DFW Events – Week of Sept 28th

Good morning all. A quick shout out to Firgs who’s a bit under the weather today. I’m a guest blogger there this morning, and you might want to read the Top Five Reasons Firgs Rocks. OK, here’s the list of events going on around Dallas/Fort Worth this week. Some fun Halloween themed photo events for you to checkout, both family & pet friendly:

Digital Photography Club – Tuesday, September 29th at 7pm: Photo share & critique night. Join the crew for some pizza as they exchange ideas about what’s good & what can be improved in your photography. Cost $5

Digital Photography Club – Wednesday, September 30th at 7pm: Spook-tac-ular photo shoot. Darryl has some great Halloween sets created for the family. Bring your kids on by or Darryl will provide his children as stand-ins. Cost $25

Texas Glamour Club – Thursday, October 1st at 6pm: Elvira themed photo shoot with model Farrah in the lead spooky diva role. Cost $39 adv/$49 door

Digital Photography Club – Saturday, October 3rd at 11am: HDR Photography & Lone Star Car Show, join the group for a look at HDR photography and some great cars. Cost $17

NTPC – Saturday, October 3rd at 11am: Car & Bike Show in Princeton, TX.

I’ll be throwin’ down in Vegas this week with the gurus at Photoshop World, but will see what kind of NAPP swag I can bring back. As always, if there is a local event I missed, or community group I should know about please leave a comment so I can add them to my weekly updates. Make it a great week!

Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 8 & Premiere Elements 8

This week Adobe announced the release of Photoshop Elements 8 & Premiere Elements 8:


Terry White has this to say on his tech blog:

This new version continues to refine the great user interface and feature set of versions 6 and 7. Mac users will be happy to see this new version on the Mac (skipping version 7). While there is a lot to like in this consumer photo editing app, here are a few of my favorites:

• Mac users get the full Bridge CS4 app included with all the benefits of Adobe Camera RAW plus the ability to create panos and access to the new Photomerge Scene Cleaner and Photomerge Exposure

• On the Windows side instead of Bridge CS4 there is a new Organizer that works with both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements.

• Photomerge Exposure is amazing!

You’ll want to check it out Terry’s video review, and watch for my presentation of the new features of Photoshop Elements 8 next month after returning from Photoshop World.

Have a happy Wednesday, and don’t forget the best camera is the one you have with you.

DFW Events – Week of Sept 21st

Good morning everyone. Here’s the rundown of events happening in Dallas/Ft. Worth starting with yours truly speaking tonight:

DFW Social Media – Monday, September 21st at 7pm: Come out tonight to Dave & Busters as I give a presentation on Social Media tools including SocialOomph, Ping.fm, CoTweet, and others. Cost $3

NTPC – Monday, September 21st at 7:30pm: Low light photography field trip. Cost $15

Texas Glamour Club – Tuesday, September 22nd at 7pm: Hangout with Darryl & crew at Kerr’s Winghouse for some social chat on photography and other stuff.

Digital Photography Club – Wednesday, September 23rd at 7pm: Part 3 of the Lightroom Core Series. Join me at the studio for the final segment of my  seminar series. Output is the topic, but don’t think I forgot about exporting. Cost $25 adv/$40 door

NTPC – Thursday, September 24th at 7:30pm: Join the photo club at Fuddruckers in McKinney for an informal gathering of photographers and photo enthusiasts.

Texas Glamour Club – Saturday, September 26th at Noon: Probably the largest workshop (based on location) this year. Come join Darryl as he gathers the Dallas, Austin & Houston chapters together. This event will be indoor & outdoor. Cost $249

DFWWP – Saturday, September 26th at 4pm: DB Ferguson is on hand to show you how to build your blog community. Cost $3

That’s the wrap for this week folks. Feel free to contact me if you have future events planned, or if you would like me to add your usergroup to my community page.

I am Second…

Hello. My name is A.J. Wood, and I am a follower of Jesus Christ.

If my introduction reminds you of something you might here at an AA meeting it’s because that’s the stigma I held as a Christian for the longest time. This view wasn’t something that people had thrust upon me, but rather a culmination of opinions long gathered through my experiences in and out of church.

Being a Christian was the secret I kept to myself, rather than share with other people, and if shared it was a passing statement generally whispered or directed towards the immediate conversation, lest outside parties point and say, “Oh, he’s one of them.” Of course, I’ve never felt like one of them.

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DFW Events – Week of Sept 14th

Good afternoon all. Here’s the list of events happening in Dallas/Ft. Worth this week including part 2 of my Lightroom Core Series. Speaking of Lightroom, have you downloaded the 2.5 update yet? Be sure to update Adobe Camera RAW to 5.5 as well. Use the update options in Photoshop & Lightroom or download directly from the Adobe website.

Richardson Entrepreneurs – Tuesday, September 15th at 7pm: get together and network with like minded folks.

Digital Photography Club – Wednesday, September 16th at 7pm: Lightroom Core Series – Part 2, Develop Module – I’ll be delivering a 2hr seminar on how to use Lightroom’s Develop module. Part 1 was a big hit, and I’ll be repeating the series in October & November. Cost $25 adv, $40 door

Texas Glamour Club – Thursday, September 17th at 6pm: The lovely & talented Betzu is at the studio for a private club shoot. Cost $199

DDPMG – Saturday, September 19th at 6am: Join the club for the Plano Balloon Festival. Great photo opportunity if you’ve never been.

DFWAUG – Saturday, September 19th at 11am: Adobe AIR with Scott Filloon. Learn what the buzz is all about, and why this is a hot development platform right now.

NTPC – Saturday, September 19th at 8:30am: photo outing at the Classic Car Show.

That’s the wrap for this week folks. Feel free to contact me if you have future events planned, or if you would like me to add your usergroup to my community page.