It’s just a little over a month from now, and it’s two days, all online, and everyone’s invited to spend a few days with learning, laughing, and making new connections.

The conference itself is Tuesday, and Wednesday, but we kick the conference off a day early on Monday with a special pre-conference session from non other than Moose Peterson himself, called “What makes a great wildlife photo?” This is such an important, and eye-opening topic to kick things off, and we can’t wait to share it, and 20-more classes in two simultaneous tracks, with you next month.

Plus, you get access to the entire event to stream live on-demand for an entire year!

We’ve put together an absolutely top-notch team of instructors — some of the most passionate, gifted communicators, that are there for one reason — to help you take your wildlife photography up a big notch. I’m teaching post processing and Lightroom organizational techniques at the conference, and I’ve got some super helpful techniques to share.

Photographers from all over the world have already signed up for the conference, and you can save big time by signing up right now. It’s just $149 for the entire event, and access to the full year of on-demand re-streaming of the classes (so you can watch any you missed, or rewatch any you want), and here’s the link to sign up.

Also, thanks in advance for sharing this news with any photographers you know that are interested in wildlife photographer. We’re putting together something really special, and they’ll thank you for it.

Here’s wishing you a great, happy, healthy week, and don’t forget to drop back by tomorrow for “Travel Tuesdays with Dave.” :)

-Scott

I’ll bet you know someone who loves shooting on their iPhone, and they take it pretty seriously and take tons of photos with it, but you know they’re not going to go out and buy a heavy, expensive DSLR or mirrorless camera and a bunch of lenses. I wrote this book for them. It’s called “The iPhone Photography Book” and it’s about how they can get professional-looking images from the camera they’re already carrying around with them.

What I did in this book is take all the same principles and techniques I’ve been teaching to serious DSLR and mirrorless photographers about lighting, about landscapes, about travel and portrait photography, and composition, and all the stuff that really matters, but everything is done from the perspective of using the iPhone as your only camera (and all the examples and photos in the book are all taken with an iPhone).

Here’s a list of the chapters:

Chapter One: iPhone Camera Essentials

Chapter Two: How to Compose Like a Pro

Chapter Three: Photographing People

Chapter Four: Posing People To Look Their Very Best

Chapter Five: Travel & Landscape Photography with the iPhone

Chapter Six: How to Shoot Other Cool Stuff

Chapter Seven: iPhone Camera Tips & Tricks

Chapter Eight: Organizing Your Photo Library

Chapter Nine: Editing Your Images

Chapter 10: Incredible Apps To Take Your Photos To The Next Level

Chapter 11: Awesome iPhone Accessories

Chapter 12: iPhone Photo Recipes

As you’ve heard me say countless times on The Grid, the quality of shots you can take with today’s iPhone is just stunning, and writing this book proved the point to me again in a very real way —  for most folks, this is the future of photography, and the things Apple is doing (and working on), are just jaw-dropping. I am still shocked at what you can create on an iPhone once you know how, and I’m sharing it all in this book.

The book is already on fire!

It just came out (available right now on Kindle from Amazon.com where it’s the #1 Hot New Release in photography), or get it for any device direct from the publisher Rocky Nook (they’re offering 35% off right now when you apply this code at checkout: SKiPhone35), but the print version is coming in just a few weeks (printing takes longer than…well…just about anything).

Order a copy right now on Kindle, or pre-order and get the print version in just a few weeks, and remember – you’ll be a hero to the friend or loved one you get this for. They will thank you for helping them along on their photographic journey. (Hey, ya know, Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Just sayin’.)

Have a great weekend, everybody. Pull out that iPhone and make some great images! :)

-Scott

P.S. We announced the official instructor roster for the upcoming Wildlife Photography Conference. What an incredible team of teachers! Here’s the link.

The Grid: Website Critiques – Episode 459

On the latest episode of The Grid, Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna do critiques of photography websites! This time they aren’t critiquing the images on each site, but instead are taking a critical look at the design, usability and layout of each site. Check it out to see what changes you might be able to apply to your own site!

New KelbyOne Course: Creating Magical Child Portraits On Your iPhone with Tracy Sweeney

Learn how to create the best portraits of your kids with your iPhone! Join Tracy Sweeney as she dives deep into all of the key and hidden settings to help you make the most of the built-in camera app that’s found on every iPhone.

In this class you’ll learn all the different ways to trigger the shutter, lock focus, dial in exposure settings, use grid lines, capture fast moving kids, and take advantage of Live Photos and Portrait Mode. If you’ve got an iPhone there’s a good chance it is always within arm’s reach, so learn how to use it to its fullest as a camera for documenting the life of your family.

Keeping Creative During COVID

As photographers how do we stay motivated to keep taking pictures when we’re living under lockdowns and restrictions because of COVID-19?

In this video I’ll show you how I, as a Portrait Photographer, am doing everything I can (except take portraits) to help keep me ‘in the creative zone’… I hope in some way this helps.

