The Grid: With PS’s New Power: When Does Photo Become Illustration? – Episode 449

Photoshop has been updated with all sorts of new features, including Neural Filters that allow you to greatly change and control your subjects’ facial expressions, age, and more. With this new power at our fingertips, at what point does photography drift into the world of illustration? Join Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna for Episode 449 of The Grid for their thoughts on this!

New KelbyOne Course: Blend Like A Pro In Photoshop with Glyn Dewis

Take your Photoshop blending game to the next level! Join Glyn Dewis as he takes you step-by-step through his favorite techniques for blending layers, creating cool lighting effects, using textures, matching colors, and so much more. The sky’s the limit, and once you get a solid foundation in blending you’ll be able to experiment with new techniques on your own!

Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted by KelbyOne instructor Mark Heaps. Thanks for making this happen, Mark!

How did you get started?
In the mid 80’s, Steve took a photography class at a local community college, and I (Karen) took a photography class in high school. So with really no experience, just enough to be dangerous, we decided as couple, in our 50’s, that we would like to do photography as a hobby to spend time together.

We started out doing senior pictures, two weddings, and engagement pictures for friends and quickly realized that type of photography wasn’t inspiring us. We wanted to do something different but didn’t’ t know what that was. While looking at artists on the internet we discovered Brooke Shaden and instantly we felt like, “this is what we want to do.”

After researching her work, we discovered it used a lot of Photoshop. So, we contacted Precision Camera, our local photography store, to find out about taking Photoshop classes and we were connected with Mark Heaps, a KelbyOne instructor, and the journey began.

Your work is filled with these amazing characters. Are these professional models?
We do not use professional models. All our images are of people that live in and around our community. We will see someone in the grocery store, at a restaurant, or just through friends and ask them if they would like to be in one of our images. I would say 99% of the time, these total strangers, say yes…if you ask them.

You seem to have these deep intimate moments with strangers, can you tell us just one story about that?
When we are planning a project with someone new, we meet with them to talk about their life and events that have impacted them that could be used for a photo.  


It’s #TravelTuesday again—doesn’t it come round quickly nowadays? I’m Dave Williams and I’m here to impart some of my bountiful wisdom, gleaned from years of travel photography. You can find me on my website or Instagram if you want to see a little more, or go behind the scenes on my top-secret Instagram account, too.

Today, I want to explore the topic of noise. Now, I’m not talking about my terrible singing, I’m talking about sensor noise. We all hear about noise in images and it’s often regarded as a terrible attribute that we should avoid at all costs. Although there is some truth to that, it is not as important as it’s made out to be. Here’s the deal: –

Us photographers are a very particular breed of human. We tend to be very tuned in to detail, sometimes so much so that we become perfectionists and notice all the little details—not only in our images but also in life. One of these details is, of course, noise. Image noise is a topic that constantly pops up. We constantly strive to get rid of it and employ many techniques—longer exposures, lower ISO, stacking, and even post-process filters. Well, I just got back from a trip to Norway shooting all manner of coldness and one of my images from the trip is this one of the Aurora.

The noise in the image is all over. It’s so dark, despite the glow of the northern lights dancing overhead, that this image (shot at 6400 ISO with a 15-second exposure time) is packed full of noise. But, is it the noise that a “regular” person sees at first glance, or is it just the composition, colour, and subject? The answer is the latter.

Camera sensors are becoming better and better, almost by the day. The ability to shoot at higher ISO with less light and achieve less noise is remarkable. That being said, consider the fact that there’s a grain slider in Adobe Photoshop whereby we can add grain or noise to our images. It’s true to say there’s such a thing as too much noise, but it’s also true to say that noise can add to an image, in particular when we want to convey a romantic, old-world feel. Grain comes as a feature of film, which has carried over into digital photography, and replicating a film look is something highly desirable by many.

Having a clean and crisp image is all well and good in terms of technicality, but consider that photography is an art and it’s the imperfections that add to an image. It’s far, far more important to achieve a good composition of an engaging subject and end up with a photo containing noise than it is to get a technically perfect photo with no artistic features. To that end, I implore you to move the matter of image noise from your list of priorities and keep it as a secondary thought.

Much love

Every Friday on KelbyOne’s Facebook and Twitter accounts we post another quick 1-minute “Photo Tip Friday” video from our KelbyOne instructors, and I know this isn’t Friday, but since I missed my chance to share these on Friday, please just consider these three awesome tips from Glyn Dewis, the first “Photo Tip Monday.” ;-)

If you’re digging this stuff, Glyn has a bunch of awesome classes on KelbyOne, and his latest — on Photoshop selections, is absolutely brilliant. I’ll put the trailer below, but here’s the direct link if you want to start watching it right now.

The Flash Photography Conference is just three (or so) weeks away

I’m putting the trailer here (below) in case this is the first time you’re hearing about, but hundreds of photographers from all over have already signed up for The Flash Photography Conference (featuring Joe McNally), and you don’t want to miss out. Tickets and more details here, but make sure you check out the trailer first to see what it’s all about.

Here’s wishing you a safe, fun, creative week!



The Grid: How Would I Edit Your Photo? Episode 448

Ever wonder how Scott Kelby would edit a photo you took? Well, here’s your chance to find out! Join Scott, along with Erik Kuna, as he edits viewer submitted photos from beginning to end in Lightroom and/or Photoshop.

Black and White Photography: Today and Yesterday with Serge Ramelli

Look back at the great B&W landscape photos of the past to become inspired about creating strong B&W photos with Lightroom Classic. Join Serge Ramelli as he explores some of the great work produced by Ansel Adams, and discusses what makes those photos so powerful and timeless.

Taking inspiration from that work, Serge brings a photo of his own into Lightroom Classic and demonstrates the tools and techniques he uses to convert raw color photos to dramatic B&W images. Serge wraps up the class with a start to finish workflow example to see how you can apply the same techniques to your photos.

There may be a global pandemic, but my creative cup runneth over and thanks to a little ingenuity and technology I was able to create new work everyday. How? Well, take a look at the photo below.

This photo was shot on an old CRTV, which was hooked up to an Apple TV, which was AirPlaying a Zoom call via my iPad Pro.

Not only was this project been a fun, technical challenge, but it also allowed me to experiment further with today’s technology, and i’m honored to share my knowledge with you.

Now many of you might be thinking “What’s so special about photographing someone on an old CRTV?” Well, nothing! However, I took this idea and and ran with it, with a little help from my friends.

Without further adieu I present an unedited video of a fully remote photo shoot.

Think you need to be within 50 miles of each other? Not true! Kelby One instructor and good friend, Frank Doorhof and I did an identical shoot from over 6000 miles away! Here is Frank’s recap on his blog.

You can see more of Andrew’s work at, and keep up with him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.