Posts By David Williams

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here with more from the world of travel photography, this week from the south coast of the UK where I’m getting ready to leave for an epic 80 days in the Arctic Europe. I’ll be documenting my trip on Instagram and YouTube, and I’d love you to follow along.

This week I discovered an amazing update to Adobe Lightroom Mobile. This one’s a game changer! I’m a big advocate for mobile photography and I constantly write and talk about how the camera in our pocket really is the best. Lightroom Mobile has been great for our creative flow for a long time and it’s constantly evolving. Not so long ago Adobe told us the power of Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop Web were on-par with the power of the desktop apps, but this update has addressed something that I thought was an issue for a while: – Healing.

In this image you can see the Healing Tool has been hard at work in the corners of the frame. The update has given us three options for Healing: – Remove, Heal, and Clone. This closely mimics the Spot Healing Brush Tool in Adobe Photoshop and allows much better Healing adjustments in Lightroom Mobile than we previously had access to. Take a look at the initial image: –

This is a shot of a Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 DG DN that I’ll be using for wildlife shots in the near future. I took this product shot because I’m also reviewing it – it’s been supplied to me my Sigma UK. My custom flatlay background wasn’t quite big enough so I shot it diagonally using my iPhone and Profoto A2. It was quick and easy to fill in those corners by simply selecting the Healing Tool in Adobe Lightroom Mobile and painting over them. The tool has been refined and it gives us an incredible amount of power, right in our pockets. The ability to shoot and edit on the move is extremely useful to me and with this entire workflow I never opened my laptop or used my camera.

I’ve written a lot in the past about how we should be using our iPhone as a secondary camera to shoot additional images and BTS (Behind The Scenes), but now we’re at the point where our iPhone and the apps we have access to are sky-high in terms of quality and performance. Adobe Lightroom Mobile is free, and our Creative Cloud account (including the Photography Plan) gives us the ability to work across multiple devices. Give it a go!

Much love
Dave

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The Lightroom Mobile Camera allows us to shoot long exposures. Check out this video by Glyn Dewis: –

I’m not talking about your data connection! It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always with something from the world of photography! This week, it’s your network!

Networking is huge. I cannot stress how huge. We can interchange a couple of words here: – clan, community, group… they all end up the same – network! As photographers it’s incredibly important to build a network and be in a network. Facebook is a great place for this with the sheer volume of people active on the network (there’s that word again) and the ease of being involved in a Facebook Group. I have one where I share a lot of 360º photos and experiences, and there are plenty out there that cater to almost any audience or hobby. A new one on the scene is the Platypod Users Group, for example. They can be very niche or very vague, but they’re all a community.

The advantage of having or being involved in a community is the constant education and inspiration that comes from others, and that we can contribute to, as well as the abundance of potential clients that we can market to. Education and inspiration are things I’ve talked about a lot before and they continue to be important. We should always be looking to grow and develop, to make ourselves stand out from the crowd, and we’re killing two birds with one stone if we network in the process. The age old saying, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is something well worth bearing in mind. Having a network of friends and colleagues within the creative industry will solve so many problems and afford mutual growth. Think about it. We’re one big team!

In other news, I’m getting closer to my crazy adventure spending 80 days in the Arctic this winter. I’m documenting the journey on YouTube and while we’re talking about community, I’d love you to get involved and let me know what you think of my videos. Please do let me know what you want me to talk about and what you want to see.

We’re all on the same side – competition in photography and creativity works differently to many other industries. We can achieve more by working together than by seeing one another as competitors.

Much love
Dave

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always, this week from Glencoe in Scotland.

You may remember when Scott (and Team Epic) visited Scotland a few months back and we stopped in Glencoe for a few shots. I posted it all on my Instagram story at the time. One of the magical locations saw us shooting straight up a valley with a cascading waterfall. Well yesterday I decided to follow the waterfall and explore into the Hidden Valley.

This rabbit hole shot shows what i found at the top. What I actually want to talk about is how I got this shot.

I’m sure you’re aware of 360° camera tech, but did you know that at a consumer level it’s come on leaps and bounds from where it was just a few years ago? For this shot I was using the Insta360 X3 and it was edited entirely in Insta360 Studio. the amount of tech packed into the Insta360 cameras is insane. The images can be automatically levelled, reframed, and the HDR and PureShot capabilities always impress me.

Heres how this entire 360° shot looks: –

With Black Friday approaching, it’s only right that I point out the offers from Insta360. I’ve made a list of my favourite Black Friday deals over on my blog.

360° camera technology is in our future. Our near future. If you’re on the fence about it, I assure you it’s great fun and these cameras are an action camera alternative that will blow your mind!

