

    Matt ..”Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh… does this get me the book ?”

  62. Paul Porter 7 October, 2008 at 15:03 Reply

    Great interview! Looking forward to seeing Scott’s new LR2 book. Just finished working with his 7-Point System book. Great stuff! Learned a lot!

  63. Steve Eshom 7 October, 2008 at 14:58 Reply

    Hi Matt, nice interview! I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to write a book about a product that isn’t yet in general use and be able to anticipate what people will need to know and how they will use it. You and Scott do a nice job with that and clearly enjoy doing it!

  64. Julie Kiernan 7 October, 2008 at 14:45 Reply

    Hi for the contest. I love all of the Scott Kelby books! I just used his new Lightroom2 book last night to set up printing and layouts for my daughters graduation pictures. I did them myself, with the knowledge and skills learned from your and Scott Kelby’s books and blogs. I also like your Layers book and think the Photoshop Elements for Mac book you both co-authored is great! Thanks guys!

  65. Mickey 7 October, 2008 at 14:40 Reply

    Hi – Hello – Hey – Howdy – Hola – Bon Jour – Bon Giorno – Guten Tag – Ni Hao – Yia soo – Namaste – Shalom – Jambo – Dobry Rano – Zdravstvuite – Aloha – Chao – Dia Duit

    Is that enough ways to say “Hi”? LOL Great Books Scott….I have 3 already on other subjects. I would love to add to the collection!


  66. twil01 7 October, 2008 at 14:39 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    How about a signed copy! I already own a few of his books and think he does a great job at explaining things. I’lle bet he would be proud as hell to have his book suddenly appear next to a computer across the puddle in Switzerland. I would even tell everyone over here that it is a great book.


  67. Tony 7 October, 2008 at 13:56 Reply

    I received the book gratis, as a result of being the leader of the Cleveland, Ohio Photowalk! I just started reading it, but I can tell already the book rocks!! Just as all his books do!!!

    When we doing another photowalk?

  68. Bill 7 October, 2008 at 13:51 Reply

    I bought Scott’s LR2 book! I’m still reading through it. I’m hoping to pick up tips on how to better use LR.

    Thanks again!

  69. George 7 October, 2008 at 13:19 Reply

    Hi Matt. What I love is the extent that you and Scott go to, to make your books (and tutorials, columns, blogs, podcasts) very readable and therefore easy to read and learn from. Scott, you are transforming publishing by getting your books out there is such a timely manner as well.

  70. Rich 7 October, 2008 at 13:17 Reply

    I’ve never read any of Mr. Kelby’s books, but am interested in learning more about how to get the most out of my Lightroom workflow.


    Oh Yeah…Love the site and the tips !

  71. Bay 7 October, 2008 at 13:04 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    I have the book and have so far worked my way through about 80 pages. It is absolutely changing my workflow (for the better). I find each section can take ages to get through because after I realise the power of something I want to go through and apply it to every photo ever created!

    Thanks for all your knowledge, tutorials and presets. Your blog is on my daily hit list 🙂


  72. F Leavitt 7 October, 2008 at 13:01 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    I have the book and would love to share another copy with a friend.

    I look forward to your entries each week.


  73. Hector 7 October, 2008 at 12:53 Reply

    Excellent book. I got a copy where the proceeds went to the orphanage in Kenya. If I win this one, I’ll sell it on eBay and send the proceeds to the orphanage.

  74. Glenda 7 October, 2008 at 12:38 Reply

    Love ALL of Scott’s books!!! He explains things in such a way that even we right brained people can understand what he’s teaching…

  75. Frank Damon 7 October, 2008 at 12:29 Reply

    Hi Matt:

    Great interview with Scott!

    I have a request: Can you make some Lightening Brushes presets for Lightroom 2, which would do the opposite of your terrific darkening brushes of last month. Many thanks.


  76. Steve L 7 October, 2008 at 12:02 Reply

    Lightroom has changed the way I work with digital photos, and your tips have been a big part of helping me get more out of it. Keep up the good work!
    — Steve

  77. frank "cooksfriend" severa 7 October, 2008 at 11:45 Reply

    You know how much I love your Layers book(we talked) and I said at that time that I felt your book was the best one from all the NAPP writers that I have read (almost all) but I am afraid I have to say now that this one is right up there with yours. When I go out for coffee I take the book and just flipping through the pages I ALWAYS pick up a tip or new idea. The book is crammed full of good advice . I don’t know how he got so much in one book.


