I’m back from our annual company cruise (we do a series of meetings at sea each year), and I was able to sneak in a couple of shoots while I was there. Here are two shots (click on either for a much larger view) taken on the Bahamas island of Coco Cay, where Larry Becker and I spent a couple of hours after our Saturday meetings (both were taken with a Canon 5D, with a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. I also got a chance to use the Hoodman Pro Loupe again—-absolutely essential for outdoor shooting).

Dave Cross and Corey Barker did a shoot with a local model in Downtown Nassau, and Dave has posted some shots over at his blog, at

Now, for some of that Monday news, on Tuesday:

  • Jeff Revell turned me onto this clever Photoshop tutorial called “Improve your photography with classical art” which uses Photoshop’s “Match Color” feature to enhance the color of your images in a way I really hadn’t thought of. It shows you the results, and then the step-by-step instructions (with screen captures) to show you how it’s done. Worth a quick look (click here to check it out).
  • Our buddy Bill Fortney has a feature article in the current issue of “Double Exposure,”called “Images from the Industry.” Take a moment and start your Tuesday off right with this quick read, and some very inspiring images (Here’s the link).
  • If you do any serious air travel with your photo gear, you’ll want to check out these two free downloadable PDFs, which I learned about from Ben Willmore’s “Where is Ben” blog. They’re from “Think Tank Photo” (makers of camera bags and cases for professional photographers), and the article’s are called “Fear for your Gear,” which contain (in their words), “…advice from photographers who travel tens and hundreds of thousands of miles each year and who have learned how to get themselves and their equipment onto planes with a minimum of hassle and risk.” Here’s the link (and thanks to Ben for sharing this).
  • In some totally non-Photoshop news; I bought an iPhone this weekend, and I have to say it is just incredible. However cool it looks in Apple ads, or on their Web site, seeing one in person will just blow you away. As Terry White says (in his very thorough in-depth review on his popular Tech Blog), it’s not perfect, but it’s by far the best phone ever. Of course, when it comes to tech gear, Terry has needs that go beyond that of mortal man. For “the rest of us” it is just brilliant!! I couldn’t be happier (and my wife got one too, and she LOVES it!). We’re an ‘iFamily.”

Have a great Tuesday everybody! :)


Yippie! It’s up!!! (I guess it actually went up yesterday, but I didn’t get the exact URL for the download until this morning. Sorry ’bout that).

Remember: this update was created exclusively for people who actually own my book “The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers” and I created this 1.1 Update Kit as an added benefit for those specific people (whom I dearly love, by the way).

To download my Lightroom 1.1 Update Kit, go to and enter the 10-digit ISBN number found on the back of the book. Once you do that, to download the book it’s going to ask you a simple question that, if you own the book, you’ll be able to easily answer (a sample question might be something like, “On page 12, what’s the first word in paragraph two?” That’s not the question, but it’s that easy.).

If you don’t have the book yet, you can pick it up at your local bookstore, or online from Barnes&, or  Of course, once you get the book, then you can download my 1.1 Update Kit as well.

So, I hope you enjoy my 1.1 Update Kit, and I know you’re going to enjoy Lightroom 1.1. :-)

Now, for some quick news:

  • If you have a digital camera, make sure you check out this week’s episode of “The Digital Photography Show” Podcast, as Scott and Michael talk with an expert from Penn Camera on how to clean your digital camera's sensor. It's a terrific walk-though of how to blow, brush and wipe that dust away. The rep from Penn does a great job of demystifying the process and debunking some of the myths out there about sensor cleaning, and they talk about specific products and how to use them. Here’s the direct link.
  • We’re getting incredible feedback on Corey Barker’s new online training course on Photoshop Channels. If you’ve ever wanted to unlock the power of Photoshop’s Channels features, make sure you check out Corey’s 21-day online course (remember, it’s just five minutes a day). Don’t forget: NAPP members get a BIG discount on taking the course. It’s over at
  • I’m off to the Bahamas today for some “meetings at sea” with a bunch of our staff (I love my job). We’ve sneaking in a photo shoot while we’re in Nassau and shooting with me will be Matt, Corey, Dave, Larry Becker, and friends. We’ll probably do some sort of shoot while we’re down here (seeing as our new Photoshop TV studio isn’t done yet). Should be lot of fun (and a little bit of work).

