Monthly Archives October 2020

It’s time for #TravelTuesday with Dave (I know it’s Monday; deal with it), and today, I want to touch on a landscape photography term that’s used throughout photography: blue hour. Let’s not waste any time, here goes.

Blue hour and golden hour go hand in hand. They aren’t accurately measured as being an hour, but we know them as the hour before and after the sun sets and rises when we have the best light for photography. The reason golden hour is so beautiful is because the light from the sun diffracts through the atmosphere as its beams travel through so much more of our atmosphere laterally than if the sun were overhead. When it comes to blue hour, there’s a whole other science at play.

Blue hour, in photography, is a fairly broad term when compared to the scientific community’s version of what blue hour actually is. First of all, the different colours of blue hour are caused by the scattering of the shortest wavelength of light—blue—based on something caller solar elevation. This, in real terms, is dependent on the season and latitude and is the angle of the sun below the horizon.

Blue hour is further broken down into different degrees of twilight, and the term “degrees” really helps us to understand why. When the sun is at different levels below the horizon, as measured by angle, results in different levels of light and different visibility of stars.

The first type of twilight, where the sun is highest in relation to the horizon at between 0 and 6 degrees below the horizon line, is civil twilight. The sky during this time can still be yellow or orange in the direction of the setting sun.

The next type of twilight, where the sun is between 6 and 12 degrees below the horizon, is nautical twilight. During this period, with clear weather conditions, the horizon is faintly visible. Many bright stars can be seen, making it possible to use the position of the stars to navigate when at sea, hence the name “nautical twilight.”

The next type of twilight, where the sun is between 12 and 18 degrees below the horizon, is astronomical twilight. Astronomical twilight is almost indistinguishable from nighttime to the naked eye. During this time, most of the stars and other celestial bodies can be seen. To be able to see fainter stars and galaxies, you’d still need to wait for the sun to pass lower relative to the horizon.

At anything lower than 18 degrees below the horizon, it’s simply dark!

It’s important to bear this little nugget of information in mind when planning photos. Different situations require different circumstances, and the circumstances won’t always exist. For example, at polar latitudes, we notice midnight sun during the summer where it doesn’t get dark at all for months according to the definition of night. We can find the timings for these twilight times by using PhotoPills or

I hope that was useful. Have a great day!

Much love


Every Friday we post another Photo Tip from one of our awesome KelbyOne Instructors over on the KelbyOne social media accounts (follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. — links are below), and I thought I’d gather five of them for you today. They’re all right around 1-minute long, so they’re short, sweet and to the point. Here we go:

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Have a great weekend everybody! Stay safe and sane, and hope to see you back here next week. :)


Photo by Robby Klein

Hi Everyone! My name is Joseph Ross and I’m a portrait photographer currently residing in Nashville, TN. Huge thank you to the blog for reaching out and giving me the opportunity to guest write. Admittedly I was a bit nervous at first, knowing that my post would follow the words and ideas of so many other awesome photographers but i’m so happy to be here nevertheless. Though my career is young, I hope that my words will encourage emerging photographers to consider the tools I feel best put me in the position I’m in today.

My journey as a photographer started three years ago when I was a senior in college, studying for a degree which would lead to a career that I realized I would never be passionate about. Long story short, I received my degrees, framed them, and gave them the respect they deserved because I was grateful to have received any sort of college education. I had to convince myself (and my parents) that though I worked hard for them, a lifetime of regret wouldn’t be worth it.

So, after graduation I packed up all of my things along with my “new to me” Canon 5D classic (manufactured in 2006), and moved to Nashville where I was convinced that I would become the next big thing…. man was I in over my head.


Photoshop as a verb. Now there’s a thing! Adobe Photoshop is huge and it’s the industry standard, so it’s no surprise that the word “Photoshop” has become a verb, meaning to retouch an image, and this blog post today is all about why it’s so important that us photographers should be proficient in its use. But first!

I’m Dave Williams, and as usual, this post for #TravelTuesday on is by me, dropping in once a week to impart some of my bountiful wisdom. Before we get into it, I’ll take this opportunity to remind you all that the walker contest for the Worldwide Photo Walk is now open! Get your image entries in now for a chance to bag a haul of awesome prizes!

So, I’m probably addressing an audience who already knows the importance of Photoshop, but in any case, if this isn’t brand new information it still serves as a reminder. Adobe Photoshop is a world-famous photo manipulation app that is used by photographers, designers, and other creatives, and it’s so simple yet it holds so much depth. It can turn basic images into absolute masterpieces.

