Monthly Archives December 2009

light it

The 2nd online class in my three-part series called “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” went up live last week at Kelby Training Online, and this one shows how to shoot and retouch a beauty-style headshot like the one you see below left (in-house we call it the “Oil of Olay” look).

I show how to create the exact same beauty-style head shot that I took which wound up being featured in FJ Westcott’s 2009 lighting catalog (seen below), and you see the entire process from start-to-finish including setting up all the lighting, the shoot itself, and the retouching in Photoshop afterward.

I just got incredible feedback from the first one in this series, and I hope you’ll give this 2nd one a look now that it’s live. Here’s a link to the online class.


OK gang, two quick things:

(1) You know my new strict rule; if a company offers us (you, me, my readers, etc.) a “This Weekend Only” deal, it has to be a real killer deal, and it has to be exclusive to the readers of this blog (not just another regular discount they offer just anybody).

(2) I’m only letting companies offer these deal if I know them, and think their products rock (even though I know that his somewhat limits how many companies I’ll be able to get to do deal for you like this).

This week’s deal has both: an exclusive deal, never offered before, on a kick-butt product. The deal is on a group of six Photoshop plug-ins called the Topaz Photoshop Bundle.” The star product in this bundle (in my mind anyway) is Topaz Adjust—which I featured in my Gonzo Gift Guide this year—and it, by itself, it worth the price alone, but you get five other plug-ins as well.

Here’s the deal:
They are offering you guys, “This weekend only” the bundle of all six plug-ins at $119.95, which is $60.00 off their regular price of $179.99. They swear this is the biggest discount they’ve ever offered, and that’s exactly what I was looking for—their biggest discount ever.

To get this special deal, you’ll need to enter the coupon code SCOTTKELBY at checkout

To learn more, watch the video above (I snagged it from their site), which talks about the plug-ins, and I can’t speak for them all, but I use Topaz Adjust all the time, and it so rocks!!!! (I learned about it in the first place from other readers of this blog).

This deals ends at 12:00 Midnight EST this Sunday. Also, this deal cannot be retrofitted on previous purchases or extended past the firm weekend deadline, so in short; no whining.

Thanks much to the Eric and the gang at Topaz for offering such a cool deal.


Earlier this year I was lucky enough to get a media pass to shoot Tiger Woods during the Tavistock Cup golf tournament, and after I posted some of the shots from the day here on my blog, a friend asked if I might send him a couple of prints of his favorite shots from the bunch. I used to send him two framed prints, and I’m honored that they’ve been hanging on the wall of his office ever since.

Yesterday I got an email from him, and the subject Line read: “Moral Dilemma.” He said he found Tiger’s recent actions dishonorable to his wife and family, and he was so disappointed in him, and had lost such respect for Tiger’s moral judgment, that he had taken the framed prints off his walls, and he wanted to know if  I wanted them returned or donated to charity.

Later that same day, I got another email with a similar subject line, but it was from one of my blog readers, asking how I could keep a photo of Tiger in my portfolio (it’s not the one shown above, though it was taken the same day). Then I got another email asking the same thing—-when would I be removing Tiger’s image from my portfolio. I could see a pattern developing.

Last night I called my friend to let him know I was as disappointed in Tiger as he was. We both looked up to Tiger not just as an incredible athlete, but as a role model—-a devoted husband, a sharp businessman, and a family man—a guy that had it all, yet still had it all together, but now we feel much differently. But I asked him to reconsider taking the framed prints down—not because they were photos I had taken, but for something bigger; an act of Forgiveness.

Tiger admitted his mistakes publicly, and took full responsibility for them. He admitted that what he did was wrong, and besides, this is between Tiger and his family. Even so, his entire life—his entire career—will forever be tainted, and impacted, by his transgressions. It will cost him sponsors, fans, and will cause him untold public humiliation for years to come. Now, if Tiger had come out and said, “Hey, it’s no big deal—everybody does it” that’s a different story entirely. In fact, if Tiger had in any way tried to justify what he had done, or downplayed it in any way, he’d be all alone on this one, but he did something most folks in his situation would never do—admit his mistake, publicly apologize, and recommit himself to his wife and family.

