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Last week I saw my first copy of Bill Fortney’s amazing new book, “America From 500 Feet, II” which is a stunning photography book of images of the American landscape, taken from an Ultralight airplane (as seen above), over a period of one year, by two incredible landscape photographers: Bill Fortney and Mark Kettenhofen,” and I was blown away. We all were.

His original book, “America From 500 Feet” still holds the record as the best-selling aviation photography book in history, and this new project, if possible, is even better. The images are so dramatic, so beautiful, and so compelling, that it makes you see the American landscape in a whole new way. They include some great stories from their year on the road, and the entire hardcover book is beautifully laid out, presented, and printed. It would make a perfect holiday gift! You can find it at or Barnes & for around $32.

My congratulations to Bill and Mark for creating something really special.

Before we get to the book news, a big thanks to Dano for just an excellent post yesterday, and really inspired a lot of us, informed, and let us enjoy some very cool photography. Thanks Dano! Now, onto the book news:


I’ve finished writing the update to my book, “The Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers” and it’s in the final stages of production now. My publisher is working to get it out in time for the holidays, so keep your fingers crossed, but we should see it next month. Besides updating it for all the new CS4 stuff (including Camera Raw, the CS4 Bridge, and all the other goodies), I also included an entirely new chapter on processing HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos, in which I included a small section on using Photomatix Pro. You can preorder the book now at or Barnes &


This year Amazon put together a list of 10 books that would make great holiday gifts, and I’m honored that they included my book (co-authored with the amazing Terry White), ‘The iPhone Book” in their top-10 list, as seen above. What I thought was particularly cool, the list isn’t just tech books or computer books, it’s on the top 10 list of ALL books on Amazon. Here’s the link to pick up a copy as a holiday gift.


The next book I’m working on after the first of the year is “Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks.” This was the book that started it all for me, but the last one I released was from back at Photoshop CS (other books kept pushing it back), but this time I’ve set aside time to do it, and it is my very next Photoshop Book for sure, due for release in February. You can preorder it from (they’ve got it for only $29.69) or Barnes &


I learned earlier this week that Amazon has released their Editor’s Choice, and Customer Choice awards for 2008, and I’m just thrilled that two of my books (and one that I edited) made their Best Books of 2008 list:

  1. My book, The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2 was the #1 Customer Favorite (based on sales for books published in 2008), of all arts and photography books.
  2. Amazon’s Editors chose my book, The Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers as one of their Editors’ Picks in their Top 10 Books of 2008, taking the #3 spot.

I was also equally as thrilled to learn that Joe McNally’s The Moment it Clicks was the #2 bestselling Photography book of the year (Way to go Joe, ya mook!), and when Joe learned of the news, he did a post on his blog (here’s the link), and in his post, Joe said (in his Brooklyn-mobster sort of way), such nice things about me, that it totally displaced the thorough beating I took on last week (however, know up front that Joe gave me more credit than is due. The reason that book became a sensation is because of the guy who wrote it, and made those amazing images; Joe McNally).

Anyway, thanks so much to my readers, for making my book #1, and to Amazon’s Editors for your gracious recognition, and to Joe for being such a Mensch. What a great way to end the year! :-)


More news from Amazon: They are doing a special VERY Limited Edition Boxed Set of my Digital Photography Books, where you get both Volumes 1 & 2, and a hand-signed 8×10″ print (yes, I signed every one myself, and MPIX did all the printing, and did a wonderful job). This is only available through Amazon, and since it is a limited edition box set for the holidays, once its gone—that’s it. Here’s the direct link to this special limited edition package.


Well, you knew it was coming, right? After Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks, I’m going to release, The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3. Again, this book will pick up right where Volume 2 left off, and I’ve got lots of cool new stuff to share, new tricks, and new ideas, and I’m so excited about what I have to share, that I kinda wish it was the next book I was writing (but I promised my publisher is would be Down & Dirty Tricks, and I definitely owe it to my readers who’ve been waiting far too long). I’m thinking this will be an April/May time frame, but more on it as I get closer.


I also just finished the 5th edition of my book, The iPod Book with the help of contributing author Terry White (who co-authored The iPhone Book with me), and that should be in stores either late December or early January.

I’ve got some brand new ideas for books, including a Photoshop book that I think desperately needs to be written (based on what I’ve heard during the past year while I’ve been out teaching), but I can’t tip my hand on that one quite yet, but it will be a summertime release.

That’s it for this exhaustive book update. Thanks so all of you who support my book-writing, and to my book Publisher Peachpit Press, my Editor at Peachpit Ted Waitt, everyone at New Riders Publishing, and my in-house book production and editing team (Kim, Cindy, Jessica, Felix, Damstra and friends) who help make this all happen. 2008 was a banner year for us, and I can’t wait to show you what’s new in 2009. Stay tuned!

