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Saturday, September 21, 2002 | by
It has been a busy summer of offline activities for me, including assisting in the development of two digital-focused Nikon School seminars, which make their debut in Chicago September 28. As my participation in this and other projects draws to a close, my focus is now returning to Thanks to all who've inquired about its status during the site's summer hiatus. I hope absence has made the heart grow fonder.

Lots of changes are already well underway. A web site redesign is almost complete. Simultaneous with that is the rollout of a content management system that will make the site easier to maintain and add functionality to in the months ahead. The forums are also slated for a top-to-bottom retooling, to ensure that they are organized in a way that meets the needs of working professional photographers of all stripes. That reorganization is a top priority, and will be implemented soon.

The biggest change of all, however, is the recent hiring of longtime friend and colleague Mike Sturk. Forums regulars will know Mike as the forums' firm but friendly moderator, a job that he has done on a part-time basis for over a year. Mike will continue in that role, but will now work closely with me in the preparation of news content too. This should help improve both the quantity and quality of what you read in the news pages in site, as well as help fill in the gaps in updating the site when my editorial training work and shooting assignments require my full attention. Please welcome Mike aboard the editorial staff at

Blue Pixel, the company founded by Kevin Gilbert, Reed Hoffmann and myself, continues to grow and thrive. I'm stepping back from my duties with Blue Pixel, which has firmly established itself as an authority on all things digital for consumers, advanced amateurs and those eyeing a move to the pro ranks. I will continue to work with Kevin, Reed and the other members of the Blue Pixel team in the months ahead, but in an advisory and consultative role, not as Chief Technology Officer. This will free up the time I need to rebuild this web site, as well as to continue doing what I originally left my newspaper staff photographer position to do: provide training to editorial photographers and other pros who have made the move to digital photography. I'm now booking for 2003 - inquiries welcome.

If you've sent an email to a address in the last couple of months and did not receive a response, please accept my apologies. The volume of email received is more than I can respond to generally, and especially when I'm busy with projects not related to this web site.

Please return starting early on September 24 for coverage of announcements from Photokina, and bear with us as we catch up on the publishing of some important news from the past while. And thanks again to all who expressed a concern that the site was going away. Not to worry - is back.

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