We here at The Photoshop Insider (and by “we,” I mean “me), are delighted to announce that as previously announced (see yesterday’s post), today is now officially “No Blog Thursday.” Let the celebrations begin. ;-)
It’s Wednesday everybody, and time for some news stuff:
Have a great Wednesday everybody. Don’t forgot to show those pixels whose boss!!! Really make ‘em sweat! ;-)
Just a quick note; my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour seminar that I mentioned yesterday is now sold out (we filled the biggest ballroom at the Hynes Convention Center with 700+ Photoshop fanatics!), so unfortunately unless you’re already registered for the seminar, we won’t be able to accommodate any “walk-ups.” However, I am taking this same tour to New York’s Jacob Javits Center on Tuesday, November 6th. I hope you can join me there (sign up early right here).
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. ;-)
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.
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):
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.