Monthly Archives January 2010


Our friends at Adorama just launched a contest for photos taken with your iPhone, and I gotta tell ya—the prizes are just incredible. They are giving away:

  1. The Grand Prize winner gets a $1,000 Adorama Gift Card
  2. Ten second place winners win a Wacom Bamboo tablet
  3. 15 Third-place winners will receive a Canon wireless printer
  4. Thirty fourth place winners get a $100 Adorama Gift Card
  5. And 25 Fifth Place winners get a $50 Apple App Store Gift Card

The winners are chosen by a panel of celebrity judges (including yours truly), and well….ya just gotta enter because there are so many prizes, how can you not win!!!! (of course, in reality you might not win, but it sounds lame if I say you might not win, even though I just said it).

Here’s the link with more details, and how to enter. Congrats to the crew at Adorama for coming up with such a way cool contest! Now go enter, now!!! :)

Photoshop CS5 is brand new. It’s just hittin’ the streets, and so are the Photoshop Guys who are heading up to New York City for the first CS5 event of its kind – the Adobe Photoshop CS5 Summit – and you’re invited!
You’ll see exactly how Scott, Matt, Dave, RC, and Corey (NAPP’s own Photoshop team) plug the amazing new features of CS5 right into their daily Photoshop workflow. Plus, you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with Adobe’s own Photoshop and Lightroom product managers (Bryan Hughes, and Tom Hogarty) and get your questions answered direct from the source.

We’ll have drawings for some very cool giveaways, including versions of Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, tickets to the Photoshop World Conference, and much more. You’ll have a blast, you’ll learn a lot, and best of all – it’s all free! But it doesn’t happen if you’re not there!

Seating is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so snag your seat today and be a part of this history making Photoshop event, from Adobe and the people who bring you Photoshop User magazine.

Don’t miss it!

Hi Gang: Well, it seems like forever, but we’re finally back with our 2nd Season of D-Town TV, and what better guest to have on our first new episode than Mr. Joe McNally himself. We’ve got a lot packed into this show, and we hope you guys like the new wide-open format (it’s no longer just Nikon only) and the range of topics we’re now covering.

Also, we’re leaving the first season of D-Town TV online as well so we can refer back to particular episodes and specific techniques, and you can find those back episodes over at Thanks everybody for hanging in there with us, about without further ado: Season 2, Episode 1:


Yesterday, I got a list of what Vincent Versace (shown above) has put together for this spring’s winner of the “Vincent Versace Award for Excellence in Digital Photography” (Affectionly known as “The Vinny,” it’s awarded during the opening keynote presentation at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo), and I gotta tell you—-he’s put together one of the best photo competition prize packages ever!

Here’s what the Vinny winner gets:

  • An Epson Stylus Pro 3880 printer
  • An Xrite Color Munki and Passport
  • The Complete Collection of onOne Software’s Photoshop plug-ins
  • The Complete Collection of Nik Software’s Photoshop Plug0ins
  • a Hoodman camera loupe
  • an Enduro carbon fiber tripod
  • a Wacom tablet
  • an Expo disc
  • Lexar Compact Flash cards
  • a Lowepro Slingshot bag
  • All of Acme Educational’s tutorial DVDs (20 titles)
  • Attendance to any workshop at Maine Media Workshops (winner has to pay for
    flight room and board)
  • Attendance to any workshop at Palm Beach Photographic Workshops (winner has
    to pay for flight room and board)
  • 1 year subscription to Kelby Training Online
  • A signed copy of Vincent’s new book (coming out in June)
  • A signed copy of David Duchemin’s latest book
  • A signed print 24×30″ Versace print

The competition is open to all attendees of the Photoshop World Conference & Expo (there’s no entry free for registered conference attendees), and the presentation of the award takes place during the opening keynote on the morning of March 26th (the Vinny Award is a special category and every one that enters the photography category as part of the Photoshop World Guru Awards is eligible to win. The winner of the Vinny is chosen by Mr. Versace himself).

Anyway, that’s a crazy amount of prizes, but beyond the prizes themselves, winning the prestigious Vinny Award has launched the careers of a number of now well known names (including people like our own Corey Barker, and instructor, retoucher and photographer David Cuerdon, just to name a few). If you’re going to Photoshop World and you don’t enter this free competition, you’ll missing opportunity knocking.

For more information on entering the Guru Award Competition, click here.


Before we get started, how about a big round of applause for Laura Heald, assistant to Bill Frakes and my awesome Guest Blogger yesterday. I totally dug her post (and so did a lot of other folks), and I particularly like her writing style. Very engaging! Thanks Laura (you’ve got an amazing job, and a 2nd career as a writer, too!)!!! Now, onto the news:

Share your favorite iPhone App: Maybe snag a $50 iTunes Gift Card
My buddy Terry White is running a very cool, simple, fun contest over at his new site, “” and all you do is share what you favorite iPhone App is, and you’re registered to win a $50 iTunes Gift Card. Easy enough (here’s the link).

Giving RC the Love (and tales of his midnight tweak)
My buddy RC Concepcion was listening when you guys pointed out the Arrow/Direction problem in new Portfolio design (link) and son-of-a-gun if he didn’t go in there and tweak the code so now it moves in the direction you guys felt it should. I also just wanted to thank RC Concepcion, and give him some love, not only for his helpful Q&A Tuesday about the new portfolio design, but for helping so many commentators with their questions as well. It’s an RC love fest (but a well-deserved one). Thanks RC and I agree with everybody else—you rock! (and I can’t wait for your class either!).

Dallas, Texas here I come!
I have nearly 400 photographers already signed up for my “Photoshop for Digital Photographers” workshop there on Friday, January 29th, so don’t miss out on all the learning and fun. Here’s the link—-come and hang out with me for the day—I promise to make it worth your while.

Oklahoma City, here comes Corey Barker!
Photoshop super genius guy Corey Barker is taking our “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks” tour to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, January 27th (it’s just a few weeks away). If you’re out that way, and into Photoshop, you gotta check this day you—he will blow you mind (and you’ll learn so much your head will hurt). NAPP members go just $79, everybody else is $99. Here’s the link.

The Amazing Photography of Mark Zibert
Mark first caught my eye with his incredible series of ads he did for Adidas, and then Brad Moore sent me his link again this week, and I checked out his stuff once more, and just wow. What a combination of photography and Photoshop skills. Go check out his work if you have a quick sec (His Adidas stuff is there too). Totally cool stuff (here’s the link).

The First Blog Review of my Photo Recipes Live DVD/Book Combo is out
Although my new Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes DVD/Book combo just came out last week, the blog “World Through a Camera Lens” has posted the first in-depth review. Here’s the link.

NOTE: I just got word that now has the Photo Recipes combo back in stock, ready for immediate shipping. Here’s the link.

Thanks it for today everybody!
I’m staying home today and working on a new book (if I go into the office, I’ll just sucked into an endless vortex of meetings), so while it’s unlikely that I’ll have a kick butt day, I sure hope you do! :)