I just spent a week in Iceland on a photographic adventure
Many of you know that I started my Adobe 20th Anniversary sabbatical on August 1st and if you would have asked me on August 1st did I have any big trips planned I would have said no. This was going to be more of a staycation. However, I got the chance to go to Iceland at the last minute. It was AMAZING! There’s just no way that I can do this story justice by posting the images and text here, so I decided to the next best thing and that is to tell my story with Adobe Spark Page which you can view below (just click and start scrolling):
I would say that this was a once in a lifetime trip, but I won’t because I have a feeling that I’ll go back and shoot some more. Iceland is amazing. If you get the chance to go there, take it! Special shoutout to Scott Kelby, Einar Eriendsson and Ragnar Og Ásdís for making this the perfect trip. I hope to do a workshop soon in Iceland with Einar.
About the gear I took to Iceland
This was a photographic trip, so the gear was important. I didn’t really call it out in the Spark Page above, so I’ll do so here as an added bonus to my blog readers:
I did a LOT on the go with Adobe Mobile Apps, you should definitely check out this new book to see what’s possible:
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens
Nikon 28-300mm lens
Nikon 10.5 mm Fisheye lens
Nikon Cable Release
Dawn di-GPS Pro for Nikon
WD Wireless Hard Drive
Mevo Live Event Camera
SanDisk 64GB SD Cards
Ricoh Theta S 360° Camera
DJI Phantom 2 Vision + Quadcopter (drone) I have the older model, go for the Phantom 4.
Gitzo Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod
Anker Powercore 20100 backup battery
Arkon Mini Tripod
Arkon TW Broadcaster Pro for dual live Streaming
Platypod Pro Max
MacBook Pro 15″ Retina
iPad Pro 12.9″ w/ Apple Pencil
Kirk BH-3 Ballhead
Thinktank Streetwalker Backpack
I couldn’t have done this without Adobe Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC.
One thing that has been pretty consistent when it comes to Instagram and that’s the fact that they have remained tightly focused on mobile! To date if you want to post a new picture to your Instagram account you have to do so by using the Instagram App on iOS or Android. Sure there’s a web version of Instagram for interacting with your Instagram feed and yes there are a host of 3rd party apps and services that offer “Instagram support”, but these apps and services still rely on you to do the actual post via the Instagram app on your mobile device.
Well it seems that this developer has found a way to allow you to post from Lightroom to Instagram Directly!
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I pre-ordered the Mevo back on January 5th, 2016 – the first day I heard about it. There was no denying the versatility of a 4K camera capable of doing in-app switching between different HD quadrants of it’s wide angle 4K 150° field of view all while Live Streaming. Although the camera was originally touted to only work with Livestream.com (a paid live streaming site), I knew that other streaming services would come on board. The camera was delayed from it’s original target of shipping in April and finally arrived this week (4 months late – I won’t complain since I got a sweet pre-order price). The good news is that out of the box the camera supports Live Streaming not only to livestream.com, but also Facebook! While I and many others expected Twitter to jump on board with Periscope support, Facebook provides an API (application programmer interface) for their Facebook Live platform that allows developers like Mevo to write support for Facebook Live right in their app. I’m sure others will come on board over time, but having Facebook Live at this point is great for me.
How does the Mevo work?
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Yesterday, Adobe released the Lightroom Apple TV App. With this App installed on your 4th generation Apple TV you can log in with your Adobe ID and access/view any of your sync’d collections/photos.
Why Lightroom Apple TV is a big deal
The more Adobe Photoshop Lightroom becomes the center of my photography, the more I will want “Lightroom EVERYWHERE!” I already have Lightroom on my computers, my iPhone, my iPad Pro and the web. The next logical frontier was the living room. I use Lightroom not only to organize my photos and do non-destructive edits on them, but I also use Lightroom to “show off” my photos. I can do that one-on-one with my various “portfolio collections” via my iPad or iPhone or I could share a link to a specific collection allowing anyone to view on the web.
With the Lightroom Apple TV App this means that I can also show off my photos on the big screen anywhere in my home. There’s no need to export my photos and load them onto another device. There’s no reason to tie up my iPhone/iPad via AirPlay. I can just fire up the Lightroom Apple TV App, choose a collection and hit the Play button on the remote.
See it in action from setup to delivery
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Prior to joining Adobe July 26th, 1996 I would change jobs about every two years out of sheer boredom. The last thing I would say about working for Adobe is that it’s “boring”. Unlike most companies there is always something NEW going on at Adobe. There are always new products, updates and projects in the works. I have had the great good fortune of being out front in front of the customers for the last twenty years and in many respects being the face of the company as I have the largest social media following of any other employee.
