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  • I gotta tell ya, people are lovin' that free "Instant JPEG from Raw" utility Michael Tapes and Imagenomic created! Look at some of these comments posted by readers on Wednesday: "Works fantastic, Now I can shoot just in RAW instead of RAW+JPEG and get more pictures on the cards. It makes life alot easier and I can hand out the smaller sized JPEG´s much faster. Thanks for a great tool!" "Great program and it works so fast that I thought it was NOT working. You made my day." "THANK YOU!!! you’ve literally saved me! " "Wonderful! Literally dropped my jaw after the first extract. I’ve already processed about 20 directories. THANK YOU!" "It works just fantastic!. The clearest jpegs I have seen after first shooting in raw, and then converting them." "Wow, this is really useful! Big thanks Michael and Scott. I was exporting…

    Even though Adobe hasn't actually shipped Photoshop CS4 yet, you know (and I know) that there are a lot of you that are just dying to get up to speed even before you get your hands on the software, and that's why we just released our first CS4 online class, "The Photoshop CS4 Power Session" from our own Matt Kloskowski. Matt designed this online class for Photoshop CS3 users who are making the jump to CS4, and who want to learn exactly what's new, what's changed, what's moved, and how to take advantage of the new features today. You can take Matt's CS4 class right now over at KelbyTraining.com (here's the link). NOTE: Now, when Photoshop CS4 actually ships, the very day it ships we are releasing an entire collection of CS4 online classes and you can see the list of what's coming over…

    Hi everybody. It's Thursday, and you know what that means. It's time for "News Stuff!" First off; did Michael Tapes make some friends yesterday or what!!!! If you missed his post, he and the folks at Imagenomic, came up with a free utility that makes a JPEG from any Raw file, and it does it at lightning speed. I installed it yesterday myself, and I gotta tell you---it rocks (just read some of the comments from yesterday---Michael has a whole new fan club). So, my thanks to Michael for doing something so cool, and so useful, for the community, and secondly, for helping people out all day by answering their questions, troubleshooting the installs, and just being incredibly helpful to all who asked. What a great guest blogger!!! Sadly, Michael's incredibly popular post overshadowed a special day yesterday that just doesn't get the love…

    Photoshop Hall of Famer, and legend of Photoshop, Ben Willmore, had a couple of spots open up at the last minute for his upcoming Advanced Photoshop Workshop at the prestigious Lepp Institute for Digital Imaging in Los Osos, California. If you act really quickly, you can snag one of those last spots and spend an incredible week learning Photoshop at a whole new level, from one of the best trainers on the planet today. The dates are October 6-10, 2008 You can read all the details at Ben's site (click here), but the scoop about what he'll be teaching is below. In this class, you'll learn to change the way you think about shooting so that you take full advantage of all the digital tools available. If you haven't changed your shooting mindset (beyond shooting to the right, inspecting a histogram and using RAW),…

    Yet Another “Raw Is Best” Rant – NOT!

    [ed note; Michael included a video demo with this post, and you’ll find it on the 2nd page—click the “More” button].

    As a long time advocate (fanatic!) of shooting Raw format only, my most frequent response to the inevitable question of “why shoot raw all of the time?”, is because you never know when the shot of a lifetime will jump into your viewfinder. And given that truth (if you accept it), one would surely want to capture that shot of a lifetime in the best quality format that their DSLR is capable of. And that, of course is raw. The reasons why have been well stated time and time again by Scott, me, and countless others. In fact, while many were still debating the efficacy of shooting raw at all, I created an entire DVD about how to shoot raw faster, better, and easier than shooting JPEG. In that DVD I touched on a subject that kept haunting me to the point where I needed to do something about it. That is why I created the free utility called Instant JPEG from Raw.

    First Some Raw History
    As many did, I resurrected my passion for photography back when convergence of technology brought together 3MP digital point-and-shoot cameras (in my case the Canon Powershot S20), along with the IBM MicroDisk (340MB), and the Epson 1270 printer. Finally one could go out and shoot several hundred photographs, work on them in the amazing digital darkroom called Photoshop, and print them such that people would think they were looking at a real photograph. It was a grand time of creative resurgence and discovery. This was followed by the biggest moment in the recent history of the digital SLR, the introduction of the Canon D30. It also was only 3 megapixels. But for the first time ever, those pixels were silken and magical, and at worst rivaled the quality of film, and according to many beat it when printed to 8×10 or smaller. It was also smaller, higher quality, and quite more affordable than the then reigning king of DSLRs, the Nikon D1.

    Thankfully my wife was insightful enough to convince me to buy the D30 instead of the Canon G1 P&S which had also just been released She said to me that we could not afford the G1 ($1,000) and that I must buy the D30 ($3,200)! She knew in her ultimate wisdom, that a G1 purchase would only have satisfied my gear lust mentality for a week or 2, and would be followed by the inevitable D30 purchase for a total cost of $4,200. Hence we could not afford the G1 <g>. Thankfully it still applies today. D300 vs. D90 – 85 f1.8 vs.85 f1.4. “We cannot afford the cheaper one!” Have I mentioned how much I love my wife?

    We only got to know the D30 by trial and error, as there was no authoritative documentation. The early adopters, along with Michael Reichmann and others, banded together to discover the mysteries that lay within this magical camera. Raw mode was one of those mysteries, but the only way to convert raw files (in fact the only way to even view raw files), was to develop/process/convert them in the then immature Canon raw software. One could view very small thumbs in the slow software, but to see the full size 3MP file, it would take about 2 minutes per file. Yup! Two+ minutes per file. No wonder people did not adopt raw early on. No way to even view your files, until after a several hour “conversion” session that completely tied up and/or crashed your computer. And that was just to view the files, before you edited or adjusted them. I went on record at DPReview saying that Raw was not ready for prime time (link). And it was not. But then the magic was discovered…

    The Embedded JPEG.

    The holy grail turned out to be that Canon thankfully had embedded a JPEG

    You knew it was coming, and sure enough---it's here. Photoshop CS4 is right around the corner (read Adobe's Press Release here), and to give you the first look at the new features, we've launched two new online Learning Centers: (1) NAPP's Free Photoshop CS4 Learning Center This public learning center, hosted by "The Photoshop Guys" (Matt Kloskowski, Dave Cross, and yours truly, along with RC and Corey from NAPP HQ), gives you a first-look at the new features of Photoshop CS4 with videos from the three of us, including an overview video, an exclusive video interview with Photoshop Principal Product Manager John Nack, a "Top-10" New CS4 Features article from RC "New Daddy" Concepcion, and a look at the new interface from Corey Barker. Here's the link to this brand new learning center. (2) NAPP's "Members Only" In-Depth Learning Center NAPP members can dive…