Back in January of 2007, a special live tribute to beloved educator and instructor Bruce Fraser, was held during the Macworld Expo in San Francisco where industry leaders gathered to celebrate his life and achievements. The tribute was captured on video, and friends and fans can request a commemorative DVD of the event at a special tribute website (here’s the link).
The DVD is free — with a nominal amount requested to cover shipping expenses. Donations are also being accepted via a PayPal link on the site to help retire lingering medical bills that continue to affect Bruce’s widow, Angela.

As a special bonus, donors making contributions of $100 or more may request either a set of programs and etched shot glasses from the Macworld celebration or a print of the iconic image of Bruce signed by Jeff Schewe. Supplies are limited for both premium gifts.




It’s February—let’s try something completely different. Nah! Here’s what’s up:

  • Big Electric Cat is Back! In an on-going effort to make absolutely certain I never sleep, my band “Big Electric Cat” (featuring Kalebra on vocals, Felix Nelson on Bass, Scott Stahley on Keyboards, me on Keyboards, and Tony Llanes on lead guitar), will be playing live in concert at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo attendee party, held this year at the new BB King’s Blues Club, in Orlando, Florida (that’s us above playing in Vegas last year—photos by David Ziser). Hope I’ll see you there!
  • I saw the cover of Blender Magazine, over at the PDN Plus blog, and they pointed out something I think is both clever, and the reality of the digital retouching world we now live in. The cover has a photo of Brittney Spears wrapped in a bedsheet, but right there on the cover is a “Truthiness” disclaimer (I thought that “Truthiness” moniker was pretty cute), that says right there that the cover is a photo composite—it’s not Brittney’s body. Here’s the link to PDN Pulse blog’s story on it (with a shot of the cover).
  • I just saw that Joe McNally’s The Moment it Clicks is now in-stock at both Barnes & Noble, and at (the incredible buzz about this book has made it the 137th bestselling book of ALL books on right now (I’m not talking 137 of all photography books, or all computer book—I’m talking ALL books)! How cool is that! (Here’ the link to it on, and Barnes &
  • event-space.jpgIf you’re in the New York area, B&H photo has put together something pretty cool; it’s a brand new high-tech classroom called “Event Space” at their NYC store and they’re bringing in experts to give free classes on everything from lighting, to Photoshop, to video editing, to infrared photography, to…(well, you get the idea). They also have techs from some of the big camera companies, and they’re doing demo sessions on their gear. Here’s a link to their class schedule.

Well, that’s it for today folks. Have a fantastic weekend, and don’t forget to take some shots, displace some maps, liquify some pixels, and reduce some noise.


OK, this isn’t exactly Photoshop related, but it’s for creative people (like you), so I really wanted to turn you on to it. I’ve been a fan of Garr Reynold’s blog on presentation design for a few years now (here’s the link), and when I saw (two days ago), that Garr had written Presentation Zen, an entire book on designing slide presentations, I knew I had to get it.

Well, it came in today, and read it cover to cover tonight. This book is absolutely brilliant (that’s why I gave it my first 2008 “Scott Thinks It’s Hot Award!”), and should be required reading for anyone that has to do a business slide presentation on any level. It’s that good!

What really got me excited about this book (besides the obvious design aspects of it) is that it’s really a book about how to communicate with people on a visual and emotional level. It’s way beyond just where to put the type and where to put the photos (though it covers that in great detail). Instead, not only will it change the way you design slides, but more importantly how you view the role of slides, and give you some communication insights that go way beyond the slides themselves.

It’s very well written, researched, it’s straight to the point, and I could go on and on but I can sum it up this way; you must buy this book! (you’ll thank me later).

Here’s the link to it on and Barnes&


The NAPP member forums have been buzzing about Dave Hill’s work, and I have to agree; I think Dave’s stuff is absolutely kick-butt brilliant; from his composition, to his lighting, to his retouching work in Photoshop; he’s got “The look” that everybody wants (from the biggest magazines to this Fortune 500 clients).

But beyond that, I love that he’s taking it to the next level by posting behind-the-scenes videos from his shoots. They have a very live “you’re right there on the set” feel to them, and I really think you’ll enjoy them (I love ’em!).

When you go to his site, in the bottom right corner of his home page, click the “Behind the Scenes” button, and then you’ll be taken to a page with a list of his videos. Kudos to Dave and his team for not only shooting some great work, and creating a signature look, but for giving us a peek inside his work, and his world. (Here’s the link).

John Paul Caponigro’s first online class goes live today at and we couldn’t be prouder to have JP join our faculty. If you’ve ever seen John Paul teach live at Photoshop World, or during the Epson Print Academy, you know what a brilliant, inspirational teacher he is, and as you can see from the title, he’s teaching new techniques and ways of working in Photoshop that only John Paul can.

Here’s his description of the new class:

Drawing with Light: 21st Century Dodging & Burning
Today you can enhance select areas of any image with extraordinary power and precision. Simple brushing techniques applied precisely can take your image to a whole new level, giving you vastly expanded possibilities for creative expression.

These essential go-to techniques will help you master selections and masks; simple masks, gradient masks, luminance masks, contour masks and more. Plus, learn to control the position and quality of every transition and edge. In addition, you’ll discover revolutionary new ways of capturing and enhancing light.

Drawing With Light; 21st Century Dodging and Burning will teach you these invaluable techniques:

  • Drawing Light
  • Simple selections and masks
  • Edge
  • Gradient masks
  • Luminance masks
  • Contour masks
  • Compositing Light

Here’s the link if you want to check it out JPs class for yourself.


Here’s some news. Quick. On Thursday.

David Hobby (of The Strobist Fame) is bringing his super popular Location Lighting seminar to Orlando, Florida, on Saturday Feb 16, and Sunday Feb. 17th. His Saturday date is already sold out (Matt and I are going to be there), but there are still a few seats left for his Sunday date, but those seats won’t be available for long, so if you want to go, click here for the full info, and to register.

David duChemin, over at the blog has a great in-depth review of the Think Tank Digital Holster (which replaces a traditional camera bag, by having you wear your gear around your waist in separate compartments). I just bought a similar Think Tank set-up myself while at Imaging USA, and although I haven’t gotten a chance to try it out yet, it looks very cool. Here’s the link to David’s site (plus, make sure you check out his photography while you’re there!).

During Imaging USA, I did a radio interview with Scott Sheppard over at, where we talked about my new book, our newly launched online subscription service, and a bunch of other stuff. You can listen to the interview right here.

Designer, Photographer, and software trainer Erik Bernskiold did a review of the online subscription service (click here).

Don’t forget, set your Tivo to start taping Photoshop User TV, which starts airing on regular TV on cable channel Fox Business News (not Fox News—Fox Business News), next Tuesday at 1:30 am (OK, technically, that’s Wednesday morning, but you know what I mean).