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Happy Thursday everybody! Here’s what’s up:

  • First, a big thanks to Jeff Revell for this excellent guest post yesterday. It really got a lot of people excited about not only the upcoming World Wide PhotoWalk, but also for photo walks in general.
  • Interesting side note: a mix-up happened with Jeff’s host city (Washington DC), for the WWPW, and he wound up having both Washington DC and Alexandria, VA listed as separate events, when it fact, they were the same walk. But since Jeff is the PhotoWalk “Pro,” he decided to host TWO the same day; one in the morning, one in the afternoon. Too cool. Also, although Jeff’s site ( has become the resource for photo walking, he also covers loads of Photoshop (including lots of HDR tutorials) and photography in general, so make sure you check it out (here’s the link).
  • The folks over at Westcott (Makers of the TD-5 Spiderlites) have launched a community Web site for photographers with a simple theme: Share, Ask, Learn. This new community site includes a forum where pros answer your questions, a community gallery, and if you’re looking for some extra exposure and recognition, check out their they are launching a Top 100 Westcott Edorsed Pros program. Check it all out right here.
  • FrederickVan has a great video interview with Photoshop Senior Product Manager John Nack, and if you’ve got a few minutes, it’s definitely worth checking out (here’s the link).
  • If you are going to Photoshop World in Vegas this September, I want to recommend a class; Photoshop Restoration Rescue, taught by my Photoshop User TV co-host Matt Kloskowski. We had a number of requests for a class like this, and so I asked Matt (who had just finished a book on retouching for Photoshop Elements users) to tackle it, and I’ve gotta tell ya; he put together an amazing class. He’s teaching it Thursday, September 4th, at 10:45 am. It is going to rock!
  • Panos Efstathiadis, over at PanosFX, has come out with some more amazing Photoshop (and Elements) actions (free for you to download), including: (1.) The OoB+ (Out of Bounds plus) is an advanced tool which simplifies the steps needed to create the impressive and popular OoB effects, and (2.) The PanosFX FAN takes one of your images and transforms it into a hand-held fan! Check them out over at!

That’s it for today, folks. Have a really great Thursday, and do your best to really intimates some pixels. See ya tomorra! ;-)

It’s Thursday, and that’s means it’s time for “news stuffage!”

First, thanks to my buddy Terry White for yesterday’s guest blog post which garnered lots of love from my readers. Had I known the interest in Lightroom to iPhoto uploading was as big as it was, I would’ve written a book on it by now (totally kidding). ;-) Here’s what up:

  • This week we had Adobe Photoshop Product Manager Bryan Hughes as an in-studio guest on Photoshop User TV, and we talked with Bryan about the advantages of converting your files to DNG vs. just working with the Raw image files. Very interest stuffing (here’s the link to watch it online).
  • USA Today ran an article yesterday called Attention to lighting can make a huge difference in your photos and in the article they asked me for five tips about light and shooting outdoors this summer. They ran an example photo from my book “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 1” and if you read the comments posted in the online version of the article, people think the photo was “faked.” (Actually, they’re sure of it). The funny thing is; it’s SO not. I asked the model (who was there as part of a photo workshop), to stand in the harsh direct 2:00 pm bright sunlight, and I took the first shot. Then I asked her to move over into the shade of a large tree, about 25 or 30 feet away, and as soon as she got in place, I took the 2nd shot. The whole thing took all of 30-seconds (if that). She didn’t put on makeup (as some allege) or redo her hair (they’re sure she did)—she just walked into the shade and I took the shot. The only reason these folks think it was faked is; they haven’t tried it themselves. Once they do; they’ll be amazed. Anyway, you can read the article right here.
  • I did an interview on TechTalk Radio about the upcoming Photoshop World, which aired on Sunday, but you can still listen to the interview right here.
  • Here’s a workshop I’d love to take: it’s an on-location full-day architectural/interior photography workshop (held just outside Los Angeles in Santa Clarita, California), on how to light home or business interiors using off camera flash (like a Nikon SB-800 or a Canon 580 EX). The instructors are interior photographers Scott Hargis and Thomas Grubba and the full-day workshop is coming up on Saturday, August 2nd (the tuition is only $275). For full details, click here.
  • Reminder: there’s only eight days left to take advantage of the Photoshop World $100-off Early Bird registration. Here’s the link for info, and to sign up.
  • Lastly, Alan Hess pointed out this site called “Keep Your Copyrights” which was created by the Columbia University Law School. Here’s that link (Thanks Alan!).

