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Here’s what’s goin’ on:

  • A big congratulations to our friend, and Photoshop World instructor Frank Cricchio who was just named to receive PPA’s (the Professional Photographers of America) Lifetime Achievement Award (PPA has only awarded five individuals with this prestigious award, with one of those being living legend Jay Maisel!). Frank is a 100% class act, and one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet, and everyone here at NAPP takes their hats off to Frank and his amazing achievement! :-)
  • Speaking of honors (lame segue alert), last month we were all excited that Bert Monroy featured one of Corey Barker’s techniques in his PixelPerfect podcast, and lightning strikes twice as Bert threw Corey some more props in his latest episode (hey, any time Bert Monroy is showing one of your techniques, it’s a BIG thing). Kudos to Bert and to “The Laddy” for coming up with something so cool that Bert would want to show it. Here’s the link to the episode.
  • I recently got a chance to rent some gear from LensProToGo, which is a company that rents digital camera lenses and bodies, and they ship them right to your door (that’s their logo up top). I had a really great experience renting from them, and I’ll be using them again the next time I need to rent some “really long glass” (which might be this weekend–check the blog on Monday). Anyway, I highly recommend them, and they even offer a special discount on their rates for NAPP members (you’ll see a NAPP link on the left side of their site). Here’s their link.
  • I had a couple of posts yesterday asking the name of the studio I rented in NYC. It was Location05, and here’s a link to their site (they were great to work with, by the way, and the space is even cooler than it looks on their site. They have three different studio “homes” but the one I used is their “Loft” studio). Also, to answer the questions about which lenses I used: On the Nikon I used a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens, and on the Canon I used a 70-200mm f/4 IS lens.
  • The opportunity of a lifetime is coming up for a small group of lucky photographers who’ll get to do a photo workshop with Jay Maisel, in his amazing studio in New York City. John Nack, over at Adobe, did a post about it yesterday on his blog, so I won’t rehash all the details (click here to read John’s post), but I will add this: Opportunities to learn from a real living legend are very rare indeed, and this is truly one of them. It will be a life-changing, career-changing experience for anyone lucky enough to attend.
  • Jarrod Michael, of the Digial Artisty Blog, and one of the panelists on this week’s “Pro Photography Show,” chose my new book, “Scott Kelby’s Seven-Point-System for Adobe Photoshop CS3″ as his pick in their “Cool Photo Gadgets for 2007″ episode. You can listen to the show right here, or if you’re so inclined, you can pick up the book at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com. My thanks to Jarrod for making the book one of your 2007 picks! Also, in a semi-unrelated but still somehow loosely related note: The iPod Observer did a review of my and Terry White’s book, “The iPhone Book” (here’s the link to the review). It makes a perfect holiday gift (even though I didn’t mention it in my Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide). You can get it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or where perfect holiday gift books are sold.
  • RC over at Layers Magazine.com has a interesting post on backing up and different hard drives that worth checking out.

That it for this Tuesday. I hope you have a kick-butt day! :)