The Digital Photo Guy

FREE Topaz Labs Webinar Registration Open

by on Dec.01, 2010, under Photo Editing, Photos, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements, Webcast, Workshops

FREE Topaz Labs Webinar – Registration Open

The much anticipated Topaz Labs webinar is now open for registration. Follow this LINK to the registration page. Registration is optional but, without registering, you are not guaranteed a seat at the webinar. Also, registration gives you the option to enter the door prize drawings. NB – There are two (2) lines for drawing numbers. Be sure to fill in both. Otherwise, it’s like losing 50% of your chances.

What: Demo ReMask3 and Adjust4 plus overview of all Topaz Products
Who: Ashley Robinson, Topaz Labs & The Digital Photo Guy
When: Thursday, Dec 16 at Noon Central Time (1PM EST, 11AM MST, 10AM PST)
Where: Webinar URL will be e-mailed to registered attendees
Why: If you have to ask…

If you choose not to register, the webinar URL will be posted on the registration page 5 minutes before the webinar starts assuming there are open seats. If it’s not there, all the seats are taken.

Please feel free to post this information on other photography & photoshop sites you frequent as well as any social media sites. We have about 30 seats remaining of 50.

Here are some examples of Topaz Adjust4, ranging from the mild to wild.




Evaluating the Value of Magazines

Looking through a recent issue of Photoshop User magazine, the official rag of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals), I was struck with the breakdown of the contents. A quick count of every page from front cover to the back cover yields 46 pages of ads out of 120 total pages (38%). Another 10½ pages (9%) is dedicated to overhead (Table of Contents, Title pages, masthead, index, etc). The remaining 63½ pages are allocated as follows: 9½ pages (8%) for reviews & press releases, 25 pages (21%) is dedicated to graphics techniques not applicable to most photographers, 15 pages (13%) of material that straddles both graphics & photography (tablets, Help Desk, Q&A, Beginner’s Tips, etc) and 9 pages (8%) applicable directly to digital photography. The remaining 6½ pages (5%) cover LightRoom, useful if you have LR but definitely not part of every workflow.

Outdoor Photographer magazine for that same month has 132 pages including the front and back covers. Of these, 70 pages (53%) are ads. The remaining 63 pages are divided as follows: Overhead 5.33 pages (4%), profiles/showcases 19.33 pages (15%), reviews/PR 10.66 pages (8%) and 20.66 pages (16%) direct, actionable photography related articles. The remaining 4% are subtle infomercials.

The last magazine I analyzed was Photoshop Elements Techniques, a beginner’s guide to PSE. I typically disassemble this magazine upon arrival, scan the pages of interest and discard the rest. I believe the current issues are about 36 pages but the only intact one I could find was 32 pages from late 2009. This magazine only has 1 ad on the back cover, 3 pages of overhead including the front cover and 28 pages of actionable articles. The articles comprise 16 pages (50%) on graphics/crafts and 12 pages (38%) digital photography related. Although this is a much higher percentage, the total pages dedicated to digital photography related articles is much less than the other two.

So, what does all this mean? My point is that we pay for a lot of “stuff” that’s not very useful or relevant to us as photographers. On a per page basis, I pay about 51¢ for a page of useful info in Photoshop User Magazine, 6.6¢ for Outdoor Photographer and 82¢ with Photoshop Elements Techniques. Think about your ROI before shelling out hard earned cash because not everthing is as useful as it may frst appear.

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