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#TravelTuesday has come around again and I, Dave Williams, am back here again on as always with a little tidbit from the world of travel, photography, and Photoshop. Today it’s all about the latter but it applies across the board. Let’s not waste time with the intro, here goes!

When we take photos in RAW we see a preview on the back of the screen which is a JPEG representation of the RAW image. This means it has been ‘filtered’ somewhat and looks slightly different to how the RAW image will look. One of the differences will be the saturation, and we often move the saturation slider in Adobe Photoshop when we’re back in post to get the image back to looking how it looked on the preview screen when we took the photo. The image right there with it, Vibrance, does something visually similar, but do you know the difference between them? If not, you aren’t alone!

What I’ll do today is go over the differences by splitting Saturation and Vibrance and explaining each of them, giving you an understanding of what those sliders are doing.


The Saturation slider is so fiercely debated it could probably start a war. The Saturation slider adjusts the colours in the image. All of them! When we slide the Saturation slider to the left we gradually remove colour from the image (and at this time I’ll take the opportunity to point out the spelling of colour – I’m British – deal with it.) 

Note my choice of words there – ‘all of them.’ The saturation slider adjusts all the pixels in the image. In a practical sense, this means each pixel, regardless of the saturation it already has (high or low) which in turn means that if we slide the slider too far we’ll end up blowing out the pixels that already have high saturation.

Note my choice of words there – ‘all of them.’ The saturation slider adjusts all the pixels in the image. In a practical sense, this means each pixel, regardless of the saturation it already has (high or low) which in turn means that if we slide the slider too far we’ll end up blowing out the pixels that already have high saturation.


Now we know the Saturation gives the same, indiscriminate treatment to every pixel in our image, let’s see what the difference is with Vibrance. The Vibrance slider only applies a change to the least saturated colours in the image. This means it’s less likely to blow out pixels because it only focuses on the least saturated pixels and leaves the more saturated ones.

When we apply Vibrance we achieve a result that’s less surreal in comparison to using the Saturation slider. The result also appears to have more contrast, which can often be a nice touch.

Have a go at comparing the extreme ends of the Vibrance and Saturation sliders to see the difference between the two now you know this and I’m sure you’ll turn out far better images. Just remember, as always, to use the half rule for retouching: Once you’ve moved your sliders, put them to half the value and see if the result is more realistic ;)

Much love

Let’s have a slightly colder #TravelTuesday this week here on, I’m Dave Williams and I want to lay down two quick tips for snow photos.

After you’ve read this I’d love you to check out my new class exclusively on KelbyOne, Photographing the Arctic and the Aurora.

Following on from the Aurora tip in the video above, here are some hot snow photo tips:

Firstly, White Balance. Our camera measures the white balance by finding 18% gray in the scene, or determining what 18% gray should look like, and it measures from that point to determine what it thinks white should look like. From there it works out all the other colours and tones. There’s some serious math going on in this process and it’s all happening at lightning speed. Sometimes our camera gets it wrong, and sometimes what’s right in reality just doesn’t look right. It’s for this reason that we should shoot raw – it affords us full creative control over our white balance in post, regardless of the white balance we shot at.

When we shoot a scene blanketed in snow or encased in ice our camera can be fooled when trying to find the 18% gray it’s looking for. This often throws the white balance off, usually resulting in photos that turn out too blue. Shooting in raw and shifting the colour slider in Adobe Lightroom of Camera Raw to the right a little will help us bring things back to a truer representation of what we really saw.

The second tip is for the camera and relates to Exposure. Looking again at a scene covered in snow can fool another piece of sensing in our camera – the Exposure Meter. When we point our camera towards the subject or scene it is reading the amount of light, displaying what it determines to be the correct exposure through our viewfinder or on our screen. The large amount of snow reflecting light in our photo often causes the meter to think the scene is too bright, showing an incorrect reading and causing us to underexpose our photo. To combat this, it’s often a smart move to overexposed by 1/2 a stop to one stop when shooting a scene full of snow.

Short, sweet, and to the point, that’s my input for the week. If you want to learn more, be sure to check out my class. Have a great Tuesday!

Much love


The Grid: How Would I Edit Your Photo? – Episode 457

Ever wonder how Scott Kelby would edit your photo? Check out the latest episode of The Grid to see how he edits viewer submitted images including landscape, portraiture, architecture, and more!

