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If you use Lightroom Classic, you just read that headline, and your answer wasn’t “In the last week or two” or perhaps even worse, “I can’t remember when I last backed it up,” then let’s do it right now!!!

While backing up your catalog is easy, first, you might want to know why you need to back up your Lightroom catalog and then how to do it, step-by-step. So, first read this below from my other blog,

Are You Backing Up Your Lightroom Catalog?

After reading that, you might ask, “Where should that backup be stored?” So, read this:

Are You Backing Up Your Lightroom Catalog To The Right Place?

NOTE: If you’re already backing up your catalog regularly, check my post about freeing up a bunch of space by throwing your old, outdated catalog backups away. Here’s that link.

OK, that’s the plan — stop what you’re doing; back up your Lightroom Classic catalog, and you’ll sleep better tonight because of it (well, it’s certainly possible).

Have a great “backed-up feelin’ Monday,” and don’t forget to catch “Travel Tuesdays with Dave” here on the blog tomorrow. :)


P.S. Don’t forget, B&H Photo’s OPTIC 2022 outdoor, travel, and wildlife conference kicks off in just a few days – you can attend this multi-day event either in person, or all online, for FREE – just RSVP to let ’em know you’re attending, and you’re all set, ’cause registration is free, free, free!!! Here’s the link. 

…but…Rick Sammon’s got one than one great tip in this 60-second video. Check it out below:

Those are some great tips! (Thanks, Rick!)

Here’s a link to Rick’s latest KelbyOne course.

If you could attend an incredible multi-day photography conference for free…

One that covers outdoor photography, travel, and wildlife photography, and you could either go in-person in New York City, or attend online, and it had incredible instructors, and you could go for free, wouldn’t you? Of course – how could you pass up that, right? Well, it’s happening.

It’s the OPTIC 2022 Conference produced by the folks at B&H Photo, and you can be there in person (I’m teaching two classes there on travel photography and Lightroom and Photoshop), or you can watch from home. Registration is free – you just have to let them know you’re coming. It starts eight days from today. RSVP at – go sign up right now and I’ll see you there. :) 

Have a great weekend, everybody! :)


The Front Bottoms perform at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 10, 2017.

Day 3 of Bonnaroo began for me around 1:00pm when I arrived on site with the rest of the team. My first set of the day was back at What Stage with The Front Bottoms. I arrived early to scope things out, thankfully, because the thrust that was there the day before was gone. This meant that the entire stage front was free rein for photographers rather than some of them being relegated to one side of the thrust.

The Front Bottoms perform at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 10, 2017.

You can stake out your spot if you want, but the reality is that everyone will be moving around during the allotted photoraphy time. And if you want to be respected by everyone else in the pit, you also show respect by making sure everyone is able to get what they need rather than hogging a spot the entire time.

The Front Bottoms perform at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 10, 2017.

My next scheduled set was a few hours later, so I went back to the production trailer and did a quick edit before grabbing lunch and heading out to take lifestyle/ambience photos.

Attendees enjoy Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 10, 2017.

Before leaving the production trailer, my assistant grabbed a few cans of Red Bull so we could give them to attendees who were willing to pose for photos for us.

Attendees enjoy Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 10, 2017.

I went up in the ferris wheel to take photos, but didn’t really get what I was hoping for. When I came down, there were a couple of people taking selfies in front of the ferris wheel, so I asked if they would let me take some photos as well. While I was photographing them, this other friend of theirs came along and asked if I wanted him to lift one of them in the air. “Sure, why not?!” was obviously my response, which resulted in the photo above!


It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am back again to share something for the photography world with you, and today I want to tell you about a little side hustle ahead of the KelbyOne ‘Making Money With Your Photography’ Conference.

I want to tell you about stock photography. I want you to have a look through your photo library and see what you have in there that has value. All of us end up with photos that don’t quite make the cut for our portfolio or end up being shown to friends, but often these photos are technically ‘correct’ and there’s probably someone out there looking for a photo just like that.

Image libraries, such as Adobe Stock, are founded on the basis that people want to be able to find a photo of just about anything that they need for a project. The obvious users are graphics designers, editors and marketing professionals who need something to fill a gap in a piece of work or tell a story in an article, but the bottom line is that they want to find the subject they’re searching for.

Our excess images often fill the gap for these people. A photo of a table in a restaurant or a green field on a sunny day that didn’t make the cut for us can be used to switch on our side hustle in stock photography. Signing up is straight-forward and so long as we’re only submitting images that are ‘technically correct’, those being images that are in focus, correctly exposed, composed properly etc, we can make an income with something we already have in our image library.

Go take a look into joining Adobe Stock as a contributor and see if you can make enough cash in a side hustle to pay for your photography hobby!

Much love

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

This post is dedicated each year to the memory of David Leimbach, (shown above; the brother of our dear friend and colleague Jeff Leimbach), who died 14 years ago in combat in Afghanistan.

Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day.

Here’s wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day.


I am super excited to be one of the speakers again at the 8th Annual B&H Photo OPTIC conference (called OPTIC 2022 – It’s a conference for outdoor, wildlife, travel photography, and post-processing), and after a couple of years of doing it virtually, this year they are doing a hybrid event where it’s your choice – you can go and be there live in person as it happens at the New Yorker Hotel up in Manhattan, or you can catch the conference virtually, but here’s the best part – all you have to do is RSVP and tell ’em you’re coming (and, of course, choose in person or online) Registration is free. That’s it. You’re in. Boom. Done.

I’m teaching sessions on travel photography, on post processing your travel photos, and I’m co-hosted a dinner cruise (well, that’s for the folks who come in person of course), along with B&H Photo’s on rockstar David Brommer, and I really want you to be there, so RSVP right now at this link.

Besides me (and awesome instructors like Joe McNally, Deb Sandidge, and Matt Kloskowski among many others), plus there’s an Industry Trade Show, Panels, Portfolio Reviews, Webinars, that Sunset Cruise I mentioned earlier, a Print Competition, and OPTIC Signature Photo Walks around the city. All you have to do is RSVP at, and you’re in. You should RSVP right now and I’ll see you, one way or the other, up in New York City, June 12-15, 2002 – it’s going to be incredible – I hope you can go. :)

Anyway, as you can tell, I’m super psyched to speaking in front of an in-person audience; I’m delighted B&H Photo asked me back again, and I’m honored to be sharing the stage with so many amazing photographers. I just. Can’t. Wait!

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend, everybody, and we’ll catch ya next week. :)