Archive for August, 2006

Aug 31, 2006

The Making of the Lightroom DVD

Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape has released his second Lightroom Video Tutorial DVD featuring Michael and myself (Jeff Schewe) with discussions about Lightroom and tutorials on how to use Lightroom Beta 3. The DVD is available for $14.99 directly from the web site and is available to regular Video Journal subscribers for $5.00 off.

The DVD was shot in June at Michael’s “little cottage in the country” (well, that’s how he described it to me when he invited me). Chris Sanderson, the regular videographer for the Video Journal, taped Michael and I (and served double duty being head chef for dinners). The following is a photo story outlining the shoot. Note: it only has a bit of content regarding Lightroom but has more than a bit of humor mixed in with the photos.

Aug 31, 2006

Digital Outback Photo Releases Free Script

The Digital Outback Photo web site has released a free Photoshop Batch processor: XBatch

XBatch is simple to use and produces batch operations like Image Processor in Photoshop CS2 but maintains the folder hierarchy of the original folder of images.

Aug 31, 2006

Photoshop Online is Online


Jan Kabili’s Photoshop Online is up and running. In addition to news and info, Jan is doing podcasts available from Apple’s iTunes (search podcasts with the term “Photoshop Online”). The videos are also available from the web site.

Subscribe via iTunes

Aug 30, 2006

Project: Photoshop and Lightroom

Project: Photoshop and Lightroom Education Road Show Begins September 5
Photography students in the US experience Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom(tm) first hand with world-renowned photographer

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that the U.S. leg of its Project: Photoshop and Lightroom education road show will begin on September 5 at over 25 colleges and art schools across the nation. In collaboration with Colin Finlay, a world-renowned documentary photographer and four-time Picture of the Year Award winner, the road show will give students and educators direct access to Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe Lightroom public beta, the new digital workflow solution for professional photographers.

Aug 30, 2006

Free Pass to the Photoshop World Tech Expo

mainlogo.gifPhotoshop World is open to the public one day only on Friday, September 8 from 10:00AM-5:00PM at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

If you are interested in mingling with the biggest names in the industry and seeing the latest in Photoshop-related technology, sign up for a free Tech Expo pass (valued at $20 per person). You will need to provide a printed copy of the Tech Expo Pass at the Photoshop World registration counter to gain entrance to the Expo.

Click here to register for a free Expo Pass.

In its seventh year, Photoshop World is sponsored by Adobe Systems Incorporated and produced by NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals).

Aug 29, 2006

Katie Couric Before/After


In what some media wags are calling a “Photoshop Diet Program”, it seems CBS is concerned about Katie’s waistline and is taking steps to improve it. TVNEWSER has a story about Katie’s Extreme Makeover. The image on the left was released earlier in the year and the image on the right is from the September issue of Watch Magazine, which is owned by CBS.

Aug 29, 2006

Adobe Sneak Peek at Photoshop World

Adobe Executive to Give Sneak Peek of Upcoming Photoshop Technology During Photoshop World Conference Keynote September 7th, 2006.

Traditionally, Adobe Systems Incorporated has used the opening keynote at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo (produced by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals), as a platform for showcasing new and emerging Adobe® Photoshop® technologies, and this year’s conference (the largest Photoshop educational event in the world, held Sept 7-9 in Las Vegas) is no exception.

Aug 29, 2006

New Wacom(R) Pen Tablet


Intuos(R)3 4×6 Provides Superior Pen Control for Widescreen Users on-the-Go

VANCOUVER, Wash.,– Wacom Technology Corporation‘s patented new Intuos3 4×6 pen tablet is designed for serious photographers, designers and artists seeking optimal pen control and comfort when working with a widescreen display. The Intuos3 4×6 joins Wacom’s Intuos3 6×11 and 12×19 models to form a complete range of professional pen tablets that feature active areas matched to the screen aspect ratio of widescreens and dual monitors.

Aug 29, 2006

Luxology Releases imageSynth Plug-in

imageSynth, by Luxology, is advanced technology that works within Adobe Photoshop for creating seamless textures and for creating high resolution images from low resolution sources using advanced image synthesis algorithms. Hence the name!

