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That’s right; in the fine tradition of so many Thursday’s before it’s “Embarrassing Photo Thursday.” This one is a promo photo from the band “The Edge” (I posted a photo of me playing with them on May 14th). This shot was taken about 25 years ago, in a parking garage in downtown Lakeland, Florida, and I must say, I was sportin’ some pretty slick aviator’s sunglasses. (Note: In case you were wondering; yes, that is Big Electric Cat drummer Scott Stahley [2nd from the left], when he was just a mere lad of 18-years-old). OK, you can stop all the snickering now; it’s time for some news:

  • Eddie is Rock Steady!
    My man Eddie Tapp scored big yesterday with a great guest blog, despite the fact that he included a photo of me (during Eddie’s Photoshop Hall of Fame induction ceremony), which was taken before I had lost over 100 lbs. (in that photo, I was in an “I’m Jabba the Hutt” stage of my life—a time that I’d rather not relive), but since he did such a great job, I’m not going to dwell on my previous ginourmousness (or the vivid depictions thereof), and instead I’ll just tip my hat to Eddie, who will always to be known from here on out as the guy who posted my “fatty fat” photo (totally kidding, Eddie—you know I love you man!). :)
  • Quick Photo Walk Update
    Over 500 cities have active walks; over 6,000 walkers already signed-up, and we’ve got some awesome new prizes:Official Photo Walk sponsor Adobe Systems has kicked in ten copies of Lightroom 2, to be awarded to each of the top-10 finalists, and we’re adding more prizes as more sponsors come on board. Sweet!

    If you haven’t signed up for a walk yet—why not? It’s free! Also, you don’t have to be a pro, or have a DSLR camera, or any of that stuff—-it’s not about the gear, or your level of experience; it’s about having fun with a bunch of other friendly photographers. I hope you can join us on Saturday, July 18th (here’s the link).

  • Finally, a monitor just for photographers
    My buddy Terry White broke the news today about a new 42″ television monitor that’s designed especially for photographers (and includes a range based on the Adobe RGB 1998 color space). Jump over to Terry’s Tech Blog to find out the details.
  • Dead MacBook Crisis: Day 9
    As I write this (on my home computer, which is designated only for photography, so it has virtually no software on it, besides Photoshop, Lightroom, and some plug-ins), my laptop is still technically dead. We finally popped in a new hard drive this afternoon (long story), and now it’s trying to Restore from my Apple Time Capsule backup. It’s been just sitting there saying, “Checking Time Machine Backup” for about 40 minutes now (I’m connected direct via Ethernet). I’m starting to get concerned. Anyway; it’s totally my own fault that I didn’t have a bootable back-up of my laptop on an external drive (last time that happens—-I got a 500GB external today), so I have to take my lumps in the meantime. Ouch!
  • Congratulations to Julieanne Kost!
    Adobe’s own Photoshop Evangelist, and wonderful photographer and artist, Julieanne Kost was included in Fast Company magazine’s recent Top 100 Most Creative People list. I’ve known Julieanne for a number of years now, and let me tell you; I’d put her up against anyone on that top 100 list! She is a brilliant educator and creative professional, with insights and vision like few people on the planet, and I’m delighted to see that she’s getting this wonderful recognition, which she so richly deserves. Way to go Julieanne!

  • It’s Back Up Your Hard Drive Day
    Ya know, today would make a great day to back up your hard drive (I know, actually last Tuesday would have been ideal, but barring that; learn from my mistakes and take a few minutes and back-up your hard drive today—right now. Ya just never know). ;-)

That’s it for today folks. Have a great Thursday everybody, and I hope to see you again tomorrow. :)


Hi Everybody:
I’m back in the saddle after a wild week out West last week (I missed my “Embarrassing Photo Thursday” so here ya go: It’s from the mid-80s during my short stint with the band “Sneek.” (photo by NAPP member Jay Handler. Who’d a thunkit?). I think we played just one or two gigs before we broke up (dig my Eddie Van Halen knock-off red and white taped guitar).

