Tuesday
Jan
2013
08

The “Best of 2012″ Here on the Blog (Part 2)

by Scott Kelby  |  10 Comments

Milestones for 2012
Besides the most popular and most commented-upon posts (which I posted here in Part 1 on Friday), we were pretty busy here on blog during 2012. Here’s some highlights of what we shared:

1. A fresh new look for the blog (and my new logo)
We started the year with a new blog look and a new logo (by our own Felix Nelson) which incorporates my book authoring and photography into one design (See top left). link

2. “Connecting with Cuba” my free online talk
After my trip to Havana, Cuba, I posted the images here on blog and I had so many questions that I decided to do a free Webinar about the trip, the people, the country, the post processing and the photography. You can watch it right here.

3. You spoke. Adobe listened
After my Open Letter to Adobe (link) you spoke (over 700 comments here) and Adobe listened and changed their policy in a very fair way.  link

4. Lightroom 4 Public Beta Launch
At the launch, we had Adobe’s Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty live in our studios for live Q&A sessions, broadcast free every two hours all day, plus we released our Lightroom Launch Center that same day.

5. Adobe launched Photoshop Touch for the iPad
When we announced it here on blog, we had LIVE broadcasts that same day with lots of info and demos on a product that went on to become one of Apple’s “Apps of the Year for 2012.” (link)

6. #1 for the second straight year!
I found out that for the second year running (according to data from Nielsen Bookscan) that I was the #1 bestselling photography book author once again. Whoo Hoo!! (and a BIG thanks to all my readers). (link)

7. I shot my first hockey game
It wasn’t pretty (link) but it didn’t stop me and thankfully before too long, it got better (link). And better (link). Still a long way to go to be where I want to be, but hey — the NHL strike just ended this week. As my buddy Scott Audette would say: Drop the puck already!

8. I received the American Socieity of Photographers International Award
What a great way to start the year. I was truly honored (still am)link

9. Adobe released a Public Beta of Photoshop CS6
Of course, we were all over it, and I launched our CS6 Learning Center here, along with live CS6 broadcasts all day. (link)

9. We broke the news that Adobe lowered Lightroom’s 4 official price to just $149
This was huge! We did live broadcasts and the whole nine yards. (link)

10. I did probably my most in-depth interview ever
It was one-on-one with Glyn Dewis and it got more positive feedback than most any I’ve ever done. A very different kind of interview. (link)

11. Adobe announced the Creative Cloud and I tried to help clear up the confusion
Lots of people had lots of questions so I tried to jump in and help. (link)

12. A new series of photos emerges from my trip to Paris to tape my travel class
I tried something new, and I like it. It’s not for everybody, but nothing is. (link)

13. One-on-One with the Photoshop Product Managers
We had Bryan O’neal Hughes and Zorana Gee live in the studio taking your questions on the just released Photoshop CS6. Here’s the link — you can watch it right here on the blog).

14. I did a quick little video about Photoshop CS6 features nobody was talking about
And of course, I launched it here on the blog. You can still watch it right here.

15. We launched my 6th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk
And we broke every record, with over 1,300 cities participating around the world; more than 32,000 walkers, and more than $12,000 donated to the Springs of Hope Orphanage. (link)

16. I switched my photography portfolio over to SmugMug
I took a 14-day free trial and I was hooked. (link) You can see the latest version right here. 

17. A lot of folks in the Industry, and even at Adobe were shocked…
When they saw how much we really do to help people learn Lightroom. It’s all right here.  

