Monthly Archives September 2009


Open with aerial shot, Pacific Ocean greets surfers two hours before sunset, the beaches of Malibu golden, as camera soars down the coast to the Colonies. Crane shot down as neighbors start to gather in front of a townhome, camera stops on American flag dancing from the cool breeze mounted on the front of the garage, the fragrance of gardenias fills the air.

Stedicam pans right slowly past convertible Porsche, widens to reveal hats, sunglasses, suntanned faces all looking. “What’s going on? Is everyone okay?” Camera tilts down to yellow Police Line Do Not Cross. Camera creeps back and turns, tight on brick pavers, moving slowly over walkway low to reveal Sheriff at doorway. As he opens the front door, the acrid metallic smell starts to overtake the gardenias. Nice upper class home, arched doorways, bullnosed corners, and an oak staircase.

Camera starts to ascend the stairs, slowly pushing in on the framed pictures on the staircase wall. Wedding couple 10 years ago, beautiful bride, groom in his military dress blues, same couple on vacation looks like Hawaii, camera continues up the stairs, photo of same woman tanned on tennis court here in Malibu. As the camera reaches the top of the staircase widen to reveal the ceiling fan trying to move the acrid smell away.

Sheriff acknowledges camera as we follow to arched doorway leading to bedroom. Camera tilts over bed to reveal husband sitting upright leaning on the headboard with a bloody mess behind his head, professional hit, three shots, one to the head and two to the chest. Camera widens revealing women’s lingerie on the edge of the bed. Camera pushes in and creeps along bed to floor gliding gently over the clothes as they lead us into the bathroom where the scent of coconut soap or shampoo softens the air.

Snap to long slender legs lying in shower as blood swirls down drain  (think Psycho). Camera raises to show stunning blonde in shower. This is more gracious, one to the head and one to the chest right between her… WAIT, the woman in the photo was a brunette, and this one’s blonde. Something is wrong, dead wrong…”CUT!” (more…)

Lots of stuff going on this Photoshop World week; here’s what’s up:

ele8Adobe releases Photoshop Elements 8
The latest version of Photoshop Elements has just been released (Elements in the consumer version of Adobe Photoshop), and our buddy Terry White has a write-up on all the new features on his Tech Blog. Here’s the link. NOTE: Matt and I have already completed writing and updating our Photoshop Elements 8 Book for Digital Photographers, and it’s at the publisher’s now, so it should be in bookstores next month. :)

My Tutorial on my EDP Technique is Now on the NAPP Member Site
If you’re a NAPP member, make sure you check out my new tutorial for NAPP members on how I did the post-processing on those Army Blackhawk shots I posted here a few weeks back (here’s the link). They were processed using a single image processing technique I call “EDP” (Expanded Definition Processing), and the tutorial shows exactly how I did it. It’s on the NAPP members Web site.

We’ve updated the NAPP Public Site (plus check out my new video)
We just launched a new version of NAPP’s Public Website, and I did a short video there that explains exactly what NAPP is, what the benefits to membership are, and all that sort of stuff, so if you’ve got a minute, stop by and check it out here.

Upcoming Collaging Workshop from Sean Duggan
Sean has an interesting 4-day workshop called Creative Collage with Photoshop coming up November 5 – 8, at the Mesilla Digital Imaging Workshops in southern New Mexico (very close to the amazing White Sands national Monument). The cost for the four-day workshop is $580, and you can find out more by clicking here.

There’s Still Time….
If you’re thinking of coming to Photoshop World in Vegas (it officially starts Thursday morning with the opening Keynote presentation), it’s not too late. Each year we always have people who just show up at the door to buy their conference pass the morning of the keynote, so if you didn’t pre-register, you can still attend and do your registration onsite. Here’s where to find out all the details. Of course, either way; you’re invited to visit the Expo Floor on Friday and Saturday for Free (just go to the Photoshop World Web site and click on the Free Expo Pass link).

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is……
….a very talented Hollywood photographer, teacher, and one of the nicest, most genuine guys you’d ever want to meet…my buddy Mike Kubeisy.

Mike is the show photographer for a number of big major network hit TV shows, and has been working in Hollywood almost his entire career (which says something of his work, and his ability to work with some very demanding clients), and I’m really looking forward to what he has to share. Make sure you catch Mike’s Special Guest Blog spot here tomorrow, as we kick off the Photoshop World Pre-Conference Sessions out in Vegas.

Have a great Tuesday everybody
…and I’ll see you back here for some Photo Blogging from Photoshop World in Fabulous Las Vegas, baby—yeah!!!! :)


It’s Photoshop World week (Whoo Hoo!), and this time I’ve decided to try something different here on the blog for my Photoshop World coverage: I’m going to take iPhone photos each day with my iPhone, and post them directly here using an iPhone App.

That way, I can give you a feel for what’s going on at the show (including some behind the scenes stuff), without missing any days of blogging (which usually happens around Photoshop World because of my crazy schedule).

