Posts By Scott Kelby

My favorite photography photo-telling site, Exposure.co, has been adding lots of important features for the past few months, but this one may be the important so far because by adding “Categories” they’re making the stories and the photographers who post their visual stories there much easier to find.

They’ve got a bunch of different categories you can browse through now — everything from Travel to Causes, Lifestyle to Events, Sports to Weddings and a whole bunch more. Here’s a link to their Categories page if you’ve got a sec. Also, I’ve got seven photo stories posted there myself â” here’s the link to my page (seen below). NOTE: they recently changed their site link from exposure.to to exposure.co — I have no idea why, but just though I’d mention it in case you already have them bookmarked. 

This is really a big step forward for the site. If you’re not telling your stories there already, here’s the link to learn how. Congrats and a big high-five to Luke Beard and the folks at Exposure.co for making this tool even better and better! Super digging’ it!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m off to Portland, Oregon for my “Shoot Like a Pro” full-day seminar there on Tuesday. Hope I’ll see you there (if you’re not already registered, here’s the link). Next stop Nashville on June 16th.

Hi gang: I recently did three portrait shoots for the Coca Cola company and their “Journeys” project to celebrate Mother’s Day.

My idea was to feature three very special mom’s and to make a portrait of them in their home holding one of their most memorable Mother’s Day gifts, along with the person who gave them such a memorable gift, and the story behind it.

If you have a moment, here’s the link.

Here’s wishing all the awesome mom’s out there a wonderful Mother’s day this Sunday. :)

Best,

-Scott

Here’s some cool free stuff from me that you might have missed, so I thought I’d share it here in honor of it being ‘Seis de Mayo’ and all. ;-)

(1) Download My FREE Lighting Recipes iPad App
It’s an App dedicated to teaching different lighting set-ups — The cool thing is, it's not just a couple of lighting setups⦠There are 13 lessons in all, showing you the finished image and production shots, a lighting diagram, and my own audio commentary so you can see how each one is set up. It’s been downloaded about a bazillion times — it’s has nearly 700 reviews on the iTunes Store and it’s rated 4-1/2 stars (Whoo hoo!!!). Anyway, it’s free from the App store (or you can use this link).

(2) Take my FREE online class on creating custom photo books in Lightroom
That’s right â” it’s my full-length class on KelbyOne.com where I take you through the entire Lightroom photo book-making process from beginning to end and you’ll see exactly how it’s all done (and learn lots of helpful tips and hints along the way.

Here's how it works:
Our online classes are also available as downloadable 3-day rentals (just like you'd download a movie rental), and that's the case here, but you'll notice that instead of there being a $6.99 rental fee, the rental button says FREE (well, technically it says “RENT NOW” but you’ll see that the rental price is actually $0.00, and $0 means F-R-Double-E Free!).

Here's a link to the free online class, and I hope you find it helpful (photo books are easy to get hooked on â” make one and you'll fall in love).

http://youtu.be/FpHMuK7Htic#aid=P-I8JaSwzHo

(3) Watch my online class called “Crush The Composition” for Free!
This is the free rebroadcast of my talk at the Google+ Photographer’s Conference about why so many of us struggle learning photo composition and I introduced a new way to teach composition that breaks with the traditional methods and it has just really struck a chord with a lot of people. In fact, I probably get more email from fans about this class than any I’ve ever taught. It’s been viewed over 200,000 times and you can watch the entire class free (I’ve embedded it right above).

Well, there ya have it folks â” three free things from me! :)

Hope you find this stuff helpful and if it moves you even just a few more feet down the road, then I’ll be a happy man. Have a great Tuesday everybody. Hope it’s your best one so far this year! :)

Best,

-Scott

 

OK, well I guess “technically” you could see a before/after in Camera Raw but it could not have been clunkier (just turning on/off the Preview checkbox wouldn’t do it â” that only showed you a before/after of the particular panel you were currently using). But this is way beyond that as Adobe took the awesome before/after side-by-side, top-and-bottom, split-view and related stuff from Lightroom and finally (finally!) brought them over to the current version of Camera Raw (Adobe snuck these in the latest update for Photoshop CC subscribers).

You access these before/after views from right below the preview window (I circled it in red above). Better yet, although the Preview Checkbox is now gone from the Camera Raw interface, pressing the “P” key now actually does what you always thought it should â” now it shows you a real before/after of ALL the changes you made in to the image anywhere in Camera Raw.

Hats off to Adobe who has been sneaking lots of new little features into Camera Raw in the past year, stuff like: Export Option Presets, Auto Levels (automatically setting your white and black points for you), Auto White Balance, Visualizing Spots (from Lightroom), ACR-toning for 32-bit HDR images and a whole bunch more (I did a whole class on it on KelbyOne â” if you’re a subscriber make sure you check it out â” even I was surprised how much has been added since Adobe doesn’t make a big fanfare about it anymore â” they just release ’em when they’re ready).

Anyway, that’s just a quickie for today in case you missed the new feature add — hope you all have a great start to your week!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Hi gang, and greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee. Brad and I are here for some shoots there today for the book I've been working on â” it's the fifth installment of my "The Digital Photography Book" series. This one is called "Photo Recipes" and it's been quite an undertaking, but we're on the home stretch now so it won't be long now ’till this baby is off to the printer.

