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Hi Gang: I thought I'd once again kick off the new year with a quick look back at the most popular, and most commented-on posts of 2013 here on my blog, and some of the fun stuff we shared during the past year.

By the way: If you're wondering how many posts we put up in the course of a year, in 2013 it was 273 posts! (Whew). Also, in case you were wondering: I actually do write all my own posts with the exception of "Guest Blog Wednesday" and "Free Stuff Thursday" which are handled for me by my photo assistant Brad Moore, to which I am boundlessly grateful for (high-five, Brad!). :)

 

The Top 10 Most Commented-on Posts of 2013
Here are the posts that garnered the most comments from readers during the year, in order: (NOTE: I didn't include any of my "Free Stuff Thursday" giveaways in these tallies or Guest Blog comments which have their own separate catagory).

1. My Take on Adobe's Announcements Yesterday at the MAX Conference (647 comments) link

2.  You Said Something I Disagree With. You Must Be Getting Paid. (371 comments) link

3. My Take on Adobe's Creative Cloud Deal for Photographers (364 comments) link

4. Some Shots from the Falcons / 49ers NFL Championship Game (290 comments) link

5. Adobe's Letting Everyone In On $9.99 "Bundle Deal" But Only For a Few Days (184 comments) link

6. Three Quick Friday Things (113 comments) link

 7. Some Shots From Last Week's Wedding Shoot (112 comments) link

8.  So, How Many "Keepers" Do You Get From a Shoot? (103 comments) link

9. Want to Come Work With Us? We're Hiring Now For Some Awesome Jobs (121 comments) link

10. Another Epic Remote Camera Failâ¦. (95 comments) link

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Guest Bloggers
I'm indebted to all the Guest Bloggers who shared their images, ideas and inspiration with my readers each Wednesday. Here are the top commented posts from 2013:

1. Zack Arias (113 Comments) Link

2. A Special 9/11 Guest Blog from Joe McNally (86 Comments) Link

3. Mark S. Johnson (66 Comments) Link

4. RC Concepcion: To Thine Own Self Be True (57 Comments) Link

5. Bill Fortney (50 Comments) Link

6. Brad Moore (50 Comments) Link

7. Rob Sylvan (38) Link

8. Uli Staiger (35 Comments) Link

9. Vincent Versace (34 Comments) Link

10. Pete Collins (33 Comments) Link

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My Photo Shoots
When I do a shoot, I usually post the images here within a day or so (or the spread from the photo book I made if it was a travel shoot), and here are the shoots that garnered the most comments from 2013 (in order of popularity):

1. It was a Football Shootin', Remote Firein' Weekend! (82 Comments) Link

2. Shots and a Q&A from My Shoot Aboard a US Navy Aircraft Carrier (74 Comments) Link

3. My Favorite Football Shots of The 2012 Season (60 Comments) Link

4. Shots from the Broncos/Chiefs Game Sunday Night (52 Comments) Link

5. Shooting Exotic Sports Cars at the duPont Registry (50 Comments) Link

6. My First Studio Car Shoot (plus behind-the-scenes) (50 Comments) Link

7. Shots From My First Football Shoot of the Season (47 Comments) Link

8. Behind-The-Scenes Video of my Audi R8 Shoot Using the New Priolite Strobes (42 Comments) Link

9. Shooting Detail Shots of an Aston Martin Vantage (41 Comments) Link

10. Some Shots from Sunday's Falcons/Seahawks Playoff Game (41 Comments) Link

NOTE: Technically, my post “ Some Shots From Last Week's Wedding Shoot” with 112 comments (link) would have been the #1 most popular shoot post, but I already included that in the most popular of all posts category earlier, so I skipped it here under “Shoots.” 

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That's it for Part One
I'll be back on Next Week with Part Two, where we'll look at some of the milestones from an entire year here on the blog and I hope you'll join me back here then. In the meantime, here's wishing you a fantastic "1st weekend of the New Year" and I hope it's the beginning of a string of wonderful weekends to come!

It's a national holiday here in the US (the banks are closed, government offices, and so on), and our offices are closed today as well, as we celebrate the beginning of a New Year.

My humble thanks to everyone who visited me here on the blog this year; to all my wonderful guest bloggers who shared their wisdom and images; to all the folks who offered my readers special deals and free-stuff on "Free Stuff Thursdays" and to everybody who said a nice word, had my back, made me smile, and made writing this blog so much fun this past year. Also, a big thanks to my assistant Brad Moore who helped so much once again this year in making sure every Wednesday and Thursday went off without a hitch. Thanks Brad (you rock!).

I read every single comment posted here during the year and your words of encouragement, support and friendship mean more than you know. What a wonderful time to be a photographer and a "Photoshop Guy."

Here's wishing you and your family your very best year yet!!!

Warm regards,

Scott and my wonderful crew here at Kelby Media Group, down in warm, toasty Tampa, Florida

Below is an audio clip of "The Christmas Song," made by my wife on her iPhone using her iPhone's built-in Recorder App (which is normally used for making voice memos), but how it came to be is what makes it special (and it's why I asked my wife if I could run this on my blog. That's her above earlier this year taken during the Photoshop World Concert Pre-Conference Workshop — photo by William Beem),).

