Posts By Scott Kelby

Yes, there are portfolio consultants, and I found an awesome one!
My friend Jason Joseph turned me on to her work and after listening to her doing a guest-spot on a podcast; then checking out her Web site (link), and eventually talking with her on the phone, I was convinced she could really help me, and she already has.

Her name is Stella Kramer, and even though we just started working together, I can’t tell you how much I learned from just our first hour working together. I took a whole page of notes, but what I learned was far beyond just tweaking my portfolio. Really just an eyeopening, enlightening, and fascinating look into a different side of the business (I’ve got to get her to write a guest blog one day). Anyway, one of the first things she proposed for me was to separate out my sports photography into a separate site, which I did (that’s it shown above).

Here’s the link.

I created this new sports portfolio over at using one of their built-in templates (they have really cool layouts) and it’s linked directly into my portfolio (since the two companies have an alliance  — note the little SmugMug logo on the left side under my navigation).

Anyway, while my new sports portfolio site isn’t quite complete yet, (but hey…it’s a start)
Lot’s more work to do with Stella moving forward including the art of sequencing the images and a wide range of stuff but this was at least one of my homework assignments from her, so I’m on my way.

Let me know what you think of the new layout. Hope you guys have a great Monday — I’m off to Photoshop World! Hope I see you there. :)

Hey gang: I'm getting ready to head out to Orlando for next week's Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and I wanted to share a few quick things before you (us, we) get there. Here goes:

(1) You can 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, see all the vendors, checkout all the new gear, take advantage of show specials, and even catch bonus expo-floor classes at a number of different theaters, and a kick-butt line up of classes at the Peachpit Press theater. Here's the link to register for your free pass.

(2) It's true â” they're giving away a new D600!!!!
Nikon Professional Services (NPS) sponsors a pre-conference workshop at Photoshop World on shooting concert photography like a pro, and the class actually gets to a shoot a live band on stage â” then the best shot (as chosen by applause) wins the new D600 (and I believe a lens, but don’t hold me to that). Here's the cool thing â”- the workshop is limited to just 40 participants (and not all 40 even enter the competition), so each person has a great shot at winning! There are just a few spots left â” and if you're going to Photoshop World, you can snag one of the last spots. You will totally  love this workshop! Here's the link ( and good luck!

(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, 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. It's a HUGE hit with the attendees so make sure you don't miss it (it's on the Expo floor).

(4) Canon is there in a big way again this year!
The folks at Canon have a large booth with a special “Hot Shoe Flash” shooting area and they'll be doing live demos throughout the expo, so add them to your must-visit list.

(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, and my talk about lighting for Manfrotto on the Expo floor. Here's the link to what I'm teaching in Orlando next week.

(6) Adobe is there. 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  — 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 Jay MaiselJoel GrimesDave BlackKatrin Eismann, and Joe McNally. You are guaranteed to learn and be inspired.

(8) Don't forget to catch some of the new trainers, too!
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 these trainers are: Jason Groupp, Colin Smith, Bill Fortney, Aaron Blaise, and Guy Kawasaki.

(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. You can go into a full Lightroom-induced coma. That’s not a bad thing.

(10) It's not too late if you want to come!
Although you can't register online at this point, you can register show site for a full conference pass and anything else you need. Click here to see on site registration hours.

OK gang, that's my tips. Hope I'll get to see you in person in Orlando next week!!! Whoo Hooo!!!! :)

We’re just a week away from Photoshop World kicking off, so here’s a bunch of PSWorld stuff!

Get Our New Completely Redesigned Photoshop World Conference App
I gotta hand it to our App developer Shawn Welch, he totally nailed this App update! If you’re going to Photoshop World, this App is indispensable â” it lets you do everything from assemble your custom class schedule, to finding vendors on the Expo floor, to learning about every instructor, finding your way to class, and a whole lot more!  Available FREE on the App store for iPhone and iPad. (Great job Shawn!)

Big Electric Cat is Rockin’ Photoshop World!
My band “Big Electric Cat” (fronted by the amazing Kalebra Kelby) is playing the Photoshop World Private Attendee Party on Wednesday night at B.B. Kings Bar & Grill. If you don’t have your tickets yet, call 1-800-738-8513 and grab a couple before it’s sold out!

Here’s what you missed last time (but you don’t have to miss it in Orlando!)
At the end of the conference, we have a big together for all the attendees and instructors as we recap an incredible week, and our video crew puts together four short clips, one for each day), and they’re a great way to really see what Photoshop World is all about. I’m posting the four here (they’re very short — less than 2 minutes each I believe) :

Above: Highlights from the pre-conference workshops, the day before the conference starts.

Above: It’s Day 1 of our Election Year theme (That’s not really Sarah Palin. It’s an impresonator just for laughs, but she was so spot-on that it freaked some people out. Here’s the keynote, the private party, the Expo, classes are more!)

Above: Day 2: It’s portfolio reviews, live shoots, food shoots, lighting, more classes, Westcott’s amazing “Shoot Offs” with live models on the show floor, the Expo floor, and the occasional zombie.

