Monthly Archives September 2007

Here’s some crunchy Tuesday news (now with more fiber):

  • I saw this last week on, and then I got numerous posts and emails about it, so I finally had to try it, and I have to tell you—it’s pretty darn cool. It’s called “Animoto” and it’s a site that creates music-video style slideshows of your uploaded images, and it does it in a very clever, very automated, very MTV-like way.Here’s the link to their site; check out their demo, and then upload some of your own images. If you want to see where the future of online services is going; this is just a glimpse. Cool stuff for sure!
  • There’s a great article over at from Janine Warner, called, “The Making of a Great Photography Website: Three Distinct Approaches,” and it’s really quite brilliant (and so is Janine. She was one of the speakers at the MacDesign Conference in NYC, and she was one of the top ranked speakers at the entire event). Anyway, if you’re a pro photographer, it’s definitely worth a read (here’s the link).
  • OnOne Software just released 100 free Camera Raw 4.1 presets created by our buddy (and Photoshop and Photography Guru), Jack Davis (of the WOW! Book fame), and if Jack makes a preset, or an action, or a Style; you better believe they’re gonna rock. Download ’em free right here, courtesy of OnOne Software.
  • You’re gonna love this site: It’s called 1001 Noisy Cameras and it’s the scoop on everything happening under the surface of the digital photo biz. It’s not just a rumor site, it’s not just a community site, it’s not just a comment site; it’s all of that and way more, with links to everything happening everywhere. I’ve added it to my daily visits, and it’s really well done from top to bottom. Here’s the link.
  • Lastly, here’s a retouching site you’ve got to see (I may have talked about this one before, but: (1) I can’t remember if I did, or (2) I saw some images there I don’t remember seeing. It’s called “Fluid Effect” and there are (as always) fascinating before/after images, and some nicely done pro-level retouching; so make sure you click on the Retouching link on the left side.
  • Hey, there’s more stuff below, so scroll on down for a couple more posts

Tomorrow I’m off to Montana’s Glacier National Park for my photography and Photoshop workshop with the Great American Workshop (GAPW: here’s the link), and it’s my first trip out to Montana, and I’m totally psyched. If I get any decent shots, you’ll see ’em here on the blog.

Have a great Tuesday everybody! See you tomorrow.



OK, the headline makes it sound more dramatic than it really was; I was searching through Lightoom for a shot I took out in Utah’s Monument Valley (Click for a much larger version). The only reason I found this pano at all was that I use a little trick so I can spot panos while searching through hundreds of thumbnails:

Right before I start shooting my pano, I hold my index finger up in front of the lens and I crank off a shot (that lets me know where the pano starts). Then I shoot the pano (this one was made up of 10 shots), and after the last shot, I hold two fingers up in the front of the lens and crank off another, to let me know that I’ve reached the end of my pano. That way, when scrolling through hundreds of thumbnails, these “fingers” jump out at you, and that’s exactly what happened yesterday. I saw my outstretched finger and said, “Hey, I must have shot a pano!” and the images in the pano are the ones which appear between the two finger photos.

The photo itself isn’t particularly remarkable, but it does give a nice reference for the size and scale of Monument Valley, but beyond that what is remarkable is CS3’s Photomerge feature for stitching together panos. I didn’t do anything “right” when taking this pano. I just held up the camera, and cranked off 10 shotsâ”no special tripod, I didn’t turn off Auto Focus, I didn’t do an exposure lock, the only rule I followed was that I let the photos overlap by about 20%, and son of gun if Photomerge didn’t perfectly align and balance the tone for all 10 photos automatically. If you shoot panos (or thought you’d ever want to), the Photomerge feature in CS3 is worth the entire upgrade price.


One of the big announcements made at Photoshop World from our company was the launch of (that’s me above, in front of the Kelby Training booth at Photoshop World –photo by Jeff Greene). You can read the official press release here, but if you’d rather hear the plain-English scoop straight from the horse’s mouth (so to speak); here it is:

If you wanted to go to one of my live seminars, you went over to, and if you wanted one of my DVDs, you went to, and if you wanted one of my books, then you could go to and if you wanted to take one of my online courses, you’d have to go to, but if you wanted a copy of Layers Magazine (I’m the mag’s Publisher), then you’d have to head over to, andâ¦well, we were apparently making finding all these things as hard as humanly possible. But now, all this educational stuff for Photoshop (and a whole lot more), is now all in one place at

Plus, since I’m training director for Kelby Training (that makes sense, eh?) it’s my job to make sure that no matter who you take the training from (like a live seminar we produce with Bert Monroy or Ben Willmore), or an online course from Dave Cross or Corey Barker, or if you buy one of Dave Cross’s books, no matter how you like to learn best (whether online, from DVDs, books, live seminars, etc.) it’s always the same consistent, step-by-step, high quality training that we’ve become known for.

So, that’s the scoop for now; we’ve launched; one name with infinite possibilities (hey, that would make a great slogan!), but there’s LOTS more to come, so stay tuned.

