Is the histogram optional?

Good day, hey hey, happy #TravelTuesday one and all! Today this post goes live as I sit at 35,000 ft high at a steady cruise of around 560 MPH heading from London to Orlando in preparation for Photoshop World! It’s the creative event of the year and everyone who’s anyone will be there. You’ll see more on that elsewhere though so for now lets hit a subject we can maybe learn a little something from, which today is the basics of a histogram. So, my intention here is to explain what exactly a histogram is showing you and how to Continue reading "Is the histogram optional?"

WARNING: Backing Up Your Lightroom Catalog DOES NOT Backup Your Photos

At my seminar last week in Salt Lake City (great folks there, by the way — had a blast!), I was talking with a gentleman and he told me his photos were backed up already because he backs-up his Lightroom catalog once a week. Ack! Another guy there thought the same thing — that backing up your Lightroom Catalog also backs up the photos you have in Lightroom. Backing up your Lightroom catalog DOES NOT backup your photos. These are two separate processes. Your Lightroom catalog is simply a database of edits you’ve made to your images and a
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Doing Some Travel Photography This Summer?

If you are, I think I can help you come back with some of the best images you’ve ever taken. Check these out these courses this weekend: > If you’re heading to Europe, check out one of my “Photographer’s travel guides” on where to shoot in: I hear from photographers all the time who tell me how helpful these were to them, and what a difference it made in the images they brought back from their trip. >> If you’re heading to New York City this summer, next week we’re releasing my “Photographer’s Guide to New Continue reading "Doing Some Travel Photography This Summer?"

New Class: How to Create Realistic Shadows for Composites

How to Create Realistic Shadows for Composites with Bret Malley
Realistic shadows are an essential component of a realistic composite. Join Bret Malley to learn how to create custom shadows in a variety of lighting situations from diffused overcast light to hard direct light. In this class Bret demonstrates tips and techniques for creating soft shadows, hard shadows, custom shadows with the Pen Tool, shadows on natural terrain, and finishing touches like realistic reflections to tie it all together. Nothing can ruin a composite faster than a poorly crafted shadow, so it is critical to get them right. In Case Continue reading "New Class: How to Create Realistic Shadows for Composites"

Guest Blog: Theme Park Photographer Douglas Young

Photo by Sam Haddix

I Believe In Magic – Discovering the Magic in Your Photography
You are a magician, a sorcerer, an illusionist. You wield power that can inspire the soul and expand the imagination. Are you using it? Like any good story, you are yet to unlock its full potential. You overlook the opportunity sitting right in front of you. No, sadly, this is not your new age letter to wizarding school, nor is this the beginning of your superhero origin story. This is an invitation. An invitation to start wielding a type of magic that can suspend disbelief

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Photoshop World – more than a conference!

Well hello! It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always to lay down some wisdom and stuff! So, did you know that Photoshop World is right around the corner? Of course you did! If you haven’t sorted out your ticket yet there’s still time, and even if you aren’t free to attend the whole (awesome!) conference you can get yourself a day ticket. I’m dying to meet as many of you as I can so look for this guy at the bar: –
This is when Scott invited me to join him and Terry while The
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Quick Photoshop Trick for Fixing Noise

This trick, in particular, is for that nasty noise you can sometimes get in long exposure images — especially if you have to brighten the image, but it can work in all kinds of instances. Now, before I show you this trick, I do want you to know that I normally don’t mess with trying to fix noise in my images. It has to be really, really, really bad for me to even try to deal with noise, because (1) noise reduction techniques and plug-ins simply blur your image to hide the noise, so you’re trading one bad thing for another, Continue reading "Quick Photoshop Trick for Fixing Noise"

These Airfares to Photoshop World Orlando are Insanely Cheap!