18. I posted four short videos that show you exactly what you missed at Photoshop World Vegas
These are the same videos we show at the closing seminars to recap an amazing week. (link)

19. I finally licked my struggle with my Sports Photography Workflow
With some blood, sweat, tears and help from a fellow sports shooter. (link)

20. I posted group photos from all over the world from my Worldwide Photo Walk
Look at their faces. This is why I do it, and seeing these is the icing on the cake! (link)

22. I did a post on “Why we limit Photo Walks to just 50 people.”
There’s a reason why this is so important.  (link)

22. A lot of folks called this post, written by Bill Fortney, the best post about photography of the year
Bill post called “Why bother” really struck a chord with folks and got reviews like nothing I’ve read this year. (link)

23. I launched a FREE class on creating Photo Books in Lightroom 4
You can watch it free, right now (lots of folks already have). (link)

Teaching Live
1. In 2012 I wrapped up my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” tour
I hit every big city in USA, plus three stops in Canada, plus Swingin’ London Baby and Amsterdam, Holland and Cologne, Germany.

2. We launched our first downloadable full-day seminar tour
When my Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it tour was done, we recorded the final stop on the tour and for the first time ever made the entire seminar, complete with digital workbook, available as a download so if we didn’t make it to your city, you could still see the tour live as it happened. (link)

3. I launched a new tour, my “Photoshop CS6 Tour for Digital Photographers”
Between RC Concepcion and me, we hit just about every big city in the USA in 2012. I met lots of really great, passionate photographers. (link)

4. We brought Photoshop World to Washington DC
It was our biggest East Coast Photoshop World ever, and we posted lots of Pics and reports from the event. (link)

5. We launched “The Google+ Conference for Photographers”
It turned out to be a really ground-breaking event — a mix of photography training and social media (check out the stop-motion video clip above by Petra Cross to get a great idea of what it was like) . Probably the best thing we ever produced, and our first conference just for photographers. (link)

6. Nikon had me speak at the ISAP Conference
This is the third time I’ve spoken at this amazing conference for Aviation Photographers, and it’s always a blast. They truly offer probably the best value in a conference anywhere. I’m hoping to go this year just as an attendee (and I joined the ISAP this year as well. Wonderful organization). (link)

7. We put “Big Joe” out on tour with just one flash. OK, maybe two.
Any time Joe takes the stage, it’s magic, and his year we went all over the US and Canada with a Kelby Training produced tour and he absolutely rocked it!!! He wanted to show what could be done with a lean-and-mean one or two flash set-up and it really resonated with a lot of folks (as expected). (link)

8. I launched my “Travel Photography Online Class”
It turned out to be one of my most well-received classes ever, and it was shot on location in Paris, France (I know, rough life). It’s a two part class; the first part is on the actual shooting, then the 2nd part I show all the post-processing. (link)

9. I did a short video about why the DSLR Video editing features in CS6 are so awesome
This is a game changer. So much so, that I had to do a video about why: (link)

10. I launched a new class and for the first-time ever, we let folks “Rent it.”
Yup, in fact we launched a bunch of classes that are now available from Kelby Training Online for a three-day rental for just $9.99. My new class “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it for Hot Shoe Flash on a Budget” was the launch class, and one of my best-received classes yet.  (link)

11. I did a video “photo talk” about my vacation to Paris 
It was called “A walk in Paris” and I talked about the photography and post processing, and you can watch the rebroadcast right here (well, above).

Here are the books and Apps we published and launched here on the blog in 2012:

1. My Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers
I love Lightroom so this book is a labor of love. The most challenging part is filling 500 pages with new images nobody’s seen before, but the good news is: you get to shoot about 500 pages of photos! Also, Adobe added a Book Module in Lightroom 4 and I’m such a photo book freak that it really made this update a lot of fun.

2. My Photoshop CS6 for Digital Photographers
When Adobe released CS6 and Lightroom 4 within a month of each other, it kept me crazy busy!!! I don’t think I saw daylight for months and when both were done I took a big break from writing for a while. My favorite part of this book was the new chapter for photographers on editing DSLR Video in Photoshop. Adobe nailed it!

