Posts By Scott Kelby

Here’s what happening as we wrap up the week:

  • This is going to sound bad, but it’s not what it sounds like: It’s a cool new blog with lots of info on camera gear, and photography related stuff, and despite it’s name “” after more than four and a half hours of searching I was not able to find even one shot of naked, nudie, nakedness on the entire site, which as you know is very disappointing (totally, kidding there). There’s a story behind why they chose that “unusual” name, but I imagine one of two things will happen with it: (a) they’ll become a huge success because of it, or (b) Not, then hopefully they’ll change their name to something that really reflects the quality and content of what they’re doing. That notwithstanding, I think it’s pretty cool blog; check it out right here.
  • During my day up at the Photo Plus Expo, I did a quick video interview with Scott Sheppard over at Inside Digital Photography show, and you can watch the clip right here.
  • Want to see some really wonderful photography? Check out the online galleries of Canadian photographer Peter Leverman. I really like his style, and his post-processing in Photoshop is nicely done. However, his Website is kind of funky (I hate any site that resizes my Web browser’s window without asking), and the navigation is a bit clunky, and it takes longer to load than it should. But his photography is so good that I can forgive all the rest. Here’s the link.
  • Here’s some stuff to put on your calendar: The last stop for my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour is coming up on Tuesday, November 27th at the Washington DC Convention Center. The last stop this year for my Lightroom Live Tour will be in Honolulu on Monday, December 3rd, and my guest shooter (doing the live shoots), will be none other than Joe McNally! Hope I’ll see you at one or the other (I know, you probably want to go to the Hawaii one, right?). ;-)
  • A big congratulations go out to our buddy Terry White, who just posted his 200th episode of his top-notch “Adobe Creative Suite Podcast” (and he’s now pastthe 5 million download mark. Way to go, big T!). BTW: I heard from Terry that there’s a new faster version of the Delkin PC Slot Compact Flash Card Reader out there now, that uses the native speed of the slot, and Terry is going to run some speed tests and post the results next week on his Tech Blog.
  • Don’t miss reading this fascinating insight into the future of Photoshop from Adobe Photoshop Product Manager John Nack. This is an absolute must-read! (here’s the link).
  • USA Today did a blurb on my latest book, “Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Seven Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3” in their “Technology Live” section and you can check it out right here!

Well, that’s it for this Friday. Hope everybody has a great weekend, and we’ll see you bright and early on Monday. Now get outside and take some shots!!!


I have a quick Lightroom maintenance routine for you today (it only takes a few minutes). Besides ensuring the health and maintenance of Lightroom, it might just free up some serious drive space for you (I got back around 26 Gig myself).

  • (1) The first thing to do today is Back-up your Lightroom Catalog. I know many of you do this on a regular basis (in which case #2 is for you), but I talk to people almost daily who have never backed up. The process is so easy, and so automatic, that there’s no excuse not to. You set Lightroom to do an automatic backup by going to Lightroom’s preferences, under the General Tab. At the bottom of this window, click on the “Catalog Settings” button and the window you see above will appear. There you’ll find a pop-up menu where you can have Lightroom back up right now (just choose “Next time Lightroom Starts Only,” then Quit Lightroom and then relaunch it), or ideally, set it to backup at least once a week, if not once a day. That way, you have a recent backup if your Lightroom Database gets corrupted for some reason. Hey, I had it happen to me once and I was able to go to my backups folder and use yesterday’s backup. I was back up and running in about two minutes.
  • (2) If you have Lightroom set to backup daily, or once a week, go look in your Lightroom folder (which is probably found within your “Pictures” folder on a Mac, or your “My Pictures” folder on Windows), for a folder called, “Backups.” All the Catalog backups you’ve made are there, named by the date they were created (I actually had backups still there from months ago, but if my catalog got corrupt, I wouldn’t want to jump back to what I had in Lightroom four months ago—I would use the database from last week, or the week before). So, I kept about four backups (because I’m a tiny bit paranoid. Ya know, just in case), and I trashed the rest, which freed up nearly 10GB right there! I wound up going through this routine the night before my Power Tour in NYC because I was running out of hard disk space on my laptop (once again). This is something I constantly struggle with because I’m a document/photo pack-rat. I had gotten down to where I had just 2GB available (which is a dangerous place to be, especially when you’re running Photoshop, which needs lots of scratch disk space). So, I needed to delete some photos to make more space and that’s when it hit me to check my Lightroom folder, and voil¡–I had about 26 GB of extra stuff there. So, where did I come up with 16 more GB of extra stuff? That’s #3.
  • (3) If you’ve been to my Lightroom Live Tour, you’ve heard me talk about how important it is to have Lightroom automatically backup your imported photos to a separate hard disk (so one copy of your image is on your computer, and another copy is automatically backed to a separate hard disk. That way, you have two copies of your image before you reformat your memory card). Well, if you have this option turned on, but you forgot to attach that external hard disk, Lightroom doesn’t want to let you down, so it makes a copy anyway, and puts it in your Lightroom folder, in a folder called “Download Backups.” I looked in my folder and found another 16GB of stuff I already had backed up to my main storage device (a Drobo), and my studio computer. (However, because I’m a paranoid photographer, I have another Drobo on its way so I can keep a third copy of all my photos backed up offsite). So, basically; check your Download Backups folder and see if you don’t have a few (or many) Gigs of unneeded duplicates.
  • (4) Last but not least, if you’ve got a lot of photos being managed by Lightroom and things are feeling a bit sluggish, while you’re in that Catalog Settings window (shown above), you’ll see a button called “Relaunch and Optimize” and pushing this button basically gives Lightroom the go ahead to optimize your library to make sure it’s lean and clean, and running mean (hey, I had to make that rhyme–my son is looking over my shoulder).

