Monthly Archives July 2009

We’re just a little more than a week away from our World Wide Photo Walk, and the number of walkers coming on board around the world is just getting crazy (which just makes it that much more exciting).

Next week, Brad Moore will be doing a blog post each day with tips on how to make the most from your walk, so make sure you check out the Photo Walk blog (here’s the link) each day next week, as we ramp up to next Saturday’s walk. Can’t wait! By the way—-if you’re not signed up for a walk yet—-do it right now; you’ll have a blast!!!!

Photo by Jacob Cunningham

Hello Scott. And friends of Scott. Not to mention you people who know friends of folks who at one time thought they knew Scott or saw him once. As if in a dream.

My name is Deke. But enough about me. What’s more important is what I have to offer. In celebration of The Day After Scott’s Birthday, I bring you the most special Eighth of July gift ever. A video. A Web-based, streaming video. With a mouse cursor moving around the screen and me talking and everything. (!)

The topic of this video is masking. Over the course of things, we’ll take this girl:

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With all her hair and rambunctious attitude.

And blend her into this composition:

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Granted, the end result is over the top. And a bit silly. (Forgive me, I learned design from Mad magazine. Or was it Super Mario Brothers? I forget.) But it’s impeccably executed. And it demonstrates a point: If you can merge that hair and that dress and that girl against that background, you can do anything.

And by “anything,” I mean anything. Turn lead into gold. Climb vertical walls. Fly. With glistening, radioactive abs of steel.

I call my intensive video “The Essential Approach to Masking in Photoshop.” It’s not a step-by-step recipe. It’s not a magic bullet. It’s an overarching roadmap of the tried-and-true approach to masking a complex image. In about 30 minutes (I told you it was intensive!), you and I will create a full-blown mask—from scratch, mind you—and employ said mask to composite a complex foreground against a foreign background. In Photoshop.

This is not an inspirational video. This is a training video. (I’m sorry, but it’s what I do.) It’s carefully crafted and tightly produced. And believe it or not, it moves along at a fairly brisk pace.

Definitely click the full-screen button for every bit of gloriously compressed detail in this 1280 by 800-pixel movie.

Watch. Rinse. Repeat.

Along the way, I mention some links. They are these:
-For the images,
-For the videos,
-For the books,
-For more free masking videos,
-For still more videos,
-For 24/7 love action,

Now stop reading this and watch the video. And have a really awesome day.

Hi Folks. It’s Tuesday, it’s my birthday (and my wife got me a Les Paul guitar as a birthday present—sweet!), but besides me getting older, and not even a bit wiser, here’s what’s up:


McNally Live!
San Francisco, the first stop on Joe McNally’s new Location Lighting Technique Workshop tour for Kelby Training looks like it’s going to sell out way in advance, so I’m giving you a heads up now; if you’re planning on going (it’s on July 31st), this may be your last chance to sign up here. Here’s the link.

Thanks Vinny!
Just a word of thanks to my buddy Vincent Versace. He took the promo photo of me you see up at the top right corner of this blog. We use that image in a lot of my books and videos, and I just wanted to both thank and credit him, especially since the photo makes me look a lot better than we all know I really look. Thanks Vinny. You da man! :)

Down & Dirty Review
Ron Martinsen did an in-depth review of my latest book; Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks, and you can read it right here.

50 Issues and Counting!
Also celebrating a birthday this week is UK-based Photoshop Creative” magazine, as they have just published their 50th issue. Congrats to everybody at Photoshop Creative, and here’s to 50 more! :)

Local Photo Walk Videos
I got an email from Ian Pack, who is leading a Photo Walk in Brighton, UK as a part of my Worldwide Photo Walk, and he sent me to a video clip about the Photo Walk on and I’m embedding his video below. I also found other Photo Walk videos from last year (including my own), and I’ll be posting one each day until the Walk kicks off a week from Saturday. Thanks Ian for sending this my way. :)

That’s it for today folks. Make sure you check back here tomorrow for our very special guest blogger, and I’ll see you back here on Thursday for my first blog as a somewhat older, but even more devistatingly handsome blogger than before (if that’s even possible). Have a kick-butt Tuesday, everybody!

