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Apple desktop discount price

A few months back I needed to replace my aging Mac Desktop system, but before I placed the order (and our accounting dept. went ballistic), I thought I’d better price out the system first, with all the Ram and drive space I would need. When I configured the rig through Apple’s Online Store it came out to $4, 647.00 (see above left).

When I saw the price, I then headed over to the NAPP member Website, because Apple created a special version of the Apple Online Store for NAPP members, with special discount pricing, so I wanted to compare the two and see if it was worth it.

I was blown away to learn that the exact same system, configured the exact same way, was $382 cheaper ($4,265) using the standard NAPP member discount). I thought it was amazing enough that I had to take the screen captures you see above, comparing the two stores (which both have the exact same items, but obviously NAPP members get a better price, which I think it awesome!).

Anyway, after I saw that comparison it hit me. If you were thinking of buying a new Mac, even if you never used Photoshop, didn’t own it, and had no plans of buying Photoshop, you’d be better off to join NAPP for $99, if for nothing other than to save another $293 bucks on your MacPro system (of course, depending on what you buy, the percentage of discount could be more and less, and darned if I can figure out how it’s calculated). If you already belong to NAPP, make sure you buy your Apple Gear from the Apple store within our member discounts page. (If you’re not a NAPP member, you can find out how to join right here).

If you want to buy a PC instead (or any PC hardware or accessories), we have a member discount set up with PC Mall, so you can get your NAPP member discounts online through them (again, you start at the NAPP member discounts page on the member site). They even offer Macs and Mac accessories at a discount, too through their “MacMall” division.

The main reason I wanted to share this is that I know a lot of members take advantage of these discounts pretty religiously, like the free shipping from B&H Photo or discounts on everything from OnOne Photoshop plug-ins to discounts on Office Supplies (they use the money they save to offset their annual $99 membership). But I also know a lot of members never even check to see if we have discounts on the stuff they buy every day. It’s amazing the depth of what we’ve been able to negotiate (it helps when you have more than 70,000 paid members).

Believe me, if it’s related to your work, or your passion, we probably have a discount already in place for you. Just check the NAPP member Website under the discounts link.


Back at Photoshop World in Boston, I did a two-part class on Portrait Retouching. In the first part, I went through the most requested current retouching techniques, but in the 2nd part (held the following day), I spent the first class on more techniques, taking it further, but then I did a live shoot (with a professional model), and then took the images from the shoot and did a full start-to-finish live retouch right in the class.

Well, last night I was looking the latest issue of HOW magazine, and I saw a new print ad for NAPP (seen above) and they used the actual before and after photo that I retouched live in the class, and I thought I’d share that here (if you click on the ad; you’ll see the larger version).

Anyway, the reason I’m sharing all this is; I’m doing this same two-part Retouching series at Photoshop World in Las Vegas this October and I hope you’ll come and check out my class in person (well, both my classes). Here’s the link for info on Photoshop World. I hope I’ll see you in my classes!

My buddy and fellow “Photoshop Guy” Dave Cross did an excellent video clip on the just-released-today way cool “Flow” software (I bought a copy the first time I saw it back when it was still in Beta testing, and I got my serial number emailed to me last night, so I know it’s shipping).

I put the video here (above) so you can check it out (also, Dave unveils something new that wasn’t in the public beta that will be of particular interest to a lot of you). Thanks Dave for putting this together. :)

I know a lot of you already watch Larry Becker’s weekly NAPP news report, but for those of you who haven’t caught his show yet, one thing I like about it is that he always covers different stuff from one week to the next.

He just did a great interview with Corey Barker about the new Intuos4 tablet, and he’s always got some new deal or discount cooking, usually along with what’s going on in the industry. Anyway, the reason I’m bring this up is today; this week one of his stories is about where to get less expensive photography gear and studio lighting for advanced amateurs who can’t drop $500 or $600 right now on something like a Westcott TD5 Spiderlight, but want something similar.

Anyway, you can watch the show right here today (above), or if you’re a NAPP member, each weekly NAPP News episode appears on the NAPP member home page, but you can always subscribe to NAPP News free through iTunes so you don’t miss an episode. Here’s the link (clicking it launches iTunes):

That’s it. I thought you guys might dig this since it’s a pretty cool lighting thingy.

