Photoshop vs. My Camera

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I was over at 1001 Noisy Cameras yesterday, and they pointed to a debate raging in the DP Review forums called, “Photography vs. Photoshop,” and as those things tend to go, it gets mean spirited pretty quickly (if you want to read the debate, click here).

It brought to mind my Editor’s Note from this issue of Photoshop User magazine, where I talked about “Getting it right in the camera” and my motivation to do just that. For those of you that aren’t NAPP members, here’s an excerpt from my Editor’s note:

“Recently, I was lucky enough to spend the day shooting with, and learning from one of the hottest wedding photographers in the industry—the amazing David Ziser. David was hired to shoot a huge black-tie wedding in Cincinnati and he was kind enough to invite me to come along so I could get a behind-the-scenes view of how he shoots a wedding of this scale. It was really an amazing experience, and even though I was technically there just auditing the wedding, I still wound up shooting about 1,200 frames.

David let the wedding party know I was a “Photoshop Guy” and sure enough, a couple of the groomsmen were both photographers and Photoshop users. During one of the formal group portraits, we had one person missing; one of the groomsmen looked at me and said, “Don’t worry—you can add her later in Photoshop,” and then everybody chuckled. I smiled and said, “You know it!” Then we went to find the missing cousin.

The funny thing is, I had something totally different in mind. I was thinking to myself, “I don’t want to add her later. I don’t want to ‘fix it in Photoshop.’” Just because I know how to add her to the shot doesn’t mean I want to spend my time doing that. In fact, I pretty much hate doing that kind of production work. I want to spend my time doing fun stuff in Photoshop—not spending time working on something I could have fixed in two minutes right there during the shoot.

The same thing happened recently when I was shooting a lighthouse in Maine. The lighthouse was on an island, and on the left side were all these distracting telephone poles and cables. My wife came down on the rocks where I was shooting and asked why I had this annoyed look on my face; I explained about the poles and wires. She said, “Can’t you just take them out in Photoshop?” Yup, I could but I really hate doing that, so I just moved my camera to a spot where I could compose the frame without the wires being visible. That was much faster and easier—getting it right in the camera.”

A lot of people are surprised to hear a Photoshop Guy saying stuff like that, but like a lot of people, I’d rather save my time in Photoshop for the “fun stuff.” For finishing my files, not fixing them. In other words; life’s too short to spend your time removing telephone wires. ;-)


This Thursday My Photoshop CS3 Power Tour Comes to Boston

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Hey, if you’re up in the Boston area (or need a semi-legitimate excuse to go up to Boston for the day), come and spend the day with me (and around 700 of my new closest friends), as we bring the Photoshop CS3 Power Tour to Boston’s Hynes Convention Center this Thursday, Oct. 4th. It’s only $99 for the day; $79 if you’re a NAPP member. Here are all the details. Hope I’ll see you there.


My Readers Share Some of Their Favorite Blogs

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Last Friday, here on The Photoshop Insider, I did a post called “10 Blogs You Gotta Read, Part I,” and at the end of that post I invited you (my readers) to post some of your favorite blogs as comments on that post. Well, here they are (with your comments included):

  • The Photography Blog (link)
    I’ll leave a shameless plug for my own site. 1/2 million visitors per month can’t be wrong! (reader comment)
  • DPReview (link)
    If you are into new gear or are interested in buying some, chances are that these guys have done a thorough review of it. (reader comment)
  • The Radient Vista (link)
    One of the best resources for photography I’ve come across. These guys rock. I’ve been to three of their workshops too. (reader comment)
  • PDN Pulse (link)
    Photo District News, the magazine for professional photogs, now has a blog called PDN Pulse which includes lots of breaking news, fun stuff, and daily content aggregation called The Photo Feed. (reader comment)
  • More than we thought (link)
    Best damned photoblog – in all humility. Mine. (reader comment)
  • Sharing my Light (link)
    I post about photoshop, lighting, taking better pictures, etc. (reader comment)
  • Photoshop for Video (link)
    Well, I’m biased (reader comment)
  • Laughing Lion Design Blog (link)
    I’m going to be really bold and plug my own Photoshop and Design Resource blog from Ireland. (reader comment)
  • Digital Photography School (link)
    Love this one…. (reader comment)
  • Pixelated Image Blog (link)
    You have mentioned him before, David Duchemin’s Pixelated Image; Outstanding and quite instructional. (reader comment)

There you have it. Now, I know some of you are probably thinking, “Aw man, I should have posted a link to my blog” or to your friend’s blog, or your company’s blog, etc. Ya know, you really shoulda.