…one of my all-time favorite Photoshop instructors and authors, and the only guy named Deke I’ve ever known; Deke McClelland.

I’ve been a fan of Deke’s work since I got totally hooked on his book, The Photoshop Bible, back when I was just a Photoshop cub.

Not only did I learn a tremendous amount from that book, but I loved his irreverent style and would find myself laughing out loud while I was learning, which makes it even more special for me to have him here as my guest on the blog tomorrow.

Deke doesn’t do anything in a small way, so I’m expecting something very cool here tomorrow, so make it a point to stop back by and see what Deke has up his sleeve.

My book, The Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers is used in classrooms around the world to teach Photoshop, and today with the help of our friends at Peachpit Press/New Riders and Pearson Education, we’re releasing a truly groundbreaking free Instructor’s Kit for educators who use it as the textbook for their students.

Here’s a short two-minute video I put together to explain the free Instructors Kit, what you get, how it was developed, and how it’s going to make a big difference to you and your students.

Here’s the link to register to get your free Instructors Kit, and they’ll even send you a copy of my “CS4 Book for Digitial Photographers” absolutely free for your use in the classroom.


It’s a Holiday Weekend here in the US (our offices are closed today in observance of Independence Day), so I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Let’s do it:

Photo Walk Update
By Monday we’ll have nearly 25,000 photographers registered for Photo Walks in 911 cities around the world. My buddy (and Photo Walk leader for Dunedin, Florida) RC Concepcion did a video on how to get prepared now for uploading your photos after the event. Here’s the link to watch his short, but very helpful, tutorial video.

Free Extreme Sports Photography Webinar on July 17th
You’re invited to attend a free online Webinar on Extreme Sports Photography with Michael Clark (the event is hosted by Bogen Imaging). Here’s the link to sign up.

Making Departures magazine’s list
American Express publishes a great travel and leisure-style magazine for card holders called “Departures” and in their current issue they have a feature story on which digital camera is right for you. They cover everything from cameras and lenses to accessories. In a sidebar the writer lists where to go to learn about photography online, and states, “there are no better resources.” I was quite excited when I read they included in their list. Thanks Departures—it’s an honor.

Our “Lens Series” continues on D-Town TV
Yesterday, part 4 of our 5-part series on lenses went live on D-Town TV. If you’ve missed any of the episodes, they’re all still available right on the Web site.

Brad’s on Vacation Next Week
What is the world coming to when Brad is allowed to take time off? Frankly, I’m at a loss. How could this have happened?

Bill Fortney on our recent Savannah workshop
Bill did a few posts this week reflecting on our workshop in Savannah last week, and on life in general. If you’ve got a quick second, stop by and catch some of Bill’s thoughts and images from the week (definitely worth a visit). Here’s the link.

A New Photography Term?
When I was in Savannah and we were shooting that classic red Cadillac convertible, Bill asked one of the students to remove a feather on the ground right in front of where Bill was shooting. Somebody mentioned that he could remove it later during “post  production” in Photoshop, and that’s when I came up with a  phrase for the act of actually picking up and moving a distracting piece of something from the scene. I laughingly said “That’s called Pre-Production.” Hey, ya never know—it could stick. ;-)

My 1,000 Post happened this week
I just happened to look up yesterday and saw that I had released my 1,000th post on this blog. Right then I realized, “Rats! I could’ve written a book.” ;-)

What ‘Independence Day’ Really Means to Us
Tomorrow is a national holiday celebrating our country’s independence from traditional film. No longer will we press the shutter button thinking, “Well, that just cost me 22¢” or “Well, that’s 36—time to pop in another roll.” or that phrase heard so often on vacation, “I need to stop and buy some film.” Should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: No longer will we wait hours, or days, to see our prints only to find out that someone was blinking or the flash didn’t fire. No longer will we go quitely into the night, to drop off our film in an overnight drop box. We’re going to live on to shoot for free another day—free from the tyranny of film chemicals and safe lights; changing bags and temperature regulators; cotton gloves and Print tongs. No today as we gather together to fill our 8 and 16-gig cards with wild abandon we celebrate our real Independence Day! (–insert wild cheers here).

That’s it for today folks. I hope you all have a wonderful July 4th weekend, surrounded by friends and family, and all the joys that it brings.