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Today I am the happiest camper in the forest, because Adobe has made me love my Apple MacBook Pro laptop again. They released a free downloadable plug-in for Photoshop CS4 which disables the trackpad gestures on Apple’s new MacBook Pro Laptops. No longer does my canvas rotate 40 or 50 times a day when I least expect it, and my document doesn’t zoom out to a 1% view 30 or so times a day.

No longer do I spontaneously string together groups of colorful adjectives, spoken at a high volume, as my blood pressure attains new heights. No today, there is nothing but love for Adobe, and now for my MacBook Pro as well. It’s a good day.

If you have been experiencing similar trackpad issues (which caused you to temporarily take on the vocabulary of Joe Pechi in the movie Casino), here’s the link to download the plug-in. Thank you Adobe. You had me at “disable.”

joesnewbk After Joe’s release of what became the huge hit of 2009, his landmark book, “The Moment It Clicks,” everybody was asking for more Joe, and specifically “when’s he gonna do a book on small flashes?” Well, the wait it just about over! On Monday, Joe announced on his blog that he has finished all the writing for his new book, “The Hot Shoe Diaries,” (Big Light from Small Flashes) and now it’s in the final production stages, with an anticipated shipping date in mid to late March. I asked  Joe about his new book, and here’s what he said:

“Up front I dedicate a section of the book to the great shooters who taught us all, and those who are following in their footsteps to create a learning and sharing environment on the Web. Then, I do a thing on holding cameras and also holding flash…..I do thing on Quality, Color and Direction. Then 4 big sections….the biggest one is on using one light. Tried to offer up lots of simple solutions….”

That’s the short and sweet version, but if you’ve got a minute, Joe gave some great insights (and a look at some of the inside spreads) about the book on his blog. Here’s the link to it on Joe’s blog, but if you’re like me, and can’t wait to tear into this book, you can preorder it today from Amazon.com (where it’s the #1 bestselling preorder book in the entire photography category), or from Barnes & Noble.com.

Big News: I’m totally excited to announce that today we launched a new weekly show for Nikon DSLR shooters called “D-Town TV” (The name will make sense after you watch the show’s intro). The show, co-hosted with my good friend and Nikon shooter Matt Kloskowski, airs online each Thursday, and you can watch the premiere episode right here (below). Each episode is full of tips and techniques to help you get the most of your Nikon gear. Take a look at the show (below) and you’ll get the idea. The link to the show’s site is right here (You can watch the show there each week—right in your Web browser, and it’s there so we can hear from our viewers, and get your ideas and suggestions for upcoming shows). Anyway, we hope you enjoy our first weekly episode.

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Link to D-town TV Subscribe to RSS Feed for D-town TV >> The podcast version will be coming soon to iTunes

Hey guys, Brad here. We’re well aware that many of you (including myself) are getting all of the comments as posts in your Google Reader feed. This is isolated to the Google Reader and isn’t occurring with other RSS feeds. We have not changed any of our settings, nor is this a new “feature.” We are working to try and find a solution. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that Google will fix this very soon.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming, featuring Syl Arena! :)

Update: Thanks to commenters, we’re aware that this isn’t isolated to Google Reader.  It seems that unsubscribing and re-subscribing to the feed is working for many, so you may want to give that a try.  We’re still working to find a permanant fix, but this might work in the meantime.  Thanks for your help and understanding!

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Lessons I Didn’t Learn In Photo School

1. If you can’t be remarkable, be memorable.
If you know of PixSylated, it’s probably because I… Pimped My McNally, Shot Ben Willmore In Broad Daylight, and then Smashed Pumpkins With High-Speed Sync. Is there really anything remarkable about coil-binding a book, constructing a DIY ringlight, or batting some vegetables around? I think not. Yet, I’ve met people all over the country who’ve said “You’re the guy who did that?” (Which I always choose to take as a compliment – regardless of how they really meant it.) Running with the pack won’t get you any attention these days. Create ways for people to remember you (and yes, crazy red is my natural hair color).

2. You are NOT defined by your photo gear or your computer’s operating system.
Nikon vs. Canon, Mac vs. PC. Truth be told… none of this matters to anybody other than the people who sell this stuff. Nobody will look at your photographs and shout “Yep, that guy’s a Nikon shooter on a PC. It just shows.” If you’re a hardcore Nikonian or Canonite, loosen up, trade cameras with a colleague, and go make some great photographs with another brand. Come to understand that your images are reflections of you as a human and not the machines you used to create them.

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3. Powerful photographs touch people at a depth they don’t anticipate.
If you want to be a strong photographer… (more…)

Last week, my buddy (and Photoshop Web guru) RC Concepcion was the guest on Dave Cross’ blog’s popular “Finish the Sentence” feature (here’s the link). Anyway, in his response to the question, “I hate the fact that Photoshop…” RC had a really great answer (you’ll have to check out Dave’s blog to read his entire answer), but at the end of his answer, he had what I think was the quote of the week:

“As much as I love the program… It’s Photoshop. School will be open on its birthday!”

Well said RC. Make sure you read the whole thing (link above) and it will make more sense, but that quote kinda stands on its own.

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