So, last night I’m online and checking for airfare deals from East Coast cities to Orlando for the Photoshop World Conference 2018 and I found some doozies! Really just super-low rates to fly to the conference from major cities. The Conference itself is Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 31 – June 2nd, so I was looking at flights arriving the day before (May 30th), and leaving that Sunday, the day after the conference (June 3rd). Check out these flights I found (whose prices are, of course, subject change at any time as airlines seem to change their prices daily, or hourly, Continue reading "These Airfares to Photoshop World Orlando are Insanely Cheap!"

Beginner Photographers: Are You Ready To Make a Serious Breakthrough?

I want to help new photographers really have a breakthrough in their photography, and I think I can – today at 2:00 PM EDT. If you have a friend, co-worker, or family member that is new to photography, and you want to see them make a real leap to where they’re making much better images right away, have them watch this one minute video below about my free Webinar today – I think I can really help (and it’s really 100% free). Here’s where you register(free) for my 2:00 PM ET live “Beginner’s Breakthrough” workshop. I’m going to share Continue reading "Beginner Photographers: Are You Ready To Make a Serious Breakthrough?"

New Class: How To Get More Attention On Social Media Using Adobe Spark

How To Get More Attention On Social Media Using Adobe Spark with Terry White
Join Terry White to learn how to leverage the tools in Adobe Spark to gain more attention to your social media efforts! Adobe Spark is a free social media content creation platform from Adobe that consists of three parts: Spark Post, Spark Video, and Spark Page. Spark Post is for creating single graphic posts with text, Spark Video makes it easy to combine stills, motion, text, and audio into easy to share videos, and Spark Page is a fantastic tool for telling any story in a Continue reading "New Class: How To Get More Attention On Social Media Using Adobe Spark"

New Class: How To Get More Attention On Social Media Using Adobe Spark

How To Get More Attention On Social Media Using Adobe Spark with Terry White
Join Terry White to learn how to leverage the tools in Adobe Spark to gain more attention to your social media efforts! Adobe Spark is a free social media content creation platform from Adobe that consists of three parts: Spark Post, Spark Video, and Spark Page. Spark Post is for creating single graphic posts with text, Spark Video makes it easy to combine stills, motion, text, and audio into easy to share videos, and Spark Page is a fantastic tool for telling any story in a Continue reading "New Class: How To Get More Attention On Social Media Using Adobe Spark"

Guest Blog: Photographer and Instructor Rick Sammon

Rick & Susan Sammon Hit the Road – The Mother Road
Route 66 has been called The Mother Road – because it offers one of the most awesome road trips, filled with endless photo opportunities, in the United States. Although Route 66 runs from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, most of the iconic Route 66 photography locations are in Arizona and New Mexico.

Truth is, there is no more official Route 66. Rather, as you drive along Interstate 40, the super highway that basically caused Route 66 to be almost totally abandoned, you see brown signs indicating exits for

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Photoshop – straight into the sun

Hey there! It’s me again, Dave Williams, which means it’s my favourite day of the week – #TravelTuesday – and that means I’m here, in your face, at Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider! Right, if you were following along you’ll know that I jumped on my Triumph and spent nine days riding from London to the Atlantic Highway in Norway. 3,100+ miles if you’re asking. And guess what… I’m back! I’m still trawling through hours of footage to make a cool video to show you all, so keep an eye on my Facebook to see when that lands, but for
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Dave’s cool Platypod trick; a new instructor added to Photoshop World, some Lightroom stuff, and some semi-interesting tips. 

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 psyched to announce that Unmesh Dinda, the Mumbai, India Photoshop YouTube sensation will be teaching a session at
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The Most Awesome Photoshop Feature You’re Not Using (and Some Other Cool Tips)

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 Continue reading "The Most Awesome Photoshop Feature You’re Not Using (and Some Other Cool Tips)"

New Class: The Secret To Creating Super Sharp Images

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 Continue reading "New Class: The Secret To Creating Super Sharp Images"

Guest Blog: Travel Photographer Tito Herrera


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,

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My wanderlust

Hey hey! It’s me again! Im 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 on board 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 home town of London. The purpose
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How to NATIVELY post to Instagram From Your Mac

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
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How to NATIVELY post to Instagram From Your Mac

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
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