  78. Chris Barnes 7 October, 2008 at 11:45 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    I just posted on Scott’s blog this morning about how much I depend on you, Dave and Scott. I’m an instructor of all things Adobe out here and I rely on your three for soooooo much of MY training to relay to others. I use your textbooks all the time (your layers book is required in my PS class), and lean heavily on your Killer Tips for nuggets in my classroom. Thanks for all you do. I’ve met Dave twice, apparently he’s the only one brave enough to come to NC – but I do hope to meet you and Scott someday in the future.

    Thanks again for everything you do,

  79. Tomi Blank 7 October, 2008 at 11:31 Reply

    Hi Matt, Hi Scott
    I just wanted to say “Hi” and I really love the way you guys teach me something new everyday – through your books, through your blogs, through your fantastic podcasts… this list could go on and on…


  80. Roman 7 October, 2008 at 11:23 Reply

    Hi, Matt!

    Just want to thank you for this great blog – it is one of my few mandatory daily places to go. So far everything I learned about Lightroom came from your posts. Thanks and continue along those lines!

    I’ve been thinking about getting the book, but I guess I’ll wait until this contest is over 🙂

  81. Ben Walker 7 October, 2008 at 11:14 Reply

    Just got into photography in March 08. Scott and Matt both have really been a catalyst to me being successful at doing the best I can with the tools I have. I await Photoshop User TV every week and would take time to watch even if it was a daily show.

    So Matt, HI! Don’t have the book but would love to read it.

    Best regards,

  82. Balliolman 7 October, 2008 at 11:09 Reply

    I like these new ‘fireside chats’, Matt. So long as the format remains fresh and spontaneous I’d like to see more of these conversations.

    I have got both of Scott’s Lightroom books. I am just about finishing reading Evening’s latest book and then I shall study Scott’s. BTW when read in conjunction I think each author has complementary styles.

    When I read your Layers book, Matt, and also Scott’s works, because of your video outputs I can hear your voices in my mind as I read your words, which I find is kinda cool!

    Balliolman 🙂

  83. Ced Bennett 7 October, 2008 at 11:05 Reply

    I already have the book and have read through it already. It is easily at least as good as you say. Thanks

  84. Raymond H. 7 October, 2008 at 11:01 Reply

    I’d love to get this book! I have the first one, and read it many times, I’m sure this one is great. Enter me in this competition! Thanks.

  85. martin 7 October, 2008 at 10:57 Reply

    Hi Matt/Scott
    I have the first Lightroom book and I loved it.. it was a fun read and easy to follow along. I also purchased the new book and am enjoying it.. learning how to use the adjustment tool in Lightroom 2.0 has dramatically improved my workflow as I don’t have to go to Photoshop as often. And when I do, it’s so much easier now!

    I heard Scott tease you about canoe photos in Banff. Check out my shot in my gallery – “my travels” 🙂

    Keep up the great work in helping us photographers!

  86. Marcy 7 October, 2008 at 10:57 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    Your blog is a great resource, one I look forward to reading every day. Scott’s book are, in my opinion, the best out there in terms of getting the average person up to speed on a particular subject.

    Thanks to both of you for all your good work!

  87. Dana Schagunn 7 October, 2008 at 10:45 Reply

    I am going to purchase the book. I got a look at it at Barnes and Noble but found their price to be substantially higher than Amazon’s. Lightroom 2 is going to be the future of my workflow.

  88. Stephen Guebert 7 October, 2008 at 10:41 Reply

    Hey Guys!

    I CAN wiggle my ears too !!! (really)..

    The book is fantastic as I had to have the moment it came to press. Step one , step two…that what we need sometime!

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  89. Andy 7 October, 2008 at 10:41 Reply

    Thanks Matt for all your work with Lightroom and being friends with Scott. I have the newest book and so far it has been crucial to my understanding of what is possible. I am a LR newbie so I needed all the help I could get!Thanks also for your insights and presets Matt!!!


