Monthly Archives October 2007

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

  • NAPP’s own Bert Monroy has just posted another episode of his Pixel Perfect podcast, and in it, he features a photorealistic slash technique he credits to another of our in-house experts, Corey “The Photoshop Lad” Barker, (co-host of Layers TV) and it’s just way cool (plus, Corey is totally psyched to have Bert showing one of his techniques). Click here to watch it online.
  • Here’s an amazing opportunity; world famous digital landscape photographer (and author of the highly acclaimed book, Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography), is holding a special “Digital Black & White” hands-on course in his lab, coming up on November 8-12, 2007. Because of the incredible advances in paper and ink recently, this is a course I would dearly love to take myself. If you want the chance to learn B&W from one of today’s true masters, snag one of the few spots now. Here’s the link for more info.
  • I’ve gotten a number of emails from readers and NAPP members, asking when it’s OK to upgrade to the soon-to-be-released (three days from now), Mac OS X Leopard. I have an easy answer to this one: “When Terry White says it’s OK.” When I go to Terry’s Tech Blog, and he gives it the full OK (meaning all the key Adobe apps work in Leopard without a hitch), then I’ll make the full switch (instead of running it just on a testing machine).So far, Leopard seems very stable (by the way; you’re going to LOVE Leopard–it’s like getting a whole new Mac), but again, I look to the power of the great and powerful guru of technology on when to make the full switch. Here’s the link to Terry’s blog (which yesterday featurd a great article; 50 things he’d like to see added to the iPhone. Today he has some shots from Dave Moser’s highly photographed wedding).
  • Here’s two more winners of signed copies of my iPhone book: Friday: John Marsh. Monday: Cyndi Clark. Don’t forget, this Friday we’ll be drawing for a winner of an Apple iPhone (not the book—the phone. Well, the winner will get the book, too, but at this point, it’s really about the phone). If you haven’t entered the free drawing, do so right here. If you haven’t bought the book, do so at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

That’s it for now. Have a great Tuesday everybody!



As posted here on Friday, this past Saturday was my best buddy Dave Moser’s wedding, and it may well have had highest “wedding guest per DSLR” ratio ever recorded. Well, the wedding itself was absolutely beautiful. The weather was perfect, Dave’s bride Lisa was stunning (Dave didn’t look too bad himself), the food was amazing, the location was incredible, and we all had just a blast from beginning to end.

Now, all that aside; I want you all to know that before the wedding, we all got together and vowed to make darn sure we didn’t get in the way of, or interrupt in any way, the working pros who were hired to shoot the wedding. To everyone’s credit; “our gang” conducted themselves like you would hope they would (I was in the wedding party, so I only brought my iPhone, with its surprisingly decent built-in 2-megapixel camera which I used to snag that one shot above. Not the chairs. The other one).

The company Dave hired to shoot the wedding, was Alexis Photography (based in Safety Harbor, FL. Here’s the link to their site), and I have to say, they were absolutely terrific. They fielded three shooters for the wedding, and had everything well covered without being at all obtrusive. We were all very impressed with their professionalism, as well as the quality of their work (we “chimped” on their LCD’s).

The head shooter was “Moe” (a really terrific guy, by the way), and before the wedding he came over and was telling me how he had read my blog, and knew there would be a lot of big-name shooters here. So, I just couldn’t help but pull a prank on him. So, I called Moe over to the side and told him that he was right; a lot of pros would be here, with their full rigs, and because of that we went ahead and pre-rigged the entire wedding area (near the hotel pool, in front of a waterfall), with six 2400 watt strobes, some with softboxes, and that we also placed a PocketWizard Plus II on every single seat, so the guests could wirelessly trigger these strobes from their seats (see the faked photo above, taken at the wedding).

So, I’m really taking him for a ride; pointing out the 2nd story window of the hotel, and showing him where we’ve mounted these strobes (totally fictitious), and he’s squinting trying to see them, and then I tell him he’ll need to have his guys set their PocketWizard’s to Channel 4, because our strobes were already taking up channels 1, 2, and 3.

