Here’s a couple of quickies:

  • Finally, there’s a free Photoshop plug-in that lets you upload photos directly from Photoshop to (albeit, one at a time, but heyâ”ya gotta start somewhere, right?). Click here to download the free plug-in (there’s one version for CS2, and an updated version for CS3).
  • If you’ve ever struggled with understanding Histograms, check out this in-depth article called “Histograms, Huh?” from Aaron over at Single Serving Photo. Click here to go there.
  • We’re taking our buddy (and Photoshop genius) Bert Monroy and his Photoshop Creativity Tour up to Canada starting, um…..well…. today, where he’s in Vancouver. But his next stops are in Calgary on the 18th; Toronto on the 20th; on to Montreal on the 23rd, and then wrapping up in Ottawa on the 25th. To catch Bert’s tour, visit
  • Just a quick heads up if you’re into Lightroom: (1) We’ve added an entire track dedicated to Lightroom at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo coming up this September 6-8, 2007 at the Mandalay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas (2) if you’re a NAPP member, you get a special 15% discount on everything you buy from the Adobe’s Online Store (for a limited time—visit the NAPP member homepage for more details), and of course you get Lightroom for just $199 ($100 off the retail price—not bad considering NAPP membership only costs $99). :)
  • This isn’t Photoshop related, but you’ll get a good laugh out of this product that helps keep your iPhone or iPod from getting stolen, by hiding it inside a case that looks exactly like a Microsoft “Zune” MP3/Video player. It’ll only take a minute to visit “HideaPod”, but you’ve got to check this out to start your Monday off right. (Thanks to Larry Becker for sending me this one).

That’s it for today–thanks for stopping by! :)





My brother Jeff and I went shooting for an hour or so last night after dinner. The sky had great color but all the good clouds were pretty much behind us, but we had a blast just being together and shooting anyway. At one point, I took a shot, looked over at Jeff who was shooting nearby and said “I think I just qualified for the ‘Clich© Maine Harbor Shot’ Hall of Fame.” We stood there laughing until what was left of the good light went away. :)

Anyway, here’s a couple of shots from tonight’s shoot, (click on them for a larger version—if you dare). ;-)


Hi everybody. I’ve been really enjoying my vacation time off here in Maine, and my family is just loving it (I got this shot of my 17-month-old daughter the first day we got here–click on it for a larger version). The weather has been overcast (with gray skies every day), so I haven’t done really any outdoor shooting, and yesterday my brother and I played a great local golf course (it was nice and cool—unlike the swealtering heat of Tampa back home). However, today is just beautiful, and I hope to exploring the area today with camera in hand. It’s the first time I’ll be trying out the new Gitzo Traveler Tripod with the smaller “Really Right Stuff BH-40” ballhead (the little brother to the world class BH-55) that my wife got me for Father’s Day.

Now, onto some news:

  • You know how I love retouching sites, and this one is pretty cool. I found this site (from retoucher Rodrigo Bessane) from an Extreme Photoshop Retouching video he posted on YouTube, and I followed the link to his site. Although he’s not doing tutorials, just seeing what he retouched, and how the final image came out is an education unto itself, and definitely worth a visit (click right here).
  • For the past few month I’ve been using X-Rite’s Eye-One Display 2 hardware calibration system (and loving it by the way—I wrote about it in my new “CS3 Book for Digital Photographers), and I just learned that they’re hosting a one-day seminar in various US Cities. It’s called the “Picture Perfect Color Seminar” and it’s taught by pro photographer Phil Nelson. For details on their tour, click this link.
  • Corey Barker (The Photoshop Lad) has just released a new 21-day online course called “Adobe Illustrator Down & Dirty Tricks,” and if you’re an Illustrator user, you’ve got to check it out. It’s over at
  • Adobe’s photography evangelist George Jardine has just posted the latest installment of his Lightroom Podcast series, and this episode features an interview with Eric Scouten from the Lightroom Team. Check it out right here.
  • I saw on Rob where photojournalist David Honl (who I’ve mentioned here in the blog), has just come out with a really interesting looking set of dedicated flash modifiers (in fact, I might have to pick up a set myself—they really look helpful). I’d start with Rob’s article (there’s a really great photo of the modifiers there), and check out his article on it, and then if you want to pick them up, head over to David’s site. Here’s the link to Rob’s coverage.
  • Want a little Thursday inspiration? Check out the photography of John Lehet (I was turned on to his work by a NAPP member named Harold [he didn’t give his last name]). It’s a nice way to start your Thursday.

Well, breakfast is here, and I’ve got to run. Have a great Thursday everybody!

