It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always, this week from somewhere along the German / Dutch border.

Photography can be as social as you want it to be. We can meet up and interact with others, or we can stick to ourselves and photograph in solitude. We’ve got the world of social media to use as we wish but lately the top photo-centric platform has been up to a few tricks. Let’s take a look at that.

In a statement released by Instagram recently they expressed that they would be making some changes to get themselves up to speed with what the users wanted. They were mocked for attempting to emulate TikTok and there was outrage across their platform and others, as well as on all the photography news sites. The company released another statement soon after to say they’d heard the complaints and would be giving users more of what they want, reversing some changes. In either case, Instagram is a platform that we can use to be more social with our photography, interacting with one-another and sharing our work.

Flickr, SmugMug, 500PX, and plenty of other platforms exist and serve similar purposes where we can be social photographers online, but after the global pandemic that made a lot of us realise how important it is to be social in the real world, Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk is back this year and is about two weeks away. Getting together with other like-minded people to share skills and network is incredibly valuable. If you want to get involved you can find a walk near you.

I’ve led a few walks and attended others and I have to say, they’re incredibly fun and you can get from them exactly what you want. If you want to make new friends, you can. If you want to build your portfolio and learn new skills, you can. If you want to network and connect with other photographers, you can. You can take as many or as few photos as you like, and you can go sit down and have a coffee (or a beer) with your fellow walkers afterwards. Overarching the entire global event is the charitable element – the Springs Of Hope Orphanage in Kenya will benefit from the donations of good people such as yourselves, making it a double-whammy of an event.

However social you want to be with your photography, there’s a solution for you out there.

Much love
Dave

I only do a few hands-on travel photography workshops each year, and I’m very excited to announce one absolutely unforgettable. Come join world-class photographer Mimo Meidany and me in the beautiful Tuscany region of Italy this fall – October 5-8, 2022 for our Timeless Tuscany Travel Photography Workshop (with an opening dinner and get-together the night before). 

Italy’s Tuscany region is one of the most photogenic places on earth, and the quaint, charming village of San Quirico d’Orcia, is our home base for the workshop. We’ve got a wonderful little hotel there – it’s the Hotel Residence Casanova Wellness Center and Spa, and it may well be in the single best location in all of Tuscany for exploring the region photographically. It’s close to everything; we have a wonderful on-site classroom, with great restaurants and shopping all within walking distance. It’s a pretty magical location all the way around, with the rolling hills of Tuscany at our doorstep.

We’ll be shooting on location and spending time in the classroom each day, learning a lot, shooting a lot, and we’ll be having lots of fun and making new friends all along the way. 

The workshop is limited to 12 participants, so If you’re interested in joining us, go grab your spot right now before it sells out (all my previous workshops have sold out in advance). Here’s the link to my workshop’s website with tickets and more info:

http://scottkelbyworkshops.com

It’s going to be an incredible experience, and you know you’ll come home with some incredible shots, great stories, and memories to last a lifetime. I hope you can join us for “Timeless Tuscany.” :)

Ciao, ciao!

-Scott

P.S. Did I mention the food? Ohhhhhhh, the food. If you love Italian food, wait until you have it in Italy. Did I mention the wine? Ohhhhhhhhh, the wine.  :)

It’s back again this year, and it’s three full days, multiple training tracks, all online, featuring your favorite Photoshop World instructors and the Photoshop World experience, complete with an opening keynote, Midnight Madness, the attendee party, the Guru Awards — the whole nine yards as we aim to make it as close to the in-person event as possible, which means it’s going to be awesome!

First, check out the official trailer below:

Just like always, you can watch any session in any of the tracks, and we archive the entire conference for a full year so you can catch any sessions you missed or re-watch any sessions you want to see again.

Check out this amazing lineup of instructors:

For more information or to reserve your spot now using the early-bird discount, click this link right here, and we’ll see you at the conference.

Now, it’s onto our Photo Tip Friday

(it’s actually five really quick tips) from our dear friend Rick Sammon:

Have a great weekend, everybody! :)

-Scott

Over Process Your Photos & Sell, Sell, Sell! w/Scott Kelby & Serge Ramelli | The Grid Ep. 523

This week on The Grid, Scott Kelby is joined by travel photographer Serge Ramelli to discuss processing and selling your photos! Tune in to see what advice Serge has to share.

