Dave Kelly is well into his second year producing his weekly “TK Friday” videos for his YouTube channel, and I think it’s time to provide a well-deserved shout-out given the difference this series has made for me and other photographers. Dave and I collaborate on these videos to some degree. He sources the images and processes them using the TK8 plugin, and we then run through the various steps on a weekly Skype call. I add a few suggestions here and there, but, for the most part, Dave is in charge of the content and decides how the image gets processed. I’m just a consultant; Dave is the creator who makes it all happen.
I think of Tony as the scientist creating something new and I think of you as the engineer showing us how to use this new creation. Always learning something new from you, Dave.–David Bee
At its core, the TK8 plugin is a collection of Photoshop techniques useful for processing images, and it’s not limited to just luminosity masks. It’s sort of like the letters of the alphabet. Users can apply the techniques in whatever order suits their needs to develop an image in the same way the letters of the alphabet can be arranged to create a useful vocabulary. In this analogy, the TK8 plugin is an alphabet of processing techniques and the resultant vocabulary is creativity. After over a year of recording content based on the TK panel, I think it’s fair to say that Dave Kelly is an accomplished TK8 “wordsmith.”
This edit was fantastic! I followed it to the end, and it convinces me that the TK8 panel is such a powerful tool where the possibilities are endless. Your explanations are so easy to follow. Thanks again, Dave.Jose A De Leon
However, it wasn’t always this way. In the early days of the “TK Friday” series, I could tell Dave was still working to learn what the TK panel could do. Still, it was obvious from the start that he was 1) good at figuring things out, and 2) was able to share what he learned with others. It didn’t take long before Dave started challenging my own concept of what TK8 could do. He was employing the masks in ways I had not envisioned. He started using color grading and the mask calculator more effectively than I had. He questioned whether the plugin could do a new task, and I had to think of a way to accomplish it. He pioneered using Photoshop tools in combination with the plugin and found new uses for several of the panel’s functions. Dave’s relentless experimentation has helped even me to better appreciate the potential and possibilities that TK8 has to offer.
How you figure out the amazing techniques you demonstrate is beyond me. Very impressive and very creative. I learn so much from you. Because I faithfully watch all your videos, my post processing skills have greatly improved. Thanks, Dave!Stephen Ehrlich
Not surprisingly, the way I process images has improved because of this series. Seeing someone else use TK8 has always been educational for me. Seeing someone use it every week is an absolute gift. I’m able to see the panel through the eyes of an experienced user and learn to use it better myself. “What would Dave do?” is a question I now ask myself when I get stuck developing an image. It usually provides an idea of something to try that often works.
Your knowledge and enthusiasm are always motivating and enjoyable. I’m off to try some new and fun techniques!Hali Sowle
It’s also worth mentioning that while Dave Kelly has undoubtedly influenced many photographers using the TK8 plugin, he has likely influenced the plugin itself even more. His in-depth use has uncovered several bugs I missed when writing the original code. He’s also shown me better ways to execute several of the actions to make the panel easier to use. All updates issued since TK8 was released last September have contained things Dave Kelly helped correct and improve. And, going forward, I’m looking to incorporate several features that Dave has suggested. So, while I love learning new ways to use TK8 from Dave, I’m even more excited by how he’s helping to drive its development. My images are getting better, and TK8 is getting better as well.
Like you, I enjoy going back to older images and reprocessing them based on my new understanding of post-processing via TK-8 panels.Keith Pinn
I hope you’ll take time to watch some of Dave Kelly’s TK8 videos and perhaps subscribe to his channel. He has an excellent eye for knowing what can be improved in an image and is also very good at finding ways to use Photoshop and the TK8 plugin to fix problems. The images he works on contain a variety of subjects. Watching him work convinces me to NOT give up on my marginal images, and indeed, I’ve resurrected several by applying a Dave-Kelly mindset as I develop them. I have a feeling I’m not alone in this regard. Dave has shown a lot of photographers what’s possible with TK8.