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  • Monthly Archives March 2009

    Making Light of Things

    Yikes. Guest blogging for Scott. (Pressure.) Guest blogging right after Jay Maisel. (More pressure.) There’s actually been kind of a photographic “who’s who” who has blogged here on recent Wednesdays. (Now there’s a sentence in search of an editor!) They have collectively toured many points on the photographic compass from inspiration to instruction and back again. There have been tutorials, advice, histories, and videos. (I hearken back to that amazing piece Zack Arias put up here.)

    So, how to continue? Be funny? Man walks into a bar….

    ...the one....the only....Joe McNally. What else can I say? He is "The Man!" I pretty sure he'll have his guest blog in on time, because if not I can go down the hall to his room here in the Hotel in Boston and keep knocking on the door until he turns it in. ;-) Seriously though; I'm thrilled to have Joe back here on the blog, and I asked him to do this guest blogging spot on the heels of the release of his amazing new book, "The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flash" which is, as I write this, the #36 bestselling book of ALL books on Amazon.com!!!! That my friends, is just amazing. One more thing---the book just came out, and it's already got 7 reviews----all of the 5-star reviews!!! I can't wait to see what Joe has cooked up…

    On Sunday I took a quick trip up to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama to take part in a very special event; the "IndyCar Series Open Test" Weekend. This is where the big name Indy Car teams spend a weekend prepping for the Indy racing season which kicks off right in my back yard with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg coming up in two weeks. I was there as the guest of one of the readers of this blog, photographer/designer Jeff Rease (that's him on the left above---photo by Pete Collins), and we had a ball (well, Jeff seemed like he was having fun, but I had one of my most fun sports shooting days ever!). The weather was just incredible---the Barber Motorsports track and facilities were really just beautiful, and I was really taken with how friendly everybody was, from…

    Well, we're on our way to Boston this week for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo (NAPP's own conference, sponsored by Adobe, and the largest Photoshop event in the world), and I just wanted to give you a heads up that this will be a very light blogging week for me. In fact, so light that I want to send you over to the Photoshop World blog this week where NAPP's own social media ninja Nancy Masse will be blogging LIVE from Photoshop World, including a special live blog from Adobe's opening keynote. The keynote kicks off at 9:00 am this Wednesday morning (which will still be Guest Blog Wednesday here on the blog), so make sure you check out our first-ever live blogged keynote, staring Adobe's own John Loiacono. Here's the link for Wednesday (though you can check out the blog anytime)! FREE…

    OK gang, as promised, here's the cool secret thing: Today I'm releasing a free custom Photoshop CS4 panel that lets you get the RSS feed for this blog, "The Photoshop Insider" right inside Photoshop CS4 in its own separate panel (so it's just like any other panel [formerly known as palettes], inside Photoshop). If you click on the graphic above, you'll see the Photoshop Insider panel is right there alongside the Layers panel, Channels, Paths, etc. and you'll see the headlines from my posts, along with the RSS feed of the beginning of each post. If you see one that interests you, just click on Read More..... The ability to add your own custom panels to Photoshop is new in CS4, and it came in the form of a free utility called "The Configurator" which lets you customize and extend Photoshop in some amazing…

    After I posted my video review of the Elinchrom BXRI-500 strobes earlier this week, I was contacted by the folks at Bogen Imaging (who distribute Elinchrom gear here in the US), and who watched my review and saw that one of my few minor "dings" about them was the fact that you needed to keep the instruction manual around for assigning groups. They let me know that they had created a downloadable quick chart (in PDF format) that BXRI users can now download, which has all the programmable controls laid out in a very simple and easy-to-use format (plus, the chart includes more than just how to assign groups). You can download their free quick chart right here. My hat's off to Bogen for making this available so quickly (I'm going to print and laminate two of them, then attach them to the lightstands…

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