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I hadn’t seen this in 10 years, and I had never seen the full version.

My friend Kevin Gilbert sent me this a week or so ago and it’s just so wonderful â” It’s just a few minutes long, but totally worth every minute. I hope it makes your Tuesday, and your upcoming year in photography, a little bit brighter by remembering it’s all about emotion.

Thank you, Kevin for bringing this back to life for me and my readers.



To wrap up my three-part look at 2014 and the “Best of the Blog” for this past year, I put together my picks for my favorite episodes of “The Grid” (our live weekly talk show for photographers, which airs each Wednesday at 4:00 pm ET).

These are the episodes (in no particular order) that seemed to really resonate with our viewers (based on comments, emails, etc.) along with some that I just felt were really helpful, or fun, or hopefully both. I’ve embedded the episodes right here in the post so you can just hit play, sit back, and come along on a weird and wonderful journey (that sounds better than just “well, here they are”). ;-)

Joe McNally | Open Q&A
Anytime Joe is on the show, it’s always special, but this one was particularly fascinating and Joe was so “on.” Having our viewers ask Joe literally anything created some really fun, interesting, revealing and sometimes hilarious moments. Really a special episode.

Blind Critiques with Gregory Heisler
Gregory is one of the most interesting photographers out there. Heck, he’s one of the most interesting people out there, and his critiques were insightful and eyeopening. What a truly great speaker, a fantastic guest, and a brilliant teacher.

Kevin Gilbert on backing up and the launch of Mylio
I shared Kevin’s wonderful Tedx talk earlier this year about the importance of protecting our images (not the copyright stuff, the “not losing a lifetime’s worth of irreplaceable images” stuff) and it was a big hit, so we had Kevin take viewers’ questions about this topic and to show a little bit of Mylio (technology for protecting and accessing all your images across all your devices). Everybody who cares about protecting their images should watch this episode (and Kevin was just terrific).

Tony Corbell, along with RC & Me revealing the magic behind “Photoshop for Video”
For me, this was the most important episode we did all year because it made an immediate impact in a lot of photographers lives. You just cannot believe the comments, emails, even phone calls we got after our five-minute reveal of a little known “secret” about creating mini-movies right inside of Photoshop, using just Photoshop and the video clips from your DSLR. That was the first part of the show, then lighting guru Tony Corbell came on and hit it out of the park.

Linday Adler: When Inspiration Becomes Imitation
Lindsay is always a great guest because she is a mixture of super-creative photographer with savvy businesswoman and gifted instructor. That’s a combination that makes for great TV, but the stuff she uncovered and unpacked in this episode made it a jaw-dropper. Just some really eye-opening stuff that you will find hard to believe is happening. A really interesting, fun episode with lots of learning moments.

Joe McNally: Taking the next step with your photography
I could listen to Joe talk about milk. His stories, his unique insights from a lifetime behind the lens â” he’s just a treasure trove of valuable information and his stories are just so captivating and real. Great teaching moments throughout this episode â” definitely one of our best. You’ll dig it.

Ask Peter Hurley Anything Day [plus, a farewell tribute to Matt]
Peter is a blast. Just a blast! He’s smart, funny, a great teacher, great photographer, great guy all around, and we let the live viewers drive this episode by asking Peter anything, and it was a great episode from start to finish. Also, this was Matt’s last episode of “The Grid” as he was leaving us that week to join OnOne Software, so I did a little look back at my personal and professional life with Matt as we wished him the best in his new career.

How to become a better photographer in 2014 with Karen Hutton
This was one of our first episodes of last year, and man, having Karen on started the year off with a bang! She was an absolutely excellent guest, and has such a creative, artistic, and just wonderful look at photographers and the art of photography and there were some really great ideas and inspiration throughout. Even though this kicked off 2014, it could have just as easily been our kick-off for 2015 â” the info is still 100% valid and valuable.

Photographer’s State of the Union Address
Matt and I looked back over the past last year and tried to offer a realistic, truthful look at where we are as an industry, and where photographers stand at this point in time, with an emphasis on the emotional state of photographers now, and where we see things going in the future. Worth checking out.

Pete and Brad on What Photographers Do in the Winter
I was up in Canada for some meetings, and people were texting me in the middle of my meetings to tell me what an incredible job Brad and Pete did on this episode. Then I read the comments. These two not only did the show proud in my absence, they did one of the best, most useful episodes of the entire year. Both inspirational and informational.

