Monthly Archives May 2021

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

This post is dedicated each year to the memory of David Leimbach, (shown above; the brother of our dear friend and colleague Jeff Leimbach), who died 13 years ago in combat in Afghanistan.

Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day.

Here’s wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day.

-Scott

Very excited about this! It’s two-full days, two-full training tracks, all online with an all-star crew of instructors and it’s going to be (wait for it….wait for it) epic!

It’s coming June 29-30, 2021 and you can get your tickets right here (and save a bundle!).

If you know somebody who’s serious about their iPhone photography, I hope you’ll pass on this news about the conference. :)

Selling Your Lightroom Photo Books Online

Today, over on LightroomKillerTips.com I have an article I think is going to surprise a bunch of photographers — it’s how to sell your photo books online without putting any cash out up front. Pretty cool stuff (Here’s the link).

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! :)

-Scott

Tips For Making Great Portraits with Lenworth Johnson | The Grid Ep. 472

On this week’s episode of The Grid, Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna are joined by portrait photographer Lenworth Johnson! They share their time-tested tips and advice for creating portraits that are intriguing and tell a story. Check it out for some info you won’t want to miss!

New KelbyOne Course: Architecture Photography Basics with Jeff Leimbach

If you’re considering going into architectural photography, then this is the class for you! Join Jeff Leimbach as he lays out the fundamentals of his process for capturing, editing, and delivering finished files to his clients. In this class you’ll learn about the essential gear you’ll want to have with you, the key lenses to consider adding to your kit (and why), the settings and steps Jeff follows for capturing the raw images used to create the final photos, and his process for delivering those files to the client. By the end of the class you’ll have a firm grasp of the basics of commercial architectural photography and how to start applying those fundamentals to residential, real estate, and other related fields.

My name is Odd-Petter. I’m a photographer based in the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway. I’m 47 years old, and I started photography as a hobby in late 2014. I found a friend here in Kabelvåg who had the same addiction to the northern lights and landscape as I do. We went from Svolvær to Reine in the west of Lofoten almost every night from October 2014 until the end of 2015. It was very strange to drive in Lofoten to hunt our lady Aurora, but with no tourism attached to it. Towards the end of December 2015 I went to Svinøya Rorbuer to ask if they needed a guide to drive guests around hunting for the northern lights. This began my journey as a tour guide photographer.

In December 2015 – in fact, more specifically, on the 29th – I started my own business. Today my brand is Discover Lofoten. In order to start this business and comply with all the rules and regulations surrounding businesses in the tourism industry I had to get all the necessary permits from the government. Trust me, that was hard work and very expensive, even by Norwegian standards. I’m proud to say that I did it, and today I am known as “The Aurora Jager” here in Lofoten and around the world. “The jäger” translates as “the hunter!”


In the beginning of 2016 a tourist company called ‘Il Diamante’ came to the Lofoten Islands from Italy. They contacted me and asked for help. They wanted to know where they could find the northern lights. Normally this kind of group tourism operator never uses a local guide or photographer when they are in various different places. I told them over phone that I don’t know where or when we could find the northern lights, but I offered my service to them for a trial. They took my offer and for the first three years we had bad weather and snowstorms here in Svolvær. They did not want to get out. I told them that we could try different places in Lofoten to see if we could find better weather. We went out hunting other locations, and I succeeded in finding the aurora for them on all tours from 2015 up today, except for 2 nights. We always recommend tourist to book us more than 1 night and, book the first night here so they have the best chance to see the best northern lights.

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Hi all! Dave Williams here again for another #TravelTuesday post!

Here in the UK, we’ve recently had all kinds of weather thrown at us. We’ve had hail, rain, howling wind, and bright sunshine, all on the same day. It got me thinking about how we often go searching for the best conditions to shoot great photos, but actually, this bad weather can be the best for photography.

Bad weather gives us great atmosphere. The contrast between the dingy clouds and bright, setting sun is particularly beautiful and offers us unique opportunities to shoot something that could be an “everyday” scene with great backgrounds.

The subtle, yet notable contrast between the warmth of the setting sun and the storm clouds rolling across the sky here, in this shot of Hohenzollern Castle in Germany, is a good example of how it’s true to say that stormy weather adds atmosphere to our photography.

Even if we remove the sun from our bad weather images, we can achieve some cool, atmospheric results. This shot of a cable car rising up through the clouds adds elements of danger and of the unknown, meaning that if we get our composition right and use the scale to tell a story, we also end up with something cool.

The thick fog in Iceland, which is the result of thermals and dew points following a snowstorm, leaves a hazy view of the horses searching for food as the sun lights up the fog behind them, giving us another awesome view of bad weather.

Also in Iceland, but this time on Diamond Beach, this iceberg is illuminated by the low light of the moon and sits in contrast against the rolling clouds of the night sky and crashing North Atlantic surf.

My point is that we shouldn’t let the weather deter us too much. Sure, sometimes it will just be so bad that we don’t want to get ourselves (or our gear) cold and wet, but the moment just after a storm or the sun peeking under a moody cloud at sunset can give us some great, unique photography conditions and we should always remember – bad weather makes great photos!

Much love

Dave

bit.ly/greatcreate

OK, you remember that series called the “Great Create” that I was featured on where they pitted me against another photographer with a photography challenge? (even if you don’t remember it, it’s OK — stick with me for a sec). Anyway, I won that individual challenge (yay!), but now that all the episodes by different creators have aired (and they are pretty amazing), now it’s time for the public to vote on which of the “Great Creates” they like they best.

If mine episode wins the vote, the show will make a charitable donation to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya (very near and dear to my heart, and many who read this blog and helped build it from the ground up), so we really need your vote.

You can watch the episode right here, and that’s also where you vote (the whole episode is only like 15 minutes long and it’s really well done).

Thank you in advance for your vote, and for being awesome enough to help the orphanage. Last year was a really tough year for them (they had a major fire), and this could go a long way for them.

OK, go vote, and here’s wishing you your best week of the year so far!

-Scott

P.S. Thanks to everyone who dropped me a kind note or comment about my friend John Swarce’s passing. Your words mean more than you know.

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