Monthly Archives June 2010


The latest episode is now up live (we’re running a couple of days behind on the episodes right now—things are really busy down in videoland), and besides all the cool stuff we cover (below), we’re also giving away the full suite of Nik Software’s awesome Photoshop plug-ins (watch the show for details).

  • For beginners, we start with my showing how to properly set your camera’s diopter (if you don’t know what a Diopter is—this is for you).
  • Matt’s on location to show how to get the sun star/starburst effect when shooting into the sun
  • I’m doing a live shoot in the studio and showing how to use a gobo with studio lights to create fall off for portraits.
  • David Ziser is our special in-studio guest, and he has some tips on getting sharp shots when shooting available light weddings
  • Matt shows off the new Flash Benders that help you shape the light from your speedlites (I talked about these last week here on the blog)
  • I show the new Gel Clip, a new, very clever, yet simple gel holder for your off camera flash
  • Plus we turn you on to the work of portrait photographer Frank Doorhof! (who guest blogged here recently as well).

Plus, of course, we have details on the Nik Software giveway.

And you can watch it free online, anytime, right here.

…..well known to many folks who attended the Orlando Photoshop World Conference earlier this year, and to those who keep up with the conference goings-on here on the blog. It’s Iranian Photoshop expert and educator Ali Rajabi.

I wrote about meeting Ali at the conference earlier this year, and what a great guy he was (and his fascinating story about how he wound up getting approved to visit the US to attend the conference). Lots of readers mentioned he’d make a great guest blogger, and not only did I agree, but tomorrow he’s here as my very special guest.

If you’re not familiar with Ali’s story, please take a moment to read about him, and how we met, right here, and then make sure you’re here tomorrow to welcome him, and make him feel at home. Let me be the first in saying, “Welcome Ali. It’s great to have you here!”

Today we officially announce our biggest New York event ever—the Photoshop CS5 Summit (Produced by the Nat’l Assn. of Photoshop Professionals and sponsored by Adobe Systems). The full scoop (and how to snag your tickets) is in the short video below:

Here’s a recap:

Who: Your instructors are “The Photoshop Guys,” Me, Matt Kloskowski, RC Concepcion, Corey Barker, and Dave Cross

When: One night only—Friday, June 25th, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm

Where: The Hammerstein theater, at the Manhattan Center, New York City

Cost: Free (if you watched the video above, which explains how to get a free ticket)

Why: ‘Cause Photoshop CS5 is brand spankin’ new and we wanted to do something cool/fun/different in one of the coolest/funnest/differentest places in the world!

More: Go right here.


These things are awesome! They’re called “Rogue FlashBenders” and they help you control and shape the light from your off-camera flash. Of course this isn’t the first product to do this (I’ve been using the Honl Light Shaping tools for a few years, and liked them a lot), but these new FlashBenders (from Expo Imaging—the people who bring us ExpoDisc) have two big advantages over everything else I’ve used:

(1) They’re all one piece, so there’s nothing separate to attach to your flash head, which means that there’s less to pack, and less to lose, and that means less hassle.

(2) There is some kind of wire, or bendy thingies (a technical term), inside them that let you easily mold and shape them any way you want so they go from snoot to bounce flash to gobo in two seconds flat.

They just officially launched today, but we got a set in last week and Matt and the rest of us fell in love with them right away (everybody was drooling over them).


You can buy them individually, or as a 3-piece kit, and for this launch, they agreed to do a special kicker for NAPP members who buy the full Rogue FlashBenders 3-piece Reflector Kit (normally $104.85 retail price), they’ll just pay for 2 pieces of the set, and get their Bounce Card / Flag FREE (normally $29.95).

The deal expires on June 18th (go to the NAPP Member Website to get the discount code). Here’s the link with more details. Way to go Expo Imaging guys—-you rocked it with this one! :)

With the Photoshop World Conference in Vegas coming up in September, I thought it would be fun to run this video clip I found on, shot and edited by an attendee (Friendofvic) at the Orlando, Florida Photoshop World back in March. It’s really fun, it’s really embarrassing, it’s really short (just one minute and 2 seconds) and it’s just very fun seeing someone else’s take on things. Hope you enjoy it (and I hope we’ll see you in Vegas this September).


Atlanta Was Awesome!!!
I want to start by thanking all the photographers (over 600 of you), that came out to my Atlanta “Photoshop CS5 for Digital Photographers” Seminar last Friday (that’s blog regular Ken Toney posing with me above in an iPhone photo during one of the breaks between classes). We had such a great crowd that day—everybody was totally engaged, and into it and we really had just an awful lot of fun while we were learning, and I can’t thank you all enough for coming out to spend the day with me.

While I was there, on Thursday I got to shoot at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, at their “The Allure of the Automobile” exhibit (these cars from the 40s and 50s were like works of art on wheels), and then that night, I got to shoot Maggie Smith in concert at the Hard Rock Cafe. Totally fun (and more on both of these shoots in the coming weeks).

Larry Rocked It (and I totally messed up)
I want to thank my buddy Larry Becker for a terrific, and very inspirational Guest Blog post yesterday, and at the same time, I want to apologize to Larry for doing two posts that walked on his Guest Blog. That day is pretty sacred around here, and reserved just for the Guest Blogger (it’s their day to do what they will), but I had completely lost track of the days, and thought that yesterday was going to be Tuesday, so I wrote two blog posts (thinking it was Tuesday). Totally my fault (apparently that being closed on Monday thing, really threw me for a loop), and I’m so sorry for getting in the way of great Guest Blog spot. Hope you’ll forgive me, Larry.

The New Episode of D-Town TV is Live
Although it went up crazy late, it did finally get posted this weekend, and this episode is packed with stuff, including a studio shoot, more location shooting with Matt, a great tip for shooting with fast glass from top wedding photographer Cliff Mauntner, plus Cheap Shots with Larry Becker, and a whole bunch more. Here’s the link.

Kick Butt iPhone App for Photographers: Plastic Bullet
A friend turned me on to this iPhone app for photographers called “Plastic Bullet” and I have to tell you—-I’m hooked. You take the shot, and it transforms your photo in a very creative and fun way. Here’s how they describe it: “Plastic Bullet puts the fun, spontaneity, and unpredictability of plastic-fantastic toy cameras right into your pocket. Just tap to turn your photos into gloriously unpredictable works of art, then tap again to change the look.” However, I have to say, it’s actually a lot more fun (and the photos look a lot better) than that description (check out their samples here). I kept tapping and coming up with more new looks. You’ll totally love it, and it’s only $2 bucks! (Here’s the link).

That’s it for today!
Hope you guys have a great Thursday, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow! :)