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  • Monthly Archives July 2008

    ....my buddy, brazen Canadian, and Photoshop User TV co-host; Dave Cross (a foreign man from a foreign land). Dave came up with an interesting idea for his post that at first might sound like a response or rebuttal to Stephen Johnson's post from last week, but you have to read it for yourself tomorrow because (despite the timing) it's a totally different take on things, and I think you'll really enjoy it.

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    My buddy RC was recently at an industry event and one of the instructors called him over to the side and basically said, “Hey man, be straight with me. Does Scott really write his blog himself, or does he have a team of people that write under the “Scott” name?”

    This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this, and I’ve been hearing similar things for years about my books, so I thought I’d interview myself and come clean about the blog, my books, and some other stuff people ask.

    Q. So, do you really write all this stuff yourself?
    A. Sadly, yes. I write every single word you read here on my blog, and in my books myself. I don’t use “ghost-writers” or anyone else to write the blog or my books, or any article you read with my name on it. I know. It’s a sickness.

    That’s why I needed “No Blog Wednesdays,” because I just couldn’t keep up with all my work duties and the blog. Now, I’ve got “Guest Blog Wednesday” which believe it or not, takes around 30 minutes for me to prepare to post each week, but that still takes less time than writing the blog entry myself, (but it does make me long for “No Blog Wednesday” sometimes). The real problem now is; the stuff my guests have been coming up with has been so great, that now I can’t stop it, and I really look forward to reading their posts!. The vicious cycle continues. ;-)

    Q. Yeah, but what about using “Co-Authors?”
    A. Out of the 50+ plus books I’ve written so far, there were five of those books where I did have a co-author, and my co-author’s name appears on the cover, their photo and bio appear on the “About the Authors” page, and in those cases we split the book 50/50 (so if the book has 10 chapters, I write five chapters and they write 5 chapters).

    Q. So why do you use co-authors?
    A. Sometimes it’s because I wouldn’t have the time to write the book if I did it all myself (figure it this way; it takes half as long to write half a book), and sometimes it’s because my co-author knows parts of the program better than I do. For example, Terry White and I co-author a book called “InDesign Killer Tips.” I’ve been using InDesign for years (I use it every single day), and there are parts of it I know inside and out (like anything to do with Type), but Terry is an expert at InDesign Interactivity, PDFs, creating rich-multimedia documents with InDesign, and a whole lot more, so I called Terry and asked him to do the book with me, and he did a brilliant job. Without Terry’s involvement, I wouldn’t have even attempted the do the book.

    Q. OK, that makes sense, but I’ve got some other personal questions I’d like to have answered. Is that OK?
    A. Absolutely. You’re my favorite interviewer, and besides; I feel pretty certain you won’t ask any questions that I wouldn’t feel comfortable answering.

    Q. I appreciate that vote of confidence you’ve put in me. You’re really quite a guy!
    A. {Blush}. Well, that’s awfully kind of you to say.

    Q. So, “Mr. Write It All Myself,” it’s pretty obvious you’re sponsored by Nikon by the way you’re always pushing their cameras. I guess that’s because they send you all your gear for free, right?

    Well, it's finally here (putting this simple 10 minute tutorial together was harder than it looks---it took me nearly two hours, which is why this post is going up so late. Sorry 'bout that). This tutorial has a lot of steps, and takes nearly 10 minutes, but it's NOT hard---it just has a lot of steps, but at least when you're done, you've got a reusable template. Also, since I wanted to keep this to a one-part tutorial (meaning I only had 10 minutes), I haul butt. But just remember; it's video; you can rewind it if you missed something. I also didn't have enough time to include the ripped page part at the end, so go back to last week where I did the iPhoto tutorial, because at the end I showed how to make the rip in Photoshop CS3. In this video,…

    Hi Gang: It's Thursday, here's what's goin' on: First, my sincere thanks to Stephen Johnson for his thought-provoking special guest blog post yesterday. I thought it was especially cool that his comments were posted here on the Photoshop Insider (just to note: Don't think for a moment that Stephen is anti-Photoshop. In fact, he's in the Photoshop Hall of Fame. He's just very "pro-photography" and very big on "doing it right in the camera" and I'm all for that, as well). If you get a chance to learn from Stephen, he's a brilliant teacher (read the comment yesterday from one of his students), and you should totally jump on it. Here's the details on his next workshop: From RAW to Print in One Week Summer Digital Boot Camp July 20-24, 2008 http://www.sjphoto.com/raw-to-print-workshop.html Here's how Stephen describe his workshop: "An intense immersion into digital photography…

    This is totally off topic, but it's so cool I wanted to share it with you. It's a 2 minute and 14 second kick butt drum solo taped during my band's (Big Electric Cat) gig at the Photoshop World attendee party at BB King's Bar & Grill in Orlando, Florida back in April. Our drummer is Scott Stahley, whom I've played with on/off since he was 17 years old (we're both...well....a bit older now. Ahem), and he's been playing as one of the featured drummers in the off Broadway musical "The Rock & The Rabbi" as well as touring with Christian recording artist Darrell Evans, and besides all that, he's just a heck of a great guy. Take 2 minutes and check this guy out! (You can also see him live when we play "The House of Blues" in Vegas this September). [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/MRLtLmwtjG8"…

    The Intrigue of Complexity Art seems rarely achieved through complex techniques, hidden features or secret workflows. This is particularly true in the digital era where the distraction of the software itself can make the creative process become stymied in menus and self-doubt regarding using the program to its fullest potential. Add to this a steep learning curve inherent in the current transition to digital photography and you have a situation where "tricks" can effect results more than vision. Any state of technology in flux, and in demand, also produces many willing to share their expertise. The seduction of photography as a career, combined with the vast reach of the internet, has produced a unique opportunity for those interested in a platform from which to pontificate, some well informed, some anxious to be noticed. It could be said that my words here are such a…

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