Monthly Archives July 2009

We're just a little more than a week away from our World Wide Photo Walk, and the number of walkers coming on board around the world is just getting crazy (which just makes it that much more exciting). Next week, Brad Moore will be doing a blog post each day with tips on how to make the most from your walk, so make sure you check out the Photo Walk blog (here's the link) each day next week, as we ramp up to next Saturday's walk. Can't wait! By the way----if you're not signed up for a walk yet----do it right now; you'll have a blast!!!!

Photo by Jacob Cunningham Hello Scott. And friends of Scott. Not to mention you people who know friends of folks who at one time thought they knew Scott or saw him once. As if in a dream. My name is Deke. But enough about me. What’s more important is what I have to offer. In celebration of The Day After Scott’s Birthday, I bring you the most special Eighth of July gift ever. A video. A Web-based, streaming video. With a mouse cursor moving around the screen and me talking and everything. (!) The topic of this video is masking. Over the course of things, we’ll take this girl: With all her hair and rambunctious attitude. And blend her into this composition: Granted, the end result is over the top. And a bit silly. (Forgive me, I learned design from Mad magazine. Or was…

Hi Folks. It's Tuesday, it's my birthday (and my wife got me a Les Paul guitar as a birthday present---sweet!), but besides me getting older, and not even a bit wiser, here's what's up: McNally Live! San Francisco, the first stop on Joe McNally's new Location Lighting Technique Workshop tour for Kelby Training looks like it's going to sell out way in advance, so I'm giving you a heads up now; if you're planning on going (it's on July 31st), this may be your last chance to sign up here. Here's the link. Thanks Vinny! Just a word of thanks to my buddy Vincent Versace. He took the promo photo of me you see up at the top right corner of this blog. We use that image in a lot of my books and videos, and I just wanted to both thank and credit… of my all-time favorite Photoshop instructors and authors, and the only guy named Deke I've ever known; Deke McClelland. I've been a fan of Deke's work since I got totally hooked on his book, The Photoshop Bible, back when I was just a Photoshop cub. Not only did I learn a tremendous amount from that book, but I loved his irreverent style and would find myself laughing out loud while I was learning, which makes it even more special for me to have him here as my guest on the blog tomorrow. Deke doesn't do anything in a small way, so I'm expecting something very cool here tomorrow, so make it a point to stop back by and see what Deke has up his sleeve.

My book, The Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers is used in classrooms around the world to teach Photoshop, and today with the help of our friends at Peachpit Press/New Riders and Pearson Education, we're releasing a truly groundbreaking free Instructor's Kit for educators who use it as the textbook for their students. Here's a short two-minute video I put together to explain the free Instructors Kit, what you get, how it was developed, and how it's going to make a big difference to you and your students. Here's the link to register to get your free Instructors Kit, and they'll even send you a copy of my "CS4 Book for Digitial Photographers" absolutely free for your use in the classroom.

It's a Holiday Weekend here in the US (our offices are closed today in observance of Independence Day), so I'm going to keep it short and sweet. Let's do it: Photo Walk Update By Monday we'll have nearly 25,000 photographers registered for Photo Walks in 911 cities around the world. My buddy (and Photo Walk leader for Dunedin, Florida) RC Concepcion did a video on how to get prepared now for uploading your photos after the event. Here's the link to watch his short, but very helpful, tutorial video. Free Extreme Sports Photography Webinar on July 17th You're invited to attend a free online Webinar on Extreme Sports Photography with Michael Clark (the event is hosted by Bogen Imaging). Here's the link to sign up. Making Departures magazine's list American Express publishes a great travel and leisure-style magazine for card holders called "Departures" and…