…..a good friend of the blog, the man behind the PixSylated.com blog, Syl Arena himself!

I’ve been following Syl’s blog for the past year (by the way, Syl’s name is pronounced “Sil”), and he’s posted comments numerous times here on this blog, and it’s really a kick having him as a guest blogger here tomorrow. Check back then and see what Syl has in store! :-)


I am thrilled beyond thrilled to announce that there’s a feature article about my photography in the new issue of Nikon World magazine (the spreads are seen above).

Here’s how it came about. I got a call from the Editor of Nikon World a few months back, and he told me he wanted to do a story about my photography. He said he was particularly drawn to my use of color, and wanted to build the story around that. He didn’t want to talk about Photoshop or image editing, just my photography. Of course I was tickled pink, but in our conversation I asked how they came to choose me, and he unknowingly gave me one of the nicest compliments I’ve ever gotten about my photography.

He said he kept hearing about me, or seeing me here and there, but it was always about Photoshop, but then he heard me talking about photography and lighting, and writing books on digital photography, and one day he said to himself, “This guy is Mr. Photoshop, but I wonder if he can actually take a photo?” So he told me he went to my blog, found my portfolio, and said, “Son of a gun—this guy can shoot!” (If you didn’t think “Son of a gun—this guy can shoot” was that great a compliment, you have to hear it from an Editor of a photography magazine. That changes everything!). So, after seeing my photos, he pitched Nikon with the idea of a feature story on my photography, and now here it is (I just got my copy this week!)

I remember a while back seeing a feature story in Nikon World on the work of Landscape Photographer Bill Fortney, with images from his amazing “America From 500 Feet II” project, and thinking, “Wow, Bill’s in Nikon World! How cool is that!” I never dreamed the next year I’d be featured in there, and I am just so honored, and humbled by it. Thanks Barry, and everyone at Nikon World for giving me such a wonderful opportunity (and for making a photographer’s dream come true).

Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski and I put together a quick little video for people who are going to Photoshop World next month in Boston to help them get the most from their experience. If you’re going—definitely check out this clip.

Also, I learned on Friday that they’re extending the Early Bird $100 off registration until next Friday, so if you missed your chance last week, you’ve now got ’till Friday (here’s the link).


Today’s the deadline for my book, so I’m going to make this even shorter and sweeter:

51hr-jwmxll_sl500_aa240_I just saw Photoshop World instructor Lesa Snider King’s new book, “Photoshop: The Missing Manual” (from O’Reilly Press), and it so reminded me of when Deke McClellend used to write, “The Photoshop Bible,” (which I loved) because it literally covers everything about Photoshop (it’s nearly 900 pages!). Lesa did a great job on the book, and in my mind, it is the new Photoshop Bible. Way to go Lesa!!!! :-)  Here’s the link to it on Amazon.com

  • Just a reminder: Today’s the last day for the Photoshop World Early Bird “Save a hundred bucks” thing. Here’s the link. Also, the Sheraton Boston is almost sold-out, but the Westin (my favorite hotel chain) Copely Place (attached to the convention center) still has a few rooms available (it’s a great hotel) so snag one now!!!
  • Today is “iPhone app of the Week” day over at Terry White’s Tech Blog (here’s the link).
  • I did an interview last night on the radio show “Your Mac Life.” We talked about Photoshop World, and photography, and books and stuff. If you’ve got a minute, check it out right here.
  • If you haven’t seen the “Amtrack Tripod Arrest” covered by Comedy Central, it is absolutely hilarious (and sadly, it’s true, but the way they covered it is just brilliant!). Here’s the link to the short video. You’ll love it!
  • I had some really big news this week; here’s the link.
  • For those who asked; I bought the smaller Elinchorm Beauty Dish (Not the 27″ one, and it’s because I read your comments about how cumbersome it is to use on location. Thanks for the tip!).
  • Check out these stick-on filters for your off-camera flash. Pretty slick!

