Posts By Scott Kelby


I am totally psyched, honored, jazzed, exuberant, freaked (insert your own over-the-top adjective here), because the editors at yesterday released their “Best Books of 2007” picks, and…

“The iPhone Book” (by Scott Kelby [me] and Terry White) was named, the #1 Best Computer & Internet Book of 2007!!!! Whoo Hoo!!!!

Oh, but there’s more! My Photoshop books got some love, too! :)

>> My “Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers” took the # 5 spot on’s Editor’s Top 10 Computer Books of 2007

Amazon also released their Top 10 Customer Favorites (based on actual sales of books published in 2007), and my “Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers” was the #2 bestselling book in the entire Computer & Internet category for 2007.

>> My book “The Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers” took the #4 spot in Customer Favorites for the 2007 Computer & Internet category.

A sincere thanks goes to the editors at for making The iPhone Book their #1 pick. Terry and I are truly honored (you could have peeled us off the ceiling last night)!

Thanks to my amazingly talented co-author, best friend, and absolute iPhone wizard Terry White, without whom The iPhone Book would never have achieved this honor. You are the best!!!!

Thanks to my Publisher Nancy Reunzel, and Ted Waitt, Glenn Bisignani, Scott Cowlin, and the whole team at Peachpit Press, New Riders, and all of Pearson Education for their vision and commitment to publishing nothing but great books!

A big thanks goes to my best buddy and publishing powerhouse Dave Moser and to my wonderful Editors Kim Doty and Cindy Snyder; to my incredible book designer Jessica Maldonado, to my layout wizard Dave Damstra and his crew, and to the amazing Felix Nelson, Art Director and all around Creative Genius!

My heartfelt thanks to all my readers who bought my books this year, and helped me to keep my job as book author for another year. Every author puts a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into their books, and there’s nothing more rewarding than to be able to reach and teach as many people as possible, and I can’t thank you all enough for your continued support, and for helping to make this author’s dreams come true. I am truly humbled.


Here’s what’s goin’ on:

  • A big congratulations to our friend, and Photoshop World instructor Frank Cricchio who was just named to receive PPA’s (the Professional Photographers of America) Lifetime Achievement Award (PPA has only awarded five individuals with this prestigious award, with one of those being living legend Jay Maisel!). Frank is a 100% class act, and one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet, and everyone here at NAPP takes their hats off to Frank and his amazing achievement! :-)
  • Speaking of honors (lame segue alert), last month we were all excited that Bert Monroy featured one of Corey Barker’s techniques in his PixelPerfect podcast, and lightning strikes twice as Bert threw Corey some more props in his latest episode (hey, any time Bert Monroy is showing one of your techniques, it’s a BIG thing). Kudos to Bert and to “The Laddy” for coming up with something so cool that Bert would want to show it. Here’s the link to the episode.
  • I recently got a chance to rent some gear from LensProToGo, which is a company that rents digital camera lenses and bodies, and they ship them right to your door (that’s their logo up top). I had a really great experience renting from them, and I’ll be using them again the next time I need to rent some “really long glass” (which might be this weekend–check the blog on Monday). Anyway, I highly recommend them, and they even offer a special discount on their rates for NAPP members (you’ll see a NAPP link on the left side of their site). Here’s their link.
  • I had a couple of posts yesterday asking the name of the studio I rented in NYC. It was Location05, and here’s a link to their site (they were great to work with, by the way, and the space is even cooler than it looks on their site. They have three different studio “homes” but the one I used is their “Loft” studio). Also, to answer the questions about which lenses I used: On the Nikon I used a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens, and on the Canon I used a 70-200mm f/4 IS lens.
  • The opportunity of a lifetime is coming up for a small group of lucky photographers who’ll get to do a photo workshop with Jay Maisel, in his amazing studio in New York City. John Nack, over at Adobe, did a post about it yesterday on his blog, so I won’t rehash all the details (click here to read John’s post), but I will add this: Opportunities to learn from a real living legend are very rare indeed, and this is truly one of them. It will be a life-changing, career-changing experience for anyone lucky enough to attend.
  • Jarrod Michael, of the Digial Artisty Blog, and one of the panelists on this week’s “Pro Photography Show,” chose my new book, “Scott Kelby’s Seven-Point-System for Adobe Photoshop CS3” as his pick in their “Cool Photo Gadgets for 2007” episode. You can listen to the show right here, or if you’re so inclined, you can pick up the book at or Barnes & My thanks to Jarrod for making the book one of your 2007 picks! Also, in a semi-unrelated but still somehow loosely related note: The iPod Observer did a review of my and Terry White’s book, “The iPhone Book” (here’s the link to the review). It makes a perfect holiday gift (even though I didn’t mention it in my Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide). You can get it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or where perfect holiday gift books are sold.
  • RC over at Layers has a interesting post on backing up and different hard drives that worth checking out.

That it for this Tuesday. I hope you have a kick-butt day! :)

If you’ve been to one of my seminars in the past couple of years, you’ve heard me preach about how critical it is to back up your photos, and how I set Lightroom to automatically back up a 2nd copy of everything I import to a separate hard disk. I had been using two 500 GB LaCie hard discs for my at home backup until one of the LaCie’s died (though I suspect it’s death was aided by some amount of physical interaction with a small child whilst I was away, but I can’t prove that).

