Posts By Scott Kelby

Hi Gang: Yesterday it was “How to Shoot Awesome Fireworks shots!” and today it’s how to Edit them in Photoshop, including a really simple trick for creating your own custom “Fireworks Show Finale!”

Check out the short video I made for you below:

Pretty fun stuff. Hope you got some awesome shots last night (feel free to share yours below).

Tomorrow: Another KelbyOne Member’s-only Webinar
We are psyched to have Adobe’s own Terry White (Adobe’s Worldwide Evangelist, and soon to be Photoshop Hall of Famer), as our guest and he’ll be taking your questions live about the just-released Photoshop CC 2015.5. It’s at 1pm tomorrow ET (if you’re a KelbyOne member – keep an eye on your email inbox for your invite).

Don’t Miss The Grid tomorrow at 4pm EDT
Should be a fun one – Terry will be there too (but we’re not doing a Photoshop Q&A – that’s for members). Here’s the link to The Grid:

Have a great Tuesday and don’t forget to drop back for tomorrow’s guest blogger, wedding photographer Justin Wojtczak (last week, my guest blogger was concert photographer Alan Hess who had a rockin’ post [no pun intended, but what the heck, right?) about releases, and the business side of shooting bands and concerts. If you missed it, here’s the link.



P.S. Speaking of Alan – he’ll be teaching at Photoshop World later this month (the 19th-21st). So will Justin. And Terry. So will I. Hope you’ll be there, too (it’s not too late –


Hi Gang, and Happy 4th!

Today is a big holiday for us here in the US –  it’s Independence Day – a day where Americans celebrate their independence from England (around 240 years ago), but also from Glyn Dewis and Dave Clayton (two of England’s finest, but still worth keeping at a safe distance).

We celebrate by gorging ourselves with hot dogs, hamburgers, and mountains of potato chips before settling into a lawn chair with an ice cold beer to watch a glorious fireworks display using fireworks made in China. We also use the word “chips” liberally without anyone ever even once thinking we’re referring to French Fries. ;-)

If you’re thinking of photographing your local fireworks display tonight, you might want to check out an article I wrote ColaCola where I take you through the recipe for how to make Awesome Fireworks photos (It’s a step-by-step article – just follow the recipe and ya can’t miss).

Here’s the link.

However, I would add four things to that article for the more serious photography crowd here on my blog. They are:

1. Set your focus to infinity (This isn’t critical, but if your lens can do it, why not). The fireworks are so bright you can use just regular ol’ auto focus for the most part, but if you have a lens that has a distance scale window on the top of your lens barrel; first turn off your auto focus (right on the lens –  switch it to off), then rotate the focus ring on your lens until you see the Infinity symbol [it looks like the number 8 lying on its side], then turn it back just a smidge, so you’re almost right on the infinity symbol. Again, you don’t have to do this, but it might make things a bit easier.

 2. A couple of years ago @SuzanMcEvoy (one of my followers over on my Twitter page) recommended also switching your White Balance to Tungsten and it works really well (Thanks Susan for the tip).

3. Lightroom (and Photoshop’s) Dehaze feature works wonders on the extraneous smoke in the background, so make sure you give it a try. It’s like it was made for fireworks shots.

4. This one probably goes without saying, but you’re on a tripod so use your lowest ISO setting for the cleanest shots.

Hope you all have a safe, happy 4th of July as we celebrate our nation’s physical distance, in miles and magnitude, from Glyn and Dave which makes it truly a day worth celebrating. ;-)




Happy Friday folks! Here’s a few quickies:

(1) I need your help with a new course I’m working on. It’s called “Seven Photoshop Techniques Every Lightroom User Needs to Know.” The details are at this link (the how’s and whys of the class), but I need you to leave a comment with what you want learn in Photoshop (as a Lightroom user). Thanks in advance for your input. :)  BTW: you can skip the rest of the page over there, because I share this same news over there – just read the top part about the class. 

(2) As you saw from yesterday’s post, I released a new class called “Masking Hair and Compositing Made Easy” – and I saw some comments from folks who are totally digging the class, but would love to have the images from the class to practice with. Never fear, I’m posting a bunch of them (most of them), this morning (I couldn’t post every single one because a few were stock backgrounds), but you’ve got the important shots for sure.  Here’s the link. 

