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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).


A great day at the show yesterday; I did three demo sessions (that’s me above during my gig at the Adobe booth—photo by Ted Waitt); met some great people, saw some old friends; made some new ones; had dinner with some good friends at my favorite restaurant: Carmine’s on West 44th in Manhattan, then watched the Rays win. I’m totally beat, but what a great way to spend the day! :)

I didn’t get much time to visit booths today, but here’s what I saw that was creating a buzz:

  1. The Epson booth was insane, and their new printers were getting a lot of attention. When I went by, I saw a long line, and followed it up to the front and found out why; Joe McNally was signing prints.
  2. Stopped by the Bogen Imaging Booth (or should I say, “booths” because they had like six), and they’ve got a new Elinchrom Ranger Kit (portable light and battery pack) coming out that looks cool, and they’ve got so many cool goodies I could almost empty my wallet right there.
  3. Adobe’s booth was a madhouse. Lots of buzz around Lightroom 2 and CS4, with back-to-back sessions going all day. The crowd was 10 deep.
  4. Not as many wedding album booths as I had seen at Imaging USA back in January, but all the camera makers were well represented. Nikon had presentations going and McNally did an amazing presentation there on speedlights (off camera flash); so did Canon, and Canon’s 5DMark II was getting lots of attention.
  5. Sony had a huge booth, but I didn’t get over there yet.
  6. Westcott had a cool booth, and live demos going all day (I did one on the Spiderlite TD-5’s this afternoon). Had a really great crowd, and answered a lot of questions. The new brighter bulbs were a big hit.
  7. Plug-ins are hot right now, and both Nik Software and OnOne Software had plenty of traffic and buzz.
  8. I showed Instant JPEG from Raw in one of my demo sessions and people were diggin’ it.
  9. Both NAPP and Kelby Training had booths at the show, and we were slammed all day.
  10. Saw Rob Sylvan, from NAPP’s Help Desk, at the show, and he had his Lightoom 2 For Dummies Book (hot off the press). I took a look at it tonight, and Rob did a real nice job with it!
  11. B&H Photo was jammin’ (as usual), and they were running free buses from the convention center to the store (and back) all day.
  12. There were a lot of live shoots, and live demo shoots, going on all over the floor. More than I remember seeing the past, and most were pretty cool.

That’s it for tonight (I’m falling asleep at the wheel). Hopefully, I’ll have more on the show on Monday, but I’ve got to hit the sack; I have to teach tomorrow. Have a great weekend everybody, and I’ll see some of you (around 500 of you) in Dallas, Texas on Monday. Can’t wait!


Hi folks! It’s Thursday, here’s what’s up:

  • First, a big thanks to Rich Harrington for his excellent Guest Blog yesterday. You can see how much time and thought Rich put into that post, and from the wonderful comments he got, you can see the impact what he shared will have on many users. Nice job, Rich (as always). :)
  • Adobe has released a free update to Lightroom 2, and Camera Raw 5, which includes supports for new cameras, and in Lightroom’s case, a few bug fixes are included as well. You can download the free updates from Adobe (here’s the link).
  • Big News: Michael Tapes (and the crew at Imagenomics) have released an update to the incredibly hot new utility “Instant JPEG from Raw.” The update (like the utility itself) is free with added camera supports and some minor fixes. Download it free from
  • Just a reminder; I’m teaching three FREE SESSIONS at the Photo Plus Expo today in New York City: (1) at 1:00 pm I’m teaching a Lightroom and CS4 Killer Tips session at the Adobe Booth. Then onto Peachpit’s booth at 3:00 for a Portrait Retouching Session, and then wrapping up at Westcott’s booth with a demo of how I use their Spiderlite TD-5s. Hope you’ll stop by and say “hi!”
  • Tomorrow’s the last day to enter my iPhone Photo Contest, for your chance to win a $500 Apple Store Gift Card, or a $100 iTunes Gift Card if you win one of the five photo categories. All the info is right here.
  • Matt Kloskowski did a video interview with me about my new “Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers” over at his blog, Lightroom Killer Tips. It’s a short interview, and can watch it right here.
  • Jeff Revell did a great tutorial over at his PhotoWalk Pro blog about how he edited his shots from the Int’l Gold Cup Race we shot last Saturday (Jeff and I both edited our images using the same technique—I won’t spoil it though–you’ll have to watch the video). Here’s the link.
  • Janine Smith (one of my friends, and a wonderful photographer) pointed out this cool Lightroom pop-culture reference to me: “Was delighted to get John Sandford's latest crime novel this week, "Heat Lightning." To my surprise, on page 47, a bad guy uses Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to get a license plate by (in detail, correctly) using the sliders on a series of photos to enhance them. When he's got the license plate, he proceeds to find and kill the guy, so Adobe would probably not appreciate the publicity.” I’m used to seeing Photoshop references in pop culture, but this is the first time I’ve seen Lightroom. Too cool! (Thanks Janine, for sending that my way).

