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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:

ONE-DAY BASIC LIGHTING WORKSHOPS
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.

ONE-DAY ADVANCED LIGHTING WORKSHOPS
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!!

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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:

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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 KelbyTraining.com (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 Training.com, 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!

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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 KelbyTraining.com, 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 & Noble.com, and Amazon.com.

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!

Morning in Manhattan

Next Friday, Join “The Photoshop Guys” in New York
Over 1,400 people have already registered for our after hours event, “The Photoshop CS5 Summit” in New York City next Friday—the 25th, at The Hammerstein, at Manhattan Center. It kicks off at 4:30 pm. It’s totally free, and you gotta be here. Here are all the details (watch the short video first), and there’s a link to sign up there, too. I hope to see you there!

Free Online Seminar: Monitor Calibration Finally Explained
This sounds good! Manfrotto and DataColor are hosting a free online Webinar to finally make Monitor Calibration simple. Don’t miss it (here are all the details, and you can sign up there, too). If you don’t need this seminar, I bet you know somebody who does. Pass it on. :)

Quick Photo Walk Update
Over 650 cities, and over 11,000 walkers around the world so far. This is getting really exciting. Hope you can walk with us. Here’s the link. P.S. The fine folks at Adorama is one of the big sponsors. Stop by their site and buy every cool piece of camera gear in sight (just don’t tell your spouse).

Rick Sammon’s first iPad App is Here!
It’s called “Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature” and it’s an inspirational and motivational app combined with a mini-course in wildlife and nature photography (with Photoshop tips, too!). Here’s the link with details.

Loads of new Lightroom 3 Online Classes
When Lightroom 3 shipped last week, we rolled out four in-depth Lightroom 3 training classes on KelbyTraining.com, and if you’re into Lightroom, make sure you go check ’em out (they feature Matt Kloskowski, one of the world’s leading Lightroom educators, and his classes absolutely kick butt!). Here’s the link.

That’s it for today
Have a great day everybody!!!

ken&scott

Atlanta Was Awesome!!!
I want to start by thanking all the photographers (over 600 of you), that came out to my Atlanta “Photoshop CS5 for Digital Photographers” Seminar last Friday (that’s blog regular Ken Toney posing with me above in an iPhone photo during one of the breaks between classes). We had such a great crowd that day—everybody was totally engaged, and into it and we really had just an awful lot of fun while we were learning, and I can’t thank you all enough for coming out to spend the day with me.

While I was there, on Thursday I got to shoot at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, at their “The Allure of the Automobile” exhibit (these cars from the 40s and 50s were like works of art on wheels), and then that night, I got to shoot Maggie Smith in concert at the Hard Rock Cafe. Totally fun (and more on both of these shoots in the coming weeks).

Larry Rocked It (and I totally messed up)
I want to thank my buddy Larry Becker for a terrific, and very inspirational Guest Blog post yesterday, and at the same time, I want to apologize to Larry for doing two posts that walked on his Guest Blog. That day is pretty sacred around here, and reserved just for the Guest Blogger (it’s their day to do what they will), but I had completely lost track of the days, and thought that yesterday was going to be Tuesday, so I wrote two blog posts (thinking it was Tuesday). Totally my fault (apparently that being closed on Monday thing, really threw me for a loop), and I’m so sorry for getting in the way of great Guest Blog spot. Hope you’ll forgive me, Larry.

The New Episode of D-Town TV is Live
Although it went up crazy late, it did finally get posted this weekend, and this episode is packed with stuff, including a studio shoot, more location shooting with Matt, a great tip for shooting with fast glass from top wedding photographer Cliff Mauntner, plus Cheap Shots with Larry Becker, and a whole bunch more. Here’s the link.

Kick Butt iPhone App for Photographers: Plastic Bullet
A friend turned me on to this iPhone app for photographers called “Plastic Bullet” and I have to tell you—-I’m hooked. You take the shot, and it transforms your photo in a very creative and fun way. Here’s how they describe it: “Plastic Bullet puts the fun, spontaneity, and unpredictability of plastic-fantastic toy cameras right into your pocket. Just tap to turn your photos into gloriously unpredictable works of art, then tap again to change the look.” However, I have to say, it’s actually a lot more fun (and the photos look a lot better) than that description (check out their samples here). I kept tapping and coming up with more new looks. You’ll totally love it, and it’s only $2 bucks! (Here’s the link).

That’s it for today!
Hope you guys have a great Thursday, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow! :)

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