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First, if you’re not familiar with Mylio (and you’re concerned about protecting your images, and you love the idea of having access to all your photos wherever you are), jump over to this link and see what it’s about, then come right back here (by the way, you can download a free trial while you’re there, but wait till later â” come straight back here). :)

I’ve been using Mylio since it was in early Betaâ¦
I was there for the launch in NYC and I think the people and technology behind it are truly amazing. But this weekend, I started over from scratch with Mylio, downloading and reinstalling the app and rebuilding the entire thing on my iMac (which amazingly only took about 25 minutes, including setting it up on all my mobile devices), but I decided to do all this after a talk with one of my buddies over at Mylio, Kevin Gilbert (you may have seen Kevin’s Ted Talk about the importance of protecting your images that I shared here on the blog last year), where he said something that made me completely rethink the way I use Mylio. He said,

"All the pictures of your lifeâ¦with you all the time.”

Now, he added an extra line to it, which I’ll share in a moment, but it made me rethink how I’d been using Mylio. I think I was influenced by a lot of top pros who literally now have their entire photo libraries, raw files and all, being managed by Mylio. There are users with over one-million photos being managed in one Mylio catalog (yes, they have one-million+ photos on their phone), I had a ton of photos in there myself, and yes they were now on all my mobiles devices â” tens of thousands of them, but when Kevin said that simple sentence to me, I realized something.

The RAW files I didn’t finish, the ones that didn’t “make the cut” â” the ones I didn’t like enough to tag even as a pick, or that the client rejected â” I was managing them all through Mylio. Why am I loading hundreds of thousands of photos I don’t like, just because “I can?”

So, I looked at the folder of images I do care about. It’s named “Final Images” and I looked at the size: it’s 126 GB, with around 23,800 photos inside it. It’s all my high-res final JPEGs going back for years from every family vacation, every photo book, every slideshow, every trip, ever photo I’ve taken with my phone, everything I actually care about. They are all in folders within that one big “Final Images” folder.

Those are the images I care about. Those are the pictures of “my life” that I care about. I would love to have all of those with me all the time, but I don’t have 128-Gig free on any mobile device, but today as I write this, I have every one of those photos I care about (23,800 or so) not just on my pon all my devices because Mylio’s compression (and smart sizing) let me add all those images to my iPhone and it only took up (wait for itâ¦wait for itâ¦)â¦

912 Mb.

That’s all. Not even 1-Gb.

I already had my “Final Images” on my backup drive at home, (attached to my iMac) so I just imported that one folder into Mylio and it did the rest automatically, keeping all the folders and file structure intact and the whole nine yards. In less than an hour, I had every image I cared about on my laptop, on my iPhone, on my iMac and on my iPad. Every photo! (and by the way, I can’t imagine a situation where I would want to show somebody one of the Raw photos I left on my backup drive. It would be like “Hey, wanna see some photos I didn’t think were any good?”).

I know every Mylio user will use Mylio in a different way, and I had been in that “keep everything with me always mode” and now I’ve shifted to “Keep what’s important with me always mode” and I’m absolutely loving it. But besides having them always with me, I was particularly tickled to go to Mylio’s “Flow” view (which does a beautiful job of displaying tall and wide images together like a completed puzzle) and see my entire life flow by in thousands of photos â” photos I literally haven’t seen in years (they were neatly tucked away in folders), but now I’m seeing them again as I flick through the years and I spent hours just looking. Exploring. Smiling. Tearing Up. Laughing. It was totally worth it just for that experience.

It helped me rediscover a photo that means so much to me
This is a photo of my wife Kalebra, which is one of my favorites of her, taken in Nafplion, Greece. It has such meaning to me because for most of our married life (26-years this year), she absolutely hated (mega-hated) having her picture taken. She really felt that she was incredibly unphotogenic and any time you tried to take a photo of her, she would put on that “This is going to look awful” face to ensure that she was right. Well, we’re on this beautiful island, and she looks so beautiful to me every single day, and now here she is in this beautiful setting and I took a picture of her and sure enough, her beautiful face contorted into that “This is going to look awful” look and so I walked over to her, and saidâ¦

“Honey, these photos are the visual history of your life. When our children look back on these photos, do you want them to see your beautiful smile, or this “please get this over, I know this looks awful” look you put on. You look like you’re hating the moment that’s not the way you want your children to remember you.”

