Weekly News, Links and Gossip

It’s another gorgeous 80 degree day here in Tampa, FL and it reminds just why I love to live in Florida. Anyway, here’s a quick roundup of some Lightroom stuff I’ve found recently.

• I found an interesting read about utilizing Facebook when it comes to our photography. While Lightroom doesn’t really have hooks directly to it, Photoshop Express does. Either way, it’s kind of neat to see where things may be heading.

• Chris Orwig has a sweet article on some workflow features for Lightroom over at Layers Magazine’s website. While you’re there make sure you check out RC’s daily blog. Lots of great things for photographers and designers alike.

• Lightroom Galleries has an update to their wide range of galleries with the Lightroom Contact Form gallery. You can find it here.

• At Photoshop World in Orlando last month, my publisher (Peachpit press) asked us to film some videos based around Joe McNally’s book, The Moment it Clicks. They asked us to share a “click” moment with the audience. Here’s a link to mine as well as a few others who participated.

• (Blatant self-promotion alert!!!) The Digital Photography School created a list of 9 Hot Photoshop Books. I’m extremely proud to say that 2 of my books (Layers and the Photoshop Elements 6 Book for Digital Photographers I co-authored with Scott) made the list. (FYI… I’m still signing books if you order from Kelby Training)

• In other book news, Scott Kelby is currently entrenched in his Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers. I’ve seen a glimpse of some stuff he’s putting in there and let me tell ya’, no one is out there teaching Lightroom like this. I’ll put it to you this way. There’s not another author/trainer in the world that has personally come across as many Lightroom users as Scott has. So he knows first hand exactly what everyone wants to know. Obviously, the book is available for pre-order so if you want to be the first to get the book when Lightroom 2 ships (beta expires in August so you be the judge) you can pre-order here.

That’s it for today folks. If you’ve got any cool links or Lightroom/Digital Photography/Workflow related links please post ’em in the comments area. Thanks and I hope you have a great Wednesday.
(photo credit: Chris Orwig)



  1. joe 4 June, 2008 at 01:33 Reply

    Hey guys thanks for the link to my site! The template you posted however is meant to be a module for the LRG Complete template. This template is full website/e-commerce site template that you can export directly from lightroom.

    It includes
    -Google Checkout
    -unlimited content pages with images and slideshows
    -A full mp3 player
    -full site editor so you can edit your site after you have exported and uploaded it
    -A WYSIWYG editor so you can do live editing of a page right on the page itself so you see exactly how it will look
    -A full contact form (which you mentioned in the post)

    and much much more.

    Thanks again for the link and how your readers can enjoy our latest FREE template at

  2. mattk 20 May, 2008 at 16:35 Reply

    Hi Don,
    Best thing I can do is point you to a couple of links:
    First off, here is the Amazon page with over 60 reviews. B&N isn’t really the online bookseller that Amazon is, so not many people review there. Here’s the Amazon link:

    Next is a page from the comments on this Lightroom blog from a while ago. You’ll see a few posts from people that like the book. Since Lightroom is a photographers tool and they left these comments I’d assume they’re photographers of some sort too.

    Anyway, thanks for considering the book. Hope this helps.


  3. Don Temple 20 May, 2008 at 16:19 Reply

    I was thinking about getting your new book on layers until I read a review on Barnes and Noble. It said it is not really for photographers. Since I haven’t seen a copy, what is your response?

  4. Tsc Tempest 16 May, 2008 at 11:36 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    do you know if Lightroom 2.x will support digitally signing (via SSL Certificates) photographs in the near future? If not, do you know of any plugins (photoshop or lightroom) that will do the job?


  5. Justin Schellenberg 16 May, 2008 at 10:00 Reply

    Hi Matt – long time reader, first time commenter! Great job with the tips and info. I noticed that you called attention to the contact page by lightroomgalleries, but they just released a working beta version of a complete website solution that can be totally created in Lightroom! It is complete with cart (linked to paypal), contact page, galleries and other extra features. Very nice. It is the exact solution I’ve been looking for to show/sell proofs to clients, and I figured some other readers might be interested.
    As as aside…I don’t work for them or profit for their work – I’m just so impressed I had to share it with others.
    Here is a demo of my client proofing site created in lightroom with the template:


  6. Tony Jr. 14 May, 2008 at 15:28 Reply

    Way to go on making top rankings with your books Matt! Layers was great, I picked up on a few cool features I didn’t know about and look forward to seeing more from you.

  7. kayla 14 May, 2008 at 13:52 Reply

    my concern about the facebook connection is that when you put photos on facebook… in the fine print facebook declares that they have the rights to use them (for anything including advertising etc)
    Until facebook gets the privacy and copyright factor fixed I wouldn’t want to put a photo there (a link for sure- the photo no way! :))

  8. RON 14 May, 2008 at 13:39 Reply

    Hey Matt!

    I have two things in this post,

    1) about backing up your LR cat. , I moved my LR cat to a different drive. This way it doesn’t take up room on my OS drive. See i run a drive thats only for OS and programs so if it crashes i don’y have to worry about losing any files. What i have done is to move all the folders from C to a different drive and LR uses those to bring up my images. I also have it back up to a totally different drive than that and another tip, photoshop related, I also back up all my actions, brushes, swatches, ect (located in the reqired folder in PS) to the same drive by periodically copying and pasting them.

    2) I hope LR stays out of the FaceBook,PhotoBucket,Flicker thing. In my opinion it would take the Professional out of LR and create some sort of amature consumer novice thing. And we all know that there are enough Programs and Cameras out there that just about makes everyone a photographer now days taking the need to hire a PRO away. So lets just keep LR more for the pro’s.


  9. Edouard Montfort 14 May, 2008 at 10:40 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    IS is LR 2.0 going to be released in June 2008 ?

    Keep up the good work !

    Take care,
    Edouard (FRANCE)

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