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OK, technically this is a Photo Tip Friday, and I realize that today is Monday, but I get special dispensation because tonight is the College Football National Championship, and once again, my Alabama Crimson Tide is in the championship, so it’s a special day, and anyway (#rolltide), this is such a great tip I wanted to share it here. It’s from pet photographer Alex Cearns, and it’s so right on the money. Check it out below (it’s just 60-seconds).

Such a great, relevant, and timely tip as we kick off a new year. If you want to learn more from Alex, here’s a link to her latest online course called “how to ignite your photography business” at KelbyOne.

Here’s wishing you a kick-butt Monday, and here’s to a big Bama win tonight!

-Scott

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always. This week I write to you from Lofoten in northern Norway. I’m on a mission to capture the northern lights while I’m here, amongst other things, and so far it’s going pretty well. I had to bunker down for a couple of days because a polar storm rolled in, but just as it cleared I got a solar storm. Perfect timing!

This week I want to evoke your mind and get you thinking about why you love photography. I know that many of you will have photo-centric New Years’ resolutions, so hopefully, this will help a little.

Here’s a shot of me and Erik ‘the rocketman’ Kuna in Germany getting our waterfall shots on point. We’re both in pretty much the same spot but ended up with different images, and this leads to the point of today’s post.

For me, photography is many things. One of those things, and perhaps the most important, is that I really enjoy showing the world in the way I see it. I was talking to Scott about this some years ago and I said to him that one thing that resonates with me is the phrase, ‘lend me your eyes and I’ll show you what I see.’ He said it made him think of literally plucking someone’s eyes out, and I get that, but the subtext remains the same. It’s the amazing power to convey my vision through photography. I can rock up at a location and put my own spin on it, capturing a moment in time and a place in space and, from the capture through to the edit, I can put my spin on it. It’s a combination of reportage and art.

So what is it for you? What do you enjoy about photography? There’s something to think about today as 2022 starts. With the knowledge of what it is about photography that you like, build some goals and get out there and achieve them!

Much love

Dave

It wasn’t until this week. I have two Drobos – one at home and one at work, and I keep them synced, and I haven’t had any issues at all. In fact, I was bragging last week about how the one at home alerted me that one of my drives was getting full and that I’d need to replace it soon. That was before I received this email (below):

Dear Mr. Kelby: I’m writing to ask for your advice regarding Drobo. – My Drobo died in November of 2019 just before the pandemic hit. For nearly 2 years now I’ve been unable to make contact with anyone from Drobo in either email or by phone. The website says “sold out” on all models.  My question is: what would you do in this situation? I’m dead in the water as far as access to my files and not getting any younger.  Any assistance would be appreciated.”  

That doesn’t sound good.

I wrote back to him to let him know I hadn’t heard anything in the news about Drobo (though they were bought by another company a few years back), but I’d start doing some research on it, and I’d contact them myself and see if I could get him some help.

Their website’s on, but nobody’s home

He’s right – every single product on their website shows “sold out” and it appears it’s been that way since at least August of 2020, and I don’t know why they’ve been “sold out,” for 18 or so months (chip shortage, supply chain issues, etc.), and there’s nothing on their site to explain why everything’s out of stock. No banner up top, or notice on the pages, etc., but I do know this – companies that make their living selling products but don’t have any for 18-months and don’t give a reason why don’t generally have a particularly bright future.

So, I called them. I pressed the appropriate number to be connected to Sales to ask when new units would be available and how to get service. It sent me to voicemail where it said, “No one is here to take your call. Leave a message.”

I thought I’d try again another day, and I got the same “No one is here to take your call. Leave a message.” So I left a message this time as the editor of Photoshop User magazine, calling to ask the company’s status for an article I would be writing in the magazine about Drobo. It’s been four days. No callback. No response whatsoever.

Nobody is there to take our calls. Yikes.

I checked their social media accounts. There’s only one Tweet on their account in the past six months, saying that they haven’t found any compatibility issues with Mac OS Monterey, and prior to that, the last tweets were from August. Pretty much the same across all their social. All not great signs. And of course, the gentlemen who sent me the original email hasn’t gotten any help from them, or from my efforts, and that’s not awesome.