Your “Maine” Man! ;-)

Here’s what’s happening:

  • Just a quick note: I’m taking some vacation time off with my family starting on Monday, as we head to a small cabin in Maine for a couple of weeks. I’m going to do a lot of shooting while I’m up there, with family and friends, and I’ll probably be posting some shots, but the news posts will be pretty sporadic for the next two weeks. If I get any decent shots I’ll post them here on the blog.
  • I found this site, which offers very cool free Photoshop brushes, on the blog (a really great blog by the way), and this collection of brushes is one of the best I’ve seen. If you’re into custom brushes, and into getting them absolutely free, then click right here.
  • There’s an interesting article over at PDN’s site on getting photo releases for property shots. It’s actually an excerpt from the book “The Photographer’s Legal Handbook” by Nancy Wolff. Click here to read the excerpt online.
  • Remember last week when I mentioned my buddy Jeff Revell’s photography blog? Well this week you can learn more about Jeff, as he’s been profiled over at Jason Moore’s excellent Photoshop and Photography blog. I really like the way Jason profiles photographers because it gives you some real insight into the person behind the lens. Click here to check out Jeff’s profile.
  • If you’re thinking about an iPhone, make a quick trip to Terry White’s Tech Blog today to read his post “Do I Still Like My iPhone?” which are his comments after one week of using it extensively. In a related note; Terry’s in-depth review of the iPhone (also on this tech blog), has become so popular that it’s taken on a life of its own, being linked to from all over the world (if you haven’t read it, make sure you scroll down and check it out—it’s very complete. (By the way; I’ve had my iPhone for a week now and I like it more every day. In fact, at this point I couldn’t go back to my old phone).
  • If you’re thinking about coming to Photoshop World Conference & Expo this fall (Sept. 6-8, 2007), here’s a couple of things to keep in mind: (1) There’s only 28 days left to take advantage of the $100 off early bird registration offer. (2) All the instructors and staff are staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (our host hotel), and we have blocked some rooms there for our attendees, but they’re filling up fast. If you miss out on snagging rooms there, try the Luxor which is right next door and connected to the Mandalay Bay by free monorail. (3) Some of the optional pre-conference sessions are already starting to sell out, so if you’re going, and you want to attend a precon (Dan Margulis has a very intesting new precon on Lab Color called “Lab in Depth”), make sure you reserve a space now. Go to the Photoshop World Web site for more details.
  • The Santa Fe Workshops just yesterday announced an amazing opportunity; a Location Photography and Lighting workshop with Joe McNally & Jerry Courvoisier in Milan Italy, from September 30 – October 5, 2007. Joe will be doing the lighting part, while Jerry (who is teaching at Photoshop World this September for the first time), is doing the Photoshop training, and I have to tell you—it just sounds like an amazing experience all the way around. Here’s a link to a page with all the details.

That’s it for today. I’ve got a studio shoot today for my new “CS3 for Digital Photographers” online course that’s going live a few weeks over at, and I’m doing a shoot for a new book I’ll announce here on the site next week. Have a great weekend everybody! :-)


Hope everybody had a great fourth. Here’s the news:

  • John Beardsworth has posted a very extensive, menu-by-menu list of the new features added in Lightroom 1.1 (over at this site If you were wondering if your favorite “pet” feature (or fix) made its way into this new version, this is the place to check. Well done, John. :-)
  • If you’re going to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo this September, there’s an optional pre-conference Workshop (the day before Photoshop World officially starts) that you might want to check out. It’s a beginner’s intro to using your digital SLR, and it’s taught by pro landscape photographers Laurie Excel (AKA, “The Equipment Lady” and the person behind NAPP’s own Camera Gear Desk). Laurie is a wonderful teacher, and in this workshop you’ll finally learn what all the buttons and dials do, why they’re there, which ones to use, and which ones to ignore. If you really want to start getting the most out of your digital SLR, I highly recommend this workshop. There’s more info right here.
  • iPhone users: there’s a great little article (by James Duncan Davidson) over at O’ on how to get photos directly from Lightroom right into your iPhone. Definitely worth checking out.
  • For the past few weeks, “The Photoshop Guys” have been filming our episodes “on the road” as construction is wrapping up on our new video production studio. With any luck, we’ll be filming there next week (we’re keeping our fingers crossed) and we’ll be launching with a new set, new branding for the show (HINT: it’s not going to be called “NAPP TV” anymore), and a HUGE giveaway. In the meantime, after filming episodes in the back of Corey’s Mini Cooper, and around Dave Cross’s pool, this week the displaced “PSGs” filmed our show from a local golf course (as seen above), and despite the change in location, the jokes are just as lame as ever (but we did have some cool tutorials, including a special guest tutorial from Photoshop Hall of Famer Deke McClelland). Check out this week’s episode right here online, or catch it each week by subscribing (for free) in Apple’s iTunes (for Windows and Mac).

  • If you’ve had any trouble finding my Lightroom 1.1. book update, scroll down to the next post for step-by-step instructions on where to find it on

That’s it so far. Have a great Thursday everybody! :)


I received a couple of emails from readers who couldn’t find my Lightroom 1.1 update once they got to’s Website, but luckily my friends over at Peachpit Press were kind enough to forward these step-by-step instructions:

1. Go to
2. If you have an account log in with your e-mail address and password. If you haven’t previously registered with Peachpit, you’ll need to register (it’s free and takes less than one minute).
3. Enter the 10-digit ISBN number found on the back of the book into the ISBN field (not th3 13-digit one—the 10 digit one).
4. Answer the security question, which asks you to look something up in the book (that way, they know you really own the book).
5. Once you’ve answered the question, a new screen will appear (shown above–click on it for a larger view), then click on the "Access to protected content" link
6. Download the pdf.

That’s all there is to it! :-)