Greetings from Hartford, Connecticut (up here for my Lightroom seminar today). Well, it’s Monday – and it’s gonna be a good one, so let’s do this thing! :)
1) Dave’s cool Platypod Trick I hadn’t thought of this before, but now that Dave’s shared it, I’m going to be using it.Here’s the link to Dave’s blog. He’s a clever man, that Dave (make sure you catch his weekly column here tomorrow).
2) New Instructor Announced for Photoshop World We’re psyched to announce that Unmesh Dinda, the Mumbai, India Photoshop YouTube sensation will be teaching a session at the Photoshop World Conference 2018 in Orlando (24 days from now). If you haven’t caught his YouTube videos yet (I embedded one here), you will love him – so enthusiastic and full of great techniques to share with everybody.
3) Adobe sneaks in a new feature to Lightroom on Mobile Along with some bug fixes, the latest update for the iOS mobile version (just released last week), adds an overlay Grid to the new Guided Upright feature that was added just a few weeks before that, along with improved zooming when using the Guided Upright feature. Look for it in the App store.
4) Interesting Little Lightroom Profile Tip Over on my other blog, LightroomKillerTips.com, I’ve got a handy little thing to know about the new RAW profiles in Lightroom Classic. It’s just a little tip, but that’s why I like it. Here’s the link.
5) Where to shoot this summer (continued) If you’re heading to London this summer, I did a class called “A Photographer’s Guide to London” and I share my favorite places to shoot; some insider tips, and lots more to make sure you come home with some awesome shots. Here’s the link.
6) Just 24 days left until Photoshop World If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late – travel info and tickets at photoshopworld.com (btw: if you sign up right now you can still snag one of the last rooms at the Hyatt Regency, our host hotel).
7) Salt Lake City here I come! I’m there next week – hope you will be too. Come and spend the day with me learning Lightroom like a total boss! It’s my last one until well after Photoshop World. Tickets at kelbyonelive.com
That’s it for this glorious Monday. It’s going to be the week that you make it, so let’s make it a great one!
Happy Friday, everybody. I have a little video I made for you today, to talk about a feature Adobe added not long along to Photoshop CC, but I talk to people all the time who have no idea it’s there, and so, of course, they’re not using it. In fact, I can’t find hardly anyone using it, but it’s so awesome I use it all the time, and I think you’ll love it, too.
Check out the video below (it has other cool tips in the video as well).
Hope you find that helpful.
If you’re into Lightroom, and you live in Hartford, I’ll see ya Monday! Well, I hope you’re one of the coupla-hundred photographers already signed up for my full day of Lightroom training there on Monday. If not you’re not too late. Next stop after that, Salt Lake City in a week or so. You can get tickets for either one right here.
I’ll be teaching Lightroom for three days in Orlando at the end of this month It’s the biggest Lightroom training event the world, and it’s just a few weeks away, but it’s not too late – you can still sign up and be there to learn more about Lightroom in three-day than you have in three years. It’s called the Photoshop World Conference, and an entire training track is dedicated to Lightroom. Details and tickets here.
Have a rockin’ weekend, everybody. See a bunch of you Monday in Hartford! :)
The Secret To Creating Super Sharp Images with Moose Peterson Join Moose Peterson as he shares his hard earned tips, tricks, and techniques for creating super sharp photographs from the moment of capture through printing! The second thing a viewer’s eye locks onto when looking at a photo is sharpness, so it is critical that you get it right in camera, and maintain that sharpness through to output. In this class you’ll learn the importance of your camera settings, hand holding and long lens techniques, the danger of heat shimmer, how to use depth of focus to your advantage, what you can do during post processing, and Moose’s own secret recipe for sharp prints. Your photography is all about you and the story you want to tell, so learn how to create the sharpest photos you can to share with the world.
