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Here’s a few things to take us into the weekend:

  • Photoshop Hall of Famer John Paul Caponigro has just announced three new Photoshop training DVDs, seen above (produced by Acme Education). The titles are: (1) Black & White Mastery (2) Photoshop Color Strategies, and (3) Photoshop Color Tools. All three are available for pre-order, and you can reserve yours now by clicking here.
  • I ran across a photography blog this week that looks pretty cool. It’s called “ProPhotoNut” and the author shares a number of interesting techniques, and posts some great images. If you’ve got a few minutes, check it out right here. 
  • Here’s another cool Holiday Deal (but it expires on December 15th, so you have to get on it pretty quick). If you buy a Ray Flash from ExpoImaging (the Ray Flash is a ring-flash attachment that turns your off-camera flash, like a Nikon SB-800 or Canon 580 EXII), into a ring flash (you can see it on this week’s Photoshop User TV “Gear Guide Live” episode). Anyway, if you buy one direct, you get our DVD, “The Best of Photoshop User Magazine, The 10th Year” free as a bonus. Sa-weet! Here’s the link for more info.
  • Let’s wrap things up with a little photographic inspiration. The work of Livingston, Montana photographer Tony Demin isn’t the type of stuff you usually see me highlight here, but I dunno—I just really like his images. They have a freshness and realness about them that I really enjoyed. See what you think (here’s the link).

That’s it for this Friday folks. Take some shots this weekend. Hug the kids. Take a moment to enjoy some of the wonders this season can bring.


Hi everybody, he’s some quick Tuesday Stuff:

  • A nice follow-up piece to my tutorials last week on making photo books, comes from Syl Arena who did a survey and research about photo book sources. Worth checking out (here’s the link).
  • We released another very cool new online class at; this one’s called “Classical Lighting and Posing Techniques with David Ziser (shown above).” His classes have been a HUGE hit with subscribers, because he has a way of just bringing things down to earth, and really making them stick. Here’s the link to all the lessons.
  • This week’s “Quote of the Week” is from my buddy Matt Kloskowski, who was interviewed in Dave Cross’s “Finish the Sentence” segment. When asked the question, “If I could give one piece of advice it would be…” Matt replied, “…forget about the technical stuff sometimes. Don’t concentrate so much on histograms, 8-bit, 16-bit, JPEG/Raw, Adobe RGB vs. sRGB etc… Concentrate on what you’re seeing, take better photos and that stuff won’t be as crucial.
  • This one’s totally just for fun, but it’s worth seeing just to see the amount of effort that went into it. My book designer Jessica sent me this—-and well, you just gotta see it. Here’s the link (make sure you look at the high-res version).
  • Lastly, renown outdoor photographer and educator Moose Peterson is at NAPP Headquarters this week, and I’m having him do a guest spot later today for an upcoming episode of Photoshop User TV. Let me know what you’d like to see Moose cover on the show, and maybe we can get him to talk about/demo/discuss it.

That’s it for today. Have a great Tuesday everybody!


Hi gang—just a few quick things to take us into the weekend:

  • I came across some cool, quick-little “case study” videos from professional retoucher Jean-Michel Massey, which show the evolution of a commercial retouch, and I thought the videos were fascinating (Jean-Michel has some mad skills). Here’s the link to check them out.
  • My buddy RC “Rico” Concepcion (Ed Note from RC: "This was actually done by one of our regular readers, Firgs. Big thanks!) did something fairly horrible to Matt, Dave, Corey, himself and I (a still from it is seen above) that is just really, wellâ¦you’ve got to see it for yourself. It’s called “Elf Yourself” and if you’ve got two seconds, and don’t mind seeing grown men looking fairly ridiculous, check it out right here (totally for laughs).
  • Photographer Janine Smith (who was at my LA Lightroom seminar yesterday), turned me onto the fact that now lets you add products from other sites to your wishlist (for example, you could add things from B&H Photo to your wish lists, even though you’re on Amazon).
  • I just learned that will now make prints up to full 24″x36″ poster size (previously, their largest size was 20″x30″). I’m using Mpix to output some prints I’m doing as holiday gifts, because I can just upload them from my computer, and they’ll ship the final print, packaged flat, right to the person on my gift list. Sweet!
  • Just in case you missed it; Adobe announced a pretty substantial update to Camera Raw (called Camera Raw 5.2), which includes adding the Targeted Adjustment Tool (TAT) to Camera Raw, Snapshots, Camera Profiles, and Output Sharpening, along with support for some new cameras. You can download the free update from (Mac) or (Windows).

That’s it for today. I’ve got some pretty cool news for Monday, so I hope I’ll see you back here then. Have a wonderful weekend everybody!


