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BIG NEWS: My favorite photography podcast, formerly known as “The Digital Photography Show” (hosted by Scott Sherman and Michael Stein) has found a new home, and a new name—it’s now called “Digital Photography Life: Make Every Shot Count” and I am totally honored that they asked me to be the first guest on their new show (which you can hear by clicking here).

The interview is pretty in-depth, and we talk about everything (and I mean everything), including a lot about Lightroom 2, so give it a listen when you get some time—I think you’ll totally dig it.

Congratulations to Scott and Michael on re-launching the show (it’s a long story, but I’m SO glad they’re back), and I wish you guys continued success!!!


Well it’s Friday (yippie!) and here’s what’s going on to take us into the weekend.

  • First, a big thanks to my buddy RC Concepcion for such a very cool guest blog post Wednesday. One thing I really loved about RC’s post is that it was so “RC.” That’s him—the Swiss Army Knife of digital imaging and design, and he totally took the guest blog in a different direction, and I think that’s really cool. Thanks RC–you rocked it, baby!
  • This weekend, Photoshop User magazine will start arriving in NAPP members mailboxes (well, at least those here in the U.S.), and in this issue is (that’s right), my 3rd Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide!!!! In the past, my Gear Guide has been part of Layers magazine, but Layers Managing Editor Chris Main pointed out that so many of the things on my guide are for photographers, that maybe it was a better fit in Photoshop User magazine, and I totally agreed, so it’s found its new home in print there. However, we’ve posted the online version of my Gonzo Gear Guide over at
    Also, my buddy Terry White just posted his Holiday Gift Guide over at his tech blog (here’s that link).
  • One of my readers, James Shanks, sent me the shot you see above with this note. “I was in Poland recently visiting my wife’s family and saw [the Polish translation] of your book prominently displayed in the window at this little bookstore. I thought that was cool (it was one of the only interesting books in the store) – I thought you might get a kick out of it.” He was right—I did! Thanks, James. :-)
  • Funny story: I was in the airport a couple of days ago and I stopped into the store that sells movies, CDs, and accessories for travelers, and while I was checking out, I noticed that behind the counter they had Microsoft “Zunes” for sale. I asked the guy, “Do you guys sell any Zunes?” and he replied, “Hey, the new Zunes have some really cool features.” I said, “Yeah, but do you actually sell any?” He paused and said, “No. Everybody wants the iPods.” I cracked up.
  • I left something out of my review of the new Apple MacBook Pro; the process of changing batteries couldn’t be worse (well, I guess it could be, but you’d have to try). Now, I use two spare batteries, because I fly a lot, so if you don’t have at least a 2nd battery, this won’t matter to you one bit, but you used to be able to just turn your MacBook over, pop-up out the battery, and pop in a new one. Now, you have to turn your laptop over and remove a battery door because the battery is now inside your Mac; not outside. Once the door is off, there’s a little tab you pull, and it pops out. You slide the new battery inside, then fit the door back on, and it snaps down with a button (I’ll bet that’s fun to do on a plane). Anyway, not only does it take twice as long— the batteries themselves are twice as long (they’re now too long to fit in the battery pockets of my laptop case), and worse yet, unless I’m totally missing something (which is possible) there’s no way to tell by looking at the battery itself if it has a change or not—you have to put the battery into your Mac to check the battery gauge on the side of your Mac. Arrrrrggggh!!!!
  • Let’s wrap up this week on a high note, by checking out the amazing photography of Douglas Sonders. I just love this guy’s style, composition, and post processing (He’s “The triple threat!”) Very cool stuff—check it out right here.

That’s it for this Friday. I hope you all have a downright phenomenal weekend, and I hope you’ll join me back here on Monday.


