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A couple of months ago I finally pulled the trigger and bought the Canon EOS R mirrorless, and I do love it immensely, but it’s missing a feature that Canon introduced after it shipped on their 2nd full-frame Mirrorless — their entry-level Canon EOS RP, and that is Focus Stacking (or as they call it, “Focus Bracketing.” Essentially, the camera automatically takes a series of shots each one focused a little farther into the image. This is awesome for shooting Macro where the depth of field is so incredibly shallow, but it’s also great for landscapes, and product photography and a bunch of different scenarios because it greatly expands the amount of the photo that’s in focus.

Here’s a blurb on Canon’s site I found about the feature:

Here’s a short video that explains Focus Bracketing on the EOS RP:

I would say generally speaking that this is a feature more advanced users would be interested in (and it requires either some Photoshop post-processing after the fact to combine all the individual frames it creates into a single image, or you can do it in Canon’s own editing software), but for some reason this feature is found on Canon’s new entry-level full-frame mirrorless and not the more advanced model that cost nearly $1,000 more.

So, my plea to Canon:

I know this new mirrorless roadmap is very important to Canon — I think it’s the future of the company, which is why I’m asking today for Canon to release a free EOS R firmware update that gives us the Focus bracketing feature (a feature you’ve already developed). Canon previously released a free Firmware update that added an Eye AF feature, which is awesome (high-five Canon), but now here’s a chance to be heroes once again. Please release a Firmware update that adds the RP’s focus bracketing to the EOS R. We would love that! Easy peasy. ;-)

I know, this feature isn’t a Canon-only feature

There any a number of cameras already out there which have a built-in Focus-stacking feature already (for example, a number of Nikon cameras have this feature already built right in); so no need to post a comment here that says something along the lines of “Gee, Scott, my [insert camera brand here] has had that feature since like late 1950s.” I get it. Canon’s not first, but they’ve taken the time to develop this feature, and I’m just hoping they will share it with the folks who jumped on the bandwagon with the R.

Here’s hoping all your free firmware update dreams come true. :)

-Scott

P.S. I’m off this week to Belfast, Ireland, The Faroe Islands, and Iceland. Maybe I’ll run into your somewhere along the way. :)P

Howdy, cowboys and cowgirls, here’s what’s up:

Well, someone found a new way to rip off photographers

I don’t know if there’s any solid way to protect yourself against this type of scam which hits folks who are selling camera gear (or honestly, selling anything). I saw this on Petapixel.com earlier this week — it’s a new scam where the legit seller gets ripped off in a new, and sadly clever way. You need to read post this as a heads up, but I’m not sure even how to adequately protect against it (though the person it happened to does give one solution, it’s not an easy one). Here’s the link.

A new account to follow on Instagram

Wonderful Australian fashion photographer Stephan Bollinger ditched his old Instagram account (and 17,000+ followers) and is starting over from scratch with a new account and new focus. Stephan is a great photographer and teacher, and I hope you’ll give his new Bollinger.photo account a follow. Here’s the link.

“Mastering The Model Shoot” On Tour

Incredible learning opportunity here folks as fashion light master Frank Doorhof is bringing his famous “Mastering The Model Shoot” workshop to New York City on September 1, 2019. Get this — you can join Frank and learn straight from the guy who wrote the book for only $299, which is just an insanely low cost. Insane! There are a few spots left, and if you want to jump ahead fast in lighting, styling, posing and shooting, this is your chance. Here’s the link — do not miss out — Frank is awesome! (I’ve learned so much from him myself; can’t recommend him enough).

7 Little-Known Lightroom Shortcuts

If you’re into Lightroom, I’ve got seven of those little-known, but oh-so-handy Lightroom shortcuts over at LightroomKillerTips.com – some juicy ones in there for ya. Link. (plus, an eighth one today – one I didn’t even know – I learned it from one of my readers).

When did Card Slots become the big thing?

When I saw Sony’s announcement of their new A7R IV Mirrorless camera earlier this week, I had to chuckle when I saw this official promo photo (above) on so many sites which clearly shows, “Yes, it has two card slots.” When did having two card slots become such an “it” thing that it becomes the thing a major camera manufacturer highlights when launching a new camera. It’s a weird time, folks.

Photoshop World Vegas Hotel Rooms 95% Sold Out

The special discount hotel room rate for folks attending the Photoshop World Conference out in Vegas next month (Aug 21-23) are almost gone (they’re now 95% booked up). If you’re thinking of joining us (and you should definitely come out and be a part of it all), these discounted rates are only available until this coming Monday, July 29th. So, this is your last chance to snag a great rate. Conference details here. Reserve your discounted room here. – See you in Vegas, baby yeah!

