Monthly Archives December 2010

Hey everyone, RC here. Aside from all of the cool projects we have going on in the world of Photoshop and Photography, we also keep an ear out there on the world of technology. I figured i’d keep things light today and just share with you a couple of things that were awesome (and funny) in the world of tech this week.

Kevin Bacon On Kevin Bacon on Google TV

Google’s off to take the TV world by storm, and despite a few setbacks with channel providers, theyre still making a full court press to win the hearts and minds of the TV faithful. Theyre newest attempt? Kevin Bacon. I’d love to add more color commentary to this, but it’s just priceless on it’s own.

Adobe Releases Flash 10.2 Beta
If you’re into watching video on your computers, this is something that should definitely interest you. Flash 10.2 beta is now taking all of the processing of video and making it less and less computer processor intensive by enabling more hardware acceleration. The results are just awesome.

Click here to go to the Adobe Labs Website and see a video of 1080p on a Macbook air. With no Hiccups.

“No Color Management” Print Utility for Photoshop
Recently, John Nack of Adobe has announced that Adobe has created a utility to give back a feature that was removed in the newest versions of Photoshop – the ability to print with no color management.

According to John Nack:
“…There are, however, people who need to print without color management. They print color targets which are then used to generate printer profiles for new printer/paper/ink combinations. These users range from printer manufactures to third-party ink suppliers to power users like Andrew Rodney who supply their own high quality profiles.”

For more information this, make sure you click on this link to go to his blog.

A little light nerdiness never hurt anyone. Have a wonderful Friday everyone!

Hey gang – Brad here with a killer holiday deal, some book reviews, and plenty more. Let’s get to it!

NAPP and onOne Software have joined together this holiday season to give photographers and Photoshop professionals one of the best deals of the year, a package valued at $600 for only $349.95!

It’s the award-winning Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 ($499.95 value) from onOne Software (seven products in one that will save you hours of time enhancing photos) plus a 1-year NAPP membership or renewal ($99 value). This exclusive offer ends December 8th, 2010. Check out NAPP’s own RC Concepcion as he covers the benefits of the Perfect Photo Suite, or get more product details here. Also, be sure to scroll down the page to check out the online class RC has created called “Gear and Software Tips for Fall Sports with onOne Software” where he shows how this new product helps solve the most common problems facing photographers!

Ron Martinsen has posted his review of Scott’s Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers, in which he reviews the book chapter by chapter. Very helpful if you’re wondering exactly what’s in the book and don’t want to drive to the store to find out :) Check it out here, as well as his “What Photoshop Books Should I Read?” post that also has lots of great recommendations for learning Photoshop!

If you’re looking for gift ideas for the budding photographer friend and/or family member, check out Shawn King‘s post “Holiday Gift Giving (and Getting).”

Speaking of gift ideas, Lens Pro To Go‘s annual gear sale is still going on!  They’ve got tons of used Canon and Nikon gear available, so check their inventory (bottom left) to see if they have that lens (or camera, flash, etc) you’ve been drooling over :)

The Manfrotto School of Xcellence has some great free online webinars coming up over the next week.  They’re starting off tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. with “Great Portraits Don’t Just Happen” featuring Bill Frakes, followed on December 6 by “Shooting the Forests Series” with Drew Gardner, then finishing on December 8 with “Color Management in the Professional Photographer’s Workflow” with Stacy Pearsall. Get all the details and register right here!

My name is Annie Downs. I am the Events Coordinator for Help-Portrait. Jeremy does the challenging work- he takes the portraits. I do the easy part- I get to tell you about it.

It seems that most nonprofit organizations need two things: money and volunteers. If they need money, they probably don’t need volunteers; they are paying for people to do the good works around the world. If they need volunteers, they probably don’t need as much money. (But they still need money.)

For those in creative professions – writers, actors, photographers, musicians, and the like, money isn’t always easy to come by. Freelancers are struggling more and more, and yet the heart to give is part of what feeds the creative nature.

If you are one of these, you might look at the other option – volunteering. There are many great nonprofit organizations that love to see hands that are ready to help – to build, to feed, to clothe. And without having much skill, you can make a significant impact.

Giving in any arena is great, but there is something really unique and special about giving within your gifting, about identifying the things you are good at, the things you do for a living, and finding a way to donate within that field. It’s not often that opportunity arises, unless you are a carpenter or a cook.

Photographers are an interesting bunch. They are competitive, yet team players. They are quiet when working, but loud when communicating. They are on the frontlines of technology and media, and they are temperamental artists. They are, at the core, a collection of people who hold the camera in one hand and their heart in the other.

In 2008, one of your own, Jeremy Cowart, found a way to use his skill as a photographer to give back to the community. And there began Help-Portrait – in a gym in East Nashville one cold Saturday morning in December.

The next fall, a tidal wave response occurred when a simple video about Help Portrait was posted here at Scott’s blog. Maybe for the first time, the photography community was given a chance to unite and give back where they excel – with their hearts and their cameras.

Whereas 2008 was a small event in Nashville, Tennessee, 2009 was a worldwide event occurring in more than 40 countries involving almost 4,000 photographers. In any other profession, that type of unity, birthed simply via social media, would be followed by massive personal praise from those involved.

And rightly so.

But you photographers, you just do the work. You find the subjects in need, shoot the portrait, print the portrait, give back and sleep peacefully that night. You don’t ask for thanks or praise or hugs or money. Yes, there was national news coverage in 2009, but nothing compared to the stories you lived. We read them. Every last one. We cried at the power of your Help-Portrait moments. And there were thousands more that we never heard.

The photographs taken were by amateurs and professionals. With lighting or natural. Indoors and outside. The subjects were children, adults, homeless, sick, broken, poor, sad, wounded. Those in need were cared for and those doing the photography were changed forever.

And here we are, Help-Portrait 2010 right around the corner (Saturday, 4 December 2010). The potential is limitless. Events are being planned right now all over the world, from New York City to Kenya to Brazil to Korea.

You can still be involved. Just head to the Help-Portrait community site and join – then locate the group that is in or near your city and connect so that you can be a part on December 4th. With 585 groups of people in 57 countries and 49 U.S. States already created, you will probably find a location near you. If not, start your own!

As the day approaches of our second international Help Portrait event, we just want to say thank you. This community is unlike any other that exists and you deserve to be celebrated – not only for the fine artists that you are, but for the deep kindness that you show to those in need.

May your heart always be full and your memory card always have room for one more portrait.