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Above: My wife texted Brad that if he didn’t take a bunch of photos of me in my tux, that when we got back she would shave his beard off herself. Needless to say, he took lots of photos. 

The best way I can describe it is “Surreal.” I know that term is over-used, but it honestly best describes the whole event. The scope â” the scale of it all, was way beyond what I was expecting. I figured the awards ceremony would be in a nice hotel ballroom, but I wasn’t prepared for something more along the lines of “The Oscars” and when we pulled up in front of the massive stage, assembled from scratch in the shadow of Dubai’s iconic Emirates Towers, in front of the Dubai International Financial Centre, I was speechless.

Everyone connected with HIPA’s event was just incredible 
They are some of the most gracious hosts on the planet (a special thank you Mohammed Al Daou, Ronald Villegas and Ziad Al Salama). It’s a first class organization, and a world class event and having his Highness the Crown Prince there, and to be presented with an award by His Highness himselfâ¦wellâ¦it’s something I’ll never forget. To say it was an honor, and an amazing evening, is just an understatement.

Today, I’m going to share a lot of behind-the-scenes photos, mostly taken with an iPhone, mostly taken by Brad, and I’m going to hold off on sharing my images from my 2-1/2 days of shooting until I find out (later today) if we’re going to do a live Webcast about the trip.

RC was there 8-days right before I arrived, and I’m hoping the two of us, along with Brad, can do a live Webcast about the trip next week (I’m off to Amsterdam this week), so I want to save sharing those images until then (but I’ll do a simultaneous release on of the images from the webcast for those who can’t attend).

I could share so many stories, but for now here’s some BTS shots, with captions that help tell the story of at least the HIPA Awards Ceremony, until I can tell the full story, and share some videos during the live Webcast (details as soon as I have them). Until then, here we go:

Above: Click on this pano to see it much larger, and it will help you get a feel for the scope of the event. This is about 2-hours until curtain, and everybody’s in prep mode, testing the lights, projectors, audio, cameras, etc. 

Above: Look at the size of that video screen â” it blends down and continues right onto the floor, so they can project images on the floor as well. That entire black wall behind the screen was erected just for this ceremony. 

Above: Here’s a shot from the stage looking back toward the seating — the Emirates Towers make an awesome backdrop. 

Above: Yes, of course we have time for a selfie. :)

Above: Brad was looking very spiffy for the event as well, and his beard really took on an international flavour, don’t ya think?

Above: Brad was clearly concerned about not having enough tux shots, so he was constantly posing me, but it must have worked â” he still has his beard. 

Above: Here’s an iPhone pano of the scene just before showtime at 7pm (click for a much larger view).

Above: The Crown Prince has arrived, and now it’s showtime! (and time for me to get a little nervous). 

Above: Before each category was presented, we saw a really slick video that interacted with performers on stage. Very well done, and they must have rehearsed like crazy to get the timing down the way they had it. Very well done. 

Above: After seeing lots of amazing images from around the world who were entered into the contest, it was time for the Special Awards category. In just a moment The Crown Prince His Royal Highness Hamdan bin Mohommed bin Rahshid al Maktum would come to the stage to present the HIPA Special Award himself to a very excited American author and Photoshop Guy. 

Above: Here’s a shot of me receiving the Award from The Prince. I will never forget that moment!

Above: You can see how excited I was to receive this award. 

Above: When I got back to my seat, I just could not stop smiling. What a night!

Above: At the end, all the winners came on stage to get a group shot with the Prince. I’m way over on the left side. 


Above: That’s a shot of me, and my buddy Ali Rajabi from Iran, posing with our awards (Ali won in the general category for an amazing shot he took of a snowy street in New York City). 

Above: Amazing after-party under the stars, and then off to bed for an early sunrise shoot on top of building (this was taken just after sunrise). 

Above: This is my new friend, Daniel Cheong (thanks Elia Locardi for introducing us!) who was a wealth of knowledge on where to shoot in Dubai, and how to get access to high places, like this rooftop (he should know – he’s taken some of the most well-known iconic images of Dubai with the tops of skyscrapers peeking through the clouds). Awesome guy â” tons of fun, and we’re looking forward to having him on “The Grid” when he visits us later this year. 

