First Look — Zhiyun Smooth 3 Smartphone Stabilizer

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In this video, I'll show you my first test of the new Zhiyun Smooth 3 smartphone stabilizing gimbal.

Now, if you are worried (because of this and my recent mention of an iPhone photography course) that I have given up the DSLR in favor of smartphones, have no fear.
In fact, my next free video will be on a DSLR photography topic that dozens of you have asked me to address. 
But while I haven't given up the DSLR, or my many mirrorless cameras, I have to agree with the old adage that "the best camera is the one you have with you."  
And much of the time, the camera I have with me is my smartphone.  
That's why I'm trying to get better at using it.  Especially after the humbling experience that I wrote about recently.
So, while I work on my next DSLR video this week, I hope you'll enjoy this look at one more cool thing you can do with your smartphone camera.
Happy shooting!

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3 iPhone Photography Secrets [video]

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In this short video, I teach you three mind-blowing iPhone photography tips that I can't believe I didn't know until now.

It's very embarrassing for someone who teaches photography to discover that I knew almost nothing about the camera in my iPhone.

What opened my eyes was iPhone Photo Academy.  (Use the link above to check it out, and if you buy it, Emil will share a bit of the proceeds with me to help me keep creating free photography tutorials for you.)

Honestly I was evaluating his course to see if it might be useful for my audience, because I thought I knew everything about iPhone photography.

And what I discovered in just the first few videos has already revolutionized the way I use my iPhone camera.

So Who Is This Emil Guy?

This course was created by Emil Pakarklis  (if you guessed he's Latvian, you are correct).  I actually met Emil last year at a business conference and got to hang out with him.  He's a sweet young guy (though he'd probably hate to be described that way).  And I formed two impressions of him immediately:

1. He's super smart

2. He's way to young to be as successful as he is

But now I know why he's so successful!

This iPhone course is one of the best examples of online training I've ever seen.  The content is concise and to the point.  The membership area is easy to use.  The course even includes a private Facebook group where you can share photos and get feedback from others who are taking the course along with you.

And did I mention, I've already learned dozens of things I didn't know about the camera in my iPhone?

My photos have improved dramatically, and I've only just begun the course.

Now I see why this is the most popular iPhone photography course on the Internet.

It has my highest recommendation.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

Of course, nothing is perfect.  If this course has a weak spot, it may be that Emil has a slight Latvian accent, which may be a small challenge for some people with hearing difficulties.  But for me, it is a non-issue.  I can understand him perfectly.  And his instruction is clear and flawless.

If you have an iPhone, you should get this course.  If you don't, you're wasting the huge investment you have in this amazing camera in your pocket.

Don't be an idiot like me and continue to take lousy iPhone photos just because you think you know everything.

If one good thing could come out of my embarrassment this week, it would be helping you make the choice to improve your iPhone photos.

Now, I'm going back to the course to continue learning.  Hope to see you in there.


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Rooftop Photographers — Behind the Scenes [video]

Here's a just-for-fun video that I thought you might enjoy.  

In March of 2017, seven well-known figures in the online photography world came together from around the world to drink beer on the roof of my building (well, we came together for a business conference, and I invited them over to hang out.)

If you'd like to go "behind the scenes," this is your chance to goof off with us.  You'll also see me doing some portrait photography that gives a sneak peek into my upcoming Advanced Off-Camera Flash course (the sequel to my original off-camera-flash portrait course.)

WARNING: The educational content of this video is approximately zero.   You may even lose a few brain cells by watching it.  Watch at your own risk.