10 Instagram Travel Photographers You Should be Following
If you need travel inspiration or you simply enjoy checking out amazing travel photographs, there are a few Instagram photographers you should definitely follow. These people provide a snapshot into their lives with their daily uploads of photos of various places, animals and people across the globe.
The following 10 Instagram travel photographers regularly share amazing digital postcards from various far-flung corners of the world!
Brendan van Son is a Canadian photographer and YouTuber who has been living the nomadic life for 9 years. He has visited more than 100 countries and his work has been featured by important publications such as The Guardian, The BBC, The Toronto Star, Nat Geo Traveler, and so on.
Brendan shoots mainly landscapes and you can see his current and next travel destination on his Instagram.
Kirsten Alana is a New York-based multimedia creative who excels in telling exciting travel stories through the lens of her camera. In addition to shooting amazing travel photos, Kirsten also writes mini blog posts full of useful facts about the places she’s visiting.
She has worked with famous brands such as Four Seasons, Ted Baker and Travel + Leisure.
Daniel Kordan is a landscape photographer known for his popular Instagram account (with over million followers!) and for his photography workshops at Lofoten Islands in Norway and in Tuscany in Italy.
He has won many awards for his amazing work and he has publications in magazines such as Digital SLR Magazine, Photography Master Class, National Geographic and Discovery.
Chelsea Kauai is a Hawaii-based creative who travels the world as an athlete, model, writer, and photographer. Her adventurous outdoor lifestyle has earned her more than 700k Instagram followers. She also regularly updates her personal blog, The Adventurers Collective.
Chris Burkard is an American photographer based in California. He is famous for his landscape, lifestyle and travel photography and he has more than 3 million Instagram followers.
He has worked on global campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, spoken on the TED stage, designed various product lines and published collections of travel books.
Lauren Bath is known as Australia’s first professional Instagrammer. She has worked with many impressive clients, such as Tourism Australia, Switzerland Tourism, Tourism South Africa, Tourism New Zealand and Canadian Tourism Commission.
In 2015 she was a finalist in the Gold Coast Women in Business Awards in the “Women for Change” category. Lauren has a dedicated audience of close to half a million Instagram followers.
The Planet D are husband & wife team Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil, who launched their website in 2007 when they took part in the Tour d'Afrique cycling adventure from Cairo to Capetown.
Today, they have a fully-fledged media company and they partner with important clients such as American Express and Cathay Pacific. These two Canadians are included in the Forbes Top 10 Travel Influencers List.
John Cole, better known by his online alias FunForLouis, is an English vlogger and YouTube personality. He's also a great photographer and his shots are rather spontaneous, fun and adventurous. He's not too much into landscapes – he prefers to pose with his friends.
Discovery signed Cole to its Digital Seeker Network in 2015 and he has been named a top travel influencer.
Alex Strohl is a French photographer best known for his gorgeous travel photographs and extremely influential Instagram account with more than 2 million followers. His photography has been featured in prestigious publications such as Forbes, Vanity Fair, and Gentleman's Journal.
Alex spends most of his time on the road with his partner Andrea – they often travel to the most remote parts of the world.
Melissa Hie is an Instagrammer known by her online alias GirlEatWorld. As the name of her blog suggests, she loves eating and traveling the world.
Melissa has visited 36 countries so far and has tried even the most daring local dishes.
If you want to learn more about travel photography, feel free to check out the following links!
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April 18, 2019 at 07:00AM
Actress Pranks Lewd Insta-Perverts with Fake Cleavage Photo
Like many women these days, German actress and model Palina Rojinski has been on the receiving end of wildly inappropriate and lewd comments left on her Instagram photos. She recently got back at the abusive and sexist Internet commenters in quite a clever way: by sharing a fake cleavage photo featuring a guy’s butt crack.
Warning: This article contains lewd comments and views of someone’s butt crack.
Rojinski teamed up with the German late-night talk show Late Night Berlin and host Klaas Heufer-Umlauf for the project, which involved a full professional studio photo shoot.
They had a man wear various outfits and jewelry over his butt cleavage, and fake hair was even thrown in to complete the illusion.
