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Hi Gang: it’s my annual tradition to kick off the New Year with a quick look back at the most popular, and most commented-upon posts of 2014 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 2014 it was 268 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 awesome photo assistant (and great writer) Brad Moore, to which I am boundlessly grateful for (thank you so much, Brad!). :) OK, here we go:

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. Creatives Unite at KelbyOne! (461 comments) link
  2. 2. Why I Switched To Canon (251 comments) link
  3. 3. Canon Announces the EOS 7D Mark II  Sports and Wildlife Photographers Hold on to Your Hats (ya know, if we actually wore hats) (199 comments) link
  4. 4. I Need Your Help Trimming My Online Portfolio (194 comments) link
  5. 5. Real world field report on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II – (145 comments) link
  6. 6. Photoshop and Adobe’s promise of the Creative Cloud (99 comments) link
  7. 7. Perhaps my most revealing interview ever (87 comments) link
  8. 8. This is an Amazing Guitar, But That Night I Got Something So Much More (86 comments) link
  9. 9.  …And What an Amazing Day It Was (85 comments) link
  10. 10. If you heard from me…that was me (85 comments) link

Interesting Side Note About Comments
While the amount of comments here on the blog has gone down slightly year-over-year, I often mention my blog posts on Facebook, G+ and Twitter, and those readers generally comment there (on social media) rather than here on the blog. It’s not unusual for a blog post to have 12 or 15 comments here on the blog, but the Facebook post about it to have over 100+ comments. Just an interesting insight into how people are interacting. When you think about it, it totally makes sense.

Guest Bloggers
I’m very grateful to all the Guest Bloggers who shared their images, ideas and inspiration with my readers each Wednesday. Here are the top posts from 2014 (in order of comments):

1. If I Had $1,000-ish To Spend on Improving My Landscape Photography, I’d Get… (Matt Kloskowski) Link

2. The Second Best Job in the World (John Reid) Link

3. Your Starting Point is Critical (Michael Woloszynowicz) Link

4. The Hunting Photographer: (Frank Doorhof) Link

5. The Evolution of My Photography (Elia Locardi) Link

6. Subject as Object (Levi Sim) Link

7. ‘Third Day” All-Access Concert Shoot (Brad Moore) Link

8. Sympathy and Empathy For Others. (David Bean) Link

9. Taking Photos of My Dogs (Alan Hess) Link

10. The Season For Giving (Bill Fortney) 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 2014 (in order of popularity):

1. My First Studio Shoot Using Lightroom Mobile (link)

2. From Prague to Budapest: My Images From Europe, As Told Through Exposure.co (link)

3. One From my Bridal Shoot (including behind-the-scenes shots) (link)

4. Photos From my Weekend Trip to Santa Fe (link)

5. My Favorite Football Shots From The 2013 Season (link)

6. My Images from Rome, as told through exposure.co (link)

7. My Images From the US Open Tennis Championships (plus behind-the-scenes) (link)

8. My Automotive Photography as Told Through Exposure.so (link)

9. My Shots From The US Open Men’s Tennis Finals (link)

10. The Blue Angels (from the Sun n’ Fun Fly-in) (link)

That’s it for Part One of my look back at “The Best of The Blog” for 2014
I’ll be back Next Week with Part Two, where we’ll look at some of the milestones from an entire year here on the blog. :)
Happy New Year everybody!
-Scott

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

"2015 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 2015!!!!

All my best,

-Scott

Why yes I am! Whoo Hoo!!! It’s “lame out city!” ’till next year!

Hope you all are enjoying your Holidays (and I hope Santa brought you lots of fun gearâ¦I meanâ¦gifts. Yeah, that’s it. Gifts. ;-)

Anyway, I am still in “full holiday lame-out mode” until around Jan 2nd (though I think I’m shooting a bowl game that day, so I’ll only be 50% lame that day), but until then I thought I’d just drop in with this holiday reminder that I’m still in full lame-out mode (though I do miss you all a bunch!)

Hope you all have a great week, and a safe, happy and prosperous New Year!

Best,

-Scott
Southeast Director of Holiday Laming Out and Relaxation

To kick off this Christmas week, please join in and sing the following to the tune of “I’ll be home for Christmas” by Bing Crosby.

“I’m laming out for the Holidays
You can count on it.
There won’t be posts, or anything newâ¦
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, no Grid episode, no guest blog Wednesday; just joyous rest, relaxation, the sounds of distorted guitars and explosions as I play Call of Duty between football games. So, take a brief moment to soak in all the wonder and magic that is the 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, Braddo, and the entire crew here at KelbyOne

 

http://youtu.be/IH5qGVWECes

Hi gang, meet Julio. He’s a little shy in the video above (after all, it’s just his first day), but he’s an awesome guy (we’ve been working with him for about a year – he helps out on complex shoots and assists the instructors that come here with location shoots and stuff while they’re taping classes for KelbyOne). He’s an event/portrait photographer himself, and he’s joining our team full-time as chief editor, fancy-pants blog specialist, and big kahuna of content on the just-launched KelbyOne blog, where you’ll find him every day bringing’ the love.

Julio’s job is to make the KelbyOne blog incredibly awesome! He’s going to make it packed full of cool content on Photoshop, Lightroom and Photography; he’s going to tell us what’s going on in the biz each day, he’s bringing cool guests, breaking news, reviews, whatever’s going on â” he’s totally going to be on top of it. Plus, he has really awesome hair (rivaling the finely-tuned fro of Jared Polin, which is not an easy thing to do).

If you get a chance, stop by the K1 blog, or just leave him a shout-out here.  Thanks for helping us welcome Julio (you can follow him on Twitter at @julifro) and we look forward to him sharing his hair care secrets his freshly starched ideas with us all.

Have an awesome Tuesday everybody, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for Guest Blog Wednesday.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Joe McNally is our in-studio guest tomorrow at 4pm live on “The Grid.”  

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