  90. Markus Hörster 7 October, 2008 at 10:39 Reply

    Hi Matt, hi Scott,
    thanks for the video. I definitely would like to read the LR2 book and learn something more about Lightroom. Especially I am interested in backup and workflow strategies!


  91. Paul 7 October, 2008 at 10:36 Reply

    I received the lightroom 2 book a couple of weeks ago as a result of the Niagara Falls, Ontario photo walk. Extremely well written, would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn lightroom. In fact, when I received the book I didn’t actually have lightroom. I was of the camp where I didn’t see why I needed it or would use it, since I was using bridge with photoshop. The book helped changed my mind. Now I just have to get some more ram for my computer to hopefully speed things up a bit. 🙂

  92. Michael Dunmire 7 October, 2008 at 10:34 Reply

    Hi Matt & Scott,
    Thanks guys for the daily inspiration I find in your blogs. I have both of Scott’s LR books already and am working through the recent one. If you send me the signed copy, I promise I’ll donate the other one to my local library. :^)

    Take care guys,

  93. Nicole 7 October, 2008 at 10:33 Reply

    I just bought his book last week. There is so much helpful information in it, and the layout of the book goes along with the Lightroom layout perfectly.

  94. Libby 7 October, 2008 at 10:12 Reply

    “Hi” Now that that’s out of the way, I already have Scott’s book and agree that it’s definitely different from the book on Lightroom 1. I’m finding it very very helpful!

  95. Carole 7 October, 2008 at 10:06 Reply

    Hello Matt,

    As usual, I enjoyed listening to your conversation with Scott. I hope that I get a free copy of the book since I just received my Lightroom 2 software and I sure could use the help provided by Scott’s book. I now own three of Scott’s books and one the things that I like most with this author is his sense of humour.

    An amateur photographer from Montreal (Canada)

  96. Casher Haggerty 7 October, 2008 at 09:55 Reply

    Hi Matt!

    I really enjoy your blog! Keep up the good work! I already have a copy of Lr2 book, so if i win could you please send the copy to our troops overseas?



  97. Don 7 October, 2008 at 09:51 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for making the video with Scott. It really helped clear up some confusion with the new book.

    I appreciate all the hard work you put into the blog and I use your Lightroom presets all the time. Keep up the great work!


  98. Mike Lao 7 October, 2008 at 09:50 Reply

    hey matt – the book’s great! i got it at photoshop world and i’m also waiting for my other copy (from the photowalk)… this is something that i’d give to my friends if they want to learn about lightroom.

    oh – ‘Hi’ for the contest 🙂

    – Mike

  99. melissa 7 October, 2008 at 09:39 Reply

    Hi Matt!
    Aside from the contest reason for commenting 🙂 I only recently found your blog and up until that point have been teaching myself to in regards to LR. Needless to say I was struggling a bit with the overwhelming aspect of figuring it all out on my own.
    Well, after only a couple weeks I have downloaded all of your available videos on here and have gone through the archives post by post learning not only from you but also from you readers…this blog has been such a blessing to me! The teaching style of both you and Scott is so helpful and straightforward for beginners such as myself.
    I am continually impressed with LR, Adobe and all of the opportunities to learn from the from those that use it and love it.
    Thanks for doing such a fantastic job with this blog and creating a place where photographers can support and help one another!
    I can only imagine how frustrated I would still be otherwise.

  100. Tom Hewett 7 October, 2008 at 09:34 Reply

    Hi Matt!

    Please don’t pick me, it would totally take a gift off my Christmas list, so my wife would have to come up with something else! 😉

    Seriously, love – keep the good stuff coming!


  101. Tom 7 October, 2008 at 09:23 Reply

    You and Scott produce the best stuff. I’d tried LR 1 but stuck with ACR however when LR2 came out, I tried the trial after seeing the video’s on NAPP. I purchased LR2 with limited knowledge of catalogs, collection, etc, the stuff that makes it so useful. I bought Scott’s book and love it. I had thousands of images from a recent trip to Alaska, using LR2 and what Scott book taught me, I was able to get those organized, picked and finally can start editing those that made the cut. Keep up the great video’s and tutorials!

