Posts By Scott Kelby

The new tour kicks off in just a few weeks in :

  • PHILADELPHIA on April 3rd
  • then to CHICAGO on April 30th

I did a test-run of the full day a few weeks ago in our headquarters for a group of about 40 photographers (to get their feedback, ideas, and comments on the day and to help me tweak it before it goes out on the road), and the feedback was just fantastic!!!!

In the short video (less than 2-minutes) above I go through the five sessions I’ll be teaching that day and what it’s all about.

Here’s the link for more info or to reserve your seat right now. (Seating is limited and filled on a first-come/first-served basis).

I hope to see you in in person in Philly or Chicago very soon (it’s a nationwide tour, so we’ll be announcing lots of new cities and dates coming very soon).

I know Brad mentioned this yesterday during “Free Stuff Thursday” but I didn’t want you to miss out (and I really want you to be there with me and more than 30 of the world’s best photography and Photoshop instructors).

It’s Seven full training tracks that run all three days (and you can move between tracks any time). They are:

1. Photoshop for Photographers
2. Photoshop Technique (General Photoshop)
3. Graphic Design Track (Creative Suite)
4. Lightroom
5. Business Track (Marketing, Social Media, Sales)
6. Photography Technique
7. Studio and Hot Shoe Lighting

There’s over 100 classes, and you can customize your experience to fit your needs. If you want to get faster, better, more productive and efficient, make important new contacts, learn how to market your work, have more fun and learn a ton of real-world stuff you can really use, this conference is for you!

(1) The full three-day conference pass (if you sign up today) is only: $598 (and includes a one-year membership to the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, including a subscription to Photoshop User magazine). 

(2) If you’re ALREADY a NAPP-member, then it’s just $499 (seriously an amazing value).

(3) If you’ve been to a previous Photoshop World, you get an additional $50 off Alumni Discount. 

(4) If you want to come in a day early and take an in-depth workshop on a particular topic (most of these are hands-on), those optional pre-conference workshops are listed right here. 

Today’s the cutoff for the early-bird $100-off special, and here’s the link with more details and where you can go to sign up now to save that $100. :)

See you in Orlando next month at the world’s largest Photoshop event!



Want to love coming to work every day? Come work with us at Kelby Training. We’ve got some BIG things we’re working on, and we need kick-butt people to help make it all happen. If that sounds like you, this could be the job of your dreams.

These job openings are in-house at our headquarters in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida (our offices are way cool), so you’ll have to either (a) live here already or (b) move here (lots of people move to Florida even without having jobs here). Luckily, we have really great benefits and you’ll get the opportunity to really work your butt off. But at least you’ll be doing it with some of the coolest, most creative, most fun people anywhere. Details at the bottom of this post for how to apply.

Here's who we're looking for:

(1) Insanely great video editors
If you’re a total shark at editing, we need you. All the editors we have are freakin’ amazing, so you have to totally “bring it.” But if you can swim with this crew, you will have a blast (well as much of a blast as you can have editing videos of me, Matt and RC and friends but you know what I mean). I truly love our video crew, and their leader, and you will, too! Totally great working environment with a real team spirit.

(2) Marketing Geniuses
We just hired an awesome Marketing Director Super-Wizard Guy, and he is putting together an absolutely kick-butt marketing team around him. We want you on that wall. We need you on that wall. You'll need to have some serious marketing experience, lots of energy, passion for what you do, and the ability to not only come up with great ideas, but make them happen. An incredible opportunity for the right person. You can start right away (the pay's not half bad either, you get awesome benefits, plus there's plenty of opportunity for growth). This is the job you've been waiting for. Seriously.

(3) App Developer
I can get a 14-year-old kid to make an App — for this job, you have to be at least 15 (kidding). Seriously though, we need a top-notch App developer that is more than someone who can just write code. We need someone with serious design skills, who thinks UI is an art form, and is totally committed to making a user experience that is clean, simple, functional and beautiful. We have a ton of projects just waiting for you. You can start tomorrow. I’m not joking.

(4) Other Warm Bodies
OK, that’s an exaggeration — they don’t need to be warm. We’re working on a few other positions that we’ll be posting very soon, so keep an eye out here on the blog and as soon as we get them fleshed out, I’ll let you know.

A little bit about us
Kelby Media Group is an awesome place to work, with a casual work environment, really cool offices (link to photos-part 1, and part 2), and you’ll have to opportunity to really make a difference, doing some really important stuff, alongside some really brilliant people already on our team.

We only hire kick-butt, highly motivated, really smart and creative people, so if you get a job here, you know you're the best of the best (and we treat you like it).