Hi Gang. It’s Tuesday–here’s what’s up:

  • Even though I provide a detailed step-by-step workbook for people who come to my Lightroom 2 Tour, a lot of folks still take their own notes, on in the case of Amanda Kern (A professor of Graphics Technology, at Valencia Community College), they create SketchNotes (like the one seen above, which Amanda created during the day). She posted a number of these SketchNotes from the day on her blog, and they’re just so clever I thought you’d get a kick out of seeing them (here’s the link). Thanks Amanda, for letting me share these ¼ber-doodles with my readers.
  • Yesterday my Photoshop User TV co-host Dave Cross posted a link to a downloads page within Adobe where you can download some of the filters and things Adobe quietly removed in Photoshop CS4 (things like Extract, Pattern Maker, and Picture Package [contact sheet II] among others). Here’s the link to Dave’s article.
  • Last night we announced the winners of our ‘iPhone Photo Contest,” and you can check out the category winners (chosen by your votes), and the Grand Prize Winning Shot (which is pretty darn amazing), by clicking right here.
  • One of my readers, Jim Geduldick, turned me onto this video of a Photoshop retouch by Aaron Nace of ARFotography, and it’s just pretty cool to check out. It doesn’t really show you how he did it; it’s more of a time-lapse thing, but it’s very short and worth checking out to see how it unfolds. Very well done. Here’s that link.
  • If you’re a photographer with either an iPhone or an iPod touch, check out this cool downloadable application for photographer’s called PhotoBuddy, which is basically a utility that, in the words of tech guru Terry White, “â¦aims to be your photo assistant.” Terry has a full review of it on his tech blog, and it’s looks pretty darn sweet. Here’s the link.

It’s kind of a quiet day, so that’s it for me today. Have a great Tuesday everybody!


Happy Halloween everybody!!! Here’s some quick news nuggets:

  • If you’re in New York this weekend, check this out; Jay Maisel is giving his incredible talk on “Light, Color, and Gesture” at 1:00 pm on Sunday, Novemember 2nd, at B&H Photo’s Event Space, in their Headquarters at 420 9th Ave. in New York City. The talk is free, but space is very limited. More info here.
  • Matt and I have been “gently teasing” (wink) our Photoshop User TV co-host and good friend Dave Cross, because he’s uses the Bridge rather than Lightroom. We’re totally (mostly) kidding him, but he got us back this week by creating a “Bridge Rocks” t-shirt for Adobe Bridge users that is actually very cool (that’s it shown above), and best of all; you can actually order one yourself through Cafe Press. Here’s the link to Dave’s daily blog with more info (while you’re there, make sure you check out some of the stuff Dave’s been posting lately, including his popular “Finish the Sentence…” series, with his latest interview from David Hobby).
  • The voting is done, and on November 3rd we’ll be announcing the winners of the “The iPhone Book, iPhone Photo Contest” While you’re in the ‘iPhone” mood, if you bought my new book, “The iPhone Book” (co-authored with iPhone guru Terry White) at Barnes & or, it wouldn’t hurt our feelings one bit (it’s as cheap at $16—perfect Holiday gift, eh?) By the way; don’t forget Friday is “iPhone App of the Week” day at Terry’s Tech Blog (here’s the link to that).

That’s it for today folks, have a safe Halloween—hope you get lots of yummy snacks, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. -Scott


Happy Thursday everybody! Before we kick into this, I want to thank Tim Grey for his inspirational Special Guest Blog post yesterday. I love reading the comments posted by readers, and if you read the one’s posted for Tim’s post yesterday, you can see that his creative insights got a lot of people thinking. Well done, Tim! :)  Now, onto the news:

