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Guys—-we raised nearly $2,500 with this raffle (link), of which 100% goes directly to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya to feed, clothe and care for this wonderful kids.

And the winner (chosen at random) of my “Signed by the Photoshop Guys” Signature Series Schecter Diamond Series Electric Guitar (including the display case, signed photo, and iStockPhoto guitar pick) is:

Ken Toney
of Fairforest, South Carolina

Congratulations to Ken, and to everybody who donated and invested in the lives of these children. This is a great way to start the year! :)


I’m up in Boston for the kick-off of my new one-day workshop called “Photoshop For Digital Photographers,” but while I’m teaching today, I wanted to give you guys a quick highlights/wrap-up of the Photo Plus Expo which wrapped up on Saturday in New York. (The photo above [click for much larger view]  was taken during my Saturday presentation at Nikon’s main stage—-photo by Rafael “RC” Concepcion).

The Buzz
The big buzz was about digital video on DSLRs, and editing that video. I saw a number of vendors selling different mounts and stedicam-like brackets for getting smooth hand-held HD video from DSLRs, and everybody was talking video (which is weird for a photo tradeshow). Lightroom 3 was getting some buzz, but since Adobe wasn’t exhibiting, a lot of the buzz was “Where’s Adobe?” Nikon’s D3s and Canon’s 7D were both getting a lot of buzz, too. I saw lots of booths from companies offering: (a) online portfolios (b) printed photo and wedding books (c) printing on different mediums (metal, aluminum, etc).

The Attendance
I have no idea what the official attendance number was, but the show seemed very crowded the entire time, and the aisles were always busy. We had a NAPP booth at the show, and had one of our best shows in years, and every vendor I talked with seemed really upbeat and busy, and that’s a good thing.


Cool Stuff I Saw
JVC had a 3D television (you had to wear 3D glasses), that was really cool. I went by Think Tank Photo’s booth three times to try and finally meet someone from Think Tank in person, but it was so crazy in their booth, you couldn’t move. You’d think they were handing out $20 bills (that’s their booth above–photo by Rafael). was there with their photo business cards (where you can get up to 50 cards business cards, each with a different photo), and it seems like I’m the last one on earth to have heard about them, because everybody had cards already. Olympus had a pretty cool almost-point-and-shoot camera called the Pen that people were talking about. Nikon had a packed house for their Capture NX 2 theater, and their booth was a mob-scene morning til night. Nik Software had ’em wall to wall checking out Viveza 2 (totally amazing) in their theater, and I saw quite a few microstock companies there as well.



Awesome Demos
Matt Kloskowski and I both did demos over at the Elinchrom booth (that’s Matt seen during his demo in the “taken with my iPhone” photo above). Jim Smelzer was pulling a huge crowd for three solid days for his lighting demos in the Westcott booth, and people were eating his stuff up (that’s Jim holding the softbox above).

Also, UK-based fashion photographer Mark Cleghorn was doing live lighting demos at the Lastolite booth and he had ’em packed in. I just caught the end of a demo at the Asukabook booth, but they had a bride and groom in the booth, with a photographer giving posing tips, and what I saw was really interesting. Saw a great presentation from Tyler Stableford at the Canon booth, who had some incredible adventure sports photography and portraits (here’s his site), and I saw Douglas Kirkland doing a fashion lighting demo for Canon that was very interesting and entertaining. Also saw a great presentation from celebrity photographer Jerry Aveniam at the Lexar media booth. There were so many great presentations all over—I wish I had more time to check them out. (That’s my brother Jeff and Dave Loebig in the NAPP booth in the photo below—-photo by Rafael)


Conference Sessions
I got to attend three workshops on the conference track; two of which were absolutely fantastic. The first was from wedding photographer Cliff Mautner, and Matt and I both caught his class and we were blown away. This guy is the real deal—incredible photographer and teacher. I learned a bunch (he does live workshops—here’s the link). I also caught a Sport Photography workshop given by Sports Illustrated’s Peter Read Miller and it was just absolutely fantastic!!!! He was very informative; gave very specific information, and I took loads of notes the whole time. He was very gracious and humble, (especially for a living legend of sports photography), and I learned a lot. Really, one of the highlights of the whole trip for me.


