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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!

A New Week

Hi Folks:
I’m back in the saddle this week, after an almost entirely relaxing week (see the post above), and here’s what’s goin’ on so far:

  • Something I Missed Last Week
    In my first-look review of the XT-Explorer on-location battery pack last week, I kind of dinged the looks of the XT a bit, but Larry Becker pointed out something I hadn’t realized, and that is that the Explorer XT actually comes with a fairly nice black nylon fitted “glove” that goes over the unit, along with a substantial shoulder strap. This would make a big difference in the overall look, and thus remove the ding. Sorry I missed that first time around.
  • Corey Sells Out Toronto and Calgary in Advance
    The kid is hot!!! Our own boy wonder Corey Barker is taking our Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Tour to Canada, and Toronto has already sold out in advance (with nearly 600 attendees), and his Calgary stop looks like it will be sold out by today—tomorrow at the latest. Congratulations to Corey, and to everyone who snagged a ticket—you’re going to have an amazing day! To check to see if one of our seminars is coming to your city this summer, click right here.
  • >>> The Ultimate iPhone 3G S Review is Now Live!
    My buddy Terry White has done what I think is the ultimate iPhone 3Gs review, complete with videos, comparisons, features you didn’t know about, etc., and if you’re a longtime Mac user, you’ll love the video clip where Terry demonstrates the voice dialing by calling, and chatting with none other than Apple co-founder Steve “The Woz” Wozniak. Anyway, if you want the full scoop, check out Terry’s in-depth review right here.
  • Got Two Minutes? This Video For Olympus is Very Clever!
    Our buddy Michael Tapes over at sent this my way, and it’s one of those, “must watch” videos. It’s actually a very clever promo for Olympus’ latest camera, and they used the “Will it Blend” guy and well…you just gotta see it. It’s only two minutes, and you can watch it over at Michael’s site (here’s the link).
  • New Canon Training Classes Over at Kelby Training Online
    It has taken us way too long, but at least I can finally announce that our online classes on how to use your Canon gear will finally (finally!) be going live later this week. We were lucky enough to get Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon to do the training for us, and Rick did an outstanding job, so check the Kelby Training Online site later this week to catch Rick’s new classes. Also, we released a special online class from Adobe’s own Julieanne Kost on how to use Adobe’s Configurator Utility with CS4 to create your own custom panels inside Photoshop CS4. Here’s the link with details on her class.
  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update
    On Friday we capped the number of cities to have walks, and I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll have over 1,025 walks around the world on July 18th. I had hoped we get more than last year’s 236 walks, but I never thought it would get here. We have nearly 17,000 walkers signed up so far, and now that our cities are all locked down, we’ll focus on supporting our walk leaders and walkers as we gear up for the event.I’m also thrilled to announce that Nikon has come on as an official sponsor, and has REALLY sweetened the deal by adding an incredible prize to our grand prize collection—-a Nikon D-700 camera!!!! Whoo Hoo!!!!!! We’re honored to have Nikon supporting this worldwide event, and thanks for giving us such a cool prize!!!

    Don’t forget to order your Official Worldwide PhotoWalk T-shirt, which supports the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage (hundreds of you have already ordered shirts—thanks a bunch!). Here’s the link.

Well, that’s it for today. Have a great Monday everybody, and act like it’s Friday! :)


Hi Everybody. It’s Thursday and that spells trouble, as I unveil my most embarrassing photo ever. This was me, just three years ago, tipping the scales at 315 lbs. The shot was taken in Paris where I was accepting an award for being the world’s largest, I mean, best-selling author of computer books that year.

Below is a shot of me now (taken at this past Boston Photoshop World, where I’m posed with my friends Corey Barker, Terry White, and RC Concepcion), after losing over 100 lbs. on a strict diet (I tell people it was a low calorie, low carb, low taste, low fun diet).