In Case You Missed It Join Moose Peterson for an in-depth lesson in how to pack your camera bag for air travel. If you’ve ever had to get from point A to point B with your gear, been worried about what to bring, what gear to check, how to make it all fit, and how to do it safely, then this is the class for you. Moose talks through several different job specific gear load outs, and packs each lesson with hard earned tips learned from traveling thousands of miles each year. It’s not all about the gear though, you’ll learn the importance of planning ahead, how your attitude can make all the difference, and much much more.
How Far Do You Need To Travel To Become A Travel Photographer? I have been very fortunate, even blessed, to have received a lot of GREAT advice throughout my life. But very little has been as life-changing and eye-opening as the advice I received from my good friend and mentor, photographer Gary S. Chapman, over a breakfast in Panama City, Panama.
I don’t think he knew it at the time, but I was in one of many “professional soul searching” moments of my life. I had recently, within the last two years, decided to become a full-time photographer, and to make my living out of this trade. However, I faced several perceived problems: No formal education in photography; No real connections in the field other than a few photographers who, like Gary, had showed mercy on me and befriended me; No editors or steady clients; Little equipment; Based out of Panama City, Panama, a small Central American country with a very small and traditional photographic scene at that time.
And as if all of that wasn’t enough, I didn’t want to just be a photographer and make my living with a camera. I could have easily chosen to specialize as a portrait or wedding photographer and gotten jobs right away, but that seemed too easy for my stubborn self. I wanted to become a travel/documentary photographer just like the ones that I saw and read about in Nat Geo, Life, Time Magazine, etc. I wanted to see interesting people, explore the world, and tell stories. How was I going to do that? Where would I start? Who was I to even think I could? That’s where Gary’s words came in to change my perspective.
As I expressed to Gary, my desire was to travel the world, maybe move to Asia, or at least see how often could I visit in search of good and interesting pictures. Gary looked at me and in his calm, soft way of speaking he said, “Why? Why would you want to go there if there are hundreds of thousands of photos coming out of those places every day?” He continued, “How many stories coming out of Asia or Africa do you see in the big magazines a year? Lots, right? But how many stories do you see coming out of Panama? Not me, or anyone that comes in can or will know Panama, its people or culture better than you or any local. Who can tell these stories better than one of her own? There are lots of stories to tell that you are already here with all the time to tell them the right way.”
It sounded so basic, so simple, yet it blew my mind. I had been so caught up in and inspired by all the stories I saw from around the world that I never even considered the stories from home could compete. I was wrong. I began to focus my efforts on three things:
1) Trying to find interesting stories, people, and places
2) Using the internet for exposure so that the world could see my work.
3) I also applied and got a job at a local newspaper to gain experience as a storyteller since I was completely self-taught. I had done my research and figured at least 8 out of my top 10 favorite travel photographers had one thing in common: they all started at a newspaper, I didn’t have that. I put all my energy into that job and considered it my schooling. It paid off.
It wasn’t much later, after only 2 years at the newspaper, I received an offer to work as a “stringer,” or freelance local photo correspondent, for the Associated Press (AP). Soon after, a fellow AP photographer recommended me for a story in the Travel section of The New York Times. From then on, editors, local and international, began to discover my work via recommendations, my website, and professional accounts like Flickr, and offer me assignments in Panama.
With time, those same editors would gain more trust in me and give me international assignments in the neighboring countries of Costa Rica or Colombia, later the Caribbean and eventually they would send me around the world. By no means was this a fast or painless learning process, but it is one I think all photographers should go through in order to understand the trade. It helps those of us who have been through it to push ourselves, to think outside the box. It’s a process that makes us humble and value our jobs.
One of the most common mistakes beginners make in photography, myself included, is thinking we need to travel to remote locations to find an interesting subject or moment. But the whole world, regardless of where you are, is filled with interesting people, subject, light, moments, and stories to tell.
