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Morning everybody, and welcome to “late post” Monday! Just a few quick things:

1. Quick Lightroom Skin Retouching Tip
Today I posted a quick tip on Skin Retouching in Lightroom over at, based on a question I was asked at my seminar in Hartford on Friday. Here’s the link to that tip, but if you want more pro-level stuff in Photoshop, check out Kristina Sherk’s just-released online class on “High-end Skin Retouching” over at our site (here’s the link to her class – it’s getting rave reviews!).

2. Why didn’t anybody tell me Van Halen released a new live Album with David Lee Roth?
I saw them in Tampa a year or so ago when they just kicked off their new tour, and they sounded great live (but the iTunes review comments are pretty mean all the way around. Ack! Anyway, I just previewed some of the songs and it sounds OK to me). I’m in that group of folks that feels like Van Halen isn’t “Van Halen” without David Lee Roth up front!

3. More Helpful Features from
My favorite online photo-storytelling site keeps getting better and better â” has added a new text-only feature for folks who want to have a story block without having to have an image to go with it. If you’ve got a sec, here’s a link to my photo stories over at exposure.

4. Very proud of RC!
Next Saturday he’ll be in NYC to see his work hanging in the Joshua Liner Gallery there – how cool is that! If you missed the whole story on Friday, here’s the link. Very cool stuff (and very proud and excited for RC!)

5. I’ve been trying out a new lens!
It’s just a loaner, so I only have it for a few more days, but Canon’s new 11-24mm is one of my favorite lenses ever! Super sharp all the way to the edges, and that super wideness is super awesome! Hope to have some test shots soon â” I’m working on two shoots where it would be awesome (my shoot in Hartford this past week fell through, so I’m onto something new). I will say this â” I’ve yet to shoot it anywhere near 24mm â” it’s all 11 to 15mm range stuff (mostly 11) as many of you know (link) that I’m not a fan of 24mm (I really like a much wider lens, but I’ve never had the opportunity until now to shoot a full frame body with 11mm super-wide, and let me tell you it is sweet!).

OK, gotta run – hope you all have a fairly decent to on the verge of awesome Monday, and we’ll see ya here tomorrow where I hope to actually have a proper post written and in place sometime late tonight. :)



P.S. When I mentioned retouching stuff earlier, I didn’t mention this but I’m teaching a class called “Retouching Faces” at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo coming up in August. You can see the full schedule of classes here. 

OK, over 3,200 of you voted yesterday and I posted the results from that Lightroom Reader Suggested Feature Survey (quite surprising results by the way), over at along with a link to today’s even quicker one-question survey, which is based on the series that I wrote which started this whole thing, called:

“What I love to see added to Lightroom”

I did a post on one feature each day for seven days, so there are just seven feature ideas (but you can only pick one). It’s short and sweet â” will take you less than 60-seconds.

Here’s the direct link to this new survey if you just want to jump over there real quick and vote, but make sure you jump back over to Lightroom Killer Tips to see yesterday’s results, too.

Perhaps, equally as important, but not really….
…are the results from my “Which Guitar Has To Go Home?” survey:

That’s right â” the Paul Stanley (lead singer for KISS) Signature Model Flying “V” up in the top right corner was your clear #1 choice and therefore must be banished from my office, and sent into exile within my private residence (which is very close to my house) under strict orders not to get anywhere near my Les Paul or my Paul Reed Smith Custom 24.

In times like these it’s a tradition (for over 1/100th of a century) to conduct an official “Changing of the Guitar” ceremony broadcast LIVE today via the Periscope App (free for IOS and now Android). If you’re not already following me there, please do (I’m @scottkelby) and watch as the magic unfolds. The spectacle and pageantry of this majestic processional is really something to behold. You’ll want to tell your grandchildren about this one, so make sure your batteries are charged, you have plenty of film on hand, and get there early to get a good spot and avoid all the tourists.

That’s all from here in “I’m up way too late” land. Hope you have a rockin’ Tuesday!



P.S. Later today we’ll be forming the “Missing V” formation as we gather in unison to hum “Detroit Rock City.” 


OK, so I’ve been doing this series over on called “Things I’d love to see added to Lightroom” and I shared my top seven picks in the last week or so. During the process, our readers posted lots of great ideas for features they’d love to see added, so today I put up a one-question survey where you (we, us, etc.) can pick which feature, from their favorites, is our favorite (if that makes sense).

If that doesn’t make sense, how’s this: “Hey, I posted a survey with a bunch of potentially cool Lightroom features â” could you pick your favorite from the list?” 

Here’s the link to the page with the survey.

Hope you have a quick sec to take the survey (it’s just one-question), and then I’ll post the results tomorrow, and we’ll be able to see what the top most-liked feature ideas wound up being (while it’s just a one-question survey, this is harder than it sounds, because their feature ideas are really good. I’d like to vote for literally all of them, but for the purposes of our survey, we only get to choose one each).

Many thanks everybody. Here’s to a much better than average Monday!



