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Hi everybody: I’m going to be doing a lot of catching up these next few weeks, and to do that I’m going to need to take a little break from writing the blog here every day. Of course, I wouldn’t leave you out in the cold, so I’ve asked the crew here to pitch in and help me out by writing daily posts for you guys starting here on Thursday.

Of course, each Wednesday we’ll have our guest blogger (and tomorrow we have a really great one), and then you’ll be hearing from Matt, Dave, Corey, RC, and Brad (and anybody else I can scam into taking a day for me).

They won’t be doing “Guest Blogs” per se (I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on them) so they’ll be doing the same type of news and commentary stuff I do here, so things should be pretty much like normal, except there will probably be far fewer typos and much better jokes. :)

I’m planning on being done with everything by Monday, May 10th, so I’ll see you guys then, but in the meantime, I’ve left you in good hands with my crew here (but you regulars make sure the trolls aren’t mean to them). Also, please don’t enjoy them so much that when I come back it’s a huge disappointment. :)

Have a great few weeks, be kind to the crew, and I’ll see you guys again soon!

P.S. Do my hands look a little too feminine in the shot above? (See, this is what I mean when I say the jokes will be better while I’m on break).


Is it any coincidence that just a few days after Apple’s iPad was announced,, probably the leading tech blog on the planet (who blogged the announcement live as it happened), announced that they were turning off reader comments for a while. As a longtime reader and fan of Engadget, I have to tell you I was shocked.

Here’s what they said:

“Hey guys, we know you like to have your fun, voice your opinions, and argue over your favorite gear, but over the past few days the tone in comments has really gotten out of hand. What is normally a charged — but fun — environment for our users and editors has become mean, ugly, pointless, and frankly threatening in some situations… and that’s just not acceptable.”

Click here to read their post, and why they did it. Thankfully, it appears that they have reopened comments once again, but I have to tell you, on some level, especially after some of the comments here concerning my iPad post, I kind of understand why they did it.

Here on this blog I feel very fortunate that we have built such a great community that it usually isn’t an issue (unless you mention Apple of course, and then all bets are off). However, a lot of bloggers I’ve talked with have decided to turn off commenting permanently, and they are stunned that I don’t at least moderate the comments here before they’re released. My policy has been—-if you make a comment—it goes up immediately, and so far that hasn’t been a problem.

That being said, here’s my policy: you can disagree with me—no sweat (and if you’ve read this blog for any time, you know that happens on about a daily basis)—-just don’t be mean about it. If you’re really mean to me, or to anyone else here, there’s a pretty decent chance I’ll just go and delete your comment (this isn’t The New York Times after all).

If you post a comment here and you get a message saying it’s awaiting moderation, that means you’ve probably put some web links in your post, and my spam filter thinks it’s a spam comment, but it’s not entirely sure, so it holds it for me to check it out. The problem is—I might not get to check it out until the end of the day, so your best bet is not to include a bunch of outside links. One isn’t usually a problem, but two or more and it’ll hold it for moderation.

I get literally hundreds of spam ads comment attempts here each day, most of them put there by automated spam bots, and believe me—you don’t want them to get through. Many are absolutely filthy (shockingly so in some cases), and besides, you probably already have enough Viagra, Cialis, and discount fine watches to last you for a while, right? ;-)

Anyway, I thought it was sad to see things get so bad at Engadget that it came to that. Again, I understand, but it was still sad. I surely don’t ever want to see that happen here, so as we move forward, even if I do wind up mentioning a topic you feel very passionate about (Apple), just remember we’re all friends here (except for Brad Moore. If he posts anything—blast him!). ;-)

Hey gang, Brad here.  I just got a message from Scott asking me to let you all know that he’s taking a sick day from the blog today.  He’s got a cold, along with all the coughy, sniffly, wheezy, blechy stuff that comes with it.  Nothing serious, just enough to need a day off from the blog :)

He did ask me to pass along his thanks to John Keatley for a great guest blog on Wednesday.  He told me that he really enjoyed the heartfelt story that John shared about one of the people who helped him pursue his photography career.  If you missed it for some reason, I highly recommend going back and giving it a read.  As one of the commenters said, it feels like a short read, but it’s not… It’s just an engrossing story! Plus, how intimidating must it have been to photograph Annie Leibovitz?? Again, thanks John for being part of the guest blog series!

Since it’s Friday, I thought I would share some fun links with you all…

  • If you need a good laugh, and especially if you’re a graphic designer, you’ve gotta check out the Clients from Hell blog. Careful though… You’ll spend an hour reading through those before you know it!
    If you’re into concert photography, I’m just getting started trying my hand at it.  I’ve posted some shots from a show I shot last weekend on my Flickr, so take a look and let me know what you think. Thankfully I’ve been getting lots of great pointers and help from my buddies Alan Hess and Drew Gurian so a huge thanks to them :) . I should have a real website up and running soon (thanks to the super talented RC), but Flickr will have to suffice for now.
  • And lastly, the second episode of new season of DTown TV is up! This is our first “tech review gear guide” episode where Scott and Matt (and even NAPP Director Larry Becker) talk about nothing but photography gear. We’ll be doing one of these every other week, so let us know if there’s anything you’d like us to cover!

