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Hi gang: here’s what’s up:

Scott Bourne Rocks!
A big thanks to Scott Bourne over at for including my blog in his post called “My Favorite Online Places to Get More Info About Photography.” Here’s the link to check out all this picks (Thanks Scott—it’s a honor to be included in such great company).

Just Four Days Left…..
Don’t forget about Rob Jone’s wonderful offer of a matching donation on the official Photo Walk t-shirts. The deadline is July 31st (at this point with Rob’s matching donation, every shirt you buy creates at $10 donation to the Spring of Hope Kenya Orphanage). Here’s the link.

Matt’s Workflow Video
We’re getting a lot of love from Matt’s Lightroom workflow video that he did for the photo walk participants. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, it’s right here.

A totally kick-butt contest is coming on Monday
On Monday, I’ll be announcing just about the coolest photography contest ever (well, it’s the coolest I’ve heard of recently, anyway). It’s not my idea (it’s actually a friend of mine’s, but you’ll know who he is), and we’re trying to put it together for a Monday launch, so make sure you mark your calendar to be here on Monday for sure.

Tomorrow’s  Special Guest Blogger is…..
….one of the finest landscape photographers in America today; one of the best photography instructors out there, and one of my very dear friends….Bill Fortney.

Bill is the photographer who wrote (and shot) the award-winning book “America from 500 feet” (the best selling aviation photography book ever) and co-author of “American from 500 feet II” (his latest book), and it is such an honor to have him here as my guest. Don’t miss his guest post tomorrow!!!


Hi folks:
Well, now that most of the Photo Walk stuff is out of the way (until we come to the judging portion, then all %&$* will break loose), here’s what’s up:

The Free Prize Inside (apologies to Seth Godin)
First, I want to talk about yesterday’s Guest Blog from Bryan Hughes, because there was a “Free Prize Inside” a lot of people missed (and I’m not talking about the unprecedented super-early reveal of three user-driven improvements to the next version of Photoshop), but something bigger that a lot of people missed entirely. In fact, one of my buddies called me late last night, and said, “I saw you Tweet that something really surprising was in Bryan’s post, and I skimmed it, but didn’t catch it.”

A lot of people missed the fact that Bryan, Photoshop Product Manager for Adobe, actually gave out his private email address, and said to my readers (I’m paraphrasing here), “Hey, if you’ve got an idea for something you want fixed or addressed in Photoshop, here’s my personal email address. Drop me a line.” Come on—that’s pretty much unheard of. Now, Bryan is probably regretting that today, but I thought it really showed an amazing level of access and interaction between Adobe and end users like us, and I applaud Bryan for doing that, and for giving us a peek inside their development process this time around.

MPIX Launches MpixPro!
I knew this was coming, but I couldn’t spill the beans until it was official (which it now is), but the folks over at have launched a very intriguing new service exclusively for working pros called “MpixPro,” which has special products (and a product catalog twice the size of and lab services (including fine art printing) for working pro photographers. As much as I love (they have been my one and only lab for the past couple of years), I’m now moving up to MPIX Pro to access these new services and features aimed at pros. You can check out the video on their site which explains it all, and I’ll have a lot more next week after I get my first orders back from them, so look for more details then. In the meantime, here’s the link to MPIX Pro.

Joe McNally’s Kelby Training Flash Workshop is Sold Out!
You knew it was going to happen, and sure enough—last week Joe’s upcoming off camera flash workshop sold out, and there’s going to be a record-breaking 700+ photographers there that day. Seriously, that’s probably one of, if not the biggest, one-day lighting workshops ever. Way to go, Joe! (more dates for Joe’s tour to be announced shortly).

Also, hats off to my buddy Matt Kloskowski who, following in Joe’s footsteps, sold out our Lightroom 2 Live Tour! in New York City yesterday, with more than 650 photographers filling the place to capacity.

Catch my Photo Walk Audio Interview at LensFlare35
I did a very fun interview yesterday with Dave Warner over at where we talked about the whole World Wide Photo Walk phenomenon; how the whole thing came about, where it’s been, and what’s next. You can listen to it right here.

Hotel Rooms for Photoshop World Las Vegas are Going FAST!
There are two hotels at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (home to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo), and the room rates this year are an absolute bargain, which is probably why one of our two host hotels “THEhotel at Mandalay Bay” has sold out of our special room deal reserved for conference attendees. If you’re going to join us in Vegas this October, you can still snag a special room deal right at the Mandalay Bay itself (yes, it’s confusing—one’s called “THEhotel” and one’s just “Mandalay Bay” but it’s the one called “Mandalay Bay” that still has rooms available at our killer deal price). Here’s the link to the Photoshop World Travel Page with all the details. Hope I’ll be seeing you in Vegas!