Keep well,
Glyn


You can see more from Glyn at GlynDewis.com, and keep up with him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

I’m Dave Williams and this is #TravelTuesday on ScottKelby.com—the moment you’ve, undoubtedly, been waiting for all week, right? Well, I’m afraid today is going to be a bit disappointing. Today is going to be very, very boring…

Today, I want you to take on a photo challenge. Today, I want you to take something very boring and make it look very interesting. It’s as simple and as complicated as that!

Photography is something all of us here have in common. Photography is the thing that brings us all together, removing our differences. I’d love to see how we can all come together to share inspiration and learn from each other in taking a boring, mundane, everyday, commonplace object or scene, and put our artistic spin on it to make it something interesting.

If you’re up for the challenge, I would love to see what you shoot. So, if you post it on Instagram or Twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #BoringScott so the entire community can see it.

Taking on photo challenges or projects is a fantastic way to learn, develop, and stay energised as a photographer. This particular challenge has its own set of hurdles in that we often look to capture something beautiful and show it in its best light. What’s happening here is that we may have to create that “best light” in order to show off the boring subject. I realise also that each of us will have a different perception of what is boring. What’s boring for some may not be so boring for others, and it will be interesting to see these differences. 

If you’re looking for a new challenge, a new project, or something to reignite your passion during the pandemic, this challenge is perfect. You didn’t get that camera to let it collect dust. You got it to learn what it does, how it does it, and make awesome art. Only boring people get bored, as they say. Play with perspective, pick out details, look for patterns, seek symmetry, or just find the boredom around you and find out what’s defining it. I wish you luck!

Much love

Dave

It’s time to face it — the new full-frame camera bodies from Nikon, Sony, and Canon aren’t really that much smaller (if at all), and if they are lighter, we’re talking a few ounces (not pounds). This isn’t awesome because one huge reason so many people were attracted to mirrorless in the first place was the dream of a super high-quality camera without the bulk and weight of a DSLR. That dream is fading away as many of the new bodies being released are relatively close in size and weight to their DSLR counterparts.

Essentially, what we have now (in our mirrorless evolution), is this:

  1. A DSLR-like body that’s nearly as heavy, but they’ve replaced the mirror with an Electronic Viewfinder (which brings some advantages and disadvantages as well).
  2. While a few native mirrorless lenses are a bit lighter in weight, some are actually larger and heavier. Some of the sharpest, faster ones are definitely sharp as heck, and heavy as heck, too (in some cases, stunningly so), and quite expensive, to boot.

As for bodies: for example let’s look at the Nikon DLSR D750 versus Nikon’s new Mirrorless Z6 body. The Z6’s body is 4+ ounces lighter, but if you want to use one of your existing Nikkor lenses on it, once you put the adapter on…it actually weighs an ounce more than the D750 DSLR with the same lens. Same with my Canon R6 mirrorless vs. my old Canon 5D Mark IV. It’s about 4 oz. lighter (negligible), until you put on the adapter so I can use my existing Canon lenses, then it weighs about the same if not an ounce more.

The more I compare new mirrorless bodies and lenses, the less the difference it seems there really is today (especially for Sony users who are just using the same lenses they always have, but now on mirrorless). And yes, I know, if you do some digging, you can certainly find a particular mirrorless full-frame body and lens combination that might weigh less overall, but that’s not where the manufacturers seem to be heading. Even with Canon — for example, their R-mount mirrorless 70-200mm seems a lot smaller at first glance, and it is — when you’re at 70mm, but once you zoom it in to 200mm, the lens then extends out from the barrel, so now it’s nearly as long as the DSLR mount version. It does weigh a bit less, but it costs about $700 more than their 70-200 with a DSLR mount.

If you actually want a legit super lightweight mirrorless body and lens, you almost have to leave Sony, Canon and Nikon full frame and go with a crop sensor or Micro 4/3, like a Fuji or a Lumix with a fixed pancake lens (nothing wrong with Fuji’s, Lumix or Olympus cameras btw, all three make great mirrorless cameras), but if your goal is a lightweight carry-around camera that takes great photos, why not just use your iPhone’s camera instead?

I recently read an article where the author essentially said (I’m paraphrasing here), “If you’re carrying around a low-end DSLR, you’re fooling yourself. Quality and size-wise, you might as well be just using your iPhone,” (and I tend to agree, and when the iPhone gets a real telephoto lens, which I feel will be very soon, it’s game over for those low-end bodies).

This “mirrorless is now back to being heavy and bulky” wave seems like just kinda where we are headed now. I’m cool with it, as we can have the best of both worlds — for me, it’s my iPhone for when I don’t want to lug a heavy camera rig around, and my new Canon EOS R6 for when I think it’s worth hauling the gear (and for me, there are many times when it’s definitely worth it).

There are some really nice things about mirrorless, but the dream of full- frame, super small, super lightweight, super high-quality bodies doesn’t seem to be the direction the big camera companies are moving. Anyway, something to consider if you’re thinking of upgrading.

Have a great week, everybody! :)

-Scott

P.S. How about Tom Brady and those Buccaneers going all the way and winning the Super Bowl. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. LOL!! Congrats Bucs — you guys worked hard, really came together as a team, and won it all!!! #GoBucs (BTW: This is an incredible football year for me, as our college team is none other than the National Champions — The Alabama Crimson Tide. #RollTide!).

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