Friday
Jul
2007
20

Friday News Wrap-up

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It’s the end of the week, nearing the end of my vacation, and here’s what’s going on:

  • Want to see a very cool glimpse of the future? Check out this article on David duChemin’s “Pixelated Image” blog about a new technology called “Zink” (Zero Ink), which will put hand-held mobile color printers into our hands that don’t use ribbons or inks (and developers will be able to add this technology to their products). Start at David’s site to learn more about this very promising technology.
  • If you haven’t caught the past few episodes of Photoshop User TV, we’ve got a very special new segment from our buddy (and Photoshop World instructor) Deke McClelland. He’s been doing some stuff with channels that I don’t think you’ll find anywhere else, so if you get a sec–check out these last couple of episodes (and there’s more Deke to come in the coming weeks). Also, Deke’s got the fastest filling precon at Photoshop World this September, and no big surprise; it’s on Channels & Masking, plus he’s got a new online Channels and Masking course over a Lynda.com/deke. Clearly, Deke has become “Mr. Channels & Masking” (or as RC calls him, “Senór Channel y Masking”), or as Matt calls him, “Mr. McClelland.”
  • There’s a review of the 1.1. free update to my Lightroom Book (the Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers” over at Blog Critic’s Magazine (click here to read that review).
  • I added some new photos to the rotating group of photos that appear at the top of this blog (a different one loads each time you visit), but when you see a new photo; don’t forget to click the down arrow in the bottom right corner of the photo to expand it downward to see the full image (a pretty cool featured designed by my Web guru Fred!).
  • If you’re a landscape photographer, you’re going to love this: it’s an online Google-powered feature (over a PhotoDoto.com) that calculates the sunrise and sunset times for any city, any where, so you’ll know exactly when you need to be in place, ready to shoot for that magical landscape light. Check it out right here.
  • My Glacier National Park Digital Workflow workshop (coming up Sept 19-23rd in Montanta) in conjunction with the Great American Photographic Workshops (The GAPW) is already sold out, but you can still do some shootin’ and learn Photoshop and Lightroom with me (or Matt or Dave Cross) this year. I’m going to be in Cape Cod with the Digitial Landscape Workshop Series (DLWS) this October, and Matt is going to be shooting the Slot Canyons and teaching Photoshop and Lightroom with the fine folks at GAPW on October 10-14; then Dave Cross will be teaching his GAPW workshop out here in Maine at the beautiful Acadia National Park on Oct 17-21st. I hope we’ll see you, and be shooting beside you, at one of these great workshops.

OK, that’s it for today. Have a great weekend everybody. I dig you! You’re it—you’re the one. You’re the one and only you! (quick, somebody stop him!). You’re the big #1. You’re the king of beers! Etc.

Thursday
Jul
2007
19

Portland Head Lighthouse

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Here’s a shot from another scouting shoot—this time at the Portland Head Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth (click on it for a larger view). Again, it’s a “high noon” daylight shoot just to test shooting conditions, and I plan to get back there to shoot it again in better light.

It was funny, when I first got there, I see another photographer with his tripod set-up and as I walk by he says, “Hi, Scott.” I go over and say hi, and he says “I’ve been reading your blog.” Small world.:) Turns out he’s from Jersey and staying with his sister about 40 minutes away. I also learned that I’ll be seeing him again in September, as he’s coming to Photoshop World. Cool! :)

Thursday
Jul
2007
19

Sunset at Cape Porpoise

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Here’s a shot I forgot to post from my sunset shoot at Cape Porpoise, earlier in the week (click on it to see a larger view). I’m going shooting near there again this afternoon with wedding and portrait photographer Scott Eccleston, who’s based about 30 minutes from where I’m staying in Maine, and kindly offered to take me shooting. Weather permitting, we’re going to shoot at two nearby farms, and a couple of his local favorite shooting locales. Even if the weather’s bad, we’ll still have fun!

Wednesday
Jul
2007
18

The Reshoot

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OK, so I went back in much better light and got these two shots (they look MUCH better bigger, so click on each one for a larger view). I was waiting for the couple on the right to move out of frame so I could take the shot, but while I was waiting my wife climbed down on the rocks, and when I told her why I was waiting, she said, “I think they add to it.” Ya know, I think she’s right. :)

Although the light and color were much better, there were hardly any clouds in the sky during the reshoot (there’s always a tradeoff, right?), so I like the light and seeing more foreground here, but I prefer the clouds from the previous shot. Anyway, I had a great time shooting (the temperature was perfect and there was a wonderful breeze). I am just loving Maine—what a great place to spend a summer!

NEWS: Scroll down to the next post for my Wednesday News Brief.

Wednesday
Jul
2007
18

Wednesday News Brief

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Here’s a quick look at some news:

  • nik Software released a new version of Define (their Photoshop plug-in for reducing photographic noise). The new version has improved noise reduction technology, the ability to selectively apply noise reduction to just certain areas, and an improved user interface. For more details (or to download a 15-day trial), visit their site.
  • My Lightroom Tour is getting ready to head out on the road for the second leg of my tour, and my first stop is in Chicago (I love Chicago, which is coincidentally the home of Garrett’s Popcorn, perhaps the greatest food item known to man). The one-day tour comes to Chicago’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, and you can attend the full day for $99 (NAPP members; you go for only $79). You can get more info (or sign up) right here.

  • Want to give Adobe some feedback on which particular features Photoshop features you’d like to be faster (filters, launching, resizing, etc.)? Then I encourage you to spend a few moments filling out this quick survey posted by Adobe’s Photoshop team, to let them know which areas affect your work the most speed-wise. Here’s the link.

  • If you watch “Photoshop User TV,” here’s a tip: at the end of just about every show, after the credits roll, Jason (our video guru), adds a little “kicker” at the end (sometimes they’re outtakes, or just hilarious stuff he puts together), and this week’s is hilarious. Go back and check out the end of the past month or so’s shows (that Jason guy is pretty darn clever!)
  • I get a lot of questions about the Photoshop World precon’s, so here’s a quick FAQ:

    Q:
    What is a precon?
    A:
    They’re limited size, half-day workshops and because they’re much longer, you get to really go in-depth on a topic you’re really interested in.Q: How long are they?
    A:
    Most run from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, with a short break every hour.

    Q: Why are they called “precons?”
    A: These workshops are held the day before the actual conference begins, so they are “pre-conference.”

    Q: How many people are in each workshop?
    A: Usually between 50 and 100 (depending on room size).

    Q: How popular are these precons?
    A:
    Very! We generally have over 1,000 people taking these optional workshops, so they’re very popular. In fact, most workshops sell out in advance, and some are already selling out now.

    Q: How much do these optional workshops cost?
    A:
    If you sign up now; $89. If you show up at the door, (if a seat is available) it’s $99.

    Q. Is there a beginner’s workshop?
    A:
    Yup, (this year it’s a Layer 101 beginners class) and it’s always very popular because a lot of people want to start there, so they’re ready for the rest of conference the following day.

    Q: Where is there a list of the precons for Vegas?
    A:
    Right here.

    Q: Do people really ask this many questions?
    A:
    Only the fussy ones. ;-)

That’s it for today. Have a great Wednesday!

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