Tuesday
Sep
2007
11

Got My Hands on Nikon’s New D3 and D300!

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Nikon gave their first public showing of their newly announced D300 and D3 DSLRs at Photoshop World last week, and I got to spend some time with the both, and I was just blown away. They have really taken things to a whole new level, and it created a real buzz on the Photoshop World Expo floor.

Although I won’t get to really put the D3 [photo above courtesy of Nikon] through its paces until my workshop out in Montana next week, I did get to crank off a few shots on the show floor so I could try out some of the new features, and I was really tickled (OK, giddy is more like it). First, the larger screen on the back of the camera just rocks. It’s so crisp, clear, and incredibly bright (even on the well-lit expo floor, it was as bright as I ever seen a camera LCD). The real show-stopper though was the in-camera leveling screen (called the Visual Horizon Adjustment), which looks (and acts) just like horizon line gauge in commercial aircraft—it’s just brilliant (and really puts a smile on everyone’s face who sees it).

The much larger viewfinder rocks (it made a bigger difference than I initially thought it would), and the LiveView feature was cooler than I thought it would be, as well. The D3′s ability to write to two memory cards is very slick (you can shoot to one, and have it write an automatic backup of the same shots to the second card, or you can shoot Raw photos to one card; JPEGs to the other, or even have the second card kick in when your first card is full. This I love).

Although all the new bells and whistles get a lot of attention, everybody was talking about the low noise at higher ISOs, and I’ll have more first-hand experience with it soon, but for me, perhaps more than anything else, this is what is making me drool over the D3.

I did play around a bit with the D300 as well, (which made me realize I would soon be replacing my beloved D200), but I spent most of my time with the D3, which will inevitably replace my wonderful D2Xs.

Anyway, although I don’t have a full field report on them yet; I wanted to share my first impression on these amazing new cameras (way to go Nikon!), and I really look forward to getting them out in the field next week and really seeing what they can do. Can’t wait! :)

Monday
Sep
2007
10

Teaching Lightroom in Washington DC Today to 700+ Photographers

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I caught the red-eye out from Vegas Photoshop World straight to DC for my Lightroom Live Tour today, where we have over 700 photographers signed up for the full-day workshop. I’m totally psyched! :-)

I got to do a little shooting last night with my buddy Dave Moser who flew with me to DC (seen above to my immediate right), where we met up with Jeff Revell (far right) and Mike Myer (far left) for some shooting around “The Mall.” (I know, it’s very touristy, but I’m a sucker for that stuff up here). The shots (click for larger versions) were taken with a Nikon D-200 (which I’m shooting tomorrow at the seminar), using a 17mm-55mm f/2.8 lens for the wide shots, and a 70-200mm f/2.8 for the long shots, on a Gitzo Mountaineer Tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ballhead.

I’ll have updates from Photoshop World starting tomorrow. I did get a chance to play with the new Nikon Gear a little (it was WAY cool), and I’ve got lots of news to share on lots of cool things, too, so stay tuned.

Have a great day everybody. Looking forward to seeing some of you in DC today. Have a great Monday! :)

Friday
Sep
2007
07

Report from Photoshop World Vegas

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Hi Everybody! Sorry we had to experience “No Blog Thursday,” but it was just crazy yesterday (absolutely a blast, but still crazy). Later today I’m going to try and toss up some photos (I only have one class to teach today; Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks, so my schedule isn’t as crazy).

Yesterday we kicked things off with the opening keynote, and this year we had a Motown Theme, which featured a live performance from that fictitious 1960s Motown singing group, “Scott Kelby & the Histograms.” Then we made some major announcements about NAPP (scroll down to the next posts for that), and then Adobe’s John Loiacono gave a very cool presentation, which included a sneak peek at the new online version of Photoshop, called Photoshop Express. John Nack (who’s here at the show), has a post on this blog today about the sneak peek, with a screen cap of the app, so check it out right here.

After the keynote, we headed off the first conference sessions, and then at 1:00 pm we opened the expo floor and it was just jammin! At 5:00 pm we taped an “All Tips” live episode of Photoshop User TV from the Kelby Training booth on the Expo floor, then we wrapped that up and headed to the ESPN Zone at the New York New York Casino & Resort for our private attendee party, where my band “Big Electric Cat” played a live set (photo above from David Ziser), and everybody was dancin’, drinking, and having a ball. It was the perfect way to end the first day. (UPDATE: Check out David Ziser’s “Digital ProTalk” blog for photos of Big Electric Cat during last night’s ESPN Zone party, and shots from his on location wedding shoot pre-conference workshop).

Today the conference gets into full swing, with conference sessions running all day, and the public is allowed onto the Expo floor. I haven’t had to chance to get over the Nikon meeting room to check out the new D3 and the D300 yet, but hope to today. I did get a chance to hold some of the new Canon gear, but haven’t shot anything with it yet.

I did a quick live demo (On Photoshop User TV) of the Really Right Stuff wedding flash bracket I talked about last week here on the blog, as their booth was just two aisles over from our stage, so I went over and borrowed one for the show. Also, Wacom released a new, very cool all-black special edition tablet that was way cool, and I showed that on the show as well.

Check back later today and hopefully I’ll either have photos to post, or my Web team will have posted some shots on the Photoshop World site.

For the NAPP announcements, scroll down to the next post.

Friday
Sep
2007
07

Bert Monroy Joins National Association of Photoshop Professionals Team

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I am absolutely thrilled, honored, and just plain excited out of my mind to announce that Bert Monroy (Photoshop author, artist, and instuctor extrodinairre), has joined the NAPP team full time, and will be creating exclusive content for NAPP members around the world.

Bert is a icon in this industry, is a gifted Photoshop trainer, and is regarded as the absolute master of Photoshop illustration techniques. Honestly, there is just nobody like Bert, and to have Bert join our team is really a dream come true for us, and a tremendous boon for our members who will get to learn directly from this Photoshop Hall of Famer.

So expect to see a lot more of Bert in our mags, in our live seminars, on Photoshop User TV, and pretty much everywhere, ’cause this guy is just amazing!!!

For more on Bert, and to see some of his photorealistic work, visit BertMonroy.com

Friday
Sep
2007
07

NAPP Surpases 70,000 Members!

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Another announcement from yesterday’s Photoshop World keynote was that the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) has now surpassed 70,000 members. This is a true testament to the real passion people around the world have for Adobe Photoshop and the community that has grown to support it.

We when started NAPP, nearly 10 years ago, we never dreamed that one day it would grow to become what it has, and it’s so gratifying to see so many members from around the world helping each other, supporting each other, and coming together as part of this global community. I don’t think there’s ever been another program that has the power to bring users together like Photoshop does, and my hats-off, and a sincere congrats to the amazing people at Adobe who have created something amazing, that it has literally changed our world.

Thanks to all our loyal members, sponsors, partners, and friends who’ve supported NAPP over the years, and helped to build this vibrant, growing worldwide community.

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