Posts By Scott Kelby

Hi everybody. Hey, next week it’s my last “Shoot Like a Pro” full-day seminar of the year and I hope you’ll come out and join me for the day. Here’s the details:

Who: Me and Braddo!
What: My Shoot Like a Pro Seminar
When: Monday, December 1st (who wants to work on Monday anyway? Can I get a Woot! Woot!)
Where: The Broward County Convention Center
Why: Because you’re going to learn a whole bunch, laugh a little, and get totally energized and inspired. Perfect way to wrap up the year, and get pumped for 2015.

It’s only $99 for the full day, which includes a detailed workbook (written by yours truly), and you get a digital download of my entire “Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It” full-day seminar as a bonus (it normally sells for $69 all by itself).

Here’s the link to sign-up or just to get more info.

Hope to see you all there in Ft. Lauderdale next week! :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Make sure you check back here tomorrow for my 9th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gift Guide, which I actually planned to release today but as you can see, this ain’t it. Had some blog problems, but should be up and running by tomorrow, so check back then for extreme gonzoness.

A few weeks ago, I posted a link to a very short video tutorial I did over on the new KelbyOne Blog on how to use a camera on a monopod, with a fisheye lens, and trigger it with a wireless remote (here’s the link) for a really unique overhead look (it’s a lot easier than you’d think).

This week, a photographer named Konstantin Articus in Germany did something I so love — he took that monopod/fisheye lens idea that I showed for use in sports, and he took that idea and applied it to something completely different, and he got just wonderful results (see below).

Thanks so much to Konstantin for allowing me to share these images with you here, and my hat’s off to him for being able to take a technique shown for one use, and apply it so brilliantly somewhere else. Well done!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday for my 2014 Annual Holiday Gear Guide.

All my best,

-Scott

Although we’ve already announced the 10 finalists and the Grand Prize Winner from this year’s Worldwide Photo Walk, there are some other images that, while they didn’t wind up being a finalist or Grand Prize Winner, were still so good that I thought they needed some recognition.

Any of these could have been a finalist (in fact, all of these were in the running and on my short list at one point to make the final cut â” and this gives you an idea of how hard it is making the final decisions. There’s just so many wonderful images).

Congratulations to all these photographers below who created such wonderful images during the walk and are officially receiving an Honorable Mention:

Guangzhou Guangdong, China
Photo By: Luz Kanapi

Stuttgart, Germany
Photo By: Ben

Trondheim S¸r Tr¸ndelag, Norway
Photo By: Gunnar

Shinjuku Tokyo, Japan
Photo By: C E

Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Photo By: Shyam

Porto, Portugal
Photo By: Nuno

Nagano. Japan
Photo By: Tomohiro

Mumbai, India
Photo By: Bobby

Manila, Philippines
Photo By: Nathan

Manchester, United Kingdom
Photo By: Lisa

Luna Ilocos Region, Philippines
Photo By: Josefino Jr

Bath, United Kingdom
Photo By Linda Enfield

Lasi, Romania
Photo By: Iulia

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Photo by Mary Heloisa

Lancaster, PA United States
Photo By: Merle

Kallang, Singapore
Photo By: Andy

Johannesburg, South Africa
Photo By: Victor Meyer

Isfahan, Iran
Photo By: Mehrdad

Guadalajara, M©xico
Photo By: Raul

Fife, Saint Andrews, United Kingdom
Photo By: Steve

Edmonton, AB Canada
Photo By: Gina

DuPont, Washington, USA
Photo By: Ed Adams

Colonia Tovar, Aragua, Venezuela
Photo By: Emil

Doha, Qatar
Photo By: Medel

Dallas, Texas, USA
Photo By: Tom

Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
Photo By: Oliver

Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
Photo By: Lucil

Caxias do Sul, RS Repºblica Federativa do Brasil
Photo By: Luis Barp

Canberra, Australia
Photo By: Amy

Cairo, Egypt
Photo By: Heba

Cairo, Egypt
Photo By: Sherif

Brownwood, Texas, United States
Photo By: Jim

Damietta, Egypt
Photo By: Malek

Brattleboro, Vermont, United States
Photo By: Donald

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Photo By: John

Athens, Georgia, United States
Photo By: Busara

Angeles, Central Luzon, Philippines
Photo By: Archielou Romero

Again, my congratuations to all these entrants on having such great images that they deserved special recognition. Later this week we have the winner of our Leaders Competition (lots of amazing shots — it’s another tough one to judge).

Hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

All my best,

-Scott

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Hey gang – it’s finally here! (yay!). If you’ve got a quick sec, check out the really short video above for why this version of the book is so different from previous editions.

Good news — it should be shipping by this weekend, and you can get yours first if you preorder your copy at Barnes & Noble or Amazon  or wherever shiny happy new books are sold.

My thanks to everybody who has supported this book over the years — I hope you find this latest version the most helpful yet.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’d like me to sign and personalize your copy of the book (and I would love to!), you can order it direct from us at this link.  

Today is Veterans Day here in the US, and I wanted to take a moment to honor and thank the men and women who have served in our country's military, and who fought to defend the very freedoms we enjoy today.

America owes you a debt of gratitude for your service and sacrifice, and I just wanted to join in with a heartfelt thanks.

Last week on my Facebook page I pointed to an article I found  on a WPPI Forum called “50 Brides Reveal What Their Photographers Could Have Done Better” (the original article was posted on BrideBoxPro.com) and I thought it actually provided some interesting points and feedback directly from the folks wedding photographers are trying to make happy, so that’s a good thing, right?

Well, while it was widely viewed (it reached over 510,000 people on my Facebook page alone, and was reshared there nearly 1,000 times), it sure wasn’t widely embraced. A lot of wedding photographers seemed to blame the brides themselves for ‘not hiring better wedding photographers in the first place.’

Here’s a reader comment from Ross Mealey that garnered 83 likes from other readers:

“While I only shoot weddings for people I am close with… I have to comment and ask the REAL question… how many of the people who commented of the 50 things shopped around, read photographers reviews, and spent more than a couple hundred dollars and even then tried to cheap out of paying… everyone wants something for nothing… so they hire sub-standard photographers and expect the world when the product is delivered…”

Whether you find some information in that “50 brides post” that will help you better meet future brides’ expectations, or if you agree with the general feeling that these brides “got what they paid for⦔ I think perhaps the best learning opportunity may actually come from those Facebook comments posted by the photographers themselves. A lot of pro wedding photographers did a nice job of sharing how they handle or deal with some of the very same issues the brides pointed out, so you might find it helpful to see how other photographers are dealing with these topics by reading the 140+ comments on that Facebook post (here’s the link â” scroll down to my post from November 6th).

Now, let’s turn the tables
While you’re here, if you had the opportunity to tell 50 potential brides what would help you, as a wedding photographer, to create the type of wedding images they’ve always dreamed of, what would it be?

I’ll get the ball rolling with one
I would insist if they hire me that it is an “unplugged wedding” where the Bride and Groom ask the guests in advance to leave their cameras at home and their cell phones in their pockets or purses, and just enjoy the wedding day as guests. Rather than having them experience the wedding through a glass screen, let them know that you have hired a team of photographers who will make sure everything is covered, and so they won’t have to come as journalists, they can just relax and be a part of a moment instead of trying to chronicle it. The bride and groom at the last wedding I shot agreed to do this, and it really made the day a pleasure for everyone and the guests actually got to be guests again.

I’d love to hear what ideas you’d have for those 50 potential brides (imagine that you’re speaking to them in a small ballroom at a bridal show and you have the stage sharing advice to help them out). Maybe if we get enough great responses we could create a post with ideas which we could share with potential brides?

Best,

-Scott

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