Once they had the perfect photo, Rojinski posted it to her Instagram account (with the caption “Finally, a nice necklace with my zodiac.”) and then sat back to see what would happen.
As Rojinski expected, the lewd commenters came out in full force.
One commenter stated, “I would like to put my head between these.”
“I would like to polish these Howitzers,” wrote another.
What’s more, the photo was even featured by a number of German publications as a bit of juicy celebrity news…
You can watch the full prank for yourself in this 6.5-minute video by Late Night Berlin (in German with English captions):
“I don’t wave a flag in my photos saying, ‘Please, all perverts of Germany, gather in my comments section,'” Rojinski tells Heufer-Umlauf.
“Nobody is going to dare have frivolous thoughts on your page no matter what you post,” Heufer-Umlauf says. “I promise you that.”
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April 17, 2019 at 11:36AM
The 10 Most Popular Photography Tips: Classic, Cliché, or Crap?
There are a number of oft-repeated photography tips out there that have guided new photographers over the years. Here’s a 10-minute video in which Kai Wong examines 10 of the most popular tips and discusses whether they should be kept or killed.
Wong started by asking his 72,000+ followers on Twitter to suggest tips for him to examine:
Here’s a rundown of the 10 tips Wong picked and discusses in this video:
#1. It’s not the gear that matters, it’s the photographer.
#2. The best camera is the one that’s with you.
#3. Remember to remove your lens cap.
#4. If your photos are not good enough, you’re not close enough.
#5. Zoom with your feet.
#6. Shoot at Golden Hour and avoid midday.
#7. Buy a film camera. It will force you to slow down and think.
#8. The Rule of Thirds.
#9. Don’t put the horizon in the middle of the frame.
#10. Learn the rules and then break the rules.
“Photography is all about being creative, and you can get some sound advice from even the most cheesy of cliché tips,” Wong says. “But at the end of the day, it’s up to you […] Whoever’s tips you read, take what you want and use your own sense to create your own formula, not follow someone else’s.”
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April 17, 2019 at 10:41AM
Pull Up A Comfy Chair – Here’s What You May Have Missed On Light Stalking
Our home on the internet just keeps getting bigger and bigger as the weeks go by.
Up to this day, we haven't had a significantly hard time thinking about sharing photography-related tips, tricks, news and reviews with the world, and we are 10 years old so far. We live in a time past masters couldn't even dream of, and photography is ubiquitous – at every single moment, we simply can't escape it anymore, and we love it.
Today we are bringing you the very best highlights of our community's activity from the past week. Here you'll find some of the most interesting shots from Tersha's weekend photography challenge on Patterns and as usual, some of the most interesting discussions from our photography forum.
Also important! You'll find a nice selection of images from the Tank!
Let's get into it!
Photo Of The Week – April 15, 2019
This wonderful still-life was submitted by the talented Diane to the weekend photography challenge – patterns. It is a wonderful color scheme and a great capture. Here is what Kent Dufault had to say about this lovely image.
This week the POTW goes to Diane (a.k.a. @tersha) for her carefully crafted still life of a pheasant feather.It's hard to explain exactly why, but this photograph simply elicits such positive vibes inside of me. (Perhaps, you have some thoughts on that… that you could add into the comments below?)
Just gazing at this photograph makes me feel good. I hope you feel the same! Congratulations Diane!
As always a big thank you to Kent for making the tough choice – choosing from all the amazing images submitted across the forum each week is very much appreciated. And a very big congratulations to Diane
Weekend Challenge #429 – Patterns
Tersha chose a great topic in pattern for this weekend challenge. Here are some of the fantastic shots from the 429th Challenge and what Federico Alegria had to say about them!!!
Wow, this is a really striking photograph! What I feel the most pleasing about it is the way lines convey in a smooth exponential-like curve. Brilliant piece of repetition.
I don't tend to like weird and funny effects, but this one has a dreamy quality that actually makes me stop and stare. Everything could be a good artistic choice as long as it produces an aesthetic feeling in the viewers' mind.
This shot reminded me a lot of Robert Yeoman cinematography on Wes Anderson's movies. So interesting with the symmetry from the bricks and the building itself
Nature always give us the best patterns, we just have to be able to surprise ourselves! Congratulations on a lovely shot Andre
These are some really nice lines, they definitely grab the viewing attention.
