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I ran across this old photo of me (above) taken back in 1981. It was shot in my first apartment (in a then-new apartment complex in Tampa, Florida called “The Cove”). I’m playing a white Les Paul knock-off, and there’s a beautiful wood-grain Kramer Bass Guitar (with an aluminum neck) on the floor behind me, which I dearly loved, but sadly a year later it was stolen by my then-girlfriend’s brother (that’s a whole ‘nuther story). I’m also wearing my beloved “Eastern Airlines” t-shirt under (wait for it, wait for it…..) a gray “Members Only” jacket. Man, was I stylin’ or what! ;-)

Now (once the laughter subsides), it’s time for the news:

  • Hey, how about Justin Paguia’s awesome blog post yesterday (the crowd cheers!)? I was very impressed—not just with his excellent techniques, but with the fact that he really shared his process, step-by-step—the full thing from beginning to end. I loved it, and I think Justin just got a whole new legion of fans, and admirers of his brilliant Photoshop work. Thanks Justin, for sharing with my readers without holding back.
  • USA Today did a piece on Joe McNally yesterday (which included cameos by Friend of the Blog Syl Arena, and the amazing David Hobby). You gotta read it—here’s the link.
  • Nikon released version 2.2, a free update to Capture NX 2. For a list of what’s new (and links to the free download), jump over to Moose’s News Blog (here’s that link).
  • My buddy Jeff Rease posted a cute, short video clip of him and I shooting up in Birmingham at the Indy Test Weekend. Jeff took some kick-butt images, and also managed to catch me goofing off. Here’s the link.
  • Moose Peterson and RC Concepcion’s “You Can Do It, Too!” workshop is coming up in just one week, and if you want to learn from these two masters, here’s the link to more details on a workshop that can really have a big impact on your career and your success marketing your work.

That’s it for today folks. See you back here tomorrow for some Friday wrap-up stuff. Have a great one! (And stop laughing. That’s how we wore our hair back then).

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You guys know I’m really paranoid and a bit obsessive about protecting my image collection, which is why I (and a bunch of my friends) all switched our photo archiving drives to a Drobo (I’m a Drobo freak, and actually have two: one at home, and a duplicate offsite at my office).

This week, I’m talking to Terry White (another Drobo freak), and I’m talking to him about needed more storage space (this talk brought about by 45GB worth of Indy photos in one weekend), and we basically both determine that I need to “man up” and get a second Drobo. Then I get a call yesterday from DataRobotics to let me know that they are announcing the answer to my prayers today—DroboPro. This is a “Business Class” robotic storage solution that lets you have double the storage bays of the original Drobo (So with the new 2-Teyabyte pop-in hard drives, you could have 16-Terabytes of storage).

That was enough for me right there, but they also added a new iSCSI connection (which uses a standard Ethernet cable connection, which most every computer already has built-in), but it’s WAY faster than even Firewire 800. Also, the software that comes with your Drobo also lets you choose to have the drives operate individually, or if you’re really hyper-paranoid (beyond even my level of paranoia), you can simply click a checkbox and the software itself sets the drives to be dual disc redundant, so now two drives back up the same data simultaneously. I know. It’s sick. I’m ordering two of them immediately: one for home, one for the office.

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Anyway, I learned yesterday that I can just pop the four 1-TB drives out of my existing Drobo and slide them into the new Drobo Pro, and they work instantly.

Anyway, that’s the highlights—I’ll give a detailed review when my units come in, but in the meantime, head over to Drobo.com and watch the video and you’ll totally get it.

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First, I want to talk about yesterday’s Guest Blog post from Rick Sammon. Rick demonstrated once again what I love about the Guest Blog concept, which is that everyone brings their own ideas, their own take on things, and they create their own topic. It’s “their day” to share what they want to share, and although what Rick shared was about photography, it went way beyond that, and touched a lot of people. Thank you Rick, for reminding us about the most important things in life. Now, onto the news:

