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Over at my blog I have a regular feature called “Bits ‘n Pieces” that is really just a way for me to include several random things in one blog post. Today, I bring some bits and pieces to Scott’s blog.

Portolio Night

On May 20th in various cities around the world, graphic design and advertising students have an opportunity to show their portfolio to Creative Directors and agencies. There is a cost to the event but it looks like a great opportunity. For all the details visit


The (Almost) Prefect Camera + Laptop Bag


For the last couple of months I’ve been using a bag that lets me cart around my camera gear and laptop in one nice compact size. I can fit a ton of gear and yet it still fits under the seat on planes (for those times when the overhead bin is full). It has a place for a laptop, 2 zipped pockets with plenty of space for accessories, cables, and even a key ring, It has 2 insulated pockets for water bottles, a large “hidden” pocket etc and plenty of room inside. It even has a rain shield you can pull out from the bottom.

It’s almost perfect – there are only two things that stop it from being ideal, but luckily they were easy to “fix”.

1. The pocket where I keep my laptop doesn’t have as much padding as I’d like, but I simply keep my laptop in a padded sleeve for some extra protection.

2. The inside compartment doesn’t come with any dividers, meaning all your gear would pretty much rattle around. I was able to address this with a couple of extra velcroed dividers I had from another camera bag. NB: I just watched a video on their web site where they say it does come with dividers – I know I didn’t get any :(

Now this bag rocks! Along with my laptop and all necessary cables, I typically carry all this stuff in this bag: Nikon D300 w battery grip, 18 -200mm, 50mm, 70 – 200mm, 2 SB 800 flashes, benro travel tripod and ballhead (plus Bose headphones and a Kindle). It’s heavy with all that stuff, but the mammoth strap makes it easy to carry.

Believe it or not, this great bag comes from 5.11 Tactical, a company that makes law enforcement gear. The bag is called the Side Trip Briefcase and it retails for $99.99.

Overall, it’s the best solution I’ve found for the gear I want to travel with.

(If you decide to purchase one, enter the code FREEHAT10 at Checkout for a free ball cap with purchase over $75)


Artists Wanted

There’s a very interesting sounding search for photographic talent taking place at Here’s their description:

“Our goal is simple: we want to find amazing photographic talents and expose them to the world in the most potent way possible. Rewards and benefits will be given to all who participate. One grand prize winner will be awarded an art-star New York City gallery reception, international publicity and their choice of $10,000 cash or 1 year living rent free in a $1.2 million apartment provided by The Edge in New York City”


Science project meets Photography


Take a look at the amazing photography of Caleb Charland, who combines science with photography. Very cool stuff!

That’s right! CS5 IS FINALLY HERE!! If you pre-ordered, you should be getting your copy any day.

If you can’t wait, go HERE and download the trial to play around, I mean work with, the new software.

And, don’t forget… NAPP has their completely FREE Learning Center for you right here (You don’t even have to be a NAPP member!). For those who are NAPP members, you get a 15% DISCOUNT on purchases through the Adobe store. Log into your account at and look in the Discounts section to take advantage of it!

And if you’re a Kelby Training Online subscriber, you can check out all of the latest full classes on CS5 (Photoshop Power Session & Crash Course, HDR, Channels & Masks, 3D, Camera Raw, & much much more!) right here. And if you’re not a subscriber but would like to be, you can get all the details and sign up here.

TGIF much? ;)



Photoshop World App Updated
We just released an updated version of our Photoshop World iPhone App, which includes both new features (including an Opening Keynote countdown clock, plus lots of tweaks to the “My Schedule” feature, including the ability to erase your schedule and delete all saved data), along with some bug fixes. You can download the free App from the iTunes Store, or just follow this link.

Loved Nick’s Post Yesterday
I really found Nick’s Guest Blog post yesterday fascinating (I especially thought his impressions of Michelle Obama and Annie Leibovitz were great), and his behind-the-scenes perspective, and advice, were really insightful and inspiring. Thanks Nick for a great guest post!

Come spend the day with me in Chicago
The next stop on my “Photoshop CS4 for Digital Photographers” tour is Chicago, IL on Friday, April 9th, and I hope you can join me there—-it’s gonna be an awesome day. Here’s the link with all the details.

Check out this guy’s work
Unfortunately, I can’t remember which one of my readers turned me on to the landscape photography of James Neeley (all I have is a link), but he’s got some interesting landscape photography, including some with what looks like a hint of HDR, but it’s not overdone. Here’s the link.

That’s it for now, gang
After being gone for six days, things are really crazy around this place (especially this close to Photoshop World), so I’m keepin’ it short. Hope you have a fantastic Thursday!


Calvin Rules!
First, before we do anything else, I gotta give some big love to Germany-based Photoshop retoucher Calvin Hollywood who totally rocked that Guest Blog spot yesterday with some killer techniques (I tried them myself—-they rock!) along with some great insights into the job of a full-time retoucher. I loved it, and thanks to all of you who let Calvin know just how helpful his post was. Thanks Calvin—-that absolutely rocked!

