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Blind Photo Critiques (and some cool little Photoshop moves, too!)

This week we did our monthly ‘Blind Photo Critiques” episode of “The Grid” where we invite our users to send in three of their best images for an honest, no-holds-barred photo critique, and often times the issue with the images is the post processing (or amount of post processing), and so during the episode (we critiqued 20 photographers total), we jump over to Camera Raw (Lightroom’s Develop Module) and fix lots of issues showing how the post part of it can be improved (including some cool Photoshop moves), and I included the episode below if you get a chance. These episodes are super popular and you’ll learn a lot of …

Looking for Some Gift Ideas for Photographers? Here’s a Bunch!

Christmas gift box on snow. If you’re not sure what to buy the photographer on your Holiday Gift List, here’s a whole show packed full of ideas, with me and my guest Terry White (who always has gift ideas nobody else is covering). You can watch the episode below – tons of great ideas, from stocking stuffers on up.  I found a BUNCH of Black Friday Deals for Photography Gear …and that’s my post today over at scottkelby.com – loads of great deals of stuff I found and there are LOTS of good deals out there today. Here’s the link. Get Our Best Price of The …

Tamron Upgrades Its Legendary Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens: Introducing the Tamron SP 15–30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2

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How to Recover Shadows and Highlights Like a Pro—A Guide to Maximizing Details for Any Photograph using Aurora HDR

By Richard Harrington We’ve all faced the same problem: photographs that lack contrast; images where the shadows and highlights look flat and the details are muddy. While the problem is common, the solutions are many. In this article, I want to show you several easy fixes (using built-in tools) — including some uncommon ones — that you should explore. We’ll also take a look at Aurora HDR, which works as a plugin to both Lightroom Classic and Photoshop. The Problem You open up an image and it just feels flat. Your mind doesn’t remember the scene this way, but …

Celebrate the Birth of the Portrait Zoom: The New TAMRON 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (model A043)

For the first time ever, a dedicated portrait lens that allows you to zoom through various composition options as the creative alternatives zoom through your head. The versatile 35-150mm zoom range incorporates the 85mm focal length (optimum for portrait shooting) and covers everything from full-body shots that include the surrounding area to sharp head-and-shoulders shots. With this single lens you can make the most of every moment you spend with any subject. Combined with potent VC (Vibration Compensation), fast F/2.8 aperture (F/4 at 150mm end) and compact design, this is the only zoom you’ll ever need for portraits, street, landscapes, travel, family snapshots and across a wide range of photography subjects. It’s also the ideal “normal zoomâ€? …

Tamron’s New Prime Lens Series for Sony Mirrorless Offers More Choices for Creative Expression

Sponsored Tamron has just announced three new models for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. In addition to bright F/2.8 apertures, all three new prime lenses have enhanced close-focusing capability (1:2 reproduction ratio) and all are marvelously compact. Choose the ultra-wide 20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F050) to stretch your imagination. Or the 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F051) to widen your horizons. And the must-have lens for everyday use is the 35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Model F053. The close-focusing capability lets you capture scenes dynamically by leveraging the unique perspective. Enjoy many different types of photography including nature, tabletop, and family snaps. All three lenses are light in weight …

Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 Update

Nikon has released an update to its Camera Control Pro 2 application. The principal changes are as follows: Support for the D5200 has been added. When the focus area displayed in the Camera Control Pro 2 live view window is double-clicked with autofocusing in live view mode, the camera will now focus automatically. However, the camera will not focus automatically with the following cameras when Hand-held is selected for Live view mode: D3-series cameras, D700, and D300-series cameras Additional modifications to the Windows version Compatibility with 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise has been added. However, under…

Backing Up Your Photos: How To Make a Backup Of Your Backup

This is another one I get asked a lot (and it came up numerous times at the Lightroom Conference), and if you caught my session (or if you’ve watch3ed my SLIM [Simplified Lightroom Image Management} system, you know I’m always saying to make sure you have a backup of your main back on a separate external hard drive (ideally in a separate location). So, anyway I thought I’d share how I make a backup of my backup external hard. There are two method’s I’ve used — they both work great. The first and my current method is using the 3rd …

How to see the world on a budget

With things slowly easing up the world over, it’s time #TravelTuesday got more travel focussed again. I’m Dave Williams and I’m here again, crossing my fingers and checking airline and government notices daily to see when I can go explore again! I want to share with you the way I find the most cost-effective ways to get shots when I’m self-assigned. When someone else is commissioning a shoot it’s easy—just wait for the tickets and reservations to land in your inbox. But, for self-assignment when shooting stock, for example, it’s a little trickier and every penny counts. That’s why I have developed a system for finding the best prices for flights, hotels, and cars, and…

What’s a travel photo?

