Monday News Update

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Hope you had a great weekend; here’s what’s up:

  • If you’re in New York, and you’re at all passionate about photography, then get your butt over to the SoHo Apple Store on this Tuesday night, May 8th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (it’s free) to catch one of the most talented, engaging, gifted, and just frickin’ brilliant photographers on the planet, as Joe McNally presents, “Having a Sense of Place in Your Work.” Every time I see Joe present, I learn something really important, I get inspired on a new level, I laugh out loud, and I come away much richer than when I went. If there’s any way you can get there, I promise you—-you’ll be posting rave reviews about it here on Wednesday. Here’s the link to the SoHo store’s calendar, and you can find directions there. Big love to Apple for bringing this living legend’s work and words to a group of darn lucky photographers on Tuesday night. Wish I was there.
  • A friend got me Monte Zucker’s DVD (produced by Software Cinema) called “Portrait Photography for Everyone” and I got a chance to sit down and watch it this weekend, and it was just wonderful. Monte was such a class act, and besides his wonderful way of communicating, he had such a warm way about him. You can tell, through the whole DVD, that he really loved what he was doing. Teaching photography was just his calling, and seeing Monte teach again brought both a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. You can find his wonderful DVDs at
  • Designorati has an interview with Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty, and if you’re into Lightroom, you’ll definitely want to check it out. Click here to read the interview online.
  • If you want some Monday Morning inspiration, check out the nightime photography of Arin Ahnell. His work is done primarily in camera, using gelled flashes, rather than in Photoshop, (but we won’t hold that against him). You know I’m kidding, right? Anyway, definitely a site worth checking out, and it’s a pretty cool niche he’s come up with for himself, and I really enjoyed the site, his work, and his willingness to share. Here’s the link.
  • I did finally get a chance to shoot a video on how to set-up and use B&H Photo’s “Scott Kelby Location Kit” and if it gets thru editing today, I’ll post a link to it, so check back later today. Note: I just checked and the kit is once again “out of stock” at B&H, but if you go to the page and enter your email, they’ll email you as soon as it’s back in stock. I’ve used this “email me when it comes in” feature and it’s really helpful.
  • Renown landscape photographer Stephen Johnson (who has been called “The Modern Day Ansel Adams”) just posted his upcoming 2007 workshop schedule. Stephen has trained for us at Photoshop World, and he’s just quite an amazing photographer, and individual, and if you get a chance to attend one of his workshops, it will transform your work. Here’s the link to his site, and his upcoming workshops.
  • I’m off to St Louis to do some training, but I’ll be posting again on Wednesday. In the meantime, have a great Monday, and shoot something, will ya? (I meant that in the photographic sense. You knew that, right). ;-)

Friday News Update

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Here’s what’s goin’ on:

  • Nik Software launched a very nicely done online newsletter called “Photography First” and you can subscribe for free, or read it right there online by clicking here, and they also launched an inspirational, and informative section of their site called “Team Nik” featuring the work and words of prominent photographers. Check out Team Nik” here.
  • Dave Cross’s blog yesterday talked about three new online training courses; one on mastering Photoshop Channels from Corey “The Photoshop Lad” Barker; one specifically for Photoshop CS2 users making the jump to CS3, called “The Photoshop CS3 Power Session” (from Matt Kloskowski), and a Photoshop CS3 Beginners online course from Dave Cross himself. Here’s the link to Dave’s blog for more info, or you can jump direct to
  • Photoshop Hall of Famer Eddie Tapp has a hands-on workshop coming up the week of July 23-27, 2007 at the prestigious Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging out in Los Osos, California. The workshop is called “The Full Digital Workflow Experience” and with Eddie at the helm, you’re going to learn “the real deal!” Check out all the details here.
  • Did you know that if you click the little downward facing arrow in the bottom right corner of the photo at the top of this page, it expands downward to reveal more of the photo? It’s easy to miss that little feature, so I thought I’d mention it, especially since I added some new photos into the rotation.
  • Last year Microsoft bought the popular Digital Asset Management software “iView Media Pro,” and this week Microsoft shipped the latest version, now called “Microsoft Expression Media,” and it’s available for both Window and Macintosh, and there’s a 60-day try out version available. For more info, click right here.
  • This has little to do with Photoshop (although there is some cool photography there), but I just think this site is really cool. If you like cool Web sites, and cool motorcycles, and don’t mind clicking a link posted by a guy who uses the term “cool” too much, then click here.
  • Earlier this week Adobe bought a Rich Media hosting company called Source 7. C|Net has the story here.

Progress on finding the Ultimate PC Laptop for Photoshop

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I’ve made some big progress on our search (from yesterday), and I heard from Mike Crum over at Dell, who really helped narrow my search down big time. Here’s what Mike wrote:

“XPS is a great performer for the price conscience Photoshop user, but when it comes to a professional, the M65 gives a higher level of service and support. It also is certified by Adobe for their Production Premium Suite which Photoshop is a part of. The M65 uses the fastest components available to the mobile world for memory, (including ECC, “error correcting” memory), Faster 7200RPM disk drives, and onboard 1394 (Firewire) support.

