I just finished two days of rehearsals with my band, “Big Electric Cat” for our gig coming up at Photoshop World, as we play a live set for the attendee party (that’s us above playing at the House of Blues in Vegas. Well, that’s four of us—my keyboards are over to the far right of the stage, so I got cut out of the photo).

The venue for the party in Boston is just fantastic for a live gig like this—it’s being held at a club called “The Estate” which used to be a theater, but now it’s a nightclub, with a big stage, dance floor, and some very trendy lounging areas.

We’ll be playing a mix of classic rock and “old school” dance music, and we’ve got some new songs we’re pulling out for this one, so I hope if you’re going to Photoshop World, you’ll be hanging with us, and all the instructors and staff, at the party. I’m also playing rhythm guitar on two songs this time around. Anyway, if you’re comin’, come ready to dance!!! (Note: the party is only open to Photoshop World conference attendees).

Adobe and CDW are hosting a series of events on the Creative Suite (CS4), and they’ve given us some invites which we’re allowed to pass on, so here are the upcoming cities, and the links to download a PDF of the invite (details are included in the PDF).

  • Boca Raton, FL: Wednesday, March 18th (Morton’s, The Steakhouse) Invite Link
  • Tampa, FL: Tuesday, March 17th (at Maggiano’s Little Italy) Invite Link
  • Washington, DC: Friday, March 13th (at Morton’s, The Steakhouse). Invite Link

By the way—lunch is included (Sweet!). Should be a great experience, so if you can get out to one of these,  I’d download the invite and RSVP while they’re are still seats available.


First, before we get into today’s stuff; a big thanks to Bob Krist for his excellent guest blog post yesterday. His images were amazing, and his article got a lot of people thinking, and I’m both grateful and honored to have had Bob share this images and message yesterday. Very cool stuff. Now, onto the stuff:

  • This Week’s D-Town TV Show Is Up Live!
    Our third episode of D-Town TV, the weekly show for Nikon DSLR users is up live, and I hope you’ll check it out (note: we were able to incorporate answers to some of your questions in this episode, and your feedback has really been invaluable). Here’s the link to this week’s show.
  • Having a Coke and a Smile
    This doesn’t have anything to do with Photoshop, but I had something fun happen last night at our house. Somehow or another, my son and I got into a conversation about certain foods that taste unbelievable when you get them at just the right time (like Krispy Kreme donuts when you get them when the “Hot Now” sign is on), or in just the right way (like Coca Cola in glass bottles, rather than aluminum cans). Well, my son was surprised about the whole glass bottle thing, and told me he’d never had a “bottle of coke” that wasn’t plastic. So, I set out to find some, and a search on the Web had me stumped, but my assistant Brad Moore was able to find some the very same day, (at Walmart of all places), and last night we put them at the fridge to get them nice and cold, and tonight he had the ceremonial “first use a bottle opener” moment, and his first real bottle of coke. As expected—he absolutely loved it!!! Of course, that’s not good, because we really limited his soda consumption (which is not easy to do for a pre-teen), but I felt having Coke in a glass bottle was just one of those things every man has to experience for himself, and well….it was just a lot of smiles and laughs (especially when he asked me to take a picture of him posing with the empty bottle).
  • Interview with the Bostonist
    I did an interview with the Bostonist blog, and it went live yesterday. We discussed a little of everything, but since Photoshop World is coming to Boston in a couple of weeks, we covered some of that, too. If you’ve got a moment, you can read the short interview right here.
  • David’ Ziser’s 2009 Tour Kicks Off
    Our friend, famous wedding photographer, and instructor David Ziser is kicking off his “Digital Wake-up Call” nationwide tour, and if you’ve never had the chance to catch David live—he is absolutely amazing. I attended one of David’s pre-conference sessions at Photoshop World a few years back, and when I got back, a friend asked me how it was, and here’s exactly how I described it, “It was like David was walking about and stuffing money into his student’s pockets. That’s how valuable it was!” He does talk about technique, and equipment, but more importantly he shows you how to make a real living as a wedding photographer, and his advice is just brilliant. I highly recommend catching his tour if you can. Here’s a link with a list of upcoming cities.
  • The Photoshop World Blog Lives!
    A couple of months ago, Social Media Ninja Nancy Massé helped us launch our first ever Photoshop World blog, and she’s been putting all sorts of cool stuff there, including tips for people attending the conference for the first time, and insights into classes, and interviews with instructors and stuff. Anyway, if you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s the link.