3. The Digital Photography Book, Part 4
This book was released over a year late because I didn’t want to write it until I really had something significant to share. It takes about 200 new tips to create one of the books in this series, and I didn’t want any repeats of stuff in previous volumes (even if the topics were similar, like sports or weddings) and back in 2011 I had to tell my publisher I just wasn’t ready, which I’m sure didn’t thrill them but they were very supportive nonetheless. In 2012 I finally had enough really meaty content that I was able to Part 4 and it was a big success which just convinced me even more that waiting until I had really great stuff was the right way to go (you never go wrong by doing the right thing). link

4. My Photoshop Elements 11 Book for Digital Photographers book (co authored with Matt Kloskowski)
Adobe doesn’t add a ton of new features to Elements in each rev, so what Matt and I do instead is add the new things that we have learned during the year, and we take the techniques we use in CS6 and try to convert them into techniques that work in Elements, and that has worked wonderfully well so far (based on feedback from readers). We added some really great stuff in this update, so the book continues to grow and evolve (and Matt gets a lot of the credit).

5. The iPhone 5 Book (co authored with my buddy and iPhone freak, Terry White)
This is the “Sixth” edition of this book Terry and I have written (we split the book in half: I write the easy chapters and Terry writes the hard ones) but I actually think this is the best version of the book yet. We really tried to simplify it, make it more to the point, and just make it better and more useful all around and that’s a good thing.

6. I launched a book I never though I would write
I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s not about photography or photography. It’s more important than that. (link)

Apps

1. My “Lighting Recipes” App
It’s a totally free App (for iPads), and in it I break down all sorts of portrait lighting set-ups with behind-the-scene shots, layouts, and the whole nine yards. It was a huge hit (it even got a mention and some love from the New York Times  – link) and if you haven’t downloaded it, remember…it’s free! :) (link)

2. Light It Magazine goes on the iPad’s Newsstand
This App originally launched near the end of 2011, but once we got it out there we needed to get it into Apple’s “Newsstand” App, which was a surprisingly monumental task, but it also allowed us to start selling subscriptions. We had hoped to have an Android version of it last year as well, but the development of an Android version has been harder than getting it in Newsstand (we have to reconfigure the whole thing for non-newsstand for Android, which apparently is much harder than it sounds). Anyway, it’s there now, and you can download the premiere issue free and a best-of sampler also free. Issues are $2.99 each. Cheap.

3. Shortcut Sumo: The Biggest, Baddest Collection of Adobe Keyboard Shortcuts Ever!
We launched this here on blog in October: The App itself is free and comes with the Camera Raw shortcuts, and there are in-app purchases for other Adobe products (like Lightroom or Photoshop). link 

Fun Stuff

1. I played drums for a reunion gig of my first band (back in High School) called “Phoenix”
We played for the high school reunion and it was a lot of fun (and I posted lots of shots taken by my wife, who refers to this gig as “the not-my-reunion” gig, since three of the guys in the band graduated a year before me, and so this was really their reunion (mine would be this year — I graduated in 1978).

2. I got to play two gigs with my current band, Big Electric Cat
That shot of me above is before our after hours party in D.C. What a cool club (and a great crowd!). I’m playing Valentine’s Day present guitar (from my sweetie), a 1987 Ibanez. Love it!

2. I know this is going to sound crazy, but I took a crazy amount of vacation again this year
I have people who email me that they’re concerned about me working too much, and being a workaholic. Don’t worry — I took more than TEN weeks of vacation this year (and I don’t work while I’m on vacation). I went to Hawaii with my family for two weeks and then a couple of days in Disneyland (link); My wife took me to India for an amazing trip (link), I went to London to teach a one-day seminar but stayed and played for a week (link), then we took a family trip for a week in Ireland (link), then my wife took me to France on a romantic vacation and ended the trip by holding my local Photo Walk there (link); plus I took the Christmas Holiday’s off (two weeks straight); I took Thanksgiving week off; my wife and I snuck away for a Valentine’s week trip; my wife and I (and some friends) took a really fun trip to Havana, Cuba (just for fun) and I just got back last night from a week’s vacation in Vail, Colorado, with my family which was an awesome way to start the New Year. People always ask me “When do you sleep?” Apparently, it’s when I’m on vacation. Well, I sleep late, anyway. :)