There are a lot of features the M65 has that a Photoshop user won’t take advantage of like 3D professional graphics, but if a user is using Photoshop in conjunction with other applications like Softimage XSI, Autodesk’s Maya, or 3DStudio Max and professional video editing apps etc.. Then the benefit of certification of those applications and the performance components that go into an M65 really shine.”

Well, that’s pretty much right from “the horse’s mouth,” and that’s good enough for me. So, the M65 it is (here’s the direct link). Thanks to everyone who posted comments, sent me your hands-on experience, emailed me, and help me find “Scott’s Pick for The Ultimate PC Laptop for Photoshop users: The Dell Precision M65”.


Searching for the Ultimate PC Laptop For Photoshop Users

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A photographer buddy of mine dropped me a line asking which PC laptop should he get for his Photoshop and photography work (he’s a working pro, and shoots in studio and on location). I use both Mac and PC laptops, since I train on both platforms, but when it comes to PCs; I’m strictly a Dell guy (I’m snobby that way). I emailed him back a link to the same laptop I use, the Dell Precision M65 (here’s the link), but I chose that one for a specific set of reasons: (1) I like the way it looks, and how it looks really matters to me. (2) I really like that it’s light, and it’s got a smaller form factor (3) I like the crisp sharp screen (I use a Dell 30″ display in my office at NAPP’s HQ), and (4) for running Photoshop, it hauls butt.

But it may not be “the ultimate” Photoshop PC of all the laptops Dell makes, so I have a contact over at Dell, and I’m going to shoot him a line this morning, and find out which he thinks would be “it,” the ultimate no-hold-barred, screaming Photoshop machine. In the meantime, if you’ve got any suggestions or experience with a PC laptop you love, post it here in the comments section, and I’ll let you know what I find out later today.

UPDATE: Greg Lutke posted a comment calling Dell’s XPS M1710 the “Ultimate Photoshop Laptop.” I just checked it out and he may well be right. Here’s the link to it. More info later. :)

UPDATE 2: Renown wildlife photographer Moose Peterson (of Moose’s New Blog), has weighted in via email, saying “Dell’s Latitude D620 blows away the M65.” OK, I’m starting to feel like I might need to upgrade my laptop. Thanks for the advice Moose.


Tuesday News Update

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I’m back from a beautiful day off playing golf (Tip: don’t play Matt for money). Here’s what’s goin’ on.

  • You’ve probably heard about our Photoshop TV photography contest, called “The Photoshop TV Shopping Spree at B&H Photo” where we send the grand prize winner to New York City (including round trip airfare and hotel), and give you a $1,000 shopping spree at B&H Photo’s Incredible Manhattan store. Well, Matt, Dave, and I went to B&H to show you just what that $1,000 might buy. Watch the video clip (which starts just like the segment we did on Photoshop TV, but this version has all the individual products listed, including some of our favorite camera gear) by clicking right here.
  • OK, since I mentioned Matt, I might as well lead off with the news that he’s just launched a new 21-day online training course on learning Photoshop CS3. It’s called “The Photoshop CS3 Power Session” and it’s designed for people who were using Photoshop CS2, and they want to learn how to put the new CS3 features to use rigtht away. The great thing about his course is it’s just “five minutes a day,” (that’s a perfect length, because who doesn’t have 5-minutes to get WAY better at Photoshop, right?). Here’s how it works: you go to the site, download the same image Matt works on for that day, you download a detailed outline (along with some extra tips and keyboard shortcuts), then you follow right along with him. It’s really brilliant, and the feedback we’ve gotten from Matt’s courses has been incredible. Of course, NAPP members get a huge discount (only $39.95 for the entire 21-day course). Start Matt’s class today at
  • If you’re a Nikon shooter using Capture NX, you’ll want to check out the new training DVD set (3 DVDs in all) caled “Unleashing the Raw Power of Capture NX” by renown photographer and Photoshop World instructor Vincent Versace. Vinny knows Capture NX on a level few people in the world do, and if you’re using Capture NX, you’ve got to get his collection. You can order yours at
  • Want to see some great photography? It’s the work of photographer Matt Brandon, and his site is called “The Digital Trekker.” Be sure to check out his galleries of people in their natural environment—very cool stuff. Check it out by clicking here.
  • Just a quick word of thanks to everyone who’s purchased my new “Lightroom for Digital Photographers” book. This week for the first time it’s ranked in the Top 100 of ALL books on, and it’s really exciting to see how many photographers are totally embracing Lightroom and “The New Digital Photography Workflow” using Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. If you want to pick up a copy of the book, you can order yours right here.
  • Yesterday our friends at posted a very helpful set of links to some troubleshooting tech docs for Vista users running Photoshop CS3, along with links to Adobe articles on how to optimize CS3 for maximum speed on both Mac OS X and Windows. Click here to go there.
  • The “Digital Landscape Workshop Series” just posted their 2008 dates for their “Shooting Fall Color” photography/digital imaging workshop in Vermont (the official dates are Oct. 5-8, 2008) and since they’re always sold out well in advance, I wanted to post it now so you can snag a spot. Here’s their schedule for the rest of 2007 along with the Vermont date next year. (Note: this is the workshop I attended back in October of last year that I did the live report from. I cannot recommend this workshop enough—you will have so much fun, and laugh so much, and learn so much your head will explode.That’s all for today. Don’t forget to push some pixels around, and we’ll catch you tomorrow! :-)
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