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Above: iPhone shot of Bruno Mars in concert.

Whew!!! What a busy travel week. On Saturday I snuck the wifey off to Vegas to see Bruno Mars in concert at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan Hotel (it was a surprise birthday present — her birthday was a few weeks ago), and we had an absolute blast! Bruno Mars’ show was just absolutely outstanding — one of the best concerts either of us had ever seen. Everything from the sound to the lights to the stage show was just spot on. What a talented guy!

Anyway, here’s what’s up:

Adobe Releases “Aperture to Lightroom Migration Guide”
They actually did this a few weeks ago, but I run into lots of folks who hadn’t heard it had been released. You can download the free guide (called “”Making the Switch from Aperture to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom”), in PDF format, right here. 

 

Heads up to Canon Pro Shooters
This past week Canon launched a brand new Twitter page for pro Canon shooters here in the United States. You can follow them right here: @canonusapro

Worldwide Photo Walk Update:
We’re up to over 675 walks so far in cities all around the world, and we’re almost to 6,000 photo walkers! (Whoo hoo!). My thanks to everybody who has donated $1 to the orphanage (much love!). New cities include: Ludwigshafen, Germany; Bronx, NY, USA; Springfield, IL, USA; Embu das Artes, Brasil; Oviedo, Spain; Worcester, Worcester UK; Szeged, Hungary; and Auckland, New Zealand. Come join the walk near you: (link).

I’m in St. Louis today â” Kansas City on Thursday!
I’m teaching my full-day seminar here in St. Louis today, and on Thursday in Kansas City. Looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of you in person. http://kel.by/SM_SLAPtour 

Photoshop World is just one week away!
It’s not to late to register and join us for the full conference in Las Vegas. Here’s the link. Also, if you can’t make the full conference, but want a free pass to the Expo floor, here’s the link for a free expo-only pass. Lots of cool stuff to see!

OK, gang — that’s it for this Tuesdays. I hope if you’re here in St. Louis and you read my blog, you’ll come up and say ‘hi.” :)

All my best,

-Scott

Apple has pulled the plug on Aperture. But not only Aperture, iPhoto is a goner, too!

Both are reportedly to be replaced with a new Photos app (the one Apple demo’d at WWDC) in the next release of the Mac OS (Mac OS Yosemite), something this fall.

Wow!!! Kinda stunned. Not as stunned as the guy in the TV above, but stunned nevertheless. Of note: the last time Apple introduced a new version of Aperture (Aperture 3) was back in February of 2010. Apparently they had discontinued development long ago â” now they’re just making it official.

Here’s the link to the story: http://9to5mac.com/

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress.


Above: Look how much smaller the new bag is, yet it holds all my junk. Ahemâ¦I mean my essential gear for travel. ;-)

If you’re like me, you’re never really happy with your laptop bag. That was me for most of my life (well, most of my laptop toting life anyway), until about 5 years ago when I fell deeply and hopeless in love with Thank Tank Photo’s laptop bag. It was prefect. A pocket for everything â” I could even fit my Wacom tablet in it â” it was justâ¦perfect! Especially for someone who carries a lot of stuff (see below).

Here’s what’s in my bag (as seen above):

  1. 15″ MacBook Pro (this is my main computer day in, day out)
  2. A bunch of plastic cards (gift cards, Delta club card, Hilton Honors card, etc.)
  3. USB drive with backup stuff
  4. One-Tb Back-up hard drive of my entire MacBook, plus USB 3 cable
  5. iPad Charger and cable
  6. iPhone charger and cable
  7. Lexar USB 3 CF and SD card reader
  8. Wacom Wireless Pen and Pen Holder
  9. Backup Wacom Pen
  10. Wacom USB Cable
  11. Bendable Laptop LED light (I use it to light my outline during a seminar)
  12. Love Book (That’s what my daughter called it when she gave it to me. It’s always with me).
  13. Two sets of business cards (I know, that’s probably one too many)
  14. MacBook Charger and Cable
  15. Five Sharpie pens (for signing books and stuff)
  16. Bose headphone adapter
  17. Another USB Flash backup (for paranoid presenters)
  18. Guitar Pick. Hey, ya never know.
  19. OK, I’m carrying more USB drives than I need.
  20. Two DVI adapters to connect MacBook to projectors (one and a backup)
  21. Copy of Photoshop User magazine, outlines for my tour, notes, fan mail from some flounder
  22. Wacom Intuos Pro tablet “Small”
  23. Collapsible iPad stand
  24. AAA batteries just in case my headphone’s batteries go dead. I know, I don’t need three â” just one.
  25. Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones (I so love these things, but I hate their bulky carrying case).
  26. A tin of Altoids (Curiously strong mints)
  27. Screen and Lens wipes
  28. Lens cleaning cloth
  29. Logitech Wireless Slide controller (for slide presentations).
  30. iPad Air
  31. Small bag of marijuana.
  32. Made ya look! ;-)

 

About a year or so ago I saw Think Tank Photo’s booth at a tradeshow (I think it was Photo Plus in NYC), and I thought I’d go pick up another one just like it to replace mine …until I heard the sad newsâ¦.they had discontinued it. I was stunned. It was the best, ever, hands-down and now it’s gone.