  102. Karin 7 October, 2008 at 09:20 Reply

    Great interview Guys! I just finished the original Lightroom book (checked it out from the Library) and I would *LOVE* to have my very own copy of the new one! I can’t keep on checking it out….there’s over a months waiting list (Scott’s a popular author :))

  103. Phillip B 7 October, 2008 at 09:19 Reply

    Hi Matt and Scott,

    Thank you both for all you guys have done to help people like me. I shot film years ago and have just returned back to this rewarding hobby. I enjoy using lightroom 2 and have learned so much through your site.


  104. Dennis Zito 7 October, 2008 at 08:55 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for taking the time to do this video with Scott. I just got my book and just started getting into it. I also had purchased the Lightroom 1 book. I could tell right off the bat, that Scott had made many changes to the Lightroom 2 book. There are some things in the new book that I actually missed or didn’t remember in the first book.

    Thanks again for all you do. When do you find the time!


  105. Chris 7 October, 2008 at 08:55 Reply

    Really enjoyed the interview and would enjoy a copy of the new book even more! Enter me in the drawing please.


  106. David 7 October, 2008 at 08:49 Reply

    Wow ! just within a few min this has gone from 4 comments to over 40….by days end at this rate over 200…..(I could not just say hi! )Matt ,Scott thanks for all your efforts….I have learned a great deal
    Harold that is nice to know……Scotts humor….that will be a whole blog by it self!

  107. eef 7 October, 2008 at 08:44 Reply

    Hi Matt & Scott, 🙂 still waiting for the book to arrive…Thanks for sharing all your great work! Scott, I hardly recognize you since I saw you in Holland 2 years agoo 🙂 grz Eef

  108. Harold Dunstan 7 October, 2008 at 08:23 Reply

    Hi Matt
    I have the lightroom book ( as well as the first book) and it is everything it is billed to be. I don’t find it anything like the first book, everything but Scott’s humor. I have already used it for reference purposes at least five times. Great book !!

  109. Phillip 7 October, 2008 at 08:14 Reply

    I have the book, it’s awesome, i can already see massive improvement in my work with lightroom 2. oh… and HI! 🙂

  110. Cindy 7 October, 2008 at 08:13 Reply

    I’ve been saving my pennies earnestly to go out and grab this book .. but I’m hangin’ in there ‘coz after upgrading to v2 I’m still a little way off. I can honestly say that you and Scott are my “goto gurus” in regards to Lightroom and Photoshop. The first place I head and the first place I recommend to anyone who asks. In fact, you are the only two on my RSS reader for all things LR & PS! Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge & expertise.

  111. Markus 7 October, 2008 at 07:45 Reply

    Hi guys,

    just sending a note to say hi. I love the casual videos you and Scott post from time to time.
    Hey Matt, anyone who wears sandals is ok in my book.

    Cheers Markus

  112. Mario 7 October, 2008 at 07:31 Reply

    Hi, 🙂

    Well i’m not sure if the competition goes for Europeans, but about Lightroom: I think it is a great program to work with if you just have to do adjustments of photo’s. I don’t work with the websitemodule of printmodule much, but it did make me switch to shooting in RAW. Of course for me, beginner, I am a part of the photoshop vs lightroom discussion. But maybe it is just the kind of work usually need to do that makes me more of a Photoshop man. I have Kelby’s book for Digital Photographers and CS3 witch I thought was very helpfull and had great tips.

    I hope you visit Belgium real soon!


  113. Chuck Daffin 7 October, 2008 at 07:06 Reply

    Matt, Have been enjoying the Lightroom killer tips for a long time and they have helped me a lot. I have the LR2 book and have gone through it once and starting on sections again. A very very good book. Keep up the good work, both of You.

  114. Chuck Daffin 7 October, 2008 at 07:06 Reply

    Matt, Have been enjoying the Lightroom killer tips for a long time and they have helped me a lot. I have the LR2 book and have gone through it once and starting on sections again. A very very good book. Keep up the good work, both of You.

  115. Chuck Daffin 7 October, 2008 at 07:06 Reply

    Matt, Have been enjoying the Lightroom killer tips for a long time and they have helped me a lot. I have the LR2 book and have gone through it once and starting on sections again. A very very good book. Keep up the good work, both of You.

