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Silver Medal Rosette

I know—nobody remembers the second place of anything. You don’t remember who lost the Super Bowl, or who took 2nd place in the World Cup, or who won the Silver metal, but I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about being #2 this time.

First, a little back-story. For the last five years I had been the #1 best-selling author of computer and technology books across all categories (the computer and technology category includes every book about computers of course, but also gaming, photography,  the internet, software, and so on).

Well, this year, they (Nielsen, the ratings people who track data on everything from TV viewers to book sales), moved photography books out of the computer category (where they had been all along), into their own separate category (which actually I think is a good thing), but because of that change, my best-selling digital photography book series (The Digital Photography Book Volumes 1, 2, and 3) would no longer be counted toward me being the #1 computer and technology book author.

A Tale Of Two Counties
As it turns out, even without my three Digital Photography books being included in the calculation, according to data collected by Nielsen Bookscan, I was still the #1 bestselling author of all computing and technology books, across all categories for 2009, and as you might imagine, I’m really excited. (Here’s the full press release from my Publisher).

But then, there’s the photography category, and sadly Nielsen revealed that I didn’t take the top spot in sales for 2009. That’s right—-I’m in that forgettable “second place” spot, but I have to admit, I’m not really upset, primarily because of who I lost to:

Ansel Adams.

I can live with that. ;-)

I Owe it All to You
I want to thank you guys—-the readers who buy my books and give me the opportunity to write more books (if your books don’t sell, your book writing career comes to a screeching halt). Your support, and tireless ability to put up with my quirky sense of humor, allows me to continue on as a writer, and I just can’t thank you all enough.

Of course, I couldn’t do any of this without having a kick-butt Book Publisher in Peachpit Press, and I want to thank my Publisher Nancy Reunzel, my Editor Ted Waitt, along with Sarah Jane Todd and Scott Cowlin in Peachpit’s marketing team for all their help, and everybody at Peachpit and Pearson Education—-I’m indebted to them for everything they do to support my books and help them reach the largest audience possible.


My book Publisher, Peachpit Press, has just launched a very cool new project; the Peachpit Photo Club. They invited me as their first guest, and here’s how they describe the whole shebang:

On the third Tuesday of every month, from 8 to 9 p.m. EST (5 to 6 p.m. PST), join us for a webcast featuring your favorite digital photographers, such as Scott Kelby, Chase Jarvis, Chris Orwig, Joe McNally, David duChemin, and many more!

The debut Peachpit Photo Club features Scott Kelby on Tuesday, March 16 at 8 p.m. EST! During this live webcast, photographer and bestselling author Scott Kelby will present some of his work, provide you with some insight and inspiration, and answer your burning questions!

To keep the creative juices flowing, Photo Club members will receive a fun assignment at the end of the session. Members can complete the assignment on their own, or team up with others in their area. Either way, once the assignment is completed, Photo Club members can upload their work to Flickr where your friends at Peachpit, and some of our photography authors, will help critique your work. And of course, there will be a chance for prizes!

The space is limited, but you can register to be a part of the free Webcast with me, right here. Hope to see you there. Well, I won’t see you, but you’ll probably see me, but at least I’ll hear you breathing (OK, actually, I probably won’t, but I’ll know you’re there. Somehow, I’ll just know). :)


Hi Gang: I just got my first copy of David Ziser’s amazing new wedding photography book, “Captured by the Light” and it is even more amazing than I thought it would be! I’ve only worked as Editor on two books in my career—Joe McNally’s “The Moment it Clicks” and now this book. Watch the quick video below to hear why David had to be the guy to write this book, and why it’s going to be the best thing to happen to Wedding Photographers in years.

The book is now in stock at Barnes & and


Before we get to the news; it was such an honor to have Bill Frakes as my guest blogger yesterday, and I just wanted to give him a big thanks for kicking off 2010 with a bang!!!! Thanks Bill—that rocked!!! Now, onto the news:

The first great quote of 2010
It came from Seth Godin’s blog (which is a must-read daily blog from one of my favorite business authors), and here’s what Seth said that earned him my “First Great Quote of 2010” distinction:

“When was the last time a bad guy was foiled because he couldn’t use a good camera to take a picture of a tourist attraction?”

