Posts By Scott Kelby

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Yesterday, we looked at our readers Top Five most-commented on guest blog posts. Today we’re going to celebrate 5 Guest Blog posts that totally rocked (and were totally under-rated), but didn’t get the comments (but they’re so good I felt they deserved special recognition). Here we go (in no particular order):

Corey Lack

If you ever felt that what was keeping you from making great images was equipment (or the lack thereof), you’ll definitely want to read Corey’s take on this. It’s a frank, refreshing look at a topic that a lot of folks struggle with. Very well written (and lots of great images). Here’s the link to his Guest Post.

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Courtney Dailey

Besides some wonderful images, Courtney delivered some straight up great business advice about licensing your images, and her no-nonsence advice on the business side of photography should be required reading for every new pro (or anybody who wants to go pro). Here’s the link to her Guest Post.

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Jacob Slaton

I love posts that challenge you, inspire you, push you, inform you, and still find a way to share some great images, and that’s why I love Jacob’s Guest Post. Really well done, and if you take the time to read it, you’ll be glad you did. Here’s the link to his post.

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Stacy Pearsall

Stacy is one of the most inspiring photographers out there today — not just because of her wonderful images, but her personal story, and the stories of the people’s lives she captured are both very special. Her project will tug at your heart strings, but it’s worth it. Here’s the link to her Guest Post.

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Leo Trevino!

It’s kind of a sad story, but it’s one that every photographer should read, for more reasons than one. He shared his heartbreaking story to help us, and how they persevered from a really bad situation is actually very inspiring. Make sure you read to the end – there’s some very good hard-earned advice there we all need to hear. Here’s a link to his Guest Post.

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My thanks to all my guest bloggers, and a special thanks to these five unsung heroes. I hope you’ll give them a look.

More to come on Friday in our “Best of the Blog in 2015.” :)

Best,

-Scott

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Hi Gang: it’s my annual tradition to kick off the New Year with a quick look back at the most popular, and most commented-upon posts of 2015 here on my blog, and some of the fun stuff we shared during the past year.

This year, I’m doing it a little bit differently, and breaking it into categories (so it’s more than just a long list — but something you can explore), so let’s kick it off with the top 5 GUEST BLOGS of 2015.

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NOTE: These were chosen based on the total number of comments garnered by their posts.

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Kevin Mullins

Kevin’s post was the #1 most commented-on guest post of the year, and when you read it (and see the images), you’ll know why. It’s the story of how he quit his job to become a wedding photographer, and a darn amazing one he is at that (he did the right thing). Very well written — beautiful images — and you’ll learn a lot from it. It has everything that makes a guest blog post great. You owe it to yourself to read it, even if you don’t shoot weddings.  Here’s the link to Kevin’s guest post.

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Kaylee Greer

Kaylee’s post about becoming a Dog Photographer, and how she works with dogs (I swear, she’s a dog whisperer), really enchanted readers (she had over 100 comments!), and people just love her (heck, we love her — you’ll be seeing a lot more of Kaylee at KelbyOne in 2016). Here’s the link to her guest post.

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Nick Fancher

With nearly 100 comments, Nick really resonated with the community here. He had such clever hot shoe flash techniques that we asked him back to expand on some of them. This is really useful, real world stuff, and he did a great job of showing you what he did, and how easy it was to pull off. Very useful, fun, and interesting. You’ll want to check it out. Here’s the link to his Guest Blog.

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Regina Pagles

I’ve been a fan of Regina’s work for years, and she’s been a guest blogger here before sharing her work, and this time she shared the entire process, including post production, for creating her amazing portraits. Of course, what makes Regina special as a photographer is more than just where she puts the light or how she does her post processing, but I think it’s awesome that she was willing to share those with us. Here’s the link to Regina’s Guest Post.

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David Molnar

David’s post is a bold, revealing, honest, intriguing, and just wonderful piece of work. There is so much to learn from his story. You’ll be shocked. Inspired. Motivated. Stunning. And it holds the power to change how you think about you, your career, and where you are on your photography journey. I’m so impressed with what David did. You will be, too. Here’s the link to David’s post.

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This is really good stuff
I hope today, at some point, you take the time to give these few articles a read. They are so good. Each one has it’s own bent, but they will make motivate you, make you laugh, inspire you, inform you, make you cry, make you rethink thinks, teach you new things, and I promise they will be worth your time.

