Monday
Jun
2007
04

The Monday News Thingy

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Good Monday everybody!!!

First, a quick thanks to everyone who came out to the Atlanta stop on my Lightroom Tour last Friday. I met some really great people (they definitely rolled out the Southern Hospitality), and I really had a great time all the way around. Thanks for making me feel so at home up there. :-) Now, onto the news thingy:

  • Congrats go out to our friend, digital video genius, and Photoshop World instuctor Richard Harrington, the proud daddy to an adorable bouncing baby girl (Mom and baby are doing just great) Way to go, dad!!!! They named the baby “Sorenson Codec Harrington” (not really, but you know he probably considered it).
  • By now you’ve heard that Adobe released a major update to Camera Raw, and the new 4.1 adds a number of very cool features. Well, Jeff Schewe over at PhotoshopNews.com did a wonderful in-depth article on all the new features and if you use Camera Raw, this is absolutely a must-read article. Click here to go there.
  • I’m up in New York on Thursday with my Lightroom Tour, at the Jacob Javits Center. If you haven’t signed up yet, click here to get on board with the New Digital Photography Workflow using Lightroom and Photoshop CS3. :-)
  • If you haven’t downloaded the free Adobe Media Gallery (AMG) for creating Flash and HTML Web Galleries from directly within the CS3 Bridge, it’s really well done and a big improvement on anything Photoshop’s offered before. You can (Note: you’ll need the download it from Adobe Labs.free update to Bridge 2.1 before you can use AMG, so download that first, then download AMG).
  • Next week I begin my week-long workshop at the amazing Santa Fe Workshops in Santa Fe New Mexico. If you’ve never had the chance to take a workshop there—I highly recommend it. I can tell you, as an instructor, teaching there is one of the most fun, energetic, exhausting, and exhilarating experiences an educator can have. One can only imagine what an incredible experience it must be for a student to learn in such an energy-charged creative environment). It’s a first class educational experience top-to-bottom and if you’re serious about photography, or Photoshop, or both, click this link to see the list of their upcoming classes for the rest of 2007.

That’s it for now, gang! Have a great Monday (well, have the best Monday you can), and we’ll talk again tomorrow. :)

Friday
Jun
2007
01

Friday News Update

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It’s Friday; I’m teaching Lightroom in Atlanta all day today, so how is it that I have news? It’s because I posted it at 1:00 am on Thursday night (I shouldn’t have had that fifth cup of coffee). Here’s what’s goin’ on:

  • The Inside Digital Photo internet radio show (Podcast) did an in-depth interview with me, and it just got posted (you can just go to their site and click to listen to the interview right there on their Web page—no iPod necessary). Scott Shepard’s the host, and he asked some questions, and brought up some topics I don’t normally get asked, so I hope you’ll find it interesting. Here’s the link.
  • Adobe has released a free update for the CS3 Bridge (Bringing the Bridge to version 2.1) and beside addressing some issues, it has streamlined and enhanced some existing features. For more details, and to download the free update, click here for the Mac version, or here for the Windows version.
  • If you’re using Photoshop CS3 for Web Design, and you’re wondering where all the Web features that used to be in ImageReady (which came with every version of Photoshop since around Photoshop 5.5), went to, then check out this tech doc from Adobe, and the cloud of mystery will be lifted.
  • The Photographers Journey blog did a cool article for Firefox Browser users, called “The Top 10 Firefox Extensions for Photographers.” You can read it right here.
  • Matt’s GAPW Photography and Photoshop workshop in Banff has just a few seats left (it’s coming up on June 13-17, 2007), so if you want learn from one of the top pros in the business, in one of the most beautiful settings for landscape photography in all of North America, sign up quick at GAPW’s Web site (The Great American Photographic Workshops), at GAphotoworks.com
  • Looking for some free, cool grungy Photoshop borders for your images? Look no further (click here).
  • The buzz is already HUGE over the new features in yesterday’s release of Camera Raw 4.1. If you didn’t download it yet, scroll down to yesterday’s post (from Gate A17) and check it out.
  • On the heels of Adobe’s Camera Raw 4.1 release, if you use Lightroom you should DEFINITELY go and read Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty’s Adobe blog. Lots of fascinating details nestled among his details.
  • If you’re wondering if people are diggin’ Adobe’s new CS3 Creative Suite, and Photoshop CS3? Check out Forbe’s online article titled, “Adobe Rises With Positive Analyst Notes” (by the way, the answer is—–they are. BIG TIME!).

Well, that’s it from the Marriott in Atlanta! Hope to see some of you in class tomorrow! :)

Thursday
May
2007
31

Greetings (and news) From Gate A-17

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Ya know, it seems like only yesterday I was in this airport (actually, it was, as I returned from San Jose on a red-eye), but now I’m on my way to Atlanta for my Lightroom Live! tour tomorrow (Friday).

