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I thought I'd kick off the new year with a quick look back at the most popular, and most commented-on posts of 2012 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 2012 it was 355 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 and for which I will be forever in his debt. Wrangling those two is a lot more work than it looks by a long shot (many thanks Braddo). :)

The Top 10 Most Commented-on Posts of 2012
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. I'm Done with Drobo (548 comments) link

2. Why I think Lightroom 4 is going to sell like crazy (185 comments) link

3. This Story About Photography is About Much More Than Photography (173 comments) link

4. Something's missing from my new MacBook Pro (170 comments) link

5. The Nikon D800 vs the D600: Which One is the Right One For You? (146 comments) link

6. Lightroom 4 and leaving the past behind (138 comments) link

7. My Creative Cloud Quick Q&A (129 comments) link

8. Drobo CEO Tom Buiocchi Responds (126 comments) link

9. My Location Scouting trip to Ireland (105 comments) link

10. My first NFL Shoot with the Nikon D600 (100 comments) link


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 2012:

1. Peter Hurley (163 comments) link

2. Regina Pagles (109 comments) link

3. Cliff Mautner (93 comments) link

4. Tamara Lackey (65 comments) link

5. Glyn Dewis (73 comments) link

6. Dave Clayton (59 comments) link

7. Adam Elmakias (56 comments) link

8. RC Concepcion (effects of printing and hanging) (48 comments) link

9. Patrick LaMontagne (46 comments) link

10. Bill Frakes (41 comments) link


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 2012 (in order of popularity):

1. My Location Scouting trip to Ireland (105 comments) link

2. My First NFL Shoot With The Nikon D600 and some other new gear (92 comments) link

3. I shot my First NHL Hockey Game Last Night (97 comments) link

4. I'm back from 2-1/2 Days in Havana, Cuba (87 comments) link

5. Some pages from my Paris Photo Book (80 comments) link

6. My four days in India (79 comments) link

7. My first three-light car shoot (with lots of help from Tim Wallace's online class) (73 comments) link

8. Back From a Week in Paris (and a new photo series emerges) (71 comments) link

9. My Favorite Football Shots of the 2011 Season (71 comments) link

10. My First â˜Real' Shoot with the Nikon D4: The Tavistock Pro Golf Tournament (65 comments)  link

That’s it for Part One
I’ll be back on Monday 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


I just got some copies of my new iPhone 5 book which is co-authored with my buddy Terry White (I take half the chapters and Terry takes the other half, which I affectionally call “the hard chapters.” LOL!).

Anyway, the whole book is just like my book series “The Digital Photography Book” — the same look, feel, layout, the whole one “one topic per page thing” and so if you like learning from that book you’ll feel right at home with our iPhone 5 book. It’s hitting stores any day now but you can win it  today as I’m giving away five copies — just leave a comment here and you’re entered to win. If you don’t win, you can still get your copy from Barnes& or (it’s only around $16 bucks and there’s a Nook and Kindle version of both) and be the first to get it.

Happy Free-Stuff Thursday! :)

Below is an audio clip of "The Christmas Song," made by my wife on her iPhone (that's her above taken on our family vacation to Ireland earlier this year), 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 today).

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 Kira 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 the other day (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! :-)

Do you totally love Photoshop tips & tricks? Me too! Then join us tonight because we’ll be sharing a ton of them LIVE from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM ET at our “NAPPaThon”.

It’s 90-minutes of cool Photoshop tricks to give folks an idea of what we do for our members at the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).

PLUS, we’re giving away a one-year membership to someone watching live EVERY MINUTE!!!! It’s going to be a blast, so join me and the gang tonight!

Who: Matt, RC, Corey, Pete, and Me (“The Photoshop Guys”)
What: A 90-minute love-fest of our favorite cool Photoshop tips
Where:  RSVP right here: 
When: Tonight at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm ET
(Here’s a world time-zone calculator: — use New York City as our time zone).
Why: We hope that you’ll love this so much, and when you hear our secret “BIG ANNOUNCEMENT”  you’ll want to join the Photoshop training association that I head, called the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). You can learn more about NAPP here. 

Hope you’ll join us there tonight! We’re gonna get tipsy! (wah, wah, wahhhh).



P.S. Can you please invite your friends? Everyone’s welcome and we want to get as many people to tune in as possible. Many thanks in advance. 


Adobe’s online Creative Cloud event is today!
It’s the one where they’re unveiling what’s next in the Creative Cloud is today, and I’m part of the presentation (I’ll be talking a little about the cloud itself, but then later on I’m doing a segment called “Hidden Gems” where I’ll be showing some new stuff and some little-known existing features in Photoshop.

When: TODAY, December 11th, 2012
Time: 10:00 PST (1:00 pm New York Time)
Where: Here's the link.  

My new book is already sold out
But if you didn’t get your order in yesterday, you can still order the Print edition from and they’ll deliver it as soon as the next batch hits their warehouse — here's the link just in case.

If you can’t wait ’till then, it’s available right now from Apple’s iBook Store (for IOS) — here's the link

Submit your images for our “Blind Critiques” episode of “The Grid”
If you’d like to have your photography considered for TOMORROW”s blind critiques (we show your images but don’t mention your name on the air), just leave us a link to your images AT THIS ADDRESS:

We’ll pick 20 or so photographer’s work to go over on the show (not based on who posted first — we choose based on showing variety and images we think can help our viewers), and the live show is broadcast TOMORROW at 4:00 pm ET at  — see you on “The Grid”

Catch Matt Kloskowski on “The Hallmark Channel’s: Home & Family”
That’s right, our own homegrown Mattski is going to be a guest Wednesday on broadcast TV on the Hallmark Channel’s show, “Home & Family.” They’ll be talking about photography and Photoshop and what Matt uses to make his hair so shiny, so make sure you tune in. Here’s the details:

When: Wednesday at 9:00 am ET
Where: The Hallmark Channel (check your local cable guide)
When Again: It’s possible it’s not at 9:00 am everywhere, so again, check your cable guide.

Want more megapixels? Be careful what you wish for. 
I was reminded this week how large the file sizes are for images I shoot with my Nikon D800. I grabbed a hard drive to copy around 1,000 images I took in Cuba, and I was shocked to see that it wouldn’t fit on the drive because it was a whopping 43 Gigbytes!!! I looked at what the Raw files were from my Nikon D3s, and for around 1,000 Raw files it was 1/3 the size (around 15GB) and for the same number of JPEGs from a similar camera it around 6GB. I’ll shoot more than 1,000 photos at any given football game in just three hours (glad I’m shooting JPEG).

Anyway, I added a chart below with the specs. Eyeopening. (And yes, I know it’s just simple math, and that hard drive space has never been cheaper, but until you actually try and copy that many GB and your hard drive says “Not enough room” and you think, “Nah, it can’t be” you found out, “Oh, it be.”).

You will get a kick out of this video!
I know I’m probably the 15,000th person to share this very cute Jimmy Fallon/Mariah Carey rendition of Mariah’s “All I want for Christmas is You” Christmas song, but Kalebra and I just watched it a few mornings ago and it really got us in the Christmas Spirit (and I’ve been singing it ever since).

Hope it makes your Holiday, and your Tuesday a little brighter. :-)

Gotta run!
Hope to see you all today at the Adobe event (it’s free!). Cheers, -Scott