Monthly Archives March 2019

If it’s been more than six months since you’ve updated your portfolio (like it has been for me), then let’s make this “Update Your Portfolio Weekend” and give our port the refresh you’ve been meaning to give it for month (and then on Monday, I’m hoping you’ll post links to your updated portfolio site so I can check them out).

Now, if you’re reading this thinking, “Well, I’m out, I don’t even have a portfolio” then you’re in luck, because chances are you subscribe to some Adobe subscription plan, and if you do, that means you get access to “Adobe Portfolio” for free, which is an amazing awesome, and easy, templatized site for getting your portfolio up and running in about an hour.

Best of all, it’s free.

Well, Adobe Portfolio (found at myportfolio.com) is a part of your Adobe subscription plan but you know what I mean — you don’t have to pay extra for it — the Web hosting is already included in your plan, too, so there are no extra costs at all. It’s free with your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription).

If you want some step-by-step help on how to set up your Adobe Portfolio for the first time, I did a full class on it, and I take you through the process (it’s super-simple), and you’ll have a portfolio up and running fast.

So that’s our weekend assignment.

I’ll be updating my port, too, and we’ll all meet back here on Monday to share links. Deal? Deal.

Have a great weekend everybody, and here’s to freshened-up ports!

-Scott

P.S. This is also a great weekend to make your Photoshop World Conference plans, so you can join us in Orlando May 31st – June 2nd, 2019 in Orlando, Flordia. Details, tickets and travel info/hotel discounts at photoshopworld.com

Insiders Look to Capturing Timeless Landscapes with Ramtin Kazemi

Join Ramtin Kazemi in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains to learn how to create timeless landscape photographs! In this class Rammy teaches you his approach to scouting locations, camera settings, gear, composition, and the importance of getting into the right location for a truly unique perspective. The weather doesn’t always cooperate with your plans, so you need to be flexible and ready to roll with the conditions. Rammy wraps up the class with an in-depth post processing session that takes his photos to the next level.



In Case You Missed It

Learn advanced techniques for processing your landscape photos with Ramtin Kazemi! In this class you’ll discover Ramtin’s workflow, from start to finish, for taking a raw photo from scratch through to being ready to print or share online. Ramtin takes you step-by-step through his techniques for creating vertical panoramas, color adjustments, luminosity masks, selective contrast adjustments, adding atmosphere, and so much more!

Photo by Jerry Ghionis

Then Came Gloria

The better a photographer you become, the more challenging it becomes to be a better photographer! It’s a cruel reality. We struggle and hope as we learn the basics of exposure, lens, f/stop, etc. that with that knowledge, we can then relax and play. It’s hard to imagine that photography will only be more challenging once we pass those hurdles.

On the bright side, the rewards become greater and the adventures sweeter when the photographic process settles in, and you look at the challenges to not only become better, but also make photography your own. It could be summed up as: style. Because with that style you become the visual storyteller whose photographs can change the world.

This realization and challenge hit me hard and early in my career because, along with everything photographic, I threw being in the photographic business into the mix (just because it wasn’t difficult enough). That actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise though as our survival depended on me pushing through these hurdles. I need that life or death struggle!

Human nature is such that walls tend to slow us down, if not stop us. Photography for most is a hobby, and with the real honest and needed desire to keep it fun (which is essential), often frustration settles in when we hit that wall and the fun fades. Sadly, all too often I’ve seen too many photographers on this path, or take this path, and real talent goes unknown as their passion disappears. 

How do we achieve our goals of being better photographers (because there is no end to this race)? Many believe it’s by buying more and better gear (I wish it was that easy). The reason it gets more challenging the better you become is because the investment you need to make is in yourself!

While they are photographically based, pushing yourself to make the finished photograph in the viewfinder when you go click is a b*tch! Throwing away all crutches and embracing failure hurts! And making photographs that reach out and grab heartstrings rather than likes at times is really lonely. Giving yourself a reason to take that next step in getting better and keeping your passion alive is to go beyond the single click. It’s a “simple” formula I’ve used for the last three decades, editorial, and it’s turned out pretty well. Let me explain it to you by introducing you to Gloria.

There has to be a start, right?

It all began with my dear friend, Kathy Porupski. We met years ago through the intimate community that was NAPP and is now KelbyOne. Always a dear friend and supporter and fellow photographer (and friend to my entire family), we did everything from photographing a Black Skimmer colony to model shoots together. I helped her when I could, and she always returned that in spades.