You also might remember me switching to a Drobo earlier this year for all my at home backup (Drobo is a very clever, well designed robotic backup device that constantly monitors a set of four hard disks to make sure they stay healthy, and if something goes wrong with any of those disks it kicks into action to save your images. You can watch a short demo movie on it right here) It’s the first system I’ve had that really lets me sleep at night, because I’m very paranoid about losing my images (and losing that LaCie drive did nothing to help that paranoia, but at least I did have a 2nd back-up disk, so I was OK).

The problem now is: I have a 500GB LaCie drive at my office with my “off-site” backup of photos there as well, and it’s so full that I haven’t been backing up to it for a few months, and well…I’m not sleeping at night again. I went to Paul my IT guy with my backup paranoia story and yesterday it arrived…a shiny gleaming black Drobo.

I was running down the halls high-fiving everybody with a triumphant “My Drobo is here! My Drobo is here!” chant, and this started a Drobo discussion yesterday in Matt’s office, with everybody wanting a Drobo, but RC (rebel that he is), is concerned about the fact that it connects by USB 2.0, instead of the much faster Firewire, which I whined about, too at first, but at this point it’s not really an issue because the only time it really comes into play (as I experienced yesterday), the first time you do a major backup. It took right around four hours to move my 500 GB of storage from my office LaCie to my office Drobo, and while I’m sure it probably would have moved in just 3 hours via Firewire, either way; it wasn’t going to be a 15 minute job.

With my Drobo at home, I never even notice how long it takes to backup to to the Drobo, because the images are coming into Lightroom and I’m off and running as soon as the thumbnails appears, so I honestly couldn’t even tell you that I notice the speed whatsoever. I guess at the end of the day, it comes down to this; When Paul asked me what I wanted to use for new backup at the office, I chose a 2-Terabyte Drobo. Now I can finally get some sleep.





The day before my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour seminar in New York City last week, I rented a photography studio in Manhattan that is set-up to look like a trendy New York loft. It was completely furnished with 150 set pieces that were arranged into different rooms, for different looks. I hired two professional male models and a female model for some location shots for the book I’m working on: Volume 2 of “The Digital Photography Book,” (This isn’t an update of the first book; this is a totally new book that picks up where the last book left off, and adds chapters on off-camera flash, building a studio from scratch, and a lot more).

Anyway, here are a few shots from that shoot [click on any of the bottom three for a larger view]. These aren’t shots that will actually make it into the book, but it gives you an idea of what the shoot looked like, and what kind of look I was going for. This was a daylight studio, with windows on all sides, but since a lot of the shots would be backlit, I brought in a 7′ Elinchrom Octabank (the single most glorious, marvelous, and wrapping light I’ve never seen–you can see it in the third shot above) as my main light source. I shot with both a Nikon D2Xs and a Canon EOS 1D Mark III (the shot of me shooting above was taken by Dave Moser).

The floors in this loft studio were white, the ceilings were white, the walls were white, but the furniture was very cool (and that made it a bit hard to maneuver that huge Octabank and power-pack around sometimes), but we had a blast at the shoot, and then wound up at B&H Photo (as all good New York trips do), and finally at Carmine’s on W. 44th for an incredible family style Italian dinner. The next day was my seminar, and right after that I caught the last flight home. What a great way to spend a few days in the city. :-)

Here are three quick things to get your week started off right:

(1) Check out the incredibly slick work of photographer Andrew Zuckerman. I learned about his work from a comment posted last week here on the blog from one of my readers; Frank Weichmann, and I have to agree with Frank; Andrews stuff is just amazing (make sure you see his animals gallery). Very unique stuff! (here’s the link)

(2) I found this link on either CNN or this weekend; it’s called “25 photos taken at exactly the right time” and you’ll get a kick out of it. (here’s that link)

(3) Lastly, a student at my NYC seminar last week has started a 10-part review of my seminar at his (her?) blog: The Ivory Hut. Besides the review (just part 1 has been posted thus far), there’s some nice photography, poetry, and a very interesting section at the top called “43 things.” It really made me stop and think. Here’s the link.

I’ve got a lot of stuff to share this week, but it’s 1:57 am EST, and I’ve got to hit the hay (whatever that means). Have a great Monday everybody! (Do that thing you do!)


It’s here: the long awaited, unabated, triangulated, amalgamated, 2nd annual edition of Scott’s Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide! It’s the cover story (and a 10-page feature spread) appearing in the new issue of Layers Magazine (the how-to magazine for everything Adobe).

This year’s expanded in-depth guide includes nothing but the coolest, personally hand-picked gear for the photography and Photoshop freak on your holiday list. PLUS, there’s also a Special Online Version, with all the same wholesome goodness as the printed guide (it’s carbonated, hyphenated, alienated, and slightly perforated), and you can check it out right here at Layers Magazine’s Website.

Happy Holiday Shopping Everybody!