Posts By Scott Kelby

What as awesome day yesterday in New York!!!! (and thanks to RC who took this pano of the crowd from behind me while I was teaching how to shoot and stitch panos. LOL!).

Thanks to everybody who came out — one of my best crowds of the year! Great to see so many familiar faces and getting to meet some great new folks. I love NY! Just some quick things before I board my flight home:

(1) The deadline to save $100 on a full conference pass to the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo (Sept 7-9) is this Friday, so if you wanna go (and I know you wanna go), go sign up right now (and save even more by reserving your room at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino — that’s where I’m stayin’).

(2) A guy came up to me yesterday at my seminar and he was absolutely raving about Light It magazine (which, of course, had me smiling from ear to ear). He was in the magazine business, and he said he thought it was the best designed and implemented digital magazine he had ever seen, and I was just thrilled). If you haven’t seen Light it (our hot shoe and studio lighting magazine for the iPad), you can download the first issue free from the App Store (we’re working on an Android version now).

(3) If you are going to Photoshop World, don’t forget to enter the Guru Awards. The prizes are awesome, and winning a Guru Award has been a career springboard for a lot of folks (the competition is only open to registered Photoshop World attendees, but entry is free to those folks).

Gotta run —- they’re boarding. Hope you guys have an awesome Tuesday, and we’ll see you here tomorrow for Guest Blog Wednesday. Cheers.

Got in yesterday afternoon for my seminar today, and spent the day with my buddy RC Concepcion goofing around in Manhattan (RC used to live here, and he knows all the great restaurants, the history, where everything is and such). We went to the Intrepid museum (built on a World War II aircraft carrier), which was just fantastic (I had been there about 15 or so years ago, and it’s just gotten that much better over the years! Even saw the Space Shuttle Enterprise).

The video clip above is about the seminar I’m teaching today, but if you’re not here in New York today at my seminar, you can catch either me or RC as we take the “show on the road.” The next stop is RC’s in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 15th, and then I’m out in Sacramento, California on August 22nd, and then in Denver on August 29th. Here’s the link for details and/or to sign up. Hope to meet you in person!

Here’s some other quick Monday stuff:

(1) If you’re into seeing the Olympics from a photographer’s point-of-view, our good friend Bill Pekala from Nikon Professional Services is out at the Olympics in London, and has been posting a great series of images on his blog from a different point of view. If you’ve got a minute, it’s worth checking out (here’s the link) and he posts new stuff about every day.

(2) My buddy RC bought a Nexus 7 tablet and I am just really impressed with it. For $199, it is really amazing. WAY better than I ever thought a $199 tablet would be. Love the small size and the way it feels in your hands. Very quick and responsive with a nice crisp screen, and pretty lightweight. I have to say, if a new smaller 7″ iPad wasn’t just six weeks or so away (rumor), I’d probably get one.

(3) If you’re into HDR, you’ve gotta check out Nik Software’s newly updated HDR Efex Pro 2. This is the tool a lot of pros are using and they’re raving about the new version (I just started taking it through it’s paces, and it already looks really cool). You can download a fully-working demo from their site (here’s the link).

(4) MPIX (just the coolest online photo lab ever) is having a “Hip My House” contest where you can win $5,000 worth of prints (RC talked about this on his Guest Blog post a couple of weeks ago), and if you haven’t entered….why not? This contest is really clever, and you’ll love the results. Here’s the link with all the details.

(5) I mentioned that I’d let you guys know how I’m liking my new Macbook Pro. Well I am absolutely super-digging it (as my wife would say). This thing is just screaming fast (I had no idea how big a difference the SSD drives would make) and while the display looks great, neither Photoshop or Lightroom has been updated to take advantage of the Retina display yet, but outside of that, the rest looks wildly crisp (in a good way).

Lastly, if you’re here in New York at my seminar, make sure you come up and say hi. I always get a kick out of meeting folks who read my blog, so track me down so I can thank you. Here’s wishing you a Monday that feels like a Friday! Cheers.


Hi Gang: Greetings from a rainy night in Philadelphia (iPhone photo above was taken pressed against my hotel room window right before a huge rain storm hit last night), where today I’m doing my “Photoshop for Photographer’s Tour.” Here’s just a few quick things:

(1) Dave Black’s class on Shooting High School football is absolutely getting just rave reviews. I see incredible comments daily on Twitter, Facebook and G+, and if you’re a online subscriber, even if you don’t think you’ll be shooting high school football, I guarantee you’ll learn great things for any sports from Dave’s online class. He is truly a gifted teacher.

(2) I’ve made my transition off my Drobos and I want to do a full blog post on it, but I’ve got so much on my plate right now I won’t be able to do it justice with just a quickie post, but I’ll have something detailed within the next two weeks, so stay tuned.

(3) I’m trying out my new MacBook Pro (with the Retina Display) today in Philly. I’ll let you know how it goes (but I can tell you this — it’s my first Mac with SSD drives, and MAN does it scream!!!!).

(4) Matt Kloskowski runs the popular blog, but he wanted a place where he could talk about more than just Lightroom, so he recently launched “The Ski Report” (a play off the last syllable of his last name) and he’s got some great stuff already on there (including his first thoughts on the new MacBook Pro). Here’s the link.

