Category Archives Updates


You’ve heard me talk about David Ziser countless times on this blog, and he is one of my favorite Wedding photographers, a gifted instructor, and an amazing blogger to boot. One of the things I admire most about David is that he’s not afraid to take a stance or make a statement about a photography technique, or the photography business, that sometimes flies in the face of the status quo.

Well, I was on David’s site yesterday (, and I watched a video he did back in October of last year, that detailed a back-lighting problem he was having on location, where he wanted the bride and groom backlit with flash while standing in the shadowy entry way of an elegant home (as seen above—photo by David Ziser). During this video, David said something that really stood out to me—so much so that it’s my “Quote of the Week.” In talking about his lighting challenge he said:

The fact of the matter is, it’s so easy these days to go ahead and take a photograph with that [fixing it in Photoshop] in mind. Some people say “Oh my gosh; If you don’t get it right in the camera, don’t even bother pressing the button!” but I’m going to disagree with that, because I think we can fuss and fiddle with it out on location, and do everything we can do from having to go into Photoshop or Lightroom, (and I’m going to use Lightroom in this case here). My point is, “Why fuss for 10 minutes” on the job when you can fuss for one minute in Lightroom and basically get the shot that you want?”  — David Ziser

Why this struck such a chord with me is that maybe my pendulum has swung too far the other way. I really bend over backwards to get the shot right in the camera, and I probably do spend too much time sometimes on location tweaking a light, or a reflector, or a scrim, because I know I shouldn’t have to fix it in Photoshop. Anyway, it’s some great food for though from someone whose photography and photo editing skills I admire very much. Thanks David, for giving me something to think about this weekend.

Here’s the link to David’s video, which includes his quote: Bridal Location Shoot with David Ziser

Photo courtesy of NIkon USA

If you’ve read this blog for any time at all, you know by now that I often write these posts either late at night, or really early in the morning. You also know that it’s not unusal for my posts to have typos, mistakes, and other mishaps that occur when you write blog posts when you’re really sleepy (by the way, my mistakes aren’t just limited to those two times; I make mistakes all day long).

Anyway, last week on my blog, in a December 23rd post about location shooting with the Lastolite EZYBox, I mistakenly called my Nikon 14-24mm lens a “VR” lens (which it is not). Now, generally when I make a mistake like that, one of my readers will usually post something like, “Hey Scott, there’s a typo in your post. That lens isn’t a VR” and then I’ll usually post back saying, “Hey, thanks for catching that” and I go and change it. It’s happened dozens of times.

Well, this time the guy who pointed out my error, added “Is this something they custom made for you?” (knowing it was not). He was kind of being a smart $#% with this  “Is this something they custom made for you” comment, so I thought I’d be a little one back, and added this comment, “Actually, it is a special custom-made version of the 14-24mm Nikon made for me with the VR added (this model isn’t available to the general public, but may be in the future). Happy Holidays! -Scott. I never dreamed that anyone would take me seriously (especially since this wasn’t a blog post—it was just a comment about a post).

Well, my comment turned out to be an even bigger mistake than accidentally saying it was a VR in the first place, because a Nikon rumors site picked up on it, and ran a post called “Is Scott Kelby kidding” which started a long debate about the lens existence (Maybe they actually made it for me, and I slipped up, etc.) and whether wide angles lenses would even need VR, and so on. Then it was picked up over in the forums over at, and the next thing I know I get a call from Nikon because they are getting calls from people who want this new VR lens, which obviously doesn’t exist.

Now, right when all this happened (last week), I went to both site’s forums and immediately posted a comment saying it was my mistake, and my reply was totally a joke, and that there is no 14-24mm VR lens from Nikon; they didn’t custom make one for me (as if), and so on.

So, I’m sorry to Nikon for the trouble, and to anyone who spent more than 30-seconds debating on forums about this. I’m even sorry to the guy I was a smart #%$ to. Totally my fault, and don’t worry—I won’t do anything like that again.

Note: Photo above courtesy of NIkon USA


Hi Gang. Hope everybody had a great weekend: here’s what’s up:

