The Daily News

Joe Killed in San Francisco!
In re-reading that headline, it really doesn’t sound like it good thing, but it actually was (you guys know what I meant, right?). Seriously though—the feedback we’ve gotten from Joe McNally’s standing-room only (700+ photographers) one-day off-camera flash tour in San Francisco last week is just off the charts—-he just absolutely killed! I read some of the emails attendees are sending us, just to tell us what an amazing day they had, and they’re just over the top about Joe and what they learned. Thanks Joe! Ya done us proud, son! (More tour dates to be announced very soon!).

Shoot on the Slidelines with Scott & Mike Update
First, thanks to everybody who has already entered the “Shoot on the Sidelines with Scott and Mike” sports shooting contest. In the first day alone we had hundreds of people register on the flickr group, and many had already started uploading photos. We had a couple of questions I thought I’d address real quickly: (1) It doesn’t matter where you live—you can enter. (2) It doesn’t matter which brand of camera body you have; we’ll order you a lens that works with it. (3) The contest is only open to amateur photographers—not full-time working professional photographers. (4) The thing I used to hang those sports photos behind my desk are little photo ledges (for lack of a better term), from IKEA called “Klang” and they run about $14 each for a three foot length. Then I use those big paper-clip-like clamps to hold them up there. That’s it. Good luck everybody!

Corey’s bringing the Down & Dirty Tour to Indy
Our own in-house Photoshop Wizard, Corey Barker, is taking our incredibly popular “Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks” one-day seminar to Indianapolis, Indiana next week, on Monday, August 10th, at the Indiana Convention Center. If you haven’t seen Corey live, this is your chance (seating is limited, so if you’re thinking of going—-I’d sign up now). Here’s the link with all the details.

Very Cool Stop-Motion Video Shot with a DSLR
One of my esteemed Guest Bloggers, Andrew Kornylak, has done an incredibly cool video where he put the same stop-motion photography technique he showed here on the blog to use in a commercial shoot for his client. Once you see this video (comprised of around 550 still images), you’re going to want to (a) go back and re-read his Guest Blog post, and then (b) Shoot one of these yourself immediately! Here’s the link to the video. Thanks Andrew for sharing this!!!

I’m Really Excited About Tomorrow’s Guest Blogger….
….because I’ve been following his work for quite a while now, and his photography and post-processing just work so well together, and I’m psyched to have him here on the blog….it’s Pennsylvania-based portrait photographer Bill Simone.

Bill is able to very cleverly blend some HDR, some slick moves in Photoshop, along with some really great photography to create some very captivating images.  Best of all; he’s great about sharing his techniques, which is exactly what he’ll be doing here on the blog tomorrow so absolutely don’t miss it!!!! (In the meantime, check out Bill’s portfolio right here).

Get Your Way-Cool Photoshop World Count-Down Clock
Friend of the blog and FOV (Friend of Vanelli), Terry Reinert did something very cool; he designed a Photoshop World Countdown Clock that you can add to your Web site (which is cool by itself. Well, it is for me, anyway), but beyond that, he did something even more cool. On this site (where he posts the free code for the banner), I saw that he wrote:

No cost to you at all. If you feel the need to contribute money for using the counter, please make a donation to the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage that Scott Kelby raises money for. Read posts about the orphanage on Scott’s blog HERE.

Terry, that just made my day! :)

NOTE: If you guys want to help us spread the word about the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo, go to Terry’s site and grab the free code (here’s the link).

That’s it for this Tuesday
I’ll be here reading Bill’s Guest Blog in the morning. Hope you will, too!

If you’ve ever dreamed of shooting a big game from down on the sidelines, have I got an awesome contest for you! It’s the brainchild of my buddy (sports shooter and famous guest blogger here, Mike Olivella), and well.. you just gotta watch the video below and you’ll see why you just gotta enter.

It’s free to enter, so if you want more details and the official rules, here’s the link to the flickr Group where you can upload your contest entry photo. We’ll be picking our winner in less than three weeks!

I hope to see you, Sept. 12th shooting on the slidelines alongside me and Mike (surrounded by 82,000+ screaming fans) as the Florida State Seminoles host the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. Good luck everybody!

You guys have heard me talk about the Honl Flash Modifiers again and again here on the blog, in my Digital Photography Book Vol. 2, and in my annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide, and now you can see them in action. Commercial Photographer David Maynard stopped by the Kelby Training Studios, and I asked him if he’d do a live demo for my blog, so he took five minutes with my buddy Dave Cross to show us how the system works.

If you’re at all into off-camera flash, this will definitely be worth your time.


It’s not easy for American’s to get to Cuba (don’t get me started), but somehow Rick Sammon figured out a way to get down there, and he’s getting some amazing shots, and he’s blogging about it as well.

Here’s the link to Rick’s blog—-he’s already started posting images (including some cool HDR stuff), and he’s going to be posting images from his trip for the next week or so, and since we in the USA get so few glimpses of Cuba, I find it really captivating (plus the color, the people, and the way parts of it are stuck in time just make it one of the most amazing places to shoot in this part of the world).

