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Howdy folks. Sorry for the late post, but I took today off to spend with my sweetie (we actually took the day off work, and snuck away to spend some time together). :)

By the way: the photo of Kalebra and I above (taken by our dear friend Mike McCaskey), was taken in Paris, France on the “Love Lock Bridge.”  To take part in this romantic tradition,  you  buy a lock, then take a marker and write your names on it; then you  lock it somewhere on to this bridge to symbolize your love. then you toss the key into the Seine river below, so the lock can never again be opened, and thus your love can never be broken.

This shot was taken while we were in Paris taping my Travel Photography online class and “A week in Paris with Jay Maisel” for KelbyOne but on my birthday that same year my wife surprised me with a return trip to Paris (one where I didn’t have to teach a class), and she presented me with another lock with our names engraved on it and we attached this new lock and threw away the key. :)

Today we're celebrating our 27th Valentine's Day together (and this year we'll be married 25 years!). As all my friends (and people on Facebook and Twitter) are quick to remind me â” I am the luckiest guy in the world, and are they ever right (and man, do I absolutely know it, and am tremendously grateful for it). :)

Here's wishing you a Valentine's Day to remember, and safe, happy, fun weekend! :)



If you’ve seen any of our teaser ads (below) on the Web or in magazines, hinting that something big is coming from us, wellâ¦.it is, and we’re just one day away.

Tomorrow at 12:00 Noon ET we’ll be making the biggest announcement in our history, and even at that, it’s just the beginning (our next big announcement is right behind it, on Feburary 1st ). It’s going to be an amazing year for creative people, and I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow for the big announce.

If you want us to send you a reminder tomorrow, just go right here. We’re really, really excited — tomorrow’s gonna be a big day! :-)

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


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



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.” 


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!