  • I want to start with this week’s blog schedule: I’m only going to be blogging today and tomorrow, and then I’m taking off Wed. (Christmas Eve) and the rest of the week until Monday. I took the week off from work, and I just want to spend some time with the kids, so I hope you’ll join me here tomorrow, and then again next Monday.
  • We’re coming up on the entry deadline for the 4th annual Photoshop User Awards (the deadline is December 31, 2008). The grand prize winner will get an all-expense paid 5-day trip for two to Barcelona, Spain, and there are great prizes in a number of different categories. The contest is open to anyone, and if you’ve never entered a contest before—what are you waiting for? For all the details, click here.
  • Joe McNally is doing a series of one-day Lighting Workshops up in Dobbs Ferry (about 40 minutes outside of New York City), on Jan. 19, 20, 21, 22, and 24th. Here’s the link for details. Also, I wasn’t going to announce it quite yet, so consider this un-official announcement but we’re in the final stages of developing a nationwide Joe McNally lighting tour, produced by Kelby Training Live, that will be kicking off in February. More details as soon as we’ve nailed the first round of dates.
  • HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA: McNally’s groundbreaking book, “The Moment It Clicks” is turning into a huge seller for the holidays, and if you’re looking for that last-minute gift, this is a lock to be a hit with the photographer on your list. Here’s the link to it from Barnes & Noble and at
  • UPDATE: I’m thrilled to announce that Springs of Hope, Kenya can now accept donations via Paypal (thanks to my readers who contacted them directly, helped them get it set up, and in the spirit of the Holidays, some of you have already made donations using Paypal. You guys continue to amaze me with your generosity). Here’s the link if you want to do something today that will make you feel absolutely great! (note: I’m not seeing the button appear in Firebox, but I see in it Safari).  P.S. Scott Sherman, from the Digital Photography Life podcast, posted a comment to my blog entry about you guys raising more than $10,000 for the orphanage. His story is both amazing and inspiring, and it includes a quote from Anne Frank that I’d never heard, but will never forget. If you’ve got a few seconds; click this link, then scroll to the bottom to find Scott’s Sherman’s comment.
  • LIGHTROOM 2.2: If you updated to Lightroom 2.2, and you had downloaded the Beta Camera Profiles, you now have both the Beta profiles, and the final profiles. My buddy Matt Kloskowski did a tutorial on how to remove the old profiles over at his blog (and podcast) at
  • Photoshop World instructor Jim DiVitale just posted his new Digital Imaging Tune-Up Clinic Blog where he takes you behind the scenes on a food shoot in the studio. Here’s the link (definitely worth checking out).

That’s it for today, folks. I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful Holiday Season, and I hope to see you back here tomorrow. :)


Adobe released a free downloadable update to Lightroom 2 (bringing it to version 2.2), that adds support for some recently released cameras (including the Canon 5D Mark II, , a number of Panasonic cameras, and the Canon G10), along with some bug fixes (for a list of the bug fixes, visit Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty’s blog by clicking here).

Also, (and this is big), this update includes the final versions of the Camera Profiles which will now be available in the Calibration panel (those of you who attended my Lightroom 2 Live Tour know about the Beta versions of these).

To get the free update, go under Lightroom’ 2’s Help menu and choose “Check for Updates.”


First, thanks to everybody who posted such kind comments yesterday. It absolutely made my day! :) The photo above is one I took of my wife in a Mosque in Istanbul (women have to cover their heads to enter the Mosque). Here are some quick things I learned during the trip:

  1. I was curious how we’d be treated (as Americans), but everywhere we went, without exception, the people were incredibly warm, friendly, and very genuine.
  2. Barack Obama is an absolute rock star over there. People would see us, figure out that we were American’s (we kinda stuck out), and they’d start yelling “Obama” and high-fiving us when we walked by. I even saw locals in Turkey and Egypt wearing Obama pins, and I saw Obama stickers in store windows. Our local English-speaking guides all were huge Obama fans (and let us know in no uncertain terms that Bush was even more unpopular there than he is here, if that’s possible).
  3. I was surprised at how “Western” both Istanbul and Cairo had become. You didn’t have to look far to find a TGI-Fridays, Chili’s, Fudrucker’s, Burger King, McDonalds, Starbucks, a BMW dealer, Sony Plasma TV retailer, or a big multi-level shopping mall.
  4. Coke Light, their version of “Diet Coke” is incredible! (even better than Coke Zero), and I wish we had it here in the states.
  5. It’s a small world. I was sitting in a coffee shop in Istanbul, when the manager come up and said, “Excuse me…are you Scott Kelby?” He had the Turkish translation of my book, The Digital Photography Book, and my Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, and he recognized my photo from the back cover. Really nice guy.
  6. My wife and I stopped in a small town in the countryside of Crete and had a real Greek Gyro for lunch—they were unbelievable!!!
  7. Our guides went out of their way to try and counter what they said was a “bad opinion” of Muslims, (because of terrorism). They were frustrated and embarrassed (their words), with what they said was the world’s current view of Muslims. It was kind of ironic, as American foreign policy hasn’t made us any friends in the Middle East, but when you go to the Middle East, they’re worried about how we see them.
  8. So many locals we talked to told us that their dream was to one day visit America.
  9. I’ve never seen more tourists (from all over the world) shooting DSLRs. I still saw plenty of point-and-shoots, but I was surprised at how much “big glass” and high-end Nikon, Canon, and Olympus DSLRs I saw around the necks of tourists. That’s a cool thing.
  10. People everywhere are pretty much the same, and want the same things; they want a good job so they can pay their bills and have nice things, they want to raise their families in a safe place, and they’re worried about their kids and the future. They’re concerned about high taxes, the price of gas, war, global warming, and the same things we’re all worried about, and they’re as crazy about their national football team as I am about my NFL teams. It was nice to see that while our governments may have major differences—people are all pretty much the same.

One more thing; the food in Egypt was just delicious, and at one point we asked our guide (a really nice and very sharp guy), what his favorite meal was (hoping to get an idea of what to try for dinner the following night). He said that was easy; it was a Whopper, fries, and a coke from Burger King. Sigh.