Posts By Scott Kelby

Go Back Up Your Photos. Right Now!
When I was on the road in LA a few weeks ago I heard yet another heartbreaking story from a photographer who didn't have a back-up of his photos, and he lost every photo he had taken in the last few years, including family shots â” everything â” gone forever.

Stop whatever you're doing and right this very minute, and take a few minutes to protect the visual history of your life, and back up your images. Just drag them onto another hard drive. If you don't have one; here’s a link to one of the portable drives I keep with me â” it’s a WD 1-terabyte drive for just $58 at B&H Photo. It works like a champ!). It takes so much less effort than you'd think.

My Backup and Organization Strategy
I’m working on an online class right now that not only shares some real world backup strategies (I use Synology NAS drives, which are awesome but it works with any drives), but more importantly I reveal a method for organizing your images (even before you get into Lightroom or whatever), that will make your life so much easier and less stressful (plus you’ll sleep better at night). I might do it as a live Webinar, and then record it for KelbyOne members to watch anytime â” not sure yet, but I’m working on the outline now. More when I have all the details.

Anyway, this is just your friendly reminder that this is, officially, “Back Up Your Photos Tuesday.” :)

Hope yours is a productive one.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you haven’t yet seen my stirring, emotional, personal message to the photographers in the Hartford, Connecticut area, you’ve got to take a moment and watch this short 1-minute, 30-second video. It will change you in a very dramatic way (Note: if you don’t live near Hartford, don’t watch it because then it will just freak you out). bit.ly/1AcrE2p 

Hi gang â” I just posted a few shots from my trip this past week to Valencia. We (my big brother Jeff and me) were only in Valencia one and a half days, and we got just over 5-hours in Madrid. Why so short? We totally messed up our planning â” we were supposed to be there three days â” the images, and the story, are over at Exposure.

Here’s the link

If you get a sec, I hope you can check them out. Have a great Monday, and we’ll catch ya tomorrow.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m doing a series on “Features I’d love to see added to Lightroom” and today is “#4” of 10. If you get a sec, pop on over to LightroomKillerTips.com and join in the discussion â” lots of great feature ideas in the comments section. 

Above: Photo of me by my brother Jeff at an awesome little restaurant near our hotel.

Greetings from Spain, everybody!

Well, by the time you read this, I’m already on my way home â” it was a VERY short trip, just me and my big brother Jeffrey (the trip was a Christmas gift from my awesome wifey), and Jeff picked Valencia, Spain after a recommendation from our friend David Ziser, and David was spot on â” what a beautiful, fun, charming place!

Above: That’s my big brother Jeff, at the City of Art in Valencia. He really got some great shots on this trip!

So, I don’t really have a post for today other than to say â” I’m on my way â” I’ll share some photos soon, and a big thanks to everybody who shared the trip with me live during my Periscope App streaming broadcasts from Valencia each day, and last night from Madrid (where our mother was born). :)

Hope you all have a great weekend, and I’ll talk to you again once the jet lag wears off. ;-)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Even though I won’t be there today for the 12:00 noon ET Photoshop World Conference Insider’s Preview, I pre-recorded a few cool tips from my “Retouching Faces” class that I’ll be doing at the conference, and they’ll be sharing those tomorrow (I’ll be there not only in spirit, I’ll be there sharing a few tips, too!). 

The “Photoshop Guys” reimagined as Super Heroes?
Each month we release a podcast just for KelbyOne members called “Backstage Pass” and in this month’s episode, our producer and host Mia McCormick thought it would be fun to leverage Corey Barker’s love of movies and totally mad-Photoshop skills by doing a SuperHero theme (ya know, with the Avengers movie premiere and all), and well â” you can see some of the results above. If you’re a KelbyOne member, make sure you catch the whole behind-the-scene video (and lots of member news stuff) at this link. 

Photographers in Hartford, Connecticut – Here I come!

http://youtu.be/HYXRl4uxw6M

My all-new tour is on it’s way to Hartford next month on Friday, June 5th (it’s my last US-stop before heading to London for my July 14th seminar). Hope you can make it (it’s just $99 for the full day, including a detailed workbook). I’d love to meet you there in person. Here’s the link with details.

Episode #13 of “The Lightroom Show” (and now we go on a 1-month hiatus).
Our first season of “The Lightroom Show” (our weekly show all about Lightroom, hosted by RC and me), is in the can, and the latest episode is now online (here’s the link to watch it, and any episodes you missed).

After 13-weeks each of our shows takes a one-month hiatus, but we’ll be back with Season Two before you know it (as long as “before you know it is about a month). Thanks for all your support on this new show, and we’ve got a bunch more cool stuff to share with you when we kick off Season Two.

In the meantime, you can find RC, Pete, Me and some special guests sharing our favorite Lightroom tips each weekday at LightroomKillerTips.com

OK, gang. I’m off to Spain this week with my brother Jeff, and I’ll be sharing my adventures via the free Periscope live streaming App starting Tuesday, so I hope you’ll follow me there (I’m @scottkelby on Periscope).

