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Well, it’s the week before Photoshop World so things are pretty crazy at NAPP-HQ, as we have to hit shipping dates for all our equipment to get to Vegas, and well….it’s pretty exciting time as we careen toward the big show. I can’t wait!!! In the meantime, here’s what’s up:

Tim Wallace scores with an amazing Aston Martin shoot
The images above are from automotive photographer Tim Wallace (I’m a very big fan of his work), from a recent shoot for car manufacturer Aston Martin for their new One-77 super car, a £1,000,ooo special edition, of which only 77 will be made. Tim was nice enough to share some of the images from his shoot with us (make sure you also catch Tim’s guest blog post he did here back in January—very informative—here’s the link). Also, stop by Tim’s site to see some of his striking, dramatic automotive imagery. I so dig his stuff!

Those MIT Guys Are Very Clever!!!!
I just read yesterday on CNN where two MIT students attached a camera to a weather balloon and got amazing shots of earth literally from the edge of space, and perhaps even more amazingly—they did it all for around $148. Take two minutes and check this one out (here’s the link).

Get Your Free Photoshop World Expo Floor Tickets
Don’t forget—we open the show floor for two days to the public, and you can get a free Expo-Only Pass by clicking right here. Hope I’ll see you there!

Update on Metal Murals from Yesterday
I got an email from Larry Becker yesterday afternoon to let me know that Metal Murals has a NAPP special offer of a free mini mural with a regular mural purchase (Details are in the discounts section of the NAPP member site). He also told me they’ll be at booth 710 at Photoshop World. You’d think I’d know these things, but apparently, they like to keep me somewhat in the dark (they say I’m happier that way). ;-)

Dave Cross and RC Concepcion in Miami the Week After Photoshop World
Hey, as soon as we get back, Dave and RC are kicking off that Creative Suite 4 Unleashed workshop (sponsored by Adobe), down in Miami, so if you’re down that way—-make sure you don’t miss it. Here’s the link with more details.

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is….
…a photographer who is starting to get a lot of attention for shooting video on a digital SLR, it’s Aaron Greene.

Brad turned me onto Aaron and his project, and then Brad contacted him to see if he would share the background on how he shot this promo video for a band, and well…you’ll just have to tune in tomorrow to catch it all for yourself.

That’s it For Today
Here’s wishing you your best day ever!



Take a good look at the man in the photo above. His name is Robert Vanelli, but we call him either “Vanelli” or just “V.”

If you’re going to Photoshop World, you will definitely see him there, but more likely you’ll hear him coming first.

When you meet him (and trust me—you will), you’ll find him very charming. He has a big smile, a big heart, and arms like tree trunks, so you always feel like “if some %$&* goes down, he’s got your back.” However, be careful because he’s so charming, it’s easy to get sucked into his world, and months from now, when you’ve totally forgotten who he is, he will call your cell phone on a random Tuesday morning at like 5:00 am, just to say “hi,” and he will act like you guys just had dinner last night. That’s it—-he’s got you in his Web, and this is just one of many calls to come when you least expect it, for the rest of your natural life.

The best way I can describe it is the way it was described to me by an attendee who befriended Vanelli one year. He said (and I quote), “I just want my life back.”

There are just a few simple rules to keep in mind when you see him at Photoshop World:

  1. Don’t look him directly in the eyes
  2. Don’t speak directly to him (only address him through an intermediary).
  3. Don’t sit near him in a class (remember, accomplices get arrested, too)
  4. Don’t give him your full name, or city where you live (he will visit you. Often).
  5. But whatever you do; don’t give him your cell phone number. Ever.

Also, another of his “scams” is to tell you that his cell phone is dead, and he needs to call home to talk to his kids, so he borrows your cell phone. But then he actually calls his cell phone from your phone, and ‘boom’—he’s got your number. Rookie mistake.

Of all the things I’ve told you about the Photoshop World conference, this may be the most important. Ask anybody. ;-)

(P.S. You guys know I’m just kidding right? Vanelli’s my buddy, and this is a long-running gag with everybody who knows and loves him. Well, I was kidding about everything but the cell number–I still wouldn’t give that to him. ;-)


I’m not talking about “metallic prints” (which are prints made on Kodak metallic-finish paper) I’m talking about images actually printed on metal (well, Aluminum to be exact). I got two different kinds in the past two weeks, from two different sources, so I’m going to cover them both here.

First, the print I’m holding above, which is from Image Wizards, and it’s one of their “AluminArte” images (which they call, “High Definition Images on Aluminum”).

On their site (link) they make a pretty bold statement:

“Remember the first time you saw HDTV? Our AluminArte samples will show you a level of imaging never seen before.”

I have to admit—it’s actually right on the money. My buddy Matt Kloskowski had the first AluminArte print I’d ever seen (it was of his amazing landscape shot of a barn in Washington State’s Polouse region), and when it came in the office, we all just stood around it slack-jawed. I’d never seen anything like it. Then when mine print came in (shown above), we all did the same thing—the depth and detail is like what you see on HDTV (compared to regular broadcast).

The sad thing is—-in a regular photo of it (like you see above—photo by Brad Moore), you lose all that depth and dimension that you see so clearly in person (just imagine seeing a HDTV image on a regular TV with no HD and you know what I mean). I found a video on their site, about the process, but again, because it’s video, it can’t show the depth of this type of printing on any level (this is just one of those “you have to see it with your own eyes” type of things).

Anyway, I’m incredibly impressed, and I’m going to have some of my favorite images reprinted as AluminArte images when I get back from Photoshop World. Here’s the link to their site.

Now, onto the 2nd type of metallic printed image:


This one is actually a six-piece mural (made up of six 12″x12″ metallic tiles) from Metal Murals and although theirs isn’t the Hi-Def type of images that I got from Image Wizards, the impact here comes from the size and presentation.

The funny thing is; these two types of images had a different impact on different groups of people. The photographers in my office lost their minds over the quality of the Hi-Def  image (shown above), but everybody (the non-serious photo crowd) were all taken in by the mural. Everybody was talking about it when it came in (and a bunch of golfers in the office wanted to snag it for their office).

The pole they’re connected to (shown here, with the help of Brad Moore—photo by Matt Kloskowski), are also how you mount them to your wall (it came with the mounts, and it’s pretty darn clever how the whole thing works).

Also, you can buy a much smaller 12″x12″ sample version (the size of just one tile) if you want to make a proof for your client before creating the final full-sized mural. Since the mural will have gaps, I think this is really a smart idea—especially if you’re creating a really large mural (these murals can be any size, and not just made up of 12″x12″ squares, and you can have more than just six squares).

They’ve got a page of samples on their site (link) and from their sample page, these must be very popular for tradeshow displays (or it just includes a lot of photos from their own tradeshow booth—I couldn’t tell). Here’s the link to Metal Murals Website.

Anyway, despite the fact that the ‘metallic-ness’ of both types of printing get totally lost when you show a regular photo of them (like you see here), when you see them in person—-either one—-you’ll be amazed at how much impact they have.

I certainly don’t think so (I’d rather see airlines regulated as to how they treat their passengers), but according to an article in Yahoo’s Shine magazine, a governing body in the UK thinks things have gotten so out-of-hand that maybe photo retouching should be regulated.

Here’s what the Shine article said:

“In what’s poised to be the biggest uproar yet over the ongoing issue of Photoshopping in mass media, members of the British Parliament are calling for a ban on digitally altering ads aimed at children under 16, and disclosure of these modifications in ads aimed at adults, reports Jezebel.

Here’s the link to their article to read more.