Shutter release, cable release – different names but they do the same thing – they press the shutter for you, and take the shot, so you don’t move the camera with your fingers while pressing the shutter (and yes, it makes a bigger difference than you’d think – that’s why we pay for, carry around, attach and uses Cable releases when we’re out shooting, particularly for things like landscapes, cityscapes, interior shots, and any shots where sharpness is critical). It’s one of those “most have” accessories, which is why it’s nice they’re now free.
Ok, so go and download your free cable release now. You do this in the App Store for your phone. Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Sony, Olympus (OM System) — they all have free downloadable apps that can press the shutter release wirelessly for you, so there’s no camera shake whatsoever.
Since most cameras these days come with a built-in wireless feature, setting it up is a breeze. Also, using an app to wirelessly fire your camera comes in handy when you have your camera down low (maybe on the ground), or in a hard-to-get-to place (like behind the bride at the altar during the ceremony), and most allow you to see a preview of what the camera is seeing and give you the ability to change your camera settings right there in the app.
Here’s wishing you super-sharp shots, without spending a penny (well, at least any more pennies than you’ve already spent on your gear). :)
Last night, I sat down to write this post and I had a bit of a situation. Well, a bit of a disaster actually! I dropped my phone onto my laptop screen and everything went dark. I’ve just taken my laptop to Apple and owing to my carelessness, I now have a five-day wait and a £460 bill to pay for a new retina screen, and it’s caused a delay in publishing this post! My apologies. Let’s get cracking!
So, every #TravelTuesday, here on Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider, I land with a little something for you from the world of Photoshop, photography, travel, and life. Today, I’m going to tell you all about something you should be using, and which Scott showed you yesterday—Adobe Spark Page.
Adobe Spark is a creative suite in itself, within the Adobe ecosystem, which allows users to create social graphics, webpages, and videos on a web or mobile platform, and it’s awesome! In fact, all my header graphics here on Scott’s blog and on my own blog at capturewithdave.com are made using Adobe Spark Post.
Scott used Adobe Spark Page to create his story yesterday about his visit on the USS Harry S. Truman, and it delivered an amazing result both in terms of its aesthetic prowess and its storytelling ability. The user interface for creators is top-notch, as is the interface for the end user.
The app allows us to quickly and easily lay out our images, videos, and words, and it encourages good design and placement. The text alignment and animation creates a user experience with apparently seamless links from one section to the next. The ability to decide on the positioning of our images in a variety of styles, and with additional copy over them, gives us the ability to customise our page and truly tell the story in the way we want it to be seen.
As a photographer, I am of course a creative, but one friend of mine has some strong words which this app brings to life for me. Graphic Designer and KelbyOne instructor Dave Clayton says in his latest awesome class that a graphic designer is a photographer’s best friend. Knowing how to present your work in the best possible way is important for a photographer, and a graphic designer can help you to do this. It seems that this series of apps is the first step towards that goal.
Adobe Spark is part of your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, and its best comparison is that it’s basically Microsoft Publisher turned up to 11, and it’s fast!
Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk Day is back at it again this year, engaging thousands of photographers around the globe in pursuit of adventure and local photo ops. Before venturing out, you’ll need to pick your gadget of choice. One thing you may not know is that your phone is actually just as powerful as some DSLRs out on the market—especially when you leverage the RAW capture ability of Lightroom mobile’s camera. Have I piqued your interest? Keep reading.
Many of you might already be using Lightroom to sort and fine-tune your photos, but with the latest update of Lightroom CC , you can leverage the cloud and all its syncing magic. One of the most exciting things about Lightroom CC is that it offers syncing across devices—web, mobile, and desktop—so you don’t need to worry about managing or backing up your files. It also offers guided editing, preset syncing across devices, smart keyword searching, long exposure control, and easy sharing capabilities, to name a few features.
Don’t forget to prep your phone when putting together your photography kit this year! The Lightroom mobile camera is one of the best features of this powerful mobile editing suite. Alongside the ability to capture in RAW, it also has exposure compensation, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance tools right where you want them most: in the camera. Annoyed with your mobile camera AE lock? Manual control of your focal plane means never having to struggle with subjects that are too small for your fingers to tap. Perspective grids and custom image ratios make sure that your photos are precisely composed to exactly your vision, while highlight clipping helps keep your exposure in check while shooting via the screen under bright daylight conditions.
Don’t let the desktop define you, edit where you are. Do you have a look and feel you have developed for your editing style? On the go access to your Lightroom presets means you don’t have to wait until you are home to throw up that fresh set. As with Lightroom Classic, edits are nondestructive, saved, and can always be reverted to your original if you go too far. Bringing along your DSLR but still want to tap the power of field editing? With an SD card reader that adapts to your tablet or mobile phone, you can import your photos into Lightroom’s mobile client, organize into albums, tag, export full-resolution images, and share directly to the social platforms you choose via OS sharing tools. Want to share but not on social media? Try the Lightroom web sharing option to create a web gallery with optional file downloads that you can send to clients, family, friends, or post online.
The flexibility of being able to edit wherever you are, on whatever device you’re on, brings tons of value to photo trips or *ahem* Worldwide Photo Walks. You don’t need to limit your editing time by location, meaning your productivity skyrockets. If you have a favorite camera to use, imagine being able to edit those photos while out in the field. As well, for you phone photographers out there, if you shoot through the Lightroom mobile app, you can capture incredibly high-quality photos to immediately use then and there.
To take your photography beyond the camera, try out Adobe Capture CC , a multi-purpose app that translates your images into usable type, vector shapes, patterns, 3D materials, color themes, and brushes. If you’ve always wanted to try transforming your images with graphics, Adobe Capture gives you the tools to play. Create assets right from the camera in Capture, or import from your Lightroom catalog.
