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This week for #TravelTuesday, we’re going to sleuth around and learn to easily and quickly find any images we may feel have been stolen and used online. I’m Dave Williams, and every week I’m here for Travel Tuesday with Dave. Let’s crack on!

I’ve written recently about the problem with image theft and the problems it causes. In the post, I mentioned reverse image searches. This is a search function incorporated well by Google into their search engine, but it’s particularly well done with the Google app. Here’s an image I took from Cape Canaveral a couple of years ago, having been told about the spot by Erik “the Rocketman” Kuna.

The reason I’m choosing to search this image is because I know it’s out there on the internet, so Google should be able to find it wherever it exists. I said in the intro that there’s a very easy way to do this in the Google app, and here it is:

First up, fire up the app.

At the right side of the search bar, there’s a camera icon. Go ahead and tap that.

Google Lens will open up. This is a very smart searching tool so I encourage you to try it out, but what we’ll do instead is change the mode to the image search by tapping the framed image beside the shutter/search button.

We now have our camera roll, and from here we can choose the image we want to search. I’ve selected the image and this screen came back to me:

The top match is presented, along with the option to “See more.” This top result is from The Express, a British newspaper.

Now we can simply go over the results to make sure any use of our images complies with any permissions or licenses we’ve granted. It’s as simple as that!

Much love

Dave

Dave Williams here again, just like every #TravelTuesday on ScottKelby.com, and this week I want to touch on some iPhone photography tips that might be useful. Today, the iPhone Photography Conference kicks off, with the pre-con having been held yesterday with Scott and Larry Becker. iPhone photography is huge—we all have a camera in our pocket and learning to use it properly will bring out a whole range of new skills and creative ideas. So, in preparation for these big moves, let’s take a look at some top iPhone photography tips:

The absolute top-of-the-list iPhone photography tip is something we often overlook, or perhaps we wait until it presents a problem rather than preventing the problem in the first place. It’s something we do with our main camera all the time, yet we forget to do it with our iPhone camera.

1.       Clean Your Lens

Our iPhone camera’s lens gets dirty from being in our hands, our pockets, our purses, and cleaning the lens with a lens wipe, microfiber cloth, or even just using our clothing will make our photos much sharper.

2.       Use the Grid

We can activate the gridlines overlay on our image preview from within our camera settings. Use these lines to their full advantage to help create better iPhone photos, particularly for better composition and a level horizon.

3.       Level Your Flat Lays

When we take shots straight down, such as flat lay shots, two plus signs appear on our screen: one white and one yellow. We can use these two plus signs to ensure our image is taken straight down by aligning them for a level image.

4.       Zoom with Your Feet

Just like we would with a prime lens, zooming with our feet when shooting on iPhone helps preserve image quality. When we are shooting at the native focal length we use the entire capacity of the sensor, however, when we zoom we’re actually performing a digital zoom and just cropping on pixels, thus degrading the image quality.

5.       Use Portrait Mode for Depth

Portrait Mode is a great feature of the iPhone camera and it takes the view of two lenses to create a quasi-bokeh effect. By utilising bokeh, like we would normally in our photography, we afford more focus to the subject of our photos.

6.       Live Mode

Live Mode gives us a lot more creative flexibility with our iPhone shots, including the ability to create a long exposure or a Boomerang. It also helps us to save a moment if it’s missed, but still happened just either side of us pressing the shutter button, because we can select the best frame from a series of images. To make sure Live Mode is enabled, open the camera app and tap the circles in the top right-hand corner, ensuring they are yellow.

7.       Shoot Wide

The 0.5 lens is an amazing wide-angle lens built right into the iPhone. Having an adapter mounted to shoot wide-angle is a thing of the past and we can now pack a lot more into the frame with no extra hardware to buy.

8.       Vertical Panoramas Are a Thing

Sometimes it can be in our interest to shoot a vertical pano in order to squeeze a lot more into the shot. Simply activate Pano Mode as normal, then turn your iPhone sideways, tilting up or down rather than from side to side.

These eight iPhone photography tips will immediately set you on your path to taking better iPhone photos, but there’s a whole load more to learn if you want to.

Until next week, I bid you adieu.

Much love,

Dave

#TravelTuesday today has more of a social media stance, in line with the upcoming iPhone Photography Conference. I’m Dave Williams and I’m here every Tuesday on ScottKelby.com.

Something we all look for on social media to help boost our performance and convert that performance into revenue, be that through sales or influence, is engagement. Engagement falls from several factors and one of those is likes. The problem that has come from this of late is the damage caused by likes on people’s mental health—feeling inadequate when a post doesn’t receive as many likes as they would perhaps like or in comparison with peers. Instagram, headed up by Facebook, has recognised this and has taken a bold step to relieve some of the pressure caused by the number of likes an image may attract.

Instagram now lets us hide the publicly visible like count on a post. Instagram said the reason behind this was to “depressurize people’s experience” on the platform, following a series of trials that have ended up with a global roll-out. The fact now stands that we no longer stand openly in comparison to other accounts and, therefore, perhaps the stigma associated with the feeling of under-performance can fade, giving people a better user experience when posting and leaving the metrics in place behind the scenes where, perhaps, they belong. The performance of a post is determined by those metrics, but there’s no real reason for them being on public display.

There are two ways to hide the like count of our posts: The first is to do it retrospectively, tapping the three dots in the top-right corner of a post and selecting Hide Like Count.

The second method relates to future posts, which we do in our settings by tapping on the three lines in the top right corner of your page, selecting Settings, then Privacy, and then Posts, and then turning on Hide Like and View Counts.

Our performance absolutely does affect our ability to monetise social media platforms but, as I’ve mentioned, this metric doesn’t necessarily need to be public, and if we take a step to reduce the negative aspects associated with engagement that result in detrimental effects on mental health, we can create a better platform for all. I, for one, have decided to hide my like counts.

Much love

Dave

#TravelTuesday has come back around and I, Dave Williams, am here again with another post as always. This week here in the UK has seen summer quite obviously arrive with some scorching heat, which will no doubt shortly be replaced with dreary, grey skies, but for now, us Brits will make the most of the big orange thing in the sky. Back on topic though, The iPhone Photography Conference is coming up and I’ll be teaching two classes, so it’d be great to see you there (virtually, of course.) On that note, I want to reel off a list of my favourite iPhone apps for photography planning, because we all know that great planning often yields great results. Here goes!

Google Maps

This is by no means a photography app, so I apologise, but for photography planning it is awesome. Not only for the “on the day situations, such as getting to our location, but for much more. Most of us already have the Google Maps app and if we use its features well, it can be particularly useful for us.

When we sign into the app with our Google account we can cross over to a desktop, laptop, or tablet to work on a bigger screen for our planning if we want to and put some serious research into a travel destination. Personally, I like to research fairly hard and make a shot list of all the places I want to check off when I go somewhere. We can do that by adding labels and by saving locations, viewing them under “Your Places,” and instantly knowing where to find it and seeing what is there.

We can change the view of our map as well, switching from a satellite view to terrain mapping, to a regular plan view, and even further into a street view. On top of this, if we’re going to a location with little or no cell service, we can download chunks of Google Maps into our device, so we can see them offline. Google Maps is one of the best planning apps for travel photography.

Weather Apps

This is a kinda vague one, I know. Weather apps are very, very useful to us for the short-notice weather info, giving us critical information to help us when we’re deciding whether to commit to plan A or resort to plan B on our shot plan. So, when I say “weather apps” I mean the local weather app. The local app, serviced by the local meteorological office, will give us the best info. In the UK, it’s the Met Office weather app, in Iceland it’s Veður, in Norway it’s Yr. With a little web search, we’ll find the local weather app wherever we are (or wherever we’re going). I cannot stress how important this is in our planning.

PhotoPills

This one was bound to make the list. PhotoPills is the ultimate resource for forecasting the sun and moon, among many other things. When we want to know the angle and trajectory of the sun for a sunrise or sunset shot at any location on Earth, at any date and time, this app gives us and shows us the answer. It does so, so much more, but in terms of photography planning this is #1 for this information.

LE Calculator

Long Exposure photography is very popular, and it can sometimes require very, very long exposures. So long, in fact, that maybe we’ll lose count of how long. LE Calculator is a simple app, but very effective. The thing that sets the app apart from simply using the timer is that it gives us an alert when we need to close the shutter, but backtracking from that it actually calculates the exposure time based on our inputs of the meter reading and the aperture we’re using. It’s seriously smart and seriously useful.

Instagram, et al.

Our photo-centric social media apps are great for our photo planning. The research we put into a location by using these apps can reveal some great inside tips from people who have previously shot a location we’re planning on visiting, such as the best spots to go to or the times of day or year to visit, as well as showing us what kind of images people have already made, so we can choose to stay on track or break-free and come up with something totally original. The apps I’m mainly referring to, as well as Instagram, are 500px, Flickr, Facebook (mostly Groups) and LocationScout

So there you have it—some killer apps for photography planning ahead of the iPhone Photography Conference. I’m going to make the most of this glorious sunshine, and I’ll be back again next week, right here.

Much love

Dave

Hi all! Dave Williams here again for another #TravelTuesday post!

Here in the UK, we’ve recently had all kinds of weather thrown at us. We’ve had hail, rain, howling wind, and bright sunshine, all on the same day. It got me thinking about how we often go searching for the best conditions to shoot great photos, but actually, this bad weather can be the best for photography.

Bad weather gives us great atmosphere. The contrast between the dingy clouds and bright, setting sun is particularly beautiful and offers us unique opportunities to shoot something that could be an “everyday” scene with great backgrounds.

The subtle, yet notable contrast between the warmth of the setting sun and the storm clouds rolling across the sky here, in this shot of Hohenzollern Castle in Germany, is a good example of how it’s true to say that stormy weather adds atmosphere to our photography.

Even if we remove the sun from our bad weather images, we can achieve some cool, atmospheric results. This shot of a cable car rising up through the clouds adds elements of danger and of the unknown, meaning that if we get our composition right and use the scale to tell a story, we also end up with something cool.

The thick fog in Iceland, which is the result of thermals and dew points following a snowstorm, leaves a hazy view of the horses searching for food as the sun lights up the fog behind them, giving us another awesome view of bad weather.

Also in Iceland, but this time on Diamond Beach, this iceberg is illuminated by the low light of the moon and sits in contrast against the rolling clouds of the night sky and crashing North Atlantic surf.

My point is that we shouldn’t let the weather deter us too much. Sure, sometimes it will just be so bad that we don’t want to get ourselves (or our gear) cold and wet, but the moment just after a storm or the sun peeking under a moody cloud at sunset can give us some great, unique photography conditions and we should always remember – bad weather makes great photos!

Much love

Dave

Hi all! Dave Williams here again for another #TravelTuesday on Scott’s blog, and today, I’ll push myself to inspire you a little with summer right around the corner. As we approach the summer, here are some awesome ideas for things to photograph: –

It goes without saying that at the top of my list is sunrises. After all, it is my absolute favourite time to shoot. Sunrise totally beats sunset, as I’ve said countless times before. That said, sunset is also a great time to shoot. With the restrictions imposed owing to COVID being gradually lifted around the world, we can now begin to carefully and responsibly travel again, so shooting a sunrise or sunset with a gorgeous summer tone is now back on the table. Making the most of golden hour in the summer months can result in us getting some excellent images for our portfolio, or even just for practice. In the summer months, the glare of the daytime sun can be overwhelming and our images will feature a lot more contrast than in winter or in the shoulder seasons, so on some days the start and end of the day can be the only time to shoot a decent photo.

Still with COVID in mind, we can step things up a gear by introducing a model to the scene. Taking steps to keep everyone safe and compliant with local regulations, adding a model, and shooting a portrait at golden hour can add an element of humanity to our images. Perhaps this may even be the first time many of us have photographed a person in over a year, so it would be well worth doing. It’s also worth bearing in mind that if we use a TFP model, it may well be their first shoot in just as long. Any additions to experience or portfolios are always worth the effort for all concerned.

After such a long time with the world restricted by so many rules and regulations, particularly restricting us with regard to travel photography and meeting people, it looks as though this summer may be the time for us to start resuming to a state of normality. 

I, for one, will be heading out as often as I can to get back in gear, and with regard to the easing of international travel to and from my base here in the UK, I’ve made plans to get some trips under my belt to rack up my mileage. 

Much love

Dave

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