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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.


Hi folks. Welcome to Tuesday. I’ll be your host for next few minutes. Please keep your hands and arms inside the blog at all times, and please, no on-camera flash photography.

Backing Up Your Photos and Lightroom Catalog With Matt
My buddy, and Lightroom Guru Guy Matt Kloskowski just released a new online class at Kelby Training Online called Backing up Lightroom and Your Photos.” He covers stuff I haven’t seen covered anywhere (all that stuff that nobody every tells you how to do), so if you’re a Kelby Training subscriber, and you use Lightroom (or even if you just want to learn other back-up strategies for your photo library), make sure you check out his class (here’s the class outline).

Tim Tadder’s Awesome photography
Last week I turned you guys onto the sports portraiture of photographer Paul Aresa, and one of my readers, Stephen Kahn, thought that if I liked Paul’s work, I’d also dig Tim Tadder’s portraits, and boy was he right. This guy is totally awesome, and his post work is really sweet as well. Great look, and great photography, and lots of just very intriguing images. Here’s the link (you’ll dig it). Thanks Stephen for turning me on to Tim’s work.

Two More Cities Announced for my new “Photoshop for Digital Photographers Tour”
I just learned that I’ll be taking the tour to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Monday, November 2nd, and then down to my backyard (in a day that was originally going to be my Lightroom tour day), in Tampa, Florida on Monday, November 16th for my only Florida stop this year with my new Photoshop for Digital Photographers Tour. Hope I’ll see you either in Boston, Philly or Tampa in the next few weeks. I really think you’re going to like some of the stuff I’ll be showing—–it’s my latest editing stuff, and I can’t wait to share it with you! Here’s the link with details.

Beyond Megapixels Reviews Volume 3
I just came across this review of Volume 3 of my book, “The Digital Photography Book” over at the Beyond Megapixels blog. Here’s the link to check out the review. Also, I have a lot of people who are joining this series at Volume 3 thinking that it’s the most recent update of my book. Actually, all three books are entirely different, and ideally you’d start with Volume 1 first, then volume 2, and then after reading those, should you get Volume 3. It’s not a marketing ploy to get you to buy three books at once; it really how the books were designed. Volume 2 picked up where Volume 1 left off, and if you hadn’t read Volume 1, Volume 2 wouldn’t be as valuable to you. Same thing with Volume 3. Anyway, I just get a lot of questions about that, so I thought I’d try and shed some light.

It’s almost Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide Time
This week I’m turning in my picks for my 4th annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide, which will run in the next issue of Photoshop User magazine as the cover story (with over 125,000 printed copies), and then here on the blog, and of course, a live mini-version on the new season of Photoshop User TV kicking off in just a few weeks. Keep an eye out for more info here soon.

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger……
…continues with our special guest series which focuses on full-time photo assistants, and this time we’re honored to feature Erik Dixon, assistant to photographer/educator Zack Arias (whose video guest post still holds the records as the number one most commented on Guest Post, or article, ever—see the link on the right side of this page. In fact, it wouldn’t hurt you to watch Zack’s amazing video post again, before you see Erik’s tomorrow. I promise, it will enhance the experience.

I actually got to see Erik’s Guest Post yesterday, and I have to say, it just flat out rocks, and like Zack himself, he raised the bar for photo assistant guest posts in the future. This is one you’ve GOT to make sure you’re here to catch tomorrow. You’ll be emailing this one to friends.

That’s it for today’s spectacle
By the way, using the word ‘Spectacle” reminded me of my assistant Brad’s new business card. His card reads, “Brad Moore. Studio Tech and Undisputed Master of Light and Dimension.” It was that or give him a raise, so I went with the title (however, that does not change the fact that Brad actually is the Undisputed Master of Light and Dimension. Just ask him). [insert cat sound] ;-)

See you guys tomorrow. I’m coming back just to catch Erik’s Guest Post again!


Well, now that Photoshop World Vegas is in the history books, I guess it’s time to get back to “real life” and the ol’ blog-a-roo. In that spirt, here’s what’s up:

Update on the New “Photoshop User TV
We’re just about finished building-out the new studio, with its totally new look, and new way-cool format for the show, and in just a couple of weeks, we’ll be launching our new season of Photoshop User TV, with loads of new Photoshop tutorials and tricks (and more content than ever!). We’re just getting so close now I thought I’d better check in and let you know it’s moving along really well. We’ve been running some “mini-shows” during the construction phases, but we’re almost there. Also, Matt Kloskowski and I are launching a new digital photography show as well (the one that’s taking the place of D-Town), and it’ll be up and running right after we get the new and improved Photoshop User TV on the air. Lots of really cool stuff coming up!

Incredible Sports Portraits from Photographer Paul Aresu
Somehow I came across the site of sports portrait photographer Paul Aresu and OMG this guy’s stuff just rocks! Great photography and great post production all the way around. Even if sports doesn’t interest you on any level, his images will. Just incredible work! (here’s the link).

You’ve got to read this article on ethical cropping
I found this New York Times essay, by photographer David Hume Kennerly absolutely fascinating, and if you’ve ever had an ethical debate about what can be done in Photoshop, then read this article about what can be done with just a simple crop. Here’s the link.

