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?"

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?"

TSA Battery Restrictions – Flying with Lithium Ion

The last time I hopped on  a plane, I wondered about my batteries. Sadly, I'm not even sure why I thought about it… I mean with all the worries we already have in the US with how much liquids you have, taking off your shoes and belt and practically everything else (let's not have strip downs ok?), why do we also have to think about our batteries? Well, here's a good report on what you need to think about!

TSA Battery Restrictions – Flying with Lithium Ion

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Sigma Announces Pricing & Availability for Its 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO Art Lens

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG ART Macro LensAs I cruise around talking to people about cameras and gear, the Sigma Art series comes up a lot. So this announcement from Sigma will spark more conversation I'm sure. Granted it is a macro so maybe y'all filmmakers aren't so excited, but there are a couple of samples on Sigma's site. Also, have a look at Lok's video below where you can see him showing off the lens when it was first shown 2 months ago.

Sigma Announces Pricing & Availability for Its 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO Art Lens

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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?"

The Art of Entrepreneurs /w Lewis Howes on School of Greatness

Today on the podcast, the tables are turned. I’m in the hot seat on my pal Lewis Howes’ podcast, The School of Greatness. I’m sure you are familiar with Lewis – he’s an entrepreneur, high performance business coach, keynote speaker, and author of the best selling book The School of Greatness. In this episode, we discuss: The people who wrote the rules were no smarter than you. We talk about confidence to go against the grain, breaking rules and writing your own script. I share a few of my favorite techniques for getting over creative blocks. How to visualize and Continue reading "The Art of Entrepreneurs /w Lewis Howes on School of Greatness"

Rumor alert: New Style of Camera Coming from Canon?

An intriguing rumor!

Oh this could stir up some controversy. I remember how many people just blasted Canon when the XC10 came out… yet it sold well (for its niche) and they came out with a follow on. Of course, we'd be curious to see where this goes!

New Type of Camera Coming from Canon Ahead of Photokina [CR1]

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We continue to hear murmurs about a new style of camera coming from Canon ahead of Photokina. We have touched on this in the past and continue to see mentions of it in our inbox. The problem is
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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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Japan for the first time ever has shipped more Mirrorless than DSLRs! That’s HUGE… right?

So… everyone keeps telling me that mirrorless is the way forward… so what does the market really say? This market analysis from Canon News is fascinating! “Japan for the first time ever has shipped more Mirrorless than DSLR’s” says Canon News. Which sounds like mirrorless is taking over right? BUT… There's a big but… When you look in detail in the charts, you realize that it is NOT that ILCs are taking over, but simply that DSLRs are being bought less. There's NO movement in the number of mirrorless cameras being shipped. It isn't that there are floods of people
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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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Did you win? X-Rite i1Filmmaker Kit, ColorChecker Video and Tenba Cinelux Shoulder Bag Giveaway

planet5d giveawayGosh how I love giving things away! I've had the pleasure of entering (and actually winning a couple) of giveaways recently and it is very fun being on the other side where y'all are! After administering so many giveaways, I finally feel the excitement of trying to win and in some cases actually winning. So thanks to the good folks at X-Rite and Tenba for this fun giveaway. Below, you'll see the video I recorded of the winner selection and the official names and quotes below that. I hope you enjoy!

planet5D Giveaway Winner Selection

Winners and their quotes:

X-Rite i1 Filmmaker Kit Winner
X-Rite i1 Filmmaker Kit
ColorChecker Video
Tenba Cineluxe
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A Fascinating Look into Lens Manufacturing in the SIGMA Factory Tour

SigmaI ran into Johnnie Behiri at NAB and expressed to him how wonderful I thought this exclusive look into the manufacturing of Sigma lenses is and how everyone should see it. Now, there's nothing earth shattering here, but for many of us who have been involved in manufacturing (I worked at Boeing helping build the F-15 and F-18 fighters for over 30 years), it is always fun to get a behind-the-scenes look at other operations. Especially when it regards equipment you use on a regular basis. And since this was an exclusive, I would like to honor cinema5D's efforts and instead of imbedding
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Bracket in the sun

It’s #TravelTuesday right here at Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider, which means that I, Dave Williams, get to drop in again and share a little something with you all! Aren’t you lucky! Well, here in London, it has stopped raining for a few minutes, so what better time to drop a top tip for shooting in the sunshine. In the upper half of the world, the days are getting longer, the sun is getting brighter, and the cocktails are tasting better. When we don’t perhaps have the time to shoot during the golden hour times the sun can be something of
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Flickr Buyout! SmugMug Acquires Flickr – What Will Happen to Your Photos?

