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Matt Kloskowski’s new book, Photoshop Compositing Secrets, is now available for pre-order on!

Matt will be signing the pre-order copies, AND if you order by July 31st, you get to partake in the “Christmas in July” promotion (3 free sale DVDs with any regularly priced book, DVD or bundle order) – so your order will include a signed Compositing Secrets book and three free DVDs.  (Remember though, that Matt’s book doesn’t ship until mid-August, so your DVDs and book will all be sent in the same order.)

So head on over to to reserve your copy today!

Greetings from Canada! Brad here with this week’s pimpy news. Let’s get to it:

Sallee Nordstrom Tour featuring Scott Kelby in Atlanta
Scott Kelby will be the featured speaker for the Atlanta stop of the Sallee Nordstrom Tour on August 15! Scott will be teaching lighting, shooting, and retouching during his session, while JB & DeEtte Sallee and Lori Nordstrom will be covering topics ranging from client relations, marketing ideas, pricing for profit, album designs, and plenty of other topics every portrait and wedding photographer needs to know.

The tour is hitting plenty of other cities and features other guest speakers like Joe Buissink, Skip Cohen, Sal Cincotta, and lots of other great instructors! Click here to register for Atlanta on August 15, or any of the other upcoming cities!

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! in Orlando & Miami
As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, I’m in Canada with Scott for his Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! tour stops in Calgary (today) and Vancouver (Friday). Between these two seminars, there will be over 900 photographers in attendance!

Next month we’ll be heading to sunny Orlando on August 5 and Miami on August 22. Make sure you head over to for all the info and to register, and make sure you check out the feedback from attendees on the bottom left of the page :)

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Hands-On!
Want to some hands-on experience with Scott Kelby’s Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. seminar? You’ll have the opportunity when he takes part in the Dave Cross Workshops on July 29 in Tampa, FL! Scott will walk attendees through multiple lighting setups, and they’ll have the opportunity to photograph models using those setups, then walk through retouching their photos as Scott guides them along.

Do you teach Photoshop?
NAPP is looking to find new ways to help support college instructors and professors as they teach the power of Photoshop, so we sent out a survey to members with an educational membership on Monday. If you are a teacher and/or trainer of Photoshop, and didn’t get the survey by email, we’d like your input too. The survey is short and should take 5 minutes or less. Please complete the survey by midnight Friday, August 5 EST.
In Setup, Shoot, and Photoshop: Creating A Commercial Photography Package, Jim DiVitale shows you the basics of putting together a complete photo package for a local business. From interior shots of the business, to headshots of the owner and staff, Jim covers everything you’ll need to provide materials for business cards, websites, and commercials!

In Using The Pen Tool in Photoshop, RC Concepcion walks you through everything you need to know to take full advantage of one of Photoshop’s most powerful tools.

Calvin Hollywood Wokingham Workshop
Calvin Hollywood is teaching a hands-on workshop in Wokingham, UK on August 27 & 28. On the first day, he’ll cover photography and studio lighting, where he’ll walk you through developing a concept, setting up and organizing the shoot, working with the talent, different lighting styles, and more!

On the second day, he’ll cover his Photoshop workflow for RAW processing, skin and beauty retouching, compositing, developing creative styles, and the details of his “freaky detail” techniques!

Click here for all the info and to sign up (there are only a few spots left, so don’t wait!)

Rick Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Buffet App
Rick Sammon has added a “baker’s dozen” of lighting tips to his app, Rick Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Buffet. Rick shows you simple ways to get the most out of your lights in this app. Check out his site for a full list of tips, plus a sample tip on using a grid spot for dramatic lighting effects.

That’s it for today. Check back in tomorrow for a report from Scott on shooting around Banff National Park and the Calgary Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! seminar :)

Hey gang, Brad here with this week’s edition of Pimpy Thursday!


It’s “Christmas in July” at Kelby Training Books!
Ok, we know… that whole “Christmas in July” thing always feels a little silly. I mean, who likes singing carols when it’s 95 degrees outside? However, there’s one thing that’s never silly, and that’s PRESENTS! So from now until July 31, when you buy any regularly priced book, DVD, or special bundle from Kelby Training, we’ll throw in 3 free DVDs!