There’s a school of thought that we shouldn’t need to use Photoshop because as photographers, we should be able to get it right in-camera, but while it’s true that we should get it right in-camera, we can still add so much to an image (or take away from it) by using Photoshop creatively and effectively. We can correct our mistakes, if we make them, by tweaking exposure, shadows, highlights, perspective, straightening, tone, crop, etc., to just give our images that little bit of a boost that we may not have straight out of camera.

Shifting up a gear, we can use some simple, yet effective tools to move elements, remove elements, add texture, resize images—you know, all these little things with big results. As I said, preaching to the choir here, so here’s the real deal behind this post:

The “purist” crowd—the people who are abject to using Photoshop to manipulate their photos in any way because the image should be right in the first place and shouldn’t require any adjustments—it’s you who I’m talking to here. Adobe Photoshop is no longer a huge investment; it’s a subscription. Personally, I feel like that big investment is worth it anyway, but we’ve seen a shift away from that model, and the point to highlighting that is that it’s easy to give Photoshop a try if it turns out I’m right with this.

Photoshop is an incarnation of something that’s always existed in photography. All of the basic tools we have at our disposal were not created for Photoshop. They’re things that were done in the darkroom already and have simply been given a digital spin, making it faster and easier than it was before. Cropping and levelling are things that were done in the darkroom by simply rotating and framing the photo. Dodging and burning, adjusting shadows, highlights, exposure, these were done in the darkroom by covering and revealing parts of the photo to allow the exposure to develop at differing rates. Almost all of the “everyday” adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop are inherited from the days of the darkroom, and although they’re achieved through the use of expertly crafted algorithms translated into simple button clicks onscreen, the truth of it is that it’s nothing new. Take a look at this marked-up image of James Dean in Times Square: –

This marked-up image on the left and the resulting image on the right shows the darkroom workflow that we apply in Photoshop today—it’s just that it happened on a film photo rather than a digital photo. So, all of you “purists” who don’t believe in Photoshop—get over it. Photoshop is awesome. Embrace it, learn it, and make the most of it.

*mic drop*

Much love

We have already crossed the $20,000 mark in donations for the orphanage, which is just absolutely stunning (and beating last year’s donations by thousands!).

We are so thrilled to see how, once again the photography community stepped up to help these awesome kids — this is just so wonderful. Even in my best case scenarios I never through we’d hit $20,000. My heart-felt thanks to everyone who stepped up big time like this!

Here’s the breakdown:

Donations from Photo Walk participants: $15,565.00
Donations from the online Silent Auction: $3,169.00
Official T-shirt Sales: $1,510.00

Total for Springs of Hope: $20,244

That is a HUGE WIN!!!!!

If you didn’t get in on helping, it’s not too late!

Want to take it to $21,000? We can do it! The quickest way is go to the Online Auction and:

  • Bid on a print from a KelbyOne Instructor (Printed and framed, courtesy of the awesome folks at
  • Bid on a one-on-one portfolio review from a KelbyOne Instructor
  • Bid on a one-on-one Skype help session from a KelbyOne Instructor

Those one-on-one sessions are an amazing opportunity to get a top pro to help with your portfolio, or to help with post processing, or just hang out and get to know them so go bid on one right now!

Check Out Images From Our First-Ever Worldwide Gallery

This year, instead of walkers just being able to the images from other walkers in their city, our Web team created a global gallery all photo walkers everywhere could contribute to and interact with. If you were registered for a walk, here’s the link to check out some of the wonderful images created on Saturday.

Community for the win!

Erik and I were really concerned that this year we’d be way, way off on our donations to the orphanage because of the pandemic, and not being able to hold the photo walks in large groups like we normally do. We had come up with what we thought was a decent plan to still host a walk this year, , but when we ran it past our KelbyOne community, they had so many great ideas in that meeting that we totally shifted gears; went with their ideas, and we wound up hitting a home run. Everybody in that meeting realized what was at stake here, and they gave their time and their heart to make this all work, and we’re so grateful they did.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the walk. I know it was different this year, but it was awesome, and through it we did something really important for some kids that really matter. I dig you all! Thanks to my team here at KelbyOne, in particular Adam and our Web team; Christina and her Video crew, Rachel and her team for getting the word out so wonderfully, and to Erik “The Real RocketMan” Kuna — who all worked so hard to make this happen (and it did!).


P.S. Next week we’re wrapping up the WWPW photo contest, so if you were part of the photo walk, make sure you upload your photo and check the “enter this image in the photo competition” checkbox.