As I said before, we can't beat nature when it comes to patterns. This photograph is so intriguing
I bet these structures aren't as small as they appear to be. A pop of red is always an excellent compositional element – very nice composition from Ed
Seeing the world like this takes some really good eyes. This is a great capture, the repetition of the rope ties, the colors, and the lines all combine to make a well-composed image.
The symmetry and tonal range of this photograph are superb, and the fact that we have a human element involved makes it great in storytelling terms.
Discussion You May Have Missed From The Light Stalking Community
Even though Jim had a lot of trouble getting this image without a macro lens and with very poor lighting conditions, we are sure that he had a lot of fun while capturing it. Photography always allows us to see the world from a different perspective. Oh, if you don't like spiders maybe you shouldn't see it! Jim also asked a very interesting question about finding some images within Lightroom's catalog, if you know something about this, please help him out.
Paul shared with us a photograph that serves as a good debate-starter. As we grow up, life gets more and more complex, and with it, more sophisticated tools come along. If you feel a little bit philosophical about it, this shot could work as a good metaphor for photographers caring more about gear than actually taking meaningful photographs.
Steve made a stitch using Lightroom, but he got an undesired HDR look and he wants some help about resolving this “by default” action. I stopped upgrading it since V 5.7 so I can't offer him any good advice, please take a look around and help him out. The shot is really nice also. HDR responds to a dynamic range logic, just like Ansel Adams' complex system of zones. The problem with HDR is that if it is applied excessively (and it is easy to overcook it) it will look weird, like some sort of strange illustration or a tacky painting.
We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts
What would you say if we tell you that you can indeed become a better photographer in a relatively short amount of time? You would probably be skeptical about it, and we can't judge you about being in such a position. But we do offer something that helps photographers, and it isn't a magical course but a mindset. We believe in the power of criticism and feedback, and we promote it via The Shark Tank. Don't worry about the name, it is a friendly place.
By working around this idea, people are able to nurture their own photographic knowledge when they give out critique that goes beyond a simple emoji based reactions or “nice shot” comments. Not to mention the “what camera are you using?” ones. By receiving critique we can find out flaws that weren't easy to spot for us before hearing an objective opinion upon our work.
Here are some of the most interesting shots shared during last week on the Tank:
The Shark Tank is a great place to learn and to discuss, so please read the instructions in order the get a better critique experience. Share your comments, opinions, and doubts on any or all of the images above. We also will be delighted to see some of your own images. Don't be shy, critiques are given to photographs and not photographers, so don't be afraid of sharing.
We and many other members will be more than pleased to help you out; after all, we all are in love with photography. Don't forget to participate in the newest challenge published by Tersha on Street and Urban Photography. Please remember to join our friendly photography community if you haven't done already.
Today We Leave You With…A Light Painting Master
David Chesterfield (the Light-painting Master) shared some of his first attempts using a“bomb bay door” object dropping device. It is wonderful to see how such an established photographer is always learning new ways to capture his creativity! Thanks a lot for sharing them with us – and don't forget to check out David's Instagram. Oh, and Chris Pook suggestion for the theme song is hilarious.
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April 17, 2019 at 10:01AM
4 Things I Hate About Portrait Photography Now
I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, and I want to talk about 4 things I truly hate about portrait photography in 2019.
#1. Nobody Knows What a Portrait Is
We’re living in a bizarro world. People use the word ‘portrait’ to describe everything from actual portraits to bad fashion photography to bad beauty photography to cliché street photography.
For example, this street photograph is not a portrait:
So I’m going to tell you what portrait photography is, and it’s not as simple as you think.
I always start with Richard Avedon’s classic definition:
A portrait starts with some level of consent and communication between the photographer and subject. This is critical because without consent and communication, any old picture of a person is a portrait.
But there’s a second layer to defining portrait photography — and that’s what the picture is actually about. A portrait is about the person in the frame.
The moment a picture is about clothes, makeup, and hair — or even props like cars and bicycles and out of focus Christmas lights — it ceases to be a portrait. It becomes a fashion picture or lifestyle porn… which is all you see on most Instagram portrait feature accounts these days.
