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It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am back again to share something for the photography world with you, and today I want to tell you about a little side hustle ahead of the KelbyOne ‘Making Money With Your Photography’ Conference.

I want to tell you about stock photography. I want you to have a look through your photo library and see what you have in there that has value. All of us end up with photos that don’t quite make the cut for our portfolio or end up being shown to friends, but often these photos are technically ‘correct’ and there’s probably someone out there looking for a photo just like that.

Image libraries, such as Adobe Stock, are founded on the basis that people want to be able to find a photo of just about anything that they need for a project. The obvious users are graphics designers, editors and marketing professionals who need something to fill a gap in a piece of work or tell a story in an article, but the bottom line is that they want to find the subject they’re searching for.

Our excess images often fill the gap for these people. A photo of a table in a restaurant or a green field on a sunny day that didn’t make the cut for us can be used to switch on our side hustle in stock photography. Signing up is straight-forward and so long as we’re only submitting images that are ‘technically correct’, those being images that are in focus, correctly exposed, composed properly etc, we can make an income with something we already have in our image library.

Go take a look into joining Adobe Stock as a contributor and see if you can make enough cash in a side hustle to pay for your photography hobby!

Much love
Dave

Its #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here! I’m still in Texas where I’m on the verge of melting, and that was the ironic side of a curve-ball presentation I did this week for local photographers at Precision Camera here in Austin. For their Spring Expo I was invited to come and do a 90 minute class all about my arctic photography and the northern lights while it was 95° outside. It was a curve-ball that worked and I had a great time talking about something so juxtaposed for the environment I was in.

Anyway, have you seen DALL$#x2022;E 2? This incredible display of the power of artificial intelligence (AI) blew me away. Here’s what it does: –

As a user, we go to the app or website and we write a description of an image. The AI has studied and learned about photos and images, and it converts our writing into art. We have a range of options to choose from and download the unique art. It’s basically 2022 magic!

My thoughts on this are that it’s the culmination of years of learning, just like what Google and Instagram and other such companies have been doing with the images we’ve posted online. These computers have learned about what the content of our photos is based on our descriptions and keywords/hashtags, and we’ve now managed to turn that all upside down and go from the text to the image rather than the other way around.

Is this going to change the future for photographers? I’ll leave you to decide, but my personal belief is that we’ll start to see some big changes in in the next few months. Judge for yourself right here.

Much love

Dave

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here to share. This week I write from Austin, Texas, and with the Photography Gear Conference coming up, I want to first take your mind elsewhere and talk about how we can broaden our photographic minds by taking influence from other creatives.

We’ve all heard countless times about how graphic designers and photographers should work with similar things in mind. Copy space is the go-to example that I always use to highlight the importance of keeping graphic design in mind when we take photos. In that example, I point out that we should be thinking about copy (words) and leave room for titles, graphics, and everything else we see in magazines and on posters. These photos tend to perform the best on photo stock libraries like Adobe Stock and Getty Images because of their versatility when it comes to their final use. I learned a lot more than that recently at an Adobe event – Russell Brown’s Rock & Roll Reunion.

The two most important take-away points I feel were offered at the conference are the two I want to focus on today:

1 – Work happy, not harder

Mark Heaps created this tagline to best explain that we use far more time than we should in parts of the process that could be automated or simplified, leaving us with a lot of wasted time that could better be spent on something creative and therefore make us happier. Mark speaks about this concept regularly and has absolutely nailed the process. We should be looking for ways to work smarter, automating elements of our workflow and giving ourselves the time to focus on our photography and retouching. The application of this concept translates from graphic design into photography and it’s a great point that we should focus some energy on if it allows us to be more creative in the future.

2 – Create a story, and an ecosystem

When graphic design projects are undertaken they tell the story of the brand or the campaign. We should always be looking to do this in our photography. Telling the story of the scene in a single image, or across the series for multiple images, is a way to connect with our viewer that is often overlooked. We can focus on the subject, the composition, the light, or any other factors of our image, and use them to try to tell the story of what is happening in our shot to draw our viewer that little bit closer. This can help us to keep someone’s attention for longer on social media and drive our engagement, or it can be the difference we need to convert that engagement into a revenue stream. Telling stories through photography is something that Ansel Adams himself did, and something that seems to be lost here and there. The importance cannot be stressed enough and just as designers are trying to tell stories with typefaces and shapes, we should be doing just that with our photos.