No codes and no special links necessary. Just make a purchase and poof! “Christmas in July!” Well, ok, there’s a couple catches. We get to choose the DVDs, and they will be from our sale-priced DVDs. We can pretty much guarantee that one of them will be the Best of Photoshop User – The 12th Year DVD, and no returns, trade-ins, special requests or whining is allowed :) But hey! That’s still a whole lot of extra training. Plus, if you already own one of the DVDs you get, you now have an instant re-gift!

Wallpaper of the Week
Be sure to check out the Wallpaper of the Week on the members home page. Each week an image from a NAPP member will be featured as the wallpaper of the week, so if you see something you like for your desktop, iPad, iPhone or other device – grab it!

Armed Forces Discount
As a way of saying “thanks” to our armed forces, NAPP would like to extend a $20 discount to every new or renewed NAPP member actively serving in our armed forces. Visit this page for complete details, and please feel free to share this via your referral program. If you know of an active duty serviceman or woman who is into Photoshop, a digital membership will put Photoshop User magazine right on their laptops, iPhones and iPads no matter where in the world they are.
Corey Barker is back with his latest class, Photoshop CS5 In-Depth: Interface and Preferences. He’ll show you how to save workspaces and customize Photoshop so you can optimize the time you spend working for maximum productivity.

Kelby Training Live
In addition to Scott Kelby’s Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE! Tour, you can also catch Fay Sirkis on the road with The Art of Photo Painting with Photoshop CS5 Tour! She’ll be in Washington, DC on July 29, and in Los Angeles, CA on August 3. You can get all the details over at

Special Deal for Nik Software and OnOne Software from Acme Educational
Speaking of Vincent Versace, he and the team at Acme Educational have teamed up with Nik Software and OnOne Software to offer you a 10% discount on their products! Just use the coupon code ACME when you’re making your purchase.

The discount doesn’t apply to Nik Software’s third party products or specials (like the current $100 off Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete or $60 off HDR Efex Pro), but everything else is fair game!

$100 Off Design Services for Photographers at
Through the end of July, the team over at is offering $100 off graphic designs for photographers! If you’re not familiar with them, they let you upload your photos to one of their design templates for brochures, business cards, newsletters, and display banners, then print and deliver them to you. Then you turn around and use those items to wow your clients, and increase sales!

Blog Collage from Fundy Software
Fundy Software, Inc. has just released its latest product, Blog Collage – ­the fastest way to create stunning collages for a blog or Facebook marketing needs. Features include designing for any blog/web width easy branding with logos using color or transparent backgrounds creating dynamic layouts with easy design and unlimited module combinations, and auto-saving for the web. You can see Blog Collage in action over at

That’s it for this week. Have a great Thursday!

Hey gang, Brad here with some exciting news!

Next month Scott Kelby will be bringing his Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! Tour to Cologne and Amsterdam! We’ll be in Cologne (Köln), DE on August 10, then Amsterdam, NL on August 12. I have a feeling that Calvin Hollywood and Frank Doorhof might possibly be around too… :)

Head on over to to get all the info and sign up! Don’t forget NAPP members get a 20 discount, so it’s only 79 if you’re a member!

Hey gang, Brad here, fresh off a plane from Toronto, to give you this week’s pimpy stuff :)

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Hands-On!
Want to enjoy Scott Kelby’s Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. seminar with hands-on experience? You’ll have the opportunity when he takes part in the Dave Cross Workshops on July 29 in Tampa, FL! Scott will walk attendees through multiple lighting setups, and they’ll have the opportunity to photograph models using those setups, then walk through retouching their photos as Scott guides them along.

This workshop is limited to 16 participants, so head on over to Dave Cross Workshops for all the info and to sign up!

The Grid
If you’re a fan of our industry talk show, The Grid, help us spread the word about the show’s new time slot – Wednesdays at 4pm Eastern. Tweet it, blog it, Facebook it, send out carrier pigeons, whatever you want to do to help us get the word out :)

A huge part of what makes the show special is that you, the viewers, are really at the heart of the show.  We love hearing your comments, questions, and feedback, because they add a new dimension and plenty of viewpoints to each discussion that we wouldn’t have otherwise.

