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First, thanks to everyone who commented on my “accidental guest blog” yesterday. It was nice to see that I’m not the only one who has experienced it, and I’m not the only one it drives crazy. :)

Now, onto the news:

  • We’re just TWO days away from my Worldwide Photo Walk, and as I write this we have 7,297 people signed up to walk on Saturday. I am just blown away!!! Hey—it’s not too late to join us (here’s the link to see if there’s a city hosting a walk near you). Hope you can make it!
  • On a related note; participants who are walking in San Jose, California probably don’t realize it, but their walk leader, Frederick Johnson, just happens to be Adobe’s Lighroom Sr. Product Marketing Manager - Professional Photography (he’s also the guy who ponied up the 10 copies of Lightroom for runners up, and the full Creative Suite for the Grand Prize!). If you’re signed up for that walk—make sure you high-five Frederick for me!
  • I’ve had a number of questions relating to a post I did last week about shooting tethered, and the question is; what is that stand you’re using for your laptop on location? I actually use two stands:
  1. When I want to go really light, I use an incredibly portable laptop stand Larry Becker turned me on to from the SkyMall catalog (the one you find in the seatback pocket on airplanes). It’s called the Lizell QuickStand Workstation Plus, which I found at for $139.
  2. The other is a heavy duty Bogen Double-Head Support Arm with a Gitzo G065 13×15.5-Inch laptop platform attached. I learned about this dynamic duo from Joe McNally, and though it’s not really heavy, it is heavy duty (but it is a lot larger to carry around). However, it’s built so your laptop sits on one side of the arm, and you can put a ballhead on the other end to hold your camera. Here’s the link to the Double-Head support, and Here’s the link to the Platform at B&H Photo.
  • On Tuesday I showed how one of our London Leaders got some nice radio play for his PhotoWalk on BBC radio. Well, one of our leaders in Hawaii, my friend Jo Evans, got the write-up you see above in the local Hawaii island newspaper. You guys are doing a great job of spreading the word!!! (No wonder we have more than 7,000 walkers!). Way to go, Jo!
  • Every single week we launch one or more new online training courses at, and last week we released two classes: (1) Digital Arsenal from NAPP’s Executive Director Larry Becker, which is essentially a class that teaches you how to deal with the most common digital photography problems in Photoshop, (link), and (2) The Business Side of Photography, from well-known photographer, author and instructor Rick Sammon (link). This week, we just released “Photographing Florida Birds” with legendary wildlife photographer Moose Peterson (link).
  • Lastly, I did an interview with my Book Publisher, Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel (at Peachpit Press) about my new book, The Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers and we talked about this weekend’s Worldwide Photowalk, and some other stuff. The interview is up online now, and you can listen right here.

That’s it for today, gang. I’ll be back tomorrow with a weekend wrap-up, and some last words about the PhotoWalk. I can’t wait!!!! :-)


First, just a quick word of thanks to Corey Barker for his incredibly creative blog post and bonus video yesterday. That video really turned a lot of people on (if you didn’t see it, scroll down to yesterday and check it out. It will get your creative juices flowing), and it got a lot of folks thinking about using Photoshop in new ways, which I think is cool. Now, onto the news:

  • One of my readers, Bill Mitchell, dropped me a very helpful article about the new Nikon SB-900 Flashes and the challenge of fitting them in Justin Clamps, and some other off-camera hot shoe mounts. Here’s what he wrote:

“I just purchased some SB900’s and after a couple days shooting I thought you might like to know this. The Nikon SB900 does not fit many cold shoes like the Justin Clamp or Crane cold shoe. It does fit the Really Right Stuff cold shoe perfectly. And of course it fits the camera hot shoes.

After looking at it and trying on several shoes I thought it was because the body of the flash was lower to the flash shoe and most of the shoes it would not fit were plastic and had a thicker top lip than is on a camera hot shoe or the RRS cold shoe. Others on the web seem to think the shoe is bigger. I don’t think so; or if it is, it doesn’t affect the fit in a Nikon hot shoe.

So I took a Crane cold shoe (from B&H) for Nikon flashes and sanded down the top. And now the SB900 fits the shoe. Same for the Justin Clamp shoe. I started with coarse sand paper then to medium then to very fine and it worked great. If you do it just keep the shoe level (I lay the sand paper on a flat surface and work with the shoe) and only do enough to get the shoe to fit. Too much and you will weaken a plastic shoe. Be sure to finish with the very fine so the flash will slide on easy.

While I can’t guarantee this is the only solution, it worked for me. I’m sure that Bogen and other companies will modify their cold shoes to work in the future. I have been working to get the word out about this because it’s a problem for lots of photographers.”

Thanks for your research, and for sharing this with us, Bill. It’s much appreciated!

