Category Archives Photography Tips & Tricks

Hey gang: We had our own Larry Becker stop by some of the exhibitors at the Photoshop World Conference Expo floor last week, so they could give us a quick look at what they were showing off at their booths. Here’s a few to get you started:

OK, this post is getting crazy long – if you want to see more, check out our KelbyOne YouTube page where you’ll find lots more stuff from Photoshop World.

Hope you all have a rockin’ Monday!







It arrived in bookstores sooner than we thought (yay!), and it’s here now, complete with bonus selective color image no one was expecting (and at no extra cost).

Here’s the link to it on (both Print and Kindle version are in stock) and the Nook eBook version is available now at  Barnes & and the print edition should be available there any minute.

What’s the book all about? Check out the video below. :)

Thanks to everybody around the world who has supported this book series from the start, and who enabled me to bring you this fifth part to the series. I’m really excited about the release, and hope you find it really helpful.



Mornin’ everybody. I wanted to wrap up the week with a quick trick for creating realistic backgrounds for compositing, so here goes:

When I was in Seattle for my “Shoot Like a Pro” Tour, before the seminar kicked off in the morning, Brad and I went just outside the convention center so I could create some real shallow depth-of-field backgrounds I could use in Compositing. I did this mostly because I hate how it looks when you take an in-focus background and try and “fake it” by adding a massive Gaussian Blur or Lens Blur filter in Photoshop.

Above: I had Brad stand in the street, and I zoomed-in fairly tight on him with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, at f/2.8 so the background would be way out of focus (as seen here). Once I was focused on Brad, I would hold the shutter button half-way down to lock the focus on Brad, then I would give Brad a signal and he would walk out of the frame (that’s Brad walking out of the frame above).

Above: Once Brad was fully out of the frame, I’d just press the shutter button the rest of the way down and take the shot. Mission accomplished  — a realistic shallow depth-0f-field background.

Above: Since this technique literally took less than 30-seconds, we shot a handful of different backgrounds, at different angles and on nearby streets, and every time the technique was the same: Brad stands in place: I focus on him at f.2/8; hold the shutter button half-way down; I give him the signal; he walks out of the frame; then “click.” I had 20 or so background in just 10 minutes.

Above: Here’s the image at the top again — it was my first test of the concept. I didn’t crop our subject here as tightly as I had actually shot Brad, so it would be more realistic if I had matched her size relative to the frame, but at least I can see that it worked — now I just have to find the right image for the foreground.

My subject was shot on a light gray background in my studio, and then I used Photoshop’s Quick Select tool along with the Refine Edge feature to remove her from that background and then I copy and pasted her onto the out-of-focus background. Once there, I matched her overall color-tone to the background, and then lastly I put a slight tint over the entire image (to help visually unify the two) and I added a soft glow effect as well (a 50-pixel Gaussian Blur, and then I changed the blend mode to Soft Light and lowered the opacity to 50%).

Anyway, just a quickie for Friday, and maybe something you’ll consider next time you’re out shooting with a friend who can act as an “in-focus” stand-in to create some out-of-focus backgrounds.

Back to Football
This weekend I’m shooting the Bucs vs. Cardinals NFL game with the Buc’s new starting quarterback Mike Glennon. That should keep me busy during the first quarter, eh?  Also, trying some new techniques I picked up from the just-released book, “Peter Read Miller on Sports Photography.”

I’ll share some shots next week, but next week is also Worldwide Photo Walk week (the actual walk is next Saturday, and we have 1.200 walks organized in cities all over the world, with more than 22,000 walkers so far. Hope you’ll join us next Saturday. 

Here’s to a great weekend. Hope it’s a safe and fun one. :)

Photography Tips & Tricks
The first episode of Photography Tips & Tricks is now online! It features Scott Kelby, RC Concepcion, and special guest Bill Fortney sharing tips on using Auto ISO, bracketing, and setting up a remote camera in places to which you don’t have access.

This is our brand new show for photographers, which replaces D-Town TV. Since D-Town started off as a Nikon show, the D in D-Town stood for the camera model numbers (D3100, D7000, D600, etc). But we decided to finally change things up and go with a name that was more obvious to everyone.

Plus, the show focuses on quick tips and a shorter overall length so you can get great info quickly and get back to shooting! You can subscribe on iTunes right here. Hope you all enjoy it!
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Kelby Training Live
Check out these dates for our upcoming Kelby Training Live seminars:

Lightroom 4 Live with Matt Kloskowski
10/10 – Orlando, FL
11/26 – Toronto,

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
10/12 – Lansing, MI
11/2 – Philadelphia, PA
11/5 – Tampa, FL

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers
10/17 – Minneapolis, MN (with RC Concepcion)
10/19 – Chicago, IL (with RC Concepcion)
10/29 – Washington, DC (with Scott Kelby)

Worldwide Photo Walk
We’re just over a week away from the Fifth Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk! There are over 1,300 walks taking place around the world with over 26,000 people signed up to be part of this exciting event. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can check to see if there is a walk happening in your area right here.

And if you want to help spread the word, you can download web banners to put on your blog (or wherever) right here!

High5 Workshop with Glyn Dewis & Calvin Hollywood
Glyn Dewis and Calvin Hollywood are teaming up to do a 5 day workshop just outside of Heidelburg, Germany January 26-30, 2013 called the High5 Workshop! They’ll be going through 2 days of studio and location shoots, retouching, marketing and networking. Knowing these two guys, not only will it be incredibly informative, but quite exciting as well!

Light Stories: Writings on Photography & Inspiration
Light Stories: Writings on Photography & Inspiration is a brand-new FREE eBook by Nicole S. Young featuring some of her most inspirational work on her blog, The eBook consists of ten articles posted over the past three years on inspiration, life and photography. This special eBook is Nicole's sixth book, and it's also her first published through Nicolesy, Inc. You can get more info on this book, and Nicole’s other books, at

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminar
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One Light, Two Light Seminar
– Lenna Davis

That’s it for today. Have a great Thursday!