Posts By Scott Kelby

Above: That’s not my office behind me. That’s Photoshop User magazine editor Chris Main. You’re only seeing a small part of his sci-fi collection. His office is like an action figure wonderland. 

Above: Now, does this thing go inside this thingy? Feel the roar of 24 Terabytes of sweet storage. Yeah, baby!

Above: A rare sight â” me in the server room. Even rarer â” me plugging in an Ethernet cable. (the three photos above by RC. The photo below is RC). :)

Psyched to get my new Synology NAS set-up yesterday
RC helped me get it set-up but honestly, it was a breeze (had I known it would be so simple, I would have done it myself). The hardest part was finding an open spot in our server room — we had it up and running in less than 5-minutes. Now Brad is going to copy my archives onto the Synology (it was already copying when I left the office) so it won’t be long now. I’ll do a quick video on how it all works once all the files are moved over but I’m pretty psyched to get this up and running. Now RC is trying to convince me to ditch Crash Plan and go with Glacier instead for my offsite backup. I’ll let ya know how that goes, too, but when I asked Brad yesterday how CrashPlan was working for us, he said “I’m not sure.” That’s not a good sign. LOL!

RC’s 2nd Edition of “The HDR Book” is here!
Yesterday I got ahold of RC Concepcion’s major update to his super popular “The HDR Book” and I gotta tell ya — as good as his first edition was (it made him famous in HDR circles for his trademark brand of post processing), this new 2nd edition is even better. He totally crushed it! Here’s how RC describes this 2nd edition:

“For those who’ve already bought the first edition, you have a completely new set of projects to work with, and some new tricks to put up your sleeve. The techniques more emphasize where we are going in HDR..  A more focused way to get to a look that’s good. Also, the first book focused on HDR Efex Pro 1  more but HDR Efex 2 isn't as good as Photomatix 5, so it’s written for the newest version of Photomatix.”

You can download the Kindle version right now for just $19.95 (link) or you can pre-order the print copy today and you’ll have it pretty darn soon (we just got our printed copies in house, so copies are already on their way to the bookstores). Here’s the link to it at Barnes & Noble or from (Congrats to RC for raising the bar once again).

Portland, Oregon Here I Come!
Somebody let Voodoo Donuts know we’re coming to town and have some ready! We’re bringing my live tour your way on Tuesday, May 8th and I hope you’ll come out and spend the day with me (and Brad). It’s just $99 (even less if you’re a KelbyOne subscriber). Here’s the link with all the details. See ya next month!


Join us for “The Artistic Side of Joe McNally”
We just released another in our highly acclaimed series of Inspirational interviews — this time our own Mia McCormick sits down for a look at the Art of Digital Photography with Joe McNally.

If you’re a KelbyOne member, make it a special point to watch this intriguing interview with Joe as Mia uncovers the artist behind the camera. Incredibly memory, amazing imagery, and just so inspirational. Joe is a one of a kind. Here’s the link.


KelbyOne App Update: Bug Fixes have already been submitted
Good news, and more good news. First, the good news: The big new feature of the KelbyOne App 2.0 (the ability to take up to two classes offline for viewing when you’re on a plane, train, in a car, etc.) has been a huge hit with members. Now the more good news: you helped us find a few bugs, including one with the new search function, and we’re already got a update with fixes submitted to Apple and as soon as they approve it, it should be smooth sailing. We’re working on some interface tweaks as well for the next update (coming right behind the one already submitted) that will help make things easier to find and more streamlined.

Also, just wanted to mention that the App is for iPad and iPhone as well.

On the Android side — things are looking great so far with the public Beta. A few minor fixes, but we’re “on it!” Thanks to everyone who has given us feedback, suggestions and ideas. It’s making a difference!

Hope you all have a rockin’ weekend
I’ve got a shoot today, and maybe another this weekend, but I’m home until May so I’m enjoying the down time and it’s giving me a chance to finish off my upcoming book: “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes.”  

Here’s to clear skies, warm temps, and lots of colored eggs this Easter weekend.



Big, big App news today for KelbyOne subscribers as we’ve just released a major update to the KelbyOne App for IOS, and it includes the #1 most-requested feature by our members: the ability to take a class “off-line” so you can watch it on a flight, or during a commute, or any time you don’t have access to wireless.

This new version has already been released (along with a bunch of other happy new features), and it’s available free to KelbyOne Subscribers from App Store for iPad.

Oh I can’t believe this day is finally here — we have an Android version!
Well, technically our Android version is available to download as a BETA version (meaning you can download it, try it out, and give us feedback now since it’s not “fully baked” quite yet). To download the Android version Beta, just go to — give it a whirl and give us your feedback (the “taking a class offline” feature has not yet made it to this Android version quite yet).

OK, gang — there ya have it. Believe me, I know both have been a long time  coming (thank you so much for your patience), and I’m just really happy they’re finally here. Hope you find them helpful.