When I started at Adobe, Photoshop 3.0 (Not CS3) was the current version
It’s amazing to think back to a time when Photoshop didn’t have layers. The 3.0 version released in 1994 was the first version that offered Layers and in November 1996 4.0 came out with Adjustment Layers. Certainly a LOT has happened in the last 20 years and I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen products come and go, services come and go and even companies come and go. While there was certainly a time when Adobe’s future was uncertain, I never really worried about Adobe not succeeding. Aside from the amazing technologies that we take for granted today, the biggest reason that I never really worried is that Adobe has always had top notch talent working at all levels of the company. It is a culture of passion and creativity.
Extremely Honored to Have Been Inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame Last Week
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I’ll be the first to say that when 360° images hit the scene I was not the least bit interested. All I saw from my friends were images like the one below. While they are somewhat interesting to look at in that style, I just didn’t see myself wanting to create a bunch of those. Then the announcement came out that Facebook was now supporting 360° images NATIVELY and INTERACTIVELY.
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I’ve reviewed portable speakers here before. I usually find one that I like. It sounds pretty good. It travels well and I use it until something better comes along. However, this time I don’t really need a new travel speaker as much as I just want a portable speaker that I can use at home in my office, move around from room to room, use out on the patio and yes even travel with it if needed. I have been a fan of Bose products for a long long time. I have been eyeing the Bose Soundlink Mini II as the “I’m going to get that speaker one day”, next on my buy list. However, at the $199 asking price, I just never got around to buying it. My buddy Jason Levine has one and swears by it. Jason is a musician and an audiophile, so I would definitely believe in his recommendations on speakers and audio gear. I’m not an audiophile and I just want something that sounds really good. At $199 though, something always comes up that I’d rather have when I’m ready to buy.
Many of you know that I’m also a big fan of Anker products and while I have been paying attention mostly to their portable backup batteries and USB chargers, one day I noticed that they also sold something called the “Anker Premium Stereo Bluetooth Speaker.” I noticed that this speaker bears a striking resemblance to the Bose speaker (many do). The one thing that was definitely different was the asking price! It’s only $59.99 (here)! At $60 bucks it was definitely worth a shot. I got one, and was immediately impressed by the build quality and packaging. It didn’t feel cheap. It felt every bit as good as a more expensive speaker, but the big question was “how does it sound?” I paired it with my iPhone 6s Plus and went to my iTunes app. I fell back in my chair when I heard the music and my first response was WHOA! I can feel the bass! Most portable speakers (especially in this price range) don’t have a lot of bass response and while I’m not an audiophile it sounds every bit as good as the Bose speaker. Even if you’re an audiophile and you tell me “Terry, the Bose speaker does sound better.” My response would be, “Does it sound $140 better?” It doesn’t.
It has everything I was looking for. It’s a little bigger than my Jambox and works over Bluetooth, but still has an AUX in port to connect other sources. It comes with a USB cable for charging and even an audio cable to use with the AUX in port. The only thing that it doesn’t come with that I wish it did was a carrying case or pouch to put it in for travel. The speaker charges via USB and is rated to give you 8 hours of music playback on a single charge. You can also just leave it plugged in if you’re going to be in one spot near a USB charger (not included). It also doesn’t come with a remote control, but these are omissions that I don’t mind at this price. It comes in black or white and you can order one here. You have to hear it to believe it at that price.
The one thing I never hear anyone complain about is having too much available storage space. No matter how big your hard drive is, you’ll likely fill it up at some point. My everyday work computer is a MacBook Pro 15″ Retina Display with a 1TB SSD and I’m always having to manage the space on it. If I had a 2TB drive at some point I’d need to manage the space on it. This usually means moving older projects, photo shoots, demo files, etc. off of it onto my network file server or trashing stuff I just don’t need anymore. Then I can usually breathe for a while before having to repeat the process. Sure I have a few external USB 3 and Thunderbolt drives I can plug in in a pinch, but there are times where that’s not feasible due to the ports being used for other devices or being in a mobile situation where having a hard drive dangling (not really dangling) off the side doesn’t work either. Apple builds the drives into the logic boards of MacBooks these days. Therefore replacing the internal drive with a larger capacity is not possible.
The Transcend JetDrive is what I wanted
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I’m both thrilled and deeply honored to be included in the credits for both Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC. As I approach my 20th Anniversary at Adobe next month, I can appreciate all the hard work that goes into these products. It’s been great being a part of it.
See What’s New in the June 2016 Update of Adobe Creative Cloud
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That’s right folks! The June 2016 Update to Adobe Creative Cloud is here and I’m going to be going over many of the updates including the ones to Photoshop CC 2015.5 and more, LIVE on my Twitch stream TODAY! Join me live at 10AM – 12 Noon EDT on twitch.tv/adobe for a first look. In case you can’t make it to the LIVE show, I’ll have more on my YouTube channel later today and if you just can’t wait, check out Victoria Pavlov’s video on the NEW Face Aware Liquify feature (one of my favorite new features):