Matt’s Photography, Lightroom and Photoshop Training Update

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Hey everyone. It’s been a crazy month so far and a lot has happened in my training world, so I figured I’d give you a quick update in case you’re interested in any of it.

Please Excuse My Moment of Sappiness
Before I start, I just wanted to get sappy for a minute and say thank you. Making the decision to go on board with onOne, and leave KelbyOne last November was incredibly difficult, and one of the hardest choices I’ve made. I was a little worried that I’d lose some of my audience, because you were used to finding me there. But I have to say a huge thank you for all of your support, whether it’s comments, email, likes or just a click to my website. My traffic stats, social accounts, and overall feedback has actually grown quite a bit since then, and I just wanted to say thanks for continuing to give me some of your time during the week. Okay… sappy moment finished 🙂 Now on to the training stuff:

1. Creative Live Photoshop Week – Creative Live just announced Photoshop Week 2015 from February 23-28th and I’ll be joining in this year. I’ll be teaching some Lightroom, Photoshop Restoration stuff, and a new class I’m really excited about called “10 Things that Lightroom Users Need to Know in Photoshop”. Lightroom can do so much, and sometimes it’s confusing where Lightroom stops and Photoshop starts. So this class will show you the 10 main things that (as a LR user), I think you still need Photoshop for. It’s free to watch live and here’s the link to sign up. And here’s a quick (and funny) video kicking it off.

2. Organizing Your Photos – Over the holidays I did a video at onOne which has to be one of the hands-down most-requested topics I get asked about. It’s called Matt’s Ultimate Guide to Organizing your Photos with Lightroom. While the class is geared toward Lightroom, the system I use actually works as a nice system for just organizing your photos in general too.

See, a little over a year ago, I started teaching (to my live classes) a new way of importing your photos in to Lightroom, and it literally revolutionized the way I explain what goes on with your photos behind-the-scenes. The part I’m really psyched about is that I’ve been told by hundreds of people that this class was what helped make Lightroom “click” for them. The best part about it is that it’s only 40 minutes long. When you get in to it, this stuff is actually very simple, so I wanted to keep it short and sweet.

I even talk a little bit about onOne’s Perfect Browse module which is incredibly fast at showing you your photos. It’s got a lot of photographers using it as a front end to Lightroom. Mainly because they can find their favorites so darn fast, and then have those favorites show up in Lightroom without doing any extra flagging or rating. The video is on sale for $20 over on the onOne store. And… you can download and keep it forever.

3. KelbyOne Classes – I recently had two KelbyOne classes go live. While I’m really proud of all of them, I’m especially happy with my class on Photographing Cityscapes. I’ve gotten a HUGE amount of nice comments about this class already, and I think you’ll really enjoy it. It seems like a niche topic, but I’m amazed at how many people have already sent me messages about how much this class has helped and inspired them to get out shooting.

Another class that I’ve gotten a ton of great feedback on is my How to Take (and process) Tack Sharp Photos. I taught a class similar to this at Photoshop World. It was earlier in the morning and I figured the topic was so small that barely anyone would show up. I was amazed to walk in to the room and see over 400 people sitting there. I guess we all want sharper photos 🙂

4. I’m Heading to WPPI! – I’ll also be teaching at WPPI again this year. I’m teaching a class called “Lightroom Workflow for a Busy Studio” and also leading a photowalk. Here’s the link to sign up if you’re going.

Whew! It’s been a crazy couple of months and there’s still lot of good things to come. I know my KelbyOne class on photographing landscapes at Mt. Rainier is coming up and I’m also teaching a few workshops, but I’ll post more when I have some details. Thanks for stopping by everyone! Have a good one!


  1. Andy Miller

    Thanks for the update. Ever since I saw your Lightroom seminar I’ve been a huge fan and will follow your training where ever you go. Looking forward to seeing Creative Live’s Photoshop Week. I can’t afford a lot of the online training I see now, so I’m gonna have to take the free stuff when I can. Thanks again!

  2. John Borderman

    Hey Matt – thx for the news. I was one who wrote you on Facebook and mentioned that I found I was following you even more these days since you left Kelby. Well done in keeping up with the training and putting out great stuff. Looking forward to more in 2015!

  3. Andrea Ouziel

    I watched your organizing course at onOne and it was perfect for me. Exactly what I needed. I now feel like I can understand how Lightroom works with my photos and I actually know where they are and how to get to them fast. Glad to see you’re really enjoying it at onOne and I’m sure you’ll continue to do great things.

  4. Jack Goodman

    Hi Matt,
    I’ve been a LR user since it first came out. what would you do if you already have many folders and collections and would like to organize them better?

  5. Pssequimages

    Matt–you are the best! LOVE On One AND Photoshop, and you are teaching me how to love Lightroom! Thank you for all you do for all of us. Looking forward to the new CL series.

  6. Bridget M

    So excited to see you’ll be at Creative Live today! Good luck with the new move, miss you already at KelbyOne!!

  7. berta Keeney

    Hey Matt, I have PPS 9 and love it. Very easy to use. I also bought your 12 month plan for oneOne. Here’s my question, should I buy photoshop also? Is it worth it or am I just being redundant?
    Thanks for all of your help.

    Berta Keeney

  8. Susan From Vermont

    Hi Matt. Enjoyed your lectures on Photoshop Week. I just downloaded a 30-day trial of PS CC, and want to learn how to use it with my LR. Can you recommend a source of information that is full of instructions on how to do things? Laid out in a fairly logical format?

    There is a photo I really want to fix – there is a person standing right behind a horse that I would like to get out of there. Lasso tool is not cooperating – seems to be stuck on the polygonal version! And the content aware fill is either duplicating the horse’s rear or cutting it out, or not duplicating the background.

    Perhaps this image is too complex for a beginner, I will keep trying to learn!


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