3. We raised another couple of thousand dollars for the Springs of Hope Orphanage
I raffled away one of my very favorite guitars, but it was worth it. (link)

4. I released a series of posters where you can share my pain
It’s called “Moments of Football Ungreatness.” It’s extremely ungreat! (link)

5. If you have a daughter (like I do), you’ve got to watch this
Sometimes, Disney does some really brilliant stuff. This is one of those. (link)

WHEW!!!!
That’s just some of the highlights of what we covered in 2012 here on the blog. On Friday, we’ll wrap up with Part 3, which will be our top-10 episodes of “The Grid” (our weekly photography talkshow) and I’ll embed the episodes right on the blog so you can watch ‘em right there. Have a great week and we’ll see you then!

 

 

Monday
Jan
2013
07

My Favorite Football Shots of The 2012 Season

by Scott Kelby  |  60 Comments

I only shot four more games this year than I did in 2011, but having a Season Photo Credential to shoot the Bucs (for Zuma Press) sure made it a lot easier (the stadium is just 25 minutes from my house).

I didn’t get to shoot any college games this year (just NFL) but while the Bucs were on the road, I did get to shoot a few other NFL games, which is always a blast. This season I shot 14 games in all (with one more to come — the Falcons first playoff game at home). But until then, here are the teams I got to shoot this season (so far):

  1. Tampa Bay Bucs
  2. Tennessee Titans
  3. New England Patriots
  4. Carolina Panthers
  5. Washington Redskins
  6. Atlanta Falcons
  7. Denver Broncos
  8. New Orleans Saints
  9. Detroit Lions
  10. San Diego Chargers
  11. Jacksonville Jaguars
  12. Chicago Bears
  13. Dallas Cowboys
  14. Philadelphia Eagles
  15. St. Louis Rams

There are only four NFL teams I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot yet: The Seattle Seahawks [shooting them on Sunday in Atlanta], Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and the Baltimore Ravens.

And as we’re kicking off this New Year, I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favorite shots from this past season. All of them pretty much shot with the same set-up: 2 camera bodies: Nikon D4 and a D3s. Main lens: 400mm f/2.8. Secondary lenses: 70-200 f/2.8,24-120mm f.4, and 15mm Sigma fisheye.  NOTE:  These look much better larger, so please click on them to see a larger size). Here they are (in no particular order).

 

There ya have it, folks—-my favorite shots from this season 
Thanks to everybody who tolerated all my football posts once again this season and to everybody who supported me throughout the year with your kind comments. I love sharing what I pick up from these games (good and bad), and it’s been really fun having you all along with me for the ride. :)

P.S. Today was supposed to be Part II of my “Best of the Blog” but I got in too late (more on that soon), so I’m shooting for that tomorrow (if all goes well). See you then. 

Friday
Jan
2013
04

The “Best of 2012″ Here on the Blog (Part 1)

by Scott Kelby  |  12 Comments

I thought I’d kick off the new year with a quick look back at the most popular, and most commented-on posts of 2012 here on my blog, and some of the fun stuff we shared during the past year.

By the way: If you’re wondering how many posts we put up in the course of a year, in 2012 it was 355 posts! (Whew). Also, in case you were wondering: I actually do write all my own posts with the exception of “Guest Blog Wednesday” and “Free Stuff Thursday” which are handled for me by my photo assistant Brad Moore, to which I am boundlessly grateful for and for which I will be forever in his debt. Wrangling those two is a lot more work than it looks by a long shot (many thanks Braddo). :)

The Top 10 Most Commented-on Posts of 2012
Here are the posts that garnered the most comments from readers during the year, in order: (NOTE: I didn’t include any of my “Free Stuff Thursday” giveaways in these tallies or Guest Blog comments which have their own separate catagory).

