Wednesday
Jan
2009
14

It’s “Guest Blog Wednesday” featuring David Hobby

by Brad Moore  |  61 Comments

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Extreme Photography: First Frame

When high school guys have a little too much courage (or booze) in their system, they sometimes hit the road for a game of “chicken.” In the game (primarily designed to thin the herd of the stupid young males before they get to breed) two people drive right at each other in cars, until one blinks and swerves out of the way first.

This person is the loser of the game.

Get a little more age and enough alcohol involved — and a handgun — and you may end up with a game of Russian Roulette, which is an even faster ticket to a finalist slot in the Darwin Awards.

As a young sports photographer 20 some-odd years ago, our professional equivalent was a little game we liked to call “First Frame.” I was introduced to it by my friend Rich Riggins, who was a ridiculously good sports shooter at a very young age.

The rules were simple: Two competing photographers shooting the same game shot the first frame of a 36-exposure roll of Tri-X at each other, thus verifying that no rolls of film were switched later. The very next frame was your entry in the game. Whoever had the best action shot (moment, composition, focus, etc.) won.

Mind you, this was in the days of film and manual focus cameras. We didn’t have 11FPS auto-focus digital Uzis with 4000-shot clips. And yes, we walked to school, five miles, uphill both ways — in the snow. Barefoot.

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Tuesday
Jan
2009
13

What’s in CS4: Part 2 (of a four part series)

by webeditor  |  18 Comments

Here’s part two of our four part series on what’s in Photoshop CS4 (see yesterday’s post for some background on why we decided to do this). It was during this segment that Matt, Dave and I realized that our original idea for a single video clip on CS4 was going down the tubes fast. Hope you enjoy it.

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Tuesday
Jan
2009
13

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is…

by Scott Kelby  |  11 Comments

….that’s right—the Strobist himself, David Hobby.

It is such an honor to have David as a guest here on the blog. I’ve been such of fan of his site, his teaching, and what he’s done in creating the world’s leading site for off-camera flash education, Strobist.com. Make sure you check in tomorrow to see what our very special guest has in store. I can’t wait!!! :-)

Monday
Jan
2009
12

The Lightroom Conference at Photoshop World

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

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Lightroom has become such a big part of the professional photographer’s workflow these days, that this year at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo (held in Boston, March 25-27, 2009 at the Hynes Convention Center) we have added so many more Lightroom sessions that it’s become its own “Conference within a Conference.”

There are now so many Lightroom classes that you can actually come to Photoshop World and totally immerse yourself in Lightroom learning as we now have a full track of Lightroom training every single day! (So, you could actually go to Photoshop World and never take a Photoshop class. Eerie. I know).

We’re calling it “The Lightroom Conference at Photoshop World” and check out this all-star line up of the world’s leading Lightroom instructors:

  • Katrin Eismann
  • Scott Kelby (hey, that’s me!)
  • Julieanne Kost
  • Matt Kloskowski
  • Jack Davis
  • Martin Evening
  • Kevin Ames
  • Andrew Rodney
  • and David Ziser

Plus, we’re planning special after-hours events just for Lightroom Users, including Birds-of-a-Feather dinners, and more.

Best of all; it’s all included in your Photoshop World Conference Pass, so if you sign up for Photoshop World, you’re able to attend any or all of the Lightroom sessions and special events. We’re really excited about “The Lightroom Conference at Photoshop World” and to be able to add this new training experience, which is based upon what attendees at last year’s Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Las Vegas told us—“We want more Lightroom!” Well, you got it, baby!!! Here’s where you sign up. Hope to see you there!

Monday
Jan
2009
12

A 4-Part Video Series: What’s Actually in Photoshop CS4?

by webeditor  |  42 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski and I were all talking about how one of the most common questions we got from attendees during our Lightroom and Photoshop tours in November and December was, “I’m not sure what’s in Photoshop CS4. Should I upgrade or not?”

We were kind of surprised, but again on my blog last week, people are still asking the same questions, “What’s in CS4? Should I upgrade? Is it worth the upgrade? etc.” so we went into the studio to put together a comprehensive discussion on all of CS4′s new features. Now, we’re not saying that Adobe hasn’t done a good job of letting everybody know what the new features are, but…….anyway, if that many people are asking we thought we ought to do it.

Now, the funny thing is; there actually is a LOT more to CS4 than we realized (as you’ll see on the video clips this week), because what was supposed to be a short video, turned into a packed-full four part series that will run here on my blog all week (except of course for Wednesday, when I have a VERY special guest blogger). Anyway, I think if you take a few minutes to check out these video clips this week, you’ll see another side of CS4 that I don’t think a lot of folks know about. Start with the video below, and we’ll pick up back here tomorrow with Part 2.

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Monday
Jan
2009
12

Moose Peterson Posts Nikon D3x Mini-Review

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

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Our good friend, and legendary Wildlife Photographer, Moose Peterson has posted a mini-review of Nikon’s new D3x over at his Moose News blog, and he gives one of the first real field tests out there (from the Digital Landscape Workshop Series taking place out in Yellowstone right now) of this newly released high-end camera.

Here’s the link to Moose’s blog to check it out.

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