I just got a chance to see Joe McNally’s photo feature in their special “2007 Masters Preview” April edition of Golf Digest, called “Inside & Outside The Gates of Augusta National” and it’s just absolutely fascinating. Joe just has a way of really capturing the essence of whatever he shoots, whether it’s people or places, and this article does both in an amazing way. The 12 page feature has just one large photo on each page with a caption, and what’s so captivating about the photos (and the story) is that it’s not the typical kind of photo you’d expect to see in a golf magazine. It’s much more of a photo documentary of Augusta, its history and its residents, and it’s just really refreshing to see it covered in this fashion. Congrats to Joe, and also to Golf Digest for bringing this type of feature, and this kind of photography, to such a great magazine. Pick it up on your local newsstand and see for yourself.
I did an on location portrait shoot this past Sunday with New York Yankees Second Baseman, Miguel Cairo. The shoot took about one hour, and was done using one Nikon SB 800 flash along with my “Location Lighting Set-up” (the one B&H Photo has put together for me) with its Lastolite Diffusers, stands, and one reflector. I was lucky enough to get Corey Barker (the Photoshop Lad) to assist me at the shoot, so we had the whole thing wrapped up in around 45 minutes start-to-finish. Here’s one of my favorites (there’s a couple of more photos, so scroll down a little further).
He spends his career on the other side of the fence, so I thought it might be cool to shoot him sitting up in the stands (the view he usually sees of the spectators). I like how clean and simple the look is, and I especially like all the numbers on the seats—it just adds something. You can’t tell from this photo, but Corey is acting as a VAL (Voice Activated Lightstand) just to the right of Miguel, one seat over–just out of frame. (Scroll down for one more photo, and below that for the Thursday News Update post).
I had a media pass to shoot the game (Yankees vs. Pirates), and I was in the photo pit, next to the Yankee’s dugout, near first base, which came in handy later in the game where I got this shot of Miguel standing on first base (he still has his batting helmet on). The shot was taken with a Nikon D2X, in high-speed Crop Mode, with a Nikon 200mm F/2 and a Nikon 1/4 tele-extender. The color version looks great, but when I converted it to Black and White I fell in love with it (and luckily, so did Miguel).
I shot alongside some great sports photographers, including shooters from Upper Deck Trading Cards, and AP Sports. I’ll post some more shots from the game (I got loads of shots of Miguel, as I was on assignment shooting him, but I also got shots of everyone from Derek Jeter, to Arod, to former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani who was there to throw out the first pitch, to Yankee’s Hall of Famer Yogi Berra). It was a beautiful day to shoot a ball game! :)
The couple of weeks before Photoshop World are incredibly hectic, but I did grab a few minutes to share some news with ya:
â¢ Popular Photography did an in-depth review of Nikon’s D40X and their comments on the low noise are really amazing for an intro-level DSLR. Read the whole review by clicking here.
â¢ While we’re talking about Nikon, C|Net.com had an article about a plant in Thailand that builds Nikon cameras and lens, and it had some really fascinating facts in it, including the fact that each month this one factory builds, “…about 100,000 [Nikon] D80 cameras, 80,000 D40 cameras, 90,000 D40x cameras and 230,000 lenses.” That’s pretty staggering for 30 days, eh?
â¢ Moose Peterson sent me this link to a Web site with a short tribute to Monte Zucker, and it contains a wonderful, and true story, about how Monte was able to charge $30,000 for a wedding shoot. It’ll put a smile on your face, and give you a little more insight into this amazing man.
â¢ OK, so last week on Moose’s News Blog he was raving about the new Gitzo 3540XLS tripod, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that if Moose says something rocks—it must really rock. So…I got mine this week, and OH MY GOD this tripod is amazing!!!! (in other words; once again, Moose was right). The construction is absolutely rock solid; the new leg locking mechanism is so right on the money, that I can’t believe somebody didn’t come up with this sooner, and the light weight of the tripod makes this, literally, the tripod of my dreams. Congrats to Gitzo for raising the bar on tripods!!!! Here’s a link to it on B&H Photo just in case you want to treat yourself to something really special.
â¢ Congratulations go out to Ben Willmore, whose NAPP produced one-seminar in LA last week drew more than 1,000 attendees, and also to Bert Monroy, whose NAPP produced Photoshop Creative Tour also drew more than 1,000 attendees in Washington D.C. Congrats to them both, and to NAPP seminar team for all their hard work. If you want to see when Ben, or Bert, or Me, or Dave Cross, or Taz are coming to your town, go to PhotoshopSeminars.com (of course, NAPP members get a big discount on this one-day events!).
â¢ Next week we’re going a special episode of Photoshop TV, Live from Adobe’s special CS3 Launch Event in New York City. Dave, Matt and I will be shooting this episode from the event, and it will include insight and interviews with some of the key players behind this history-making launch, plus we’ll have the scoop on all the new CS3 stuff, including the details of what’s in Photoshop Extended Edition. Keep an eye out for this next week!
â¢ Good news: My Location Lighting Kit is back in stock at B&H Photo (it had been sold out, and I was getting lots of emails about its availability), but they’ve got them back in stock now and ready to ship (here’s the link to it on B&H Photo). Also, I’m producing a video that I’ll have up next week to show exactly how to use the system, how to set-it up, etc. You’ll be amazing at how easy it is. I’ll post here in the blog when it’s up and running.
I’m excited to announce that “Big Electric Cat” (Click on the photo for a larger version. ) featuring [L to R] NAPP’s own Felix Nelson on Bass, Scott Kelby on Keyboards, and Kalebra Kelby on Lead Vocals, along with drummer Scott Stahley and Lead Guitarist Tony Llanes, are back (by overwhelming demand) for a in-concert appearance during the Photoshop World attendee party held at Jillian’s Nightclub in Boston, on the first night of the conference, April 4th. The band (originally formed as part of our “Photoshop Rocks” keynote theme back in 2003, who appeared during both the San Diego and Tampa Photoshop World keynote presentations), will perform a set featuring songs from Evanescence, to No Doubt, to Mother’s Finest (among others).