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I’m excited to introduce you to the "new kid in town," and the latest addition to NAPP's in-house team of Photoshop gurus, Rafael Concepcion (he prefers to go by just "RC").

We first met RC a couple of years ago at Photoshop World Miami during a preconference workshop based on the TV Show "So you think you can dance?" called "So you think you can teach Photoshop?" This pre-con was designed for Photoshop instructors, and besides teaching NAPP criteria for becoming a Photoshop World instructor, each student would give a 10-minute presentation in front of the class and each session would be critiqued by the instructors (Matt, Dave, and myself). Then, at the end of the day the class would choose the best instructor, and that instructor would then get to teach a 30-minute session in the NAPP theater on the Expo floor.

Well, RC won the competition in a unanimous vote, but it was his live Expo floor session that caught our attention. He was doing such a great job, that the moderator for that class was grabbing staffers off the floor to come and see this guy in action—he was that good! Since then we’ve been talking on and off to RC and when it was time to add another Photoshop expert to our team, his abilities, and his personality, were a perfect fit for our team and we’re just tickled to have him on board.

He was based in Long Island, New York and he’s in process of relocating to our Tampa, Florida home base (apparently this is a natural move for New Yorkers and didn’t phase him in the least), and we hope you’ll help welcome RC into our NAPP family (feel free to leave him any comments here on the blog). Also, we introduce RC on this week’s show, and on next week’s episode he’s showing a cool trick using Photoshop CS3 Extended.

Before we get into the main news, at the absolute insistence of my wife I have to include this first:

>> Yesterday my publisher (Peachpit Press and Pearson Education), announced that for the third straight year I am #1 bestselling author of computer and technology books across all categories (according to Nielson Bookscan data for the calendar year 2006). You can read the full press release here (which will make my wife very happy).

Now, onto the news:

  • Panos FX has released “Analysis” another way cool set of 10 Photoshop Special Effects Actions (my hats off to Greece-based Photoshop expert Panos Efstathiadis, who continues to amaze me with the incredible stuff he comes up with). Here’s how he describes his latest set: “They break down an image into a number of elements such as book pages, individual photos, filmstrips, stripes, and more. At the end the original image is presented as a combination of these elements.” You get all 10 effects for (plus variations of each) for only $9.99 (about a buck a piece, which is a bargain). Check them out at
  • Our man Matt Kloskowski is profiled this week over at Jason Moore’s excellent Photography and Photoshop blog. Click here to learn more about “the man behind the Houseski.”
  • ┬áSeth Resnick’s acclaimed (and consistently sold-out) D-65 workshop is coming to San Diego on 10-13, 2007, and if you move quick, you can snag one of the few remaing seats for “Digital Workflow, Not Workslow: Accelerate & Automate Your Workflow.” Seth is a brilliant teacher (I got to sit in on one of his sessions last year, and not only was I impressed with his skills as an instructor—I learn a ton!). Here’s a link to his workshop schedule for the rest of 2007.
  • Fascinating article in the LA Times, from Lou Dolinar called “Turn Throwaways into Keepers with Lightroom.” If you’re curious about Lightroom, make sure you read this.
  • It’s stuff like this that makes me want to write more books.

More news as it develops (please note the lame use of the word Develop. It wasn’t funny, but it’s all I’ve got). I’m going into my Wednesday meeting—have a great day everybody! :-)



What an amazing time I had yesterday at my Boston Lightroom Seminar (photos by Terry White, the top one taken during the first live shoot that kicks off the day–scroll down ot the next post to see the shot I was taking).

The people of Boston were just absolutely great (what a fantastic crowd to present to), and I met so many wonderful photographers who are really excited about Lightroom. Even more so after Adobe Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty gave the sold-out crowd of nearly 500 the first public look at the cool new features included in the Lightroom version 1.1 upgrade (which is coming soon), which included improved sharpening and noise reduction as well as improved file mobility.

Also, Tom was gracious enough to field one-on-one questions all day long (as did Terry White from Adobe, who was there helping out as well), and it really made for just an amazing experience.

Thanks so much to Tom, Terry, and all the wonderful folks, and NAPP members, from the Boston area who came out to spend the day with me learning about the new digital photography workflow using Lightroom and Photoshop.

The next stop on the tour is Altanta on June 1st, and then New York City on June 7th. Click here for the class schedule or to reserve your seat. Hope to see you there!

P.S. Thanks to all my blog readers who came up to say “hi.” It was really a kick getting to meet you! :)


Here’s one of the shots taken during the live shoot shown in the previous post, of our model Debbie Stephenson (who is actually our Seminar Team Leader, so she works double-duty during the seminar). I lit it with just one light; a Westcott TD-5 SyderLite positioned in front and to my right.


If you’ve already signed up for the now sold-out Boston stop of my “Lightroom Live!” tour, (it’s this coming Monday at the Hynes Convention Center), I’ve got a special treat for you, as Adobe’s Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty will be there helping field questions, and he just might give attendees a sneak peek at…..well…I guess you’ll just have to be there. I’m really honored to have Tom at the event (and thankful to have his help, too!) ;-)

I’ll post some photos from the seminar on Monday, and give you the scoop on what Tom showed the crowd. Also, if you read this blog, make sure you come up and say “hi” when you’re at the seminar. See you there!

P.S. The next stop on my tour is Atlanta on June 1st. For more info (or to sign up), click right here.


Matt Kloskowski has released a totally kick-butt book on photo retouching and photo restoration for Photoshop Elements users (it’s called, surprisingly enough; “The Photoshop Elements 5 Restoration and Retouching Book,” but even if you’re using the full blown “mac daddy” version of Photoshop (CS2 or CS3), this book is still invaluable as his retouching and restoration techniques work in Photoshop CS2 or CS3 as well. The whole book is step-by-step, and he shows the entire process from beginning to end. You can check it out right here. Kudos to Matt on this landmark book for Elements (and Photoshop) users.