My Lightroom Tour is in the Detroit Area next week
I’ll be in Livonia, Michigan next Friday for my “Lightroom 2 Live Tour” and it’s the first time I’ve brought my Lightroom Workshop to Michigan, and I’m really excited about it (We already have nearly 350 photographers signed up), and I hope you’ll join me for a day that’ll change the way your manage and edit your photos—-guaranteed! Here’s the link with details.

That’s about all for today. We’ve got LOTS of cool stuff in the works, so keep an eye here on the blog. It’s going to be a wild 4th quarter for sure!!!! Have a great one!


Lots of stuff going on this Photoshop World week; here’s what’s up:

ele8Adobe releases Photoshop Elements 8
The latest version of Photoshop Elements has just been released (Elements in the consumer version of Adobe Photoshop), and our buddy Terry White has a write-up on all the new features on his Tech Blog. Here’s the link. NOTE: Matt and I have already completed writing and updating our Photoshop Elements 8 Book for Digital Photographers, and it’s at the publisher’s now, so it should be in bookstores next month. :)

My Tutorial on my EDP Technique is Now on the NAPP Member Site
If you’re a NAPP member, make sure you check out my new tutorial for NAPP members on how I did the post-processing on those Army Blackhawk shots I posted here a few weeks back (here’s the link). They were processed using a single image processing technique I call “EDP” (Expanded Definition Processing), and the tutorial shows exactly how I did it. It’s on the NAPP members Web site.

We’ve updated the NAPP Public Site (plus check out my new video)
We just launched a new version of NAPP’s Public Website, and I did a short video there that explains exactly what NAPP is, what the benefits to membership are, and all that sort of stuff, so if you’ve got a minute, stop by and check it out here.

Upcoming Collaging Workshop from Sean Duggan
Sean has an interesting 4-day workshop called Creative Collage with Photoshop coming up November 5 – 8, at the Mesilla Digital Imaging Workshops in southern New Mexico (very close to the amazing White Sands national Monument). The cost for the four-day workshop is $580, and you can find out more by clicking here.

There’s Still Time….
If you’re thinking of coming to Photoshop World in Vegas (it officially starts Thursday morning with the opening Keynote presentation), it’s not too late. Each year we always have people who just show up at the door to buy their conference pass the morning of the keynote, so if you didn’t pre-register, you can still attend and do your registration onsite. Here’s where to find out all the details. Of course, either way; you’re invited to visit the Expo Floor on Friday and Saturday for Free (just go to the Photoshop World Web site and click on the Free Expo Pass link).

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is……
….a very talented Hollywood photographer, teacher, and one of the nicest, most genuine guys you’d ever want to meet…my buddy Mike Kubeisy.

Mike is the show photographer for a number of big major network hit TV shows, and has been working in Hollywood almost his entire career (which says something of his work, and his ability to work with some very demanding clients), and I’m really looking forward to what he has to share. Make sure you catch Mike’s Special Guest Blog spot here tomorrow, as we kick off the Photoshop World Pre-Conference Sessions out in Vegas.

Have a great Tuesday everybody
…and I’ll see you back here for some Photo Blogging from Photoshop World in Fabulous Las Vegas, baby—yeah!!!! :)



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Well, it’s the week before Photoshop World so things are pretty crazy at NAPP-HQ, as we have to hit shipping dates for all our equipment to get to Vegas, and well….it’s pretty exciting time as we careen toward the big show. I can’t wait!!! In the meantime, here’s what’s up:

Tim Wallace scores with an amazing Aston Martin shoot
The images above are from automotive photographer Tim Wallace (I’m a very big fan of his work), from a recent shoot for car manufacturer Aston Martin for their new One-77 super car, a £1,000,ooo special edition, of which only 77 will be made. Tim was nice enough to share some of the images from his shoot with us (make sure you also catch Tim’s guest blog post he did here back in January—very informative—here’s the link). Also, stop by Tim’s site to see some of his striking, dramatic automotive imagery. I so dig his stuff!

Those MIT Guys Are Very Clever!!!!
I just read yesterday on CNN where two MIT students attached a camera to a weather balloon and got amazing shots of earth literally from the edge of space, and perhaps even more amazingly—they did it all for around $148. Take two minutes and check this one out (here’s the link).

Get Your Free Photoshop World Expo Floor Tickets
Don’t forget—we open the show floor for two days to the public, and you can get a free Expo-Only Pass by clicking right here. Hope I’ll see you there!

Update on Metal Murals from Yesterday
I got an email from Larry Becker yesterday afternoon to let me know that Metal Murals has a NAPP special offer of a free mini mural with a regular mural purchase (Details are in the discounts section of the NAPP member site). He also told me they’ll be at booth 710 at Photoshop World. You’d think I’d know these things, but apparently, they like to keep me somewhat in the dark (they say I’m happier that way). ;-)

Dave Cross and RC Concepcion in Miami the Week After Photoshop World
Hey, as soon as we get back, Dave and RC are kicking off that Creative Suite 4 Unleashed workshop (sponsored by Adobe), down in Miami, so if you’re down that way—-make sure you don’t miss it. Here’s the link with more details.

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is….
…a photographer who is starting to get a lot of attention for shooting video on a digital SLR, it’s Aaron Greene.

Brad turned me onto Aaron and his project, and then Brad contacted him to see if he would share the background on how he shot this promo video for a band, and well…you’ll just have to tune in tomorrow to catch it all for yourself.

That’s it For Today
Here’s wishing you your best day ever!