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It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am back again to share something for the photography world with you, and today I want to tell you about a little side hustle ahead of the KelbyOne ‘Making Money With Your Photography’ Conference.

I want to tell you about stock photography. I want you to have a look through your photo library and see what you have in there that has value. All of us end up with photos that don’t quite make the cut for our portfolio or end up being shown to friends, but often these photos are technically ‘correct’ and there’s probably someone out there looking for a photo just like that.

Image libraries, such as Adobe Stock, are founded on the basis that people want to be able to find a photo of just about anything that they need for a project. The obvious users are graphics designers, editors and marketing professionals who need something to fill a gap in a piece of work or tell a story in an article, but the bottom line is that they want to find the subject they’re searching for.

Our excess images often fill the gap for these people. A photo of a table in a restaurant or a green field on a sunny day that didn’t make the cut for us can be used to switch on our side hustle in stock photography. Signing up is straight-forward and so long as we’re only submitting images that are ‘technically correct’, those being images that are in focus, correctly exposed, composed properly etc, we can make an income with something we already have in our image library.

Go take a look into joining Adobe Stock as a contributor and see if you can make enough cash in a side hustle to pay for your photography hobby!

Much love
Dave

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

This post is dedicated each year to the memory of David Leimbach, (shown above; the brother of our dear friend and colleague Jeff Leimbach), who died 14 years ago in combat in Afghanistan.

Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day.

Here’s wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day.

-Scott

I am super excited to be one of the speakers again at the 8th Annual B&H Photo OPTIC conference (called OPTIC 2022 – It’s a conference for outdoor, wildlife, travel photography, and post-processing), and after a couple of years of doing it virtually, this year they are doing a hybrid event where it’s your choice – you can go and be there live in person as it happens at the New Yorker Hotel up in Manhattan, or you can catch the conference virtually, but here’s the best part – all you have to do is RSVP and tell ’em you’re coming (and, of course, choose in person or online) Registration is free. That’s it. You’re in. Boom. Done.

I’m teaching sessions on travel photography, on post processing your travel photos, and I’m co-hosted a dinner cruise (well, that’s for the folks who come in person of course), along with B&H Photo’s on rockstar David Brommer, and I really want you to be there, so RSVP right now at this link.

Besides me (and awesome instructors like Joe McNally, Deb Sandidge, and Matt Kloskowski among many others), plus there’s an Industry Trade Show, Panels, Portfolio Reviews, Webinars, that Sunset Cruise I mentioned earlier, a Print Competition, and OPTIC Signature Photo Walks around the city. All you have to do is RSVP at http://www.bhoptic.com, and you’re in. You should RSVP right now and I’ll see you, one way or the other, up in New York City, June 12-15, 2002 – it’s going to be incredible – I hope you can go. :)

Anyway, as you can tell, I’m super psyched to speaking in front of an in-person audience; I’m delighted B&H Photo asked me back again, and I’m honored to be sharing the stage with so many amazing photographers. I just. Can’t. Wait!

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend, everybody, and we’ll catch ya next week. :)

-Scott

AI Demo from ON1 with Scott Kelby & Dan Harlacher | The Grid Ep. 515

Want to make your editing life easier with the latest in AI tech? Check out the latest episode of The Grid with Scott Kelby, where he’s joined by Dan Harlacher of ON1 Software to share the latest advances in their software suite!

New KelbyOne Course: Making Logos In Photoshop with Dave Clayton

If you have Photoshop you can make a logo! Join Dave Clayton for a fun introduction to creating logos in the Swiss Army knife of programs, Photoshop. You’ll learn how to use type, custom shapes, combine shapes, put type on a path, create mockups, export your finished logos, and a whole lot more. Dave packs expert tips and tricks into each lesson and eases even a beginner into the tools and process of creating a logo from scratch.

Angelique Kidjo is interviewed by Sal Masekela at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 9, 2017.
Angelique Kidjo is interviewed by Sal Masekela at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 9, 2017.

We arrived on site for day two of Bonnaroo around 1:00pm, and I started with an interview with singer/songwriter and activist Angelique Kidjo and Red Bull’s Sal Masekela. When photographing interviews like this, my goal is to capture images that show both the production involved in case the client has a need for it, as well as just photos of the interviewer/interviewee. Depending on the space I have to move around, I’ll use some mix of the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses.

From there, I went back to the Red Bull trailer to do a quick edit and check in with my editor before heading out for my first performance of the day at What Stage (the main stage).

Since this was the first day of performances on the main stage, I arrived at the early to make sure I familiarized myself with the entry points and introduce myself to security. The stage had a thrust in the middle (, and I found out that most of the photographers would be stationed on one side of it. I made my way to the opposite side, because who wants to get the same photos everyone else is getting?

Francis & The Lights performs at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 9, 2017.

Francis & The Lights, of which Francis Farewell Starlite is the sole member, took the stage with a highly energized set. As the first act of the day on this stage, he really woke up the crowd with his performance. I mostly relied on the 11-24 mm f/4 as my wide lens for his set.

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It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here! Just like every other Tuesday I’m here to write something from the world of travel, photography, and inspiration! Today is my first 24 hours with my feet solidly back on the ground in the UK (and back to the van!) and I have to say, the USA has hit me hard with ideas! Don’t be surprised if you see me back real soon!

Today I want to talk about changing direction in our photography. Everything I’m doing with my van is not long term. You may be aware that in moving into a van I’m simply enjoying my freedom after leaving the 9-5 life that pinned me down whilst working on the next plan. The next plan is coming together but on the outside it probably appears to be a change in direction. It isn’t, but….

Changing direction isn’t a bad thing. If we do it too much it can be bad, such as constantly jumping around and leaving the impression that we aren’t committed to a single thing, but changing the direction of the big ship that is our life can be a good thing for us, and that’s exactly what I did. Here’s the scoop: –

I worked for 14 years as a cop in central London, UK. When I was growing up it was one of the items on a short list of things I wanted to do. Also on that list were NatGeo photographer and Pilot, but for whatever reason I ended up following the cop path. It was secure and steady, and it was fun. What it wasn’t is engaging. It wasn’t activating the things in my mind and body that pushed me forward.

Only a few years into that job I decided to concentrate on my photography hobby. The thing that had pushed me with that whilst growing up was looking at a bunch of awesome books and wishing I was able to take the photos. It wasn’t just the ability to take the photos, though. It was being in those places.

Now I find myself understanding all of this and having a foundation in my photography personality, I can now steer this ship a lot better and carve out the path that’s meant for me. It’s with this short piece explaining the absolute basics of my journey that I reach out to you with today to say this: –

Once in a lifetime as often as you can.

Yep, that’s the tag you’ve heard in all my YouTube videos and all over my blog. It’s the root behind everything I’m doing and ever since that saying hit me in Turkey whilst watching the balloons at sunrise over Cappadoccia I’ve let it guide me. If a once in a lifetime opportunity presents itself, take it. Better still, make it. Changing direction now and then is a good thing for us and for our creativity. And with that… I’ll catch you next week!

Much love
Dave

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