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Age: 40

Born In: New Jersey (exit 9 off the turnpike) and lived there until I was 18

Lives Now: Tampa, FL

Where I work: Kelby Media Group

Occupation: Photoshop Guy, Photography and Photoshop Instructor, and Professional Photographer

Random Stuff I’m Proud Of:
• Currently a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo and train about 4-5 times per week. I recently won 1st place for the Florida State Titles in Sparring, Forms and Weapons for 2013 in the Men’s 30-39 division and took 2nd place World-wide in the Men’s Sparring competition.
• Amazon.com’s Editors Picked my Photoshop Compositing Secrets Book as One of Their “Best Books of 2011″ in the art and photography category.
• While I’ve been featured in many online webcasts and shows, I made my national TV debut in December 2012 on the Hallmark Channel. I was featured in a segment, along with an Adobe Lightroom demo, on the Home and Family show hosted by Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare.
• My Photoshop Layers Book and Photoshop Compositing books have both been best sellers in their categories.
• I serve on an advisory board to Adobe to help give input on the future of their products and software.
• My personal custom Lightroom presets are actually featured in Adobe Lightroom itself.

What I do: Besides being a dad and a husband with an amazing family, I’m into Taekwondo and Crossfit. I’m the Director of Training and Education for the Kelby Media Group in Tampa, FL. Basically, I write books, magazine articles, blogs, create video tutorials, DVDs, online training, and anything else you can think of when it comes to teaching people about Lightroom, Photoshop, and photography. I also co-host two weekly video podcasts. I gotta say, its my dream job. Not the one I dreamed about when I was a kid of course, but just as good – I’m fortunate enough to totally love going to work every day.

Things I like to do: I love hanging out with my two sons Ryan and Justin. I also enjoy golf (don’t get to do it enough), TaeKwonDo, jogging, photography, Texas Hold-em poker nights, video games, movies. You know, the usual stuff.

Random Tidbit #1: I can remember every word, to every song, to just about every 80′s glam-rock hairband there was, but I can’t seem to remember where I put my car keys every day when I get home.

Random Tidbit #2: I used to sell Caterpillar Construction equipment when I got out of college.

Random Tidbit #3: I once got a hole-in-one in golf, on a 150 yard par 3. Truth be told, it was on a mulligan but I had three friends there to witness it and I still call it a hole-in-one (hey, you would too!).

Comments
  1. Curious, Which do you shoot? Nikon or Canon. And then why one over the other. Have been shooting canon for years but want to move to full frame and make the right choice. Your thoughts?

  2. Jay

    Hey matt,
    Greetings from India. Wish you a very happy thanks giving day. I listen to your pocast also the Photoshop user tv. I am a newbie to photography and Photoshop but you have helped me a lot. So I m wishing you thanks for all that.

    Hope you are keeping well and keep up the good work.
    Regards
    Jay Mehta

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