Merry Creative Christmas

Merry Christmas

Once the wrappings are all torn off, the glitter vaccuumed, and you think you’ve had enough family time today is probably when you’ll end up here, reading what all the bloggers have to say.

Ok, here’s my thought for the year – enjoy your family.  You never know what life will throw at you, and there may come a day when it’s pulled away from you unexpectedly.  So, read this and close your iPad, tablet, laptop, mobile device, or whatever and go back to that niece, nephew, spouse, parent, sibling or whatever loved one you last talked to and spend some more time with them.

After all – it’s Christmas!

Not looking for the schmoopy stuff?  Okay, here’s a creative effort I put together from a photo, some text, and a graphic online.  Not exactly the most creative showcase of my skills, but it’s thematically appropriate!

Merry Christmas


If you’ve come to learn, then grab yourself a copy of the 49 Photo Tips Bundle and just read through that – it’s still only $5 with the promo code HalfOff discount through the end of the day.  I think there’s like 15 left from my last count:


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Would You Take a Class?

I’ve ranted in the past about the value of photographers who hang up the camera and turn to hanging out a teaching shingle.  They’re excellent photographers mind you, but are not the best at teaching.  You can read the whole article here:  Selecting a Satisfying Photography Seminar

I clicked the “Publish” button with trepidation.  It basically warns photographers looking to learn to watch out for the guy who purports to teach workshops in lieu of actually being a photographer.  This would not fly well in the face of the photo establishment – the powers that be if you will.  Additionally, if I were to ever launch a workshop, class or seminar, I would run the risk of being called out as having a double-standard.

Then, I got some email – not a lot, but some.  Several folks replied asking if I was going to offer any tour dates or classes on Lightroom (I ran a workshop with my good friend Kerry Garrison in 2010).  I had replied no, that it probably wasn’t going to happen again, just because the overhead of getting classroom space, the insurance, food service, internet, etc. is just not worth it, especially considering a traveling workshop!

ClassroomThen I fell into some classroom space (not the one pictured here though) – relatively low cost per month, and no food service required.  I am teaching some other classes there in another capacity, but it dawned on me that I could theoretically offer some Lightroom, Photoshop, or general photography classes here without much of an additional expense.  The question is – would anybody attend?  It’s like throwing a party and no one shows up.  So, on this first Friday of March, let me post a question to the reading audience:

Would You Take a Photo Class With Me?

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For arguments sake, let’s say the class would be $25 and would run for approximately 4 hours.  So, we wouldn’t be going too in-depth into the subject matter.  Enough time to advance your understanding of Lightroom, Photoshop, or even just photography in general.  It would naturally have to be here in Denver, as I can’t move the classroom around the country (my pockets aren’t as deep as Kelby, Ziser, or any of the big names out there).  And, I’ll get to the subject matter in a minute – but for now, just a simple yes/no poll:

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at subject matter now.  I’ve been shooting as an enthusiast in South Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, and Colorado for nearly a decade now.  I’ve touched a lot of gear.  I know several applications inside and out.  I’ve been running this blog now for nearly 6 years now too, so we could talk about photography and blogging!  There’s several topics I could touch on in four hours!  Nothing would be an exhaustive beginning to end scenario, but there’s a lot to learn out there.  So, on to question #2

What Topic Would You Like Me to Cover

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LDP #002: Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop


During some downtime in photography shoots, I took some time to assemble a short tutorial on some of the keyboard shortcuts that you can use in lieu of clicking with your mouse or pen tool. It’s quite simple, with each button having a letter dedicated to it, and you can toggle between the tools on the button by using the Shift key in conjunction with the associated button letter. Check out the video here: Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

I also put together a cheat sheet of all the keyboard letters used and the function associated with each usage of the Shift+letter combination. That can be downloaded directly via PDF here: KB Shortcut Cheat Sheet

Any questions, comments, or feedback are appreciated – the “How do YOU learn?” poll is still going on, and I’d love to see some more responses there, so rock the vote and share your thoughts here.

Thanks for stopping in and have a great rest of the weekend. I’ll try to get a few shots from the lighting workshop up tomorrow. Until next time, Happy Shooting!