New KelbyOne Course: Everyday Sports Photography with Your iPhone with Rob Foldy

Capture life’s most active moments with your iPhone! Join sports photographer, Rob Foldy, at Safety Harbor Park to unlock hidden features and make the most of your iPhone for photographing sports and action. In this class Rob explains key settings, features, options, lenses, and shooting modes on your iPhone to help you create dynamic photographs of your friends, family, athletes, and regular people just having fun on the move.

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Photo by Tom DiPace

Editor’s Note: Rob’s latest KelbyOne course, Everyday Sports Photography with Your iPhone, gets you close to the action with your camera phone. This guest post from 2014 covers a lot of photography basics that, in combination with the lessons in his class, will have you well on your way to some amazing images!


Hello everyone, my name is Rob Foldy and I am a sports photographer. I am extremely humbled that Brad and Scott would ask me write this post for you all and I am excited to share with you some of the things I have learned thus far in my career and how I have been able to put them into practice. I like how Scott tends to break things down in his writings into “bite size pieces,” so I’m going to attempt to do the same. Most of the things I’m about to share apply to sports photography, but I think most of these tips and tricks can be used in almost all types of photography.

I tend to be long winded and go on lots of tangents, so I’m attempting to really reign myself in and only focus on one topic for this post: making a different photo than the other photographers.

This is important for all styles of photography, but especially true in sports where often times there are many photographers trying to take pictures of the same things. What will make your photos stand out? What will make a client want yours instead of theirs? What will make yours the best?

I’ve read lots of books and articles, watched lots of videos, and talked to lots of photographers whose work I admire in an attempt to try and make my photos better. Here are a few tips that have really stuck with me, and things I try to remember every time I go out:


Get Your Camera In A Different Place

It’s the first tip, in the first chapter, in the first book I read, Joe McNally’s The Moment It Clicks, when I decided to get serious about my photography. Like Joe said, chances are, the picture you’re thinking about has already been made, so how do you make it different? One way is to get your camera somewhere else. This may mean getting a perspective from above, lying on the ground, through a tree, with a remote camera, a longer lens, shorter lens, etc. Like I mentioned earlier, at most sporting events there are at least 5 photographers (if not 200) standing in the same place trying to make a picture. How do you make a different picture? It’s often simple: go somewhere else.


Getting Down: The Low-Angle

This one is from Peter Read Miller on Sports Photography. It’s so basic, yet so few people do it: LAY DOWN. You may get dirty, so what? Go home, throw your clothes in the laundry and take a shower! You probably already smell from working the event anyway. Now, this isn’t something you usually want for portraits, but getting a lower angle makes your subjects appear bigger and gives them a “larger than life” quality. Additionally, it cleans up your backgrounds and makes your photos look more dynamic than the photographer standing or kneeling next to you. (Side note: a higher perspective will also get very clean backgrounds, and nice light can make for interesting shadows. But, be careful that your photos still look professional from those angles, as it’s very easy to have them start looking like fan photos taken from the bleachers).

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It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always! Today i write from Luxembourg where I’m transiting through (and shooting a waterfall) but on this trip I’ve been testing the limits of the new Platypod eXtreme and I’m keen to share my findings.

The latest member of the family of tripod alternatives has really impressed me. The term ’tripod alternative’ is the first thing I want to mention – the Platypod has a use, it has a time and a place, and so does the trusty tripod. Platypod is not in competition with tripods, but is there to fill a gap and solve a problem we have as photographers. Sometimes that problem is due to space and weight limitations, sometimes it’s about beating the ’tripod police’, and sometimes it’s nothing other than exploring our creativity. Whichever item on the list we fall into for any particular shoot, Platypod has never let me down.

I tried to break the eXtreme (along with the Platyball Ergo) and failed. The strength considerations put into the design really goes a long way to reassuring me in trusting the Platypod with my expensive gear in more precarious positions, including this: –

These angles are crazy! The variable position of the spiked feet on the eXtreme make things like this possible. I’ll continue to try and find new ways to use the Platypod and occasionally you’ll see my antics over on their blog.

The delivery from the Kickstarter is all under control and it’s now time to go grab your eXtreme from Platypod. I use mine all the time and it’s so compact that it has a permanent place in my camera bag. The kit itself is so versatile that I love finding new ways to use it.

On behalf of the photographic community, I thank Dr. T for finding a gap to slot this contraption into and making creativity really fun in the field. As Scott says, everyone has a Platypod, you should too.

Much love

Dave

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