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(1) A little girl really needs our help
If you saw “The Grid” this week, you heard us talk about — a site where photographers have banded together to sell prints of their work to help raise money to save a darling little 4-year-old girl who is suffering from a degenerative genetic disease called Sanfilippo syndrome. It’s a heartbreaking story but take a moment to watch this video about Eliza and her disease (there is a cure, but it is incredibly expensive).

My friend, UK-based photographer and teacher Glyn Dewis let me know about this project, and following in his footsteps I added one of my images (see the red arrow above) to the fund-raising, life-saving project (each photographer pledges to raise $1,000 from the sale of their prints).

I hope you’ll consider picking up one of my prints, or any of the photographers who have pitched in to help by visiting this link; click on the photo you’d like a print of to help Eliza, then click the “BUY” button in the lower right corner and it brings up a window will all different sizes, papers, and prices. The photo community is awesome for coming together for important things like this and I hope you’ll join in by buying a print and become part of her cure.


(2) Time Lapse photography is really hot right nowâ¦
…and we just released a new online class from Tom Bol yesterday at (we release a new class every week). I talked with Tom when he was here taping the class and he has a really simple, very clever, and really fun time lapse technique so if you’re a KelbyOne Member, make sure you check it out (here’s the link).

(3) Brad during yesterday’s location shoot for my new book (Part 5)
Don’t ask. I will say this — working with Brad on a shoot isâ¦wellâ¦it’sâ¦wellâ¦it’s a whole lotta stuff like this. I could make a book of Brad test shots that would probably win me a Pulitzer. Just sayin’

(4) Wedding photographers — this week’s “The Grid” was for you!
We had two AWESOME in-studio guests: Atlanta-based wedding photography team  Justin Wojtczak and Justin McGough from (the guys who won the wedding photography behind-the-scenes contest). They totally rocked the show — lots of great tips, insights, and business advice. If you haven’t seen the episode, it’s right above — you’ll dig it.

(5) My thanks to you all!
My thanks to you all! At Photoshop World, my awesome book publisher (Peachpit Press) surprised me at the start of my Lightroom Photo Books class to present me with the award you see below for being the #1 bestselling photography book author for 2013 (read the full release here).

I’m indebted to my incredible team here at KelbyOne (Kim, Cindy, Jessica, Felix and his wonderful crew), and to Nancy, Scott and Ted and all the great crew at Peachpit who publish my books.

Most importantly, my humble thanks to all of you who buy my books and give me the opportunity to be able to do any of this in the first place. I couldn’t do it any of this without any of you, so just ‘thanks.” It means more than you know. :)

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday



Above: That’s not my office behind me. That’s Photoshop User magazine editor Chris Main. You’re only seeing a small part of his sci-fi collection. His office is like an action figure wonderland. 

Above: Now, does this thing go inside this thingy? Feel the roar of 24 Terabytes of sweet storage. Yeah, baby!

Above: A rare sight â” me in the server room. Even rarer â” me plugging in an Ethernet cable. (the three photos above by RC. The photo below is RC). :)

Psyched to get my new Synology NAS set-up yesterday
RC helped me get it set-up but honestly, it was a breeze (had I known it would be so simple, I would have done it myself). The hardest part was finding an open spot in our server room — we had it up and running in less than 5-minutes. Now Brad is going to copy my archives onto the Synology (it was already copying when I left the office) so it won’t be long now. I’ll do a quick video on how it all works once all the files are moved over but I’m pretty psyched to get this up and running. Now RC is trying to convince me to ditch Crash Plan and go with Glacier instead for my offsite backup. I’ll let ya know how that goes, too, but when I asked Brad yesterday how CrashPlan was working for us, he said “I’m not sure.” That’s not a good sign. LOL!

