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There may be a global pandemic, but my creative cup runneth over and thanks to a little ingenuity and technology I was able to create new work everyday. How? Well, take a look at the photo below.

This photo was shot on an old CRTV, which was hooked up to an Apple TV, which was AirPlaying a Zoom call via my iPad Pro.

Not only was this project been a fun, technical challenge, but it also allowed me to experiment further with today’s technology, and i’m honored to share my knowledge with you.

Now many of you might be thinking “What’s so special about photographing someone on an old CRTV?” Well, nothing! However, I took this idea and and ran with it, with a little help from my friends.

Without further adieu I present an unedited video of a fully remote photo shoot.

Think you need to be within 50 miles of each other? Not true! Kelby One instructor and good friend, Frank Doorhof and I did an identical shoot from over 6000 miles away! Here is Frank’s recap on his blog.

You can see more of Andrew’s work at AndrewFoordPhotography.com, and keep up with him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

#TravelTuesday with Dave has come round again, and this week I’m in Norway. More specifically, I’m in Troms, just at the gateway to the Lofoten Islands and within reach of many of the most beautiful places in northern Norway. Note that I said “within reach” rather than “within easy reach.” That’s because things that are so close can actually take a long time to get to because of the requirement to circumnavigate mountains and fjords.

Within reach yesterday was the North Cape—the northernmost point on continental Europe. It’s so far north of where I was that if I’d continued and doubled the distance I covered in the car yesterday, I would reach the North Pole. Fun fact: the first person to travel to the North Cape for tourism did so in 1664, which is before the great fire of London and over 100 years before the Declaration of Independence. That’s not the point, though. The point is that it was really hard to get there! There was snow, ice, slush, mountain passes, twists, and turns, and getting there safely at the start of the winter meant not taking my eye off the ball for a second—100% focus was required. That got me thinking—it’s 100% focus that we need in the pursuit of our photographic career, too.

The creative world is a dynamic one, just like those mountain passes. When I drove north to reach the cape the road conditions were completely different from how they turned out to be on the drive back south. Similarly, if I stop taking note of changes in the photography industry, both technically and creatively, I’ll miss a beat and things will have changed without me. It’s crucial to keep up to date, and part of this is practice and training.

Ask Scott or any other photography rockstar and they’ll tell you the exact same thing as me—keep practicing and keep learning. Don’t take your eye off the ball. Continuous learning results in us being at the top of our game, and skipping opportunities to practice and learn leaves a noticeable hole in our skillset. This puts a very serious spin on what is otherwise an escape from reality or a means of expression, so to that I’ll repeat something I was told by Glyn Dewis a few years ago: – Take what you do seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously. It means we should give ourselves a break, not put pressure on ourselves, but give the task at hand our attention in order to achieve our aim as best as possible, be that for ourselves or our clients.

Practice and education—the keywords in that last paragraph. These are things we need to take responsibility for and continuously review. Without wishing to plug KelbyOne here, I must say that for both of these things it’s a fantastic resource and community. Everything we need is right there in one place. But on top of that, there are so many ways we can practice and educate ourselves to make sure we are on top form all the time. I can’t stress how important it is. Just like keeping up with the changes on the mountain pass, we need to keep up with changes in style, technique, tools, tech, and all that comes with our photography passion.

So, having taken a selfie pointing at the top of Europe, I now prepare for the rest of my Norwegian adventure, secure in the knowledge that I have imparted a wisdom nugget that you should all take very, very seriously. Just don’t take yourself too seriously ;)

Much love

Dave

We Could Possibly See Some New Photoshop & Lightroom Features Released Tomorrow

Hey, it’s possible, because tomorrow morning is the opening keynote for Adobe’s MAX conference, and historically they’ve announced new Lightroom and Photoshop updates during the keynote. So, since this is historically the case, Rob Sylvan will be doing a post on any new Lightroom features over on my other blog — LightroomKillerTips.com tomorrow just in case they do release any new Lightroom features (hey, it could happen, right?)

Catch My “Maybe There Will Be New Lightroom & Photoshop Features” Webcast tomorrow

At 11:00 am tomorrow ET, I’m doing a Webcast for KelbyOne members just in case Adobe does indeed announce new features. If they do, I’ll be showing them, if, ya know, they are announced. So, stop by tomorrow to see if history is on our side, and then if you’re a KelbyOne member, drop in and see what, if anything, is up.