Stacy Pearsall on Photography
If you’ve never seen Stacy’s work (she’s an award-winning military photographer embedded in Iraq) it’s amazing, but Stacy is more than that â” she’s a real life hero, and her stories and images are just stunning. Plus, Stacy is funny as all get-out, and it was an amazing hour. You’ve gotta see this one.

Sport Photography with Elsa Garrison
There are only two women on the entire planet that shoot sports for Getty Images. One lives in New Zealand and the other is Elsa. Wow. Just a “wow” show from start to finish. She’s a brilliant photographer, a funny and engaging guest, and she shared lots of valuable knowledge (and I picked her brain on everything from camera settings to shooting positions). You know I had to love this episode. You will, too.

There ya go, folks â” a look back at the best of 2014.

We’ve already kicked off 2015 with some great episodes (including one that will probably make my picks for 2015 with Joel Grimes, which aired just last week). Our in-studio guest this Wednesday is one of the best wedding photographers in the business â” Cliff Mautner, so I hope you’ll join us then, live at 4pm (here’s the link). Thanks for watching. :)



Milestones for 2014
Besides the most popular and most commented-upon posts (which I posted here in Part 1 on Monday), we were pretty busy here on the blog during 2014. Here's some highlights of what we shared:

We raised nearly $40,000 for the Springs of Hope Orphanage
I don’t think anything we did this year was as important as this â” by having folks who participated in my 7th Worldwide  Photo Walk donate $1 when they signed up, we made a major difference in the lives of some really wonderful kids. Of everything we did this year, this is what I’m most proud of.

I started my love affair with
Last year when I posted my “Favorite Football Shots from the 2013 Season” I tried for the first time, and literally fell in love it, and it became my go-to source for photo-storytelling.  I used for a number of photo stories from the year, including:

A Walk in Rome (images from four days in Rome) – link
Shooting The U.S. Open – link
A Colorful Journey (images from my trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico) – link
Shooting The U.S. Open Men’s Final – link
Game Day with The Vols (shooting Tennessee football) – link
A Rolling Museum (my images of the classic American cars of Cuba) – link
Automotive Photography – link
Shooting the Firestone Grand Prix Indy Race – link
The World on a White Seamless Background – link
From Prague to Budapest (images from my trip along the Danube river)  – link
A little bit of London (shots from my quick trip across the pond) – link 

I tried some “silent movie style” 30-second Micro Photoshop Tips
I tried something new â” super quick tips I could do, at my kitchen table at home, without hooking up a mic and I would do them like a silent movie, with just text to explain the tip. The tips were cool, but ultimately the experiment failed, with many folks leaving me comments that “the audio wasn’t working.” You can check out some I posted here on the blog right here. 

We Took The Photoshop World Conference & Expo to Atlanta for the First Time
It’s pretty much been in Orlando for the past 15 years, but this year we thought we’d try something new by taking the show to Atlanta. The Cobb Galleria venue in Atlanta was absolutely ideal for a conference, and it was one of our best conferences ever! (but of course, everybody still wants to go to Vegas).

I taught at the WPPI Conference for the first time
What a great show, and a great experience. I spoke on the Conference Track teaching retouching and I got to speak in Canon’s booth to just huge crowds. Totally had a great time from start to finish and met tons of great people.

Adobe Launched Lightroom Mobile⦠
â¦and we were there with not only an in-depth Launch center, but we launched our first online class on Lightroom mobile to get everybody up and running fast. Here’s the link to the class.

Karen Hutton made me cry
I’ve never actually seen the finished interview, because it was so upsetting (and embarrassing) at the time, I couldn’t bring myself to watch it (if I had, I’m sure I would have made them cut out that part.

Apple pulled the plug on Aperture, and we had a Webinar on “How to move from Aperture to Lightroom” that very night
We can be really quick when we need to be. And of course besides that, we put together a full-length online class on exactly how to make the big switch.

We produced a free live Travel Photography Webcast called “From Prague to Budapest”
After my trip, I shared some photos, some tips, some tricks, some post processing techniques, I answered questions â” it was so much fun. You can watch the entire Webinar above.

I told probably my most embarrassing photography story ever (above). It is NOT pretty.