Have a super Tuesday everybody!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Regarding Friday’s post (I’m dumping my Apple Watch) – One of my readers mentioned that I might be within Apple’s return window and and son-of-a-gun I was in time, and returned it for a full refund (and I was also able to cancel my black wristband that hadn’t shipped yet). It was a pretty interesting two weeks â” not surprised at how many people were downright angry that I bought an Apple Watch in the first place, but pretty stunned at how many people were seriously cranked that I returned it, like it somehow invalidated their purchase. I had to permanently ban a few folks, which I very rarely ever have to even delete a nasty comment. I have no idea why people get so offended over somebody else buying or returning a watch, but man â” some people are really on the edge over stuff like this. Hey, it’s just a watch for goodness sake.

 

 

 

Whoo Hoo!  Here’s the quick video that describes the latest version (which has LOTS of new stuff â” not just the new features):

http://youtu.be/U5UIFUB1l3Y

It’s available right now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Direct from us, and wherever cool Lightroom books are sold. NOTE: The book is exactly the same, and works the same whether you have Lightroom CC or Lightroom 6 (just skip the chapter on Lightroom mobile if you have Lightroom 6).

Hope you all have a super-awesome Monday (well, it something to shoot for, anyway), and we’ll see ya here tomorrow! :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. In case you missed it on my Facebook and Twitter accounts â” I did a post on Exposure.co with my favorite images from my trip to France and Italy last week (here’s the link). I think they look way better over there than they did here on the blog in the book layouts. Sheer size makes a big impact. See if you agree. 

 

 

I can’t believe it has come to this, after not even two full weeks, but I either have to dump my Apple watch and go back to my Fossil watch, or I’m literally going to have to buy a 2nd Apple watch because the battery life issue is ruining the entire Apple Watch experience for me.

By having a 2nd watch, I could keep one on the charger, and then each day or so swap the watches, so one would always be charged.

I am not kidding.

How did it come to this?
It hit me this morning, when I woke up and my watch was just about dead. I put it on the charger for a couple of hours and went about my morning, but I noticed that during that two hour block I looked at my empty wrist about 5 times. The fifth time, I really needed to know what time it was, and my iPhone was charging on the other side of the house, so I had to find my iPad just to know what time it was.

A couple of days ago, it was when it went dead at work because I had forgotten to charge it and my charging cable was back at home. A few days before that it was when I went to look at it after waking in the middle of the night but it was dead (I really like knowing the time if I wake up…do I have 15 minutes left to sleep or three hours? I even made a special Apple Watch clock face just for when I go to sleep).

These are all my fault for not monitoring the battery life of my Apple watch closely enough, but I don’t want to have to baby sit the battery on something I’ve never given a second thought to in my entire life. Watch batteries had been something I had to replace every four years, but now I’m worrying about my watch battery every single day.

I know it sounds like a “1st world problem” but I’m already worrying about my iPhone 6’s battery charge (so much so that I’m now carrying a Mophie), and my iPad, and my MacBook Pro’s battery, and I needed another thing to worry about charging like I needed a hole in my head. I’m sure over time I could condition myself to monitor the watch battery status more closely, but the problem is…I don’t want to. This watch is supposed to make my life easier — not give me something new to worry about charging each day.

Besides telling time, the Apple Watch really does just one main thing…
It keeps me from having to dig my iPhone out of my pocket. That’s really its main advantage, and that’s great, but I’ve just replaced one minor inconvenience (pulling my iPhone out of my pocket), with a bigger inconvenience (losing the use of my Apple Watch for two hours at a time every day or so).

Aren’t there other options?
Sure. I could buy a clock for my nightstand, and that way I could charge my Apple Watch all night every night. I just don’t want to do that. I want a wrist watch like I’ve always had. I could buy another $40 charging cable and keep it at work, so I’d have one at home and one at work, so the whole “battery ran out at work thing” wouldn’t happen again, but then I’d have to take off my watch at work for a couple of hours each day. I don’t want to do that either. There are probably other compromises and workarounds, and I hate to say it but the one that makes the most sense is:

…to buy a second Apple watch.

That way, one of the two would always be charged. When I wake up in the morning each day (or before I go to bed each night), I would just take the fully changed one off the charger; put it on my wrist, and put the other one on the charger to get fully charged. It’s too perfect. Except of course, for the price.

I already bought the cheapest one they make — the $399 sport version. I wanted the Stainless Steel version for $700, but I just couldn’t mentally spend that much on a watch (I never have — that kind of money is reserved for guitars). ;-). So, I couldn’t pull the trigger on the $700 Stainless Steel model, and today I’m doubly glad I didn’t.

So, if I bought a 2nd Apple Sport Watch, I’d be at around $800, but then I’d have to order the black sport band separately (I’m still waiting on the original black sport band I ordered on pre-order day), and that was another $50, so a 2nd one would make a total of $100, which would bring my total Apple Watch investment (for two of the cheapest ones they make, but with black sport bands) to…

$900. Plus tax.

That’s a lot just to make my one Apple Watch not stress me out.

As for the rest of the watch…
I’m perfectly happy with all the rest of it. I love the screen. It’s slickly designed overall. The apps are pretty clever. It’s well-thought out and solid, and it’s fun (and fun is worth a lot to me), but after using it for about two weeks, I realize what I use it the most for is…a watch, and I don’t need a watch that requires me to baby sit the battery or buy a second one to make up for the really bad battery life.

That’s why I’m dumping my Apple watch
So, today I’m going back to my simple $85 Fossil watch (seen below), and the next time I’ll have to worry about the battery is probably sometime in 2019.

 

 

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