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Hi everybody. I hope you all had a safe and happy New Year, and as my first post of the New Year, it’s time for some Friday News Stuff. Here we go:

  • First let’s take a look at something different: I’m always featuring wedding photography here, but this time take a look a Graham & Graham Photography’s annual collection of their top-10 Bar/Bat Mitzvah shots from 2008. Really nice stuff here, and it’s definitely an art unto itself (here’s the link).
  • Thanks to Camera Dojo who named my blog one of their Top 20 Photography Websites of 2008 (here’s the link), and to Moments in Digital for including me in their list of “Blogs they followed in 2008” (here’s that link).
  • If you’re a NAPP member, you probably catch Larry Becker’s weekly NAPP News show on a regular basis, but if you’re not a member, I mentioned a few weeks ago that you now watch it online free (through Apple’s iTunes Store), or you can subscribe to it free (so it downloads each weekly episode for you automatically). Well, the big news is—-it’s a hit! By last week it had already climbed up to the #5 spot in the iTunes list of technology podcasts. Congratulations Larry! (and if you haven’t seen it—check it out right here. Lots of good industry news, info, contests, along with NAPP news and anything else Larry wants to pass along).
  • Today my buddy Terry White over at “Terry’s TechBlog” has released his “Best iPhone Applications of 2008” list, and if you’re into the iPhone this is a must-see post (by the way, every Friday Terry picks his “iPhone App of the Week” and half the apps in my phone came from his list. A definite must-visit every Friday). Here’s the link.

That’s it for this Friday. I have lots of cool stuff planned for next week, so I hope I’ll see you back here then. Have a great weekend! :)

Hi everybody. It’s Tuesday and 2008 is almost in the bag. Here’s what’s up:

  • A lot of people have been asking me for an update on how I feel about my Apple MacBook Pro now that I’ve had it for a while, and basically here’s where I’m at: I’ve gotten over the glossy screen thing. I’ve calibrated it a few times now and while the glossy screen is a bit more contrasty, it really hasn’t caused any problems (and maybe that’s because I’m compensating a bit, knowing that my screen looks more contrasty than the final images). My prints from both my Epsons, and from are coming out fine, so the glossy issue isn’t as big an issue as I thought (though if I could get this MacBook Pro without the glossy screen—-I would). The trackpad is still a real issue for me, and frankly it drives me nuts about a dozen or more times a day. I wish Apple would give us a way to turn gestures off, but as best I can tell—there is none. The two reasons I decided to stick it out with this model are: (1) The nVidia graphic card makes Photoshop CS4 zoom faster than I’ve ever seen Photoshop go, and (2) I doubt Apple is going back to matte screens, or bringing back a trackpad button, so I’m going to have to get used to it sooner or later, and I might as well just get used to it now. So, that’s where I’m at; I’m not thrilled, but I’m adjusting.
  • Thanks to for including this blog in their list of the Top 100 Photography Blogs. Here’s the link to their full list.
  • Want to see some cool Photoshop post production retouching? (Not so much portrait retouching—just retouching). Check out Ciklopas Photography Studio, and then when you get to their site (click here), click on the Post Production link on the left side of the page, and then toggle through their different projects. Very well done.
  • Dave Cross had my buddy Terry White as his guest last week for his popular “Finish The Sentence” feature. Here’s the link to check it out.
  • This I love: Go check out this Web site for a spa in Aspen, Colorado. They’ve got a pretty darn fabulous landing page presented in a simple, yet dramatic way that I haven’t seen before. Beautiful photography beautifully presented, even if it’s just for a few moments. Worth a quick look (here’s the link).
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: I’m taking New Years Eve off along with New Years Day, but I’ll be back with more wholesome goodness on Friday the 2nd. Here’s wishing you all a safe, happy, and prosperous New Year!