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This has dink to do with Photoshop, but here’s a quick video from Terry White and I about the major update to our award-winning book, “The iPhone Book,” (due in bookstores any day now). If you’ve got an iPhone (or know someone who does), check it out.

Here’s a link to the book on and Barnes&


First, thanks so much to everyone who shared their opinions on the “Bolding of Keyboard Shortcuts” in my Lightroom 2 Book. Besides your comments on the bolding, I really thought there were some other great ideas there as well, so I wanted to comment on them here.

  1. Based on your comments, I’m moving forward with bolding all the keyboard shortcuts in the book I’m finishing up now, “The Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers.”
  2. I talked this week with my publisher about the possibility of including a tear-out card with keyboard shortcuts. We’ll have to see what the costs involved are (adding a second perforated card ain’t cheap), but I like the idea a lot.
  3. I love the spiral bound idea (and I never realized you could just pop down to Staples or Office Depot, and they’d spiral-bind the book for around $4.00. That was very clever!). The problem is; most major bookstores won’t carry spiral bound books because their books are shelved with the spine facing outward, so readers in the store can see the titles. However, here’s what I proposed; that we do a special limited-edition run (which would have to cost slightly more because of the expensive of spiral binding), that we could sell direct through Kelby Training. That way, we could easily measure the demand for this type of binding going forward. Hey, it’s a start.

I’ll keep you informed on any progress and any challenges we run into along the way, but in the meantime I wanted to let you know how much I value your input, and appreciate you all taking the time to share your comments. It does (and just did) make a difference.


We’re just days away from the release of the 2nd edition of my award-winning “The iPhone Book” (co-authored with my close friend and total iPhone freak Terry White), and we wanted to do something really fun to celebrate the upcoming launch of the book, so here’s what we came up with:

An Apple “iPhone Photo Contest” for photos you take with your iPhone’s built-in camera (which is a surprisingly good little camera. Just ask my wife, who has nearly 700 photos she’s taken on her iPhone). Anyway, here’s how it works:

  1. You can enter up to three photos (total) taken with your iPhone (doesn’t matter if it’s the original model, or the new 3G).
  2. There are five different categories; Friends, Pets, Family, Fine Art, and Office. The winner in each category gets a $100 iTunes Gift card and a copy of “The iPhone Book” 2nd edition.
  3. The Grand prize winner gets a $500 Apple Store Gift Card, and a copy of “The iPhone Book” 2nd edition.
  4. From the photos submitted by the deadline of Oct. 24, 2008, Terry and I will choose three finalists in each category, and then the public gets to vote for the winner in each category (the one getting the most votes wins). Then, from those Winners Terry and I will choose a Grand Prize Winner on November 3, 2008.
  5. This may seem obvious, but of course, the photo has to be taken with your iPhone’s built-in camera.
  6. You can edit your photos using any iPhone application available from the iTunes Apps Store, or any other image editing application, but no other non-iPhoto photos may be included in your entry (so you can’t take your iPhone photo and composite it with a photo taken with your DSLR, point-and-shoot, or a stock photo).
  7. You may not give your iPhone to Jay Maisel, Joe McNally, or Moose Peterson. Not even to make a phone call.
  8. There is no entry fee, and the contest is open to everyone; You do not have to buy “The iPhone Book” to enter, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. ;-)
  9. Whining of any kind, about anything, is strictly prohibited.
  10. You can submit your photos, and learn more about the contest at the official contest site (here’s the link).

So that’s the scoop. I hope you guys will help me spread the word about this very cool contest, and if you have an iPhone, or know someone who has an iPhone, or if you’re just loose with money, I hope you’ll check the book out (By the way; the 1st edition of “The iPhone Book” was named by’s Editors as their “Computer and Technology Book of the Year” last year, and this new updated version is even bigger and better!).

Just in case you want to pick up a copy, here’s the link to the book on, (it’s only $13.59).

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Here’s a quick video clip I did for you guys with some background info on my new “Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers.” On the video (it’s around around 2-1/2 minutes long), I talk about how I developed the book; the differences between this new version of the book, and the original version I wrote for Lightroom 1.0, and some of the new things I added to make the book more valuable to the reader. (However, I forgot to mention on the video another cool thing I added to the book—although I put Lightroom 2 tips throughout the book, at the end of each chapter I now added a special “Killer Tips” page with some very slick little tricks, timesavers, workarounds and shortcuts).

Anyway, I hope you’ll take two minutes and watch the video.

NOTE: Good news; we just got our shipment of Lightroom 2 books in at Kelby Training (finally!), and they started shipping those books out Tuesday and Wednesday, so they’re on their way.