Posts By Scott Kelby

I’m back from teaching my travel photography workshop with Mimo Meidany in wonderful Prague. Incredible city – one of the most photogenic in all of Europe.

I did an Adobe Spark page (well, it’s now called “Creative Cloud Express,” but it has the same features as Spark and it’s still included as part of your Adobe subscription, so really, it’s just a new name).

It’s the story of the trip told in pictures, and captions and I included lots of behind-the-scenes shots (and a few short BTS video clips), and the camera and gear info (and all the camera info is at the bottom of the page).

If you’ve got a minute, I hope you’ll give it a quick look. Here’s the link:

https://express.adobe.com/page/N8T5y8eb1vfwf/

Thanks, everybody, and here’s wishing you an awesome week.

-Scott

P.S. Today kicks off the orientation and pre-conference sessions for our 2-day, 2-track online camera conference (where you learn how to use your camera, your accessories, and all your photography gear). It’s not too late to get your ticket – here’s the link (you get the entire Photography Gear Conference archived to stream on demand for an entire year).

Hey, everybody – I’m back from nine days in Prague, and I’m ready to get back at it (I was leading a travel photography workshop, and it was epic. Epic! What a blast!). Anyway, next week we’re hosting an online conference that’s designed to help you learn your camera, your accessories, and all your photography gear. Check out this short 1-minute video I did about the conference below: 

On Monday, we kick off with a pre-conference workshop, and then the conference runs all day Tuesday and Wednesday with two simultaneous tracks. The entire conference is archived for an entire year for you to stream on demand any time so you can catch any classes you missed, or rewatch any you want to catch again. It’s going to be really awesome, and I want you to be there. 

It’s not too late to sign up for The Photography Gear Conference: here’s the link. 

Now that I’m back, I’ll be back on the Lightroom stuff on Monday, so I hope you’ll stop back by. Have a great weekend, and we’ll catch you at the conference. :) 

-Scott

P.S. I‘m still working on my images from the trip and I’ll be posting a link to my Adobe Spark page next week when it’s posted.

I’ve been shooting a lot of portraits for a project I’ve been working on, and I have to say, I’m just super impressed with how well and consistently it works. I’ve never had more in-focus portraits than I’m getting now.

Every shot is right on the money – sharp, clear, and I don’t have to do the “Focus and recompose” dance like I do (or shall I say, “did”) with my DSLR. Now I just compose my portrait the way I want it, press my shutter button halfway down, and it automatically locks right on my subject’s eye (I can see a little green focus rectangle lock right onto their eye, as seen below, without any input from me whatsoever), and I take the shot.

So, shooting portraits has gotten easier, and I’m getting every photo in focus. I am super digging this!

Here’s how to turn this feature on (well, on a Canon R6 anyway):

STEP ONE: Go to the menu on the back of your camera, tap on AF (Auto Focus), and in section number 1, for AF method (tracking), choose AF and the face icon, like you see above. So now it’s set to recognize faces, but this feature has been in cameras for like 10 years now, so go on to the next step.

STEP TWO: Tap on the next menu item down, ‘Subject to detect’, and from the list (which includes People, Animals, and None), choose People.

STEP THREE: Tap on the next menu item down, “Eye detection,” and choose “Enable” from the menu. Now you’re set – the camera will handle the portrait focusing so you can focus on composition and interacting with your subject.

If you’re not using eye autofocus yet, give it a try this week, and I think you’ll be amazed at the results. When it comes to portraits, this is a game-changer!

This is the type of stuff we’re teaching at next month’s “Photography Gear Conference.” It’s all about getting the most from your camera, lenses, and accessories. It’s not designed to sell you stuff (we’re not selling anything); it’s designed to help you learn all this stuff, so you stop worrying about the settings and the gear and focus on the stuff that really matters. We have tracks for Nikon, Sony, and Canon users. Here’s the link for tickets and more info.

Here’s wishing you a flippin’ fantastic week! :)

-Scott

If you’re looking for a way to take your understanding of photography and how your camera works, this weekend, give this 100% free course a watch. It’s called “Beginner’s Start Here.” It’s not real long, but I worked really hard to make it super useful, and the feedback I’ve gotten on it is fantastic. First, watch the short trailer below:

To watch this course, just sign up for the free level KelbyOne membership (no credit card required), and you want this course in its entirety (along with some other cool free courses from me and the gang).

Here’s the link to watch it for free.

Hope you find that super helpful, and here’s wishing you a kick-butt weekend!

-Scott

I know it’s Monday, and technically this is one of our “Photo Tip Friday” tips, but I missed the chance to get this up on Friday, so…..it’s Photo Tip Monday with Aaron Van, and it’s a really good (and easy) one. Just 60-seconds, but super helpful. Check it out:

Pretty slick, right? Here’s a link to Aaron’s class if you want more stuff like that.

OK, it’s going to be a great week – Let’s go!

-Scott

Last night to celebrate the launch of my latest book, ‘The Travel Photography Book’ I did a live Webcast packed with travel photography tips, along with a deal from my publisher that is truly mind-blowing – 50% off on the print edition of the book (that makes it only $15 for a brand new book, which is just crazy – and they are honoring that deal until Midnight tonight Pacific time. Here’s the link to order your copy).

Anyway, the live Webcast was a ton of fun, and I shared lots of travel photography tips; you can watch it right here (below).

Hope you find those tips helpful (and I would love it if you would spread the word about this incredible 1-day only deal from Rockynook (my book’s publisher). Here’s that link again, ya know…just in case. :)

Have a great weekend, everybody! :)

-Scott

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