My video crew was on hand at my recent Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks seminar in Orlando, Florida, and right before the 2nd session kicked off, I did a quick little “howdy,” but beyond that, they included a behind-the-scenes look at the seminar, so if you’ve never been to one of our one-day workshops, take a look at the video clip below for a quick glimpse at the day.


Photoshop Hall of Famer Dan Margulis, the father of professional color correction using Photoshop, and the man who made Photoshop’s LAB color mode take the photographic world by storm in the past few years (thanks to his groundbreaking book on LAB color), is doing a special pre-conference workshop at Photoshop World called “The Latest in LAB.”

I have no idea what Dan’s going to teach, but I know this; each time he does a session like this—-everything changes because Dan is pretty much the bottomline when it comes to LAB mode (which is another reason he has such a legion of fans around the world).

If you’re going to Photoshop World this October in Vegas, make sure you check out Dan’s LAB pre-con (Note: Dan’s classes are pretty much for more advanced users, so if you’re kinda new to Photoshop, I’d skip this one and maybe look at either the Concert Photography Workshop [there’s only two spots left], or Ben Willmore’s “Shoot for Photoshop” (will be sold out soon), or the Canon Live Studio shoot (which will be sold out soon, too). Here’s the link for a list of the pre-cons.


So, a couple of months ago, I was shooting an event and one of the other photographers there told me about a local Photoshop expert (whom I know) who was mad at me because he sent me a friend request on Facebook, and I didn’t friend him, so he felt snubbed. Just what I needed—-another reason for people to be mad at me. ;-)

I let her know that it wasn’t intentional (I honestly never saw his friend request—you’ll see why in a moment), and I told her that I don’t really stay up with my Facebook page at all. In fact, I don’t think I’ve posted there in months—-if I do anything, it’s just to comment on something one of my friends have posted (with all the stuff I do online, I like to keep my Facebook page for just my family and personal friends).

Anyway, I felt bad that he felt slighted, so that night I went back and looked at my pending friend requests, and at that point I had over 1,000 pending friend requests. (Though after some searching, I did find his request and I “friended him”).

So, with all these requests stacking up (and the hurt feeling building up) Brad and I started sending a Facebook direct message out to these pending people to let them know that my Facebook page is really just for my personal friends (and leading them to our public NAPP Facebook page instead), and we were sending out about 30 of these emails a day to get the pending number down to something more manageable.

But then Facebook themselves sent me a warning saying they thought I was spamming people, and they were going to close my account altogether, so after making some decent progress in whittling the number way down (everybody was very kind about it and totally understood), we had to stop doing that, too.

Well, I just checked my Facebook page today and now it’s back up to nearly 1,200 pending requests, so the number of people who are mad at me, (not including sports photographers), is growing.

The reason I’m telling you this is; this week I got an email from a reader asking why I hadn’t approved their Friend request, and that they were kind of hurt, and then they gave me a list of reasons why I should reconsider. Now I feel really bad (and I don’t even know him, but the guilt is racking up now).

So, I guess I just wanted to let everybody whose feelings I might have hurt by not accepting their friend request that (1) I’m really sorry, and (2) it’s totally nothing personal—–I’m just trying to keep my Facebook page just for friends and family (people I would include in my Verizon Friends & Family plan if only the iPhone was on Verizon, which one can only hope will happen someday soon).

Now, that being said, we do now have a NAPP Facebook page and group. These are the pages that all us “Photoshop Guys” use to connect with fellow NAPP members and PhotoshopUser TV viewers and blog readers (and I’m going to try and post some there myself), so I hope you will join us there! (and yes—we will accept your friend request there for sure!).

Anyway, thanks for understanding, and here’s the link.

Like many of you who left comments, I thought Drew Gurian’s Guest Blog this week rocked, and it was both inspirational and informative on so many levels, and my hat’s off to him for a such a great post!

Now, some of you may know that my assistant Brad Moore used to be Joe McNally’s full time assistant before Drew, and both Brad and I have known Drew for a while now, and we both totally love the guy, which is probably why I jumped right on Brad’s idea to prank Drew about this guest blog.

I guess Drew really worked hard on his guest blog post, and he was kind of sweating it a bit, so Brad had me call Drew’s cell phone late Tuesday afternoon and leave him the message that “I needed to talk to him about his Guest Blog post.”

When Drew called back, I told him that I had read his guest blog, and was kind of disappointed with it, and that it was too fluffy and didn’t have any “meat” to it. Worse yet, I really needed him to rewrite the whole thing tonight to make it “more interesting.”

Well, I was really pouring it on (while Brad and my assistant Kathy were both sitting on my office literally turning red holding back their laughter), and Drew was just absolutely silent. So much so, that I finally had to let him off the hook and tell him I was totally just kidding (and then I did what any good photographer does—-I blamed it all on my assistant Brad). ;-)

After a few choice sentences which included several colorful phrases, thankfully Drew himself started cracking up. He told me he was freaking out while I was telling him, because he already had an incredibly busy night planned, and now he was looking at rewriting this post that had taken him days. Ahhh, it was a magic moment.

But beyond just pranking Drew, I think there’s a lesson in here for all photographers. When in doubt, blame your assistant. ;-)  Thanks again Drew—–you handled the whole thing like a pro! :)

01_filesOne of my book readers, Tobias Gräning from Berlin, Germany, dropped me a note yesterday with a great tip, based on one of my tips in my Digital Photography Book, Volume 3. My quick tip was to make sure you download the free digital PDF versions of your camera’s user manual because they’re searchable, and you’ll find what you’re looking for a lot faster (I have PDF manuals for all my own gear).

He took the tip up a notch by telling me about an iPhone application called “Good Reader PDF” that is designed to let you download and read these large-sized PDFs (larger size PDFs than you can normally read on an iPhone or iPod touch). You can see a screen cap above how the PDFs are listed, and then how they’re displayed (it’s just 99¢ from the iPhone App Store).

You can’t imagine how handy it is having your camera’s user manual right out on location with you, without dragging the physical manual out in the field. Thanks Tobias for sharing this one with me (and my readers).


Each year at Photoshop World we open the Exhibit Floor to the public for just two days, and if you’d like a free Expo-only pass (so you can see all the exhibitors, including Adobe), and catch the free expo floor classes and presentations, you can go right here to get yours.

We had a record-breaking number of Photoshop users and photographers visit the Expo floor at Boston Photoshop World, and I think the reason is there’s just so much going on there. Most of the vendors are now doing live demos, plus there are multiple theaters where you can catch some of the biggest names in Photoshop and photography live on stage, and getting to learn from, and meet all these superstars one-on-one creates a lot of energy and excitement on the floor.

Plus, this is a selling show, so a lot of the exhibitors run “show only” specials where they blow-out deals you won’t find anywhere else, and well…the whole thing is just a blast. Remember; the Expo-only pass is free if you register in advance, or its $20 per person at the door.