OK, gotta get back to writing. Have a great weekend everybody, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Hi Gang: I’m trying to wrap up my book by Friday, so in the interest of making that happen, here is an abbrevited news thingy:

  • I didn’t get to field test the Jobo GPS this week like I had hoped. Maybe next week.
  • Come to my Lightroom seminars in Denver and Portland, Oregon. (link)
  • This photographer rocks (link)
  • I finally broke down and bought an Elinchrom Beautydish.
  • Go visit Zack’s blog (link)
  • Just two days left to save $100 on Early Bird Registration for Photoshop World (link). PLUS: Scriv put together a new teaser with our football theme, and it’s pretty cool, so stop by the site and check it out.
  • Jessica is working on a new cover for the CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks book, and I saw an early proof of it today. She’s rocks! It made me really glad that we decided to go with something completely new.
  • Today would be a great day to back up your photo collection.

OK, that’s all I could come up with. Have a good one, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow when I have even less time to blog. ;-)

Zack Arias’ thought-provoking, inspirational, and emotion-filled look inside himself, his work, and his life truly connected with so many of us on so many levels. I was, (we were) just blown away.

His brilliant video drew more than 300 comments, and is now the third most-commented post in the history of this blog. Here’s some of what you guys were drawn to say, and really, these comments say it all:

  • Thank you from all of us who are not photographers. This reaches everyone who’s ever questioned their passion.
  • I needed to hear this today.
  • You make it feel how real it is. I totally identify [with] you. Everything you said is totally what I’ve been going through. You put things into perspective for me.
  • …certainly made me sit up, listen & now ponder.
  • WOW! This gave me a chills.
  • I have to say this may be the [best] video I have ever seen.
  • You have that ability to speak in a way, that makes me feel like you made that video just for me.
  • …gave me the push I needed to look deep inside and think about the path I am on.
  • The best video I’ve ever seen.
  • In a world that is filled with egos and facades, I found this wonderfully refreshing.
  • You bared your soul and in doing so made me look at mine even closer. Thank you.
  • This is everything I fall asleep with and wake up with as I go through my life day in and day out.
  • I SOOO needed that. Haven’t taken a picture in three months.
  • Strange to say it, but that was exactly what I needed to hear right now!
  • Simple. honest. inspiring. thanks!
  • Seriously … dude. You don’t know how much I needed to hear/see this today.
  • WOW, what a brilliant, brilliant, brilliant piece of work!!!
  • Thank you for helping put things in perspective.
  • What a different and inspiring post.
  • Beautiful film. Thank you for this. I need to bookmark it so I can go back to it on those dark days.
  • Thank you for inspiring me for one more day.
  • I’ll worry about tomorrow when we get there.
  • A powerful way to express what many of us feel and what some wish others would “get”.
  • Probably the best photography blog ever!
  • No words can describe. Thank you.
  • Thanks for being so open and vulnerable. We need more of this floating around out there!
  • As someone who has battled depression and has found photography a way out, I loved this piece.
  • I am blown away…..I was not expecting that.
  • One of the most inspiring pieces of art I have ever viewed.
  • How alive your video is, in all it’s darkness. Thanks.
  • One of the most thought provoking and powerful posts/videos on photography I have seen.
  • You made me want to quit my job half way through the video
  • Wow, that left me speechless. Very powerful stuff.
  • It broke me. It brought me to an emotional halt in my day.
  • The shallow emptiness of the competitive portrait world is utterly depressing. You give me hope.
  • I’m speechless. Absolutely speechless. Inspirational comes to mind but doesn’t come close.
  • Every “working” professional photographer needs to see this.
  • Did anyone else cry at the end, or was it just me?
  • One of the most inspiring short film I ever saw.
  • I like to think of myself as a big, tough guy but this video made me weep. It is amazing.
  • My batteries just went from near 0 to fully charged.
  • All my life it was on the tip of my tongue but I swallowed it.
  • I’m speechless…more then that. I’m transfixed in a moment of deep stillness that lasts even now and I feel somehow better. I’m no longer the same. thank you…

My personal thanks to Zack for bringing something so personal, so real, and so unique to this blog. Guest Blog Wednesdays will never be the same.