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WOW—what a first day up here in New York. My day started at 10:15 am with a presentation in Nikon’s booth about my photography called “The Power of Color.” (photo above by Raphael “RC” Concepcion).

After my presentation for Nikon, I headed over to the Nik Software booth to unveil the brand new version of their award-winning Photoshop plug-in, Viveza 2. I have to say—it is one absolutely amazing plug-in. They really took Viveza to a whole new level with this update, and it was both an honor, and really exciting, to be the first to show off this amazing new technology.

The Show Floor
I got to check out a few booths this morning. Hoodman showed me a new gadget for photographers who wear glasses, and it was very clever. I saw the Think Tank booth but didn’t get by to do any shopping (that’s for tomorrow). Canon and Leica had big booths, and Canon had a special indoor theater for showing their HD video, that was getting some buzz, along with their 1D Mark IV on display.

Nikon’s booth was massive, and packed to the gils the whole day, with the D3s getting lots of love, and I checked out Epson’s booth and as usually, it was hoppin’ and Westcott had James Schmelzer doing live demos and he had them packed in wall to wall.

So, what was the #1 most-asked question I got all day? Where’s Adobe? Everybody I saw asked the same thing, as Lightroom 3 was just announced, but there was  no Adobe booth on the Expo floor (although they did have some sessions on the conference track).

Joe and Me
After a quick look around, I headed back over to Nikon to tape a video interview between myself and Joe McNally. It was basically just a live, free-flowing conversation between Joe and I about the state of photography today, our careers, and where we see things going. It was an awful lot of fun, because it really was totally spontanious, unrehearsed, and sometimes really silly (yes, a lot of it will wind up on the cutting room floor because Joe and I got carried away a few times). I’ll let you guys know when it goes live.

In the afternoon, I did a presentation over at the Bogen Imaging Booth that was a lot of fun, and then I headed down to catch a session by celebrity and portrait photographer Michael Grecco.


A Wild Night in The City
After the show, I went to dinner with my buddies from Louisiana—Matt Lange and Don Page (the guys I shot the Louisiana Tech game last week—-I talked them into coming to New York).

After dinner at Rays Pizza (yum!), a bunch of us went to the wildest show I’ve ever seen—-an off-broadway performance art thingy called “Fuerzabeuta.” RC turned us all onto to this show (it was me, Matt and Don, plus Brad Moore, Joey L, Jeremy Cowart and his buddy Austin, and the whole gang from Peachpit Press. We even ran into Zack Arias at the show), and RC was a hero, because we had an absolute blast—-like nothing I’ve ever seen!


There’s no way I can describe it (it was something like Cirque du soliel would do if one day they said, “OK, now let do something that’s really over the top.”). But it was a blast!!!! Totally weird, but a blast nonetheless (photos by Donald Page).



We ended up at Lindy’s deli, sitting outside on a beautiful night, for their famous cheesecake. What a fun day!

Tomorrow, I’m doing my presentation for Nikon again at 1:15 pm, and then I’m going to catch Sports Illustrated’s Peter Read Miller’s session on sports photography in the afternoon (and during the morning I’m doing a brief stint on a panel as well). I’ll have more details, and more photos tomorrow.

Hope to see you at my Nikon Presentation tomorrow!


Professional Food Photography with Joe Glyda Now Online
We just had an online class “go live” this week that I’m particularly excited about; it’s Joe Glyda’s class on Professional Food Photography. Joe is a terrific teacher (if you’ve ever caught Joe during one of his sessions at Photoshop World you know what I mean), and he’s got some really great techniques in his new class. Here’s the link with all the details (NOTE: If you’re not a Kelby Training Online subscriber, you can still watch the first couple of segments by following that link). ALSO: I did a quick little video from the production set of Joe’s class to give some background on the class and what he’s teaching, and you can watch that short clip right here.

Next Stop For My Lightroom 2 Live Tour: Detroit
Well, it’s actually Livonia, Michigan, so it’s the greater Detroit area, but it’s going to be a great day (I take you all the through my actual workflow from start to finish), and I hope you can join me for my first Lightroom event in Michigan ever! Here’s the link for more details or to reserve your seat (it’s only $99—or $79 is you’re a NAPP member).

