Monthly Archives January 2008


That’s right, baby!!! Photoshop Elements 6 is coming to the Mac (at long last), and our buddy Terry White, over at the Creative Suite Podcast, has put together the first look (well, the first look I’ve seen out there), of the new Macintosh version of Elements 6. It’s a full 45 minutes in-depth look, and as you’ve come to expect from Terry—-it rocks! Well worth watching if you’re an Elements user, no matter which platform you’re on. Here’s the link.


Photoshop Hall of Famer (and the father of modern color and color correction in Photoshop), Dan Margulis, has just released a new online class at on Advanced Photoshop LAB Color techniques, called “The LAB Color Frontier.” Dan is guy who started the “Lab Color Revolution” that’s been taking place in the Photoshop community and I have to tell you; I’m blown away by the some of the stuff Dan’s teaching.

Here’s the link to Dan’s class, but I’m going to see if on Monday I can post a short video here of Dan describing the class in his own words, so make sure you check back then.

battery2.jpgThere’s been a lot of talk on the web for the past week or so about a new DOT/TSA regulation that affects air travelers who fly with extra rechargable batteries for their cameras, flashes, even laptops, and it had a lot of us up in arms. Luckily, there’s a great Web site called “Flying with” which is dedicated to issues with air travel for photographers, and they tackled the topic, and got a clarifcation of the new rules, and things are not as nearly bad as they once seemed. Here’s the link for the real scoop on the “You can’t fly with camera batteries anymore” panic that’s been sweeping the web.

Our thanks to Steven Frischling over at Flying with Fish for tracking on this down, and for creating a valuable resource for traveling photographers.


We probably don’t make a big enough deal about it, but I think one of the coolest things about the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, is that you can sign up to have your photography or design portfolio reviewed, by some of the leaders in our industry, for free! It’s the “for free” part that gets me, because although a number of conferences charge as much as $150.00 for one-on-one portfolio review, ours our available for free to any conference attendee (on a space-available basis).

Anyway, it’s one of those “best kept secret” type of things I think it’s just really cool (and incredibly invaluable), so if you’re planning on coming to Photoshop World in Orlando (April 2-4, 2008 at the Orange County Convention Center), make sure you sign up to get your portfolio reviewed soon! Here’s the link for more info on the portfolio reviews.


Last year when I shot the Chicago Bears, I was literally the only Nikon shooter on the sidelines (believe me, I checked). It was a sea of gray glass, so I stuck out like a sore thumb. When I shot the Tampa Bay Bucs a few months back, there was actually one Nikon shooter out there, so I wasn’t totally alone (but almost).

But last Sunday I was at the Bucs vs. Giants playoff game (my buddy Dave bought me playoff tickets for Christmas; 35 yard line—2nd row. It made our embarrassing loss even more vivid—kudos to the Giants though, who played a really great game). Anyway, it was about 15 minutes before kickoff, and two photographers were standing just off to our right, and son-of-a-gun if both of them weren’t shooting Nikon D3s (with long glass). I had to point it out to Dave, because this was 100% more Nikon shooters than I had seen just a few months before, and while Dave and I were pointing in disbelief, another guy toting a D3 walks by. We were just about speechless.

Of course, a few minutes before game time a sea of gray Canon glass began to form, and soon greatly outnumbered the Nikon shooters, but there’s a bigger point here—there were Nikon shooters shooting the NFL! In fact, at one point I saw a Canon shooter walk by with a gray Canon 400mm f/4 lens on a monopod, but he had a Nikon D3 around his neck (with some shorter glass). Again–stunned.

Now, this isn’t a scientific study by any means—-just an observation, but I could see that the D3 is already starting to have an impact. Anyway, just sharing what I saw at the game (I haven’t gotten to shoot enough with my D3 yet to post a full review, but as soon as I get a chance to shoot in some serious low-light situations, and put a few thousands images through it, I’ll give you my full report).

One last thing; I know that in the headline above, it really should read “Nikon D3s” (plural) instead of “Nikon D3’s” (possessive), but when I wrote it, it looked like the name of the camera (like a Nikon D2Xs) instead of just being plural, so I broke the rule (which drives my Editors crazy, but at least by now they’re used it).

flickr_logo_gammav1510.gifA number of people have emailed (or posted here on the blog), that we should have a flickr group where people can upload their before/after photos after they’ve used my “Photoshop Seven Point System.” Well, you got it! Here’s the link to the flickr group, and there are already people posting their before/after images to it. If you’ve done some, I invite you to join in (it’s open to any one using “The System”). Here’s the link.