Hope you all have a really fantastic Thursday! Here’s a way to guarantee it: If you want to do something that will really make you feel great, make a donation to Springs of Hope Kenya. They are building a small clinic and orphanage in Kenya. Here’s the link to where you can make a donation or sponsor a child. (I know the local family behind this project personally, and your donations go directly to help people who need it very badly). It’ll make you feel like you did something really important today (and believe me, you will have). :)


First, a big thanks to my special guest blogger yesterday, the amazing Dave Cross, whose message really resonated with so many of you out there. Very cool stuff, my friend!
Now, onto the News:

  • One of my readers, Nicholas Van Staten, pointed out this AP article (which I’m pointing to in the Miami Herald), about how New York City has now adopted a clear set of rules for photographers and filmmakers about when they need to obtain permits to shoot on the sidewalks and streets of New York. Here’s a link to the Herald (thanks Nicholas!).
  • Great news: Since I posted those two copyright interviews with attorney Ed Greenberg and photographer’s rights advocate Jack Reznicki, you all have posted loads of comments and follow-up questions, and Ed and Jack have heard ya. In fact, tomorrow I’ll have a post directly from them answering some of your most pressing copyright and legal questions, so make sure you’re back here tomorrow for this special follow-up from Ed and Jack (I love these guys)!
  • Yesterday, Mattias (one of my readers here on the blog) suggested that I create a category for all the Guest Blog posts, so it would be easy to find all the guest blog posts with just one click. Well, Fred (my in-house Web guru) already added this new feature, and now when I have a guest blogger, right up in the title area (to the immediate right of where it shows how many comments have been posted), you'll see the category "Guest Blogger." Click on that, and you'll get nothing but all the guest blog posts here on the Photoshop Insider. We’re going to expand that so all the posts are sorted into categories (so they’ll be one-click away, too) and these categories will appear listed on the right side of my blog (but it’s going to take a little time to go back and recategorize them, which sounds like a wonderful job for our summer intern, dontchathink?). Anyway, thanks again to Mattias for the suggestion, and thanks to Fred for getting it up and running so quickly.
  • Another blog thing: earlier this week a reader asked why his comment here said “Awaiting Moderation”, and I assured him I don’t moderate my comments (I just delete the really means ones after the fact), so I was stumped. But then, when I was working on this category thing, I found that my blog’s Spam filter had more than 264 posts it thought were spam, but it was waiting for me to tell it “yes it is” or “no it isn’t,” for each of those comments. Well, as it turns out, 231 of those were indeed spam posts (you’ll be glad it caught them—trust me), but 33 of them were actual comments from readers that it might be spam because the reader put a link in their post. Now, plenty of readers put links in their comments that get right through, but something in the software flagged these 33 real posts for some reason (unknown to me). Anyway, I approved all the real comments (and deleted all the spam), and now that I know where to look, I’ll keep an eye out so this doesn’t happen again. Sorry to everyone whose posts were delayed, but the good news is; they’re there now.
  • I had a number of people who watched my tutorial on how to create a calendar template for photos, ask how to create the bottom of the calendar (where the days of the month are listed). I did a search and found literally dozens of free downloadable calendar templates, and a site that creates these on-the-fly. Here’s the link to “My Free Calendar Maker” (but again, just do a Google Search and you’ll find loads more).
  • My reader Joe Gass sent this my way, and if you’re a photographer, just take 20-seconds and take a look at these photos—it will crack you up (well, it cracked me up anyway)!
  • Two more online classes went up this week on; (1) Photoshop World Instructor Taz Tally’s “Professional Scanning Secrets” (here’s the link) and (2) Graphic’s Guru Lesa Snider King’s “Practical Photoshop Elements” (here’s that link). Check ’em out if you get a chance.
  • Our buddy Scott Sherman, over at “The Digital Photography Show” podcast has launched his own photo blog. He’s already got some very good stuff there, so take a few secs and check it out right here!
  • Don’t forget, only 10 days left to take advantage of the Photoshop World Conference & Expo Early Bird “$100 off” special. Here’s the link. (make sure you watch the little movies while you’re at the site). Also, all the staff and instructors are staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino so, if you want to stay there with us (and join Matt and I for our traditional late night In/Out Burger run, followed by shooting craps), make sure you snag your hotel room now (use the Travel link on the Photoshop World site for special deals for attendees).
  • One last thing: Just my humble thanks to everyone who posted such wonderful comments on Monday. You guys are the best, and you really make it so much fun for me to do this blog. :)

Have a really great Thursday, and make it a point to do something nice for somebody you work with today. Hey, it couldn’t hurt.


