Category Archives Books

I know it’s technically not Pimpy Thursday, but I just found out the follow-up to one of my most popular training projects ever; Photo Recipes Live, is now on its way to bookstores. It’s called (wait for it, wait for it)….…..”Photo Recipes Live 2″

This is a combo DVD/Book set based on the final chapter of my books, “The Digital Photography Book” (Volumes 1, 2, & 3) where I show a particular shot or “look” and then I show exactly how you can recreate that same look, including all the lighting, softboxes, camera settings—the works (I don’t leave anything out!).

In this new Part 2, I take you (and a video camera crew) with me, behind the scenes, on location to a very cool Miami Beach studio set, and then out to Miami Beach itself, where you’ll learn the step-by-step techniques on how to set-up and light a host of different really popular lighting styles for portraits.

I’m really excited about how this one came out, and if you liked the original, I think you’ll really love this all new training combo even more. These should be in bookstores very soon and you can preorder yours right now at (they have it for only $29.69) or Barnes & Noble, or wherever cool books and DVD are sold.

Scott Kelby's Lightroom 3 Book for Photographers

Scott’s Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers is now available in a very limited spiral-bound edition! All the details, including a coupon code for NAPP members to receive the book for free when they renew their membership for two years, are over on the store.

Speaking of Scott’s Lightroom 3 Book… After reviewing three different books on the program, new Lightroom user Daniel Bailey chose Scott’s book to help him quickly get up to speed with the software and blogged about it. Thanks Daniel!

Joe McNally has put together the LIFE Guide to Digital Photography, which is packed full of tips, tricks, how-to, and beautiful pictures from Joe’s 30+ year photo career.  If you’ve ever experienced one of Joe’s workshops or seminars, you know he’s a fantastic teacher, and this book is an extension of that.  While he does write about the basics of photography, if you know Joe, you know that he’s found a way to work his own sense of humor and familiarity in with all the nuts and bolts to make it an entertaining read.

And if words aren’t your thing, it’s got plenty of amazing images.  Here are some pages from the book…

Here is Joe’s blog on the book, and you can order it from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

I got a fun email last week from Michael Davis, (a reader of my books), about his experience in Tanzania shooting with the gray card included in my Photoshop CS5 for Digital Photographer’s book. He wrote:

“On my way to Tanzania to photograph chimpanzees, I had ample opportunity to read your Photoshop CS5 for Digital Photographers ( I actually read it cover to cover).  It is simply fantastic and I have moved almost all of my other ref material off the shelf and replaced them with this book and your LR3 book for digital photographers (which I read cover to cover on my return trip).  Plus, if I need a chuckle in life, I read some of your intro chapters…makes me smile.”

OK, most authors would be happy that he bought two of their books, but actually what really made me happy was that he appreciated the quirky chapter intros. This guy—I like! Now, back to our story:

“I knew the chimp photography would be challenging because of not being able to use a tripod and because of the very low light situation under the dense trees.  I was right. Very high ISOs required.  But one thing I did want to do was to try to get the WB stuff right, so I tore out (hey it’s perf’d so it’s meant to be removed, right?) the swatch at the back of the CS5 book and carried it with me into the deepest, darkest jungles of the Mahale jungles of western Tanzania.  I thought you might enjoy seeing an image of my wife holding the swatch near our first chimp sighting.”

Below is a photo of his wife holding the gray card during their shoot (the mask she’s holding is a surgical mask they have to wear when photographing chimps in the wild).

On his hike back out, he had put the card into his pocket, but the heat was pretty sweltering, and by the time he had gotten back, the card had pretty much turned to mush, and he was hoping to get a replacement (which, we course gladly sent him).

Anyway, I thought the whole story was cool (especially the part about the chapter intros. ;-), and I wanted to share it with you guys, as Michael was kind enough to let me share his story and one of his wonderful chimp photos as well. Thanks Michael.

The amazing Moose Peterson spent a few days at our offices last week, and I snagged Moose for a quick interview about “Captured,” his just released book on wildlife photography (produced by Kelby Training), and how it came to be. If you’ve got a quick sec, check it out below. A big congrats to Moose on creating what I truly believe will be the landmark book on wildlife photography. has it in-stock now, ready to ship. Barnes & has it available for pre-order. Should be in bookstores any day.


I just got word that has my brand new book: “The Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers” in stock now—-ready to ship (here’s the link).

Also, Barnes & will have it soon as well, and it’s available for pre-order on their site.

I just got my first copy off press this week, which is really exciting for an author, and I hope you guys will have a copy soon, too!