-Scott

P.S. Are you going to ‘The Flash Conference?” It’s going to be awesome. Get the scoop here.

Watch the short video below and you’ll see what it’s all about and why it might be just what you’ve been waiting for:

Joe shared the news about the conference in his newsletter earlier this week, and here’s what he wrote about the event:

“After these two days, your conversation with light will be in a different place, and your confidence with the tools of light will be accelerated.”

Wow. If I wasn’t already going to be teaching, I’d definitely be going. What an incredible opportunity!

The official dates are:

November 16-17, 2020 with a special pre-conference session for flash beginners the day before (open to all registered attendees). 

Here’s the link to get your tickets. It’s going to be something very special (Joe is one of the most amazing photographers on the planet, and the King of Flash), and you don’t want to miss out.

Hope you can join us in November — it’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it)…epic!

-Scott

P.S. Did I mention it was going to be epic? Cause it is. Going to be epic. You know what I meant, right?

Godriguez pondering what he will shoot and also what to have for lunch

I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!

I’m stuck…what the hell am I going to shoot?…I need some way to be inspired but I don’t know how. Do you ever ask yourself these questions? Do you find yourself needing ways to figure out what to shoot? Yep, I’ve been there before as well and I’m here to tell ya there are plenty of ways out there to jump start your inspiration and I’m here to share a few that have helped me find my mojo.

“connected” in the world of social media we sometimes feel a certain addiction and consumption as our devices take over our daily lives


If you’ve been around me long enough then you have most likely have heard me mention the photography scavenger hunt. What is the photography scavenger hunt you might ask? it is an online event that started by my friend Chrysta Rae way back in the infant days of Google+ (R.I.P.) and grew to become somewhat of an anomaly as far as internet photography communities go as it is entirely inclusive for all that participate and the people involved truly care about each other and their growth both personally and artistically.

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It’s time for #TravelTuesday with Dave (I know it’s Monday; deal with it), and today, I want to touch on a landscape photography term that’s used throughout photography: blue hour. Let’s not waste any time, here goes.

Blue hour and golden hour go hand in hand. They aren’t accurately measured as being an hour, but we know them as the hour before and after the sun sets and rises when we have the best light for photography. The reason golden hour is so beautiful is because the light from the sun diffracts through the atmosphere as its beams travel through so much more of our atmosphere laterally than if the sun were overhead. When it comes to blue hour, there’s a whole other science at play.

Blue hour, in photography, is a fairly broad term when compared to the scientific community’s version of what blue hour actually is. First of all, the different colours of blue hour are caused by the scattering of the shortest wavelength of light—blue—based on something caller solar elevation. This, in real terms, is dependent on the season and latitude and is the angle of the sun below the horizon.

Blue hour is further broken down into different degrees of twilight, and the term “degrees” really helps us to understand why. When the sun is at different levels below the horizon, as measured by angle, results in different levels of light and different visibility of stars.

The first type of twilight, where the sun is highest in relation to the horizon at between 0 and 6 degrees below the horizon line, is civil twilight. The sky during this time can still be yellow or orange in the direction of the setting sun.

The next type of twilight, where the sun is between 6 and 12 degrees below the horizon, is nautical twilight. During this period, with clear weather conditions, the horizon is faintly visible. Many bright stars can be seen, making it possible to use the position of the stars to navigate when at sea, hence the name “nautical twilight.”

The next type of twilight, where the sun is between 12 and 18 degrees below the horizon, is astronomical twilight. Astronomical twilight is almost indistinguishable from nighttime to the naked eye. During this time, most of the stars and other celestial bodies can be seen. To be able to see fainter stars and galaxies, you’d still need to wait for the sun to pass lower relative to the horizon.

At anything lower than 18 degrees below the horizon, it’s simply dark!

It’s important to bear this little nugget of information in mind when planning photos. Different situations require different circumstances, and the circumstances won’t always exist. For example, at polar latitudes, we notice midnight sun during the summer where it doesn’t get dark at all for months according to the definition of night. We can find the timings for these twilight times by using PhotoPills or timeanddate.com

I hope that was useful. Have a great day!

Much love

Dave

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