Tiger made a monumental mistake, but we all know people in our own lives, (friends, co-workers, perhaps even family members) that have not only done similar things, but in some cases much worse, and I can only hope their private and most humiliating mistakes aren’t paraded around to the entire world like Tiger’s have been. This is another case where people are all too happy to line up and sling arrows at a privileged person. Outside his celebrity, Tiger Woods is a real person, as are his wife and children. They are all real people dealing with a painful situation.

When I look at my Tiger Woods photos, I may never feel the same way I did about the man in the photos, but I won’t be taking them down. I forgive him, too. I’m also not deleting my photos of A-Rod that I took when I shot the New York Yankees, and if I had shots of President Clinton, I wouldn’t remove them either. I’m glad I’m not a celebrity photographer, or I’m not sure I’d be able to display any photos at all. However, I am happy to report that my friend had a change of heart as well and he’s re-hanging those images in his office today.

There is no shortage of people taking shots at, and severely judging Tiger Woods today, and I’m not saying he doesn’t have it coming, but if there’s one thing my Faith has taught me is that when a family is in trouble, we pray for them, and that’s exactly what I am going to do.


PadviseDISCLAIMER: The video I’m linking to below by Joey L. includes some adult themes, and definitely a naughty word or two. Really naughty. I’m talking “Broncos coach Josh McDaniels on NFL Network style naughty words.” You’ve been warned–naughty-adulty-stuff (and beer) lie ahead:

Famous photographer Joey L has created a very cute video called “Nikon Girl” and if you’ve got a couple of minutes, it’ll put a smile on your face (plus, Joey L is actually a pretty decent rapper). Enjoy!


Here’s the link (just remember the disclaimer above).

I can’t take credit for this one—-one of my readers, Ed Loziuk, came up with this better way to hang your unframed, unmounted prints (remember when I showed those IKEA shelves in my office where I clip up my prints? Here’s the link back to that article).

Ed’s ideas also comes from your local IKEA store (sadly it’s not available for online order), but it’s cheaper, thinner, better-looking, and it looks like it’s easier to work with all the way around. There are two parts; a thin shelf, and custom-made clips.

Here’s how Ed describes them:

“Ikea’s kitchen department sells the “Asker” display rail (48″ & 24″) and clips for very reasonable prices. It takes about 5 minutes to put in a couple of screws and mount the rail and clips. The best thing is that it only sticks out about 3/4″ from the wall, less than the average photo frame. It’s great to just put up unmounted pics straight from the printer to dry and display.”

The Asker suspension rail (shown below—photos courtesy of IKEA) comes in both 24″ ($8) and 48″ lengths (it’s only $10 for the 48″ rail. Sweet!). Here’s the link.


The Asker clips (shown below) are just $5 for a 3-pack. Here’s the link to the clips.


Thanks so much to Ed for sharing this very cool way to hang your prints right out of the printer, and onto your wall.

Photo by Kelsey Foster

Howdy folks… Extremely humbled to be here.  Big thanks to Scott and Brad for giving me the stage.  Three-Act play here today… let’s get started.


Three short years ago I stood in a tiny restroom six stories above 31st Street & Park Avenue in Manhattan.  Buzzed from my 4th cup of crappy office coffee, I stared at my reflection for what seemed like hours. Did I really just leave my entire world behind, only to find myself in a supremely uninspiring job in an extremely lonely city?   Was this really what the rest of my life was destined to become?  Did I really believe that moving to New York City would ignite some long-lost passion I had buried somewhere?  I was three years out of business school, stuck in a boring finance job, in a new city with zero time to invest in my growing interest in photography.  I chuckled at myself, realizing I was staring back at a young man either a) on the verge of a serious life change or b) destined for (more…)