Today’s the deadline for my book, so I’m going to make this even shorter and sweeter:

51hr-jwmxll_sl500_aa240_I just saw Photoshop World instructor Lesa Snider King’s new book, “Photoshop: The Missing Manual” (from O’Reilly Press), and it so reminded me of when Deke McClellend used to write, “The Photoshop Bible,” (which I loved) because it literally covers everything about Photoshop (it’s nearly 900 pages!). Lesa did a great job on the book, and in my mind, it is the new Photoshop Bible. Way to go Lesa!!!! :-)  Here’s the link to it on

  • Just a reminder: Today’s the last day for the Photoshop World Early Bird “Save a hundred bucks” thing. Here’s the link. Also, the Sheraton Boston is almost sold-out, but the Westin (my favorite hotel chain) Copely Place (attached to the convention center) still has a few rooms available (it’s a great hotel) so snag one now!!!
  • Today is “iPhone app of the Week” day over at Terry White’s Tech Blog (here’s the link).
  • I did an interview last night on the radio show “Your Mac Life.” We talked about Photoshop World, and photography, and books and stuff. If you’ve got a minute, check it out right here.
  • If you haven’t seen the “Amtrack Tripod Arrest” covered by Comedy Central, it is absolutely hilarious (and sadly, it’s true, but the way they covered it is just brilliant!). Here’s the link to the short video. You’ll love it!
  • I had some really big news this week; here’s the link.
  • For those who asked; I bought the smaller Elinchorm Beauty Dish (Not the 27″ one, and it’s because I read your comments about how cumbersome it is to use on location. Thanks for the tip!).
  • Check out these stick-on filters for your off-camera flash. Pretty slick!

OK, gotta get back to writing. Have a great weekend everybody, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!


Howdy, folks. Here’s what’s up:

  • Each week NAPP’s Executive Director Larry Becker does a short video  show called NAPP News, and it covers industry news, stuff for NAPP members like new discount and offers, and just generally a bunch of stuff Photoshop freaks would be interested in. We’ve had a number of people ask that we also make it available as a downloadable video Podcast in Apple’s iTunes, and well…now it’s available as a downloadable podcast in iTunes. You can subscribe to it free right here or just watch the show right there in iTunes. (By the way; if you haven’t checked out the show in a while, it has really grown tremendously, and Dave Cross has a very cute guest appearence in this week’s show).
  • This Sunday I’m shooting the Bucs vs. Raiders NFL game from the sidelines. This is a must-win game for the Bucs, and besides the win, we also need the Eagles to beat the Cowboys this weekend to snag a Wildcard spot in the playoffs. Here’s something you don’t hear me say very often; Go Eagles!
  • LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEA: My friend Janine Smith sent me this one. She wrote, “I LOVE my 5-second frames. Very easy to frame (just drop the photo in the back, no need to take it apart). Then you can add more photos (10 in the back compartment). Hang it on the wall (they offer easy templates) or stand it on a table, horizontal or vertical. To change photos, just pick it up, slide one photo out, another one in. This has to be the greatest grandparent gift ever. Nice looking, affordable ($15 or so), available at Target or Bed Bath &  Beyond. (Thanks Janine for passing this one one).
  • LIGHTROOM 2 TOUR: Make plans now as Matt Kloskowski brings our Lightroom 2 Live! Tour to Covington, Kentucy (near Cincinatti) on January 23, 2009. This seminar is going to sell out in advance, so if you want to attend, sign up now (tickets are available on a first come/first served basis). Here’s the link.
  • Terry White has a post up today on his popular TechBlog that you’ve got to read. It’s about “Adobe Connect” (Adobe’s web conference software) and the reason I’m hoping you’ll read about it (and sign up for a free Connect account), is that after the first of the year, we’ll be doing some special live training events using this technology, and I want you to be able to be a part of them. The first step, is signing up for that free account, but beyond that, the technology is pretty amazing, so if you’ve got a minute, check out his post right here.
  • NO BLOG TILL MONDAY: Just a reminder: I’m taking the rest of this week off, so there will be no blogging until next Monday, so I can take some time off to enjoy Christmas with my family. Hope you’ll be taking things easy too, and enjoying all the wonder this season can bring.

That’s it for today folks. See ya on Monday!