Posts By Scott Kelby

Hi everybody – happy Friday, and here’s what’s up:

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My “Simplified Lightoom Image Management” System
Last night, in front of a live audience, I taped a class I’ve been working on for quite some time designed for photographers whose Lightroom organization is either a total mess (very common), or it’s not a mess but it’s too complicated and/or time consuming to keep up. It’s a whole new way of thinking about how to organize your images, both before you get into Lightroom and after, and I can’t wait to share it with you on KelbyOne once it’s finished up (about four weeks or so I imagine). Thanks to everyone who came out and spent the evening with me last night, and thanks for all the wonderful feedback – can’t wait to share this with the world! :) [photo credit: Kim Doty]

Real Estate Photography Photo Critiques (and tips!)
Definitely one of our best episodes of the year, and that’s thanks our guest, California-based Real Estate photographer Thomas Grubba. He was awesome, and although the episode was supposed to just real estate photo critiques (using images submitted by our viewers), there were so many great questions pouring in, that we had to take a bunch of them, and Thomas totally rocked it, giving insights into everything from lighting, color, composition, and gear. Absolutely top notch episode, and you can watch it right above.

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Charlotte – I’m there with my seminar on Monday!
Hope you can come out (I already have a couple of hundred photographers signed up, but we’ve got room for one more!). It’s my “Shoot like a Pro tour, Reloaded!” – hope you can come out and join me there on Monday. http://kelbyonelive.com

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Gabe’s Night Photography Class Rocks!
I know Brad announced this new nighttime photography class yesterday, but last night one of my audience members had already watched the class and he was absolutely raving about it, and the instructor, my friend Gabriel Biderman. Gabe literally wrote the book on night time photography, and we’re honored to have him teaching with us at KelbyOne. Here’ the link to Gabe’s new class.

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Want some cool Lightroom tips?
Well, I’ve been cranking them out over on our sister site: LightroomKillerTips.com – a few of mine from this week:

> Reader Question: Can you create Crop Tool presets? (yes you can! link)
> Quick Develop’s Hidden Little Secret (link)
> How to Clearly See Sensor Dust and Spots on your image (link)

I post there three times a week (monday, Wed and Fri), so if you’re into learning Lightroom, I invite you to pop on by. link

OK, gotta run! Lots of share on Monday about my speaking schedule next week at Photo Plus Expo in New York City. Can’t wait!! :)

Best,

-Scott

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Hey gang, just a quick update on where we are on the Worldwide Photo Walk.

Let’s look at the numbers first, cause they’re awesome!

(1) We had 24,338 walkers participate
(2) We had 1,068 walks organized around the world
(3) We have raised (so far), over $24,000+ for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya (which is more than double what we raised last year. This is a BIG awesome win!! Whoo Hoo!!!)

Thank you to all the leaders who gave their time and expertise; thanks to everybody who joined a walk, and of course a big thank you to everyone who bought a t-shirt or donated to the Orphanage. What a blessing this will be for them (and for you, too!).

Now, some housekeeping stuff:


(1) The deadline to enter the main photo contest is…
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 12:00 Midnight EDT.

To enter your image (which must have been taken during the official walk), go to the WorldwidePhotoWalk official web site; log-in with your user name and password; then from the top right side of the menu bar select “Your Walk.” Then, on your walk page, go to the Contest Tab (as shown below), and click on the photo contest button (shown circled in red below).

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Our contest this year is handled by the folks at ViewBug. They’ll ask you to create a free ViewBug account, and you can submit your one image to the photo competition there.


 

WALK LEADER PHOTO CONTEST

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(2) The deadline for the Leader photo contest is…
…the same as above for the walkers (Sunday, Oct. 16th, 2016); go to the site; log-in with your user name and password, and from the Leader’s Dashboard, in the top menu click on “Photo Walk” and from the pop-down menu choose “Your Photo Walk.” Then click on the Contest tab, and you’ll see a button for “Enter Leader Contest” (as shown above).

That’s it for now. Lots more contests and fun coming up, including the “Video Contest” (with an awesome prize from Canon USA our awesome sponsor — more on this next week), plus the People’s Choice Awards, and the announcement of all the finalists and winners.

