James Balog speaks on nature photography. Balog is one of the most innovative photographers working in the field. He understands how important it is to challenge conventional perspectives. And he understands the importance of innovation in representation.

Jim Balog has been doing an absolutely fascinating photographic project. He and a team of glaciologists have put cameras around the world and set them to take exposures every hour. The changes they’ve tracked have been astonishing – even to the most learned scientists! You’ve never seen anything like this. Few people have. Until now. This project is important photographically – it’s extended the way photographers work and think about developing projects. The focus on movement/change represented by still photographs, many presented as time lapse series moves us ever closer to blurring the lines between still and video. It’s a project of historic proportions in so many ways.

This project presents important evidence in the quest to understand climate change. Here’s the bottom line. “Over 100 million people live within three feet of sea level—the very amount that experts expect seas to rise by 2100. Cities will spend trillions on coastal defenses, low-lying regions such as Florida and Bangladesh will be devastated, and many island nations will cease to exist. Overall, the consequences will test our ability to adapt like never before.” The debate is not whether climate change is happening. 90% of scientists agree it is. The real debates are how much, how fast, how much is geophysical, how much man contributes, what we can do about it, and are we prepared to react to it.

Watch Extreme Ice here.

Learn more about James Balog here.

Balog ends the series in a place that has captivated me – Iceland.
Check out my Iceland workshop here.

See my work in Antarctica. Images. Text. Book.

Extreme footage from James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey.


This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.
VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

Find out more here.

And here.

I’ll be presenting two sessions this morning.
The Fine Digital Print 11-12.
Find out what it takes to get the best print quality and much more.
Drawing With Light 1-2.
Find out how to enhance your images with greater control and precision than we’ve ever had before.

Want more information? Check my Acme DVDs and Kelby Training online sessions.


This evening is always one of my favorite events. DiVitale, Glyda, McNally, Maisel, Versace, Caponigro, Peterson. We all show recent work and talk about our creative processes. What we do. What we produce. Why we do the things we do. The really important stuff. It’s always different. I never do the same thing twice.

The evening is full of great pearls of wisdom. Like Joe McNally’s “If you want to take more interesting pictures, go to more interesting places.” Or, Jay Maisel, “Let the picture come to you.” Or Vincent Versace’s quotes of Ernst Hass, “Don’t take pictures. Be taken by pictures.” and Cartier Bresson, “Give me inspiration over perspiration.”

Tonight I’ll be showing new work from my recent voyage to Antarctica in January 2009.

See my work in Antarctica here and stay tuned for new updates.
See my text on Antarctica here and stay tuned for updates.
Watch for my Antarctica Blurb book update later this spring.

See upcoming destinations here.

Adobe’s John Loiacono, Russell Brown, and John Nack gave a great overview of all the key new CS4 features making a compelling case for upgrading. They noted that there have been many free enhancements to the product line since the release, including great updates for Camera Raw. If you upgraded, but didn’t get these updates, get them! And there’s a new utility that let’s you make your own custom panels – Configurator. NAPP has made a new panel to help make watermarking your images a breeze. It’s free to members.

Missed the event? See it here!

Check these other blogs for co-coverage of the event.

Corey Barker
John Paul Caponigro
RC Concepcion
Dave Cross

Jim Divitale
Laurie Excell
Martin Evening

Richard Harrington
Scott Kelby
Matt Koslowski
Deke McClelland
Joe McNally
John Nack
Moose Peterson
Jeff Schewe
Colin Smith
Ben Willmore
David Ziser

Find out more about Photoshop World here.

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I started a Facebook Group for my workshop and seminar alumni.
If you’re one of my alumni you can use this group to …

Network – Connect and stay in touch.
Learn – Exchange information.
Promote – Grow an audience for your projects.

I use Facebook to stay in touch with people. I let them know what I’m doing. I find out what they’re doing.

My hope is that this group will be useful to you to … Read more

Precons at Photoshop World XVII start today.

We’re coblogging again. Presenters will try and make one post a day of a highlight.

I haven’t even started my Epson Print Academy Precon (today from 1-5 with Rodney and Schewe) yet and I’ve had a highlight. RC Concepcion, Matt Koslowski, Corey Barker and I were discussing shooting for HDR for their demo during their Precon session. RC had scouted locations and remarked that crowds might be a problem. So I offered an idea. Shoot 3 shots for each bracketed exposure (three each for low, medium and high). First merge the moving people out. Then use the remaining three merges for the HDR merge. This stuff gets you thinking – in new ways. I love it! I’ll be do this in my workshop in Palms Springs next week. Someone will let you know how it goes. When they do you’ll find a link here.

You can see what other presenters share each day by accessing these links.

Here’s a list of everyone who coblogged last year. Check back for more links each day.

Corey Barker
John Paul Caponigro
RC Concepcion
Dave Cross

Jim Divitale
Laurie Excell
Martin Evening

Richard Harrington
Scott Kelby
Matt Koslowski
Deke McClelland
Joe McNally
John Nack
Moose Peterson
Jeff Schewe
Colin Smith
Ben Willmore
David Ziser

Find out more about Photoshop World here.

Check out the Epson Print Academy here.

Check out my Workshops series here.

Who Uses NEC?

March 23, 2009 | Leave a Comment |

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Who else uses NEC monitors? These guys – Schewe, Holbert, and Maisel.

These guys also use NEC – Holbert, Schewe, and Maisel.

In 1989 when we started Nash Editions … there was no expectation that the screen would accurately represent how the image would translate to paper but it did provide direct control over our output.
With the release of Colorsync in 1993 color management slowly became more and more accurate. By 2000 we were working on calibrated CRT’s that provided us with a nominally accurate representation of our printed images. Finally in 2003 we acquired 2 Sony Artisan CRT’s and we experienced an unmatched level of on-screen accuracy. As the Artisans neared their end of life we realized that replacement displays would not be CRTs. Since then we have replaced all our mission critical displays with NECs. We find that they provide us with an unparalleled level of color accuracy and angle of view. – R Mac Holbert

For the Camera Raw video tutorial, I chose to use the NEC LCD2690WUXi because it had the right combination of resolution, wide screen display, wide color gamut and yet extremely accurate profiling so I could rely upon what I saw on the display. I use it day in and day out and it’s proven trustworthy… As a visual artist, everything depends upon what I see. – Jeff Schewe

I just want the rest of the process between shooting and presenting work to be accurate and simple. That is what I like about the NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi monitors we use at my studio. – Jay Maisel.

Find out more about what they have to say here.

Read my conversation with Will Hollingworth (Senior Manager – Product Development for NEC) here.

See the monitors in action in my workshops.


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