Posts By Scott Kelby

Hi gang: This weekend I got a chance to take two Canon 7D Mark IIs out for a real world field-test shooting two football games: On Saturday the Tennessee Vols vs. the Florida Gators, and on Sunday the New York Giants vs. the Atlanta Falcons at Met Life stadium in New Jersey. (Note: the two camera bodies I used were overnight loaners from Canon of pre-production demo units â” they are not the final shipping cameras â” so they’re not quite finished yet, but they’re far enough along that I could at least test them and give you, and Canon, feedback).

I’m posting some high resolution samples here (below), but make sure you watch the video above because we tackled all the important stuff you’d want to know about (of course, we talked a lot about high-ISO performance), plus we took loads of questions during the broadcast (I’m joined by RC Concepcion and Brad Moore in the studio). It’s really kind of “three guys sitting around talking about a camera” type of show and I show lots of my photos (not just sports stuff) taken with the 7D Mark II.

Above: Specs: Shot as JPEG image. 640 ISO. 1/1000 of a second at f/5.6. 560mm (400mm with a 1.4 tele-extender). If you click on this low-res preview, it will take you to the full high-resolution image you can download. I cropped-in a tiny bit to fix composition and I brightened the image 1/2 stop, but it’s still a bit under-exposed [I was shooting JPEG and used Exposure Compensation to overcome some highlight clipping I wouldn’t have even worried about if I had been shooting in Raw]. No sharpening, noise reduction, vibrance or any of that type of stuff in post. By the way, it’s killing me to post a non-sharpened image. Just sayin’.

We Covered a Ton!
We covered what worked, what I wish were different, and literally just minutes before we started taping a tech-rep at Canon called in and helped out by showing how to fix my #1 complaint about the camera for shooting sports (which we show how to address during the show above). I still had to whine about a few things (I hope Canon is listening), but I covered the stuff it did right as well. We really tried to cover all the questions we’d been hearing on social and here on the blog as best we could.

Above: Shot in JPEG mode (we explain why on the video). This one’s at 1,000 ISO at 1/1250 of a second. Same lens as above. Cropped in a bit. We also show a large print of this on the show. 

RC Totally Scores!
My favorite part of the broadcast comes around the 2/3 to 3/4 mark when RC absolutely nails why this camera is so important, and he really articulated what I’ve been trying to say about the 7D Mark II since the official announce. You’ll know when it happens because I literally high-fived him for stating it in a way I wish I had, because he really put it all on context.

Above: I used Auto ISO to shoot in the locker room before game time. That image you see above? That’s 16,000 ISO. Click on it to get the high-res version (no noise reduction in post â” and that was shot in JPEG mode). It’s shot at f/2.8 at 1/1000 of a second using a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. You definitely do see noise on the full res image (heck, you see noise on a 1Dx at 16,000 ISO), but I was still pretty amazed that a crop-sensor camera could get this kind of performance at 16,000 ISO. 

I’ll be around today to try and answer any questions we didn’t cover during the broadcast (if you’re going to ask about noise, please watch the video ’cause we covered it to death), so just leave me a comment here and I’ll do my best (Note: I just did a field test â” not an in-depth lab report, so if you ask me pixel-peeper style in-depth techie stuff I’m probably not the right guy to answer those, but I might be able to find someone at Canon who can answer those types of questions).

Above: I thought I should at least post one image actually taken at 100 ISO, so here ya go. This is uncropped, un-anything; shot in JPEG mode. Again, click on it to see the high-res version. 

Anyway, hope this helps, and here’s wishing you your best Tuesday yet!



P.S. We’re only four days away from my 7th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk. If you haven’t registered to join the local walk in your city this Saturday, it’s not too late. Here’s the link.

Hi Gang: Mia McCormick sits down with one of my all-time heroes of sports photography, the legend himself, Peter Read Miller for his impressions of the recently announced Canon 7D Mark II. If you got a sec, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Also, I shot two games this weekend using the 7D Mark II for my main and secondary bodies (weekend loaners from Canon — just early demo units — not the final shipping version), and I cannot wait to share some shots with you here tomorrow from the Vols/Gators and Falcons/Giants games, so make sure you stop back tomorrow for my field report.

Hope you guys have an fantastic Monday (I know, that’s an oxymoron) even if your team lost this weekend (all my teams lost. Ugh. But there’s still a faint hope for my Fantasy Team â” I’m in third place in our league).