Also, I want to thank these photographers, and all the Guest Bloggers who share their time and techniques here each year. It’s a lot of work, and they take it very seriously, and it shows. I’m very grateful (and I know my readers are, too).

Tomorrow, has some good stuff, too!
Today’s picks were based on how many commented. For Tomorrow’s “Best of the Blog” I’m picking five Guest Blog Posts that were underrated — great posts that, for whatever reason, didn’t get that many comments. If you got a lot out of these posts today, you’ll definitely want to check them out tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping today. :)

Best,

-Scott

 

It’s Friday. Here’s what’s up:

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How ’bout a quick tour of the KelbyOne Headquarters?

Mia McCormick takes you on a quick rollerblade tour of our Headquarters down in Florida (this is an excerpt from our members-only monthly podcast called “Backstage Pass.”

https://youtu.be/c68PrzldkUA

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New Years Resolutions For Better Photos in 2016

It was our first episode of the new year, and the feedback has been fantastic! If you want to start your photographic year off on the right foot, check this one out.

https://youtu.be/brEOeu9uzrw

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Dog Photographer Kaylee Greer Gives Us Some Love

I love Kaylee’s story on so many levels, but helping people realize their dreams, and create the type of images they’ve always dreamed about is what we’re all about, and when someone goes from a student to a master, as educators, you can imagine how proud we are that we played a small role. If you’ve got a sec, you’ll dig this.

https://youtu.be/zho5oCYAG7o

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My Seminar is Coming to Richmond and Atlanta in a few weeks!

..and I want you to come out and spend the day with me. The details about the seminar are in the video below, and the full day seminar is just $99 (well, it’s actually only $89 if you sign up right now). Here’s the link

https://youtu.be/HYXRl4uxw6M

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Tom Bol on Gear For Shooting Time-lapse With Your DSLR

Here’s a quick clip from one of the best teachers out there — adventure photographer Tom Bol — on the gear for shooting time lapse (it’s an excerpt from his KelbyOne class on it). It’s short, and very worth checking out.

https://youtu.be/TUOJmZo4Y9Y

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and we’ll see ya back here on Monday!

Best,

-Scott

 

Happy Tuesday folks. Here’s some quick stuff:

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1 – Size Matters! (well, for photographers anyway)
The video above is from my French friend, photographer and Photoshop guy, Serge Ramelli, and it’s really cute. It’s called “Size Matters” and well…you just have to watch it.

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2. Shooting the Outback Bowl (and sharing it on Slate)
I got a chance to shoot with the Vols for their Bowl Game last week. I posted my favorite images, and the back story (including gear and settings), using Adobe’s “Slate” (it’s a free App from Adobe, but I used their new web-based Desktop editor to create the post). I also had a pretty big fail, which I talk about in the post. If you’ve got a sec, here’s the link. 

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3. One from my New York Class
Here’s a shot I took during my Lighting Master Class at PhotoPlus Expo in New York back in November (Model: Kristina Lezhepekova. Hair/Makeup: Cassi Renee for MAC Cosmetics), and on Monday I’m taping an online class for KelbyOne.com based on not only this lighting set-up, but the retouching and finishing moves as well, so you see the entire process from start to finish. I’ll let you know as soon as it goes live.

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4. Shoutout to 500px for the Editor’s Choice pick
I was very excited to see that one of my shots (above center) was picked as an “Editor’s Choice” on 500px. I didn’t know about it until someone pointed it out to me on Twitter, but I can tell you it totally made my day. Many thanks and a shoutout to the editors at 500px. (here’s a link to see the image larger).

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5. Want to instantly see your best 9 Instagram photos of 2015?
There’s an app for that. Well, actually it’s a Website; it’s free; and all you do is enter your Instagram name and a few seconds later it creates a mosaic like you see above, ready to share (or save). The site is called 2015bestnine.com

Told you these were quickies. :)

Hope your Tuesday is a great one!

Best,

-Scott

 

Welcome to the first Monday of the year (you can stop cheering now), and I thought I’d kick off the new year here on the blog with a look at my favorite iPhone Apps from 2015. Let’s jump right in! (Note: these are in no particular order).

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Enlight
Apple themselves chose Enlight as one of their Best of 2015 (in fact, it was chosen as “Runner Up” here in the US, which is sayin’ somethin’, but it was Apple’s #1 App Store “App of the Year” in many other countries), and I have to say, it’s perhaps the most robust one-app-does-it-all editing app out there.  It does just about everything — from toning images manually, to adding filters, to automated fixes, to adding text overlays to create memes, all with a very straight forward, easy to use interface. It’s one of those Apps where you can take it as far as you want to go (kind of like Snapseed, another top photography App).