Speaking of Instagram…
#2. The Instagram Algorithm
You know what makes me really mad? Like so mad, I could rip a telephone book in half? That damn Instagram algorithm… but not for the reason you think.
I’m not mad at the algorithm itself. I’m mad that photographers are so obsessed with beating the algorithm, as if there’s some magical shortcut to Instafame. I’ve noticed a clear uptick in engagement-bait tactics like bot-driven comments on my photos.
For example, I got a compliment on the “great colors” in this black-and-white portrait:
One guy even posted the same comment (“Great Aesthetic and detail”) on two of my pictures:
I’m also seeing more and more reposted motivational quotes and memes. Hell, I couldn’t resist making my own:
And then there’s the latest trend: photographers forming spontaneous Instagram pods, tagging each other in stories with the stated goal of beating the algorithm. I have nothing against photographers working together to boost their profiles, but doing it in public just reeks of desperation.
#3. The Transformers Look
There’s a particular type of ‘portrait’ that I can’t escape. The subject is a pretty girl pretending to be a fashion model, which is reason enough to call it a fashion picture instead of a portrait.
She is shot wide open with a 50mm or 85mm lens. She has no skin texture, and her eyes are so sharp they can cut glass. And oh yeah, she’s bathing in the warm glow of ‘cinematic’ color grading.
And when I say ‘cinematic,’ I mean it looks like Transformers:
I suspect that in 20 years, these pictures will be our version of 80’s glamour shots:
I’m running away from trends as fast as I can because in 20 years, I don’t want to look back at my work and a bunch of dated clichés. In fact, I’m running so far that I just went 100% black-and-white.
Now, maybe one day I’ll pull up my pictures and say “Mike, you wasted 30 years of your life creating this big fat pile of s**t. You shouldn’t have quit playing guitar.”
Well, at least it won’t look like everyone else’s s**t.
Not to be left out, Sony declared that it its E-mount cameras can theoretically take f/0.63 lenses.
Apple and Samsung phones fake shallow depth of field.
And funnily enough, just a few hours after I published this post, I read about the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 lens!
As I said, a portrait is about the person, not the shape of the bokeh balls. No picture was ever ruined by onion-ring bokeh.
Look at this portrait:
If you’re judging it based on the quality of what’s out of focus instead of the subject, I failed as a photographer.
It’s like ordering a steak and licking the plate to see how it tastes.
Why I Still Love Portrait Photography: The People
I wanted to end on an uplifting note. So I’ll say this: Portrait photography has given me a huge gift: interactions with an incredibly diverse group of people, most of whom I’d have never met otherwise.
And just about every one of them had their own interesting story.
There was the single Mom aching to be reunited with her hospitalized daughter. The overmedicated Southern debutante desperate to escape her family name. The dancer dreaming of joining the New York City Ballet. The painter that sold knives to make ends meet.
And of course, there’s my most important subject: my father.
I laugh whenever I read that AI or iPhones or whatever else will kill photography. Technology can’t replace the experience you have when you’re making a picture, whether you’re photographing a newborn baby or the sun coming up behind a mountain.
About the author: Michael Comeau is the Editor of OnPortraits.com, an all-new online community dedicated to simple, classic portrait photography. Click here for more information. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. This article was also published here.
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April 17, 2019 at 09:41AM
Capturing volcanoes in Guatemala with the Nikon Z6
The Nikon Z6 is a 24MP full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera which offers excellent stills and video image quality in a tough and lightweight body. Photographer Diego Rizzo took a Z6 to Guatemala recently to shoot the Volcán de Fuego - the most active volcano in Latin America.
Shooting on the slopes of a volcano is rife with hazards, from the obvious risks of explosions and pyroclastic flows, to dust and abrasive grit. Watch our video to see how the Nikon Z6 fared in one of the toughest environments imaginable.
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April 17, 2019 at 09:22AM
The post 12 Photography Errors You’ll Make When You’re New to Photography appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Simon Bond.
It’s a universal truth that everyone has to start somewhere. It’s also true that when you start something new, you’ll make mistakes. All the expert writers on this site will have gone through this process – myself included. In this article, you’ll learn about 12 common photography errors that are typically made, and how you can quickly correct those mistakes. So read on if you want to avoid some of the pitfalls of photography, and fast forward to creating amazing photos!
