Cool Gear: The Hoodman Loupe Rocks!

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That wonderful LCD screen on the back of your camera is just about useless if you’re shooting outdoors in daylight. Last week during my first location shoot in Santa Fe, I would take a shot, look at the LCD and just laugh because it was so washed out with sunlight you really couldn’t see if there was a photo there or not.

On Friday’s shoot (at Pecos National Historical Park), I remembered that I had been traveling (for the past month or so), with a Hoodman Loupe in my bag, but I had never tried it (since I hadn’t tried it, I kept forgetting I had it). It works like a regular loupe (it hangs from a cord around your neck), but out in the field (in the daylight), you put it over your LCD, and it covers the entire screen; blocking out the light so you can see your screen perfectly. It worked WAY better than than I expected and everybody in my class who tried it out fell in love with it, so I thought I’d pass on my experience with it. (By the way, the Loupe itself is about the same size as a normal loupe and it’s very lightweight–you forget you’re even wearing it).

So, now that I’m sold on it, I have a new philosophy; either I take this Hoodman Loupe with me outdoors, or I turn off my LCD altogether and save the battery life. Here’s the link to their site for more info. Kudos to the people at Hoodman for coming up with such a clever gadget.


My Lightroom Book Goes On Press Today For It’s Third Printing! Whoo Hoo!

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Although it’s only been out around 60-days, I’m just delighted to announce that my book, “The Adobe Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers” (shown above–click for a larger photo) has already sold out of the first two printings of the book, and today the book’s publisher (New Riders Publishing, an Imprint of Peachpit Press), is going to press for its third printing.

Writing a book takes an awful lot of work, not just for me, but for my copy editors, and tech editors, and layout artists, and designers, and the crew at New Riders, and the printer (I could go on and on), but I can tell you that because so much effort goes into a book, it’s every author’s hope that it gets read, and helps, as many people as possible, so you can imagine how gratifying it is for me to see this new book already in its third printing.

Thanks SO much to everyone who has supported the book, for those of you who have shared your wonderful comments with me, and my thanks to my in-house editors (Kim Doty and Cindy Snyder), to my book designer Jessica Maldonado and to Felix Nelson my graphics guru, to my Layout team, (led by the Amazing Dave Damstra); to Ted Waitt and Marketing Maverick Scott Cowlin over at Peachpit; to my Publisher Nancy Ruenzel who had the foresight to publish a book like this on a brand new product, and to the brilliant sales staff at Pearson Education who helped to make the book such a success.

Also, my personal thanks to all the bookstores who helped to put my books into the hands of my valued readers. I am humbled by the job you’ve all done, and I can’t thank you all enough for your efforts in helping me spread the word about “The New Digital Photography Workflow” using Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

If you haven’t gotten a copy of the book, you can pick it up at your local bookstore, or online from Barnes&, or

By the way; there’s more news today below (scroll down). :)


Shooting Cowboys (click for larger photos)

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Janine Smith (one of my students from my Santa Fe Workshop last week, and a great photographer in her own right), sent me the top shot shown here, which she took during our live class shoot in the Saloon at the Eaves Movie Ranch.

I thought it was pretty cool as you could see the set-up, and the final shot I took below it. Although we were primarily shooting with natural window light, eventually I did bring in a reflector to open up the shadows on the dark side of the cowboy’s face, but this photo was taken before we moved the reflector into place. Anyway, I thought you might enjoy seeing both shots (thanks to Janine for sharing that “Live on Location” photo).


Photoshop On The Road: Ben, Bert, and Dave

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This summer three of the leading Photoshop instructors in the industry are leading full-day Photoshop Seminar tours (Produced by NAPP) across the US, and UK, and Canada. Here’s their upcoming tour dates:

Photoshop for Photographers
With Ben Willmore

Coming Next to:

Islington, London
Business Design Centre
Fri, Jul. 27, 2007


The Photoshop Creativity Tour
With Bert Monroy

Coming to

Calgary, AB Wed, Jul. 18, 2007
Toronto, ON Fri, Jul. 20, 2007
Montreal, QC Mon, Jul. 23, 2007
Ottawa, ON Wed, Jul. 25, 2007


The Photoshop CS3 Power Tour
With Dave Cross

Coming Next To:

Virginia Beach, VA Friday, July 20, 2007

For more info, or to register for any of these tours, visit

(Note: the price for the full day seminar is $99. NAPP members attend for only $79).


Santa Fe Workshops: Wrap Up (click for a larger view)

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What a week!!!! :-)

On Friday, we got up early and went shooting at Pecos National Historical Park, about 30 minutes outside of Santa Fe. The park didn’t open until 8:00 am, so when we got there, the light was already pretty harsh, but once we climbed down into the native Kiva’s, the bright light beaming in was really great, and we spent most of our time huddled in these underground Kivas shooting the beams of light (as shown above—click on the photo for a larger version).

When we got back to the classroom, we processed that morning’s shoot in Lightroom, and we learned some new Photoshop CS3 tricks. One that the class really liked was the new Auto Blend and Auto Align features in CS3, and we saw a startling example of it in use as I intentionally took a 10-photo pano, handheld, without changing any camera settings (everything was on “auto”) and CS3 was able to stitch it together perfectly with no gaps; no color change; no nuthin’. It was really slick to see this real world example, and how it opens instant panos to anyone without special equipment or complicated camera techniques.