Have a great weekend, mon! :-)


It won’t be long now; as my “Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers” is on press today, and should be in bookstores in just a couple of weeks.

The new version of the book not only adds the important new features of CS3, but I’ve learned SO much since the CS2 version of the book was published (believe it or not, that was back in April of 2005), that I wound up rewriting about 70% of the book from scratch. Plus, I wanted one place where the entire process “comes together” I added a new workflow chapter at the end of the book, that shows my own step-by-step digital photography workflow, which you can use as a starting place for building your own.

You can preorder the book and be among the first to get it as soon as it comes off press, over at either Barnes & or, or you can find it in bookstores in just a few weeks. :-)

>> There’s more Lightroom 1.1 news today, so scroll down to the next post to catch that action.


Here’s some great resouces for seeing the new features of Adobe’s free Lightroom 1.1 update:

  • First, check out our buddy Terry White’s Creative Suite Video Podcast today (shown above), where Terry takes you through the new features like only Terry “T-Bone” White can. :-)
  • Next, our man RC (The Photoshop Ninja), takes a look at different aspects of the update with individual video clips over at Layers Magazine (the How-To Magazine for Everything Adobe)
  • Then check out NAPP’s own Lightroom Learning Center, where our own Matt Kloskowski (who does the Lightroom Killer Tips weekly video podcast) takes a look at what’s new, too!
  • Also, in a semi-related note; scroll down to yesterday posts, and click on the Comments button to check out Glyn Dewis’ story about his experience shooting teathered directly into Lightroom while covering a live event shoot. Really great to hear this type of field report, and how profitable his shoot was. Thanks Glyn for sharing this.
  • My editor’s are just finishing up proofing the last parts of my Lightroom 1.1 Update Kit and we plan to have posted  later today, so please check back for a link on where to download it. I’ll do a separate post then it goes live.

NOTE: Although these are called “Video Podcasts” you absolutely DO NOT need an iPod to watch themâ”you can watch these video clips from either inside Apple’s free iTunes software for Mac and Windows (if you have an iPod, or any Macintosh) you already have iTunes. Also, in most cases you can watch these videos right on their Web page, right in your browser, so make sure you check ’em out.


Good Wednesday everybody! Here’s the Lightroom scoop:

  • Adobe has officially released Lightroom version 1.1 (which is really more like a version 1.5 release, but it goes WAY beyond fixing bugs–it adds some serious new features, enhancements, and improvements throughout the application, including the ability to merge multiple libraries [now called “Catalogs.”), better sharpening and noise reduction, a new Clarity control that kicks butt, and lots of other little tweaks you’ll love. The update is FREE, and you can download it directly from Adobe’s site (For the Mac version click here. For the Windows version click here).
  • I just finished writing a special free Version 1.1 PDF update for people who’ve bought my book “The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers” and we’re working on having it up live by tomorrow. I call this update “My Lightroom 1.1 Update Kit” and the kit is laid out in two page spreads; the left page shows how we used to do a particular task in the original Lightroom 1.0, and the right page shows the new and improved way to do it in version 1.1. It’s a really clean, quick, and efficient way to get up-to-speed fast, and the initial feedback on it has been really terrific. Also, I threw in lots of cool little tips becauseâ¦well, I just love cool little tips. More on this when it goes live tomorrow.
  • I’m also excited to announce that today we’re launching a 21-day online course with my buddy (and NAPP TV Co-host) Matt Klowkowski, on Lightroom version 1.1. The classes are just 5-minutes per day, and you get to download the same photos Matt works on in the class (so you can follow right along), plus you get a PDF outline each day (and some other cool bonus stuff I can’t tell you about). The 21-day class is $69.95 (but only $49.95 if you’re a NAPP member), and you can get more info, or sign up, at
  • has posted an in-depth article on the new features. Click here to jump there. There’s also a nice little article over at the Wired Blog Network about the new 1.1 update, complete with some screen caps. Check it out here.
  • Scroll down to the next post to see a quick video clip filmed during my Santa Fe Workshop. :)

It’s a great day to be a Lightroom user—have a good one! :)