(5) Do you live in New York? Do you live near New York. Do you want to hang out with me on Monday and learn some cool new Photoshop stuff? Cool. Here’s the link. (I have a video there that explains what I’m teaching in the tour). 

(6) I still don’t know who sent me that picnic basket.  :(

(7) Today is a great day to back up your photos (especially if you haven’t done it in a while). Don’t forget to back up the photos on your cell phone!!!

(8) This weekend would be a great time to gather up your photos and submit them online to the copyright office. You’ve been putting it off long enough. :)

(9) We have a ton of cool video stuff at our Kelby Media Group YouTube channel, including lots of classes from the Google+ Photographers conference, and sneak peeks at classes, tutorials, episodes of “The Grid” and a bunch of just fun or funny stuff. Here’s the link (you can subscribe for free and then you’ll know when we post new stuff).

(10) If you’re going to Photoshop World in Vegas in September, you oughta stay where we’re staying (by we, I mean me plus all the staff and instructors); at the Mandalay Bay resort, seeing as we’ve got a discount for conference attendees, but it runs out pretty soon, so if you’re going, snag your room now!!!!! Here’s the link with details and how to get your discount.

That’s it from a rainy night in Philly. If you’re at the seminar today, or in New York on Monday, and you read this blog, make sure you stop me and say Hi. I always get a kick out of meeting folks who read the blog. Have a great weekend and here’s hoping you take your best shot yet! :)

How can you not love a town that has rocking chairs in their convention center!!!

Man, did we pick the right city to kick off my Photoshop for Photographers tour!!! The people in Nashville ROCK!!!! We had such a fun day (and nearly 300 photographers from all over Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky showed up), and they were the most fun, most gracious, and just downright into-it crowd you could possibly ask for to kick off a tour. I loved every minute of it, and met some really great, down to earth photographers. Thanks for the warm welcome Nashville!!!

On to Philadelphia on Friday and then New York City on Monday!
I hope you’ll come out and catch my new tour. LOTS of cool new stuff to share!! Here’s all the details: 

Hey, whatdayasay we give away two tickets each to Philly and New York!
If you’d like to attend either my Philly seminar on Friday, or New York on Monday and can’t afford to go, just leave me a comment here, and tonight I’ll be two people for each city to come and spend the day at the seminar for free.

Hope I get to chance to show you all the cool new stuff I’ve been working on in Photoshop (and the amazing stuff in CS6), in just a few days. Have a great Tuesday everybody and thanks again to everybody who came out to join me in Nashville (including my buddy Big Donnnnnnnnnn Jones!), I sure had a blast (and I hope you did, too!).

If you’ve been following the saga of “Not my Reunion” here on the blog (see late last week), or over at Kalebra’s hilarious G+ posts about it, here are a few shots from the reunion on Saturday night (photos by Brad Moore). 

(Above: That’s me back in the back — 3.4 miles from the front of the stage. I can usually only been seen through the Hubble telescope. This is one of the many reasons shortly after high school I switched to keyboards. LOL!!!). Photo by Kalebra with her trusty iPhone.

(Above: That’s Tony McMahon on lead guitar. He’s a really smoking guitar player — even was back when we were teens. He has a Hawaiian Lei around this neck. I never found out why. That’s Dean Erskine behind him. You don’t want to play him in golf. He owns a golf course. Literally. He’s been playing since he was nine. Leave your wallet at home. He plays a pretty mean banjo, too!.) Photo by Brad Moore.

(Above: A close-up of Tony’s Gibson Les Paul in action. Photo by Brad Moore).

(Above: here’s a shot of the whole gang. From L to R: Tayloe Harding on Keyboards. Mike “Big Dog” partially obscured by mic stands and things on Percussion,  that’s me back in the South 40; Tony McMahon on Lead Guitar, Tim Colton on Bass, Dean Erskine on Guitar and Banjo on Eagles songs, and Joe Mathein on Lead Vocals (sitting in for our original lead singer Angie Aparo) . It’s possible we’re not a “pretty boy” band. ;-)  Photo by Brad Moore. 

(Above: A good clean shot of me chopping wood in green and blue.  Photo by Brad Moore. 

(Above: Here one of me right before we went on, taken by my sweetie with her “Trusty iPhone.” I wore a Marshall Amplification t-shirt while playing the drums just to throw off the people dancing. ;-)

My wife Kalebra was such a great sport for coming yet again to another “Not my Reunion” and covering the event live on her G+ page (which was almost as much fun as the gig itself). Plus, Brad Moore totally took one for the team by coming out and getting some shots (Thanks Braddo!).

It’s been five years since our last reunion, and since we’re all older than dirt, who knows if we’ll ever get the chance to relive our high school classic rock band days again, but for that one night we got to laugh, play louder than we should have, and the sweet sound of cowbell filled the air during “We’re an American Band.”

A great way to spend a Saturday night back in my home town seeing old friends and reliving some of the best times of my young life. Thanks guys, I had a ball. Now, can I get my guitar and keyboards and move back up front? ;-)