Blind Critiques with Scott Kelby & Erik Kuna | The Grid Ep. 491

This week on The Grid, it’s another round of blind critiques with Scott and Erik! Tune in to see what advice they have for improving viewers’ submitted photos.

New KelbyOne Course: Macro Photography: Up Close and Personal with Karen Hutton

New to Macro? Not so new, but want a new way to approach it? Professional Fujifilm X-Photographer Karen Hutton shares her secrets to success. She’ll show you what lenses to use, what aperture is best, whether to use handheld or tripod, what to do if you’re stuck at home, how to use storytelling to make an amazing image, how to use natural light to your advantage, and the right lenses for the job. With her help you too can become “the Macro Whisperer”. That is, one whose photographs at first glance inform, but at second glance touches deeply, revealing the whisperings of Mother Nature herself—up close and personal.

It’s #TravelTuesday again and I, Dave Williams, am writing this to you from under the sea! I’m in the eurotunnel – a 25 mile undersea tunnel that connects us Brits to mainland Europe. This is the first big part of my ad-van-ture and I plan to wake up in Kinderdijk, Netherlands in the morning when this post goes live. 

Today I want to talk to you about the fear I felt in changing my entire life in order to do this and hopefully inspire you to be brave. 

I’ve been a photographer for years but I was working alongside a full-time ‘regular’ job while I built my photography business. The regular salary was secure and would arrive in my bank account every month. Running your own business isn’t quite like that in most cases. 

I knew that if I was going to quit the day job and shoot for a living, rather than as my side hustle, I’d lose that security. I agonised over it for a few years, constantly telling colleagues that I was going to quit. It got to the point that I’m sure they didn’t actually believe me when I eventually did it! 

The process before that is the bit where I had to take all the thoughts, the niggles, the worst case scenarios, and everything else that was running through my head and try my beat to organise it and rationalise it, adding an element of bravery into the mix. We live our lives largely looking at our fears and the things that might go wrong and, if I’m totally honest, there is an element of risk still present despite all the planning and preparation I’ve done here. But if I didn’t have some bravery to throw into this mix I would never be here, under the sea in a metal tube moving towards France at 100mph and totally changing my future. 

So that’s my message for this week. Be brave. Consider everything, assess risk, but be brave in doing so. Sometimes the thing you really want that may appear to be just outside arms teach is achievable with a little bravery.

Much love


(and yes, this was entirely written and uploaded whilst under the sea. 2021 is making a comeback!)

Last week Adobe’s own Terry White did an excellent live webcast about what’s new in this recent update to Lightroom. Terry is so great at this stuff, and I wanted to share it with you, so I embedded his Webcast from Adobe Live right here below so you can check it out. It’s super informative and there’s lots of great stuff in there. So worth checking out. 

Thanks, Terry. So well done (as always). :) 

Here’s wishing you a fantastic Monday (hey, it could absolutely happen). :)


P.S. Over on my other blog,, we’re talking about “How to cancel your Adobe subscription.” What? What! It’s the good, and bad, and well…it’s just those two things.

This one answers a question I was asked during the Portrait Photography Conference this week, but before we get to the video below that shows you the simple technique (it’s part what you do in the shoot, and part what you do in Photoshop), but first I to thank all the photographers, and the instructors, from all over who came together for a very special three-days. The conference was a huge success, and we’re so grateful to everyone who attended, who supported us, and who made the whole experience an awful lot of fun. :)

OK, onto the tutorial (below) – give it a quick watch if you’ve got a chance.

Hope you found that helpful. Here’s wishing you a great weekend, and I hope to see you here again next week. :)


P.S. Want to watch something really fascinating and fun this weekend? Check out Ramtin Kazami’s fantastic course on using Enhancing Landscapes Using Photoshop’s Color Tools. I put the official course trailer below. Here’s the link – you’ll learn a ton in this one class – he is SO good!

New KelbyOne Course: Advanced Milky Way Photography Post Processing with Erik Kuna

Take a deeper dive into post processing your Milky Way photos! Join Erik Kuna as he teaches you how to decrease the noise and increase the signal to bring out the very best in your astrophotography. Erik walks you step-by-step through his workflow for dealing with noise, nailing the white balance, reducing light pollution, adding depth and dimension, enhancing the Milky Way core, and a series of finishing moves to really make things pop.

In Case You Missed It: Demystifying Milky Way Landscape Photography

Learn how to capture breathtaking photos of the Milky Way with Erik Kuna! In this class Erik gets you up to speed on the gear you’ll need, the settings you’ll use, tools to help you plan your shoot, essential information about the Milky Way, and techniques to get tack sharp stars, all before heading out to some dark sky locations in the American Southwest. Erik wraps up the class with a review of some of the photos captured and some tips to help you move forward.