Posts By Scott Kelby


OK, so I’m sitting here in the Delta Club at Laguardia when I realize I totally forgot to blog today. I’m going to blame it on:

(1) A swamped schedule at Photo Plus Expo

(2) Lack of youth ;-)

(3) 1&2

(4) All of the the above

Despite having the memory retention of a hamster, I want to thank all the awesome folks at Photo Plus Expo who stopped me to say hi, shake hands, share a kind or, or take a selfie – I met so many nice folks, and it always recharges my batteries when I meet such nice photographers it really was a treat. My sincere thanks!

Also, major love goes out to: 

(1) The awesome folks at Canon who had me speaking on their main stage (about travel photography and my trip to Iceland and Italy), and on their Live Learning Stage today, where I did a whole hot shoe flash thing, and had a ball. Always an honor and a thrill.

(2) Thanks to the very cool crew at Lexar who sponsored by “Portraits on location” photo walk last night on the High Line. We had such a great time, and got to try out all sorts of fun stuff. Also, thanks for all the hospitality – you guys are the best.

(3) Thanks to the crew at Photo Plus Expo (Jeff, Theresa, Jason) for having me teach a lighting Master Class on the conference tracks. Really enjoyed it (lots of eager photographers in that session – such a great group.

(4) Thanks to you all for even reading this last-minute post. I dig you.

Hope you all have a GREAT weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday!



P.S. I’m in Sacramento on Monday with my seminar. If you want to come on out, it’s not too late. 


I’ve got a busy week coming up in New York City at Photo Plus — the big daddy of all photo shows here in the US, and I hope at some point our paths cross in one of my presentations. Here’s my schedule:

8:00 am: “Creating Gorgeous Light for Captivating Portraits”
This is a two-hour session in their Master Class conference track for photographers who want to learn studio lighting from scratch; how to work with their subjects during a live shoot; and how to create really beautiful, flattering light for their subjects. Registration required. Details here.


Thursday – 12:00 pm Noon: Book Signing at Rocky Nook booth #769
My latest book, “How Do I Do That in Photoshop’ will be there, and I’ll be at the Rocky Nook booth doing a book signing of it (and any other of my books), and I hope you’ll stop by (I’m happy to sign any books you already have, or if you pick up one there at the show). Either way, come on by and say hi.


Thursday – 2:20 to 3:05 pm:
Travel Photography with the Canon EOS 5K Mark IV at the Canon Booth

I’ll be on the main stage at the Canon booth (it’s the first giant booth when you walk in the door), doing a talk on how to take travel photos like a pro. I’ll be sharing shots from my Iceland trip, Venice, The Dolomites along with all sorts of tips — everything from camera settings, accessories to take (and which to leave behind), plus lots of stuff on what to shoot, when, and how. It’s free if you have an Expo pass, so come on by.


Thursday: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Hands-on “Portraits on location” Photo Walk workshop
I’m working with the awesome folks from Lexar Memory on this photo walk – It’s limited to a small group of people, and we’re going to head out into the streets of Manhattan with two professional models. I’ll explain the technique, then you’ll split into two groups and try out the same techniques yourself with the models. We’ll be using both natural light and flash, and we’ll pack a lot into those two-hours — you’ll learn a bunch, and you’ll be shooting plenty the whole time. Unfortunately, this one is already sold out in advance.


Friday – 2:00 – 2:45pm – Shoot with Flash Like a Pro
Canon Live Learning Stage (Canon Booth)
If you want to really get into flash, and using some really awesome flash modifiers, come by and catch this free session on the Canon Live Learning Stage (right up front). I’ll be doing a live shoot with a model and showing you how to set everything up; how to work with the model, and lots of tips and techniques, and it’s all free (thanks to the folks at Canon), and I hope to see you there!
OK, busy week, and it’s only just begun (as I sit here in the Atlanta airport between flights).  Again, hope our paths cross, or I see you in one of my sessions or book signing while I’m up in NYC! :)


Above: This was taken as they introduced me to open the Photoshop World keynote presentation earlier this year (that’s me on the far left). Photo by Rob Foldy. 

