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Huge news: My best buddy Dave Moser and his wife Lisa just delivered twin girls!!!!!! I'm blogging this from the hospital waiting room, and my buddy is so thrilled, relieved, exhausted and overjoyed! The girls were four weeks early, but they're doing GREAT!!! Thanks to everybody who sent their prayers Dave and Lisa's way!!! As soon as I get some photos, I'll post 'em here. Congrats to Dave and Lisa, and a big welcome to Katherine and Elizabeth, (who I'm sure will both soon have MacBook Airs and the Creative Suite). ;-) Whoo Hoo!!!!

Nikon just announced the Nikon D700 DSLR: a brand new, full-frame FX format 12-megapixel camera (shipping near the end of this month for around $3,000), along with a new flagship for the Nikon Creative Lighting System: the Nikon SB-900 Flash (available July 25, 2008 for around $500). The BUZZ on the D700: The outside still looks like the D300, but supposedly the inside is said to pretty much be that of a Nikon D3 (with a CMOS sensor and extremely low noise), but with some additional features not found on the D3. Unlike the D3, it comes with a built-in pop-up flash. It seems like it's a D3 in a modified D300 body ( wrote, "Pictures shot with the D3 and D700 are expected to look the same in every respect.") The BUZZ on the SB-900: Faster recycle time, more powerful, better software, larger…

Mark Allen, one of my blog readers, posted this comment yesterday: "I've used your books over the years in a number of projects. One thing I've always wanted to learn to do was take some good photos of fireworks. I used your method in The Digital Photography Book last night and got some great ones. Wow! With the right technique, it was easy!" So, I thought with the Fourth of July coming up this week, I'd do a quick post on how to shoot Fireworks (well, how to photograph fireworks, anyway). So today I'm posting the technique, directly from page 175 in my book. Thanks to Mark for the comment (saying nice things like that is a surefire way to get my attention, by the way), and for inspiring this post today. Here we go: This is another one that throws a lot of…

....Adobe Photoshop Senior Product Manager, John Nack. If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know I'm a big fan of John's official Adobe blog (it's called "John Nack on Adobe." Here's the link), because it gives us all a "peek behind the curtain" and his insights and comments really give you look into the mind of Adobe. Besides his comments on all things Adobe, John digs up some of the most unique, fascinating, often funny, and just downright interesting sites and articles (and he blogs at least five-days-a week), and its won him a legion of devoted readers. I've been lucky enough to work with John on a number of things over the years, and I can tell you this; he's exactly the kind of person you would hope would be a Product Manager at Adobe. He's really a brilliant,…

Over 2,500 of you voted on Friday's survey. Here are the top 10 results, in order by popularity: Interesting stuff to note: You didn't ask for wild new features, and stuff Photoshop can't already do; instead you just asked for improvements to things Photoshop can already do. A lot of things you asked for, can already be done in Photoshop, but only through workarounds. For example, you can apply Shadow/Highlight as a Smart Filter (after you convert your layer to a Smart Layer), but obviously that's not what we want; we want it as a real Adjustment layer. Same thing for wanting Filters to be applied as Adjustment Layers. Smart Filters offer the same basic functionality as an Adjustment layer (it comes with a layer mask, it's fully editable after the fact, you can change the blend mode and opacity, you can save your…

I had so many questions and requests to show how I made those calendar layouts last week using photos from my vacation to Italy, that I’m going to give you a step-by-step on how it was done (and how to make your own).

Now, before I go any further; most of this was done using Apple’s iPhoto application (which comes free with every Mac), and it’s absolutely brilliant for stuff like this. If you’re using a Windows PC, then later in the week I’ll have a separate tutorial on how to achieve a similar look in Photoshop (but it takes a bit more work).


STEP ONE: Import your photos into Apple’s iPhoto application, then create an Album (similar to a collection in Lightroom, or a Playlist in iTunes) by clicking on the + (plus sign) icon in the bottom left corner of the iPhoto window. Name your Album, then drag your newly imported photos into this album. Once your photos are in their own Album (seen above—click for a larger image), click the Calendar button in the toolbar at the bottom of the window (as shown above).



STEP TWO: This brings up the Calendar window (shown above) where you choose which theme you want for your calendar from the list of themes on the left side. I choose the Classic Theme (as seen above), and it shows you a preview of how that style of calendar looks in the main part of the window. Once you’ve chosen Classic, click the Choose button.