This is a great little tip, on a cool little feature I’ll bet most folks didn’t even know was in Photoshop, and it’s from our friend and KelbyOne instructor, British Superstar Dave Clayton. Check it out:
It’s good to be back!
My holiday break is over (and it was epic), but it’s great to be back in the saddle here with all of you once again. I’ve got a lot of awesome stuff planned for 2022 and I’m so glad to have you stopping by now and then. Lots of fun stuff to share this year. :)
Here’s wishing you a great Monday, and a safe, happy, healthy year to come! :)
New KelbyOne Course: Photoshop Tips and Tricks for Designers with Dave Clayton
Add new techniques to your creative arsenal! Join Dave Clayton as he walks you through five of his favorite Photoshop tips and tricks. In this class, you’ll learn how to create patterns, shapes, color themes, and gradients from photos, how to organize your libraries, leverage the Frame tool, take advantage of Layer Comps, create cool effects, and so much more!
In Case You Missed It: 25 Photoshop Tips for Designers with Dave Clayton
Join Dave Clayton as he shares his top Photoshop tips and tricks for designers! Dave works through a series of projects as he shares a steady stream of tips to help you in your workflow. His tips cover topics ranging from key preference settings to smart objects, slider tricks, selections, adjustment layers, maximizing CC Libraries, and so much more.
I’m not talking about pixels… I’m talking about life resolutions!
It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as usual. Today I write to you from Lofoten, Norway, where the weather is a little warmer than it was last week in Lapland but still below freezing. The problem with the weather being slightly warmer is that the northern lights get hidden by the clouds. Still, there are some epic views to be had, just like this one from last week.
I’ll be posting more shots from my Due North adventure on Instagram periodically, but today isn’t about self promotion so let’s get back on track.
At the end of every year the subject of New Years Resolutions comes up. It’s a time for reflection as well as for forward planning. We can apply everything we would for a life-centric resolution to our photography, so let’s look at making plans that stick with our photography.
More than half of all New Years Resolutions fail, according to multiple sources. For this very important reason, we have to make sure we pick the right resolution that we will be able to uphold and adhere to. Think of it as setting an achievable goal rather than as a resolution and hopefully that’ll keep you on track. It must be specific because if we elect a to set a resolution that’s too vague it’s hard to see when we have it in our sights and when we don’t. In my past life there was an annoying acronym that is transferrable to this situation, and that acronym is ‘SMART.’ Our goals, or resolutions, should be: –
If we set ourselves a New Years Resolution that fits within this framework we are statistically far more likely to achieve it.
Perhaps your resolution has to do with expanding your photography business, or refining your portfolio. Maybe it’s all about education and growth, or maybe moving laterally from there, it’s about personal projects. Maybe we need a new marketing strategy, social media growth, a new website, there are countless personal and professional goals we can set ourselves.
My New Years Resolution this year is to start putting the lens cap on my lenses! It’s a simple one, but it’s a bad habit I have and I should really start doing it! Whatever yours is (or are) I wish you the best of luck, but I’ll also quickly finish by saying this. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Essentially, we create our own luck.
I hope you’re all having the best time, and I wish you a Happy New Year, and I’ll catch you again in 2022!
Last Minute Gifts & Toy Photography w/Scott Kelby, Erik Kuna & Dave DeBaeremaeker | The Grid Ep. 497
Need to do a little last minute shopping but aren’t sure what to get? Scott and Erik are joined by Dave DeBaeremaeker to come to the rescue! After their gift ideas, Dave shares some of his toy photography, which he also has KelbyOne course on!
New KelbyOne Course: Unlock Your Photography Creativity: A Step by Step Guide with Rick Sammon
Join Rick Sammon as he takes you through 21 steps to unlocking your photographic creativity! From setting goals to making more prints to the importance of your own physical health, Rick illustrates each step with photographic examples, stories, and his own brand of wisdom and humor. No matter where you are in your photographic journey, this class is an opportunity to take your skills and ways of seeing to the next level!
It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am back! I write to you from under an Aurora filled sky. Well actually, the Aurora is taking a break. It will be back in 20 minutes so I’m making the most of the opportunity to sit in the warmth of the van rather than stand outside in -3f (-19c) temperatures, plus wind!
Today I want to touch on filters. Filters can make a huge difference when we apply them in the right circumstances. Think of them as a linear gradient, but attached to your camera ;)
Whether they have a gradient or are solid, a Neutral Density filter will essentially allow less light to enter our lens, blocking it out like sun shades either across the entire frame or a part of it. Learning how and when to apply a filter can give us a huge aid in our long exposure photography.
There are arguments that we can do the same thing in Adobe Photoshop, however although this is true in a lot of cases we simply can’t recreate the streaks of flowing water in the same way as if we do it optically, in the camera, using a filter.
If you don’t use filters I implore you to make it your goal this week to learn a little more about them and consider their application in your photography.
Writing from Finland, with images from Iceland, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
I’m very excited about this collaboration with the creative team at On1 (maker’s of awesome plug-ins for Lightroom and Photoshop), and they are doing a 50% off deal right now on my signature collection (just in time for Christmas, and it’s an instant download, so no waiting on shipping).
Here’s how they describe my new collection (and it’s more than just presets):
I know a lot of you already have one or more of On1’s awesome plug-ins, and if you do, I think you’ll super-dig this bundle (especially when it’s on sale like this). I hope you’ll check it out. :)