Model Releases for Photographers Class Now Online
Jack and Ed are back with a fantastic online class on when and why you need to have model releases, what they need to cover, and a host of things you’ve probably never considered, but if you shoot portraits of anybody—you’ll definitely need to know. Absolutely invaluable info! Here’s the link to view the lessons.

McNally’s Next Off-Camera Lighting Tour Stop is Washington DC
That’s right—the same one-day Off-Camera Flash workshop that Joe McNally sold out in San Francisco weeks early, is now headed to Washington DC on Friday, October 23rd. People are still talking about Joe’s San Francisco workshop, and I hope you’ll be able to snag one of the available spots for his day there (seating is limited, and filled on a first-come, first-served basis). Here’s the link for more info.

Next Stop For the Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Tour is Houston, Texas!
Brilliant Photoshop trainer and author of the “Photoshop WOW” book series Jack Davis is taking our Photoshop Down & Dirty One Day Workshop to Houston, Texas on Wednesday, September 23rd for a day of nothing but the hottest Photoshop special effects. Here’s the link for all the details (by the way; Jack totally rocks, and it was his original WOW! book series that got me hooked on Photoshop special effects. If you get a chance to learn from Jack in person—don’t miss it!).

What’s Coming Up Next in Online Classes
We’re welcoming a new photographer to our online teaching faculty when James (Jim) Schmelzer’s first online class goes live next week on creating Senior Portraits. I’ve been a fan of Jim’s teachings for a few years now (I have at least two of his DVDs on lighting), and I thought so much of his style and delivery, that I asked him to share his lightning and posing techniques in a series of online classes, and his first one just hits it right out of the park! If you’re into the growing Senior Portrait market, you’ve gotta see his class when it goes live next week at Kelby Training Online.

I know a lot of you have been asking about when my first “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch It” online class will be available at Kelby Training Online and the good news is; it’s set to follow the week after Jim’s class, so it won’t be long now. I’ve done three of these Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it, classes, and after the first one goes live, we’ll be working on finishing the 2nd and 3rd classes. I’ll let you guys know as soon as it’s up and running.

New Training DVDs Now Available
Everybody likes to learn a different way; some of our students like to learn online; some through books, some in live seminars, and some like to own DVDs of the classes themselves and the good news is; some of our most popular classes are now available as DVDs, including Moose Peterson’s very popular Yosemite Big Game Photography class, and Matt Kloskowski’s popular “Mastering Layers in Photoshop CS4” class. You can find both (and all our other DVDs) right here.

That’s it for this Kelby Training Update. I’ll let you know when the new stuff goes live! :)


Hi Gang: A friend turned me on to Journeys Unforgettable, and their amazingly unique photographic workshops. Here’s the scoop on their next one (which is coming in October) which is going to Zambia & Zimbabwe (and I’m passing this on because NAPP members get $500 off). If you’ve got a sec; check out the details below (wish I could go!).


Join Host Journeys Unforgettable with Special Guest 2008 BBC Wildlife Photographer of The Year: Miguel Lasa and Dana Allen for an Extraordinary Unforgettable Photo Adventure into the Heart of the Wilderness to Zambia & Zimbabwe.

Miguel Lasa who was recently featured in the June 2009 Issue of Outdoor Photographer may be a physican by training, but he’s a top wildlife photographer by avocation.  Some of his top tips for your best wildlife photo moments are:  Passion & Patience, Understand Animal Behavior, Use a Fast Shutter Speed, and Utilize a Suitable Camera and Lens.

We are very fortunate to have this incredible duo for this photo safari workshop led by Photography Professionals Dana Allen and Miguel Lasa.

You will not only learn how to capture the moment, but receive daily in-depth instruction, giving you all the tips into how to optimize your incredible images and share with all!

The camps for this photo adventure have been specially chosen for the unique game behavior at this time of the year.  We are planning to visit the South Zambian Kafue National Park, famous for its open plains and incredible cheetah sightings.  Following this, is a visit for a couple of days on the Lufupa River which will allow for photography from a wet/water perspective with fantastic bird life.  Then it’s onto the famous Little Makalolo camp in Hwange National Park with some of the most amazing elephant sightings anywhere in the world!

-Daily Activities Include Fieldwork in Exotic Wild Africa
-Max. 4 Photographers Per Open Land Rover (each photographer has own row)
– 1 on 1 Instruction
-Classroom Lessons with Peer Review and Professional Critique
-Electrical Power 24/7 For Photographic and Computer Equipment
-An Experience That Will Change Your Life!

