Monthly Archives January 2022

Shutter release, cable release – different names but they do the same thing – they press the shutter for you, and take the shot, so you don’t move the camera with your fingers while pressing the shutter (and yes, it makes a bigger difference than you’d think – that’s why we pay for, carry around, attach and uses Cable releases when we’re out shooting, particularly for things like landscapes, cityscapes, interior shots, and any shots where sharpness is critical). It’s one of those “most have” accessories, which is why it’s nice they’re now free.

Ok, so go and download your free cable release now. You do this in the App Store for your phone. Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Sony, Olympus (OM System) — they all have free downloadable apps that can press the shutter release wirelessly for you, so there’s no camera shake whatsoever.

Since most cameras these days come with a built-in wireless feature, setting it up is a breeze. Also, using an app to wirelessly fire your camera comes in handy when you have your camera down low (maybe on the ground), or in a hard-to-get-to place (like behind the bride at the altar during the ceremony), and most allow you to see a preview of what the camera is seeing and give you the ability to change your camera settings right there in the app.

Here’s wishing you super-sharp shots, without spending a penny (well, at least any more pennies than you’ve already spent on your gear). :)

-Scott

Happy Friday, everybody. First, we’ve got a killer Focus Stacking tip, in this case, for food photography, from top food photographer Aaron Van, but after the tip, I’ve got a link to a tutorial I did on not only how to shoot for focus stacking, but how to compile the multiple images into a single stacked image in Photoshop. First, the video:

OK, if that sounds like something you’d like to learn more about, if you’re a food photographer (or want to be one), here’s the link to Aaron’s awesome course, but I also did a step-by-step tutorial here on the blog for using Focus Stacking in Landscape photography. Here’s the link to that one.

OK, everybody. Stay healthy, safe, and warm out there and have a kick-butt weekend. I would say #GoBucs, but…well…ya know. ;-)

-Scott

ON1 demo with Dan Harlacher, Scott Kelby & Erik Kuna | The Grid Ep. 501

Ever wondered what ON1 Software could do for you, or why you should add it to your workflow? On this week’s episode of The Grid, Scott and Erik are joined by Dan Harlacher of ON1 Software to show you just that!

New KelbyOne Course: Enhancing Your Backgrounds Using Photoshop’s New Neural Filters with Kirk Nelson

Learn how to take a so-so photo to a stunner using Photoshop’s neural filters! Join Kirk Nelson as he takes you step-by-step through a project using one of his photos that leverages the power of multiple neural filters and other Photoshop tools to transform it into a masterpiece. In this class you’ll learn all about what neural filters are, where they are found, how to apply them to your photos, and then how to take them to a whole new level using smart objects, depth maps, and other Photoshop tools.

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here in Sweden coming at you with something from the world of Photography and Photoshop. Well, actually it’s more about video today – let’s get into it.

With a lot of experimenting lately in video and with the launch of a YouTube channel that I wish I’d started years ago, I’ve come to learn that time-lapse is a huge crossover between photography and videography, and it can be very beneficial across social media in pushing our presence.

It all started with northern lights. The aurora is something that is a huge part of my portfolio and my skillset, as well as being a huge passion of mine. I’ve included montages of the northern lights dancing in my videos from the arctic, but doing this really got me thinking – we can use time lapses to push other social media platforms, and other subjects. In terms of other platforms, we can create time-lapse videos that work well on TikTok. Shooting a tall time-lapse video or cropping to a tall format in post with Adobe Premiere Pro will help us to fill the tall screen that people view TikTok and other similar videos, such as Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts, and will help us to show off our content creation skills to the world.

It really is a simple process but the ‘difficult’ element to the entire process is commitment. Growth on these kind of platforms requires dedication, time, and effort. Putting in the legwork is the only way to stack up the views, likes, comments, shares, and other factors required to ensure our growth. It all relates to the same principles I discuss in this KelbyOne class.

Moving away from social media and growth, shooting time-lapse is fun! It’s a challenge to be able to predict an event that will occur in front of our lens and therefore, how we position our gear and what settings we use for each frame that comprises the time-lapse video. It goes far beyond northern lights, of course. Rolling clouds, a warm sunrise, the turning stars of the night sky, light falling over a city skyline – time-lapse has such a broad application, and it’s certainly something I’ll be doing a lot more of!

Much love

Dave

Don’t let the title on the video throw you off (someone in our Web dept. gave it that name since I’m using a Westcott FJ-400 in the shoot, but it’s not about Westcott gear – This works for any strobe, flash, etc. with a softbox. Check it out (above) – it’s a pretty quick and easy tip but it really gets results.

Thanks, everybody, and here’s wishing you an NFL Playoff win (unless you’re a Rams fan). #GoBucs!

-Scott

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