See you guys next year! :)



Howdy, folks. Here’s what’s up:

  • Each week NAPP’s Executive Director Larry Becker does a short video  show called NAPP News, and it covers industry news, stuff for NAPP members like new discount and offers, and just generally a bunch of stuff Photoshop freaks would be interested in. We’ve had a number of people ask that we also make it available as a downloadable video Podcast in Apple’s iTunes, and well…now it’s available as a downloadable podcast in iTunes. You can subscribe to it free right here or just watch the show right there in iTunes. (By the way; if you haven’t checked out the show in a while, it has really grown tremendously, and Dave Cross has a very cute guest appearence in this week’s show).
  • This Sunday I’m shooting the Bucs vs. Raiders NFL game from the sidelines. This is a must-win game for the Bucs, and besides the win, we also need the Eagles to beat the Cowboys this weekend to snag a Wildcard spot in the playoffs. Here’s something you don’t hear me say very often; Go Eagles!
  • LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEA: My friend Janine Smith sent me this one. She wrote, “I LOVE my 5-second frames. Very easy to frame (just drop the photo in the back, no need to take it apart). Then you can add more photos (10 in the back compartment). Hang it on the wall (they offer easy templates) or stand it on a table, horizontal or vertical. To change photos, just pick it up, slide one photo out, another one in. This has to be the greatest grandparent gift ever. Nice looking, affordable ($15 or so), available at Target or Bed Bath &  Beyond. (Thanks Janine for passing this one one).
  • LIGHTROOM 2 TOUR: Make plans now as Matt Kloskowski brings our Lightroom 2 Live! Tour to Covington, Kentucy (near Cincinatti) on January 23, 2009. This seminar is going to sell out in advance, so if you want to attend, sign up now (tickets are available on a first come/first served basis). Here’s the link.
  • Terry White has a post up today on his popular TechBlog that you’ve got to read. It’s about “Adobe Connect” (Adobe’s web conference software) and the reason I’m hoping you’ll read about it (and sign up for a free Connect account), is that after the first of the year, we’ll be doing some special live training events using this technology, and I want you to be able to be a part of them. The first step, is signing up for that free account, but beyond that, the technology is pretty amazing, so if you’ve got a minute, check out his post right here.
  • NO BLOG TILL MONDAY: Just a reminder: I’m taking the rest of this week off, so there will be no blogging until next Monday, so I can take some time off to enjoy Christmas with my family. Hope you’ll be taking things easy too, and enjoying all the wonder this season can bring.

That’s it for today folks. See ya on Monday!


Hi gang. It’s Friday (and Happy Hanukkah!); here’s what’s up:

  • First, I have to thank my buddy Matt Kloskowski for his rockin’ Guest Blog post on Wednesday. It was cool to see how many people needed to hear what Matt had to say (and it was something I hadn’t heard anyone say publicly before. Way to go, Ski!).
  •, which is an incredibly cool new news resource that aggregates a whole bunch of daily blogs by topic, just added a Photoshop section (I already visit their Photography category daily). What I love is; you can just hover your mouse over a headline, and it shows you the first paragraph or so. Hover your cursor over the blog’s name, and it shows you a mini graphic of the blog. The whole thing is very cleverly done, with a slick, clean layout. You’ll love it! Here’s the link to the Photoshop category.
  • A quick word about the new blog design here. I’ve gotten loads of great comments on the new look and functionality, but the credit totally goes to my in-house uber-designer Fred Maya who cooked up this new design for me, and to our in-house code wizard Tommy Maloney, who tweaked the Flash code so the image up top would be random. The way that top part is designed is pretty clever; Each time it loads, it loads a different set of images, so if you scroll through the images now, tomorrow it will have a new main image, and a different “deck” of gallery images. Also, this new blog allows me to show larger images on the home page, and it makes the process of updating the blog easier on me, which I love. The commenting is better and more powerful, and we’ll be adding more features as we move forward, so it will keep evolving as well. Also, we updated my Bio page, and my Gear page, and we’ll be updating my horribly out-of-date portfolio soon as well.
  • CORRECTION: I got an email from someone at Lastolite yesterday letting me know that in my review yesterday, not only did I link to the wrong EZYbox on B&H Photo, but since the link was wrong, the price was wrong, too (The one I linked to wasn’t for “hot shoe” flash). The correct link is right here, and the correct price is $208. The only good news is; B&H Photo actually does have these in stock. Sorry for any confusion, Agita, or other frustation this may have caused. If it’s any consolation, this isn’t the biggest mistake I made yesterday.
  • Joe McNally has a wonderful post over at his blog, called “The Best Assignments are Free.” Joe is a great story teller and teacher, and this post is really a great read, so if you get a few minutes this weekend, take a break and check this out.
  • My thanks to Digital Photography School for including my book, “The Digital Photography Book” in their “12 Great Digital Photography Books for Your Christmas Stocking.” (Here’s the link), and to Ronald R. Martinsen’s Photography Blog including my Photoshop Seven-Point-System in his post on “What Photoshop Books Should I Read.”(Here’s that link).

