Hi Folks. The week before Photoshop World is pretty crazy, but it’s all coming together, and I’m pretty psyched. I know some of you will be there, so if you’re there and read the blog, make sure you stop me and say “hi.” Well, here’s what’s goin’ on:
- Witness the birth of a new planet, as Planet Photoshop.com just revealed their new totally updated site, with new features, a streamlined look, and an expanded Photoshop news blog from the Photoshop Lad himself: Mr. Corey Barker. The site has been really growing in popularity this year, and if you haven’t seen the new site, make sure you stop by and check out the Laddy and company. Here’s the link.
- I had a lot of people asking about the rig I used to hold my laptop while shooting tethered during that wedding shoot on Monday. Joe McNally turned me on to the whole rig, and you can find out all the details, complete with a link to the gear, on Joe’s blog (here’s the link to his list).
- For the first time ever, we’re going to have live reporting from Photoshop World direct from the event as it happens, starting with the pre-conference sessions, through the keynote, to the sessions, show floor—you name it. Jennifer Bontempi will be covering the show for us, on our new Live from Photoshop World Blog, and if you can’t be there, this is the next best thing. She’ll have photos, new product news, special announcements, and more so make sure you check in with Jennifer every day of the show, starting on Tuesday with her “Behind the scenes” and pre-conference sneak peeks. Here’s the link so you can join the party.
- National Geographic Traveler had a nice little online article called “National Geographic Traveler’s 10 tips for photographing your family,” and you can check it out right here.
- This week’s new online class on “Kelby Training.com” is from none other than Photoshop Hall of Famer, Eddie Tapp, and it’s called “Creating a Color-Managed Friendly Workflow,” which is a very hot topic right now. In the class, Eddie guides you through simple steps for obtaining consistent, professional results in your digital workflow, including the key color management whether for printing our own images in-house, or sending them out to a professional lab. Here’s the link to his new online class.
- Everybody’s talking about Matt Kloskowski’s new book, “Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature,” but now you can hear Matt talk about it himself. He’s did a quick little video clip that tells you, in his own words, what the book is all about, who it’s aimed at, and more. Take a minute to jump over and hear what Matt has to say right here.
- In Matt-related news: I just saw that both Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com have my and Matt’s new book, “The Photoshop Elements 6 Book for Digital Photographers” now in stock and ready to ship!
- Lastly, sports and adventure photographer Michael Clark has posted the latest issue of his excellent free online newsletter, and besides being nicely laid out, and full of great info—at the end he includes some really nice photos from his portfolio. Start your weekend right by checking out his newsletter (it’s a free PDF—click right here to check it out).
That’s it folks. I’ll be working on the final preparations for Photoshop World this weekend, but if you need me for anything, you can just give me a shout on my cell phone (The number is 727-415-Yeah-Right). Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you on Monday! :)
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/KSpO4iFPF88" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]Hi everybody! I put together a special video clip (along with my buddy Matt Kloskowski) just for you guys who read my blog, to give you an exclusive first look at the just-announced Beta release of Adobe Photoshop Express, the new Web-based image editor).
WARNING: Before you play the video above, I want you to clear your mind of any preconceived notions that this is a version of Photoshop as we know it (so forget things like the Layers palette, and filters, and all that stuff). Although Photoshop Express does use some Photoshop technology, it’s designed to be a totally different experience (after all, it’s free), and it’s aimed at a totally different audience (18 to 22 year-old MySpace and Facebook users, who aren’t going to spend $600 to $900 to buy Photoshop CS3, or even $99 to buy Elements).
My buddy Terry White put it perspective for me. He said, “Imagine a kid going to his parents and saying “I need a hundred bucks to buy Elements to fix the photos I’m putting on my “MySpace” page.” Now you know why Adobe created Express, and who it’s made for.
That being said; because Photoshop Express has such great Flash-based online galleries, and you can post your images there for free (you get 2 Gig of online storage free), and put a web gallery of your work online today, with no Web experience whatsoever, I think we’ll all be surprised at how many serious shooters and pros wind up using at least part of Express.
So, clear your mind before you watch that video. Think “This wasn’t designed for me—I already have Photoshop—this is for my kids, and my neighbor’s kids, etc.” and remember—“This isn’t a stripped down version of Photoshop,” instead think; “This is a new online photo editing experience and community,” and if you do, I think you’ll be amazed, and surprised at what Adobe has been able to do. OK, now it’s safe to watch the video.
When you’re done, go check out Photoshop Express yourself (Here’s the link). Thanks everybody, and make sure you scroll down to the next post for free info on how to learn Adobe Photoshop Express.
If you want to get up to speed quick on the brand new public beta of “Adobe Photoshop Express,” Kelby Training just released a free online learning center (featuring our own Matt Kloskowski) which takes you through the whole process, from uploading your photos, to editing, to creating online albums, and sharing your work.
