Posts By Scott Kelby

I've had so many people emailing me about the EL-Skyport wireless flash triggers I mentioned here last week during "Lighting Gear Week," that I thought I'd pull this video clip, which aired on last week's episode of Photoshop User TV where we had Mark Astmann from Bogen Imaging (the US Elinchrom distributor), on the show to show how the Skyports work (I do a live demo with Mark, and RC Concepcion is there with me doing the shooting), and you see it all right there live on the set. It's a short clip, so just click on the video below to give it a look. I think you'll be impressed (at the Skyports, not with me and RC). [kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Howdy folks---here's what's up: Nikon has just recently launched a complete redesign of their Nikon USA web site, (shown above) and I have to say; it's pretty stunning. They've done a very clever job of making "the image" the focus of the home page, and the site is packed with both beautiful photography, and loads of info on everything Nikon. Overall, I think the site redesign is a big improvement, and it's much easier to get to the info you want quickly, and it just looks so much better (I can't think of a better way to say it than that). Here's the link (and make sure you click on the little floating EXIF and Info window on the top right. Very cleverly done). Photoshop author and trainer Sean Duggan (co author of the book "The Creative Digital Darkroom" with Katrin Eismann) is teaching…


First, thanks to everyone who participated in my “Lighting Gear Week,” last week. There were a lot of great follow-up questions, and I wanted to answer them as they were posted, but I’ve been on critical deadline on a new book, so I couldn’t get a chance to answer them (at least not until now).

So, I put this together to address some of the questions from last week (and I’m paraphrasing some of the questions for clarity), and I hope you find it helpful. (NOTE: All five days are covered here, so for the other day’s questions, make sure you click the MORE link below). Here goes:

Day 1: Budget Off Camera Flash

Q. I’m not the getting the whole “firing the flash through the umbrella on a stand thing?” Can you show us a photo of how that looks?

A. Sure (see the photo below).


Q. Nikon’s SB-600 is a lot cheaper than the SB-800. Can I get away with using it instead?

A. Yes, technically you could get away with it, but honestly, I’ve never met anyone who bought an SB-600 that at one point didn’t say, “I wish I’d gone ahead and bought the SB-800,” so I can’t recommend it with a clear conscience. I’ve also never met a single person who bought the SB-800, who later said “I wish I’d bought the cheaper model with less features.”

Q. Can you guys do some videos on Kelby using the off camera flashes?

A. Joe McNally, the master of on-location flash, has finished recording a class for us, live on location and I’ve seen some of it, and was there on location for other parts, and it is absolutely brilliant. I’ve never seen anything like it (I’ll do a post when it goes live on the site).

Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody! Hope you had a great weekend; here's what's up: First up, is an update on my Lighting Gear FAQ: I need another day to get it together, and I hope to have it up tomorrow. I hope. Fingers crossed. Etc. Saw a great tip on Chase Jarvis' blog, on a deal offered by the Copyright & Trademark office, that lets you officially bulk copyright as many images as you can fit on a DVD for just $45. I've been gathering up images all weekend. Here's the link to how to apply for copyright, courtesy of the ASMP. We are just a scant two weeks from when I head out to Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Orlando, and I'm hoping you're going to join me there. If you haven't signed up for a pre-conference workshop yet, here's three that…

I've been trying to get a few shots up from my and Matt's trip up to Washington DC to Jeff Revell's (of fame) PhotoWalk in the trendy Adams/Morgan neighborhood in DC, but last week's Lighting Gear Week threw my schedule for a loop. (That's Jeff shown above, during the walk). I did way too much visiting with other PhotoWalkers, and way too little time shooting, and not surprisingly I really didn't get any shots I was too happy with, but I still had a blast. PhotoWalks are a social photography event, and I enjoyed meeting and talking with the other photographers as much as I did the shooting itself, but I still found it fascinating to see what other people shot, how they saw the same scenes differently than I did, and it was humbling to see all the great shots I missed.…

I thought I'd post this as part of Lighting week, as I used a Westcott Spiderlite as my main light for this wine and cheese shot for my wife's cookbook (she did the food styling for the shots you see above---click on them for a larger view). The shot on the left was taken with a 70-200m f/2.8 VR Nikon Lens. The shot on the right used the same lens, but with the screw-on Canon Close-up lens attached (it's the only Canon product made for deliberately for Nikon cameras). Above is a look at the simple lighting set-up I used to get these shots. There's a little bit of natural light coming from a bank of windows behind the wine and to the left, but it was late in the day on an overcast day, so it didn't add as much natural light as…