Over the last almost two decades, I have worked hard to remind myself and to teach others the concept of “from ordinary to extraordinary.” Regardless of where you are in the world and whatever you are looking at, that one person, place, activity, time of year or day that may seem boring and “normal” to you may blow the mind of someone on the other side of the world who had no idea that place existed or that unique moment happened. To people in Nura, Kazakhstan, looking at traditional eagle hunters may be an everyday “ordinary” thing, just as it is for me to see the Panama Canal, one of the eight wonders of the world. My failure to take notice of a place I see daily doesn’t make the Panama Canal any less photogenic or impressive. And although they may bore the people in Central Asia, I still love a good picture of a traditional eagle hunters.
The biggest challenges for a good photographer are not about having all the right gear, travel arrangements or even money… It’s trying to always be creative, to keep your eyes, emotions, and senses aware enough to capitalize on the good subjects and moments.
Casco Viejo, in Panama City is probably the second most photographed part of the country, competing with the Panama Canal. It’s a place I frequent for many reasons, professionally and personally. Magazines, both local and international, are always looking for “Casco” photos It’s challenging to continue photographing this familiar place in a way that is interesting to me.
The first time I was contacted directly by TIME magazine was for a story about Casco Viejo focusing mainly in that little area rather than on Panama City as a whole. I have to always, regardless of how often I see something, try to think of places as if it were the first time or the complete opposite. Because I know it so well, I find that one spot of light in a particular corner that only happens once a day for a few minutes that most people don’t notice. That’s what I did for TIME and it got me a double truck in the magazine.
By now I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel a lot for work, mainly throughout my region of the world, but also in Asia and Europe. I can tell you, based on my experiences, whether you are in Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Manhattan or Brazil, teenagers are teenagers, people love their pets, the old ladies at the local market will act pretty much the same (either loving to have their picture taken or hating it and sending you to hell), and moments of good light happen everywhere.
I have found the same purple / orange afternoon “magic hour” light in Peru, Panama, Puerto Rico, Havana and Ho Chi Ming. I have found as many interesting subjects inside the kitchens of the Guna Yala (San Blas Islands) of Panama as I have inside the rural kitchens of Trinidad and Tobago.
If you can’t find inspiration in the familiar; If you can’t identify a good location, good light, an interesting subject or a good moment in your own town: If you don’t have the drive, the curiosity, chances are you won’t find any of it anywhere else in the world either.
Travel photography is not so much about getting to a place as it is knowing when to go and when to wait. Sometimes all you need to do to find a great story is go to the next town over.
I have had the chance to work with many editors and one thing I have learned is this: exotic locations don’t “wow” editors as much as intimate, personal, close-to-home stories. It’s easier to get a good picture of a native in most parts of the world. Usually they even pose for cameras. But a good inside story of a person or a place with intimate, non-traditional points of view, draws attention to special moments and says a lot about you as a photographer and your ability to connect and gain access.
When I have the opportunity to shoot one of the many festivals in my country, as I often do, I am usually able to identify the experienced shooters quickly. Instead of fighting for a spot on the road where the parade is sure to pass, we are moving all around the town, behind the scenes in search of a unique or interesting subject. Everyone will see that parade on the news, in local newspapers, and on social media. How can I, as a photographer, make this “ordinary” event into something interesting to you? What can I show them that will help them notice something new about this event they have being looking at for years? Those are the types of photos that will make you stand out.
You can do much more with one camera, one lens and an open mind, than you can with a backpack full of the latest gear and no idea what to shoot or where to start.
Be yourself and shoot what you love. It sounds incredibly cliché, but it’s so true. If people really move you, people will move you regardless of where in the world you are. If you are not a people person, forget about it.
There are a lot more things that I could tell you, based on my experience, but let me end with this:
Travel photography is not so much about the subject itself (place or person) as it about how that subject is presented. Anything can be interesting and anything can be boring. It’s up to you, your creativity, and your determination to try and make, for your self, something that is ordinary into something extraordinary by the way you present it in your images.
If you can see a photo of a place you see everyday and think, “Wow, I have never seen this like this,” you may be off to a good start. That’s what the viewers of your images, be they clients, editors, family or friends, expect to be shown. They want to see the world in a way they have never seen it before or at a moment of light they never expected.