Rick invited me to sneak down there next year as he’s leading a group of photographers on a trip to Cuba—I’ve always, always wanted to visit Cuba, and well…I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that I can go. Thanks Rick, for sharing this with us. :)

Nikon introduced two new cameras today and some lenses:


(1) The Nikon D300s
As expected, it has lots of video features, including built-in HD video capabilities (720p), a stereo mic input, in-camera video editing features, auto-focus, and it has a dual card slot so you can shoot stills to a Compact Flash card, and send your video to an SD card. (Image shown above: courtesy of Nikon).

On the still side: it shoots more frames per second (7 fps, or 8 with the battery grip); it has dedicated buttons for Live View (great for switching to video quickly) and the Info Screen (like some of the Nikon’s recently released models), and a “Quiet Drive” mode for shooting in situations where you want the camera to make as little noise as possible (weddings, wildlife, etc.). Also, the D300s got the same Multi-Selector wheel as the D3/D700, which is a step up, and it includes the Virtual Horizon feature from the D3/D700 as well.

You can resize and process Raw images from within the camera (it comes with four built-in presets), it has built-in sensor cleaning, and a few other bells and whistles.

I don’t know if the noise is reduced yet, but will report as soon as I call my contacts at Nikon (and no—Nikon did not call me with a heads up, or early info on the camera. I read about it this morning along with everybody else).

The Street Price should be around $1,799.

Here’s the link with more details from Nikon USA.


(2) The Nikon D3000
At seems like this is a Nikon D5000 but without the video capabilities, and I believe it looks to be a replacement for the D60, but I haven’t heard anything official on it. (Image shown above: courtesy of Nikon).

The street price will be around $599.

Here’s the link with more details from Nikon USA.


They also introduced two new lenses as well:


The 70-200mm VR II f/2.8
A newly redesigned version of the lens I probably use more than any other. The new VR II is supposed to give you an additional 4-stops of low light hand holding, and it’s supposed to be sharper, particularly at the edges on FX (full frame) Nikon cameras. The lens is a little shorter than the original, and a tiny bit heavier. (Image shown above: courtesy of Nikon).

It’s set to ship in November at a street price of $2,399 [ed note; Yikes!]

Here’s the link with more details from Nikon USA.


The 18-200mm VR II f/3.5 – f.5.6
Another redesigned version of the lens I probably most for travel photography, when I want one lens and don’t want to switch at all. It’s got the new VR II as well, and it addresses the big complaint of the original, which was that the zoom barrel would sometimes start sliding if you were aiming up or down by adding a zoom lock switch on the lens. (Image shown above: courtesy of Nikon).

The street price will be around $850. It’s set to ship in September.

Here’s the link with more details from Nikon USA.


Hi gang: Here’s what up:

I love Bill Fortney
If you read the comments posted about Bill Fortney’s Guest Blog yesterday, it’s clear to see that people love Bill Fortney (shown above with me at a workshop we taught together in the Great Smoky Mountains). They love his photography (which is amazing—you really need to see his portrfolio to appreciate it), but they love the man behind the camera just as much, and it really comes through in your comments. Thanks Bill—we love you!

My MPIX Pro Journey
OK, so last week I signed up for MPIX Pro (see the link here for details on why), and one part of the process is to upload five images to the MPIX Pro web site, then they print them as 8x10s and send you back printed proofs, so you can compare them with your monitor (and your monitor calibration) and see if any adjustments need to be made (for the record; the color was spot on, but the prints came out a bit darker than my MacBook Pro’s monitor, but I usually keep my brightness turned all the way up, so I know to dim it down about three or four notches—not exactly sure which yet, but I will after my first print job. I’m going to start with three steps down and see from there).

The quality of the printing, as expected, was excellent, but what I was most impressed with was (and this might sound silly), was the quality of their welcome kit. It was very smartly designed, and put together like you’d hope it would be, complete with a calibration test print, and access to an online course for how to calibrate your monitor to work with MPIXpro. I’ll be placing my first order this weekend, and I’ll let you know more when it comes in, but so far—I’m very impressed.

Corey’s New Online Class Breaks New Ground in 3D
This week we released a new online class on Kelby Training on working with 3D from Photoshop wizard Corey Barker called “Outrageous 3D with Photoshop CS4 Extended.” The stuff Corey has figured out to do with 3D in Photoshop is just absolutely mind-boggling (stuff I haven’t seen anybody doing anywhere), and if you’re into 3D–you’ve got to see this! Here’s the link to the lesssons he covers.

Tomorrow’s the last day to get your Photo Walk t-shirt
Well, it’s not technically the last day; it’s just the last day to make your purchase worth $10 a shirt to the Spring of Hope Kenya Orphanage. Do it now—it’ll make you feel better than anything else you’ll do all day. Here’s the link.

The Photo Nomads review Down & Dirty Tricks
I just ran across a review of my Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks book over at the Photo Nomads blog. Here’s the link (By the way; although it’s called the “Photoshop CS4 book” about 95% of the techniques work on Photoshop CS3 as well. Here’s the link to the book on and Barnes &, ya know…just in case).

That’s it for today, folks
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you guys have your best Thursday ever!