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Last week I heard about this Tedx talk given by photographer Kevin Gilbert on the importance of protecting your photographic memories (I don’t want share too much more than that, because I really want you to hear it from him).

His talk, titled “The Lost Generation,” is around 16-minutes long but it flies by because of the wonderful images, the funny and often touching stories, and his engaging, fun presentation style.

I promise you, this it will be worth your while. Not only will it make you think, it will probably put some great things in motion for you, and it’s sure to start your Monday with a smile.

Here’s wishing you all a fantastic Monday (if, ya know, there is such a thing. It’s kind of like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster).




Hi Gang: July 4th is a big holiday for us here in the US â” it’s Independence Day â” a day where all Americans celebrate their independence from Glyn Dewis and Dave Clayton (shown pictured with me above. This shot was taken during the Third Global Biennial Conference on International Bakery Treats held at a random Pret a Manger in the heart of London).

If you’re thinking of shooting some fireworks shots tonight, I wrote an article for ColaCola’s Journey website where I take you through the recipe for how to make Awesome Fireworks photos (It’s a step-by-step article â” follow the recipe and ya can’t miss). Here’s the link.

I would add three things to that article for the serious photography crowd here on my blog. They are:

>> Set your focus to infinity (This isn’t critical but if your lens can do it, why not). The fireworks are so bright you can use just regular ol’ auto focus for the most part, but if you have a lens that has a distance scale window on the top of your lens barrel; first turn off your auto focus (right on the lens â” switch it to off), then rotate the focus ring on your lens until you see the Infinity symbol [it looks like the number 8 lying on its side]. Again, you don’t have to do this, but it might make things a bit easier.

>> This is a tip I haven’t tried yet (I’ll try this one tonight), but @SuzanMcEvoy (one of my followers over on my Twitter page) said you get much truer colors if you switch your White Balance to Tungsten. Hey, I’m gonna give it a try. Thanks Susan for the tip.

>> This one probably goes without saying, but you’re on a tripod so use your lowest ISO setting for the cleanest shots.

Hope you all have a safe, happy 4th of July as we celebrate our nation’s physical distance, in miles and magnitude, from Glyn and Dave. It is truly a day worth celebrating. ;-)



That’s right baby, for the first time ever it’s one of the leading automotive photographers in the world, and my vote for the best automotive photography teacher on the planet, the one and only Tim Wallace. 

Oh yeah! He’s coming to Vegas from the UK, and he’s doing a live car shoot class, a session on Photoshop retouching for car and product photography, and a business class (he is one heck of a businessman, too!).

We are so excited to have Tim teaching for us in Vegas this September at Photoshop World. If you’re going, even if you have never taken a car shot, you gotta check out at least one of Tim’s sessions. If you’re not going, why the heck not! Get your ticket right here and come to Vegas and spend three days that will supercharge your career!

Above: That’s Tim and me when he was in town taping some classes for KelbyOne. 

By the way, we have some other very cool new instructors teaching for their first time with us in Vegas, but I’ll reveal those another day, but I just had to share this news about Tim since he’s one of my heroes of photography.

Spin the Reels — I bet you get something (wink).

Have a great Tuesday, and here’s to learning from the best instructors on the planet! :)


P.S. Here’s a link where you can download a PDF of the brochure and class schedule for the Photoshop World Conference in Vegas. Ya know, just in case. ;-)

Well, here’s your chance, as the fine folks who publish the Canadian-based Stark-Magazine have introduced the “Stark Awards” competition and their official Call for Entries is now open in a host of categories (the story of how these awards came to be is right here).

The overall winner will have their art featured in a Photohaus Gallery Exhibit and Stark Awards will finance the printing and mounting of artwork – See more at this link.

There are a host of judges, including yours truly, and there are cash prizes for the winner of each category and the overall winner as well.

You can find all the details right here.

Good luck everybody!

We really had a wonderful time last night at my “Prague to Budapest” Travel Photography Webinar (hosted by RC, who was awesome!).

Photographers from all over the world had tuned in and we had lots of great questions, plus we had our partners jumping in left and right offering prizes for us to giveaway during the event (the free replay is posted above).

Here’s what we wound up giving away live last night during Webinar:

  • 2 Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Size Tablets
  • 2 $150 B&H Photo Gift Cards
  • 5 copies each of these books (courtesy of our friends at Peachpit Press): My “Photoshop for Lightroom Users” book; my “Lightroom 5 for Digital Photographers” book; RC’s “The HDR Book” and 5 copies of my “Photoshop for Digital Photographers” Book
  • The Complete Nik Collection of Photoshop/Lightroom plug-ins from Google
  • A Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens
  • A Canon Pixma Pro-1 Printer (this alone sells for $999)

Of course, we had to pay the bills, so we also had deals on KelbyOne and a bundle of Photoshop World Vegas with a 1-year KelbyOne membership. Besides all the prizes, we really had a lot of fun throughout (and lots of laughs) and the response from the thousands of comments, and flood of tweets, was just fantastic. I posted the entire Webinar above, and I hope you get a chance to watch soon.

Thanks to everybody who watched the live feed last night, and to all our partners who were so generous with their giveaways. Here’s wishing you a fantastic weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday.




Join Scott Kelby and RC Concepcion tonight at 7pm ET for a live webcast where they’ll be discussing Scott’s recent trip to Europe. RC will be chatting with Scott about his experiences in various cities along the Danube River, and Scott will also be sharing some of the shooting and post-processing tricks he used along the way. You can register for the webcast right here so you can chime in on the live chat to ask questions and share your own experiences, and we’ll also be giving away some great prizes!

And if you’re a gear head (you know who you are), here’s a list of the gear Scott took with him:
Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
BlackRapid RS-7 RapidStrap
Tiffen 82mm 10-Stop ND Filter
Vello Shutterboss Remote
Hoodman Compact Loupe
– Lexar Secure Digital & Compact Flash Cards
Gitzo GT1542T Traveler Tripod
Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head
Really Right Stuff L-Plate for 5D Mark III
Gaffer Tape
LensPen MicroKlear Microfiber Cloth

And it was all packed in a ThinkTank Airport AirStream camera bag. See you tonight!