Arrive in Johannesburg on October 4th to Enjoy Group Dinner and Overnight at Luxury Hotel

  • October 5th Depart for Victoria Falls,Zimbabwe
  • October 5th Toka Leya Classc Camp in Zambia
  • October 6,7, 8, and 9 Shumba River Premiere Camp in Zambia
  • October 10 and 11 Lafupa Tented Classic Camp in Zambia
  • October 12,13,14, 15 and 16 Little Makalolo Classic Camp in Zimbabwe
  • October 17th Depart for Return to Johannesburg with onward flight to USA.

**Pre-Post Trip Extensions to other camps/cities available**

If interested, please contact to receive Special Pricing & Itinerary Details.

NOTE: *NAPP Members will Save Additional $500*

Just a quick heads-up: we have well over 600 people already signed up for my seminar on Friday, and so we’re totally sold out for this workshop.

Thanks to everybody who signed up—we’re gonna have a wild day!!!! See you guys in Orlando!


P.S. My Lightroom 2 Live Tour is coming to Detroit on Friday, October 16th, and then my last Lightroom 2 Tour of the year will be in Tampa, Florida on Monday, November 16th. Here’s the link for more details or to reserve your seat now!


Yesterday I found out that over 500 people are already signed up for “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks” one-day workshop in Orlando, Florida (held next Friday—one week from today), but somebody’s missing. You!

It’s not too late to register—follow this link, where you’ll find out the full class schedule, and how to reserve your seat (It’s only $99, or $79 if you’re a NAPP member) for a day of nothing but the latest Photoshop special effects (these are real commercial effects—the same ones you see in print, on the Web, in ads, on TV, and in Hollywood—-techniques you can really use in your own everyday work).

Hope I’ll see you there next Friday—we’re going to have a blast!


Today’s it’s official, as we announce the date for Scott Kelby’s 2nd Annual Worldwide PhotoWalk™ to celebrate the upcoming release of “The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3,” and you’re invited to be a part of this global, social photography event.

Here’s a quick Q&A with all the details.

Q. When is the official PhotoWalk day?
A. It’s Saturday, July 18th.

Q. What exactly is a PhotoWalk?
A. Watch the short video clip on the home page over at the official Worldwide PhotoWalk Website (here’s the link).

Q. Is there a fee to participate this year?
A. Once again it’s free—there is no fee to join this year’s walk—just come and have a ball!

Q. Do you have any cities signed up with PhotoWalks yet?
A. We already have 183 cities around the world which have scheduled PhotoWalks.

Q. How did those cities gets walks already?
A. We gave last year’s PhotoWalk leaders the first opportunity to lead a walk this year.

Q. How many cities participated last year, and how many photographers did the PhotoWalk that day?
A. We had:

  1. 8.324 photographers register for local walks
  2. 47 Countries had participating cities
  3. 44 States in the US had PhotoWalks
  4. We had a total of 236 cities worldwide
  5. More than 1,017,125 photos were taken on walks that day

Q. How can I lead a PhotoWalk?
A. You apply over at the official Worldwide PhotoWalk website: ( and click on the “Lead Your Own PhotoWalk” link.

Q. Does everyone get accepted as a PhotoWalk leader?
A. We’re looking for people who have experience leading groups, so if you’re the president of your local camera club, or a college teacher, or photography instructor, or you run a local camera store, or you’ve lead PhotoWalks in your area before, etc., you’re more likely to get accepted to be a leader. We ask for your qualifications on the leader application, and that’s the type of experience we’re looking for. Last year, we had some people put, “Well, nobody else signed up from our city, so I guess I’ll do it.” That’s doesn’t instill a lot of confidence in you as a leader. So, in short, I read every application myself. If you convinced me you’d make a good leader, I approved you.

Q. What if my city already has a PhotoWalk, but I want to lead a walk, too?
A. Some big cities can accommodate more than one walk, and so as soon as one starts to fill up, we add a 2nd city walk if we have a leader apply. Or, if the walks are held geographically far from each other but technically in the same major city, we usually add those, too. (Cities like Paris, New York, London, Tokyo all can have multiple walks and draw from totally different population groups)

Q. What do I get for being a PhotoWalk leader?
A. You get a free copy of my upcoming book, “The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3” as soon as it’s released, and you get to pick the best shot from your group and award them with a free copy as well. Plus, that person is entered into the grand prize competition.

