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Peter Read Miller and Damien Strohmeyer not only shot the SuperBowl yesterday, they shot it with pre-release versions of Canon’s just announced EOS 1D X Mark II camera, and they’ll be sharing their experiences with it, and stories, and taking your questions live on the air.

Who: The Grid with Peter Read Miller and Damian Strohmeyer
What: Super Bowl Photography Love Fest!
When: This Wednesday at 4:00 PM (New York Time)
Where: http://kelbytv.com/thegrid

Hope you can join us!

ALSO:
Also on Wednesday (at 2pm) we’re doing our first ever “Gear Heads Only” live Q&A with two of Canon’s top nerdy guys tech guys (Rudy and Brent) that are there to answer your tech questions about the new 1D X Mark II. This broadcast is for KelbyOne members only — keep an eye out for the link if you’re a member (if you’re not a member, you could take the 10-day Free Trial and watch it that way).

Hope you all have a totally solid Monday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’ll be in Houston a week from this coming Friday (the 19th), with my “Shoot like a Pro: Part 2 Reloaded!” seminar – hope you can join me for the day. 

It’s Friday. Here’s what’s up:

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How ’bout a quick tour of the KelbyOne Headquarters?

Mia McCormick takes you on a quick rollerblade tour of our Headquarters down in Florida (this is an excerpt from our members-only monthly podcast called “Backstage Pass.”

https://youtu.be/c68PrzldkUA

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New Years Resolutions For Better Photos in 2016

It was our first episode of the new year, and the feedback has been fantastic! If you want to start your photographic year off on the right foot, check this one out.

https://youtu.be/brEOeu9uzrw

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Dog Photographer Kaylee Greer Gives Us Some Love

I love Kaylee’s story on so many levels, but helping people realize their dreams, and create the type of images they’ve always dreamed about is what we’re all about, and when someone goes from a student to a master, as educators, you can imagine how proud we are that we played a small role. If you’ve got a sec, you’ll dig this.

https://youtu.be/zho5oCYAG7o

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My Seminar is Coming to Richmond and Atlanta in a few weeks!

..and I want you to come out and spend the day with me. The details about the seminar are in the video below, and the full day seminar is just $99 (well, it’s actually only $89 if you sign up right now). Here’s the link

https://youtu.be/HYXRl4uxw6M

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Tom Bol on Gear For Shooting Time-lapse With Your DSLR

Here’s a quick clip from one of the best teachers out there — adventure photographer Tom Bol — on the gear for shooting time lapse (it’s an excerpt from his KelbyOne class on it). It’s short, and very worth checking out.

https://youtu.be/TUOJmZo4Y9Y

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and we’ll see ya back here on Monday!

Best,

-Scott

 

https://youtu.be/Crft414CnrA

It’s definitely one of our best episodes of the year, thanks to our guest Daniel Gregory, who was just outstanding. Our topic was how to determine the order the images in your portfolio (which to start with, which comes next, etc.), but Daniel covered all sorts of stuff and he’s really just so fascinating.

You’ll get a lot out of this one (such a great way to wrap up the year).

Also, if you’re looking for something else to watch this weekend that will really impact your photography, watch Daniel’s class on KelbyOne on “Visual Literacy.” It’s one of our top-rated classes of the year. Here’s the link. 

Hope you have an absolutely awesome weekend, and we’ll see you next week. :)

Merry Christmas!

-Scott

http://youtu.be/ghz14–wVGM

Some are calling it our best episode ever. I was getting texts during the first 20 minutes or so saying the same thing, but I have to tell you, the first 20 minutes area, well, I’m not sure what it was, but there was a lot of laughing (and dating tips). I think it must have been something in the water (or in Brad’s beard) that kind of took the train off the tracks for a while, but we eventually pulled it together and Roberto shared some really great stuff â” he was really awesome.

Our topic was based on my blog post from Monday called “If you were only allowed 10 pieces of photographic gear, what would it be?” (here’s the link), but when you watch “The Grid” (above), it’s helpful to know that eventually we do get to that topic, but there are lots ofâ¦umâ¦moments along the way. That’s all I’m sayin’. Hope you enjoy it.