Now, onto the update, report, and stuffage that’s been stacking up:

  • Down in Downtown
    The day before the shoot, I got to do an impromptu photo walk in Downtown Denver with Jason from the (really great guy—we had a lot of fun, laughed a lot, and had a great dinner with the seminar team). I think I even got a few decent shots, but I’ll never know, because the next morning I accidentally reformatted the memory card (it’s a long story, but suffice it to say, that was the least of my problems in Denver). Here’s why I didn’t back up my images that same night.
  • Crashing in Colorado
    The night before my seminar I’m going through my classes in my hotel room, and I can tell something’s wrong with my laptop. I’m getting the “Spinning Beachball” each time I click. A restart (which usually does the trick), didn’t help. Rebuilding Preference, zapping pram, running Disc Warrior; nothing worked. Finally, it screeched to a halt. At 6:45 am we were scrambling to resurrect the drive, but this was a hardware failure (bad hard drive), and we had to move to the back-up machine for the seminar. Unfortunately, the back-up machine didn’t have Nikon Camera Control Pro on it (I needed this for the tethered shoot that afternoon), so we spent all morning working on that. Anyway, we did finally get it up and running (after a few miscues), and we “got ‘er done.’ The nearly 500+ crowd on hand was awesome; I met lots of great people (including a bunch who read this blog), and then headed for the airport for my flight to Portland.
  • 20 Hours with Laurie Excell
    One of my favorite landscape photographers, Laurie Excell, lives in Portland, and she invited me to go shooting along the beautiful Oregon coast on my day-off between seminars. We landed in Portland around midnight. She picked me, and my buddy Jeff Leimbach, up at our hotel at 3:45 am,  (Zzzzzzzz) and we headed out for sunrise. Along the way we saw some amazing light starting to peek over the hills. The problem was: we were still 23 miles from our shooting location. By the time we got there; the good light was already gone. It was only 5:15 am.  I was dressed in a t-shirt and jeans. It was 36 degrees when we got there (Good planning, eh?)! We still shot, and had a lot of fun (I slipped and fell flat on my %$&, but as Laurie said, “It was the most graceful and soundless slow-motion fall she’d ever seen.” Nothing was bruised but my ego (since Jeff and Laurie were laughing there #*$ off!). Next, we headed down the coastline. 450 miles in all. In crappy light. It was a blast. We didn’t shoot much, but we laughed, and had some great meals, shared stories, and saw some absolutely beautiful scenery along the way. We kept going until sunset (which was around 8:50 pm). At about 8:00 pm the sun tucked into a cloud bank and we never saw it, or any color whatsoever, again. We didn’t care. We got back in the car, and wound up back at our hotel after midnight. We were beat, but still laughing. There is probably something wrong with us.
  • Panic’d in Portland
    The next morning we had more issues to deal with before the laptop was ready for the day (and it came right down to the wire), but everything went pretty smoothly (well, until the last 10 minutes, when not only did Photoshop crash, but upon restarting, it said the serial number was invalid. We just restarted it again and it worked fine, but the audience was just cracking up). Then we had a quick dinner at Red Robin, and then took the train to the airport for an 11:00 pm red-eye home (through Chicago). Thanks to everybody in Portland and Denver who came out to spend a day learning Lightroom. You all made it a lot of fun (and a special thanks to my long time friend, and Mac-book co-author, Dave Gales who literally saved the day by resurrecting enough of my stuff to help the day come off right).

    NOTE: As always, I had all my Lightroom Tour files backed up on an 8GB USB jump drive on my keychain. On Tuesday it broke off my keychain, and when I went through security, I had to put it in the gray bin separately. Unfortunately, I forgot to take it out. Figures, eh? Also, luckily, I did have a full back-up of my computer (using Apple’s Time Capsule), which I’m using to restore all my files now that I’m home. I should have had a full bootable external drive with me. I will next time.

  • Quick Photo Walk Update
    While my computer was down for the count, my assistant Brad Moore stepped in and helped me out, getting a lot more cities approved, helping lots of folks, and keeping the flow of info going. He also started a Photo Walk blog on the site (, where we’ll both be giving updates as we move closer to the event. We hoped that this year’s blog would build on what we did last year, but we had no idea it would mushroom to what it already has. For example: 

    Last year’s number of cities active by the day of the walk: 236
    This year’s number of cities active in the first week: 422

    We already have thousands of people signed up to walk (won’t have the exact figure until I get into work tomorrow), and a number of cities not only have full walks, but we’ve added multiple walks in multiple cities to handle the overflow. Also, I just learned that NAPP’s Executive Director Larry Becker is now hosting a photo walk in Lakeland, Florida. If you’d like to join Larry, go to the Photo Walk site and sign up quick.

    Catch “The Laddy” doing Down & Dirty in Richmond on Wed.
    Corey Barker, the man who helped me develop the new Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Tour, is going to be teaching the tour himself this Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia. It’s going to be a packed house, so if you want to catch the Photoshop Laddy and learn some really cool stuff from an incredible instructor, here’s the link to sign up.

