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It’s a quicky, but it’s my favorite way to shoot with my iPhone:

Told ya it would be quick. :)

I’ve got a Killer Photoshop Tip for removing powerlines and telephone wires from your shot

Here’s a link to the tip – it starts at the 27-minute mark, but I have it all cued up at the right spot so just click the link, and you’re right at the tip:

There ya go! Have a great weekend, everybody!

-Scott

It’s not from the fancy new iPhone 14 Pro. It’s not even from a 13. It’s from an old iPhone 12 Pro. I shot it last week while recording a KelbyOne online course on shooting travel with your iPhone. I’m still amazed the camera on my phone can do what it does. I did edit the image in Lightroom (yes, those are the real clouds that were there that morning – no sky replacement), and that editing in Lightroom part is covered in Part 2 of my class – editing the images I shot in Part 1, all on Lightroom mobile on my phone and tablet.

Behind-the-scenes photo courtesy of Kelly Jones.

Here’s what I think Canon, Sony, and Nikon need to do

The low end of the camera market is all but gone. I can’t remember the last time I talked to someone who bought a point-and-shoot camera or even an entry-level DSLR. If I were Canon, Sony, or Nikon, I would release an official statement saying, “We make cameras for professionals. Period.” That’s it. Just make that statement, so instead of the public perception being “These companies are slowly dying,” they may be able to shift that perception to “They make high-end expensive lenses and bodies for professionals, and I sure would love to have one of those” instead of “Who needs a DSLR or Mirrorless camera when my phone camera is this good and getting better every day.” 

Just a thought.

The OPTIC West Conference is almost here!

The folks at B&H Photo are bringing their awesome OPTICWEST Conference (The outdoor photo/video/travel imaging conference) out West for the first time. It’s coming to beautiful Monterey, California, on November 6-7, and I’m honored to be doing one of the keynote presentations (along with legendary National Geographic photographer, author, and speaker Frans Lanting) and an incredible team of instructors.

It’s an amazing event, which includes: a Whale Watching expedition aboard the Monterey Princess, with gear from Nikon, Sony, Sigma, and Canon available for you to borrow. There are Macro Photo Sets, a Workflow Pavilion where you can edit and print your work, and the OPTIC Challenge, where photographs can be taken at many natural sets professionally illuminated with Genaray Lighting. You can also enter your work in a gallery contest with prizes for the winners. There is an opening night cocktail reception and of course, lots and lots of great classes taught by that top-notch instructor team over the two days.

You can register to attend the in-person event or virtual online – here’s the link with info or to reserve your spot. After teaching at the OPTIC Conference in New York earlier this year, I can tell you – this is an event you absolutely do not want to miss.

It’s a Football Weekend!

Bama has a tough game against the Vols on Saturday, and the Bucs play Pittsburgh in a winnable game on Sunday (though historically, the Bucs lose super winnable games like this, so I’ll be holding my breath the whole time). 

Hope your team wins this weekend (unless you’re a Vols or Steelers fan, of course). ;-) 

-Scott

P.S. Hoping to have an Adobe Express (formerly Spark) page ready for Monday to share the images from my Tuscany trip.

On Wednesday’s episode of the Grid, late in the show (around the 50-minute mark) we explained and then showed a killer example of exactly why we’re so disappointed that the new iPhone 14 Pro camera doesn’t have a 10x Optical zoom, and precisely what the new iPhone’s camera cannot do. When you see this example, you will totally get it.

The video below starts right were we start talking about the new iPhone issue, so if you hit play, you’ll right where all the fireworks start (and if you scroll back right before this, you’ll hear a shocking news update about the Chicken Sandwich Wars). Anyway, check out the video below:

That’s why we’re so disappointed. Sigh. Well, in much more fun news….

I am psyched to be teaching at the just announced OPTIC WEST 2022 Conference

The awesome annual OPTIC Conference (The outdoor photo/video/travel imaging conference) has always been held in New York City (and hosted and produced by the folks at B&H Photo), but for the first time ever it’s now headed to the West Coast – to beautiful Monterey, California this November, and I’m honored to be doing one of the keynote presentations (along with legendary National Geographic photographer, author, and speaker Frans Lanting) and an incredible team of instructors.

