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Our video crew put together a short two minute video clip that really kinda gives you a feel for what being at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo is like. Click on it below to check it out.

Also, we’re just putting the finishing touches on a free 2 1/2 hour “Best of Photoshop World” online class that we’re making available FREE to NAPP members, and it features segments from the some of the classes, behind the scenes footage, a look at some of the latest gear from the tech expo, and loads of other interesting stuff. I’ll let you know as soon as it goes live. In the meantime, check out this video.

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Here’s some stuff to lead us into the weekend:

  • This first thing had virtually nothing to do with Photoshop (but plenty to do with photography), and it is so funny that I just have to turn you onto it. Rate Your released their picks for the “Worst 100 Album Covers Ever” and it is just a riot—not just the awful covers themselves (which are stunningly bad), but their hilarious comments about them as well (which are totally R-rated by the way, so if you go there, don’t say I didn’t warn you). There are names on the list you’d expect, like Donny Osmond, and Menudo, but some will really surprise you. Trust me; this will start off your Friday right! (here’s the link). Thanks to my longtime buddy Jim Workman who sent the list my way.
  • There’s a fascinating article in the current issue of Scientific American from Dr. Hany Farid, called “Digital Forensics: How Experts Uncover Doctored Images” and it’s really worth a look. I spent an afternoon with Dr. Farid a couple of years ago, as he showed me some of the techniques and technology he, and his colleagues at Dartmouth, are developing and it was really just amazing. Here’s the link.
  • I’m excited to announce that Barnes & Noble Bookstores have put together a special promotion rack, in all their stores, featuring some of my technology books, with a special 30% off deal on them until the end of June (the rack is shown above; photo by Glenn Bisignani). By the way, The Vista Book on the bottom shelf isn’t by me. That one is actually written by my buddy Matt Kloskowski, and Kelby Training Director Kleber Stephenson, but somehow those rats weaseled their way into my metal rack when I wasn’t looking. Anyway, if you get a chance, stop by and pick up oh, say four or five copies.
  • If you want to go into the weekend with a little inspiration; how about something different: some photo journalism. Each week runs “The Week in Pictures”, and it’s a small collection of fascinating, heartbreaking, funny, hopeful, tragic, and awe inspiring photos from around the world. Sometimes there’s some heavy stuff there, but you’ll also find some that’ll make you smile, and you’ll always see some really great photo-journalistic photos in their short gallery. Here’s the link.


  • OK, I couldn’t leave you with all that heavy-stuff, so how about a really dramatic photo of a really cool car (The mini you see above). It’s from UK-based automotive photographer Tim Wallace (I’ve talked about Tim’s work before here on the blog), and Tim’s got some really fantastic images, so if you’ve got a sec, check out his site (Ambient Life) by clicking here.
  • One last thing: I had hoped to compile your comments on ideas for the next versions of Photoshop and Lightroom into a survey/poll that we would post, but unfortunately we won’t be able to get it up until next week. Thanks so much for your patience on that.

Well my friends, that brings to an end another exciting episode of “Friday Stuff.” Tune in on Monday to see what a new week brings. Have an absolutely Kick-Butt weekend, take lots of photos (and do your best to get it right in the camera) and we’ll see you here next week. Ciao!


Here’s a coupla news quickies:

  • Nikon just announced a major update to Capture NX (called Capture NX2), and there’s already a lot of buzz about this new version all over the Web. Nikon photographer (and Guest Blogger extraordinaire) Vincent Versace has this to say about the new version, “Capture NX2 unlocks my creativity in ways I never imagined. Using this software, the impossible becomes just an opinion. Capture NX2 is a RAW processor that allows you to be in the 21st century.” Vincent is regarded as the leading authority on NX, and he’s just released a Capture NX2 training DVD called “Unleashing the RAW Power of Capture NX2” (he’s offering a $15 off discount if you pre-order the DVD before NX2 actually ships). Here’s the link with all the details on Vincent’s DVD.
  • There’s a free Photo Walk coming up this Saturday, June 7th, 2008 in downtown Chicago that kicks off at 7:00 am from Bicentennial Plaza, (337 E. Randolph). Dan Ablan has all the details on his blog. Sounds like fun! (ya know, except for the whole 7:00 am thing).
  • One of my readers, Baptiste Firroloni, brought this video clip to my attention, that is just hilarious. It’s a Washington DC Fox 5 news report, and they were doing a piece called “Photo Flap” about how photographers are getting hassled about taking photos in DC’s Union Station. So, Fox 5 did a live interview at Union Station with Amtrak’s Chief Spokesman who is talking about how it’s not necessary to have a permit to shoot in Union Station, and while they’re talking, a security guard comes up and makes them stop taping, and says “No photographs!” Priceless! You gotta see it: Here’s the link.
  • Stephen Frishling, over at the blog (which focuses on tips for traveling with your photo gear), has a really great contest going on. Stephen says, “To kick off the 2nd half of the year, I’ve decided to help someone pick up their camera, spread their wings and go explore America by giving away a $100 Southwest Airlines gift card. No strings attached, I’m just looking for someone who can really tell me where they want to go, why they want to go and what they want to see!” The details for the contest are over at his site (here’s the link).
  • One more thing: just a quick thanks to all of you who help out answering some of the questions posted by other readers here on the blog. Earlier this week, when I did the post about the Korg recording studio shoot, there were a number of follow-up questions, and I was home writing that day so I fielded a few of the questions myself, but I wasn’t able to answer all the them. Luckily, other readers here, like Kurt Shoens and Scott Wiggins, stepped in and provided some really good, helpful information, and I just wanted to say thanks, and let you know how wonderful it is to see readers helping each other, and not slamming or berating people when they have questions (which happens all too often in online forums). Hey, we’re all in this together, and it’s this kind of stuff that makes it all work, so thanks.

Hope you all have a fantastic Thursday, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for a weekend wrap-up.


We just released two new classes on (well, technically Eddie’s new class, Seeing the Light, went live last week, but I didn’t get a chance to let you know), and now Katrin’s new class called “Creative Panoramic Photography” (shot live on location), is now up, where she shows how to prepare for, shoot, merge and experiment with panoramic images. (Here’s the link to her class).

Eddie’s class, filmed live in the studio, is focused on just one topic; a simple formula for getting spectacular lighting (here’s the link to his class).


I’ve had a lot of questions about the whole keyboard “skinning” thing, so just to follow-up, I thought I’d post this image, which is a series of photos shot and put together by RC Concepcion (click for a larger view) which shows the process of “skinning” a Korg M3 Music Workstation/Sampler with a Skintronix skin. Thanks to RC for letting me share this you guys. :)


My wife Kalebra has always been fascinated with severe weather, which is handy since so much of it comes our way. She was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, (known as the Lightning Capital of the World), so she grew up living with everything from massive thunderstorms to hurricanes and tornadoes, which is why I think my wife is so interested in learning about severe weather.

When you grow up dealing with stuff like this, the pendulum doesn’t usually stop in the middle; you’re either terrified of it, like one of Kalebra’s sisters, or really fascinated with it, like Kalebra is.

That’s why I wasn’t surprised when she told me she wanted to spend a week out in the midwest with a team of meteorologists (and other weather freaks), chasing storms, and learning about them up close and personal. And last week, that’s exactly where she was (where she captured the photo you see above, taken last Saturday, where they saw 11 tornadoes in one day).

By the time she left for the trip; she had company as Moose Peterson, Laurie Excel, and her brother had all signed on for the week of running for their lives, too (Moose has chronicled the week on his blog–here’s the link).

The people on the trip mirrored the people I talked about above; some were there to overcome their fear by facing it head on, and others were there (including native Oklahomans) who were just as fascinated with learning about the weather they have deal with as she was.

The group she went with was called “Tempest Tours” and when I asked her what she thought, she said, “Do they know what they’re doing? Absolutely! Were the guys in charge (Bill, Brian, Keith, and Steve) knowledgeable? Absolutely. Do they mean it when they say, ‘It’s not about the food or the lodging? Absolutely!”

All in all she learned a great deal, had a great time, saw some amazing weather, and got a real insight into what people who live in that part of the country have to deal with each year. Would she do it again? Absolutely!