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These are just some of the comments we’ve received about this past week’s episode of “The Grid” with Joe McNally as our in-studio guest. I know I mentioned this yesterday here on the blog (among six other topics), but the rave reviews just keep pouring in over social media. If you haven’t had a chance to catch this episode, I promise it will be more than worth your time. (I’m posting the episode again here on the blog, just below the quotes). If you photograph people, you will learn a ton. Here’s a few sample comments:

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

“Rewatching cuz what Scott Kelby has Joe McNally explain is more important than anything I’ve learned, period.”

 “Just finished TheGridLive show with Joe McNally – best ever Grid. Amazing insight. Thanks @Scott Kelby & Joe!”

“JUST finished watching it. Best 80mins I’ve spent in a while.”

“Just watched it last night and I loved it! The guy is just amazing! What a show!”

“Finally watched this weeks The Grid with Joe McNally and Scott Kelby last night.  Joe is just awesome!”

“Prepare to have a very thought provoking experience :)”

“Joe..loved the message…get into the experience and capture the essence!  Thank you!”

“Wow. Great interview. I learned so much. Thanks for posting it.”

“Every time I watch a program with Joe it reminds me that it’s not about a piece of paper with chemicals on it or about a paycheck, it’s about telling the story of your subject and bring that story to life in a picture. Thank you Scott and Joe for reigniting my passion for photography even after 19 years of shooting and getting burnt out several times.”

“Yes. He did! Joe nailed it!!”

“Awesome episode! Thanks, Scott, for having Joe answer my question. And, boy, did he answer it, with pictures for examples to boot! The man is a treasure.”

“Just watched it and it was better than great. Thank-you Joe and Scott.”

“This was the first Grid show I’ve been able to watch live in months and it couldn’t have been better. Thanks Joe!”

“Definitely cut through a lot of hand-wringing and doubt about what it takes to really capture a subject.”

“Thanks for the show. It really was eye opening.His personality is just amazing. That’s what makes him one of the greatest photographer.”

“That is the best description and teaching I’ve seen to get into someones world, to bring out the best in them. I can’t wait to put Joe’s process into action.”

“Say that you’ll do it again next week! The man is a master!”

If you missed it, here it is (the free rebroadcast):

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. 

McNally is #1!
First, a hearty congratulations and a big high five to my buddy Joe McNally for being named the #1 Most Inspiring Photographer in PhotoShelter’s 2nd annual “Photographers Outlook” survey of more than 5,700 photographers. I didn’t get to vote in this survey, but I would have voted for Joe myself because I look to him and his work first when I need inspiration. Way to go big Joe!!! :-)

Photographer’s State of the Union (hint: it ain’t pretty)
This past Wednesday on “The Grid” we took a frank look at where the industry is today, what photographers are struggling with, and how to make the most of it, and you’ve got a break and want to check it out, it’s right here (above).

If you’re a landscape photographer, man do we have a book for you!
So many Photographers have been asking Matt to share his complete landscape post-processing workflow that Matt has now put it all together in this one short (68 page), clear, concise eBook and he totally killed it! H spills all the beans of his whole process using Lightroom and Photoshop. Here’s the link to it on Amazon and Apple’s iBooks Store (it’s only $9.99). Congrats Matt on the launch!  NOTE: the book currently has a 1-star rating on Amazon but that’s only because of an old font/text flow issue that has since been resolved  — the content and what he shares is definitely 5-star stuff! 

That’s it for this Friday. Got some big news coming on Monday so I’ll hope we’ll see you here then. :)



Last week on “The Grid” we were doing our popular “Blind Critiques” episode (where viewers send in their best images for us to critique on-air, but we don’t give the photographer’s name — we just to through and review their images).

