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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!



Today I’ve got a couple of maintenance type issues, along with some some crisp-crunchy news, with just a hint of lightly sweetened wheat, soy and rice flakes.

Think Tank Free Bag Deal Link Has Changed
A friend contacted me yesterday to let me know that he was going to buy some Think Tank Photo gear, and that he wanted to make sure he used this blog’s Affiliate link, so the affiliate fee would go to ‘The Springs of Hope, Kenya Orphanage,’ but the link wasn’t working. I figured out why—the link has changed. Sorry ’bout that (somehow I missed the email). Here’s the direct link for the free bag deal.

Vol. 3 Video Review
I ran across this review of my book, “The Digital Photography, Volume 3” and I thought it was particularly cool because rather than a written review (like usual) it’s a video review, with the reviewer sharing his thoughts live on camera (over at the Cherry 555 blog). You can check it out right here.

Dave Cross & RC Kick Off New Creative Suite Tour
Two of the industry’s best instructors, Dave Cross and RC Concepcion (shown above) have teamed up for a new one-day Adobe Creative Suite 4 Unleashed workshop that’s headed out this fall to:

  • Miami
  • Austin
  • St Louis
  • Kansas City
  • Atlanta
  • San Diego
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

This new fall tour (sponsored by Adobe Systems) features classes on all the new features of the Creative Suite 4, including Photoshop CS4, Illustrator CS4, InDesign CS4, Acrobat and Flash CS4. Along with covering brand-new features they’ll also be showing how to integrate the Creative Suite Applications and how to take things to the next level in Photoshop Extended.

The seminar is only $49 ($39 for NAPP Members) AND you get a FREE copy of Dave Cross’ DVD, Adobe CS4 Creative Suite Integration. (which normally sells for $69.99 by itself). For more details, or to sign up, click right here.

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is….
…a very talented photographer and teacher, and one really scary guy when it comes to wielding a tablet and wireless pen, Wacom’s own Wes Maggio.

I’ve known Wes for a number of years now (and many of you have met him in hands-on Wacom training sessions or their booth at Photoshop World, where he’s been a fixture for years), but I have no earthly idea what his topic is for tomorrow, so make sure you join me here so we can both check out Wes’ special guest blog (good to have you here, Wes!). :)

That’s it for this Tuesday
I hope you all have a beautiful day, with the sun shining, and blue skies, and….aw, who am I kidding? Just try and not kill anybody today. (kidding!). Have a great one!


Howdy folks:
I had something different planned for today, but it didn’t work out, so…how ’bout some news?

Epson Releases New Stylus Pro 3880 Printer
I know, you probably read about this last week on Dave Cross’ blog, but just in case you missed it: “Hey, Epson released the 3880!” (shown above—photo courtesy of Epson). This replaces the Epson Stylus® Pro 3800 (which I loved so dearly), but this promises to be even better thanks to a new ink set with a wider color range (including “more dramatic blues and violets”), enhanced black and white printing, and new imaging technology that according to Epson “…provides smoother color transitions and better highlight and shadow detail.” Sweet! Can’t wait to get my hands on one and give you guys the low down, but in the meantime you can read the full release over at Dave’s blog, or head over to Epson’s 3880 page right here.

David Ziser kicks off 2nd leg of Nationwide Wide Tour today
Famous wedding photographer and instructor David Ziser is kicking off the 2nd leg of his “Digital Wake Up Call” tour today, starting in Indianapolis, and then heading onto to St. Louis, Kansas City, Omaha, and well…pretty much everywhere he didn’t hit in the first leg. Here’s a link to his site for a list of cities and dates, and full tour info. David’s workshop rocks—-it’s highly recommended!

The World Wide Photo Walk “People’s Choice Award” Winners
This one slipped by a lot of folks so I thought I mention that the winners for the  World Wide Photo Walk “People’s Choice Award” have been announced and you can see the top 25 picks right here, including the winning image chosen by you guys (well, you guys who voted anyway). Really great to see these additional images being honored in this brand new category.

The Photo Walk Photo Book Idea Has Legs
Thanks to everybody who last week shared their ideas and opinions on the World Wide Photo Walk book idea. It really gave me a lot to think about (including a lot of things I hadn’t thought about), and this week we’ll take a closer look at what’s involved, now that I have new ammunition (and new hurdles) I hadn’t considered before. Thanks again for helping me sort this one out.

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is……
…a man unlike any other man. He’s just a heartbeat away from Joe McNally, and should Joe not be able to fulfill his duties as Mr. Photo Universe, his able-bodied full-time assistant (who took over where Brad Man, the Bad Man, left off), would step in and take the shot (thus saving the job). Yes folks, in our continuing series which features guest blogs from full-time photo assistants, this week we feature Joe McNally’s assistant; the one, the only…Drew Gurian.

All kidding aside, Drew is a really great guy, and a very talented concert and wedding photographer in his own right, and I’m really looking forward to reading his guest post tomorrow here on the blog, so please drop by and make him feel welcome.

That’s it for this Tuesday
Have a great one everybody. Make it count! :-)