Much love
Dave

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always. This week I write from California on my first trip to the USA since the ’thing’ happened, and it’s great to be here!

When I arrived I joined friends and was treated to a tour of the Big Sur area along Highway 1. The whole experience was a reminder of where my passion for travel photography comes from.

After a failed relationship and finding myself alone about 12 years ago, thats when i decided to find out who I actually am and get out to see the world that I’d always wanted to see. I started small, taking short flights to nearby European cities that I deemed worthy of exploration. These trips triggered something inside me and I suddenly realised who I was.

The same sensation comes over me when I explore, even after racking up more air miles than I can count and visiting a quarter of all the countries in the world.

The power that’s unlocked in our minds as inquisitive photographers has remarkable qualities. Exploring new places and finding the angles and compositions that show our vision and develop our skills is so rewarding. There’s something about seeing and shooting an unfamiliar location that we don’t get when we shoot a place we’ve visited before. It’s good for our mind and our creativity, and now the world is truly opening again for travel I can’t wait to explore more. Give it a go and see what happens to your photography as a result. Fine new places, and show them the way you see them.

Much love

Dave

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am writing today from the Isle of Skye, Scotland. The weather is typically Scottish, which can be considered secret code for ‘it’s raining’. I’m waiting patiently for the sky to give me some decent light for a particular hike I want to do that goes half way up a mountain for a spectacular view, but so far all I’ve done is send the drone up there. This has made me think about the 5% of time that actually gets dedicated to photography.

As a professional photographer we are only around 5% photographer. Honestly, it’s so boring at times. Developing and driving a photography business is largely about everything else. It’s about social media, marketing, blogging, accounting… it’s about everything that keeps the photography going. The accounting element in itself can break down into general accounts, invoicing, purchasing, and a little more. The marketing includes maintaining a website, dealing with e-mails, finding clients, creating ways for clients to find us, and that list also goes on.

I’ve found that all this can be quite detrimental to creativity. In fact, scratch that. It can be very detrimental. It’s extremely important for us to stay on our creative toes when we’re neck deep in ‘admin’ work.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Personal projects. Having a personal project, either aligned to our regular photography or something totally different, will keep our creativity and our sanity. This is not something that’s unique to photography. Let’s take a look at plumbing, for instance. A plumber spends a lot of time buying parts, sending invoices, marketing their business, and everything else we do as photographers, but here’s the difference: –

A knock in our creativity as a photographer will have a huge impact on our business unless we keep it in check. We need to proactively deal with it. We need to nurture our creativity whilst we’re doing the 95%.

Message of the day, therefore, is this: – Engage in personal projects to keep on top of your creative ‘A’ game.

Much love
Dave

This. Is. Amazing!

Last week, as part of his ongoing Photography Master Class series, Adobe’s own Terry White did Part One of a Lightroom Classic 101 Crash Course, and people were freaking out!!!! Terry has such an amazing way of explaining things, and for everyone who is living an unorganized Lightroom life, this will change everything for you. So good! Check it out below (it’s free – just hit play).

Thank you, Terry – you are a true gem! :)

I have one spot open for my Prague Travel Photography Workshop in May

You could grab that spot and come with me to Prague in just a couple of months. It’s a small group of just 12, and we’ll be shooting on location in one of the most photogenic cities in the world (it’s a photographer’s paradise), and we’ll be learning in the classroom, and eating lots of yummy food, drinking lots of wine, and making new friends. Details are right here – hope you can grab that last spot – it will be an epic experience and you’ll come back with some incredible shots! 

Great easy Lightroom tip for getting better results from the Spot Removal (Healing Brush) Tool

That’s over on my other blog today at LightroomKillerTips.com – you’ll dig it (and it’s so easy!).

Have a kick-butt Monday everybody – it’s going to be a fantastic week! :)

-Scott

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