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….my buddy, brazen Canadian, and Photoshop User TV co-host; Dave Cross (a foreign man from a foreign land).

Dave came up with an interesting idea for his post that at first might sound like a response or rebuttal to Stephen Johnson’s post from last week, but you have to read it for yourself tomorrow because (despite the timing) it’s a totally different take on things, and I think you’ll really enjoy it.


My buddy RC was recently at an industry event and one of the instructors called him over to the side and basically said, “Hey man, be straight with me. Does Scott really write his blog himself, or does he have a team of people that write under the “Scott” name?”

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this, and I’ve been hearing similar things for years about my books, so I thought I’d interview myself and come clean about the blog, my books, and some other stuff people ask.

Q. So, do you really write all this stuff yourself?
A. Sadly, yes. I write every single word you read here on my blog, and in my books myself. I don’t use “ghost-writers” or anyone else to write the blog or my books, or any article you read with my name on it. I know. It’s a sickness.

That’s why I needed “No Blog Wednesdays,” because I just couldn’t keep up with all my work duties and the blog. Now, I’ve got “Guest Blog Wednesday” which believe it or not, takes around 30 minutes for me to prepare to post each week, but that still takes less time than writing the blog entry myself, (but it does make me long for “No Blog Wednesday” sometimes). The real problem now is; the stuff my guests have been coming up with has been so great, that now I can’t stop it, and I really look forward to reading their posts!. The vicious cycle continues. ;-)

Q. Yeah, but what about using “Co-Authors?”
A. Out of the 50+ plus books I’ve written so far, there were five of those books where I did have a co-author, and my co-author’s name appears on the cover, their photo and bio appear on the “About the Authors” page, and in those cases we split the book 50/50 (so if the book has 10 chapters, I write five chapters and they write 5 chapters).

Q. So why do you use co-authors?
A. Sometimes it’s because I wouldn’t have the time to write the book if I did it all myself (figure it this way; it takes half as long to write half a book), and sometimes it’s because my co-author knows parts of the program better than I do. For example, Terry White and I co-author a book called “InDesign Killer Tips.” I’ve been using InDesign for years (I use it every single day), and there are parts of it I know inside and out (like anything to do with Type), but Terry is an expert at InDesign Interactivity, PDFs, creating rich-multimedia documents with InDesign, and a whole lot more, so I called Terry and asked him to do the book with me, and he did a brilliant job. Without Terry’s involvement, I wouldn’t have even attempted the do the book.

Q. OK, that makes sense, but I’ve got some other personal questions I’d like to have answered. Is that OK?
A. Absolutely. You’re my favorite interviewer, and besides; I feel pretty certain you won’t ask any questions that I wouldn’t feel comfortable answering.

Q. I appreciate that vote of confidence you’ve put in me. You’re really quite a guy!
A. {Blush}. Well, that’s awfully kind of you to say.

Q. So, “Mr. Write It All Myself,” it’s pretty obvious you’re sponsored by Nikon by the way you’re always pushing their cameras. I guess that’s because they send you all your gear for free, right? (more…)

Well, it’s finally here (putting this simple 10 minute tutorial together was harder than it looks—it took me nearly two hours, which is why this post is going up so late. Sorry ’bout that).

This tutorial has a lot of steps, and takes nearly 10 minutes, but it’s NOT hard—it just has a lot of steps, but at least when you’re done, you’ve got a reusable template. Also, since I wanted to keep this to a one-part tutorial (meaning I only had 10 minutes), I haul butt. But just remember; it’s video; you can rewind it if you missed something. I also didn’t have enough time to include the ripped page part at the end, so go back to last week where I did the iPhoto tutorial, because at the end I showed how to make the rip in Photoshop CS3.

In this video, I show how to build a calendar that you can have actually have printed by a photo lab (I used’s specs because that’s the only lab I use, but I’m sure there are other labs that print calendars as well). Click the video below to watch the step-by-step on how to build your own calendar templates like the ones in Apple’s iPhoto.

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Hi Gang: It’s Thursday, here’s what’s goin’ on:

  • First, my sincere thanks to Stephen Johnson for his thought-provoking special guest blog post yesterday. I thought it was especially cool that his comments were posted here on the Photoshop Insider (just to note: Don’t think for a moment that Stephen is anti-Photoshop. In fact, he’s in the Photoshop Hall of Fame. He’s just very “pro-photography” and very big on “doing it right in the camera” and I’m all for that, as well).

