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  • Category Archives NAPP

    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…

    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…

    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…

    Today's the deadline for my book, so I'm going to make this even shorter and sweeter: 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 Amazon.com 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…

    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…

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