1. I’m Done with Drobo (548 comments) link

2. Why I think Lightroom 4 is going to sell like crazy (185 comments) link

3. This Story About Photography is About Much More Than Photography (173 comments) link

4. Something’s missing from my new MacBook Pro (170 comments) link

5. The Nikon D800 vs the D600: Which One is the Right One For You? (146 comments) link

6. Lightroom 4 and leaving the past behind (138 comments) link

7. My Creative Cloud Quick Q&A (129 comments) link

8. Drobo CEO Tom Buiocchi Responds (126 comments) link

9. My Location Scouting trip to Ireland (105 comments) link

10. My first NFL Shoot with the Nikon D600 (100 comments) link

 

Guest Bloggers
I’m indebted to all the Guest Bloggers who shared their images, ideas and inspiration with my readers each Wednesday. Here are the top commented posts from 2012:

1. Peter Hurley (163 comments) link

2. Regina Pagles (109 comments) link

3. Cliff Mautner (93 comments) link

4. Tamara Lackey (65 comments) link

5. Glyn Dewis (73 comments) link

6. Dave Clayton (59 comments) link

7. Adam Elmakias (56 comments) link

8. RC Concepcion (effects of printing and hanging) (48 comments) link

9. Patrick LaMontagne (46 comments) link

10. Bill Frakes (41 comments) link

 

My Photo Shoots
When I do a shoot, I usually post the images here within a day or so (or the spread from the photo book I made if it was a travel shoot), and here are the shoots that garnered the most comments from 2012 (in order of popularity):

1. My Location Scouting trip to Ireland (105 comments) link

2. My First NFL Shoot With The Nikon D600 and some other new gear (92 comments) link

3. I shot my First NHL Hockey Game Last Night (97 comments) link

4. I’m back from 2-1/2 Days in Havana, Cuba (87 comments) link

5. Some pages from my Paris Photo Book (80 comments) link

6. My four days in India (79 comments) link

7. My first three-light car shoot (with lots of help from Tim Wallace’s online class) (73 comments) link

8. Back From a Week in Paris (and a new photo series emerges) (71 comments) link

9. My Favorite Football Shots of the 2011 Season (71 comments) link

10. My First ‘Real’ Shoot with the Nikon D4: The Tavistock Pro Golf Tournament (65 comments)  link

That’s it for Part One
I’ll be back on Monday with Part Two, where we’ll look at some of the milestones from an entire year here on the blog and I hope you’ll join me back here then. In the meantime, here’s wishing you a fantastic “1st weekend of the New Year” and I hope it’s the beginning of a string of wonderful weekends to come!

Thursday
Jan
2013
03

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  57 Comments

Photo Pro Expo 2013
Kick your year off right by registering for the Photo Pro Expo taking place February 7-11 in Cincinnati! Learn from speakers like Joe McNally, Julieanne Kost, Rick Sammon, David Ziser, Kevin Kubota, and 21 other photographers who will help you take your photography business to new levels in 2013.

Plus, you can enjoy the largest photo tradeshow in the Midwest, sign up for a portfolio review, enter the print competition, and take part in the Westcott Fantasy Model Shootout! Plus there are parties every night where you can network with fellow attendees and instructors, and even have a chance at winning some $$$ and other prizes.

The price of registration is normally $159, but use the promo code PPENAPP13 when registering and pay only $139 for four days of education from some of the top photographers in the industry! Not only that, but the first 50 people who register using this promo code will have a chance to win an iPad Mini. Not a bad deal, eh?

Even if you can’t make it for the entire four days, you can still register for just one day for $99, or grab a tradeshow pass for only $20.

And, since this is Free Stuff Thursday, leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to this amazing event!

Winners

Photoshop CS6 Book for Photographers (ebook)
- Martin Boling

1-Month KelbyTraining.com Subscription
- John Skinner

That’s it for today. Have a great day and a happy new year!

Wednesday
Jan
2013
02

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Dixie Dixon!

by Brad Moore  |  15 Comments

Hellooooo There!

First off I just want to send a heartfelt thank you over to the amazing Scott Kelby, Brad Moore & Kelby Training Team for letting me borrow their blog this Wednesday. I have been a HUGE fan and follower for years now so this is quite the honor :)!!!

