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That’s right—I’ve bounced back from “the ickies,” I’m back in the office today, and boy is great to feel good!!! Whooo Hoo!!!!! :) Now, for some Friday news stuffage:

  • First, yesterday Steve Beck, (one of my blog readers who was sick at home, too, and wanted to lift my spirits with some inspirational photography) sent me this link to the photography of Rarindra Prakarsa from Jakarta, Indonesia. His work just made me say, out loud, WOW! If you are a lover of gorgeous light, wonderful composition, and some tasty Photoshop work, this photographer’s images (some thumbnails are shown above, which don’t do his work any justice–you’ve got to see them large) will speak to your soul. Thanks to Steve, for brightening my day yesterday, and hopefully many more folks today. (Here’s the link again, just in case).
  • Next, the DSLR Dad site has pointed out what must be the “Jump to Photoshop CS3” Deal of the decade. If you know anyone who has dreamed of using “the real deal,” but didn’t have quite enough cash, then check out this deal before it’s too late.
  • John Nack, over at John Nack on Adobe, posted that the ACE Exam for Photoshop CS3 is now available. Here’s the link with more info.
  • If you’re a Font Freak (like me), then check out this new font called “Sweetheart Script”, from Typadelic. You can see it in’s newsletter (they’re where I buy most of my type these days). Here’s the link to their Feb. newsletter (it’s a regular Web page), which features a large sample of the font, and link to other stuff. (The font’s only $19 bucks. I had to buy it. Don’t tell my wife. Oh, actually it’s OK. She’s a font freak, too!).
  • Hey, if you want to go to the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo coming up in April (the 2nd thru 4th, in Orlando, Florida), on the cheap, then save $100 by registering before the Early Bird Cutoff on Feb. 29, 2008 (Leap Year day). Here’s the link to sign up now, while the gettin’s good!
  • Want to know more about Adobe’s DNG Raw format? Terry White, over at the Creative Suite Podcast, has a 12-minute video tutorial called “Why DNG” that will show you all the ins-and-outs (here’s the link), and Derrick Story has a fascinating audio interview on his Podcast with Adobe’s Julianne Kost on DNG, and what it’s all about. Here’s the link to Julieanne’s interview.
  • Just a quick word of thanks to everyone here who sent their “Get Well” wishes this past week. I know this sounds silly, but it really meant a lot.
  • Monday Warning: On Monday I’m posting a story that isn’t about photography or Photoshop, it’s more about life and business, and the people we meet in both. It’s from a real life event that happened to me that helped shape my entire career, and as you might expect; there’s a message in there (but you’ll have to read it to get it). It’s more personal than what I usually write here, and took a lot longer to write as well, but hey—I was sick in bed, right? Just so you know; I get reflective when I get a really bad sinus infection. ;-)

Well, that wraps up this “week of sicky sickness,” and we’ll see you all next week! Stay healthy everybody, and in the immortal words of Nick Feldman and Jack Hues, “Everybody Have Fun Tonight….Everybody Wang Chung Tonight.” Truly, words to live by. Peace out. Word. Etc..


From the sickbed, in the offices of Sneezer, Coughing & Hacker, comes my Thursday News Quickies. Please don your surgical masks.

  • There are only SIX seats left for Wedding Photographer/Instructor extraordinairre, David Ziser’s “Digital Master Class” coming to Cincinnati, Ohio on April 28th, thru May 2nd (that’s David above). I’ll make this short and sweet: I went to one of David’s Photoshop World pre-conference sessions, and I tell you the same way I told my staff when I came back. “It’s like David is walking around stuffing money in their pockets the entire time.” Here’s the link for more info (Just so you know: if you get to go, I’m totally jealous!)
  • See Joe McNally training Live. For FREE!!!! Remember last week, when I mentioned B&H Photo’s Event Space, where they give free training at their headquarters in NYC? Well, David Brommer (from B&H) posted a comment on my blog that Joe is doing a free two-hour free seminar, and book signing, on Sunday Feb. 17th, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at B&H’s Event Space. You just gotta be there. Here’s the info.
  • There’s a nice little article over at National Geographic Traveler called “Five ways to use the Web to help you become a better photographer.” It’s short and sweet, and definitely worth a read (it also includes some very cool sites, like The Strobist, and Luminous Landscape).
  • Even shorter and sweeter (but if I don’t mention this, my publisher will kill me); Peachpit Press announced yesterday that for the fourth year in a row, I’ve been recognized as the top-selling computer/technology book author across all platforms (according to data from Neilsen Bookscan). You can read the press release here.
  • This one’s just for fun: it’s a new Canon lens that’s….well….you just gotta see it to believe it. It’s worth a click (click here).
  • Lastly, if you’re like me (at home, sick in bed), you could probably use a little photographic inspiration. If so, click here to see some of the wonderful photography of commerical photographer Wes Johnson. The site’s a little tricky to navigate at first, but it’s worth the extra 15 seconds it takes to figure it out. Here’s the link.

