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…and I answered a whole bunch of them! The folks from B&H Photo (the single greatest camera store on the entire planet, and possibly the universe), sat down with me for a quick interview on all sorts of topics. I hope you’ll give it a quick watch (you can let it run in the background while you’re retouching. The dulcet tone of my voice with soothe you into a semi-coma-like state and make you “one” with the image). 😂

Here’s the Official Trailer For The Wildlife Photography Conference

I just got the trailer last night and wanted to share it with you here today because it really captures the spirit of what we’re trying to accomplish with this upcoming conference. Can you give it a quick look if you’re got a sec? I think you’ll dig it (and the conference). Here’s where to sign up to attend the online conference.

It’s “Photo Tip Friday!” – How to Scout Landscape Locations Online

Our friend and KelbyOne instructor, Ramtin “Rammy” Kazemi has a great photo tip on how he uses to use Google Maps for scout landscape shooting . It’s really short (just one minute), and you’ll dig it.

Plus, there’s Rammy’s new course on “Enhancing Landscape Images in Photoshop”

It just came out. Check out the official trailer below. Here’s the direct link to the course.

Here’s wishing you a fantastic, safe, happy, healthy weekend. Don’t forget to catch up on WandaVision on Disney+ and I think the new Walking Dead season kicks off again Sunday night after a long, long, long, winter break. It’s going to be a great weekend! :)

-Scott

The title is equal parts question and statement this week for #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am going to attempt to tackle the title and open some conversations around what inspires us as photographers.

As creative human beings. What is it that inspires that creativity? We can be inspired by many things at various times, perhaps before we’re anywhere near our shutter button. Social media is an almost endless source of inspiration and it often hits us subconsciously, bestowing inspiration upon us without us even realising it or perhaps hitting us in a way that the inspiration locks into our memory only to come back out when we need it later on. Image-centric social media, in particular, can be packed full of amazing ideas and inspiration, ranging from subject matter to locations, and the images we see are often accompanied by detailed instructions about how a particular image was created. In summary, social media is a killer source of inspiration.

When we’re freezing a moment in time, it’s important that we utilise any inspiration we have available to help us explore our limits or creativity. Perhaps we take it from the way the light falls on the subject at a particular time of day, or maybe it’s rooted in something technical, like a lens choice. Maybe the inspiration is more challenging and it’s, in fact, something that’s missing from our scene.

Our love of photography often shines through and encourages us to seek out inspiration—finding it when it’s well hidden. To truly love our photography it helps to be shooting the style or genre of photography that we really engage well with. Put it this way: – if someone really enjoys shooting food but is shooting real estate simply to pay the bills, their inspiration can be lacking. If food photography is our passion, we need to find a way to make that our primary style.

The reason we love our particular style of photography is another great source of inspiration. Perhaps it’s the bold colours, or the complexity of the subjects, or even the romance of the models. Whatever the source of the inspiration is, if we remember why and how it inspires, we know we can actively seek it out to rekindle that inspiration.

Personally, I love to explore the world and shoot in such a way that makes people want to explore as well. I try to find angles and compositions that balance an explanation with an inquisitiveness to make people want to be there in that place. Remembering this when I have my finger on the trigger is crucial to achieving my aim and keeping me inspired whilst simultaneously engaging my audience.

Everyone has a different inspiration and a different reason for being a photographer. Whatever your reason, keep it at the forefront of your mind and don’t allow yourself to forget. At times when creativity may be lacking, seek out the inspiration that is particular to yourself and push forward with it active in your mind. If you need it, don’t forget that we have an amazing community.

Much love
Dave

It’s just a little over a month from now, and it’s two days, all online, and everyone’s invited to spend a few days with learning, laughing, and making new connections.

The conference itself is Tuesday, and Wednesday, but we kick the conference off a day early on Monday with a special pre-conference session from non other than Moose Peterson himself, called “What makes a great wildlife photo?” This is such an important, and eye-opening topic to kick things off, and we can’t wait to share it, and 20-more classes in two simultaneous tracks, with you next month.

Plus, you get access to the entire event to stream live on-demand for an entire year!

We’ve put together an absolutely top-notch team of instructors — some of the most passionate, gifted communicators, that are there for one reason — to help you take your wildlife photography up a big notch. I’m teaching post processing and Lightroom organizational techniques at the conference, and I’ve got some super helpful techniques to share.

Photographers from all over the world have already signed up for the conference, and you can save big time by signing up right now. It’s just $149 for the entire event, and access to the full year of on-demand re-streaming of the classes (so you can watch any you missed, or rewatch any you want), and here’s the link to sign up.

Also, thanks in advance for sharing this news with any photographers you know that are interested in wildlife photographer. We’re putting together something really special, and they’ll thank you for it.

Here’s wishing you a great, happy, healthy week, and don’t forget to drop back by tomorrow for “Travel Tuesdays with Dave.” :)

-Scott

I’ll bet you know someone who loves shooting on their iPhone, and they take it pretty seriously and take tons of photos with it, but you know they’re not going to go out and buy a heavy, expensive DSLR or mirrorless camera and a bunch of lenses. I wrote this book for them. It’s called “The iPhone Photography Book” and it’s about how they can get professional-looking images from the camera they’re already carrying around with them.