Travel photography is not about going to exotic places, but about captivating viewers with the places you are, regardless of where in the world that is.
There is a world waiting to be documented. Go out and find it. It is not about “being big” or “making it big…” it’s about loving what you do and doing it with passion. Eventually that passion will reflect in your work and people will notice. I have done so many things I never believed I could, and worked for clients I used to only dream of, and now I’m a guest writer here… imagine that.
Hey hey! It’s me again! I’m Dave Williams, and every #TravelTuesday I’m right here at Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider to share some of my bountiful wisdom from the worlds of photography, Photoshop, travel, and life. Well, today it’s the last two—travel and life! I’m writing this post today from aboard the SuperSpeed ferry from Kristiansand, Norway to Hirtshals, Denmark, and I’ll try to explain my wanderlust.
So, if you’ve been following along on the KelbyOne Instagram story, you’ll know that I’m currently on a mission where I’m riding across Europe from my hometown of London. The purpose of the trip is twofold: (1) to have a little adventure, and (2) to shoot and write for three projects for companies who are involved in my trip—namely Platypod, Triumph, and Sim Imaging. It’s point number 1, though, that I will be exploring with you here.
My wanderlust, my thirst for travel and adventure, is strong and deeply rooted. A little-known fact about me is that I lived in South Africa for eight months, in a little place named Franskraal, just outside Gansbaai which sits between Cape Town and Cape Aghulas. I lived in this tiny little village on the coast, spending my days exploring the countryside and seeking out wildlife, and I spent my evenings dining on fresh, local fish and meat whilst watching the sun go down over the South Atlantic Ocean as the whales leapt and waved their fins at me. Before this, I’d been to a handful of countries whilst growing up—Spain, Greece, France, Barbados, Germany, and the U.S. (Disney World in Florida). It’s this experience that kick-started my desire to travel and see the world. But, then there’s another factor that comes into play: the camera.
I remember being given a camera by my parents on my 14th birthday—a Nikon F40, I think. I’d looked at photography and I wanted to be able to do it, too. I wanted to be able to make great images. To show the world as I see it. Through my eyes. I spent quite some time coming to grips with how it all worked. I wasn’t reading much, but I was experimenting. I was getting used to what happened to my photos when I changed various settings. I was learning about composition. I fancied myself as a bit of a ‘”proper photographer” and kept learning through doing.
Fast forward a number of years and combine the two, and now I was in a place where I’d returned home from South Africa after a few fails. I knew that one thing I wanted to really push harder with was my photography and another was my desire to see more of the world. I got my first DSLR, a Sony Alpha. I was now able to make more photos and spend less money doing it! I was coming to grips with Photoshop too, starting with the cheesy things we all hate like selective colouring, but also the essential things to learn how it all worked!
So, pushing on a bit more, my first “big” solo trip was to Iceland. I fell in love with it, and in fact, with what I can only describe as difference. I like to compare the world with my world. See how other people live. See what’s good about other cultures. It’s true to say that you only appreciate what you have when it’s gone. And, this relates here because it’s only when you go deep into another culture or another place that you really see what you have at home and appreciate it more, while also bringing back positive influences and ideas from the places you visit. Take the Danish concept of Hygge, for example. This mindset, which apparently makes the Danes the worlds happiest people, can give us so much in our lives and it’s only through exploring this idea and this culture, then comparing it with our own, that we can really benefit from it. The Icelandic have a phrase that I absolutely love, and it’s only through coming into difficulty while in Iceland that I know about it. I was in the Westfjords at the Arctic Fox Centre shooting a pair of awesome fox cubs. My camera broke, it was a very expensive one, and it had sustained water damage from a waterfall. I was able to borrow a camera for the rest of my trip, so the few days remaining weren’t wasted, and I was told at the time, “thetta reddast.” My expression must’ve reflected the ultimate confusion when it was uttered to me, but when I asked what it meant it made perfect sense. The explanation I was given from Midge, who’d said it to me, is this:
“Thetta reddast. It means everything will turn out fine. Things happen, you have no control over them, and whatever is happening just know that it’ll all work out and everything will be alright.”
