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First, a big thanks to everybody who came out to my Lightroom seminar in Chicago last Thursday (the top photo was taken by Dave Moser, during my live bridal shoot which starts the day. Below it is the photo I was taking, using just one Westcott TD5 Spiderlite [they rock!], and a reflector–click on them for larger views). I really had a blast, and met lots of really great people (and saw some old friends, too!).

I was lucky enough to have Lightroom expert Jeff Schewe on hand, along with Adobe’s own Terry White, who both helped me field questions on the breaks, and that was incredibly helpful. At lunch, Jeff shared a very cool Lightroom tip with Terry and I that neither of us knew about, and it’s so simple that of course, Terry and I were both embarrassed we didn’t know it.

In Lightroom 1.1, Adobe really beefed up the Sharpening features big time (and Jeff worked closely with Adobe on this particular part of Lightroom), and what Jeff pointed out was that Adobe included two great new Develop Module sharpening presets (One for landscapes; one for portraits) in version 1.1. Jeff said a lot of people had no idea these had been added (I sure didn’t know), but that these work two work great, and and at the very least are good starting points when sharpening either of those types of images.

My thanks to Jeff once again for helping out at the seminar, for sharing this tip, and also thanks to Terry for helping, and for being the other guy in the room who didn’t know that tip. It made me feel a lot better. ;-)

Next stop on my tour: Washington, DC next Monday (click here for info or to register). I hope to see you there!  (NOTE: here are two blogs that posted comments after the seminar: NMB photography, and  Julie Monacella Photography.

Hey, it’s Monday, so it’s time for some news, so scroll down to the next post. :-)

It’s Photoshop World week, so I can’t be sure if we’ll have a “No Blogging Tuesday” or “No Blogging Wednesday,” but for now, we’ve got some Monday news quickies. Here ya go:

  • If you’re coming to Photoshop World this week in Vegas; bring your favorite high-res image over to the Epson booth, and they’ll print it for you on any of their printers (your choice), and you get to keep the print. Sweet!
  • I just got my copy of David duChemin’s new limited edition coffee table phtography book, “The Pixelated Image” and it’s just absolutely wonderful. He’s got some just fascinating images, and the book is beautifully done (it’s a collector’s edition type of book). Check it out right here.
  • On the heel of my “shooting the Bears from the sidelines” story from last week, George Stark posted a comment with a great link to a Seattle Times blog about Football photography. Really great stuff, with some great examples of what you can do with a 200mm lens. If you’re into this stuff; you’ll love it. Here’s the link.
  • The Blog Critics posted a review of my book, “The Photoshop Channels Book”, and it’s probably the most in-depth review of the book done by anybody. Click here to give it a quick read.
  • I just got the new Wedding Pro Flash Bracket from Really Right Stuff, and it is surprisingly light, surprisingly sturdy, and really brilliantly designed. I’m using a Stoffen OmniBounce with an SB-800 flash as part of my wedding gear, and this bracket lets you flip from horizontal to vertical shooting in about 2 seconds flat, while keeping the flash upright (yet off the camera).I just got this puppy on Friday, so I haven’t had a chance to field test it yet, but I was so impressed with it’s design, that I wanted give a shout out to Really Right Stuff, because it so nice to find a company whose stuff is absolutely first rate from top to bottom. Way to go!

That’s it for today. Tomorrow I’ll be at Photoshop World, hopefully with some sort of report on something. I can’t wait. I’m psyched! Have a kick butt Monday everybody!!! :-)

After my Lightroom Seminar I had just an amazing night, as I spent half of the Bears/Browns NFL game at Solider Field in the Bear’s own Luxury Skybox, as a guest of the Bear’s Chairman Michael McCasky (who’s not only a true gentleman, but one heck of a photographer), and the other half on the field shooting the game from the sidelines. What an absolute blast!!!!

I didn’t have the glass with me that I needed to shoot the game the way I would have liked (I needed a really fast 400mm, but only had a 200mm f/4), but I was having so much fun runnin’ and gunnin’ that it didn’t get me down. I haven’t really had a chance to go through all the images, but here’s a few of the first ones I got.

Thanks to Michael, and his wonderful family, for making me and my buddy Dave feel so welcome in “your house.” I’ll never forget it. :)


We’re excited to announce that Nikon will be giving the first public showing of their just-announced Nikon D3 and D300 digital SLRs at next week at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Nikon will have a special showing on the Expo floor, and if you’re not registered for the conference, you can still come and see the new gear on Friday, Sept 7th, as we open the Expo floor to the public for this one day. If you register online in advance for our “Expo Only Pass,” it’s free (if you wait and show up at the door, it’s $25).

We’re honored that Nikon choose Photoshop World to showcase their amazing new gear, and I hope we’ll see you all there!

Here’s some quick news bits:

Renown landscape photographer Stephen Johnson has a nice interview over at the DIMAcast Podcast. Check out it right here.

I mentioned this photography site earlier in the year, but I just went and visited to “A walk through Durham Township” again, and there’s lots of wonderful new images. Take a moment to soak in some of this beautiful photography. It’ll do ya good. :)

Designorati reviewed three Lightroom Books (Rob Sheppard’s, Martin Evening’s, and mine), and did a  comparison of how the three tackle the topic in different ways. You can read it here.

That’s it for today, folks. I’m off to Photoshop World next week, and I can’t wait to see everybody there! Have a safe, fun Holiday weekend! :)


I’m up in Chicago at the convention center setting up for my Lightroom Day (the photo above taken by my buddy Dave Moser), and it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to blog today, but I’ve got some cool stuff for tomorrow.

‘m doing some live shoots today during the class, and if I get the chance I’ll take a shot of the crowd on hand and post it here.

Have a wonderful “Unlikely Blogging” Thursday. :)