(Above. Softboxes. Mmmm!). There was one workshop Matt and I were really disappointed in, because the instructor didn’t teach anything—he just showed slides and talked about himself (and how much smarter he was than the art directors, and the clients, and well…everybody). Matt and I eventually walked about after about an hour and a half. Outside of that—-it was great!!! I also saw Julieanne Kost teaching Lightroom. I was only in the classroom about 10 minutes and sure enough—I learned something I didn’t know. Dang, she’s good! (That’s Bogen Product Manager Mark Astmann below, showing off my beloved Ranger Quadra. Mmmmm. Quadra. Photo by Rafael).


Good Friends and Good Fun
One of my favorite parts of PPE is seeing so many friends and making new ones. I saw a lot of my Photoshop World buddies, like Joe McNally, Vincent Versace, Jack Reznicki, Kevin Ames, Steve Inglima, and of course Matty K, and Dave Cross (by the way—Matt few home Friday night to compete in a Martial Arts tournament on Saturday, and he wound up taking 1st place in Sparring and 2nd place in Forms. Congrats Matt!!!). Scott, Ted, and Sara Jane from Peachpit were there, too. My wonderful older brother Jeff was there and we got to hang out a little, which is always awesome.

I also talked sports photographers Matt Lange and Don Page (the guys I shot the Louisiana Tech game with last week), into coming to New York for PPE, and we hung out the whole show and I introduced them to “the gang” who took them in like they were old friends. Both are really great guys, and I think they made a lot of new friends, too (Don, RC, and Brad wound up hanging out one night at Joey L’s house until way late along with Jeremy Cowart, Dustin Snipes, and company—-Matt Lange had to get back to shoot the LSU game on Saturday).


Kudo’s to Anthony Bourdain!
The night before Photoshop World last month, my buddy Rod Harlan and I stayed up watching the Travel Channel show “Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations” and he did a show called “Disappearing Manhattan” based on all these amazing restaurants that have been around “forever” and are one of kind places, with amazing histories and food to match (which is why they’re still around). I had already been to one of the places he profiled on the show (Katz’s Deli), but I got to two more from his list. “Keen’s Chophouse” (just amazing steaks and atmosphere), and Mangenaro’s Italian Foods and Restaurant (which I totally loved), shown in the iPhone photo above.


Also, my wife told me about a place she read about called “Pop Burger” and RC and I had to check it out after the show closed (that’s RC at Pop-burger above in another “iPhone photo.”).


Thanks, You Guys!
My humble thanks to everybody who came by to catch my presentations at Nikon’s booth, or at the Elinchrom booth, or who caught my panel appearance in Jack Hollingsworth’s session on Social Media for photographers. Also, thanks to Andrew, Mike & Mike, Ed, Joe, Bill, Scott, Mr. Fortney, Annie, and everybody at Nikon who were just absolutely wonderful to me. It truly was an honor to speak for you guys. (The photo above is something I never thought I’d see—-one of my prints [the football player] hanging in the Nikon booth. For me, that was really a thrill. Photo by Rafael). Also, thanks to the Photo Plus crew for hosting such a great show. Can’t wait till next year!


Here’s my Expo Floor Training Schedule for the PPE show in New York this week:

10:15 am – I’ll be doing a live presentation about my photography called “The Power of Color” for Nikon at their Expo theater in the Nikon booth

11:00 am – Special presentation with Matt Kloskowski at the Nik Software Booth

2:00 pm – Behind-the-Scenes with Elinchrom Lighting (at the Bogen Imaging Booth).

1:15 pm – My “Power of Color” presentation in the Nikon Booth

3:15 pm – My “Power of Color” presentation in the Nikon Booth

All these presentations are free and open to anyone with an Expo pass (here’s the link), so if you’re there this week, I’d love to meet you and say “hi.” Hope to see you there!


First, a big thanks to Wes Maggio from Wacom for his great guest post yesterday. You can see from the comments, a lot of people totally dug his post (and it got people thinking big time about using their tablet in ways they hadn’t really considered).

