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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! :-)

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Hi everybody. It’s Thursday—but before we get to the news, a big thanks to Scott Bourne for his kick-butt tutorial yesterday on bird photography. Nobody’s ever covered that topic here, and I thought his 10 tips were terrific (though he did leave out one of my favorites bird shots of his;  a black & white shot he used in a recent post that I just loved. Here’s the link to see for yourself). Now, here’s what up:

My Rock n’ Roll Studio Shoot’ Tutorial Now Online
The image you see above (of professional model Orsolya Bergman), was shot after I wrapped up a photo shoot for Volume 3 of my Digital Photography Book. I created the 3-up rock shot as a tutorial for the NAPP member Website, where I show the entire process, from the initial set-up and shoot, through the post-processing retouching, and compositing after the fact in Photoshop.

Well, good news; that tutorial is now live online at the NAPP member Website, and you can check it out there (it’s 23 minutes long, but I cover everything from the lighting to the Photoshop stuff). Hope you NAPP members enjoy it! (and if you’re not a NAPP member, why not? Here’s the link for details).

NOTE: My EDP tutorial is scheduled to go live (at NAPP) in just a few weeks.

Making the Top 10 and the Top 5 in One Week. Whoo Hooo!!!!
A big thanks to the, who named this blog one of their “Top 10 Photography Sites” (here’s the link) and to “Beyond Megapixels” who named my blog one of their “Top 5 photography Websites they rely on.” (link to their list). I’m honored that you guys would include me, and a sincere thanks!!!!

My MPIX Pro Journey Continues
I got my first prints back from MPIXPro, and they included a number of shots from my Black Hawk helicopter shoot (see Tuesday’s post) and they did an phenomenal job. I had the one of Lt. Ozburn walking away as a metallic print, mounted on a black foam core, and it just looked great (in fact, it looked better than the shot I took. I can’t believe what that metallic finish did for the image!!! Hey—I’m not complaining—if their printing makes my image look better than it really did, I’m totally OK with that). Anyway, I received this round of images the very next day after I ordered them (Terry White just got approved as an MPIX Pro customer last week, and I told him one thing that got him totally hooked—-the next-day Fed Ex shipping for MPIX Pro customers is only $4. Four bucks! Sweet!).

I also got an acrylic print done as well with one of the image from my Tuscany trip (these are gallery style prints that appear between two clear Plexiglas sheets, like you’ll see in some photographic gallery exhibits. These are mounted with four brushed aluminum round mounts in each corner which just adds to the gallery look. However, I made a mistake a silly mistake in Photoshop that caused the image to come out differently than I had imagined.

I ordered a 12″x12″ acrylic frame, and I wanted my image to appear “floating” in the center of the frame, with the area around it clear. In Photoshop, I made a new 12″x12″ document, and then I put my 7″x7″ square image centered within it, and forgot (ugh), to delete the background layer, so my image printed with a white background (not MPIX Pro’s fault—that was my fault. I created it with a white background, so they printed it with a white background). Just a heads up in case you order one yourself (even the one with the white background looks great—-it’s just not what I was going for). What I should have done was just made a 7″x7″ image in the first place, and then it would have floated automatically in a 12″x12″ frame. Double Ugh. Anyway, just an update for you guys on how my move to MPIX Pro is going.

The “Live Concert Shoot” Pre-Con Gets Even Cooler!
Now that Nikon Professional Services (NPS) is officially sponsoring our Live Concert Shoot workshop at Photoshop World next month in Vegas (taught by concert photographer Alan Hess, with special guess instructor Scott Diussa), Nikon is bringing some extra bodies and some really fast glass for any Nikon shooters in the class who want to try some new fast gear. They’re also sending an NPS tech rep to answer your question right there on the spot. If you’re thinking of being a part of this, there are only about 9 spots left, so snag one now before it’s sold out! (Here’s the link with details).

There’s Still Time
Want to go to Vegas, and be a part of the world’s largest Photoshop training event? I’m teaching some really cool classes (including two classes on portrait retouching, and one on Creative Print Layouts in Lightroom).

Plus, Matt will be there. Dave wiil be there. Corey, RC, Deke, Ben, Moose, Jack Davis, Katrin, McNally, Julieanne, Russell, Jack and Ed, Bert, Eddie (HCIET!), and even more of nothing but the best and most talented Photoshop instructors and photographers (Jay will be there), in the world.

They’ll be all there for one reason—–to teach you their latest stuff. To give you the edge. To make you better, more creative, more marketable, more valuable, and to take your career to a whole new level.

We’ll all be there! You can be, too! There’s still time. Here’s the link.

That’s it for this Thursday.
Have a really kick butt day and don’t let the Goobers get you down! :)


Just a quick couple of things:

First, my thanks to Jeremy Cowart for his Guest Blog/Call to Action yesterday. Brad and I will be participating in Help – Portrait in our area this December, and we’ll give you more details as things move ahead, but I think this is just a fantastic way for us all to give back to those less fortunate this Holiday Season. This kind of stuff is really what it’s all about, so I hope you’ll visit and get involved. Now, onto the news:

Photoshop User TV’s 200th Episode (and some big news!)
This week’s episode in our 200th consecutive episode (our first show was in October of 2005), and it features a look back at our very first show (ugh!), how the show has morphed and grown (complete with embarrassing flashbacks), and of course, what would our 200th episode be without a look at Matt’s now famous “Steam” tutorial. Plus, there’s some other great stuff (including outtakes and our trademark “after credits” spots). Here’s the link to watch it online.