RC’s 2nd Edition of “The HDR Book” is here!
Yesterday I got ahold of RC Concepcion’s major update to his super popular “The HDR Book” and I gotta tell ya — as good as his first edition was (it made him famous in HDR circles for his trademark brand of post processing), this new 2nd edition is even better. He totally crushed it! Here’s how RC describes this 2nd edition:

“For those who’ve already bought the first edition, you have a completely new set of projects to work with, and some new tricks to put up your sleeve. The techniques more emphasize where we are going in HDR..  A more focused way to get to a look that’s good. Also, the first book focused on HDR Efex Pro 1  more but HDR Efex 2 isn't as good as Photomatix 5, so it’s written for the newest version of Photomatix.”

You can download the Kindle version right now for just $19.95 (link) or you can pre-order the print copy today and you’ll have it pretty darn soon (we just got our printed copies in house, so copies are already on their way to the bookstores). Here’s the link to it at Barnes & Noble or from (Congrats to RC for raising the bar once again).

Portland, Oregon Here I Come!
Somebody let Voodoo Donuts know we’re coming to town and have some ready! We’re bringing my live tour your way on Tuesday, May 8th and I hope you’ll come out and spend the day with me (and Brad). It’s just $99 (even less if you’re a KelbyOne subscriber). Here’s the link with all the details. See ya next month!


Join us for “The Artistic Side of Joe McNally”
We just released another in our highly acclaimed series of Inspirational interviews — this time our own Mia McCormick sits down for a look at the Art of Digital Photography with Joe McNally.

If you’re a KelbyOne member, make it a special point to watch this intriguing interview with Joe as Mia uncovers the artist behind the camera. Incredibly memory, amazing imagery, and just so inspirational. Joe is a one of a kind. Here’s the link.


KelbyOne App Update: Bug Fixes have already been submitted
Good news, and more good news. First, the good news: The big new feature of the KelbyOne App 2.0 (the ability to take up to two classes offline for viewing when you’re on a plane, train, in a car, etc.) has been a huge hit with members. Now the more good news: you helped us find a few bugs, including one with the new search function, and we’re already got a update with fixes submitted to Apple and as soon as they approve it, it should be smooth sailing. We’re working on some interface tweaks as well for the next update (coming right behind the one already submitted) that will help make things easier to find and more streamlined.

Also, just wanted to mention that the App is for iPad and iPhone as well.

On the Android side — things are looking great so far with the public Beta. A few minor fixes, but we’re “on it!” Thanks to everyone who has given us feedback, suggestions and ideas. It’s making a difference!

Hope you all have a rockin’ weekend
I’ve got a shoot today, and maybe another this weekend, but I’m home until May so I’m enjoying the down time and it’s giving me a chance to finish off my upcoming book: “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes.”  

Here’s to clear skies, warm temps, and lots of colored eggs this Easter weekend.



Last week, while we were all at Photoshop World, the always amazing Karen Hutton released an interview she did with me on her show “The Chat” and of all the interviews I’ve ever done, a lot of folks have told me this was the most revealing. I wouldn’t’ know, because I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the interview because of something that happened to me during the interview as it went to a place I was not expecting, or prepared to go.

Anyway, I shared it on social last week when she posted it, but I wanted to share it here with my readers who have been with me for so long because we’ve all been through a lot together here on the blog. Here’s how Karen described the interview:

“…It was a revelation; so moving, so deep, heartfelt and genuine. Scott opened up in ways that will probably take you by surprise. He is incredibly passionate about teaching - and about making knowledge accessible to the many, not only the few. You're about to find out why⦠and discover the moment in Scott's life that started an empire.”

You can watch the interview right here on the blog (above), but even though I doubt I’ll ever be able to watch it myself, I am still grateful for Karen being for being such a wonderful and caring interviewer and for bringing out something different in each of her guests. Her show is really taking off, so I hope you’ll jump on board with her â” here’s the link to her blog so you can check out other “The Chat” interviews as well.

