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Hi Gang: Just a coupla quick news thingys for today:

Shooting Tethered Wirelessly into an Apple iPad
Check out this very cool video (below) from photographer Brent Pearson, who figured out how to make this all work. This makes sense if you have a desktop computer that’s not near where you shoot in your studio. (Obviously, if you have a laptop, it doesn’t bring that much to the table, because if you have a laptop, you can just use it for tethering, but anyway, it’s worth a quick look either way, and might be handy for having multiple monitors so your client can see images live as you shoot as well). Also, check out his blog for the step-by-step set-up.

iPad Wireless Tethered Photography from Brent Pearson on Vimeo.

New Class From Laurie Excel for Beginning Photographers
Photoshop World Instructor Laurie Excel did an awesome online class exclusively for NAPP members who are new to photography, and it covers tons of tips, tricks, settings & advice for new shooters. If you’re a NAPP member, here’s the link to your free online class. Thanks Laurie!

Dano’s Dictionary of Fine Art & Photography Printing Terms
Ron Mortinsen’s blog has a really helpful resource put together by our friend, and photographer Dan Steinhardt (of Epson), and it’s basically a dictionary of fine art printing and photographers terms. Very cool and definitely worth checking out. Here’s the link.

Yesterday Was a Blast!
First, I had a visit from my buddy Terry White, and we shot a one-hour bonus video for our new iPhone 4 Book (which is on press now), and that’s always one of the highlights of the whole year, and then we had concert photographers (and Photoshop World instructors) Scott Diussa and Alan Hess here shooting online classes for Kelby Training on “How to Shoot Live Concerts.” I went out to the venue where they were shooting the class (their venues and bands have changed each day while they’re taping, to vary the lightning and shooting conditions). I have to tell you this—-as soon as their class goes live—I’ll be the first to watch it—that’s how cool it looks. This guys are the real deal, and the stuff they’re sharing is absolute gold for anybody who wants to shoot concerts!!!!

Yesterday’s Guest Blogger
I really enjoyed yesterday’s Guest Blog Post from Ben Van Hook. Of course, he had great images, but his message was really enlightening, and there are about a dozen lines you can pull out as separate quotes about photography, finding your vision, and taking portraits with emotion, that would all stand on their own. Thank you Ben. What a great read! (if you missed it, click here).

My Free Online Lightroom Class for Photo Walkers is Online—watch it anytime!
Just a reminder—the Online Lightroom Training Class that me, RC, and Matt Kloskowski taped live for anyone who walked as part of my Worldwide Photo Walk has been archived, and you can watch it anytime, completely for free, right here.

That’s it for today
Hope you guys have an awesome day today!!!!

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Hey gang, Brad here again. We’ll return to Scott’s regularly scheduled programming on Thursday, but for now just a few pieces of news…

  • Scott’s doing a Photo Walk in NYC sponsored by Adorama this coming Sunday, July 18. It was just announced and has already sold out, but you can still get on the waiting list. Click here for details.
  • The day after that is Scott’s Lightroom LIVE Seminar at the Javits Center in NYC! It’s not too late to sign up for that one, so you can get details and register right here.
  • Speaking of Adorama, if you’re a NAPP member, be sure to check out the latest discounts from them – 10% off ALL Think Tank Photo gear and more!
  • We just received a shipment of Scott’s new Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers, so if you pre-ordered, you should be getting yours any day!
  • If you’re a Joe McNally fan, be sure to check out the latest addition to Kelby Training Online, Shooting with the Elinchrom Quadra System.
  • Joe also just kicked off a new round of one-day lighting workshops up in Dobbs Ferry this week. It’s not too late to grab your spot in one of those.
  • If you’re on Scott’s or RC’s waiting list for the Worldwide Photo Walk, Dave Cross and I have plenty of room in our walks! Join Dave in Safety Harbor or me in Downtown Tampa. We’re at over 1,000 walks and nearly 24,000 walkers, so come take part in this fun event!
  • If you know me, you know that I’m into concert photography. You have got to check out the absolutely killer work of Petr Klapper [some of the artists he’s shot can be a bit off-color, so be careful]. This guy blows my mind!
  • And, last but not least, tomorrow’s guest blogger is one many of you know and love… Aaron Johnson, author and creator of What The Duck. Be sure to check back in tomorrow to see what he has in store!

That’s it for today. Hope you all have a great Tuesday!

