Hi everybody—here’s the latest:

  • I’m working on my 2nd annual “Scott’s Gonzo Holiday Gadget Guide” for the magazine, and for an online version as well, and I’ve gotten a lot of great gear and gadget ideas from readers in the past, so if you know of a really cool product, accessory, plug-in, etc. that I should know about, just post a comment here on the blog, or send me an email at skelby@photoshopuser.com
  • Just a quick note: Amazon.com is now showing that my “Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers” is in stock, so now both B&N and Amazon show the book ready to ship. I’m also starting to get emails from readers who have received the book already, so I’m glad to see it’s getting in the pipeline. :)
  • If you’re looking for a really cool shooting opportunity, Moose Peterson’s Digital Landscape Workshop Series (DLWS) has a workshop coming up on the Great Lakes and Michigan Shoreline on Sept. 16-19, 2007. The DLWS crew (which includes instructors Laurie Excell and Joe McNally) have scoped out some incredible shooting locations that may provide some of their best shoots of the year. I think this is one of the workshops that people are going to be talking about for a while, so if you’re looking for something new and fresh, snag one of the few available spots over at DigitalLandscape.org
  • If you’re signed up for Photoshop World, make absolutely certain you enter the Photoshop Guru Awards competition–sponsored by our friends at CDW (which is only open to people who attend Photoshop World). If you win the Guru Award in any of the categories, you win a 500GB “The Book” hard drive from Western Digital, and if you win “Best of Show” you win a Nikon D80 Kit (with a 28-135mm zoom lens). If you win the “Vincent Versace Award for Excellence in Digital Photography” you win an Epson 3800 Stylus Pro printer (for printing up to 17″x22″ prints), and OnOne’s Software’s Photoshop Plug-in Suite, and a signed original print from Mr. Versace himself. For details, visit PhotoshopWorld.com
  • On this week’s episode of Photoshop User TV, my buddy Matt Kloskowski has a great tutorial on how to create an action that creates multiple Black & White conversions of any color photo, so you can just sit back and pick the version that looks best to you. It’s very cool, and you can watch it right here online by clicking here.

Well, that’s it for today. Have a great day and we’ll see you all tomorrow!

Howdy folks! Let’s get to it:

  • Let’s start this Tuesday off right with some inspiration–I came across the photography of Erik Almas, and I was just blown away. His portrait work has a surreal feel to it that is just so captivating, and his landscapes, and well…everything he does is just amazing. Click here to visit his site, and start your Tuesday off right (hey, that rhymes). Note: He has several galleries and one of them is called Nudes. Now, I didn’t click that particular link, but I’m assuming that the Nudes gallery will have photos of people without their clothes on (it’s just a hunch). So, if nudity offends you—-don’t click that link (I hate to have to give that warning, but believe me—I have to give that warning!).
  • Dave Cross (who is, hands-down one of the finest Photoshop teachers on the planet) is leading a Photoshop and Photography workshop on October 17-21, 2007 up to one of the most beautiful landscape shooting locations in North America—as he, and the wonderful Neil and Susan Silverman, take 20 very lucky people up to Acadia National Park, in Bar Harbour, Maine.This workshop is produced by the GAPW (Great American Photo Workshops—the same folks behind my upcoming Glacier National Park workshop, and Matt’s recent Banff workshop). It’s just an amazing place to be shooting alongside Dave and the Silverman’s (they are amazing photographers and absolutely charming people to boot), and when the good light is gone you’ll be in the classroom learning Photoshop from one of the very best there is. There are only a few spots left, so sign up today over at GAPhotoworks.com.
  • PanosFX has made some great free Photoshop actions (yes, free!) available once again, and this time the actions make a photo-realistic watch, (and the action has some cool options, too), and best of all–did I mention—they’re free!!! Check it out over at PanosFX.com. Kudos to Panos Efstathiadis over in Greece, for making these available.
  • I saw a mention of my “Digital Photography Book” snuck into a post called “Ramblings, Links, and Surprise” over at Adobe’s Genesis Project blog (click here to check it out–and the Genesis Project blog itself).
  • If you use Adobe’s Creative Suite, make sure you head over to Layers Magazine (the how-to magazine for everything Adobe), and get on the list to get a free “tip of the day” delivered to your inbox. Very cool stuff on everything from Photoshop to Illustrator to InDesign to Dreamweaver, Flash, the Bridge, and more. Here’s the link to the site (the sign-up field is on the left–about half way down the home page).
  • Back in April of this year we moved this blog over to WordPress (which I love), but before that my blog was over at Blogger.com (which is a great place to start blogging–and its free). Anyway, the reason I mention this is—if you want to see archived posts from this, my “Photoshop Insider” blog, prior to April of 2007, then click this link to visit the old site, and you’ll see archive links (along the right side) that go back to June of 2005, when this blog first started.

Well, that’s it so far for a Tuesday. Have a great one everybody, and we’ll catch you tomorrow!


In my spare time (insert chuckle here) I play keyboards for “Big Electric Cat” (NAPP’s own “house band” named after Adobe’s internal code-name for Photoshop 4.0) and we’ll be making a special concert appearance at the Photoshop World Vegas party (held at the ESPN Zone Restaurant & Bar in the New York New York Hotel & Casino).