Many years ago, after I dove deep into aviation photography, she told me about a friend of hers whose husband had planes and sent me a picture. Me being me, I thanked her but did nothing about it (you know, that mental wall, they were in Florida and I’m in California). Fast forward the clock a couple of years.

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Hey hey, happy #TravelTuesday to you all! I’m Dave Williams and, this week, I’m in Norway where it’s currently –9°C in Skibotndalen. I’m writing this on the side of the road right on the Finnish border waiting for a recovery truck. Yes, a recovery truck! I’ve just seen the most amazing aurora, got a little too excited in my rental car, and now I’m stuck in the snow.

Anyway! This week, I want to tell you about the camera settings I use for the northern lights. It’s not dissimilar to shooting waterfalls actually in its concept—if you want the aurora to be sharp with its detail and motion preserved, you need to shoot fast at around 5 seconds max.


Focusing manually is important. If you forget to switch over to manual focus two things happen: – First, your camera will try to focus in darkness and will automatically land on some random focus point, which will probably not have the aurora in focus. And, second, you may miss the focus by rolling out to infinity. When you set your lens to infinity it’s often actually a bit too far. The aurora is around 100 miles up, but even so, the way our lenses are made means we’re pushing the glass a touch too far at optical infinity. Hitting infinity and then making a tiny adjustment back the other way is, in my opinion, the best spot to focus for the northern lights. 

If you do choose to have the camera focus for you, find a bright star or something else with brightness and contrast to help your autofocus work its magic.

So, what about different strengths of aurora? Well, if the aurora is weak, I shoot for up to 30s and ISO between 2500–4000. If it’s strong, I’ll shoot between 2s and 15s and ISO 500–3200. In both cases, the aperture will be large at f/2.8 to allow the maximum amount of light to hit my sensor.

I hope this has been helpful and entertaining! Now I’m going to wait for the recovery truck to come and get me out of here, so I can head to Senja and find my hotel.

Much love

Dave

Today’s the day! We’re wrapping up the first quarter of 2019 and we’re heading into this next quarter knowing that we started it right by backing up our Lightroom Classic catalog today (and we’ll all be sleeping better tonight night for it).

While the process of backing up your catalog is easy, first you might want to know why you need to backup your Lightroom catalog and then how to do it, step-by-step. So, first read this (from my other blog, LightroomKillerTips.com):

After reading that, you might ask, “Where should that backup be stored?”So, read this:

OK, that’s the plan — stop what you’re doing; backup that Lightroom Classic catalog, and start this week off like a boss!!

Have a great backed-up feelin’ Monday! :)

-Scott

P.S. If you’re thinking of joining us in Orlando for the Photoshop World Conference (May 31-June 2), our host hotel (The Hyatt Regency) is filling up fast, so get your rooms right now (last year, we sold out the entire hotel, and folks had to stay off-site. Stay where we’re all staying, in the middle of it all right there at the Hyatt). Here’s the link with our room discount for attendees.

…it went way, way off the tracks. I think in a good way — but anytime you do an interview, and you actually talk about things like religion, well…you know it’s not your average interview. I really enjoyed going what host Andy McSweeney called “going off the grid” (I see what ya did there), and anyway, it’s an audio podcast with a part 1 and 2 (links below), and you’ve got a few minutes, you can let it run in the background while you’re doing your post-processing.

Here’s the link to Part 1

Here’s the link to Part 2

Thanks to Andy for asking me questions, and going places, I usually don’t get to go in interviews. What great fun. I think. ;-)

From”Make a Print Monday”

You might remember last month when I launched “Make a Print Monday” where we all stop what we’re doing and make a print (or send a print off to the lab, for the sheer joy and importance of printing. Well, I shared the shot you see above of my print from “Make a Print Monday” on my social media channels, but I realized I never shared it here, so….well, here ya go. :)

I say, next month, let’s do it again! :)

Only Two Spots Left…

If you want to come with me to Paris this summer, there are only two spots left. It’s going to be an amazing travel photography workshop — lots of learning, laughing, amazing French food, and making new friends in the most photogenic city in the world. Grab one of those spots right now (here’s the link with details), and I’ll see you in Paris for an unforgettable experience.

Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with lots of great images, and fun. :)

-Scott

P.S.A big thanks to everybody who joined our KelbyOne Pro plan during our big sale last week. It was a record-breaker for us, and we’re excited to have so many new members. You guys rock! 

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