Well, that nailed it! It’s hard to understand sometimes, of course, but everything will be fine. Everything will work itself out. So, it’s little things like this, little bits of learning from across the world and the feeling of accomplishment and knowledge when I go visit another part of the world, along with seeing new landscapes and the amazing things we have on our planet, that drives me to see as much as I can. It’s only been a few years that I’ve been traveling hard, and in that time my goal was to get the number of countries I’ve visited higher than my age. I’m happy to say that I’ve achieved that and I fully intend to keep it that way for as long as I possibly can!
I love to travel and to see the world and all the amazing things it has to offer, and I love to share the images I make, too. I ran this quote past Scott and he laughed at its weirdness, but I’ll put it out there:
“Lend me your eyes and I’ll show you what I see.”
I will. Let me show you what I see, and let me inspire you to please see as much of this world as you can. You only get one shot, after all. Don’t let things pass you by, grab opportunities and, indeed, make them, too. Wanderlust is real.
Happy, Monday everybody and greetings from Cincinnati, Ohio — I’m up here for my seminar today. Looking forward to meeting everybody.
OK, I have a MEGA-awesome tip today, courtesy of my dear friend Dave Clayton (co-host of the “He Shoots / He Draws” podcast), and it gets around the problem some pros in the community have pointed out that if you post from 3rd party apps from your computer, Instagram’s algorithm automatically limits the exposure of your image within Instagram (in short – apparently Instagram doesn’t want folks posting from third-party apps). There is a lot of debate if this limiting actually happens or not, but there’s enough talk of it out there that it’s freaked some folks out and they’ve stopped using those third-party apps (yours truly included).
That all being said, this trick fools your Mac into thinking it’s an iPhone, and therefore you can natively upload images right from your Mac using the Safari Browser, and it SO easy to do (apparently, there is a way to do this from Chrome too, but at this point, I only know the Safari version). Anyway, with great thanks to Dave Clayton for allowing me to share this. Here goes:
STEP ONE:Go to instagram.com and log in to your Instagram account. Next, go to the Safari menu and choose Preferences. Click on the Advanced tab (as seen above), and at the bottom of the preferences make sure “Show Develop Menu in menu bar” is turned on (as seen above).
STEP TWO: Now you’ll see a Develop menu added to the menu bar at the top of Safari. Go under Develop, under ‘User Agent’ and choose ‘Safari—ISO 11.0—iPhone’ as shown above.
STEP THREE: Now go to Instagram.com again and you’ll notice a small + sign appears along the bottom of your feed (as seen above). That’s the “Add new post button” just like on your iPhone. That’s me pointing to it with my cursor (and a post from Dave about his super awesome daughter). :)
STEP FOUR: Hit the + icon and it brings up the upload window. Pick an image to upload (I chose this pic I took a few years back of the Disney Concert Hall in LA).
STEP FIVE: You have all the same features as on the phone; so input your text up top, and then you can use Location Services to choose the location (I typed in Disney Hall and it suggested the address, just like on my phone).
STEP SIX: It suggests hashtags just like in the app (some of the third party posting apps don’t even do this).
STEP SEVEN: Hit the ‘Share’ button and it posts the image just like as if you had done it with your phone — all natively on Instagram, but from on your computer in Safari. :)
Thanks, Dave – you rock!!! :)
There’s still time… If you tried to get through or sign-up Friday for the Photoshop World Conference next month using the Early Bird $100-off discount, and you couldn’t get through (it was kinda crazy here on Friday as you might expect), if you call our customer service dept, they will still honor the $100 off deal today, so better get on it quick like a bunny.
Here’s to a great Monday, everybody. Hope I see you today in Cincinnati, and I hope if I do you brought me some Spray Cheese and Chicken-in-a-biscuit crackers (I’m getting low). ;-)