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This feature is so incredibly useful, I can’t believe Adobe hasn’t made a bigger deal of it. It’s kind of a “hidden right in front of our eyes” feature but I haven’t found any of my friends yet that even knew it was there.

Check out the short video below where I show what it is, where it is, and why it’s so awesome:

Is that super helpful or what? Time to add that one to your workflow. :)

Hope you all have a fantastic Monday! Go Bucs and #Rolltide!

Scott

Great video today from our friend and colleague, Jefferson Graham, about all the cool new stuff for iPhoneographers in the upcoming operating system update for the iPhone – IOS 15

(NOTE: Apple is having a big event on Tuesday to launch the new iPhones, maybe a new watch, and perhaps other cool stuff, so we’ll have access to this new stuff fairly soon). Anyway, check out this short video from Jeff:

Thanks, Jefferson. Can’t wait until Tuesday for news on the camera hardware side of things.

Have a great NFL football weekend, everybody. #RollTide and high-five to the Bucs for beating the Cowboys last night. That was more of a nail-biter than I had hoped, but we pulled it off. Now for a big Alabama win! :)

-Scott

It’s #TravelTuesday again and I, Dave Williams, am here from Salisbury Plain, home of Stonehenge, with about as much wisdom as I bring to the party every Tuesday. Let’s go!

This morning I woke up bright and early to shoot sunrise over Stonehenge, a neolithic stone monument here in the UK on Salisbury Plain. Whilst I was here, I noticed two other photographers had similar ideas, though not quite the same idea. One of them was up early and then disappeared before the sun was up. One appeared once the sun was up, missing the bit before dawn. It was a little odd because they both had cameras on tripods, so I wanted to quickly explain why I shoot the whole sunrise.

The photographer that was up before the dawn broke was shooting the blue hour. Blue hour is so named because the sky is largely blue because as the sun hasn’t breached the horizon yet its warm light doesn’t cast. It’s worth noting that it isn’t actually an hour, but can be longer or shorter depending on the season and latitude. Here’s my blue hour shot from this morning: –

The other photographer missed out on blue hour and shot golden hour. Again, this isn’t actually an hour, but it’s the time just after the sun breaks the horizon in the morning (or just before it does so in the evening) and, owing to various environmental and scientific factors including the effects of the wavelength of red light and the distance from us, we get a red or orange sky. Here’s what that looked like this morning for me: –

I was left a little baffled about why, if you’d dragged yourself out of bed at 6am, you wouldn’t shoot both types of light. It dawned on me, if you’ll pardon the pun, that perhaps they’d each only ever seen the one type of morning light and perhaps weren’t even aware of the other.

I know it’s a big ask, but here’s what I would like you all to do:

One day, when you have the time, get yourself up an hour before the sun is due to rise. The sky should still be a little dark and you will probably be able to see a star or two. Now, just watch what happens. Take a camera, or don’t take a camera, it’s entirely up to you, but be sure to observe exactly what is happening in the sky all around you. Notice the colours change. Watch what happens just before the sun breaks the horizon. Then how fast it moves. Watch where it goes. Watch how the light changes. Just take note of all that happens at sunrise and how it can affect a photo. Then, if you want, make a cup of tea and go back to bed.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Sunrise totally beats sunset.

Have a great day!

Much love
Dave

Great tip from photographer and podcaster and just generally awesome guy, Frederick Johnson about a technique he learned when he was a military photographer to learn to break down barriers and getting access when you want to take a street portrait. It’s just a 60-second tip, but so interesting.

Thanks, Frederick. Don’t forget to check out Frederick’s new course on KelbyOne.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

-Scott

P.S. A big thanks to everyone around the world who came and spent this week with us at the Photoshop World Conference. It was a blast to see everyone, and we’re so grateful for the wonderful turnout, and awesome people we met along the way. Thank you again for your support and hope you learned a lot, laughted a lot, and make some new friends. :) 

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here! I apologise that it’s a little late in the day, but better late than never.

To those attending Photoshop World, I hope you have a fantastic conference and get to absorb a load of knowledge from the amazing instructor line-up!