Aug 28, 2006

Artificial muscles light up TVs

Diffraction grateArrays of thousands of tiny “super prisms” controlled by robotic muscles could bring real colour to TV screens for the first time, scientists say.

Source: BBC News
By Jonathan Fildes

The devices, known as electrically tunable diffraction gratings, have been built by researchers in Switzerland.

They manipulate light to reproduce the full spectrum of colours on screen, impossible using existing technology.

Aug 28, 2006

Scanner Artist Marsha Tudor Exhibit

floatgallerynmarshatudor-1.jpgMarina del Rey, Calif. — Float Gallery presents works of direct digital capture by Marsha Tudor, August 31 through September 16, 2006.

The show includes original digital prints from botanical sources which, despite their representational origin, explore perception and visual relationships.

Marsha Tudor, scanner artist, challenges conventional views of photography and digital capture. Using an Epson 4990 scanner, she creates images of such sculptural dimensionality that they belie the flat surface on which they are created. The exceptional resolution possible with a flatbed scanner produces images of remarkable clarity; this sharp focus is dramatically supported by the dark backgrounds which often result from the top being removed from the scanner.

Aug 28, 2006

Software piracy nets six-year prison term

Prosecutors and investigators hail the sentence as a major triumph. The Lakeland entrepreneur also is ordered to pay $4.1-million in restitution.

Source: St. Petersburg Times
Written by Carrie Weimar

Visitors to Danny Ferrer’s Web site found deals too good to be true.

Instead of paying $600 for Adobe Photoshop, Ferrer listed it for $99.95 on his site, He offered similar deals for other products.

Aug 23, 2006

PSN On Hiatus for PixelGenius Meeting


Martin is due in this afternoon and the rest of the boys on Friday (except for Bruce cause he can’t fly at the moment so we’re going to iChat with him) for our annual PG Meeting. We have a lot to cover about some “interesting developments” (TOP SECRET-We Can Tell No One!). So, until next week, PSN will be on standby.

We will post a resolution regarding the Mac Photoshop 9.0.2 issues on 10.3.9 as soon as we’ve heard from our Adobe sources. The original Mac Updater has been withdrawn and will be replaced (it’s not yet known if it will be another 9.0.2 or a rev to 9.0.3). those people who have installed it on 10.3.9 should downgrade to 9.0.1. People running the 9.0.2 update on 10.4.x don’t need to worry.

I’m not sure if we’re going to have quite the photographic coverage this year, but if you want to see what goes on behind closed doors, check out last year’s meeting report. I do know for a fact we’ll be making at least one Sam’s run.

So, tune in again next week!

Aug 22, 2006

Jeff Schewe’s Santa Fe Workshop

jeff.jpgEvery September, Jeff Schewe travels, by motorcycle, to teach his one week class at the Santa Fe Workshops. This year, his workshop Advanced Photoshop for Photographers runs from September 18th–22nd, 2006.

His class is not intended for the faint of heart nor Photoshop rookies-it’s an intensive 5 days of hammering on and learning about Photoshop from one of the most knowledgable Photoshop instructors around. It’s also a pretty fun experience as long as you don’t start crying (to be fair, Jeff has only brought one person to tears in his 7 years of teaching at the SF Workshops and the guy who cried on Monday ended up learning a lot by Friday). As of Monday there were a couple of open spots if anybody is interested. Contact the Santa Fe Workshops at 505-983-1400.

Aug 22, 2006

The colorful world of Pete Turner comes alive at George Eastman House

turner.jpgEmpowered by Color on view Aug. 12 through Feb. 4

Aug 21, 2006

The Photoshop Tool Palette for “Creative Freelancers”

All I’m going to give you is the link.  :~)

Via John Nack’s Adobe Blog.

Aug 21, 2006

Photojournalism in Crisis

Source: Editor & Publisher
Written by David D. Perlmutter

The Israeli-Hezbollah war has left many dead bodies, ruined towns, and wobbling politicians in its wake, but the media historian of the future may also count as one more victim the profession of photojournalism. In twenty years of researching and teaching about the art and trade and doing photo-documentary work, I have never witnessed or heard of such a wave of attacks on the people who take news pictures and on the basic premise that nonfiction news photo- and videography is possible.

