Archive for October, 2009

New Photo Assignment series teaches technique and urges collaboration

Published by | Thursday, October 8th, 2009 producer Samara Iodice with instructor/photographer Derrick Story. producer Samara Iodice with instructor/photographer Derrick Story.

As Jim wrote yesterday, has plans for a number of new photography related courses — and just by chance, we’ve just released the first course in a new series for aspiring photographers this week. Photo Assignment: Natural Light Portraits with author and photographer Derrick Story is a really cool new course that shows us valuable techniques for shooting portraits in natural (i.e. unpredictable and sometimes unflattering) lighting. These tips are sure to bring your outdoor portrait photography to the next level.

But wait, there’s more…

Derrick has created a Flickr group dedicated to showcasing members’ natural light portraits, too. So after you watch the course and pick up some new tips, grab your kid sister, neighbor, or better half, and start snapping shots. Then upload your pix to the public Natural Light Portrait Photo Assignment Flickr group for feedback and to see the photos other members have shot and uploaded.

Derrick shows you how to join the Flickr group within this course, but if you would like more training on Flickr, check out Derrick’s other course entirely devoted to the photo-sharing website, Flickr Essential Training.

I’ll be uploading my own photos to Derrick’s Flickr group soon and hope you will join me.

Hello from the new Content Manager for Photography: Jim Heid

Published by | Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
Meet Jim Heid,'s Content Manager for Photography

Meet Jim Heid,'s Content Manager for Photography

Smile, everybody! I’m Jim Heid, the new Content Manager for photography here at

Some of you may recognize my name from the pages of Macworld magazine, where I’ve been writing since the dawn of time. Or you might know me from my The Macintosh iLife series of books on Apple’s iLife suite. A handful of you might even be familiar with my photos on Flickr.

At, my job is to help plan our photography-related courses. And we’ll be offering a lot more in the future. Of course, you’ll see new courses on Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, and other essential digital imaging tools. But you’ll also see courses on photographic technique: Lighting, composition, lenses, and more.

For anyone who loves photography, this is a great time to be alive. Cameras, lenses, and imaging software have never been better. But at least as important, the Internet has given each of us a global audience, a way to inspire and be inspired. At, we’ll be taking advantage of this revolution in imaging, too.

You’ll be hearing from me frequently here on the blog. In the meantime, I’d love your comments containing suggestions on the types of photography courses you’d like to see.

In 1944, Popular Photography magazine ran an article containing predictions for the future of photography. Among them:

  • “It is possible to perfect the camera to the point where it will become an automatic instrument which will focus, expose, and process the film by the mere push of a button.”
  • “I should like to see [the camera] develop until it takes its place with the pencil and the typewriter as an instrument of our everyday language.”
  • “Networks will make it possible for everyone in the world to see pictures of news events at the same time.”

Welcome to the future.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #28 – Hue/Saturation

Published by | Tuesday, October 6th, 2009


Hue/Saturation not only spins colors and intensity values, it lets you modify one color independently of all others. And it does so in such a credible way, you would never know it was there. This week, Deke reveals the power of Hue/Saturation in Photoshop Top 40 Countdown #28.

Keeping up with Lee Brimelow and Flash Player 10

Published by | Friday, October 2nd, 2009

We’ve just released a new course by Adobe Evangelist, Lee Brimelow, called Flash Player 10 New Features. Lee will be speaking at Adobe Max in Los Angeles Oct.4-7, so if you are in town, be sure to check him out. And if you can’t attend the conference, you can keep up with Lee at TheFlashBlog or by following him on Twitter.

It’s a wrap: Build better video with Premiere Elements 8 for Windows

Published by | Thursday, October 1st, 2009

In Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training, instructor and videographer Jeff Sengstack shows how this application can be the only one needed to view and edit video files and share them with family and friends. Jeff shows how to start a new project, set up the workspace, and arrange clips on the Timeline for an initial video take. He teaches how to apply specialized video effects, like Motion Tracker and the Effects Mask tool, to build more than just an average family video. He also covers how to add narration, music, transitions, and titles to a final movie.