We broke some news about a little secret Adobe kinda snuck into the release of Lightroom 5.5 to allay a lot of folks’ concerns about the Creative Cloud photographers’ bundle. After you watch the video above, read the Q&A I put together to help explain it. Here’s the link (but again, watch the video first so the Q&A will make sense).

We got more love from this than you can imagine
It’s called “How Photographers Can Turn Their DSLR Video Clips Into Movies in Just 5 Minutes (using, believe it or not, just Photoshop). The clip is above. Yes, this is for you.

I Shared a Little Known Feature of Lightroom Mobile here
I shared a quick video tutorial (above) about a little-known feature of Lightroom Mobile that is just so darn cool. I do a live model shoot in the video above (which is much better than a dead model shoot) to show you how it all works. You’ll dig it.

I gave Project Luca a shot
This was fairly recently â” it’s a new iPad-based photo storytelling app, and I tried it out by doing a story on my very short photographic journey in London a few months ago. I wouldn’t say I trashed it, but it needs a few things before it’s ready for prime time (it’s still in beta, but the developers saw the article, responded the same day, and are fixing a bunch of stuff before it ships, so it’ll wind up being pretty darn cool). Here’s the link

Book Launches:

I launched Part 5 of my “The Digital Photography Book” Series here on the blog â” this one is all “Photo Recipes.”

I released a big update to my book, “The Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers” – it’s my first all “CC” version and it’s gone over really, really well. Still very excited about it (the video above explains it).

I released an ebook of nothing but my Chapter Intros (to raise money for the Springs of Hope Orphanage) - The book is available right here.

We did some stuff that mattered
Like Behind the Lens: An evening with Joe McNally â” it was just an electrifying presentation, a magical night, and one of our most popular and most talked-about classes of the entire year. Every photography student should be required to see it. (link)

We also did our first documentary: Moose Peterson’s “Aviation Photography: Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them.” It came out so wonderfully, we shared it with the world with a one-night free premiere, with Moose himself on hand. There’s wasn’t a dry eye in the house. This was something we were all really proud of.

We launched a new series of in-depth interviews called “Trailer Blazers: Powerful Women of Photography” showcasing women who changed and challenged our industry.

We also did our first-ever “Creative Cloud Month” where each day we released a new full-length online class on one of Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications. (Interesting note: When we launched this, Adobe had around 1.5 million subscribers to the Adobe Creative Cloud. Today they have only 3.5 million).

Jeremy Cowart in Miami â” portraits on location revisited
A few years after our classes in Venice Beach, California with Jeremy (which were such a hit), we caught up with Jeremy again on Miami’s South Beach and, son-of-a-gun, man can that guy turn nothin’ into something. It’s like a masterclass on how to shoot anywhere, and it was as big a hit as his classes from Venice. You can watch the intro right here and you’ll see what I mean (even if you’re not a KelbyOne member).

SmugMug Films mini-documentery on me (above) as an educator and photographer was such an honor (and they produced it beautifully).

That's just some of the highlights of what we covered in 2014 here on the blog and at KelbyOne. Next week we'll wrap up with Part 3, which will be our top-10 episodes of "The Grid" (our weekly photography talkshow) and I'll embed the episodes right on the blog so you can watch â˜em right there.

Have a great weekend everybody and we'll see you next week!



Last Friday I had my last football shoot of the season (sniff, sniff), but it was a doozy! It was the Tennessee Vols first bowl game since 2010, and it was an electrifying atmosphere to shoot a football game. Such a blast!

I was shooting with the Vols photo crew (led by the awesome “Big Daddy” Don Page) so I had lots of extra access (including the locker room after the big Vols win), and I covered it all over on

Here’s the link to the images if you’ve got a sec.

I also posted some of the images in that post that I uploaded to Instagram during the game (mostly behind-the-scenes stuff), and I showed the final shot of having to shoot through a throng of other photographers and video camera and mics at the end of the game (see below).

Anyway, I hope you get a chance to check out the images. 

One more thing
Hey,  tomorrow our in-studio guest on “The Grid” (our first episode of the New Year), is none other than photographer and Photoshop World instructor  Joel Grimes, and it’s going to be an awesome episode you don’t want to miss. It’s at 4pm Wednesday at this link right here. 

That’s it for today. See you here for Guest Blog Wednesday tomorrow (if you’re at all into shooting video, you’re not going to want to miss it!).



