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Hi Gang: I have just 12 minutes this morning to write this news and stuff. Here goes:

Tampa Love (vague reference to Tupac)
Thanks to the 500+ photographers who came out to my Photoshop seminar in Tampa yesterday. What a fantastic group to present. Even had Manuel Obordo (one of the two guys who originally taught me Photoshop) stop by and say hi. It was an awesome day and a great way to wrap up the tour for this year.

Catch my interview on TechTock Radio
I did an in-depth interview Jack Howard on Adorama’s Tech Talk radio show, and we covered everything from Photoshop ethics to retouching ethics to…well…you name it, because we covered a lot of ground. Here’s the link to check it out.

Lightroom on Alltop
I didn’t know this until this week, but now has a page dedicated to Lightroom blogs, and you can check it out right here.

Lightroom Collections Questions Answer Man
Thanks to TrevJ (one of my readers) for helping field Lightroom questions here on the blog yesterday while I was teaching my seminar. I’m a bit underwater today, but I’ll try and catch any others today when I come up for air. That’s again TrevJ!

Made the Top 20 Gift List
Thanks to Camera 47 for including my “Digital Photography Book Volume 3” in their 2nd annual holiday “20 photography gifts under $100 list.” Here’s the list (Lots of great stuff on their list).

Scott Bourne on Social Media Marketing for Photographers
I just got my copy of PPA’s excellent “Professional Photographer” magazine, and in this issue is a fantastic article on Social Media Magnate Scott Bourne, and in the article, Scott shares some amazing insights on building and working social media for photographers. You can download a PDF of the article here (even if you’re not into the marketing aspects of this—download the article just to see some of his great images!).

Taping an Online Class Today on Getting Killer Prints From Your Epson Printers
Dan “Dano” Steinhard is at the Kelby Training Studio today as Dano and I are filming an online class for Kelby Training on how to get the best possible prints from your Epson printers. Dano was at my Tampa Seminar yesterday and we had a chance to catch up at lunch, and he has a really brilliant class outline, and it’s really going to help a lot of photographers big time! I’ll let you know when it goes live (it’ll still be a few weeks in production after taping).

Good on Getty!
I just got word that Getty Images is once again funding two major grants for photographers in the coming year. Here’s how they describe them, “Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography was established in 2004 to enable emerging and established photojournalists to pursue projects of personal and editorial merit. Getty Images will again award five professional photojournalism grants of $20,00 each and four student grants of $5,000 each, annually.” The 2nd reads, “Getty Images Grants for Good was launched in 2009 to involve the creative and nonprofit communities. In the program’s first year, the participation of a creative agency was optional, but is now a requirement in the application process in 2010.  This change ensures that all grant proposals will benefit from an agency’s strategic guidance as to how the imagery will be used by the nonprofit.” For more details, click here.

That’s it for today.
Gotta run. Have a good one!



Hi gang:
First I want to thank yesterdays Guest Blogger Scott Rinckenberger for his very cool post yesterday, and thanks to my own assistant Brad for coming up with the idea to feature the assistants of famous photographers. I love how this is shaping up! Now, onto some quick news:

Joe’s Number One!
A big congratulations to my buddy Joe McNally, whose book “The Hot Shoe Diaries” was just named to the “Best Books of 2009” list as the #1 bestselling book in the Arts & Photography category for 2009 at (as seen above) If you don’t have a copy yet, it would make a perfect Holiday gift (and it’s a totally kick-butt book, which is precisely why it’s number 1). My congrats to Joe and the great folks over at New Riders Publishing, who together put together one heck of a book (and I didn’t want to say ‘heck’).

Got Lots of Lighting Gear to Ship? Take a tip from Big Joe
Larry Becker pointed this tip out to me last week, when a bunch of Joe McNally’s equipment arrived at our offices. He noticed that some of his larger gear was stored in cases that looked just like golf travel cases (the kind intended for shipping golf club bags). Larry pointed out that Golf travel bags are generally a lot cheaper than photo-lighting equipment bags that are about the same size and shape. So, Larry went checking and last weekend he spotted a hard shell golf bag at Sports Authority on sale for $89! That’s about $200 off compared to something similar for photo gear. Thanks for the tip Larry (and Joe).