Anyway, in this episode we ran across this series of shots sent in by a photographer; they were scenes of some interestingly lit buildings in an office complex/entertainment area, most notably a “Hampton Inn” and the buildings nearby. While the shots were technically correct (exposure, composition, sharpness) they were just find of “nothing” shots. We were actually struggling a bit to describe precisely why these shots were so lackluster, when I viewer (JWPhoto) sent in this very insight comment that I think absolutely nailed what was happening in these photos. He said:

“These are ‘Hunting Shots.” This photographer is hunting for a photo, and these just say “Is this it? How about this?” Nothing that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and says “Here! Look!”   –JWPhoto

I knew he was right, because I’ve been there myself so many times when I’ve been standing in front of a scene that looks really great while I’m standing there, but then once you put the camera to your eye, and start taking photos, you’re not seeing images that look as cool as the scene. So your start hunting. You start “working the scene” to find a way to express what you’re standing in front of in a way that people viewing your image will hopefully think, “Wow!” too. That process of working the scene — that’s really good, and it’s what we should be doing — working, hunting, experimenting to uncover that image.

So, where did this photographer fall down then? He never “found” that shot, yet he sent in his “hunting photos” as examples of his best work to be critiqued. He sent in the photos he took before he ever found a really intriguing shot, or a really unusual angle, or composition, or some other unique thing that would make anyone look at his image and think something more than “Well, it’s properly exposed.”

I posted the episode above, and if you scrub over to around to 1 hr, and 20-seconds mark, you can see the critique of this photographer’s work, and why we were struggling so much to put it into works (which is where JWPHoto can in and really gave it context and meaning).

It’s OK to have “Hunting Shots.” We all do. I have thousands. But it’s our job as photographers to be good editors of our work, and to not add those hunting shots to our portfolios. Every time we go hunting with our camera, we shouldn’t expect to always come away with a prize. It’s unrealistic. But our job and our challenge (and what makes all this so much fun) is to keep hunting until we do capture that prized image. When you get it, you’ll know.

The hunt is on! :)


Last year, after my trip to Rome (where I led a local walk as part of my Worldwide Photo Walk), I did a live Webcast about the trip where I shared some of the spreads from the photo book I always create after a trip (here’s a link to that Webast), and while I posted that video here on my blog, I never actually shared the images here.

Well, since  then, I’ve fallen in love with the photographic story-telling site which was born for things like this (I first used them for sharing my favorite football shots of this season), and I was looking for another opportunity to use Exposure again, so I used it to tell my Rome story.

If you’ve got a quick minute, I hope you’ll check it out — here’s the link.

Here’s wishing you a warm, cozy Monday no matter how freezing cold it might be where you are. :)



Happy Friday everybody! Here’s a few quickies to take you into the weekend:

If Only This Software Actually Existed
I shared this wild video on social media yesterday, and was asking the question, “Is this software real?” Apparently, it’s not — it’s a music video with a message, but man do I love the on-screen interface, and what it does (well, theoretically) is amazing. Either way, the video had to be really challenging to make. Give it a quick look — it’ll totally blow your mind.

Dissolve: changing the playing field for stock video clips
I predict this is gonna blow up big time: it’s called “Dissolve” and it’s a very clever, super-low cost stock video footage service. They’re licensing HD video clips starting at an average of around $5 a clip, which is a game-changer price. It’s from one of the co-founders of istockphoto, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns into the next big thing. The video above does a clever job of explaining why you might want to license stock video in the first place. Here’s a link to their site, and their blog. Looks really interesting.

Matt’s Long Exposure Online Class is Getting Big Love!
I didn’t even do the class, and people are emailing me about how much they love it. Matt (Kloskowski) told me of all the classes he’s done at KelbyOne, this one has really just struck a chord with people on a level he never expected. If you’re a KelbyOne subscriber, you gotta go watch Matt’s class. Here’s the link.

Come spend the day with me in Tampa
My first seminar of the season is coming next month as my “Shoot Like a Pro” tour comes to Tampa, Florida. Hope you can come join me for the day. Here’s the link if you wanna come. :)

Count Your Blessings, Folks
This has nothing to do with Photography or photography, but if you take just a couple of minutes and watch this video clip, it will astound you (and seriously remind you count your blessings, and remind us to stop complaining about life’s little inconveniences). You’ll truly admire what this amazing man does for his family. I am speechless.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend; try to stay warm, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.