Price: $3.99 on the App Store (For iPhone or iPad)

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Lucid (Perfectly Clear)
If you’re looking for an app that will automatically fix, or even retouch your images automatically, this is the one. There are other automated fix apps out there, but I don’t think there’s any that do as good a job, and the little slider that shows you the before and after is just flat-out fun to use. You can tweak things if you like, but if you’re going to do a lot of tweaking, you might as well choose another App — this one’s strength is doing it for you.

Price: $2.99 (for iPhone or iPad)

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Adobe Post
This App just came out in late December and it kind of snuck out there so not many folks know about it yet, but it’s pretty sweet. It’s really a meme creator for Instagram (since all the images it creates, at least at this point, are square so it seems like it was made for Instagram where these text-over memes are very popular). Again, this isn’t the only app out there that lets you create this, but this one lets you fix and tweak these in a really flexible way, and I think that’s it’s strength — you start with a template, but then you can tweak it really easy, and the results are great — especially for the price (free).

Price: Free

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500px
It’s one of the best sources for photographic inspiration out there, and they keep tweaking it to make it better. The App itself is free, but to get the most out of it, you’ll need a 500px account, but you should have one of those anyway. They’ve got a great community there, and this app is a nice extension of it.

Price: Free

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Photoshop Fix
This would probably get my vote as the #1 App overall, because the technology going on here is pretty serious. It’s “Photoshop quality serious” and what it does best (and it’s the best I’ve seen at it), is portrait retouching. It does lots of regular tweaking, but where it soars is the quality and ease of the retouching. We’re talking Cloning, Retouching, Liquify type of effects — Adobe really outdid themselves on this one — one of their best apps ever, which makes it that much harder to believe it’s free.

Price: Free

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Mosaic
This one is very different — it’s not an editing app. It’s a photo book app, and one that’s designed to create beautiful, hardcover photo books in literally just minutes (we’re talking 5 minutes — not 60). Basically, here’s how it works: You pick 20 images from your camera roll and it creates a mosaic of them for the front cover, like you see above top (the cover has cut outs that show the mosaic on the first page). If you don’t like the cover mosaic, you can have it instantly refresh and show you a different one. On the 20 pages on the inside, it lays out your photos automatically (though you can drag and drop them into the order you want — see above bottom); and when it looks good to you, hit the Place Order button and in a few days, you have a hard cover book of photos you would probably never print otherwise, which is why this is such a wonderful app (and the books make amazing gift — I’ve given three of them so far in just the last few weeks). It couldn’t be easier to use. The only downside? The price of the printed books are $25 each (so a little over a $1 a page), but the printing is pretty decent (you’re just using iPhone photos), and the overall presentation as a gift is top notch. Send someone one of these and you’ll be a hero.

Price: Free (for the app). Photo books are $25.

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Lightroom Mobile
You know I would have to include this App, because it’s one of my favorites, and one of my most-used apps, and it keeps getting better and better, and more powerful each time they release an update. You don’t have to use it with Lightroom desktop (that’s new — you can download it free and just use it for tweaking your iPhone camera roll photos), or use it with Desktop for extending your Lightroom workflow (that’s what I do). This is also some of Adobe’s best work, and you can jump right from LR Mobile over to Photoshop Fix, and you’ve got a seriously powerful mobile workflow.

Price: Free (for iPhone and iPad, and Android)

Well, that’s our kick-off for 2016 — looking at some of my favorite photography apps from 2015 — hope you find some gems in there.

Have a great Monday everybody. Welcome to 2016 — we’ve got a clean slate — it’s a new chapter in our lives. Let’s make it a fun, adventurous, awesome one!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m kicking off my 2016 “Shoot Like a Pro: Part II” (Reloaded) full-day photography seminar in Richmond, Virginia on January 27th, and then in Atlanta on the 29th. I hope you can come on out and spend the day with me (here’s the info). 

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A friend of mind emailed me this thought a few years ago, and I’m passing on an updated version to you:

“2016 is an unwritten chapter. …Love deeply, live boldly, and go after something big!”

I think that’s fantastic advice for starting off this New Year. :)

Here’s wishing you all a Happy, Safe and Prosperous 2016!!!!

All my best,

-Scott

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