Hi folks! It's Thursday, here's what's up: First, a big thanks to Rich Harrington for his excellent Guest Blog yesterday. You can see how much time and thought Rich put into that post, and from the wonderful comments he got, you can see the impact what he shared will have on many users. Nice job, Rich (as always). :) Adobe has released a free update to Lightroom 2, and Camera Raw 5, which includes supports for new cameras, and in Lightroom's case, a few bug fixes are included as well. You can download the free updates from Adobe (here's the link). Big News: Michael Tapes (and the crew at Imagenomics) have released an update to the incredibly hot new utility "Instant JPEG from Raw." The update (like the utility itself) is free with added camera supports and some minor fixes. Download it free from…


Regaining Your Digital Life
So You Can Have More of a Personal Life

I frequently find myself scratching my head…why is it that each new tool that is supposed to save us time seems to keep us occupied more often. The more people try to enhance their productivity, the more likely they are to stay attached to their computers. This is really a shame as the goal is to get more time back, more time for shooting, more time with family and friends, or even just more time to sleep.

I make my living being fast in Photoshop. Whether it's for clients who hire my shop to create broadcast graphics and multimedia projects or for those who read my books and watch the weekly podcasts. It is my job to get things done… in this spirit, let me share ten things you can do to speed up Photoshop and carve out more time for your personal life. On their own, not one of these are not going to change your world, but together you'll find yourself with literally hours freed up each week.


Scratch Disk & RAM
For many of us, the days of RAM costing as much as the computer seem like recent memories. I remember buying my first Mac clone for my startup business, a Power Computing tower. The RAM cost more than the computer. Hard drives weren't much better.

Just last week, we added a new Mac Pro to the office. A quick online shopping experience and we added 8GB of RAM for $269 and 1 TB if internal storage for $145. The cost to take the machine to screaming fast? About $425 with next afternoon delivery. That's not to say you should go crazy with upgrades, but $400 well spent makes the machine significantly faster at opening files and managing memory.

While we are on the topic, if you are going to Photoshop CS4, be sure your graphics card is beefy with Open GL support and you'll see a much more responsive Photoshop.


Shoot Raw and Use Camera Raw, Lightroom, or Aperture
I am continually amazed at how many people do not shoot Raw, and I mean just Raw. I

If you're a NAPP member, not only will NAPP have a booth on the show floor at PPE, we've arranged a special deal where NAPP members can get a FREE expo pass (you can click here for the link to sign up free as a NAPP member, but you have to use the special VIP code which is posted on the NAPP member Website). We are also offering a special deal where, if a member brings by a non-member and they join, the referring member gets a free book or DVD of their choice. Sweet! NAPP's Executive Director, Larry Becker, will be in the booth (along with some other NAPP folks), so if you see our booth, be sure to give Larry some love.)

That McNally guy has done it again---this time scoring a cover shot, and a set of feature spreads for a story on Neanderthals in the October issue of National Geographic. Joe is such a humble guy that on his blog he barely mentions that he shot this cover. In fact, after mentioning in passing that he got the cover for this feature on Neanderthals, he quips, "As I mentioned to my editor, they got the right man for that job." Man, that's humble. If I had shot a cover for National Geo, I probably would have rented a series of nationwide billboards and possibly a large blimp shouting it from the rooftops! Some of the spreads from the article are seen below. Congrats Big Joe, and may there be many more covers to come. :-)

If you're going to PPE (Photo Plus Expo) in New York City this week, I want to invite you to stop by some training sessions I'm doing on the expo floor. Here's the schedule for my classes and demos: THURSDAY 1:00 pm at the Adobe Booth: "Lightroom and Photoshop CS4 Killer Tips" 3:00 pm at the Peachpit Press Booth: "Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques" 4:30 pm at the Westcott Booth: "Portrait Lighting Using The Spiderlite TD-5s" FRIDAY 11:00 am at the Adobe Booth: "Lightroom and Photoshop CS4 Killer Tips" If you're at the show, I hope you'll catch one of my sessions, and if you do, make sure you come up and say "hi." Hope I'll see you there!

…Photoshop World instructor, digital video training rock star, Photoshop author, podcast host, and general super smart guy, Richard Harrington. If you've ever attended one of Rich's sessions at Photoshop World, you know what a talented and gifted trainer he is, and even though he's probably best known as one of the industry's top digital video gurus, he's a Photoshop guru in his own right (authoring the new book "Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4," and the 3rd edition of this popular "Photoshop for Video"). Make sure you check back tomorrow to see what Rich has in store.