I found my next lens!

Already pre-ordered it from B&H (I believe it’s due to ship next month. It’s the Canon 24-240mm for my Canon EOS R Mirrorless — one lens that does it all, and I’ve been waiting for Canon to come out with a lens in this range that’s small, lightweight and inexpensive, for years. Canon’s lenses for their EOS R have been incredibly sharp, and I imagine this one will be sharp as anything, too! It’s just $899, which for a lens these days, is incredibly cheap. I love that it’s 24mm, rather than 28mm like most all-in-one lenses already out there (I can crop to get to 300mm or more, but you can’t make a lens any wider than it already is). Anyway, I’m psyched.

I’ve been waiting for Marc’s Book on creativity to ship

I got to see a pre-release copy of photographer Marc Silber’s new book Create, and it’s just so good. Marc’s book is filled with “Creative conversations from some of the world’s top photographers, filmmakers, Grammy award winners, TED presenters, actors, CEOs and more!” It’s about living a creative life, being able to visualize and unlock the creative spirit inside you that will flow through your art, your work, and your life. So well written, and if you’ve ever struggled with coming up with creative ideas and concepts, this is the book for you. Here’s the link to it on Amazon. Congratulations to Marc for creating another wonderful tool for our community.

I do not know how she does it!

Kalebra posted this shot to her Instagram and I was like, Dang! How’d she get that with her iPhone. I’m there beside her at night with my whole rig; tripod, bullhead, fancy lenses, cable release, etc., and she got a way-cooler shot that I did from there (once again). Hope you’re following her on Instagram, and if you’re into dogs, she has an awesome account just for our two crazy doggos, called “maggieandmaki” – it’s a pretty hilarious account of their daily lives, and her doggo pics are awesome (and her commentary is…well…you’ll see). 🤪🐕

Boston and Philly, I’m Headed Your Way in August

My 320+ strong crowd of photographers at my seminar in the Detroit area last week. I had a blast there, and Chicago at the day before. What a blast!

My new “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar is in full swing now and I am getting just over-the-top incredible feedback from the folks who have come out. I am having a ball teaching these concepts and helping photographers get real results right away — I love it! My next two cities are Boston on August 29, and Philadelphia on Aug 30th. Hope you can come out and spend the day with me. It’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it’s the single best photography seminar you’ve ever attended at any price, period! You’ve got nothing to lose! Tickets and info here. (more cities and dates coming very soon).

Spotted this deal from Bay Photo Lab – Time to make some prints!

Spotted this deal on Twitter – Bay Photo Lab’s giving 15% off anything until Monday (we use their XPosure System for displaying prints in our gallery and it is awesome – ask anyone who has seen them). Here’s the link to get their 15% off deal.

It’s Still #1 (whoo hoo!)

It came out in 2017 but it’s still the #1 bestselling lighting book on Amazon, and if you’re not absolutely in love with your flash, this $20 book will make all the difference in the world. I’ve gotten so many emails and comments from readers and they all pretty much say the same thing, which is “I finally love my flash.” As an author, there are no sweeter words — it’s why I wrote the book. I want people to love their flash, and get the type of results they bought their flash for in the first place. I think this book can honestly help. It’s $20. Whadayagottolose? Here’s the link.

Hope you all have an outstanding weekend! :)

-Scott

P.S. Did any of you catch the trailer for the next season of “The Walking Dead?” The Season 10 one they released at Comic-Con last week? It has an epic almost hopeful feeling (well, at least at the end). I love the soundtrack and the shocking love-triangle thing that looks like it’s forming. Anyway, here’s a link to the 4-minute+ Comic-Con trailer if you haven’t seen it. [note: it’s pretty gory, like all Walking Dead stuff).

I finally got some downtime this weekend to work on my shots from my trip to Tokyo last week, and I shared some of my favorites at this link:

https://spark.adobe.com/page/M4znKiiuD5z8m/

Hope you’ve got a sec to check them out. I have the back story, a few behind-the-scenes shot, and lots of pics.

Here’s a $100 Off Code for Vegas Photoshop World (but it’s only good today)

Our Early-Bird $100-off special ended last night, but I’ve got a special code for $100 off, so you get the same deal, but it’s only good for today!

Check out this video below to get you hyped, then head over to this link right here for tickets to the biggest, baddest, most awesome Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom even on the planet! It’s next month — August 21-23, 2019 at the Mirage Hotel & Casino right in the heart of the Vegas strip.