P.S. I’m in Hartford, Connecticut on Friday teaching my full-day seminar. Wanna come?

Hope you had a really relaxing Memorial Day weekend. I had a lot of fun going back and doing something this weekend I’ve wanted to do for a while, and that is to go back to some of my original files, and reprocess them from scratch to make new versions that:

(a) Reflect what I like today, as my tastes on post-processing have changed
(b) Let me use the latest tools and plug-ins
(c) Let me experiment more than I had the time to do, probably because I was on a tight deadline

…and I’m delighted with the results.

Above: Here’s the one I did back in 2012 â” note the HDR look, blue table clothes, overall glow, etc. 

Above: Here’s the reprocess I did this weekend, using Lightroom CC’s built-in HDR feature. No glows. No HDR look. It looks liked the place looked. 

You might like the old version (the top one) better…
…and that’s OK. I’m doing this for how my tastes have changed and how my tools have changed â” you may still like the older one, and that’s fine (I just hope you at least like one of them. LOL!).

My Process
Most of what I’ve been doing is going back to images I bracketed in camera, and now I’m reprocessing them in Lightroom CC using the new built-in 16-bit HDR feature, which is awesome for making realistic HDR images. It really has been a lot of fun (especially since I’m in the middle of a major refresh to my portfolio layout and contents â” more on that when it’s done), but in that vein I’m officially (?) pronouncing this day:

Reprocess Your Old Images Tuesday

Dig back into your archives and reprocess some of those older images â” images you processed at a different time in your life, with less post-processing skills than you have today, and lesser tools to do it with, and I promise you â” you’ll be tickled with the results.

Hope you have fun digging up some of your shots and rediscovering them with new processing, today!

All my best,


P.S. I wrapped up my series on “What I’d love to see in Lightroom next” over at if you get a sec. 

The “Photoshop Guys” reimagined as Super Heroes?
Each month we release a podcast just for KelbyOne members called “Backstage Pass” and in this month’s episode, our producer and host Mia McCormick thought it would be fun to leverage Corey Barker’s love of movies and totally mad-Photoshop skills by doing a SuperHero theme (ya know, with the Avengers movie premiere and all), and well â” you can see some of the results above. If you’re a KelbyOne member, make sure you catch the whole behind-the-scene video (and lots of member news stuff) at this link. 

Photographers in Hartford, Connecticut – Here I come!

My all-new tour is on it’s way to Hartford next month on Friday, June 5th (it’s my last US-stop before heading to London for my July 14th seminar). Hope you can make it (it’s just $99 for the full day, including a detailed workbook). I’d love to meet you there in person. Here’s the link with details.

Episode #13 of “The Lightroom Show” (and now we go on a 1-month hiatus).
Our first season of “The Lightroom Show” (our weekly show all about Lightroom, hosted by RC and me), is in the can, and the latest episode is now online (here’s the link to watch it, and any episodes you missed).

After 13-weeks each of our shows takes a one-month hiatus, but we’ll be back with Season Two before you know it (as long as “before you know it is about a month). Thanks for all your support on this new show, and we’ve got a bunch more cool stuff to share with you when we kick off Season Two.

In the meantime, you can find RC, Pete, Me and some special guests sharing our favorite Lightroom tips each weekday at

OK, gang. I’m off to Spain this week with my brother Jeff, and I’ll be sharing my adventures via the free Periscope live streaming App starting Tuesday, so I hope you’ll follow me there (I’m @scottkelby on Periscope).

Have a super Tuesday everybody!



P.S. Regarding Friday’s post (I’m dumping my Apple Watch) – One of my readers mentioned that I might be within Apple’s return window and and son-of-a-gun I was in time, and returned it for a full refund (and I was also able to cancel my black wristband that hadn’t shipped yet). It was a pretty interesting two weeks â” not surprised at how many people were downright angry that I bought an Apple Watch in the first place, but pretty stunned at how many people were seriously cranked that I returned it, like it somehow invalidated their purchase. I had to permanently ban a few folks, which I very rarely ever have to even delete a nasty comment. I have no idea why people get so offended over somebody else buying or returning a watch, but man â” some people are really on the edge over stuff like this. Hey, it’s just a watch for goodness sake.




Whoo Hoo!  Here’s the quick video that describes the latest version (which has LOTS of new stuff â” not just the new features):

It’s available right now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Direct from us, and wherever cool Lightroom books are sold. NOTE: The book is exactly the same, and works the same whether you have Lightroom CC or Lightroom 6 (just skip the chapter on Lightroom mobile if you have Lightroom 6).

Hope you all have a super-awesome Monday (well, it something to shoot for, anyway), and we’ll see ya here tomorrow! :)



P.S. In case you missed it on my Facebook and Twitter accounts â” I did a post on with my favorite images from my trip to France and Italy last week (here’s the link). I think they look way better over there than they did here on the blog in the book layouts. Sheer size makes a big impact. See if you agree.