On a serious note, Wednesday’s guest blog has had me thinking about the people who have helped me pursue my photography career.  Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of not only meeting but becoming friends with many well-known people in the photo industry.  There are days I wish I could go back and tell 18 year-old me about all the crazy adventures that lie ahead.  But none of this would even be remotely possible if it weren’t for one person who was an influence early on, and continues to be today.

Jim Veneman was my photo professor at Union University.  But he was and is so much more than that to me, many of my friends, and the students he continues teaching today.  He is teacher, mentor, friend, and advisor.  He cares.  He is passionate not just about photography, but about students’ lives.  When he teaches, he doesn’t just show pretty pictures and talk about equivalent exposure… He teaches you about life, and the difference a photograph can make in your life and other people’s lives.

Jim – Thank you for being the person that you are and caring as much as you do.  The world could use more teachers like you.

If you’d like to meet Jim in person, check out the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference coming up in March :)

Alright, that’s it from me today guys and gals!  Have a great weekend!


I’m using this week’s holiday as a springboard to a few days off, so here’s the schedule for this week:

  1. Wednesday
    Yup, we gave our Guest Bloggers the Holiday off, so tomorrow there’s no guest blog, but fear not—the Guest Blogger program is alive and well, and firing back up on the first week of the year, with some all new faces, and some old friends, too.
  2. Thursday
    It’s New Years Eve and you know what that means? That’s right, the day before a Holiday which is reason enough for me to sluff off and take a day off, so it’s No Blog Thursday.
  3. Friday
    It’s New Years Day, and I’m shooting a College Bowl Game that day, which means (you guessed it), I’m not blogging, baby—yeah!

However, I will be back next year with a full slate of blog posts for your blogging pleasure. Here’s wishing you and yours a safe, happy, and prosperous New Year.

All my best,



Here’s this week’s Blogging Schedule:

Wednesday: We’re giving our Guest Bloggers a day off today, so there’s no Guest Blog post today.

Thursday: I have a very special blog post for tomorrow (Christmas Eve), and it’s kind of a “Super Special Guest Blog” of sorts, with a very cute story (and something you won’t expect), so I hope you’ll check in here tomorrow to get in the Christmas spirit.

Friday: I’m taking the rest of the week off as well, so please consider Wednesday, and Friday officially to be part of a “No Blogging Christmas.” [insert jingle bell sound effect here].

I’ll be back to regular blogging (well, semi-regular) next Monday to pick up where we left off.

See you here on Thursday. :)


First, I have to thank our wonderful guest blogger this week: Trey Ratcliff. Any time a Guest Blog post garners nearly 100 comments, you know it spoke to a lot of people on a lot of levels. Trey once again reminded me why the Guest Blogging thing is so awesome, so thanks Trey.


New iPhone App Site Launches Today
My buddy Terry White today launched a fantastic new site dedicated to finding the very best iPhone Apps. It’s called and it takes Terry’s incredibly popular “Friday App-of-the-day” concept from his Tech Blog to a whole new level. This is my new stop for finding killer Apps, and if you’ve got an iPhone, I’d head there right now (well, right after you finish the rest of my post, anyway.). :)  Here’s the link.

Trey’s HDR book rocks!
Unrelated to his guest blog appearance; last week I got a copy of Trey’s book, “A World in HDR,” and I have to say, of all the books I’ve seen teaching HDR technique, I think his is hands-down the best of the bunch. If you want to learn HDR, this is the book to get (if you don’t like HDR, don’t feel like you have to post a comment here and get really harsh and condescending. Just move onto to the next news piece). Here’s a link to his book at Barnes & Noble or

Get Some Free Stock Images from Fotolia
Fotolia is a HUGE micro-stock agency in Europe, and now they’ve set out to conquer the U.S. and they’re offering my readers a chance to get download some of their images free to try them out. We’ve been using their stuff more and more at NAPP (Corey Barker swears by their images, and he’s picky as $*#@). Anyway, here’s the link (hey, they’re free—whatdayagottolose?).

Shout Out to Yanik’s Photo School
Just a quick thanks to Yanik’s Photo School for including my Digital Photography Book (Volumes 1 and 2) in their Top Photo Books Christmas gift guide. Here’s the link. Also, the Unofficial Canon T1i blog has an in-depth review of my three-book box set right here.

RC’s Part 2 of this WordPress Blog Design for Photographers is now Live
Part 1 of his class had everybody talking, and apparently he really hit the nail on the head with this one, because everybody’s been emailing us saying, “We can’t wait for Part 2.” Well, it’s here, and up live at Kelby Training Online (here’s the link).

That’s it for today everybody
I hope you’re getting caught up on all your Holiday Shopping, and I wish you all a wonderful weekend (and I hope to have some shots to share with you on Monday). :)