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News, Discounts, and some Inspiration

Happy Friday everyone! Yep, I know it’s not Friday for most of you but it is for me so I’m posting some extra stuff today since I’ll be off tomorrow.

First off, Jeff Revell of the Photo Walk Pro blog did a review of my Layers book. Make sure you poke around the site for a while when you stop by – lots of good stuff (I mean in addition to the review 🙂 ). Oh yeah, don’t forget I’m still signing copies for anyone who orders the book from Kelby Training’s website. So go ahead and participate in the “Make Matt’s Hand Hurt” campaign. (fyi… I’ve gotten lots of comments here on the blog from people who’ve already gotten the book but please keep ’em coming. I love that stuff!).

Next up, I want to let you know about a really cool discount. I know a lot of people that visit this site are NAPP members (and some of you are probably thinking about becoming one). Here’s a discount, that pertains to all photographers, that I just found out about but you’re going to have to act quickly. You may have heard about Nik Software’s Viveza, a new Photoshop plug-in. It’s really hard to explain what it does but it uses this “thing” called U Point Technology. Before you fall asleep from technical terms like that, you’ve got to see it in action. They’ve got a really quick 2 minute video that explains what this stuff is and I’ve got to say it’s really sweet. That’s not the news though. The news is that NAPP members (for 2 weeks only) are going to be able to save $50 off of the software. So if you’re a NAPP member you’ll have paid for half your membership right there. If you’re going to join, again, that takes care of half your membership right off the bat. Finally, this news is actually so new that the web pages aren’t set up yet. They will be early next week and I’ll make sure to post the link as soon as it happens. I wanted to let you know about it right away though, so you don’t go out and buy it this weekend if you were thinking about it.

Next up is some web gallery goodness.
– Sean McCormack has some new free galleries for Lightroom and you can find them here.
– The Turning Gate has a really cool Client Response web gallery. It let’s clients rate images with comments. Neat stuff! Here’s the link.

Finally, I’ll leave you with some inspirational photography. Take a look at Gregory Heisler’s portfolio. He concentrates on portraits and photographs mainly celebrities (the Quiet section was my favorite). However, knowing that neither you or I will likely be photographing the people he does, I always approach viewing galleries like this from another point – style, setting, expression, lighting and other factors aside from the celebrity. That way, I can start to get some ideas for my own work.

Well friends, that brings the week to a close for me. I’m taking Friday off from everything related to work (at least that’s the plan) and relaxing a bit. Of course the mayhem of little league/soccer games and kids birthday parties starts up on Saturday (you know, the usual weekend stuff) so it will be short lived. I wouldn’t trade it for the world though 🙂 Have a great weekend!
(photo credit: Gregory Heisler)



  1. Max 6 March, 2008 at 05:54 Reply

    I do not see how Viveza does anything more than LR TAT tool already does.
    Especially for $250.

    LR TAT keeps me out of CS3 and allows me to copy-paste tat based enhancements across many images.

  2. Lynn Haynes 4 March, 2008 at 23:22 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    Terry said, “U Point plug in (will it work with the New version of Lightroom???) That is my question.


  3. Charlie Thiel 2 March, 2008 at 11:27 Reply

    Glad to know you are getting in some quality quiet time for yourself. Hopefully, you have had a great weekend. Man, you are just on fire! As Sarah K would say, “you freaking rock!”. Thanks for all of this information, and I cannot wait to dive into the new book!

  4. Terry 2 March, 2008 at 02:31 Reply

    Hi Matt
    U Point technology is what has been in Nikon Capture NX since it was first released,(I think) and it is a great way of adjusting photos I have been using it for a couple of years now, but I also love Lightroom and photoshop so am pleased with the release of a U Point plug in (will it work with the New version of Lightroom???) Thanks for all the great tips, have got every one of them since day one.
    Canberra, Australia

  5. Rob O 29 February, 2008 at 15:30 Reply

    I just got Vivesa- Holy Cow! Have you played with this? I see allot of potential to make tons of very selective adjustments. The masks this program creates almost automatically are amazing. I’m psyched!
    Have a great weekend!
    Rob O

  6. Peter Marcaurelle 29 February, 2008 at 15:17 Reply

    Hey Matt,

    Earlier in the week I went to the Kelby Training, ordered my copy of Layers Book and used my NAPP discount .

    Good news – arrived today.

    Bad news – somebody wrote their name on the very first page ! 🙂

    (just kidding), thanks for signing.

    Quick glance it looks great, can’t wait to get into it.

    I’m finding that no matter how much you think you know about PS you can always learn more and I expect to find is that I know less about layers than I realized once I start into your book.

    Thanks for your efforts in teaching an old dog new tricks.


  7. Brian 29 February, 2008 at 11:23 Reply

    Mr. “Houski”, Matt,

    The Layers Book is Awesome. I got my signed copy yesterday and have plowed through a third of it watching the kids swim before leg 2 of our trek down I 75.

    Keep up the great work – and have a great extended weekend! (leap year day off? – do it if you can)


  8. Alan 28 February, 2008 at 19:14 Reply

    Viveza looks interesting but I don’t understand the 2 week special deal. It says the software isn’t going to be released until April? Is it a 2 week special deal on placing a pre-order or something.


  9. Steve Broome 28 February, 2008 at 16:37 Reply

    Matt: I just received your Layers book through Kelby Training and the downloaded images (at least in chapter 1) are very tiny, even at 100%, and are difficult to work with. Also, the relative sizes in the plate/menu collage don’t seem to match up with the book. Perhaps I made an error of some kind. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

  10. mattk 28 February, 2008 at 16:06 Reply

    Dave – The book just started shipping from online sites late last week and earlier this week which means that’s when B&N would get them. I know they ordered a ton of them so it’s probably just a matter of them getting it stocked and on the shelves (or they may have sold out but you can ask them). Wish I could help you with when that’ll happen but that part is really out of our control. I did check my local Borders and 3 out of 4 stores have them so it’s starting to get out there.

    Eli – Thanks – sorry you can’t make it. We’ll attend a class or two for you 🙂

    Dan – I think Mpix does them. I saw some of their samples on that metallic paper and they were amazing. That’s actually where they shine as they have 24hr turnaround on albums (not 3-6 weeks). Plus, I think they’re getting more styles and options in the coming weeks.

    Matt K

  11. Dave S. 28 February, 2008 at 15:55 Reply

    Matt I have been checking the Barnes and Nobel near my house for your layers book. They do not have it. Do you know when it will available?

  12. Dan 28 February, 2008 at 15:17 Reply

    Matt, I’m enjoying your book and on-line tutorials. I’ve been your student for awhile and have to give you a teacher rank of 10+. Question: I’ve checked out mpix and am going to try, who do you use to publish your wedding albums?

    Hope to buy you a beverage one day.



  13. Eli Silva 28 February, 2008 at 14:39 Reply

    Hey Matt!

    I saw the last episode of Photoshop Tv and I really like your tutorials and Tips!! Sorry I can’t make it to Orlando though!!

    Take c are and continue with great work!

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