Category Archives Books

I am so excited to tell you about my brand-new book — it’s kind of my ‘greatest hits” book, because I took just the very best tips and most useful techniques from ALL FIVE parts of my “Digital Photography Book Series” (all five books are different), and put them into this one single new book called “The Best of the Digital Photography Book Series.” 



It’s due to ship around October 2nd (13 days from now), but you can pre-order it right now (Amazon has it for only $16.73 and Barnes & Noble for $16.49) and be the first to get it. If you’re a KelbyOne member, you can order it direct from us at a full 40% off!

[IMPORTANT: the cover at Amazon isn’t the same as the one you see above – they’re showing the first mock-up cover, not the actual final cover above, but you’ll get the right book with the right cover now matter where you order it).

Check out my video below – it’s short, but really explains how we put all this together.

Thanks to every one who has supported this book series, which started back in 2006, and to all those folks who made Part 1 of this series the #1 topselling book on digital photography ever. I’m thrilled to see this series live on in this “Best of” volume, and I hope you’ll give it try.

Have a great Monday everybody – I’m off to Phoenix today for my all new “Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded” seminar tomorrow (my next stop is Washington DC, on October 16th).



P.S. We’re 14 days away from my Worldwide Photo Walk on Saturday, October 3rd and we have 930 walks organized all over the world. If you haven’t signed up to join a walk near you (it’s free and it’s so much fun), here’s the link with more details.

Hi Gang: The video above kind of explains what the book is about, but I thought I'd take 30-seconds to define both, so you know which one is for you (and, of course, I'm hoping one of them is for you. And your friends. And family. And strangers you meet on the street. Etc.).

My existing Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers
It's designed to teach you Lightroom from the ground up, and its focus is on workflow, and teaching you all the awesome stuff that Lightroom does so you can fall in love with it like about a bazillion photographers around the world already have. Here are the links to it on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or from us at KelbyOne.

My New Lightroom Book
This one is a reference guide for people already up and running in Lightroom. You don't read it cover-to-cover (like the other book); instead, you just keep this one nearby and when you see something you don't know how to do (or wonder if Lightroom can even do it), you turn to the right chapter, and there's a quick, no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point description of how to do just that one thing. Here are the links to it on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, KelbyOne, or from Rocky Nook (this is my first book with them. I hope I don't blow it with the risky idea I'm about to unleash below).

On August 13th, we're trying something we've never done beforeâ¦
On that date, we're putting the entire book online (all 250+ pages), for free, with each page on its own page (just like the book), for a limited time. Why are we doing this? Because we're hoping you'll find it so useful, that you'll buy either the print book or the eBook. This is either going to work brilliantly, or it's going to be the shortest experiment in the history of book publishing. But we're going all-in on it, so we'll see what happens.

If you're a member of KelbyOne, you can download the eBook today for just $10. Ten bucks! That's insanely cheap (but that deal is only for KelbyOne members)! For everybody else, it's $235.00. Okay, it's not quite that expensive (but it certainly should be). ;-)  Here's the link for the member deal, and here’s the coupon code for non-members: Lightroomkelby.

Anyway, could you please take just a moment and watch the video where I explain it above (it's only around one minute long), and then go order the heck out of it (and if you could help me spread the word about this new book, and new concept, that would be especially helpful (and many thanks from me and the book team in advance).

Thanks for taking a moment to check this out, and I hope you all have a better than average Tuesday!


P.S. I'll be signing the print version at the Photoshop World Conference coming up in just a few weeks in Vegas. Hope I get to sign yours there.

Whoo Hoo!  Here’s the quick video that describes the latest version (which has LOTS of new stuff â” not just the new features):

It’s available right now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Direct from us, and wherever cool Lightroom books are sold. NOTE: The book is exactly the same, and works the same whether you have Lightroom CC or Lightroom 6 (just skip the chapter on Lightroom mobile if you have Lightroom 6).

Hope you all have a super-awesome Monday (well, it something to shoot for, anyway), and we’ll see ya here tomorrow! :)



P.S. In case you missed it on my Facebook and Twitter accounts â” I did a post on with my favorite images from my trip to France and Italy last week (here’s the link). I think they look way better over there than they did here on the blog in the book layouts. Sheer size makes a big impact. See if you agree. 