Happy Monday everybody, and greetings from Charlotte, North Carolina where I’m here with my seminar today at the Charlotte Convention Center (and after shooting the Vols vs Alabama game on Saturday).

The big news today is: Registration is now officially open for The Photoshop World 2017 Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 20-22, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center. It’ll be our first time on the East Coast in three years, and we’re very excited to be bringing the conference back to Orlando.

Here’s the link to reserve your tickets:

An incredible instructor team!
Each year it’s my job to put together the instructor team for Photoshop World, and this past year’s crew was one of our best ever! The new instructors totally rocked, and a bunch of them are already on board for Orlando, and of course we’ll be bringing back some of your favorites as well.

We’re expanding the Partner Pavillon
We’ve got nearly the entire West Side of the Orange County Convention Center, from one end to the other (with the beautiful Hyatt Grand right next door as our host hotel), and we’ve got the entire 2nd floor, and part of the 1st floor, so we’ll be expanding our Partner Pavillon Expo this year, too!

You can register for Pre-Conference Workshops, now too!
When you register for the conference, you can get your tickets for any pre conference workshops now before they’re sold out (earlier this year in Vegas, nearly every single pre-conference workshop was sold out in advance, so nail yours down as soon as you register so you’re not locked out).

More fun stuff, more shooting opportunities, more awesomeness!
We tried some stuff in Vegas that turned out to be really, really well received, so we’re going to build on that in Orlando, including expanding the Photoshop World Film Festival, the photo challenges, and more. You are going to super dig it!

Of course, the sooner you register for the conference, the more you’ll save (and KelbyOne members always save $100 on their Photoshop World Conference registration).


Want some inspiration?
Check out these photos from the last Photoshop World – see what you missed – and make plans not to miss it this coming April (it’ll be here before ya know it!).

So, that’s the big news today, but we’ve got lots of fun stuff planned for here on the blog, so I hope you’ll check back tomorrow.

OK, off to work
I’ve got a few hundred photographers to hang out with today in Charlotte – Brad and I are looking forward to meeting everyone!



Hi everybody – happy Friday, and here’s what’s up:


My “Simplified Lightoom Image Management” System
Last night, in front of a live audience, I taped a class I’ve been working on for quite some time designed for photographers whose Lightroom organization is either a total mess (very common), or it’s not a mess but it’s too complicated and/or time consuming to keep up. It’s a whole new way of thinking about how to organize your images, both before you get into Lightroom and after, and I can’t wait to share it with you on KelbyOne once it’s finished up (about four weeks or so I imagine). Thanks to everyone who came out and spent the evening with me last night, and thanks for all the wonderful feedback – can’t wait to share this with the world! :) [photo credit: Kim Doty]

Real Estate Photography Photo Critiques (and tips!)
Definitely one of our best episodes of the year, and that’s thanks our guest, California-based Real Estate photographer Thomas Grubba. He was awesome, and although the episode was supposed to just real estate photo critiques (using images submitted by our viewers), there were so many great questions pouring in, that we had to take a bunch of them, and Thomas totally rocked it, giving insights into everything from lighting, color, composition, and gear. Absolutely top notch episode, and you can watch it right above.

Charlotte Skyline from Marshall Park

Charlotte – I’m there with my seminar on Monday!
Hope you can come out (I already have a couple of hundred photographers signed up, but we’ve got room for one more!). It’s my “Shoot like a Pro tour, Reloaded!” – hope you can come out and join me there on Monday.


Gabe’s Night Photography Class Rocks!
I know Brad announced this new nighttime photography class yesterday, but last night one of my audience members had already watched the class and he was absolutely raving about it, and the instructor, my friend Gabriel Biderman. Gabe literally wrote the book on night time photography, and we’re honored to have him teaching with us at KelbyOne. Here’ the link to Gabe’s new class.