To demonstrate that everyone has to start somewhere, the photos used here are among my earliest photos. Taken with an SLR camera, and of course in the days of film. There are plenty of mistakes in the set of images in this article. At this point, I certainly knew my way around an SLR camera, but clearly there were still things for me to learn.
1. Crop in the wrong place in pursuit of minimalism
You’ll have heard photography is the art of subtraction. That is, removing unwanted elements from your frame will give you better photos. You’ve arrived at a popular location to take photos, only to find crowds of people there. The solution is to begin your photo, where the head of the tallest person in that crowd ends.
In other words, crop your photo halfway up the side of a building. While this does remove that unwanted element, it leads to a poorly composed photo in the pursuit of minimalism. This could arise from other objects like parked cars, or wires in the wrong place in your image. So what can you do instead of this overly tight composition?
2. Photograph into the light
Not taking the time to plan when you’ll visit a location will lead to this mistake. Perhaps you’re on a walking tour, and your next location is a famous landmark. It just happens to have the sun behind it, with all the interesting detail of the object obscured by bad light. The same is also true when you photograph a person towards the light, unless you’re reflecting light back onto them or using external flash then the portrait is likely to be lacking. So what solutions are there for this problem?
3. Never change your point of view
If all your photos are taken from a standing position, or perhaps seated position when you’re eating, then you’re missing a trick. A change in perspective is a great way to produce much more interesting photos.
That’s not to say there aren’t great photos to be taken in a standing position. A lot of street photography and portrait photography uses this perspective to great effect. There are plenty of other angles to use though, and adding variety to your photography through these angles is a great idea.
Changing your angle might be as simple as kneeling down, or as challenging as finding access to a high vantage point from a nearby building. The worm’s eye view and bird’s eye views can be used to great effect.
You don’t need to photograph straight up or straight down though. Photographing from lower down might emphasize a leading line on the road that much more, or allow plants and flowers to become a more important element within your frame.
4. Over reliance on post-processing
One of the common photography errors you can make is an over-reliance on post-processing. The aim as much as possible should be to get your result in-camera.
Your camera is, after all, an incredibly powerful creative tool. Of course, it’s important to learn post-processing. If you don’t do so, you’ll be at a disadvantage. It’s a good idea to learn how to use your camera and post-processing in conjunction with each other.
What can happen if you allow your skill in post-processing to outstrip your knowledge of the camera?
5. Not learning your camera settings
Your camera is fulling of settings that affect your image. A lot of these settings are connected to one another as well. The relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO is fundamental to photography. You need to take the time to learn each of these settings on their own, and how changing one of them can impact another setting. The first and most important thing to do here is to stop using your camera on automatic.
One setting at a time
You won’t learn everything at once, but you want to get to the point that you subconsciously know the correct settings to use. It’s a good idea to spend time getting to know one particular camera setting at a time and what it does.
A good setting to focus on is aperture.
Learn how aperture can be used to control the depth of field, blur the background, and perhaps produce a starburst in your photos. Having learnt how this setting works, move onto a new setting and learn that one.
6. Not using selective focus
Getting sharp images is an important part of photography. To get the sharpest images you’ll need to learn how to use the focus settings on your camera correctly. One of the most important of these settings is selective auto-focus.
Another of the common photography errors is to let your camera decide where to focus for you.
Instead, you should be in control of this process.
It’s not always the case that you’ll want to have your focus point in the center of the image. Use selective focus, so your camera focuses where you want it to focus. Your camera will have a grid array that can be seen through the viewfinder. Use your camera’s direction controls to move the focus point to the appropriate position, and you’ll be ready to photograph.
7. Going it alone
Photography is a great past time to practice on your own. It dovetails very well with nice long walks by yourself in the country or city. Indeed you can learn a lot about your craft through self-exploration, and perhaps reading articles on sites such as this one. To only do this would be a mistake though. There are a lot of good reasons to seek out and befriend other photographers. Here are a few things you’ll gain from teaming up with other people.