It was at that moment that I knew I would have to hold on to my old bag until it literally disintegrated, but luckily that day never came because Wednesday I got something even better than my old Think Tank laptop bag. A brand new, smaller, lighter, better-designed (like they made it just for me) laptop bag. It’s the “My 2nd Brain” Briefcase 15 and it is my new laptop bag dream come true. My world finally makes sense again (Not really).

http://youtu.be/xaIezFyAEt0

Above: I did a little iPhone video tour of the bag (iPhone video work by the amazing bearded Brad Moore) to show you how it does it’s thing. It has a perfect pocket for my Wacom tablet, and a separate just for your iPad (In my old bag, I just tossed mine in where I kept my papers and magazines). 

I had pretty much given up on Think Tank Photo ever making another Laptop Bag, and I just cannot tell you excited I was when I found out that not only where they making them again â” that the new one was that much better, smaller and lighter than the old one, but it still held all my gear â” now it’s all just more organized. You’ll have to check out the video to see all the compartments, pockets, sleeves and clever stuff this bag has inside and out. Very well designed, and built like a tank. Super Mclovin’ it!

It sells for $144 over at B&H Photo (that’s where I buy all my stuff). Worth every penny!

Hope this First Look helped you find the bag of your dreams, and here’s wishing you fantastic weekend filled with lots of amazing images. See ya back here on Monday.

Best,

-Scott

Well, here’s your chance, as the fine folks who publish the Canadian-based Stark-Magazine have introduced the “Stark Awards” competition and their official Call for Entries is now open in a host of categories (the story of how these awards came to be is right here).

The overall winner will have their art featured in a Photohaus Gallery Exhibit and Stark Awards will finance the printing and mounting of artwork – See more at this link.

There are a host of judges, including yours truly, and there are cash prizes for the winner of each category and the overall winner as well.

You can find all the details right here.

Good luck everybody!

 

 

I am on my way to beautiful Nashville, Tennessee for my SOLD OUT seminar there tomorrow (Whoo Hoo!!!). Very excited to meet everybody (and thanks for the wonderful turn-out Nashville).

I’m getting in to town early and not surprisingly Nashville has a lot of music stores, so I’ll be hitting a bunch of them this afternoon. If you’re a local and know of a music store I shouldn’t miss, please leave me a comment below so I make sure I stop by there.

I’m especially on the lookout for cool used guitars or vintage guitars (and of course my search continues for a distressed Fender Strat with a British Union Jack flag painted on it (like this one here — I’ve contacted them about getting that exact one — so far, no reply at all. Not looking good). Anyway, I know finding one in Nashville is a bit of a long-shot, but hey â” ya never know, right?

http://youtu.be/XSRHxqbSQrg

Is Photoshop Dead for Photographers?
That was the headline from an article I ran across last week (Well, it was actually worse than that â” it said “Is Photoshop Dead?” and it showed a tombstone with the Photoshop Icon on the tombstone). We tackled that article and issue on last week’s episode of “The Grid” (which I’ve embedded right above).

Our buddy Mike “Hollywood” Kubeisy was our in-studio guest and we also got to talk with him what it’s like working with celebrities and on Hollywood sets and he shared lots of interesting stories (and answered lots of questions from our viewers). Anyway you can watch it right above.

The big Adobe Event is this week!!!
I’ll be tuning in live on Wednesday (and so can you â” it’s free â” here’ the link), and of course we’ll be talking about all the new stuff on “The Grid” that afternoon, but in the meantime all I can say is there is some really slick stuff coming our way from the folks in San Jose (hey, that rhymes). Mark it on your calendars.

Hope you all have a first-rate Monday, and I look forward to seeing a whole bunch of you in person tomorrow at my seminar here in Nashville.

Best,

-Scott

 

 

 

 

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

This post is dedicated each year to the memory of David Leimbach, (shown above; the brother of our friend and colleague Jeff Leimbach), who died six years ago in combat in Afghanistan.

Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day.

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