Meet me in Tampa on Monday
My last seminar of the year is coming up on Monday, as my new “Photoshop for Digital Photographers Tour” makes it’s final stop at the Tampa Convention Center. Hope I’ll get to see you there! (Here’s the link with details).

Want to see some Amazing Art?
My buddy Mike “Hollywood” Kubeisy turned me on to the art of Tom Fritz who is just an incredible traditional artist. In fact he’s so good, he does exclusive work for companies like Harley Davidson (among others), and his stuff is just totally amazing. If you want to start your day off right, two one minute and check out his paintings right here. Wow!

That’s it for today folks
Have a great Thursday everybody, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow, cause I’m working on setting up a special deal for you guys for the weekend.

Hi gang. First, I want to thank Tyler Stableford for a tremendously inspiring post yesterday. His post is really what it’s all about. When I met Tyler at Photo Plus Expo, I knew I had met a great photographer, but as he’s demonstrated through this actions, he’s much more than that, and I’m even more impressed. If you didn’t watch his video yesterday, please take a moment to watch it right now. It’s incredibly powerful, and you’ll be glad you did.


Cool new iPhone App for Adobe Freaks (like me)
My buddy Terry White has just released his own iPhone App (you knew it was only a matter of time, right?), that is already getting rave reviews. The App lets you watch Terry’s top-ranked “Creative Suite Podcast” right on your phone, but the advantage of using the App (as opposed to just subscribing to the Podcast and watching it on your iPhone) is that with the App, you get special Bonus Content, created especially for the iPhone App users, which won’t be available anywhere else. Plus, the App is a bargain—-it’s just $1.99 (less than a cup of coffee). Here’s the link to it. Totally cool, and very well designed Way to go Terry—you should write a book on the iPhone (Barnes & Noble,, Borders). ;-)

Thieves are targeting Wedding Photographers

This particular story, passed on to me by a reader: Cary Talbot, is about how Wedding Photographers in the Salt Lake City, Utah area are having their gear stolen after on location wedding shoots, but everyone should read this story because seeing how they’re doing it may well save your gear. Here’s the link (thanks Cary for sending this one our way).

Review of Volume 3
I just ran across this review of  “The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3” over at Stephen’s Photography Tips. Here’s the link.

That’s it for today

Hope you have a great day, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for a Friday wrap up (and something really cute, too!)


Hi Folks, and greetings from 37,000 feet, somewhere over Pennsylvania (courtesy of Delta’s new in-flight ‘go-go” wi-fi Internet service). I’m totally beat, so I’m gonna keep this one short and sweet (that way, I can take a nap before I have to change planes for the 2nd leg back home).

Philly rocked!
First, thanks to everybody (nearly 600 of you), who came out to my Philadelphia seminar yesterday. What a great group to present to! It’s been years since I’ve been to Philly, but I’ll make sure it’s much shorter before my next visit!

Adobe has a challenge
After teaching this seminar in Boston and now Philadelphia, it has really become even more clear to me that there’s just a ton of confusion about the differences between Lightroom and Photoshop. Most of the photographers I talked to yesterday already use Lightroom, but the ones that didn’t, have no idea what Lightroom really does. Most told me they didn’t need it because they thought Lightroom is just a replacement for the Bridge, and virtually none of them had any idea that Lightroom’s Develop module IS Camera Raw. Adobe really has a challenge in getting the word out about the differences between the two, and how they work together, and when you use which and for what.

Eric got a Cheetah Stand
Remember last week when I talked about the Cheetahstand collapsing lightstand? I asked for your comments about how you might use the stand, and well, part of the reason was; I had an extra Cheetahstand, and I thought I would choose one of the folks that took to the time to comment to have that free stand, and that person was Eric Dousay from Little Rock Arkansas. Eric, your stand is on its way!

