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To wrap up my three-part look at 2014 and the “Best of the Blog” for this past year, I put together my picks for my favorite episodes of “The Grid” (our live weekly talk show for photographers, which airs each Wednesday at 4:00 pm ET).

These are the episodes (in no particular order) that seemed to really resonate with our viewers (based on comments, emails, etc.) along with some that I just felt were really helpful, or fun, or hopefully both. I’ve embedded the episodes right here in the post so you can just hit play, sit back, and come along on a weird and wonderful journey (that sounds better than just “well, here they are”). ;-)

Joe McNally | Open Q&A
Anytime Joe is on the show, it’s always special, but this one was particularly fascinating and Joe was so “on.” Having our viewers ask Joe literally anything created some really fun, interesting, revealing and sometimes hilarious moments. Really a special episode.

Blind Critiques with Gregory Heisler
Gregory is one of the most interesting photographers out there. Heck, he’s one of the most interesting people out there, and his critiques were insightful and eyeopening. What a truly great speaker, a fantastic guest, and a brilliant teacher.

Kevin Gilbert on backing up and the launch of Mylio
I shared Kevin’s wonderful Tedx talk earlier this year about the importance of protecting our images (not the copyright stuff, the “not losing a lifetime’s worth of irreplaceable images” stuff) and it was a big hit, so we had Kevin take viewers’ questions about this topic and to show a little bit of Mylio (technology for protecting and accessing all your images across all your devices). Everybody who cares about protecting their images should watch this episode (and Kevin was just terrific).

Tony Corbell, along with RC & Me revealing the magic behind “Photoshop for Video”
For me, this was the most important episode we did all year because it made an immediate impact in a lot of photographers lives. You just cannot believe the comments, emails, even phone calls we got after our five-minute reveal of a little known “secret” about creating mini-movies right inside of Photoshop, using just Photoshop and the video clips from your DSLR. That was the first part of the show, then lighting guru Tony Corbell came on and hit it out of the park.

Linday Adler: When Inspiration Becomes Imitation
Lindsay is always a great guest because she is a mixture of super-creative photographer with savvy businesswoman and gifted instructor. That’s a combination that makes for great TV, but the stuff she uncovered and unpacked in this episode made it a jaw-dropper. Just some really eye-opening stuff that you will find hard to believe is happening. A really interesting, fun episode with lots of learning moments.

Joe McNally: Taking the next step with your photography
I could listen to Joe talk about milk. His stories, his unique insights from a lifetime behind the lens â” he’s just a treasure trove of valuable information and his stories are just so captivating and real. Great teaching moments throughout this episode â” definitely one of our best. You’ll dig it.

Ask Peter Hurley Anything Day [plus, a farewell tribute to Matt]
Peter is a blast. Just a blast! He’s smart, funny, a great teacher, great photographer, great guy all around, and we let the live viewers drive this episode by asking Peter anything, and it was a great episode from start to finish. Also, this was Matt’s last episode of “The Grid” as he was leaving us that week to join OnOne Software, so I did a little look back at my personal and professional life with Matt as we wished him the best in his new career.

How to become a better photographer in 2014 with Karen Hutton
This was one of our first episodes of last year, and man, having Karen on started the year off with a bang! She was an absolutely excellent guest, and has such a creative, artistic, and just wonderful look at photographers and the art of photography and there were some really great ideas and inspiration throughout. Even though this kicked off 2014, it could have just as easily been our kick-off for 2015 â” the info is still 100% valid and valuable.

Photographer’s State of the Union Address
Matt and I looked back over the past last year and tried to offer a realistic, truthful look at where we are as an industry, and where photographers stand at this point in time, with an emphasis on the emotional state of photographers now, and where we see things going in the future. Worth checking out.

Pete and Brad on What Photographers Do in the Winter
I was up in Canada for some meetings, and people were texting me in the middle of my meetings to tell me what an incredible job Brad and Pete did on this episode. Then I read the comments. These two not only did the show proud in my absence, they did one of the best, most useful episodes of the entire year. Both inspirational and informational.

Stacy Pearsall on Photography
If you’ve never seen Stacy’s work (she’s an award-winning military photographer embedded in Iraq) it’s amazing, but Stacy is more than that â” she’s a real life hero, and her stories and images are just stunning. Plus, Stacy is funny as all get-out, and it was an amazing hour. You’ve gotta see this one.

Sport Photography with Elsa Garrison
There are only two women on the entire planet that shoot sports for Getty Images. One lives in New Zealand and the other is Elsa. Wow. Just a “wow” show from start to finish. She’s a brilliant photographer, a funny and engaging guest, and she shared lots of valuable knowledge (and I picked her brain on everything from camera settings to shooting positions). You know I had to love this episode. You will, too.

There ya go, folks â” a look back at the best of 2014.

We’ve already kicked off 2015 with some great episodes (including one that will probably make my picks for 2015 with Joel Grimes, which aired just last week). Our in-studio guest this Wednesday is one of the best wedding photographers in the business â” Cliff Mautner, so I hope you’ll join us then, live at 4pm (here’s the link). Thanks for watching. :)



Mornin’ Everybody, here’s what’s up:

1) How to Sharpen Portraits of Women in Lightroom
Since I took over the helm over at I’ve been posting lots of new content, including this short tutorial about I question I get asked a lot. Here’s the link.