Here's the story behind it, which I copied and pasted  from an email my wife sent to one of her friends. Here it is in her own words:

Our daughter was 3-1/2 year old at the time and she used to constantly play with the voice recorder App on my iPhone. I was in my bathroom blow drying my hair (singing/humming that song) when she came in playing around with that recorder App on the phone. She likes it when I sing "The Christmas Song" so she asked me to sing it into the phone. So I did. The phone did a pretty decent job with the recording so I thought I would send it to Scott's brother Jeff (because he's always after me to sing him Christmas songs) and then as I was about to send it I thought: "Well, mom might like to have it, and so and so might like it" and then it became my Christmas card!

It took quite a bit of convincing to get my wife to let me run this on the blog a few years back, and again today (especially since she was just goofing with my daughter when she did it, plus it was recorded in just one take, into an iPhone no less, and not done in a professional recording studio), but I think the spirit of Christmas got the best of her, and she finally said yes.

I hope you enjoy listening to it, and that it brings a little Christmas Eve spirit your way. (click this link to hear the song).

Merry Christmas everybody! :-)

Above: It’s my original film SLR kit, including three filters and a cable release (yes kids, that steel cable is what we used to capture photos of dinosaurs, and those two small circles with gray caps were what film rolls came in). 

Each year we throw a Christmas Party at our house for our family and friends, and this past Saturday was this year’s get-together and one of my dear friends from my childhood days, John Couch, was able to come this year with his lovely wife Diane and his kids Will and Katie (they live hours away so we don’t get to see each other very often). It was really a treat to see John and his family (I was his Best Man at his wedding, and now not only does he have kids, they’re pretty much all grown, and just wow — how time flies).

At some point during the party, John calls me over and says he brought me a special Christmas present. He holds up a camera bag and asks, “Does this look familiar?” I looked at it, and it kinda did look familiar I guess, but I wasn’t sure. Then he says, “Your gift is what’s inside. It’s your original camera.” He opens the bag and sure enough — there is was — my first SLR film camera, a Minolta SR-T 101 body with my old Soligar 50mm lens and my 200mm Vivitar Telephoto lens. I was just astounded (and I had a smile as big as the moon)!

Above: Here’s a close-up of my mighty Minolta SR-T 101 (later supplanted by a Pentax SLR). Kind of ironic that these photos of SLRs were taken with my iPhone, rather than a DSLR. 

John said I had given it to him many years ago, back when we were roommates just out of high school, and he thought I might like to have it back to display on my desk at work or at home, and was he ever right (and man did that old gear bring back memories of my older brother Jeff and I traveling together and shooting and laughing and spending more money than we could afford on film and processing).

Above: Clearly there must have been a problem at the factory, because the LCD monitor is missing. ;-)

Anyway, I can’t tell you how tickled I am to have that old camera back again (it still has film in it. Now, if I could just find a place that actually develops filmâ¦). Anyway, I thought I’d share a few photos of my new “old” rig here with you. It certainly was a wonderful surprise and surely a Christmas Gift I’ll never forget. Thanks John, and Merry Christmas!

http://youtu.be/2VkAu_THbbk

This week we had New York-based fashion photographer Lindsay Adler as our in-studio guest on our free weekly photography talk show “The Grid”, and I gotta tell you — she gave some of the most clear, concise, helpful, and just downright “on-the-money” advice for fashion photographesr I’ve ever heard.

People are absolutely raving about this episode and if you’ve got a few minutes, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn — she totally rocked it! (you can watch the free rebroadcast above — just click the Play button).

Also, I start the show with the story of my “Canadian Border Fiasco,” (and it’s some story), so I hope you get to check it all out.

My 12-days-of-Christmas Giveaways Start Today
For the past couple of years I’ve been doing giveaways over on my Facebook and G+ pages each day leading up to Christmas, and I’m kicking it off (in reverse) today by giving away 12-copies of my just refreshed book, “The Digital Photography Book, Part 2.” All you have to do is stop by my Facebook or Google+ page starting at 8:00 am ET, leave a comment and you’re entered to win (We just pick random names as winners) and it doesn’t matter where in the world you are — we’ll ship your prize direct to you.

Here’s the link to my Facebook page and my G+ page. Good luck everybody (and don’t forget to check back each day for that day’s contest (tomorrow I’ll be giving away 11-gifts, then 10 the next day, and so on until Christmas Day).

Happy Holidays everyone!

-Scott

P.S. I’ll be shooting the 49ers/Bucs game this weekend, and if I get any decent shots I’ll post them on FB and G+

Today in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving; a national holiday where we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy (and I truly feel like the most blessed guy on earth). Traditionally this is a day  where families come together to eat a Thanksgiving turkey feast, and then we watch football until we pass out. It's just about a perfect day. :-)

Our offices are closed today for Thanksgiving, but I'll be back here tomorrow with some insane deals on all our stuff in honor of the biggest shopping day of the year (known as Black Friday).

In the meantime, please enjoy the stock image above (nothing brings the warmth, togetherness, and joy of Thanksgiving together like a woodcut stock image with customized type).

In all seriousness, here's wishing you and your family a joyous, happy, and yummy Thanksgiving. :-)

All my best,

-Scott

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