That’s it for today everybody. We’ll see ya back here for our weekend wrap-up! :)

Think Globally: Shoot Locally


Photographers these days are especially sick of hearing about the economy on the news over and over again. That’s because when it comes to these types of downturns, we’re like canaries in the coalmines… We feel the effects of a lack of economic oxygen long before the rest of the business world, and this is just so much old news.  Any working pro I know could have told you things were really tough a year and a half ago, when the rest of the country was still in the bubble of economic self delusion.

But now a lot of other industries–publishing, travel, and banking among them — have  caught up and we’re all in the same boat. And this doesn’t bode well for those of us who travel and shoot, for profit, or passion, or both.  Travel magazines today are as thin as as a stockbroker’s wallet, suffering from the anorexia of no advertising dollars, and consequently no editorial pages or assignments.  And optional travel for pleasure is the first thing to go in tight economic times… (more…)

…..acclaimed photographer, author, educator and writer, Bob Krist.

Outdoor Photographer is one of my very favorite magazines, and Bob’s travel photography column in the magazine has always been a must-read for me (you can read one of his recent columns right here).

As much as I enjoy his column, his images are just astounding (which is why he shoots for magazines like National Geographic and Smithsonian). Here’s the link to his site to see some of his amazing images, but of course make sure you check back in tomorrow to catch his guest blog post. It’s truly an honor to have Bob on the blog—-I can’t wait!!!


Hi gang: It’s Tuesdays—here’s what’s up:

  • My Books On The Free Kindle App For iPhone
    I saw a review on Terry’s Tech blog about the new free Amazon Kindle app for the iPhone, so I downloaded it and bought my book, “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 2” from right on my iPhone (Yes, I had to buy it, but luckily the downloadable version was only $9.99). Anyway, I have the full Kindle reader (the original, not version 2), and while this free iPhone app didn’t have all the features (or as large a screen) as the Kindle, it did have one thing even the Kindle 2 doesn’t have—color images! The formatting on the iPhone’s screen even looked pretty decent (as seen above), and I think the advantage is (for iPhone users anyway), that you can look up a tip while you’re out on a shoot, right from your phone. Anyway, it’s worth checking out (here’s the link to it on the iTunes Store). By the way; the iPhone itself up there isn’t a photo. That’s an illustration created from scratch by NAPP’s Creative Director Felix Nelson, and it’s all done in Photoshop. That guy is just sick!
  • I found a Cool Photo Blog with All Unretouched Photos
    This past weekend, I came across a photography site called “Unqualified to Blog” and in their tag line they mention that all the photos are unedits straight from the camera (no Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, etc.). Anyway, the guy has some nice stuff, and I just thought it was kind of different. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec to check it out.
  • Interviewed By My Publisher
    I did an audio interview with my Publisher Nancy Reunzel, and it’s up live over at the Peachpit site. We talked about everything from photography to what my upcoming books are for the year, to Photoshop World, and about everything else. If you’ve got a couple of minutes, check it out right here.
  • Are You Coming To Boston? Now there are TWO Photo Walks
    If you’re coming up to Boston for Photoshop World (Hey, it’s still not to late to join us up there: Here’s the link with all the details), there are now TWO Photo Walks planned; one from Jeff Revell (of PhotoWalkPro fame), and one being put together by a group of NAPP forum members, so if you’re coming, make sure you bring your camera! (check on the NAPP member forums for details on the NAPP walk).
  • New Photoshop and Illustrator Integration Online Class from Corey Barker
    Photoshop graphics wizard Corey Barker has a brand new online class at Kelby Training about creative ways to use Photoshop and Illustrator together. It just went up and it’s already created quite a buzz. Here’s the link with all the details.

OK gang, that’s it from here. I’ll be back on Thursday with more stuffage! Don’t forget to check out the Guest Blog tomorrow. Have a great one!