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  • Monthly Archives January 2010

    Photo by Bill Frakes I grew up in a family of storytellers. My grandfather, Bub, could tell a story better than Tom Brokaw.  In fact, he was Tom Brokaw’s first boss at WSB-TV in Atlanta. My mom was a popular news anchor in Jacksonville, Fl, for 25 years.  She taught me the importance local activism and the difference it can make. My dad is the quieter type.  He was a news reporter in his younger years but is now a small business owner and avid amateur photographer.  He gave me my first camera and taught me how to use it. My background is what ultimately drew me to photojournalism in college.  It was the culmination of telling stories and making images.  The big question mark over my future suddenly disappeared.  Professional photography was where I was headed. While a student at the University of…

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    Hi Gang: We had so many questions yesterday about my new Flash-based portfolio that RC Concepcion put together for me, that we thought he might be helpful if he did a Q&A for you guys, and RC being RC, he was more than happy to. Here’s a quick Q&A from RC himself:

    Q. Great Job with Scott’s Portfolio! I love it!
    A. That’s not really a question, but an awesome statement. I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

    Q. I’m having a hard time figuring out the navigation. It took me a little bit to figure out how to advance the pictures/see the arrows/move around
    A. In the portfolio, all you really need to do is move the mouse slightly and you can see the navigation icons. From there, I would think the next impulse you’d have would be to click.. it’s what I do.

    Q. I miss the Thumbnails
    A. This is one version of a component that doesn’t include thumbnails, and I have to say – I really prefer it over having them online. The best way that I can equate it is like this: When someone handed you a physical portfolio, how anti-climactic would it have been to see all of the pictures on a small contact sheet before you even began. Part of the portfolio process (hard cover) was to turn that page and “Ahhhh..” See the next image in the series. If you really spent time looking at the portfolio, you used those images to carry a theme along and move the ‘energy’ of your work up, up, up. All of that just becomes “Photo Collecting” when its on a thumbnail list. Does this mean that this is wrong? Not at all.. there are components that -have- thumbnails. Just means that this one is different.

    Q. Did you design this component?
    A. Absolutely not! That honor goes to Tomuta Tiberiu from Flash Web Design in Romania. Tibi just knocked it out of the park on this one by providing something that is modular, engaging, AND cheap! All of that code cost 50 bucks to use. Think of that next time a web design service wants to charge you 2 grand for a site! When my class comes online – I’ll show you how to take pieces like this and put it together with a strategy.

    Q. Hey, no fair! You didn’t even build this!
    A. Hey! Not a question! But I will address it this way. I had a conversation with Scott in NY some time ago that set me on this course.. so I invariably owe it to him. As a photographer, your job is to develop the best Pictures. The website is a means to an end. You’re not trying to win a website design award with your site, but you want it to look clean, sharp, engaging, and stylish. I’d argue you don’t want to spend a lot of time doing so AND you don’t want to go back to college to do this. In this, components can help.

    If I design a site to sell pocketbooks.. would it be cheating if I bought a shopping cart solution and didn’t hand program one from scratch? Nope. I don’t write my email program from scratch either – I use Outlook. Look at these components as what they are – Tools- and you’ll realize you can be better spending your time taking pictures than sweating the technology.

    I am just totally psyched to announced that we've added a brilliant new instructor to the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Orlando; the one, the only, Zack Arias!!!! The whole NAPP crew is buzzing about having Zack on board, as he is just a fantastic instructor, super-talented photographer, and he brings a whole new perspective and teaching style to Photoshop World and we just couldn't be more excited! He's teaching two sessions during the conference: (1) Many Uses of a White Seamless Background "Live" demo of shooting and post production. You'll learn how to get the most out of one simple background. Zack will be showing students how to properly light a white seamless background to achieve looks from pure white to pure black and any shade in between. After a "live" shooting demo, he will walk you through simple steps in…

    My buddy, and photography Web wizard, RC Concepcion set me up with a totally new online portfolio layout, and what I really like about it is that is kind of takes up the full size of your Browser, giving you a much larger view of each image (which was the most common complaint about my old online portfolio). You can click the Portfolio link on the left side of this page, or what the heck---just click here. The way I wound up with having RC do this in the first place is, he's working on an online class on how to find inexpensive Flash components and use them for things like custom portfolios which you can easily maintain yourself without having to know Flash at all. They're all XML-based, and even though his class isn't up live yet, he was kind enough to let…

    Well, it's time to take the new show on the road! :-) Today I'm officially announcing the kick off of my Lightroom 3 Live! Tour, and two more cities: Here's the kick-off leg: Monday, July 12th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Friday, July 16th Matt Kloskowski will take the tour to Boston, MA Monday, July 19th I'm back with the tour in New York City We've totally updated the tour to take advantage of Lightroom 3's new features, and we've tweaked the whole tour to make your Lightroom workflow faster, easier and more fun than than ever. I absolutely love teaching Lightroom live, because as an instructor you can literally see the light bulb going on with photographers who've been doing things the hard way, and once they see Lightroom live, they realize that not only is this the future, but they can see firsthand…

    Well, it's time to take the new show on the road! :-) Today I'm officially announcing the kick off of my Lightroom 3 Live! Tour, and two more cities: Here's the kick-off leg: Monday, July 12th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Friday, July 16th Matt Kloskowski will take the tour to Boston, MA Monday, July 19th I'm back with the tour in New York City We've totally updated the tour to take advantage of Lightroom 3's new features, and we've tweaked the whole tour to make your Lightroom workflow faster, easier and more fun than than ever. I absolutely love teaching Lightroom live, because as an instructor you can literally see the light bulb going on with photographers who've been doing things the hard way, and once they see Lightroom live, they realize that not only is this the future, but they can see firsthand…

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