I've already turned most of the book into my in-house editors, and I'm just wrapping up the final few chapters, so it won't be long now, but if you're wondering why I haven't been as active on social media these past few weeks, that's why.

As we're heading into the weekend, here's a few things that are going on:

(1) I'm selling prints of this image to raise money for Eliza’s treatment
Photographers from around the world are selling one of their prints to help raise money for the life-saving medial treatment for an adorable little 4-year-old girl who is suffering from a degenerative genetic disease called Sanfilippo syndrome. If you’d like to help (and I sure hope you will), could you stop by this site, choose any size print you’d like to buy, and the profits go directly to her treatment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmVP0gnkN7k

(2) The negative power of the Unsolicited Critique
I know Brad mentioned this yesterday on "Free Stuff Thursday" but a number of people have been calling this week's episode of "The Grid" our best ever because of the topic, which was "The Power of the Unsolicited Critique." I posted the episode here and if you've got a few minutes, I encourage you to watch it (or just let it run in the background). It's a message and a story I think anyone who shares their images online needs to here. By the way, I didn’t choose that thumbnail preview that you see above (thanks Aaron).

(3) The Art of Dixie Dixon
Every Thursday we release at least one new online class over at KelbyOne.com (though this year we've been usually releasing more than one at a time) and this week we released an inspirational interview called "The Art of Dixie Dixon" and you're so gonna love it. Dixie is an incredibly talented photographer and a rising star in our industry (she's already been named one of Nikon's Ambassadors). If you get a few minutes, here’s the link. 

(4) Tamara Lackey named to Nikon's Ambassador Program
Just a quick shout-out and high-five to KelbyOne instructor Tamara Lackey for being named to Nikon's prestigious Ambassador Program. She's an incredibly talented photographer and teacher, and anybody that saw her closing presentation at the Photoshop World Conference in Atlanta knows why she is so deserving of this distinction. Our hearty congrats to Tamama (wild cheers ensue!).

(5) Photoshop World Vegas registration is now open
If you're looking to come spend three-days with us in Vegas at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, jump on it right now because you can save $150 but ya gotta do it now (plus, if you sign up now, you can still snag at room at the Mandalay Bay, where all the staff and instructors stay). Here's the link with all the details. See you in Vegas!

(6) Are you in Portland? How about Nashville?
I am (OK, well not right now, but on May 13th I'll be there for my full-day seminar and annual Voodoo Donuts run, so I hope you'll come out for the day (it's just $99 or even less if you're a KelbyOne member). Also, we just announced that I'll be coming to Nashville with the tour on June 6th. Here's the link with details on either one.

(7) Have you heard of this McNally guy?
Joe is heading out on a KelbyOne live tour again, too! His first stop is San Jose and then he's off to Seattle. If you haven't had a chance to see Joe live, it truly is a day you'll never forget. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss $99 goodbye. Here's the link. You will learn a ton!

(8) Finished another project for CocaCola
I just finished up another project for Coke's Website â” this one is a special one for mother's day â” as soon as it goes live (probably next week, right?) I'll post the link to the story and the images. Really excited to be working with them on such interesting stuff.

OK, that's it for today â” hope you all have an absolutely awesome weekend and we'll see you back here on Monday.

Best,

 -Scott

Yesterday afternoon I was on location shooting some long exposure black and white (well, I was shooting in color with the intention of converting to black and white later) and I thought I’d share an iPhone App that has made finding out exactly how long to keep your shutter open an absolute no-brainer.

It’s called ND Timer and you just tell it three things:

  • (1) What your current shutter speed is (before you put your ND filter on your lens)
  • (2) How many stops your ND filter is (like a 3-stop, 4-stop, 10-stop, etc.)
  • (3) If you’re stacking more than one ND Filter on top of another you tap the “Stack Filter” button then let it know the number of stops of your 2nd ND filter

Instantly it tells you exactly how long to leave your shutter open, and it even has a built-in timer countdown clock.

It’s just 99¢. That rocks! (you can find it on the App store)

Plus, it couldn’t be easier to use (there’s really nothing more to it than I just told you.

Anything Missing?
Well, yes. There is one feature I would love to see added: sometimes you’re standing there for 5 or 10 minutes waiting on a long exposure, and it is counting down the time, but I’d love to be able to switch to another App (maybe check my Facebook page), but when it gets down to 10-seconds left before you need to release the cable release lock it needs to have a pop-up warning that appears on screen and ideally an option for an audible warning, like one of the built-in alarm sounds. I’d also love to have the option of having it beep each second for those last 10-seconds (like the self-timer on your camera), so you can get ready to release the cable release lock.

Outside of that, it just rocks, and for 99¢ how can you go wrong?

How about a Long Exposure Photography Tutorial?

OK! (see below)

http://youtu.be/3_dKH2mLt0c

That’s a long exposure tutorial I did on location in Maine a few years back for my buddies who run the “Weekly Photo Tips” blog. It’s already been viewed nearly 550,000 times — the only thing missing was this App (I didn’t know about it then). Anyway, hope you find it useful.

That’s it for today, folks. I’ve been working on another project for CocaCola.com (this one is a special project for Mother’s Day) and I did three shoots for it yesterday. I’ll have details, and a link, coming soon.

Hope you all have a really great Tuesday!

-Scott

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