Hope you found that helpful. Make sure you stop back tomorrow for a very special guest blog/tribute to one of the true greats in our industry.

Best,

-Scott

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Going to Photo Plus Expo in a couple of weeks? Come Shoot Portraits with Me!
Hi gang — it’s Monday. Here’s what’s up: If you’re going to Photo Plus Expo in New York, I want to tell you about a hands-on “Portraits on location” workshop I’m doing with the folks from Lexar Memory.

It’s limited to a small group of people, and we’re going to head out into the streets of Manhattan with two professional models. I’ll explain the technique, then you’ll split into two groups and try out the same techniques yourself with the models. We’ll be using both natural light and flash, and we’ll pack a lot into those two-hours — you’ll learn a bunch, and you’ll be shooting’ plenty the whole time.

Here’s the link to sign up for the workshop

These workshops [Photo Plus Expo calls them “Photo Walks” but they’re really hands-on workshops], are very limited to the number of participants, so if you want to join me (and Brad), then sign up right now before it’s sold out.

 

Another side of Street Photography on “Photography Live and Uncut”
I recently was a guest on the UK-based Web show “Photography Live and Uncut” with host Paul Griffiths (great host, and really nice guy), and we got “into it” on the topic of Street Photography. It’s a discussion you don’t hear very often, and if you’ve got a few minutes, just let this run in the background — it’s more entertaining than a Presidential Debate (but then, what isn’t?). ;-)

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Honored to be included in “Get Inspired” Magazine
It’s a magazine of creative inspiration and in their current issue (issue #31) they included one of my portraits, and I’m very excited and honored to be included among such great photographers in this issue. Here’s the link to download the magazine.

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Photographers in Charlotte and Sacramento — I’m headed your way!
I’m in Charlotte next Monday, the 17th, and then I’m in Sacramento the next week, on the 24th, with my full day seminar. Hope you can come out and spend the day with me. 🙂

That’s it for today! Hope yours is a great one!

Best,

-Scott

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Above: My MacBook Pro in the photo workroom, secured with “The Ledge” and cable lock.

A couple of weeks ago I covered the Bucs home game vs. the LA Rams, and I tried out a new lock for my MacBook Pro Retina laptop called “The Ledge” from MacLocks.com (while I’m out on the field, my laptop is back in the photo workroom, and I don’t like to leave it there unattended without it being locked down).

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Above: Here’s the cable lock I keep in my Thinktank Laptop bag.

Why we need a separate lock today
The MacBook Pros’ used to have a built-in slot for attaching a lock directly to the body itself, and I used a MacBook cable lock back then, and it worked perfect. But then in 2012, with the newer, thinner MacBooks, Apple sadly did away with that locking slot on the body, so I had to find another solution, and MacLocks.com had the only decent solution I could find, which had you attaching a lightweight, yet strong, thin horizontal bar along the bottom rear of your MacBook, and on the end there was a slot where you inserted the lock (here’s the link to that review here on the blog). While it did add a long bar to the back of your MacBook, it did the job well (I still have my MacBook despite being left on its own many times). My only big complaint with this older lock was there was not a combination lock model available — you had to use a key lock.

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Above: Here’s a close-up of The Ledge — it’s really small and unobtrusive.

The Ledge is That Much Better!
Beside the fact that you couldn’t get a combination lock with the other bar method, the other downside to the “locking bar” is that bar would sometimes get caught when  taking it in/out of your laptop bag. No biggie, but it happened enough that it was a bit annoying. Not enough to remove it, and take my chances with an attended laptop just lying their begging to be stolen, but annoying enough. That’s why when I saw “The Ledge” I wanted it badly — It’s the smallest, most unobtrusive, and easiest to install MacBook Pro lock I’ve ever used (just remove one screw; pop the “Ledge” on; use the included MPB screw and you’re set). Two minutes tops. And now I can say hands down The Ledge is absolutely my favorite. It addressed my one minor gripe from the old version, and it did it in a better way than I was expecting. It’s just so small and so simple. I love simple design.

