Monthly Archives October 2008


That McNally guy has done it again—this time scoring a cover shot, and a set of feature spreads for a story on Neanderthals in the October issue of National Geographic.

Joe is such a humble guy that on his blog he barely mentions that he shot this cover. In fact, after mentioning in passing that he got the cover for this feature on Neanderthals, he quips, “As I mentioned to my editor, they got the right man for that job.” Man, that’s humble. If I had shot a cover for National Geo, I probably would have rented a series of nationwide billboards and possibly a large blimp shouting it from the rooftops!

Some of the spreads from the article are seen below. Congrats Big Joe, and may there be many more covers to come. :-)





If you’re going to PPE (Photo Plus Expo) in New York City this week, I want to invite you to stop by some training sessions I’m doing on the expo floor. Here’s the schedule for my classes and demos:


  1. 1:00 pm at the Adobe Booth: “Lightroom and Photoshop CS4 Killer Tips”
  2. 3:00 pm at the Peachpit Press Booth: “Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques”
  3. 4:30 pm at the Westcott Booth: “Portrait Lighting Using The Spiderlite TD-5s”


  1. 11:00 am at the Adobe Booth: “Lightroom and Photoshop CS4 Killer Tips”

If you’re at the show, I hope you’ll catch one of my sessions, and if you do, make sure you come up and say “hi.” Hope I’ll see you there!

â¦Photoshop World instructor, digital video training rock star, Photoshop author, podcast host, and general super smart guy, Richard Harrington.

If you’ve ever attended one of Rich’s sessions at Photoshop World, you know what a talented and gifted trainer he is, and even though he’s probably best known as one of the industry’s top digital video gurus, he’s a Photoshop guru in his own right (authoring the new book “Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4,” and the 3rd edition of this popular “Photoshop for Video“). Make sure you check back tomorrow to see what Rich has in store.


My buddy Jeff Revell, who lives in Northern Virginia, invited me to come up for the day to shoot the International Gold Cup Horse Race, held each year in Great Meadow near The Plains, Virginia (some of my shots from the event are shown here—click on them for larger views).

It was a quick trip for me; I flew up first thing in the morning, and back that same evening, but it was totally worth it. We had a wonderful day—-absolutely perfect weather, full access photo passes, lots of laughs (as is always the case when Jeff and I get together), and access to a wonderful hospitality tent that was packed with yummy hospitality. What a great way to spend a Saturday!




My Sport Photography Gear Air Travel Test
I didn’t have time to buy a new camera bag (though I got some great leads from you guys after my last NFL shoot travel trials), but I came up with something that worked surprisingly well in the interim. My problem was the same; I needed at least three carry-ons, but of course, the limit is two (one large, one small). Here’s what I take for a sports shoot (minimum):

  1. My camera bag, with body, lens, backup stuff, etc.
  2. My Mac laptop
  3. My Think Talk Photo gear belt system
  4. My 200-400 f/4 zoom lens (which has a carrying case of its own).
  5. My Gitzo Monopod
  6. My Husky Gel Knee Pads

So, here’s what I did (as seen below [photo by Jeff Revell]–click for a larger version):


I used my rolling Pelican Case Cruzer again (by the way; I learned that the Case Cruzer is made by a third-party that customizes Pelican cases, a company called aptly enough; “Case Cruzer” (link) and not by Pelican themselves), and that covered me having to have a separate camera bag and laptop bag. I put the 200-400mm lens inside the Cruzer, but to make the D700 fit vertically, I had to remove the Battery Grip. Hidden under it is my Epson P-5000 (which I use for on-location back-ups). I also have two backup batteries for my Laptop in there as well.


Now, here’s where I tried something new and it paid off: since I wasn’t spending the night, I didn’t check any bags, so I had to find a way to get the Think Tank Photo Belt System there, so I put it inside the empty Nikon lens bag. One big benefit of this is; it has an outside holder for the monopod (as seen above). Then, I attached my kneepads to the outside of the bag, and that was all it took; I had everything in two bags; and best of all, the 2nd bag weighed much less than normal, since the lens wasn’t in the bag.

It’s not pretty, but it worked!


