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Heads up! I’ve rebranded somewhat – I was using the guise Hybrid Dave and have switched it all over now to Capture with Dave. You’ll find me by using the handle @capturewithdave across all platforms, and at I’m still the same guy, and I’m working on some great content for you all, so watch this space. Let’s kick this off!

Combining the awesome features of Adobe Spark Post and Instagram Stories will make your stories stand out from the crowd, affording you a winning combination of animation and interactivity to give you the creative edge.

Your Adobe Spark Post app is included in your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, along with Adobe Spark Page and Adobe Spark Video. Here are my seven killer tips for combining Adobe Spark Post with Instagram Stories – let’s go!

1. Select a template that matches the dimensions of a phone screen. Don’t forget they’re all slightly different, so allow some bleed as if you’re printing, and then go in and set the palette and font to match your brand.

2. Once you’re happy with your own template, create your first post and save it. That way, every time you create a new post, you can simply work off the last one by opening it up, duplicating it, and making the necessary changes.

3. Make the most of the animation features that you can apply to the background and the text. Make it dynamic and eye-catching!

4. Don’t forget which features you can only use effectively within Instagram. These include tagging accounts, locations, weather conditions, and polls. If you intend to use any of these features, be sure to leave space in your post on Adobe Spark Post and add that element in Instagram when posting your story. If you tag an account, for example, in the text on Adobe Spark Post, it won’t work within Instagram as a tag and the tagged account won’t be notified, nor will your viewers be able to click on it! Similarly, if you want to tag a location (which will give your post a chance of being featured on that location’s story), you must do it in Instagram – again, a tag within Adobe Spark Post won’t be recognised by Instagram.

5. Use your Live Photos to make quirky clips. When you open a Live Photo from your iPhone in Adobe Spark Post, it gives you two options: use Live Video or use the still. This Live Photo of Roberto Pisconti (@robypisco), standing in front of his name in lights when he visited London last week, was perfect for that!

6. If you record a screen capture and want to change it, like in this clip, to have a practically seamless change of content from an Instagram element (in this case a poll) to an Adobe Spark Post element (the moving text), then consider options to help you do this, such as taking a screenshot, which is how I ended up using two Instagram Story posts to make this.

7. Make the most of the design features of Adobe Spark Post to give your story the best feel and the biggest impact. You can do all kinds of things with the text in the post – just play around with it and see what potential it has!

Thanks for checking this out! If you watched my Instagram takeover from Iceland in January, this is how I made house posts. I’d love to see what you do, so when you use Adobe Spark Post to create your story, tag me – @CapturewithDave – I want to see what you can do!

Much love


Happy #TravelTuesday one and all! It’s that time of week again – kicking off 2k18 with #HybridDaveTuesdays right here on I’m going to impart some knowledge I’ve picked up from my journey in stock photography with an aim to help any of you wishing to start a journey of your own.

My personal experience lies largely with Getty Images, but I’ve recently explored Adobe Stock, too, and once you’re done here, you can learn a lot more about Adobe Stock in the KelbyOne classes by Terry White.

So, how much can you earn from stock? Well, it’s all dependant on just how good your images are, how well they can be found by those who need them, and how many images you can supply. Let’s break down each of those points to see how to make the difference between pocket money and salary gains.



How good are your images?

This speaks for itself in many ways, but to be specific it’s worth noting the following ‘Quality Control’ factors which come into play, and also that if you don’t hit them consistently, you may risk jeopardising your position. The application process is stringent enough with some agencies, and it’s not worth risking what you’ve achieved with a questionable shot. These ‘Quality Control’ factors include sharpness, resolution, over-processing, and many other similar measures.

Another consideration within this category is the suitability of your images. When submitting, you should think about the application of the shot and it’s relevance, determining, as a result, the likelihood of it being purchased and better yet, continually purchased.


Can your images be found?

