Posts By Brad Moore

Hey gang, Brad here. You know the drill ;)

NAPP Refer-A-Friend
NAPP (The National Association of Photoshop Professionals) has a pretty sweet new referral program that’s just launched.  You earn rewards for each of the first five people you refer and then some serious stuff for 10, 15 and 20 rewards.  The prize for referring just one person is a $25 gift certificate to The Official NAPP Gear store! Check out all of the details here.

While you’re at the NAPP Member Site, make sure you check out the latest discounts from 500px ($10 off premium account), Adorama (10% off Gitzo and Induro tripods & heads), BlowIt Fans (10% off the new V2 fan), Tether Tools (free JerkStopper with purchase of Tether Table or Studio Vu), and more!

KelbyTraining.com
Check out the latest classes that have been added in the past week:
Edgy Photography: From Photo Shoot to Photoshop with Calvin Hollywood
Photoshop Elements 9 for Beginners with Larry Becker

Kelby Training Live
Here are the next dates for the Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! Tour with Scott Kelby:
– July 6 in Toronto, ON
– July 21 in Calgary, AB
– July 22 in Vancouver, BC

And check out our newest tour, The Art of Photo Painting with Fay Sirkis:
– July 29 in Washington, DC
– August 3 in Los Angeles, CA

St. Lucia Workshop with Joe McNally
Joe McNally is heading back to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia this August for his Advanced Flash Techniques in the Islands workshop! It’s held at the beautiful Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts August 15-20. Head on over to Joe’s blog or the resort website for all the details. (Insider tip… Make sure you book at least one night at Jade Mountain. The place is AMAZING!!)

Vision E-Book from Scott Bourne
Scott Bourne has released his first e-book, Vision, and it’s free for everyone as his gift to the photo community. Download it here and pass it on!

Lightroom Workshops with Rob Sylvan
Our buddy Rob Sylvan of Lightroomers is joining the Lightroom Workshops and teaching workshops in Providence, RI, Manchester, NH, Boston, MA, and Jacksonville, FL. Head over to Lightroomers.com to check out dates and all the details!

EXDR with Vincent Versace
Vincent Versace has released the third installment of his Welcome To Oz 2.0 series, EXDR: Extending The Dynamic Range of Focus! In this new lesson, Vincent shows how to use his popular image harvesting technique from a different point of view in regards to focus, blur, and image structure to get the most out of your photography. Click here for all the details!

That’s it for today. Have a great Thursday!

Introductions are in order…

I am Pete Collins…”The New Photoshop Guy,” or, as I am called around the office, “Monkey Boy.” I have done a bunch of stuff in the past… from surviving cancer, teaching tennis, competing in Disc Golf tournaments in the U.S. and overseas as well as living in Bangkok, Thailand for over 6 years. I have a Fine Arts degree and I have been a graphic designer for the last eight years. I am a Canon shooter and I have shot just about every type of photography you can imagine. The sole reason why I got this job is because Scott lost a bet and I was the booby prize. Can I use the word booby in this blog? I guess following after Jay Maisel and Moose Peterson, I can get away with it. :D

Ok, so once I was given the privilege of writing this post, I had to decide what I was going to say. This is big stuff! My plan was to write this hilarious post where you would laugh and think what great a guy I am and my name would become synonymous with cool. My picture would be put into dictionaries next to the word cool, and people around the world would talk to their friends and say, “Did you read that super cool blog post by Pete?” Isn’t that the goal? Isn’t that what we all want?

The truth is… we all long for acceptance and will do almost anything to avoid rejection. I will try to become the person that everyone will like, and I will easily compromise my principles if it means that they will think I am cool. And I bet just about every one of you reading this is the same way. Our lives are lived behind masks that we project to the world and we live in fear that someone will see the real us behind the illusion and reject us. Being rejected is one of our most painful experiences, because it says that we are not worthy and there is something inherently wrong with us. Once we feel rejected we just want the hurt to go away, but unfortunately, the heart remembers that pain so we seek out ways to distract ourselves from the pain and do things to ensure we are not rejected again in the future.

However, the very things that we are doing to cover up our hurt and our pain are causing a greater sense of isolation. We have traded our pain for numbness, but the cost is loneliness. We are so alone and we are not truly alive. The crazy thing is that we think we are the only ones who feel this way. I know because I am one of them… I know I am screwed up, but I am pretty sure that you have your act together… and since you have your act together I must pretend I have mine together too so you won’t think I am worthy of your rejection. So we pose and pretend and act like everything is ok, and yet inside both our hearts are dying. So in order to numb the loneliness, I stay busy, I find things to entertain me, I strive to find that perfect niche in society, or that perfect photograph that will validate my life. I put on a fake bravado, I make people laugh so that they won’t see my fear, or I spend countless hours trying to craft my words in a blog so that it will give people the impression of how important and smart I am. But, all that does is strengthen the masks that hide my real heart from you.

Have you ever watched a child get lost in the joy of a moment? They are not burdened with any sense of shame and they are not concerned with what others will think… they are free and full of life.