She gritted her teeth and kind of smiled. But later that same day, we were in line for something and I called out her name and she turned, paused and gave me her real smile â” the one you see in the photo above, and I was just floored! She even stood there and let me take three or four shots!

I walked right over and said “Honey, you smiled a real smile!” And she said that she had made up her mind that she didn’t want me or our kids to look back and see her old “This looks awful, right?” look, and from now on she would be happy to have her photo taken; I could take as many shots as I wanted, and she would give a genuine smile every time. I was absolutely thrilled, and now she always flashes her gorgeous smile, and I have boat loads of photos of her looking the way she really does day in and day out. When going thru my “Mylio flow” I saw this photo, one I hadn’t seen in years, and it stopped me right in my tracks because I remember so vividly why this shot means so much to me. Time to make a print for my desk.

Kevin’s extra lineâ¦
So, I know one of Mylio’s main things is making sure your images are protected and backed up in multiple places, and I now know that as I’m traveling to Las Vegas for the WPPI show this week, that for the first time in my life, ALL my important photos are with me (by the way, the thing that Kevin added to the end of that sentence I mentioned near the top was the “marketing part” but it’s a powerful one” "All the pictures of your lifeâ¦with you all the time, for $4 a month."), but it’s helped me to relive some of the most important moments of my life, of my family’s life, and it’s changed the way I’ll use Mylio from here on out, and I’m more excited about Mylio today than I’ve ever been (especially since the latest version supports PSDs), so thanks Kevin, and thanks to my buddy David Vaskevitch for having the vision and passion to bring Mylio to life.

Hey, if you’re out here in Vegas and you see me strolling by, stop me and I’ll show you my photo flow in Mylio on my iPhone (don’t worry, I won’t show you 23,000+ photos. I’ll stop around 19,000). ;-)

Hope to see you at my Canon booth presentation (today at 1:45 pm and tomorrow at 10:45 am) , or at the Canon-sponsored “KelbyOne Theater” on the Expo Floor (I’m doing a free session on portrait retouching at 10:30 am today).

Have a butt-kicking, feeling-the-love, takin’ lots of photos Monday!



Happy Friday every-ba-day! :)

If you’re out in Vegas this week for the WPPI show (the big Wedding and Portrait photography show), I hope you’ll stop by and check out my talks at Canon’s booth and the KelbyOne Theater on the Expo floor. All the talks are free and open to anyone attending the WPPI expo.

Canon Booth: My talk is called “Photo Recipes Live”
Monday @ 1:45 pm
Tuesday @ 10:45 am

KelbyOne Theater: My talk is on Portrait Retouching Secrets
Monday at 10:30 am 

You may also be able to catch my short talk called “My order” at the counter at the In/Out Burger location behind the New York, New York Hotel & Casino at some point during this event.

If you’re out at the show, I hope you’ll stop by one of my sessions and say “hi.”

Hope you all have an awesome weekend, and we’ll see ya back here on Monday (I have a cool post for Monday about me rethinking some cool technology). :)



P.S. One more thing: Our third episode of “The Lightroom Show” went live today (we release them every Friday), and we packed some awesome Lightroom tips and techniques in a very short package. Here’s the link if you get a sec. 

Weekend before last, my wife Kalebra and I snuck off for a Valentine’s Day getaway to meet our friends Moose & Sharon Peterson on the Oregon Coast. I did a post about the trip over at with some images from the trip, and the story behind them, along with my story of shooting the famous “Thor’s Well” which was, wellâ¦it was swell. Get it? Swell? Ah, forget it.

Anyway, if you’ve got a second, here’s the link. 

Hope you guys have a great Monday!



