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  • Monthly Archives May 2009

    The Coming Revolution


    I believe we’re at a turning point in the way we, as an industry, approach our craft. Thanks to the internet, information moves faster and faster, filling our brains to bustin’ with everything any of us could ever hope to know about off-camera flash, HDR techniques, hyperfocal distances, and the effect of aperture shape on bokeh. We have learned more and more, and if we have not it’s not for lack of information. And at the end of day we’re still hungry; full up on HOW and still wondering WHY.

    My first book came out on Monday. After writing it and spinning much of it around the idea that WHY always drives HOW, I am more convinced than ever that we are about to reach critical mass with the the HOW, and that we’re slowly turning, collectively, to see the vaccum that has formed while we weren’t paying attention. That vaccum is passion, vision, and the reason we picked up cameras to begin with – the need to express ourselves. To use a metaphor; it’s as though we’re reaching the pinnacle of typewriter technology and have awoken to find that what we’re really passionate about is the stories, the poems, and the words themselves rather than the keys and ribbons.

    Hey gang: I just this minute checked and my "Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks" book is now in stock at Amazon.com (here's the link). NOTE: Just a reminder---like my live tour of the same name---this is packed cover-to-cover with how to create Photoshop special effects---the same ones you see today in print, on the Web, on TV, and in Hollywood. There's no sharpening, or color correction, or color management, or any of that stuff that I cover in all my other books. This is "The funk and not the junk, baby!" By the way; although this is titled CS4, almost all the techniques work in CS3 as well.

    Think Tank's Airport Security 2 Gets a "Scott Thinks It's Hot!" Award My recent trips to Birmingham and DLWS in the Other Banks totally cemented it----the Think Tank Airport Security 2 is the rolling camera bag of my dreams. It has totally replaced my beloved Lowe Pro Pro Roller 1, which served me well for the past two years, but this Think Tank rolling bag is truly that next level of bag, and now there's no looking back. I'm still amazed at how that bag holds as much as it does (I load mine with a 200-400mm f/4 lens, a large 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, a large 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, two full-sized camera bodies, an Epson P-7000, two chargers, a monopod, an SB-900, multiple filters, a Di-GPS unit, and loads of little gadgets that wind up in our camera bags). Besides…

    ....an amazing photographer, teacher, and now published author....David duChemin. You've heard me talk about David's captivating work a dozen times here on the blog, and it's such an honor to have him here as my guest blogger tomorrow (it's particularly cool because I'm in the middle of reading his brand new book, "Within the Frame" right now, and as expected---it's awesome!). In the meantime, I encourage you to go and spend a couple of minutes looking at David's amazing portfolio (here's the link) and check out his personal blog: Pixelated Image. You'll love it! (Don't forget to check back here tomorrow for his guest blog).

    The blurry photo above was taken with my iPhone just a few minutes before the doors opened to my new Photoshop seminar. It shows the calm before the storm. On Friday, in our nation's capital, I met some of the most gracious, patient, and downright forgiving people on earth, because for two hours, at the kick-off of my "Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks," at the Washington Convention Center, I had absolutely the worst audio problems I've had in the 16 years I've been doing live Photoshop seminars. I am not kidding. Before the doors opened, we had tested, tweaked, and toned the center's audio system (I took the photo above during the soundcheck. That's Corey Barker walking through the ballroom as we were tweaking the audio. Luckily, we were in such a large ballroom that the in-house A/V company had an audio tech right…

    ...which is why it's 1:24 am, and I'm in my hotel room preparing for my class tomorrow, and as far as the blog goes today...well...I got nuthin'. Well, I've got one thing---that's right---an embarrassing photo (seen above). This one is more recent; it was taken during the on-location taping of our opening movie for last year's Photoshop World keynote (we had a Star Trek theme, and I thought with the new movie opening, and well...ya know). Shown in the photo above (L to R Back row: Corey Barker (as Lt. Smirnoff), Matt Kloskowski (as "Beta"), Photoshop Principal Product Manager John Nack (as "Major Mancandy"), Crewman #1, RC Concepcion (as Warp), Crewman #2, and Felix Nelson (as Jordache). L to R seated: Dave Cross (as First Officier Jim Beam), yours truly (as Captain Morgan), and Terry 'Tiberius' White (I can't remember Terry's character. Hey, it's…

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