Thursday
May
2007
03

Progress on finding the Ultimate PC Laptop for Photoshop

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

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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”.

Wednesday
May
2007
02

Searching for the Ultimate PC Laptop For Photoshop Users

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

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
May
2007
01

Tuesday News Update

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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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 PhotoshopTraining.com
  • 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 http://acmeeducational.com/nx070325/index.html
  • 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 Amazon.com, 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 PhotoshopNews.com 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! :-)
Monday
Apr
2007
30

The Unknown El Capitan Pano (click for larger version)

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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I say “unknown” because I had forgotten I had taken it, and hadn’t run across it until yesterday while searching through my Yosemite photos for something else (the only reason I found it at all, is because immediately before I shoot a pano, I shoot a shot of my hand holding up my index finger, then immediately after the last shot of the pano, I shoot my hand holding up two fingers. So, while I was scrolling through the photos in Lightroom, I saw “my finger” and I was like “Hey, a pano!”).

The pano is made up of eight vertical photos, switched together using Photoshop CS3′s Photomerge automation (Scroll down to the next post to see the eight photos that made-up the pano above). Photoshop switched the pano together first time without a hitch–all I had to do was click OK, and then crop it a tiny bit afterward to make it straight, since I didn’t use a pano nodal point attachment on my tripod—I just shot it with my regular ol’ ballhead. The final version is over 83 inches wide.

Monday
Apr
2007
30

Here’s The 8 Photos That Made Up The Pano

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Here’s the eight photos (shown here in Adobe Lightroom), that make up the pano shown in the previous post.

P.S. If you’re looking for the Monday News Report, you can get it in person today at the Innsbrook Island Golf Course, ’cause I’m taking a day off!! That’s right baby, I’m chasin’ the little white ball around today with my brother Jeff, Matt, Felix, and some friends from the office. So…..we’ll see you tomorrow for the full Monday News Report, which will be titled something along the lines of “Tuesday News Report.” See ya then. Oh yeah: FORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday
Apr
2007
27

I Love LA! (and other Friday News)

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

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I just want to thank everyone who attended the kick-off of my nationwide Lightroom Tour Live this past Wednesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center (all 800 of you!). I met so many wonderful people, I learned a lot, I saw some old friends and made some new ones. I posted a few photos above (taken by my buddy Dave Moser—you can click on them for a larger view. The top photo was taken during the live bridal shoot that starts the day, then we take those live shots into Lightroom and follow a step-by-step workflow that ends with the final prints coming off an Epson Stylus Pro 3800 right there in the class). Anyway, I just wanted to thank you all for spending the day with me—I really had a blast and greatly appreciate the wonderful support.

The next stop on my Lightroom Tour is at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center on May 21st, but our seating is much more limited than it was in Los Angeles, so if you’d like to join me, sign up today at PhotoshopSeminars.com. I hope to see you in Boston!

Note: I just saw a comment posted here on my blog, with a link to a review of my seminar at ChromaticSoul, written by one of the attendees. Here’s the direct link.

Now for some Friday news:

  • If you’re into video Podcasts, I was just turned on to one that really speaks to the tech-freak deep inside us all. It’s USA Today’s “Talking Tech.” This free weekly show and is hosted by tech guru Jefferson Graham (who happens to be a Photoshop fan), and Ed Baig, who do a great job of keeping you (us, we, me, etc.) up on all the latest tech gear without getting “tech geeky” at all. What I like best about the show is their format; it’s casual (the current episode was filmed outside an Apple store), fun, and refreshingly “plain English” for a tech show. Plus, their shows are short, sweet, and right to the point. Definitely check it out (you can watch right from within Apple’s iTunes [for PC and Mac], and you can subscribe and get it downloaded weekly for free. Highly recommended. Click here for the link).
  • Here’s another photo retouching site (this one from Russia), that features before/after retouching shots, and as always I just find these so interesting. It’s great way to see what is being done in retouching, what can be done, and each retoucher definitely has his/her own style, and that makes it all the more interesting. This one’s called Touch of Glamor, and here’s the link.
  • Last week I mentioned that my Photoshop TV co-host Dave Cross has a Photoshop training class coming up at the Digital Technology Centre in Sarasota, Florida on May 19th, and now my other co-host Matt Kloskowski, is bringing a day of hands-on training on Photoshop Layers for Digital Photographers. These are very intimate classes (which means at some point, Matt will probably take his shirt off), so if you want to attend, follow this link to snag one of the few available seats (these classes are limited to 18 participants), for either Dave or Matt’s workshop. By the way; I’ve taught the Digital Technology Centre, and it is an absolute first-class operation, and they always have the very best instructors (and of course, if you’ve ever caught Dave or Matt live, you know you’re in for something very special from these two gifted Photoshop instructors).
  • The photography blog “Pixelated Image” (from photographer David duChemin) did a mini-review of my new Lightroom Book, after reading just the first chapter, and although it includes what is certainly not the most flattering comments about my somewhat different sense of humor, he does a great job of really capturing the flavor of the book, and how it’s put together. Follow this link to read it online. While you’re there be sure to check out this wonderful photography here).By the way; he does have a point about my humor—you either like it, or you hate it. Thankfully I get hundreds of very kind letters from people who totally get my sense of humor, but if you don’t like my style of humor, then apparently you really, really, really don’t like it (and generally want to see me dead).Here’s the thing: the whole book does NOT contain this humor; it’s pretty much contained to just two places: (1) The book’s 3-page introduction, and (2) The opening page of each chapter. That’s it. The rest of the book (as I mention in the introduction), is step-by-step (Step One: do this, Step two: do that), so there’s not really a lot of opportunities to inject any other stuff. I do keep it light and conversational, but again; my “stream of consciousness” style of humor (as my Editor and friend Chris Main likes to call it) is pretty much confined to those two places, so out of a 416 page book, it’s three pages for the intro, and then 1 page each for 10 or 11 chapters (so we’re talking 14 pages of fun, 406 pages of Step one, step two, and so on).Now, here’s something else you might find helpful; we know (from publishing so many books), that the vast majority of people skip over a book’s introduction, and jump right to the first chapter. That’s particularly bad for me (and my readers), because that’s where I explain how to use the book, where to download the accompanying practice files, and lots of other stuff that they need to know to make the most of the book. So, to trick people into reading the introduction, I usually disguise it as something else (like, in this book for example, I call it the “Unexpected Q&A Section” so people read it, thinking it’s not the Introduction. Since it’s not step-by-step, I have fun with it, and I do include some, well….off the wall stuff, but along with it, are valuable instructions on how to make the most of the book.

    So, yes—in each book I try and trick people into reading my introduction (sometimes referred to as “my non-introduction introductions”), but it’s only to help my readers get more out of the book. Plus, as an author, after you’ve written 402 pages of Step one, Step two, and so on, even I need a break to say something silly, and hopefully make you smile a little while you’re learning. :-)

  • I found this link on Anne Marie Conception’s excellent “Design Geek” email newsletter, and it’s to a site who has designed a really nice looking set of CS3 replacement icons for you to download. Also on Anne Marie’s newsletter, was a link to a really cool Flash-based graphic showing all the icons for all the new Adobe products, and it’s just so darn cool.You’ve got to check it out (it only takes a moment).
  • My buddy Terry White’s excellent Tech Blog has moved to new digs: get on board at his new address: terrywhite.com/techblog
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