Monthly Archives December 2009


I’m using this week’s holiday as a springboard to a few days off, so here’s the schedule for this week:

  1. Wednesday
    Yup, we gave our Guest Bloggers the Holiday off, so tomorrow there’s no guest blog, but fear not—the Guest Blogger program is alive and well, and firing back up on the first week of the year, with some all new faces, and some old friends, too.
  2. Thursday
    It’s New Years Eve and you know what that means? That’s right, the day before a Holiday which is reason enough for me to sluff off and take a day off, so it’s No Blog Thursday.
  3. Friday
    It’s New Years Day, and I’m shooting a College Bowl Game that day, which means (you guessed it), I’m not blogging, baby—yeah!

However, I will be back next year with a full slate of blog posts for your blogging pleasure. Here’s wishing you and yours a safe, happy, and prosperous New Year.

All my best,



Photoshop Pranks!
The new episode of Photoshop User TV (which goes live some time today), is our year-end episode, and rather than doing the usual stuff, we foolishly decided to instead share our all-time favorite Photoshop pranks (ya know—stuff you can do to co-workers and friends copies of Photoshop so it kind of drives them insane, slowly. Painfully. Hilariously). That part is actually pretty cool, but after that, Dave and Matt went on to reprise the dramatic conclusion of “As The Snowman Turns” which…well…you just have to watch it, but be forewarned—-the acting is…well…you just have to watch it.

Here’s the link to watch the new episode, but just for the record—I apologize in advance for the whole snowman/monkey art nuoveau film at the end, which some viewers may feel is a trite, pompous soliloquy weighed down by an obvious lack of imagination saddled with awkward script that sometimes feels forced, leaving the viewer frustrated and confused as the monkey fails to establish himself as the hero of a post apocalyptic utopia where  the snowman, who phones in a somewhat pedestrian performance in what could have been his On Golden Pond moment, falls pray to a director whose cinematographic swan song may be this mostly unwatchable slow-paced and grossly clichéd story that barely stays afloat with two clashing perspectives that neither delight nor challenge the viewer.  (Note: the new episode is #215, so make sure that’s the one you watch).

Monday Night Football
Yesterday morning my wife and I flew up to Chicago to catch the Monday Night Football game featuring the Chicago Bears (my adopted team), who gloriously beat the Minnesota Vikings in Overtime, and get this—-I did not shoot the game. That’s right; I could have shot the game from the sidelines (in fact, my wife even encouraged me to go ahead and shoot), yet I chose to just hang out with my wife and friends and miss my chance to not only shoot The Bears from the sidelines, but my only chance to shoot Brett Farve playing probably ever. I should get some serious husband points for this. ;-)

Catch my short interview with Cafe Press
Cafe Press, the company that printed the “Channel 1, Group A” off-camera flash t-shirts for me (and my Worldwide Photo Walk t-shirts as well), asked me to do a short interview with them on a variety of topics (stuff like, “If you could lead a photo walk anywhere in the world, where would it be?”) and you can read it online right here.

Very cool Photographer and Photoshop Compositor
One of my readers, Mike V., turned me onto the word of Sean Busher in a comment posted here last week, and I took a look at his stuff, and it is very cool (I love it when great photography and great Photoshop skills come together). :) Here’s the link to check out his work (thanks for the heads-up Mike).

Epson videos
Our friends at Epson have posted a series of videos at the Epson Professional Imaging site about their printers hosted by folks I’m sure you know well, like Jay Maisel, John Paul Caponigro, Jeff Schewe, and Greg Gorman (among others). If you got a sec, they’re very well done, and you can catch them right here.

That’s it for this week everybody!
We’ll see you back here next year (that’s right—-I’m sluffing off on New Years Eve and taking the day off New Years Day). Hope you guys have a wonderful New Years, and see you next year!!! :-)

Gift pile

Hi everybody. Welcome back, and I hope you guys had an awesome Christmas!!!! If you’re wondering about the camera gear I got for Christmas, well…. here’s the thing: I didn’t get any. None. Zippo. Zilch!

I must be really hard to buy for when it comes to camera gear, because most everybody got me guitar gear instead (my buddy Dave got me a new practice amp for the house, my wife got me a guitar, and my buddy Rod got me a Guitar Center gift card, and I loved ’em all!!!). :)

My kids had a ball, and their enthusiasm, gratefulness and overall Christmas spirit really made it a very special time for all of us. But let’s hear about you guys—what cool stuff did you get for Christmas? Did Santa bring you any cool lenses or bodies, or accessories? (I know Christmas is about a lot more than just presents, but I still wanna know what stuff you guys got!!!!). :)


Below is an audio clip of “The Christmas Song,” made by my wife on her iPhone (that’s her and I above at Vegas Photoshop World—photo by Mike Kubeisy), 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 today).

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:

Kira [our 3-1/2 year old daughter] is constantly playing with the voice recorder App on my iPhone and I was in my bathroom blow drying my hair the other day (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 (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 the link below to hear the song).


We wish you and yours a warm and wonderful Christmas.

-Scott & Kalebra Kelby


Here’s this week’s Blogging Schedule:

Wednesday: We’re giving our Guest Bloggers a day off today, so there’s no Guest Blog post today.

Thursday: I have a very special blog post for tomorrow (Christmas Eve), and it’s kind of a “Super Special Guest Blog” of sorts, with a very cute story (and something you won’t expect), so I hope you’ll check in here tomorrow to get in the Christmas spirit.

Friday: I’m taking the rest of the week off as well, so please consider Wednesday, and Friday officially to be part of a “No Blogging Christmas.” [insert jingle bell sound effect here].

I’ll be back to regular blogging (well, semi-regular) next Monday to pick up where we left off.

See you here on Thursday. :)