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Happy Friday everybody! On Monday and Tuesday we looked at some of the best, and most commented-upon Guest Blog posts from this past year, and today we’re continuing my “Best of 2015 on the Blog” with a look at some of the most popular posts overall.

Here we go:

(1) I’m Dumping My Apple Watch
With 228 comments, it was my most-commented upon post of the year, which should give you some idea of the emotional weight people put behind (or against) anyone mentioning they bought an Apple product. If you read the comments on this post, you’ll be surprised at how nasty some people got because I said I was returning my watch. I didn’t tell anyone they should sell theirs, mind you — I just talked about why it didn’t work for me. Apparently, that was enough for some people to totally lose their minds, and on both sides of the fence.

(2) Are You Shooting With a Lens in that “No Man’s Land Focal Range.” 

You would have thought I mentioned an Apple product with as many angry comments as this solicited. I was providing an idea, a thought some photographers might just consider, but all it did was make anybody who owns a 24-70mm lens come out in angry defense of it. It spawned discussions, blog posts, and forum rants on sites around the Web. Apparently, not a topic you can have a rational discussion about.

(3) I Hate To Admit This, But I Just Bought Another Apple Watch

When Apple introduced Watch OS2, it addressed my major complaint about the watch, so I bought another one (I had returned the original one for a full refund), and of course, once again some folks lost their mind, and said I did the whole thing as a publicity stunt. Trust me, very few people would think the “human pin cushion style” of comments I got on either post would constitute as “good publicity.”

(4) Could it be? Yes it is! Another Down & Dirty Trick?
I started doing a series of Photoshop special effects every Friday, and it started out pretty well, with a nice stream of feedback, but the more I did, the less people commented and giving feedback of any kind (this is good, this is bad, etc.), and when you’re writing stuff and it takes a really long time to do each one, and nobody seems to care, you stop, which is what I did. At least this one, early on, got some feedback.

(5) Seven Things They Need to Fix in Periscope
Thankfully, they have already addressed a lot of these.

OK that’s the top five. I wanted to share another few that were among the most popular, and all definitely worth checking out: They are: 

1. 7 Reasons why Photographers Need to Be on Instagram (link)

2. Kalebra Kelby’s Guest Blog (link)

3. If You Were Only Allowed to Have 10 Pieces of Photographic Gear, What Would They Be? (link)

4. You know what this country needs? 1-million more Selfie Sticks ;-) (link)

5. It’s “Reprocess Your Old Images Tuesday (link)

6. I’m Too Old To Be Making Rookie Mistakes Like This… (link)

7. It’s “Back Up Your Photos” Tuesday (link)

Well, there ya have it — some light reading for the weekend. Hope yours is a great one! (

Best,

-Scott

P.S. My first full-day seminars of the year are coming up. I’m in Richmond on the 27th, and in Atlanta on the 29th. Hope I get to see you there (here’s the link with details). 

Happy Tuesday folks. Here’s some quick stuff:

 

1 – Size Matters! (well, for photographers anyway)
The video above is from my French friend, photographer and Photoshop guy, Serge Ramelli, and it’s really cute. It’s called “Size Matters” and well…you just have to watch it.

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2. Shooting the Outback Bowl (and sharing it on Slate)
I got a chance to shoot with the Vols for their Bowl Game last week. I posted my favorite images, and the back story (including gear and settings), using Adobe’s “Slate” (it’s a free App from Adobe, but I used their new web-based Desktop editor to create the post). I also had a pretty big fail, which I talk about in the post. If you’ve got a sec, here’s the link. 

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3. One from my New York Class
Here’s a shot I took during my Lighting Master Class at PhotoPlus Expo in New York back in November (Model: Kristina Lezhepekova. Hair/Makeup: Cassi Renee for MAC Cosmetics), and on Monday I’m taping an online class for KelbyOne.com based on not only this lighting set-up, but the retouching and finishing moves as well, so you see the entire process from start to finish. I’ll let you know as soon as it goes live.

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4. Shoutout to 500px for the Editor’s Choice pick
I was very excited to see that one of my shots (above center) was picked as an “Editor’s Choice” on 500px. I didn’t know about it until someone pointed it out to me on Twitter, but I can tell you it totally made my day. Many thanks and a shoutout to the editors at 500px. (here’s a link to see the image larger).