Here’s the sad thing; he was so nice about it all. He was just totally taking it all in stride, and I kept laying it on thicker, and he just kept smiling and being so polite. I finally felt so bad that I had to let him in on the joke, and we all just started cracking up (luckily, Moe did, too; though I think he was actually quite relieved when he learned that we wouldn’t be triggering all these strobes).

Anyway, I have to say it was kind of funny to be up there hearing the Pastor reciting the vows, and I look out there and see Moose Peterson pointing his lens our way, and Matt Klowskowski with his, and Terry White with this, and Larry Becker and RC, and Paul Wilder, and on, and on, and well…there was a lot of big glass aiming at Dave and Lisa. But again, everyone kept their seats, and let the pro’s do their thing, even through the reception, where I did actually see Matt Kloskowski dancing to “The Grease Megamix” and doing “The Electric Slide.” These photos are now available. For a price. ;-)


More winners of the “iPhone Book-a-day” giveway:

Monday – Day 1: Jonathan Perez
Tuesday – Day 2: Chris Kennedy
Wednesday – Day 3: Linda Hawks
Thursday – Day 4: Ana Austin

We'll ship the books (or the iPhone itself), to any country. Also, if you win one of the "iPhone Book a Day" contests, you're still in the running for the grand prize on the 10th day. Thanks for entering, and good luck everybody!

Here is the link to enter:

davem.jpgMy best buddy, shooting partner, travel agent, our Chief Operating Officer, and general all around beloved guy Dave Moser is getting married.

Dave is incredibly blessed to have found a really wonderful woman and she will become his bride tomorrow morning during a beautiful seaside ceremony. I’m so honored to be Dave’s Best Man, and be a part of this very special day, which I predict will be the most heavily photographed wedding in the state of Florida this year, as just about everyone in attendance is a photographer. I predict no less than 122,000 images will be taken during the short 18 minute ceremony (I feel bad for the wedding photographer he actually hired to shoot the weddingâ”every time he presses his shutter, another 70 or so shutters will be going off as well, and probably at least 30 or 40 flash units).

My heartfelt congratulations to my best buddy Dave for finding such a wonderful woman, and for sharing this day with so many people who love him, and wish him and his bride the very best. Good on ya, my friend! :)

I’m already back from Photo Plus up in NYC (up and back in the same day), and I had a really great time. My buddy Mike McCaskey joined me for the day and we trolled the show floor looking for cool stuff.

I was fully expecting that Apple would be releasing Aperture 2.0 at the show (it’s been 2 years since the first version launched), but it was not to be. However, Apple was there with a sizeable booth presence, right up front.

Adobe’s booth was absolutely jammed (as expected), with demos of Photoshop CS3, Lightroom, and Camera Raw.

Epson’s booth was another mob scene, and they had big name photographers signing prints output on their beautiful Signature Worthy Exhibition Fiber Art paper. Everybody was there checking out the paper, and the printers.

We had a 20×20′ Kelby Training Booth where I did two sessions on Portrait Retouching, and a sneak peek at my Photoshop 7-Point System for Photoshop CS3. Peachpit had a booth nearby, and they had the first copies of the book, and then promptly sold out of their entire stock, and they were scrambling to ship some more in. By the second sessionâ”they were already gone.

I liked what I saw over at Think Tank Photo; they had these very interesting modular holster systems where you strap your lenses onto a belt you wear, rather than putting them in a camera bag. I know this isn’t new (other people make these as well), but this is the first time I’ve given it serious consideration. I probably would have bought one but their booth was so slammed packed, I couldn’t get near the gear.

Westcott was there with a really nice, good sized booth, with lights and scrims galore, and I was psyched to see one of my shots on display taken with their wonderful TD-5 Spiderlites. I bought a couple of 24″x36″ black Scrim Jim flags while I was there, and I wanted to check out all their other stuff, but I had to get back to the booth.