SmugMug Acquires FlickrFlickr buyout goes to Smugmug – which is kind of a surprise to me because I didn't think Smugmug was flush with cash… but what do I know? LOL! I've always been a huge Smugmug fan so this makes me feel good… but will it be good for them in the long term? I think Yahoo! bought Flickr last for something like $20mill — I can't imagine it has gone up in value so who knows what the purchase price was here. But I'll be very curious to see where this goes. I like flickr too so it could be a very good Continue reading "Flickr Buyout! SmugMug Acquires Flickr – What Will Happen to Your Photos?"

Flickr Buyout! SmugMug Acquires Flickr – What Will Happen to Your Photos?

SmugMug Acquires FlickrFlickr buyout goes to Smugmug – which is kind of a surprise to me because I didn't think Smugmug was flush with cash… but what do I know? LOL! I've always been a huge Smugmug fan so this makes me feel good… but will it be good for them in the long term? I think Yahoo! bought Flickr last for something like $20mill — I can't imagine it has gone up in value so who knows what the purchase price was here. But I'll be very curious to see where this goes. I like flickr too so it could be a very good Continue reading "Flickr Buyout! SmugMug Acquires Flickr – What Will Happen to Your Photos?"

Photojournalists Ditch DSLRS, Breaking the Rules of Traditional Photojournalism

I'm always interested in what is going on with photojournalism because sometimes, they craft what is coming in the world of cameras. Just think back to the whole reason why Canon put video in the Canon EOS 5D Mark II – photojournalists wanted to be able to shoot not only photos of an event but also video. That of course is something the bosses liked too because they could reduce staff right? Lower cost to achieve the same result (or close to it depending on how much training the photographer had in shooting video because you and I know it isn't the Continue reading "Photojournalists Ditch DSLRS, Breaking the Rules of Traditional Photojournalism"

Canon Headquarters Exhibit Preparation and Showroom Video (Podcast 615)

After three months of running at full speed, last week I needed a rest. Not being one for just sitting down and doing nothing, I changed gears and gave myself a week to make some background music for a video I’d put together to show some of the large format prints emerging from the printer, the work involved in setting up the gallery space, and a sneak peek at Canon’s exclusive showroom and museum space in their headquarters.
This week’s audio podcast is primarily to tell you that the video is ready to watch and provide a gallery of the
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Canon Shows Off the Power of Their New 120MXS 120MP CMOS Sensor

CMOS Sensor

120 Megapixel CMOS Sensor

The 120MXS is an ultra-high resolution CMOS sensor with 13280 x 9184 effective pixels(approx. 60x the resolution of Full HD). It has a size equivalent to APS-H (29.22mm x 20.20mm), and a square pixel arrangement of 2.2µm x 2.2µm with 122 million effective pixels. Ultra-high-resolution is made possible by parallel signal processing, which reads signals at high speed from multiple pixels. All pixel progressive reading of 9.4fps is made possible by 28 digital signal output channels. It is available in RGB or with twice the sensitivity, in monochrome

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I’m Back From Venice, Italy and I’ve Got Lots of Photos To Share

Buongiorno, everybody! I’m back from an amazing (and quite yummy) week in Venice, where I was leading a travel photography workshop, along with long exposure photography expert Mimo Meidany.  I put some of my favorite images from the workshop together, along with the story and behind-the-scenes shots, in a Spark Page. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec: https://spark.adobe.com/page/1iHJGY3Gku9Es/ Thanks in advance for checking it out (and I hope you’ll share it if you do). I’ll be back on my blogging schedule next week now that I’m back, and until then, here’s wishing you an awesome Continue reading "I’m Back From Venice, Italy and I’ve Got Lots of Photos To Share"