We also played at Boston Photoshop World this past spring (see photo above, taken by David Ziser, which shows lead singer Kalebra, along with bass player [and Photoshop genius] Felix Nelson–click on it for a larger view), where we played songs from Evanescence, No Doubt, and Mother’s Finest, (among others), but this time we have a different set list, with some fun 80s and 90s dance hits (like Janet Jackson and Cameo), plus some Heart, and a very cool remake of Elvis’ “Burin’ Love.” If you got a ticket to the party (it’s already sold out), we’ll see you there!

Note: In an effort to ensure that I get no sleep whatsoever, besides my gig with “Big Electric Cat,” I’m also the drummer for “Phoenix” (a reincarnation of my first rock band from high school, with the orignial memebers of the band; our lead singer was Angie Aparo, who wrote the song “Cry” for Faith Hill and has been opening for her on the road). We’re playing a gig this October here in Florida (we spent all day yesterday rehearsing in Orlando), but now I’m back to work on all things Photoshop.

So, scoll down for the rest of today’s news. :)


It’s Monday, and that meansâ¦it’s Monday!

  • There’s an interesting article over at one of my favorite blogs; The Online Photographer, and it’s about “Photoshop Excess (the overuse of Photoshop,) and not only is it cleverly written, it makes some very good points. Check it out here.
  • If you’d like to start your day being blown away, take a moment and visit the site of German design firm Zerone CGI. Their specialty is creating 3D versions of cars (using 3D Software) and integrating them with a photographic background, and they are so brilliant at it that you’ve just got to see it. Their home page graphic shows the process with an animation which starts with just the background photo, then you see a wireframe, then a rough model, then the finished car with detail (see a capture from their site above). Just amazing!Next, when you’re on their site click on the link (up top) for Galerie (the site is in German, but if you don’t speak German don’t sweat it—you’re just looking at the photos), and check out the samples of their work. Hard to believe they’re not real photos. Here’s the link (this is an absolute must-see).
  • I just learned that Realtors are using my book, “The Digital Photography Book” for improving the photos they take of homes. It’s an interesting article/review over at the Real Estate Blog Lab.
  • Make sure you check out this week’s episode of Photoshop User TV (which should post later this afternoon), which is the first episode actually shot in our new in-house studio (finally!), and we have new graphics, and a new theme song (both courtesy of our bad-a#$ editor and general boy wonder Jason Scrivner), and it’s the unveiling of our official new name (as Photoshop User TV, named after the magazine), logo, and look. Thanks for everybody’s patience (watching us tape episodes in “on location” studios which included the back of Corey’s Mini Cooper, a golf course, Dave Cross’ pool, and a host of other weird temporary locations).
  • The BlogCritic.com just posted not just a review of Photoshop User magazine (although that’s primarily what it focuses on), but a review of NAPP as a whole, and I have to say it’s a very thorough look at the whole picture from top to bottom. Check it out right here.
  • Just a quick reminder; if you’re selling any used camera gear, do what I do; contact “TheEquipmentLady.com” and let her do it all for you. The site is run by Laurie Excell, (who’s teaching a pre-conference workshop for beginning digital photographers at this year’s Photoshop World Conference), and Laurie does just a great job (at both selling your gear, and teaching!). Check it out right here.
  • Hi Mike. Hi Don. Hey Jeff; see you next week!

Well, that’s it for today. Hope you have a great Monday, and we’ll see you tomorrow!


Happy Friday everybody. Here’s the end-of-the-week news:

  • I just got my copy of the new book “What The Duck: Rule of Nerds” (from Aaron Johnson) and it’s just great! I’m such a huge fan of the “What the Duck” photo-centric comic strip (shown above—click for a larger view) and Aaron did just a great job putting this book together (you will absolutely laugh your butt off!). “Rule of Nerds” has to be on your Holiday gift list this year! Check it out at whattheduck.net. Congratulations to Aaron on putting an entire year of What the Duck into this hilarious book!!! :)
  • Catch Larry Becker (NAPP’s Executive Director) in an online interview posted over at TechTalkRadio where they talk about the upcoming Photoshop World, about NAPP in general, and all sorts of cool stuff. You can listen online right here.
  • There’s also an interesting video interview over at PhotoInduced.com with UK-based Creative Director Richard Myers, who talks about advertising, photography, and Photoshop in the world of marketing. Definitely worth checking out (click here).
  • Today’s the last day to save $100 on early bird registration for Photoshop World. Hey, I’m just sayin’.
  • Mike Wong (over at OnOne software) has a Photography/Photoshop blog I really like called “One OnOne” and if you haven’t checked it out, it’s worth adding to your list for sure (but it’s not easy to find it by going to OnOne’s regular Web site, so I put the link here: Check it out.
  • If you watch Photoshop User TV, you’ve see our buddy RC on the show, and now he has his own daily blog over at LayersMagazine.com (the online site of Layers Magazine, the “How to” magazine for everything Adobe). He covers tips, techniques, he does video tutorials, and news about all the different Adobe apps (besides Photoshop, he’s an expert on Dreamweaver, Flash, and well…just about everything Adobe makes). Check RC out over at LayersMagazine.com
  • You’re not going to believe this (because I don’t believe this), but we are actually scheduled to shoot our first episode of Photoshop User TV in our new in-house studio today (noticed how I said “we’re scheduled”–just in case something doesn’t work. But if it does work, you’ll see the new look and feel on Monday. Late Monday for sure, but Monday. OK, if not Monday, certainly by Tuesday, right?).

That’s it for this Friday. Hope you have a great day, a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday! :-)