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We really had a wonderful time last night at my “Prague to Budapest” Travel Photography Webinar (hosted by RC, who was awesome!).

Photographers from all over the world had tuned in and we had lots of great questions, plus we had our partners jumping in left and right offering prizes for us to giveaway during the event (the free replay is posted above).

Here’s what we wound up giving away live last night during Webinar:

  • 2 Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Size Tablets
  • 2 $150 B&H Photo Gift Cards
  • 5 copies each of these books (courtesy of our friends at Peachpit Press): My “Photoshop for Lightroom Users” book; my “Lightroom 5 for Digital Photographers” book; RC’s “The HDR Book” and 5 copies of my “Photoshop for Digital Photographers” Book
  • The Complete Nik Collection of Photoshop/Lightroom plug-ins from Google
  • A Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens
  • A Canon Pixma Pro-1 Printer (this alone sells for $999)

Of course, we had to pay the bills, so we also had deals on KelbyOne and a bundle of Photoshop World Vegas with a 1-year KelbyOne membership. Besides all the prizes, we really had a lot of fun throughout (and lots of laughs) and the response from the thousands of comments, and flood of tweets, was just fantastic. I posted the entire Webinar above, and I hope you get a chance to watch soon.

Thanks to everybody who watched the live feed last night, and to all our partners who were so generous with their giveaways. Here’s wishing you a fantastic weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday.




OK, well I guess “technically” you could see a before/after in Camera Raw but it could not have been clunkier (just turning on/off the Preview checkbox wouldn’t do it â” that only showed you a before/after of the particular panel you were currently using). But this is way beyond that as Adobe took the awesome before/after side-by-side, top-and-bottom, split-view and related stuff from Lightroom and finally (finally!) brought them over to the current version of Camera Raw (Adobe snuck these in the latest update for Photoshop CC subscribers).

You access these before/after views from right below the preview window (I circled it in red above). Better yet, although the Preview Checkbox is now gone from the Camera Raw interface, pressing the “P” key now actually does what you always thought it should â” now it shows you a real before/after of ALL the changes you made in to the image anywhere in Camera Raw.

Hats off to Adobe who has been sneaking lots of new little features into Camera Raw in the past year, stuff like: Export Option Presets, Auto Levels (automatically setting your white and black points for you), Auto White Balance, Visualizing Spots (from Lightroom), ACR-toning for 32-bit HDR images and a whole bunch more (I did a whole class on it on KelbyOne â” if you’re a subscriber make sure you check it out â” even I was surprised how much has been added since Adobe doesn’t make a big fanfare about it anymore â” they just release ’em when they’re ready).

Anyway, that’s just a quickie for today in case you missed the new feature add — hope you all have a great start to your week!



P.S. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

If you can't make the full three-day training conference, how about a FREE Expo-only Pass for the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo coming up in Atlanta in like 6 days? (April 8, 9, and 10th). That way, you can check out the show floor, see some cool gear, check out Adobe's tradeshow booth and all the fun stuff at the Expo portion of the show.

Even though these passes are $40 at the door,  if you register for your FREE pass now online, B&H Photo will pick up the tab for your Expo pass (how sweet is that!). 

Is it worth going to just the expo?
If you've never been to our Expo floor, it is truly awesome! There are lots of classes running on the Expo floor; tons of demos and special expo-only pricing on gear; Adobe will be there along with lots of software and hardware vendors (everyone from Canon to Epson to Westcott and more!), lots of cool stuff to see and learn (there’s a theater with free classes going all day), and totally lots of fun! Best of all â” it's free (if you reserver for your free tickets now, in advance).

Sign-up now for your free Expo-only pass (good for two admissions) right here.  (IMPORTANT: when you get to that page, scroll down and click on the “Free Expo Pass” button) then click “Register Now.”

See you in Atlanta next week!


P.S. I had hoped to have Indy Racing photos to post today, but I’m behind onâ¦.wellâ¦everything. Hopefully will have them ready soon.