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I just want to thank everyone who attended the kick-off of my nationwide Lightroom Tour Live this past Wednesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center (all 800 of you!). I met so many wonderful people, I learned a lot, I saw some old friends and made some new ones. I posted a few photos above (taken by my buddy Dave Moser—you can click on them for a larger view. The top photo was taken during the live bridal shoot that starts the day, then we take those live shots into Lightroom and follow a step-by-step workflow that ends with the final prints coming off an Epson Stylus Pro 3800 right there in the class). Anyway, I just wanted to thank you all for spending the day with me—I really had a blast and greatly appreciate the wonderful support.

The next stop on my Lightroom Tour is at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center on May 21st, but our seating is much more limited than it was in Los Angeles, so if you’d like to join me, sign up today at I hope to see you in Boston!

Note: I just saw a comment posted here on my blog, with a link to a review of my seminar at ChromaticSoul, written by one of the attendees. Here’s the direct link.

Now for some Friday news:

  • If you’re into video Podcasts, I was just turned on to one that really speaks to the tech-freak deep inside us all. It’s USA Today’s “Talking Tech.” This free weekly show and is hosted by tech guru Jefferson Graham (who happens to be a Photoshop fan), and Ed Baig, who do a great job of keeping you (us, we, me, etc.) up on all the latest tech gear without getting “tech geeky” at all. What I like best about the show is their format; it’s casual (the current episode was filmed outside an Apple store), fun, and refreshingly “plain English” for a tech show. Plus, their shows are short, sweet, and right to the point. Definitely check it out (you can watch right from within Apple’s iTunes [for PC and Mac], and you can subscribe and get it downloaded weekly for free. Highly recommended. Click here for the link).
  • Here’s another photo retouching site (this one from Russia), that features before/after retouching shots, and as always I just find these so interesting. It’s great way to see what is being done in retouching, what can be done, and each retoucher definitely has his/her own style, and that makes it all the more interesting. This one’s called Touch of Glamor, and here’s the link.
  • Last week I mentioned that my Photoshop TV co-host Dave Cross has a Photoshop training class coming up at the Digital Technology Centre in Sarasota, Florida on May 19th, and now my other co-host Matt Kloskowski, is bringing a day of hands-on training on Photoshop Layers for Digital Photographers. These are very intimate classes (which means at some point, Matt will probably take his shirt off), so if you want to attend, follow this link to snag one of the few available seats (these classes are limited to 18 participants), for either Dave or Matt’s workshop. By the way; I’ve taught the Digital Technology Centre, and it is an absolute first-class operation, and they always have the very best instructors (and of course, if you’ve ever caught Dave or Matt live, you know you’re in for something very special from these two gifted Photoshop instructors).
  • The photography blog “Pixelated Image” (from photographer David duChemin) did a mini-review of my new Lightroom Book, after reading just the first chapter, and although it includes what is certainly not the most flattering comments about my somewhat different sense of humor, he does a great job of really capturing the flavor of the book, and how it’s put together. Follow this link to read it online. While you’re there be sure to check out this wonderful photography here).By the way; he does have a point about my humor—you either like it, or you hate it. Thankfully I get hundreds of very kind letters from people who totally get my sense of humor, but if you don’t like my style of humor, then apparently you really, really, really don’t like it (and generally want to see me dead).Here’s the thing: the whole book does NOT contain this humor; it’s pretty much contained to just two places: (1) The book’s 3-page introduction, and (2) The opening page of each chapter. That’s it. The rest of the book (as I mention in the introduction), is step-by-step (Step One: do this, Step two: do that), so there’s not really a lot of opportunities to inject any other stuff. I do keep it light and conversational, but again; my “stream of consciousness” style of humor (as my Editor and friend Chris Main likes to call it) is pretty much confined to those two places, so out of a 416 page book, it’s three pages for the intro, and then 1 page each for 10 or 11 chapters (so we’re talking 14 pages of fun, 406 pages of Step one, step two, and so on).Now, here’s something else you might find helpful; we know (from publishing so many books), that the vast majority of people skip over a book’s introduction, and jump right to the first chapter. That’s particularly bad for me (and my readers), because that’s where I explain how to use the book, where to download the accompanying practice files, and lots of other stuff that they need to know to make the most of the book. So, to trick people into reading the introduction, I usually disguise it as something else (like, in this book for example, I call it the “Unexpected Q&A Section” so people read it, thinking it’s not the Introduction. Since it’s not step-by-step, I have fun with it, and I do include some, well….off the wall stuff, but along with it, are valuable instructions on how to make the most of the book.