#TravelTuesday has landed again, and I’m here! I’m Dave Williams, and I’m here every Tuesday on ScottKelby.com with something from the world of travel photography for you all. Right now I have seriously itchy feet and I just keep scanning the internet for somewhere to go. Iceland is high up the list and I’ve also been looking at Patagonia, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Finland, and some sunny places, too. Anyway, the problem at the moment is quarantine – nobody is letting anybody in without quarantine, and the quarantine period is longer than the trip. But what about attracting people to the country or …

If You’re a Photography Beginner, I’ve Got a Free Class That Will Move You Forward Fast

It’s an online class I did called “Beginner’s Start Here” and if you’re new to photography, I think it could really help you move you further down the road on your journey. It’s short, sweet, and you can watch it this weekend. I do something in this class that you won’t see very often — I tell you which f/stops to use, which lenses to you, which settings to use, and I lay it all out in plain English. Check out the short trailer below so you get an idea of what the class is like. Best of all, the entire course is free (really free – no credit card required…

Are You Wasting Your Time Setting Your White Balance In-Camera if You’re Shooting in RAW?

When you open your RAW image in Lightroom or Photoshop, it displays your image with the White Balance you chose in camera, but of course you can change your White Balance at this stage to anything you want. So, if the White Balance you chose in camera isn’t “baked into the shot,” and you can easily change it after the fact, is it a waste of time to set the correct white balance in camera?” Above: I was shooting with the white balance set to Fluorescent because that’s the last white balance I had set in my camera and I didn’t change it at the start of this shoot…

Platypod: Knocking it Out of the Park with Platyball

By Shiv Verma Sponsored Just recently, I had the opportunity to test drive a new ball head, the Platyball. Not available for direct sale until later in the year, it was a preproduction version designed and manufactured by the makers of the popular Platypod Max and Ultra. The Platyball will come in two models, the Elite and the Ergo. Both units have identical mechanical features. However, the Elite has an incredibly accurate LED-based leveling device that makes it stand out from all the other ball heads on the market. I loved working with this ball head. The Platyball not only has a unique design, it is visually striking. Its sleek ergonomic design reminds me of a Ferrari. Even the rich color…

Turning a Standard Upside Down

By Skip Cohen Sponsored For those of you who don’t know my background, I’ve spent my life in the photography industry. And in all those years, I’ve never been involved with any company or products I didn’t honestly believe in. When asked to join the Platypod team last September, l accepted because of two things – the owners of the company and the quality of the products. While I wasn’t involved in Platyball’s design, I’ve been part of the team every step of the way, helping to educate the industry, starting with why the world needed to be turned upside down. Tripods haven’t…

GI Jens: A photographer’s epic self-promotion

What’s with photography-loving German Northern European dudes named Jens making little dolls of themselves? When I first started beta testing for Adobe, I remember hearing something from GoLive land about a “Jens doll” made to quasi-honor one of the engineers, photography enthusiast Jens C. Neffe. (Why do I remember this after 15 years, and not the location of my car keys?) Of course it popped back to mind when I saw this madness: YouTube

New York Photography Edited in Lightroom

Click Here – to see my complete new range of Lightroom Presets and 1hr long Lightroom Video Tutorial. The tutorial is filled with all the techniques and tips I use to process my images. Click Here – to see my complete new range of Lightroom Presets and 1hr long Lightroom Video Tutorial. The tutorial is filled with all the techniques and tips I use to process my images.

GI Jens: A photographer’s epic self-promotion

What’s with photography-loving German Northern European dudes named Jens making little dolls of themselves? When I first started beta testing for Adobe, I remember hearing something from GoLive land about a “Jens doll” made to quasi-honor one of the engineers, photography enthusiast Jens C. Neffe. (Why do I remember this after 15 years, and not the location of my car keys?) Of course it popped back to mind when I saw this madness: YouTube

Santorini Ocean

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New Zealand Mountain Landscape

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St Kilda Beach Melbourne

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