Welcome to your quick dose of tidbits, news, and info for the week:

• First up, here’s a neat interview with Phil Clevenger, the Lightroom interface designer. It’s about 12 minutes long and definitely worth watching to get an idea of what went on behind the interface design of Lightroom and where it may be heading.

• Next, I’ll be teaching Lightroom at Photoshop World in Las Vegas September 2-4. If you can make it, I think you’ll find there’s something for just about everyone there and you’ll be learning from the best-of-the-best in the industry. Also, I’ve got a related contest coming tomorrow so stay tuned for that. But most importantly, if you’ve been thinking about going now is the time to pull the trigger. There’s two weeks left in the early bird registration (ends on August 1st) which means you’ll save $100. Trust me, there’s no strings attached this one. It’s simple – August 1 Cost: $499, August 2 Cost: $599.

• I’ve mentioned that I’m really into architectural photography and interior lighting. Well I’m extremely psyched that one of the photographers I’ve mentioned here on the blog (Thomas Grubba) is hosting a workshop with Scott Hargis in August. These two guys are some of the best in the industry. Here’s the link for more info and I’m pretty sure I’ll be making the trip. What hooked me was the 2 staged/furnished 3400 sq. ft. photo shoots that we’ll actually be shooting. I know these guys would put on one heck of a classroom workshop but getting to shoot with them definitely takes this workshop to the “I must go” level. There’s only room for 20 so that everyone gets individual attention. I’ll be going with a friend of mine, which means there’s only 18 spots left – so you’d better sign up soon.

• Andy Taylor over at Tech Talk Radio interviewed me last week about photography, Photoshop, and Photoshop World. The show actually airs on Sundays but you can listen to the recorded show here. Thanks Andy!

• Finally, some inspiration for the day. Check out K&K Photography. They’re wedding and portrait photographers but even if you don’t shoot weddings I think you can learn a lot about photographing people from looking at great wedding photographer’s portfolios. They’ve also got a blog which a lot of photographers have been doing lately. Great stuff!

Whew! That’s it for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a tip as well as some info on the Photoshop World contest I’ve got lined up. See ya.



  1. Pete 11 July, 2008 at 01:15 Reply

    I know you mentioned that you are taking a cruise to Hawaii. I am leaving for Hawaii myself for the first time on July 17th arriving via plane. I will be hitting up Maui and Kauai for my honeymoon. I am not sure if you have ever been to Hawaii or these islands but I thought I would ask about some great locations to photograph. I been to a number of sites recommending certain places but I was just curious if you knew of any places that really stood out. Thanks for any advice you have. I really wish I could have done the cruise but the wife wanted to fly. Keep on blogging.


  2. Gil Grammar 10 July, 2008 at 12:46 Reply

    The sentence about the Grubba and Hargis workshop should read ” a friend of mine and I ( not myself). When are you going to learn the proper use of “myself”? It’s very annoying to read.

  3. Kathleen 10 July, 2008 at 10:19 Reply

    HI, what has happened In the Beta to the sync settings, Previous and Reset, that are in Develop in Lightroom 1 ? The sync settings are in the same place in Library, but where are they in Develop?

  4. Joe Gass 10 July, 2008 at 10:06 Reply

    Matt, PSW is the 4th-6th right? unless you are offering to teach a handful of loyal blog readers nothing but Lightroom for a few days before hand…

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