If any of these sounds like a perfect fit for you, or someone you know, then come and work for us! If you post a comment here asking for our HR dept, we'll email the contact info where to can send your resume (don't send us a stuffy resume that sounds like you're looking for a job at Bank of America. They'll weed you out way before it gets to me, and I want you to make the cut).

That's the gig. Although we're pretty casual about a lot of things, we're really serious about finding incredible talent — people with a great attitude, ethics, passion, and personality. If that sounds like you, I want to meet you. Soon!

1. Whoo Hooo —- three years in a row!
First up, I want to start with a really big thanks to the readers of my books, because today it was announced that for the third year straight I’ve been named the #1 top-selling photography book author in the US (according to data compiled from Nielsen Bookscan). Here’s a link to the official press release from my Publisher, Peachpit Press.

My humble thanks to Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel (my Publisher), Ted Waitt (My Editor at Peachpit), Marketing Wizards Scott Cowlin and Sara Jane Todd, and all the crew at Peachpit and New Riders who make it a blast to write books. Also, a big high five to my in-house crew of some of the most talented and creative people on the planet, my in-house Editor Kim Doty, Tech Editor Cindy Snyder, My Book Designer Jessica Maldonado and Dave Damstra and his layout crew that all come together somehow again and again to do really great stuff. Plus a big “Hey You!” to our Chief Operating Officer Dave Moser who relentlessly rides herd over and shepherds all these book projects along.

2. I’m teaching at Nikon’s Booth this week in Vegas at the WPPI Conference & Expo
If you’re out here in Vegas, I’m doing a presentation today at 12:30 pm at Nikon’s booth called  “Shooting with Just One Light” so if you’re out here, I hope you’ll stop on by and check it out.

3. Kelby Training & NAPP at WPPI 
We have separate booths here at the Expo in Vegas (Kelby Training for the photography side of things, and of course NAPP for the Photoshop side). We have free live presentations from a number of our Kelby Training Online instructors, so stop by and see who’s on stage Monday thru Wednesday.

4. I’m doing a lighting Demo Wednesday at B&H Photo’s booth
OK, it’s now officially turning into a busy week (but I love it!). I’ll be doing some fun lighting stuff with a live shoot for B&H on their stage on Wednesday at 12:20 pm at their booth, #921 in the Grand Ballroom.

5. Coming soon to a Photoshop User TV set near you — it’s “The Photoshop Girl!”
“The Photoshop Guys” (RC, Corey, Pete, Matt and Me) are excited to announce that we have added our own Jessica Maldonado to the weekly show as one of our co-hosts. Jessica has been designing (and performing mini-miracles) with my book covers and interior designs for years now and she’s one of the most talented Photoshop designers I’ve ever known, and that’s exactly why we want her on the show. She does such kick-butt Photoshop stuff day-in, day-out that we wanted her to share all that with our viewers (and it’s a way for us to steal her techniques). So, keep an eye out for our first “Photoshop Girl” joining the guys each week on Photoshop User TV.

6. Our buddy, and NAPP UK Evangelist Dave Clayton featured in German Photo magazine “Pictures”
None of us has any idea whatsoever what the article says, but the fact that’s there a picture of my buddy Dave, our mutual buddy the amazing Glyn Dewis, and yours truly just means one thing — it must be a very unflattering article. LOL! Congrats to Dave (absolutely one of the best guys on the planet), and here’s hoping that one day there’s an article about you I can actually read. Cheers ya Geezer! ;-)  (By the way, here’s the link to their site).

7. MC2 Tony D. Curtis named Navy Photographer of the Year
For those of you who remember my aircraft carrier shoot back in January, that name probably rang a bell, because that’s the totally great guy who helped me and my buddy Ed out when our gear got left back at the base and didn’t make it out to the carrier at all. Tony hooked us up with gear, hung out with us, shared tips and was generally just a really great guy and top notch photographer (and I’m thrilled to see such a talented photographer recognized as Navy Photographer of the Year). Also, before I learned the big news, I had already asked Tony if he’s be up for doing a guest blog post here on the blog, and he’s “All in” so I look forward to sharing more of Tony’s life, career and work here soon.

Plus, I mentioned Tim Walter in my post —- another talented photographer who helped us, and kept us from being run over by F/A-18s, and Tim won “Outstanding New Photographer of the Year.” A hearty congrats to both, and my thanks for your service to our country.

That’s it for today folks — hope I’ll see you at the Nikon booth today at 12:30 for my session.




On Monday morning I a took a short flight down to Key West, Florida to meet up with my buddy Jose Ramos, a military aviation photographer who was on assignment for Pilot magazine doing a story on Fighter Squadron VFC-111 (The “Sundowners”) based at Key West Naval Airstation.

