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Hi everybody! Hope you had a great weekend. Before we get to the news—-just a quick note to everybody who posted a comment on Friday; just my humble “thanks.” It means a lot, and reminds me why I do it. :)

Now, onto the news:

  • Teaching Update: I’ll be in New York City doing a special class on my “Photoshop CS3 7-Point-System” at B&H Photo’s Event Space on Monday, May 5th, and it’s FREE (you just have to sign-up in advance, right here). That whole week is “NAPP Week” at the Event Space, and Matt will be there on Tuesday, and then RC and Corey on Wed. and Thursday, and NAPP’s Executive Director Larry Becker will be there all week spreading the NAPP love, so it’ll be a week with a lot of learning and fun. NOTE: Matt and I are looking for a cool place to shoot in NYC on Sunday night, so if you’ve got any ideas, or connections for some cool shooting locale or studio, let me know.
  • Also, I’ll be in Hartford, Connecticut on Tuesday, May 13th for my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour seminar, and I hope you’ll join me there. It’s $99 for the full day (or $79 if you’re a NAPP member), and we’re going to have a blast, so I hope you’ll come out and spend the day with me. Here’s the link with info, and how to register.
  • David duChemin (of the popular PixelatedImage.com blog) was down at NAPP Headquarters on Friday, and we snuck in a quick shoot over at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, and the photo above shows David in “mid-sponge shoot.” It was fun kicking around with just one lens; my 18-200mm VR, but the highlight of the day was the moment at which David (a really terrific guy, by the way), said, “I don’t have the right lens for what I wanted to do with that last shot.” We both laughed, and went back to shooting sponges (Hey, it beats a day at the office any time). Thanks David, for a really great day!
  • Our buddy David Hobby, and his blog the Strobist.com was featured in an article in USA Today (and it includes a photo of David himself, with strobe in hand). Besides the article, it includes two videos (including one on shooting with four strobes), so you’ve got to check it out right here.
  • We posted another cool new class on KelbyTraining.com last week; Richard Harrington’s “Photoshop and After Effects for Wedding Photographers.” Rich’s class just kill at Photoshop World, and this is one from his “most requested” list, because it’s one of those classes that just puts money right in your pocket. Here’s a link to the lesson guide, and you can watch a free sample lesson there as well. (NOTE: don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’ve been adding at least one new course every single week, and we’ve got a LOT more coming, and some announcements of new instructors coming on board as well. Lots of exciting stuff happening).
  • If you’re into travel photography, check out The Travel Photographer’s Network, which looks like a very cool site, and online magazine dedicated to travel photographers. I just started digging around it in, and it look pretty sweet. Here’s the link.

That’s it for this Monday. Have a kick-butt day, pretend it’s Friday, shoot with the wrong lens, and if you get really desperate—look for shots that are “Sponge Worthy.” ;-)