…and I answered a whole bunch of them! The folks from B&H Photo (the single greatest camera store on the entire planet, and possibly the universe), sat down with me for a quick interview on all sorts of topics. I hope you’ll give it a quick watch (you can let it run in the background while you’re retouching. The dulcet tone of my voice with soothe you into a semi-coma-like state and make you “one” with the image). 😂
Here’s the Official Trailer For The Wildlife Photography Conference
I just got the trailer last night and wanted to share it with you here today because it really captures the spirit of what we’re trying to accomplish with this upcoming conference. Can you give it a quick look if you’re got a sec? I think you’ll dig it (and the conference). Here’s where to sign up to attend the online conference.
It’s “Photo Tip Friday!” – How to Scout Landscape Locations Online
Our friend and KelbyOne instructor, Ramtin “Rammy” Kazemi has a great photo tip on how he uses to use Google Maps for scout landscape shooting . It’s really short (just one minute), and you’ll dig it.
Plus, there’s Rammy’s new course on “Enhancing Landscape Images in Photoshop”
Here’s wishing you a fantastic, safe, happy, healthy weekend. Don’t forget to catch up on WandaVision on Disney+ and I think the new Walking Dead season kicks off again Sunday night after a long, long, long, winter break. It’s going to be a great weekend! :)
Mornin’ everybody. Today over on our sister-site, LightroomKillerTips.com, I did a post on a quick and super-easy technique for dealing with a common portrait lighting situation. It’s just two steps — 30-seconds, tops. Here’s the link.
Inspired by an article on DigitalCameraWorld.com called “Why I dumped Lightroom CC and went back to Lightroom Classic,” I wound up going into Photoshop and mocking up what Classic might look like if Adobe simply updated the look and feel with from Lightroom “cloud” (what he refers to as ‘cc’ in the article). Here’s that link.
It’s just a little over a month from now, and it’s two days, all online, and everyone’s invited to spend a few days with learning, laughing, and making new connections.
The conference itself is Tuesday, and Wednesday, but we kick the conference off a day early on Monday with a special pre-conference session from non other than Moose Peterson himself, called “What makes a great wildlife photo?” This is such an important, and eye-opening topic to kick things off, and we can’t wait to share it, and 20-more classes in two simultaneous tracks, with you next month.
Plus, you get access to the entire event to stream live on-demand for an entire year!
We’ve put together an absolutely top-notch team of instructors — some of the most passionate, gifted communicators, that are there for one reason — to help you take your wildlife photography up a big notch. I’m teaching post processing and Lightroom organizational techniques at the conference, and I’ve got some super helpful techniques to share.
Photographers from all over the world have already signed up for the conference, and you can save big time by signing up right now. It’s just $149 for the entire event, and access to the full year of on-demand re-streaming of the classes (so you can watch any you missed, or rewatch any you want), and here’s the link to sign up.
Also, thanks in advance for sharing this news with any photographers you know that are interested in wildlife photographer. We’re putting together something really special, and they’ll thank you for it.
Here’s wishing you a great, happy, healthy week, and don’t forget to drop back by tomorrow for “Travel Tuesdays with Dave.” :)
I’ll bet you know someone who loves shooting on their iPhone, and they take it pretty seriously and take tons of photos with it, but you know they’re not going to go out and buy a heavy, expensive DSLR or mirrorless camera and a bunch of lenses. I wrote this book for them. It’s called “The iPhone Photography Book” and it’s about how they can get professional-looking images from the camera they’re already carrying around with them.
What I did in this book is take all the same principles and techniques I’ve been teaching to serious DSLR and mirrorless photographers about lighting, about landscapes, about travel and portrait photography, and composition, and all the stuff that really matters, but everything is done from the perspective of using the iPhone as your only camera (and all the examples and photos in the book are all taken with an iPhone).
Here’s a list of the chapters:
Chapter One:iPhone Camera Essentials
Chapter Two: How to Compose Like a Pro
Chapter Three:Photographing People
Chapter Four:Posing People To Look Their Very Best
Chapter Five:Travel & Landscape Photography with the iPhone
Chapter Six:How to Shoot Other Cool Stuff
Chapter Seven: iPhone Camera Tips & Tricks
Chapter Eight:Organizing Your Photo Library
Chapter Nine:Editing Your Images
Chapter 10:Incredible Apps To Take Your Photos To The Next Level
Chapter 11:Awesome iPhone Accessories
Chapter 12:iPhone Photo Recipes
As you’ve heard me say countless times on The Grid, the quality of shots you can take with today’s iPhone is just stunning, and writing this book proved the point to me again in a very real way — for most folks, this is the future of photography, and the things Apple is doing (and working on), are just jaw-dropping. I am still shocked at what you can create on an iPhone once you know how, and I’m sharing it all in this book.
