Monthly Archives April 2011

The word is out: Adobe has just announced the Adobe Creative Suite Version 5.5, which includes new features and updates for people designing and/or creating for mobile devices of all kinds and for people working with video (among others).

The update affects these Apps (which all move to version 5.5):

$#x2022; InDesign CS 5.5
$#x2022; Dreamweaver CS 5.5
$#x2022; Flash Pro CS 5.5
$#x2022; Premiere Pro CS 5.5
$#x2022; After Effects CS 5.5

Photoshop users, rest easy—-there are no enhancements or new features in this update for Photoshop whatsoever, so Photoshop will remain at CS5, though there is a free patch so it will be able to connect to mobile apps that may be released in the future but just so ya know—-it is NOT a 5.5-level upgrade like the other CS5 products are getting.

Also, the new suites will now include Acrobat 10 instead of 9.

iPad Apps for Extending Photoshop
Adobe did announce some new Apps that are designed to work with, and extend, Photoshop CS5. Here’s a link to a video that shows the interaction with the iPad.

Something I Never Thought We’d See, But I Love It!
I think perhaps nearly as big news is that Adobe is announcing a monthly Subscription Plan for both individual apps (like Photoshop CS5) and the various Creative Suites, so if you couldn’t afford the upfront costs to buy a full blown version of Photoshop, or the Creative Suite, now you can rent it by the month. How cool is that!!!!

Better yet—subscribers automatically get their subscription upgraded when a new version of their product comes up (so if you start on Photoshop CS5, when Photoshop CS6 comes out, subscribers get the new version as soon as it’s available).

I don’t have all the pricing yet (but it appears that the monthly subscription for Photoshop will be as low as $35), but I bet I know two places that will: visit Terry White’s Tech Blog (link) or

Matt and I are both back in the studio for today’s 12:00 noon LIVE taping of our new weekly talk show “The Grid” (remember, if you miss the live taping, you can catch the free rebroadcast tomorrow on the site, or in iTunes).

When: Today at 12:00 pm noon EDT


Topics: Adobe’s big announcement today, and (wait for it, wait for it…) Lightroom vs. Aperture (maybe another topic, too—ya never know).

Prizes: You betcha. Some for the folks watching live, some for everybody else.

Send Comments Live via Twitter to: #thegridlive (add that hashtag to any comment)

Hope to see you later today on The Grid.

So, my faithful reader and quick-at-the-draw commenter, Ken Toney may not have been at Photoshop World in person, but apparently a squad of Ken Toney fans made certain he was well represented in Orlando. Take a look at the iPhone photo above, taken just after Midnight Madness has ended.

The young woman in the photo is:

(a) Wearing a Ken Toney t-shirt
(b) Wearing a Ken Toney button (I was given one earlier in the conference)
(c) Is holding a Ken Toney 8×10″ photo
(d) Has someone else holding a 2nd photo (an accomplice)

But the most surreal moment of all was when my Editor at Peachpit Press, Ted Waitt, walked up and saw a Ken Toney button and said, “Is that “Flounderman?” (Ken’s tag). I was speechless.

Thanks Ken for making sure we weren’t lonely this year. Now, let’s see if you’re the first commenter on your own post. ;-)

Hi gang. I’m sitting in my delayed flight home (long story) blogging from my iPhone, but I won’t get home until crazy late, so it’s going to be “Light Blog Friday” (which is actually “Lame Blog Friday” with a PR spin).

Had a fantastic crowd in Chicago on Thursday. I thought it was our best stop yet. Our models were awesome, the attendees were incredibly gracious, and it was just a blast all day. Thanks to everyone who came out, and GO BEARS!!!

By the way—-I have to give some love to Brad Moore who has been awesome throughout this trip. When I thanked Brad on stage after the last shoot, the crowd gave him a rock star ovation, and he totally deserved it!! Thanks Brad for everything. :)

Well, they are literally closing the cabin doors for take off, so I’ve got to run. Have a great Friday and weekend everybody, and I’ll see you here on Monday.



– Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Hey gang, Brad here after taking a week off during Photoshop World last week :) Scott and I are on the road again this week with his brand new Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE! Tour, and we’re having a blast with it so far! We’re doing our last stop for the week today in Chicago, in front of another sell-out crowd, and looking forward to more dates being announced soon.  Anyway, on to the pimpy!

Scott Kelby’s Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques Webcast
Join us, Thursday, April 14 at 3pm EDT as Scott Kelby sits down with you to go over some tips and talk about his new book, Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop.

Scott will answer your questions, share some of the same techniques he uses in his own retouching workflow, and give you some tips from the new book that everyone has been clamoring for him to write.

Be sure to register now for a chance to win some prizes and sign up for a reminder in the liveblog window to the right. Then, join us on the 14th at 3pm EST. See you there!

And if you haven’t already picked it up, you can order the book from Amazon, B&N, or Kelby Training!

RC Concepcion Interviewed by The Photoletariat
Our buddy RC Concepcion was recently interviewed about his new book, Get Your Photography On The Web, his new role as co-host of DTown TV, how he got his start at Kelby Media Group, and lots of other things over at The Photoletariat.

