Posts By Scott Kelby

This is getting exciting! Here’s a quick update one week (and a day) out:

(1) We now have nearly 1,000 photo walks organized around the world
All the walks are now in place, as the deadline for creating new walks has passed, so now it’s just about finding a walk near you (and can you help us spread the word to your photography friends?). Here’s the link to the official photo walk page — see if there’s a walk near you and join us on Saturday, October 3rd for an experience you’ll never forget. [the photo above is from my Rome walk two years ago].

(2) We have awesome prizes for the optional photo contest portion!
Check out this link to see what all the prizes, but the grand prize winner picks up a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, a Canon Pixma Pro 1 Printer, a 1-year Adobe Creative Cloud Membership, a Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet, and much more! 10 Finalists will get awesome prizes, too!


We are now just 11-days away from my 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™. We’re getting close to 950 photo walks already organized in cities all over the world, which is awesome. We’ll have a lot of fun, we’ll make lots of great pictures, and we’ll make a lot of new friends in the process. This is all great, but we’re also trying to do something much more meaningful.

You’ve heard of talking about “Walking with a Purpose” and we say that because we’re using this worldwide event to raise money for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. They need our help in a big way each year, and we can really make a difference by helping us all hit our goal of raising $50,000.

Here’s how:

(1) We are encouraging each walker to find it in their heart to donate just $1 to the Orphanage. You can do this when you sign up for your walk, or you can give a gift directly, as so many thoughtful, generous, and just awesome folks already have. Here’s the link to donate whatever amount you’d like ($1 is fine, but if you’ve been blessed and can share you, that is a double-blessing).


(2) Buy one of our official 2015 Worldwide Photo Walk T-shirts (seen above) as 100% of the profits from these t-shirt sales go directly to the Orphanage in Kenya.  Last year (with our friend Rob Jones help). We raised over $7,000 to feed and cloth the children, and this year we’re hoping, with your help, to hit $10,000 just from t-shirt sales alone. Here’s a link to order yours today (better order to day to get yours in time for the walk.

Together, with the $1 donation for walkers all over the world, and the profits from the t-shirt sales, we’re trying to raise $50,000 to help them feed, clothe and house some wonderful children. Note: Last year we raised more than $37,000 and that made a dramatic difference (and it was three-times the amount we ever raised before!)

Remember: 100% of your $1 goes directly to the orphanage (it’s a very small orphanage, housing 33 kids, but feeding many more each day). You have no idea what a difference your dollar will make (and it would mean a lot to me that you’re helping.

This year, we walk with a purpose, on Saturday, October 3rd all over the world. Hope you can join us. :)

Here’s a link with more details — just 11-days to go!



P.S. If you’re a company and you’d like to make a corporate donation, we would absolutely, positively love you for it and we’ll spread the word! (plus, we’ll  make sure you have everything in place for your tax deduction). Contact us directly at 1-800-738-8513. 

I am so excited to tell you about my brand-new book — it’s kind of my ‘greatest hits” book, because I took just the very best tips and most useful techniques from ALL FIVE parts of my “Digital Photography Book Series” (all five books are different), and put them into this one single new book called “The Best of the Digital Photography Book Series.” 



It’s due to ship around October 2nd (13 days from now), but you can pre-order it right now (Amazon has it for only $16.73 and Barnes & Noble for $16.49) and be the first to get it. If you’re a KelbyOne member, you can order it direct from us at a full 40% off!

[IMPORTANT: the cover at Amazon isn’t the same as the one you see above – they’re showing the first mock-up cover, not the actual final cover above, but you’ll get the right book with the right cover now matter where you order it).

Check out my video below – it’s short, but really explains how we put all this together.

Thanks to every one who has supported this book series, which started back in 2006, and to all those folks who made Part 1 of this series the #1 topselling book on digital photography ever. I’m thrilled to see this series live on in this “Best of” volume, and I hope you’ll give it try.

Have a great Monday everybody – I’m off to Phoenix today for my all new “Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded” seminar tomorrow (my next stop is Washington DC, on October 16th).



P.S. We’re 14 days away from my Worldwide Photo Walk on Saturday, October 3rd and we have 930 walks organized all over the world. If you haven’t signed up to join a walk near you (it’s free and it’s so much fun), here’s the link with more details. 

That’s right! It’s Friday and you know what that means – It’s “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks” Friday!

The collage you see above is only one part of today’s trick, which has a whole bunch of steps, but every single one of them is easy, and you’ll learn all sorts of cool things along the way, so don’t let the amount of steps dissuade you. By the way — the US Military makes loads and loads of images available for download for free — just do a Google search and you’ll find about a bazillion to use to practice along. OK, here we go:


Scott, are you serious? After all the heat you took over:

(a) Buying your first Apple watch, and
(b) Then returning it for a full refund, you’re going to buy another one? Really?

Yes, really.

Here’s a quick Q&A on why:

Q. So, I thought your big problem with it was that you didn’t want to take your watch off each night to charge it? Isn’t the battery life still the same?
A. Yes, that was absolutely my main gripe — I like to wear my watch at night, but apparently that’s when it should be charging.

Q. So what changed your mind?
A. Apple releasing Watch OS2 (supposed to be tomorrow I believe). It has a new nightstand mode that lets you lay it on its side while charging on your nightstand – it flips the watch face sideways, and if you need to see the time in the middle of the night, you just tap the watch face.

Q. That’s not nearly as convenient as just wearing it though.
A. I know, but it’s at least a step in the right direction, so I’m willing to give it a try.

Q. Really, that’s all it took?
A. Well, quite honestly there are three other reasons:

  1. When I returned my original Apple watch for a full refund I went back to my Fossil watch, which never needs charging and looks pretty decent, but I hate the watch band like you cannot believe, and after having the Apple Watch, I realized that it’s a “dumb watch.” It just tells the time, looks nice and that’s about it. The Apple watch at least did cool stuff – it was lighter, and I liked being able to change the watch face on a whim.
  2. This article called “The thing with the Apple watch is everybody thought about it wrong” really made me see the Apple Watch in a whole new light, and it’s the best explanation of why the tech bloggers and writers just “don’t get it.”
  3. My old Fossil watch was heavy and I hated the strap (the end kept popping out of the two thin loops), whereas the Apple Watch is really lightweight (I didn’t realize how heavy my old watch felt, or how much I liked the Apple Watch strap until I put my old Fossil watch back on).

Q. When you returned your first watch, you said you actually liked the watch itself – it was just the charging thing. Is that still correct?
A. I must admit, though I still don’t like the charging, I actually missed the watch itself, which is another big motivating factor.

Q. But didn’t you get slammed for buying it in the first place, and then slammed again for returning it?
A. Oh man, did I ever. Here’s just one (of many) I received after returning my first Apple watch – the first line is referring to something I wrote in that post, so his words start with “What about…:

I really needed to know what time it was, and my iPhone was charging on the other side of the house, so I had to find my iPad just to know what time it was.”

What about the oven, microwave, television, computer, any number of other devices within steps of you inside your own home. Did you try glancing at any one of those you pathetic douchebag! This is the most absurd article I have ever read, and you should be ashamed of yourself for bitching about needing to buy a second watch because you are too [deleted super bad words] worthless and lazy to be bothered to get off your fat a@# and figure it out. Go [really bad word] yourself [bad]hole.”

[Note: I edited his last line by adding in  those @#’s in his naughty words. His original comment of course didn’t have those].

He wrote me that comment because I returned my first watch for a refund.

Q. Ouch! Why was he so mad that YOU returned YOUR watch? It’s not like you forced him to return HIS watch?
A. I know. Welcome to my world. I’ve learned that if you say anything positive or negative about Apple, there are a certain percentage of people who just absolutely freak out, and they pretty much fit into two groups: Apple apologists are people who can’t imagine Apple creating or doing anything that isn’t perfect, so if someone complains about their Apple product they immediately blame the user (me, in this case), because they can’t bring themselves to blame Apple. Apple haters on the other hand, are just haters, and just the mention of Apple’s name brings them out in droves. You’ll see them here in the comments, even though I just called them out. They just can’t help it — haters gotta hate.


Q. So which model did you get?
A. I got the Stainless Steel version this time rather than the aluminum Sport Watch (it was $150 more), after seeing them all in person at the Apple store yesterday (it’s the one in the center above, with the white band). I also bought a black band (yes, you have to buy them separately if you don’t want the one that came with your watch, and they ain’t cheap — $50 for their lowest priced one. The one I really wanted turned out to be $445. For just the watch band. Um…I passed on that one.). The bands just slide in/out surprisingly easy — you push a button on the back and they slide out. Very cleverly designed.


Q. What if it doesn’t work out this time? What if you don’t like the new nightstand mode?
A. I’ll know within just a few days how I like it, and of course I can return it for a full refund (within 14 days), but honestly, I don’t think I will this time because I realize that I actually miss having an Apple Watch, and with Watch OS2 it seems like it has more of what I liked about it in the first place. Plus, I’m tired of having a “dumb watch.” So, I’d be pretty surprised if I wound up returning it this time.

Q. But you could be wrong, right?
A. Right. Just ask anybody. ;-)

Q. But the Apple watch isn’t nearly as advanced as [insert the one you like better here]. Why’d you get that one instead of [insert the one you bought here]?
A. Read that article in Reason #2 above. That pretty much explains why.

Well, despite the fact that I decided to give the Apple Watch another try, I still hope you have a great Tuesday. :)



P.S. I’m also trying out a PC Laptop, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a set of Bose Headphones, so load your weapons. ;-)