Here's a few things to take us into the weekend: Photoshop Hall of Famer John Paul Caponigro has just announced three new Photoshop training DVDs, seen above (produced by Acme Education). The titles are: (1) Black & White Mastery (2) Photoshop Color Strategies, and (3) Photoshop Color Tools. All three are available for pre-order, and you can reserve yours now by clicking here. I ran across a photography blog this week that looks pretty cool. It's called "ProPhotoNut" and the author shares a number of interesting techniques, and posts some great images. If you've got a few minutes, check it out right here.Â Here's another cool Holiday Deal (but it expires on December 15th, so you have to get on it pretty quick). If you buy a Ray Flash from ExpoImaging (the Ray Flash is a ring-flash attachment that turns your off-camera flash, like…
This week on Photoshop User TV, we did our annual "Holiday Gear Guide Live!" where we share some of our picks for holiday gifts, including a bunch of cool gear that isn't in the printed or online versions of my gear guide. You can watch it here online, or in Apple's iTunes (where you can subscribe to it, and get each episode, free at this link). NOTE: On a completely unrelated note: Brad totally rocked his Guest Blog Spot yesterday. I knew Brad was a great assistant, and skilled photographer, but honestly, I had no idea he was such a great writer. I'm both impressed and a bit scared (I don't know whether to find him a photo agent, get him shooting some stock, or find him a book deal). Way to go, Boy Wonder!!!
I didn't include any of my own books in my Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide, but I did write a few books that I hope you might consider as gifts for the photography freak on your list this year. For example: Amazon.com has put together a special limited-edition boxed set which includes both my books, "The Digital Photography Book, Volume 1, and Volume 2" along with one of my signed 8x10 prints (yup, I hand signed each one). The special limited-edition boxed-set packaging makes it perfect for a Holiday Gift (It's actually really nicely presented), and you can order this special boxed set (created exclusively for Amazon.com), by clicking right here.
Here's a holiday deal with a kicker: If you buy OnOne Software's Photoshop Plug-in Suite 4.2 (which is already $100 off), before December 18th, 2008, you'll get Matt Kloskowski's "Photoshop CS4 Power Sesssion DVD" as a free bonus. Hey, $100 bucks off, and a killer DVD (normally $69.95 by itself). If you're really slick, you can use this offer to buy one thing and get gifts for two different people. Here's the link for details.
My buddy Jeff Revell, of PhotoWalkPro.com fame, is just finishing up a book on Canon's new 50D. What I really like about Jeff's approach to the book is that it's not just another expanded version of the camera's manual, because rather than just teaching how to use the buttons and dials on the camera, he's teaching you how to use the camera to take better photographs all the way around. I've seen some of the content and layouts from the book, and I have to tell you, he's going to break the mold for how "how to use your [fill in the blank] camera" books are written. You can preorder his new book now at Barnes & Noble.com or Amazon.com. I just placed my order five minutes ago.
As most of you know, before coming to work with Scott, I was Joe McNally’s assistant. Earlier this year, I started blogging. On my blog, I began telling the story of my first big adventure with Joe, detailing my mishaps along the way. But I never finished, much to the dismay of both of my readers. When Scott asked me to be his guest blogger for this week, I thought it might be a good opportunity to both finish the story and share it with a (much) larger audience.
Before you begin, a word of warning. It’s a bit long, so I’ve parsed it into four parts to make it a little easier to get through. As you’re reading, you’ll be thinking, “How can this get any worse??” I assure you, it can and it does. I hope you enjoy!
Part I – Always Double-Check Your Carry-On
The second job that I assisted Joe on was a portrait for AARP in Washington D.C. The subject was a lawyer who had taken up pottery in his retirement. Since it was only the second shoot I’d been on with Joe, I was still getting the hang of packing gear in the Suburban… Still learning the best place for each item to go. Location work being what it is, we had to park about half a block away from the pottery studio and walk the gear over. Of course, it also started pouring the rain.
This meant that I had to walk back and forth from the studio to the truck, in the rain, to retrieve gear that I had forgotten to bring on the initial trip. Multiple times. One of these items was a knife. The cameras have these L-brackets on them that partially cover the USB port, making it difficult to access when shooting tethered, and thus requires a knife to pry it open. “Hence”, Joe informed me, “the knives always travel with the cameras.” Okay, point taken.
The shoot went well, and Joe worked his magic to create what looked like daylight pouring in through the studio screen door when it was anything except sunshine and kitty cats outside.
Photo by Joe McNally
From D.C., we continued traveling and began working on the NCAA Basketball preview issue of Sports Illustrated. Seven colleges over the course of about two or three weeks to do portraits of the “big freshmen.”
Fast forward a week or two, and Joe and I are flying to a different city every other day. This was a new experience for me, seeing that I’d flown a total of three times in my life before this trip.
We were going through security at Salt Lake City Airport one early morning, en route to Tucson, when the TSA agent pulls my camera bag (Joe and I each traveled with one) and says he needs to look through it. Sure, whatever. Nothing out of the ordinary…
So, he begins digging through it, and pulls out a knife. A Leatherman to be exact.
TSA Agent: “Sir, did you realize this was in here?”
Me: “Oh, crap. I wasn’t even thinking about it…”
The searching of the bag continues… He pulls another knife. Swiss Army. Suspicious look…
TSA Agent: “Sir, is there anything else in here I should know about?”
Me: “Um… I think there might be one more.”
Yep. Another Leatherman.
Me: “Just a second, let me get my boss. He’s coming through the other line.” I turn around. “Joe…”
TSA Agent: “Sir, is this your bag?”
TSA Agent presents knives.
Joe: “BRAD!! WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!? YOU CAN’T BRING KNIVES ON A PLANE!!!”
Me: (very sheepishly) “But… You said the knives… always travel… with… the cameras…?”