Monthly Archives September 2021

How to Deal With a Bad Photo Critique with Scott Kelby & Erik Kuna | The Grid Ep. 486

Have you ever asked for a critique on your work and gotten negative feedback? That’s the topic of this week’s episode of The Grid, so tune in to find out what Scott and Erik have to say about having that experience!

New KelbyOne Course: Photography and the Principles of Art & Design with Richard Bernabe

Join Richard Bernabe as he unravels the mysteries of visual aesthetics! In the late 19th century, artists sought to formalize what was then known about art and design to better understand why some art was pleasing to the eye and some was not. As photographers, understanding these core principles of art can help us to see differently, improve our craft, and create order from chaos. Join Richard as he breaks down each of the principles with stunning examples, diagrams, and careful explanations to help you create art that is even more pleasing to the eye.

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am back again. You lucky thing! Today I’m hiding because the fuel situation that hit the USA a short time ago has now hit us in the UK, but seemingly under a different guise. Rather than having an actual fuel shortage, we have plenty of fuel reserves, but the media are encouraging a fuel shortage by saying there is one when, in fact, there isn’t. Get it? It sucks. Rather than constantly joining lines for fuel reaching half a mile from the gas station, I decided I’ll just park up and wait.

Well, that was boring! So, what am I here for today? What have I got for you? If you own an iPhone, I have a nugget of wisdom for you. If you don’t have an iPhone, I still have a nugget of wisdom for you!

When we look at our Photos app on our iPhone, we see a grid of square images, which really isn’t helpful a lot of the time. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be familiar with the gamble of whether a photo was taken in portrait or landscape orientation. We can, however, show the actual orientation of the photos and remove the square grid, just like this:

I don’t like the square view and it helps, for so many reasons, to see the actual orientation of the images in my camera roll. To turn this on, simply tap the three dots in the top right and select ‘Aspect Ratio Grid’.

It’s as simple as that!

Here’s the thing though – you may be wondering why I don’t like seeing the square grid and why I can’t remember which orientation I took a photo in, and it’s because…

I have gotten into the habit of taking most photos in both portrait and landscape orientation. I recommend this to you, too. When we shoot tall and wide, we have all bases covered for our image uses. We may print, which we’d likely want to do with the side shot. We may want to post to social, which we’d likely want to do with the tall image to maximise onscreen real-estate. We may also change our mind after the fact and prefer the opposite orientation to that which we preferred when we took the shot. There are so many reasons to shoot both tall and wide, and if we can easily differentiate between them in our camera roll, we save ourselves the time and hassle of choosing the wrong one.

And with that, I’m going to continue hiding… until next week!

Much love

Dave

We kick off every Photoshop World Conference with a movie that runs before the opening keynote, and it sets the tone for the rest of the conference. Creating these silly Photoshop-related mini movies is a tradition of ours, and with all the recent private space launches, we decided to go with a space launch theme (it didn’t hurt having Erik Kuna on the creative team). So without further ado, I present the Oscar-worthy acting, and James Cameron style production that is…the Photoshop World Opening Keynote Movie:

Hope that helped kick off your week right (or wrong?)

Cheers,

-Scott

This is such a great, practical tip from photographer Jack Reznicki – even if you’re not going to be scanning negatives, it’s still worth checking out (it’s just 50-seconds or so).

Many thanks, Jack! If you’re into scanning your old images and making them digital, make sure you check out Jack’s class. Here’s the link:

Have a great weekend everybody. GoBucks and #RollTide!

-Scott

How Would I Edit Your Photo? with Scott, Erik, & Sarah | The Grid Wp. 485

On this week’s episode of The Grid, Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna are joined by Scott’s niece Sarah for another installment of How Would I Edit Your Photo? Viewers have submitted their unedited photos to the show to see how the hosts would approach the post processing. Tune in to see what they do!

New KelbyOne Course: Turning Your Photography into a Side Hustle with Dave Williams

If you’re thinking about how to earn side income from your photography then this class is for you! Join Dave Williams as he shares his experiences, insights, techniques, and wisdom learned from taking his photography from a side hustle to his full time income.

In this class Dave discusses what it means to freelance, how to examine the fears that hold you back and use them to your advantage, the importance of your web and social media presence, as well as exploring the potential revenue streams found in stock photography, event photography, travel photography, and more. As Dave says, if he can do it, so can you!

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