New KelbyOne Course: Photographing the Arctic and the Aurora with Dave Williams

Learn how to get the best photos possible in a hostile environment! Join Dave Williams in arctic Norway as he shares his tips and techniques for planning, preparing, and keeping himself (and his gear) safe in extreme conditions. You may head above the arctic circle with the goal of photographing the aurora, but Dave explains how to be prepared for shooting the wildlife, water features, snowy scenes, and not so snowy scenes you may encounter along the way. Dave wraps up the class with lessons on knowing how to find, prepare for, and shoot the northern lights.

The Grid: Why Capturing Memories Is Important Now & In Future with Fernando Santos – Episode 456

Do you have a list of photography plans that you’ll do ‘someday?’ Check out the latest episode of The Grid, where Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna are joined by Fernando “Chicky Nando” Santos, to talk about why RIGHT NOW is just as important!

New KelbyOne Course: Photographing Wildlife in Winter with Moose Peterson

Learn how to take care of yourself and your gear in a cold climate with Moose Peterson! Join Moose as he breaks down all the components you need to understand to be comfortable and prepared for photographing wildlife in winter.

Moose covers all that’s important for you to know so that you can have a great time viewing and photographing birds and mammals in their winter environments. All of the core photographic principles still apply, but this class gives you the fundamental tools for putting them into practice in cold and snowy conditions.

#TravelTuesday with Dave (that’s me) is here again! Starting with the travel before we get into the photography, it’s getting closer and closer to a re-booked flight to Iceland I postponed from late last year. I was due to travel in October but things weren’t looking good, COVID-wise, so I shifted the trip to March. I’m starting to think that maybe I had false hope! We’ll see, only time will tell, but in the meantime I’m looking forward to the Travel Photography Conference next week where I’ll be presenting two classes:

But today I actually want to lay down some particularly useful photo gear advice. Here it is!

There are two pieces of gear which are worth investing in because they support our most important items – our camera and our lens. Those two things are our tripod and our straps.

3 Legged Thing in Iceland

When it comes to tripods, think of it this way: that three legged thing (see what I did there?) is responsible for holding up our camera and it’s important we choose a tripod that can achieve this without compromise. It needs to be strong, robust, sturdy, and a whole load of other adjectives, so that it meets this goal and performs not only to help us capture the best images whilst being portable and functional, but also protects the gear it carries. I’ve tried and tested plenty of tripods and derivatives thereof, and I’ve landed on the following two companies to ensure my gear is kept safe whilst being all-round awesome when it comes to photography: –

3LeggedThing, and Platypod

Both of these companies are run by people who have a genuine passion for photography and who pay great attention to detail to ensure only the very best quality ends up in our arsenal.

Platypod in Norway

The other item on the agenda, straps, is exactly the same but in reverse. Rather than having our gear mounted atop, it hangs below. The strength, quality, and robustness of the camera strap we choose is incredibly important. Before I made the very smart decision to use BlackRapid straps every time my camera was slung, I made the very silly decision to buy a cheap alternative. It was whilst shooting a wedding some years back that I realised just how silly a decision that was when my camera hit the deck after the low-quality stitching on the strap failed and my camera, complete with a heavy lens and hotshoe flash, dropped a couple of feet. It was only because of the way they fell and the foot they hit that it didn’t cost me a new lens!

BlackRapid versus arctic Fox

My point today has been made, but to summarise:

There are things among our photography gear where it can be effective and worthwhile taking a risk on a lower priced item. When it comes to straps and tripods, do not take this risk! The survival of our most expensive and main tool – our camera – depends on our wise choices with these two things. Trust me.

So for this week, with fingers crossed that the world opens up again soon, that’s me done.

Much love


The Grid: How To Achieve Photography Goals for 2021 – Episode 455

It’s a new year, and there’s no better time to figure out what you want to do this year with your photography! Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna are joined by Kristina Sherk of Shark Pixel on the latest episode of The Grid to discuss plans for achieving your photography goals for 2021.

New KelbyOne Course: Lightroom Classic – Importing Like A Pro with Scott Kelby

Become a master of the Lightroom Classic import process! Join Scott Kelby as he demystifies the Lightroom Classic import window, explains the core workflow, orients you to all of the options, and shows you methods to make this process more efficient and reliable. Once you fully understand this aspect of the workflow it will make your Lightroom Classic life so much easier!