8. Not developing your own style
This is true not just in photography, but in many art forms. It’s easy to look to famous photographers, or perhaps local established ones, and look to emulate their photography. It’s a good idea to learn about how photographers take their images on a technical level. Once you know how other photographers work though, it’s then time to interpret these techniques in your own way.
There are, as mentioned, many benefits to joining a group of photographers, but one potential pitfall is developing their style of photography. Learn what makes their photography work, then spend a bit of time of your own developing a style that suits your work.
9. Not learning new techniques
As you progress and become comfortable in your skin, you’ll come to one of the next big photography errors. You’ve developed a style, but then stopped progressing. It’s an easy trap to fall into, especially if you’re getting attention for the photography you’re now producing.
Photography is always evolving and to stay at the vanguard of the field you need to be learning new techniques. They might not necessarily become your signature style, but learning new ideas allows you to freshen up those styles that are your signature techniques. This might lead to you combining two photography techniques. You might learn a different way of post-processing your images that allows you to improve all the photos you take in the future.
10. No main subject
How do you elevate a good photograph into a great one? To do that you’ll need a narrative to your photo, and that means a main subject.
It’s possible to take nice photos of a landscape or abstract detail photos that are very eye-catching. A silhouetted person on the brow of a hill instantly adds more story to your scene, making it a stronger composition. A detail photo with one part of the image that’s different? Now you have a photo with a subject.
Sometimes the main subject will be readily available, like a single tree in a landscape scene. At other times you may need to wait patiently for a person to walk into your scene, thereby giving your scene its subject.
11. Too many distracting elements
In photography, you want to keep it simple. Once you’ve settled on a strong main subject, you need to frame it correctly.
Another regular in the photography errors list is a busy photo. This is often because the background has too many elements, but distracting elements can also extend to the foreground. How can you eliminate extra elements from your scene such as unwanted wires? It’s true that you could use post-processing. On the other hand, you can develop your photographer’s craft. So what options are there?
12. Bad composition
There are some basic rules of composition, and it’s worth knowing what they are. These are things like the rule of thirds, leading lines, and framing. It’s also true that not every photo benefits by doggedly sticking to the rule of thirds, those photos that use minimalism for instance might not work so well. It is a good idea to know what composition techniques work though, and to look at how you can apply them to your photography. When you don’t do this you’ll begin your photographic journey with awkward composition mistakes.
Cut down on your photography errors!
As you’ll see, there are lots of photography errors you can make. Are there any on this list you’ve made? Perhaps there are other photography errors you’ve made while learning, and you can share them with the community here? As we all know, making mistakes is a part of the learning process.
So now it’s time to pick up the camera, and having read this article, hopefully you’ll know more of the photography errors to avoid!
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April 17, 2019 at 09:09AM
This special collection located in the Catalog panel of Lightroom Classic is very useful for helping us view and manage the photos synced with the cloud-based Lightroom ecosystem, but it can also be an opportunity for self-inflicted injury.
Every photo that is synced with the cloud-based Lightroom, whether the photo originated in Lightroom Classic via a synced collection or originated in one of the cloud-based Lightroom apps, will show up in All Synced Photographs.
Note, if you import a video file into a cloud-based Lightroom app that video will be synced within the Lightroom ecosystem, and it will even download to the computer running Lightroom Classic, but it will not show up in All Synced Photographs. Keep in mind that it isn’t possible to initiate a sync of a video file from Lightroom Classic because Lightroom Classic can only upload a smart preview of a photo to the cloud. I don’t import video into the Lightroom ecosystem for this reason. It just keeps things simpler for me.
It used to be that all of the photos that were synced belonged to a collection (album), but that may no longer be the case. For example, photos you take with the Lightroom for mobile camera are not automatically added to a collection, but are still part of the cloud-based Lightroom ecosystem. Additionally, if you delete a photo from a synced collection the default behavior is to remove the photo from that collection (album in Lightroom ecosystem lingo), but to leave it in the cloud. So it is possible that All Synced Photographs contains photos that are in synced collections and photos that are simply synced and not part of a collection/album.
What to Watch Out For
The opportunity for self-inflicted injury arises when someone selects photos in All Synced Photographs and presses Delete/Backspace without realizing the consequences of that action. I have written previously about how to manage cloud storage as Lightroom Classic users, but I want to make a special point about what happens if you delete photos from All Synced Photographs.