I’m in Salt Lake City today
My first time in at least 10 years, and I’m excited to be back. I’ve already had an adventure or two and the seminar hasn’t even begun.

Here’s wishing you all an adventure-filled day (in a good way)!



Hey Gang: Just a few quick things to take you into the weekend:

(1) I messed up on my class title at Canon’s theater at WPPI
Earlier in the week I said I’d be teaching Sports Photography classes in Canon’s booth, but thankfully I was way off (I gotta stop posting these things really late at night when I’m half asleep). Instead I’ll be doing three presentations where I’ll be covering how to make great portrait images using everything from natural light to hot shoe flash to strobes.

Here’s my WPPI Canon booth teaching schedule:
> Monday at 10:45 am
> Monday at 3:15 pm
> Tuesday at  11:30 am

Hope I’ll see you at one of these in Vegas next week.

(2) I’m working on Part 5 of my “The Digital Photography Book” series
I’m knee deep in the hoopla of writing the 5th part in my series, and this one is totally based on the most popular chapter in the previous four books — my “Photo Recipes” chapter, which is the last chapter in each of the books (so the new book will be titled “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes”).

I’m pretty excited about it because instead of just having one final image on one page and then describing the recipe on how to get that type of shot, I’m able to use two-page spreads for each look with a behind-the-scenes image to better illustrate the technique and I’m pretty psyched how it’s coming out. It’ll be out later this year (you’ll be the first to know). :)

(3) First, look at that list above. Amazing, right!
There’s only once place on earth where they all come together for three days to teach you everything from Photoshop to Photography, Lighting to Lightroom, and that’s The Photoshop World Conference in Atlanta. It’s next month (OK, well April 8-10th). You can meet them in person, be inspired in their classes, and learn their secrets and techniques for three solid days.

If you’ve never been to Photoshop World and experienced this for yourself, now’s your chance (save $100 by beating the Early Bird deadline). Here’s the link — come join me and them PLUS other amazing instructors like:

Bill Fortney, Brian Smith, Russell Preston Brown, Aaron Blaise, Alan Hess, Brian Hughes, Colin Smith, Eddie Tapp, Jack Reznicki, Ed Greenberg, Erik Valind, Felix Nelson, Fay Sircis, Jack Davis, Helene Glassman, Jason Groupp, Jim Divitale, Kevin Ames, Larry Becker, Joe Glyda, Pete Collins and Vincent Versace.

OK, I gotta run — taping a class with Dave Black today (Whoo Hoo!).
Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. Cheers. :)


Hi Gang: Here’s some weekend stuff that might have slipped by ya:

(1) I did a post over at on the “Classic Cars of Cuba”
I am super-digging as a source for my photographic storytelling, and to that end, I released a post there yesterday about shooting the pre-1960s classic American cars of Havana, Cuba.

If you’ve got a sec, it’s right here:

(2) Joe McNally absolutely rocked ‘The Grid!”
Having just come of an amazing night, where Joe taped a class for KelbyOne called “Behind The Lens: An Evening With Joe McNally” (which gained him a roaring standing ovation from the crowd, despite the fact that Joe never touched a camera, or a light, nor even showed a single one of  his images, which gives you an idea of what kind of class it was!), Joe followed it up with a Grid Episode one reader wrote in to us to say:

“Your Grid interview with Joe McNally was the best 80 min of instruction I’ve seen..”

I posted the episode right below so you can see for yourself â” Joe is just brilliant! His class should be live on KelbyOne in about three weeks.

By the way, here’s few images from the taping of our “Behind the Lensâ¦.” class with Joe (click for a larger view):

(3) If you’re interesting in how to do “Focus Stacking”… watch this!
RC did a great tutorial over on our Photography Tips & Tricks show, and if you’ve ever wondered “how’d they do that?” you’re about to learn exactly how it’s done. Thanks RC!