Howdy folks; here’s what’s up as we head into the weekend:

  • I had some questions yesterday about the font I used as the header for my shots from my trip (where I wrote, “Istanbul, Greece, and Cairo” and it’s shown again above). The font is P22 Cezanne Regular, by the font developer P22 (here’s the link to it on
  • On the heels of releasing my 3rd annual 2008 Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide, the blog “Camera 47” put together a terrific gift guide of their own of “20 Photography Gifts under $100” and I gotta tell ya—there’s some really great stuff on their list (and lots of ideal stocking stuffers). Here’s the link (definitely worth checking out).
  • Jeff Revell (from did a nice piece recently called “The No Memory Card Gotcha,” and he used photos of both Canon and Nikon cameras in the piece. I remember thinking, “Man, those camera photos look really great” and I wasn’t alone, because Jeff got enough comments about them that he did a follow-up article on how he shot those camera images in his basement using a simple off-camera flash set-up and a little Photoshop. Here’s the link to his tutorial on how he did it.
  • Jeff is also interviewed in this week’s “Digital Photography Life” radio show, and you can listen to Jeff’s interview right here.
  • We just released the online training class “Mastering Layers in CS4” (from the man who literally wrote the book; Matt Kloskowski) over at Here’s the link to Matt’s brand new online class.
  • The prices for memory components have come down recently, and Hoodman (who make the RAW memory cards I use), have new prices, too: Their 4GB CF RAW cards are down to $99.99; the 8GB CF RAW are $179.99, and the 16GB CF RAW cards are $299.99. You can get them direct from Hoodman (here’s that link).
  • I had a lot of comments on Tim Grey’s Guest Blog here (it was a few weeks back), and people were asking how he did the Infrared effect he had applied to some of the photos he used in the post. Well, Tim has gone and created a tutorial on how he did it; here’s the link (thanks Tim, for pointing us to this tutorial).
  • Lastly, let’s wrap up with some inspiration from photographer Glen Wexler. He combines some top rate photography with top rate Photoshop work to create amazing images that combine realism with fantasy for everything from album covers to advertising campaigns. Follow this link, then under the header Portfolio (up in the top left), start with his Altered Anthropology portfolio. Definitely wild stuff!

That’s it for this Friday. I’m doing a shoot this weekend, and if I get anything decent, I’ll post it on Monday. See you then! :-)


Howdy folks, here’s what’s up:

  • Nancy Masse, (our in-house copywriter and Baroness of Social Web Marketing), sent me the photo above last week, and when I first looked at it, I didn’t immediately hit me what it was. Then I was like, “Wow…that is so cool!” As impressed as I was with the very clever idea, I was really blown away once I realized that this isn’t something composited together in Photoshop—what you’re seeing is a photo of a set built at full size. That took it over the top for me. This image is now popping up all over the web (it’s totally going viral), and so I had Nancy track down the original source, and here’s what she found: The photo was taken by photographer Anton Ismael, for the Jakarta-based ad agency Bates 141, for their client and the only thing more impressive than their incredible idea, is the flawless execution. Here’s the link to a flickr page with shots of the set under construction. My hat’s off to the entire production crew, creative director Hendra Lesmono, and art directors Andreas Junus & Irawandahani Karmarga for really coming up with something special.
  • Friend of the blog, Syl Arena has a terrific article on high-speed sync when using off-camera flash (which can open a whole new world of daytime flash photography for you). I read the article last night and if you’re into off-camera flash, this article is an absolute must-read. Very well done, and illustrated. Way to go Syl!
  • Photoshop Hall-of-Famer Stephen Johnson has two workshops coming up, and if you act quickly you can still snag a seat. His first is called “Fine Art Digital Printing Hands-on,” which runs from December 4-7, 2008 (here’s the link), and then in January he’s doing an on-location workshop called “Death Valley in Winter” from January 31 – Feb 3, 2009 (here’s the link to that one). Stephen teaches for us at Photoshop World, and he’s an amazing teacher, and his workshops always get rave reviews. If you get a chance to spend some time learning from Stephen—you’ll be amazed at where it will take you.
  • If you’re out in the LA-area, just a reminder that I’m bringing my “Lightroom 2 Live!” to the Los Angeles Convention Center on December 4, 2008, and it’s already filling up fast, so if you want to go, here’s the link to sign up (or for more details). The seminar is $99 for the full day (includes my step-by-step class workbook), and it’s only $79 if you’re a NAPP member. Hope to see you there!
  • Lastly, just a word of thanks to those of you who posted such kind comments yesterday. It means more than you know. :-)

That’s it for today. Have a great Tuesday everybody!