Monthly Archives August 2021

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here! I apologise that it’s a little late in the day, but better late than never.

To those attending Photoshop World, I hope you have a fantastic conference and get to absorb a load of knowledge from the amazing instructor line-up!

Today, I want to touch on the importance of photography and the time-travelling opportunities it presents. Photos play an important role in everyone’s life, as well as being the things we photographers take pride in, practice, and on top of that, they remind us of places, people, feelings, smells, and evoke memories of what was happening at the time the photo was taken. Personally, each photo serves as a reminder of what happened throughout the day the photo was taken, evoking memories of trips overseas and childhood memories in a similar way that music can. Photos have been proven to stimulate our minds to such an extent that things we thought were long forgotten can be stirred up, including vital clues to events in history and important facts.

Photography helps us document events and moments in time, finding things in common and sharing experiences post-event.

Perhaps the reason being this evocation caused by photos is that when we capture an image, we freeze the memories that go along with it. It can encapsulate that moment in time in such a way that we can reinvigorate the memory years after it was taken, in particular, when the emotions that run alongside it are stronger than usual.

Photos are stories and there’s a story behind every image. By looking at photos, we can conclude a lot of things based on the photographer’s skill and actions beyond the visuals. The story can be contained within a single image as a result of the skills we learn and utilise as photographers, and we can even inspire others through our photography. We can inspire others to travel, to enjoy life, to celebrate moments, to become aware, or to build connections.

Photography is art, it’s science, and it’s a skill that goes beyond either of those things as well. Photography is something special and I’m proud to be a photographer.

Much love

Dave

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Tomorrow’s we kick off the Photoshop World Conference — the first ever virtual edition, but we’ve worked hard to make it as close to the in-person event as possible. Today we have the pre-conference workshops and tomorrow we kick things off with our opening keynote with a presentation from Adobe. Keeping with tradition, we do have a silly, (I mean awesome) opening movie to kick the event off, and we have everything from the Guru Awards to Midnight Madness, to the attendee party, and so much more. If you haven’t signed up – it’s not too late. Head over to PhotoshopWorld.com for tickets and details. 3-days, 3-full-tracks (Lightroom, Photoshop, and photography), and it’s going to an incredible educational experience all the way around. Hope you can make it.

Apparently, My R6 Was Pretty Messed Up!

Here’s a quick update on my Canon EOS R6’s persistent Error 70 issue. Even after the firmware update to the camera (which I had hoped would solve the problem), it still happened again to me numerous times while I was shooting the Oshkosh Airshow. So, I contacted Canon and they had me try the standard stuff (take the battery out, put it back in, try a different memory card. The process of elimination stuff) and finally when nothing worked they said I’d better send it in for repair (it was still well under warranty).

From the research I’ve done online, there are not many folks out there who have experienced this same issue (figures), so there weren’t many options or fixes or workarounds out there other than sending it back to Canon, so I popped it back in the original box and off it went.

Well, Canon turned it around pretty quickly (like 3-days), and they said it there were “Multiple errors causing power issues,” and they replaced the Main Board and the CMOS Sensor Assembly. So, hopefully now we’re back up and running (won’t know for a few day because of Photoshop World kicking off tomorrow), but that’s it below dressed in factory plastic and it’s ready to rock! I’m not expecting any more issue, but if somehow there is, they will hear my screaming up at the Int’l Space Station. ;-)

My New Lens Is Here!

I placed the pre-order the day it was announced, and just a few days ago I got a notice from B&H Photo (greatest camera store in the world), that my new 14-35mm f/4 RF-mount (for Canon mirrorless) was on its way, and it just arrived. It’ll be a few days before I get a chance to shoot with it, but the fact that it’s 14mm on the super wide end is what made me pull the trigger and pick it up. What a fantastic range (thought that’s probably the last I’ll use my 14mm f/2.8). Very excited about it, and more on it once I get a chance to shoot with it.

OK, my camera’s working again, and I’ve got a new lens, but first – Photoshop World – then we play! :)

Looking forward to seeing everybody this week at the conference. We have really put a ton into it and honoring the traditions and fun of the in-person event and I hope you learn a lot, laugh a lot, and make some new friends in the community. It’s going to be an amazing week! :)

Cheers,

Scott

I am thrilled to announce that next Wednesday night we’ve added a very special event to the Photoshop World Conference online – an “Evening with Joe McNally” one of the greatest photographic storytellers of our time, as he gives us a very person and inside look at what it was like shooting the Tokyo Olympics.

We’re so honored to have Joe giving this special talk for our participants — if you’ve ever had a chance to hear Joe on stage, it’s a very special experience, and if you’ve seen Joe’s images from the Tokyo Olympics, you know this is going to be a night you’ll never forget.

It’s not too late to sign up and catch all the excitement (and Joe’s talk). This year’s Photoshop World is all online: 3-days, 3 simultaneous training tracks (Photoshop, Lightroom and Photography), and it kicks off on Monday with the pre-conference workshops, then the main conference starts with the opening keynote on Tuesday morning (and the entire conference, and all the events, are archived for you online for an entire year so you can rewatch any classes or events and catch any session you missed. Get your tickets right now at photoshop world.com – see you at the conference! :)

I took the Platinum Award in Travel Photography at the Muse International Awards

I am super psyched, and once again, it caught me by surprise but I’m looking through my Google news feed and I see the headline, “Stunning images that wowed judges at the MUSE photography awards in 2021” and I remembered I had entered. I went to the story, not expecting to see my image there, but son-of-a-gun there was my shot (seen above), the Platinum winner in the Travel Fine Art Category. Whoo hoo!!

