I had the absolute pleasure of chatting recently with Photoshop Guy, Photographer, Best Selling Author & Trainer Matt Kloskwoski.
We talked for quite some time covering all manner of things such as how he first got started, how he came to be one of the Photoshop Guys and end up working with the Scott Kelby and everyone at the N.A.P.P. and Kelby Training, Adobe Lightroom, his latest book and much, much more…
Everyone who knows and has met Matt will vouch for him not only being incredibly talented but a a gifted trainer who genuinely gets a kick out of helping others to develop their skills. His generosity too knows no limits and it’s for these reasons that I’m really excited to be sharing the content of our conversation here with you…
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Glyn: Hey Matt great to speak to you again.
Matt: Yeah it’s been way too long
Glyn: Matt before we start going through some questions I just want to say a huge thank you from Anne and myself for sending over the picture that you did; it just blew us away mate it really did.
Matt: Hey well I’m glad it found a good home
Glyn: Absolutely it did. We got it framed by a company over here called Kaleidoscope who have done a cracking job and it’s now taking pride of place in our living room.
Matt: That’s really great to hear.
Glyn: Well I just want to say firstly how grateful I am for you giving up some of your time for this cos it’s clear to see that you guys are real busy to say the least.
Matt, what I’ve done is put together a few questions and also I’ve a few questions that people sent in via Twitter, but I don’t want to take up too much of your time and I promise you that none of them are too probing…well, not all of them anyway
Matt: Ok sounds good to me, let’s go for it…
Glyn: Alright then let’s kick off with the first question which is probably the most obvious, but how did you first become involved in Photoshop and then with the N.A.P.P. and Kelby Training ?
Matt: Alright so I first got started with Photoshop, and it’s really kind of boring, and that was after I graduated from College back in the early 90’s having studied marketing so I got a job selling construction equipment and our advertising department was pretty busy so it was hard to get any advertising from them so I kind of took it upon myself that if I wanted any kind of flyers or any type of handouts that I could give to customers as I came across them, you know anything that was different to the standard company literature, then I pretty much had to create it myself. So, I got a copy of Photoshop and started making my own and that was my first use of it.
I actually dropped out of it for a couple of years after that and then I came back into it when I went to a night school and got my IT Degree in Computer Science and Programming and all that stuff. When I went to work in the IT field I was doing alot of web development and this was in the beginning or like the infancy stages of the web so maybe 1995/1996 when if you had a Red Button on your website that was considered Hi-Tech. So my boss walked over said we need to make our website look better, dropped a copy of Photoshop on my desk and that’s when I started to mess around with it again.
Glyn: Ok so from that point how did you finally come to work with Scott, Dave and guys at the N.A.P.P. ?
Matt: Well I took a liking to teaching but you know I never went to school with the intention of one day becoming a teacher or anything like that, but I just kind of developed a liking for it. I adopted certain technologies at the company I worked for, the IT, Web Development Company, that became ‘needed’ pretty quickly so because I adopted them when I did, I was the only guy that knew what to really do with them. This was when people were just starting use XML, ASP and all that kind of stuff and it just wasn’t that mainstream so I became the guy that they needed to teach people because the IT business was growing so rapidly and we were hiring people that didn’t have that much real world experience. So that’s how I got into teaching and into Photoshop and I then started sharing my knowledge online and I sent emails to every book editor, magazine editor and web site that would have me; the N.A.P.P. happened to be one of them and I just started doing weekly articles for them on a freelance basis. Then one day they needed somebody full time and they gave me a call.
Glyn: Obviously that’s different to being in the UK here because the Photoshop User Magazine which is produced by the N.A.P.P. would be something you’d have been able to get off the shelf in a newsagents or magazine store?
Matt: Exactly…you can buy it off the shelf here. In fact before I was even a NAPP member I used to buy the magazine and then I realised I can become a NAPP member and get it for free
Glyn: You see that was something I was always intrigued about because I literally stumbled across the NAPP completely by accident. I’d not long got into using computers, my uncle who was using photoshop showed me some stuff he could do…you know high end editing like removing red eye and all that kind of stuff but when I got a copy I remember sitting there thinking ‘what the heck do I do with this?’ and I was just browsing round the internet looking for tutorials and came across the NAPP and it was just blind faith really that said ‘go with it’
Matt: Yeah totally, I remember where I was when I got my first Photoshop User magazine…I was in a Barnes and Noble store.
But hey I already kind of knew everybody at the NAPP having met them before and living in Tampa but anyway I came along for the interview and a week later I got
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