Monthly Archives September 2019

We’re just 5 days away!
It’s this coming Saturday, October, 5th, so head over to the official site and see if there’s a photo walk set-up near you (if you haven’t checked in a while, it’s worth checking again – we have photo walks™ organized in over 900 cities around the world). Plus, it’s free; you’ve got a chance at some amazing prizes (including awesome Canon Cameras and lenses, and Adobe software, and Platypods, and lots more!), you’ll take lots of photos, meet some new people, and you’ll just have just a ton of fun.

Check out this year’s photo contest prizes!

Our friends, and official sponsors, Canon USA, are giving the Grand Prize Winner a Canon EOS RP Full Frame mirrorless camera and a 24-105mm lens. The best shot from a walk leader wins this same camera kit. Seriously, how sweet is that! (thank you Canon!)

If you win the Grand Prize in this years photo contest (entering is totally optional) you might pick up an incredible prize package (above), but even if you’re not the Grand Prize winner, you could still win one of these awesome prizes (below) as a finalist.

I’m off to Chicago to lead a local walk there on Saturday morning – my first time leading a walk in Chicago, one of my favorite cities in the US (and home to many yummy burger joints). Can’t wait to meet everybody!

See you here tomorrow for Travel Tuesday with Dave, and his Photo Walk update! :)


Hi, gang — I’m back from 10-days in China for my photography workshop there with my dear friend and colleague Rick Sammon. I took Canon’s new made-for-mirrorless 24-240mm f/4-f/6.3 RF-Mount do-it-all lens with me as my main body, and after shooting thousands of images with it, here’s my unfiltered field report.

Some pretty shocking things about this news lens (as you’ll see in the video below), and I included some important tips that are absolutely critical for anybody who owns this lens, or is considering picking one up. It’s all here, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Give it a look:

Hope you found that helpful. Here’s a link to the lens on B&H Photo for more details, specs, or to order one.

One week until the Worldwide Photo Walk

The big event is one week from tomorrow (Sat., Oct 5th), in 1,000 cities all around the world, but If you haven’t signed up to join a walk near you, no worries — there’s still time. Head over to; search for a city near you; join your local walk (it’s free) and get in on all the fun and contest prizes.

Hope everybody has a great weekend. See ya back here next week!


P.S. Thanks to all the photographers who came out to my seminar in Nashville on Wednesday – appreciate the great turnout and the gracious hospitality. Tennessee people are just the best! Next stop, Dallas and Richmond in October. Hope you can make it for the day. Tickets here. :)

Compositing Effects Bundle: Vintage Texture Design AND Human Torch Unmasked with Corey Barker

This week brings another creative bundle from Corey Barker!

Learn how to use textures to affect the look and feel of a design. In this first class Corey breaks down a design project with a distinctive vintage look that was made entirely in Photoshop. Starting with a range of photographs that serve as both design elements and sources for textures, Corey demonstrates the steps he followed to create the final project. From isolating each design element from its original background to layering them all together to create a completely customizable and fully editable effect, Corey teaches you techniques you can apply to projects of your own.

In this second class, you can learn cool new compositing effects! Here, Corey takes you step-by-step through the process of adding creative particle effects to a photograph to transform it into a realistic looking scene of a man bursting with fire. Using a variety of source photos for compositional elements and textures, Corey demonstrates techniques involving brush effects, layer styles, selections, and more to create the final realistic result. Be sure to catch the bonus lesson at the end on how to animate a particle effect.

In Case You Missed It: Hollywood Effects Bundle with Corey Barker

Take your Photoshop creativity to new levels by exploring Hollywood style compositing tricks with Corey Barker! In this class Corey teaches you how to create amazing effects using layers, brushes, masks, selections, and other Photoshop tools while building a movie poster. This project will expose you to a variety of techniques and give you a lot of ideas that you can use in other projects. Corey steps through the project from the base image to the background, and all of the cool atmospheric effects and textures that bind the final image into a masterpiece!

And don’t miss this fun project from Corey that creates a 3D scene from a flat 2D piece of art while exploring a certain part of movie history. Corey provides the original 2D art so you can follow along as he explains and demonstrates each step in the process. By the end of the class you’ll have your own version of the 3D scene and a new set of Photoshop 3D techniques that you can use in your own creative projects.

“Have Blimp, Will Travel”

That used to be the “shout out” to all the publicists and producers who hire set photographers for their feature films and TV series produced in Ontario, both Northern and Southern. I say, “used to,” as with the advent of mirrorless cameras and the electronic shutter, the SLR silenced by the blimp is becoming both redundant and anachronistic. 

I divide the Province in two as Northern Ontario, most notably Sudbury and North Bay, as they have become mecca for producers due to the tax credits available for labour costs.

