Monthly Archives August 2008

This year in Las Vegas, we have our biggest tradeshow floor ever in the history of Photoshop World (our exhibitor space is 100% sold out), and you can visit the Expo floor for free if you register online for a free Expo-only pass (here's the link). First, watch this quick video (hosted by RC) about the tech expo floor (when you get to the page, click on the large photo up top). While the Expo floor will have exhibits from all the big names (Canon, Epson, Wacom, MPIX, Nikon, Microsoft, B&H Photo, Corel, Westcott, Peachpit Press, etc., iStockPhoto, and of course, Adobe), there's a TON of free training right there on the Expo floor (we have three teaching theaters running the whole time), plus lots of demos and tips sessions from the exhibitors themselves. (here's a list of the exhibitors). This is a "selling…

Well gang, it's almost here and I'm psyched!!!! This Saturday, August 23rd, more than 6,500 photographers will gather together to be a part of my Worldwide PhotoWalk, and I am just stunned, amazed, and absolutely thrilled that so many people have come on board to share in this experience. (Photo above by Jeff Revell). This is a great opportunity to meet other like-minded photographers in your area, and just spend a fun couple of hours taking photos and making new friends. If you want to join us---there's still time. You can sign up for a walk in a city near you by clicking this link to check and see if your city is hosting a walk, and if it is, you can sign up to join us (it's free!). Plus, you might just win something very cool. The leader in each city around the…


A few weeks back, I went ahead and bought the new Nikon D700, but I really wanted to spend some time with it, and shoot in a number of different situations and scenarios, before I gave you my review. Now that I have a few thousands shots on it, I’m ready to share what I’ve learned.

My Field Report
The D700 was announced on July 1st, and Nikon seeded a number of photo sites with an early review unit, so for more than a month now we’ve all had access to very detailed write-ups of every single pixel, technical aspect, and mechanical specification possible. So, when I do a review, I want to bring a slightly different angle to it, so it’s really more of a ‘Field Report’ (what I liked and didn’t like and my personal impressions from actually using it out in the field).

My challenge in writing this field report, is that while it’s true the D700 is a new camera, it’s really two existing cameras made into one (the guts of a Nikon D3 inside the body of a Nikon D300), so I’m not going to have a bunch of exciting new features to share that everybody doesn’t already know about, so it’s really going to be a “feel for the camera” type of report, and my feelings on who might want one and why. We’ll start with a quick recap of what the D700 brings to the table.

Comparing it to the D300:

  • It looks just like a D300, and if you didn’t look at the name on the front (or the camera strap), you’d probably never know, so cosmetically, they’re very much the same, except that the D700 is slightly taller because of the updated viewfinder, and the D700 has the new flash sync and remote caps. Also, on the back the viewfinder area looks more like the D3’s, as does the multi-control wheel.
  • Since it has the D3 chip inside, you get two things: the Full Frame FX format sensor,

First, just a quick word of thanks to Corey Barker for his incredibly creative blog post and bonus video yesterday. That video really turned a lot of people on (if you didn't see it, scroll down to yesterday and check it out. It will get your creative juices flowing), and it got a lot of folks thinking about using Photoshop in new ways, which I think is cool. Now, onto the news: One of my readers, Bill Mitchell, dropped me a very helpful article about the new Nikon SB-900 Flashes and the challenge of fitting them in Justin Clamps, and some other off-camera hot shoe mounts. Here's what he wrote: "I just purchased some SB900's and after a couple days shooting I thought you might like to know this. The Nikon SB900 does not fit many cold shoes like the Justin Clamp or Crane…

Greetings from Planet Photoshop! So first let me say it’s a real privilege to be able to share some thoughts with you all today and as an added bonus, I have prepared a special video tutorial (found at the bottom) exclusively for this post. But before we get to that, I wanted to briefly touch on the subject of creative exploration. I am often asked how I come up with some of the stuff I do in my tutorials. To put it simply, it’s a lot of experimentation. When it comes to Photoshop, the only limitations seem to be that of the artist or photographer using it. One can spend a tremendous amount of time learning the textbook functions of Photoshop but to achieve something remarkable one must be willing to look beyond the obvious and strive to present something in a new or…