In short, I’m worried enough that I’m now looking for a different photo storage solution

I’m a bit freaked out that if my Drobo goes down, I’m in the same situation that guy is in. Yes, I have a backup (and a cloud backup) and a Synology NAS at work, too, but I won’t sleep well if my stuff isn’t 100% solid on my desktop. The search is on, and I’ll let you guys know how it goes (and I’m open to your ideas if you’ve got a solid, fast, expandable desktop solution).

Of course, there is always the chance that everything is OK at Drobo, and they’ll have a bunch of units in stock soon, and start contacting their customers who have serious issues and get them resolved in a timely fashion. That could absolutely be the case. But, if I were a betting man…

Well, not the best news to send you into the weekend, so don’t focus on that, but instead focus on the fact that after our company KelbyOne holiday luncheon today, I’m on vacation until next week, so whoo hoo!!! Well, that’s what I’ll be focusing on this weekend. That and playing Call of Duty Warzone, ranking up some of my weapons in Vanguard, spending time recording music, hanging out with my wonderful family, and eating yummy holiday food because, as we know, holiday food does not contain calories, carbs, fat, or anything bad. It’s the magic of Christmas. True story.

Happy Holidays, everybody!

-Scott

This is a great, simple, but awesome 60-second tip from photographer, and KelbyOne Instructor, Juan Pons. Check it out:

What a great tip, right? And it wasn’t about settings or gear, but equally as important. Thanks, Juan.

Here’s another tip: Juan online course, “The Biggest Mistakes Wildlife Photographers Make and How to Avoid Them” is on a 50% off sale right now (only $14.50) at this link. Such a great course (you will learn a ton).

Over on my Lightroom blog today it’s “What’s new in Lightroom on mobile” – here’s the link.

Have a great weekend, everybody. I’ve got a really busy one planned because there’s a new Call of Duty Warzone map that just dropped, and the Bucs game, and well, it’s going to be very busy. :)

-Scott

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here once again with something from my photographic world. I’m currently in Iceland, but not for much longer! On Wednesday night, I leave to make progress towards Norway, where I’ll spend the next month, as well as crossing into Sweden and Finland. This week, I want to show you the opportunity Adobe gave me to get a different perspective of winter in Iceland.

I’ve been making a series of videos documenting my travels and I was asked if I’d like to go shoot in the sky. Russell Brown from Adobe recognised the work I was putting in to learn Premiere Pro and produce a reportage-style documentary of my adventures and, from a budget set aside to support and recognise creative talent, offered to get me into the air over this stunning country. For someone that loves Iceland and aviation that was an absolute dream, so I got everything ready to shoot and, with some assistance from the Iceland Adobe Gold reseller, I was put in touch with Haraldur.

The first time we met there was a reasonable weather forecast, but in Iceland, it’s more of a horoscope. There’s a saying here that if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes. It changes frequently, and with the sub-polar oceanic climate it has, it can turn very bad, very fast!

I had a small handful of shots from that first flight and a bit of footage so, naturally disappointed, I went back to Adobe Premiere Pro to see what it all looked like. In the video, the weather clearly comes out of nowhere so landing was definitely the right decision.

We reconvened a couple of days later and the weather was picture perfect. I was set to fly with Haraldur, but he had a surprise waiting for me. As we flew down the southwest coast, we ended up meeting with another plane flown by an equally skillful chap named Bergur, who had a plane in Icelandic colours. Here’s the result: –

Always follow your heart, and once in a lifetime as often as you can!

Much love

Dave

I’m selling some of my lighting gear over on eBay so I took some simple shots of the gear knowing I’d have to clean up some stuff in Photoshop. So, I though today I’d share some of the techniques I used, including one you probably haven’t seen, that are ideal for product photography, but you’ll probably find other ways to them as well. Here’s a quick video:

Hope you found that helpful, and here’s wishing you a great December Monday! :)

-Scott

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