Friday News Nuggets


Here’s a very quick look at what’s goin’ on (because I’ve got an early morning shoot).

  • Flying with Fish has a must-read article this week on the recent rise in camera theft at airport security checkpoints. If you travel with camera gear, you’ve got to read this one (here’s the link). Also, Steven Frischling (of FlyingwithFish fame) is bringing his “No Jet Lag” quick photo travel workshop to Baltimore/Washington DC area on March 15th, and New York City on March 16th. There are just a few seats lefts in both cities, if you want to snag one, here’s where you can find out more, or sign up.
  • Don’t forget—tomorrow is Jeff Revell’s Free PhotoWalk DC. Every one’s invited to join up with Jeff and friends for two hours of shooting, followed by pubbing, grubbing, and chimping. Word has it that Inner Circle photographer Mike Meyer (who posts comments in this blog from time to time), will be there for the event. Should be fun (notice, I didn’t say anything like, “It should be perfect weather for shooting,” or anything along those lines. Remember; it’s not the shots you get– it’s the food and drinks afterward that really matter). Here’s the link for info on where to meet up (hint; dress warm, bring chapstick, and an Ark).
  • Layers Magazine (The how-to magazine for evertthing Adobe), is kicking off their own creative contest, called“The Back Page Design Contest,” and here’s how it works: On the last page of every issue, they’ll present you with an incomplete image. The image could be a single object or just a section of an illustration or photograph. Your assignment is to download the file, then use your imagination (and any Adobe application you want) to finish the image and incorporate it into a design of your choice. It could be the front cover of a magazine, a movie poster, a Flash banner, or even a short movie clip (emphasis on short-check official rules for file sizes and types)… it’s entirely up to you. Then all you have to do is submit your final work for a chance to win a $300 shopping spree! Here’s all the details.
  • We just released another new online class on called “Flash 101: The Basics With Rafael “RC” Concepcion.” Also, last week we brought another class online from Photoshop Hall of Famer, John Paul Caponigro, called “Atmospheric FX,” and we just released another new online classes for video freaks (I mean, Motion Graphics Designers), from Photoshop World instructor Rich Harrington. This one is called “Photoshop for Video – How to Work with Photos.” You can get the class descriptions (and view some sample clips), by clicking here.
  • This past week we spent a lot of time talking about the “Dave Hill” effect, but have you heard of the, “James Quantz” look? He’s another guy everybody’s starting to talk about. Larry Becker came by my office and said, “You gotta see this guy’s stuff. The NAPP member forums are buzzing about this guy,” and when you see his stuff, you’ll see why. Very cool effect (and very good photography). Here’s the link, to his NAPP portfolio, where you can get a sneak preview of the “next big look.”

That’s it for today, folks. Have a seriously fun weekend, and live life like your dying, drive it like it’s stolen, and eat it like it doesn’t have calories (or carbs)!

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