Last week I heard the news that my long-time friend Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel was retiring from her post as Publisher at Peachpit Press, the company that for as long as I can remember, has published all my books. For many years Nancy had led a team of some of the most creative, passionate, and talented people in modern book publishing history, and she and her team gave flight to an unparalleled body of work from some of the greatest educators of graphics, art and design of our time.

I’m dedicating my blog today to Nancy as my way of saying thanks for never compromising, for always striving to do what’s right by the reader, and for taking so many chances with my crazy book ideas over the years.

One of the things I loved most about working with Nancy was her love of the art of making books. It was just wired into her DNA, and she got such joy from the entire process, from the first inklings of an idea, to watching it mature and grow through the writing process and production journey, to overseeing it every step of the way as it moved through this cycle to the final printed book. Her passion and commitment to “just making great books” made being one of her authors something very special and something that I’ll dearly miss as she moves onto this next phase of her life.

Nancy is a true pioneer in this industry, and her vision for educational books for creative people really made a difference in so many people’s lives and careers and won her the respect and admiration of both her peers and her competitors alike. It’s hard for me to imagine Nancy not steering the ship, as we’ve worked together so closely over the years, and her wisdom, humor, and drive will be missed by everyone that’s ever worked with her.

She left Peachpit in very capable hands without a doubt, with a wonderful team she put together who will continue her legacy and continue making great books for many years to come, but I’ll always miss our heartfelt talks about the industry, the future of publishing and content creation, the evolution of education, and which restaurant we have to check out next time I’m in San Francisco.

Beyond her gift for publishing and the business side of things, Nancy is just an awesome, down-to-earth, fun person to be around, and even more importantly, she’s a sincerely good person who genuinely wants the best for those around her, and that’s about the greatest compliment I could pay anyone.

I’ll be forever grateful to Nancy for all her guidance, her insights, and her friendship these many years, and I wish her and her wonderful family all the joys and quality time the gift of retirement can bring.

Thank you, Nancy. It’s truly been an honor to be one of your authors, and even though you’ll be watching from the sidelines from here on out, I’ll still be out there trying to write books that would make you proud.

Much love and lots of hugs,

-Scott, Kalebra, and all your friends and fans here at KelbyOne

I am thrilled to announce that Jay Maisel’s “Light, Gesture & Color,” a book I believe will go down as one of the greatest, most important photography books ever written, is now shipping. I could go on and on and tell you why, but I believe Ellis D Vener , one of the first reviewers on Amazon,  said it best in this one sentence from his review:

“There’s more smart-ass, hard earned wisdom about what it takes to be a photographer, and maybe even how to learn to see and and cherish what is actually around you, in this slim book than in a thousand photographic how to manuals and monographs.” 

That description totally nailed it. There is only one Jay Maisel â” a true living legend of photography â” and Jay makes you think and feel in a way few photographers on this planet can. The book kind of reminds me of Joe McNally’s groundbreaking “The Moment it Clicks” in the way the frank, genuine, and insightful stories and lessons are surrounded by some really extraordinary photography.

Please take a moment to watch the short trailer (above) where Jay tells us in his own words about the book (that’s our own Mia McCormick with Jay â” we were honored to be able to work with Jay to produce his book, which is published by our publishing partner Peachpit Press).

What an incredible Holiday Gift this would be. Here’s a link to it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

Have a great weekend everybody, and we’ll see you here Monday for my field report on the new Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 lens (I had planned on having it ready today, but fell behind onâ¦wellâ¦pretty much everything).



Hey gang – it’s finally here! (yay!). If you’ve got a quick sec, check out the really short video above for why this version of the book is so different from previous editions.

Good news — it should be shipping by this weekend, and you can get yours first if you preorder your copy at Barnes & Noble or Amazon  or wherever shiny happy new books are sold.

My thanks to everybody who has supported this book over the years — I hope you find this latest version the most helpful yet.



P.S. If you’d like me to sign and personalize your copy of the book (and I would love to!), you can order it direct from us at this link.