    So, yes—in each book I try and trick people into reading my introduction (sometimes referred to as “my non-introduction introductions”), but it’s only to help my readers get more out of the book. Plus, as an author, after you’ve written 402 pages of Step one, Step two, and so on, even I need a break to say something silly, and hopefully make you smile a little while you’re learning. :-)

  • I found this link on Anne Marie Conception’s excellent “Design Geek” email newsletter, and it’s to a site who has designed a really nice looking set of CS3 replacement icons for you to download. Also on Anne Marie’s newsletter, was a link to a really cool Flash-based graphic showing all the icons for all the new Adobe products, and it’s just so darn cool.You’ve got to check it out (it only takes a moment).
  • My buddy Terry White’s excellent Tech Blog has moved to new digs: get on board at his new address:

Monday Morning News Update

Well, I’m still recovering from last week’s Photoshop World up in Boston! I had an absolute blast—met SO many great people—I learned a lot (I actually got to sit in on some sessions), plus I got to play a set with my band “Big Electric Cat” at Jillian’s nightclub across the street from Fenway. What an amazing week! Well, now it’s this week, and here’s what’s up:

⢠This kid can shoot! I ran across this site (called LensEvny) of a Photoshop World attendee (he had a blog post about Photoshop World), but it was his photography that really caught my attention (one of his shots is shown above). He’s got a couple of great shots he took on at Boston’s Holocaust Memorial (I really like the one on the right), but take a moment to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Next page” link twice, to check out some of his other photos. I have to say—this kid can shoot! (I say “kid,” he just turned 21 last week, so he’s not really a kid, but ya know—at my age–anyone his age is a kid). Check it out here.

⢠We posted some photos from Photoshop World: you can see them by clicking here, but we’ll be posting lots more later today, so check back tomorrow, too!

⢠The Photoshop Site “Designorati” has posted some on-scene photos from Photoshop World in an online gallery. Check it out right here.

⢠Our friend (and photograper extrodinairre), Vincent Versace (the namesake of oPhotoshop World’s prestigious “Vincent Versace Award for Digital Photographic Excellence,” —one of the highest artistic honors awarded in our industry), has just released a training DVD on Nikon’s Capture NX, called “Unleashing the Raw Power of Capture NX. Check it out right here.

⢠An article on AppleInsider today quotes investment research firm PiperJaffray who had researchers on hand at Photoshop World in Boston last week, interviewing attendees and getting the feel for how Adobe customers are reacting to CS3. The title of the article is: “Interest in Adobe CS3 booms, Photoshop World Sells Out,” and in the AppleInsider article (by Katie Marsal) it says, “Creative professionals, eager for a glimpse of the new Adobe suites in action, flocked in herds to the Boston, Mass.-based Photoshop conference earlier this week, selling out the show for the first time in its history. Read the full article here.

⢠Andrew Rodney (AKA: The Digital Dog), has posted a great photo gallery of shots taken at the Lightoom Pre-Conference Workshop at Photoshop World (known as “Photoshop Soup2Nuts”). Check it out by clicking here.

⢠If you use Photoshop Elements 5 (or have a friend or family member that does), Adobe posted a free update that fixes all sorts of little stuff. Click here to jump to the free update download page.

⢠Hey, there’s more news: scroll down to the read the next post. ;-)

Have a great Monday everybody!!!

My Lightroom book is finally (finally!) hitting books stores this week.

My Lightroom book is finally (finally!) hitting books stores this week. Peachpit had copies for sale at Photoshop World last week, and although sent out an auto-email saying it wouldn’t be in stock until June, it was just one of those crazy “email bot things” and they’ll actually have it any day now (I guess they’re working on sending out a “it’s on its way” bot email maybe as soon as today). So, thanks to everybody who pre-ordered the book (we had record-breaking pre-orders). If you haven’t seen the book yet, you can get a cool interactive look at the layout and feel by going to this site, and checking out this really slick Flash-based look inside the book (a shot of which is shown above). My thanks to Nancy Ruenzel, Scott Cowlin, and everybody at Peachpit Press who worked so hard to make this new book a reality. Way to go!!!! :-)