Posts By Scott Kelby

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Today is Labor Day in the United States, and our offices are closed, so we’re taking today off here at the blog but I’ll be back on here tomorrow.

By the way: I looked up Labor Day in WikiPedia, and here are a few interesting tidbits about this American Holiday:

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties.

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City.

In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and College football seasons (#rolltide!)

Have a great Labor Day everybody, and don’t forget to rest and party! :-)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’re relaxing this Labor Day, why not click this link; type in the name of your city, and see if there’s a Photo Walk near you that you can join as part of my 9th annual “Worldwide Photo Walk” on Saturday, Oct. 1st :)

If this ever happens to you — you go to open a JPEG image in Photoshop, and you get a warning dialog box saying you have an ‘Invalid JPEG Marker’ and it won’t open the image, here’s what I do (I made a video with what to do step-by-step – it’s easy).

 

I’m in Iceland right now….
…and I’m sharing my behind-the-scenes crazy stuff over on Instagram, if you follow me over there.

Tomorrow: It’s Canon 5D Mark IV day on “The Grid”
The wonderful Larry Becker is sitting in for me tomorrow on “The Grid” doing the hosting duties with our guests, Canon Explorers of Light, Rick Sammon, and video guru, Bruce Dorn, who both got a chance to shoot projects with the just-announced 5D Mark IV, and they’ll be sharing their experiences and answering questions. That’s tomorrow at 4pm ET on “The Grid.” http://kelbytv.com/thegrid

“Gear Head LIVE” is back tomorrow…
That’s right — they’re back — Rudy Winston (Canon’s super genius tech guru, and hero to KelbyOne members around the world), will be here tomorrow with  Brent Ramsey (Canon’s video Tech Genius guy and the other part of the Gear Head Tag Team) answering KelbyOne members questions live, and the Webcast is hosted by the always-fun Larry Becker.

KelbyOne members can watch this free Webcast at http://kelbyone.com/webcasts

If you’re not a member, you can still watch by signing up for the 10-day free trial. Then you’re a member (well, for 10-days anyway).

OK, that’s it from here in Iceland
Don’t miss tomorrow’s Guest Blog, right here. Same bat time. Same bat channel.

Best,

-Scott
Brrrrrrrrrrr!

NFL 2014 -- Buccaneers vs. Packers

Hi Gang: I get asked this question enough that I thought I’d do a quick blog post on it. Here goes:

Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority

F-stop: f/2.8
Note: I shoot wide open (using the lowest numbered f/stop) on whichever lens I’m using at the time, and I don’t change my f/stop the entire day.

Shutter Speed: 1/1000 of a second or faster
Note: For late afternoon or night games, I turn on Auto ISO and I set my MINIMUM shutter speed to 1/1000 of a second, so no matter what, I’ll also have at least 1/1000 of a second to freeze the action.

ISO: Bright Sunny Day Games: 100 ISO. Cloudy Days: 200 ISO. Night games: Auto ISO (see Shutter Speed above).

White Balance: Auto for day and night games, but I adjust it if it looks funky at night or if I’m shooting in a dome. A lot depends on the lighting in the stadium.

Focus Mode: AI Servo (Continuous Focus Mode on Canon bodies)

Auto Focus (AF) Area Selection Mode: AF point expansion (up, down, left, and right)

Focus Control: Back Button Focus

Shooting Mode: High-Speed Continuous (burst mode)

File Mode: JPEG high (here’s why)

Auto Focus Configuration Tool Preset: Case 4 (on Canon cameras), but sometimes I switch back to Case 1 if I feel like I’m having a bad focus day and I want to blame it on the equipment instead of the real problem.

Highlight Warning: On

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Lenses:
Main camera: Day game: 200-400mm f/4
Main camera: Night game: 400mm f/2.8 (to keep ISO lower)
2nd Body: 70-200mm f/2.8 and/or 24-70mm f/2.8

IS (Image Stabilization): Off
Note: If you’re shooting at fast shutter speeds, this should be turned off.

Bodies:
Main body: Canon EOS 1Dx
2nd Body: Canon EOS 1Dx
Note: I don’t have the Canon 1Dx Mark II yet. Canon gave me a loaner for a weekend to review, but I haven’t bought one yet. I don’t have a 7D Mark II either – again, another weekend loaner.

Memory Cards: Lexar Professional 1066x Compact Flash Cards
Note:
I generally use a 64GB or 128GB, but both are overkill because I shoot in JPEG, so I only use about 12GB on my main camera, and 6 or 7GB on my 2nd body.