I had some folks ask me about how I retouch the cars I shoot so I thought I’d share some of the techniques by taking you quickly (quickly is the key word  here — it normally takes me about 45 minutes for a full retouch) but at least in this video I could show pretty much what I do during a standard automotive retouch, without making you watch me remove every little spot, spec and reflection (which is sadly, what I normally have to do, and that’s why it often takes so long).

So, basically this is just retouching 101 stuff â” if you really want to learn the “art” of retouching automobiles, you should watch Tim Wallace’s “Post Processing for Automotive Photography” online class. He’s very humble about it, but when it comes to retouching cars, Tim is “the man” so it’s totally worth learning his techniques.

Anyway, in the meantime I hope you find the short video I did above somewhat helpful.

Here’s wishing you an awesome Monday (well, as awesome as a Monday can be anyway). :)


Hey Gang: Just a few quick things to take you into the weekend:

(1) I messed up on my class title at Canon’s theater at WPPI
Earlier in the week I said I’d be teaching Sports Photography classes in Canon’s booth, but thankfully I was way off (I gotta stop posting these things really late at night when I’m half asleep). Instead I’ll be doing three presentations where I’ll be covering how to make great portrait images using everything from natural light to hot shoe flash to strobes.

Here’s my WPPI Canon booth teaching schedule:
> Monday at 10:45 am
> Monday at 3:15 pm
> Tuesday at  11:30 am

Hope I’ll see you at one of these in Vegas next week.

(2) I’m working on Part 5 of my “The Digital Photography Book” series
I’m knee deep in the hoopla of writing the 5th part in my series, and this one is totally based on the most popular chapter in the previous four books — my “Photo Recipes” chapter, which is the last chapter in each of the books (so the new book will be titled “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes”).

I’m pretty excited about it because instead of just having one final image on one page and then describing the recipe on how to get that type of shot, I’m able to use two-page spreads for each look with a behind-the-scenes image to better illustrate the technique and I’m pretty psyched how it’s coming out. It’ll be out later this year (you’ll be the first to know). :)

(3) First, look at that list above. Amazing, right!
There’s only once place on earth where they all come together for three days to teach you everything from Photoshop to Photography, Lighting to Lightroom, and that’s The Photoshop World Conference in Atlanta. It’s next month (OK, well April 8-10th). You can meet them in person, be inspired in their classes, and learn their secrets and techniques for three solid days.

If you’ve never been to Photoshop World and experienced this for yourself, now’s your chance (save $100 by beating the Early Bird deadline). Here’s the link — come join me and them PLUS other amazing instructors like:

Bill Fortney, Brian Smith, Russell Preston Brown, Aaron Blaise, Alan Hess, Brian Hughes, Colin Smith, Eddie Tapp, Jack Reznicki, Ed Greenberg, Erik Valind, Felix Nelson, Fay Sircis, Jack Davis, Helene Glassman, Jason Groupp, Jim Divitale, Kevin Ames, Larry Becker, Joe Glyda, Pete Collins and Vincent Versace.

OK, I gotta run — taping a class with Dave Black today (Whoo Hoo!).
Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. Cheers. :)


I am psyched to be back at WPPI this year (the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) Conference & Expo in Las Vegas next week. Last year was my first time ever speaking there and I had a really great time, and excited to be back again and expanding my classes.

Here’s my speaking schedule: 

(1) WPPI Conference Track:

"Portrait Retouching Secrets for Photographers"
Tuesday, March 4
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Portrait Track

Canon Theater
I’ll be teaching sessions on Lighting and Portraiture in the Canon booth:

> Monday at 10:45 am
> Monday at 3:15 pm
> Tuesday at  11:30 am

B&H Photo Booth
I’ll also be teaching a session on “Shooting it with Just One Light” for B&H Photo at their booth/theater:

If you're at the show, I hope you'll catch one of my sessions (and if you see me wandering around, make sure you stop me and say "hi").

Hope you have a great start to your week!



P.S. I’m up here in Atlanta today for my “Shoot Like a Pro” tour stop and I’m looking forward to meeting everybody (and making some new friends). My next tour stop is in Phoenix on March 12th.