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
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!
First, to kick things off here are a couple of shots from the Bucs/Bills game on Sunday (I’ll share some game action shots over on my Facebook/Twitter/G+ accts. The 49ers come to town this Sunday and that should be a really fun game to shoot, so I’m looking forward to that one for sure.
What a great city to wrap up this year’s tour! It was my last seminar of the year and the photographers in Toronto sure made it a memorable one. Great turnout (The seminar was sold out weeks in advance). I’m over at Henry’s Camera on Church St. in downtown Toronto today if you’re around and want to come by (it’s free!). I’ll be talking lighting and retouching.
Jeff’s giving away the farm!
My buddy, sports photographer Jeff Cable is doing it again, but this time he’s giving away nearly $3,000 worth of goodies (including some of my new books, and Lexar cards and readers, and an Epson printer, and on and on). To enter, just head over to Jeff’s Facebook page (here’s the link).
New Kelby Training iPad App is on the way!
We’ve submitted the updated, IOS7-compatible Kelby Training Online App to the App store, and as soon as Apple approves it (hopefully by the end of this week/first of next week), I’ll let you know. We’re working with an Android developer to create our first Android version of the App and I’ll let you know how that progresses (thus far, we haven’t had a whole lot of luck developing for the Android platform, but our fingers are crossed that this time we’ll have better luck).
OK, that’s it from the frozen tundra of Canada (OK, that might just be stretching it a bit, but it is super-brrrrrrr here — at least for this Florida guy). Hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday!
> Join me Wednesday Night for a FREE online Webinar called "A Walk in Rome"
I did one of these after my trip to Cuba (called "Connecting with Cuba") and after last year’s Paris Photo Walk with “A Walk in Paris” and they were really well received, so I thought we'd do one about my images and photo book from Paris last week. If you're into travel photography, I've got lots of practical photography and Photoshop tips for you, PLUS a review of the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-f/6.3 lens for full frame cameras, and I'll be taking your questions and comments live on the air.
What: “A Walk in Rome” Free Photography Webinar
Where: Here’s the link
When: This Wednesday at 7:00 pm ET
Plus we'll talking about my Worldwide Photo Walk (I held a local walk in Rome. I've got lots of fun stuff to share and some really helpful photo tips,so I hope you can join me (it's Free) at 7:00 pm ET Wednesday at this link. Also, can you help me spread the word? :) [NOTE: If you can’t make the live broadcast, we’ll start free rebroadcasts the following day].
> Worldwide Photo Walk Contest Deadline is TODAY at 12pm ET
If you want to get a chance to win some incredible prizes, including a Canon 70D camera (courtesy of the official Photo Walk sponsor, Canon themselves), plus all sorts of other amazing goodies, make sure you get your contest photo uploaded by TODAY at 12pm ET (New York time). Remember, if you don’t enter, you don’t have a chance of winning, so make sure you upload your best photo for a chance to win.
> A Different Perspective on This Past Week’s Photo Industry Scandals, PLUS How to Not Hate HDR (Well, not as much anyway)
This week’s episode of “The Grid” should be a wild one, as we’re talking about the recent scandals within the photography industry (but we have a different perspective on it), and although we’re not going to be able stop people from doing HDR (and we shouldn’t), maybe we can help them spot the telltale signs of “bad HDR” along with how to avoid it. It all starts with admitting you have a problem. LOL!! ;You do not want to miss this episode, which airs (as always) LIVE every Wednesday at 4:00 pm ET at this link.
> My Shoot Like a Pro Tour is coming to DC
OK, even thought the seminar isn’t this week, I’m giving away two free tickets to the seminar this week, so it kinda counts. Just leave a comment here and you’re entered, and we’ll draw two winners tomorrow. All the details on the seminar are right here. See you in DC.
> Learn Landscape & Travel Photography from Trey Ratcliff
Here’s the scoop on this just-released online class at Kelby Training Online from renown travel and landscape photographer Trey Ratcliff:
“Join Trey on location in New Zealand as a virtual participant in his landscape photography workshop. From sunrise to sunset, visiting streams, lakes, mountains, and hills, Trey takes you from one incredible setting to the next, all the while sharing his tips, tricks, and techniques for capturing breathtaking landscapes and high dynamic range photos.”