  • Learning Location Lighting from Joe McNally
    There’s just one spot left for the week-long Location Lighting seminar Joe is hosting on the Island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean this July (I’ll be there, too, doing some workflow stuff on the last day), so if you’ve been on the fence about going; this is “last call,” (here’s the link).

    In other McNally news; Kelby Training Live is kicking off a new one-day Location Lighting Techniques seminar tour with Joe, that kicks off in San Francisco on Friday, July 31st. If you’ve ever wanted to spend a day learning from Joe; this is your chance. It will change the way you light forever! The one-day workshop is only $99 ($79 if you’re a NAPP member). Here’s the link with all the details.

    No Indy For Me
    Remember that shooting gig I dig for the Indy Racing League for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg? Well, right after that gig they contacted me and offered me the gig of shooting the entire Indy 500 weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), as part of the Indy Staff. There was only one problem: Friday I would be doing my Lightroom tour in Portland, and I looked at flights and I’d pretty much miss Saturday, too and everything but the actual race itself on Sunday. But after having been away from my family Tuesday through Saturday, I thought I’d better pass on shooting the race this time around and head home to see the kids. It was tough missing the opportunity to shoot the Indy 500. Well, it was until my daughter jumped into my arms on Saturday, and my son came running to hug me so fast that it literally almost knocked me over. That just reminded me once again that I had totally made the right decision. There isn’t a shot I could have taken that would have put that feeling in my heart, and that big a smile on my face. It’s great to be home.

    Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is….
    Photoshop Hall of Famer, Canon Explorer of Light, Photoshop World Instructor, and one of the nicest, most genuine guy’s you’d ever want to meet; Eddie Tapp.

    If you’ve ever been lucky enough to catch one of Eddie’s classes at Photoshop World, or his online courses, then you know you’re in for a treat any time Eddie shares, well… anything! So join me here tomorrow as we check out our very special guest blogger, our good friend Eddie Tapp.

That’s it for today folks. I hope to have lots more to share on Thursday, so have a kick-butt Tuesday and Wednesday, and oh yeah, did I mention you should back-up your computer? ;-)

Hello there.  Me again.  Scott has been in Portland since yesterday morning and spent the day shooting with Laurie Excell.  Today is the next stop on his Lightroom Tour (fingers crossed that this one will run smoothly), and he gave away a free ticket to the seminar to a lucky follower on Twitter last night.

For those wondering about Scott’s computer, it was a hard drive failure (as he always says, it’s not if your drive fails, it’s when!).  And, yes, he did have everything backed up with Apple’s Time Machine.  I’m sure he’ll give you the full run-down when he gets back next week.

One of the things on said hard drive was an embarrassing photo, which was supposed to be for yesterday’s blog.  You’ll will get to see that next week :)

For those keeping up with Photo Walk news, I’m posting daily over on the Photo Walk Blog.  Swing by and check it out!

For fans of Joe McNally, he just posted a video on YouTube from when he was testing out the Nikon D3.  If you like cameras, elephants, frogs, birds, or snakes, you might enjoy it.  You might also catch a glimpse of me.  I’m the guy wearing the red shirt and goofy hat when our friend Suzie the Elephant was with us in the desert.  That was a great day :)

And lastly, there’s a new episode of DTown TV up, which includes tips on AF Priority modes, features on the new D5000, info on Picture Control settings, and a tip on shutter speeds when using studio lights.

That’s it for today.  Have a happy Memorial Day Weekend!



….if you’re looking for tweets from me like, “I just dropped my son off at soccer practice” or “Listening to “Precious” by Depeche Mode while retouching pictures.” (Sorry RC—I couldn’t help myself).

I want to use my Twitter account for something different.

  1. Sometimes I have something I want to share, but it’s a day or two before I can blog about it (for example, one day Larry Becker called me to let me know about a site that was selling 8GB San Disk Extreme memory cards for $89, but they were offering an $89 mail-in rebate. Basically, they were free! We bought a bunch). I was dying to tell everyone, but by the time I could blog it the next day—they were gone.
  2. Sometimes I need input on an idea and I need it really quickly.
  3. Sometimes I need your opinion on a training class I’m thinking of doing, or something I want to add to a seminar or workshop, or something I’m thinking of adding to Photoshop World, and I need a direct connection for feedback.
  4. Sometimes I need to get the word out about something and I need your help spreading the word.
  5. Sometimes I want to find out how you feel about a particular topic I’m thinking about blogging about, or writing an article about it. Sometimes I want to gauge the general feeling about a controversial topic I might be tackling, and want to hear what you think before I make it public.