Much love

Dave

…Prevents poor performance. That’s right, planning and preparation prevents poor performance. It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always on ScottKelby.com and today I want to talk a little about planning and preparing.

I’m currently in Scotland where I’m road testing my van (again) ahead of a trip to the Arctic for 80 days this winter. This is all about preparing whilst I’m planing for an epic trip and it can be a real deal-breaker without proper planning. This translates to everything we do as photographers and creatives to ensure our success. Here’s a quick look at who was with my van yesterday: –

In the background there you can see a couple of key features on the van. The big, all-terrain tires, the dead-bolt, and the roof light are all visible here and they’re all things I’m testing in my preparation. Taking this detail and transposing it into a photographic world we could say that preparing takes the shape of planning a strategy for our marketing and social media. We could say that it’s about having our batteries charged and memory cards formatted. We could say that it’s about having the knowledge of sun and moon phases to make sure we’re shooting at the best possible time, and in the best possible locations. This planning and preparation really does prevent poor performance.

It’s about having everything we needs, considering every detail and every eventuality, putting us in the best position possible. I’m aiming to be in the best possible position to travel to the Arctic, and to run my business as a photographer. It all goes hand-in-hand, and it all makes a big difference between success and failure. We can only blame ourselves if we don’t take responsibility and ensure we’re as prepared as possible. Just remember all the P’s. Planning and Preparation Prevent Poor Performance.

Much love
Dave

PS. If you want to follow my story, I uploaded a new video in my Due North series to YouTube.

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here, this week from Scotland! I’m currently testing my van, Kofifernweh, to make sure everything is ship-shape ahead of my winter trip to the Arctic coming next month. This trip to Scotland is primarily for the purpose of van testing and second to that comes adventurizing!

This week I want to touch on a drone photography subject but one that can relate to what I suppose is called ‘terrestrial’ photography. Social media and the use of our smartphones has meant a lot more photos are best viewed in portrait orientation than before. When we shoot this way intentionally it’s important to bear in mind all the usual rules of composition, especially when we’re shooting with drones. Take this example:

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This three-shot vertical panorama includes the mountain and forest draped with clouds in the background, the majority section of the forest as the middle-ground, and the twisting road in the foreground. This gives our image layers and depth as well as giving it interest. It’s far too easy to let some of these elements go when we shoot a vertical panorama (which we should definitely try doing!) and especially so when shooting from a drone where it’s easy to fall foul of the plane window effect.

The plane window effect is the name I’ve given to a condition that befalls a lot of us when we shoot with a drone. We often forget some photographic principles, merely playing with the drone and being impressed with this birds-eye perspective. Consider everything you already know about photography when flying a drone and try to be more intentional about it.

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Shooting top-down drone shots is a perfect example of having to think harder. We have to rely on color, texture, patterns and composition to make up for the lack of sky and the often-repetitive elements in the scene.

Try vertical panoramas to make your social media photos pack more punch!

Much love
Dave

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am back! This week I bring news – after taking the van to the arctic last winter, I’m now planning any return. I can’t wait!

Last winter I took my self-conversion Mercedes Sprinter, Kofifernweh, to the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and a whole bunch more countries. This year I want to spend more time in a smaller area to really focus on a few subjects, including the northern lights.

A narrow timeframe in northern Norway and Lapland last year meant I spent a lot of time fighting the weather. This year I’ll spend a lot more time in these places, skipping the other destinations. Because of the Schengen clock (which I now have to consider owing to Brexit) I’ll be there for about nine weeks in order to keep up with other commitments at other times.

This season the northern lights have already given some stunning, strong displays, and I want to maximise on this during solar maximum. I’ll need to be mindful of temperatures in Lapland because of the time of year. Last year I experienced -37˚ and it was intense! I’ll be testing and showcasing some new tech as well, with partnerships lined up and in place with a few brands including Insta360. I hope to be able to bring you all with me virtually and hopefully show you the northern lights in 360˚ video. It’ll all be on my Instagram and YouTube, so be sure you’re following if you don’t want to miss anything. I’ll also be posting a bit to VERO, but I’m yet to decide whether that platform has legs.

I’ll be starting the journey soon with a warm-up trip to Scotland to make sure the van is in tip-top condition (which is code for ‘good enough’) and I’m open to ideas for locations, activities, and even gear to try. Get in touch with any ideas. I’ll be reporting back right here as well as finding more photography news, opinion and inspiration to share every Tuesday. If you’re a KelbyOne member you’ll even see some of the content I’m creating in Photoshop User. I can’t wait to hit the road again!

Come with me!

Much love
Dave

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