We’re already getting lots of great feedback from this new class, so if you’re a Kelby Training subscriber, you’ll want to catch it right away. If you’re not a subscriber, here’s yet another reason to join.
> Catch Matt’s Lightroom Basics Class, streaming FREE until Thursday
Each week on Kelby Training Online we stream one of our classes continuously 24-hours-a-day absolutely free (in fact, it’s streaming right this very minute — just jump over there right now (or heck, anytime before Thursday) and watch the entire class, on us. So what happens on Thursday when this class stops? Another class starts streaming continuously for a week. Sweet!
We’re hoping you’ll like learning this this so much that you’ll want access to all our classes (nearly 400) any class, any time, on demand. Here’s the link to join (just in case). :)
OK, it’s a busy week this week. Let’s get to it! (and here’s wishing you a fantastic one!)
Check back at 10:00 am ET this morning for some BIG NEWS (and if you already know what the news is [and you know who you are] please keep it to yourself until later this morning. :)
See you here at 10:00 am (New York City time, even though I’m not in New York). I'm psyched!!
(1) My Lightroom 5 Book is in-stock
Most folks who pre-ordered have already received their copies, but now the online bookstores (and brick and mortars) also have it in-stock, and I hope you’ll check it out. Here’s the link to it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Get your copy today and be one of the “cool kids” (that alone won’t actually do it, but it certainly won’t hurt). ;-)
(2) My Jesus Book is Sold Out Again
It’s sold out again at Amazon, but more copies are already on their way. Now, if you just said to yourself, “Scott wrote a Jesus book?” Here’s a link to the video where I announced it, which explains it all (and who the book is for). It is still available as an ebook for the iPad or iPhone from Apple’s iBooks store, and we’re working on a Kindle version (have been for a while, but we are finally getting close. It’s a long story). Anyway, more print copies are on the way.
(3) Today is the cutoff for the $100 Early Bird Photoshop World Conference discount
I know Brad mentioned that it was today yesterday, but today’s today. Here’s the link if you want to join us in Vegas next month for a career-changing, earth-shaking, technique-learning, fun-loving’ Photoshop love-fest, here’s the link. Sign up today and snag that $100 discount (and get a full 12-months of the full Adobe Creative Cloud for free).
Plus, you’ve always been dying to go — now’s your chance. Airfares to Vegas are cheap, we’ve got a great deal on the hotel (stay where the instructors stay, the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, the home to Photoshop World Vegas), and today you save another $100. Say it with me, “This is the year. I’m going!”
(4) If you missed Brian Smith on “The Grid” you missed a lot!
Brian totally rocked the Grid this week and we’ve gotten a flood of comments on how useful, informative, and just plain great that episode was. The topic was “The secrets of great portraits” and some are calling it one of our best episode ever. You can watch it all right above.
(5) SmugMug gets the “Big Buzz” award of the week
Everybody was raving about SmugMug’s new relaunch this week, and their debut of some seriously beautiful new portfolio layouts, a much-improved back-end, and an all new…well…everything. They totally nailed it, and if you haven’t checked them out this week, jump over there right now and see what all the fuss is about. Congrats to the crew at SmugMug on the hugely successful big launch!
(6) Speedlights vs. Battery Powered Strobes
Really great article in photographer Michael Clark’s latest newsletter on Speedlights vs. Battery Powered Strobes. I always enjoy Michael’s newsletter and he often covers topics you don’t see covered that frequently, which I think is great. This one is an excerpt from his book, and he makes some really great points. Plus, lots of great photos as always. Here’s the PDF edition: http://bit.ly/15gY770
(7) You can now view “Cool Photography Stuff” (my Flipboard magazine) on The Web
I just learned that you don’t have to have a tablet to read the Flipboard 2.0 magazine I curate anymore — you can now read it right in your web browser (and the layouts transfer very well, as seen above). I curate my “Cool Photography Stuff” magazine every day, and it’s free, free, free to subscribe! Here’s the “view on the web” link: http://flip.it/ErwfT (of course, it’s still available within the free Flipboard App itself as always). So, if you want to stay up on what’s going on daily, check it out.
Well, that’s my seven quick things for this Friday.
I’ve got a really cool review planned that I think will help a lot of folks. Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. Cheers, -Scott