It was absolutely beautiful down there (and the weather couldn’t have been more beautiful, with temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s), and on Monday, after shooting some takesoffs and landings from long range, Jose and I stayed late to get some nice light at sunset with some of the jets on the flight line.

One of the highlights of the trip was Jose and I having lunch with his good friend, and Squadron Commander,  Joe ‘Monty’ McMonigle. I told him about my carrier shoot, and since he had been flying off carriers for years he had some amazing stories, and I learned a ton about the process of landing on carriers. I already had an incredible amount of respect for carrier pilots but that went up a big notch after our talk with Joe. I seriously don’t know how these guys do it, but I’m sure glad that somehow they can.

Jose goes Air-to-Air
On Tuesday, Jose (who is rated by the Navy to fly in jets) got the chance to go up and do some air-to-air photography in the backseat of an F5 and he got just some absolutely sick shots!!!! He’s done that air-to-air stuff down cold (but when I heard some of the stuff they did in the air, I’m not sure I would have the presence of mind to even raise my camera to my eye. Especially with all the screaming I would have been doing). But Jose has done this stuff a bunch, and he totally nailed it. Everybody was freaking out over the shots he came back with.

I’ll leave the rest to the captions below, but a big thanks to Jose for having me tag along for the shoot, and to the men and women of the Sundowners squadron who couldn’t have been friendlier or more accommodating to us during our visit. Jose is still down there working on the story and by the time you read this, he’s probably in the cockpit for another air-to-air shoot. OK, not the best term, but you know what I mean. Hats off to Monty and the entire VFC-111 — thanks for your service to our country.


Above: The jets were all facing toward the setting sun, so to get the good light, we had to shoot from behind or beside the jets, because if we faced them, the sky behind them was kind ofâ¦wellâ¦gray and boring. 

Above: After the jets come back in from their last runs of the day, the ground crew takes over and that’s when I got this open-cockpit shot. 

Above: At about 5:30 pm and sun was getting low in the sky so we headed out to get some shots, and the clouds were totally cooperating with us. This is a E/A-18G Growler, a specialized electronic warfare variant of the FA-18F Super Hornet.

Above: Here’s the hanger. It’s a half-HDR shot (an HDR shot mixed at 50% with the original non-HDR’d image).

Above: Here’s an F5 fighter (used by the Navy to portray “Bad guys” in dog fights, ala “Top Gun.”). This shot is taken just after take-off (my only take-off shot. Long story) and the front gear hasn’t retracted yet (they go up after the rear. It’s an old plane).

Above: Here’s one of the F5’s taxiing out for a training session with the Growlers. It’s pretty warm down there so they keep the canopy open until they’re about to take off. 

Above: Here’s one of the two-seater F5’s that Jose goes up in for his air-to-air shoots. With a camera. You knew that, right?

Above: Jose is always doing these shoots, but nobody’s ever covering Jose, so I took on the job. Here he is headed out for his first air-to-air of the week (and yes, that’s a parachute on his back). Apparently, it’s more dangerous than shooting football. I’ve never had to wear a parachute. ;-)

Above: Here’s Jose (rear seat) before heading out. That’s ‘Monty’ Piloting the F5. 

Above: Here’s Jose looking very “Top Gun”

Above: Here’s me looking like I always do, standing beside an F5. Snooze. 

Above: Here’s a shot taken inside their F5 flight simulator. It was pretty amazing (I took this one from the platform where you climb into the simulator. I shot it with a 28-300mm f/3.5 to f/5.6. The lighting was pretty dark in there, but I wanted to shoot it with just the ambient light, so I shot it at 2,500 ISO handheld at 1/13 of a second. I fired a lot series of shots in High-Speed continuous to make sure I had one in focus (and sure enough, I did). 

Above: Here’s a closing shot. It would have been sweet if we could have gotten them to turn the jet around so we could have shot from the front or front side with the sunset in the background. Of course, we never asked (for obvious reasons). The squadron has just about adopted Jose (he’s been shooting and flying with them since was 18-years-old), so they would actually probably do it if he asked far enough in advance.

Above: It’s great to see such a great relationship built between Jose and the Squad, but Jose has worked very hard to earn their trust (plus he delivers some amazing images, which literally line the walls of the squadron’s headquarters, as shown above in this photo taken with my iPhone —- that’s Jose’s shot framed on the wall beside him). 

Anyway, it was a quick, really fun overnight trip, and I was already back home the next afternoon, but I gotta tell ya — shooting jets is just a blast!