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  • World renowned Digital Artist (and Photoshop World instructor) Fay Sirkis has just released an in-depth DVD (from KelbyTraining.com) called “A Celebration of Art; Weddings, Portraits and Faces” If you haven't had the chance to learn from Fay, she's without a doubt one of the most amazing, passionate, and engaging teachers out there (her sessions at Photoshop World--standing room only, and her pre-conference workshop is always one of the first to sell-out). Her last record-breaking DVD took the digital painting world by storm, so make sure you check out Weddings, Portraits and Faces while they're still in stock (here's the link). By the way: NAPP members get $20.00 off. Besides Photoshop World, you can also catch Fay live at her "Summer Photo Painting Bootcamp" at the prestigious Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging in Los Osos, California, on August 18 thru 22nd. (NAPP members get 15%…

    First, a big thanks to my special guest blogger yesterday, the amazing Dave Cross, whose message really resonated with so many of you out there. Very cool stuff, my friend! Now, onto the News: One of my readers, Nicholas Van Staten, pointed out this AP article (which I'm pointing to in the Miami Herald), about how New York City has now adopted a clear set of rules for photographers and filmmakers about when they need to obtain permits to shoot on the sidewalks and streets of New York. Here's a link to the Herald (thanks Nicholas!). Great news: Since I posted those two copyright interviews with attorney Ed Greenberg and photographer's rights advocate Jack Reznicki, you all have posted loads of comments and follow-up questions, and Ed and Jack have heard ya. In fact, tomorrow I'll have a post directly from them answering some…

    A few weeks ago Scott invited me to start thinking about a topic for an appearance as guest blogger. I had come up with an idea that I’d been fleshing out when I read Stephen Johnson’s column last week. I’m telling you this to make it clear that my column is not in response to Stephen’s, nor it is intended as a rebuttal – if anything, it’s just interesting timing that my column follows Stephen’s. I think it’s also important to note that after reading Stephen’s column I chose not to read any of the comments since I wanted my thoughts to be mine alone, not influenced by the comments of others (although I certainly plan to go and read those comments once this column is published). So with that bit of background information (disclaimer?), here’s what I have in mind. In my travels…

    [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/QirLvas1CxU" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] Here's an excerpt from this week's episode of Photoshop User TV; it's my exclusive interview with pro photographer, Photoshop World Instructor, and photographer's rights and copyright advocate Jack Reznicki. Jack gives the step-by-step instructions for how to register your work, and gives important details (including Photoshop settings) for submitting your images. It's some absolutely invaluable information, and a perfect follow-up to my interview last week with copyright attorney Ed Greenberg. Click the Play button above to watch the interview.

    ....my buddy, brazen Canadian, and Photoshop User TV co-host; Dave Cross (a foreign man from a foreign land). Dave came up with an interesting idea for his post that at first might sound like a response or rebuttal to Stephen Johnson's post from last week, but you have to read it for yourself tomorrow because (despite the timing) it's a totally different take on things, and I think you'll really enjoy it.

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    My buddy RC was recently at an industry event and one of the instructors called him over to the side and basically said, “Hey man, be straight with me. Does Scott really write his blog himself, or does he have a team of people that write under the “Scott” name?”

    This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this, and I’ve been hearing similar things for years about my books, so I thought I’d interview myself and come clean about the blog, my books, and some other stuff people ask.

    Q. So, do you really write all this stuff yourself?
    A. Sadly, yes. I write every single word you read here on my blog, and in my books myself. I don’t use “ghost-writers” or anyone else to write the blog or my books, or any article you read with my name on it. I know. It’s a sickness.

    That’s why I needed “No Blog Wednesdays,” because I just couldn’t keep up with all my work duties and the blog. Now, I’ve got “Guest Blog Wednesday” which believe it or not, takes around 30 minutes for me to prepare to post each week, but that still takes less time than writing the blog entry myself, (but it does make me long for “No Blog Wednesday” sometimes). The real problem now is; the stuff my guests have been coming up with has been so great, that now I can’t stop it, and I really look forward to reading their posts!. The vicious cycle continues. ;-)

    Q. Yeah, but what about using “Co-Authors?”
    A. Out of the 50+ plus books I’ve written so far, there were five of those books where I did have a co-author, and my co-author’s name appears on the cover, their photo and bio appear on the “About the Authors” page, and in those cases we split the book 50/50 (so if the book has 10 chapters, I write five chapters and they write 5 chapters).

    Q. So why do you use co-authors?
    A. Sometimes it’s because I wouldn’t have the time to write the book if I did it all myself (figure it this way; it takes half as long to write half a book), and sometimes it’s because my co-author knows parts of the program better than I do. For example, Terry White and I co-author a book called “InDesign Killer Tips.” I’ve been using InDesign for years (I use it every single day), and there are parts of it I know inside and out (like anything to do with Type), but Terry is an expert at InDesign Interactivity, PDFs, creating rich-multimedia documents with InDesign, and a whole lot more, so I called Terry and asked him to do the book with me, and he did a brilliant job. Without Terry’s involvement, I wouldn’t have even attempted the do the book.

    Q. OK, that makes sense, but I’ve got some other personal questions I’d like to have answered. Is that OK?
    A. Absolutely. You’re my favorite interviewer, and besides; I feel pretty certain you won’t ask any questions that I wouldn’t feel comfortable answering.

    Q. I appreciate that vote of confidence you’ve put in me. You’re really quite a guy!
    A. {Blush}. Well, that’s awfully kind of you to say.

    Q. So, “Mr. Write It All Myself,” it’s pretty obvious you’re sponsored by Nikon by the way you’re always pushing their cameras. I guess that’s because they send you all your gear for free, right?

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