April for Avery
The readers of this blog (i.e. you) have a reputation for being a very caring and generous group of people… Avery Henderson is a young child battling cancer who could use your help. Head over to Jay Maisel’s blog to get more info from Jamie Smith, Jay’s workshop producer, on how you can give to help Avery with her battle.

Webinars from OnOne Software
OnOne Software has a series of webinars coming up this month that you don’t want to miss! Head on over to their website to check out the full schedule.

Moose is Taking to the Skies, Again!
If you were at Photoshop World, you may have caught aviation fever from Moose Peterson during the NAPP Photo Safari or his aviation photography class. Well, you have the opportunity to take that even further! Moose’s world reknown Air2Air workshops are coming back to Florida on April 29 at Fantasy of Flight. Among the planes you’ll be in the air with are the Duck & Tri-Motor that folks photographed during the Photo Safari. But this time, you’ll be just feet away from them up in the air! You can sign up by calling Sharon at 760.924.8632 and get more info here.

New Kelby Training Online Classes
There are some great new classes up over at Kelby Training Online from Joe Glyda (Food Photography Pt. 2), Richard Riley (Photoshop Techniques for Architectural Photographers), and Bill Fortney (A Gear Guide for Outdoor Photographers)!

I think that should do it for this week. If you’re at the Chicago seminar today, be sure to come up and say hi! And if you’re not, you can still say hi here on the blog :) Have a great day!

Next Chapters

I’d like to show you how two events helped to propel me into changing my thinking and improving both my life and my photography.

Here’s what I looked like as a young tyke

On Valentines Day of 1984, my mother passed away. I was in high school at the time and lived with her and my brother, as our parents were divorced. That day I was forced to start a new chapter in my life. I suddenly started to think a little more independently and started to focus a bit more on how my future might unfold.

Multiple exposure light painting lit using flashlights and sparklers

After high school, I enrolled in college where I tried to conform to the expectations that I receive an official education (since I didn’t have an obvious alternate path), find a reliable job and build my career. Near the end of my college experience, my live-in girlfriend decided to leave me and move in with my best friend, which was quite a shocker. That was the second jolt that caused me to re-evaluate my life and correct course. At the time, I was planning to become a graphic designer and continue on a traditional trajectory toward career success. That’s when I decided to start another new chapter in my life.

I’ve followed the full length of Route 66 many times. Here is one image of a series I hope to one day publish in a book on the subject

At that time, I stopped focusing on using design to make a living and started focusing on how I could design my life. I realized that I was in the driver’s seat of my own life, and should be steering it in the direction of my liking, regardless of what other people thought was the right thing to do.

Stitched panorama of waterfall in Iceland

That’s when I quit my job and started teaching Photoshop full-time. I designed a brochure, rented the Adobe mailing list, did a mailing and waited to see if people would sign up for my seminar. I had no idea if anyone would show up, but was happy to see that dozens of people decided to give the seminar a try.

Two monks at a temple in Burma

After being jolted twice, I didn’t need any more external motivation to get me to design my own lifestyle and start a never-ending quest to optimize my life. Back then, I would read at least 52 books a year (one a week) in an attempt to feed my never-ending thirst for knowledge.

Northern Lights shot in Iceland

I’ve shifted enough that I now make creating new chapters a regular part of my thinking. Here are a few other the other chapters I’ve designed over the last few decades:

1) Moved from Minnesota to Colorado to enjoy the mountains and get to a mellower climate and great views, even though I didn’t know anyone in the area.
2) Moved into the mountains of Colorado to escape the city (which I was visiting three times a month with my seminars).
3) Moved onto a tour bus so that I could explore America and photograph all the areas that I’d been dreaming about.
4) Found a special woman to share my life with and began to adapt in an attempt to create an optimal lifestyle for both of us.

Packed all my possessions into a tiny trailer and went off to live full-time in a tour bus

My next chapters will include restoring and then living on a vintage bus (details at and eventually living on a yacht that is capable of taking us around the world.

1963 Flxible Starliner that’s being restored and will eventually become our new home

I would have never imagined that I could design my own lifestyle as much as I’ve been able to, but it all came down to having the desire and not being afraid of taking chances.

Photographically, I’ve had many chapters, all that seem to overlap, and I’m constantly searching for my next chapter. Some of the things that I’d consider to be photographic chapters include: experimenting with light painting, exploring HDR photography, following the full length of Route 66 multiple times, developing unique panorama techniques, and using Photoshop to help direct a viewer’s eye through my images.

The above video is of a 14-shot stitched panorama that was created in Bagan, Burma.

I’ve found this “next chapter” mindset to be one of the most life-altering things that has ever influenced me and I think that adopting it has the potential to radically transform your life. What’s it going to take for you to start designing the next chapter of your life?

What is calling for the largest change in your life? Your mind, your relationships, your finances, your body, your photography? How important is that compared to watching TV or playing X-box games, or doing whatever you do to merely fill your time?

Canons in Moscow

Here are a few books that have been essential in my process of taking control over my destiny: Linchpin by Seth Goden, The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss, Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez

Birds at Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico

-Ben Willmore

vintage bus restoration: