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With everything that’s happening around us lately, we’re having all sorts of events cancelled, and these events are lost opportunities to learn and network. It’s a shame and it’s a huge loss, but what can we do? If, like me, you were due to attend an event that has been cancelled over Coronavirus issues, there are other ways to continue learning.

Practice every day. Seriously, every day, all day. Whenever you see an opportunity, take it. I find that quite often the shots that end up performing best to an audience aren’t the ones I expected to, and aren’t the ones I’d planned prior. In fact, it’s normally the photos that were completely unplanned, that were completely spontaneous, are often the ones I end up liking the most, too.

While in isolation, quarantine, or simply stuck at home rather than at one of these cancelled events, there’s a great opportunity to learn in other ways, and practicing every day is one of these ways to learn.

Number one on my list is jumping onto KelbyOne.com to watch some courses. If you aren’t already a KelbyOne member, you can sign up for a Free membership and get access to 22 courses, or 800+ courses with the Pro membership.

If you want to enhance your skills in other ways, you could pick up a podcast. I’d start with He Shoots He Draws, Picturing Success, or Behind The Shot. There are tons of creative podcasts out there, and they’re well worth a listen if you want to get the creative juices flowing.

Top of the list is practice. They do say practice makes perfect, and it’s for good reason. Take every opportunity you can to get out and take photos, or to just take photos where you happen to be. We all have a camera on us most of the time, right on our phone. Taking this camera and shooting what we see is a great learning experience. One way to set a challenge is to simply stop somewhere and find five things to take a photo of, forcing yourself to be creative and find composition and subjects. Taking this up a step, we can then use Lightroom Mobile or another app to retouch the resulting image and get used to using the correction tools to deliver a result. All this comes out of nothing.

Team, make the most of the difficulties you face and create a positive from them. We face difficulties and demanding situations, and this period seems to be one of them at various degrees depending on where in the world you are. Hang in there, make the most of it – you got this.

Much love
Dave

It’s #TravelTuesday, and I’m back again! Dave Williams here, and today, I’m going to summarise the implications of the biggest news worldwide right now, and the effect it’s having on travel and photography. It’s not exactly a fun topic, but it’s one we need to be aware of.

First, though, I implore the Americans reading to take heed of what DJI has recently released, relating to the news that the FAA has plans to require drones to have the equivalent of a transponder. You can read about it here and sign against the requirement here.

So, Coronavirus! If you hadn’t already done the background reading, it’s a virus not dissimilar to MERS and SARS. It can cause illnesses ranging from a mild cold to a severe, acute respiratory difficulty. It’s been causing problems since its discovery by doctors in December 2019 of the strain COVID-19. Now, on March 3rd, there are more than 87,000 confirmed cases worldwide.

It’s having an effect on our industry, with Peak Design sending out an e-mail just a couple of days ago warning of delays in shipping of their new travel tripod.

Let’s start with Apple. Issues with production caused by Coronavirus have led to Apple releasing a statement about this quarter’s revenue, with warnings suggesting a low. Manufacturing throughout China, which accounts for some 28% of global manufacturing output, has also hit a record low.

Over to Fujifilm, who closed production for a period. They are unable to confirm when they will be able to begin shipping the new X-T4, and are experiencing delays in the production of the X-T3 and X-T30 due to operating at a reduced level since re-opening.

Canon has announced that they are closing (or have closed) five factories because the supply chain has been so disrupted they simply don’t have the components available.

Nikon and Sony are also feeling the effects, along with everyone else who manufacturers in China. Despite many of these companies being Japanese, they outsource production to China for the vast majority of their ranges, aside from the exception of Sigma who are the only notable photographic company to manufacturer their entire range inside Japan.

Unfortunately, we don’t know what happens next. The re-opening of factories and restarting of production depends entirely on what happens with regard to containing COVID-19.

In terms of travel, that also depends on containment. I have plans to travel, but I’m watching very closely to see whether I actually can. We need to be aware of this—just aware, not in fear. Precautions are necessary to ensure our health, and to support the industry we love so dearly. We know there’s a lot of support for our industry and it demonstrates great resilience when it needs to, so let’s hope it gets to nothing more than a few late orders.

