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Milestones for 2014
Besides the most popular and most commented-upon posts (which I posted here in Part 1 on Monday), we were pretty busy here on the blog during 2014. Here’s some highlights of what we shared:

We raised nearly $40,000 for the Springs of Hope Orphanage
I don’t think anything we did this year was as important as this  by having folks who participated in my 7th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk donate $1 when they signed up, we made a major difference in the lives of some really wonderful kids. Of everything we did this year, this is what I’m most proud of.

I started my love affair with Exposure.co
Last year when I posted my “Favorite Football Shots from the 2013 Season” I tried Exposure.co for the first time, and literally fell in love it, and it became my go-to source for photo-storytelling.  I used Exposure.co for a number of photo stories from the year, including:

A Walk in Rome (images from four days in Rome) – link
Shooting The U.S. Open – link
A Colorful Journey (images from my trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico) – link
Shooting The U.S. Open Men’s Final – link
Game Day with The Vols (shooting Tennessee football) – link
A Rolling Museum (my images of the classic American cars of Cuba) – link
Automotive Photography – link
Shooting the Firestone Grand Prix Indy Race – link
The World on a White Seamless Background – link
From Prague to Budapest (images from my trip along the Danube river)  – link
A little bit of London (shots from my quick trip across the pond) – link 

I tried some “silent movie style” 30-second Micro Photoshop Tips
I tried something new  super quick tips I could do, at my kitchen table at home, without hooking up a mic and I would do them like a silent movie, with just text to explain the tip. The tips were cool, but ultimately the experiment failed, with many folks leaving me comments that “the audio wasn’t working.” You can check out some I posted here on the blog right here. 

We Took The Photoshop World Conference & Expo to Atlanta for the First Time
It’s pretty much been in Orlando for the past 15 years, but this year we thought we’d try something new by taking the show to Atlanta. The Cobb Galleria venue in Atlanta was absolutely ideal for a conference, and it was one of our best conferences ever! (but of course, everybody still wants to go to Vegas).

I taught at the WPPI Conference for the first time
What a great show, and a great experience. I spoke on the Conference Track teaching retouching and I got to speak in Canon’s booth to just huge crowds. Totally had a great time from start to finish and met tons of great people.

Adobe Launched Lightroom Mobile⦠
â¦and we were there with not only an in-depth Launch center, but we launched our first online class on Lightroom mobile to get everybody up and running fast. Here’s the link to the class.

http://youtu.be/ymi4v-A49ss

Karen Hutton made me cry
I’ve never actually seen the finished interview, because it was so upsetting (and embarrassing) at the time, I couldn’t bring myself to watch it (if I had, I’m sure I would have made them cut out that part.

Apple pulled the plug on Aperture, and we had a Webinar on “How to move from Aperture to Lightroom” that very night
We can be really quick when we need to be. And of course besides that, we put together a full-length KelbyOne.com online class on exactly how to make the big switch.

http://youtu.be/CNhPZLvo_pg

We produced a free live Travel Photography Webcast called “From Prague to Budapest”
After my trip, I shared some photos, some tips, some tricks, some post processing techniques, I answered questions — it was so much fun. You can watch the entire Webinar above.

http://youtu.be/DXj8ToCxmiY

I told probably my most embarrassing photography story ever (above). It is NOT pretty.

http://youtu.be/Ozbf05w0cPQ

We broke some news about a little secret Adobe kinda snuck into the release of Lightroom 5.5 to allay a lot of folks’ concerns about the Creative Cloud photographers’ bundle. After you watch the video above, read the Q&A I put together to help explain it. Here’s the link (but again, watch the video first so the Q&A will make sense).

http://youtu.be/9-GdOBA9z-I

We got more love from this than you can imagine
It’s called “How Photographers Can Turn Their DSLR Video Clips Into Movies in Just 5 Minutes (using, believe it or not, just Photoshop). The clip is above. Yes, this is for you.

http://youtu.be/w-MsdK5wL0Q

I Shared a Little Known Feature of Lightroom Mobile here
I shared a quick video tutorial (above) about a little-known feature of Lightroom Mobile that is just so darn cool. I do a live model shoot in the video above (which is much better than a dead model shoot) to show you how it all works. You’ll dig it.

I gave Project Luca a shot
This was fairly recently — it’s a new iPad-based photo storytelling app, and I tried it out by doing a story on my very short photographic journey in London a few months ago. I wouldn’t say I trashed it, but it needs a few things before it’s ready for prime time (it’s still in beta, but the developers saw the article, responded the same day, and are fixing a bunch of stuff before it ships, so it’ll wind up being pretty darn cool). Here’s the link

http://youtu.be/PCbrKUPKMXk

Book Launches:

http://youtu.be/PCbrKUPKMXk

I launched Part 5 of my “The Digital Photography Book” Series here on the blog— this one is all “Photo Recipes.”

http://youtu.be/xKqPVyLcQZc

I released a big update to my book, “The Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers” – it’s my first all “CC” version and it’s gone over really, really well. Still very excited about it (the video above explains it).

http://youtu.be/wgkeAd9YGIg

I released an ebook of nothing but my Chapter Intros (to raise money for the Springs of Hope Orphanage) -The book is available right here.

We did some stuff that mattered
Like Behind the Lens: An evening with Joe McNally — it was just an electrifying presentation, a magical night, and one of our most popular and most talked-about classes of the entire year. Every photography student should be required to see it. (link)

http://youtu.be/F1VxNDlAiBQ

We also did our first documentary: Moose Peterson’s “Aviation Photography: Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them.” It came out so wonderfully, we shared it with the world with a one-night free premiere, with Moose himself on hand. There’s wasn’t a dry eye in the house. This was something we were all really proud of.

http://youtu.be/O4DJjWdujdg

We launched a new series of in-depth interviews called “Trailer Blazers: Powerful Women of Photography” showcasing women who changed and challenged our industry.

http://youtu.be/PEcvSsnkY00

We also did our first-ever “Creative Cloud Month” where each day we released a new full-length online class on one of Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications. (Interesting note: When we launched this, Adobe had around 1.5 million subscribers to the Adobe Creative Cloud. Today they have only 3.5 million).

Jeremy Cowart in Miami portraits on location revisited
A few years after our classes in Venice Beach, California with Jeremy (which were such a hit), we caught up with Jeremy again on Miami’s South Beach and, son-of-a-gun, man can that guy turn nothin’ into something. It’s like a masterclass on how to shoot anywhere, and it was as big a hit as his classes from Venice. You can watch the intro right here and you’ll see what I mean (even if you’re not a KelbyOne member).

http://youtu.be/-9rc6jDVeA8

SmugMug Films mini-documentery on me (above) as an educator and photographer was such an honor (and they produced it beautifully).

WHEW!!!!
That’s just some of the highlights of what we covered in 2014 here on the blog and at KelbyOne. Next week we’ll wrap up with Part 3, which will be our top-10 episodes of “The Grid” (our weekly photography talkshow) and I’ll embed the episodes right on the blog so you can watch ’em right there.

Have a great weekend everybody and we’ll see you next week!

Best,

-Scott

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

 

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