Photoshop User TV
We’re scheduled to shoot the first episode of our new season of Photoshop User TV today (yes, the set is finally done), and if all goes well, it’ll air next week. In the meantime, you can check out some of the mini-highlight episodes we’ve been posting, along with our “Live from Photoshop World” episode at

Some amazing photos from China’s 60th Anniversary of Communist Rule
One of my readers’s sent me this link to’s article with photos from China’s celebration marking their 60th anniversary, and the photo are amazing (it’s a mixture of beautiful color, and lots of scary-looking military hardware at the same time). It’s definitely worth seeing (though it might make you sleep a little uneasy). Here’s the link.

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is….
…one kick-butt adventure photographer; and Canon Explorer of Light, Tyler Stableford.

You guys probably remember me raving about Tyler’s work after seeing his presentation in Canon’s booth at Photo Plus Expo in New York, and then Brad took it upon himself to quickly contact Tyler and see if he would do us the honor of being a Guest Blogger here, and son-of-a-gun if we don’t have him here tomorrow. How cool is that! (Way to go, Braddo!). I’ll be here checking it out myself tomorrow, but in the meantime check out Tyler’s portfolio right here.

That’s it from 37,00 feet
Hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday!!!

Hi everybody:
Before we get to some news quickies; just a quick thanks for my friend Bert Monroy for honoring us with his inspirational guest blog yesterday. Really wonderful words wrapped in beautiful images. You sir, rock!!!

Now, onto the news:


Two new DVDs from Vincent Versace come with something very cool!
Vinny is always “pulling a rabbit out of his hat” and I have to tell you; this one is very slick indeed, because if you pre-order one of Vincent’s new training DVDs (called Welcome to Oz 2.0), as a bonus you get a full copy of OnOne Software’s FocalPoint 1.0 plug-in for Photoshop. What’s particularly cool about this is—the software isn’t a demo version, or a crippled version in any way—it’s the full software (and you can even upgrade it when a new version comes out, which is usually not the case when you get a deal like this). Anyway, you can find out all the details right here.


Joe McNally’s Next Stop For His Location Lighting Seminar is Coming up Nov. 6th in Los Angeles, then onto New York City on Thurs Nov., 12th.
After selling out Washington DC with over 900 photographers, and literally blowing everybody away (you can’t believe the rave reviews we’re getting on Joe’s seminar!), Joe McNally is making his final stops with his Kelby Training Live location lighting tour this year in Los Angeles on Friday, November 6th, and then New York City on Thursday, November 12th, and if you’ve been waiting to have Joe show you exactly how it’s all done, here’s where you get all the info. This day will blow you away! (the photo above, from Joe’s DC seminar, courtesy of Joe).

It is just me…
Or is the judging this season on “Dancing With the Stars” incredibly inconsistent? I know this has absolutely nothing to do with Photoshop or photography or anything, but come on—I can hardly concentrate on this other stuff when Len is giving a free pass to stars who dance as stiff as a board, but then he hammers Mya, who dances like a real pro. What’s he got against Mya? It’s almost like two of the judges are watching one routine, and the other is watching something entirely different. I’ve always enjoyed “Dancing” but having both Dancing and “So You Think you Can Dance” going on at the same time really shows the difference between the quality and consistency of the judging on “So you think” (which I think is very even most of the time) vs. Dancing, where you have no idea what the judges will think about a particular dance, and the chances of them agreeing is very slim. Ugh!

Photographer Matt Lange Chronicles His Trip to Photo Plus Expo in New York Last Week
I mentioned that I talked Matt Lange (the photographer I shot the Louisiana Tech football game with two weeks ago), and his buddy Donald Page into coming to New York for the Photo Plus Expo show last week, and he put together a post with words and pictures chronicling his trip, the people he met, and the experiences he had. If you’ve got a minute, it’s worth checking out, as this was Matt’s first time in New York, and that experience, for anybody, is pretty amazing in and of itself, but his story really makes you want to plan to go to PPE next year. Here’s the link to check it out.

This Guy is Good
That’s the subject line of an email I got from Brad Moore yesterday, describing the work of photographer Ryan Schude, and after looking at his stuff—I totally agree. Now, his style is pretty wild (and his shoots look really complex), so if you’re in the mood for some (a) really good (b) wild (c) complex photography, take 60 seconds and check out this work (my guess is; you’ll spend a lot more than 60 seconds once you get there. This guy is good!). Here’s the link.