Q. Do I have to enter the prize competition?
A. Absolutely not. This is a totally separate part of the experience, and if you don’t want to enter your images, you absolutely don’t have to (it’s just to make the experience more fun). Some people freaked out last year thinking they were required to enter, but just know—you absolutely don’t have to enter your image—you can go and shoot for the day, and never let anyone see your photos. Ever. They can be your private “secret” photos.

Q. So are you going to choose the Grand Prize winner from all the city winners?
A. You betcha!

Q. Did you get any complaints last year about how the winners were chosen?
A. Absolutely. People get pretty cranked if they think their image deserved to be the winner and wasn’t chosen, but after being one of the Guru Awards judges for 10 years, along with judging other competitions over the years, I’m kind of used to that response. Surprisingly, I didn’t get one single complaint about my picks from any of the winners.

Q. So are you going to try and work some angle so that Orphanage in Kenya gets something out of this?
A. Ahh, you know me too well. I had been trying to come up with a good tie-in, but luckily one of my readers, Rob from Towner Jones Photography, came up with a great idea—we’re going to create an official Worldwide PhotoWalk T-shirt, and 100% of the profits from the sale of any of these t-shirts will go to feeding the kids at the Springs of Hope, Kenya Orphanage. I think it’s a great idea, and I’m so grateful that Rob wanted to help in this way (I finally met Rob at my DC seminar—a really great guy!). As soon as we’ve finalized the design, we’ll put a link on the Web site.

Q. How come the people following you on Twitter got advance notice about the day, and early access to the Website?
A. That’s part of my deal with them. This is just the beginning.

Q. So are you leading a PhotoWalk again this year?
A. You betcha! I love PhotoWalks, and I’m planning mine for Ybor City (just outside Downtown Tampa, near where Dave Cross led his walk last year).

Q. What about Jeff Revell of
A. You know Jeff’s in, but I doubt he’ll lead two walks in the same day this time around. (That really kicked his butt). Also, I just saw where David duChemin is leading a walk in Vancouver, Canada. Sweet! Of course, Matt, Dave, and RC will be leading walks too (and if I can weasel Corey into one, he’ll have one as well). Moose Peterson will be up in Alaska and he might lead a walk up there (everybody loves PhotoWalks).

Q. What was the best thing that came out of last year’s walk?
A. I think it was the fact that so many photographers not only made new friends, but then went on to form their own photo walks during the year. This is totally a social event, and that’s why makes it so much fun. Most of the people on my walk had never done a Photo Walk before, but everybody had so much fun, they all wanted to do one again right away. Photo Walks are infectious, because when you get that many creative people together, who all have the love of photography in common, you can’t help but have a great time.

Q. What happens when a city fills up?
A. It’s full.

Q. How many is full?
A. PhotoWalks are limited to 50 photographers. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, you haven’t seen 50 photographers coming down the sidewalk at the same time, and later all converging at once on a restaurant or pub. It’s more like a scary bike gang (except without the bikes, or gang, or scariness).

Q. Hey Scott, this isn’t exactly PhotoWalk related, but you’re in Denver tomorrow for your Lightroom seminar on Wednesday—are you looking for a great place to shoot tomorrow at sunset around the Denver area?
A. Wow, you read my mind (and you snuck this in my Photowalk Q&A. Pretty clever). Yeah, if you know of a great place to shoot, let me know or I’ll just stay holed up in my hotel room with a big bag of chips. I mean, with “rice cakes and bottled water.”


Q. Hey is that you on your walk from last year?
A. Yup, that was taken right when we headed out (photo by RC). It was raining at first, but right at 10:00 am, when my walk was scheduled to start, the rain stopped and we didn’t get a drop again until we were in the restaurant having ricecakes and bottled water.

Q. I want to know more about this PhotoWalk thing; what’s involved, how do I sign up, and all that stuff. Where do I go?
A. There’s a detailed FAQ on the Website (here’s the link), but we’re still tweaking the site a bit (adding new features and a master list of all the cities), but we’re lightyears ahead of where we were last year at this same time, and I’m pretty psyched to have more than 180 cities on announce day. I hope we have a lot more to come, and I hope you’ll be a part of it this year, too!