  • MPIX.com is doing a series of full page print ads featuring a number of different photographers who use MPIX, where they share their favorite MPIX products. Right now they’re running the ad you see above, and ever since the first ad hit, I’ve been getting loads of emails every day asking me about the laptop stand/ball head tripod combo seen with me in the ad. It’s actually a set-up I learned about from Joe McNally, and I talked about it last year here on the blog. It’s two pieces: (1) The Manfrotto 131DD Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (link), and (2) The Gitzo G-065 Monitor Platform (link). You mount these on any tripod, but the one you see it mounted on her is a Gitzo Mountaineer tripod.
  • You might remember me mentioning here on the week before Photoshop World that we open the Expo floor to the public for two days during the conference. I learned today that in Boston, the Expo Floor at Photoshop World had the most number attendees of any Expo we’ve done yet (including the one in Vegas), and in this economy, that is really welcome news. Thanks to everyone who turned out to visit our exhibitors and take in some of the Photoshop World fun!
  • (Lame segue alert!) Speaking of Joe McNally (lame segue alert), he posted a hilarious video on his blog earlier this week, and if you’ve got 60-seconds, it’ll crack you up. Scroll down the page until you see the video clip. Here’s the link.
  • Photoshop Hall of Famer Jack Davis was at “The Estate” in Boston and captured a bunch of cool shots of my band, “Big Electric Cat,” during our live set using nothing but his iPhone. He used the iPhone app: TimeLapse to take the shots, then he used “PhotoGene and CameraKit to tweak em.” (NOTE: Jack is currently working on making his own iPhone app to optimize and enhance images taken with the iPhone’s built in camera. More on this when Jack gets near the launch). Anyway, Jack uploaded the images to a page where you can check them out (here’s the link).
  • Later today the third installment in our three-part series on using Wireless Flash will go live on D-Town TV (The weekly show for Nikon DSLR users). Here’s the link.
  • Lastly, one of my readers turned me on to this site, called “One Photo a Day.” You can pretty much guess what it’s about, but it’s definitely worth checking out. Here’s the link.

That’s it for today folks. Have a kick-butt Thursday and we’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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OK gang, as promised, here’s the cool secret thing: Today I’m releasing a free custom Photoshop CS4 panel that lets you get the RSS feed for this blog, “The Photoshop Insider” right inside Photoshop CS4 in its own separate panel (so it’s just like any other panel [formerly known as palettes], inside Photoshop).

If you click on the graphic above, you’ll see the Photoshop Insider panel is right there alongside the Layers panel, Channels, Paths, etc. and you’ll see the headlines from my posts, along with the RSS feed of the beginning of each post. If you see one that interests you, just click on Read More…..

The ability to add your own custom panels to Photoshop is new in CS4, and it came in the form of a free utility called “The Configurator” which lets you customize and extend Photoshop in some amazing ways. In fact, at Photoshop World in Boston next week, we have a special “Extensibility Track” featuring in-depth classes on how to create panels and extend Photoshop (taught by Adobe’s own John Nack, Tom Ruark, and Jeff Tranberry from the Photoshop team). If you’re into this stuff, make sure you check out their sessions (open to all Photoshop World attendees).

Here’s the link to the download the free panel. Once you download it, just double-click on it, and the CS4 Extension Manger will automatically install it where it’s supposed to go, then all you have to do is Restart Photoshop, then go under the Window menu, under Extensions, and choose PS_Insider.

A big thanks to Jeff Tranberry and our friends on the Photoshop team for their advice and suggestions in helping us develop this panel.

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Hi gang. Before we get going, how ’bout a round of applause for Jay Maisel’s inspiring Special Guest Post yesterday! I was just so tickled to have Jay as a guest blogger here, and I know that a lot of you that are going to Photoshop World are now going to make it a point to check out Jay’s session live. I guarantee—-it will move you! Thanks Jay, for honoring us with your words and images.

Now, onto the news:

  • Something Cool is Coming Tomorrow
    If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve got to check back here tomorrow because I’m going to release something that I hope you’ll find really cool. It’s definitely something unique, it’s Photoshop related, and best of all—it’s totally free! I can’t wait to share it with you, so check back here tomorrow when all the pieces are in place.
  • 10 Annoying Things Photographers Say to Each Other
    I saw this on Paul Burwell’s”Wildshots” blog and it cracked me up (mostly because so many of his 10 things are so ‘on the money).” If you’ve got two minutes, give this a read. It’s either going to crack you up, or you’re going to think, “Oh no! I’ve said that same thing!” (NOTE: After you jump over there, if you see any that are missing, feel free to post ’em here as a comment).¬† Here’s the link to the article.
  • My iPhone Book is now availble on Kindle for the iPhone
    It doesn’t get any more convenient than this—-my book, “The iPhone Book” (co-authored with top iPhone guru Terry White), is now available for download to your iPhone itself, using Amazon’s free Kindle for iPhone app (here’s the link to the app). That way, you’ve got the inside tips on how to get the most from your iPhone right on your iPhone. Anyway, I was kind of psyched. It sells for $9.99 on Amazon.com (that’s for the book, the reader is free). NOTE: A new review just went up on the book over at the iReviewiPhoneApps blog. Here’s the link to the review.
  • Creative Photography and Photoshop Work
    Check out the work of photographer Kate Turning at her “Turning Pix” site which features some amazing (and detailed) Photoshop work combined with some first-rate photography. Very cool images and wonderful creativity. Here’s the link.
  • Our Three-Part Free Series on Nikon Wireless Flash
    (with special guest Joe McNally!)