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5. Want to instantly see your best 9 Instagram photos of 2015?
There’s an app for that. Well, actually it’s a Website; it’s free; and all you do is enter your Instagram name and a few seconds later it creates a mosaic like you see above, ready to share (or save). The site is called 2015bestnine.com

Told you these were quickies. :)

Hope your Tuesday is a great one!

Best,

-Scott

 

Happy New Year 2016 on tablet

A friend of mind emailed me this thought a few years ago, and I’m passing on an updated version to you:

“2016 is an unwritten chapter. …Love deeply, live boldly, and go after something big!”

I think that’s fantastic advice for starting off this New Year. :)

Here’s wishing you all a Happy, Safe and Prosperous 2016!!!!

All my best,

-Scott

First, I can’t believe I made this list!
OK, it looks like I Photoshop’d myself into this list (below), but I promise I didn’t (though I did add the red circle). Believe me, no one’s more surprised than I.

It’s based on social media reach and stuff like that and apparently the calculation has to do with everything from your Klout score to your Twitter presence, and a bunch of other stuff. Anyway, here’s the link to the full list: http://richtopia.com/people/500-ceos

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2. Get your whole year on Instagram analyzed immediately for free!
This is really pretty cool — you just go to this web site (called Siftr); enter your Instragram handle, and it prints out of a page of stats that is really helpful/awesome.

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It automatically calculates everything from which photos you posted had the most engagement to which hashtags you use the most, to which type of photos you post the most, and so much more. It’s a wealth of background knowledge delivered in just a few seconds right on-screen, and it’s presented in a really clean, clear layout. Definitely worth doing (I’ll be you’ll be surprised at some of what you learn). :)

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3.  I’ve got a cool tip if you use Lightroom Mobile!
This is one of those little-known tips, but man will you find it helpful. Here’s the link (we post stuff like this all the time over at LightroomKillerTips.com).

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4. The wifey got me a cool little amp for Christmas!
It’s a small, portable Fender Tube Amp (the Fender Super Champ 2X) — I had been wanting something really clean to use with my pedal board (my Marshall tube amps are awesome, but even when you’re using the “clean” channel they still sound “dirty”). So, I’ve been playing it quite a big and super digging it! Thanks sweetie!  (BTW: I’ll make you guys a tape when I get a chance). BTW: That’s a Snark Tuner on top — I talked about it in our 20-days of Christmas.

OK, I gotta run
By the way — what happened to the Giants last night? It was a weird week in the NFL this past week, with weird plays (like that Giant’s 3rd Quarter onside kick debacle, and the Redskins take a knee weirdness), but how ’bout those Flacons stopping the Panthers’ undefeated streak. Crazy right? I love the timing — I shooting with the Falcon’s next weekend. Time to bring out the remotes! #riseup

Have a great Monday everybody (and by everybody I mean only those folks who are actually at work — I know a lot of folks are off this week), but whether you’re taking time off for the holidays, or you’re bringing home the bacon, I wish you a very fun week. :)

Best,

-Scott 

 

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To kick off this Christmas week, please join me in being “lame” and sing the following to the tune of Bing Crosby’s “I’ll be home for Christmas:” 

“I’m laming out for the Holidays
You can count on it.
There won’t be posts, or any news
It’s a present just for me. 

Christmas Eve will find me
Far away from this blog.
But I’ll be back again next week
I’m off to watch TV”

That’s right folks, I am totally “laming out” (laming rhymes with flaming) and kicking back and relaxing with the family. I’m not working, blogging, breathing, eating, posting; there’s no Grid episode this week, no guest blog Wednesday; just joyous rest, relaxation, and the sounds of distorted guitar between football games.

So, take a brief moment to soak in all the wonder and magic that is a stock image with text I added in Photoshop, and then let’s not think about any of this until next week. Deal? Deal!

Here’s wishing you and your family a safe, happy, healthy holiday and all the joy His season can bring. :)

Merry Christmas!

-Scott, Brad and his magical beard, and the entire crew here at KelbyOne

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