Fall Cleaning – Taming your email inbox with unroll.me

Fall is here and that means retailers are gearing up for the holiday shopping season. If you think your email inbox is overflowing now, just wait a few weeks! It’s time for a Fall cleaning and a new way you can go about taming your email inbox with unroll.me, before the onslaught of Black Friday. We’re …

Basic Lightroom Training free on CreativeLIVE this week

A lot of people ask me what software I use to organize and edit my photography. I use many applications, but the one that I really could not live without is Adobe Lightroom. From its first release years ago, it has changed my organization and workflow in critically positive ways. I’ll always use Photoshop for …

The Birth of the Bicyclipod!

I’m always looking for a way to get me and my photo gear around the city in the most efficient way possible. I love biking, even during a snow storm like we had yesterday in Chicago. The city is good at keeping the streets cleared, faster than the sidewalks getting shoveled a lot of the …

Photoshop Week at CreativeLive – Last day for discounted pricing

I very rarely promote other companies products or services here on the blog – unless I find something with extraordinary value. And since today is the last day for deep discounted pricing (March 2, 2013) on one of those finds, I thought I’d better get a quick blog out about it in case any photographers …

Free Photoshop related learning all next week at CreativeLIVE

I get a lot of questions about cameras, software, techniques and business practices related to my personal photography workflow from new photographers trying to find their way. I’m always happy to point them down the correct path whenever I have the time. In that spirit, I’d like to point out a week-long series of free …

Another opportunity to learn DSLR Filmmaking with Billy at fxphd

My apologies for the tardy notice, but I wanted everyone to know that my DSLR Filmmaking course is available online once again over at fxphd as part of the July – September term, already a couple of weeks in progress. I received many notes last Fall, after the course had ended, asking when it might be …

Death of an F (or the Final-ity of a Chicago Users Group Name)

Update and clarification: None of the film editing users groups mentioned in this posting are dead. Some have simply changed their names. I received feedback on this article from concerned readers who pointed out to me that by simply looking at the headline title of this post in a web search, it could result in some confusion about …

In Praise of a Good Accountant at Tax Time

This should probably be one of my Billy Sheahan Photography School Courses. But for now this will have to do. I’ve had the same accountant since 1993 when I got my first real financial scare. I had been working a lot of freelance work the prior year and didn’t understand the importance of putting some …