Wednesday, September 02, 2009

It's Wednesday And Time For Technique Tuesday!

Good Afternoon Everybody,

I’m fired up today folks and I've got yesterday's “bear” on the run. I'm a happy camper today - we just about completed the brand new Hot Shots project . It’s finally on the way to the printer and I can see a little light at the end of the tunnel.Whew!!

Three Trophies On top of that, I received and email from Great Briton blogging buddy and great wedding photographer, Crash Taylor [link] that both he and I were mentioned at Smashing Magazine in their top 50 free photography sites to visit - here is the link

I checked the list and saw that lots of my blogging buddies were mentioned including David Hobby of Strobist fame [link],  Brian Auer of [link], Syl Arena's [link], and Joe McNally [link]. That's exceptionally  good company to be hangin' with.

Also, congrats to Crash for being named one of England's Top 10 Wedding Photographers for 2009. Way to go Crash!

OK gang, time to get on with today's post but first...

Help Wanted!

Help Wanted My Digital WakeUp Call tour kicks off next week and we are looking for enthusiastic photographers who would like to help with set up. I promise you will be amply rewarded for your efforts and heck, I buy the adult beverages at the end of the evening.  Check the tour schedule right here and drop LaDawn a note at if you want to be part of the fun. She will reply with times needed and some details on the evening job description.

Don’t worry, you won’t miss a single minute of my program, so drop LaDawn a note if you would like to help!

Tour Door Prize Update!

Photoshop World Reg for two I've got to tell you about this.  Our DWUC tour door prizes just took a big jump in value.  Now included with all the other $4000 worth of Door Prizes we are giving away in each city, add one more registration to Photoshop World! Yes, we are awarding 2 registrations to Photoshop World at each of the next 30 cities we visit. Hey folks, that's a $1200 door prize!!! It doesn't get any better than that.

OK, it does get better – everybody attending my Digital WakeUp Call Tour will also get to test drive Kelby Training FREE for one week – pretty cool.  Here is the link to register for Digital WakeUp Call coming to a city near you! I hope to see ya’ there.

Technique Tuesday on Wednesday: Ansel In A Box

Ansel In A Box Are you ready for today's Technique Tuesday - I think it's a pretty cool one. Back in the film days, we used an array of filters to change and vary the tonalities of the scene in our B&W photography.  We would make all the necessary final tweaks in the darkroom when printing the final image. 

The master of B&W image was, of course, Ansel Adams.  I wonder, if Ansel was still around today, if he would be shooting digitally.  I think so - getting to the finished result with software tools like Lightroom and Photoshop make it not only a breeze to achieve an outstanding creative result. But for me, it even more fun than the film days.  Let me show you what I'm talking about.  Hit The PLAY button below and let me walk you through my digital darkroom and you'll have some fun too.

Hey gang, that's it for me today.  Hoped you enjoyed today's tutorial.  Don't forget to email LaDawn at if you want to be part of the Digital WakeUp Call fun.  I'll see everybody tomorrow for another episode of Business Day Thursday - How to Make A Million Dollars Overnight! Just kidding ;~)  See ya' tomorrow.  -David


  1. I think your spot on with your reference to Ansel Adams. He used every technique, trick and technology available to him at the time. There's no reason to think he wouldn't be pushing Lightroom and Photoshop to their limits today.

    Better watch out. You'll be switching over from wedding photography to landscape photography if you're not careful. ... Maybe not. Better to stay where the money is.

  2. Great tutorial, thanks :) Going on a workshop to the country this weekend, so I will definitely be using this tutorial to experiment on my images next week.

  3. Thanks for the great tutorial, this image really lends itself to becoming black and white. I love creating black and white images, making all the adjustments and making a not so great image, really pop.

  4. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial. I think I never tried really playing with those slider under Grayscale, effecting different colors. Now I now I am going to!

  5. I never tried that feature in LightRoom. I look forward to all your lessons. Already, I feel my techniques during capture and in post production has improved so much. thank you.