Tomorrow, on “The Grid”
We have our in-studio guest lifestyle photographer Erik Valind, and I’ll be sharing the fiasco, I’m mean story of my shoot at the Bonneville Salt Flats, including never before seen photos (how that’s for enticing). That’s tomorrow at 4:00 pm ET on “The Grid.” See you at there:  http://www.kelbyone/thegrid

Last week, while we were all at Photoshop World, the always amazing Karen Hutton released an interview she did with me on her show “The Chat” and of all the interviews I’ve ever done, a lot of folks have told me this was the most revealing. I wouldn’t’ know, because I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the interview because of something that happened to me during the interview as it went to a place I was not expecting, or prepared to go.

Anyway, I shared it on social last week when she posted it, but I wanted to share it here with my readers who have been with me for so long because we’ve all been through a lot together here on the blog. Here’s how Karen described the interview:

“…It was a revelation; so moving, so deep, heartfelt and genuine. Scott opened up in ways that will probably take you by surprise. He is incredibly passionate about teaching - and about making knowledge accessible to the many, not only the few. You're about to find out why⦠and discover the moment in Scott's life that started an empire.”

You can watch the interview right here on the blog (above), but even though I doubt I’ll ever be able to watch it myself, I am still grateful for Karen being for being such a wonderful and caring interviewer and for bringing out something different in each of her guests. Her show is really taking off, so I hope you’ll jump on board with her â” here’s the link to her blog so you can check out other “The Chat” interviews as well.

I’m in Salt Lake City today
My first time in at least 10 years, and I’m excited to be back. I’ve already had an adventure or two and the seminar hasn’t even begun.

Here’s wishing you all an adventure-filled day (in a good way)!



(Above: That’s Peter Hurley above and below on-stage delivering a funny, engaging, and throughly inspiring talk to close out the amazing week in Atlanta. Photos here by Brad Moore).

What an incredible week!
One of our best Photoshop World’s ever (and that’s saying something), partially thanks to the Galleria Center in Atlanta which turned out to be the best location ever for hosting a large event like Photoshop World, and partially because the people who came were so engaging, fun and ready to learn that it just set the instructor team on fire!!!!

Each year we close Photoshop World with what we call the “Wrap-Up Rally”
It’s kind of a closing ceremony that’s part learning, lots of fun, tons of prizes and giveaways, and even moments that can bring a tear to your eye or put a song in your heart. We ask three of our instructors each year to do a short 10-minute presentation on any topic they like, and sometimes it’s learning, sometimes it’s a viewing of their work, or stories about their lives, or a talk on how to build your business, but it’s always fascinating to be a part of. Kind of like a series of “Ted” talks all around the subject of photography, design or creativity, and it send everybody back home fully energized and these photos are from that closing rally.

We really strive to make each Photoshop World better than the last, and this one really raised the bar on a lot of levels. Just an incredible team of instructors doing what they do best and I talked to so many people who told me they had been to a number of previous Photoshop World’s and that they thought this was the best so far!

(Above: That’s Tamara Lackey who absolutely crushed it with her closing ceremony presentation on why she loves photographing children).

Anyway, I just wanted to thank everyone who took time out of their lives to come a spend a few days with us, totally engrossed in Photoshop, Lightroom, Lighting and Photography and I hope we’ll see you again this fall in Las Vegas for our biggest and best Photoshop World yet! Cheers Atlanta — you were a wonderful home to Photoshop World and a very gracious host indeed. :)

(Above: Moose Peterson during his closing presentation â” he kept his words short and sweet and let his images do the talking, and talk they did! The response was huge cheers from the crowd).

The next Photoshop World is coming in September in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and registration is already open. I want you to be there next time when three other instructors stand on that stage and deliver their presentations and we all share in a life-changing, career-making, love fest for photographers, Photoshop freaks, and creative people from all over the world.

Thanks to Adobe Systems for all their incredible support and to all our awesome sponsors; to all the vendors who found a way to be at Photoshop World while juggling their time between us and the NAB conference out in Vegas (running at the same time), and to everyone who came from all over the world to be a part of this very special event. My heartfelt thanks to you all.

1. If this is your first time to Photoshop World, make sure you:

(a) Watch the series of short videos we did for you to help you get the most out of the event. They're called "Insight" and they're only a minute or so a piece but you'll learn a lot. I posted one above, about the party Wednesday night.

(b) Make sure you attend Larry Becker's first-timers orientation meeting today. You will learn a ton! He teaches it twice today, once at 3:15 pm and again at 5:15. It's free and open to any attendee (even if it's not your first time). It's held in the Tradewinds Ballrooms C-D in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

2. Don't miss the "Meet Up" tonight at 9:00 pm
It's in the lobby bar at the The Renaissance Hotel (attached to the convention center). It's just a fun, casual hangout with the instructors, staff and KelbyOne crew and everyone's invited (see the 45-second video above). There may be liquor involved. I'm just sayin.'