Joe is back at it this month with another round of One-Day Lighting Workshops in Dobbs Ferry, NY (just north of NYC)!  This time around, he’s doing both Basic and Advanced workshops. Here are brief descriptions of each:

July 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18

These hands-on workshops are not camera system specific, nor are they are not about buttons and dials. All day, we will deal with the question of how to manage light, while emphasizing how to “write” with light and how it shapes the mood, message, color, and feel of the photograph. Joe will start with the basics of one flash, and move quickly into scenarios involving multiple flashes. Significant location lighting issues will be discussed during the course of a jam-packed day.

July 12, 16, 27, 28, 29

The techniques taught in the basic lighting workshop will be incorporated, albeit in a compressed time format. Basic proficiency with flash, on and off camera, is required.
Depending on the pace of the class, the following advanced techniques below will be examined:
$#x2022; Auto FP hi-speed sync.
$#x2022; Multiple exposure, using multiple groups.
$#x2022; Complex multiple flash scenarios.
$#x2022; Mixing small flash with bigger strobes.
$#x2022; Stroboscopic (if time allows).

Head over to Joe’s site for the full skinny on everything.  Classes are filling up quickly, so don’t wait to register!!


Joe McNally’s Work Featured in National Geographic
Joe’s been covering assignments for National Geographic magazine for many years now, and in the July 2010 issue he’s got some amazing photos in their feature story on the 21st Century Electrical Power Grid. There’s a harrowing shot of Joe climbing out onto an electrical tower, from the skid of a helicopter (photo by Drew Gurian), and when you actually see what Joe goes through to “get the shot,” you realize what it takes to be a National Geographic photographer, and Joe has it in spades. You can see some of the images from the spread online, right here. Congrats Joe. Ya done good, kid. ;-)

Tom Bol Baby, Yeah!
Killer Guest Blog yesterday from Tom Bol. One of my readers, Jeremy Proffitt wrote this comment yesterday about Tom’s post. “I think you said it best when you said ”I’ve come to realize non-paying personal projects are equally as important as paying jobs. I need them both to survive and grow as a photographer.” I couldn’t agree more. Just a great job Tom all around. Thanks for sharing your work and wisdom with us all.

There’s a deal goin’ on two of my books over at Borders
Well, it’s not every single Borders store, but “a whole bunch of ’em.” Borders is running a promo for 30% off a small group of book titles, and two of them are mine:  The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3, and Photo Recipes Live. The promo runs now through August 15th, and is available through select locations (here’s a link to the store locations that are doing the promotion). Visit a Borders store near you and check it out (provided of course, there is a Borders store near you).

You, and Rob Jones, raised another $1,200 for the Orphanage
With Towner Jones Photography’s gracious donations included, together we raised about $1200 this weekend on the Photo Walk t-Shirt sales, bringing the total raised so far for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya to around $3,700 (we’ve already raised more than half of what we did all of last year). If you haven’t ordered your official Photo Walk t-shirt yet, here’s the link. Thanks again Rob for having such a big heart for the kids.

World Wide Photo Walk Update
As I write this, we have 905 Walks around the world, and over 18,000 walkers. You gotta join in! Here’s the link.

Facebook “Like” is here
We’ve added Facebook’s new “Like” button to each of my daily posts, so if you see a post you like, share it with other folks by clicking on the Like button. You’ll like it. I’ll like it. It’s a like-like thing.

Forget the Dave Hill Effect…
…and check out Dave Hill, the photographer. It has been a while since I’ve been by his site, and his work just keeps getting better and better, on both the shooting side, and the post production side, and his concepts and execution are brilliant. So, if you haven’t checked him out since the “Dave Hill Effect” craze was in full swing, it’s time to stop by again and enjoy some really amazing photography. Here’s the link.

That’s it for today folks. See ya tomorrow!
Have a great Thursday, and try to stay cool.

Here’s a quick update on what’s going on with me and the crew here:


Killer Deal on Hotel Rooms for Photoshop World Vegas
The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, right on the Vegas strip, has been the home for Photoshop World since we first brought the convention to Las Vegas years ago (and it’s connected directly to the convention center), but this year we were able to negotiate our best deal on hotel rooms, so you can stay right on property (at the same place, me and all the instructors and NAPP staff will be staying) for only $129 a night. Plus, this year they’re throwing in the “Resort Package” free (reg. $60), which includes everything from free in-room wireless Internet to free bottled water, and a whole bunch more. Here’s the link to snag your rooms now at this special rate, cause once our room deal is sold out, it’s gone! Hope to see you at the Mandalay Bay.

