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  • Monthly Archives November 2009

    Hi everybody. Lots of stuff's been piling up during the past week or so, so here we go: New Podcast from Rick Sammon I just learned that our buddy Rick Sammon has launched a new radio Podcast called "The Digital Photo Experience" which he co-hosts with Juan Pons. The first episode was just released on iTunes (the Podcast is free), and it's already playing to rave reviews (his average rating is five-stars), so if you've got a second, check it out (here's the link---you can listen right within iTunes, and subscribe for free so you don't miss another episode). Shuttle Shots from Scott Diussa Friend of the blog (and Photoshop World instructor) Scott Diussa, posted some very cool images from the recent Space Shuttle launch taken by remote. They're pretty sweet, so if you've got a minute, check them out right here on his…

    I took this past week off to hang out with my family and do fun stuff (and catch up on my reading). But while I was catching up, I got caught off guard while reading a recent issue of the excellent UK-based Photoshop Creative magazine. In their Creative Forum (letters to the editor) section, I saw the following letter as their featured letter of the month: NAPP needed I’ve been buying Photoshop Creative since the very first issue and have been using Photoshop since version 4.0. I deduced to join NAPP (nat’l assn., etc.) last June, and I use the online training available. However, one thing both myself and my colleague at work are frustrated at is the lack of visits to the UK by the NAPP guys. We started up a Facebook group and have been Twittering various Photoshop groups and individuals to…

    We've snagged another killer "this weekend only" deal---this time from Artistic Photo Canvas (the same people who did that five-foot long pano of St. Lucia on canvas for me---here's the link to that post). Here's the deal: For this weekend only, they are offering you (the readers of my blog), a big 20% OFF your entire order plus you get a FREE microfiber camera lens cleaning cloth. The discount is applicable to all 102 standard size and finish combinations for gallery wraps, stretched canvases and unstretched canvases -- as well as all optional techniques and add-ons including texturizing gel coats, dust covers and blind drop shipping. When you place your order, you have to use this Promo Code to get the special discount: Promo Code: SCOTTSENTME If you've been thinking about getting a canvas print made---this is your chance!!!! (Here's the link to Artistic…

    That's right---we've put together a bunch of special one-day only deals on everything from Photoshop World Full Conference passes to copies of my books, our DVDs, and well---all our stuff, and we're launching these deals this coming Monday. Now, you're probably wondering, "Why not offer these deals today, like everybody else in the world?" That's a fair question, and since I'm not in our marketing dept., I have no idea why we're waiting until Monday, but I'm sure there's some compelling reason (actually, I'm not sure there is a good reason---I'm just covering my bases). Anyway, I'll have the full list for you on Monday. At least, that's what I've been led to believe. ;-)

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    Wow, thanks to Scott and Brad for giving me this rad opportunity to guest blog. I’ve been an avid Photoshop user for about 15 years and have been impacted by Scott’s amazing books and tutorials for as long as I can remember, so it’s really cool for me to get to do this.

    Most of you don’t know me, so here’s a little ice breaker:

    10 Ways I’ve Used Gaff Tape in the last year:

    1. To reduce terrible chafing between my legs while shooting at Witch’s Rock in Costa Rica.
    2. To patch up holes in my mosquito net over my bed in Tanzania
    3. To hold up the water bladder I used to bathe in Sudan
    4. As a bandaid to keep the blood from my cut finger off equipment
    5. To keep the insane knot-untying raccoons out of my bag while camping on the beach in Costa Rica
    6. To strap my camera to the top of a piece of rebar for a time-lapse in the earthquake zone of Beichuan, China.
    7. To attach my camera to my hand while paragliding in the Himalayas
    8. To make it unbelievably difficult to steal a camera I wanted to leave on a construction site for a 5-day time lapse (used like half a roll on that sucker, it worked!)
    9. To hold my battery charger into a really jankity outlet in India.
    10. To keep the spitting cobras out of my cottage in Zambia

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    Using gaff to set up a time-lapse in rural China

    I finished school about a year ago and since then I’ve been able to travel through about 20 countries working with a variety of different missions-based organizations on assignment to capture what they are doing abroad (both through still and motion picture.) My work is typically used to share what they are doing with others in efforts to raise money for the organization in one way or another, whether it’s sold as art or just connecting with donors on an emotional level.

    It’s definitely been a whirlwind of a year and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve learned so much from the people I’ve met, the experiences I’ve had and the failures I’ve endured. I could write forever about all the ins and outs of travel photography; how to prepare for a shoot in 140°F Sudan, how to pull off an album cover shoot in an earthquake zone in rural China or even how to get the best seats on international flights (without paying an extra penny!)

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