Posted by: ivoryhut | November 9, 2007

NYC Kelby SGDT – Part Deux

So we were among the first to file into the room, and picked a spot near the front right side with a decent view of one of the screens. And there, sitting up front with his buddy Dan Moser, was the guru himself.


Since we were there early, we figured now would be as good a time as any to give him a copy of the first ever SGDT Satellite Event soundtrack on CD. Shrew made her way to him and patiently waited her turn. I, on the other hand, could not resist putting my filthy paws on her 40D (with her blessing, of course … wait, you did give your blessing, didn’t you?) and attempted to document the hand-off. Wouldn’t you know it, after minutes of watching, Shrew slipped out of sight. All I was able to get was this:


Our dear Shrew was somewhere behind that table, and she happily reported that he instantly recognized the photo on the cover, which was the Paris shot. He was so nice and seemed very appreciative of the little gift (go Music Maven!). As Shrew made her way back to our seats, there appeared to be a line of people waiting to talk to him, and he was accommodating enough to entertain everyone.

I had just enough time to grab a free cup of Starbucks from the lobby, and a bottle of Coke for Shrew. Then the morning sessions started, and boy did they go by quickly. The focus was on digital photo correction and photo finishing techniques, and it was amazing to see how just a few simple adjustments can make a world of difference. Before we knew it, it was 12:48pm, and we went 33 minutes overtime. Time for the 1400 attendees to descend upon the lunch counters.

I use the term “lunch counter” because it was, by all accounts, a school cafeteria for grown-ups who have more disposable income than middle school children. May we present Exhibits A and B, which were pretty much the most decent choices from a menu where half the items weren’t even available.

Exhibit A: Shrew’s dry and overcooked burger with mushy fries


Exhibit B: Ivoryhut’s less-dry chicken breast sandwich with extra char (no additional charge)


Yum. Er, not. We did get some chips and popcorn and a bar of dark chocolate for the afternoon, so there was hope yet for the “gourmet” part of the satellite event.

The afternoon sessions started promptly an hour after lunch, and that’s probably the only accurate memory I can confidently offer about the afternoon. At some point when they were explaining how to “fake” a studio portrait and a product ad, I think Shrew and I gave up trying to write any notes and just watched the screen hoping that somewhere in our workbook is a step-by-step instruction manual because there was no way we were doing to remember anything. Oh, and I do remember Shrew whispering to me, at some point, “Do you feel like we’re posers?” But I was so intent on trying to retain everything that I thought she said, “Do you feel like we’re posters?”

No, Shrew, I didn’t feel like we were posers. I saw a few people’s eyes starting to glaze over too. That session called “Photoshop Speed Clinic” was so aptly named.

(Then again, we were both able to recreate those collage posters yesterday, so the brain cramp appears to have been temporary. Either that, or the knowledge-by-osmosis pill we took came in a time-release capsule.)

During one of the breaks, the screens started showing a collage of Scott Kelby’s iTunes album covers (at least that was our best guess). The sudden distraction of music to balance out the barrage of Photoshop terms was a welcome break.


Shrew and I had fun trying to name each artist as a new album popped up on the screen. Shrew was particularly pleased to see Aretha up there. (And now I know about Shrew and Retha.)

The seminar ended promptly at 5pm, after which they held a quick drawing and gave away various prizes (grand prize was a free trip to Orlando for one of their seminars). Then we filed out, looked at each other, and then looked up at the Javits Center ceiling:


Which pretty much describes what my brain felt like. Orderly in a way, but precariously so.

So we headed out to catch the ferry bus back to the terminal, both just blown away at how much has happened in the last two weeks. We were tired. We were mentally exhausted. We were cold. And for all intents and purposes, we were done for the night.

Yeah, you’d think so, wouldn’t you? We did too.

But we were wrong.

(To be continued…)



  1. Great post IvoryHut!!!!

  2. Thanks Shrew! By the way, that shot of the ceiling was from lunch time. It was too dark by the time we left that if I tried to post a photo of that, it would be a black box.

    Then again, Photoshop may help with the fill light. πŸ™‚

  3. WHAT????? There were 1,400 people in the Javitz Center and you managed to meet, greet and give Mr. Kelby a genuine MM-created SGDT CD? And the fact that he recognized the photo… well, that’s just plain fantastic.

    Sounds like a really great day. Even if you only got a few specific techniques, I’m sure you have a lot more ideas in your heads now about the potential of Photoshop.

    Can’t wait for the next installment πŸ™‚

  4. ivory – nice job giving us a “P-Dub” style post – I can’t wait for the “to be continued.”

  5. Ah, thank you for including the pictures and description of the “Gourmet” portion of the program. You know I would have asked! on giving Kelby the CD, and his recognition of your pic! Sweet!

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