I want my life to be like that, and I bet you do too… I am trying to regain that joy… I want to be stirred to tears by the beauty that surrounds me, and not be so critical of others. I want to let go of my masks and let you see the real me, and have you accept me despite my warts and my fears. We have this awesome power to come alongside each other and encourage one another yet we don’t do it because of fear. If we will dare to allow those close to us to start getting glimpses behind our masks, I bet they would start to do the same, and before you know it… we might all be living real lives and with real joy. Imagine how much more wonderful our art, or music, our relationships would be if we were really alive and not caught in the self-imposed Matrix. What if I did things because I loved doing them rather than doing things based upon whether or not it would be accepted by the masses? Am I going to live a life of fear or joy…? That is the $64,000 question.

One final question before I go…

How comfortable are you with love? Are your masks keeping you from really being honest and intimate with those around you? I bet someone near you could really use a loving word from you right now… and the crazy thing is when you push past the fear inside and say it to them, it chips away at the masks in your own life and opens your heart to be free a little bit more. At the end of life, do you want people to say? “He was a great photographer, but his life was a mess” or would you rather them say… “He was full of life and look how that showed in his relationships and his work.” Do me a favor, instead of taking time to comment on this post, which will do you no good… since I can’t read; call up someone you love and just let them know they are special to you. Then go take some pictures, or draw or sing or dance and do it with a sense of wonder as if you were a kid again. Give yourself permission to be real and alive!

You can find Pete on Facebook, and keep an eye out for him on Photoshop User TV, Photoshop User Magazine, and other random places he might pop up :)

Late last year, the crew from OnOne Software came to our offices to show us some new stuff they were working on (amazing stuff by the way), and at the end of our meeting they asked if there was anything we’d be hearing out on the road during our tours that they might could help with.

I told them one thing that I hear again and again during my live seminars  from Lightroom users is that they either don’t want to jump over to Photoshop or they don’t have Photoshop at all (you’d be surprised how many Lightroom users don’t have Photoshop. Well, at least I was anyway). I told them if they could somehow give Lightroom users a plug-in to give them access to Layers features, I thought a lot of people would dig it, and they agreed and went to work on a plug-in to do just that.

I got to see the plug-in, and provide feedback as it was being developed, and then back in April they released a free public beta version of Perfect Layers and now the final version, with lots of improvments, tweaks, and enhancements based on user feedback from that public beta, is now shipping at the special introductory price of $99.95 until June 30th.

I got to do a brief interview with Brian Matiash from OnOne Software, and he did a short demo as well (watch the video about to check it out).

You can find out all the details at  http://www.ononesoftware.com/perfectlayers/.  NOTE: NAPP members can take advantage of a $35.00 discount by checking out the Software Discounts page on the NAPP Member Site!

Last September I got a deal for you guys from Metal Mural (They make these huge metal murals, made up of a grid of multiple metallic tiles, as seen above in this shot from their tradeshow booth)? Well, this latest “This Weekend Only” deal is even sweeter than their last one.Hey gang, Brad here to let you know about a killer “This Weekend Only Deal” from the fine folks over at Metal Mural.

Now through Sunday, you can order a stunning 24×36 Metal Mural (six 12″ x 12″ squares) for only $99.00 (includes free shipping)! Want something larger? Buy up to 16 vouchers (that’s 96 squares total) and combine them to make a massive mural!

This is the lowest price EVER from Metal Mural, so make sure you take advantage of this killer deal today!

Hey gang, Brad here with this week’s pimpy!

Our Other Kelby Training Apps
Did you know that Kelby Training has other apps available besides the KelbyTraining.com app? You can grab Matt Kloskowski’s Adobe Photoshop CS5 Crash Course and Lightroom 3 Crash Course, and Scott Kelby’s 10 Essential Studio Techniques Every Photographer Needs To Know apps for $9.99 each in the iTunes Store!

Kelby Training Live
Ben Willmore is bringing the Photography & Photoshop CS5: From Focus to Finished Tour to Milwaukee this Monday, June 20 and to Nashville just two days later on Wednesday, June 22!

And Scott Kelby will be trekking north to Toronto on July 6, Calgary on July 21, and Vancouver on July 22 with his Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE Tour!

As always, get all the info and register over at KelbyTrainingLive.com

Photoshop World Vegas
Have you registered for Photoshop World Vegas yet? You can sign up here, then book your room at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino to make sure you stay where the instructors stay! Make sure you upgrade to the Pro Pass for $119 and get all your must-have Photoshop World gear as soon as you step in the door. Includes a $59 Photoshop World Party Ticket, NAPP Backpack, NAPP Badge Holder, T-shirt, and more!

Scott’s Interview with Manfrotto School of Xcellence
Scott was recently interviewed over at the Manfrotto School of Xcellence! If you’ve ever wanted to know what his favorite piece of gear is, how he got into photography, and what his advice to young photographers would be, head on over and check it out.

Nik Radio
RC Concepcion and Dave Cross were both recently interviewed by Nik Radio! RC’s interview from last week is up now, and Dave’s will be going up very soon. You can also browse the archives for interviews with other Kelby Training instructors like Frank Doorhof, Alan Hess, Joe McNally, and more!

That’s all I have for today! This post has been brought to you by the letter K, the number 2, and Starbucks ;)

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