Anyway, it took a long while, but I’ve kept it off for nearly two years now, and I feel dramatically better, and after having my yearly physical this past week, I was in such great health that I told my staff that if I suddenly show up dead, they better start a murder investigation, because it won’t be from natural causes. ;-)

Anyway, the diet thing is on-going and I plan to lose a little more (I’ve actually lost 8 more pounds since the photo above was taken), but I’m glad my “Jabba The Hutt” stage is behind me, and now it’s time for some news:

Thanks to Jon-Paul Douglas
Just a quick word of thanks to Jon-Paul for his excellent blog post yesterday. Having such a varied line-up of guest bloggers really expands the range of this blog, and I’m very grateful to have artists like Jon-Paul sharing their thoughts, ideas, and images with my readers.

More on Lenses on D-Town TV
Part 2 of our 4-part series on lenses will go live today on D-Town TV (Episode 17) and we pick up right where we left off last week. Here’s the link to watch it online.

My Take on the New Wacom Intuos 4 Tablets
My buddy, famous Landscape photographer Bill Fortney says that he’s gotten to a point in his career where the quality of light is so important, that he’ll look for great light first, and then once he finds it, then he’ll find something to shoot. I’ve gotten to a similar point in my photo retouching, but I just realized it the other day when I had to retouch a photo, and I was working at a machine that didn’t have a Wacom tablet attached. I really needed to have the image retouched right then, but I would rather wait until I could get to a machine with one of the new tablets, then even attempt to retouch it with a mouse. I now have the new Intuos 4 Tablet at my office, at my secondary office at our photo studio, and one at my house, and if I’m not at one of those three places—I’m not retouching anything. I’ve had a tablet for years, and I used to pull it out for serious retouching tasks, but since the Intous 4 tablet came out, I now use them all the time, and yes—the 4 made that big a difference. Also, I now carry the tablet with me on the road (Note to any camera bag manufacturer: I’ve got some great ideas on how to design a camera bag that would accomodate a laptop, an Intous 4 tablet, and all your camera gear. I’d totally endorse it, so give me a shout if you’re interested).


Great Book on Black & White in Photoshop & Lightroom
Last week I came across a book I hadn’t seen before on creating Black & White images in Photoshop and Lightroom, and so I took the book home for a quick look, and I really liked it (I’m a sucker for black and white—especially black t-shirts–wink, wink). Anyway, what first caught my eye were the great images in the book, and while I was admiring the images and flipping through the book, it finally dawned on me that one of the co-authors of the book was none other than Adobe’s own Senior Photoshop product manager, Bryan O’Neil Hughes. I don’t know how I missed that (and I later found out that the book isn’t brand new, even though it was new to me). Anyway, Bryan is a really great guy, a great photographer, and now he’s got a really great book (co-authored with photographer Leslie Alsheimer). The book is called “Black & White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom” and here’s the link to it on Barnes &, and

That’s it for today folks. Check back tomorrow for a first-look at some new technology for taking your existing studio gear out on location. Have a great Thursday everybody!

Hi folks. It’s Tuesday, and time for some news:


  • The Best of Photoshop User TV, Volume 2 now on DVD
    We released Volume 2 of “The Best of Photoshop User TV” on DVD (shown above) and it’s packed with the best tutorials and tips from the last couple of years on the air, and it features “The Photoshop Guys” (Me, Matt Kloskowski and Dave Cross). Besides the tons of tutorials, there’s also a hilarious blooper reel (read as humiliating) and that alone is worth the price of the DVD (not really). However, it is filled with more than two hours of nothing but our best tutorials from the show, and you can order yours right here.
  • Worldwide Photo Walk “Add Your City” Deadline This Thursday
    The deadline for applying to have a walk in your city is coming up this Thursday, June 18th, so if you’ve been thinking of leading a walk—better apply for one now (here’s the link).
  • Photo Walk Update
    1. First, big news: We’ve added yet another sponsor to my Worldwide Photo Walk and they (like the rest of the sponsors) have added some sweet prizes to the photo contest part of the walk. Please join me in welcoming X-Rite (link) as a sponsor, who has graciously sweetened the Grand Prize by adding a ColorMunki Photo, and now each of the 10 finalists will get an X-rite mini color checker as well. Sweet!
    2. We have now passed 14,000 walkers, and we have nearly 870 walks scheduled around the world. I hope you can join us (it’s free!). Here’s the link to join a walk in your city.
    3. We have a number of countries that have multiple walks in different cities, including: Canada, India, Australia, Mexico, Thailand, The UK, Spain, The Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden and The Philippines.
  • New iPhone Remote App for Nikon Cameras In The Works over at OnOne
    We talked with our buddy Mike Wong over at OnOne Software yesterday, and he let us know they’re developing an iPhone-based wireless camera release for Nikon cameras, similar to what they did last month for Canon cameras (here’s the link). I’ll let you know as soon as its available (and a big hats-off to OnOne and Mike for taking the initiative to create more cool tools for photographers).
  • Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage Update
    I heard from Molly Bail, the woman behind the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage (link) with an update on the building progress. Although they hoped to open on June 1st, apparently building projects don’t move as quickly in Kenya as they’d hoped. They still have some electrical and painting to do and lots of finishing work, but Molly seems very hopeful that everything will be done by August. They are still feeding and caring for the children in the meantime, but by August they’ll finally have a roof over their head (thanks to the efforts of so many people from this blog. In fact, another $500 check came in from a reader just this week). I’ll keep you guys updated on the progress as I hear from Molly.
  • New “Illustrator CS4 for Beginners” Online Class from Dave Cross
    We released a new online class over at Kelby Training Online from our own Dave Cross, and if you’ve ever wanted to really learn Adobe Illustrator, this is your chance because Dave does an amazing job of getting you up and running fast. Here’s the link with class descriptions.
  • Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is…..
    ….Orlando, Florida-based portrait photographer Jon-Paul Douglas. My assistant/digitaltechguy/photowalkblogger/DTownTVtecheditor Brad Moore first turned me onto to Jon-Paul’s work (here’s the link) and his blog (here’s that link) earlier this year and he’s incredibly creative in both pursuits. If you’ve got a minute, make sure you check out his portfolio (I particularly like the way his images fill the entire window. What a great way to show your work!), and then make sure you’re back here tomorrow to check out his special guest blog.

That’s it for this Tuesday, folks. I’ll see you back here on Thursday for my most embarrassing photo yet. Yikes! Have a great day everybody. :)


Hi everybody. It was a late night at the studio tonight (just getting home at 1:00 am. Ugh!), so I’m gonna make this one short and sweet. Here goes:

  • McNally’s New Site Rocks!
    Joe McNally just intro’d a whole new look for his portfolio site (link) and his very popular blog (link) and I think the site designer did a fantastic job on both (and an especially tidy job in tying all of Joe’s many projects together in one central place). One thing I particuarly like about his new site (besides the amazing images of course), is that his new site doesn’t hijack your screen by expanding to full screen size (resizing my browser window without asking is a pet peeve of mine, which almost bugs me as much as a site that plays music without asking first). Anyway, love the new look of both the blog and his main site (shown above). Big kudos to his design team.
  • Catch my photography interview over at
    I did an in-depth interview about my photography with Scott Bourne over at, and I have to say it was one of the most enjoyable written interviews I’ve done, because he posed some questions that really made me think and reflect on where I’ve been, what I’m doing, and where I’m going with photography, and I’ve gotten a lot of really nice feedback on the interview so far. Here’s the link to check out out.
  • Part 1 of our Special Series on Digital Camera Lenses
    Matt and I launched the first of a four-part series on lenses yesterday on D-Town TV (the weekly show for Nikon DSLR shooters), and we are so psyched about the great feedback we’re getting from our viewers (especially about our explanation of full frame versus cropped frame camera bodies and which lenses work best with which). If you haven’t caught this week’s show yet, here’s the link (you can watch it right online).
  • We Blew Past 12,000 Photo Walkers!
    First, I want to welcome the great folks at LensBaby as official Worldwide Photo Walk sponsors (thanks you guys!). Now the news: back on Wednesday night we blew past 12,000 walkers for my 2nd Annual Worldwide Photo Walk. Get on board right here.
  • Great Photo Retouching Before/Afters
    RC Concepcion is running a commentary on photo retouching today over at Layers magazine, so I thought I’d feature the top notch retouching of Richard Ray Ruiz. Very nice stuff, and not overdone. WARNING: Just so ya know, there is some fashion-style nudity in a few of the images. Here’s the link.

That’s it for this Friday folks. I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend, and I hope to see you back here next week—-I’ve got some reviews on some pretty cool new stuff that I want to share. Take care. –Scott