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A New Week

Hi Folks:
I’m back in the saddle this week, after an almost entirely relaxing week (see the post above), and here’s what’s goin’ on so far:

  • Something I Missed Last Week
    In my first-look review of the XT-Explorer on-location battery pack last week, I kind of dinged the looks of the XT a bit, but Larry Becker pointed out something I hadn’t realized, and that is that the Explorer XT actually comes with a fairly nice black nylon fitted “glove” that goes over the unit, along with a substantial shoulder strap. This would make a big difference in the overall look, and thus remove the ding. Sorry I missed that first time around.
  • Corey Sells Out Toronto and Calgary in Advance
    The kid is hot!!! Our own boy wonder Corey Barker is taking our Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Tour to Canada, and Toronto has already sold out in advance (with nearly 600 attendees), and his Calgary stop looks like it will be sold out by today—tomorrow at the latest. Congratulations to Corey, and to everyone who snagged a ticket—you’re going to have an amazing day! To check to see if one of our seminars is coming to your city this summer, click right here.
  • >>> The Ultimate iPhone 3G S Review is Now Live!
    My buddy Terry White has done what I think is the ultimate iPhone 3Gs review, complete with videos, comparisons, features you didn’t know about, etc., and if you’re a longtime Mac user, you’ll love the video clip where Terry demonstrates the voice dialing by calling, and chatting with none other than Apple co-founder Steve “The Woz” Wozniak. Anyway, if you want the full scoop, check out Terry’s in-depth review right here.
  • Got Two Minutes? This Video For Olympus is Very Clever!
    Our buddy Michael Tapes over at RawWorkflow.com sent this my way, and it’s one of those, “must watch” videos. It’s actually a very clever promo for Olympus’ latest camera, and they used the “Will it Blend” guy and well…you just gotta see it. It’s only two minutes, and you can watch it over at Michael’s site (here’s the link).
  • New Canon Training Classes Over at Kelby Training Online
    It has taken us way too long, but at least I can finally announce that our online classes on how to use your Canon gear will finally (finally!) be going live later this week. We were lucky enough to get Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon to do the training for us, and Rick did an outstanding job, so check the Kelby Training Online site later this week to catch Rick’s new classes. Also, we released a special online class from Adobe’s own Julieanne Kost on how to use Adobe’s Configurator Utility with CS4 to create your own custom panels inside Photoshop CS4. Here’s the link with details on her class.
  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update
    On Friday we capped the number of cities to have walks, and I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll have over 1,025 walks around the world on July 18th. I had hoped we get more than last year’s 236 walks, but I never thought it would get here. We have nearly 17,000 walkers signed up so far, and now that our cities are all locked down, we’ll focus on supporting our walk leaders and walkers as we gear up for the event.I’m also thrilled to announce that Nikon has come on as an official sponsor, and has REALLY sweetened the deal by adding an incredible prize to our grand prize collection—-a Nikon D-700 camera!!!! Whoo Hoo!!!!!! We’re honored to have Nikon supporting this worldwide event, and thanks for giving us such a cool prize!!!

    Don’t forget to order your Official Worldwide PhotoWalk T-shirt, which supports the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage (hundreds of you have already ordered shirts—thanks a bunch!). Here’s the link.

Well, that’s it for today. Have a great Monday everybody, and act like it’s Friday! :)

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When we started planning this year’s walk, I had a meeting with my staff about finding a way to use this worldwide event to help feed the children at the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage (an orphanage that the readers of this blog have adopted, and helped to build over the past year, and it’s scheduled to open in just over a month).

We were looking at different ideas, when out of the blue an email came in from Rob over at Towner Jones Photography with an incredible idea; create an official Photo Walk T-shirt and have the profits from the sale of the shirts go to “Springs of Hope, Kenya.” As soon as I read his email, I knew this was it!

Well, with lots of Rob’s logistical help (and some clever design work from our own Nicole Procunier), we now have two official shirt designs to choose from, seen above [click for a larger view] along with some other cool Photo Walk gear.