    If you get a chance to learn from Stephen, he’s a brilliant teacher (read the comment yesterday from one of his students), and you should totally jump on it. Here’s the details on his next workshop:

    From RAW to Print in One Week
    Summer Digital Boot Camp
    July 20-24, 2008

    Here’s how Stephen describe his workshop: “An intense immersion into digital photography with one of its pioneers. In five days you will go from perhaps not even understanding what a RAW file is, to making well-crafted and thoughtful prints. Some fieldwork and extensive lecture and lab work will fill our time together. Every student will have full access to their own workstation in our lab. Topics include practical experience with digital exposure, RAW processing, image editing, color management and printing. We will work in the field and in the lab. We will interact with what has been done. We will look, ask much of our work and press on to make it as strong and sensitive as possible”

  • We’ve just released another new online class at, this one from photographer Laurie Excell on how to set-up and use a Nikon D-300 DSLR. Laurie is a total gear-head (she runs NAPP’s Gear Desk), and she’s a terrific teacher to boot (which is why we have her teaching at Photoshop World to rave reviews), and her online class focuses on how to use the most important features and options on the D-3oo. Here’s the link to the full outline. (PS: Canon shooters; don’t worry, we have similar classes coming for you, too!).
  • While we’re on a Nikon thing: I totally missed the fact that Nikon released some pretty significant firmware updates for both the D3 and D-300 (the updates were more significant for the D3). For details, go to the same place where I learned about it; Moose’s News Blog (and he has direct links to the firmware downloads there).
  • My in-house book designer and general design wizard, Jessica Maldonado, sent me this link, and although it sounds kinda weird (it’s cameras sawed in half), it’s actually pretty cool (you just have to see it). Take two secs and check it out over at
  • Just a reminder: the deadline to take advantage of the Photoshop World Conference & Expo Early Bird Discount (where you save $100 off the conference registration) is just three weeks away (Aug. 1st, 2008), so if you’re planning on going, I’d get registered now. Here’s the link for more info, or to register.
  • We had photographer’s rights and copyright advocate Jack Reznicki do a follow-up interview on next week’s Photoshop User TV and it was just as informative and just as eye-opening as attorney Ed Greenberg’s interview on copyright issues the week before. I used many of your questions posted on the blog on Monday, and Jack not only answered them fully, but he got very specific about everything from file formats, to exact sizes, specs, and the whole nine yards—-all step-by-step. It was outstanding information. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get a video up tomorrow here on the blog or not (just depends on how swamped our video team is), but if not, the interview will appear on the show next week (and hopefully here on the blog as well). Stay tuned.
  • Also, next week on Photoshop User TV we’re giving away one of my Westcott TD-5 Spiderlite “Scott Kelby Studio Kits” to some lucky winner who answers a trivia question we pose on the show, so make sure you check out next Monday’s episode and enter the contest. Here’s the link to see what you’ll win if your correct answer to our Photoshop trivia question is picked as our winner!

Tomorrow I hope to have that video tutorial on how to make calendar templates in Photoshop. Have a better than average Thursday and we’ll see you back there tomorrow.

This is totally off topic, but it’s so cool I wanted to share it with you. It’s a 2 minute and 14 second kick butt drum solo taped during my band’s (Big Electric Cat) gig at the Photoshop World attendee party at BB King’s Bar & Grill in Orlando, Florida back in April.

Our drummer is Scott Stahley, whom I’ve played with on/off since he was 17 years old (we’re both…well….a bit older now. Ahem), and he’s been playing as one of the featured drummers in the off Broadway musical “The Rock & The Rabbi” as well as touring with Christian recording artist Darrell Evans, and besides all that, he’s just a heck of a great guy. Take 2 minutes and check this guy out! (You can also see him live when we play “The House of Blues” in Vegas this September).

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Great news—I talked with photographer rights and copyright advocate Jack Reznicki yesterday, and he’s going to be a call-in guest on next week’s episode of Photoshop User TV to pick up where attorney Ed Greenberg left off on last week’s show, as he goes through the step-by-step process of registering your work with the Copyright office.

We’re taping the show later today, so if you have any specific questions you’d like me to address with Jack about the filing of copyright, and protecting your work, post it here and I’ll be sure to give a good look before we start the interview.

Also, although the show won’t air until next Monday, I’ll see if I can get the excerpt and post it here on the blog later this week. :)

One more thing: If you get a second; check out Jack’s portfolio—he’s one hell of a photographer! (here’s the link).