The Patterns module allows you to turn your camera into a kaleidoscope, giving you multiple ways of tessellating what your camera sees. Or you can create seamless tiling patterns for use as backgrounds, composite resources, or design elements. Another interesting feature for photographers is the Shapes module, which turns your phone’s camera into a vector graphic-making machine. This gives you the power to create infinitely scalable graphics out of regular photos, to use as logos, illustrations, animations, and more.
The assets you create in Capture are available immediately via Creative Cloud Libraries on compatible desktop and mobile apps. Snap a shape, and immediately find it in your CC Libraries panel in Photoshop and Illustrator. Generate a color palette in the Colors module to immediately use it in InDesign, After Effects, and more. Find your assets in the Creative Cloud Libraries panel on desktop, or in the associated asset panel in mobile apps. Want to share your asset wealth with others? Share right from in the Capture app, or on the web with Creative Cloud Libraries.
If you’d like to learn more about Adobe Lightroom CC and Capture CC, check out the resources below before going on your next trip for Worldwide Photo Walk Day!
Pollyanna Macchiano is a mobile app enthusiast and design program manager at Adobe who thrives on being involved in the arts: writing, doodling, and general nerdiness included. Powered by green tea and mochi.
Lightroom Mobile From Start to Finish with Scott Kelby Expand the power of Lightroom desktop to your mobile devices! Join Scott Kelby for an in-depth look at the latest round of updates for Lightroom Mobile. In this class Scott will help you get set up on the right foot, show you how to view your photos on mobile, how to add new photos from your camera roll, how to edit with the updated editing interface, how to share photos on the web, and so much more! This update has created the most desktop-like experience on mobile so far, and Scott gets you up to speed on all the new features and interface changes. All along the way Scott shares tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the experience. By the end of this class you’ll be able to use Lightroom anywhere you are, and on any device.
Upgrade Your Creative Workflow with the Adobe Mobile Apps with Bryan O’Neil Hughes Get up to speed with the latest in Adobe’s fast growing suite of creative apps for your mobile devices! Join Bryan O’Neil Hughes as he demonstrates how these apps work, how they communicate with each other, and how they stay synchronized through the cloud. Starting on an iPhone, moving to a tablet, and then showing how your work can automatically be synced back to your desktop you’ll see how these apps give you the power to create new content, edit that content, access your existing content across your devices, and publish it to the world. Bryan wraps up the class with a sneak peek at what’s coming next. This class was released in March 2016, but much of it still applies to how you can get the most out of Adobe’s mobile apps!
Big news today — Adobe released a pretty major update to Lightroom Mobile with lots of long-awaited features making their way to Mobile, (and if you use Lightroom Mobile on your iPad, today’s an even better day for you).
Note:on the heels of this announcement, we’re releasing my new “Lightroom Mobile: Start to Finish” online course today, too! KelbyOne members will be able to watch it later this morning (or you can take the 10-day free trial if you’re not a member, and watch it today, as well).
In the meantime, I made a quick “first look” video for you going over the new features and interface (below), but before we get to there, in short here’s what’s new:
The Adjustment Brush is here (Awwwww, yeah!) and it rocks! Great implementation (see the video below). Plus, if you have an iPhone with 3D Touch support, it’s pressure sensitive when “painting” with your finger, and if you have an iPad Pro, it supports the Apple Pencil’s pressure sensitivity.
You can now Erase areas in the Radial and Graduated Filter (like you can on desktop Lightroom)
Full Featured Sharpening is here (the full panel from Desktop Lightroom CC with all the same sliders)
The Noise Reduction Panel is here, too!
Cool ‘Haptic Feedback’ feature for straightening images while aiming built-in camera app
Live Clipping Warning (via a Zebra pattern) while shooting with the built-in camera app
All new updated Android phone interface, designed to be most “Android-y” UI for Lightroom Mobile yet, with a faster, more natural Android feel throughout the App.
The iPad gets the new “more Lightroom CC-like” user interface introduced in the iPhone previously (seen at the top of this post).
There’s a few other smaller tweaks and enhancements, and some things are more discoverable thanks to the update interface. Take a look at the video before for a quick look:
Adobe has not yet released the new user interface for Android tablet’s yet, but hopefully, that won’t be too far behind.
Hope you enjoyed this first look, and I invite you to check out my new Lightroom Mobile: Start to Finish course that comes out today at KelbyOne.
…and of course it’s in bookstores now, so you can find it wherever cool books on Lightroom are sold.
I hope you’ll give it a look – I went really in-depth on the book, and I think it’s going to help a lot of people.
Just 12 days to my9th AnnualWorldwide Photo Walk If you haven’t signed up for a walk, – now’s the time – we have over 1,000 photo walks in cities all around the world. Come sign up (it’s free, and open to everybody!).
New this year: the “Video Shot During the Photo Walk” competition And our awesome sponsor, Canon USA, has put together an amazing prize for the winner of this category — They are giving away a Canon Video Creator Kit (seen above), to the best video submitted from the walk (the video has to be created during the official photo walk). The kit includes the new Canon EOS 80D Body; their new 18-135mm lens; a Canon Power Zoom Adapter; RODE VideoMic Go; a 32G SD Card, and all the other goodies (battery, charger, strap, etc.).
What could be a better start for your week than helping some Orphans? We’re at about 25% of our donation goal, but you can get us a lot closer. Here’s the link to donate to the Springs of Hope Orphanage (built with the help of donations from people who read this blog, and who participate in the Worldwide Photo Walk each year). Thank you in advance for having a giving heart.