Much love
Dave

Hi folks! Dave Williams here, fresh from moving house for you on #TravelTuesday. A little advice before I go on…don’t move house! It’s so much hassle! I had no idea I own a whole holdall worth of tripods and more photography gear than I think I’ll ever need.

The whole move has put me out of action for about a week, with very minimal access to my laptop and camera, while I deal with packing, moving, and unpacking. It has put me in a strange position because this hasn’t happened for a long time, and now I’m finding myself wondering which project to pick back up or what new project to start. It’s from that thought that I lay down these words for you today.

Like any other professional industry, photography constantly demands that we demonstrate our A-game, and constantly evolve to meet the flux of the battlefield we work in. However, unlike any other professional industry, photography is also an art. As artists, we combine this with constant learning and development. This learning is the key to growth as a photographer.

To this end, not only should we constantly be furthering our skillset through personal projects, but also through education. This means we should be setting ourselves goals and attaining them. The end goal should be big, but the steps should be little. Here’s why: –

If we want to get from A to Z, we pass B, C, D, E, F, G, etc., all the way to Z. If we liken this to our goals, we should have an end goal of Z and many smaller goals all along the way. Every time we meet an objective, we feel the success and we’re fuelled from it to drive us onto the next one. It gives us many successes all the way through to our goal, and it also gives us the opportunity to re-evaluate the goals as we’re moving. The other huge positive is, counterintuitively, in the negatives. If we fall, we only fall back one step rather than falling the whole way back to point A, so it’s far easier to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and push forward again.

Easy, right? So get your end goal in sight, plot your course, and meet your goals!

Much love
Dave

This is your invitation to grab one of the last two spots to join me and KelbyOne Instructor Mimo Meidany for an unforgettable four-day travel photography workshop — “Picture Perfect Prague.” Its old-world charm, architecture, soaring spires, and beautiful bridges make it a photographer’s paradise! First, watch this short video (below):

Tickets & Details

What: My “Picture Perfect Prague” Travel Photography Workshop
Instructors: Scott Kelby and Mimo Meidany
When: May 21-24, 2020
Where: The Hilton Prague Old Town
Price: $4,950 Per Person (includes 4 nights accommodations, breakfast each day, the night before dinner, parting luncheon, transportation to and from the daily location shoots, and the workshop itself).
Tickets: More details and tickets here (limited to 12 participants maximum — there are only two spots left!)

Don’t Miss Out!

All of my travel workshops have sold out in advance, and as of this morning, there’s only 2-spots left for this one. I hope one of those will be yours. Reserve your spot now, and we’ll see you in Prague this May.

Head to scottkelbyworkshops.com for tickets and lots more info.

Have a great weekend everybody!

I hope I run into you next week out in Vegas at the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait) show. I’ll be doing a book signing at the Rocky Nook booth on Thursday. Come on by and say hi.

Scott

Hi all! Dave Williams here on #TravelTuesday with a little insight for you, as usual. This week, I’ll take a little dive into stock photography.

There have been lots of reports lately, which is of no exception as these reports frequently come up, stating that photographers make very little from stock photography. Headlines quoting earnings as low as $0.01 are usually what hooks the readers in. But, is there actually money in it for us?

The simple answer is: yes. But, obviously, if we shoot and sell through an agency, such as Adobe Stock, Getty Images, Shutterstock etc., we give them their share. Or rather, they take their share!

A wreckage of a DC3 Dakota Skytrain of the US Navy, crashed on 24th November 1973 at Solheimasandur black sand beach in Iceland when it ran out of fuel, lying peacefully on the ice

The key to selling is to be found. I explain fully how to keyword an image in one of my KelbyOne classes, but doing this right and writing an appropriate caption will boost your sales and get you off to a good start.

When thinking about how much money we’ll make in stock photography, it’s important also to consider that once a photo is out there, it’s earning. It could be earning one $1,000 sale or 100 $10 sales, but in either case, it’s putting cash in our wallets.