This was also my first outing with the long-awaited new Hoodman Loupe 3.0, which lets you see your LCD in direct sunlight. (that’s me using it above—photo by Jeff Revell). A lot of the photographers out there were asking me about it (and borrowing it), and every one of them said the same thing; “I’ve got to get one of these.” I’ve still been using the older Hoodman Loupe, but it doesn’t fully cover the new larger 3″ LCDs found on most new mid to high-end DSLRs. The new Loupe doesn’t really seem much larger than the original (which is good), but the unit, with it’s built-in diopter for getting perfect focus on the screen, feels really well made—-it was worth the wait.

One of my readers, Dave Bergman, is a regular shooter for Sports Illustrated, and he shared a great post from his blog about how he packs for a sports shoot, and if you’re into this stuff, it’s definitely worth check out (here’s the link).


The Press Passes
Getting the photo passes was easy; there was a section on their Web site where you could just apply for a freelance photo pass–after the event you just have to give them a few of your best shots for their PR purposes, which I was more than happy to do. I met several NAPP members who were shooting the event that day, including one guy who had been to three Photoshop Worlds, and another shooter who reads this blog daily. Small world.


Lastly, above is a photo I took of my buddy Jeff Revell during the event, who was toting not one, not two, but three bodies that day (two Nikons and a Canon 50D). As Jeff says “I hate to change lenses.” Thanks Jeff, for inviting me and for a really great day!


Howdy folks; it’s Friday, and here’s what’s goin’ on as we head into the weekend:

  • As I was pulling into my driveway, back from taking my son to school on Wednesday morning, and I looked up to see a huge Bald Eagle heading straight for my back yard; but this time I was ready. I ran in and all my gear was in place; monopod attached, memory card formatted, all the settings in place; so I ran outside and never saw him again. Waited for quite a while, but not a sign of him. Now, he’s toying with me. Even though I missed him again, one of my readers, Joel Schilling, had a similar experience, but by golly he got the shot! Here’s the link to Joel’s shot!
  • Another one of my frequent readers (and commenter), photographer Crash Taylor has put together some very cool things on his blog where he interviews photographers, and shows samples of his work, and although he just recently started it, he’s already got some great stuff up there. Here’s the link to check it out.
  • We have two new online classes up at, both of them from the amazing Corey Barker (that’s Corey pictured above), and both of them on the just released Photoshop CS4. The first is “Photoshop CS4 for Beginners” (link) and the 2nd is for graphic designers, called “Design Effects with Photoshop CS4” (link).
  • Our buddy, and digital video mega guru Rich Harrington has been doing a series of videos on the new features of Photoshop CS4. You can check them out by clicking here.
  • Next week is the deadline to enter my ‘iPhone Photography Contest” (The cut-off is October 24th), so get your entries in ASAP for your chance to win a $500 Apple Gift Card, or a $100 iTunes Gift Card if you win one of the categories. Here’s the link for details. Also, my iPhone Book is now in stock at (They’ve got it for only $13.59) and Barnes& Makes a perfect gift, eh?). Also, don’t forget; today is “iPhone App” Friday at Terry White’s Tech Blog. 
  • I hope I’ll see some of you at the kickoff of my Lighroom 2 Live! Tour in Dallas, Texas on October 27th, and then onto Orlando, FL on October 29th. Here’s the link for more details and to sign up for the full-day event (NAPP members can sign-up for just $79).

That’s it for this Friday. Have a totally kick-butt weekend everybody, and I hope you’ll check back in here on Monday!


By now you’ve probably heard that Photoshop CS4 (and the Creative Suite) started shipping yesterday (I would have mentioned it yesterday, but it was “Special Guest Blog” Wednesday, where Laurie Excell did an absolutely wonderful, inspiring post—thank you Laurie!), but beyond that, I wanted to point out something very cool for NAPP members, that Matt Kloskowski pointed out a few weeks back on his LightroomKillerTips blog.

If you’re a NAPP member, you can get the upgrade to Photoshop CS4, AND the upgrade to Lightroom 2, together as a bundle, for just $238. (Adobe is offering a 30% discount on Lightroom 2 if you upgrade it with Photoshop CS4, then as a NAPP member you get. Throw another 15% off, so the total upgrade is only $238). Not too shabby!

You’ll find the details and discount code for bundle deal on the NAPP member Web site; click the “Discounts for Members” link. NOTE: Matt pointed out that you have to add the items to your shopping cart first, to see the properly discounted price.