Monthly Archives August 2009


Just a quick couple of things:

First, my thanks to Jeremy Cowart for his Guest Blog/Call to Action yesterday. Brad and I will be participating in Help – Portrait in our area this December, and we’ll give you more details as things move ahead, but I think this is just a fantastic way for us all to give back to those less fortunate this Holiday Season. This kind of stuff is really what it’s all about, so I hope you’ll visit and get involved. Now, onto the news:

Photoshop User TV’s 200th Episode (and some big news!)
This week’s episode in our 200th consecutive episode (our first show was in October of 2005), and it features a look back at our very first show (ugh!), how the show has morphed and grown (complete with embarrassing flashbacks), and of course, what would our 200th episode be without a look at Matt’s now famous “Steam” tutorial. Plus, there’s some other great stuff (including outtakes and our trademark “after credits” spots). Here’s the link to watch it online.

Now, that being said; as of this episode, we are taking a one-month hiatius, as we totally revamp the show with a cool new set, a brand new slick format, with even more content, tips, and tutorials than ever before. In the meantime we’re posting some mini-tutorials and news (just so we don’t go “dark”) until the relaunch here in just a few weeks. I’ll let you know when the new show “goes live.” Thanks everybody for a wonderful 200 shows, and keep an eye out for the new, slickity-slick, mondo-Matty, semi-Canadian, pointy, choppy, goodness of our new fall season!

A Contender For Your On-Location Back-up
Terry White, over at Terry’s Tech Blog has an interesting in-depth review on an on-location back-up solution that goes head-to-head with the Epson P-6000/7000s but at a faction of the cost. Definitely worth hearing what Terry has to say, and the pros and cons of each. Here’s the link.

Only Two Days Left to Save $100 on Photoshop World Tickets
Just today and tomorrow, and then the “Save $100” Early Bird ticket deal is over, so if you’re thinking of joining me out in Vegas—I’d do it right now (airfare’s cheap, hotel rooms are cheaper than ever, and it’s going to be a blast!). Here’s where you’ll find all the details.

That’s it for today. It’s late and I’ve got to work on my seminar for Friday in Orlando. Have a really great Thursday everybody, and thanks for stopping by! :-)

I thought I would follow Zack Arias’s lead and do a video instead of a written blog entry. Don’t worry, I realize the level of awesomeness is nowhere near Zack’s video but hopefully it gets the message across.

Thanks to Scott Kelby for allowing me to use this platform for such a great cause.

A few additional thanks:
-My business manager, Michael Moore, for his hard work filming and editing this video.
-Brad Henderson for helping me figure out how to say what I wanted to say.
-Kyle Chowning for putting the Help-Portrait Website together.
-Matt Lehman for the great logo.

Thanks for listening friends. I hope you can join me this Christmas in serving our neighbors!

[Ed. Note: The information form on is now up, so if you checked earlier and it wasn’t working, check back now!]

Just a quick heads-up: we have well over 600 people already signed up for my seminar on Friday, and so we’re totally sold out for this workshop.

Thanks to everybody who signed up—we’re gonna have a wild day!!!! See you guys in Orlando!


P.S. My Lightroom 2 Live Tour is coming to Detroit on Friday, October 16th, and then my last Lightroom 2 Tour of the year will be in Tampa, Florida on Monday, November 16th. Here’s the link for more details or to reserve your seat now!

Apple desktop discount price

A few months back I needed to replace my aging Mac Desktop system, but before I placed the order (and our accounting dept. went ballistic), I thought I’d better price out the system first, with all the Ram and drive space I would need. When I configured the rig through Apple’s Online Store it came out to $4, 647.00 (see above left).

When I saw the price, I then headed over to the NAPP member Website, because Apple created a special version of the Apple Online Store for NAPP members, with special discount pricing, so I wanted to compare the two and see if it was worth it.

I was blown away to learn that the exact same system, configured the exact same way, was $382 cheaper ($4,265) using the standard NAPP member discount). I thought it was amazing enough that I had to take the screen captures you see above, comparing the two stores (which both have the exact same items, but obviously NAPP members get a better price, which I think it awesome!).