One of the most important skills when it comes to the submission of stock images is their keywording. Look at it this way – if you want people to buy your photos, the customer must be able to find them! It’s so obvious, but so overlooked and keywording is a skill in itself. Take this example:

I’m a marketer looking for stock images of car materials, and I’m based in the UK. You’re a stock photographer based in the USA, and you have some photos that match what I’m looking for but in order for me to find them when I search the agencies images, you need to have keyworded them correctly. I’m looking for aluminium, and you’ve got a great shot of a sheet of worked aluminium. In order for me to find that image, you have to assume that I’m searching for my spelling. If your photo is also keyworded al, metal, material, shiny, silver, grey, gray, and any other related terms you can think to use, then your shot will be found more frequently in more searches, thereby being exposed to a greater audience and have more sales potential.


Are you submitting enough images?

The chances of your images being found and sold, even with excellent keywording, is still slim amongst the immense plethora of competition. Adobe Stock alone has a library of some 90 million images ready to be licenced! Anybody in the industry who makes a substantial income from stock photography has masses of photos and keeps up to date with demand and trends. By the way, food and sports make the biggest sales. ;)



The journey into stock photography can be packed with setbacks, but if you work hard and focus on overcoming those setbacks, you really can earn from stock. Think of it this way: you may as well submit the photos you’ve already taken anyway and turn it into some cash! Here are some quick-fire extra tips:

With keywording, practice and absolutely nail it! Look for traits and emotions, too. Basically, think like a buyer rather than a seller – think of what people could be searching for in order to return your image to the top of the pile.

Your critical eye isn’t always right. I’ve said before when writing about Instagram that it’s often the case that the photos I like don’t perform as well as I expect and, conversely, the photos I don’t like so much perform much better than I anticipated. Photographers really are their own worst critics. This applies equally to stock photography – you’ll find that photos you don’t like so much will sell time and time again. The big one for me is the photo below, entitled “Parisien Taxi,” which seems to appear on every single monthly statement I receive.



To my eye, its technical qualities are there, but in terms of creativity, I don’t like it. My point is that it sells and as I’ve said, maximising your reach through compiling a large library of stock will be the difference between making enough for a coffee and making enough for a new lens.

Be aware of brands. My first encounter with this issue was a lucky one really. I had an image up which was of a hand on a guitar fret. The machine head had a Fender logo on it. Fortunately, the client had made their mind up that my image was the one they wanted and the agency dropped me an e-mail requesting that I remove the logo and send it back. That tweak made me a $1,000 sale, and the image was used on a billboard in Michigan, OH. The reason for this is that commercially licensable images mustn’t contain brands or trademarks.

Supply the demand. Take a look at the market, and you’ll find both clues and instructions as to what’s hot right now. If you can quickly put a shoot together based on these generic briefs, then there’s money to be made!

So, now that you’re armed, go get yourself into stock and start making money while you sleep!

Let me know how you get on; I’d love to see the links to your stock portfolios! As always, I’m happy to help, and you can reach out on any social platform – find me at Hybrid Dave.

Much love,


Today, during the opening keynote at Adobe’s MAX Conference in Las Vegas, it’s a day of big announcements, new features, new applications, and just tons of cool stuff! Here’s a brief look at what’s coming:

Above Left: The Lightroom we know and love is now rebranded as “Lightroom Classic” – Above Right: There’s a new Lightroom in town, it’s branded as “Lightroom CC” — it’s Lightroom for “the new generation” (my words, borrowed from Pepsi I think). 

Let’s Start with Lightroom
Lots going on in the world of Lightroom, including an update (which includes a HUGE speed boost in performance, and new features); plus there’s a whole new version of Lightroom!

