Hi everybody. Here's what's up: First, since this is the first time I've done a "News Quickie" since last Wednesday, I wanted to thank Ben Willmore for his terrific post, and a fascinating look at his life and his work. Very cool stuff (Thanks Ben!). Now, onto the news: I am really excited to announce that in just over a week, Brad Moore (Joe McNally's current full-time assistant) is moving to Florida to join our team as my full-time photography assistant and general digital tech guy. (In case you were wondering; I didn't steal Brad from Joe; I won him fair and square in a card game). Actually, it was Joe that brought the opportunity my way, as Brad was wrapping up his 2nd year with Joe. I've known Brad for a while now (that's him pictured above on an average day), and he…

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/vM0Zfsi4ZX8" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] This has dink to do with Photoshop, but here's a quick video from Terry White and I about the major update to our award-winning book, "The iPhone Book," (due in bookstores any day now). If you've got an iPhone (or know someone who does), check it out. Here's a link to the book on Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com


When I was hosting my Dunedin, Florida PhotoWalk (as part of the worldwide photowalk), I saw a photographer in my group, a very nice guy named David Rogers, using the handiest camera strap I’ve seen in while. It’s called the Rapid R-Strap, and while I thought it was ideal for shooting in situations like a photowalk, I’m going to order one tonight for use with my 2nd camera when I’m shooting sports.

After talking with David about it, he offered to do a full review of it for the blog, and so, here you have it; the complete review from photographer David Rogers (Thanks David!).

Review: Rapid R-Strap from BlackRapid
The Worldwide PhotoWalk seemed a perfect opportunity for me to test the R-Strap from BlackRapid, Inc. I’m not the kind of person that likes to wear a tie let alone a 6lb. swinging weight around my neck so when I found out about this strap and the fact that it came with a 30-day return policy I felt I couldn’t lose. If I didn’t like it I’d send it back and be no worse off.

It aint going back! The simplicity of the design alone has you saying “why didn’t I think of that.” Truth is, much like the automatic kitty litter box, you probably did think of it but never did anything about it.

How it works:
The R-Strap is worn over one shoulder (my left) and crosses the body like a car seat belt or messenger bag. It attaches to the camera via the tripod socket on a large lens setup or the camera body when using smaller lenses. The camera is now hanging upside down at your side or just above your right butt cheek. In one very smooth motion you grab the camera with your right hand and swing it forward and away from your body up to your eye. Shoot!, then lower it back to your side and continue about your day.

[ed. Here’s a quick video from the manufacturer showing the R-Strap in action]:

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The greatest feature of this setup is the fact that your hands are free and your

We posted another new online training class from the amazing Joe McNally at KelbyTraining.com this week, and this one is on corporate photography, in particular, shooting an executive portrait on location. Joe takes you through the entire process, and it's really fascinating to see how he deals with problems that crop up, how he deals with lighting challenges, and how he works with the executive to get the shot. Click here for more info.

First, thanks so much to everyone who shared their opinions on the "Bolding of Keyboard Shortcuts" in my Lightroom 2 Book. Besides your comments on the bolding, I really thought there were some other great ideas there as well, so I wanted to comment on them here. Based on your comments, I'm moving forward with bolding all the keyboard shortcuts in the book I'm finishing up now, "The Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers." I talked this week with my publisher about the possibility of including a tear-out card with keyboard shortcuts. We'll have to see what the costs involved are (adding a second perforated card ain't cheap), but I like the idea a lot. I love the spiral bound idea (and I never realized you could just pop down to Staples or Office Depot, and they'd spiral-bind the book for around $4.00. That…

I was talking with my buddy Terry White earlier this week about my photo storage problems. It seems that no matter how much extra drive space I add, before long I’m out of space again. He’s got the same problem. Maybe worse.

Part of the problem is our files are just too darn big; now even entry-level DSLRs are 12 megapixels, and a Canon 50D is up to 15 megapixels. If you shoot in raw, after five or six clicks you’ve eaten up nearly 100MB, and if you’re shooting a wedding or event, you can eat up 10 or 12GB fairly easily. If you have a 500GB hard drive for backing up your photos, and you only shoot one wedding a week, it’ll start getting kinda full in around 8 or so months.

What got me to thinkin’
In a moment, I’m going to go over my backup strategy, but before we even get there, I honestly think I might be backing up too much. Here’s what made me start thinking like that. Terry recently did a portrait shoot where he took 710 photos during the shoot. His subject reviewed the images in Lightroom, and choose the shots she liked (around 70 initially, then she narrowed it down to her favorite 5 or 6). Then Terry picked his favorites, and he chose 5 or 6.

So, what do we all do next? That’s right, we back up all 710 photos, even though the subject has already said, “I only like these 70.” She looked at them all, told the photographer straight up, “I don’t want any of the other 640 images” but we back them all up anyway. Now, Terry asked me, “What are the chances that she is going to come back some time in the future and ask for one of the ones she didn’t like? Right. Slim to none. Yet, we still store ’em, and watch them eat up our drive space, and add more complexity to our file management. Like Terry says, “Those 640 images are never going to see the light of day. I don’t have any use for them. She doesn’t have any use for them, but I’m backing ’em up anyway. Why?”

Client Work Backups
Now, Terry can make a good case for not backing up all 710 shots, but if you’re