I’m pretty careful anytime I ask someone to be a guest blogger that’s going to be talking about their company’s product, because I don’t want them to turn the Guest Blog into a sales piece, but I know Wes personally and was certain Wes would provide some real helpful info in his post and that’s exactly what he did. Thanks Wes. I picked up some stuff I didn’t know, too. Now, onto the news:

Have You Heard of a Program Like This?
I got a call yesterday from my buddy Paul Abell, and he was asking me if I knew of a program or utility that was designed to track all the models and serial numbers of your camera gear (mostly for insurance purposes). He seemed to remember reading about one, but can’t remember where he saw it (it was a while back). I thought it was a handy idea (in fact, I’d use it myself), but anyway, if any of you know of all application like this, can you please let us both know by posting a comment here on the blog? Many thanks.

Peachpit Press, David DuChemin, and Chris Orwig
Are Up to Something Really Cool

These three have come together to host a very cool contest for anyone attending Photoshop World. The scoop is basically this: you take some cool photos of neon signs in your neck of the woods, and if David and Chris pick your shot as one of their 20 winners, you’ll be invited to a special private Photo Walk at the famous Neon Sign Boneyard Museum near downtown Las Vegas, hosted by Peachpit and a number of Peachpit authors and instructors (includes transfer from the Mandalay Bay resort). The contest is called “Neon in Your Neighborhood” and you can get the whole scoop right here.

Adobe releases free update to Camera Raw & Lightroom
Tuesday Adobe released a Camera Raw (version 5.5)  and Lightroom update (version 2.5) that add support for new cameras (like the new Nikon D300s, and the D3000), among other little fixes. Click here for more details from Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty’s Lightroom Journal blog.

Chase Continues to Amaze
I don’t know if you’ve seen what Chase Jarvis has been doing out in New Zealand for his client San Disk, but if you’ve got a minute, it’s definitely worth checking out. I’m constantly amazed at the stuff he comes up with! Here’s the link.

That’s it for this Thursday
I’m pretty much focused on getting ready for Photoshop World in a few weeks, so I’m keeping the blogging kinda light (which is probably a good thing), but we’ll have LOADS of blogging going on during Photoshop World itself (more on that soon). Have a great day!


Hi Gang:
It’s 1:49 am, and I’m up working on my seminar presentation tomorrow in Orlando, but I’ve about hit the wall (so I’ll hitting the sack), I just wanted to say a quick thank you now, because I’ll be at the seminar all day tomorrow.

First, thanks to everyone who posted here, or who contacted me yesterday with a kind word and offers to help our contest winner Alex. By 7:30 am yesterday morning I had already received emails from SIDs at a number of University’s offering to let Alex shoot on their sidelines, and I had offers of everything from major rock band concert shoots for him, to free software and gear loaners for Alex (read this post from Matt Lange for example). I heard from everybody from software developers, camera companies, accessory companies, to some of the biggest name photographers in our industry—-you name it. It was an amazing day!

So gang, don’t spend another day focusing on the all bitterness. Instead, lets celebrate the great things that happened, like first-class act Scott Bourne, at who contacted me and is sending a gift box to Alex, which includes:

  • The entire Nik Software plug-in suite (Brand new in a box),
  • A Think Tank Photo Rotation 360 in the box,
  • and a brand new Expo Disk from Expo Imaging.

Scott didn’t want any exposure or credit whatsoever for sending these to Alex. Too bad—-he did a kick-butt thing and I want everyone to know!!!!

Anyway gang, don’t worry—-with all the offers I got yesterday, Alex will be on the sidelines very soon (also don’t worry—–I won’t mention it until he’s done it, so he doesn’t get torpedoed once again).

Also, I want to thank my buddy Mike Olivella for being such a stand-up guy, and I think a lot of people really recognized and appreciated that. That’s a rare trait these days and I’m prouder than ever to call him my friend.

I hope everybody, including all the sports photographers on both sides of this issue, have their best weekend ever, and next week let’s put this silly stuff behind us, and move on to stuff that really matters (like who the Bucs are going to choose for their starting Quarterback). Just kidding! Have a great one!!!