Above: Look who we found in Dubai! Yup, skyscraper scaling, lunch eating, flash-firing, love-making (love-making?), risk taking, bundle of energy and light, the one and only Joe McNally, who was taking up residence at the Park Hyatt before heading home from his Gulf Photo Plus gig (and photographing the Burj Khalifa’s window washers hanging off the side of the building 140-something stories up. Yikes!) Had a wonderful lunch with Joe and Brad, and the weather couldn’t have been more beautiful. 

Above: What’s Brad’s beard look like 124 floors above the earth? Like this. He can take a selfie like a boss!

Above: Spent two really fun days in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with the wonderful Eva von Pepel, from the Swedish Photo Crew (a wonderful group of Swedish expat photographers living and working in Dubai â” they led a photo walk last year as part of my annual Worldwide Photo Walk, and I contacted them before my trip and Eva was kind enough to chauffeur us all over, and get us access to cool places). This shot was taken in front of the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Unbelievable place (more on this, and many photos, to come soon). Thanks again Eva! I think we put 1,200 miles on her Nissan Armada (and we crushed several slower, smaller cars along the way). 

Above: This is Brad “In da club” (it’s true. It’s just that we were in this rooftop club at 6:00 am for a sunrise shoot, but we couldn’t resist the “I’m in da club” shot). 

Above: On Wednesday night there was a press conference/panel at the hotel, hosted by HIPA and I was one of the participants. Totally cool event (very well run â” the hostess who asked the questions and kept things moving was really great). A tux was not required, but had it beenâ¦I was prepared. 

Above: The panel discussion part mostly focused on photographic education and that was really fun for me. You could tell from the discussions how serious the Crown Prince and HIPA are about making Dubai a center for serious photography. Their commitment and passion are really refreshing and there were really engaging moments, spontaneous applause, thoughtful comments and just a really great presentation all around, presented in three different parts. I was really tickled to be a small part of it. 

Above: After the panel, there were meetings with different magazines, press organizations, the team from HIPA, and some serious photographers from all over the world. 

Above: Here I’m taping an interview for a Philippine’s based magazine. 

I’ve got so much more to shareâ¦
This is just a peek at some of the behind-the-scenes stuff. Again, I hope to be announcing a free live Webcast about the trip with RC, Brad and me, hopefully for next week (depending on schedules and things), and I’ll be sharing some of my images then.

Thanks for hanging with me through this very long post. Can’t wait to share the pictures and stories and people of one of the coolest places on the planet â” Dubai and the UAE. :)

Here’s to an awesome week everybody!



Happy Friday every-ba-day! :)

If you’re out in Vegas this week for the WPPI show (the big Wedding and Portrait photography show), I hope you’ll stop by and check out my talks at Canon’s booth and the KelbyOne Theater on the Expo floor. All the talks are free and open to anyone attending the WPPI expo.

Canon Booth: My talk is called “Photo Recipes Live”
Monday @ 1:45 pm
Tuesday @ 10:45 am

KelbyOne Theater: My talk is on Portrait Retouching Secrets
Monday at 10:30 am 

You may also be able to catch my short talk called “My order” at the counter at the In/Out Burger location behind the New York, New York Hotel & Casino at some point during this event.

If you’re out at the show, I hope you’ll stop by one of my sessions and say “hi.”

Hope you all have an awesome weekend, and we’ll see ya back here on Monday (I have a cool post for Monday about me rethinking some cool technology). :)



P.S. One more thing: Our third episode of “The Lightroom Show” went live today (we release them every Friday), and we packed some awesome Lightroom tips and techniques in a very short package. Here’s the link if you get a sec. 

Hi everybody. Hey, next week it’s my last “Shoot Like a Pro” full-day seminar of the year and I hope you’ll come out and join me for the day. Here’s the details:

Who: Me and Braddo!
What: My Shoot Like a Pro Seminar
When: Monday, December 1st (who wants to work on Monday anyway? Can I get a Woot! Woot!)
Where: The Broward County Convention Center
Why: Because you’re going to learn a whole bunch, laugh a little, and get totally energized and inspired. Perfect way to wrap up the year, and get pumped for 2015.

