Wednesday Updates

Here’s a few things worth checking out this week:

Layers Book – 2nd Edition –

I was talking to my buddy Matt Kloskowski the other day and he told me that he just wrapped up the 2nd Edition to his fantastic book on using layers in Photoshop. This is just a revision to the first edition so if you already own it, you don’t need to run out and buy it again. But if this isn’t part of your library, I can’t recommend it enough. Here’s the review I wrote for it the first time around.

Matt does a fantastic job of demystifying layers in this well organized, well thought out book. From his explanation of what a layer is, all the way through the most complex layer techniques, Matt keeps everything simple and straightforward. I have seen him instruct in person and this book follows in the same style as his classes. Each chapter builds upon the last and moves you from the simple to the challenging while building your knowledge of each layer tool or technique.

So here is what I really like, the chapters or lessons are chock full of follow along exercises that demonstrate the concepts being explained (you can download all of the images used to follow along). Next is the fact that Matt doesn’t delve to deeply into the math behind the tools. He just shows you that this does this and that does that. As I always say, “I don’t need to know how the engine works, just how to drive the car.”

What I don’t like, it’s just too short. This isn’t a bad thing with the book, it’s just that I enjoyed the lessons so much that I wish there were more of them.

The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Spider Holster releases the Black Widow

If you have been wishing there was a down-sized version of the Spider Holster system that you could use with your entry-level or mirrorless camera then wish no more. Today, Spider Holster unveiled its new Spider Holster Black Widow camera holster designed specifically for entry-level DSLRs and the increasingly popular mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Crafted from stainless steel and heavy duty resin, the Black Widow offers consumer and prosumer photographers a durable and lightweight solution to reduce neck, shoulder and back strain while maintaining the much sought-after fast-access.

To accompany the Black Widow, Spider Holster is also planning to offer a specially designed Black Widow Belt as well as an optional Black Widow Plate, which allows for the easy attachment of a tripod plate and helps distribute the camera’s weight for the ideal carrying position (lens pointed backwards rather than at the ground). The Black Widow will carry a MSRP of $55, and will be available in November 2010. Attendees of the upcoming PhotoPlus Expo (Oct 28-30, NYC) can get a first look at the Black Widow in the Spider Holster booth.

onOne Software releases free Lightroom presets –

This week, onOne has announced Perfect Presets for Photoshop Lightroom. Designed to help photographers work more quickly and easily while expanding their creative options, Perfect Presets for Lightroom 3.0 now offers a third volume of effects created by Mike Wong for a total of 192 presets. Also included with the Perfect Presets are two collections of presets from Jack Davis.  You can download them all by visiting the onOne Free Products page.


  1. Hi Jeff,

    That holster is quite interesting. I recently finished reading your book “Nikon D5000: Snap Shots to Great Shots.” Loved the book. It really helped me with my photography and understanding how my D5000 works. I love my new camera and have taken more than 1,000 pictures since June 2010, which is when I purchased it. I have a blog, but I’m thinking about creating a photography blog with a black background to show off my photos. Do you have any suggestions for FREE photography blog templates that feature black backgrounds and that are compatible with blogspot or blogger?

    I think you’re an awesome photographer. Some day I’d like to become professional or at least semi professional. If you visit my blog, you’ll see some of my photography and the articles I write to go along with them. Well, nice talking to you. Thanks in advance for your response. You can respond on my blog if you’d like.


    • Hi Judy,
      I’m glad you have enjoyed the book. I’m not sure about any templates for blogspot or blogger since I use WordPress for my blog but you might want to look at pixelpost. There are a lot of free themes available and it is perfect for showing off photos.


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