10 Blogs You Gotta Read (Part 1)

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If you’re not checking out these blogs daily; ya oughta:

  • David Ziser’s Digital Pro Talk (link).
  • John Nack on Adobe (link)
  • Terry White’s Tech Blog (link)
  • Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom Killer Tips (link)
  • Imaging Insider (link)
  • Photoshop News.com (link)
  • The Strobist (link)
  • Dave Cross Online (link)
  • Moose’s News Blog (link)
  • 1001 Noisy Cameras (link)
  • The Online Photographer (link)

I know. That’s 11.

I’ll be posting Part 2 next week, but in the meantime if you’ve got some cool blog links (that are related to our industry), feel free to post them here as a comment.

NOTE: There’s a “new kid” in blog town, so make sure you scroll down to the next post. :)


DV Guru Rod Harlan Launches “DV Confidential” Blog

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If you’ve ever been to one of the Photoshop World opening keynote extravaganza’s, then you’ve already seen Rod Harlan’s work, as he’s been the director of every keynote we’ve ever done. In fact, if you’re into Digital Video you’ve probably taken one of Rod’s sessions at Photoshop World, or maybe you’ve seen him as a guest on Photoshop User TV, or speaking at events like WEVA, or NAB, or you might know him as the founder of the Digital Video Professionals Assn.

Rod’s also the Dynamic Media Editor for Layers magazine, so he’ about as “plugged in” as anyone in the entire DV industry, and this week he launched a new “insider” blog called “DV Confidential” where he’ll be sharing industry scoops, news, tips and perspective on everything DV, and if you’re into Digital Video you’ve got to add this to your “must visit” list (here’s the link).

Sadly, I picked a bad day to mention Rod’s new blog, because this morning he posted a video clip about my head. Well, not my real head; a 3D “football-shaped pillow” version of my head created by Adobe at Photoshop World as part of Adobe Exec Johnny L’s opening keynote. Johnny L and I have a history of pulling pranks on each other during the keynote, but this time he really got me good, taking a 3D scan of my head; turning it into a football, and kicking it 35 yards into the keynote audience.

I was cracking up; but if it had only ended there. It seems the couple who caught my “head” thought it would be funny to take my football head pillow around Vegas and have people pose for pictures with it. It gets worse. Rod wound up with their images and he made a short video clip of my wandering head that ratchets up my humiliation level by yet another notch.

So, I must get some special credit for mentioning his blog fully knowing that it can only lead to further embarrassment for yours truly. This is the mark of a true friend (for me. Not him). Today, around my house, he’s simply referred to as “bad guy.” But he’s a bad buy with a great new blog, so check it out, but while you’re there; don’t waste your time or bandwidth by watching that meaningless video.


Thursday News Quickies

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Here’s some quick bits:

  • There’s an interesting article over the NetworkWorld called “A defense against Photoshop Funny Business” which introduces a new French company that has created software that lets you know if your original photo has been manipulated (it even detects one pixel of change from your original photo). Worth the quick read (here’s the link).
  • I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking which type of bulbs to order when ordering the Westcott Spiderlite kit I use on my Lightroom Live Tour (called “The Scott Kelby Studio Kit” at B&H Photo). On the tour I use (and recommend) Westcott’s daylight balanced fluorescent blubs, so you get the wonderful, soft continuous light. (The kit doesn’t come with bulbs; so when you order it, make sure you order those fluorescent bulbs, too!).
  • Peter Krogh, author of the popular “DAM book” (Digital Asset Management), has come up with a plug-in for the Adobe Bridge (including the CS3 Bridge) that you’ll want to know about called RapidFixer, which adds some of Camera Raw’s controls to the Bridge itself, so you can make quick-fixes to photos right within the Bridge without actually having to open Camera Raw. I gotta tell ya–it’s pretty slick. Watch his online demo videos (or buy it for $49.95) at this link.
  • Episode 2 of Corey and RC’s new Layers TV went live today; watch it online right here.

That’s it for today folks; don’t forget to scroll down to the next post for more of today’s news. :)

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