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It’s hard to believe, but Photoshop is 25-years-old! Yesterday was its official birthday, and yesterday in honor of, and to celebrate, “The Photoshop Guys” did a special broadcast about Photoshop, and we shared some tips and techniques, and you can watch it right above.

You’re Invited!
25 years is a pretty amazing milestone, so to continue the celebration we’re hosting a free Webcast where we’re going to look through the years at the different versions of Photoshop, and we’re going to share our favorite features introduced in each version by sharing our favorite Photoshop tips for each feature (and I’m hoping that last sentence made any sense whatsoever). In short â” wanna come to a free live webcast packed with Photoshop tips? Well, you’re invited.

When you sign up for the free Webcast, you also get a link to download a PDF of our 25-year-tribute feature from Photoshop User magazine written by Adobe’s own Bryan O’Neil Hughes. Here’s the link to sign up.

One more thing!
Adobe’s Worldwide Evangelist, Terry White, did a really cool tribute for Photoshop’s birthday yesterday; he did an entire demo of Photoshop 1.0. You will be amazed at how many things were in that initial release that we still use day in/day out today. I’ve embedded his demo below.

I hope you’ll join me in wishing Photoshop, the coolest program ever made, a big “Happy Birthday!” :)

Hope you all have a great weekend (try to stay warm. If it was 28° down here last night in Tampa, I can’t imagine how cold it must be up north. Brrrrrrrr!).

All my best,


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 (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 (link)

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

8. My Automotive Photography as Told Through (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!

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.



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

I am thrilled to announce that Jay Maisel’s “Light, Gesture & Color,” a book I believe will go down as one of the greatest, most important photography books ever written, is now shipping. I could go on and on and tell you why, but I believe Ellis D Vener , one of the first reviewers on Amazon,  said it best in this one sentence from his review:

“There’s more smart-ass, hard earned wisdom about what it takes to be a photographer, and maybe even how to learn to see and and cherish what is actually around you, in this slim book than in a thousand photographic how to manuals and monographs.” 

That description totally nailed it. There is only one Jay Maisel â” a true living legend of photography â” and Jay makes you think and feel in a way few photographers on this planet can. The book kind of reminds me of Joe McNally’s groundbreaking “The Moment it Clicks” in the way the frank, genuine, and insightful stories and lessons are surrounded by some really extraordinary photography.

Please take a moment to watch the short trailer (above) where Jay tells us in his own words about the book (that’s our own Mia McCormick with Jay â” we were honored to be able to work with Jay to produce his book, which is published by our publishing partner Peachpit Press).

What an incredible Holiday Gift this would be. Here’s a link to it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

Have a great weekend everybody, and we’ll see you here Monday for my field report on the new Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 lens (I had planned on having it ready today, but fell behind onâ¦wellâ¦pretty much everything).



We are doing it again! Our team is scouring the Web today to bring you all the best Cyber Monday deals on photography gear, Photoshop stuff, plug-ins, you name it in our “Cyber Monday Deal Watch!”

Every hour on the hour (starting, at 9am today) our own Larry Becker will be sharing where the best deals are from all over. These are short, sweet and right to the point live broadcasts, starting at 9am thru 3pm.

Oh, but there’s more!

Then, tonight, at 7pm we’re going LIVE once again with our full-length Cyber Monday Extravaganza, where RC, Pete, Corey, Mia, Larry and the gang are there with some awesome tips and tricks; more cool deals, Cyber Monday specials from us here at KelbyOne, giveaways and all sorts of cool Photoshop and Photography stuff.

When: Tonight at 7pm ET
Where: (we’ll be posting the live link there)
Cost: Totally free — just come join in the Cyber Monday fun!

Hope you all can make it (I did a pre-recorded segment because I’m down in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida today wrapping up my last “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar for the year â” I won’t make it home in time to be live on the air, but I wanted to be a part of it and I’m showing a pretty cool little trick, too!).

Hope you have a Cyber Monday full of awesome deals, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!