Hi Everybody. I didn’t expect for this to be a “No Blog” Monday, but I was up all night finishing up a project (more on this soon), and now I’m in a meeting, and everyone’s staring at me because they’re talking and my laptop is open and I’m typing.

I’ll be back tomorrow, cause I’ve got lots of news, and a pano from Monument Valley I found yesterday while looking for something else.

Have a great “no Blog” Monday! :)

Blogging, but not really


Sorry I didn’t get this posted sooner (I’ve been in meetings all morning), but Adobe released Lightroom 1.2 a FREE maintenance (bug-fix) update, which also adds support for some new digital cameras (like the Canon EOS 40D, the Fuji FinePix IS-1, Olympus EVOLT E-510, and Panasonic DMC-FZ18 among others). You can download it here for Mac, or here for Windows. That’s it—short and sweet. It’s an update. It makes things better. Mmmmmm. Better. :-)

Adobe also released an update for Camera Raw (bringing it to version 4.2), which add similar support for these new digital cameras. Here’s the Mac link; here’s the Windows link.


Hi everybody. It’s Friday and time for a Photoshop News Fiesta (by the way, I have no idea what that means exactly, but it sure sounds good). Here we go:

  • Wacom introduced a new Special Edition widescreen tablet last week at Photoshop World, (seen above) to celebrate 25 years of tableture (tableture? OK, 25 years in the biz). This new sleek 6×11″ metallic black special edition tablet looks exceedingly cool in person (we had one to show off during our live taping of Photoshop User TV last week), and comes with some nice freebies thrown in, including a free Classic Pen, transparent overlay, and a pro accessory kit. They started shipping this week. The full scoop is over at a special microsite set-up by Wacom over at
  • Wilhelm Research published a downloadable 8 page report on Epson’s DURABrite Pigment inks and Epson photo paper vs. store-brand and other third party papers. You can download it right here.
  • If you want to keep up on the entire imaging industry, you’ll love, (The source for imaging professionals). They’ve really got their ear to the ground, and I stop by there daily to get a quick look at what’s happening industry wide. Here’s the link.
  • Another “retouching scandal” is making the rounds regarding a cover shot of “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera which appeared on the front of Glamour magazine. Here’s the link to the photos and story on the TV Squad blog. See what you think (and make sure you read the comments posted from readers below the article).
  • Last week I noted that we were fortunate enough to welcome legendary Photoshop artist Bert Monroy to NAPP’s full-time content team, and I also made the announcement during the Photoshop World opening keynote (which was met with thunderous applause, because…well…he’s Bert Monroy for goodness sakes! :-). Anyway, here’s the official press release from NAPP which moved across the wire yesterday.
  • Congratulations to my buddy (and Photoshop User TV co-host), Dave Cross, who’s book “Photoshop Finishing Touches” won a Silver award from Create Magazine in their book design category. Well done, you fine Canadian man, and kudos to Jess, Felix, and co. on their award-winning look! :-)
  • You might not have realized it, but Adobe allows you to install Photoshop CS3 on more than one machine (provided, of course, that both machines are for your use; so for example, you could install your personal copy on your work machine, and your laptop). Here’s the details (from on how to do just that.
  • Here’s a new book that looks like it could be interesting. It’s called “Nighttime Digital Photography with Adobe Photoshop CS3” from author John Carucci. I haven’t seen the book in person yet, but the cover and description sure sound interesting. Here’s the link to it on, and Barnes&
  • BlogonBooks did a review of my new iPhone book called (get this), “The iPhone Book” (co-authored with my good friend Terry White), and you can read it right here. By the way, if you have an iPhone, you really need this book. Heck, even if you don’t have an iPhone, but you’re just loose with money, then you need this book. In fact, I can’t think of a single scenario in which you don’t need this book. Soâ¦get this book. It’ll make you feel iGood inside. You can find it at Barnes &,,, or anywhere books you really, really need are sold.
  • John Harrington, one of my blog readers, posted a great comment regarding my no-tripods in DC story earlier this week. Here’s what he wrote: “As a DC photographer, the reason they preclude a tripod, is because it is one of the main tools that still photographers and videographers use to produce commercial work, and the production of commercial work on National Park Service land, or the US Capitol grounds requires a permit, and in many places, you cannot get a permit to film commercially. However, if you are working editorially, a permit is easy to obtain. As someone who has obtained permits on countless occasions, it’s an easy process. It’s not about mounting weapons on, but rather, so that commercial endeavors do not take place on public lands without proper permission.”

    Thanks John, for shedding some light on this–it’s much appreciated (and next time, I’ll get a permit in advance).

  • One last thing: if you’re in the photography business, check out “Strategy Avenue: Business resources for photographers.” It’s a very cool news blog, and they also have some interesting looking online courses as well. Here’s the link.

Well my friends, that concludes this Friday News Fiesta (as it will always be known). Hope you have a wonderful Friday, and we’ll see you on Monday bright and early. Keep pushin’ those pixels! -Scott