For each Official World Wide Photo Walk t-shirt you order, $5.00 will go to the Springs of Hope, Kenya orphanage. Here’s the link to Rob’s CafePress.com page to order yours, and not only do you get a cool shirt, you get to help feed some kids who so need our on-going help.

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NOTE: There are also special t-shirts just for walk leaders with your choice of fronts, but they include our new official Worldwide Photo Walk logo design and the word “LEADER” in big letters on the back (as seen above). You can find those here.

A big, big thanks to Rob at Towner Jones Photography for coming up with the idea to help the kids at the orphanage, and seeing this project all the way through (here’s a link to Rob’s blog). Also, my thanks in advance to everyone who buys one of the shirts to feed some very deserving children.

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I got an update from Molly Bail (my friend of many years and the woman behind Springs of Hope, Kenya), on the progress in completing the Orphanage that so many of you have helped support through your generous donations, and I’ve got lots of great news to report today:

First, the roof is completely done, the security wall around the Orphanage is nearly complete (Molly tells me this wall is very important), and they are set to open in a little over a month; on Monday, June 1st.

Here’s part of Molly’s construction report:

“We are about to lay the tile on Monday. We are tiling the bathrooms, hallway and kitchen. If funds allow we will do main floor, and bedrooms. If not we will use throw rugs. They are finishing up septic tank; paint inside and out. The kitchen still needs appliances (frig, freezer, Stove/oven), and we need to put up the front gate, doors need to be put on, etc.”

I also asked Molly how we can help hit that June opening date. She gave me a list of things they still really need, and their approximate costs:

  • Furniture for living/dining areas $2,370 US
  • To fully furnish each bedroom is appox. $970
  • Kitchen  freezer $390
  • Refrigerator-$515
  • Kitchen Stove-$960
  • Cabinets for entire Kitchen-$2,170
  • Pots, pans, silverware-$410
  • Chairs and seating for house: $910
  • Linens towels-$447
  • Playground for the children (Molly says this is very much needed!) Approx. $4,840 US

If you, or if you work at a company that supports really great causes like this, and you want to pick up any one (or more) of those items, you will have done something really impactful in the life of a child.

100% of the money you donate goes to actually feeding and housing children who need us so badly. June 1st is right around the corner, and I hope you’ll consider picking up any one of the items on that list above.

You can donate by using PayPal (here’s the link to their site—the PayPal button to donate is there, or you can send a check).

Molly Bail, who sold her home and all her belongings, and moved to Kenya with her husband and son to build this Orphanage, included this line in her email to me yesterday:

“You all are so wonderful…please thank all your readers from us here in Kenya! We are so very grateful for them!

So am I, Molly. My readers constantly amaze me at their generosity, and compassion for others. I am humbled by their contributions to this very important building project, and honored that they’ve come on board with Springs of Hope, Kenya in such a meaningful way.

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My hat’s off to my wonderful readers, who once again have shown your heart and compassion for those less fortunate. From your book sales on Tuesday alone, we raised over $10,075 dollars (7,028 / £6,513) to help finish construction on the Orphanage in Kenya. I can’t wait to show you the final shots when it’s complete, and the kids are moving in for the first time—what a day that will be!!!!!

This project has really touched the hearts of so many people, and I wanted to point out a few of my heroes from this week, like:

  • Alan Allum, who had already pre-ordered the book, but went ahead and bought a 2nd copy for the cause. So did Joel from Jameson Studios. And Philip Doherty.
  • And Ana Adams, who doesn’t have CS4, isn’t planning on upgrading anytime soon, but wanted to help so much she bought the book anyway (by the way, she’s a kick-butt photographer—check out her portfolio)
  • Or Doug from InDisciple Design who not only ordered the book, but sent a long a little extra donation as well.
  • I was just thrilled when my best buddy Dave Moser (NAPP’s Chief Operating Officer and a guy with a huge heart), kicked in $500 to help get this finished.
  • I was beside myself when my book publisher, Peachpit Press, called me at home after reading the blog, and is sending Springs of Hope, Kenya a $1,000 donation to help finish the orphanage. Thanks Nancy, Scott, Ted, and everyone at Peachpit and New Riders—-I’m so proud to be one of your authors.
  • Or how about Frank Weichmann, who is giving $100, every two weeks, for 20 weeks. Amazing!