2) Peter Hurley is our in-studio guest tomorrow on “The Grid’ at 4pm.
Peter’s here wrapping up his “Mastering the Headshot” book, and he’s recording a class on “How to find the “one” (how to know which shot out of an entire shoot is “the one” and while we’re here, you know RC and I have to get him on “The Grid.’

3) You Can Download a PDF Version of my Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide
Really handy for giving “hints.” ;-)  Here’s the link. 

4) Congratulations to the 10 folks who won my “Photoshop for Lightroom Users” Book
To see if you’re one of the lucky winners, click on over here. (Thanks to everybody who entered)

5) Fascinating Insights from Photoshop Senior Product Manager Bryan O’Neal Hughes
RC had Bryan on as a guest on his weekly show “Photo Tips & Tricks” and Bryan shares some insight into how features like Brightness and Contrast, Adaptive Auto, have evolved over the years. His segment is around the 10:15 mark in the show.

Hope that helps you kick off your Monday! :)



P.S. I got a chance to field test Canon’s new 100-400mm f/4.5 to f/5.6 lens on an NFL game recently and I’ll be posting the full report on Friday here on the blog.


This is a short clip from an episode of “The Grid” (hosted by RC and me) that has gotten a ton of buzz, mostly because so many Photoshop users had no idea that Photoshop could even do this (I think it’s the best-kept secret in Photoshop).

We start a five minute timer, and even with me messing up the first step and literally having to close and restart Photoshop and start over, we still comfortably got all seven steps completed in five minutes. You’ll be stunned at how easy this is, because we’re using a photography application that lets us create video, instead of making us photographers learn a video application from scratch. You’ll super-dig it.

Here’s wishing you a better than average Monday!



I thought’d I’d better tell this story myself before it takes on a life of its own, so on this past Wednesday’s episode of “The Grid” I went ahead and spilled the beans. I have already taken quite a bit of ribbing about it (including emails from friends poking fun, people calling, and even images sent my way), but I feel the only way to deal with this is to just put it out there, take my lumps, and try to move on.

So, here’s a short excerpt from The Grid (above) where I explain what is probably my most embarrassing photography story ever (and those of you that follow me here know that’s going to take some doin’). I didn’t tell RC what the story was in advance, so his reaction is real, and priceless â” just the look on his face alone is worth watching the clip.

All I ask is two words: Be kind. ;-)

Hope you have a less embarrassing weekend than I probably will.


-Scott “SC” Kelby

P.S. Thanks so much to everybody who watched our Photoshop World-a-thon last night. What a blast! If you missed it, it’s streaming continuously at this link. Plus, we’ll have it up on YouTube later today.

Our buddy, French photographer and Photoshop guru Serge Ramelli was our in-studio guest this week on “The Grid” (our weekly photography talk show) and he shared seem really helpful tips — here’s the episode (above) if you’re into travel (plus, he shared some tips on the business side in response to some of our viewers live questions — definitely worth checking out).

Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. :)



First, our Quote of the Week (which has already made it’s way around Twitter).

So, Peter was our in-studio guest for our “Blind Photo Critiques” episode of “The Grid” this week, and during the show we brought up one particular set of submitted portraits that had a lot of problems and Peter is trying to be as kind as possible with his comments but you can see he’s really struggling with it.

We ask him on the show, “If you had to give this photographer one bit of advice, what would it be?” and he’s really trying to be nice, so he tells them they need to take a “Beginner’s portrait class,” and Matt is trying to help Peter pin down what the problem is, so he asks Peter, “Lighting? Expression?” and this sets up our “QUOTE OF THE WEEK” (it’s the 2nd line ahead), “so Peter says “I don’t know what to say about those picturesâ¦reallyâ¦I just don’t⦔ (wait, here it comes):

“I take pictures people would want to look at, and I guess they⦔

and he stopped right there…and we all just lost it knowing that what  he just said would surely be our Quote of the Week.

You gotta see it, though, to appreciate it — it starts around 33:15 mark in the video (above). Despite his inner-struggle not to say what he’s really thinking (and people commenting that he’s being too kind), Peter was really great on the episode (as always) and there’s a lot to learn from him during the show, so I hope you get a chance to check it out.

Peter Just Wrapped His First Book, and It Rocks!
Peter was down here literally finishing the final chapters for his first book which we’re producing for Peachpit Press, and it’s called “PETER HURLEY: THE HEADSHOT” and we are super-psyched about it. I’m the Editor for Peter’s book and I cannot tell you what an amazing learning experience this has been for me. In fact, I learned stuff just yesterday that made me want to go back and reshoot my last shoot — it’s just that good. The book is heading into production and layout now with our in-house team (all the writing is done), and I just cannot wait until it’s released (early summer) because I can tell you right now, it’s going to be an absolute smash hit. Congratulations to Peter for literally knocking it out of the park.