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First, here’s a shot of my brother Jeff taken in Dubai (click for larger version). I don’t really have anything special to say about the processing (just Lightroom), or settings—I just love my brother, and wanted to share this photo of my lifelong best friend and mentor.

Now, here’s a quick look at what’s happening as we head into the weekend:

  • World Famous landscape photographer (and Photoshop World Instructor) Stephen Johnson, has two workshops coming up that sound really fascinating; the first is right around the corner, on May 3-5, 2008 as his “Landscapes of California” digital photography field workshop takes place in the beautiful Point Lobos, and Carmel, California area (here’s the link). Then, he’s taking the show on the road to Ireland’s Spectacular West Coast for 10 days (June 20-30,2008) for a workshop co-sponsored by the Maine Media Workshops (Here’s the link). If you’ve never taken a workshop from Stephen—he’s an amazing instructor, photographer, and person. Highly recommended.
  • I saw a review of my Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers over at a site in Sweden. Here’s the link.
  • Part 2 of Dan Margulis’ “5 Minutes to a Picture Postcard” online class from KelbyTraining.com just went live yesterday. Here’s the link with all the details (and you can watch a sample there as well). By the way; Dan did a “mini” version of this class at Photoshop World in Orlando, and it had everybody talking. Dan has, once again, pushed the envelope of what you can do color wise, and sharpening wise, in Photoshop.
  • Catch Photoshop User TV and Layers TV over at Adobe TV. While I was out in Dubai, Adobe released the very slick Adobe Media Player, along with Adobe TV (which plays in the media player), which a free online source for video tutorials on a wide range of Adobe products, and NAPP is honored to be a part of the launch with free episodes of Photoshop User TV and Layers TV included as part of their channel. Here’s the link with all the details.
  • David duChemin, over at the Pixelated Image, did a follow-up post to my “Always Shooting With The Wrong Lens” post that builds on what I was saying, and it’s definitely worth a read (here’s the link).
  • I had a number of comments and emails about the photo I posted of Jeff Revell shooting in the desert yesterday (the bottom shot in the group). I wish I could take the credit for performing some “Photoshop Magic” on it, but that’s pretty much the way it came out of the camera. I just used Lightroom’s White Balance slider to add more blue to the sky (yes, it was that bland of a cloudless sky, but if I had tilted the camera a little higher, you would have seen some pretty uninspiring cloudy skies, so I kept it low), and I sharpened it. Sorry there wasn’t more razzle dazzle to it.
  • One last thing: I’m so gratified to see how regulars of this blog are helping field questions posted here as comments. I actually do answer some of them privately (I do often email answers to the person who posted the question directly), but obviously there’s no way I can answer them all (or even most of them). So please consider this my humble thanks to those of you who help other folks out here. You’re doing a really nice thing, and my hats are off to you for helping them, and for helping me out, too. :)

That’s it for today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and we’ll see you back here next week! Take care—Scott.