Eddie Tapp’s “Key Photoshop Techniques” Online Course Now Available

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The first in a series of online classes from Photoshop Hall of Famer, and Canon Explorer of Light, Eddie Tapp, created exclusively for just went live late last week. Eddie’s first course for us is called: “Key Photoshop Techniques” and the class includes an introduction to Photoshop Blend modes and Masks as well.

Check out a free preview of Eddie’s new class right here.


Late Night Blog Alert: Tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:00 AM…Starting Shooting!

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I know it’s out of character for me to blog at this late hour, but I just found out about something cool happening tomorrow, and thought you’d want to know about it tonight.

Shawn King (the host of the popular Your Mac Life radio show, and digital photography hound dog), is hosting a worldwide “PhotoWalk” tomorrow (Saturday) morning from 9:00 am to 9:10 am (Shawn doesn’t have a very long attention span). ;-)

You only shoot between those 10 minutes, then you upload your favorites to a flickr group Shawn has created for the PhotoWalk. He plans on doing it on the 9th of every month, and tomorrow’s the first one, so don’t miss out. If I’m anywhere around a camera at 9:00 tomorrow morning, I’m going shoot like blazes for 600 seconds.

Here’s the link to Shawn’s site with all the details. We now return you to the silent nothingness that I usually produce at this time of night. :)


Friday News Wrap-up (P.S. I’m Back, Baby!)

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That’s right—I’ve bounced back from “the ickies,” I’m back in the office today, and boy is great to feel good!!! Whooo Hoo!!!!! :) Now, for some Friday news stuffage:

  • First, yesterday Steve Beck, (one of my blog readers who was sick at home, too, and wanted to lift my spirits with some inspirational photography) sent me this link to the photography of Rarindra Prakarsa from Jakarta, Indonesia. His work just made me say, out loud, WOW! If you are a lover of gorgeous light, wonderful composition, and some tasty Photoshop work, this photographer’s images (some thumbnails are shown above, which don’t do his work any justice–you’ve got to see them large) will speak to your soul. Thanks to Steve, for brightening my day yesterday, and hopefully many more folks today. (Here’s the link again, just in case).
  • Next, the DSLR Dad site has pointed out what must be the “Jump to Photoshop CS3″ Deal of the decade. If you know anyone who has dreamed of using “the real deal,” but didn’t have quite enough cash, then check out this deal before it’s too late.
  • John Nack, over at John Nack on Adobe, posted that the ACE Exam for Photoshop CS3 is now available. Here’s the link with more info.
  • If you’re a Font Freak (like me), then check out this new font called “Sweetheart Script”, from Typadelic. You can see it in’s newsletter (they’re where I buy most of my type these days). Here’s the link to their Feb. newsletter (it’s a regular Web page), which features a large sample of the font, and link to other stuff. (The font’s only $19 bucks. I had to buy it. Don’t tell my wife. Oh, actually it’s OK. She’s a font freak, too!).
  • Hey, if you want to go to the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo coming up in April (the 2nd thru 4th, in Orlando, Florida), on the cheap, then save $100 by registering before the Early Bird Cutoff on Feb. 29, 2008 (Leap Year day). Here’s the link to sign up now, while the gettin’s good!
  • Want to know more about Adobe’s DNG Raw format? Terry White, over at the Creative Suite Podcast, has a 12-minute video tutorial called “Why DNG” that will show you all the ins-and-outs (here’s the link), and Derrick Story has a fascinating audio interview on his Podcast with Adobe’s Julianne Kost on DNG, and what it’s all about. Here’s the link to Julieanne’s interview.
  • Just a quick word of thanks to everyone here who sent their “Get Well” wishes this past week. I know this sounds silly, but it really meant a lot.
  • Monday Warning: On Monday I’m posting a story that isn’t about photography or Photoshop, it’s more about life and business, and the people we meet in both. It’s from a real life event that happened to me that helped shape my entire career, and as you might expect; there’s a message in there (but you’ll have to read it to get it). It’s more personal than what I usually write here, and took a lot longer to write as well, but hey—I was sick in bed, right? Just so you know; I get reflective when I get a really bad sinus infection. ;-)

Well, that wraps up this “week of sicky sickness,” and we’ll see you all next week! Stay healthy everybody, and in the immortal words of Nick Feldman and Jack Hues, “Everybody Have Fun Tonight….Everybody Wang Chung Tonight.” Truly, words to live by. Peace out. Word. Etc..


