Posts By Scott Kelby

It's Thursday, and that means a new class at Kelby Training, and this time it's from the Master of Off-Camera Flash, Joe McNally. Joe's taking things up a big notch with his class "The Next Step with SB-800 Flashes." Here's a link to see the complete list of what Joe covers in this brand new exclusive online class, (plus, you can watch a sample while you're there). You gotta love that McNally guy!

Before we get onto the news, I just have to thank Vincent Versace for yesterday's amazing Guest post. He was able to move us with words in the same way he does with his images, and it was truly an honor to have him kick off Guest Blog Wednesday in such a classy, thought-provoking, and inspirational way. Thank you, my friend. Now, onto the news: I heard today from NAPP's Executive Director Larry Becker that we now have a special 20% off NAPP member discount in place for the very popular "Photomatix" HDR software that everyone's raving about. So, if you're a NAPP member, head to the member's site for details and your discount code. If you're not a member, and you just want to check out Photomatix, here's the link to their site. Thanks to John Paul Caponigro, who brought the two "Ophan…


Before I begin my blog I would like to deeply thank Scott for the opportunity to be the first guest blogger. I am honored in a way that words seem lacking to express the depth of how I feel. I would also like to set the tone of "Guest Blog Wednesday" which is to not explore just the "how to" of doing something but the "why to" of doing something. Let every Wednesday be an exploration of the creative spirit that moves in us and compels us to create the images we make. That saidâ¦

Believing is Seeing: Being Taken by Pictures

The most frequently asked question I get is, "How do I take better pictures?" The answer is a simple one; stop taking pictures. Instead, consider what the photographer Ernst Haas suggests; be taken by your pictures.

So what does it mean to be "taken by your pictures?" Being taken by a photograph is very much like the moment you first fell in love. The person you fell in love with took you, and if you were lucky enough, they were taken by you. Imagine if you could have that happen with every one of your photographs. You were so taken by the events you saw through the lens that you made a photograph, and when someone views that image they will be taken to same place you were.

Okay, that's a great metaphor, the moment you fall in love thing, but the pressing question is, Do I have pictures to show the difference between taking and being taken? Yes I do; I have four. I was recently in Morocco…

That's right, starting tomorrow I'm replacing "No-Blog" Wednesday with (wait for it, wait for it...) "Special Guest Blogger" Wednesday! Each Wednesday I'll be featuring a special guest blogger and I'm honored to announce that we're kicking things off tomorrow with the man who convinced me to to start "Special Guest Blogger Wednesday;" celebrated photographer and Photoshop instructor Vincent Versace (author of the award-winning book, Welcome to Oz: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop). So, don't forget to drop in tomorrow and catch Mr. Versace's post (his topic will definitely capture your attention), and then stop by each Wednesday. I've already got some big names lined up for you as guests, and they're dying to share their latest techniques, news, opinions, and insights. I'm really excited about giving this new idea a try, and I can't wait to see what my guests…

It's time for a fresh bowl of crunchy news nuggets (now with more lightly sweetened multi-grain oat clusters, and added Beta-carotene): Now, I haven't had a chance to research this one myself, but one of my readers posted a comment about a "Photographer's Rights Protest" (scheduled to take place on June 1st, in LA). Here's what he wrote: "Photographers throughout Los Angeles, with cameras in hand, will gather at Hollywood and Highland and Union Station to peacefully rally against the unnecessary treatment they have received from security guards, LAPD, and LASD while photographing in public places, and on the Metro." They've set up a flickr group with more info, and you can find it by clicking here. Another one of my readers, and frequent posters, Paulo is hosting a "Photo Walk" in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida next month, and everyone's invited. Here's the link to…




When I was up in New York a couple of weekends ago to take that workshop from Lou Manna, I got the incredible opportunity to spend the day before shooting the streets of New York with a true living legend; Jay Maisel.

I’ll describe it to you the same way I described it to my wife; I told her ⦔it was like spending the day in a documentary.” Each corner we turned, he had another fascinating story. Each street we walked, there was another photography lesson, or just a lesson about life. He shared stories of old New York, people he knew, people he shot, advice he had been given, jobs he’d taken, and I did my best to pick up on every little nugget he threw out.

We were barely out of his building when he pointed out my first mistake. We were going out to shoot the people of New York, and Jay had this very small, inconspicuous lens. I, on the otherhand, had a large fast lens with an even larger lens hood. Jay asked me, “Which is going to be more intimidating to people on the street? Your camera or mine?”

He then added a colorful analogy that clearly explained the correlation between the time it takes a New Yorker to grab your camera and (ahem) shove it in an area where things were designed to exit, and the size of the lens you’re pointing at them. I immediately got the point, but all I could do was take off the lens hood and turn it around, so it didn’t extend nearly as far. We hadn’t even left the building, and I already knew I wouldn’t make that mistake again.