Yesterday, CNET reported that Adobe’s CEO Bruce Chizen noted that a free Web-based version of Photoshop would be released this later this year, and that Adobe would make money off it by selling Web advertising (ala Google). Apparently, this version won’t have the full feature set of either Photoshop CS3 or Elements 5, but will be a special version created just for the Web. Either way; I gotta tell ya—I didn’t see this one coming.
Double Exposure is running a great interview with Dan Steinhardt (we all know him as “Dano”), who is Epson’s Marketing Manager for their pro products, but beyond the interview are his images. I’ve been a fan of Dan’s photography ever since he showed me some of his recent shots on the screen of an Epson P-4000 over dinner. He shoots a particular style that I just love (I’ve always called it Urban photography or City Life, but I’m sure there’s an official name for it), but anyway, his stuff just really speaks to me. I love his sense of color, his treatment of architecture, and how he blends people and their stories into these surroundings.
So, first I’m going to send you to his online gallery, and then to the interview, because although there’s a link to a sample of his work at the top of the interview page, but I think his own gallery gives you a much better feel for what Dano shoots.
Make sure you check out both (hopefully in that order). :)
This doesn’t have a stinkin’ thing to do with Photoshop, but you’ve just got to go and watch this: http://www.apple.com/jp/getamac/
It’s the Japanese version of Apple’s popular “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” TV ad campaign, and although you might not be able to understand a word of Japanese, you’ll still get a kick out of the ads. In fact, you might laugh more than you do at the US versions. :)
I ran across Patrick Hoelck’s brilliant photography portfolio after I saw it discussed (OK, debated) in an online forum (I wish I could remember which one). I really, really like his style, but beyond his cool photography, what peaked my interest was how the forum participants were arguing back and forth about whether his “look” comes from his technique in camera, or after the fact in Photshop. Now, as a guy who really loves Photoshop, I have great respect for him either way (because digital photography in the 21st century is two things; the photography and the processing in Photoshop), so if he’s getting this look in Photoshop, all I can say is “Please teach it to me!” If he’s doing it all with lighting (as apparently he is quoted in a magazine article), then all I can say is “Please teach it to me!” Either way; take a look at his cool images and see what you think (and post your comments as to whether you think it’s mostly done: “In the Lighting” or “Later In Photoshop”).
Now that Adobe has officially announced Lightroom Verison 1.0 (see the next post down), I’ve just finished wrapping up my new book, “The Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers“, which has the exact same layout and style as my “Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers,” where it takes you through the whole process step-by-step, from importing, thru sorting, developing your raw, JPEG, and TIFF images, all the way through printing the final image (and there’s an entire section just on using Lightroom with Photoshop; where Photoshop fits it, and when and where to use it).
NOTE: If you purchased the pre-release eBook version of this book (the online downloadable PDF version, based on the public Beta release of Lightroom), you’ll be happy to know that I basically rewrote the entire book from scratch for this final print edition, with all new content, photos, new chapters. What I’m most excited about are the last two chapters, which I added for the print version, which take you step-by-step through two real working photography projects; a wedding shoot (where we start with a live bridal portrait shot on location at the church) and it takes you through the entire process, including importing, sorting, the inital client presentation in your studio, having the client proof shots online, all the way to actually printing the final 16×20 formal print for framing. The second chapter follows a different step-by-step workflow, from the live shoot to print, of a outdoor/landscape photo shoot. This two chapters pull it all together in a way I’ve never seen illustrated like this before,and I can’t wait to share it with you.
You can order it now
Also, I’m doing something completely different next week, as I’m teaching a two-day hands-on Lightroom Workshop at the Digital Technology Centre in Sarasota, Flordia, and if you want to learn the future of the professional digital photography workflow, I hope you’ll join me (the class is limited to 20 people, and there are just a few seats left). You can find out more, and reserve your spot by CLICKING HERE. I hope to see you there! (By the way, if you sign-up for my workshop, make sure you bring your camera, because this is totally hands-on, and we’ll be doing the whole process live, from capture to output).