Macworld picks in theirTop 5 Design Sites
A big congrats to Corey Barker, the man behind “” as it was named one of Macworld magazine’s “Top Five Design Sites!” I have to say, with the amazing stuff Corey has been doing over there, I’m not surprised. Congrats Corey!

LA Photoshop Down & Dirty Nearly Sold Out!
My buddy, and Photoshop User TV co-host, Dave Cross is taking the “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks” class to Los Angeles this Friday, and there are already nearly 1,000 (that’s right—one thousand!) people signed up for the seminar, so if you want to grab one of the last remaining seats—this is your last chance. Here’s the link (it’s going to be a mind-blowing day—I hope you can make it).

New Episode of D-Town TV Goes Up Today
It’s Thursday—must be time for an episode of D-Town TV (Well, maybe not if you read this first thing in the morning on the East Coast, but more likely later this afternoon). Here’s the link to watch the current episode online.

No Photoshop, but Still B&W
The Online Photographer had a post where they pointed to this flickr page showing what at first glance appears to be a popular Photoshop trick, where you make something in your photo black and white, while everything else is in color (or vice versa), but in this case—it’s not Photoshop. The woman in the photo painted herself, head-to-toe in black and white and well…you just gotta see it for yourself. Here’s the link (thanks to Dr. William J Palank for turning me on to this one).

Stop by and See Me in Amsterdam on Sunday
If you happen to be hanging around Utrecht, just outside Amsterdam in the Netherlands this weekend, I’ll be doing the Keynote presentation, and some Photoshop and Lightroom sessions at Professional Imaging 2010 (they have over 5,000 people already signed up!). Here’s the link with all the details. Hope to see you there!

Twitter not Facebook
Hi gang—just a quick note. I don’t have a public Facebook page (here’s the link as to why), but I do have a Twitter account that I’m dialed into more and more, and I’d love to have you follow there at this link.

Th-th-ththat’s all folks!
Gotta run, but I hope you all have a majorly kick-butt day! See ya tamarra!


Just this past week, I talked to three people who were going to buy an Apple iPad the moment it is released by Apple next month.

Then I asked them if they realized that if they buy the first one that comes out, in March, that they’ll only be able to be on the Internet if they are in range of a Wi-Fi hotspot (like in their home, or at a Starbucks, McDonalds, or some other place that offers Wi-Fi). Not a single one of the three realized that was the case.

They just assumed that, like their iPhone, they’d be able to jump on the Web wherever they were (at the pool, in a cab, etc.) with the one coming out in March for $499. One of them told me, “You better warn people about this, because a lot of people I talked to think that’s the way it is.”

So, this isn’t really a warning, it’s more of just a heads-up for my readers who are planning to buy an iPad. Want to jump on the Internet anytime with your iPad? Wait until April (or whenever the Wi-Fi + 3G version ships), and get that model instead. Just know, an iPad Wi-Fi + 3G with the ability to jump on the Internet most anywhere not only costs more than the just Wi-Fi version (which starts at $499), you have to sign up for a monthly data plan (like you do with a phone).

I put the chart at the top (from Apple’s Website), to show the differences. Anything under the Wi-Fi row means you have to be in a hot-spot to access the Internet. Wi-Fi plus 3G means you can jump on anytime, but you need a data plan from AT&T (at least that seems to be the plan so far).

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is absolutely no need to post a comment saying: (a) You’re not getting an iPad (b) No Flash support was a deal-breaker for you (c) You hate AT&T (d) Anything else mean or negative at all about anything (not just the iPad). If you have no plans to buy an iPad—good news—-you don’t have to worry about this decision and this public service announcement does not affect you in any way, so just pretend it didn’t exist. Thanks. :)


Happy Thursday everybody, and a big thanks to Nick Onken for his Guest Blog post yesterday! Now, here’s what’s up:

Photo Walk Pro to Host Free Photo Walk at Photoshop World
Jeff Revell over at (one of the sponsors of annual World Wide Photo Walk) is hosting a free Photo Walk the day before Photoshop World begins (so, if you haven’t signed up for a precon by the time Photoshop World starts, now you have something fun to do!). Jump over to for all the details.

Catch Matt and Me with Bert!
Don’t know if you saw this one, but during the last Photoshop World, Photoshop Hall of Famer Bert Monroy had Matt and I on his Pixel Perfect Internet TV show as guests, and we did some Photoshop tricks, and talked with Bert and stuff, and if you get a sec, you can watch it right here.

Photo Induced is giving my stuff away!
Hey, I just saw where the folks at Photo Induced are giving away a boxed set of my three-volume set of “The Digital Photography Book” (includes volumes 1, 2, and 3). Here’s all the details.

New Fine Art Digital Workflow DVD from Mac Holbert & John Paul Caponigro
Just heard from Acme Educational that R. Mac Holbert and John Paul Caponigro have a released a new training DVD on Fine Art Digital Workflow. Mac and JP are absolute authorities on fine art printing, so I’m going to order a copy myself, but in the meantime, you can order yours right here.

That’s it for today
See ya tomorrow—have a kick-butt day!