Seven Quick Friday Things (one or two of which may actually be important)

(1) My Lightroom 5 Book is in-stock
Most folks who pre-ordered have already received their copies, but now the online bookstores (and brick and mortars) also have it in-stock, and I hope you’ll check it out. Here’s the link to it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Get your copy today and be one of the “cool kids” (that alone won’t actually do it, but it certainly won’t hurt). ;-)

(2) My Jesus Book is Sold Out Again
It’s sold out again at Amazon, but more copies are already on their way. Now, if you just said to yourself, “Scott wrote a Jesus book?” Here’s a link to the video where I announced it, which explains it all (and who the book is for). It is still available as an ebook for the iPad or iPhone from Apple’s iBooks store, and we’re working on a Kindle version (have been for a while, but we are finally getting close. It’s a long story). Anyway, more print copies are on the way.

(3) Today is the cutoff for the $100 Early Bird Photoshop World Conference discount
I know Brad mentioned that it was today yesterday, but today’s today. Here’s the link if you want to join us in Vegas next month for a career-changing, earth-shaking, technique-learning, fun-loving’ Photoshop love-fest, here’s the link. Sign up today and snag that $100 discount (and get a full 12-months of the full Adobe Creative Cloud for free).

Plus, you’ve always been dying to go — now’s your chance. Airfares to Vegas are cheap, we’ve got a great deal on the hotel (stay where the instructors stay, the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, the home to Photoshop World Vegas), and today you save another $100. Say it with me, “This is the year. I’m going!”

(4) If you missed Brian Smith on “The Grid” you missed a lot!
Brian totally rocked the Grid this week and we’ve gotten a flood of comments on how useful, informative, and just plain great that episode was. The topic was “The secrets of great portraits” and some are calling it one of our best episode ever. You can watch it all right above.

(5) SmugMug gets the “Big Buzz” award of the week
Everybody was raving about SmugMug’s new relaunch this week, and their debut of some seriously beautiful new portfolio layouts, a much-improved back-end, and an all new…well…everything. They totally nailed it, and if you haven’t checked them out this week, jump over there right now and see what all the fuss is about. Congrats to the crew at SmugMug on the hugely successful big launch!

(6) Speedlights vs. Battery Powered Strobes
Really great article in photographer Michael Clark’s latest newsletter on Speedlights vs. Battery Powered Strobes. I always enjoy Michael’s newsletter and he often covers topics you don’t see covered that frequently, which I think is great. This one is an excerpt from his book, and he makes some really great points. Plus, lots of great photos as always. Here’s the PDF edition:

(7) You can now view “Cool Photography Stuff” (my Flipboard magazine) on The Web
I just learned that you don’t have to have a tablet to read the Flipboard 2.0 magazine I curate anymore — you can now read it right in your web browser (and the layouts transfer very well, as seen above). I curate my “Cool Photography Stuff” magazine every day, and it’s free, free, free to subscribe! Here’s the “view on  the web” link: (of course, it’s still available within the free Flipboard App itself as always). So, if you want to stay up on what’s going on daily, check it out.

Well, that’s my seven quick things for this Friday.
I’ve got a really cool review planned that I think will help a lot of folks. Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. Cheers, -Scott

  1. Hey Scott,
    I’ll buy the Lightroom 5 book at Photoshop World. If you get it printed in time, will you have any of the Jesus books there too?
    See you soon

  2. Scott,

    Your book on LR4 was very helpful Now looking for help with Elements 11. No tutorials or books found on your website. Any suggestions?

      1. Thanks Scott. Surprised I didn’t find it in the list of your publications on the website. Glad you pointed me in the right direction.

    1. Roberto: Sorry you’re having a problem — I’ll have them contact you on Monday, and we’ll honor the $100 discount — no sweat. Again, sorry for the woes, but we’ll get you taken care of on Monday. Best, -Scott

      1. Thanks Scott, everything solved, my misunderstanding, site worked fine. See you in Vegas.


  3. Wooohooo! Thanks for the shout out for our big SmugMug launch Scott. We have been working our tails off and are really proud of it. See you at PSW! :)

  4. Thanks so much Scott for plugging the Newsletter! I didn’t realize it was on the blog as well until this morning…hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  5. Scott-
    I just want to thank you for writing the book that I don’t know how to write. I didn’t know until today that you had done that. I have a few of my friends in mind that need it – and I love that you are helping children.
    Now I have an entirely new reason to follow you.
    Bless you-
    Cathy Donohoue

  6. I too want to get the book in hopes it will help me talk to others. I’m a deacon and Sunday school teacher. But I’m always wanting to better myself. Your teaching in photography and Adobe has been amazing.


  7. Just read your post on FB about your free give away. I would love to have a copy of your new book “Lightroom 5 Book for Digital Photographers”. Thanks!

  8. Your books are not available in stores in Turkey (except “The Digital Photography Book” series which are translated and released with a very long delay – Vol. 4 is still unreleased -).

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