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Yesterday I went to Scott Kelby’s “Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It” seminar in Portland Oregon. The short of it is that it was a lot of fun.

A more detailed review, would start with the wonderful facility it was in. The Oregon Convention Center is quite frankly the nicest convention center I’ve been in. It is very large, modern and has many cool facilities inside.

Secondly, the people. Everyone involved was helpful, and friendly. Scott has a great staff that was friendly and did their very best to make sure that everyone got what they wanted and at the best deal applicable to them. Scott is of course a great, entertaining instructor. Totally not a surprise after watching him on various things online. Yes I know, some folks don’t like this approach to education, this is a concept that is exceedingly difficult for me to understand. Truthfully, this crowd might want to think one of these seminars over carefully. For the rest of us, this a very good way to learn. I had taken Scott’s online versions of this class, so I didn’t learn as much as I would’ve if I had never seen the material, but there was new stuff and I feel that my money was well spent.

Finally a note about the content. If one is trying to get into some serious portraiture, I think this class has it all. I honestly feel that anything I didn’t learn yesterday would be best left to learn on my own through experimentation anyhow. The part of creating your own look typically does work best that way.

In summary, I’d suggest you look into the Kelby Training seminars. They’re a great deal, especially if you’re already a NAPP member.