Never fear!
While this episode won’t be entered into any competitions for educational content, Roberto was at our studios taping an inspirational class, and we’re working on some other projects coming up, so there’s lot of meaningful education happening under our roof, and of course, he’ll be with us at Photoshop World teaching live in just a few weeks.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. My wife Kalebra has been sharing some wonderful images and personal stories from our trip to Paris over on her blog. I particularly love her shot from the top of the Arc de Triomphe (wish I had taken it) and the one of our son you’ll see on her blog. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec. 

Hi Gang: If you missed “The Grid” this week, our topic was travel photography, and I showed image, and talked tips and tricks based on my trip last week to London and Paris. Lots of helpful little nuggets, and we answered lots of questions from viewers. If you’ve got a sec, here’s the episode (below):

http://youtu.be/j4H3mW87Mik

In case you missed it â” I posted my favorite images from the trip over at exposure.co (along with the story and more tips there, too). There’s that link: http://bit.ly/1Ds4ssN

Lastly, if you’ve got a sec, I was featured this over at shotkit with a look at my photo gear loadouts for the three main types of photography I do. I break it all down over at their site (here’s the link): http://bit.ly/skshotkit

Hope you all have an awesome weekend, and we’ll see ya back here on Monday (by the way, I think I’m going to have some fun news Monday, so make sure you check back).

Best,

-Scott

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This past Wednesday was our monthly “Blind Photo Critiques” episode of ‘The Grid” where we ask our viewers to send in 3 or 4 of their images and give an honest critique (which is why we don’t ask for their names, we don’t say who took the shots so we can give an honest critique without publicly embarrassing anyone).

These Blind Photo Critiques are really popular because we try to use these critiques as learning tools for all our viewers (not just the person whose images get critiqued), but I gotta tell ya â” this past Wednesday’s was a pretty rough episode. I felt pretty down afterward, because we didn’t have a lot of good things to say about the images that were submitted, try as we might to find a silver lining in some cases. Usually we have three or four photographers whose work is really solid, and sometimes it’s more like 6 or 7, but on Wednesday, we only had one, and that really made it rough.

Our guest was photographer and instructor Rick Sammon, and Rick (as always) had lots of helpful technical insights on composition and technique, but we all struggled at times to come up with anything meaningful or nice to say, and I can tell you, that’s not fun. We want to be encouraging, but at the same time, we feel we need to be totally honest to really help, and every time we are, it reminds us of why it’s so much easier to lie and tell people “you’re on the right track” even when you know they aren’t.

It makes you feel like crud when you read a tweet like this, from someone we reviewed this past week:

“Well thats left me more than slightly deflated! Had my photo’s critiqued on #thegridlive by @ScottKelby & @aboutrc. Didn’t go down too well!”

Thankfully, we do see a lot of positive tweets from people who tell us it’s what they needed to hear, and you can tell they have the kind of attitude that’s going to make them a success. We’ve had people go right out again shooting after their critique; and share their photos literally a week later that are a night-and-day improvement from what they had submitted just a few days earlier, and that’s what keeps us going. There is nothing that makes an educator want to stand up and cheer more than seeing one of their students succeed. It’s what puts the fuel in our tanks, so you can imagine how all three of us felt after Wednesday’s episode where we barely had anything kind to say. It was a rough show. You could tell when things were really going bad because RC and I would just look over at Mr. Sammon and say “Rick?” and let him try to come up with something (poor Rick – he’s just a good sport).

If you get a few minutes, please take a look at the episode I posted above because there actually are some really good learning moments in there, especially in the first critique we did of the guy’s shots in the park (we spent a lot of time on his shots, but it was time well spent from a learning standpoint). We did have to make the point, after the commercial break, that the goal of the episode isn’t how many photos we get through â” it’s about how much we learn, and I hope you do take something useful from it (and I hope you submit your images next month around this same time).

I’m off to London!
I'm teaching my seminar in London on Tuesday, and if you're in the UK and you're not one of the 300 or so photographers coming out to spend the day with me (and Brad), why the heck not? Come on out - you'll learn a lot (it's 100% money back guaranteed, so you have nothing to lose - if you don't think it totally kicks butt, you get your money back!). Here's the link - I hope to see you there on Tuesday!

Have a great weekend everybody, and a great week (and make sure you follow me on Twitter and Facebook as I’ll be sharing my trip there next week. Well, starting Sunday anyway).

Best,

-Scott

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