Vital Stats:

Age 55; born in Lakeland, Florida; resident of the Tampa Bay area.


Scott is the President and CEO of KelbyOne (the online educational community for creative people); the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo; Host of the influential weekly photography talk show “The Grid;” Founder of the annual “Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk” (the world’s largest social photography event); Training Director and lead instructor for KelbyOne Live Seminars, and author of a string of bestselling books.

Last Book Read:

The One Thing, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

Favorite Films: (In no particular order)

The American President, Notting Hill, True Lies, Austin Powers, Trading Places, The Sting, Dave, Beauty and the Beast, Love Actually, Groundhog Day, Bolt, Grease, Pretty Woman, Stripes, Cars, Coming to America, Galaxy Quest, City Slickers, Wayne’s World, Kindergarten Cop, The Holiday, and just about any good romantic comedy.

Favorite Bands/Musicians: (In no particular order)

Bon Jovi, The Babys, Kenny Loggins, Aerosmith, Frank Sinatra, Boston, James Taylor, Eddie Money, Kiss, Chicago, Journey and most disco songs from 78 thru 84 with the notable exception of “I Will Survive” and “I Love The Nightlife”

Favorite Restaurants:

Capogna’s Dugout Italian Restaurant in Clearwater, Florida; Ocean Prime; Maggiano’s Little Italy; Mimi e Coco in Rome; Fleming’s Steakhouse; Carmine’s on West 44th in NYC; Keen’s Steakhouse in NYC; Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas; Gibson’s Steakhouse in Chicago; Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse in Grand Central Station NYC; Tony’s Napolitano in San Francisco, Texas de BrazilVooDoo Donuts in Portland, BLT Steak in South Beach Miami, Florida; and La Teresita in West Tampa, Florida.

My Favorite Burgers:

Plan B Burger in Hartford, CT; Milt’s in Moab, Utah; Burger 21 in Tampa, Florida; In/Out Burger out West; Bobby’s Burger Palace (the Crystal Shops) Las Vegas; Slidin’ Thru Las Vegas; Boston Burger Company;


Sports Photography, Guitar, Piano, Drums

Favorite Magazines:

PDN, Professional Photographer, Digital Camera World (UK), and Digital Photo Pro magazine.

Favorite Foods:

Rigatoni with meat sauce. an In/Out Burger Double-Double, Peccadillo with yellow rice, a New York strip with a Maytag blue cheese crust, Spaghetti Aglio and Olio, my wife’s salad (known locally by friends and family as “The Salad”), the Prime Rib at Keen’s in NYC, Chinese food from anywhere, and the 1905 salad from the Columbia Spanish restaurant.

Latest Projects:

Working on a coffee-table style photo called The Great Indoors which features images from beautiful, classic, old world interiors from around the world, including opera houses, theaters, museums, libraries, restaurants, train stations, and more.


Wrote “The Digital Photography Book, Part 1”, which became the bestselling book in history on digital photography. Won the Benjamin Franklin Award for my book The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, was named The #1 Bestsellling computer/ technology author in the world for the six years straight, and the #1 top-selling author of photography books for five years running. My books have been translated into dozens of different languages, including Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Korean, Polish, Taiwanese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish, Turkish, and Portuguese, among others. In 2015 I was presented with the HIPA Award by the Crown Prince of Dubai for my contributions to photography education and I received the prestigious ASP International Award, presented annually by the American Society of Photographers for “…contributions in a special or significant way to the ideals of Professional Photography as an art and a science.”

Earned my black belt in Tae Kwondo. Played in a band in Europe; started my own successful business; married the girl of my dreams, and have an absolutely wonderful son, and an amazing little girl. I’m one happy puppy!

Favorite TV Shows: (in no particular order)

Brooklyn 99, The Walking Dead, SNL, So You Think You Can Dance, Family Guy, Hell’s Kitchen, Smash, Into The Badlands, and Seinfeld Reruns.

I Stay Home to Watch:

Tampa Bay Bucs away games.

Computer Setup:

A 15″ Apple MacBook Pro, a 21″ iMac, a Wacom IntousPro tablet

My Favorite Stuff

  1. Fender Guitars and Paul Reed Smith Guitars
  2. Really Right Stuff Ballheads
  4. The Hoodman Loupe
  5. Elinchrom ELC-500 Strobes
  6. Westcott 5-1 reflector/diffuser
  7. Canon 11-24mm ultra wideangle lens, and my 8-15mm Fisheye
  8. Elinchrom Midi Octa
  9. Canon Pixma Pro printers
  10. (photo storytelling site)
  11. Think Tank Photo International Airport rolling photo bag
  12. Nik Color Efex Pro 4 Photoshop/Lightroom Plug-in
  13. Apple iPad Air
  14. TetherTools Aero Traveler TetherTable
  15. BlackRapid R-Strap
  16. Canon EOS 1Dx
  17. Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens
  18. XM Satellite Radio
  19. Marshall Amps
  20. Dropbox

Favorite Software Programs:

Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, iTunes, Adobe InDesign, Keynote, GuitarPro, and Photo Mechanic.

Favorite Diversion:

I love going to Disney World or Universal Studios with my family, and just hanging out.

Favorite Web Sites:

Terry White’s Tech Blog, Apple Insider, Seth Godin’s Blog, Teslarati, The Verge, USA Today, 500px, B&H Photo,, Instagram,, and Iconsquare.

Biggest Thrill:

Experiencing the birth of my son and my daughter, and seeing my beautiful wife walking down the aisle to marry me (27 years ago this year).

Personal Philosophy:

You never go wrong by doing the right thing.