Category Archives Photography

Check out the short video above (it’s like 90-seconds or so) which explains why Adobe is doing this unprecedented sneak peek, but once you watch that, here are the specifics:

Who: Tom Hogarty from Adobe Systems
When: Wednesday, May 1st at 4:00 PM ET (New York time)
Where: Live on “The Grid” (here’s the link)
Why: This is your chance to get straight answers straight from the source and to see a sneak peek of some stuff I haven’t even seen yet — but I heard about them— and you’re definitely going to want to see ’em! (everybody will be talking about it on Thursday!)

See you on Wednesday!

Happy Friday everybody! Here’s Five Quickies (stop snickering):

That’s an awesome drum solo from Scott Stahley, the drummer in my band “Big Electric Cat,” taped live with a remote camera mounted beside the drums by Scott Diussa last week during our gig at B.B. Kings Bar & Grill in Orlando (during Photoshop World). Scotty is an killer drummer, so if you’ve got a sec, check out his solo right above (thanks to Scott Diussa for shooting and sharing it).

One from yesterday’s bridal shoot
I shot this yesterday for a project I’m working on . It was taken at a small church in downtown Tampa, and it’s lit with just one flash and a small 27″ soft box. 1/80 of a second (I choose a slower shutter speed so you can see more of the available light in the church), and f/4 (I chose a wider aperture than I would in the studio so the background would be out of focus). You’ll see a lot more from this project, soon! :)

New Wacom Cintiq 13HD 13″ Unboxing Video
Our own Pete Collins got his hands on the coolest new, small-sized Cintiq and he had an unboxing video (like only Pete can). You can watch it right above.

In the video above Pete talks about a “Out of the Box” setup and configuring video that gives you a little bit more of a look at the 13HD. If you want to check that out, click on the link here:

If you missed “The Grid” This week with our topic “A Current Look at Social Media for Photographers…”
Well, it’s right above. Lots of great interaction and questions from the live viewers, plus we have a couple of giveaways for folks who are watching the rebroadcast, so I hope you’ll check it out.

I am really enjoying curating “Cool Photography Stuff” (my own Flipboard 2.0 Magazine)
If you have the App “Flipboard 2.0” for the iPad  I invite you to check out my free Flipboard magazine called “Cool Photography Stuff” which I curate by including cool photography stuff I find during my daily research. I put everything in there from news to tutorials to beautiful images from photographers all over the world. Best of all, it’s free (yay!). NOTE: There is now an Android version of Flipboard, but they haven’t released the 2.0 update yet which includes the self-curated magazine feature— I’ve heard rumors it’s coming within the next month.

If you have the Flipboard 2.0 App, launch the App and go up in the search field search and search for the magazine by name (It shows “Skelby” as the person it’s from, but that’s me). I update it about every day (including weekends), and often several times a day. Hope you find it helpful, because it sure is fun (Also, thanks to the 4,500 photographers who have already subscribed and get my magazine in their Flipboard field daily now).

Here’s the direct link:

Now, it’s Pro Hockey Photography Workshop Time!
We kick off our workshop tonight, so you’ll be seeing images from the workshop over on my Facebook, Twitter and G+ feeds (hope you’ll follow me there). Looking forward to seeing everybody tonight, and we’ll see you on the ice!

Cheers everybody, and here’s wishing you your best weekend this year so far! :)

Chicago, here I come!
I’ll be there this coming Tuesday with my “Shoot Like a Pro Tour” and if you’re anywhere in the Chicagoland area you’re invited to come out and spend the day with me (the short video below explains the tour). There’s already over 450 photographers signed up for the day, so if you want to come, reserve your seat right now (it’s $99 for the full day of training; just $79 if you’re a NAPP member). Here’s the link with more info or to sign up. See you on Tuesday the 30th!

P.S. My next tour stops are Seattle on May 23rd and Los Angeles on May 24th.

Review of Photoshop World
It was my buddy Mike Olivella’s first time to Photoshop World, and every time I saw Mike he was like a kid at Christmas. Mike sent me an email yesterday with a link to a review he wrote on his BaseLineShots blog with his full review, lots of photos, and stories. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec.

If you’re into aviation photography, this is for you!
The International Society of Aviation Photography (ISAP) is holding their annual conference next month (May 16-18) in Seattle and I’ve got to tell you, they put one of the best photography conference anywhere! The shooting access they get, and the quality of instructors (Matt Kloskowski is teaching there this year), and the camaraderie between the attendees makes it really a blast (I’ve been to three of their conferences so far, and I’m an ISAP member as well). Can’t recommend their event enough — absolutely a steal at $275 (if you sign-up before the 26th. Afterward it’s still just $300). Here’s the link with more info.

A big thanks to everybody who follows me on Twitter!
Last week I was psyched to hit 100,000 followers on Twitter, and I wanted to thank everybody there for the follows. I answer a LOT of questions there because the answers can be so short and sweet, so if you’re not following over on Twitter, come on over (here’s the link). Many thanks for the follows everybody!

This weekend? It’s Hockey Workshop Time!
Oh yeah! Hockey baby!!! Our professional hockey photography workshop is on again this weekend! Looking forward to hanging with Scott, Mike, and photographers from all over the world. Can’t wait! #kickice!

My Portfolio Update Continues
I’m still working with portfolio consultant Stella Kramer (link) on my portfolio — will be for a while now (by the way, people like Dave Black and Jack Reznicki had nothing but great things to say about Stella when I saw them at Photoshop World  — they had worked with her when she was a magazine photo editor). Tweaked the Sports portfolio some more and I updated my regular portfolio so the background color is white (seen above); then I consolidated Football and Sports into just one category; I consolidated Travel & Landscape into one category (yes, I greatly lowered the number of images in each); and I got rid of the personal category (it lives over on the Sports site). Still lots of work to do, but it’s progressing.