Come on, you gotta love anybody that so “gets it” like Seth. Here’s the link to Seth’s blog.

My Photo Recipes DVD/Book is Sold Out!
Be careful what you wish for, right? I just announced my new “Behind the Scenes” book/DVD combo on Tuesday (shown above), and by Wednesday it was already sold out at Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Amazon (where it became the #117 most popular book of ALL books on So, while the good news is that there seems to be lots of interest in this book, the bad news is that it’s already back-ordered for between one and two weeks at both Amazon and Borders, but right now Barnes & has them back in stock, ready to ship (well, at least they did when I wrote this). You can also get on the backorder list at either or

D-Town is D-Layed
Ugh! The set is taking longer to build than we had planned, and although we all thought that today would be the debut of the new season of D-Town TV—-we were wrong. Looks like we’re going to have to wait for next week (So sorry about that—-it’s totally our fault. Every time I estimate how long a new set is going to take to build—I’m way off. Apparently, estimating building times is not my strong suit). So, thanks for hanging in there and being patient with us, and we’ll be looking (keeping our fingers crossed) for our launch next week. Double-ugh!

The New Season of Layers TV
Apparently RC and Corey are better at estimating their launch date than I am, as their new season of Layers TV (the weekly show about everything Adobe) just kicked off. You can watch it online right here. Congratulations guys! (but you are making me look bad). ;-)

I am so digging “Best SLR”
A big shout-out and my thanks to “” who included two of my Digital Photography books in their “10 Best Photography How-To Books” list. Here’s the link.

That’s it for today folks
I had planned on putting some shots up today from my Lions/Bears NFL sideline shoot today, but I got tied up with some other stuff. Maybe tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope you guys have the kind of Thursday that feels like a Friday! :)

Hi Gang:
Here’s a quick video about my latest project called Photo Recipes: Behind The Scenes” published by Peachpit Press, which is a DVD/Book combo based on one of the most popular sections of my Digital Photography book series, Volumes 1, 2 and 3.

You can order yours now (they’re in stock now—-well at least they were last night when I wrote this) at:

or wherever cool new books are sold. :)


I just found out that my latest book, “The iPod Book” is now in bookstores (and available from online booksellers, too).

bk_ipod_6thThe book is written in the exact same style and layout as my books, “The Digital Photography Book,” (with just one topic per page, and a photo to go along with every topic), so if you’re familiar with that book (or volumes 2 or 3), you’ll feel right at home with this one.

This is the sixth edition of the book, and this time around I did a pretty massive update to the book to reflect what iPod users are doing now, and I really worked hard on making the whole iPod/iTunes experience really simple and fun, and a lot of the book is dedicated to the iPod nano and iPod touch, and I cover all the latest iPods and how to get the most from them. It’s in bookstores now, or you can buy yours now online, in time for Christmas, at Barnes & or (it sells for around $14).


iphon3The iPhone Book
This one, which I co-authored with one of my very best friends and total iPhone guru, Terry White, and if you’ve got an iPhone, or know someone who has an iPhone, they will totally dig this book, which (like the iPod book above), uses the same format, writing style, and layout as my Digital Photography Book series. You can find it at Barnes &, or (it sells for around $12. Cheap!).


allthreeThe Digital Photography Book Boxed Set (Vols. 1,2, & 3)
If you want to give a boxed set of all three of my Digital Photography Books (Volumes 1, 2 & 3), you can get a pretty sweet deal on the set at Barnes & (the boxed three-book set sells for around $50).


d&dtMy Photoshop & Lightroom Books
Of course, my Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers book might make a nice gift, or my Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers, or maybe my Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks Book (or hey—-why not all three)? If you use Photoshop Elements 8, take a look at my book, “The Elements 8 Book for Digital Photographers,” which I co-authored with Matt Kloskowski. You can find these, and all my books, at Barnes &, or