The book is already on fire!
It just came out (available right now on Kindle from Amazon.com where it’s the #1 Hot New Release in photography), or get it for any device direct from the publisher Rocky Nook (they’re offering 35% off right now when you apply this code at checkout: SKiPhone35), but the print version is coming in just a few weeks (printing takes longer than…well…just about anything).
Order a copy right now on Kindle, or pre-order and get the print version in just a few weeks, and remember – you’ll be a hero to the friend or loved one you get this for. They will thank you for helping them along on their photographic journey. (Hey, ya know, Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Just sayin’.)
Have a great weekend, everybody. Pull out that iPhone and make some great images! :)
P.S.We announced the official instructor roster for the upcoming Wildlife Photography Conference. What an incredible team of teachers! Here’s the link.
It’s time to face it — the new full-frame camera bodies from Nikon, Sony, and Canon aren’t really that much smaller (if at all), and if they are lighter, we’re talking a few ounces (not pounds). This isn’t awesome because one huge reason so many people were attracted to mirrorless in the first place was the dream of a super high-quality camera without the bulk and weight of a DSLR. That dream is fading away as many of the new bodies being released are relatively close in size and weight to their DSLR counterparts.
Essentially, what we have now (in our mirrorless evolution), is this:
A DSLR-like body that’s nearly as heavy, but they’ve replaced the mirror with an Electronic Viewfinder (which brings some advantages and disadvantages as well).
While a few native mirrorless lenses are a bit lighter in weight, some are actually larger and heavier. Some of the sharpest, faster ones are definitely sharp as heck, and heavy as heck, too (in some cases, stunningly so), and quite expensive, to boot.
As for bodies: for example let’s look at the Nikon DLSR D750 versus Nikon’s new Mirrorless Z6 body. The Z6’s body is 4+ ounces lighter, but if you want to use one of your existing Nikkor lenses on it, once you put the adapter on…it actually weighs an ounce more than the D750 DSLR with the same lens. Same with my Canon R6 mirrorless vs. my old Canon 5D Mark IV. It’s about 4 oz. lighter (negligible), until you put on the adapter so I can use my existing Canon lenses, then it weighs about the same if not an ounce more.
The more I compare new mirrorless bodies and lenses, the less the difference it seems there really is today (especially for Sony users who are just using the same lenses they always have, but now on mirrorless). And yes, I know, if you do some digging, you can certainly find a particular mirrorless full-frame body and lens combination that might weigh less overall, but that’s not where the manufacturers seem to be heading. Even with Canon — for example, their R-mount mirrorless 70-200mm seems a lot smaller at first glance, and it is — when you’re at 70mm, but once you zoom it in to 200mm, the lens then extends out from the barrel, so now it’s nearly as long as the DSLR mount version. It does weigh a bit less, but it costs about $700 more than their 70-200 with a DSLR mount.
If you actually want a legit super lightweight mirrorless body and lens, you almost have to leave Sony, Canon and Nikon full frame and go with a crop sensor or Micro 4/3, like a Fuji or a Lumix with a fixed pancake lens (nothing wrong with Fuji’s, Lumix or Olympus cameras btw, all three make great mirrorless cameras), but if your goal is a lightweight carry-around camera that takes great photos, why not just use your iPhone’s camera instead?
I recently read an article where the author essentially said (I’m paraphrasing here), “If you’re carrying around a low-end DSLR, you’re fooling yourself. Quality and size-wise, you might as well be just using your iPhone,” (and I tend to agree, and when the iPhone gets a real telephoto lens, which I feel will be very soon, it’s game over for those low-end bodies).
This “mirrorless is now back to being heavy and bulky” wave seems like just kinda where we are headed now. I’m cool with it, as we can have the best of both worlds — for me, it’s my iPhone for when I don’t want to lug a heavy camera rig around, and my new Canon EOS R6 for when I think it’s worth hauling the gear (and for me, there are many times when it’s definitely worth it).
There are some really nice things about mirrorless, but the dream of full- frame, super small, super lightweight, super high-quality bodies doesn’t seem to be the direction the big camera companies are moving. Anyway, something to consider if you’re thinking of upgrading.
Have a great week, everybody! :)
P.S. How about Tom Brady and those Buccaneers going all the way and winning the Super Bowl. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. LOL!! Congrats Bucs — you guys worked hard, really came together as a team, and won it all!!! #GoBucs (BTW: This is an incredible football year for me, as our college team is none other thanthe National Champions — The Alabama Crimson Tide. #RollTide!).
