Monthly Archives February 2009

I can’t believe it’s already Friday (this week has flown by!). Before we get onto the news, a big thanks to Syl Arena for his excellent guest post this week. He didn’t have an easy job being the next person to guest blog after Zack Arias’ mini-epic movie post (which is now the #1 most commented post on this blog ever, with 458 comments), but Syl did a kick-butt job with his post, and a lot of you told him so in your comments. Thanks Syl—you done us proud, son! ;-)

Now, onto the news:

  • Adobe Releases CS4 Update
    A couple of days ago, Adobe released an update to Photoshop CS4 with bug fixes that address a number of issues, including “A number of issues that could cause slow performance have been addressed. Pen barrel rotation with Wacom tablets now works correctly. Photoshop now correctly recognizes 3D textures edited by a plug-in. The quality of the results of Auto-Blend Layers (Stack Images) has been improved. A problem that could result in a crash when pasting formatted text has been fixed. A crash that could result from a corrupt font no longer occurs.” You can download the free update right here for Mac, or right here for Windows.
  • Concert Photography Must-Read Article
    Photographer and musician Scott Diussa did an absolutely excellent, in-depth article on concert photography on his blog this week, and if you shoot concerts, or ever wanted to learn how, this is a must-read article (plus, there are some great concert shots there as well). Here’s the link.
  • Photoshop World Survival Guide Posted
    If you’re going to Photoshop World in Boston next month (it’s not too late—and we’ve extended the $100 off Early Bird discount until today), make sure you check out Nancy’s “Photoshop World Survival Guide” over at the Photoshop World Blog (here’s the link).
  • New Movie to Open with Photography Playing Key Role
    One of my readers (Edwardson Laohoo) turned me onto a movie trailer for a new movie (coming out March 9th) called Everlasting Moments. Edward told me, “It’s based on a true story.  It’s a story of a woman who was in an abusive marriage but found solace in her newfound freedom in the world of Photography.” Here’s the link to see the trailer.
  • Your Feedback on Launch of our New Weekly Show for Nikon DSLR users Yesterday.
    Thanks so much to everyone who supported the launch of our new weekly show for Nikon DSLR users yesterday. The feedback we’ve gotten has been tremendous, and we’ve already taken a lot of your ideas and worked them into the next few shows (including one thing that will make a lot of people happy right off the bat—check out next week’s show which goes live on Thursday). Here’s the link.
  • Photography Blog List Top 20 Favorite Photographers
    My humble thanks to Ronald R. Martinsens’s Photography Blog for the honor of being included in his list of his “Top 20 Favorite Photographers.” That totally made my day! Here’s the link to his list, which includes a link to the portfolios of all his picks.
  • Very Clever Photography Gallery
    Lastly, check out the online portfolio site of photographer Lee Crum. Besides his wonderful photography, he has put together a very clever way of displaying his work as framed art which appears one-by-one arranged on a wall. You just kinda have to see it for yourself—here’s the link.

That’s it for today. Have a great weekend everybody!


Today I am the happiest camper in the forest, because Adobe has made me love my Apple MacBook Pro laptop again. They released a free downloadable plug-in for Photoshop CS4 which disables the trackpad gestures on Apple’s new MacBook Pro Laptops. No longer does my canvas rotate 40 or 50 times a day when I least expect it, and my document doesn’t zoom out to a 1% view 30 or so times a day.

No longer do I spontaneously string together groups of colorful adjectives, spoken at a high volume, as my blood pressure attains new heights. No today, there is nothing but love for Adobe, and now for my MacBook Pro as well. It’s a good day.

If you have been experiencing similar trackpad issues (which caused you to temporarily take on the vocabulary of Joe Pechi in the movie Casino), here’s the link to download the plug-in. Thank you Adobe. You had me at “disable.”

joesnewbk After Joe’s release of what became the huge hit of 2009, his landmark book, “The Moment It Clicks,” everybody was asking for more Joe, and specifically “when’s he gonna do a book on small flashes?” Well, the wait it just about over! On Monday, Joe announced on his blog that he has finished all the writing for his new book, “The Hot Shoe Diaries,” (Big Light from Small Flashes) and now it’s in the final production stages, with an anticipated shipping date in mid to late March. I asked  Joe about his new book, and here’s what he said:

“Up front I dedicate a section of the book to the great shooters who taught us all, and those who are following in their footsteps to create a learning and sharing environment on the Web. Then, I do a thing on holding cameras and also holding flash…..I do thing on Quality, Color and Direction. Then 4 big sections….the biggest one is on using one light. Tried to offer up lots of simple solutions….”

That’s the short and sweet version, but if you’ve got a minute, Joe gave some great insights (and a look at some of the inside spreads) about the book on his blog. Here’s the link to it on Joe’s blog, but if you’re like me, and can’t wait to tear into this book, you can preorder it today from (where it’s the #1 bestselling preorder book in the entire photography category), or from Barnes &

Big News: I’m totally excited to announce that today we launched a new weekly show for Nikon DSLR shooters called “D-Town TV” (The name will make sense after you watch the show’s intro). The show, co-hosted with my good friend and Nikon shooter Matt Kloskowski, airs online each Thursday, and you can watch the premiere episode right here (below). Each episode is full of tips and techniques to help you get the most of your Nikon gear. Take a look at the show (below) and you’ll get the idea. The link to the show’s site is right here (You can watch the show there each week—right in your Web browser, and it’s there so we can hear from our viewers, and get your ideas and suggestions for upcoming shows). Anyway, we hope you enjoy our first weekly episode.

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Link to D-town TV Subscribe to RSS Feed for D-town TV >> The podcast version will be coming soon to iTunes

Hey guys, Brad here. We’re well aware that many of you (including myself) are getting all of the comments as posts in your Google Reader feed. This is isolated to the Google Reader and isn’t occurring with other RSS feeds. We have not changed any of our settings, nor is this a new “feature.” We are working to try and find a solution. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that Google will fix this very soon.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming, featuring Syl Arena! :)

Update: Thanks to commenters, we’re aware that this isn’t isolated to Google Reader.  It seems that unsubscribing and re-subscribing to the feed is working for many, so you may want to give that a try.  We’re still working to find a permanant fix, but this might work in the meantime.  Thanks for your help and understanding!