Cool deal alert: (the seriously awesome photo lab I’ve been using for years now), is giving my readers a “This Weekend Only” deal of 20% on everything on their site (just on Oct 4th and 5th ONLY).

When: Saturday and Sunday (tomorrow and the next day, Oct 4-5)
Discount Code: kelbympix2014

This is a screaming hot deal from some of the best folks in this entire industry, with legendary customer service. Cannot recommend them enough!
Disclaimer stuff: When checking out with multiple orders the promo code will only apply to one order. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid through ROES and does not apply to orders placed prior to the sale. Offer ends October 5th, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (Central). 
OK, go jump on this deal. Well, wait until tomorrow when it startsâ¦then jump on this deal! Thanks to our friends at MPIX for making this available! :)
One last thing: don’t forget to scroll down for the latest Worldwide Photo Update!

I'm getting super psyched!!! Here's a quick update one week out:

(1) We now have more than 1,000 photo walks organized in cities around the world
All the walks are now in place, as the deadline for creating new walks has passed, so now it's just about finding a walk near you (and can you help us spread the word to your photography friends?).

(2) We have awesome prizes for the optional photo contest portion!
Check out this link to see what all the prizes, but the grand prize winner picks up a Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, a Canon Pixma Pro 1 Printer, a 1-year Adobe Creative Cloud Membership, a Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet, and much more!

(3) It's not too late to join a photo walk in your city (it's free)
Here's the link to the official photo walk page â” see if there's one near you and join us on Saturday, October 11th for an experience you'll never forget.

(4) Check out our Worldwide Photo Walk Webcast
We did a free webcast a couple of walks ago with lots of helpful hints, suggestions, and we answered a bunch of questions people had about joining and walking, and you can watch it right here. 

(5) Order your official t-shirt right now (and help the Springs of Hope Orphanage)
We have awesome official Worldwide Photo Walk t-shirts, and not only do they look really cool (lots of folks wear them on their photo walk), but more importantly, 100% of the profits from the sale of these t-shirts  go to feeding, clothing and caring for the wonderful kids at the Spring of Hope Orphanage, Kenya. Our friend Rob Jones from Towner Jones Photography, came up with t-shirt idea and we’ve raised a ton of money for the orphanage over these years (yay!) and this year we’re trying to break our record by asking every walker to donate just $1 (one single dollar) for the orphanage, too! Remember, even if you don't want a shirt, you can still buy one to support the kids. Here's the link  NOTE: We have special LEADER shirts as well (Leaders â” you'll find the link on your leader's dashboard).

OK, so that's a quick update. I'm leading a local walk this year in London, England, and my walk so rocks because we end by winding up at Byron Burger (Mmmmmmm. Byron Burger).

Cheers everybody to a great weekend everybody! :)


P.S. Today I’m off to shoot the Vols/Gators game Saturday and the Giants/Falcons game in New York on Sunday! Gonna be an awesome weekend (almost as awesome as next weekend!) :)

One of the greatest photographers ever made is having his first solo gallery show, opening this week at the Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and if you get a chance â” you have to see it in person. Here are the details:

Who: Joe McNally
What: A solo exhibition
Where: The Monroe Gallery: 112 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM (link)
When: October 3rd thru November 23rd
Why:  Because Joe is a photography students will study after we’re all gone.

Here’s a link to the gallery’s site with all the details. Hope you get the chance to see it in person.

I’m off to Orlando for my seminar there tomorrow â” looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of you there.

Have a better than average Tuesday. That’s all I can muster for a Tuesday. ;-)



OK, we’ve had “Backup Tuesday” and now it’s time for “Update Your Portfolio Monday” â” a reminder that it’s time to shake the dust off that portfolio â” see if you have newer, better shots that need to be added. Take a look at the sequence (order) of your images and see if they need changing, see if anything needs to come out, and just make sure everything’s up-to-date.

So far, I’ve only had enough time to update my Sports Photography Portfolio (here’s the link). I actually added a new category for College Football, and updated my NFL port, and made a change or two to my GameDay Detail port, too. Tonight I’m going to update my regular port (hosted by smugmug â” you can use the link at the top right of my blog here).

Hey, if you update your blog today as part of “Update Your Port Monday” leave me a link here, and let me know what you did to update it. If you don’t have an online port, what are ya waitin’ for?

Here’s wishing you an updated kinda Monday!