P.S. I posted #10 in my series called “10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom User” over at

Hi Gang: Happy Monday. It's President's Day here in the US, which is a holiday we love because a lot of folks have the day off and that's pretty much all we know about this holiday (but don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, right?). Anyway, here's what's up:

> I'm back, baby!
My wife and I snuck off Thursday for a Valentine's Weekend Getaway to Portland, Oregon with our friends Moose and Sharon Peterson. Had a total blast, and even had some pretty good weather the whole time (the shot above is from this weekend, but I shot the same lighthouse 5-years ago but on a really gray overcast day). Lots more about this trip later, but I've gotta hit the sack, so hit me up on social for more photos and stories.

> I posted #9 of "What I'd Tell a New Lightroom User"
If you've been following my series, I posted the latest one over at LightroomKillerTips.comhere's the link if you have a sec.

> Thanks for the feedback on "The Lightroom Show"
Just a shout out to everybody who posted such kind comments here on Friday after the debut of our new weekly show. Thanks so much for all the  support and kind words. The next episode comes out this Friday. If you missed the premiere episode last week, here’s the link.

> Sacramento, here I come!
The final tour stop of my "Shoot Like a Pro" seminar is coming up next month (Monday, March 9th) in Sacarmento (come join me for the day â” here's the link).

Then in April I'm launching a totally new from the ground up full-day seminar called "Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded" and I'll have tour dates shortly, but my first two stops are Salt Lake City and Los Angeles (both in April).

> Rick Sammon and my "Guitar Wall"
Last week Rick and his wife Susan stopped by our new offices, and Susan got this shot of me and Rick posing in front of the left wall of my office, which is a bunch of guitars (I'm holding a Parker Maxx Fly in the photo you see here, but I just got in a Paul Reed Smith SE Custom 24 right before I left for Portland. Hardly even had a time to play it. Anyway, thought I'd share this shot to wrap up this quick look at what's going on this sunny warm Monday here in Florida.

Hope you all have a great day. We'll catch you here tomorrow. :)



P.S. In case you missed it, the incredible Joel Grimes is launching a new full-day seminar tour with us, called “The Photographers Creative Revolution” tour. His first stop is Indianapolis on Feb 23rd, then he’s on to Washington DC on March 25th. Here’s the link with details. 

Today over on the KelbyOne blog, Julio posted a link to a free clip from our class with sports photography legend Peter Read Miller called “What Makes a Great Sports Photo”. Even though I did the class with Peter (I was just the host), I just watched this clip and in it, Peter shares a slideshow of his works, andâ¦wellâ¦ya just gotta see it â” totally worth it.

Peter’s slideshow is simply amazing, and you’ll recognize a bunch of the images because they were covers of Sports Illustrated magazine. Here’s the link to watch this clip above (you don’t have to be a KelbyOne subscriber to see it â” just scroll down a few posts and you’ll see it).

Today we’re taping our first episode of “The Lightroom Show”
In other news: RC and I are taping our first episode of our new weekly podcast called “The Lightroom Show” where we share Lightroom tips, tricks, tutorials, and techniques (all based on reader questions and suggestions over at our site The new show should go online next week and I’ll share the link then (it’ll be part of, but in the meantime, thanks to everybody who submitted questions and ideas. We’re psyched!

Yes, that’s Mia on “The Grid”
Last week on “The Grid,” we had our own Mia McCormick as our special pop-in guest on “The Grid” to talk about a cool gadget for the iPhone she picked up at ImagingUSA in Nashville, and Mia kind of stole the show. We did talk a lot about Lightroom, but also took a look at what was new at ImagingUSA and all sorts of stuff. A really fun episode (I’ve embedded it above if you want to check it out).

That’s it from here. Off to tape our first “The Lightroom Show” episode!



P.S. Thanks to all the photographers who came to our headquarters yesterday for an in-house “test run” of my brand-new live tour, “Shoot Like a Pro: RELOADED.” Such a great crowd to present to (and the first time we got to use our new in-house theater) and thanks for all your feedback in helping me make the official first tour stop in Salt Lake City totally rock!