Tim Grey is responsible for accelerating my grasp of Photoshop. He does a good job of identifying common issues that people have with photo processing in Adobe’s applications and writing well thought out answers to address the problems. His Digital Darkroom Quarterly (now called Pixology) and his Ask Tim Grey newsletter provide easy to understand answers to questions you might not have even thought to ask.
Tim is an expert in Photoshop and Lightroom, with extremely good access to Adobe for questions that involve “why does this Photoshop filter work this way?” He is also a published author, with several books on color management and digital darkroom workflow, including both Photoshop and Lightroom workflows.
Scott Kelby is quite the entrepreneur. He turned a graphic arts business into a multi-million dollar per year enterprise, largely by working closely with Adobe to develop extensive training videos on nearly all aspects of photography and Adobe’s products all available at Kelby Training.
He also created the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, a professional organization of graphic designers and photographers where people share tips and effects that can be accomplished with Photoshop and its associated Creative Suite applications.
I initially purchased a few of the Kelby Training videos on DVD, which I loaned throughout my camera club for a couple of years. This was shortly after Photoshop CS4 was released, and the CS3 videos all went on sale for 1/2 price. But they convinced me that the video training would work for me, and that I had a tremendous amount still to learn. For a couple of years I used their online training videos. At $200 per year, it was about what I expected to pay for a 2 day seminar with no personal interaction. This gave me access to the hundreds of videos that Kelby Training offers, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Over those couple of years I learned a great deal about Photoshop, Camera Raw and Lightroom, as well as watching numerous photography oriented videos from people like Joe McNally, Frank Doorhof and Jay Maisel.
I have also read a number of Scott Kelby’s books, however I found them to be somewhat trivial for my taste. Everything that I have read by Scott is a cookbook photography methodology. That is, you are given a recipe of such and such a lens, at such aperture and exposure. If you have a reasonable grasp of exposure, depth of field and focus I believe that you will find them too basic as well.
But give the Kelby Training site a spin, I think that you will find at least something that piques your fancy.
What can I say about Joe that hasn’t already been said? Joe is my photographic mentor and good friend, founding member of the Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs, frequent speaker at local camera clubs, preacher of the 4C’s (Composition, Craftsmanship, Creativity and Communication) and Visual Communication, and promoter of the abstract photograph.
Joe has contributed more to the development of photography in the Northern Virginia region than any other individual. In 1997 NVACC published its first Directory of Speakers and Judges, and currently maintains that directory for use by member clubs and the general public. Joe also began providing a seminar for those who are interested in becoming a camera club judge, to increase the pool of people who could be chosen for each competition. In the early 2000s, Joe began publishing photography booklets through NVACC for a small fee. All of those booklets are available for download on the NVACC website now.
Two years ago Joe started an Annual Abstract Photography Exhibition and has worked tirelessly to make it successful, year after year. He just began accepting entries for the exhibit this past weekend.
If you ever get an opportunity to attend one of Joe’s classes, seminars or presentations, I strongly suggest that you take advantage of it.
Joe McNally has been an idol of mine since I started learning how to light photographs. His books, like “The Moment it Clicks,” “The Hotshoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes,” and his blog were early resources that I used to learn lighting. Later I had the opportunity to see Joe and David Hobby on the Flash Bus Tour, when I purchased Joe’s The Language of Light DVD set.
While I tend more toward the manual “Strobist” approach, I have been trying to get enough Canon branded flashes to do some of the high-speed sync that Joe has demonstrated.