Posts By Scott Kelby

Here’s a couple of Friday quickies:

  • Michael Tapes (of Whibal fame) has released a new training DVD on shooting in raw, called, “How to Shoot Raw Without Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD).” He includes segments on Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and a section called “Photographers in their own words” where he interviewed a wide range of raw-shooting photographers (myself included). Here’s the link for more info.
  • News site C|NET did a news blurb about my experience in Minn/St. Paul Airport with the TSA telling me all DSLRs were now to be removed and put on the x-ray belt, along with photographer Richard Wanderman, who had a similar experience at LAX. Well, C|NET contacted TSA to comment on their policy, andâ¦well, you ‘ll have to go to CNET to find out what they said (Gotcha!). Here’s the link.
  • Vincent Versace was recently interviewed on YourMacLife, and anytime Vinny speaks, people listen. Check it out right here.
  • Here’s a link to a quick review on “Real McCoy Photography” of my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour seminar yesterday in Boston. There’s also another blurb about the day over at “Sweet Whispers Photography” (here’s that link). Also, an attendee named Keri posted a comment yesterday that absolutely made my day. Thanks Keri. Thanks to everybody who came out to spend the day with me. I had a blast! :)

That’s it till Monday. Have a great weekend everybody! :)


My buddy Matt Kloskowski has an absolutely killer technique on his “Lightroom Killer Tips” video podcast this week, and it’s creating quite a buzz. There’s this very cool, edgy-looking special effect that’s really popular right now, and Matt’s found a way nail that look right inside Lightroom. Very cool stuff! Here’s the link to Matt’s blog, where you can watch the video.

It’s Wednesday everybody, and time for some news stuff:

  • Moose Peterson has compiled a detailed White Paper for Dell on his digital photography workflow, and you can download this free PDF (pictured above), directly from Dell by clicking right here. For the details on the white paper, and how it came to be, visit Moose’s News blog here.
  • Rich Harrington, over at the excellent “Understanding Photoshop” video podcast has just posted all his back episodes for downloading, and you can check ’em out right here (it’s a direct link to their archive in iTunes).
  • One of my readers yesterday posted a comment pointing me to a great blog about flying with photography equipment called “Flying with Fish.” Definitely worth checking out (click here).
  • did a review of my latest book, “The Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers,” and you can read it right here.
  • Earlier in the month, Scott Sheppard did a radio interview with Canon’s Chuck Westfall about Canon’s new EOS 1DS Mark III, on his Inside Digital Photo podcast, and you can listen to the interview right on their Web page by clicking here.
  • We’re off today to Boston for my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour, so it is VERY likely that tomorrow will be the highly anticipated, eagerly awaited, “No Blog Thursday,” so I’ll see you back here on Friday.

Have a great Wednesday everybody. Don’t forgot to show those pixels whose boss!!! Really make ’em sweat! ;-)

Just a quick note; my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour seminar that I mentioned yesterday is now sold out (we filled the biggest ballroom at the Hynes Convention Center with 700+ Photoshop fanatics!), so unfortunately unless you’re already registered for the seminar, we won’t be able to accommodate any “walk-ups.” However, I am taking this same tour to New York’s Jacob Javits Center on Tuesday, November 6th. I hope you can join me there (sign up early right here).

I was over at 1001 Noisy Cameras yesterday, and they pointed to a debate raging in the DP Review forums called, “Photography vs. Photoshop,” and as those things tend to go, it gets mean spirited pretty quickly (if you want to read the debate, click here).

It brought to mind my Editor’s Note from this issue of Photoshop User magazine, where I talked about “Getting it right in the camera” and my motivation to do just that. For those of you that aren’t NAPP members, here’s an excerpt from my Editor’s note:

“Recently, I was lucky enough to spend the day shooting with, and learning from one of the hottest wedding photographers in the industryâ”the amazing David Ziser. David was hired to shoot a huge black-tie wedding in Cincinnati and he was kind enough to invite me to come along so I could get a behind-the-scenes view of how he shoots a wedding of this scale. It was really an amazing experience, and even though I was technically there just auditing the wedding, I still wound up shooting about 1,200 frames.

David let the wedding party know I was a "Photoshop Guy" and sure enough, a couple of the groomsmen were both photographers and Photoshop users. During one of the formal group portraits, we had one person missing; one of the groomsmen looked at me and said, "Don't worryâ”you can add her later in Photoshop," and then everybody chuckled. I smiled and said, "You know it!" Then we went to find the missing cousin.

The funny thing is, I had something totally different in mind. I was thinking to myself, "I don't want to add her later. I don't want to â˜fix it in Photoshop.'" Just because I know how to add her to the shot doesn't mean I want to spend my time doing that. In fact, I pretty much hate doing that kind of production work. I want to spend my time doing fun stuff in Photoshopâ”not spending time working on something I could have fixed in two minutes right there during the shoot.

The same thing happened recently when I was shooting a lighthouse in Maine. The lighthouse was on an island, and on the left side were all these distracting telephone poles and cables. My wife came down on the rocks where I was shooting and asked why I had this annoyed look on my face; I explained about the poles and wires. She said, "Can't you just take them out in Photoshop?" Yup, I could but I really hate doing that, so I just moved my camera to a spot where I could compose the frame without the wires being visible. That was much faster and easierâ”getting it right in the camera.”

A lot of people are surprised to hear a Photoshop Guy saying stuff like that, but like a lot of people, I’d rather save my time in Photoshop for the “fun stuff.” For finishing my files, not fixing them. In other words; life’s too short to spend your time removing telephone wires. ;-)