We spent the rest of the day printing, while I did some more one-on-one portfolio reviews. On Friday night, all the students (from all six classes) gathered together at a beautiful downtown hotel for a cocktail party and group dinner, followed by a presentation of the student’s work that week from each class. It was really fascinating to see what the other classes where working on (there were five other classes going on at the same time as mine, including; How to Market Your Work, Mastering the Portrait; Beginning Photography With Digital Cameras, Lighting Portraits on Location, and a creative class from National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier, called “In Search of the Spirit; Its Land and People”).

Then on Saturday morning, we were back in the digital lab, making our final prints, backing up all the actions we made, and backing up our Lightroom Libraries, and celebrating the wonderful week we spent together.

As an instructor; I can pretty honestly say I’ve never worked as hard as you did during my week at Santa Fe (and I worked my students just as hard)—but it’s worth it. It’s an educational experience like no other, and both the students and I learned a lot, laughed a lot, and we all made some new friends that will last for many years to come. I highly recommend the Santa Fe Workshops, and I’m so impressed with what they’re doing, and their passion and dedication to quality education, that I’m trying to explore ways in which NAPP can work closer with them in the future, because I would love to be able to expose more NAPP members to the amazing things that happen out there every single week.

This fall they have an on-location workshop coming up in San Miguel, Mexico that just looks incredible. This is there second year going to San Miguel, and the photographic opportunities it offers are just staggering. Here’s the link to the San Miguel workshop, and if you want to learn more about the Santa Fe Workshops in general, click right here.

My sincere thanks to the 12 students who spent the week with me. I’ll never forget the experience, and thanks for making the week so much fun, and so rewarding for me as an educator.


Santa Fe Workshops: Day 4 (click for larger view) and Some Quick News

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We are having just an incredible experience here at the wonderful Santa Fe Workshops (they’ve really created a wonderfully creative environment for learning). We started off Thursday morning with a Lightroom Q&A session, then we went over some questions the class had, and I did five mini-tutorials just to help cement some concepts we learned earlier in the week.

I did some more portfolio reviews (I saw some really great photography today), and then we headed out for our on-location bridal shoot at a downtown church. As it turned out, the church was really, really tiny, and having 12 photographers and two assistants shooting looked like the papparazzi was in the church shooting a celebrity bride. We continued the shoot outside where we had lots more room. Luckily, we had great natural light inside and our bridal model was just great.

After that we headed back to the classroom to process the images using Lightroom and Photoshop. Right after class, my brother Jeff, one of my students, and I headed straight up to Taos, New Mexico to shoot the famous church; the Mission of Saint Francis of Assisi (One of my shots from there is shown above). We had a great time shooting, but we couldn’t stay long enough for the light to get really good because we had to get back for a dinner party thrown by two of my students (the party was wonderful, with incredible food, home made Margaritas, wine, and lots of laughs late until late into the night).

We’re heading out first thing in the morning for our last day’s shoot. After the shoot we’re focusing on printing. Tomorrow’s the last full day of our week long workshop, but on Saturday morning we get a half day to finish up our printing, and cover any final techniques.

Now for some quick news updates:

  • Adobe has released a new edition of their free downloadable quarter publication “Adobe Magazine,” and you can download your copy right here.
  • After I mentioned that some of my Santa Fe Workshop students were Canon shooters, and I found out from a friend at Canon how to set them up to shoot wireless using Canon Speedlight, I had a number of posts, and emails, about how it’s done. Here’s how to set up yours: (1) You need two Speedlights; One that sits on your camera’s Hot Shoe. On the back of the flash near the bottom is a switch you need to set to Master. Then (2) on the second Speedlight (the one you want to be wireless), you set the same switch to Slave. That’s it—now it’s wireless (the sensor on the bottom of the Speedlight accepts a low power pulse flash from the Master flash, and that’s what triggers it).There are no settings to change or adjust on the camera itself—all you need are those two switches on the Speedlights themselves. You control the power output of the wireless flash from the back of the Master flash on the hotshoe.
  • The latest episode of one of my favorite Podcasts, The Digital Photography Show” is now online, and this week they’ve got the scoop on some very cool Photoshop plug-ins from OnOne software. You can listen to the show online by clicking here.
  • George Jardine’s latest Lighroom Podcast is now available, and this time he’s got a short tutorial on Lightroom’s develop module. You can download it here, along with any other of George’s great podcasts.
  • Laurie Excell, who we’re honored to have teaching her first Photohsop World session this year in Las Vegas, is back from the latest DLWS Workshop out on Oregon’s coast. She’s got some beautiful images from their trip, and you can check them out on her way cool blog.
  • I mentioned how amazing National Geographic photographer Chris Rainer’s presentation was here in Santa Fe on Wednesday night (each instuctor does a 30-minute presentation on their work for the entire student body). Here’s a link to Chris’ black and white online gallery. Click here to see some really amazing and inspiring photography from one heck of a gifted photographer.

Have a great Friday everybody. :-)

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