That’s it for today folks. Hope I’ll see you in New York, or in Dallas on Monday, or in Orlando on Wednesday! Have a great day!!!


That McNally guy has done it again—this time scoring a cover shot, and a set of feature spreads for a story on Neanderthals in the October issue of National Geographic.

Joe is such a humble guy that on his blog he barely mentions that he shot this cover. In fact, after mentioning in passing that he got the cover for this feature on Neanderthals, he quips, “As I mentioned to my editor, they got the right man for that job.” Man, that’s humble. If I had shot a cover for National Geo, I probably would have rented a series of nationwide billboards and possibly a large blimp shouting it from the rooftops!

Some of the spreads from the article are seen below. Congrats Big Joe, and may there be many more covers to come. :-)





Howdy folks; it’s Friday, and here’s what’s goin’ on as we head into the weekend:

  • As I was pulling into my driveway, back from taking my son to school on Wednesday morning, and I looked up to see a huge Bald Eagle heading straight for my back yard; but this time I was ready. I ran in and all my gear was in place; monopod attached, memory card formatted, all the settings in place; so I ran outside and never saw him again. Waited for quite a while, but not a sign of him. Now, he’s toying with me. Even though I missed him again, one of my readers, Joel Schilling, had a similar experience, but by golly he got the shot! Here’s the link to Joel’s shot!
  • Another one of my frequent readers (and commenter), photographer Crash Taylor has put together some very cool things on his blog where he interviews photographers, and shows samples of his work, and although he just recently started it, he’s already got some great stuff up there. Here’s the link to check it out.
  • We have two new online classes up at, both of them from the amazing Corey Barker (that’s Corey pictured above), and both of them on the just released Photoshop CS4. The first is “Photoshop CS4 for Beginners” (link) and the 2nd is for graphic designers, called “Design Effects with Photoshop CS4” (link).
  • Our buddy, and digital video mega guru Rich Harrington has been doing a series of videos on the new features of Photoshop CS4. You can check them out by clicking here.
  • Next week is the deadline to enter my ‘iPhone Photography Contest” (The cut-off is October 24th), so get your entries in ASAP for your chance to win a $500 Apple Gift Card, or a $100 iTunes Gift Card if you win one of the categories. Here’s the link for details. Also, my iPhone Book is now in stock at (They’ve got it for only $13.59) and Barnes& Makes a perfect gift, eh?). Also, don’t forget; today is “iPhone App” Friday at Terry White’s Tech Blog. 
  • I hope I’ll see some of you at the kickoff of my Lighroom 2 Live! Tour in Dallas, Texas on October 27th, and then onto Orlando, FL on October 29th. Here’s the link for more details and to sign up for the full-day event (NAPP members can sign-up for just $79).

That’s it for this Friday. Have a totally kick-butt weekend everybody, and I hope you’ll check back in here on Monday!


By now you’ve probably heard that Photoshop CS4 (and the Creative Suite) started shipping yesterday (I would have mentioned it yesterday, but it was “Special Guest Blog” Wednesday, where Laurie Excell did an absolutely wonderful, inspiring post—thank you Laurie!), but beyond that, I wanted to point out something very cool for NAPP members, that Matt Kloskowski pointed out a few weeks back on his LightroomKillerTips blog.

If you’re a NAPP member, you can get the upgrade to Photoshop CS4, AND the upgrade to Lightroom 2, together as a bundle, for just $238. (Adobe is offering a 30% discount on Lightroom 2 if you upgrade it with Photoshop CS4, then as a NAPP member you get. Throw another 15% off, so the total upgrade is only $238). Not too shabby!

You’ll find the details and discount code for bundle deal on the NAPP member Web site; click the “Discounts for Members” link. NOTE: Matt pointed out that you have to add the items to your shopping cart first, to see the properly discounted price.