Today I figured I would talk a little about my journey/approach and dive into 10 tips on how one might begin a career in the wild world of fashion photography.

My Approach/Journey (The Cliff Notes Version)
Beautiful photographs have always captivated me beyond measure. Since a young age I remember getting lost in books and magazines. But not in their words, only in their images… and in these images I saw a world of dreams! The text was always an afterthought to me because as cliche as it sounds, “a picture truly is worth a thousand words,” and you can convey an entire story in a single still image.

I became deeply engaged in photography, specifically fashion photography, the summer after my sophomore year of college while studying abroad in London with a world-renowned fashion photographer. It was that summer in which I learned how to “see” the world and I became enthralled at the idea of creating beauty within the lens. This idea of having the opportunity to bring your own visions to life in a single or series of pictures has captured my imagination and turned it into a full-time passion of making images with soul!

For those of you creative folks looking to break into the biz, here are 10 tidbits I’ve learned that have helped me along the way:

1. Assist other photographers or work in the industry you are interested in pursuing.

2. Study Fashion and find inspiration. To work as a fashion photographer, it is helpful to have some sort of understanding of fashion and what trends and styles are out there.

3. Join Photography and Business Trade Organizations to learn more about the industry. WPPI, PPA, APA, ASMP etc. are all great resources for learning the business and technical aspects of photography.

4. Keep it simple. There is no need to drop a bunch of cash on the best equipment when you’re first starting out. Save that money and start creating with what you have. I began with only the Nikon D70s Camera and 50mm 1.8 Lens. As my business has grown, I’ve updated my equipment to the Nikon D3x and variety of lenses.

5. Shoot what you LOVE. Many new photographers become pigeonholed into shooting a particular niche because it pays the bills. Paying the bills is of course important but there is a way to still focus on where you want to be while still shooting jobs that pay. You do this by only posting and showing the kind of work that you are passionate about in your portfolio and website. This will begin to attract those type of clients and dream jobs to you. It may take a year or two to begin, but eventually you’ll get to a point where people will be hiring you to shoot exactly the kind of work that you love.

6. Develop your style. This comes from shooting A LOT. Set up your own shoots that illustrate your vision and keep building upon that. Inspiration is everywhere.

7. Build your team. Your creative team and your business team. Your creative team consists of makeup artists, models, hairstylists, wardrobe stylists, retouchers, production assistants, digital techs, and the creative people that help make your shoots happen. Your business team consists of your accountant, lawyer, book-keeper, and mentors which help your business run smoothly. Keep in mind that I did not start out with all of these people in place, it started out with me, myself, and I. As you grow, you begin to meet and find these people along the way. Many of them I bartered services with in the beginning to get my business off the ground.

8. Create a portfolio of your strongest work. Your body of work should illustrate the unique way you see the world and show consistency in the way you shoot. That is so clients will have a better understanding of what kind of images they will end up with when they hire you.

9. Network yo booty off. Photography is all about relationships. People enjoy and hire people that they know and like working with. You must get out there and meet people in person for them to remember you and think about hiring you.

10. Create the experience. This one is huge. Creating the experience includes how you talk to clients and handle their direction, how you connect with subjects on set, the type of music playing when they enter your studio, the overall energy of your team and even the basic mundane tasks such as emailing and pre-production. It’s all in the details. The great experience you create is what keeps clients coming back.

Anyway, I think thats about it. I did leave out one important one though…. I can’t remember where I found this quote but here ya go: “The life of your dreams, everything you would love to be, do or have, has always been closer to you than you knew, because the power to have everything you desire is inside you!”

If you read this, thank you very much for taking the time! Let’s all go out and rock it in 2013!!!! Cheers, dd

You can see more of Dixie’s work at DixieDixon.com, keep up with her on her blog, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook

Tuesday
Jan
2013
01

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

by Scott Kelby  |  22 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

 

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