Monthly Archives January 2009

If you use Photoshop CS4, could I bother you to take a moment and let me (and us at NAPP) know a little more about how you use Photoshop CS4, by taking this 15-second survey? Many thanks—-Scott.

Here’s the third part of our 4-part series on Photoshop CS4. There are a few funny moments as you can tell we start to realize that we totally misjudged how long it’s going to take to cover all the new features, but I guess most importantly, it starts to uncover the depth of functionality that Adobe really put into this upgrade. Hope you enjoy part 3.


Hi everybody. It’s Thursday—here’s what’s up:

  • First, a big thanks to David Hobby for being my very special guest blogger yesterday. It truly was an honor having him on the blog, and from the comments from our readers, he was as big a hit as I knew he’d be. :)
  • Quick update the on the MacBook Pro laptops from Apple. When you buy one of Apple’s new 17″ MacBook Pros (just introduced at Macworld Expo last week), you now have the option of a glossy or non-glossy screen. Although I’ve adjusted to the glossy screen on my 15″ MacBook Pro, I would still prefer a non-glossy screen, and if Apple offers that option on a 15″ anytime soon, I would have to switch. That being said; one of my readers turned me on to this; there’s a third party company called TechRestore that will replace your glossy screen with a matte screen for $199. Here’s the link to the story about them on ZDnet. (Note: If any of you have swapped screens using TechRestore, let me know about your experience).
  • Friend of the blog Jason Moore has an interesting interview with Principal Photoshop Product Manager John Nack. It’s always so insightful to hear from John, and he brings a perspective on things we don’t always get to hear—definitely worth reading (here’s the link to Part 1).
  • Just a reminder: our Lightroom Live Tour, with Matt Kloskowski, is coming to Covington, Kentucky on Jan. 23rd, and it’s going to be a great day of learning taught by one of the industry’s leading experts on Lightroom. If you want to attend, you can snag a seat right here.
  • Terry Reinert has a review of a new iPhone/iPod Touch application that sounds like a very cool app for anyone into PhotoWalks. If you’ve got a second—check it out here.
  • You may remember the mini-review I did of the Ray Flash, which is a ring-flash adapter that fits over your existing off-camera flash (like Nikon SB-800s, or Canon 580EX IIs). Anyway, in my review my only real critisicm was that I thought it was a bit too expensive, but now that’s changed. As of Jan. 1, 2009 the retail price is just $199 ($100 less than when I initially reviewed it). Now, it’s a no-brainer. Here’s the link with all the details.

That’s it for today. Hope you have a great Thursday!


Extreme Photography: First Frame

When high school guys have a little too much courage (or booze) in their system, they sometimes hit the road for a game of “chicken.” In the game (primarily designed to thin the herd of the stupid young males before they get to breed) two people drive right at each other in cars, until one blinks and swerves out of the way first.

This person is the loser of the game.

Get a little more age and enough alcohol involved — and a handgun — and you may end up with a game of Russian Roulette, which is an even faster ticket to a finalist slot in the Darwin Awards.

As a young sports photographer 20 some-odd years ago, our professional equivalent was a little game we liked to call “First Frame.” I was introduced to it by my friend Rich Riggins, who was a ridiculously good sports shooter at a very young age.

The rules were simple: Two competing photographers shooting the same game shot the first frame of a 36-exposure roll of Tri-X at each other, thus verifying that no rolls of film were switched later. The very next frame was your entry in the game. Whoever had the best action shot (moment, composition, focus, etc.) won.

Mind you, this was in the days of film and manual focus cameras. We didn’t have 11FPS auto-focus digital Uzis with 4000-shot clips. And yes, we walked to school, five miles, uphill both ways — in the snow. Barefoot.


Here’s part two of our four part series on what’s in Photoshop CS4 (see yesterday’s post for some background on why we decided to do this). It was during this segment that Matt, Dave and I realized that our original idea for a single video clip on CS4 was going down the tubes fast. Hope you enjoy it.