What I did in this book is take all the same principles and techniques I’ve been teaching to serious DSLR and mirrorless photographers about lighting, about landscapes, about travel and portrait photography, and composition, and all the stuff that really matters, but everything is done from the perspective of using the iPhone as your only camera (and all the examples and photos in the book are all taken with an iPhone).

Here’s a list of the chapters:

Chapter One: iPhone Camera Essentials

Chapter Two: How to Compose Like a Pro

Chapter Three: Photographing People

Chapter Four: Posing People To Look Their Very Best

Chapter Five: Travel & Landscape Photography with the iPhone

Chapter Six: How to Shoot Other Cool Stuff

Chapter Seven: iPhone Camera Tips & Tricks

Chapter Eight: Organizing Your Photo Library

Chapter Nine: Editing Your Images

Chapter 10: Incredible Apps To Take Your Photos To The Next Level

Chapter 11: Awesome iPhone Accessories

Chapter 12: iPhone Photo Recipes

As you’ve heard me say countless times on The Grid, the quality of shots you can take with today’s iPhone is just stunning, and writing this book proved the point to me again in a very real way —  for most folks, this is the future of photography, and the things Apple is doing (and working on), are just jaw-dropping. I am still shocked at what you can create on an iPhone once you know how, and I’m sharing it all in this book.

The book is already on fire!

It just came out (available right now on Kindle from Amazon.com where it’s the #1 Hot New Release in photography), or get it for any device direct from the publisher Rocky Nook (they’re offering 35% off right now when you apply this code at checkout: SKiPhone35), but the print version is coming in just a few weeks (printing takes longer than…well…just about anything).

Order a copy right now on Kindle, or pre-order and get the print version in just a few weeks, and remember – you’ll be a hero to the friend or loved one you get this for. They will thank you for helping them along on their photographic journey. (Hey, ya know, Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Just sayin’.)

Have a great weekend, everybody. Pull out that iPhone and make some great images! :)

-Scott

P.S. We announced the official instructor roster for the upcoming Wildlife Photography Conference. What an incredible team of teachers! Here’s the link.

I’m Dave Williams and this is #TravelTuesday on ScottKelby.com—the moment you’ve, undoubtedly, been waiting for all week, right? Well, I’m afraid today is going to be a bit disappointing. Today is going to be very, very boring…

Today, I want you to take on a photo challenge. Today, I want you to take something very boring and make it look very interesting. It’s as simple and as complicated as that!

Photography is something all of us here have in common. Photography is the thing that brings us all together, removing our differences. I’d love to see how we can all come together to share inspiration and learn from each other in taking a boring, mundane, everyday, commonplace object or scene, and put our artistic spin on it to make it something interesting.

If you’re up for the challenge, I would love to see what you shoot. So, if you post it on Instagram or Twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #BoringScott so the entire community can see it.

Taking on photo challenges or projects is a fantastic way to learn, develop, and stay energised as a photographer. This particular challenge has its own set of hurdles in that we often look to capture something beautiful and show it in its best light. What’s happening here is that we may have to create that “best light” in order to show off the boring subject. I realise also that each of us will have a different perception of what is boring. What’s boring for some may not be so boring for others, and it will be interesting to see these differences. 

If you’re looking for a new challenge, a new project, or something to reignite your passion during the pandemic, this challenge is perfect. You didn’t get that camera to let it collect dust. You got it to learn what it does, how it does it, and make awesome art. Only boring people get bored, as they say. Play with perspective, pick out details, look for patterns, seek symmetry, or just find the boredom around you and find out what’s defining it. I wish you luck!

Much love

Dave

Happy Friday, everybody! Here we go:

I Took 1st Place In The WPE International Photography Awards Landscape Category

I’m excited to share the news that I won 1st place in the Landscape category in the 2020 WPE International Photography Awards. I was super psyched (and I got a lovey cut glass engraved award), and I was equally amazed that I somehow edged out famous landscape photographer Peter Lik, whose work I’ve always admired. Thank you to the judges for choosing my image (taken near Guilin, China) — I’m truly honored.

It was just a few weeks ago that, on The Grid, where out topic was “Things you can do to make the most of your photography in 2021” I talked about why you should enter photography competitions because you just never know (and contests are uniformly kind if your image doesn’t win an award). This is exactly what I was talking about, and I hope this gives you a nudge to enter some of your images in competitions this year.

21 Questions With…Um…Me?!

I did a really fun interview with the social media crew at B&H Photo, and they asked some really interesting questions. If you’ve got a minute or two, here’s the link (or click the link in their tweet below).

I’m Speaking At the Depth of Field Conference

It’s the fourth year in a row B&H Photo has produced the Depth of Field Conference for portrait, wedding and event photographers and I’m excited to be one of the instructors this year.

It’s March 7-8, 2021 and it’s all online. Here’s the link to register, and I’ll catch you then online.

OK, that wraps up Scott Stuff day (perhaps the greatest name of a blog post in the history of blog posts, but then, I may be biased).

Have a kick butt weekend, everybody! #GoBucs!

-Scott
The Guy Behind Scott Stuff

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