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I hope you found that helpful. :)

If you’re into sports photography (or even just getting into it)…
…we have a bunch of full-length online classes at KelbyOne, but I’d maybe start with these:

  1. I teach a class on “Beginner Sports Photography” (link) Catch it if you’re brand new to sports.
  2. I co-host a class featuring sports photography legend, Peter Read Miller, called “What Makes a Great Sports Photo” (it’s a really eye-opening class – he’s amazing!). Heres the link.
  3. Another great class is from renowned sports photographer, Dave Black, and it’s on “Shooting High School Football.” Such a great class! (link)

OK, I’m off to Iceland today with my buddy Terry White – my first time ever and I’m really excited. :)

Have a great Monday, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow when I’ve got a cool tip for what to do when you have a damaged JPEG image.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. A big thanks to everybody who came out to my seminar in Indianapolis last Thursday. Such a great group of photographers (and thanks for the awesome turnout). Next step: Minneapolis on September 21, 2016. Tickets here. 

 

NFL 2014 -- Buccaneers vs. Packers

The drought is over — Football is back, and tonight’s my first game of the season (well, it’s a pre-season game, but ya know — I definitely need a pre-season game to warm up and shake the dust off a long off-season).

I’m excited to once again be covering Tampa Bay Buccaneers home games for Zuma Sports, and that starts with tonight’s epic clash against the Cleveland Browns (stop snickering). I think it’s going to be a solid year for Tampa, so I’m psyched to see how the season plays out.

NFL loadout

Here’s the load out I’m using for tonight’s game (No, I don’t have any 1DX Mark IIs – I’m still using the old 1Dxs). Buried in there is a Rapid Strap camera strap. I can probably take the Hoodman Loupe out, since it’s a night game, right? ;-)

OK, gotta run. Hope you guys have a great weekend — I’m heading to Iceland on Monday, so could be a sketchy blogging schedule next week. We’ll see.  :)

Best,

-Scott

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Canon just announced perhaps one of the most anxiously awaited new cameras in years — the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. I got a chance to do a shoot with it (see the video below), and I have to say, it’s not only probably the best camera Canon’s ever made, it’s arguably one of the best cameras ever made, period. I just fell in love with it!

First, check out the video where I go over all the main specs (and I share a few shots from my first shoot with it).

That video covered all the really big features, but…
there’s all sorts of other cool stuff in this camera, so head over to Canon’s site to read the press release about all the other stuff, like built-in light flicker correction and a new noise algorithm, and enhanced scene recognition and face detection capabilities, and all that type of stuff.

In the meantime, here’s some more picture of the body, which look astonishingly like the old 5D Mark III body!

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Above: The back view which look very familiar. 

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Above: Side view with lens attached (seriously, where you would be without these helpful captions)?

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Above: What could this be? Wait! Wait! I know! Is it — the top of the camera? Yes, you are correct (said the council on the glaringingly obvious. So why did I make these captions at all? Because it looks better!). 

Canon also announced a couple of new lens (one that I am particularly interested in is the newly updated 16-35mm and they also announced a 24-105mm. Both expected in October I believe).

OK, that’s the big news today. I’m in Indianapolis with my seminar today. I expect to meet a bunch of very excited Canon shooters there today!

Best,

-Scott

 

1000walks

This is just insane! So exciting, and just crazy! In just one week, over 1,009 cities already have photo walks approved as part of my 9th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk, sponsored by Canon. WOW!!!

We have NEVER had this many walks, this quickly, and I’m just absolutely delighted (and very thankful to our Leader coordinator this year, Jeanne Jilleba, who has been working her butt off getting all of these walks approved so quickly).

If you checked last week, and there wasn’t a walk in your city yet…
…I’d go back and check again. Chances are, there is one now! (link)

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Above: This is the group shot from Paris a couple of years ago, led by our friend Serge Ramelli (that’s him bottom right corner giving a thumbs up – I’m behind him standing to the right in the black Adobe hoodie. Photo by Kalebra). 

We’re still accepting new cities
If there’s not a photo walk in your area, it’s not too late to volunteer to be a Walk Leader. Head to the official “Worldwide Photo Walk” site, and click on the Lead a Walk button to apply.

Thanks to everybody who has signed up for a walk, and to everyone who has volunteered to lead one, and to Canon for making this all happen (and for providing lots of amazing prizes for the contest portion of the walk). This is just awesome!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Whoo Hoo!!! :)

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