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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 Amazon.com now lets you add products from other sites to your Amazon.com 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 Mpix.com 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 Adobe.com (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!

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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 MyFonts.com).
  • 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 PhotoWalkPro.com) 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 KelbyTraining.com. 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! :-)

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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 software-asli.com) 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!

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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!!!

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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 Layersmagazine.com.
    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.

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