  • Jeff Revell over at did a really nice follow-up post to my tethered shooting follow-up post, where he showcases two new products for shooting tethered outdoors. Well, there goes another $110, cause now I’ve gotta get ’em both (please don’t tell my wife). Here’s the link.
  • Landscape Legend Stephen Johnson is offering NAPP members 10% off on his upcoming 3-day Zion National Park workshop, coming up the week before Photoshop World. Zion is breathtaking, Stephen is one of the best in the business, and this is an incredible opportunity to shoot and learn in one of the most beautiful places in the country. Here’s the link for more info, and/or to sign up.
  • If you’re going to Photoshop World; do yourself a favor—go and download Dave Cross’ free “Photoshop World Planner 2.0,” which is a very clever PDF that helps you choose which classes to attend on each day (Here’s the link). I used it last year to make sure I got to some classes myself, and it was absolutely invaluable. I highly recommend it for anyone coming to the show. And if you’re not coming—it’s not too late; here’s the link to Photoshop World.
  • Worldwide PhotoWalk Update: Although we’ve closed the submission of new cities (because the walk is just nine days away), in the last few days we have released four new cities, so take a look at the city list to see if your city was added). By the way; we have over 5,600 photographers signed up for walks. Whoo Hooo! :)
  • Here are the blogs that, if you haven’t been there in a few weeks, you definitely should drop by for a refresher:
    1. Joe McNally’s Blog (link)
    2. Digital Pro Talk (link)
    3. Moose Peterson’s Blog (link)
    4. John Paul Caponigro’s New Blog (link)
    5. Imaging Insider (link)
    6. Terry White’s Tech Blog (link)
    7. 1001 Noisy Cameras (link)
    8. The Pixelated Image (link)
    9. (link)
    10. The Online Photographer (link)
  • Also, I plan on doing a field report tomorrow on the Nikon D700 DSLR (I say I ‘plan’ on it, because I can’t swear that I’ll be able to get to it, but at least, it’s my plan).

Have a great Thursday everybody! See you tomorrow. :)


Here’s what’s up:

  • Back in March of this year I did a tutorial about shooting tethered directly into Lightroom during a bridal shoot (here’s the link), and since I was shooting Nikon gear, I showed how to do the set-up using Nikon’s Camera Control 2 software to link between my camera and Lightroom. Luckily, one of my readers, Terry Reinert did a tutorial follow-up that ties directly into my tutorial (picking up at Step Four) on how to shoot tethered for Canon users using the Canon EOS Utility, and he did a great job of it, too! Here’s the link (My thanks to Terry for adding this important info. Way to go!). :)
  • If you’re going to Photoshop World in Vegas next month, I hope you’ll stop by and catch one of the sessions I’m teaching. I’m doing three classes (one each day of the conference).
  1. On Thursday, Sept. 4th, I’m doing a class on Typography Essentials and Type Design, which combines two of my all-time most popular Photoshop World classes into one session, where the focus is mostly on designing with type for photographers and designers new to working with type.
  2. On Friday, Sept. 5th, I’m teaching a brand new class on Retouching Portraits.
  3. On Saturday, Sept. 6th, I’m doing the “Photoshop Seven-Point System” class that I debuted earlier this year in Orlando, and I had such great response from it, that I’m offering it in Vegas as well.

There are more than 70 sessions overall, and if you want to see the full class schedule, you can check it out right here. Hope to see you in one of my sessions!

  • NAPP member Tom Calderwood did a Star Trail photo, using time lapse photography, that came out really beautifully (you can see it right here in his NAPP online portfolio), but Tom took things up a step by showing how he did it, including putting together an online video of all the frames coming together, and if you’ve got a minute, it’s worth checking here (here’s that link).
  • Just an update; I’m getting a lot of questions from people who have pre-ordered my Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers, because shows the shipping date as January 2009. Not to worry—that’s just a glitch in the system of some sort; I’ve already finished writing the book, it’s already in production, and I’ll be signing copies at Photoshop World in Vegas in just a few weeks, so the January thing is, well…it’s wacked. So, if it doesn’t freak you out seeing a totally wrong shipping date, you can preorder it now at, or Barnes &, or wherever fine Lightroom books are sold.

