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Jeff Revell, of fame, is going to be attending the Photoshop World Conference & Expo next week, and since he’s down that way he’s putting together a special Photo Walk in Orlando and everyone’s invited to come along (you don’t have to be a Photoshop World attendee to join the Photo Walk).

It’s scheduled for Tuesday April 1st, (Photo Walks last around two hours), and Jeff is planning on shooting just outside downtown—in and around the Lake Eola area (great cityscapes, plus skyline reflections in the water), and they’ll continue to some historic buildings and sites in the Church Street Station area.

Everyone’s invited to join Jeff and gang, and you can find out more details by clicking here. Make sure you check out shots from Jeff’s Photo Walk in Washington, DC earlier this month, here on my blog (Matt and I flew up for the walk) and check out the coverage on Jeff’s blog as well).


Here are some shots from a Bridal Shoot I did yesterday at a Catholic church in Clearwater, Florida (click on it for a larger view). The images haven’t been retouched in Photoshop yet—you’re seeing a straight capture of them taken in Lightroom’s “Lights Out” mode, in the Grid.

The shots were taken using the same one-light Elinchrom On-Location studio lighting set-up that I talked about on the final day of Lighting Gear Week (An Elinchrom Ranger RX Kit [flash head and battery pack], with a 53″ Elinchrom Midiocta softbox, mounted on a rolling Avenger boom stand. We also used a reflector for some of the shots, but mostly just that Elinchrom). We shot inside the church, and then outside in the portico, but still used the Elinchrom for everything except two of the shots you see here.

They were shot with a Nikon D3, with a 70-2oo mm VR lens, a 50mm f/1.4 lens (the one I talk about in Vol. 2 of “The Digital Photography Book), but a few were taken with a Nikon D300 using a 17-55mm f/2.8 lens and a 12-24mm f/4 wide angle zoom. I shot tethered to my laptop most of the day, with the images going straight from my camera right into Lightroom, via Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 (as seen below).


Thanks to RC Concepcion (who was there shooting me shooting the Bride–photo above by RC–click on it for a larger version), to Shelley (our makeup artist), to Erin (who assisted me on the shoot, and is seen above wondering–“Is this thing aimed right?), and of course, Kortney our lovely bride.

e6booksm.jpgLast week I saw my first batch of copies of my new book, co-authored with my buddy and fellow Photoshop Guy, Matt Kloskowski, “The Photoshop Elements 6 Book for Digital Photographers.” This is the first version of the book that Matt and I have worked on together, and I’m am just thrilled with how it came out.

This new version covers all the new features in Elements 6, but we added lots of new techniques, and I did an entirely new section on Camera Raw processing in Elements 6, which is infinitely more powerful than it was in previous versions, plus I added a special section on workflow, and Matt brought his bag of tricks to the table, and well…there’s lots of cool new stuff for Elements users.

Matt is a brilliant teacher who really brought a lot to the book, and I think it’s the best version of the book yet. shows it shipping next week, and we have copies in-house, so it should be hitting everywhere real soon. If you want to get your first, here’s the link to the book on and at Barnes&


One of the highlights of the Photoshop World Guru Awards competition is the presentation of “The Vincent Versace Award for Digital Photography Excellence.” This is a special category within the photography category, and the winner of this prestigious award is chosen by Vincent himself. This year, the winner of “The Vinny,” is coming home with more than just the trophy. Take a look at what Vincent has lined up for this year’s winner:

  • An Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printer
  • A Nikon D60 Digital Camera outfit
  • Xrite’s Color Munki calibrator/profiler
  • Both Expo disks and the depth of field guides
  • ALL of NiKsoftware’s software
  • ALL of onOne Software’s software
  • ALL of the current DVD titles from Acme Education
  • and a signed 24×30 Versace original print

The winner will be announced during the Guru Awards ceremony next week in Orlando, Florida as part of the Photoshop World Conference & Expo. I know what you’re thinking; “Darn, I should have entered!”


I’m so excited to share the news that David Ziser’s Live On Location class for Wedding Photographers, called “15 ways to make Your On-Camera Flash Take Better Photos” is now up live at I’ve been to David’s pre-conference on-location wedding shoot workshop at Photoshop World, and I can tell you first-hand that David is not only a world class photographer, but an absolute world class instructor as well, and he shares what he’s learned with the heart of a true teacher.

If you’ve always wanted to take a class with David, well…now’s your chance (this is just the first class, of five that David has taped for us live on location). Here’s the link David’s Class at

Here’s some news. Quick.

  • For everyone who’s emailed me asking about “The Missing Boom Arm” info from the studio lighting day from my Lighting Gear Week last week; RC Concepcion figured it out for me (Thanks RC). The Avenger D500 20″ Boom Arm is $32 (here’s the link).
  • Dave Cross has been out on the road with his new tour, and one of his attendees posted photos and a full review of his day at Dave’s “Maximum Photoshop CS3 Tour” in Richmond, VA earlier this week. Here’s the link to the review and photos. (NOTE: Dave’s in LA next week, on the 25th, so don’t miss it!).
  • Not only are people talking about the cover design for my buddy Matt Kloskowski’s Layers book cover (designed by the amazing Jessica Maldonado), somebody is actually showing you how she does it. We found a tutorial on where this guy is showing his version of how she built the cover. Here’s the link to his “Jessica Cover” tutorial.
  • Don’t miss this week’s episode of “The Digital Photography Show” radio show, as their special guest is none other than Jeff Revell, of (Here’s the link to the show).

Have a Happy Easter everybody! See you right here next week (known throughout the Photoshop universe as, “The Week Before PhotoshopWorld.” Well, at least it’s known that way around my house). :-)