Today we’re releasing the new issue of Lightroom magazine (Issue #34) published 10-times a year for KelbyOne members, and our cover story is from Lightroom super brain Rob Sylvan, and he goes over the new “Ecosystem” for Lightroom; looks at the new Lightroom CC (who it’s for, and how it works), and goes over the new features in Lightroom Classic. It’s over on our sister site:

Photoshop CC gets a BIG update!
Lots of new features in Photoshop CC — lots! (one of my favorites is shown above; the ability to easily edit 360° panos taken with those new 360° cameras that are becoming hot right now), but there’s lots of great stuff throughout, including the ability to open sync’d images from Lightroom from right within Photoshop; a new Quick Share option to get your images directly from Photoshop to social media; big improvements to the Pen tool (including a new Pen tool); Type enhancements; lots of great Brush Stuff; a big new masking feature in Camera RAW, and on and on.

Live “What’s Next in Photoshop and Lightroom” Webcast
Today at 11:00 AM EDT I’m doing a LIVE Webcast for KelbyOne Members to answer questions about all the new Lightroom changes; talk about the new Photoshop stuff, and chat live with members from around the world.

Here’s the link to watch and join in the discussion.

NEW COURSE: “Get Up To Speed FAST on the new Photoshop CC 2018”
Today at KelbyOne we’re releasing my full-length course on all the new features in Photoshop CC 2018, to help our members get up to speed fast! Check out the member’s dashboard today for direct access to this brand new class — there’s a LOT of cool stuff to learn about this major update to Photoshop CC.

It’s an exciting day to be a Lightroom, Photoshop or Adobe Creative Cloud user (lots of new stuff for CC subscribers today, including new applications and updates).

Don’t forget ‘The Grid” at 4:00 PM today with my guest, wedding photographer Justin Wojtczak
It’s going to be a great show – lots to share and talk about. Here’s the link.

See you online today!



Lightroom Mobile From Start to Finish with Scott Kelby
Expand the power of Lightroom desktop to your mobile devices! Join Scott Kelby for an in-depth look at the latest round of updates for Lightroom Mobile. In this class Scott will help you get set up on the right foot, show you how to view your photos on mobile, how to add new photos from your camera roll, how to edit with the updated editing interface, how to share photos on the web, and so much more! This update has created the most desktop-like experience on mobile so far, and Scott gets you up to speed on all the new features and interface changes. All along the way Scott shares tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the experience. By the end of this class you’ll be able to use Lightroom anywhere you are, and on any device.

Upgrade Your Creative Workflow with the Adobe Mobile Apps with Bryan O’Neil Hughes
Get up to speed with the latest in Adobe’s fast growing suite of creative apps for your mobile devices! Join Bryan O’Neil Hughes as he demonstrates how these apps work, how they communicate with each other, and how they stay synchronized through the cloud. Starting on an iPhone, moving to a tablet, and then showing how your work can automatically be synced back to your desktop you’ll see how these apps give you the power to create new content, edit that content, access your existing content across your devices, and publish it to the world. Bryan wraps up the class with a sneak peek at what’s coming next. This class was released in March 2016, but much of it still applies to how you can get the most out of Adobe’s mobile apps!

Above: Here’s a quick gallery of some shots from our pre-conference workshops held yesterday.  

That’s right – we’re streaming it live – the conference kicks off this morning with a keynote presentation from the crew here at KelbyOne, but of course the star of the keynote is Adobe, who is showing some really cool stuff this morning, so you don’t want to miss it:

When: Today at 10:00 am Pacific Time (1pm EDT)
Where: My Facebook page –

Hope you can join us for the big show!




It’s here! Adobe is rolling out a pretty big update to Photoshop CC, with some seriously cool new features; lots of little tweaks, enhancements and improvements throughout, and I’m here to give you a peek at some of my favorite parts of Photoshop CC 2015.5 (we’re going to do our best to overlook the fact that this 2016 release is actually named 2015.5. I would love to hear the reasoning behind that one…but I digress).

