I'm pleased to announce that Laura Shoe has joined our group of fabulous sponsors for the Close to Home workshop. Laura is an an instructor and fine art photographer based in Seattle, Washington, and particularly enjoys sharing her knowledge of Photoshop, Lightroom and other digital imaging topics with other photographers.  She is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom, and in addition to offering independent workshops, she teaches at Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle. She also taught for many years for the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and is a Lightroom moderator and beta tester for Adobe.

Laura Shoe

Laura has put together a comprehensive DVD of Lightroom Fundamentals, including nearly seven hours of the same instruction she provides in her 2-day Lightroom workshops. Two lucky participants will receive a copy of Laura's Lightroom Fundamentals DVD—but there's a catch! You must register and pay for the Close to Home workshop before the early registration deadline on this Friday, Sept. 2nd extended to Tuesday, September 6 ! to be eligible. You'll get a 10% discount for the workshop, too, saving you $30 off the full $299 workshop price.

So if you've been putting it off, here's a little incentive to register early and get a chance at a really great prize. Sign up today!


I'm pleased to announce another great sponsor for the Close to Home workshop in Port Townsend, WA. Luma Labs, the Portland, Oregon-based makers of the Loop and LoopIt camera straps, wants to make sure that your camera is always at the ready to capture the photographs you find all around you. That's why they've taken the popular sling strap for cameras and improved upon it. Luma Labs Loop Camera Strap

Luma Labs Loop and LoopIt camera straps work simply and simply work. They've focused on a minimalist design with quality materials and construction to make sure your camera strap is a natural extension of your shooting style. Your camera hangs comfortably at your side but can be raised to your eye quickly and smoothly, giving you confidence that your camera is ready when you need it.

I've been a Luma Loop customer since they were first available in November 2009 and I love the simplicity of its design and its ease of use. I've carried a variety of cameras with it, from a bulky Nikon D3s with a 70-200 f/2.8 zoom lens to the svelte Leica M9, and it's always been comfortable and reliable. It's also very durable and long-lasting; I still use the same strap I bought in 2009.

Thanks to Luma Labs, we'll be giving away two Loop straps at the Close to Home workshop to a couple of attendees, along with the other great prizes from Craft & Vision, ThinkTANK Photo and OnOne Software. But you've gotta be there to win, so be sure to get signed up soon! You can save 10% off the regular $299 workshop fee if you sign up by September 2nd—less than a week away.

We'd love to see you there!

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