I’m Hitting the Sack
It’s pretty late, so I’m heading to bed. Hope you guys have a great Thursday, and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow for some news and stuff to take you into the weekend. See you then!


Hi gang. I’m off to the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean to teach a workshop with Joe McNally and then I’m going to spend a few days doing absolutely nothing but reading and sitting by the pool (I know, I’ve got it rough), which is all the more reason I feel I should share yet another embarrassing photo. This was taken in the mid-80s (note the cool gloves, blond tips, and excess mousse in my hair. The trademark black shirt is there, along with a Korg DSS-1 keyboard [bottom], which had sampled sounds I used to load into the keyboard with a floppy disk). Man, I gettin’ old. ;-)  Now, onto the news:

First, a shout out to the Deke Man for a fantastic guest blog and video tutorial yesterday. The comments were nothing short of a love-fest, and it was a real kick having Deke here on the blog. If you’re going to Photoshop World in Vegas this October, make sure you check out Deke live.

What’s the Difference Between Vols. 1, 2, and 3?
I got another email yesterday asking if Volume 3 of my book “The Digital Photography Book” is just an another update to the original book, or if it’s an entirely new book, so I thought I’d better tackle it here. Volume 2 is a completely new book from the ground up that picks up right where the original Volume 1 left off.  I did the same thing with Volume 3, but of course it picked up where Volume 2 left off, so while the three books are designed to work together (and the Publisher is planning a three-book set), the content is completely different in each of the three books. Hope that helps.

Check out Syl’s Canon Speedlite Wishlist
Spend any time around Joe McNally and you’ll become a Nikon off-camera flash believer, and that’s exactly what happened to Syl Arena over at the PixSylated blog, who just did a post on his wishlist for Canon’s off camera speedlites, and he really did a great job with it. Here’s the link to check it out.

Catch the finale of our series on lenses
Later today we’ll posting the final segment of our five-part segment on lenses on D-Town TV. This has been one of the most popular set of shows we’ve done on the program thus far, and if you haven’t caught it yet, here’s the link (the fifth installment is episode #20).

A Special Deal on two new DVDs from Vincent Versace
Vinny is about to release a new in-depth DVD called, “Oz to Kansas 2.0: The Black and White on Black and White Conversions” where he goes into detail about the process, which includes:

  • When and why you should and should not use global de-saturation.
  • When and why you should and should not use LAB conversions.
  • Split Channel conversions –  what they are good for and a way to get the same effect with a file two thirds the size.
  • When to use the Black and White adjustment layer to bring out and separate the tones in a color image.
  • The only soup to nuts overview of the Silver Efex Plug-in. How to use it and when.
  • Multiple Channel mixer black and white conversions that replicate the physics of film.
  • What is “Faux-infrared” and a look at how to convert files to black and white from digital cameras that have been modified to shoot Infrared.
  • When and how to most efficiently use the Gradient tool for black and white conversion.
  • Mid-tone Contouring
  • Combining multiple conversion techniques to get the optimum black and white image.

He’s also got another DVD about to release as well, called; “The Lazarus Effect: Raising the Dead Pixels in the Mist and In Blur to Focus. Here’s how he describes it:

This four DVD tutorial is for anyone who has ever taken an image in which the focus was a wee bit “off.” Maybe you tried to photograph a waterfall and, regardless of your exposure and how carefully you set up your tripod and camera, the focus was a little too soft, or perhaps you have images that you know were in focus when you shot it them, but because of the type of sensor or the way the RAW file was processed, the sharpness you knew the lens could deliver is missing in the images on the screen.

This DVD not only teaches you how to bring detail back from both landscape (Pixels in the Mist) and portrait images (From Blur to In Focus), it also presents a new way of thinking about your images as well as a new approach to seeing and creating.

Vinny has extended his special pre-order offer of $59.95 for either DVD to readers of my blog until July 22nd (the DVD’s are scheduled to ship on July 15th). Here’s the link with all the details.

Another Cool Video From Last Year’s Photo Walk
We’ll wrap things up with a video taken during last year’s Photo Walk in Hollywood, California as part of my world wide photo walk last year.