I’m not sure, however, if the craft I love is being murdered, committing suicide, or both.

Aug 21, 2006

Benchmarks: 3GHz Mac Pro

The latest model sets a new speed mark

Source: Macworld
Written By James Galbraith

Macworld Lab’s 3GHz Mac Pro arrived at our (Macworld’s) offices, and, as expected, the desktop equipped with the fastest Xeon currently available to Mac users outpaced the 2.66GHz Mac Pro.

Aug 21, 2006

Trevor Morris Updates a Lot of Scripts

gfxtm.gif Trevor Morris, who runs the GFX web site has uploaded a bunch of new Photoshop scripts including a beta to a new Black & White Variations script.

  • Hide All Layers – set the visibility of all layers to off (invisible)
  • Show All Layers – set the visibility of all layers to on (visible)
  • Search For Layers – searches for layers by name and selects the first match
  • Sort Layers – sorts all layers in the active document alphanumerically (from top to bottom)

Be sure to check out his Photoshop Tutorials while you’re there.

Aug 18, 2006

Photoshop Finishing Touches by Dave Cross

Photoshop Finishing Touches
Written by Dave Cross.

If you’re primarily interested in finishing touches–the million creative ways you can use your favorite software to improve, polish, and add pizzazz to your images–this is the book for you! The first book devoted exclusively to the topic, Finishing Touches for Photoshop CS2 offers a treasure chest of creative finishing techniques.

With chapters on frames and border effects, color and artistic effects, presentation, sharpening, and printing, this full-color guide covers everything from creative cropping to dramatic lighting, stock photos, collage ideas, combining black-and-white and color, selective blurring, storybook layouts, PDF presentation, and more.

Aug 17, 2006

Photoshop 9.0.2 Update-Update About 10.3.x Mac

As noted on the Mac Photoshop User to User forums (see original thread) there seems to be a reproducible issue with the Photoshop CS2 (9.0.2) update when installed on Mac systems running 10.3.9. The problem seems to cause an immediate crash when trying to print from Photoshop 9.0.2.

According to Dave Howe from Photoshop Q&E, they are able to reproduce the problem and engineering is looking into the problem. Adobe may be pulling the Mac 9.0.2 Update to fix the issue with system 10.3.x. There does not appear to be any issues when using Photoshop 9.0.2 to print under 10.4.x.

Note: if you have 10.3.x you may need to re-install Photoshop CS2 (9.0.0) and do the 9.0.1 update until the issue is resolved. The 9.0.2 update is still only available via Adobe Updater and is not yet posted as a download.

The Windows version of the 9.0.2 updater does not seem to have any problems reported as yet.

Aug 16, 2006

Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography

Source: Pacifica Tribune
Written by Chris Hunter

Stephen Johnson is a name well-known in the world of digital photography. The Pacifica resident and business owner travels the world to offer seminars and lectures on digital photography. His own digital landscape photography is recognized throughout the world for its amazing quality and innovation.

He also is gradually turning his Pacifica workshop and gallery in the Pacifica Center for the Arts into an internationally known digital photography center, complete with courses, presentations and exhibits.

Aug 16, 2006

Photoshop 9.0.2 Update Via Adobe Updater

Photoshop CS2 (9.0.2) is now available via Adobe Updater-accessed from within the application. So far, no stand alone updates have appeared on either the Mac Photoshop Updates or Windows Photoshop Updates pages nor the New Downloads.

Aug 16, 2006

Lightroom Podcast Episode 17 Posted


George Jardine, Pro Photography Evangelist of Adobe has posted a new iTunes Podcast. This is the second podcast from the “Lightroom Iceland Adventure” with Richard Morgenstein.

Aug 16, 2006

Google Buys Company to Boost Photo Management

Neven Vision acquisition expected to bolster portal’s Picasa photo management software and service.

Source: PC World
Written by Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service

Google plans to strengthen its Picasa photo management software and service with the acquisition of Neven Vision, a Santa Monica, California, company specializing in mobile photo search.