For more info, the full conference schedule, and travel info, visit photoshopworld.com

OK, you’ve always wanted to go, and now it’s in Vegas, and you’ve got a special code — don’t miss it again — this is your chance. See you in Vegas!

Here’s wishing you a rockin’ week!

-Scott

Hello one and all! It’s #TravelTuesday with me, Dave Williams, here at ScottKelby.com where Scott gets the day off and I jump in to lay down something from the world of photography, Photoshop, travel, and life! Today, it’s all about photography with a little bit of travel – I want to show you something awesome I found recently in Montenegro.

Arizona has Horseshoe Bend at the edge of the Grand Canyon, but it turns out Montenegro has its own, green version. Pavlova Strana is a viewpoint way above the horseshoe bend of the Rijeka Crnojevica River, meandering through to Lake Skadar. Last week, I had a little road trip shooting around Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro and this viewpoint was one of my stops.

Now, there’s a whole load of people out there telling us that we should be shooting at sunrise and sunset, but if we do it right, we can get some great images in the bright, midday sun as well. Don’t believe me? Well, one method we can employ is the sunny 16 rule. What this means, in short, is that we should set up a balanced exposure with an aperture of f/16 and we will have a well-exposed image.

With our aperture set at f/16, we simply need a shutter speed that is the inverse of the ISO. If we are at ISO 100, we need a shutter speed of 1/100th. If we’re at ISO 200, we need to shoot a shutter speed of 1/200th. It’s as simple as that!

The thing is, as with all the rules, the rules are there as a guideline. If we break away from golden hour, be it because we simply cannot be at a certain location then or for any other reason, we can switch to the sunny 16 rule to effectively capture good images in bright sunshine. The sunny 16 rule tricks your camera, which is in fact falling for a trick in the first place. Here’s the secret: your camera is being tricked into metering reflected light which, in bright sunlight, causes it to read the scene incorrectly because of harsh highlights and shadows. This means it reads the scene as being brighter or darker than it actually is. We’re bypassing that system with the sunny 16 rule, balancing the scene much better than relying on metering at smaller apertures in such lighting conditions.

If we learn to use the sunny 16 rule, creating balanced images in bright, midday sunlight can be so much easier. I’m glad to have helped!

Much love

Dave

Happy #TravelTuesday one and all! I’m Dave Williams, and I’m here today (and every Tuesday) with some photography wisdom for you. This week, I’m in Croatia! I arrived a couple of days ago and, so far, I’ve also hopped some borders and checked out Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Montenegro. If you were wondering—they’re beautiful!

I caught sunrise in Mostar, Bosnia, and framed up a lovely series of shots down the Neretva River of the town’s famous bridge. Now, I arrived before sunrise and caught the sun coming up over the bridge, then I drove half an hour down the road to Blagaj Tekija, a monastery on a beautiful pool next to a cliff edge, built by Dervish monks in the 16th Century. The reason I’m telling you this is to point out something that photographers don’t necessarily always consider when shooting sunrise and sunset situations, and that thing is this: –

The sunrise and sunset times will vary if you’re in mountains! Yes, simple, right? My pro tip for you if you don’t know the actual sunset time is to hold your clenched fist out, thumb up, to the horizon. Because of the beautiful piece of nature that is the golden equation, the God number, the divine proportion, whatever else you want to call it, the sun will sink approximately the distance your fist occupies every hour. Therefore if the sun is one fist’s height above the mountain next to you, you have about an hour until sunset!

(That’s a top-secret pro tip, don’t tell anyone!)

So, although it may seem simple, it may not actually be considered. Mountains and other such high terrain affect the sunrise and sunset, which is something I took full advantage of in Bosnia and Herzegovina by having two sunrises!

If you were wondering, sunrise totally beats sunset! That time of day is calm, relaxed, the rest of the world hasn’t woken up yet, there’s no traffic to get where you’re going, when you get there you can always find a place to park, and the light is amazing. It’s just all-around better!

Much love

Dave

Hi Gang: Here’s a post I did a while back on “How to Shoot Awesome Fireworks shots!”  and today it’s how to Edit them in Photoshop (that way you’re prepared for the editing, now, too!). The video includes a really simple trick for creating your own custom “Fireworks Show Finale!” So cool you’ll drop your hot dog. That sounds bad but you know what I mean.

Check out the video I made for you below:

Pretty fun stuff. Hope you get some awesome shots!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Best,

-Scott

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