Photoshop World 2007

I’m just so excited to announce that for the first time ever, the Photoshop World Conference and Expo is SOLD OUT! We have absolutely shattered our East Coast attendance record and that just shows you the incredible interest in Photoshop CS3, Adobe Lightroom (which both play starring roles at the conference), and the entire Creative Suite (this year we’ve got an entire conference track dedicated to training on the Creative Suite applications, and of course Adobe will be demoing all the new CS3 goodies in their both on the expo floor).

Another thing building buzz for the show are Adobe’s special interest events (added in Boston for the first time ever), which include a special plug-in Developer pavilion, Birds of a Feather meetings for Medical and Scientific Research Professionals, and a Developer’s Kitchen workshop featuring Adobe’s own Photoshop engineers. This brings a whole new dimension to Photoshop World.

TIP: Even though the conference is sold out in advance, we’re still allowing the public onto the Expo Floor for one-day only: Thursday, April 5th, so if you’d like to come and check out all the exhibits (and attend some cool show-floor training sessions), go to the Photoshop World Web site to sign up for your FREE Expo-only pass (if you wait until you get there, the Expo-only pass is $25.00, so you’re better off to sign up free in advance). Hope to see you all in Boston for this record-breaking, history-making event!!!!

Joe McNally's Photography Feature in Golf DigestI 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.

New York Yankees On Location Portrait Shoot

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).

New York Yankees Second Baseman, Miguel Cairo

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).

Miguel standing on first base (he still has his batting helmet on) 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! :)

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