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Remember week before last, when I said there was a workshop coming up in California on how to shoot home interiors, and do you remember how I said I'd really like to take that class? Well, this weekend, I flew to LA and took it (along with my buddy Matt Kloskowski). On Friday Matt and I spent the day with our buddy Marv, and then we spent the afternoon at Warner Brothers Studios on the set of NBC's Chuck, where we hung out with our buddy, (the show's photographer), NAPP member Mike Kubeisy. After we left the studio, we headed down to Venice Beach for our own three-man photowalk until the sun went down. Saturday morning we were up early for the workshop, which was conducted in two brand new, beautiful, fully-furnished, professionally decorated homes in Santa Clarita (about 1 hr. outside LA), and…

Just a quick update on our August 23rd Worldwide Photowalk: A number of cities are already completely full for their walks, and we've had a number of cities now with multiple walks (like New York, with three walks), so if you're thinking of going to a walk near you, don't wait to sign up, because once it's full---it's full. We're now up to 171 cities worldwide, but this coming Friday we're going to have to stop adding new cities, so if you want to apply to lead a walk in your city, register right here right way. Here's a look at some of the new cities just added: Montpelier, Vermont (USA) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Tarpon Springs, Florida (USA) Kiev, (Ukraine) Johannesburg, Pretoria, South Africa Thousand Oaks, California, USA San Diego, California, USA Mexico City, Mexico Prague, Czech Republic Sugarland, Texas, USA Cedar…


Since we launched my World Wide Photowalk on Monday, things have been just crazy. We thought it would be popular, but honestly we were unprepared for the avalanche of interest, sign-ups, and people who want to lead Photo Walks in their cities around the world.

We were also flooded with questions, so I thought I’d do a quick Q&A to answer some of the most common questions.

Q. Are more cities being added?
A. Absolutely—so far there are 33 cities, but new ones are being added daily (just yesterday we added Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, and Cincinnati (led by none other than David Ziser himself), along with Manila in the Philippines, Ybor City (Tampa), and Malmo, Sweden, among others.

Q. Are there are lot of cities pending approval?
A. Oh yeah—about 108 more cities so far. We had to add a little more automation to the “becoming a leader” process, and by tomorrow we expect that 40 or 50 of those will be awarded a Photo Walk city, and added to the list shortly thereafter.

Q. Will some big cities have more than walk the same day?
A. Yup. When you see a listed city that’s followed by a name in parenthesis, that usually means there are multiple walks in different areas of the city. For example; New York City (Chinatown). They’ll be other New York locations as well.

Q. Are walks starting to fill up yet?
A. A number of cities are already completely full, and registration is now closed (unless someone else can lead an additional walk in that city).

Q. Have you added any more prizes to the photo contest part?

That's it. One day. Well, two if you count today, but I wasn't counting today. Technically, you if you forget to sign up today, at least you'll still be able to save that hundred bucks if you register tomorrow, but after that---you're hosed (well, for an extra hundred bucks, anyway). Can you tell I wrote this while I was really, really tired? So, save a hundred clams and sign up right now (It's Vegas, baby! You gotta be there!): Here's the link.

You gotta watch the video below---it tells the whole story. We're gonna have a blast!!!!! Here's the link to the site! (NOTE: Lots more cities around the world, more than 100 total, will be added, but if your city isn't on the list yet, click this link to see how you can host one in your city. Also, we'll be updating the site each day with more cities, so check back often to see when a city near you gets added!) [kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] The walk is sponsored by Adobe Systems, Wacom, Epson, CDW, NAPP, Peachpit Press, MPIX, Kelby Training, and Photo Walk Pro.

I'm working on a new online course called "Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques with Adobe Photoshop" and I hope to have it "up live" on in the next two weeks or so. Before I wrap it up, I hoped to get some input from you, to make sure I cover the techniques you think should be included. First, some background: This is a class on portrait retouching, so it's not going to cover color correction, or fixing lighting, or anything that's not directly related to portrait retouching in Photoshop (both head shots and body sculpting). Also, there won't be any retouching of nudie naked nakedness. In fact, there will be no nudity at all (other than my own, of course, as I usually record these in the nude. I'm kidding. You knew that, right?). Anyway, here's the list of individual lessons from the class,…