Monthly Archives June 2010

I am so psyched that I can't even tell you, because something really amazing happened to me last night. I made the big time! That's right, I was mentioned on my favorite NFL football blog (one that I visit literally three or four times a day) ----- the best football blog anywhere, NBC Sports's "". That's right, baby PFT!!!! My football reportage hero (and PFT kingpin), Mike Florio, did a post about their new PFT t-shirts, and they saw me on D-Town TV wearing one of their cool new PFT t-shirts (as seen in the image above, taken from this week's episode of D-Town TV) and well…here's what he wrote about the new PFT gear: "We introduced the new line of PFT gear recently.  And while yours truly has yet to obtain one of the new shirts, MDS points out that famed Photoshop guru…

I am just thrilled to announce that our online training class called "A Day With Jay Maisel" is now live at Kelby Training Online (link). This class chronicles my "Day with Jay" as this living legend of photography walks the streets of New York City, shooting as he goes, and sharing some of the most amazing, insightful, thought provoking, and just plain brilliant ideas for taking your photography to the next level, that you'll find anywhere. It truly is absolutely fascinating. In this video, I'm the student, and Jay does all the training. You're there as we start out at Jay's studio, then head out to the streets of Manhattan, shooting everywhere from the Subway to Times Square to a quaint Italian restaurant in Jay's neighborhood. It's an experience like no other, and the feedback we've been getting from Jay's class is literally just…

photo by Scott Kelby
photo by Scott Kelby

The Secret of Being Lucky

Last time I wrote a guest spot for the blog a couple years back, I had fun giving folks a peek behind the scenes to meet the Photoshop Guys from a different perspective, so when Brad asked me to write up a guest blog post for Scott’s blog, I asked him what he wanted me to write about. He said, “Whatever you want.” Since I have my own blog, I already have an outlet for writing about stuff that interests me, like small business, marketing, freelancing, photography (from a budget-minded perspective) plus some gadget stuff. So I asked Brad once again, “Do you think I should write about one of those topic areas.” True to his job of not influencing the topic, Brad offered no help. I was on my own. Now, when I consider the guest blogs I enjoy reading the most, I really like the ones that inspire me. The brilliant photographers sharing insights and images.

My portfolio pales in comparison, so I won’t be inspiring you with images. Instead, I want to talk about something I have experienced myself dozens of times over the years and one of my favorite insights I’ve written about on my blog. (But I’ll still share some of my images anyway.)


Some people believe in luck. More precisely, they believe that your thought processes alone can create luck. (There may be “pure” luck in very rare circumstances, but that’s not what I’m talking about here.) They suggest that if you wish for something hard enough… if you just imagine that it really will happen and you even live your life as though you expect this lucky thing will definitely happen, then almost magically, through the ‘Law of Attraction’ you will receive the great things you’ve wished for. There was a book and a movie all about this philosophy a few years back called “The Secret,” and it was a best seller and a huge hit. Oprah raved about it! — I just happen to think the entire premise is misleading at best.

Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely believe in luck and good fortune. But I don’t believe the ‘Law of Attraction’ works in isolation from preparation and work (usually hard work). You have to get off your butt and do something. You have to be prepared for “luck.” Sure, I believe that your strong desire for something to happen can certainly help clear the path for your wishes or dreams to come true, but the philosophy offered in The Secret is only half of the formula and it’s the easy, compelling half. It sells a lot of books if you just tell people that, all you have to do to be rich or successful or find your soul mate is to simply wish for it the right way, and wish really hard. Unfortunately you never hear about the other half of the formula. The part where people have to work hard to be ready for opportunities that present themselves. Having the right mindset surely helps, but preparation is critical too. I’ll give you a real-world example.

Hi Gang: I know a lot of you are waiting for Photo Walks to be approved. We're trying to catch up on the backlog of people who led Photo Walks for us last year (we should be caught up some time tomorrow), and then we'll start releasing new cities with new Walk Leaders (we have over 200+ cities backlogged already). Also, the best way to see if your city has a walk, is to click on the "Find Walks" button at the top right of the Home Page, then use the Search Bar to search by city or country name. Thanks for your patience (it's always busy when we first kick open the doors). :)

Today's the official launch, and the date announcement for Scott Kelby’s 3rd Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ to celebrate the upcoming release of my “Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers” and my "Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers" and you’re invited to be a part of this amazing global, social photography event. Here’s a quick Q&A with all the details. Q. When is the official Photo Walk™ day? A. It’s Saturday, July 24th, 2010. Q. What exactly is a Photo Walk? A. Watch the short video clip on the home page over at the official Worldwide Photo Walk Website (here’s the link) to get an idea, and see video of an actual photo walk. Q. Is there a fee to participate this year? A. Once again it’s free—there is no fee to join this year’s walk—just come and have a ball! Q. Do you have…