Monthly Archives April 2018

Happy, Monday everybody and greetings from Cincinnati, Ohio — I’m up here for my seminar today. Looking forward to meeting everybody.

OK, I have a MEGA-awesome tip today, courtesy of my dear friend Dave Clayton (co-host of the “He Shoots / He Draws” podcast), and it gets around the problem some pros in the community have pointed out that if you post from 3rd party apps from your computer, Instagram’s algorithm automatically limits the exposure of your image within Instagram (in short – apparently Instagram doesn’t want folks posting from third-party apps). There is a lot of debate if this limiting actually happens or not, but there’s enough talk of it out there that it’s freaked some folks out and they’ve stopped using those third-party apps (yours truly included).

That all being said, this trick fools your Mac into thinking it’s an iPhone, and therefore you can natively upload images right from your Mac using the Safari Browser, and it SO easy to do (apparently, there is a way to do this from Chrome too, but at this point, I only know the Safari version). Anyway, with great thanks to Dave Clayton for allowing me to share this. Here goes:

 

STEP ONE: Go to instagram.com and log in to your Instagram account. Next, go to the Safari menu and choose Preferences. Click on the Advanced tab (as seen above), and at the bottom of the preferences make sure “Show Develop Menu in menu bar” is turned on (as seen above).

 

 

STEP TWO: Now you’ll see a Develop menu added to the menu bar at the top of Safari. Go under Develop, under ‘User Agent’ and choose ‘Safari—ISO 11.0—iPhone’ as shown above.

 

 

STEP THREE: Now go to Instagram.com again and you’ll notice a small + sign appears along the bottom of your feed (as seen above). That’s the “Add new post button” just like on your iPhone. That’s me pointing to it with my cursor (and a post from Dave about his super awesome daughter). :)

 

STEP FOUR: Hit the + icon and it brings up the upload window. Pick an image to upload (I chose this pic I took a few years back of the Disney Concert Hall in LA).

 

STEP FIVE: You have all the same features as on the phone; so input your text up top, and then you can use Location Services to choose the location (I typed in Disney Hall and it suggested the address, just like on my phone).

 

STEP SIX: It suggests hashtags just like in the app (some of the third party posting apps don’t even do this).

 

 

STEP SEVEN: Hit the ‘Share’ button and it posts the image just like as if you had done it with your phone — all natively on Instagram, but from on your computer in Safari. :)

Thanks, Dave – you rock!!! :)

There’s still time…
If you tried to get through or sign-up Friday for the Photoshop World Conference next month using the Early Bird $100-off discount, and you couldn’t get through (it was kinda crazy here on Friday as you might expect), if you call our customer service dept, they will still honor the $100 off deal today, so better get on it quick like a bunny.

Here’s to a great Monday, everybody. Hope I see you today in Cincinnati, and I hope if I do you brought me some Spray Cheese and Chicken-in-a-biscuit crackers (I’m getting low). ;-)

Best,

-Scott

That’s right — the Photoshop World Conference Early Bird Discount ends tonight at midnight ET for next month’s mega-conference in Orlando, Florida, but if you get it on right now you’re not too late to save 100 bucks.

Head on over to photoshopworld.com right now and snag your tickets.

You’ve always wanted to go — you keep saying “I’m going to go one of these years…” why not come join us now? You’ll learn more in three days than you have in three years, and you’ll come back faster, better, and totally re-energized.

Here’s a peek at some of the instructors teaching at the conference this year:

Get on it before midnight tonight, and I’ll see you in Orlando! (so will all these instructors above and a few more).

Wait, if you’re on the fence, watch this video (below):

OK, now you can go (and by that, I mean go get your ticket). :-)

Have a great weekend, everybody! :)

-Scott

Creative Portraits On A Budget with Irene Rudnyk
Get inspired to be more creative with natural light with Irene Rudnyk! Using just a camera and lens Irene takes you through her tips and tricks for creating beautiful portraits using only natural light. With live examples shooting outdoors and inside, Irene teaches you how she nails focus at wide open apertures, creates artistic lens flares, makes creative use of window light, obtains a three dimensional look in her photos, and all while working with a minimum of gear and a small budget.

In Case You Missed It
With outdoor lifestyle photography your job is to sell the experience to the viewer. You need to be able to work in all kinds of lighting situations and with a range of gear-from strobes to diffusion panels-to get the kind of killer shots that makes the viewer wish they were there. Erik Valind takes you through a series of locations and situations, demonstrating lighting, posing, and composition tips and techniques all along the way.

The Awesomeness Of Being A Second Shooter

Whenever someone messages me about “How do I get better at ____,” I often suggest a few things like simply putting in more hours, a couple of tutorial options or maybe some books. But one thing I probably don’t mention enough is how amazing being a second shooter or an assistant can be.
(Note: I wish I had more content to share where I assisted some of my favourite projects, but alas I do not have the rights to the final products.)

Touring with photographer Richard Powazynski (in frame)
My final image

I’ve learned so much over my career from being willing to be a second shooter or assistant to photographers/videographers whose work I admired, or maybe it was just the person themselves I enjoyed. Early in my career, I took a few second shooting positions with wedding photographers. It was an amazing experience, despite my utter dislike for the events themselves. The experience of the very long creative day, with a massive bouquet of personalities, emotions, and tight timelines was something that would help me in commercial jobs in the future. Being open to assisting put me in places I would not have ever imagined, and my work has always benefitted from it.