At its core, removing photos from All Synced Photographs removes the selected photos from being synced. However, a potential larger consequence of that action is that all selected photos will also be removed from any and all synced collections that it may belong to as part of that removal. This is where things can go wrong. Just recently I received a Help Desk question from someone who didn’t understand this functionality and inadvertently removed a large number of photos from other collections without realizing what had happened. Don’t do this.
Lightroom Classic does try to warn us, but perhaps we’ve grown weary of reading all of the text in popup messages or perhaps this whole syncing thing can be confusing and people are not taking the warning to heart.
Here’s what happens (don’t just do this), you select any number of photos in All Synced Photographs and press Delete/Backspace, and you’ll see a warning that says, “[n] photo(s) will be removed from all synced collections and from Lightroom CC, but will not be deleted from the desktop catalog.”
The key part of that phrase is “be removed from all synced collections” and that’s no joke. Due to the nature of collections it is easy and desirable to have a single photo belong to any number of collections. You just need to be cognizant of this fact if you are working within All Synced Photographs.
There’s an easy way to tell if a photo you are looking at in All Synced Photographs is in a collection, and even what collection or collections that might be. All you need to do is be viewing the thumbnails in Grid view with thumbnail badges showing (check out my post on customizing Grid view to learn how to choose what is displayed on thumbnails). There is a thumbnail badge for belonging to a collection. It looks like a small set of overlapping squares (see below).
Clicking that thumbnail badge will reveal all of the collections that photo is in.
If the collections that are revealed when you click that that are synced collections, then removing that photo from All Synced Photographs will not only remove it from being synced, but it will also remove it from that synced collection.
How do you know if that collection is synced or not? Just click the name of the collection that appears when you click the thumbnail badge and the view will switch to that collection. Then look to the left of the collection name for the sync icon and see if it is synced or not.
In this example that photo was only a member in a single collection, but you might have a photo in multiple collections, so you’d want to check each one.
Removing a photo from All Synced Photographs will not remove it from collections that are not synced with the Lightroom ecosystem. Just the synced collections.
I am a big fan of syncing Lightroom Classic with the cloud-based Lightroom ecosystem, but it does require a bit more conscious effort to avoid creating problems for ourselves. I hope this helps!
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April 17, 2019 at 08:22AM
Choosing a camera Part 2: is a bigger sensor better?
When looking at pixel size, we saw that there's little difference between having a few large pixels and having lots of small ones, once you consider the whole image. This is because sensors have the opportunity to capture the same amount of light per-whole-image, regardless of how many pixels they have.
However, when looking for a new camera, there often is a way of getting more light and therefore better image quality: a larger sensor. This is because, at the same exposure settings, a large sensor is given the same amount of light per unit area, but has a greater sensor area capturing this light.
The effect of sensor size:
In this instance we're comparing the Nikon D810 and the Nikon D7000, which have the same sized pixels but different sized sensors. The D810 has a full-frame sensor that's around 2.3x larger than the APS-C chip in the D7000.
As you might expect, the two cameras look similarly noisy at the pixel level because they received the same amount of light per square mm and each pixel is the same number of square mm.
But when you downscale the D810's images (as you would if you wanted to view or print at the same size), the benefit of its bigger sensor starts to appear.
Compare the D810's output to the D7000 image from one ISO setting lower and you'll see they look very similar, but with the D810 still a fraction ahead. This is consistent with the 1.2EV difference that the sensor size difference would lead you to expect.
Size differences outweigh performance differences
If shot from the same position, using a lens with the same angle-of-view, every object in the scene will be captured by a greater area on a bigger sensor, so with the same exposure a larger sensor will have more photons shone on it to describe the scene. As such it will tend to look cleaner if you view them at the same size.
There will be some differences in how well each sensor design can turn these photons into a digital signal (even though most modern sensors are excellent), but there are fairly large gaps between most popular sensor sizes, and these size differences tend to be greater than the differences made by sensor performance.
Now this might sound like bigger is always better. But it's not that simple...
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April 17, 2019 at 08:05AM
25 Photographs of Notre-Dame de Paris
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April 17, 2019 at 07:00AM