This is a question my buddy Terry asked me this week:
“If COVID were completely behind us, and it was 100% safe to travel to anywhere, where is the first place you’d choose to go shooting travel photography?“
It didn’t take me long to come up with an answer. Hands down, it would be Italy. Why Italy? It’s one place that pretty much has it all (as you’ll see in a moment), and because of the country’s small physical size (it’s actually smaller in size than the state of California), and its excellent train system and roadways, you can get to pretty much all of quick and easy, covering a lot of ground in a short time, without rushing around.
Italy has everything from snow-capped mountains, to gorgeous sprawling summer lakes, to hilltop villages, to ancient cities, to seaside hideaways, to big metropolitan cities, to floating cities, and landscape photo opportunities as far as the eye can see.
Here are my top picks for travel photography cities and regions in Italy:
Venice. One of the most unique cities on earth. No roads, no cars, no bikes — just canals and bridges, and wonderful architecture. It’s as close to a magical place as you can get.
Rome. Ahhhhhh, Roma. It’s got everything from ancient architecture to stunning cathedrals, from where Chariots raced to small winding alleys with quaint cafes and coffee shops. The Vatican is here, too, and a treasure to photograph inside and out. There are so many things to shoot in Rome — it, by itself, is a photographer’s paradise.
Tuscany. The hills of Tuscany — the light at dawn and dusk — the quaint villages and roads to wander for miles (er, kilometers), you could spend a month there and not see it all.
Cinque Terre. It’s a collection of five little coastal villages on the Italian Riviera that are so picturesque it looks like Disney made them. Incredible vistas, beautiful color, and charming as all get out.
The Dolomites.It’s a mountain range in Northern Italy that has become very popular with landscape and travel photographers. It’s incredible. Like a bit slice of the Swiss Alps right there in Italy.
Portofino. I’ve been there twice, and while very tiny and compact, there is still much more to be uncovered. One of the most beautiful harbor views you’ll ever see.
Sienna. It’s a hilltop village deep in the heart of Tuscany, and while it takes a few stairs to get up there, once there, you’ll be rewarded with many photographic opportunities. How cool is it that people live there and wake up each day surrounded by this magical place?
Luca.It’s another amazing town in Tuscany, with a unique circular town square that’s…well…it’s not square, and surrounded by charming buildings.
Florence. With its famous bridge extending over the river, and the amazing Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral dome rising over the city (not to mention the statue of David), so many people fall deeply in love with Florence and return to it again and again.
The Amalfi Coast.Another area with the most charming seaside villages, incredible views, places you’d want to move there to live, and so many wonderful shooting opportunities around every corner.
Pisa. Yup, the place with the Leaning Tower, and it’s cooler to see (and shoot) in person than you’d think, and the drive there (from wherever you are in Italy), is just beautiful.
Lake Garda. Another Northern Italy locale that is so charming and interesting and just fun. You’ll find a ton to shoot along the road that rings the lakes, winding through cute little storybook villages. You’ll dig it.
You’re crazy close to the South of France.When you’re in Portofino and Cinque Terra, you’re literally just three hours by car from a whole ‘nuther world — the South of France (Cannes, Nice, Marseilles, Saint-Tropez, and Monte Carlo is right there, too), and it’s so different than Italy but completely charming and awesome. You’re also pretty close to the rolling Lavender fields of Valensole — just a short drive and so worth it at the right time of year. Heck, it’s worth it in the off season.
Plus, have I mentioned Naples, or Genoa, or the super vibrant colors of Burano (seen above – just outside Venice) or Capri, or Ravello, or San Gimignano? I could go on and on because there are so many incredible places everywhere you roam in this amazing country. There’s still so many places in Italy I haven’t been, and I want to capture a piece of them all. :)
The Italian people are warm and wonderful
It’s one of the things that just takes any trip to Italy over the top. The language is among the easiest to learn (well, for Americans anyway), but almost all the folks you’ll deal with in your travels speak some (or a lot) of English anyway, so you don’t have to worry too much about the language barrier. In face, I’d say it’s not a barrier at all.
Did I mention the food?
I don’t have to tell you how incredible Italian food is, but the Italian food you get in Italy and that crazy next level stuff you only get there. My single favorite restaurant in the world is in Rome, it’s Mimi e Coco. Just indescribable and every bit as charming as a 20-seat restaurant tucked away down an alley in Rome can be. The food is worth the trip…but take your camera just in case. ;-)
I hope this inspires you to add Italy to your travel photography wish list — there’s just no place like it, and you’ll come back with pictures and memories that will stay with you forever.
P.S.If you’ve got a sec, I shared some of my favorite images from my last workshop in Rome, along with the stories and behind-the-scenes photos. Here’s the link.