The Canon and Nikon booths were huge, and despite their giant size, they were absolutely slammed the entire show. Canon and Nikon both had demo’s going, and Joe McNally was showing off his D3 work over at Nikon (his stuff was just staggering), and Canon had live shoots going on.

Sony had a huge booth, but each time I went by it was kind ofâ¦wellâ¦not jumping. Nice booth though.

Lexar had a booth right up front, and there had demo sessions from people like Rick Sammon and Lynn Goldsmith, among others.

Wacom was showing off their new special edition tablets, and they were in such hot demand that you literally couldn’t buy one. My buddy Mike was dying to pick up one, and even B&H Photo was sold out of them. By the way: B&H Photo was running shuttle buses over to their flagship store three blocks away all day, and every bus I saw leaving the Javits was full.

I did a quick video interview with Scott Sheppard over at Inside Digital Photo, and that will shortly (I’ll post the link when it does).

I saw (and finally got to meet in person), Derrick Story (author, and host of the Digital Story podcast), and he was interviewing Julianne Kost in the O’Reilly booth.

I briefly checked out the Bogen Imaging booth, and knew I had to get out of there, because I wanted to buy just about everything they had. They had some beautiful Octabanks (I use an Elinchrom Ranger kit with a 7′ Octa in our studio and it just killsâ”perhaps the most beautiful strobe ever), and just loads of fun gear. It was lighting paradise.

I saw Eddie Tapp. Everybody loves Eddie Tapp. I love Eddie Tapp (ya know, like a man loves Vermont).

Overall; it was a great show, with lots of traffic, buzz, and my thanks to everybody who came by the Kelby Training Booth, who joined NAPP, and picked up the first copies of my Photoshop CS3 7-Point System. :)

Last week, Epson announced their groundbreaking new Signature Worthy Exhibition Fiber Art paper, and after I wrote about it here on the blog, Jeff Revell (Over at the popular Jeff’s Photo Gallery Blog), did a post (he called it a rant), about Epson’s choice of only offering European paper sizes here in the U.S. (you can read Jeff’s rant right here).

Once we got our hands on the paper (and totally freaked out), I invited Epson’s Dan Steinhardt (everybody knows him as “Dano”), down to shoot a special segment for Photoshop User TV (you know this has to be some incredible paper to do a special segment on it. In fact, we’ve NEVER done a segment on paper, but this warrants it).

Anyway, Dano happened to mention that he read Jeff’s comments and had an “unofficial” response, so here it is in Dano’s unofficial words.

“My understanding is that the paper sizes are not European, but are ISO worldwide standards that are based on the Metric system. It’s also my understanding that Canada and the US are the only two regions in the world that don’t use the ISO worldwide standard, probably because it’s metric, and we like our feet in inches. Tradtional photograpy sizes (8×10, etc.) are all based on the aspect ratio of a view camera, so you could gang up, on a contact sheet, four 4×5 negatives and contact them onto one sheet of 8×10, and then 16×20 was the correct aspect from 4×5, to 8×10, to 16×20, etc.

11×14 is probably the exception, and I think it was based on the 5×7 view camera, but that’s 10×14, so it doesn’t quite work. The majority of people today work in a 35mm aspect ratio (which is 24×36), which means you have to crop to 16×20, or 8×10. There are many people who think the ISO sizes are closer to the aspect ratio of a 35mm frame, and what we see is, an almost equal number of people who like the new sizes, to those who prefer the North American photography sizes. So, while Epson is looking at bringing out traditional North American photography sizes, there are a growing number of people who prefer the new sizes. But we certainly recogize the installed base of pre-made frames, and storage boxes, and while Epson is not getting into the framing business, there might be an opportunity there for somebody.”

OK, there you have it: the totally unofficial take from Dano. Hey, that’s good enough for me.