There is some big news today: Adobe released a pretty significant upgrade to Camera Raw today (taking it to version 4.1). Adobe had announced it earlier in the week, but now it’s actually available for download, and besides adding support for some of the newest cameras, it adds new sharpening controls, better noise reduction, and really slick new features that make it a must-download upgrade (especially since its free!). You can download Camera Raw 4.1 (for Mac and Widows) by clicking here.

Well, it’s time to board, so we’ll catch you tomorrow with my Friday News Update. Have a great day everybody, and to everybody who’s coming to my Lightroom seminar in Atlanta—we’ll see you there!!

Wednesday
May
2007
30

Nikon Joins Lightroom Tour As Official Co-Sponsor

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I’m proud to announce that Nikon, Inc. has just come on as a co-sponsor of my new Lightroom Live U.S. seminar tour (joining Epson, Westcott, Peachpit Press, and Dell). During the day, we have three live shoots (A bridal shoot, we shoot live Calla Lillies, and we have a live portrait shoot), and I shoot with both a Nikon D2Xs and a Nikon D200 during these shoots.

The next stop for the tour is Friday in Atlanta, and then I’m up in New York City on Thursday, June 7th at the Jacob Javits Center. For more info, or to sign up, visit PhotoshopSeminars.com

If you’re at one of these next two events, please join me in welcoming Nikon (and don’t forget to come up and say “hi” if you read this blog). :-)

Tuesday
May
2007
29

Tuesday News Update

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Replacing what would normally be the Monday News Update, but it was a holiday and blah, blah, blah. Right now I’m out in San Jose, California at Adobe’s HQ for some meetings today, and it’s 3:32 am EST, but I can’t sleep. You know why? Because I haven’t posted my Tuesday news. Here goes:

  • You know I’m a sucker for those before/after retouching sites, and add a celebrity retouch or two, write a few words in Russian, and I just can’t say no. Check it out right here.
  • Moose Peterson (master of wildlife photography and Photoshop World instructor) has been digging deeper into finding “The Perfect PC Laptop.” He ran a very informative piece last week on his Dell Precision M65 laptop (which he calls his “Road Warrior”), and he included some info on his desktop machine as well. If you’re hard on your computers, this is definitely worth checking out (click here).
  • You’ve heard me talk about famed Wedding photographer David Ziser here in blog, and now you can get his free email newsletter (which kicks butt by the way), by going to his site and signing up for free.
  • Registration for Photoshop World Las Vegas (coming to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 4-6, 2007) is now open. If you’re coming to Vegas, get on board, baby!! (click here for details).
  • If you’re into Lightroom (and I know you are), check out an article I did with 10 cool tips for Lightroom users, over at Layers Magazine (The How-to Magazine for Everything Adobe; on newsstands nationwide).
  • Pro photographer Alan Hess did a mini-review of my Lightroom For Digital Photographers book over at Lexar’s pro digital site. Check it out right here.
  • Mark Flemming over at LensEnvy.com posted a photo he took during my Lightroom Tour Stop in Boston (and if you look closely, you can see NAPP’s Executive Director Larry Becker looking all “out of focus” in the background).

All right, it’s pretty late and I’m going to bed. Everybody, have a great Tuesday—do great things–take great shots that don’t need fixing in Photoshop. Wait, who said that? It must be really late. ;-)

P.S. Hey, there’s another post today—keep scrolling down a bit.

Tuesday
May
2007
29

B&H Photo Introduces the “Westcott Scott Kelby Studio Kit” featuring Westcott’s TD-5 SpyderLites

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 The Westcott Scott Kelby Studio Lighting Kit

OK, it’s not a beautiful view of the kit (it’s from B&H’s site), but it’s the same Lighting kit (using Westcott’s TD-5 SpiderLites) I’ve been using on my Lightroom Live! Tour (not to be confused with B&H’s Scott Kelby Location Kit, which isn’t lighting at all—it’s diffusers, stands, Justin clamps, and reflectors for shooting with multiple wireless dedicated flashes, like Nikon SB-800s or Canon Speedlights).

Once you see these these SpiderLites in person, you have to have one (OK, two). Having continuous, cool, daylight fluorescent studio lighting that’s always on, and they’re so easy to work with it’s like cheating, is just incredibly compelling once you see it live. (I did a studio shoot using SpiderLites and my buddy Terry White came along, and he was so impressed with them, that he got online and ordered his right in the lobby of his hotel when I dropped him off that night).

Anyway, the good news is that B&H Photo has put together this kit, using the same lights, and backdrop I use in the live shoot at my seminar. The bad news? Just like my location kit; it’s already sold out. However, you can visit the page on B&H’s site (click here) and get on their email notification list, so as soon as it’s back in stock, they’ll email you right away.

One last note: B&H photo put this kit together after receiving so many requests from students at my seminars. I don’t get a kick-back, or a cut, or…well…. anything from the sale of these kits—B&H put it together as a courtesy to make things easier for my students. So even if you buy 50 kits, it won’t help send my kids to college (although it will probably send somebody’s kid at B&H Photo’s to a really nice university. Probably Harvard).

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