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It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am back again. You lucky thing! Today I’m hiding because the fuel situation that hit the USA a short time ago has now hit us in the UK, but seemingly under a different guise. Rather than having an actual fuel shortage, we have plenty of fuel reserves, but the media are encouraging a fuel shortage by saying there is one when, in fact, there isn’t. Get it? It sucks. Rather than constantly joining lines for fuel reaching half a mile from the gas station, I decided I’ll just park up and wait.

Well, that was boring! So, what am I here for today? What have I got for you? If you own an iPhone, I have a nugget of wisdom for you. If you don’t have an iPhone, I still have a nugget of wisdom for you!

When we look at our Photos app on our iPhone, we see a grid of square images, which really isn’t helpful a lot of the time. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be familiar with the gamble of whether a photo was taken in portrait or landscape orientation. We can, however, show the actual orientation of the photos and remove the square grid, just like this:

I don’t like the square view and it helps, for so many reasons, to see the actual orientation of the images in my camera roll. To turn this on, simply tap the three dots in the top right and select ‘Aspect Ratio Grid’.

It’s as simple as that!

Here’s the thing though – you may be wondering why I don’t like seeing the square grid and why I can’t remember which orientation I took a photo in, and it’s because…

I have gotten into the habit of taking most photos in both portrait and landscape orientation. I recommend this to you, too. When we shoot tall and wide, we have all bases covered for our image uses. We may print, which we’d likely want to do with the side shot. We may want to post to social, which we’d likely want to do with the tall image to maximise onscreen real-estate. We may also change our mind after the fact and prefer the opposite orientation to that which we preferred when we took the shot. There are so many reasons to shoot both tall and wide, and if we can easily differentiate between them in our camera roll, we save ourselves the time and hassle of choosing the wrong one.

And with that, I’m going to continue hiding… until next week!

Much love

Dave

We kick off every Photoshop World Conference with a movie that runs before the opening keynote, and it sets the tone for the rest of the conference. Creating these silly Photoshop-related mini movies is a tradition of ours, and with all the recent private space launches, we decided to go with a space launch theme (it didn’t hurt having Erik Kuna on the creative team). So without further ado, I present the Oscar-worthy acting, and James Cameron style production that is…the Photoshop World Opening Keynote Movie:

Hope that helped kick off your week right (or wrong?)

Cheers,

-Scott

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).

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