My friend Albin shared with me yesterday a link to an article with some amazing photos from a volcano eruption in Chile. There are some truly beautiful photos (including the full one of the one above) so go and check it out. My hat goes off to all of these great photographers for capturing that moment in such a beautiful way.

Nikon V1
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Cool news from Nikon this morning. They are announcing a brand new (mirrorless) camera lineup, going after Olympus Pen series and the Sony NEX series: The Nikon 1 system.

I have said to customers since the success of the Pen was obvious that it would just be a matter of time before Nikon and Canon followed on, given their status in the camera market. Now we have Nikon and will just have to wait and see what Canon does.

The Nikon V1, the first announced camera has a 1″ type sensor (which works out at 13.2mm x 8.8mm), giving you a 2.7x crop. A kit lens 10-30mm will be a 27-81mm equivalent in 35mm system, to which an adapter will be available (Nikon 1 to Nikon F). While the new mount and crop is necessary, I know that this will just help confuse the market even more, which is sad.

I am looking forward to trying the Nikon V1 out in late October when it shows up. To get the full scope of the new release, read this article at dpreview.

Scott Kelby's Fourth Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

Scott Kelby just officially announced that this years worldwide photo walk is open and that I’ll be on October 1-2, with the leader of the walk picking the best day for their walk. It’s a really fun event. I was the leader of a walk here in Gothenburg four years ago for the first walk, but because of travel schedules, I haven’t made a walk since. I am bummed to say that this will be the case this year as well. Anyhow, you should definitely be a part of this! Even if you don’t want to lead a walk in your city, you can join a walk. You don’t need a fancy camera, you can do it with an iPhone if you like. The whole point is to get out and meet new people, hang out, have a lot of fun while getting to shoot in a new environment.

If you like, there is a contest too with amazing prices: The winner will get the full CS5 suite, an Epson R3000 printer, a Photoshop World ticket, a collection of Kelby books, an iPad(!) and a lot more! Even if you are not the grand prize winner, all finalists will get prices including the Nik software suite and the OnOne software suite, a one year NAPP membership and more. Check this out on the photo walk website.

By now you’ll have heard enough right? Go and see if there is a walk in your city. If there is, why not join the walk? If there isn’t, host one! This is lots of fun!

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE!

It’s not often that I get to write that NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professional) is taking a tour to Europe. In this case, it is my pleasure to remind you that Scott Kelby is taking his awesome Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE! tour to Europe in August. He’ll be in Cologne, Germany on August 10 and Amsterdam, Netherlands on August 12. Guess what though, there are still seats left for you to come there! Last time I checked, flights are still available for OK prices as well as hotels in both cities from a variety of cities around Europe.

I will of course join at the Cologne event, going down there August 9-11 and am looking forward to seeing Scott here in Europe. If you are joining us in Cologne, I am very positive that you will get to see Calvin Hollywood and if you visit the Amsterdam event, Frank Doorhof should be around too!

See you in Cologne, or, if you can’t make it there, have fun in Amsterdam!

A Composite with Steve
A Composite with Steve

This weekend I have been over in the lovely UK to catch up with my buddy Glyn Dewis, combining the visit with attending his From Concept to Print workshop. I’m sure I am no where near alone in thinking that Glyn does some seriously cool stuff. The workshop is a full day, split into a photography part and then a Photoshop part.

Myself, I was definitely most interested in the photography half since studio photography is just so darn fun and something that I don’t get to do a lot of. However, what is great about the Photoshop part (in the afternoon) is that since Photoshop is such a huge program with many ways to achieve the same technique, you always learn a lot from watching another educator teach Photoshop. Indeed, I discovered quite a few new ways of doing things that I wouldn’t have thought of.

We were joined for the day by Steve who’s just a really good guy. Great personality and great to work with. His character does also lend itself very well to shooting some more unusual shots for some fun composites. Composites were of course the whole thing about the workshop and of course, really fun to do.

The day was spent in a great studio in Wokingham (just outside London) run by Gareth Davies, another great guy (although I am a little scared for what he keeps in his locked closet…). Large place with all sorts of lights and backgrounds. If I ever need a studio in the London area, I’m sure to go to Gareth now.

Workshops, webinars…more from Glyn!

Glyn does his workshops a little now and then and you will hear about them on his blog, where he also posts photos from shoots as well as tutorials on his techniques.

Here is a scoop for you though. I have managed to get Glyn on board to do a series of webinars with Bernskiold Media so you definitely want to keep an eye out for those coming soon. Very excited about that.