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    OK, this is the official unveiling of the completely new cover for my Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks books (shown above), created by my wonderfully talented in-house book designer Jessica Maldonado.

    This new cover came about after I did a post last month about finishing up my writing on the book, and a number of you mentioned that the old cover looked pretty dated (we had just updated the old CS2 cover with new colors and a slight modification to the type). We all agreed that it did look dated, and so Jess started from scratch and created the entirely new cover you see above (which we at NAPP HQ all love, so be nice to Jess). Thanks Jessica for all your hard work on this total redesign!

    NOTE: Although the book is available for pre-order on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, they’re probably still showing the old cover, so don’t let that throw you.


    I got a pre-release copy of Joe McNally’s new “Hot Shoe Diaries” (Big Light from Small Flashes) this week and I’ve got to tell you—it rocks!!!!! The publisher did a fantastic job with the layout, and they were able to create a look that gives it the feel of his smash bestseller, “The Moment it Clicks,” while still having its own separate identity. The book contains a lot more “how to” than “The Moment it Clicks,” did (in fact, that’s the focus of this follow-up book), but there’s still lots of Joe’s amazing and inspirational imagery, along with his behind-the-scenes stories. That makes it a great read as it informs and delights. I’m not done with it yet, but this is one I’m going to read cover-to-cover. Twice! Here’s the link to it Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com. Congratulations Joe—-you’ve done it again!!!!


    David sent me the first four or so chapters of the book, and I immediately thought to myself—-this book is going to be huge!!!!

    It’s still a couple of months from being published, but the images are just so captivating, and the way he’s structured the book is just spot on, that it is just going to be a massive hit for anyone into shooting editorial style travel or people (or just learning about photography from a broader scope). His teachings on composition are worth the price of the book alone!

    Keep it going David—-I can’t wait to see the rest!!!! (Note: The cover above is a “stunt cover” and not the actual cover, which David tells me they are finalizing now). You can pre-order it now on Amazon.com.

    OK, that’s all I’ve got on books today, but I wanted to share this stuff while it’s top of my mind.

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