Hope you all have a great Thursday, and just remember; there’s a 50/50 chance I won’t be blogging tomorrow because I’m on a topical island and just flat out don’t feel like blogging. Hey, it could happen. ;-)

Hi Folks. It’s Tuesday, it’s my birthday (and my wife got me a Les Paul guitar as a birthday present—sweet!), but besides me getting older, and not even a bit wiser, here’s what’s up:


McNally Live!
San Francisco, the first stop on Joe McNally’s new Location Lighting Technique Workshop tour for Kelby Training looks like it’s going to sell out way in advance, so I’m giving you a heads up now; if you’re planning on going (it’s on July 31st), this may be your last chance to sign up here. Here’s the link.

Thanks Vinny!
Just a word of thanks to my buddy Vincent Versace. He took the promo photo of me you see up at the top right corner of this blog. We use that image in a lot of my books and videos, and I just wanted to both thank and credit him, especially since the photo makes me look a lot better than we all know I really look. Thanks Vinny. You da man! :)

Down & Dirty Review
Ron Martinsen did an in-depth review of my latest book; Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks, and you can read it right here.

50 Issues and Counting!
Also celebrating a birthday this week is UK-based Photoshop Creative” magazine, as they have just published their 50th issue. Congrats to everybody at Photoshop Creative, and here’s to 50 more! :)

Local Photo Walk Videos
I got an email from Ian Pack, who is leading a Photo Walk in Brighton, UK as a part of my Worldwide Photo Walk, and he sent me to a video clip about the Photo Walk on and I’m embedding his video below. I also found other Photo Walk videos from last year (including my own), and I’ll be posting one each day until the Walk kicks off a week from Saturday. Thanks Ian for sending this my way. :)

That’s it for today folks. Make sure you check back here tomorrow for our very special guest blogger, and I’ll see you back here on Thursday for my first blog as a somewhat older, but even more devistatingly handsome blogger than before (if that’s even possible). Have a kick-butt Tuesday, everybody!


It’s a Holiday Weekend here in the US (our offices are closed today in observance of Independence Day), so I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Let’s do it:

Photo Walk Update
By Monday we’ll have nearly 25,000 photographers registered for Photo Walks in 911 cities around the world. My buddy (and Photo Walk leader for Dunedin, Florida) RC Concepcion did a video on how to get prepared now for uploading your photos after the event. Here’s the link to watch his short, but very helpful, tutorial video.

Free Extreme Sports Photography Webinar on July 17th
You’re invited to attend a free online Webinar on Extreme Sports Photography with Michael Clark (the event is hosted by Bogen Imaging). Here’s the link to sign up.

Making Departures magazine’s list
American Express publishes a great travel and leisure-style magazine for card holders called “Departures” and in their current issue they have a feature story on which digital camera is right for you. They cover everything from cameras and lenses to accessories. In a sidebar the writer lists where to go to learn about photography online, and states, “there are no better resources.” I was quite excited when I read they included in their list. Thanks Departures—it’s an honor.

Our “Lens Series” continues on D-Town TV
Yesterday, part 4 of our 5-part series on lenses went live on D-Town TV. If you’ve missed any of the episodes, they’re all still available right on the Web site.

Brad’s on Vacation Next Week
What is the world coming to when Brad is allowed to take time off? Frankly, I’m at a loss. How could this have happened?

Bill Fortney on our recent Savannah workshop
Bill did a few posts this week reflecting on our workshop in Savannah last week, and on life in general. If you’ve got a quick second, stop by and catch some of Bill’s thoughts and images from the week (definitely worth a visit). Here’s the link.

A New Photography Term?
When I was in Savannah and we were shooting that classic red Cadillac convertible, Bill asked one of the students to remove a feather on the ground right in front of where Bill was shooting. Somebody mentioned that he could remove it later during “post  production” in Photoshop, and that’s when I came up with a  phrase for the act of actually picking up and moving a distracting piece of something from the scene. I laughingly said “That’s called Pre-Production.” Hey, ya never know—it could stick. ;-)

My 1,000 Post happened this week
I just happened to look up yesterday and saw that I had released my 1,000th post on this blog. Right then I realized, “Rats! I could’ve written a book.” ;-)

What ‘Independence Day’ Really Means to Us
Tomorrow is a national holiday celebrating our country’s independence from traditional film. No longer will we press the shutter button thinking, “Well, that just cost me 22¢” or “Well, that’s 36—time to pop in another roll.” or that phrase heard so often on vacation, “I need to stop and buy some film.” Should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: No longer will we wait hours, or days, to see our prints only to find out that someone was blinking or the flash didn’t fire. No longer will we go quitely into the night, to drop off our film in an overnight drop box. We’re going to live on to shoot for free another day—free from the tyranny of film chemicals and safe lights; changing bags and temperature regulators; cotton gloves and Print tongs. No today as we gather together to fill our 8 and 16-gig cards with wild abandon we celebrate our real Independence Day! (–insert wild cheers here).