And in the film and TV business, every nickel and dime is counted and watched by a number of levels within a production.

Hence this past March I worked up in North Bay on a show called “Cardinal” for CTV, in a frozen park full of little lakes, and came home with frostbite on my nose! Of all places… Did I think of greasing up that part of my body… nooooo. Call it a war wound… in -20 C. We had tents with heaters going for warmth between takes.

More than likely you’ll see me looking like the photo next to the wagon wheel as winter productions are not the norm. Cameras are rolling more likely from April – December in Ontario. 

Last year I worked on two productions in Northern Ontario, Honey Bee (see photo by the 24 hr. neon sign) and Bad Blood Season 2, both of which I was hired for the duration of each production, which simply means I got the job and shot all required photographic elements of and for the production.

These elements include: a) Set Stills on the days required by production for the publicity department, and that entails positioning myself as close to the A or B camera while they shoot the action, so I can get photos of the action.

An important aspect of set stills is rendering myself with “invisibility.” I use that word in an artistic sense, as it is a learned skill, just as a musician learns to play an instrument. Timelines and meshing with the crew are learned and practiced over the years. It makes life easier for the stills photographer, and also the actors. Typically the actor will never look directly at camera when shooting a scene.


With the recent launch of the iPhone 11 and an abundance of other great camera phones on the market, combined with the age-old saying that there’s no better camera than the one you have in your pocket, this week I’m going to lay down some phone photography tips. 

I’m Dave Williams, and every week I’m here on for #TravelTuesday—let’s do this!

Firstly, our phone is often the closest camera to hand when a moment arises out of nowhere that we want to put into pixels, and to this end, it can be a great benefit to be able to launch the camera app as quickly as possible. Get yourself familiar with the quickest way to launch your camera app with any shortcuts your phone offers, and if you enjoy using the camera built into Lightroom Mobile there’s an easy way access it through the iOS notification centre. 

Next up, remember that everything we know about photography still applies when we use our phones. Rules of composition, selective focussing, burst shooting, and bracketing for HDR exposures can all be applied, and in fact, should be applied to give us the best results and the best mobile photos possible. Just like quickly launching our camera app, it’s important to become acquainted with the methods to apply these techniques to our photography. There are compositional overlays, we can adjust for focus and exposure, we can apply HDR, and we can shoot burst mode. Everything we know still applies, so we should make the most of what our smartphones offer us for the absolute best photos. 

After we’ve captured the scene, we have a whole wealth of post-processing apps available to us. If you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud member, there’s Lightroom Mobile, and other apps are available which also deliver top-quality results, such as Snapseed, VSCO, LensDistortion, and of course, the editing features native to our phones operating systems. For example, as well as making final adjustments to our images, if we’re iPhone users, we can select a photo from our camera roll, swipe up, and then if we shot a Live Photo we can process our photo sequence into a long exposure—perfect for when we’d shoot waterfalls!

Take the time to learn your way around your camera phone and you’ll be surprised at what you can do with it!

I’ll be posting shots from my phone to my Instagram Story starting on Friday when I arrive in Iceland, so make sure you follow along right here

Much love


  • Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan
  • Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
  • Ogden, Utah, USA
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Mount Jewel, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Greater London, England
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Lewis County, Washington, USA
  • Tehran, Iran
  • Jirays Village, Egypt
  • Plock Mazoweickie, Poland
  • Cagayan de Oro, Hilagang Mindanao, Phillipines
  • Katy, Texas, USA

These are all cities that recently added photo walks as part of my 12th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk (sponsored by the awesome folks at Canon USA).

We are just 12-days away from the walk on Saturday, October 5th
Whoo hoo, it’s gettin’ close! We have already approved leaders in over 1,010 walks in cities around the world, and over 800 of them are already online for you to join a walk near you!

To find out if there’s a photo walk near you, click here. 

Lots of fun, and new friends, and new photos await. The photo walk is free, and you might win some amazing prizes if you submit an image to the photo contest (totally optional, but entry is free, too). Grab a group of your friends and sign up to be a part of the walk, today! :)

I’m off to Nashville or my seminar there on Wednesday!
I just got back from China yesterday, but there’s no rest for the weary — I’m on my way to Nashville tomorrow for my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar. While I’m there, I’m trying to stay away from one of of the greatest guitar stores in the world — Gruhn’s, but I can’t make any promises. Looking forward to see a whole bunch of you on Wednesday (it’s not too late to come out and spend the day with me — here’s the link for tickets).

Have a great week, everybody!


P.S. The next stop for my seminar tour is Dallas/Arlington next month. Come on out and join me. Tickets here.