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Oct 1

In Friends, Seminars & Workshops at 10:11am

In Vegas for PhotoShop World. It’s cool. It dovetails with a current shooting project I have running to be here. Got in some chopper work the other night. Very lucky, cause the clouds, generally AWOL around here, were amazing. All that’s for next year.

Right now, humming with the energy of all the folks at PSW. There’s an amazing array of knowledge here. The amount and diversity of stuff going on and being taught is unreal. Matt Klowskowski, Dave Cross, Moose Peterson, Jay Maisel, Russell Brown– from shooting to post, it’s all here.

Speaking of good teachers, there’s always…..THE MAN WITH THE HAT


My bud Jerry Courvoisier just updated his website. Jerry’s one of those low key, patient guys. I know this cause he tolerates me. He doesn’t shout or jump up and down, he just knows. Somebody could walk in with their computer with all their images on it having just been run over by an 18 wheeler and all the smashed pieces are in a laundry basket, and Jerry will sit down with that person and say, okay, let’s see what we’ve got here, hmmmm….. (Jerry’s good at saying, hmmmmm.)

And before you know it, wire by wire, bit by byte, he’s got the person’s machine running again and they’re working their raw files. Calm, in a word, describes Jerry. Check out his website. He’s got a great Lightroom book, and he’s got a tour going with short, intensive, hands on Lightroom stuff. Chicago in October is next stop. And he teaches digital printmaking, at which he’s a master. Also, as you can see above, he’s a rakish, good looking guy. (I’m just saying that cause I took the picture and made him look better than he’s ever looked:-)


We shared dinner the other night, and I could barely eat from laughing so hard. RC’s, well, RC. He defines what it means to be a good teacher. Plus he’s a riot. (Question to RC….”What’s a website?” RC to questioner…..”Remember the photo album you had when you were a kid? The one you scotch taped all those pictures in? It’s like that…in the sky!”)

Plus, he’s an amazing shooter. He is married to one of my dear friends and all time amazing photo subjects, Jenn, a truly exceptional ballerina. Shot this of Jenn on a Tampa beach for a Kelby Training video.


Jenn, along with their daughter Sabie, is in front of RC’s lens quite often. He shot one of my favorite frames of all time, this one of Jenn on pointe, with little Sabie looking up at her.


Such trust, such wonder…in a photograph. Pictures like this, and talented folks like RC and the NAPP gang, are the reason it’s great to be here. The whole week…walking, talking, looking at and shooting pictures. It’s gonna be a great time. More tk….

Marisol Risakotta says:

on October 1, 2009 at 10:25 am

Sunset image of the ballerina is wonderful!!! Love it!

Mark Olwick says:

on October 1, 2009 at 10:30 am

Love love love that shot of Jenn & Sabie. Wow. One of your best, Joe.


Tony Tripoli says:

on October 1, 2009 at 10:37 am

Beautiful images as usual. Love the one on the beach, amazing colors!

John Cowie says:

on October 1, 2009 at 10:53 am

LOVE these shots, including that first one of “the hat”, but gotta be honest: photographically I like it a lot, but what intrigues me the most is that hat.

Sounds silly, yes? But that hat is illusive. I’ve been searching all over Colorado, and the web, for a wide brim fedora like that. Seems we don’t believe in them here.

What’s a guy gotta do, move to California?!?!

Tom Peterson says:

on October 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I’ve never run across Jerry, but have been following RC since he first started with NAPP. I agree that he’s a very good trainer, easy to follow, patient, good explanations, all the “right stuff”. That shot of his family tells an entire story.

Bill Bogle Jr. says:

on October 1, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Did Jerry win the weight loss bet in the long run?

Great pictures, love the one of Sabie and her Mom, and that is one they will always treasure, regardless of age.

Bill Bogle, Jr.

huy says:

on October 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm

i always enjoy your work

Kris Mitchell says:

on October 2, 2009 at 3:48 am

@Mark Olwick: While I agree it’s a fantastic shot, the one of Sabie and Jenn was taken by RC himself.


Gary Miller says:

on October 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Images with heart…very nice.

jakob says:

on October 2, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Awesome shots “Mr.Ugly Bastard” who let people look like lovely angels!

Charlie Thiel says:

on October 3, 2009 at 8:38 am

Always fun to live vicariously through you, Joe! I just revisited your “what’s in the bag?” page detailing your camera bag contents… WOW!, do you get a lot in a camera bag! Lightstands! Lightware cases!, Elinchrom strobes and power packs! All in a camera bag! That is a seriously large camera bag! Keep up the snarky hilariousness that is you! Keep on keeping on!

Francois DesRosiers says:

on October 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm

It is a realy great picture of the ballerina with that sky. Very good for inspiration.

Sergei says:

on October 3, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Awesome shot with kid.

William Beem says:

on October 5, 2009 at 11:16 am

The whole thing was great, but the Safari is where I got a chance to give myself a problem and try to resolve it. With some input from you, Laurie and Moose, I managed to figure out how to overcome my little exercise and get the result I wanted. It involved a bit of trial & error and a lot of mumbling to myself in frustration, but now I can now claim I’ve successfully shot the side of a barn.

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