It’s an amazing event, which includes: a Whale Watching expedition aboard the Monterey Princess, with gear from Nikon, Sony, Sigma, and Canon available for you to borrow. There are Macro Photo Sets, a Workflow Pavilion where you can edit and print your work, and the OPTIC Challenge where photographs can be taken at a multitude of natural sets professionally illuminated with Genaray Lighting. You can also enter your work in a gallery contest with prizes for the winners. There is an opening night cocktail reception and of course, lots and lots of great classes taught by that top-notch instructor team over the two days.

You can register to attend the in-person event or virtual online – here’s the link with info and to reserve your spot. After teaching at the OPTIC Conference in New York earlier this year, I can tell you – this is an event you absolutely do not want to miss.

I’m delighted to have one of my images chosen as a Gold Winner in the European Photography Awards

I cannot tell you how delighted I was when I got the email this week that my image was a Gold Winner in The European Photography Awards, in the Professional category under Fine Art Photography – Travel. Thank you to the judges – I’m just tickled to no end. :)

Have a great weekend, everybody! Hope to see some of you here in Salt Lake City tonight, then it’s off to Crown Burger for….well…a burger! (and a yummy one at that).

-Scott

Yup, the iPhone Pro model has the 48-Megapixel camera the rumor sites said it would, and no it doesn’t have the 10x Optical Zoom like we hoped it would. It’s exactly what I warned you about here last Friday, but I’m not at all happy to be right. Sigh.

And as my buddy Erik Kuna so clearly pointed out the other day, having a 48-megapixel camera and cropping in tight absolutely DOES NOT give you the same result as a 10x Optical lens. Ask any photographer who has shot an airshow with a high-megapixel camera and just a 200mm lens. When you crop in close on the jets – they’re not sharp. They’re not detailed. They don’t look crisp and sharp like they do when you shoot with a 400mm or 500mm lens.

As Erik says, “Zoom crop is zoom crap!”

So, if super tight cropping looks bad on a DSLR or Mirrorless, imagine how they’re going to look when you do that on an image taken on a phone, with a 3x lens. I haven’t tried it myself yet, but I imagine they won’t look detailed, crisp and sharp. They’ll be soft. Is this what we were hoping for – no optical 10x zoom, but cropping in tight on a 48-megapixel phone shot? Nooooooo. BTW: The Samsung S22 has a 10x optical zoom AND a 108-megapixel camera. Sigh.

So, Scott, if the Samsung is so much better, why don’t you get one?

It’s because everyone I know that switched from an iPhone to an Android phone wound up later coming back to the iPhone because they’ve told me that outside of the camera part, the overall experience is fairly clunky. Things that are super simple on the iPhone sometimes just aren’t on Android, and they never fell in love with their Android as they did with their iPhone. Plus, they can’t find all the apps they’re used to, or if they do find the same app on Android, often it’s an older or outdated version and not updated like the ones on the iPhone (plus, a lot of apps come out first on the iPhone). So, while their cameras are good, the rest of the phone experience is…well…it’s not an iPhone.

Here’s something you might find interesting (read as “sad”). Apple did add a new zoom. They added a 2x zoom between their existing 1x and 3x. So, they actually added a shorter zoom. Thanks. Just what everybody was asking for. Ugh.

So, is the camera better than the old iPhone with its 12-megapixel camera?

Yes, and that’s why I’m getting one. I watched the Apple keynote, and they spent a ton of time going on and on about the chip; how great the chip is, how much more math it can do, and blah, blah, blah – I could really care less. I don’t use my current iPhone and think, “Man, I wish this thing was faster.” Apps launch fast. Everything seems to move fast. I don’t need a faster iPhone. I want one with a better camera, and this one does have a better camera; one that’s significantly better in low light and one with a few more features, and honestly, at this point, it’s the only reason I buy a new phone because I use my iPhone’s camera a lot. I teach iPhoneography. I wrote a book on shooting with the iPhone. I do classes on it. But I’m still disappointed, and I imagine you are too. At least they didn’t raise the price.

Well, here’s the thing. If this is the biggest disappointment I’ll have this week, it’ll be an awesome week. LOL!! Here’s wishing you great photos, no matter what camera you’re using. :)

-Scott

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).

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

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