Wednesday
Jan
2014
01

Here’s Wishing You All a New Year Filled With Peace, Joy, Health and Happiness!

by Scott Kelby  |  21 Comments

It’s a national holiday here in the US (the banks are closed, government offices, and so on), and our offices are closed today as well, as we celebrate the beginning of a New Year.

My humble thanks to everyone who visited me here on the blog this year; to all my wonderful guest bloggers who shared their wisdom and images; to all the folks who offered my readers special deals and free-stuff on “Free Stuff Thursdays” and to everybody who said a nice word, had my back, made me smile, and made writing this blog so much fun this past year. Also, a big thanks to my assistant Brad Moore who helped so much once again this year in making sure every Wednesday and Thursday went off without a hitch. Thanks Brad (you rock!).

I read every single comment posted here during the year and your words of encouragement, support and friendship mean more than you know. What a wonderful time to be a photographer and a “Photoshop Guy.”

Here’s wishing you and your family your very best year yet!!!

Warm regards,

-Scott and my wonderful crew here at Kelby Media Group, down in warm, toasty Tampa, Florida

Monday
Dec
2013
30

Some Shots From The Eagles/Dallas Game Sunday Night

by Scott Kelby  |  37 Comments

It was my last game of the season (doesn’t look like I’ll be shooting any post-season), and it was an amazing venue — the Cowboys stadium (OK, AT&T Stadium), is just insane, and an incredible place to experience a game — maybe the best ever. In the end, the Eagles won the game (which is good since I was shooting with the Eagles crew), and although it was a huge game in terms of impact (it was winner take all: whichever team won the game, not only won the division but got into the playoffs. The loser…well..).

Some surprising things from the game:

(1) From a photography standpoint, the lighting in the stadium is….ummm…well, it’s kinda lame. I had to shoot at 5000 ISO at f/4 and 2500 ISO at f/2.8, which really surprised me.

(2) The field-level luxury boxes are even cooler than I thought. The folks in those boxes have outdoor patios with tables and it’s like they’re right there on the sidelines with you.

(3) That amazing huge screen (the largest indoor HD screen in the world) — it’s not made for viewing from the field level. They’re aimed out at the stands, so to look up at them during the game, you get a serious neck ache before long. I’ve seen them from up in the stands, and they are stunning. From field level…not so much.

(4) While this game was really high-stakes, it wasn’t a particularly exciting game to shoot (made worse by the fact that the one cool play, Escobar’s flip into the end-zone, happened when I was in the opposite end zone. I did catch an end-zone to end-zone shot at 580mm (a 400mm f/2.8 + a 1.4 tele-extender), right between two players, but it’s so far away that even cropped it’s just not a really good image.

(5) This one’s totally on me, but I hadn’t planned on shooting a remote camera, but since I was shooting with the team, I was issued a green all-access vest, so I could go on field during pre-game warmups, and I still had my pocket wizards from the Bucs game in my camera bag, so I mounted my camera on top of my monopod and fired it with a pocket-wizard Plus X. I know, I know, they’re not made for that — I should have used Plus IIIs, but I didn’t have them, so….it fired. Sometimes. My fault. I know better. But at least it did fire some. Funny story — the Cowboy’s team photographer sees me, introduces himself (really nice guy) and asked if my remotes were working (he had read the blog post). Small world.

Some days you’re really in the zone, and some times you’re in the wrong position at the right time, and that pretty much summed up my night. I got two of the Eagle’s three touchdowns, but overall, I was pretty disappointed, which isn’t a great way to end your season, but I still had a great time shooting, and hanging out with my buddy John Geliebter who shoots for the Eagles, along with Drew and Hunter (great guys, great shooters), and overall I had a really fun time, which helped to make up for how I shot.

Anyway, here’s a few of my favorites from the game:

 

BELOW: Here’s a couple of shots taken with the remote camera mounted up high on my monopod with a 16-35mm lens (I’m supporting the monopod on my thigh, but the monopod fully extended is pretty darn long, so it’s well above the player’s heads).

Above: I thought this might made an interesting shot: former Eagles starter Michael Vick looking on as his backup, Nick Foles, has literally lit up the QB stats this season and is about to lead the Eagles to the NFC East Championship and the Playoffs. 

Above: It’s not a game action photo, but still one of my very favorites. I got this photo of a Marine holding one section of the giant flag they display on-field during the playing of the National Anthem. This is the above view from the monopod-remote rig. I was also out there for the coin-toss, and I did some shots of the players coming on/off the field, and some just outside the locker room with the rig. Next time, I’ll use the Plus IIIs. And by next time, I mean…next August. Sigh. 

