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  • Monthly Archives January 2011

    Please join me in wishing a happy 80th birthday to one of the most talented, fun, giving, and down right lovable guys out there, and a true living-legend of photography---our dear friend Jay Maisel. Jay, we wish you your best birthday ever, and many more to come!

    Lots of cool stuff to share today, about some great folks, and friends of the blog: > First, my buddy, and aviation photographer, Jose Ramos (better known by his call sign "Fuji"), just got a two-page spread (shown above) featuring his photography, including air-to-air shots, in the upcoming Winter issue of "Hook Magazine." Congrats Jose! (Disco, out). > You guys who read this blog regularly are already familiar with the incredible automotive photography of UK-based photographer Tim Wallace, and as much as we so know he's among the world's best, it's great to see him getting some of the public accolades he so richly deserves, as Tim recently won the Professional Advertising Photographer of the Year Award for 2010. A big congrats to Tim!!! Here's the link. > Last week I ran a short video by our friend Glyn Dewis on a look back…

    I know this is more of a "Pimpy Thursday" thing, but if I wait until Thursday, it probably won't be "this week's show" any more. I was lucky enough to be the guest on this week's PhotoFocus radio podcast, which is a weekly photography Q&A Podcast hosted by social media maverick and pro photographer Scott Bourne. If you've got a few minutes, you can listen to my attempts at answering some of the questions from his listeners, which include my answers like: "I dunno." "Huh? Beats me." and "You better handle that one Mr. Bourne." Perhaps, not my finest moments, but I did manage to answer a few poignant questions, like "How old are you?" "How many fingers am I holding up? "What's the capital of Nebraska?" and stuff like that. Seriously though, we had a great time and covered lots of ground (Scott…

    Brad just sent me a roster of who's speaking at this week's Photo Pro Expo (produced by the Kentucky Professional Photographers Association), and they've got some really big name instructors teaching, including David Ziser, Cliff Mautner, Tony Corbell, and Skip Cohen (among others). it kicks off this Friday, and it sounds like a really great event, so if you're anywhere up that way, click this link to get all the details.

    I had a number of people comment about the Duotone look I applied to my "Sessions" images" series (link), so I thought I'd share the exact settings I used (just promise me you won't be surprised or disappointed that it's so incredibly simple). I did the conversion completely in Lightroom (though I'll show you the camera raw equivalent in a moment). Start by pressing the letter "V" to convert the image to Black & White. Then go to the Split Toning panel---don't touch the Highlights at all---just drag the Shadows Hue slider to 28, and the Saturation to 17. That's it. One letter---two sliders. :) If you're using Camera Raw instead; go to the HSL / Grayscale panel and click on "Convert to Grayscale." (Does it bother anybody that photographers don't use the term Grayscale for converting to black and white? That's a graphic…

    I am so excited!!! I just found out that Professional Photographers magazine (Published by the PPA---Professional Photographers of America), have awarded my book,"The Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers" their coveted "Hot One 2011" award (shown above), and it will be included with all the Hot One winners in their March 2011 issue (link) This is particularly exciting for me because Professional Photographer is one of my all-time favorite magazines (as listed under my favorite magazine's section of my profile page here on the blog), and because the Hot One award has such a great reputation in our industry. (This is the second time one of my books has won the Hot One award---the CS3 version of this same book won as well back in 2008). My thanks to the Editors at Professional Photographer for picking my book! It truly is an honor.

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