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Before we discuss the photo above (and sadly yes, we will discuss), first: Come on; did that post from Ree yesterday just absolutely make you fall in love with her or what? She has such a warm, genuine realness to her writing that I just love (and by looking at the comments, you guys did too–posting 134 comments). I just loved her post, and the totally different outlook and perspective she brought to us yesterday, and I’m so delighted she agreed to be my special guest. Thank you Ree, and please consider me one of your biggest fans! :)  Now, onto the stuff:

I’m your Boogie Man…
….That’s what I am. Yes folks, that’s me, in the dark brown three-piece suit, big open collar, gold chains, and sunglasses posing for a promo photo (circa 1982) for the band I was in at the time; “Second Wind.” (We didn’t keep that name for long. Once we heard us referred to as “Sucking Wind” we decided a name change was imminent). The musicians, (from L to R) where: Drummer Mike Schnitt, Yours Truly on keyboards, Vocalist Betts Johnston, Brian Ashley on Sax, and Mark Southwick on bass. Despite how we looked, we were actually a pretty decent band (well, as good as you can be for a disco lounge band, so ‘decent’ is a relative term); however we did manage play a collection of songs each night that, while today they would make you spit out your coffee, at the time, people seemed to enjoy immensely and would occasionally shout (with their hands in the air, mind you), “Yo baby, yo baby, yo!” These people were really, really drunk.

Free Wedding Photography “Webinar” tomorrow!
Tomorrow (Friday) the folks at Bogen Imaging are hosting a free online seminar: “Fashionable Wedding Photography: Roundtable with Claudio Basso” and you’re invited. According to Bogen: “Seasoned fashion photographer Claudio Basso and David Fisher, Bogen Imaging’s Metz and Gossen Product Manager, will discuss new techniques and what photographers need to know when it comes to capturing stunning and fashionable wedding photographs.” This Webinbar, (which is part of Bogen’s “Bogen Caf© series”), is from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT, and you can find out all the details and sign-up right here.

A Bunch of New Online Classes Are Up Live
I have fallen so far behind on letting you know which new online course have launched, here are some of the latest ones:

  1. RC Concepcion did a fantastic class on how to create “Online Photo Portfolios with Lightroom 2 and Dreamweaver CS4.” (link).
  2. Photoshop Hall-of-Famer Bert Monroy has a new Photoshop digital painting class called, “The Making of Times Square: Part 1″ (based on how the techniques he used in his amazing Time Square pano) (link)
  3. Corey Barker has a new class on how to Get Up To Speed with the Wacom Intuos 4 tablets (incredible tablet, by the way!) (link)
  4. We have Part 2 of Jack Davis’s Lightroom 2: A Creative Approach now online (link)
  5. David Ziser has a new online class called: Wedding Portraits – Getting the Perfect Shot at Tricky Locations (link)

McNally Sighting
Joe McNally is in town this week taping four new online classes for Kelby Training Online, and you can see Joe roaming the halls with a hand full of SB-800s at any given time. Yesterday he shot a full corporate on-location “Board of Directors” shoot; the day before he did a shoot at a trashy motel (I won’t spoil it for you), tonight he’s at the beach doing a shoot, and tomorrow I think he’s shooting an all-girl band promo photo (I doubt anyone will yell “Yo baby, yo baby, yo!, though). I can’t wait to see these!

Episode #8 of D-Town TV is On The Air!
The new episode went up this morning, and in it Matt and I cover:

  • D40/D60 Menu Setting tips
  • Focus Point Wrap settings
  • A Tip on how to make sure all of your wireless flashes are firing
  • An on-Location tip from our show’s Technical Adviser: Moose Peterson
  • Quick specs on the NEW Nikon D-5000 and the new 10-24mm ED Lens
  • Getting a handle on your Picture Control settings
  • A quick review the UPstrap Shoulder Strap

Here’s the link to watch the show free online.

That’s it for today folks. I hope to see you back here tomorrow!  :)