Monthly Archives February 2008


This new class, from Vincent Versace, went live last week on Kelby (our online Photoshop and Photography training classroom), and it’s already one of our “most watched” classes. The class (which is not really for beginners), takes you through the steps you need to analyze and retouch a photo in 15 minutes flat. It’s very cool stuff, and ideal for people who kind of already are comfortable with using Photoshop, and are ready to move to that next level in their retouching skills.

You can take Vincent’s class, and all of our other online courses (including new classes from Moose Peterson , Eddie Tapp, Matt Kloskowski, Joe McNally, Dan Margulis, Katrin Eismann, Dave Cross, Bert Monroy, John Paul Caponigro, and myself (among others) by subscribing for $199 per year or $19.95 monthly, for unlimited access to all courses (Of course you get a discount if you’re a NAPP member). Here’s the link with all the details, and you can even try out some sample classes while you’re there.


Howdy, folks. Here’s whaz up:

  • Yesterday was Lightroom’s one-year anniversary (for the actual shipping product), and my hearty congrats to Adobe’s Lightroom team for changing the way we work forever. had a couple of great stories yesterday covering the anniversary, including one on the significance of Feb. 19th, and a fun post with a “Do you remember where you were when Photoshop (and Lightroom) shipped” question, that’s a run read. Here’s the link to to check them out.
  • The new issue of Adobe Magazine (the quarterly PDF mag free from Adobe) is now available right here (thanks to John Nack for pointing this one out).
  • Vincent Versace, Photoshop World instructor and author of the highly acclaimed “Welcome to Oz: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop” has a fascinating on location workshop coming up called “A Photographic Exploration of India” (From Delhi to Pushkar) from Oct 31 – Nov 13, 2008. This is one of those “Shooting and learning opportunities of a lifetime” events, and if you’re interested, here’s the link the full details. Sounds just amazing!!!
  • Just a reminder: If you’re planning on joining us at Photoshop World in Orlando, from April 2 thru 4th, you’ve only got about 10-days left to take advantage of the $100 off Early Bird Special Discount. Here’s the link to the site with all the info, how to register, etc.. Don’t miss out—if you’re going–sign up now.
  • has a really cool “a day at Photoshop World” feature, written by Jeff Revell (Who’s sharing what he’s learned about the event, after attending six different Photoshop Worlds), and if you’ve ever wondered what it’s all about; he really does a great job of bringing it all together. Take two minutes and give it a quick look (click here).
  • If you’re in the UK, check out this organization—it’s called the London Photographic Association and it sounds like a very worthwhile group. Here’s the link to their site with full details.
  • David Ziser just sent out his latest newsletter, and it’s always packed with goodies. Here’s the link to sign up for this free newsletter (Hey, it’s free, right)? I do have to say; I’m absolutely amazed at the sheer amount of blogging David does each day—he is a freak of nature (and I mean that in the nicest way possible). He makes me feel like a slacker. Check out his DigitalProTalk blog (including his recent “Massive Blog Post Monday”) here.

That’s it for this fabulous Wednesday. Remember, like sand through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives. ;-)


My buddy, and Photoshop User TV co-host Dave Cross is debuting a brand new Photoshop Tour (produced by Kelby Training), called the “Maximum Photoshop Tour,” and it kicks off inĀ  Oklahoma City on February 28th, and then goes on to Richmond on March 18, and then Los Angeles on March 25th.

This new seminar features five brand new sessions, including:

  • Avoiding the “Gotchas”
  • Photoshop Fixes
  • Selection Secrets
  • Get Smart with Photoshop
  • Seven Functions You Never Use But Ought To.

The full-day seminar is $99 (just $79 for NAPP members), and you can see the full class schedule, and register by clicking here. Congrats to Dave on launching this new nationwide tour!

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

  • Nikon released a Firmware upgrade for the Nikon D300 that addresses a rare issue that could occur that creates vertical bands in images taken at shutter speeds longer than 8 seconds. Here’s the scoop on the upgrade, how to install it, and a download link (click here).
  • BIG OPPORTUNITY: If you’ve ever wanted a chance to learn printing from acclaimed Landscape photographer Stephen Johnson—this may be your best chance ever. Get this; he has a hands-on Fine Art Digital Printing Workshop coming up on Feb. 23-26 (in his studio near San Francisco), but he only has two people signed up so far–and he’s still going to do the workshop! So, if you want the opportunity of a lifetime, you can get on board and learn from Stephen almost one-on-one. Plus, if you’re a NAPP member, Stephen will give you 10% off the registration. Here’s the link for more info (if you can take advantage of this, this will rock your world!).
  • When I was at David Hobby’s Strobist workshop this weekend, I ran into a terrific pet photographer, and she told me (well, she admitted to me) that she joined NAPP to get free B&H Photo shipping, because since she shoot pets, she goes through seamless paper like you can’t believe (she says she saves about $600 a year just in B&H shipping charges). OK, the good news is, she told me although she originally joined for the free shipping, now she is totally hooked on everything else; the magazine, the Web site, all the training, etc.. I thanked her, and told her not to worry, because we go out of our way to encourage members to take advantage of the member discounts so that (as she said), their “NAPP membership is free!” I took advantage of that NAPP free shipping discount myself yesterday when I ordered Two Avenger 420 rolling C-stands from B&H and saved $31.70 by getting the free shipping. That would’ve paid for nearly 1/3 my annual membership in one order (well, it would have, but they’re nice enough to give me my membership for free. Ya know, seeing as I’m NAPP’s President, and all).
  • Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, Publisher at Peachpit Press, did an audio interview with Joe McNally about this groundbreaking book, “The Moment it Clicks” and you can listen to it by clicking here.
  • Want to see some really slick photography (on a really well-designed site—check out the EXIF data panel that appears over each photo. Too cool!). It’s from photographer Julien Roumagnac. Take a moment and check it out. You’ll dig it.

That’s it for today, see you all tomorrow! :-)


On Saturday, Matt, RC and I got up early and drove over to Orlando to catch David Hobby’s Strobist workshop on off-camera flash, and I gotta tell you—it was even better than I had hoped!

David is just a great teacher, a natural public speaker, and he’s very funny and engaging (that’s David above–photo by RC). During the workshop (which started at 9:30 am), he revealed some really great techniques that had us taking notes all day, and I had already gotten my money’s worth in first hour—it was that good!

He broke the day into two segments, starting with teaching off camera flash technique in the morning, and then doing lots of live shoots in the afternoon, with David setting up everything from scratch, from simple one-flash shoots (one of which had RC as the subject), and wound up with more complex set-ups using up to five flashes later in the day. He showed techniques for lighting any room with two flashes, and some great techniques for group shots, and since you saw everything from scratch, right in front of your eyes, it was a really great way to learn.

I just can’t recommend David’s workshop enough, and if it’s coming anywhere near you—you’ve got to sign up (by the way; both days were sold out in advance, so when you see it’s coming your way—you’d better snag a seat quick!). He’s coming to Phoenix in March, and the first day is already sold out (here’s the link with full info). Anyway, if you can catch this workshop, it will change how you light (and see) the world from now on. :)


Last week Apple released a major update to Aperture, their image workflow application, and the new update includes more than 100 new features, tweaks, and enhancements, including support for the latest cameras from Nikon, Canon, and Sony. The update includes major user-requested improvements to the interface, and to the overall speed of the program, especially in viewing thumbnail images.

I haven’t had a chance to play with the new version yet, (I hope to this week), but the improvements look pretty substantial and the initial feedback I’ve seen from existing Aperture users has been very positive. You can see a list of all the new features in version 2, by clicking this link.