RC’s Taking Lightroom 3 Users to the Web
We released a new online class last week at (new classes go up every week) from photographer and Web guru RC Concepcion, called “Lightroom 3 for the Web.” RC knows this stuff inside and out, and if you want to get your images from your computer to the Web using Lighroom, RC’s your man.  Here’s the link with more details.

Quick Photo Walk Update
Last year, we had 917 walks around the world, and we’re getting very close to breaking that number with about a month still to go, as we now have 878 walks and over 17,500 registered walkers. This is going to be big! If you haven’t signed up for a walk, search to see if there’s one in a city near you, right here.

I Gave the Wrong Date for my Lightroom 3 Live Tour in New York
I mentioned during the Photoshop CS5 Summit last week that I’d be back in New York City with my Lightroom Tour on July 12th, but I was totally wrong. That’s the day I’ll be kicking off the tour in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (that’s just a few weeks from now). I actually be in New York on Monday, July 19th. Sorry for the confusion, but I was…well…confused. ;-)  Here’s the link for more info (for either city). Hey, don’t forget, Matt is taking the tour out as well, and he’ll be in Boston on Friday, July 18th; LA on July 21st, and San Francisco on the 23rd.

Tomorrow’s Guest Blog is gonna kick butt!
I cannot wait for tomorrow’s Guest Blog, as it’s from Adventure Photographer Tom Bol. I met Tom at the Photo Plus Expo last year, and saw part of his presentation about location lighting over at the Elinchrom booth, and his stuff just kicks butt (Matt just did a workshop with Tom out in Moab, and Matt couldn’t say enough great things about him. Also, Tom just finished taping some on location adventure photography online classes for Kelby, which will be going live very soon—-I’ll let you know when). Make sure you check back here tomorrow to catch his guest blog. Can’t wait!!!!

That’s it for today, my friends
That’s a quick update on what’s going on here (there’s actually more, but that’s all I can say right now). Anyway, gotta run. Got a crazy busy day (but it’s all good!). Don’t forget Tom tomorrow (it’s gonna rock!). Have a good one!


Ed and Jack’s Book on Copyright for Photographers is Here!
I finally got a chance to sit down with “Photographer’s Survival Manual: A legal guide for Artists in the Digital Age,” the new book from Copyright and Intellectual Property Attorney Ed Greenberg, and Photographer’s Rights advocate Jack Reznicki, and I gotta tell ya—these guys hit it out of the park!!!!! You guys probably remember my interviews with Ed that I ran here on the blog last year (here’s the link), and I know a lot of you have packed Ed and Jack’s classes, or watched their highly acclaimed online classes on, and so you know these two are the real deal—incredibly insightful and entertaining, and packed full of info, and their book puts everything in black and white in a way only they can. If you’re serious about protecting your work, you must get this book! Here’s the link to it on Barnes &, and

What a Cool Guest Blog!
Did Ryan Schude’s Guest Blog rock yesterday or what!!!! He put almost as much work into his guest blog, as he did that amazing photo (I was telling my wife about it at dinner tonight), and very grateful that he shared so much with us. Thanks Ryan!

Sean Duggan’s Workshop at Santa Fe Workshops
Sean has got a hands-on workshop coming up at the famous Santa Fe Photographic Workshops called “The Creative Eye: Photography & Digital Darkroom Essentials.” The workshop runs July 25-31, 2010, and there are only a few spots left if you want to get in on it (here’s the link). I’ve taught for the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in the past, and they run an absolutely first-rate educational program, and I highly recommend them!

Meet me Tomorrow in New York!
Don’t forget, I’ll be in New York City tomorrow for the free Photoshop CS5 Summit, which kicks off at 4:30 pm. Matt, RC, Dave Cross, and Corey will be joining me in the class, and Adobe will be there, too, so don’t miss out—here’s where you grab some of the last remaining free tickets. P.S. We’ll be answering the crowd’s questions live via Twitter during the event!

We’re 96 cities away….
….from breaking last year’s record for Photo Walk Cities!!!! Remember: about two weeks or so before the walk date of July 24th, we stop adding cities to have walks, so if you were thinking of leading a walk, now’s the time to get yours set up. All the details are right here.

Friday Morning Shoot in New York
Matt and I are looking for something cool to shoot on Friday morning in New York, so if you know of a cool place or event in the City that Matt and I should be shooting, let me know by posting a comment here.

That’s all folks!
Have a great Thursday and we’ll see you tomorrow for another “This Weekend Only” Deal!