Anyway, after I saw that comparison it hit me. If you were thinking of buying a new Mac, even if you never used Photoshop, didn’t own it, and had no plans of buying Photoshop, you’d be better off to join NAPP for $99, if for nothing other than to save another $293 bucks on your MacPro system (of course, depending on what you buy, the percentage of discount could be more and less, and darned if I can figure out how it’s calculated). If you already belong to NAPP, make sure you buy your Apple Gear from the Apple store within our member discounts page. (If you’re not a NAPP member, you can find out how to join right here).

If you want to buy a PC instead (or any PC hardware or accessories), we have a member discount set up with PC Mall, so you can get your NAPP member discounts online through them (again, you start at the NAPP member discounts page on the member site). They even offer Macs and Mac accessories at a discount, too through their “MacMall” division.

The main reason I wanted to share this is that I know a lot of members take advantage of these discounts pretty religiously, like the free shipping from B&H Photo or discounts on everything from OnOne Photoshop plug-ins to discounts on Office Supplies (they use the money they save to offset their annual $99 membership). But I also know a lot of members never even check to see if we have discounts on the stuff they buy every day. It’s amazing the depth of what we’ve been able to negotiate (it helps when you have more than 70,000 paid members).

Believe me, if it’s related to your work, or your passion, we probably have a discount already in place for you. Just check the NAPP member Website under the discounts link.


Just a few quick, but important things about the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo (the world’s biggest Photoshop event, and NAPP Annual Convention) coming up in just 37 days in Las Vegas! (Oct. 1-3, 2009).

Just four days left to save $100 using the Early Bird Discount
The Early Bird $100-off price ends this Friday at midnight, so if you want to come and join us in Vegas, don’t wait another day—sign up now and save 100 bucks! (Here’s the link).

The Pre-Conference Workshops are Selling Out Fast!

  1. Matt and RC’s “Real World HDR” workshop is now sold out.
  2. So is Dave Cross and Corey Barker’s “Shoot, Design, & Print Movie Poster” Workshop.
  3. The Photo Safari is long since sold out
  4. David Ziser’s On Location Wedding shoot workshop is sold out.
  5. Deke’s Channels and Masks workshop only has 3 seats left, and I predict the Nikon NPS Concert Shooting Live! workshop, Ben Willmore’s “Shooting for Photoshop” and the Canon Live Studio Shoot will all be sold out in the next week or two.

There are still a few workshops with seats available, but they’re filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so better snag yours now! Here’s where you go for details on all the optional Pre Conference workshops.

Already going? Get Dave’s Photoshop World Planner
Each year Dave Cross puts together an invaluable tool for helping you plan each day’s classes. It’s a free PDF called “Dave’s Photoshop World Planner” and it has all the classes listed by time and day. You just choose which ones you think you want to see from the pop-up menu, and now you can see at a glance exactly which classes you plan on attending (and what your other options are). It’s really well designed, and past attendees have told us that now they can’t live without it. Download yours here.

Adobe’s own John Loiacono (AKA “Johnny L”) Featured Keynote Speaker
We are honored to have Photoshop World favorite, and one of the most engaging speakers in our industry, Adobe VP John Loiacono, (shown above) kick off the conference as our featured keynote speaker. It’s always an incredibly exciting time when Johnny takes the stage, and he always unveils something to wow the crowd, so make sure get there early and get a great seat!

That’s it, folks! Remember, you’re invited to join us for the world’s biggest Photoshop love fest!!! Where will you be when the world’s best Photoshop and photography instructors take the stage on October 1st? I hope you’ll be right there with us. Visit for all the juicy details. See you in Vegas, baby!

Last night my buddy Mike Olivella gave me a shout with his final pick for the winner of our “Shoot on the Sidelines with Scott & Mike” contest. With over 800 entries, it was an incredibly hard choice for Mike to make, but I won’t make you wait….

….the winner is “Alex Walker,” who took the kick-butt winning shot shown below:


Mike said picking the winner was incredibly tough because there were so many great entries. Below are some of Mike’s other favorites from the contest (Mike told me, and I agree; any of these could have easily been the winner, because each one is that good, and you could make a great case for any of them being the winner, but at the end of the day, you can only pick one). I’m glad I didn’t have Mike’s job (I’m still reeling from choosing a winner for the Worldwide Photo Walk. Whew!

Here’s Mike’s other favorites, and although they didn’t win a prize, they certainly deserve some recognition.

the original catch

“The Original Catch”
By First Team Photography

3659210186_d4d378f7a4 Bringing em out with a bang

“Bringing ’em Out With a Bang”
By Steve Hiscock