It’s only $99 for the full day, which includes a detailed workbook (written by yours truly), and you get a digital download of my entire “Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It” full-day seminar as a bonus (it normally sells for $69 all by itself).

Here’s the link to sign-up or just to get more info.

Hope to see you all there in Ft. Lauderdale next week! :)



P.S. Make sure you check back here tomorrow for my 9th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gift Guide, which I actually planned to release today but as you can see, this ain’t it. Had some blog problems, but should be up and running by tomorrow, so check back then for extreme gonzoness.


PLEASE NOTE:  Due to being sick, my schedule for all of Wednesday is CANCELED.  I will resume my schedule, as planned, on Thursday.

I've got a busy week coming up in New York at the big daddy of all photo shows here in the USA, and I hope at some point our paths cross in on my presentation. Here’s my schedule:


First, I’m moderating a panel on how technology is leading the storytelling revolution (details below) on Wednesday at 5pm (don’t worry â” the panel doesn’t go for three hours â” there’s other stuff after our talk).

Above: I did have to giggle at how they listed my title as just “Kelby” (as in Scott Kelby of Kelby) and they didn’t list any title for Jeremy. I wish they had even left his last name off, so it’s like “Cher” or “Seal.”

Canon has invited me to speak in their booth’s theater again, and it’s on one of my favorite topics: Sports Photography, and it's open to anyone at the Expo, so come on by:

> I'm on Thursday at 2:30 pm on Canon’s main stage

I’m also speaking at the Mylio booth:

> I’m on Thursday at 12:30 pm in the Mylio booth (#273) on the expo floor.

Note: if you’re wondering “what is Mylio?” — they are launching at the show, and by next week everybody will know about Mylio. Really super cool stuff!

I’ll also be speaking at the Mylio launch party on Thursday night, but I think that one is a press event.

I’m at the Canon booth on the Expo floor, talking about sports photography.

> I'm on Friday at 10:45 am on Canon’s main stage

We have a KelbyOne theater on the show floor and I’ll be doing a session called “Photo Retouching Secrets”

> I’m on Friday at 12:30 in the KelbyOne Booth: #473

Right after that I head straight for the airport to get home in time to go trick-r-treating with my daughter (this year she decided her costume would be a throwback outfit from the 1950s, so she’s got the pink poodle skirt and the whole nine yards. So cute!

Hope you all have a great Monday and I hope I get to meet you at some point, later this week. :)



â¦we’re streaming the Webcast continuously at this link: 

Above: That’s Matt and me, right before airtime. 

Above: Our crew in the control room getting ready 15-minutes before air.

Thanks to everybody who tuned in last night â” we had lots of great questions and discussions, plus RC did an amazing job handling the biggest number of giveaways we’ve never done (including two Wacom tablets, four $100 B&H Gift Cards, loads of books from Peachpit Press, A Canon Pixma Pro 1 printer, and a Canon point-and-shoot, and more). Really a great night and we got loads of great feedback from people who are now ready to make the jump to Lightroom.

Here’s the link to the free streaming rebroadcast: 

Hope you all have an awesome Tuesday (and don’t forget, “The Grid” tomorrow at 4:00 pm LIVE).



Join Scott Kelby and RC Concepcion tonight at 7pm ET for a live webcast where they’ll be discussing Scott’s recent trip to Europe. RC will be chatting with Scott about his experiences in various cities along the Danube River, and Scott will also be sharing some of the shooting and post-processing tricks he used along the way. You can register for the webcast right here so you can chime in on the live chat to ask questions and share your own experiences, and we’ll also be giving away some great prizes!

And if you’re a gear head (you know who you are), here’s a list of the gear Scott took with him:
Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
BlackRapid RS-7 RapidStrap
Tiffen 82mm 10-Stop ND Filter
Vello Shutterboss Remote
Hoodman Compact Loupe
– Lexar Secure Digital & Compact Flash Cards
Gitzo GT1542T Traveler Tripod
Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head
Really Right Stuff L-Plate for 5D Mark III
Gaffer Tape
LensPen MicroKlear Microfiber Cloth

And it was all packed in a ThinkTank Airport AirStream camera bag. See you tonight!