Hi Gang: it’s my annual tradition to kick off the New Year with a quick look back at the most popular, and most commented-upon posts of 2014 here on my blog, and some of the fun stuff we shared during the past year.

By the way: If you’re wondering how many posts we put up in the course of a year, in 2014 it was 268 posts (Whew!). Also, in case you were wondering: I actually do write all my own posts with the exception of Guest Blog Wednesday and Free Stuff Thursday which are handled for me by my awesome photo assistant (and great writer) Brad Moore, to which I am boundlessly grateful for (thank you so much, Brad!). :) OK, here we go:

The Top 10 Most Commented-on Posts of 2013
Here are the posts that garnered the most comments from readers during the year, in order: (NOTE: I didn’t include any of my Free Stuff Thursday giveaways in these tallies or Guest Blog comments which have their own separate catagory).

  1. Creatives Unite at KelbyOne! (461 comments) link
  2. 2. Why I Switched To Canon (251 comments) link
  3. 3. Canon Announces the EOS 7D Mark II  Sports and Wildlife Photographers Hold on to Your Hats (ya know, if we actually wore hats) (199 comments) link
  4. 4. I Need Your Help Trimming My Online Portfolio (194 comments) link
  5. 5. Real world field report on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II – (145 comments) link
  6. 6. Photoshop and Adobe’s promise of the Creative Cloud (99 comments) link
  7. 7. Perhaps my most revealing interview ever (87 comments) link
  8. 8. This is an Amazing Guitar, But That Night I Got Something So Much More (86 comments) link
  9. 9.  …And What an Amazing Day It Was (85 comments) link
  10. 10. If you heard from me…that was me (85 comments) link

Interesting Side Note About Comments
While the amount of comments here on the blog has gone down slightly year-over-year, I often mention my blog posts on Facebook, G+ and Twitter, and those readers generally comment there (on social media) rather than here on the blog. It’s not unusual for a blog post to have 12 or 15 comments here on the blog, but the Facebook post about it to have over 100+ comments. Just an interesting insight into how people are interacting. When you think about it, it totally makes sense.

Guest Bloggers
I’m very grateful to all the Guest Bloggers who shared their images, ideas and inspiration with my readers each Wednesday. Here are the top posts from 2014 (in order of comments):

1. If I Had $1,000-ish To Spend on Improving My Landscape Photography, I’d Get… (Matt Kloskowski) Link

2. The Second Best Job in the World (John Reid) Link

3. Your Starting Point is Critical (Michael Woloszynowicz) Link

4. The Hunting Photographer: (Frank Doorhof) Link

5. The Evolution of My Photography (Elia Locardi) Link

6. Subject as Object (Levi Sim) Link

7. ‘Third Day” All-Access Concert Shoot (Brad Moore) Link

8. Sympathy and Empathy For Others. (David Bean) Link

9. Taking Photos of My Dogs (Alan Hess) Link

10. The Season For Giving (Bill Fortney) Link


My Photo Shoots
When I do a shoot, I usually post the images here within a day or so (or the spread from the photo book I made if it was a travel shoot), and here are the shoots that garnered the most comments from 2014 (in order of popularity):

1. My First Studio Shoot Using Lightroom Mobile (link)

2. From Prague to Budapest: My Images From Europe, As Told Through (link)

3. One From my Bridal Shoot (including behind-the-scenes shots) (link)

4. Photos From my Weekend Trip to Santa Fe (link)

5. My Favorite Football Shots From The 2013 Season (link)

6. My Images from Rome, as told through (link)

7. My Images From the US Open Tennis Championships (plus behind-the-scenes) (link)

8. My Automotive Photography as Told Through (link)

9. My Shots From The US Open Men’s Tennis Finals (link)

10. The Blue Angels (from the Sun n’ Fun Fly-in) (link)

That’s it for Part One of my look back at “The Best of The Blog” for 2014
I’ll be back Next Week with Part Two, where we’ll look at some of the milestones from an entire year here on the blog. :)
Happy New Year everybody!

A friend of mind emailed me this thought a few years ago, and I'm passing on an updated version to you:

"2015 is an unwritten chapter. …Love deeply, live boldly, and go after something big!"

I think that's fantastic advice for starting off this New Year. :)

Here's wishing you all a Happy, Safe and Prosperous 2015!!!!

All my best,