  • First, thanks to everybody who came to spend the day with me in Orlando yesterday learning Lightroom 2. I was up late the night before tweaking every aspect of the workshop, and it really paid off, as I was able to cover more ground, and actually only ran over by 3 minutes. The crowd in Orlando was just a blast to present to, and I was also very lucky to have both Matt Kloskowski and RC Concepcion there helping me field one-on-one questions during the day. Also, Michael Tapes (of Instant JPEG from Raw) made an appearance, and gave me some mini-Whibals to give away (I used one during one of my live shoots), and this was my first gig with Brad Moore assisting me, and as expected; he kicked butt (photo above by Brad). Best of all; we had a really great day! Thanks again to everyone who made me feel so welcome.
  • Crash Taylor has a really fascinating interview with the grand master of wedding photographers, David Ziser, which includes photos, and some of the most in-depth, and intriguing  interview questions I’ve seen in a while. I know David fairly well, but Crash’s interview brought out some new things out I didn’t know. Very well done. Here’s the link.
  • Congrats to mega-photographer Joe McNally, whose German translation of his book, “The Moment It Clicks,” (called “Der entscheidende Moment” in German) was just awarded the prestigious German Photography Book Award (The silver medal), which is awarded for outstanding photographic quality, a superior aesthetic overall impression as well as pre-eminent photographic technique and background information. A hearty congratulations to Joe on his now “Award-winning” book!
  • Today is “Back up Your Lightroom Catalog Thursday,” so if you’ve been hitting the “Skip” button when it asks if you want to back up your Catalog, go ahead and invest five minutes right now (right this minute) and have it back-up your catalog. It may save your butt one day.

Have a really great day, and I hope you’ll drop back by again tomorrow. :)


Hi everybody! It’s Monday, and while it’s not a happy day to be a Tampa Bay Sports fan (I watched my Bucs lose live at Texas Stadium, and then went back to my hotel room and watched the Tampa Rays lose another World Series game on TV), I can overlook that for now, ’cause it’s time for the news:

  • If you’ve got a friend into photography; have I got a perfect Holiday Gift for them; Barnes & Noble has put together a special “Boxed Set” of my book, “The Digital Photography Book,” where you get both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, along with a set of four 5×7 prints, for just $35.96 (even less if you’re a B&N member)–that’s it pictured above. You can get this specially boxed set at any Barnes & Noble store, or online at Barnes & (link). They printed a limited number of these boxed sets, and I just learned that they’re really going fast, so if you’re interested; better grab a box soon.
  • One of my blog readers (and a NAPP member) Stephen Power from Limerick, Ireland has launched a new photo blog of his own, called “The Snappy Snapper” (you gotta love that name), and his lead off story today is pretty interesting; it’s called “The Problem With Photography Forums.” You can check it out right here.
  • I’m kicking off my Lightroom Tour 2 today in Dallas, Texas to nearly 500 photographers who’ll be joining me for the full-day workshop. My buddy “Hollywood” Mike Kubiesy (the show photographer for NBC’s “Chuck,” along with “NCIS,” “CSI New York,” and a host of other television shows shot out in Hollywood), is hanging out (and assisting me) today, and I’m really looking forward to meeting some new folks, and showing them my latest Lightroom 2 Workflow. My next stop is Orlando, Florida on Wednesday; click here if you want to join me there.
  • MPIX is in the news again; USA Today did a piece on them about how they’re challenging sites like Shutterfly and Kodak Gallery (you can read that here), and Jeff Revell over at PhotoWalk Pro finally took the plunge, and got his first prints back from MPIX last week (you can read Jeff’s comments here).
  • Yesterday, between games, Mike and I walked over to Union Station, an old train station in Downtown Dallas, to shoot some HDR shots of the exterior. I started shooting the outside of the building from the downtown sidewalk, and sure enough; here comes security. The security guard was pretty polite; she asked what we were doing, and I told her I was in town for the game, and then wanted to take some photos of the architecture of the old building. She told me, “Well, they don’t want you taking pictures of the building.” I was polite, but I let her know this was a public sidewalk; and I was well within my rights to shoot it. She let me know again that they didn’t want me shooting it; I let her know they didn’t have the right to stop me (and so I continued on shooting), and I asked her to call the police and let them settle it. She walked away, and I never saw the police, or her, again.

Well, I gotta run. The seminar starts in a few hours, and I’ve got to set everything up. Have a great Monday everybody, and Go Rays! (he said, half heartedly, knowing how few teams in World Series history have come back from a 1-3 deficit).