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Jeff Natrop posted a comment here on the blog yesterday about a site called “Obsidian Dawn” with lots of free Photoshop Brush Sets you can download, and I took a look at it and I have to say; it’s pretty darn cool (plus, it’s free, which is always nice). Drop by there and check it out (a sample of their most popular brush sets, Hearts, is shown above). Thanks to Jeff for turning us on to this one. :-)


Vacation’s over, and I’m back in the office today (it’s great to see all my friends again! Even though I needed the time off, I really missed my gang). Now, onto to today’s news:

  • Well, you knew it had to happen, right? My new book “The iPhone Book” (shown above) is already on press and will be in bookstores shortly. It uses the same layout, style, and theme as my book “The Digital Photography Book” so if you have that book, you’ll feel right at home. Even better: I snagged the person who is arguably the world’s leading expert on the iPhone as my co-author; Terry White (from Terry White’s Tech Blog). Terry I and split the writing duties—each writing half the book (if you’re wondering how we chose who wrote what; it was easy—-I had Terry do all the hard chapters). You can pre0rder the book from Barnes&,, or wherever way-cool books are sold.
  • Our buddy, and Photoshp World Instructor Tim Grey is a guest on this week’s “Inside Digital Photo” radio Podcast, and talks about the recent 2nd annual Microsoft Pro Photo Summit, and in particular he talks about Microsoft Vista’s new HD photo format who’s goal is to provide compression without loss of quality (taking on JPEG head-to-head). Here’s the link to this week’s show, hosted by our good friend Scott Sheppard (you can listen right there on the site).
  • Photographer Alan Hess, over at his Lexar Photography blog, posted a link to a video from “The Today Show” regarding the Faith Hill retouch I mentioned last week, and you just have to watch it (click here to go to Alan’s Blog, and you can watch the video right on his site). While you’re there, click this link to check out Alan’s live concert portfolio for some great images and inspiration.
  • If you’re planning on going to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo this September, and you haven’t signed up yet, there’s only 10 days left to save $100 on a full conference pass using the “Early Bird Advance” registration, so I’d get on it.Also, one of our two hotels is already sold out (The Hotel at Mandalay Bay, which is the new upscale trendy hotel attached to the regular Mandalay Bay hotel), however we’re (all the staff and instructors) are staying at the regular Mandalay Bay hotel, and there are still rooms available, but I’d snag ’em now if you want to stay with us. Visit the Photoshop World travel page for more details.Airfares to Vegas right now are dirt cheap now, too: For example, round trip flights from Chicago to Vegas are running as low as $183 (on Continental). From Dallas they’re $244 (on USAir), and from San Francisco they’re just $130 (on United). Hope to see you there!
  • I found this on the PDN Pulse blog, and I think it’s not only a great idea, but a coming trend (as said as only an iPhone book author can. ;-)] Photographer Ceasar Lima has posted a version of his photography portfolio that is optimized to the perfect size to be viewed on an iPhone (check out this link to see how it looks, then follow the link there to see Caesar’s iPhone portfolio online. (personal note: I copied my portfolio directly onto my iPhone, so it’s easy for me to show other people when I’m right in front of them, but if you want people to see your portfolio on their iPhone, this is the ideal way).

That’s it for now folks. It’s great to be back in the saddle again, and I wish you all a wonderful Tuesday! :-)


This is from Saturday night, and what I like best about it; I didn’t pump up the color in Photoshop (in fact, I did all the processing in Lightroom, and didn’t touch the Vibrance, Saturation, or HSL controls whatsoever—the light was that great!). The only adjustments were Exposure, Shadows, and sharpening. It was taken about 30 minutes after sunset, shot on a tripod (of course), and I was aided by a dedicated squadron of mosquitoes determined to make sure I didn’t shoot for 35 minutes after sunset.

I have a couple other shots from Maine (below) from my final set, so scroll down to see those. :)


I’ve talked about Lexar’s excellent Pro-Digital Photography Site on the blog here before, and I honored that the folks over at Lexar have included me on their site, and are featuring a brand new free video clip I did on my favorite method of converting to B&W using Camera Raw. (Click here to jump there—the video appears under my bio, but right above some samples from my portfolio).

This video tuturial is for both Raw and JPEG shooters, as I start by showing how to open JPEG images in CS3’s Camera Raw, and then I show two methods for making the conversion.

Also, while you’re there, jump back one level (to the main Pro Photography Corner section [click here for that area–where you can also just click on Scott Kelby in this list of Pro Photographer Profiles on the left side]) and check out some of the amazing photography, and very cool tips and techniques, from the talented group of photographer’s they’ve assembled, including people like Greg Gorman, Art Wolfe, Dave Black, David Honl, Gary Bernstein, among others along with Photoshop World instructors like Rick Sammon, Moose Peterson, Vincent Versace, Kevin Ames, and Joe McNally. There are loads of tutorials, articles, and some very inspiring art in their pro photographer’s gallery.

Thanks to Lexar for inviting me to be a part of their wonderful site, and for making such kick-butt digital film that earlier this year, before ever talking with anyone at Lexar, I made the switch over to Lexar for all my digital film (I use their 8GB Lexar Professional 133x Speed CompactFlash cards–B&H has them for less than $150) , and I love ’em. Highly recommended.

Lots more news today, so keep scrolling on down (Scroll baby, scroll!)