Today, I want to touch on the importance of photography and the time-travelling opportunities it presents. Photos play an important role in everyone’s life, as well as being the things we photographers take pride in, practice, and on top of that, they remind us of places, people, feelings, smells, and evoke memories of what was happening at the time the photo was taken. Personally, each photo serves as a reminder of what happened throughout the day the photo was taken, evoking memories of trips overseas and childhood memories in a similar way that music can. Photos have been proven to stimulate our minds to such an extent that things we thought were long forgotten can be stirred up, including vital clues to events in history and important facts.

Photography helps us document events and moments in time, finding things in common and sharing experiences post-event.

Perhaps the reason being this evocation caused by photos is that when we capture an image, we freeze the memories that go along with it. It can encapsulate that moment in time in such a way that we can reinvigorate the memory years after it was taken, in particular, when the emotions that run alongside it are stronger than usual.

Photos are stories and there’s a story behind every image. By looking at photos, we can conclude a lot of things based on the photographer’s skill and actions beyond the visuals. The story can be contained within a single image as a result of the skills we learn and utilise as photographers, and we can even inspire others through our photography. We can inspire others to travel, to enjoy life, to celebrate moments, to become aware, or to build connections.

Photography is art, it’s science, and it’s a skill that goes beyond either of those things as well. Photography is something special and I’m proud to be a photographer.

Much love

Dave

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Tomorrow’s we kick off the Photoshop World Conference — the first ever virtual edition, but we’ve worked hard to make it as close to the in-person event as possible. Today we have the pre-conference workshops and tomorrow we kick things off with our opening keynote with a presentation from Adobe. Keeping with tradition, we do have a silly, (I mean awesome) opening movie to kick the event off, and we have everything from the Guru Awards to Midnight Madness, to the attendee party, and so much more. If you haven’t signed up – it’s not too late. Head over to PhotoshopWorld.com for tickets and details. 3-days, 3-full-tracks (Lightroom, Photoshop, and photography), and it’s going to an incredible educational experience all the way around. Hope you can make it.

Apparently, My R6 Was Pretty Messed Up!

Here’s a quick update on my Canon EOS R6’s persistent Error 70 issue. Even after the firmware update to the camera (which I had hoped would solve the problem), it still happened again to me numerous times while I was shooting the Oshkosh Airshow. So, I contacted Canon and they had me try the standard stuff (take the battery out, put it back in, try a different memory card. The process of elimination stuff) and finally when nothing worked they said I’d better send it in for repair (it was still well under warranty).

From the research I’ve done online, there are not many folks out there who have experienced this same issue (figures), so there weren’t many options or fixes or workarounds out there other than sending it back to Canon, so I popped it back in the original box and off it went.

Well, Canon turned it around pretty quickly (like 3-days), and they said it there were “Multiple errors causing power issues,” and they replaced the Main Board and the CMOS Sensor Assembly. So, hopefully now we’re back up and running (won’t know for a few day because of Photoshop World kicking off tomorrow), but that’s it below dressed in factory plastic and it’s ready to rock! I’m not expecting any more issue, but if somehow there is, they will hear my screaming up at the Int’l Space Station. ;-)

My New Lens Is Here!

I placed the pre-order the day it was announced, and just a few days ago I got a notice from B&H Photo (greatest camera store in the world), that my new 14-35mm f/4 RF-mount (for Canon mirrorless) was on its way, and it just arrived. It’ll be a few days before I get a chance to shoot with it, but the fact that it’s 14mm on the super wide end is what made me pull the trigger and pick it up. What a fantastic range (thought that’s probably the last I’ll use my 14mm f/2.8). Very excited about it, and more on it once I get a chance to shoot with it.

OK, my camera’s working again, and I’ve got a new lens, but first – Photoshop World – then we play! :)

Looking forward to seeing everybody this week at the conference. We have really put a ton into it and honoring the traditions and fun of the in-person event and I hope you learn a lot, laugh a lot, and make some new friends in the community. It’s going to be an amazing week! :)

Cheers,

Scott

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