We’ll see how it goes, but I’ll be doing my first test posts tomorrow, so make sure you check back all week long (including a special day of blogging on Saturday, the final day of the conference).

Also, make sure you keep an eye on the official Photoshop World blog (link), which features four special Photoshop World Guest Bloggers live from the show, and our Twitter coverage courtesy of our own Social Media Ninja, Nancy Masse. If you’re into Social Media—-this will be a fun Photoshop World for you! (We’re having a “Tweet Up” at the House of Blues, too!—-I’ll be there along with the rest of the NAPP crew).

And of course, it wouldn’t be Photoshop World without Matt and I grabbing a bunch of friends after Midnight Madness and heading to In & Out Burger for our semi-annual “Meet Matt at Midnight” get together and late night cholesterol fest at our favorite burger joint and fry provider. Then we head back to Mandalay Bay for another contribution to their Craps tables cash drawer replenishment program. Hope to see you there! (Pay the line!). ;-)


If you’re coming out to Photoshop World Las Vegas this week, I’m doing two live demos on the Expo floor that you’re invited to check out. NOTE: Both of these are on the Expo floor, and both are during the two days we allow the public onto the show floor, so to get your free Expo Only ticket, click here.

Here are the details:

Elinchrom BXRI’s Live Studio Shoot (at the Bogen Imaging Booth)
2:15 – 3:00 pm, Friday, Oct. 2nd
I’ll be showing how I use Elinchrom’s inexpensive BXRI strobes in the studio, by doing a live shoot on the floor, showing a few of my favorite lighting set-ups, and how the whole thing comes together.

Westcott Spiderlite Live Shoot at B&H Photo Theater
11:00 am, Saturday, Oct. 3rd
You guys have heard me talk a lot about the Westcott Spiderlite daylight fluorescent kits, and here you’ll see exactly how I use them, why I use them, and when. This is a live shoot, and I’ll be doing this from B&H Photo’s Live Theater on the Show Floor (B&H Photo usually has special show pricing on the “Scott Kelby TD-5 Studio Kit”).

I hope I’ll see you at one of these free demos. :)



If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably remember a post I did back in May of last year called “My Day with Jay” and it was about a remarkable day of learning I had walking the streets of New York City for a few hours with a true living legend of photography: Jay Maisel. (Here’s the link in case you missed it).

Here are some comments I got from that post:

“Thanks for sharing your amazing experience. I wish I also had got a chance to walk with him and learn from him.”

“I can only echo everyone else’s comments (thanks for sharing about your experience with Jay–what a master!) and requests (please, pretty please, share a bit more about how to shoot in the city while being unobtrusive)!

“As with some of the other posts, How do you shoot people? I, too, and afraid that I will get in trouble.”

“I’d love to take pictures of people in the street but I am afraid of it…”.

“As some other mentioned before are there any helpful tips and tricks on shooting on the street? It sounds always so easy but mostly I am “scared”or feel uncomfortable shooting people on the street.”

There were many other comments because people have so many questions about this stuff, and of course Jay is arguably the master of this genre. That’s why on Wednesday I flew up to New York City, with a Kelby Training video crew (and Brad Moore, who took the production photo above), to create Your Day with Jayan online class for Kelby Training Online. It was even more amazing than my first walk with him.

My goal was just to be there to keep things moving; to prompt him with the same kind of questions I thought you guys might have, and basically let Jay do all the talking.

Just like on “My Day With Jay,” Your Day with Jay starts out at Jay’s studio in Manhattan, and then we headed down through the streets around his neighborhood, his camera in hand, then we caught a subway to 42nd street; we shot a little in Times Square, then headed down 42nd street to Bryant Park, and ended up at Jay’s favorite local restaurant for lunch and more conversation, which included an impromptu shoot of our waitress and the owner. We wrapped at Jay’s studio with a personal tour, and commentary on some of his favorite pieces, along with even more learning.

It was truly an amazing day packed with wisdom, insightful comments, humor, and humility. I learned more about photography than I have in years (including an eye-opening revelation about my frustrations with my own photography), and I think by letting Jay just be Jay, we came away with something really special. It’s real. Not rehearsed. The shots he took happened as they happened. The situations. The people. The challenges. You see how he deals with all of it–you see it, hear it, experience it all firsthand like you’re walking right alongside him.

It was part roving class. Part documentary. Part creative thinking class. Part photography master class. And parts will even bring a tear to your eye.

Although a lot of this class is devoted to teaching you to how to shoot people in the street (and he answers all those lingering questions), he covers so much more than that, on so many levels, and he covers so many different photography topics. I’m so glad I was there, and I’m so glad that now you’ll get to be there, too.

I’ll let you know when Jay’s class “goes live” on Kelby Training Online (there’s still lots of video editing and production work to be done), but when it does, I promise you—-you’ll have a day you’ll never forget.