Here’s the link to check it out right now. :-)
Wanna check out the Photoshop World Tech Expo in Orlando next week for free? Here’s the deal: We usually open the Tech Expo part of Photoshop World to the public for one-day only, but this year in Orlando we’ve expanded our Expo to a third day, so we’re opening the show floor to the public for two full days (Thursday, April 3rd and Friday, April 4th).
If you sign-up in advance online, you can get the Expo pass free (if you show up at the door, it’s $20.00 per person). Here’s the link. Here’s why you should come to Orlando and check out the Expo:
- You get to play with all the latest photography and Photoshop-related gear from exhibitors like Epson, Nikon (who have their own theater this year), Canon, Adobe, OnOne Software, Westcott, NikSoftware, Wacom, Microsoft, Chimera, Corel, LensBabies, and Tamron (among others).
- There are lots of free training sessions right on the expo floor. You can catch free sessions from Peachpit Press’ authors (people like, well…me, and Bert Monroy, and Matt Kloskowski, and just about every cool trainer you can think of). Plus, this year Nikon has their own theater featuring their superstar shooters, and Microsoft has some incredible photographers doing presentations in their booth as well.
- There are demo theaters all over the floor, where you can see everything from live shoots, to live demos on lighting, Photoshop plug-ins, new technology, and all kinds of juicy gear.
- It’s a selling show, so vendors will be selling products, at show special pricing, right on the Expo floor (even B&H Photo has a booth, and it’s always jumpin’).
- There’s a huge Official Photoshop Bookstore (by Peachpit Press), with everybody’s latest books (including books from almost all the Photoshop World Dream Team instructors), plus other major publishers, like O’Reilly and Wiley, will be there with books and special Expo only deals. Plus you’ll find deals on DVDs, and Online Training, and a whole lot more.
- It’s a blast. It’s really an awful lot of fun (from the live taping of an episode of Photoshop User TV, to the freebies and goodies vendors give away at their booths), and the chance to meet your favorite trainers in person (including people like Joe McNally, Jay Maisel, Deke McClelland, Dan Margulis, Ben Willmore, among others), and get your books signed, and just talk.
Here’s the link to sign up for your free pass. I hope to see you on the show floor in Orlando next week! :-)
One more thing: If you want to kind of get a feel for the show (and in particular, what the the Tech Expo is like), check out the one-minute video clip below, which was created for the Boston 2005 Photoshop World.
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I had a number of comments on my “Wedding Shoot” blog post yesterday, asking how to set up Lightroom and your camera to shoot tethered (where the images aren’t written onto your memory card—they go straight from the camera onto your laptop, so you can see them full size on screen). So, I thought I’d go ahead and show that today, so here ya go. The shot above, taken by RC, shows me shooting (along side makeup artist Shelly Giard) but I’m tethered very close to my laptop, because I forgot to bring my USB extender cable (I highly recommend picking up a USB extender cable. It’s really helpful, if you actually remember to bring it to the shoot).
Step One: To connect your camera to your laptop (or desktop machine), you need to use that little USB connector cable that came with your camera (the same cable that some people use to connect their camera to their computer to download photos as slowly as humanly possible). So, connect one end to your DSLR’s USB input, and then the other end into your laptop’s USB port.
Step Two: You will need a piece of software that goes between your camera, and Lightroom. If you’re a Canon shooter, you already have that software—it’s called “Canon EOS Viewer” and it comes free with your Canon digital camera. If you’re a Nikon shooter, you need Camera Control Pro 2, which sells for $160 at B&H, but you can download a fully working trial-version for 30-days from Nikons’ site (here’s the link).
Step Three: Make a folder somewhere on your computer (I put mine on my desktop), and name it “Watched.” Note: Since I’m shooting Nikon, I’m going to show how to set up Camera Control Pro 2 for Nikon shooters.
Step Four: Make sure your camera and laptop are connected, your camera is turned on, then launch Camera Control Pro 2. When the software launches, go under the Tools menu and choose Download options. When the dialog appears (shown above), click the Choose button (as shown here), and then find the “Watched Folder” you created in Step Three and choose it. That’s all you do in Camera Control Pro 2. On to Lightroom.
Step Five: Now you’re going to go to Lightroom, and set it up Go under Lightroom’s File menu, under Auto Import, and first choose “Enable Auto Import” (to turn it on) and then choose Auto Import Settings. When the dialog appears (shown above), at the top where it says “Watched Folder” click on the Choose button, find your watched folder, and choose it (now, any photo that goes into that Watched folder will get automatically imported into Lightroom, and that’s exactly where Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 is putting them). The rest of the dialog is pretty much like Lightroom’s normal import dialog, where you choose where the files are saved, what they’re named, and you add keywords.
That’s it—when you shoot now, the images go seamlessly through Nikon Camera Control Pro 2, and right into that folder in Lightroom. I select that folder in Lightroom, switch to the Grid view, double-click on the first photo so it zooms up to Loupe view size, and I start-a-shooin’. Hope that helps. :-)