Location scouting with photographer Curtis Jones (in frame)
My final environment design I made with footage primarily from that location

My favorite thing to do is to find friends who work in careers completely out of my world. I’ve assisted on product shoots, weddings, beauty sessions, festivals, automotive, music videos, dragged gear for landscape shooters, even just handed supplies to VFX artists who were making a build for a movie set. It’s so interesting to see how other creatives in our world do that thing they do so well, and to see them just be awesome at it. There’s just something about that process that really speaks to me in ways tutorials and online blogs rarely do.  (more…)

It’s #TravelTuesday right here at Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider, which means that I, Dave Williams, get to drop in again and share a little something with you all! Aren’t you lucky!

Well, here in London, it has stopped raining for a few minutes, so what better time to drop a top tip for shooting in the sunshine. In the upper half of the world, the days are getting longer, the sun is getting brighter, and the cocktails are tasting better. When we don’t perhaps have the time to shoot during the golden hour times the sun can be something of a hinderance, but that’s only if we let it be. With these tips, you can overcome the hurdles it presents and make the most of shooting at the time when we’re all told as photographers not to! Here goes!

The dynamic range in this shot at the Vatican is immense, but still, with seven bracketed shots and the right post-processing, we have all the detail across the entire spectrum

Shooting bracketed shots, three is usually enough, and merging them into an HDR image goes a long way in reducing the glaring highlights and dangerously deep shadows caused by bright, direct sunlight on a summer scene. I’m not talking over-processed, high-vibrance, unrealistic HDR here, I’m talking about using the benefits of a High Dynamic Range to bring balance back to a photo which would otherwise have a lot of contrast and, therefore, not show off your scene. Using the Merge to HDR function in Adobe Camera Raw is the most straightforward way to do this—just select the images you wish to merge, then Right-click and choose Merge to HDR.

This blend of 2 bracketed shots was just enough to expose for the highlights and the shadows touching down in Utah

High Dynamic Range shooting and processing is absolutely ideal for bright, sunny conditions where you lose details and where your image loses quality. You can have a potentially amazing composition of an amazing subject, but if your image is clipped or your shadows are hiding awesome details, then you’re letting your image down straight from the get-go. That’s what I’m trying to tell you, though—it doesn’t have got be that way! There are people out there who are still put off by HDR’s history of being a bit too “in-your-face-surreal,” but it’s just not like that anymore. Well, not unless you want it to be!

Any excuse to show goats in a tree! The three bracketed shots here are blended to keep the look as realistic as possible, with no high saturation and no surrealist look

When you shoot with your iPhone, turn on HDR or use Auto-HDR on a sunny day to capture well-balanced images, and when it comes to your DSLR or other camera make sure you know how to shoot bracketed images. Over on KelbyOne.com, you can learn all about the specifics of how to merge your images using different techniques that give different results, and I urge you to start doing it now that the sun’s back out!

Much love

Dave

Here’s a quick look at what’s up on this glorious Monday in April:

SmugMug buys Flickr (What!!??!!)
I don’t know exactly what they’re going to call it, but I’m just glad they did it. Just in case you missed it this weekend – the folks at SmugMug bought Flickr. That’s right! Whoo Hoo!! There’s hope for Flickr at last! SmugMug is a great company, and a class act in our industry, and I can’t wait to see what they do with Flickr — one whose future just got a whole lot brighter. Congrats to the SmugMug crew. Well done, lads! :)

Our first instructor gallery show was a hit!
We were honored to feature KelbyOne instructor Moose Peterson for a solo exhibition in ‘The Gallery at KelbyOne’ last Friday night, and people were absolutely LOVING his aviation images (Moose, who is a print master himself, even gave a big shoutout to the folks at Bay Photo Lab for their big beautiful prints, displayed in the gallery using their Xpozer system). It was such a fun night, and Moose’s talk (broadcast live) afterward was funny, insightful, and often touching. We’ll be re-broadcasting the event, free to everyone, streamed on my Facebook page.

Who: Moose Peterson, with host Larry Becker
What: A talk with Moose about his aviation photography
Where: My Facebook page
When: Tuesday, at 2PM ET

Hope you can tune in – you’ll dig it big time.

The “Save $100 Early Bird Discount” to the Photoshop World Conference in Orlando is Ending Soon
If you’re thinking of going (and yes, you absolutely should be going – everyone’s invited), then get your ticket’s now before next week’s early bird discount deadline. Hurry hurry! Details and Tickets here.

How to be the first to get my new Lightroom Classic Book (spoiler alert: it’s already on-press)
It’s my biggest update to the book yet and has all the new features from the just-released update (including all the new Profile stuff). You can get yours first by pre-ordering right now from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Spend the day with me in Cincinnati / Covington next week, or Hartford the week after
I’m teaching my full-day Lightroom seminar (it’s just $99 for the full day) and I want you to come out and spend the day with me learning Lightroom. Lots of fun, useful, practical stuff to share, so come on out. Details and tickets here. 

Don’t forget Travel Tuesdays with Dave, here tomorrow.

Here’s wishing you all an absolutely rocking week!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I finally (finally!) got around to updating my gear page here on the blog – here’s the link if you’ve got a sec. 

 

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