Taping an online class with Peter Read Miller
Late next week (after I get back from my Chicago seminar), I’m spending a day taping an online class for Kelby Training Online with a legend of Sports Photography, long-time Sports Illustrated shooter Peter Read Miller.

I asked Peter to do a very specific class which I think it going to help a lot of shooters out there. He’s going to go sport-by-sport and show exactly “what makes a great sports photo!” For example, if you’re shooting tennis, where should the ball be in the frame (and does it need to be in the frame). If so, what makes the best position; which angles are best, what should your shooting position be, and exactly what are you aiming for during the shoot? (and so on). I took his workshop up in Atlanta and he had some amazing insights into exactly this type of stuff — so much so I thought it would make a brilliant online class, and I can’t wait to hear what he has to share.

I’m pretty much heads down right now on a book project
I know, like always, right? When I write a book I really have to kind of shut everything off and just focus, so if I don’t respond to emails in a timely fashion (or later than usual. LOL!), or I’m about impossible to reach by phone, or if my blog posts go up late for a few weeks (ahem), well, at least you’ll know why.

Thanks everybody, and here’s wishing you a fantastic Tuesday!

Yes, there are portfolio consultants, and I found an awesome one!
My friend Jason Joseph turned me on to her work and after listening to her doing a guest-spot on a podcast; then checking out her Web site (link), and eventually talking with her on the phone, I was convinced she could really help me, and she already has.

Her name is Stella Kramer, and even though we just started working together, I can’t tell you how much I learned from just our first hour working together. I took a whole page of notes, but what I learned was far beyond just tweaking my portfolio. Really just an eyeopening, enlightening, and fascinating look into a different side of the business (I’ve got to get her to write a guest blog one day). Anyway, one of the first things she proposed for me was to separate out my sports photography into a separate site, which I did (that’s it shown above).

Here’s the link.

I created this new sports portfolio over at using one of their built-in templates (they have really cool layouts) and it’s linked directly into my portfolio (since the two companies have an alliance  — note the little SmugMug logo on the left side under my navigation).

Anyway, while my new sports portfolio site isn’t quite complete yet, (but hey…it’s a start)
Lot’s more work to do with Stella moving forward including the art of sequencing the images and a wide range of stuff but this was at least one of my homework assignments from her, so I’m on my way.

Let me know what you think of the new layout. Hope you guys have a great Monday — I’m off to Photoshop World! Hope I see you there. :)

Man, did I trash my diet in Philly or what!!!!

First, we had a awesome day! Philadelphia was the first city on my nationwide tour, and the nearly 500 photographers who came out Wednesday could not have been more welcoming or friendly. Now, onto the important stuff — incredible Philly food! ;-)

My buddy John Geliebter (shown above left with me) took Brad and I out to his favorite cheesesteak dive “Tony Luke’s” in South Philly (seen above). Total dive (and I mean that as a compliment), and there I experienced the magical healing power of the best Philly Cheesesteak I’ve had, because when I woke up Wednesday morning my Bronchritis was gone and I felt great!

I took your advice!
I asked here on the blog for suggestions where to eat while I’m there and so many folks mentioned DiNic’s in the Reading Terminal (right across the street from the convention center) that we went there for our seminar lunch break (I had the Roast Pork with Sharp Provolone and Broccoli Rabe — absolutely delicious!). Next time I’m in Philly, I will hit “Steve’s Prince of Steaks” (highly recommended by readers) and I will stop by either Pat’s or Genos just to get the Philly Experience, but when it comes to chow; Tony’s and DiNic’s totally rocked it this trip!

We just added TWO MORE CITIES!
Come out and spend the day with me in:

Chicago on April 30th
Seattle on May 23rd
Los Angeles on May 24th

Seats are filled on a first-come, first served basis, so come snag yours right now (it’s only $99 for the full day; just $79 if you’re a NAPP member). Here’s the link. 

OK, let’s switch gears!
Today I’m taping a class with the incredible Tim Wallace (famous UK-based automotive photographer) on lighting and shooting car interiors (Tim’s doing the teaching, I’m doing the shooting. Geesh, from one pressure cooker to the next). Below: here are some scenes from the class Tim just taped this week for Kelby Training Online on how to photograph motorcycles (photos by Erik Kuna).

Above: Behind the scenes shots from Tim’s new online class on photographing motorcycles 


Above: More behind the scenes shots (photos by Erik Kuna)

I’ll be sharing some shots from our taping today with Tim over on my Twitter account, and my Facebook page.

Thanks again to all the great folks in Philly who came out to my  seminar, and who made me feel so welcome (and thanks to everybody who came up with Philly restaurant suggestions. Well, now I’m back at home eating right, but that sure was fun!) Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

Cheers, —Scott

The first one was amazing (here’s the link), and we had lots of folks asking us if we could possibly do another one but the problem is: there’s only one weekend left in this entire season where we could schedule another Professional Hockey Photography Hands-on Workshop.

But that weekend is April 26, 27, 28th, 2013. It’s on. Drop the puck!

Check out the video above for details — (it’s the original that explains the workshop — but it mentions the old dates, so don’t let that throw you).

The last workshop sold-out within the first two hours it was announced, so if you want to join us for this incredible hands-on workshop, down in Tampa at the Forum, on the ice, you gotta do it right now (it’s filled on a first-come, first-served basis). Space is limited to the first 22 people who sign up. Here’s the link to reserve your spot today. Time to Kick Ice!

Because of team/Forum scheduling this is the only other workshop we’ll be able to host this season, so we hope to see you there for a workshop you’ll never forget.

-Scott Kelby and Scott Audette

P.S. I’d bring a U/V Filter if I were you. ;-)