Monthly Archives December 2021

New KelbyOne Course: Photoshop Tips and Tricks for Designers with Dave Clayton

Add new techniques to your creative arsenal! Join Dave Clayton as he walks you through five of his favorite Photoshop tips and tricks. In this class, you’ll learn how to create patterns, shapes, color themes, and gradients from photos, how to organize your libraries, leverage the Frame tool, take advantage of Layer Comps, create cool effects, and so much more!

In Case You Missed It: 25 Photoshop Tips for Designers with Dave Clayton

Join Dave Clayton as he shares his top Photoshop tips and tricks for designers! Dave works through a series of projects as he shares a steady stream of tips to help you in your workflow. His tips cover topics ranging from key preference settings to smart objects, slider tricks, selections, adjustment layers, maximizing CC Libraries, and so much more.

I’m not talking about pixels… I’m talking about life resolutions!

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as usual. Today I write to you from Lofoten, Norway, where the weather is a little warmer than it was last week in Lapland but still below freezing. The problem with the weather being slightly warmer is that the northern lights get hidden by the clouds. Still, there are some epic views to be had, just like this one from last week.

I’ll be posting more shots from my Due North adventure on Instagram periodically, but today isn’t about self promotion so let’s get back on track.

At the end of every year the subject of New Years Resolutions comes up. It’s a time for reflection as well as for forward planning. We can apply everything we would for a life-centric resolution to our photography, so let’s look at making plans that stick with our photography.

More than half of all New Years Resolutions fail, according to multiple sources. For this very important reason, we have to make sure we pick the right resolution that we will be able to uphold and adhere to. Think of it as setting an achievable goal rather than as a resolution and hopefully that’ll keep you on track. It must be specific because if we elect a to set a resolution that’s too vague it’s hard to see when we have it in our sights and when we don’t. In my past life there was an annoying acronym that is transferrable to this situation, and that acronym is ‘SMART.’ Our goals, or resolutions, should be: –






If we set ourselves a New Years Resolution that fits within this framework we are statistically far more likely to achieve it.

Perhaps your resolution has to do with expanding your photography business, or refining your portfolio. Maybe it’s all about education and growth, or maybe moving laterally from there, it’s about personal projects. Maybe we need a new marketing strategy, social media growth, a new website, there are countless personal and professional goals we can set ourselves.

My New Years Resolution this year is to start putting the lens cap on my lenses! It’s a simple one, but it’s a bad habit I have and I should really start doing it! Whatever yours is (or are) I wish you the best of luck, but I’ll also quickly finish by saying this. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Essentially, we create our own luck.

I hope you’re all having the best time, and I wish you a Happy New Year, and I’ll catch you again in 2022!

Much love

Last Minute Gifts & Toy Photography w/Scott Kelby, Erik Kuna & Dave DeBaeremaeker | The Grid Ep. 497

Need to do a little last minute shopping but aren’t sure what to get? Scott and Erik are joined by Dave DeBaeremaeker to come to the rescue! After their gift ideas, Dave shares some of his toy photography, which he also has KelbyOne course on!

New KelbyOne Course: Unlock Your Photography Creativity: A Step by Step Guide with Rick Sammon

Join Rick Sammon as he takes you through 21 steps to unlocking your photographic creativity! From setting goals to making more prints to the importance of your own physical health, Rick illustrates each step with photographic examples, stories, and his own brand of wisdom and humor. No matter where you are in your photographic journey, this class is an opportunity to take your skills and ways of seeing to the next level!

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am back! I write to you from under an Aurora filled sky. Well actually, the Aurora is taking a break. It will be back in 20 minutes so I’m making the most of the opportunity to sit in the warmth of the van rather than stand outside in -3f (-19c) temperatures, plus wind!

Today I want to touch on filters. Filters can make a huge difference when we apply them in the right circumstances. Think of them as a linear gradient, but attached to your camera ;)

Whether they have a gradient or are solid, a Neutral Density filter will essentially allow less light to enter our lens, blocking it out like sun shades either across the entire frame or a part of it. Learning how and when to apply a filter can give us a huge aid in our long exposure photography.

There are arguments that we can do the same thing in Adobe Photoshop, however although this is true in a lot of cases we simply can’t recreate the streaks of flowing water in the same way as if we do it optically, in the camera, using a filter.

If you don’t use filters I implore you to make it your goal this week to learn a little more about them and consider their application in your photography.

