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In an on-going effort to ensure that I don’t actually sleep, on Friday night I played drums with Phoenix (you might remember a post last month about my all-day rehearsal with them in Orlando).

Well, here’s the back story on all this; Phoenix was my first “real” band, which we formed back in high school, and this weekend we reunited to play at the 30-year high school reunion of the keyboard player, bass player, and guitar player (who were seniors, while the lead singer and I were still juniors, but at the same school). We played a bunch of Classic Rock songs, ranging from The Doobie Brothers to Lynyrd Skynyrd (yes, we played “Free Bird”), to Grand Funk to The Eagles to Bad Company. It was incredibly loud (just like the ol’ days), but we had a blast.

Some photos from “the gig” are above, taken by NAPP’s own Larry Becker. (Pictured top to bottom: Me on drums; The back of rhythm guitarist Dean Erskine and our lead singer Joe Mathein; Bassist Tim Colton; Lead Guitar player Tony McMahon; and lastly Keyboard player Tayloe Harding, also affectionately known as “Tay Buns” by cruel band members like me).

Here’s a couple of Friday quickies:

  • Michael Tapes (of Whibal fame) has released a new training DVD on shooting in raw, called, “How to Shoot Raw Without Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD).” He includes segments on Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and a section called “Photographers in their own words” where he interviewed a wide range of raw-shooting photographers (myself included). Here’s the link for more info.
  • News site C|NET did a news blurb about my experience in Minn/St. Paul Airport with the TSA telling me all DSLRs were now to be removed and put on the x-ray belt, along with photographer Richard Wanderman, who had a similar experience at LAX. Well, C|NET contacted TSA to comment on their policy, andâ¦well, you ‘ll have to go to CNET to find out what they said (Gotcha!). Here’s the link.
  • Vincent Versace was recently interviewed on YourMacLife, and anytime Vinny speaks, people listen. Check it out right here.
  • Here’s a link to a quick review on “Real McCoy Photography” of my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour seminar yesterday in Boston. There’s also another blurb about the day over at “Sweet Whispers Photography” (here’s that link). Also, an attendee named Keri posted a comment yesterday that absolutely made my day. Thanks Keri. Thanks to everybody who came out to spend the day with me. I had a blast! :)

That’s it till Monday. Have a great weekend everybody! :)


My buddy Matt Kloskowski has an absolutely killer technique on his “Lightroom Killer Tips” video podcast this week, and it’s creating quite a buzz. There’s this very cool, edgy-looking special effect that’s really popular right now, and Matt’s found a way nail that look right inside Lightroom. Very cool stuff! Here’s the link to Matt’s blog, where you can watch the video.

It’s Wednesday everybody, and time for some news stuff:

  • Moose Peterson has compiled a detailed White Paper for Dell on his digital photography workflow, and you can download this free PDF (pictured above), directly from Dell by clicking right here. For the details on the white paper, and how it came to be, visit Moose’s News blog here.
  • Rich Harrington, over at the excellent “Understanding Photoshop” video podcast has just posted all his back episodes for downloading, and you can check ’em out right here (it’s a direct link to their archive in iTunes).
  • One of my readers yesterday posted a comment pointing me to a great blog about flying with photography equipment called “Flying with Fish.” Definitely worth checking out (click here).
  • did a review of my latest book, “The Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers,” and you can read it right here.
  • Earlier in the month, Scott Sheppard did a radio interview with Canon’s Chuck Westfall about Canon’s new EOS 1DS Mark III, on his Inside Digital Photo podcast, and you can listen to the interview right on their Web page by clicking here.
  • We’re off today to Boston for my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour, so it is VERY likely that tomorrow will be the highly anticipated, eagerly awaited, “No Blog Thursday,” so I’ll see you back here on Friday.

Have a great Wednesday everybody. Don’t forgot to show those pixels whose boss!!! Really make ’em sweat! ;-)

Just a quick note; my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour seminar that I mentioned yesterday is now sold out (we filled the biggest ballroom at the Hynes Convention Center with 700+ Photoshop fanatics!), so unfortunately unless you’re already registered for the seminar, we won’t be able to accommodate any “walk-ups.” However, I am taking this same tour to New York’s Jacob Javits Center on Tuesday, November 6th. I hope you can join me there (sign up early right here).