Anyway, don’t spend too much time on that one (it will make your head hurt), and instead, let’s look at what’s new in this full release, which is technically Photoshop version 17. :-)

Better Masking Is Here!
Adobe has been making big strides in making tricky selections easier (like windblown hair), and the new “Select & Mask” Task Space environment is better, faster, and more powerful (yes, it replaces the much-loved Refine Edge, but don’t worry — it does everything Refine Edge did and more). Check out the video below.

Facial Aware Liquify
This is that next level of Liquify for retouching portraits, because it automatically detects facial features, and lets you adjust them quite simply by just using sliders. No complicated masking or brushing — just drag a slider (if you’ve seen the retouching miracle that is the “Adobe Fix,” app, you’ve seen this technology before, and I’m thrilled it made its way over to Photoshop. Here’s a quick video:

Content Aware Cropping
This one will save you time, but not only does it save time — it does a better, faster job of it.

Match Font
This is some serious font recognition magic — you open an image with a font visible in the image (a flattened image is fine), and it recognizes the font; tells you which one it is (if you have that font installed), or it will suggest similar fonts if you don’t, and then you can download it directly from the Adobe TypeKit library so you can start using it. Pretty darn slick!

Faster Speed Is Here, Too!
Lots of important speed enhancements, including stuff like Content Aware that’s 3x faster (and that was about the slowest thing in Photoshop, but I guess not anymore, eh?). Plus, 4x faster loading of the your fonts in the font menu, and even documents open faster in CC 2015.5 (stop giggling about the 2015.5 thing). Because of stuff like this, the whole application feels snappier and more responsive.

Lots of Tweaks, and enhancements, too
Stuff like better results from Content Aware Fill (according to Adobe, these include: “…improvement in details, reduction in blur/smudge, and improved color adaptation”). Plus, you’ve got Photoshop libraries that you can make “read only” so you can share it with other people without them messing up the assets, or a new preference setting that lets you use the old legacy Healing Brush algorithm. How about stuff like bringing back the small color swatch size in the Swatches palette, or the ability to add a keyboard shortcut to toggle on/off the Airbrush mode. Plus, they’ve really stepped up on the Adobe Stock integration (I’ve been using the heck out of Adobe Stock by the way, and I’m loving it, but I’ll probably love it more now that I can license images from right within Photoshop). Anyway, there’s a whole bunch more stuff like that. Oh yeah, and a bunch of bug fixes. It’s all good.

 IMPORTANT: Don’t miss this little (but big) detail about plug-ins
As I mentioned earlier, this is Photoshop 17 — a full release, which means you’ll need to reinstall all your 3rd party plug-ins (I know, I know); however, they are implementing a new plug-in location going forward that will keep us all from having to do this in the future, but for now…ya know…we still have to do it this one last time.

Also, if you want to wait and move your plug-ins later, and not overwrite your current copy of CC (with all your plug-ins), then when you go to install, click the Advanced Options button at the bottom of the installer and uncheck “Remove Old Version.” That way, you can move your plug-ins over at your leisure, then uninstall the old version later.

When is it available?
It will be rolling out today (I already got my update) but depending on where you are in the country and in the world, will ultimately depend on when it’s actually available for download, so I’ll just say, “very, very soon” ;-)

Get More Videos Straight From Adobe!
Go check out Julieanne Kost’s blog — she’s got some great videos there on the new most-important features (here’s the link) and since she’s one of Adobe’s Photoshop evangelists, she’s always got great insights, and really helpful tips.

Don’t forget about tomorrow’s Lightroom Mobile Lovefest!
Adobe’s own Lightroom Mobile Product Manager Josh Haftel is here in our studios, and tomorrow we’re doing a special KelbyOne members-only Webcast with Josh, and then later in the day (at 4pm), Josh will be my guest on The Grid. Hope to see you at one of those tomorrow.


A very happy guy on upgrade day!

P.S. I don’t know if you can tell (wink), but I am freakin’ lovin’ this update. Thank you to the Adobe engineers for continuing  to literally create “magic” and for giving us such amazing tools to create with. What an awesome time to be a Photoshop user!