(3) The amazing Corey Barker has just recorded a class for us on “Advanced Compositing” as a follow-up to my  “compositing made easy” class and it’ll be out in a few weeks (we release at least one new class every Thursday), so after watching my class, you’ll be ready for Corey’s. I’ll let you know when it goes live.

(4) The next stop for my “Shoot Like a Pro: Part 2 [reloaded]” full-day seminar is in Nashville, and if you’re in that area, I hope you’ll come out and spend the day with me. There’s an entire session on my Lightroom Seven Point System, and people are super diggin’ it.

(5) Did you notice that spiffy “7” Logo up top. Did you get the subtle Las Vegas vibe from it? You shoulda, cause we’re just 19 days from Photoshop World Las Vegas! Come out and join us. It’s a Lightroom / Photoshop / Photography love-fest. Get the details right here.

Thanks for stopping by, and here’s wishing you an epic weekend!



Hi Gang, and welcome to vivacious Tuesday (I just couldn’t write “happy Tuesday” again for the bajillionith time, so I hit up the thesaurus and came up with vivacious. Don’t judge).

Anyway, I’m not sure if you know this but in an effort to ensure I never sleep I write another blog called and I share Lightroom tips there three days a week, and a lot of them are quick video tips on Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile so I thought I’d post a few of ’em here in hopes that:

(a) you might find them helpful, and
(b) you might start catching all my posts over at LR KillerTips. 

So, without further ado (yes, that was ado), here’s five of my recent favorites:

Hope you find some, any, all of those helpful, and again, I invite you to follow me over at for a year-round Lightroom love affair (say that last sentence with a French accent, and it sounds much more invite). ;-)



P.S. If you’re in to travel photography, I hope you’ll follow me over on Instagram where I post travel photos daily. It’s really a super nice, very supportive community over there, and you’ll super dig it (and I’ll dig having you there). Here’s my Instagram account name. Ready? It’s @scottkelby – that’s all I could come up with. :)

Closing eyes

Very excited to have food photographer Steve Hanson as my guest this week on “The Grid” (my live weekly photography talk show), and we’re taking your submissions now to have your food photography critiqued on this week’s show with Steve.

If you’re not familiar with Steve, here’s a quick video he did for us (below), so watch that first (Steve’s got a great story, and this video has already been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube!):

Pretty awesome story, right?!  Here’s the link for submitting your images: (NOTE: submit only food photography images, and only submit 3 images total. Also, make sure your images are a reasonable size for viewing).

Once you’ve submitted, watch the show LIVE on Wednesday (details below):

Who: In-Studio Guest Steve Hanson
What: Blind Food Photography Critiques
Where: (we also stream live to my Facebook Page)
When: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 4pm EDT (New York Time Zone)
Why: To learn new ways to improve your food photography

I hope you’ll submit some images, and we look forward to you joining us (we’ll be taking your comments and questions live on the air) on Wednesday. See you then!



P.S. Are you joining us at Photoshop World in Vegas next month? Ya know, you oughta. :)

Hi Gang: Lots of folks hitting me up on social asking about how to move their plug-ins from the old Photoshop CC to the new version (Photoshop CC 2015.5) so I thought I’d do a quick video for you on the process.

I went to Adobe directly to find out the best way to do this, because there are a couple of different ways (and I’m going to show you both), but there’s also a new and smarter third way that Adobe has created so you never have to go through this process again. If you do this step, the next time that you update Photoshop, your plug-ins will move automatically. Anyway, I hope you find it helpful (I’ve embedded the short video below).

That’s a pretty lame thumbnail for that video, but believe it or not, it was the best of the three YouTube presented me. :)

Feel The Lightroom Mobile Love…
Hey, if you’re into the Lightroom Mobile App (and I hope you are, because it’s awesome), I posted a timesaving tip today on how to import your images directly into a particular collection (saving you a step). I also posted Wednesday’s episode of The Grid with my guest, Adobe’s Lightroom Mobile Product Manager, Josh Haftel.  Josh was awesome on the show and shared lots of insights, answers, and was a terrific guest all the way around. Here’s the link to both.

OK, gotta run. Busy day today (but a good one!). Hope yours is, too! :)



P.S. Today’s the cutoff for Photoshop World Guru Awards entries, and for the hotel room discounts at the Mandalay Bay resort. Just a heads up. :)