I’ve been dabbling in quadcopters since the Parrot AR.Drone (a toy by today’s standards). It took a lot for me to buy the first DJI Phantom. I just couldn’t see spending that much money for a quadcopter at the time. Back then there was no integrated camera or gimbal. You used a GoPro and if you wanted a steady camera you invested hundreds more in a 3rd party gimbal that had to be manually installed by drilling holes and soldering directly onto the logic board. My next DJI was the Phantom 2 Vision +. This one was leaps and bounds better than my original Phantom as it had an integrated HD camera and gimbal. DJI has been innovating quickly ever since. The Phantom 3, Inspire and Phantom 4 have made giant leaps in all areas over my Phantom 2. After my Iceland trip, I came back convinced that it was time to upgrade to a better model. I was set to get a Phantom 4, but heard that DJI was going to be making an announcement soon. That announcement ended up being the NEW DJI Mavic Pro! All I could say was WOW! This was drone I was looking for. Something small enough to travel everywhere with, yet with all the modern bells and whistles and image quality of the Phantom 4 (close enough). I pre-ordered on day one.
My DJI Mavic Pro has arrived
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I know lots of photographers and except for a few, they are all trying to figure out more ways of making money from their craft. Cameras and smartphone cameras keep getting better and better and therefore the market has become more crowded. Skill will usually win in the end, but the jobs are becoming fewer and fewer in between. One source of revenue you might consider is selling your images via Adobe Stock. This is NOT a “Get rich quick” scheme. As with most things in life you will only get out of it what you put into it. With that said, Adobe Stock can provide a way of making additional money from the images you’ve already taken or the ones you could take while out on assignment.
What’s in it for you?
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I know this review is way overdue. I have reviewed the new iPhone each year on the Monday after release since 2007. Why the delay on my iPhone 7 Plus review? There are a few reasons, but the main one was that I was waiting on one of the hallmark features that is promised for the iOS 10.1 release. I was hopeful that since I’ve waited this long that the new “Portrait” aka shallow depth of field camera feature would be released. As of the writing of this review, it’s still in beta. So I don’t want to give an opinion based upon unreleased software. With that said, let’s get to it…
My iPhone 7 Plus order got off to a shaky start
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Lately I’ve been getting more and more of my work printed and mounted. Typically I get either canvas prints, metal prints or prints that I frame. When I moved into my new house I basically had a clean slate to start with. I started mounting pics where I wanted them, but after hanging the first couple I started to question the height. Honestly I was just eyeballing it. I had always heard that pictures should be mounted at eye level, but what does that mean? After all I’m 6’1″, so eye level for me is going to be a lot higher than eye level for someone shorter than me. That led me to do a little research…
There is a recommended height
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Now You Can Shoot RAW on iPhone!
If you’re a photographer and an iPhone 6s (or higher) user, you’re going to be happy once you upgrade to iOS 10 and Lightroom 2.5 for iOS. With an iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus or iPad Pro 9.7″ you can now capture images in either JPG or DNG (RAW). The benefits of RAW over JPG have been well documented, but I decided to record a video not only showing how the new RAW capture feature works, but to also show you RAW vs. JPG comparisons from an iPhone 6s Plus and the quality differences:
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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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