Now, that being said; as of this episode, we are taking a one-month hiatius, as we totally revamp the show with a cool new set, a brand new slick format, with even more content, tips, and tutorials than ever before. In the meantime we’re posting some mini-tutorials and news (just so we don’t go “dark”) until the relaunch here in just a few weeks. I’ll let you know when the new show “goes live.” Thanks everybody for a wonderful 200 shows, and keep an eye out for the new, slickity-slick, mondo-Matty, semi-Canadian, pointy, choppy, goodness of our new fall season!

A Contender For Your On-Location Back-up
Terry White, over at Terry’s Tech Blog has an interesting in-depth review on an on-location back-up solution that goes head-to-head with the Epson P-6000/7000s but at a faction of the cost. Definitely worth hearing what Terry has to say, and the pros and cons of each. Here’s the link.

Only Two Days Left to Save $100 on Photoshop World Tickets
Just today and tomorrow, and then the “Save $100” Early Bird ticket deal is over, so if you’re thinking of joining me out in Vegas—I’d do it right now (airfare’s cheap, hotel rooms are cheaper than ever, and it’s going to be a blast!). Here’s where you’ll find all the details.

That’s it for today. It’s late and I’ve got to work on my seminar for Friday in Orlando. Have a really great Thursday everybody, and thanks for stopping by! :-)


Win Some Sweet Adobe Goodies
Layers Magazine (the how-to magazine for everything Adobe) is running a contest called “How Photoshop CS4 Saved The Day” where you tell about a time you were in a jam and you used Photoshop CS4 to save the day (Basically, they’re looking for your creative solutions to everyday challenges).

They pick weekly winners (for the next five weeks) which get a copy of Lightroom 2, plus an Adobe 18-1 Card Reader, an 8GB USB Drive, and a three-year subscription to Layers. Plus you’ll be featured in a Layers magazine article and on the website, as well the Adobe website.

At the end they pick one grand prize winner who gets the entire Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium or Web Premium (or equivalent value), a full conference pass to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, a one-year subscription to Kelby Training’s Online Training, and $250 of books or DVDs from our own Kelby Training. (The Grand Prize winner will also receive special recognition at Photoshop World in Vegas on October 1 during the opening ceremony). For all the details, or to enter, here’s the link.

Update on Yesterday’s “How I Display My Prints” Post
I learned yesterday (from some of my astute readers) that IKEA has discontinued the KLANG ledge I showed yesterday, but Joe P. pointed out that they have something that looks like it might be better (for the same $14.99). It’s called the “RIBBA Picture Ledge” and you can see it at IKEA online (here’s the link). It’s 45″ long, so you’d only need two to cover the same space as three of the KLANGs (so you save about $15). Also, Ken C. pointed out another cool option—-a thin cable used as a Curtain Wire, but of course we’d use it to hang prints. It’s called “DIGNITET,” it’s $14.99 as well, and here’s the link to it on (but sadly neither are available for online order—-you have to go to an IKEA store to get yours).

The First in-Depth Review of Volume 3
The first in-depth review I’ve seen of my new book, “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 3” is now online at Ronald R. Martinsen’s Photography Blog (Unfiltered Reviews with Real Feedback). Here’s the link to check it out.

My Down & Dirty Seminar in Orlando is Just A Few Weeks Away
We’ve already got more than 400 people signed up for my Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks workshop coming to Orlando, Florida on Friday August 28th. If you’re thinking of joining me for the day, make sure you sign up right away, as seating is limited, and when it’s full, it’s full. Here’s the link with all the info.

Sweet Deal on Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper
Friend of the blog Michael Tapes turned me on to a sweet deal on my favorite paper, at more than 40% off. It’s from a company called, and here’s the link with details. Thanks Michael for the heads-up.

Tomorrow’s Guest Blogger is…….
…..the full time photography assistant for living legend Jay Maisel, it’s Jamie Smith!

My assistant Brad Moore came up with the idea of having some of the photo assistants of famous photographers do a gig as guest bloggers (just as Brad did about his experiences working for Joe McNally), and I loved the idea on a bunch of different levels. One of the first people Brad wanted to feature was Jamie—who being Jay’s full-time assistant has to have just one amazing job!!!! I can’t wait to hear what Jamie has to say tomorrow, so make sure you join me here to catch Jamie’s Guest Blog.

That’s it for today folks!
I hope you have a kick-butt day everybody!!!!!


You guys know I’m a hooked on (it’s how I keep up with everything. Well, that and my daily call from Terry White), but for some reason I only look at Alltop on my Mac, until last week I saw how Alltop works on the iPhone with their new mobile version.

It’s the formatting. You still see the top five headlines from all your favorite blogs (you can see the one’s I follow daily at, and what I love about Alltop on my computer (the simplicity) is amplified on my iPhone. Next time you’re on your iPhone, check out and you’ll see what I mean.