    Today we released this week’s episode of D-Town TV (the weekly show for Nikon DSLR users), and in it we kick off a three-week series on using wireless flash. These three episodes are aimed at folks who are brand new to wireless flash, and we start at square one, so if you’re new to wireless off-camera flash—make sure you check it out. If you’re more advanced at wireless flash, make sure you watch as we have Joe McNally on as a special guest where he shows how to use some of the new features of the Nikon SB-900 wireless flash units. That guy is brilliant! Here’s the link to the first part of our three-part series.

That’s all for today folks. Hope to see you back here tomorrow! :)

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First, before we get into today’s stuff; a big thanks to Bob Krist for his excellent guest blog post yesterday. His images were amazing, and his article got a lot of people thinking, and I’m both grateful and honored to have had Bob share this images and message yesterday. Very cool stuff. Now, onto the stuff:

  • This Week’s D-Town TV Show Is Up Live!
    Our third episode of D-Town TV, the weekly show for Nikon DSLR users is up live, and I hope you’ll check it out (note: we were able to incorporate answers to some of your questions in this episode, and your feedback has really been invaluable). Here’s the link to this week’s show.
  • Having a Coke and a Smile
    This doesn’t have anything to do with Photoshop, but I had something fun happen last night at our house. Somehow or another, my son and I got into a conversation about certain foods that taste unbelievable when you get them at just the right time (like Krispy Kreme donuts when you get them when the “Hot Now” sign is on), or in just the right way (like Coca Cola in glass bottles, rather than aluminum cans). Well, my son was surprised about the whole glass bottle thing, and told me he’d never had a “bottle of coke” that wasn’t plastic. So, I set out to find some, and a search on the Web had me stumped, but my assistant Brad Moore was able to find some the very same day, (at Walmart of all places), and last night we put them at the fridge to get them nice and cold, and tonight he had the ceremonial “first use a bottle opener” moment, and his first real bottle of coke. As expected—he absolutely loved it!!! Of course, that’s not good, because we really limited his soda consumption (which is not easy to do for a pre-teen), but I felt having Coke in a glass bottle was just one of those things every man has to experience for himself, and well….it was just a lot of smiles and laughs (especially when he asked me to take a picture of him posing with the empty bottle).
  • Interview with the Bostonist
    I did an interview with the Bostonist blog, and it went live yesterday. We discussed a little of everything, but since Photoshop World is coming to Boston in a couple of weeks, we covered some of that, too. If you’ve got a moment, you can read the short interview right here.
  • David’ Ziser’s 2009 Tour Kicks Off
    Our friend, famous wedding photographer, and instructor David Ziser is kicking off his “Digital Wake-up Call” nationwide tour, and if you’ve never had the chance to catch David live—he is absolutely amazing. I attended one of David’s pre-conference sessions at Photoshop World a few years back, and when I got back, a friend asked me how it was, and here’s exactly how I described it, “It was like David was walking about and stuffing money into his student’s pockets. That’s how valuable it was!” He does talk about technique, and equipment, but more importantly he shows you how to make a real living as a wedding photographer, and his advice is just brilliant. I highly recommend catching his tour if you can. Here’s a link with a list of upcoming cities.
  • The Photoshop World Blog Lives!
    A couple of months ago, Social Media Ninja Nancy Mass√© helped us launch our first ever Photoshop World blog, and she’s been putting all sorts of cool stuff there, including tips for people attending the conference for the first time, and insights into classes, and interviews with instructors and stuff. Anyway, if you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s the link.

That’s it for today everybody. We’ll see ya back here for our weekend wrap-up! :)

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