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).
I’m on an email list from PhotoJojo.com (a very cool site) and today they had a story about George Lange’s photography “flipbook” and they were raving about his work, so I went to check it out. They were right on the money. His people photography is just brilliant, and his presentation is cute, clever, sometimes funny, sometimes weird, but always interesting. Even the music is interesting, and the way it’s all put together makes you watch it again and again. In short; you gotta see this guy’s stuff: Click here to watch his online flipbook.
It’s a leisurely 10:53 am on the East Coast, and here’s what’s goin’ on:
â¢ Check out this online article about the ethics of “Photoshopping” Real Estate Listings. Apparently, this is more common than you might think. Here’s the link.
â¢ Here’s another cool retouching site and this one is mostly celebrity retouching, so it’s even more interesting than usual. It’s called FluidEffect, and it’s got both retouching and compositing sections. Besides being just fascinating, these are great learning tools because you can see exactly what was done, what can be done, and where it’s been overdone at some sites. Here’s the link.
â¢ Adobe has added a number of cool new special interest sessions to Photoshop World, including a “Developer’s Kitchen” to help Photoshop plug-in developers (and potential developers) get the help they need. Adobe is also hosting a special “Birds of a Feather” meeting for Medical and Scientific Research Professionals, where Adobe will show “Photoshop CS3 Extended developed specifically for customers who use Photoshop for image analysis, visualization and communication.” Plus, Adobe has created an “Adobe Plug-in Pavilion” on the Tech Expo Show Floor, open both days, where attendees can see firsthand some of the amazing new plug-ins developed for Photoshop. For more info, visit the PhotoshopWorld home page.
â¢ For those that have asked “Why isn’t there a Lightroom pre-conference workshop at Photoshop World?” actually, there is. It’s just hiding under the name “Photoshop Soup2Nuts.” If you’re going to Photoshop World, Soup2Nuts is a hands-on Lightroom workshop, and the instructors are a who’s who of Camera Raw, Photoshop and Lightroom, and includes the man who wrote much of all three—Thomas Knoll, making his first Photoshop World appearance as an instructor. Wild stuff! For more on the Workshop, visit the special Soup2Nuts site. To nab one of the remaining spots, go to PhotoshopWorld.com
â¢ I don’t know if you’ve been checking out the latest round of photos posted on renown wildlife photographer Moose Peterson’s blog, but there is just some amazing stuff there. If you haven’t been in a few weeks, check it out (his eagle shots are just amazing!).
â¢ We’re coming to the end of the “2007 Photoshop Hall of Fame” nominating period, so if you’ve got a person you think should be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, you can nominate them by going to Photoshop Hall of Fame.com and clicking the Submit Nominees link.
â¢ What happens when a Canadian goes to Texas? See for yourself, as Houston has apparently taken my Photoshop TV co-host Dave Cross in as their “native son.” I don’t know who Dave knows in Houston, but I hope he introduces me. Soon. Check it out at Dave’s blog.
I’m pretty darn excited to announce that I’m kicking off a Nationwide U.S. Lightroom tour, starting next month, where I’ll be teaching “The New Digital Photography Workflow” using Lightroom and Photoshop. If you’re a pro photographer, or a serious shooter, then this day was designed from the ground-up for you, and you’re going to see everything done step-by-step, from start to finish. I begin each seminar with a live in-class portrait shoot, using a full studio lighting set-up (you’ll get all the details), and I take you through each step from initial shoot, through sorting, developing, presenting the proofs to the client, and even outputting the final prints live in class. The tour is sponsored by Adobe, Westcott, and Epson, and is produced by NAPP. We’re adding more cities, but the first cities, dates, and a full class schedule is now online at PhotoshopSeminars.com I hope to see you on one of my stops, because this day will change the way you work with Photoshop and digital photographey from that day forward. You’re going to learn a lot, and we’re going to have a blast! See you there. (Note: don’t miss the Friday wrap-up post, which follows this post below).
It’s Friday, and wellâ¦it’s Friday! :-)â¢ My buddy Jeff Revell turned me on to this before/after retouching site (called “DigitalRETOUCH”), and it uses a very clever Flash-based method for showing the before and after retouches, color correction and shaping. The image you see on screen is the “after’ photo, then you drag a scrubber bar below the photo to the right and as you drag the “before” image is revealed (so you can pause anytime for a split/screen view). Note: before you visit the site, be forewarned there are some fashion photos that contain nudity. Not just nudity, but bare nudie, naked, nakedness). Now that you know; here’s the link.
â¢When Dave Cross teaches a Photoshop session, the average size of the class is around 600 people, but for a intimate group of just 20 lucky people, you’ll not only get to spend the day’s learning Dave’s latest Photoshop for photographers techniques; you’ll get to start each day (and end each day at sunset) shooting right alongside Dave in some of the most stunning landscape locales in the West; Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. This workshop, sponsored by NAPP and produced by the Great American Photography Workshops (GAPW), is coming up next month (April 18-22, 2007) and if you act quickly you can snag one of the few remaining spots for a Photoshop and photography experience like no other. Plus, they’ll be plenty of opportunities to make Canadian jokes, and you’ll probably see a Canadian shirt or two as well (by the way; Dave’s “Photoshop TV Canada Shirt auction for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital raised over $212.00). To register, or for more info, visit GAPW’s Web Site right away.
â¢Our good friend, and Photoshop Hall-of-Famer, Jack Davis has just released a set of FREE (that’s F-R-double-E free) set of Lightroom Presets, courtesy of OnOne Software (who also developed Jack’s Frame and Edge effects set). You can download these “WOW!” presets by clicking here.
â¢ Speaking of Lightroom (like that smooth segue?), if you’re a Metadata template freak (and you know who you are), then check out this free Web-based Metadata template maker for Lightroom, called Jeffrey’s Metadata-Panel Builder. It’s pretty cool (ya know, in a metadata template kind of cool way).