Anyway, take just a few minutes and make today “Lightroom Maintenance Thursday” and trust me—you’ll sleep better at night knowing that (1) You’re covered if your database gets corrupted (2) You’re not needlessly wasting space by keeping databases from back in June (3) You don’t have a bunch of duplicate copies of photos eating up extra space, and (4) Lightroom is running at top speed.


First, a big thanks to the 1300+ folks who came out to my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour yesterday in New York City (photo above by Dave Moser). I had an absolute blast, and it was great seeing so many familiar faces.

At this point in time, teaching a Photoshop CS3 workshop is very different, because of the introduction and wide adoption of Adobe Lightroom. Because my workshop is very photography-centric, I had as many questions about Lightroom as I did Photoshop, and most were about how Lightroom integrates into the Photoshop CS3 workflow.

But what surprised me most was what turned out to be the #1 most-asked question of the day, which was, “What is Lightroom?” I kept referring to Lightroom throughout my first session (assuming everybody at least knew what it was), and as soon as the session was over, I had a line of people all asking what was this “Lightroom thing” I kept talking about. So, I started the second session with a brief talk about Lightroom. That prompted even more questions about where it fits in, should they use it instead of the Adobe Bridge, is it better than the Bridge, why is it better than the Bridge, etc. So later in the day, I had to actually launch Lightroom and do a comparison of the two and talk about who should use which one and why.

This all got me to thinking, so in the Photoshop User TV episode that will air on November 19th, I’m going to do a special segment on the Bridge and Camera Raw vs. Lightroom, and how Lightroom is the cornerstone and key component of “The New Digital Photography Workflow.” I’ll post a reminder when the show goes live, but if you’re wondering where this all comes together and how Lightroom fits in, I invite you to catch that episode.

Also, my final CS3 Power Tour stop for the year is coming up in Washington DC on Tuesday, November 27th, at the Washington Convention Center, and I hope to see you there (here’s the link to register).

Again, my thanks to all the wonderful people who came out, and I was so touched at all the personal items and gifts people brought me while I was there. It really made me feel so welcome, and I can’t thank you all enough for your gracious hospitality. :-)

Greetings from New York City, where I’m doing my “Photoshop CS3 Power Tour” seminar for a record-breaking 1,300 people today at the Javits Center. I hope I get to see you today (if you’re there and you read my blog, make sure you say “hi”). Now, onto the news:

  • Congratulations to our own Matt Kloskowski whose book “The Photoshop Elements 5 Restoration and Retouching Book” was chosen by ShutterBug Magazine as one of the top digital photography books of 2007 (Vincent Versace’s “Welcome to Oz” and my “Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers” were also among their picks).
  • On Monday I got to see B&H Photo’s newly expanded (read as: incredibly huge and amazing) photography dept. They took over the entire 2nd floor (not just the area where the used gear was—I mean, “The entire second floor!”) and I’ve never seen more photo gear in one place in my life. It was staggering. I blacked out several times and my buddy Dave Moser had to revive me several times with his Visa card. If you get to New York any time soon, head upstairs—you will lose your mind!
  • David Ziser’s Digital Pro Blog mentioned this very cool tutorial on removing Moir© patterns from jackets and shirts, and if you’ve ever run across this problem; they’ve got a great solution (here’s the link).
  • If you didn’t see last week’s episode of Layers TV, go check it all. That’s all I’m sayin’
  • Thanks to everybody who posted comments yesterday about my Bucs on-field shoot and because so many of you had questions, here’s some answers:
  • Q. Did I shoot in raw?
  • A. You betcha. The whole time. The main reason was I wanted the flexibility to recover any clipped highlights from shooting out in the direct sun, and with all the white on the players jerseys (on both teams), it really, really worked out well.
  • Q. Why did you shoot at 200 ISO
  • A. The Buc’s official Team photographer, Paul Abell posted an answer to this yesterday before I could, but it was to make sure we had enough shutter speed to get to around 1/2000 of a second. Paul’s shooting Canon so the ISO noise issue isn’t a big deal, especially between 100 and 200 (where the noise is barely perceptible), and so when faced with a decision; he could perhaps get a tiny amount of less noise, he (we’d) have to give up shutter speed and stopping power. Read Paul’s comment yesterday for more details. Thanks Paul for jumping in and posting your comments yesterday. It’s much appreciated.
  • Q. What did you think of the Canon 1D Mark III?
  • A. Remember when I talked about shooting the Canon 5D, and how I had two big gripes: (1) The shutter felt funky—almost a bit too digital, and (2) the LCD didn’t have full screen highlights warnings? Well, both of my gripes have been addressed in the Mark III, and it was an absolute joy. I don’t have a single complaint—it absolutely rocked (and the battery life is just incredible. I shot with it today at a studio in Manhattan for four hours, and I still haven’t recharged since before Sunday’s shoot).
  • Q. Did you use your “Photoshop Seven Point System” on those shots?
  • A. Absolutely. I use the Seven Point System on all my own photos (it’s based on my own exact workflow), so if you see one of my shots, it went through “The System,” but luckily not every shot needed all seven points. There are two images where I also applied a variation of the “Hollywood Effect.”
  • Q. Do you prefer shooting on Lexar?
  • A. I hope I’m not jinxing myself, but I’ve never had one go bad, and at the end of the day, reliability is king.
  • Q. Did you ditch your Nikon gear?
  • A. I still have all my Nikon gear, but it’s the old stuff (D200, D2xs, etc.). I haven’ t decided what I’m going to do yet, but I can tell you this, right now I’m really loving that Mark III. I love the way it renders fleshtone, and the way it handles things that are red (like the Buc’s jerseys), is really wonderful. I wish I felt a little more comfortable with all the controls, but it’s getting more comfortable every day.
  • Q. What’s the Loupe around your neck?
  • A. That’s the Hoodman Loupe, and for outdoor events like that, it’s absolutely invaluable. You can either use it, or turn off your LCD and save your battery, cause you can’t see a dang thing on it in that direct mid-day sun. Other photographers on the sidelines kept asking me about it all day. Now that I’ve been using it, I don’t know how I got along without it.

Well, that’s it for today. It’s 2:33 am, and I should probably hit the sack. Ya know, since I’ve got a class in the morning, and didn’t get any sleep last night either. I’m gonna sleep like a rock on my flight home tonight, though.

Have a great Tuesday and I hope to see you today at the Javits! :)



This Sunday I got to shoot my home team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in my home stadium (Raymond James Stadium). First the big news; we won!!! (17 – 10). A Bucs win is always something to celebrate in my house, but getting to shoot them on field during a win was just an absolute blast (of course, had they lost, it still would have been a blast, just a smaller blast). Click on the slideshow above for larger views of the images.

Perhaps the coolest part was that I had incredible access because I had an “on-field” pass that got me out there with the players (I was even at a midfield for the coin toss) I pretty much had access to anywhere I wanted to go, and I went pretty much…well…everywhere. What a blast!

For the game I shot two different bodies that were with me all the time; For the wide shots, I used a Canon 5D with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, and for the long stuff, I shot a new Canon 1D Mark III (what an incredibly sweet camera, by the way!), with a 400mm f/4 with Image Stabilization, supported with a Gitzo monopod. It was a load to carry around, but it was absolutely worth it!

All the long shots were taken at f/4, at 200 ISO, to get a very shallow depth of field, and the wide shots where also at 200 ISO but mostly at f/5.6 or f/8 to get more detail in the background. All the shots were imaged on Lexar digital film.

A big thanks to Bucs Team Photographer Paul Abell, who is just a terrific shooter (and Lightroom User), for his gracious hospitality, and to his wonderful assistant Patrick who helped make sure I didn’t get leveled by a 280 lb. linebacker. Also thanks to Paul and Dave Carlson at Canon for the two photos of me you see in the slideshow above.