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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 (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! :)


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 Massé 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! :)


Hi gang: It’s Tuesdays—here’s what’s up:

  • My Books On The Free Kindle App For iPhone
    I saw a review on Terry’s Tech blog about the new free Amazon Kindle app for the iPhone, so I downloaded it and bought my book, “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 2” from right on my iPhone (Yes, I had to buy it, but luckily the downloadable version was only $9.99). Anyway, I have the full Kindle reader (the original, not version 2), and while this free iPhone app didn’t have all the features (or as large a screen) as the Kindle, it did have one thing even the Kindle 2 doesn’t have—color images! The formatting on the iPhone’s screen even looked pretty decent (as seen above), and I think the advantage is (for iPhone users anyway), that you can look up a tip while you’re out on a shoot, right from your phone. Anyway, it’s worth checking out (here’s the link to it on the iTunes Store). By the way; the iPhone itself up there isn’t a photo. That’s an illustration created from scratch by NAPP’s Creative Director Felix Nelson, and it’s all done in Photoshop. That guy is just sick!
  • I found a Cool Photo Blog with All Unretouched Photos
    This past weekend, I came across a photography site called “Unqualified to Blog” and in their tag line they mention that all the photos are unedits straight from the camera (no Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, etc.). Anyway, the guy has some nice stuff, and I just thought it was kind of different. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec to check it out.
  • Interviewed By My Publisher
    I did an audio interview with my Publisher Nancy Reunzel, and it’s up live over at the Peachpit site. We talked about everything from photography to what my upcoming books are for the year, to Photoshop World, and about everything else. If you’ve got a couple of minutes, check it out right here.
  • Are You Coming To Boston? Now there are TWO Photo Walks
    If you’re coming up to Boston for Photoshop World (Hey, it’s still not to late to join us up there: Here’s the link with all the details), there are now TWO Photo Walks planned; one from Jeff Revell (of PhotoWalkPro fame), and one being put together by a group of NAPP forum members, so if you’re coming, make sure you bring your camera! (check on the NAPP member forums for details on the NAPP walk).
  • New Photoshop and Illustrator Integration Online Class from Corey Barker
    Photoshop graphics wizard Corey Barker has a brand new online class at Kelby Training about creative ways to use Photoshop and Illustrator together. It just went up and it’s already created quite a buzz. Here’s the link with all the details.

OK gang, that’s it from here. I’ll be back on Thursday with more stuffage! Don’t forget to check out the Guest Blog tomorrow. Have a great one!


Whoo Hooo! It’s Friday!!!

Before we get into the news, I just wanted to thank this week’s Guest Blogger Tim Mantoai for his wonderful post (and images) this week. If you look at the comments readers posted about his story, you see the word “Inspirational” is about every other post, and right now I think a lot of us needed that. Thanks Tim, and my thanks to Brad for his help in bringing Tim’s work and words to the blog this week.

Now, Here’s what’s up:

  • Yesterday, one of my readers let me know that a graphic we created for an email campaign (shown above) was featured on It seems that the top of the logo on the football was cut-off, and that’s pretty messed up (as you can see). Anyway, when I saw it over on, I just totally cracked up! Sadly, that’s the least of what sneaks by us sometimes, but of course, then I had to go and fire the designer who created it (Kidding!). Thanks PhotoshopDisasters for keeping us honest! :-)
  • We finally did get Episode #2 of D-Town TV (The new weekly show for Nikon DSLR users) posted online late yesterday afternoon, and it includes a great tip for setting up your camera for shooting HDR, along with a bonus video from Matt and how to process the HDR file created by your camera using Photomatix (along with our other camera tips). If you haven’t caught the new episode yet, you can watch it right here.
  • A big shout out and thanks to for including “The Photoshop Insider” as #35 in their Top 100 “Best in Photography” list of photo sites. I was pretty psyched! Here’s the link to their top 100 list.
  • Lastly, for some wonderful weekend inspiration, check out the work of photographer Loretta Lux. It’s a very different style, but her stuff rocks!!!! Here’s the link.

That’s it for today. Have a great weekend everybody, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.


Howdy folks; here’s what’s up:

  • Adobe has released a free update to Camera Raw and Lightroom which adds supports for the Nikon D3x, and the Olympus E-30 cameras (Note: The Lightroom update also includes a few bug fixes). Here’s where to download the free update for Camera Raw (Mac | Windows), and here’s where to download the Lightroom update (Mac | Windows).
  • Friend of the blog, photographer Janine Smith, knows I’m a Type freak, and she sent me this site that I absolutely Love. It’s called “Flipping Typical” and when you go there, it looks at the fonts installed on your computer and shows you what any phrase you type looks like in all your fonts. This totally rocks for helping you find the right font for the job! (Yes, there are some tricks you can pull in Photoshop that sound like they do a similar thing, but once you see this site, you’ll wish this feature was in Photoshop. Here’s the link.
  • Reminder: I’m bringing my Lightroom 2 Tour Live! to  Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, May 20th, and then to Portland, Oregon on Friday may 22nd. Here’s the site with all the details. Hope to see you there!
  • Earlier this week I mentioned that we didn’t cover Nikon’s GP-1 GPS device on D-Town TV, because we didn’t have the unit. Luckily, Moose Peterson (who recently came on as a technical adviser to the show), did a great review for us of the GP-1, and it’s up now on the D-Town TV site (here’s the link).
  • By the way: this week’s episode of D-Town TV should be posted sometime today, over at the D-Town site as well. Let the hateful comments begin!
  • If you’re anywhere near Philadelphia, PA, there’s a gallery show this weekend at the T&P Gallery in Philly. The show is called “Focus” and  features the work of a number of local photographers. Here’s the link for more details—check it out if you get a chance.

That’s all I’ve got today. We’ll see ya here tomorrow for the weekly wrap-up. :)

Hi Gang: I’m trying to wrap up my book by Friday, so in the interest of making that happen, here is an abbrevited news thingy:

  • I didn’t get to field test the Jobo GPS this week like I had hoped. Maybe next week.
  • Come to my Lightroom seminars in Denver and Portland, Oregon. (link)
  • This photographer rocks (link)
  • I finally broke down and bought an Elinchrom Beautydish.
  • Go visit Zack’s blog (link)
  • Just two days left to save $100 on Early Bird Registration for Photoshop World (link). PLUS: Scriv put together a new teaser with our football theme, and it’s pretty cool, so stop by the site and check it out.
  • Jessica is working on a new cover for the CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks book, and I saw an early proof of it today. She’s rocks! It made me really glad that we decided to go with something completely new.
  • Today would be a great day to back up your photo collection.

OK, that’s all I could come up with. Have a good one, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow when I have even less time to blog. ;-)