Above: OK, this wasn’t a great moment, when Foles lost the ball the Cowboys recovered the fumble, but it all turned out in the end. 

Next week I’ll be sharing a collection of my “best of the season” (like I did last year), so I’ll hope you’ll come back and check those out.

Here’s wishing today, the last Tuesday of the year, is your best Tuesday of the year! :)

 

 

Sunday
Dec
2013
29

Winners of tickets to Matt’s Lightroom Seminar

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

Okey Dokey, folks — it’s the rare Sunday blog post — this time to announce the winner’s of tickets to Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom 5 Live! Tour. Here are the cities and the winners:

Covington, Kentucky: 
Ray Justice, Kenneth Ely

Richmond, Virginia:
Johnnie Abbott,  Elisa Anderson
Houston, Texas:
James Prechel,  Kim Ellis
Los Angeles, California:
R. Dennis Crawford,  Kathy Flynn
If you didn’t win, tickets are still available for these cities right here. 
My first tour stop of the year (for my “Shoot Like a Pro” tour) is coming up in Tampa, Florida on Friday, Feb 21st. Then I’m off to Atlanta three days later, then Phoenix in March. Hope I’ll see you in person at one of those cities. 
Congrats to the winners — you are going to have an amazing day of learning! :)
Best,
-Scott
P.S. I’m off to shoot the Cowboys/Eagles game today in Dallas. Should be an amazing game! :)
Friday
Dec
2013
27

It’s Free-Stuff Friday (Well, if you’re into Lightroom it is!)

by Scott Kelby  |  158 Comments

Hey Gang: I’ve been taking a few days off for the Holidays, so I’m in “lame blogging” mode, but I’m stepping in for a last-minute save with a few FREE tickets to Matt’s Lightroom 5 Live Training Tour coming up at the end of January and into March.

Just post a comment here, with the city you want to go to, and we’ll pick two winners in each city for a free ticket. Here’s the upcoming cities for Matt’s live tour:

  • Covington, Kentucky — January 31st
  • Richmond, Virginia — February 5th
  • Houston, Texas — February 17th
  • Los Angeles  – March 3rd

Here’s more info on the tour, along with class schedule for the day. Good luck everybody (and Happy Holidays!)

-Scott

P.S. I’m shooting the Eagles/Cowboys game in Dallas on Sunday — I’ll share some of those shots next week.

Wednesday
Dec
2013
25

A Very Special Christmas Thank-You

by Scott Kelby  |  4 Comments

For Christmas Day, I wanted to share something very special with you..

It’s a “thank you” card from Molly Bail, the amazing woman behind the “Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya” (an orphanage that the people who read this blog helped build from the ground up six years ago, and is still supported by you, my wonderful readers, to this very day).

I hope you’ll pause for just moment and read her card to you (below). The things you have done, and support you have shown, make more of a difference than you will ever know.

I’d like to add my own humble thanks, along with my Christmas wish for you:

May your Christmas be filled with love and laughter, and may your home by filled with peace, health, and happiness in the New Year.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

-Scott

Tuesday
Dec
2013
24

A Christmas Song For Christmas Eve

by Scott Kelby  |  23 Comments

Below is an audio clip of “The Christmas Song,” made by my wife on her iPhone using her iPhone’s built-in Recorder App (which is normally used for making voice memos), but how it came to be is what makes it special (and it’s why I asked my wife if I could run this on my blog. That’s her above earlier this year taken during the Photoshop World Concert Pre-Conference Workshop — photo by William Beem),).

Here’s the story behind it, which I copied and pasted  from an email my wife sent to one of her friends. Here it is in her own words:

Our daughter was 3-1/2 year old at the time and she used to constantly play with the voice recorder App on my iPhone. I was in my bathroom blow drying my hair (singing/humming that song) when she came in playing around with that recorder App on the phone. She likes it when I sing “The Christmas Song” so she asked me to sing it into the phone. So I did. The phone did a pretty decent job with the recording so I thought I would send it to Scott’s brother Jeff (because he’s always after me to sing him Christmas songs) and then as I was about to send it I thought: “Well, mom might like to have it, and so and so might like it” and then it became my Christmas card!

It took quite a bit of convincing to get my wife to let me run this on the blog a few years back, and again today (especially since she was just goofing with my daughter when she did it, plus it was recorded in just one take, into an iPhone no less, and not done in a professional recording studio), but I think the spirit of Christmas got the best of her, and she finally said yes.

I hope you enjoy listening to it, and that it brings a little Christmas Eve spirit your way. (click this link to hear the song).

Merry Christmas everybody! :-)

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