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Above: Finally — a combination lock option! Note: be careful when setting your combination — you press in a little button on the bottom (with a pen or small screwdriver) while setting the number you want for your combination (unless, of course, you want 0-0-0-0 to be your number). If at any time you let off the pressure even a tiny bit, it will choose whatever number you’re currently at, but you won’t realize it until it’s too late. Yes, this happened to me, and I had to get a replacement cable lock. It’s tricky to do with just one person, so ask a friend to help. 

You can choose a key lock or combination lock (I went with the combo lock).

Highly recommended if you worry about protecting your Mac anywhere you have to leave it unattended, even for a minute. It’s $79.95 for the Ledge with the cable lock, special little screwdriver, and slightly longer screw to attach the Ledge to the bottom of your MacBook Pro. More details at bit.ly/2dzFrd1

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Above: Here’s a close-up of combo lock attached to The Ledge.

Overall Rating
If I actually had a five-star rating-system, with 5 being best, this would be a 5-star (I gave the old version I a 4-1/2 star rating, knocking off the half star because at that time they didn’t offer a combination lock option (only a key lock) but now they do, it’s just a $5 upgrade.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars! ✭✭✭✭✭
Price: $79.95 (includes key lock cable)
Combination Lock Cable Option: Add $5.00
Works on: 13″ and 15″ Retina MacBook Pros
Available from: MacLocks.com

Hope you found that helpful. Try to stay safe and dry out there, and have a great weekend! #rolltide

Best,

-Scott

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Greetings from the enchanting city of Venice, Italy (yup, I’m still here, but I head back home tomorrow). Here’s my awesome group of photographers, many of whom came from all over Europe to join us for a day of photos and fun (by the way — it was a bit foggy at the beginning of our route, but it never rained, and the fog burned off and it was a beautiful day all the way around!)

Group Shots From Around the World
One of the highlights for me each year, is seeing the group shots from around the world come pouring in — it’s such a treat to see all those smiling faces, from every part of the globe, having fun and enjoying one of the great joys of being a photographer, which is hanging out with other photographers and making new friends in the process.

Today, because I’m still in Venice, I’m doing a short post here, and I’ll be posting lots of groups shots on my Facebook page (here’s the link), so stop by there later today if you get a chance (I’ll be adding more as they come in).

So many wonderful things happened…
…lots of cool photos, lots of people meeting people, and lots of people helping those less fortunate by donating to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya, which this photo walk has adopted. I’ll have lots more on the success of our fund-raising this year, but we easily beat last year’s donations, so that’s a BIG win. Thank you!

OK, off to wander the streets of Venice — a city I am more in love with today than ever, and now I have made some new friends here as well (more on that soon).

Here’s wishing you your best week this year (so far)!

Ciao!

-Scott

 

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It’s Worldwide Photo Walk day. Whoo Hoo!!! 
Greetings from beautiful Venice, Italy where I hosted a local walk today (with a really just wonderful group of photographers) as part of my 9th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk, sponsored by Canon.

Here’s some “Day of Walk” stuff from me and the crew:

1. Our hashtag is #WWPW2016
On Twitter, follow @kelbyone and talk to us about photowalk using the hashtag #WWPW2016 for your chance to win prizes during the day of photowalk.

2. Post your group shots here
One of my biggest thrills is  seeing the Group Shots from walks all over the world come in, so if you have yours, please send me the link or leave me a link here in the comments so I can share them.

3. Keep an eye out for an email from us on where to upload your images to share with your other walkers
Once the walk is completed, we will ALSO email all of you so you’re aware of how to upload a picture for the optional walk competition.

Here’s wishing you all beautiful weather, a safe fun walk, a chance to make new friends, and some of your best photos yet!

Cheers,

-Scott

P.S. Walk proud today knowing that we crushed last year’s $12,000 in donations for the Springs of Hope Orphanage. You guys really kicked in big time this year – I’ll have the preliminary numbers soon, but we passed the $12,000 mark well before the walk, so let’s celebrate that today. Everybody you see at the walk wearing one of the official Photo Walk T-shirts helped to make that happen. So did a ton of walkers made direction donations through our Generosity.com donation page. You guys did good. Real good! :)

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