Writing from Finland, with images from Iceland, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Much love


I’m very excited about this collaboration with the creative team at On1 (maker’s of awesome plug-ins for Lightroom and Photoshop), and they are doing a 50% off deal right now on my signature collection (just in time for Christmas, and it’s an instant download, so no waiting on shipping).

Here’s how they describe my new collection (and it’s more than just presets):

“ON1 has partnered with world-renowned photographer Scott Kelby to bring you his new Signature Bundle! It’s an ON1-exclusive featuring over 70 of his best ON1 presets, 20 beautiful textures, and 20 high-resolution skies along with his most popular video course “10 Essential Tips Every Landscape Photographer Should Know.”

Whether you’re using ON1 Photo RAW 2022 or Effects 2022, this creative collection is an essential addition to your ON1 editing toolkit.”

I know a lot of you already have one or more of On1’s awesome plug-ins, and if you do, I think you’ll super-dig this bundle (especially when it’s on sale like this). I hope you’ll check it out. :)

Here’s the link to get the 50% off deal.

Have a great Holiday week (technically, I’m on vacation this week, but I wanted to share this today since it just came out).

Merry Christmas, everybody! :)


It wasn’t until this week. I have two Drobos – one at home and one at work, and I keep them synced, and I haven’t had any issues at all. In fact, I was bragging last week about how the one at home alerted me that one of my drives was getting full and that I’d need to replace it soon. That was before I received this email (below):

Dear Mr. Kelby: I’m writing to ask for your advice regarding Drobo. – My Drobo died in November of 2019 just before the pandemic hit. For nearly 2 years now I’ve been unable to make contact with anyone from Drobo in either email or by phone. The website says “sold out” on all models.  My question is: what would you do in this situation? I’m dead in the water as far as access to my files and not getting any younger.  Any assistance would be appreciated.”  

That doesn’t sound good.

I wrote back to him to let him know I hadn’t heard anything in the news about Drobo (though they were bought by another company a few years back), but I’d start doing some research on it, and I’d contact them myself and see if I could get him some help.

Their website’s on, but nobody’s home

He’s right – every single product on their website shows “sold out” and it appears it’s been that way since at least August of 2020, and I don’t know why they’ve been “sold out,” for 18 or so months (chip shortage, supply chain issues, etc.), and there’s nothing on their site to explain why everything’s out of stock. No banner up top, or notice on the pages, etc., but I do know this – companies that make their living selling products but don’t have any for 18-months and don’t give a reason why don’t generally have a particularly bright future.

So, I called them. I pressed the appropriate number to be connected to Sales to ask when new units would be available and how to get service. It sent me to voicemail where it said, “No one is here to take your call. Leave a message.”

I thought I’d try again another day, and I got the same “No one is here to take your call. Leave a message.” So I left a message this time as the editor of Photoshop User magazine, calling to ask the company’s status for an article I would be writing in the magazine about Drobo. It’s been four days. No callback. No response whatsoever.

Nobody is there to take our calls. Yikes.

I checked their social media accounts. There’s only one Tweet on their account in the past six months, saying that they haven’t found any compatibility issues with Mac OS Monterey, and prior to that, the last tweets were from August. Pretty much the same across all their social. All not great signs. And of course, the gentlemen who sent me the original email hasn’t gotten any help from them, or from my efforts, and that’s not awesome.

In short, I’m worried enough that I’m now looking for a different photo storage solution

I’m a bit freaked out that if my Drobo goes down, I’m in the same situation that guy is in. Yes, I have a backup (and a cloud backup) and a Synology NAS at work, too, but I won’t sleep well if my stuff isn’t 100% solid on my desktop. The search is on, and I’ll let you guys know how it goes (and I’m open to your ideas if you’ve got a solid, fast, expandable desktop solution).

Of course, there is always the chance that everything is OK at Drobo, and they’ll have a bunch of units in stock soon, and start contacting their customers who have serious issues and get them resolved in a timely fashion. That could absolutely be the case. But, if I were a betting man…

Well, not the best news to send you into the weekend, so don’t focus on that, but instead focus on the fact that after our company KelbyOne holiday luncheon today, I’m on vacation until next week, so whoo hoo!!! Well, that’s what I’ll be focusing on this weekend. That and playing Call of Duty Warzone, ranking up some of my weapons in Vanguard, spending time recording music, hanging out with my wonderful family, and eating yummy holiday food because, as we know, holiday food does not contain calories, carbs, fat, or anything bad. It’s the magic of Christmas. True story.

Happy Holidays, everybody!