What about all the negative press surrounding stock photography? The L.A. Times, for instance, reported this week that one photographer has sued Getty Images to the tune of $1,000,000,000.00 having been charged for use of her own photo, to which she, of course, retains copyright. The headline isn’t entirely accurate, as always, but the story remains similar. This is an extreme case, but not one that should perturb someone wishing to make some cash from their photography.

Let’s put it this way: –

If you’ve taken a photo and it has no exclusive usage rights attached, from a commissioned shoot for example, then why not get it on stock earning some money? Whatever amount it makes is more money than you had before you put it up there.

To make a living from stock photography, there’s a different approach. A library of thousands of relevant images needs to be available, which means scouring trending topics and working out what the market is missing, then going out and shooting to fill that gap. Daily! But, should all these bad press examples that float around the internet be putting us off? Really? No, I don’t think they should.

What are your thoughts? Do you shoot stock? Would you like to, but there’s maybe something holding you back?

Whatever the reason, it’s worth a dive into the deep end to see the reality for yourself. Go sign up with an agency and see what residual income your photos can generate for you!

Much love

Dave

I’m Dave Williams, here for #TravelTuesday at ScottKelby.com as always, and let me start by saying that right now I have zero trips booked! Zero! This is unusual for me, but I’ve got a lot going on with a new writing gig over at DIYPhotography, and I’m moving house this month. This is not good for me—I’m feeling very apprehensive and need to get a trip booked soon, so if anyone has any ideas of where I should go next, drop it in the comments!

This week, I want to address a subject which is very important in making our images stand out, and one which unfortunately seems to take a back seat. Depth! Giving our images the third dimension is very beneficial in keeping the viewer’s eyes on our image just a little longer. Considering a foreground, middle ground, and background is the simplest way to bring the third dimension to life, but there are some techniques that can help us do this. Lucky for you, I’ve slimmed it down into five steps! Let’s go!

Use Perspective

If we have different elements of a scene that provide perspective, we create a sense of depth. Converging lines do this very well. Converging lines draw our eyes through a subject, perhaps to another subject, and eventually end at the horizon.

The lines of the roofs and floors of the cabins in the foreground, on either side, extend to the background and converge. They converge on the centre cabin, but could just as easily converge on the horizon and do the same job.

Use Leading Lines

Similarly to using converging lines, we can use leading lines to convey depth in a scene with fantastic results. A simple way to do this is to use a wide-angle lens, but any lens will work fine if we’re considerate about what we’re doing. The lines don’t even need to be obvious—they can be subliminal or subconscious and work great.

Everything in this shot leads the eye to the jagged stack in the sea—all the lines, the clouds, and even my gaze. Yes, it’s a selfie.

Go Aerial

Aerial shots add depth through both perspective and atmosphere. Incorporating atmospheric conditions into our shot helps convey a sense of depth and dimension.

If we reinforce our aerial perspective through the use of another one or more techniques from this list, we are onto a winner.

Shoot Through Something

By literally adding another layer to our image we add a sense of depth. We can do this by using a part of the environment as a frame, or by selecting something like a plant to shoot through, focussing on either element to create the depth.

Consideration should be given to which element deserves focus. As you can see here, when I shot this grass on top of a Norwegian fjord, I decided it deserved the attention whilst the enormous depth of the background adds an enigmatic quality.

Isolate the Subject

By using depth of field to isolate our subject, we inherently create depth through bokeh. The blurred background helps to separate the subject from the background.

This Hairy Highland Cow was shot at f/2.8, which is a decent, wide aperture and lends itself to this kind of bokehed background.

How’s that for quick-fire education on a Tuesday!? I hope something in there was useful for you. But, seriously, I don’t have any trips booked! If you think of something, shout at me on my Insta. I’m feeling very tripophobic right now.

Define: Tripophobia [ trip-uhfoh-bee-uh ]

  1. (n) The fear of not having any trips booked.

Much Love
Dave

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