Anyway, I’m really thrilled and I had to tell somebody, so…well… :) Thanks to the judges and the folks at MUSE International Awards for choosing my image. Super excited and very grateful!

Great “Photo Tip Friday” Wildlife Tip From Juan Pons

Thanks, Juan!

Have a great weekend, everybody. Next week is Photoshop World!! Whoo hoo!!! Hope I see you there! :)

-Scott

Discussing Dave Williams’ Travel Van | The Grid Ep. 482

Caught up on all the Travel Tip Tuesday posts? Well, how about catching some Travel Van Tips from special guest Dave Williams on The Grid with Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna?! Dave is taking his van on the road to capture some amazing sights, and he’s ready to share all about it on the latest episode of The Grid!

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New KelbyOne Course: Scanning Images Using Your Camera with Jack Reznicki

Let your digital camera breathe new life into your archive of negatives, slides, and prints! Join Jack Reznicki as he shares the process he uses to digitize his huge archive of work from his days of shooting film. You don’t have to compromise between speed and quality, and Jack demonstrates the tools and workflow he’s found to give him amazing results. Once the pictures have been digitized Jack explains his post processing workflow in Lightroom Classic and Photoshop to convert negatives to positives, correct color, and fix problems you couldn’t fix before. Your film archive is a treasure trove, and you’ll love going back through your pictures to find memories, complete stories, and possibly share them with others to make new connections.

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am back! Today, I want to touch on some colour science. Yes, “colour,” because I’m British – get over it!

Let’s start with the importance of colour. We all know that as photographers we are creating art with light, but from the outset, and then when we get into our post-processing, it’s important that we give due consideration to colour, as well. There are colours that naturally work together that create our epic sunset and sunrise images, which I’ve talked about many times before, and those are blue and orange. The reason we’re so attracted to these images deep within our subconscious mind is because of this complementary play of colours. On the colour wheel, we find that orange and blue are opposite one another. This is what essentially defines them as complimentary colours.

This colour psychology extends beyond merely being something that pleases our minds, though. There’s something physical going on when these colours are working together with our eyes.

I’m no ophthalmologist, but hear me out. In our eyes, we have rods and cones which are responsible for detecting colour and shade. These sit on our retina, which is at the back of our eye, and specifically, it’s the cones that deal with colours. Here’s a fun fact: – The rods work well in low light, and there are 20 times more rods than cones, which is why we find it hard to see in low light.

We have three types of cones: – those that see red, those that see green, and those that see blue. When these cones are activated in different combinations, we see the world in glorious technicolour. Interestingly, these are the colours that add up to being the primary colours RGB. Here’s another fun fact: – around 12% of women actually have four different kinds of cones, so they can see more colours than most people! That explains all the colours some people come up with!

Anyway, we can provoke our cones to demonstrate which ones are working and which aren’t in this simple little piece of science. Take a look at the heart below. Stare at it for 30 seconds straight with no movement whatsoever. When 30 seconds is up, immediately turn your eye to a white surface, like a wall or a piece of paper.

What should have happened is that you should have, for a couple of seconds, seen a red or pink heart on the white surface. This is because the other cones have been stimulated but the red has not, so the red receptive cones created the image in the absence of the other colours. It’s a pretty cool demonstration of the way our eyes work and of the balancing of colours.

Anyway, when we shoot, we should consider complementary colours, as well as other colour harmonies, and, luckily for us, Adobe has given us a helping hand in the form of this colour wheel. We can see various colour principles at play and create a colour palette that we can take into our Creative Cloud account and use in tandem with our creations across Photoshop, InDesign, and the entire range of Adobe apps that feature the Adobe Color Theme panel.

And with that, I wish you a good Tuesday!

Much love

Dave

New KelbyOne Course: The Biggest Mistakes Wildlife Photographers Make and How to Avoid Them with Juan Pons

Join Juan Pons to learn how to avoid the most common mistakes made by fellow wildlife photographers. By learning what to avoid we put ourselves in the best possible position to do all the right things when photographing wildlife. Juan pulls from his decades of experience leading photographic workshops to share stories, examples, and sage advice on how to create the best photographs you can while enjoying and savoring the experience of being out in nature.

In Case You Missed It: The Science of Wildlife Photography with Moose Peterson

Take your wildlife photography game to the next level! Join Moose Peterson as he shares the wisdom he’s earned from 30 years in the field photographing critters. By understanding the biology of your subject and its environment you’ll do a better job of creating photographs that make a difference. In this class Moose shares how he got started and the early lessons he learned, the importance of using the gear you already have, why dressing in the field for comfort in function is key, how to become a wildlife detective, why you need to get your camera settings nailed down so you can focus on what’s in front of the camera, and so much more. By the end of the class you’ll be itching to do your homework as you plan your next wildlife photography adventure!

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