See Ya Tomorrow!
Have a great Thursday everybody, and I hope to see you right back here tomorrow.


Hi everybody. It’s Tuesday. Here’s whazup:

Erik Cracked Us All Up Last Wednesday
First, because I blanked out last Friday, I didn’t get a chance to thank Erik Dixon for his fantastic Guest Blog (and hilarious video) last week. I just cracked up on so many levels (it even made me feel bad for Brad. Well, kinda), and I just so dug it that he took the gig so seriously. Really nicely done, and you can see from the huge number of glowing comments, and the nearly 7,000 video views, he really hit one out of the park. Nice job Erik!!!! (and thanks Zack, for loaning Erik to us for the day).

Matt Lange Captures My Near Collision with a Wide Receiver
Before I get to the story; I didn’t run the photo you see at the top of this post yesterday with my other game photos because as my wife said, “It looks like they’re break dancing.”

Anyway, during the game on Saturday at one point a wide receiver snags a pass gets pushed out right in front of me on the sidelines, and I had to jump back to keep him from taking me down with him (he did actually bump me, but just barely). As luck would have it, Matt was in the end zone and got a shot of the near collision and posted it on his blog last night, ensuring that we would never be friends. ;-). What’s even funnier is that in the shot, I’m about 3 feet from a cheerleader, and at first glance it looks like I’m aiming my 400mm directly at her…well.. you’ll just have to see the shot (but I promise, that’s not what I was aiming at—I was just trying to get out of the way). Here’s the link to Matt’s story about our day together and the photo in question (stop snickering!).

Meet me in Boston on Monday
Just a quick reminder; I’m kicking off my new “Photoshop for Digital Photographers” Tour in Boston next Monday, and I hope I’ll see you there. Here’s the link with all the details. Also, I’ll be in Philly on Monday, November 2nd. Could be fun!

Free Adobe eSeminar for Design Professionals Starts Today
Adobe is hosting a free online eSeminar called “Shortcut to Brilliance: eSeminar Series for Design Professionals. The first one is today at 10:00 AM (Pacific Time), and the 2nd is on November 10th, and you can get more details, or sign up, right here.

This Kid Doesn’t Shoot Like a Kid!
I mean this totally as a compliment. I picked up a copy of Popular Photography at the airport this past weekend, and they had a short feature on a 19-year-old entertainment photographer named Adam Elmakias, and since I knew my assistant Brad Moore is into that style of photography, I jotted his Web address down, and yesterday I finally got a chance to check out his work. Wow—has this kid (excuse me….this photographer) got a lot of talent! Great live shots and great band portraits as well; all of it shot and processed really well (the perfect gig for anyone into music and photography). Here’s the link to his site (you’ll totally be impressed—or depressed that at only 19 this kid has this much talent).

Brad goes totally “By the Book”
This just goes in the “Brad cracks me up” column. Last week, before I left for my football shoot, Brad comes in my office and asks if I have a copy of “The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3.” He said he needed to find the page where I show what I pack for a sports shoot—-because it has been a while and he didn’t want to forget anything. I told him, how incredibly sad it was that he had to look up in a book to find out what gear I take, and then we both just cracked up. Welcome to my world.

Hollywood Style Lighting Workshop
My buddy, and recent Guest Blogger here on the site, Mike Kubiesy (here’s the link to his Guest Blog post), is teaching a lighting workshop called “Hollywood Style Lighting” on Saturday, October 24th – 9am to 5pm. According to SCV Center for Photography (who is hosting the workshop in the Los Angeles area), “Mike will teach you all the deep dark secrets of Hollywood as you learn how to light like a pro.  We will create a set lighting using studio strobes, gels and many other fun things, not to mention learn how to light for a Hollywood movie poster. You will shoot a model using the lighting created. Please bring your camera. $199. Limited enrollment.” (Note: 15% discount for NAPP Members). Here’s the link with more details.

Let’s call it a day
That’s it for this Tuesday. I’m off to the Photo Plus East Expo in New York City where I’m doing some speaking gigs at the Nikon booth each day (see the post above), and I hope you’ll stop by and say howdy. Have a great day everybody, and keep an eye out for any receivers sprinting in your general direction.