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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.


Hi everybody. Here’s what’s up:

First, since this is the first time I’ve done a “News Quickie” since last Wednesday, I wanted to thank Ben Willmore for his terrific post, and a fascinating look at his life and his work. Very cool stuff (Thanks Ben!). Now, onto the news:

  • I am really excited to announce that in just over a week, Brad Moore (Joe McNally’s current full-time assistant) is moving to Florida to join our team as my full-time photography assistant and general digital tech guy. (In case you were wondering; I didn’t steal Brad from Joe; I won him fair and square in a card game). Actually, it was Joe that brought the opportunity my way, as Brad was wrapping up his 2nd year with Joe. I’ve known Brad for a while now (that’s him pictured above on an average day), and he already works for us at Photoshop World as one of our official show photographers (along with Josh Bradley), and he is just a really great guy; really sharp, and not surprisingly a first-rate photographer as well. I’m really tickled to have Brad coming on board (I could really use the help), and you’ll be hearing a lot about Brad and his new role here, and some very cool projects he’ll be involved with soon. Brad wrote his farewell post over at Joe’s blog, and you can check it out right here.
  • Don’t know if you caught this, but Adobe released a free Camera Raw update (Camera Raw 4.6), which includes supports for some of the newer DSLRs like the Canon 50D, and the Nikon D90. Here’s the link to download it from Adobe (Mac) or (PC).
  • Terry White over at Terry’s Tech Blog wrote a really great, in-depth review on the new Firewire version of the Drobo, and it’s definitely worth a read if you’re losing sleep over the safety of your images. Here’s the link to his review.
  • If you speak Italian, I did an interview with the Italian Website “Total Photoshop,” and you can read it online right here. (Intervista esclusiva!)
  • Now for some “And Stuff;” So I’m at home catching up on some writing, and my sister-in-law and her daughter come to where I’m writing, and she tells me “You’re going to think I’m crazy, but I think there’s a bald eagle in the backyard!” I yell, “He’s back!” and while I’m rushing to grab all my gear, she tells me “There’s actually three of them” and now I’m really scrambling. I pop-in a memory card, sneak out around the side of the house, being super quiet and surprisingly unobtrusive (for me, anyway), and son-of-a-gun if one of them didn’t spot me, and all three flew right off. I got one lame shot of one of the three flying away (too lame to post). So, I did miss the shot this time, but hey—-not only did he come back—he brought some friends. So, now there’s hope there will be a next time (by the way; if you have an idea on the best way to sneak up on Eagles, let me know, because apparently I have no clue).

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

Hi gang: My writing load had derailed my plans for the blog this week (hopefully, I’ll get to do it next week, so I’ll still keep it under wraps), but in the meantime, here’s what’s going on this this morning.

  • Don’t know if you saw this, but Dave Cross is continuing his series called “Finish the Sentence” and I think it’s really interesting. Last week he had Photoshop Hall of Famer John Paul Caponigro “Finishing the Sentences” (Here’s the link).
  • If you’re looking for a way to hand-hold your shots for maximum steadiness, check out Joe McNally’s now famous “Da Grip” video, where he shows you a camera holding technique that’s pretty darn slick. The video’s already been watched more than 44,000 times on YouTube. Here’s the link.
  • Surprise of the week for me; a friend bought me as a gift an “Kindle,” which is their wireless ebook reader. I’ve never met an eBook reader I liked, which is why I was so impressed with the Kindle. It’s surprisingly good, much lighter and thinner than it looks, and you could even say it’s, “Very Apple-like” in everything from its packaging to its industrial design. For photography and Photoshop books, it still really needs to have color inline graphics, so it’s not ideal for these types of books (even though my Digital Photography book is available on Kindle), but overall it’s way better than I expected. There’s a video about Kindle right here.
  • My buddy Matt Kloskowski has released his “Lightroom 2 Power Session” DVD, which is designed to get Lightroom 1 users up to speed quick on Lightroom 2. You can find out all the details here (note: NAPP members get $15.00 off).
  • You can catch Bert Monroy’s Photoshop Creativity Tour in Sacramento, California on Tuesday, and Terry White’s InDesign Productivity Tour in Toronto, Canada on Friday the 10th. Here’s the details.

That’s it for this Monday morning. Have a good one!


Just a few quickies to round out the week:

  • First, thanks to Alan Hess, whose Guest Post this week rocked (no pun intended). I loved having such a different angle, and I thought he did a great job taking us “backstage” at a concert shoot. Thanks Alan!
  • Michael Tapes has launched a new blog over at, and he has a follow-up to the Guest Blog post he did last week covering his incredibly handy “Instant JPEG from Raw” free utility. Here’s the link.
  • Earlier this year I did a shot of our in-house Web Programmer Tommy Maloney’s pimped out Volvo, and Tommy entered the photo in a photography contest put on by IPD; a well-known company that sells custom Volvo performance gear and accessories, and son of gun—it won! Here’s the link, but the photo that won is shown above. Congrats Tommy! (P.S. Don’t race Tommy. It’s what you don’t see that matters!)
  • We released another “CS4” online class over at; this one from our own Dave Cross, who did an amazing class on “Creative Suite Integration” between Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Here’s the link. Also, we were out in the field filming new sessions with Wedding Master David Ziser this week, and we’re in post-production on some new classes from Joe McNally!
  • If you’re in the Orlando/Tampa, Florida area; I’m bringing my Lightroom 2 Tour one-day workshop to Orlando on Wednesday, Oct. 29th at the Orange County Convention Center, and I’ll hope you join me there. Also, my Dallas seminar is filling up fast (on the 27th), so if you’re planning on going—sign up now! Here’s the link with more details. Hope to see you in Orlando or Dallas! (P.S. I expect to be announcing another city next week!).
  • Speaking of Lightroom; I ran across two reviews of my new Lightroom 2 for Digital Photographers Book this week; one at the Benson Blog (link) and one at the Australian photo blog “Lightly Toasted” (here’s that link).

Have a great weekend everybody. I have something cool planned for next week, if all goes well, so we’ll see you back here on Monday! :)