But for this to work, it has to be a two-way street, right? So, for your help and input, here’s my end of the deal:

  1. I’ll give you advance notice on all sorts of things I’m working on, including new seminars or online classes I’m developing; when books are hitting stores, or which books I’m working on, or when we’re considering a city for a seminar, or anything cool coming down the road.
  2. I’ll give you the inside early notice on anything where I wouldn’t be violating an embargo or an NDA (non-disclosure agreement).
  3. I’ll keep an eye out for cool deals, great photography, special deals, or anything else that I think you’d want to check out, and I’ll share those with you.
  4. You’ll learn things on Twitter before it goes live on my blog, and I’ll discuss things that aren’t necessarily right for the blog.
  5. I’ll respect your time and won’t abuse this pipeline between us. My tweets will be short and sweet, and to the point.

I also won’t be tweeting every day, or on any regular schedule at all. When I’ve got something to share, or need your input, that’s when you’ll hear from me, so I won’t become a high-maintenance twitter nuisance.

One more thing: I won’t be able to answer Photoshop questions, or photography gear questions, or stuff like that on Twitter (so, I’m not starting a help desk, Q&A line, or anything like that), but I will do my best to make sure if you do follow me, I’ll make it worth your while.

Now you know the scoop, and if that all sounds like something you’d be in to, I invite you to follow me by clicking here.

Hey, by the way; at lunch today, I had a really great whole grain bread (just kidding—-that was a “Stunt Tweet,” just to see if you were really paying attention). ;-)


OK, before we get started—are we so lovin’ David duChemin today or what? He totally rocked it yesterday with his inspirational, and eye-opening guest blog (just read all the comments and you’ll see what I mean), and I’m both honored and excited that he was my guest blogger here on the Photoshop Insider. Thanks so much David.

Why Yes, That Photo is Embarrassing
Yet another blast from the past has snuck its way onto my blog today, and the one above (circa 1983) is a self-portrait where I’m posing with an old Minolta SLR that my brother handed down to me when he upgraded to a Nikon F3. It was shot with my Pentax SLR using the self timer, and this was taken in a small studio another photographer and I rented, and it was shot on white seamless using a Sunpak flash unit set to bounce off the ceiling. How high tech! ;-)

Of course, the shot below is even more embarrassing (that’s right, a bonus embarrassing shot), which was taken one night when I was in the band “The Edge” around 1986. I played keyboards mostly, but if the song didn’t have keyboards, I’d play rhythm guitar, and I sang lead on a dozen or so songs (as seen below). And yes—I am wearing sweat bands (they were all the rage back then. Well, if you were in a band anyway). Behind me is “Big Electric Cat” drummer Scott Stahley. He was all of 18-years-old at the time. The photo was taken at a club called “The Landing” in Haines City, Florida. Yeah, I really played the choice gigs, didn’t I? ;-)


Now, onto the news:

Something Big is Coming Here on Monday
I wanted to give you guys a heads up that on Monday I have some mondo big news, so make sure you stop by to check it out. If you wait until Tuesday….well…it just might be too late (you’ll see what I mean).

Mike Wong Gets a Face Lift
OK, that’s not exactly what happened; it’s actually just a face lift for Mike’s excellent 1 on 1 blog that he writes on behalf of Photoshop plug-in maker OnOne Software, but I just couldn’t let a headline like that go to waste. Here’s the link to his younger, healthier-looking blog. ;-)

Jeff Revell’s New Canon 50D Book Now in Bookstores
When I was at my seminar in DC last week, Jeff Revell (of PhotoWalkPro) came out to the seminar and brought me a copy of his new book, “The Canon 50D: From Snapshots to Great Shots,” and I have to say; it is, hands-down, the best “how to use your camera” book I’ve seen, because it goes way beyond a “how to use your camera book.” When Jeff was writing the book, he told me that the last thing the world needs is another author rewriting the manual, but saying in four pages what the manual said in two pages. Instead, Jeff said “The reason people buy a book on how to use their camera is because they want to make better photos, but all they wind up doing is learning how to use the menus and buttons,” which is why he set out to rewrite how this genre of books is done, and by golly he did just that. It doesn’t just teach you the camera’s buttons and menus—it teaches Canon 50D users how to take better photos with their camera and that is what’s going to set this book apart (This book is going to be huge!) Here’s the link to it on Barnes & and Congrats Jeff on totally delivering on your vision (and for including such great looking photography to boot!).