Thursday News Quickies

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From the sickbed, in the offices of Sneezer, Coughing & Hacker, comes my Thursday News Quickies. Please don your surgical masks.

  • There are only SIX seats left for Wedding Photographer/Instructor extraordinairre, David Ziser’s “Digital Master Class” coming to Cincinnati, Ohio on April 28th, thru May 2nd (that’s David above). I’ll make this short and sweet: I went to one of David’s Photoshop World pre-conference sessions, and I tell you the same way I told my staff when I came back. “It’s like David is walking around stuffing money in their pockets the entire time.” Here’s the link for more info (Just so you know: if you get to go, I’m totally jealous!)
  • See Joe McNally training Live. For FREE!!!! Remember last week, when I mentioned B&H Photo’s Event Space, where they give free training at their headquarters in NYC? Well, David Brommer (from B&H) posted a comment on my blog that Joe is doing a free two-hour free seminar, and book signing, on Sunday Feb. 17th, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at B&H’s Event Space. You just gotta be there. Here’s the info.
  • There’s a nice little article over at National Geographic Traveler called “Five ways to use the Web to help you become a better photographer.” It’s short and sweet, and definitely worth a read (it also includes some very cool sites, like The Strobist, and Luminous Landscape).
  • Even shorter and sweeter (but if I don’t mention this, my publisher will kill me); Peachpit Press announced yesterday that for the fourth year in a row, I’ve been recognized as the top-selling computer/technology book author across all platforms (according to data from Neilsen Bookscan). You can read the press release here.
  • This one’s just for fun: it’s a new Canon lens that’s….well….you just gotta see it to believe it. It’s worth a click (click here).
  • Lastly, if you’re like me (at home, sick in bed), you could probably use a little photographic inspiration. If so, click here to see some of the wonderful photography of commerical photographer Wes Johnson. The site’s a little tricky to navigate at first, but it’s worth the extra 15 seconds it takes to figure it out. Here’s the link.

Well, it’s back to bed for me. Have a great day everybody, and don’t forget to wash your hands, use hand sanitizing liquids, don’t leave your house if you even cough one single time, don’t have contact with other humans (except via the web), sanitize and disinfect anyone that comes within a 50-foot radius of you, and most importantly, be kind to children and small animals. Can you tell I’m on medication? ;-)


It’s (cough!) No Blog (cough) Wednesday

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I spent the day at home Tuesday in bed with a sinus infection, and I just feel really icky, so I’m calling in for a “No Blog Wednesday.”

I’ve already been to the doctor, I’m resting, drinking plenty of fluids, and I hope to be back blogging away on Thursday. Have a great day everybody!


TV Broadcast Update: No Show Tonight! (Totally our fault!)

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OK, so we’re pretty new at this whole “Real TV” thing, and we just heard from the folks at Fox Business that we’re lamer than even we thought.

We just learned that we turned in tonight’s show 8-seconds too short, and so they are not able to air it with 8 seconds of dead air (totally understandable). They have nothing to fill in that 8-second spot (and we don’t have time to fill it, and get it transferred to tape, and shipped to them before tonight).

So……..”tune in next week and see if you can figure out where we came up with 8 extra seconds.” (I’m trying to make the best of all this. We’re all really disappointed, but don’t worry—by next week, we’ll have it worked out. Oh yeah, one last thing. Arrrrrgggg!).

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