That’s it for today folks. Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday.


Photoshop Hall of Famer, and SVA Department Chair Katrin Eismann sent me some interesting news: The School of VISUAL ARTS is taking the The Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography program online for the fall of 2009 (image above by June Young Lim).

The students will complete the fall and spring classes (Advanced Imaging, Color Management, Photo Illustration, Studio Management, etc) online and then come to New York City to complete their thesis projects, which includes taking the Large Format Print class, developing a web presence, designing a brand, and producing the collateral for a NY Exhibit.

The MPS in Digital Photography is a concentrated course of studies in both commercial and fine art digital photography that addresses the entire imaging workflow – from image capture and enhancement to online distribution and final display. Under the guidance of leading photographers, retouchers, designers and studio managers, students master the latest tools and techniques to create technically perfect and aesthetically compelling images. In addition to developing a body of work, students become versed in the critical aspects of branding, marketing, studio operations and current business practices.

The one-year, 33-credit degree is designed to advance students' understanding and application of cutting-edge digital imaging technologies through in-depth coursework, specialized workshops and seminars, and presentations by contemporary artists. Culminating in a thesis project, the required curriculum includes classes in color management, editorial photography, photo illustration, large-format printing and studio management.

For information about the program, visit


Howdy. Hope everybody had a great weekend. Here’s what’s up!

  • You’ve heard me talk about photographer/retoucher David Cuerdon numerous times here on the blog. Right after Photoshop World Las Vegas I got to talk to him about a new “Retouching Kit” he had put together, with included not only more advanced retouching techniques, but a specialized set of brushes, actions, textures, shapes, and color swatches for retouching that he uses together in a very clever way in his everyday work. Well, I’m happy to announce that not only were we able to convince David that he needs to be a part of KelbyTraining, but his Beauty & Retouching Kit online class (along with all the downloadable actions, brushes, and more) is now up online at! (here’s the link to see his sessions).
  • I just saw somewhere that keeps a running list of their bestselling digital cameras, and their #1 selling camera (at only $110.95) might make a great stocking-stuffer for someone on your holiday list. It’s the Canon PowerShot A590IS 8-megapixel point-and-shoot with 4x optical image-stabilized zoom. Here’s the link.
  • My humble thanks to everyone who not only donated on Friday to help build the Springs of Hope Orphanage. You can’t imagine what a difference your donations will make. For example, I was really touched by what Melody from Let it Shine Candle Supplies is doing. She wrote, “My family business has decided to have this be our highlighted charity of the month and will be donating 10% of our December sales to the cause.” That’s really amazing! So, if you’re planning on buying any candle supplies this holiday season—by all means, send your business to Let it Shine (here’s the link to their site). Also, thanks to those who wanted to donate but couldn’t because Springs of Hope Kenya can’t accept PayPal or credit cards. I’ll be working with them this week to work on the Paypal/Credit Card issue, and I’m sure we’ll get that addressed.
  • My thanks to for including my “Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers” in their 2008 Holiday Gift Guide (here’s the link).
  • We’ll end this post with a chuckle; remember I mentioned photographer Scott Diussa’s shots of Big Electric Cat on Friday? Well, it seems like Scott has a secret—he was in a 80s band as well, and posted some shots on his blog. Here’s the link (way to take the heat, Scott!). :)

Have a great week everybody!