Monthly Archives December 2010

At the end of last month I did a post about my fisheye shot of the Miami Dolphins stadium called “To correct or not to correct” (link) and although I made a few comments about the results on my Facebook page (link), I didn’t really share the results here, so before the year runs out, I wanted to share them here.

(1) 83% like the un-corrected original Fish-eye image

(2) 17% like it corrected in Photoshop CS5

However, some folks mentioned what bothered them about the corrected version is that the horizon line (across the top of the stadium) should have been straightened. I agree, so I straightened it out a bit just so you could see it (above), but even after the straightening, I personally still like the uncorrected version.

My favorite comment from the post was from Chase at, who wrote:

“Whatever photo brings the most “tension” and to me that is the uncorrected image. Tension and drama always create better photographs.”

Well said!

Thanks to everybody who participated in the discussion. Everybody kept it totally civil (which is awesome), and at the end of the day, neither answer is wrong, which is what I love about photography—it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

Jeff Revell sent me this chapter opener from his book on Exposure (I mentioned it yesterday), and I was psyched to see that it including a shot Jeff had taken of me playing keyboards with my band “Big Electric Cat.” I think this one was taken at the House of Blues, and although it’s just about impossible for me to find a photo of me that I actually like, I kinda like this one (which is high praise indeed Jeff!). ;-)

Thanks for including me in your new book, and thanks for letting me share it with my readers.

At our house, we have a wild time on New Years Eve. We all stay home, huddled together until Midnight where we watch the ball drop at Times Square on TV, then we have our New Years Eve family tradition of “Banana Splits at Midnight” (which is obviously a tradition for our kids, because I don’t like banana splits). A wild night, I know, but I love it.

I was planning a cool post for Monday—kind of a look back at the year here on the Photoshop Insider—but there are some big NFL games this weekend, and…well…I’ve got a long lens or two….so….I’m not sure I’ll have time to write that post until Tuesday or so, if ya know what I mean. ;-)

Here’s wishing you and your family and safe, happy, healthy, and prosperous New Years. I hope 2011 is your best year yet!

Happy New Year Everybody!

-Scott (and the whole gang at Kelby Media Group)

Well my friends, it’s the last Pimpy Thursday of 2010, so I’m a bit melancholy as I write this…OK, not really, because I’ve got some end-of-year pimpiness that is just bursting with calcium, niacin, and 12 other essential vitamins.

> My “Photo Recipes Live 2: Behind the Scenes Lighting DVD” is now in-stock!!!
It’s a Christmas miracle—Amazon & Barnes & Noble both have my new DVD, which takes you on location, and behind the scenes for a whole series of portraits where you see the entire process from scratch, including settings, equipment—the works. The DVD also comes with an accompanying mini-book that works in conjunction with the DVD and adds to it as well. Volume 1 was a smash-hit, and I think this one takes it up another notch, so I hope you’ll check it out at either or Barnes & Feel the love! (Not sure what that means).

> My Books are now available on Apple’s iBooks Store (for iPad & iPhone)
It’s taken a while, but they’re finally there—everything from my Digital Photography Book, Volumes 1, 2, and 3, to my Lightroom, to my Photoshop for Digital Photographers. Just launch the iBook app on your iPad or iPhone, tap the Search button, type in Scott Kelby, and my books will appear in a flourish like a beautiful peacock displaying her green, brown, and grey plumage (Man, I shouldn’t be writing blog posts while I’m half-asleep).

> Jeff Revell’s new book on Exposure is available now!
My buddy Jeff, from, and the guy behind the whole “From Snapshots to Great Shots” Series of books from Peachpit Press, has penned a new book that’s just hitting stores now and this time rather than being camera-specific, the entire book is dedicated to teaching you exposure (and teaching it in a way you can really understand). You can get yours at Barnes & Noble or, or wherever books on exposure are sold (stop snickering).

> USA Today includes Lightroom 3 in their favorite products of the year!
Jefferson Graham, who writes the Technology column for USA Today with Ed Baig, and is an accomplished photographer in his own right, had a great article in USA Today about why Lightroom 3 was one of his picks for favorite products of 2010. Definitely worth a read for anyone on the fence—here’s the link.

> Our Kelby Training app for the iPad is…..
….still not here. I hate to keep saying the same thing over and over again (We’re still tweaking it and converting thousands of videos to iPad format), but “We’re still tweaking it and converting thousands of videos to iPad format.” Believe me, nobody’s more anxious than me to get his App out (I’m an iPad freak myself, and would love to watch our training on my iPad), and although I really wanted to release it for you guys as a Holiday gift, it just doesn’t look like it’s in the cards until after the 1st, so…….rats. Just know, as soon as I hear the release date, you’ll be the first to know.

> I know I’m light on the Pimpy today…
….but I’m big on the sleepy, so I’m hitting the sack. I taped (and I’m not exaggerating) 60+ videos today. I’ll have all the details soon, but I think it’s going to help a lot of people (only 40+ more to go!). :)

Have a great Pimpy day everybody, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow.

How’s that for a headline? I had actually announced that today would be a “holiday no-guest blog,” but then Nikon just released a 15-minute video as part of their NPS (Nikon Professional Services) Pros Spotlight series, where Joe and I discuss a wide range of photography topics, and Joe is as funny as he is insightful. There is no “interviewer” per se–it’s just Joe and I, and we go back and forth discussing the topics, and it was a lot of fun (which, of course, describes any interaction with Joe).

We talk about everything from our favorite lens to what we see happening in camera technology to our backgrounds in photography, and much more.

Here’s the link. Hope you guys enjoy it.


P.S. I apparently was having a bad “hair mousse” day when this was shot, which diminished my usual on-screen beauty by 12 to 15%, so adjust your eyes properly.

Hi gang: It’s 7:54 am and I haven’t blogged yet. Please choose any of the lame excuses I have listed below:

(1) It’s too cold in Florida today to blog (The low was 32°F [0°C) here in Tampa, which for us is arctic cold.

(2) I was up too late playing Call of Duty: Black Ops with Matt, Terry White, and our buddy Hans from Seattle

(3) I’ve taken the week off to write, and yet when it came to the blog I really didn’t have anything for today.

(4) The dog ate my blog (she’s actually a “Christmas puppy” and while she will eat literally anything and everything, I put my laptop on the floor and all she would do is considering using the bathroom on it. After all; to her anything’s better than going outside. When we take her outside, she thinks to herself: “I can’t wait until they take me back inside, so I can go to the potty.”

(5) Since I’m still in Holiday mode, the blog had totally skipped my mind until I climbed into bed, and I just couldn’t get back up and write it. This happens rarely, but last night was one of those night. Brrrrrrr.

All of those lame excuses have some basis in fact (except #4. We can’t get her to do anything but snuggle and ferociously attack her stuffed squirrel toy), so any one you pick won’t be far off.

Hey, I’ve got an idea!!!!
I’m pretty sure I have another episode of Larry’s Cheap Shots. I’ll run that. Yeah, that’s the ticket. I’ll make it separate post, so that way, not only do I have a blog post for today (albiet a late one), I actually have two! I am just feeling so good about this.

Tomorrow is “No Blog Wednesday”
Remember, this week Brad and I decided not to have a guest blogger (Brad is even lamer than I, taken the entire Holiday break off and heading home to Tennessee to make homemade whiskey, which is his true calling). Anyway, have a great mid-week, and I’ll be back here on Thursday if I can think of anything to share, and there’s only a 50-50 chance of that, but whatever it is, it probably won’t be either “Kick Butt” or “Cool.” (that was for you, Ken).

Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful Holiday Season!!! :)

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