Don’t Miss David Ziser’s Digital Wake-up Tour!
David Ziser’s “” blog has won legions of devoted fans because of the amazing amount of info David shares daily—-not just about photography technique, but about the business of photography as well. As great as that blog is (and it truly is among the best out there), there is absolutely nothing that compares with learning from David live (I’ve done it myself—-it’s an eye-opening, career-changing experience). David is out on tour right now with this acclaimed “Digital Wake-Up Tour,” and if he’s coming anywhere near you—you absolutely, positively just have to go (you’ll thank me later). His next stops are:

  • Los Angeles, CA, May 18th
  • Ontario, CA, May 19th
  • Irvine, CA, May 20
  • San Diego, CA, May 21st
  • New Orleans, LA, May 26th
  • Houston, Texas, June 1st
  • Dallas, Texas, June 2nd
  • Ft. Worth, Texas, June 3rd
  • Oklahoma City, OK, June 4th
  • Louisville, Kentucky, June 8th
  • Cincinnati, Ohio, June 9th

For details and/or to reserve your seat, here’s the link.

Video Review of Wacom’s New Intuos 4 Tablet
Terry White, over at Terry White’s Tech Blog, did an excellent video review of Wacom’s latest tablet (the same one you’ve heard me raving about—the same one I have both at home, and on my desk at work and now can’t live without), and if you’ve got a quick minute and you’re wondering, “Well, what makes this particular tablet so much better?” then just watch Terry’s review and it will all make sense. Here’s the link.


That’s it for today folks. I’ve got some other cool news tomorrow, so make sure you check back here then, and of course on Monday. Could be really big! :)


Think Tank’s Airport Security 2 Gets a “Scott Thinks It’s Hot!” Award
My recent trips to Birmingham and DLWS in the Other Banks totally cemented it—-the Think Tank Airport Security 2 is the rolling camera bag of my dreams. It has totally replaced my beloved Lowe Pro Pro Roller 1, which served me well for the past two years, but this Think Tank rolling bag is truly that next level of bag, and now there’s no looking back.

I’m still amazed at how that bag holds as much as it does (I load mine with a 200-400mm f/4 lens, a large 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, a large 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, two full-sized camera bodies, an Epson P-7000, two chargers, a monopod, an SB-900, multiple filters, a Di-GPS unit, and loads of little gadgets that wind up in our camera bags). Besides what it holds; it’s very cleverly designed, well-built, and it’s just a smart bag all the way around (from it’s built-it security cable, to it’s built-in emergency backpack conversion, to it’s hidden ‘secret compartment’).

Think Tank really understands photographers, and what we need, and that’s why I’m giving the Airport Security 2 my “Scott Thinks It’s Hot!” Editor’s Choice award. Here’s the link to their site with all the details. (Note: They have an International version, which conforms to Int’l carry on restrictions, but I only have the US edition. If you travel internationally, here’s that link).


Just got my copy of David DuChemin’s New book, “Within The Frame”
When I got to my office yesterday morning, a copy David DuChemin’s just released new book, “Within the Frame” was sitting on my desk. I took it home last night and just couldn’t put it down! There’s nothing like a photography how-to book with stunning photography to inspire you, but his book goes way beyond just inspiration, and teaches you how to think about creating captivating images, and I think that’s why this book is going to be the next big thing. Hats off to David (who is my guest blogger for tomorrow) for creating a very special book (here’s the link to it on Barnes & and Way go go, man!


Adobe deal: $25 off Lightroom 2 until May 31st.
I saw where Adobe has a $25 off deal on Lightroom 2 running until May 31st. Here’s the link to their online stores (including Int’l) to take advantage of the deal.


Photos From my DC Seminar
Vithaya Photography attended my DC Photoshop Seminar/Audiofest and they were kind enough to send me a link to a gallery of images they took from the day (photo above by Vithaya Photography). Here’s the link to see a gallery of some scenes from the event. My thanks for Vithaya Photography for coming to the seminar, and for being so kind to share these images with my readers.

That’s it for today folks. Don’t forget to check out David’s guest blog tomorrow, and we’ll see you here on Thursday for a photo I’m sure will make me shudder (along with other news bits and stuff).