Monthly Archives September 2007

If you’re not checking out these blogs daily; ya oughta:

  • David Ziser’s Digital Pro Talk (link).
  • John Nack on Adobe (link)
  • Terry White’s Tech Blog (link)
  • Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom Killer Tips (link)
  • Imaging Insider (link)
  • Photoshop (link)
  • The Strobist (link)
  • Dave Cross Online (link)
  • Moose’s News Blog (link)
  • 1001 Noisy Cameras (link)
  • The Online Photographer (link)

I know. That’s 11.

I’ll be posting Part 2 next week, but in the meantime if you’ve got some cool blog links (that are related to our industry), feel free to post them here as a comment.

NOTE: There’s a “new kid” in blog town, so make sure you scroll down to the next post. :)


If you’ve ever been to one of the Photoshop World opening keynote extravaganza’s, then you’ve already seen Rod Harlan’s work, as he’s been the director of every keynote we’ve ever done. In fact, if you’re into Digital Video you’ve probably taken one of Rod’s sessions at Photoshop World, or maybe you’ve seen him as a guest on Photoshop User TV, or speaking at events like WEVA, or NAB, or you might know him as the founder of the Digital Video Professionals Assn.

Rod’s also the Dynamic Media Editor for Layers magazine, so he’ about as “plugged in” as anyone in the entire DV industry, and this week he launched a new “insider” blog called “DV Confidential” where he’ll be sharing industry scoops, news, tips and perspective on everything DV, and if you’re into Digital Video you’ve got to add this to your “must visit” list (here’s the link).

Sadly, I picked a bad day to mention Rod’s new blog, because this morning he posted a video clip about my head. Well, not my real head; a 3D “football-shaped pillow” version of my head created by Adobe at Photoshop World as part of Adobe Exec Johnny L’s opening keynote. Johnny L and I have a history of pulling pranks on each other during the keynote, but this time he really got me good, taking a 3D scan of my head; turning it into a football, and kicking it 35 yards into the keynote audience.

I was cracking up; but if it had only ended there. It seems the couple who caught my “head” thought it would be funny to take my football head pillow around Vegas and have people pose for pictures with it. It gets worse. Rod wound up with their images and he made a short video clip of my wandering head that ratchets up my humiliation level by yet another notch.

So, I must get some special credit for mentioning his blog fully knowing that it can only lead to further embarrassment for yours truly. This is the mark of a true friend (for me. Not him). Today, around my house, he’s simply referred to as “bad guy.” But he’s a bad buy with a great new blog, so check it out, but while you’re there; don’t waste your time or bandwidth by watching that meaningless video.

Here’s some quick bits:

  • There’s an interesting article over the NetworkWorld called “A defense against Photoshop Funny Business” which introduces a new French company that has created software that lets you know if your original photo has been manipulated (it even detects one pixel of change from your original photo). Worth the quick read (here’s the link).
  • I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking which type of bulbs to order when ordering the Westcott Spiderlite kit I use on my Lightroom Live Tour (called “The Scott Kelby Studio Kit” at B&H Photo). On the tour I use (and recommend) Westcott’s daylight balanced fluorescent blubs, so you get the wonderful, soft continuous light. (The kit doesn’t come with bulbs; so when you order it, make sure you order those fluorescent bulbs, too!).
  • Peter Krogh, author of the popular “DAM book” (Digital Asset Management), has come up with a plug-in for the Adobe Bridge (including the CS3 Bridge) that you’ll want to know about called RapidFixer, which adds some of Camera Raw’s controls to the Bridge itself, so you can make quick-fixes to photos right within the Bridge without actually having to open Camera Raw. I gotta tell ya–it’s pretty slick. Watch his online demo videos (or buy it for $49.95) at this link.
  • Episode 2 of Corey and RC’s new Layers TV went live today; watch it online right here.

That’s it for today folks; don’t forget to scroll down to the next post for more of today’s news. :)


Check this out: Seth Resnick’s popular D-65 Digital Workflow tour (which always sells out in advance), is coming a host of cities before the end of the year, and if you attend his four-day workshop, and if you’re a NAPP member you get 10% off the $999 cost of the workshop (this $99 discount rocks; especially when you consider that NAPP membership itself is only $99, so if you attend, you save enough to pay for your annual membership right there).

Here’s a list of his upcoming cities and dates:

  • New York: September 14-17 (sold out)
  • San Francisco: October 26-29 (sold out)
  • Boston: November 16-19
  • Chicago: November 30 – December 3
  • New York: December 14-17

Here’s the link to the D-65 site for more info, or to register. (Note: I took a class from Seth at a conference last summer, and he’s an absolutely first-rate instructor, who shares the real meat of the subject. He’s a working pro, selling his stock images to the biggest stock agencies out there, and he does a marvelous job of sharing his real world techniques in a fun and interesting way. I recommend his workshops without hesitation). :)


It’s hard to believe (and if you’ve ever seen the show, you know precisely why that is), but Photoshop User TV has just aired it’s landmark 100th episode!!!! That’s right my friends, we started this weekly show back in October of 2005, and we haven’t missed a single episode since (much to the dismay of our viewers).

You can watch the historic 100th episode, which features a look back at the history of Photoshop User TV, including clips from our premiere episode (which wasn’t pretty) right on our web page at

Thanks to our dedicated viewers, and our wonderful sponsors (including our friends at Adobe Systems), and a special thanks to the network, because without themâ¦waitâ¦there is no network. Oh well, thanks to our viewers, sponsors, and Adobe who help us reach millions of viewers around the world each month.

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on:

  • After I posted yesterday’s article called “Travel just got a little harder for photographers,” one of my readers posted a link to a fascinating article over at called “I shut down the Little Rock Airport” that every photographer should read. (Note: If you shoot sports, you’ve got to check out It’s the biggest, most-respected, and best site for pro and amateur sports shooters).
  • Lexar just posted an article from David Duchemin (of fame) over at their Pro Photographer site from his series called, “Lessons Learned on Assignment” that’s definitely worth a read. Here’s the link.
  • I am so digging Popular Photography magazine, who just reviewed my “Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers,” on their PopPhotoFlash daily blog (which is a group blog put together by PopPhoto’s editors) where they called my book “â¦the definitive guide to the world of Lightroom.” See what they had to say Right here.
  • If you use Photoshop Elements, there’s big news: Adobe just released Elements 6 (for Windows), which adds new features, and a greatly improved (and modernized) interface. In conjunction with their release, the Photoshop Elements Techniques Newsletter just launched their Elements 6 Learning Center, where you can see the newly announced version in action. Here’s the link.
  • Our buddy Ben Willmore is doing a two-day workshop on Oct. 8-9 in Hilo, Hawaii called “Shooting for Photoshop,” and it’s sponsored by the Institute of Visual Arts. Here’s the link for more info, or to sign up.
  • If you’re up in Boston, come spend the day with me on October 4th at Hynes Convention Center as my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour comes to town. It’s also coming to New York Cities Jacob Javits Center on Tuesday, Nov. 6th. Here are the details.
  • Photographer and well-known author Derrick Story did a series of interviews on the Expo floor at Photoshop World for his Podcast series, and he’s just posted the first three, which feature Stephen Johnson, Mikkel Aaland, and Deke McClelland, and you can listen to them right here.

That’s it for Wednesday stuff. See ya tomorrow! :)