And my thanks to everyone who bought the book Tuesday, knowing they could get it at least $25 dollars cheaper a dozen other places, but cared enough to spend the extra money to help these orphaned kids. I’m so touched that so many of you stepped up and made a difference with your generous support.

My humble thanks for coming along with me on this important journey, and helping to create something that will dramatically change the lives of some children who need our help so badly. You guys are the best!

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Gang; we are so close to finishing this Orphanage, but as you read on Friday—the funding has run out, and the construction has stopped. With your help, today, we can restart construction immediately, finish the orphanage, and start feeding and caring for these children who need our help so badly. So, here’s the plan:

For one day; today, Tuesday, December 16, 2008, if you pre-order my new book, “The Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers” using this special direct link; I will donate 100% of the entire cover price of the book to Springs of Hope, Kenya, the non-profit grass-roots group put together by Joseph and Molly Bail to build this orphanage. (This opportunity ends tonight at 12:00 midnight, Eastern Standard Time, U.S.).

I’m not donating just “the profits” from the book, or “a portion of the proceeds” from today’s sales; you pay the cover price for the special limited-edition spiral-bound version of the book, which is $64.99, and all $64.99 goes directly toward finishing the orphanage, and feeding these children. So, basically, you and I are in this together, both of us giving to make something special happen in the life of child.

Along with my humble and most heartfelt thanks, I will personally sign your copy of the book, as my way of saying thanks for supporting Joseph, Molly, and the amazing and selfless work they’re doing with homeless and street children in Kenya.

Now, could you buy the book cheaper somewhere else? Absolutely, but when you buy it here today, you’re not just buying a book, you’re feeding and caring for a child that desperately needs your help. No matter what else you do today, you’ll know that you did something that really matters. You gave a hungry child food, shelter, and hope.

NOTE: Here’s the link you’ll need to buy the book direct from Kelby Training, so the proceeds go to Joseph and Molly.

If you’d like to learn more about Joseph and Molly’s work, visit http://www.springsofhopekenya.org

IMPORTANT: This opportunity to help out is available only today, Tuesday, December 16, 2008. Scott’s book is scheduled for delivery later this month. Not available with any other discounts. As always, Shipping & Handing is extra. Thanks for spreading hope.

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I wanted to share a photo of the incredible progress being made to finish the orphanage in Kenya that many of you here on the blog have helped to make happen. The roof is almost done (as seen in the photo above), and they’ve come so far, and we’re so close. That’s the good news. The bad news is; I’ve just learned that the construction has stopped.

The global economy has affected their efforts dramatically, and their funding has basically run out. We have all come too far to let these children down who have no parents, no place to lay their heads at night, and don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Two good friends of mine just returned from a 10-day visit to Spring of Hope Kenya, and their stories were absolutely heartbreaking, and the need there is so desperate.

Gang—we’ve got to do something to help. Next week I’m working to come up with something that, with your help, will hopefully get the construction rolling again, and get that roof finished.

In the meantime, if you want to do something today that will really make a difference in the life of child, you can make a donation, in any amount, to this address:

CMCC
2180 N McMullen Booth Rd.
Clearwater, FL. 33759.

If you send a check, please write ‘KENYA’ in left hand corner. If you do send something, please post a comment here and let me know.

For more information, you can visit their Web site at springsofhopekenya.org

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P.S. The photo above is of Molly Bail. She and her husband Joseph, two of the finest people you’d ever want to meet, sold their home, sold all their possessions, pulled their pre-teen son out of school, and moved to Kenya to help build a clinic and this orphanage, and to feed hungry children. I’m humbled by their sacrifice and their heart for helping those in need. Molly and Joseph are Springs of Hope Kenya. It’s not a huge organization, with loads of international funding. They run on what we, and their friends and church are able to send them. They need our help. This, is something we can do!

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