  116. Chuck Daffin 7 October, 2008 at 07:06 Reply

    Matt, Have been enjoying the Lightroom killer tips for a long time and they have helped me a lot. I have the LR2 book and have gone through it once and starting on sections again. A very very good book. Keep up the good work, both of You.

  117. Robert Veenendaal 7 October, 2008 at 06:54 Reply

    Hi Matt!!

    I think i payed the most for the book then either one of you because i’ve got it in my country (The Netherlands) for €37, Haha!. BUT … It does’nt matter at all!! It’s a great book and i love to read en learn from it!
    Scott has done a great job here, and by the way here in Holland this site is tha bom!!! For me it is …
    Sorry if i write bad english …..

    Greetings from Holland

  118. Saema 7 October, 2008 at 06:49 Reply

    Hey Matt,

    I just took delivery of the book this weekend, already zooming my way through it as I used Scott’s v1 book to learn Lighroom initially. Also attending some of your classes at Photoshop World in Florida 08.

    I’m based in London and not many people know about the fantastic writing style you Photoshop guys have. I know if it wasn’t for the “humour” in your writing I’d probably be using the books as door stops…but you’ll be glad to know they have pride of place next to my PC…couldn’t do without them.

    BTW – Matt’s Layer’s book is pretty awesome, but then if your reading this post you’ll already know that 😉

  119. Allan Johns 7 October, 2008 at 06:48 Reply

    Yes, I’ll be getting the book. Just skimmed through but as you say, the Adjustment Brush chapter is worth the price. While I could possibly discover all its little tricks myself, why invent the wheel? $27 isn’t much for the head start into this and other Lightroom 2 improvements.

    Only problem could be when you, Matt, bring out your Lightroom 2 book. Not sure how the piggy bank is feeling at the moment 🙂

  120. Wilma 7 October, 2008 at 06:47 Reply

    Hi Matt, hi Scott,

    thanks for all the information on LR beta1 to LR 2.0 you provide on the web.
    I would be pleased to get further more information with Scotts new book being send to Germany.


  121. JasonP 7 October, 2008 at 05:30 Reply

    I preordered the version 2 book when it was first announced, the version 1 book was way too helpful not to. However, I’ve got a couple friends that could use the copy I have sitting next to me 😉

  122. Thomas Rambrant 7 October, 2008 at 05:06 Reply

    Hi Matt

    I love Scotts book. I have already bought it but hey, I can always give it away to someone… I really learn a lot about Photoshop and Lightroom from you and Scott, Thanks

    Keep it up


  123. Chuck Eccleston 7 October, 2008 at 03:45 Reply

    Hi!!![from the Isle of Wight, England – for the contest]

    I cant wait to read the book, please send it to me! Or it will have to go on my xmas list!1



  124. Christophe Boudier 7 October, 2008 at 03:44 Reply

    Hi Matt !
    Hi Scott !
    Hi everybody !
    (now, I should have 3 chances to win, isn’t it 😉

    Seriously, I fully agree with both of you on the fact that the library module is worth the emphasise you put on it.

    Kiss from France

  125. Karsten Jensen 7 October, 2008 at 03:40 Reply

    Hi 🙂

    I’m sure this book is great like this website is. Unfortunately I have not seen the book in any stores in Denmark yet.

    Karsten Jensen

  126. Basti 7 October, 2008 at 03:17 Reply

    Hi! (for the contest).

    I was sure not to buy Scott’s new LR2 book. Not because of the quality, but my wife will kill me for buying another photography book 😉 I’ve got already few shelves of those books.

    But your talk about the brushes made me curious, so I think ‘ll have to persuade my wife ;-))

    Cheers from Germany,

  127. Emile 7 October, 2008 at 03:00 Reply


    I would already have bought a new book on 1.1 – skipping back and forth between the book and the pdf update wasn’t a lot of fun. Having all the new and old stuff dealth with in an integrated manner will certainly be a worthwhile upgrade.


  128. Andrew 7 October, 2008 at 02:57 Reply

    Hi Matt!

    Honestly, pretty much most of the things I’ve learned about digital photography with regards to Lightroom and Photoshop I’ve learned from you and Scott. When my friends ask me how I do a certain technique I always refer them to either your or Scott’s website. Here’s hoping I win!


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