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This is such a great, practical tip from photographer Jack Reznicki – even if you’re not going to be scanning negatives, it’s still worth checking out (it’s just 50-seconds or so).

Many thanks, Jack! If you’re into scanning your old images and making them digital, make sure you check out Jack’s class. Here’s the link:

Have a great weekend everybody. GoBucks and #RollTide!

-Scott

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always with a little something from the world of travel, photography, and Photoshop.

Over here in the UK, things are turning more and more “normal” as we move out of the age of the ‘rona. Here, I am with International wedding photographer extraordinaire, Peter Treadway, and KelbyOne instructor Dave Clayton.

The show was missing a few players, particularly noteworthy being the American contingent, but most major brands were represented. Front and centre at the entrance was Nikon, with the UK and Nordic branch showing off the latest tech and the Nikon School demonstrating techniques, and as you walk through the aisles there’s a clear emphasis on space and hygiene throughout.

The queues at the Canon stand were ever-present, with a couple of demo models of the new EOS R3 available to try out. I had to do it, despite shooting Nikon, and I have to say I was very impressed with what I saw. The 30fps continuous and eye control for focus point selection are the key features, and very impressive they both are.

The Photography Show and The Video Show are placing a clear emphasis on education, with a lot of live stages available both paid and free, which is great because although the exhibitors are there to sell gear there’s a much larger audience out there wanting to learn how to best use that gear to make their investment worthwhile. I was fortunate enough to be speaking twice in the Masterclass Theatre, then on the Editing and Post Production Stage, and I loved how receptive the audience was and how, again, everything felt like it was going back to normal.

The return of live events is great to see, and here’s to many more!

Much love

Dave

I’m still on an iPhone 11, and I was 100% fully expecting to upgrade to the iPhone 13 the minute it came out, but I’m going to skip this one, too (I skipped the iPhone 12), andI can boil it down to one simple thing – the zoom is still WAY too short. The iPhone 13 Pro went from a 2x zoom, to a 3x optical zoom, so their idea of a “zoom” is a 77mm. Seriously? Couldn’t even get us to 85mm for portraits? But what I wanted (ever since I saw it on my buddy’s Samsung) is a 10x optical zoom.

I figured by now, surely Apple has to add a 10x optical, right? Wrong. So, I’m sticking with my 11 Pro. This will be the first time I’ve ever skipped two iPhone upgrades, but there’s just not enough useable improvement to the camera (unless you shoot serious video with your iPhone, which I don’t), and today IOS 15 comes out and so I’ll get some new features on my old iPhone 11 anyway, so that’s where I’m sitting.

Let me know what you think in the comments. Am I missing something or some feature that should make me reconsider? I’d really love to know (I’m only concerned about still photography features – not a faster chip or that stuff. I’m never working on my iPhone and think, “Man, this thing is slow”).

Here’s to a free IOS update, Monday – Hope yours is a great one! :)

-Scott

P.S. Over on LightroomKillerTips.com today I did a post on how to move your Lightroom Classic catalog to an eternal hard drive, or if your catalog is already on an external hard drive, how to move it back to your computer (I explain why you should or shouldn’t in the post).

I did this interview a while back, but I had never actually seen it until I ran across it by accident earlier this past week, and the person interviewing me is Mubai-based Photoshop wizard (and super great guy all around) Unmesh Dinda.

He did such a great job in every aspect of this, from the production (just watch the first minute and you’ll see what I mean), to the questions he asked, to well…the whole thing. It was such a fun and different chat, and I give the credit to Unmesh – he is really, really good at this stuff and it was an honor to get the opportunity to chat with him.

If you get a sec, give it a listen (you can let it run in the background while you’re editing). :)

I’ve embedded the interview above, but I’m very grateful to Unmesh for his thoughtful questions, and for making the interview so much fun. He’s a very special guy, and we’ve been very fortunate to have him teach at the Photoshop World and to feature him in KelbyOne Online Courses.

Thanks for giving it a watch (or a listen in the background), and here’s wishing you a great weekend! :)

-Scott

#TravelTuesday has come around again and I, Dave Williams, am here as always! My departure date is getting closer and closer and I’m busy preparing and testing for my mission in Kofifernweh. I’ve been making minor adjustments and I’m happy to report that the turbocharger is now fully operational again. But that’s not what I’m here for – I’m here to talk pixels. More specifically, gifting them!

With a special time of year approaching it’s time for us to get thinking about what to do in the way of gifts. A random gift from Amazon may solve the issue of being empty-handed, however we can use our skills as photographers and artists to give a gift that really has meaning instead.

A portrait photographer can gift a portrait, a landscape photographer can gift a landscape, and a photographer with too many to choose from can gift a calendar. We have so many fans amongst our family and close friends that offer constant praise and act as personal cheerleaders to our growing photography skills that we could think smart and offer something bespoke that they would really love.

Having seen the headline of this post you could have very easily guessed what it was about and you’ve just read it, so surely there can’t be a lot left to say. Well, here comes the curveball!

Gifting photos to promote our business and to open doors is very, very effective. I’ve told the story of how I shot inside St Pauls Catherdal in London with a tripod – a feat only ever achieved by the BBC when they record and broadcast ceremonies – and it was all down to the promise of a print.

I got in touch with the marketing manager (who is always a good person to start with) and ensured I addressed them personally, by name. I asked very nicely what I wanted to ask without beating around the bush or wasting their time, offering a brief explanation of the circumstances, the intended result, and who I was. At the end as well as the usual line of ‘you can have copies of the images’ I added, ‘and I would love to print one for your office.’

That offer of a print, or the surprise gift of a print, is a fantastic way to market ourselves, make ourselves memorable, and form a lasting relationship. It’s also the best tool for leverage!

Short but sweet, but valuable, that’s todays post. Honestly worth its weight in gold!

Much love

Dave

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