Want some cool Lightroom tips?
Well, I’ve been cranking them out over on our sister site: – a few of mine from this week:

> Reader Question: Can you create Crop Tool presets? (yes you can! link)
> Quick Develop’s Hidden Little Secret (link)
> How to Clearly See Sensor Dust and Spots on your image (link)

I post there three times a week (monday, Wed and Fri), so if you’re into learning Lightroom, I invite you to pop on by. link

OK, gotta run! Lots of share on Monday about my speaking schedule next week at Photo Plus Expo in New York City. Can’t wait!! :)




Hey gang, just a quick update on where we are on the Worldwide Photo Walk.

Let’s look at the numbers first, cause they’re awesome!

(1) We had 24,338 walkers participate
(2) We had 1,068 walks organized around the world
(3) We have raised (so far), over $24,000+ for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya (which is more than double what we raised last year. This is a BIG awesome win!! Whoo Hoo!!!)

Thank you to all the leaders who gave their time and expertise; thanks to everybody who joined a walk, and of course a big thank you to everyone who bought a t-shirt or donated to the Orphanage. What a blessing this will be for them (and for you, too!).

Now, some housekeeping stuff:

(1) The deadline to enter the main photo contest is…
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 12:00 Midnight EDT.

To enter your image (which must have been taken during the official walk), go to the WorldwidePhotoWalk official web site; log-in with your user name and password; then from the top right side of the menu bar select “Your Walk.” Then, on your walk page, go to the Contest Tab (as shown below), and click on the photo contest button (shown circled in red below).


Our contest this year is handled by the folks at ViewBug. They’ll ask you to create a free ViewBug account, and you can submit your one image to the photo competition there.




(2) The deadline for the Leader photo contest is…
…the same as above for the walkers (Sunday, Oct. 16th, 2016); go to the site; log-in with your user name and password, and from the Leader’s Dashboard, in the top menu click on “Photo Walk” and from the pop-down menu choose “Your Photo Walk.” Then click on the Contest tab, and you’ll see a button for “Enter Leader Contest” (as shown above).

That’s it for now. Lots more contests and fun coming up, including the “Video Contest” (with an awesome prize from Canon USA our awesome sponsor — more on this next week), plus the People’s Choice Awards, and the announcement of all the finalists and winners.

Hope you found that helpful. Make sure you stop back tomorrow for a very special guest blog/tribute to one of the true greats in our industry.




Going to Photo Plus Expo in a couple of weeks? Come Shoot Portraits with Me!
Hi gang — it’s Monday. Here’s what’s up: If you’re going to Photo Plus Expo in New York, I want to tell you about a hands-on “Portraits on location” workshop I’m doing with the folks from Lexar Memory.

It’s limited to a small group of people, and we’re going to head out into the streets of Manhattan with two professional models. I’ll explain the technique, then you’ll split into two groups and try out the same techniques yourself with the models. We’ll be using both natural light and flash, and we’ll pack a lot into those two-hours — you’ll learn a bunch, and you’ll be shooting’ plenty the whole time.

Here’s the link to sign up for the workshop

These workshops [Photo Plus Expo calls them “Photo Walks” but they’re really hands-on workshops], are very limited to the number of participants, so if you want to join me (and Brad), then sign up right now before it’s sold out.

Another side of Street Photography on “Photography Live and Uncut”
I recently was a guest on the UK-based Web show “Photography Live and Uncut” with host Paul Griffiths (great host, and really nice guy), and we got “into it” on the topic of Street Photography. It’s a discussion you don’t hear very often, and if you’ve got a few minutes, just let this run in the background — it’s more entertaining than a Presidential Debate (but then, what isn’t?). ;-)


Honored to be included in “Get Inspired” Magazine
It’s a magazine of creative inspiration and in their current issue (issue #31) they included one of my portraits, and I’m very excited and honored to be included among such great photographers in this issue. Here’s the link to download the magazine.


Photographers in Charlotte and Sacramento — I’m headed your way!
I’m in Charlotte next Monday, the 17th, and then I’m in Sacramento the next week, on the 24th, with my full day seminar. Hope you can come out and spend the day with me. 🙂

That’s it for today! Hope yours is a great one!