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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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com, or Barnes & Noble.com, or wherever fine Lightroom books are sold.

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

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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 Amazon.com)

  • 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! :)

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

  • We just released two new online training videos at KelbyTraining.com; 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.

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I’m proud to announce that well known Photoshop author, instructor, and London-based fashion photographer Martin Evening, along with Adobe’s Prinicpal Product Manger for Photoshop, John Nack, will be officially inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame during a special presentation ceremony that’s part of the opening keynote at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo (held Sept 4-6, 2008 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino).

The Photoshop Hall of Fame was founded in 2001 to honor those individuals whose contributions to the art, business, and development of Adobe Photoshop have enduring value.

It's an honor to recognize Martin and John in this way, and to add their names to the Photoshop World Hall of Fame trophy alongside some of our industry's most valued, respected, and beloved individuals. My sincere congratulations to them both for their amazing achievements.

For more information, and a list of past inductees, visit PhotoshopHallofFame.com

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It’s Friday, and time for some crunchy morsels of news:

  • First, just a reminder; today is the last day to take advantage of the $100 Off Early Bird Discount for Photoshop World Conference & Expo. Here’s the link. (Hope to see you in Vegas!).
  • I’m happy to report that today we have over 113 cities around the world who now have Photo Walks as part of my World Wide Photo Walk event. Click here to see if your city was added in the last two days. Thanks everybody—this is going to rock! :)
  • USA Today’s Jefferson Graham did a video interview with Adobe’s Lightroom Marketing Manager Fred Johnson, and if you’ve got just a minute, click here to check it out.
  • Yesterday I saw that Dave Piazza from Westcott is doing a free class at B&H Photo’s ‘Event Space’ at their Manhattan store, on “Portrait Lighting with Daylight Fluorescents.” (Which I’m sure will including the TD-5 Spiderlites. The class is Wednesday, August 20, 2008. Here’s the link.

That’s it for today folks. Have a great weekend, and I’ve got lots of stuff so share next week, so we’ll see you back there then.

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