3. You can still come to the Expo
If you just want to check out the Expo floor (and visit some vendors, see Adobe's booth, watch some expo floor classes or live shooting demos, thanks to friends at B&H Photo you can visit the Expo free (see yesterday’s post for times and days).


3. Go download the free App right now
We have a really handy App (for IOS and Android)  that has details on pretty much everything (including a full customizable conference schedule). It's free, and you'll totally dig it. Here's the link. 

4. These two guys seen here with me are trouble. Trouble I tell ya!
They’re from England (that’s Dave Clayton [Senior Household Steward and Personal Footwear Consultant to Lady Camilla Bowles] on my left, and Photoshop World instructor and British Underground gang member Glyn Dewis on the right), and it’s highly likely at some point during these next few days they’ll wind up in the Fulton Country Jail. If you want to avoid being incarcerated right along with them, don’t get sucked into their world of bangers and mash and just go about your business at the conference. Also, don’t look either directly in the eye. They sense fear. ;-)

5. No Guest Blog Wednesday, but lots of cool photos from PSW!
There's no Guest Blog Wednesday tomorrow as we'll be sharing photos here from Photoshop World, and other conference fun stuff, so check back here to stay on top of any (ahem) announcements at the show. :)

6. No “The Grid” episode tomorrow either
We’re all in Atlanta, including our video crew, so there’s no one to man the store (note the sad, empty Grid set above). We’ll be back next week though, same bat time, same bat channel.

Cheers everybody and let’s rock Atlanta!


Hey gang: Greetings from Atlanta, Georgia, home of this year’s East Coast Photoshop World Conference & Expo. I wanted to share a few quick things before you get here (by the way, we have a “Pirate theme” this year, as seen in our treasure map above. It will be an adventure for sure!). Here goes:

(1) You can still get a FREE Expo-only pass!
If you can't go to the full conference, you can still come and check out the Expo floor this week for free (thanks to our friends at B&H Photo). Come check out all the new gear, take advantage of show specials, and catch free bonus expo-floor classes in the theater. It’s too late to register online, so just come right down to the Cobb Galleria and get your expo pass on site. Here are the hours:

Tuesday: 11:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am-4:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am-1:00pm

See you on the Expo floor!

(2) Canon is giving away a 5D Mark III
For a few years now Canon has been sponsoring a pre-conference workshop on shooting studio portraits and the best shot from the student in that class (as chosen by audience applause during the opening keynote), wins a 5D Mark III. That is insane!!!

(3) Bring Your Camera
You will kick yourself if you don't because there's all sorts of shooting opportunities, including the incredibly popular Westcott Shooting Bays on the Expo floor, where they've put together a series of very creative sets, all perfectly lit with Westcott lighting, with live models in full costume for you to shoot.

(4) Canon is cleaning your Camera free
The techs from Canon Professional Services will be on hand doing full cleanings of your Canon camera bodies (open to all conference attendees). Last Photoshop World they cleaned nearly 600 cameras!

(5) I hope you'll consider catching some of my classes
I invite you to check out some of my classes on the conference track. Here's the link to what I'm teaching in Atlanta this week.

(6) Adobe is here. Big time!
Adobe is all over Photoshop World, from their booth on the Expo floor, to the opening keynote, to having Photoshop and Lightroom product managers teaching classes in the conference sessions to a special session where attendees get to share their product ideas and feedback  â” it's Adobe's world and you're invited.

(7) If this is your first time, here's some trainers you don't want to miss!
These are such inspiring, passionate and just amazing instructors that I would recommend you catch at least one of their classes even if the topic isn't one that's right up your alley. Try sitting in on a class from Joe McNally, Jay MaiselJoel GrimesDave BlackZack Arias, Moose Peterson, Glyn Dewis, Tamara Lackey, and Jeremy Cowart. You are guaranteed to learn and be inspired.

(8) Peter Hurley is In The House
I get the job of choosing who gets to speak at Photoshop World so when we bring on somebody new, you know they have to be really special. And Peter Hurley certain is, as one of the hottest photographers in the country today, and one of the best, most engaging, and fun instructors.

(9) It's a Lightroom Love-fest
If you're into Lightroom, you are going to lose your mind, because we have a full Lightroom learning track that runs all the days, the entire conference long, so you totally immerse yourself in Lightroom and never take a class on anything else (though you sure can if you want to because it’s all included).

(10) It's not too late if you want to come!
Although you can't register online at this late day, you can still come down in person and register on-site at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center. Click here to see on-site registration hours.

(11) Come by my book signing on Wednesday at 3:00 pm
This Wednesday at 3:00 pm I’ll be doing a book signing at the Peachpit Press Book Store on the Expo Floor, so if you want to come by — bring one of your books from home (or you can buy one there at a discount), and I’d love to meet you in person and sign your copy.

OK gang, that's my tips. Hope I'll get to see you in person this week here in Atlanta during Photoshop World Week!!! Whoo Hooo!!!! :)