Monthly Archives May 2007

Live, from a hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, it’s the Wednesday news update (insert theme music here).

  • Hey, did I mention the whole USA Today thing? (Just kidding). Want some Photoshop tips? How about 101? Click this link to check out over 100 Photoshop tips in an online article by Gary Logsdon. Lots of nice tips there.
  • The Web site had a post about the “PhotoBloggies,” an annual award given to the best photography blogs, and they have live links to the 200 finalists, and of course the winning site as well. Check it out here.
  • There’s a wonderful article over at “Concerning Photography” on living legend Jay Maisel, and his influence on London-based photographer Ian Talbot, the author of the piece. It’s really a fun read (click here for the link). For past three Photoshop World’s we’ve been fortunate enough to have Jay speak for us, and this year when he did his segment during our after hours “Art of Digital Photography” session, he got a standing ovation from the 1,200 inspired photographers. If you’re going to Photoshop World Vegas, put Jay’s sessions on your “must attend” list.
  • While on the treadmill on Monday, I got to watch the first 45 minutes of famed wedding photographer David Ziser’s “Digital Wakeup Call” DVD, and it just blew me away. If you’re a professional wedding photographer, it’s like having David standing there stuffing money in your pockets, because it’s packed with so much practical advice on how to be competitive in this market where cameras have gotten so good, and so inexpensive, that everyone thinks they’re a pro wedding shooter. It’s a real eye-opener, and he shares lots of real world advice, sales strategies, and how to make your work stand out from the crowd. He was just getting into lighting patterns and stuff like that, so I’ll have more after I get back from St. Louis and get to watch the next section, but if the DVD was just this first section, for wedding photographers it would be worth 10 times the price (by the way, it’s a 4 1/2 hr. DVD for only $69. I think he WAY underpriced it). Here’s a link to his site, where you can order the DVD. Way to go David, for sharing all that you’ve learned, and for working to help the entire pro wedding photography industry.
  • A note to Trina, who posted a comment here in my blog asking if I would do a video clip on how to use the Westcott SpiderLites that I’m using on my Lightroom Tour. Trina; that’s an excellent idea. I’ll try to have it up by next week!!! :-)
  • Hi Mike. Hey Don. Hi, Jeff. I’m looking forward to your slideshows today.

Have a great Wednesday everybody, and don’t forget to stop by your local convenience store and pick up a copy of today’s USA Today. Ya know, for the sports scores and stuff. ;-)


OK, does it matter that this pano isn’t a number of photos merged together, and instead it’s just a panoramic crop? (in other words; it’s a regular photo and I just cropped off a lot of the top and bottom to create the panoramic look). Now, if that makes you feel kinda cheated, does it really matter which tool I used to create the panorama? Whether I used the Crop tool or Photomerge, it’s still been edited in Photoshop, like every other photo I take, and as you might guess, I’m totally cool with editing photos in Photoshop. So….how do you feel about it? Did I cheat by just cropping rather than stitching multiple photos together? I’m curious, because I have to tell you, I feel a little “dirty,” because it’s not “the real deal.” Does is matter how I came up with the pano? I guess it does, because if not I wouldn’t feel “dirty.” This is going to keep me up tonight, isn’t it?

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). ;-)

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.