(4) Come spend the day with me! 
I’m kicking off this year’s “Shoot Like a Pro” tour in Tampa in just 11 days, on Friday, Feb. 21st (skip work, come spend the day with me, make it a long weekend, etc.). I’ve already got over 300 photographers signed up for Tampa — why not you! Come and join me (you’ve got nothing to lose — it’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it’s not the best photography seminar you’ve ever attended at any price, period!).

Then it’s on to Atlanta on Monday the 24th and then Phoenix on March 12th. Here’s where ya go to sign-up:  Hope I’ll see you in person at one soon.

(5) Did you see who’s speaking at Photoshop World? That’s right, Peter Hurley!
For the first time ever, we’re are psyched to have the one and only Peter Hurley, teaching at Photoshop World. He is literally one of the hottest photographers on the planet today and here’s what he’s teaching:

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Peter is an amazing, hilarious, and passionate teacher and you can meet him, and learn from him, live this April. Come and meet trainers like Peter, and Zack Arias, and Jeremy Cowart, Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Jay Maisel,  Dave Black, Joel Grimes, Tamara Lackey, Me, Matt, RC, Pete and Corey (the Photoshop Guys) and many, many more. You’ve always wanted to go to Photoshop World and now it’s in Atlanta (Delta’s hub) so now’s your chance. Register by March 1st to save $100 on a full conference pass. See you there!

(6) Adobe’s John Nack is now Google’s John Nack
One of my favorite people at Adobe, John Nack, is now over at Google. When I first met John he was the Photoshop product manager and over the years he helped steer Photoshop’s development at critical times during it’s development, and I always knew it was in good hands. I wound up working with John quite a bit over the years, and in 2008 we honored John’s contribution to the development of Photoshop by inducting him into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

John was really passionate about product development and over the years he wound up moving to work on different projects at Adobe, including developing the mobile version of Photoshop, and I’m sure he’ll carry on this passion over at Google where I imagine we’re about to see some amazing thing happen over there. John has an awful lot of friends here at Kelby Media Group, and here on the blog, and we wish him nothing but the very best on this new chapter in his career. You can read John’s farewell post over at his Adobe blog (at this link). Photo by Jeff Schewe.


(7) Lindsay Adler just created something really, really clever for photographers
One of the things I’ve always loved about Lindsay’s work is the amazing styling that goes into her shoots. The dresses are always those “Where in the world did you find that!” type of amazing dresses, and I guess Lindsay realized how much we’re struggling to find New York Style where we live, so she created a resource called “Dream Shoot Rentals” where photographers can rent amazing fashion outfits and really stunning accessories without being in New York (and without the New York prices, which is sweet because I’m renting one for an upcoming shoot for the book I’m working on now).

Anyway, her official launch will be at WPPI in Las Vegas next month but you can follow her fashions now on her Facebook page. Congrats to Lindsay for creating this very clever, and affordable resource for photographers, and I wish her tremendous success!

Have an awesome Monday (I know, that’s a stretch). See ya back here tomorrow.


P.S. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter to catch my free30-second Photoshop tip of the day” silent tutorials.

With more than 1.5 million people subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud, we wanted to release a whole bunch of online training classes on everything from InDesign to Illustrator, Premiere Pro to Muse, TypeKit to Behance, Photoshop to Lightroom and everything in between.

Each weekday for the entire month of February we’ll be releasing another NEW class on one of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications over at, along some other other already cool classes we had planned for February.

We are broadcasting each class FREE  from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET — just that day — then it goes back in the Disney Vault, errrr I mean then it’s available just for subscribers after that one free day. The free broadcasts start on Monday, February 3rd. Here’s the link where you can find the FREE airings (again, that’s starting today at 6pm).

So, what’s coming next?
We are just getting’ started! We’ll be adding something really unique mid-March for KelbyOne subscribers and you’re gonna be super-diggin’ it, but until then, I hope you’ll check out all the new classes we’re releasing this month.

Cheers, -Scott