Well, it’s back to bed for me. Have a great day everybody, and don’t forget to wash your hands, use hand sanitizing liquids, don’t leave your house if you even cough one single time, don’t have contact with other humans (except via the web), sanitize and disinfect anyone that comes within a 50-foot radius of you, and most importantly, be kind to children and small animals. Can you tell I’m on medication? ;-)


OK, so we’re pretty new at this whole “Real TV” thing, and we just heard from the folks at Fox Business that we’re lamer than even we thought.

We just learned that we turned in tonight’s show 8-seconds too short, and so they are not able to air it with 8 seconds of dead air (totally understandable). They have nothing to fill in that 8-second spot (and we don’t have time to fill it, and get it transferred to tape, and shipped to them before tonight).

So……..”tune in next week and see if you can figure out where we came up with 8 extra seconds.” (I’m trying to make the best of all this. We’re all really disappointed, but don’t worry—by next week, we’ll have it worked out. Oh yeah, one last thing. Arrrrrgggg!).

Hi Everybody. Here’s what’s up:

Popular Photography is running a very cool “Digital Wizard” contest, where you download 12 of their images and use Photoshop to create your own collage/montage Photoshop-effect extravganza, and if you win, you could pick up a cool $1,000. Here’s the link with all the details.Just some trivia: yesterday on, McNally’s book “The Moment it Clicks” is so hot that it got up to number 11 of ALL books on—ranking ahead of even the latest Harry Potter book. Come on, that’s pretty darn cool! Congratulations to Joe for taking photography books to a whole new level! (P.S. Here’s the latest review I’ve come across–this one from Michael Clark Photography).

If you’re going to Photoshop World in Orlando this April; make sure you enter the Guru Awards contest, because now the awards ceremony is being held at a local art gallery, where that evening your work will be displayed, and the highlight of the awards ceremony (hosted by Larry Becker) will be a special presentation from living photography legend, Jay Maisel. What an amazing night!

I’m a sucker for great car photography, which is why I love the work of photographer Graham Westmoreland. Click on his Folio 1 to see his car work (once you’re there, there’s no obvious navigation, so click on an image to move to the next one), but make sure you take the time to check out this other two Folios—this guy is really good! Here’s the link.

That’s it for today. Don’t forget—catch the show tonight. It’s as lame as ever!


Remember last year, when we ran a photography contest on Photoshop User TV called "The Photoshop TV Shopping Spree at B&H Photo" where we sent the grand prize winner to New York City (including round trip airfare and hotel), and gave her a $1,000 shopping spree at B&H Photo's Incredible Manhattan store?

Well, last year we announced the winner, which was photographer Rachael Cardella, from Rachael Cardela Photography. Anyway, Rachel recently took her “Shopping Spree” trip we set up for her, and sent us back some photos (some are shown above; click for a larger version), and had this to say about her trip:

I really cannot thank you all enough. My husband and I had an absolutely incredible time, and were treated like rock stars.

The staff at B&H was so wonderful. David Brommer, Tiffany and Billy were very knowledgeable and helpful, and set me up with the right gear. I ended up getting a Canon 40D, 50mm f/1.8 lens, and a new card reader – so a COMPLETE upgrade from my Digital Rebel XTI that I was using. I am SO, SO happy and thankful – you have no idea.

A few highlights from our trip:

  • Visiting B&H photo’s MASSIVE store and spending my prize money! The store was absolutely unbelievable. Everyone went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. They also tacked an extra $100+ discounts onto my $1,000!
  • Taking the Staten Island ferry to check out the Statue of Liberty.
  • Visiting the Rockefeller Center, and getting a bird’s eye view of the city.
  • Watching Cloverleaf (the new NYC monster movie) while in NYC – cool!
  • Walking along Central Park on our way to the Museum of Natural History (amazing, we could have spent a week in there!)

The Apple Store!

We had a wonderful time, and I just can’t get it all condensed down to bullet points. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am just so giddy, and thankful. You have made my YEAR. :)

Matt, Dave, and I send our congratulations to Rachael, for her wonderful work, and for being such a gracious winner.