And, of course, you can always subscribe on iTunes if you’re unable to tune in live.
RC Concepcion’s latest class, Protecting Your Images Online, was just added to the’s ever-growing library of training courses! RC walks you through metadata, watermarking, copyright registration, and everything else you need to know in order to protect your images from online theft.

Photoshop World Vegas
I am truly pumped about Photoshop World Vegas! Have you seen some of the new instructors who will be there? Joel Grimes, Vincent Laforet, Jeremy Cowart, and Dave Black will all be teaching brand new classes this fall, including new pre-conference workshops on Light Painting and HDSLR Movie Making!

Before you register, check out the Gimme 4 and Lucky Number 7 promos for great deals and bonuses.

That’s it for today. Have a great Thursday!

Hey gang, Brad here with the pimpy for this week!

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE Toronto… SOLD OUT!
That’s right, the first stop of Scott Kelby’s Canadian tour in Toronto next week is already sold out!

You can still get tickets for Calgary, AB on July 21 and Vancouver, BC on July 22 right here, but hurry before they’re all gone too!

The Art of Photo Painting
You can also get tickets for Fay Sirkis’ brand new tour in Washington, DC on July 29 and Los Angeles, CA on August 3 over at

The Official NAPP Gear Store

For those of you in NAPP (The National Association of Photoshop Professionals), The Official NAPP Gear Store is now open and it’s stocked with NAPP branded items as well as some of our most popular designs from Photoshop World Expo’s past.

NAPP is also offering a new membership discount available to all active U.S. Military personnel. The discount is $20 off an annual membership or renewal. You can get all of the details here.

B&H’s Guide To Wedding Photography
B&H just launched their Guide to Wedding Photography on their InDepth website. Head on over and check it out for tips on everything from what to pack, making a shot list, outdoor lighting, group photos, shooting the ceremony and reception, and tons more!

10% 0ff FlashPoint Q Series for Speedlights from Adorama
Today only
, Adorama is offering 10% off their FlashPoint Q Series Light Modifier kit for Speedlights. The kit works on Canon & Nikon Speedlights, and includes: Beauty Dish Mini Reflector, Snoot, Diffuser Dome, 1 White Deflector, 1 Gold Deflector, Honeycombs, 3 Colored Filters, 1 Extra Diffuser. Normally $129.94, you can purchase it today for $116.95 today by contacting Jeff Snyder via email or by calling 1-888-209-5776.

Photo Pro Network Summer School
PPN Summer School, with featured speaker Kevin Ames, will be held July 10 & 11 in Lexington, KY! It’s only $119.00 for two days of instruction if you register before July 1.

Dave Black’s The Way I See It App
Got an iPad? Check out Dave Black’s The Way I See It app, based on his book of the same name. It features plenty of Dave’s beautiful photographs, plus he discusses the story behind them, and how he shot them!

The Vanelli and Friends October Cruise
The Vanelli and Friends October Cruise has been officially announced with special guest Andy from lightenupandshoot! It’s a 4 day/3 night cruise/photography workshop that will take place from October 14-17. The price of the 4 day cruise including the workshop is $795.00 if you book before July 30th, or $895.00 if you book after. So hurry up, this amazing photography pack age will not last long since it’s limited to 15 people! Also, to add even more value to this jam packed photography weekend, onOne Software is including Perfect Photo Suite 5.5, a 500.00 value!

Discover Iceland: A Photographer’s Paradise
June 24-30, 2012 Ben Willmore will lead a photo workshop in Iceland. This will be Ben’s fifth visit to Iceland in the last seven years. Iceland features black sand beaches, waterfalls, geysers, volcanoes, geothermal features, glaciers, icebergs, lighthouses, turf houses, storybook horses and interesting architecture, all packed into a country that is 1/95th the size of the United States. The workshop is scheduled for the time of year when there is a full six hours of “the golden hour”, which is why the country is often referred to as the “land of the midnight sun”. For more details, visit and check out Ben’s Iceland photos at

That’s it for today. Have a great Thursday!