That’s it for today folks. I hope you all have a wonderful July 4th weekend, surrounded by friends and family, and all the joys that it brings.


Hi Gang, and greetings from Savannah, Georgia where last night we kicked off the Great American Photo Workshop that I’m doing with Bill Fortney, . We’ve got 35 photographers here, and tonight we did slideshows and some presentations to get things rolling, and this morning we’re heading out at 5:20 am for a sunrise shoot. Can’t wait!!!! If I get anything decent, I’ll post one tomorrow.

First, before we even attempt to describe what’s happening above, how ’bout some love for my man Vanelli, who came through with a wonderfully informative special guest blog and mini-tutorial yesterday. Way to go, V. You nailed it!!!!

Now, to the photo above. That’s me at 16; a junior in High School playing at a Pep Rally for our football team (so it had to be taken on a Friday). I was playing the coveted “Timbale/Bongo Combo” and we played cadences that the cheerleaders would dance to. The guy standing behind me to the right is Dean Amicone, a great drummer who later wound up playing in my band, once I switched full time to playing keyboards. Hey, I do want to thank you up front for not poking fun at my hair, acne, or Chicago t-shirt (I was a big fan of Chicago’s drummer; Danny Seraphine).

Weird Ironic Thing: So I scanned this photo to take with me up to Savannah to post today, and at our meet and greet last night, one of the students comes up and he’s one of the other drummers in that same high-school drum section. In fact, he was probably standing a few feet from me, playing snare drum, at that exact moment. Eerie! Now, onto the news:

  • Catch my Telephone Interview at Photoshop Creative
    I did a telephone interview that was recorded live with the Rosie Tanner over at Photoshop Creative magazine in the UK, and the interview is now online. It was taped right after Photoshop World in Boston, and we talked about a wide range of things, and I’m already getting lots of email feedback on it. Here’s the link to listen in.
  • Something New is Coming Monday from Adobe and GridIron. Get on Their Free Webinar This Monday!
    You guys have heard me talk about “Flow” (the amazing software from GridIron, which we featured on Photoshop User TV). Well, this Monday GridIron has got John Nack (Adobe’s Principal Product Manager for Photoshop) on board for a free online Webinar they’re holding as they unveil something new, and you’re invited to attend. Here’s the link with all the details.
  • My CS4 Book for Digital Photographers is now available on Kindle
    No one’s more surprised than me (plus, it’s optimized for the new larger Kindle edition). Here’s the link.
  • Incredible Workshop Opportunity: Greg Gorman and Katrin Eismann
    There are only two spots left for what has to be one of the most fascinating digital imaging workshops of the year, as famed celebrity portrait photographer Greg Gorman, and the Photoshop Diva herself, Katrin Eismann, team up for a workshop out a Greg’s Mendocino, California studio. The students get to work with Greg on shooting, lighting, posing, image processing, printing, and critique. Katrin will be showing Lightroom and helping students with their digital imaging processing. Its a creative powerhouse kick in the pants on personal vision and passion! The workshop is a soup to nuts experience of photography, vision, fine wine, and gourmet meals prepared by Willie the Swiss chef. Here’s the link with the details (this is a workshop I definitely would kill to attend!).
  • Photoshop World Registration Now Open!
    OK, I guess it already opened a few weeks ago, because we not only have hundreds of people already signed up (and the conference isn’t until October), but some of the pre-conference workshops are already selling out in advance. So, come on down to Vegas Oct 1-3 for three career changing days!!! (Note: the Mandalay has cut us some incredible deals on hotel rooms—it’s NEVER been less expensive to come to Photoshop World in Vegas than it is now!!!). Here’s the link to the Photoshop World Web site with all the details, class schedule, instructor roster, etc. Hope to see you there!
  • Answers to your Tuscany Photos questions:
    The font everybody is asking about is called “P22 Cezanne Regular” and it’s from a font studio called “P22.” You can find the font (it’s around $20)  right here. Also, I made the photo book using Apple’s free photo app; “iPhoto.” I used the built-in template (Apple calls them Themes) called “Contemporary.” I don’t have the printed copy back yet, but I’ll let you know how the Spiral Bound looks and feels (the regular soft-cover perfect bound one’s I’ve done look just great!). Also, it was asked: “How much was it to rent the Ferrari for the day?” I made my wife promise to never tell me. :)

That’s it for today folks. I’ve got a 5:00 am class landscape shoot, and it’s already really late (or early), so I’ve got to get some shut-eye. Have a really wonderful Thursday and I hope to see you back here tomorrow!