Above: Day 3’s video includes a peek at Dave Black’s incredible live shoot with an Olympic Gold Medal gymnast, more live shoots, a whirlwind tour of the Expo floor; the panelists for the “Art of Digital Photography” nighttime panel; and a hint of what’s in-store at Midnight Madness. 

Is it too late to sign-up?
Heck no! It’s not too late to join us next week in Orlando for three days that will absolutely blow your mind! There are seven different tracks running all three days, and whether you’re into Photoshop, Graphic Design, Lighting, Photography, Lightroom, or the business side of it all, there are tons of class (and tons of fun) waiting for you next week in Orlando.

Thousands of people from around the world will be there — so, where will you be the when world’s best instructors take the stage next week? I hope you’re right there with us for an experience you’ll never forget!

Here’s the link: — this is the year! You’re going! :)

I’ll see you there!


Hi Gang: Sorry for the late post. I've really got nuthin'. Ohâ¦.waitâ¦.how about a FREE Expo-only Pass for the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida?

You can visit the show floor either day:

> Thursday, April 18
> Friday, April 19

If you've never been to our Expo floor, it is truly awesome! There are lots of classes running on the Expo floor; tons of demos and special expo-only pricing on gear; Adobe will be there (along with Photoshop Product Managers and Engineers), and bring your camera because the folks from Westcott lighting are partnering with Adobe to bring a live shooting workflow experience to the Expo floor where you can try out their Lighting gear during a LIVE shoot with different models in different scenes (it's the hit of the show floor) and then post-process the images right there and then at Adobe’s booth right next door.

Lots of vendors, lots of cool stuff to see and learn (there are two theaters with free classes going all day), and totally lots of fun! Best of all â” it's free (if you reserver for your free tickets now, in advance).

Just sign-up now for your free Expo-only pass (good for two admissions) right here. 

Man, did I trash my diet in Philly or what!!!!

First, we had a awesome day! Philadelphia was the first city on my nationwide tour, and the nearly 500 photographers who came out Wednesday could not have been more welcoming or friendly. Now, onto the important stuff — incredible Philly food! ;-)

My buddy John Geliebter (shown above left with me) took Brad and I out to his favorite cheesesteak dive “Tony Luke’s” in South Philly (seen above). Total dive (and I mean that as a compliment), and there I experienced the magical healing power of the best Philly Cheesesteak I’ve had, because when I woke up Wednesday morning my Bronchritis was gone and I felt great!

I took your advice!
I asked here on the blog for suggestions where to eat while I’m there and so many folks mentioned DiNic’s in the Reading Terminal (right across the street from the convention center) that we went there for our seminar lunch break (I had the Roast Pork with Sharp Provolone and Broccoli Rabe — absolutely delicious!). Next time I’m in Philly, I will hit “Steve’s Prince of Steaks” (highly recommended by readers) and I will stop by either Pat’s or Genos just to get the Philly Experience, but when it comes to chow; Tony’s and DiNic’s totally rocked it this trip!

We just added TWO MORE CITIES!
Come out and spend the day with me in:

Chicago on April 30th
Seattle on May 23rd
Los Angeles on May 24th

Seats are filled on a first-come, first served basis, so come snag yours right now (it’s only $99 for the full day; just $79 if you’re a NAPP member). Here’s the link. 

OK, let’s switch gears!
Today I’m taping a class with the incredible Tim Wallace (famous UK-based automotive photographer) on lighting and shooting car interiors (Tim’s doing the teaching, I’m doing the shooting. Geesh, from one pressure cooker to the next). Below: here are some scenes from the class Tim just taped this week for Kelby Training Online on how to photograph motorcycles (photos by Erik Kuna).

Above: Behind the scenes shots from Tim’s new online class on photographing motorcycles 


Above: More behind the scenes shots (photos by Erik Kuna)

I’ll be sharing some shots from our taping today with Tim over on my Twitter account, and my Facebook page.

Thanks again to all the great folks in Philly who came out to my  seminar, and who made me feel so welcome (and thanks to everybody who came up with Philly restaurant suggestions. Well, now I’m back at home eating right, but that sure was fun!) Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

Cheers, —Scott

I’ve had a really low-level cold for about 10-days now but on Sunday it decided to move things up a notch, to full blown Bronchitis, so on Monday I went to the doctor, he gave me a shot (ouch!), and some medicine, and a Philly Cheesesteak (OK, he didn’t’ give me that, that I’m getting tomorrow in Philly), so I spent the day at home resting, drinking lots of water and generally looking like the pup you see above.

I’m OK, but I don’t have anything too exciting for today’s blog post (written on Monday night, cough-couch), so I’m calling in sick. Still looking forward to seeing everyone at my Shoot Like a Pro seminar in Philly on Wednesday (over 400 photographers are already signed up for the day), but when you see me, you probably shouldn’t shake my hand unless you want to look like this doggie, too.

Have a healthy Tuesday everybody. :-)