That’s it for this fine Tuesday. Have a good one! :)


Here’s some quick news about the August 23rd Worldwide PhotoWalk to celebrate the release of my new book, The Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers. (Preorder it now from Barnes & Noble or

  • Today is the final day to apply to be a Leader of a PhotoWalk for your city, and after today we won’t be adding any additional cities, so if you wanted to host one—-get right on it.
  • I just did an interview about the PhotoWalk with Shawn King of the popular YourMacLife radio show (Shawn and Photoshop World Instructor Lesa Snider are hosting the New York, Greenwich Village walk), and you can listen to it: click here
    (Note: Shawn asks me during the interview where in the world I would like to hold a photowalk if I could do one anywhere, and the answer I gave wound up revealing something very embarrassing about my past. Yikes!).
  • We now have more than 200 cities on board (I’ll release the final number of cities on Monday, as we’ll be approving the final group of cities this weekend).
  • We’ve added a number of cities this week, all around the world, including:
  1. Beijing, China
  2. White River Junction, Vermont
  3. Coney Island, New York
  4. Wellington, New Zealand
  5. Cape Town, South Africa
  6. Fredericksburg, Virginia
  7. Mount Dora, Florida
  8. Vienna, Austria
  9. Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  10. Austin, Texas
  11. Los Alamos, New Mexico
  12. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  13. Trondheim, Norway
  14. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  15. Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
  16. Tel-Aviv, Israel
  17. Lake Tahoe, North Shore

If you haven’t signed up to be a part of a walk, make sure you check the current list of cities (click here), and see if there’s one near you. Hope you’ll be able to join the thousands of photographers around the world who have already signed up to be a part of this history-making event! :)


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

  • We just released two new online training videos at; one from photographer and Photoshop Hall of Famer Eddie Tapp called “Blending in Photoshop” (click here) and one from Photoshop World Video Guru Richard Harrington on “Color Correction in Final Cut Pro” (here’s that link)
  • Capture NX Shark Vincent Versace turned me on to this “loophole”deal on NX 2: Nikon has released their upgrade policy for people who bought (or will buy) Capture NX Version 1 from an authorized Nikon reseller, from May 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008; those folks will be entitled to receive a FREE Capture NX 2 Upgrade directly from Nikon (they just need to call Nikon at 800-Nikon-UX with their product key and provide a copy of their proof of purchase to receive a Capture NX 2 key code free of charge). If you’ve been on the fence, this may be your chance.
  • If you’re going to Photoshop World, you might want to go a day early to catch one of the new pre-conference workshops:

Canon’s live model studio shoot (with Eddie Tapp and Jack Resnicki)

An advanced workshop called “3D Lenticular Imaging w/Photoshop” taught by Adobe’s own Russell Preston Brown

The Epson Print Academy (featuring John Paul Caponigro, Jeff Schewe, and Andrew Rodney)

Dan Margulis’ new “Lab Color In Depth” workshop

A new Live Shooting class call “Inside the Studio” with Jim DiVitale.

Fay Sirkis with Impressions of Nature - A Landscape Seascape Photo Paining Class,

Kevin Ames with Lighting, Posing, Metering & Photographing Fashion

Building an Electronic Portfolio, using DVD, Slide Software, and Web Galleries, with Richard Harrington

Here’s the link with more info on each workshop, and how to sign up (note: this intimate workshops are only open to Photoshop World Full Conference attendees).

  • If you haven’t backed-up your Lightroom Catalog, right now, this very minute, is a great time to do it. If you’re using the original version of Lightroom, go to Lightroom’s preferences, click on the “Go to Catalog Settings” button, choose “Once a Week upon starting Lightroom” (then Quit Lightroom and restart it, and you’ll have a dialog pop-up that asks you if you want to back up your catalog). If you’re using Lightroom 2, then just press Option-Command-, (PC: Alt-Ctrl-,) to bring up the Catalog Settings window, and then do the same thing (choose once a week, etc.).

That’s it for today, everybody. Have a kick-butt weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

A big thanks to Andrew Rodney’s guest blog yesterday, which really opened a lot of people’s eyes as to how digital imaging is changing, how our workflow is evolving, and how Lightroom and Photoshop fit into that workflow.I especially appreciate the comments from my readers, and from Andrew himself who posted a number of follow-up comments which really expanded on what he wrote and grew into a really great and informative discussion (almost an article within an article, which I think is cool). Something that one of my readers, Dan Sroka, wrote in a comment really stood out to me and so rings true with me. Here’s what Dan said:

“After using Lightroom for quite a while now, I don't find that I am doing less work in Photoshopâ¦. I find that I am doing *different* work in Photoshop. Because Lightroom has taken over the heavy lifting for getting a photograph into shape, this has freed Photoshop from those tasks, and allowed me to use it in more creative ways.”

Well said Dan, and just a note to my regular readers; if you’re not reading the comments other readers post, you’re missing out on some really great insights and discussions. Also, if you do post a comment, you’ll find a very friendly, helpful community of friends awaits. Thanks Andrew for inspiring this kind of response, and for your commitment as a teacher to our digital community as a whole.

I love the friendly vibe that exists from the readers who comment, and that things don’t turn nasty here, and that you can tell it’s a group of “friends helping friends.” It’s one of the things that really makes me want to write this blog each week, and I have you all to thank. Keep up the good work.