Posts By Scott Kelby

This is such an eye-opening video from ‘Studio Builder’ (a full-time working pro photographer), and he’s got some eye-opening takes on Vero for all those photographers who are thinking of moving there as an answer to Instagram’s recent changes (SPOILER ALERT: where Instagram is designed around photography, Vero clearly is not – as you’ll see, but there’s much more to it).

I even went back and started posting on Vero again myself, but this video is making me rethink investing time and energy there. Check it out:

Also, when Vero started back in 2018, with its promise of no algorithms and no ads, a lot of photographers did grab a spot over there (myself included), but then everybody kind of left in a hurry (Google it for the reason), but this video (above) doesn’t go into all that – just why it’s not what you think (or hope) it is, or would be. Give it a look – he did a LOT of research, and it makes a lot of sense.

OK, we’re off to a kind of a chippy Monday. Let’s turn it around and make this a kick-butt day!

-Scott

Two separate topics that taste great together. First, check out what we just announced – our last training conference of the year – ‘The Travel Photography Conference.’ Check out the trailer below and why this is the perfect time for a conference like this, which covers the shooting, traveling, gear, the post-processing, and more:

You can sign up right here (and don’t forget – you get the entire conference, all the classes, archived for an entire year, so you can stream any session again, or any missed, on demand.

Burger King Totally Blew It!

Chicken Sandwich Wars Important Update: Burger King had it. They had one of the top contenders in the entire Chicken Sandwich war in their “Ch’King” chicken sandwich. It was pretty incredible. So much so that it made me actually go to Burger King, perhaps my least favorite restaurant anywhere. Never been a fan, but the Ch’King changed my mind. It made me a believer, and a customer. Until last week, when I was at the Burger King drive-thru near me, ordered a Ch’King, and they told me it had been discontinued. What? That’s right – it’s no longer available. Apparently, a lot of people loved it, but there was a problem. Here’s how a top exec at Burger King explained the problem:

“The Ch’King “was a great product that was difficult or challenging for teams to execute on.”

So, they didn’t replace the Ch’King with something that tastes better. They replaced it with something easier to make. It’s not about their customers. It’s about how easy it is for them to make.

But I gave them the benefit of the doubt since they’re running TV ads non-stop for their new “BK Royal Crispy Chicken Sandwich,” so after ‘The Grid’ last week, I bought one to give it a try (even though one of our viewers commented that they had already tried it, and it was totally “meh”).

I tried it, and I can tell you this: It’s misnamed. It should have been called, “It’s our old boring chicken sandwich back again,” and their TV campaign could have been, “You didn’t like it before, and now it’s back.” It was completely ‘meh.’ Super ‘meh.’ They quit. They gave up. Save your money.

We Have a New Champ!

I mentioned this on The Grid recently, but we have a chicken sandwich that finally (finally) beats the famed Popeye’s spicy chicken sandwich (and it’s close 2nd place entry from Zaxby’s), and I am crowning it the new reigning champion of all Chicken Sandwich wars contenders. It is from the Outback Steakhouse’s new fast food chain called “The Aussie Grill,” and their ‘Crispy Sriracha Chicken Sandwich” is remarkable. Truly. It is the new ‘king’ and Burger King…well…they totally blew it.

Have a great weekend, everybody. Hope your chicken is crispy and spicy!

Scott

I explain it all right in the short video below:

You can get your copy (in print or ebook edition) today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or directly from the publisher.

Thanks for checking out that. I’m really excited about this one – I think it will help a lot of folks out there who are already using Lightroom. :)

Here’s to a kick-butt week! :)

-Scott

P.S. I just released two new online courses for travel photographers: Part 1 is on shooting interiors when you travel (places like palaces, cathedrals, museums, opera houses, theaters, etc.), and Part 2 is on how to take those images and post-process them from start to finish. Details over on LightroomKillerTips.com today.

On Wednesday’s episode of the Grid, late in the show (around the 50-minute mark) we explained and then showed a killer example of exactly why we’re so disappointed that the new iPhone 14 Pro camera doesn’t have a 10x Optical zoom, and precisely what the new iPhone’s camera cannot do. When you see this example, you will totally get it.

The video below starts right were we start talking about the new iPhone issue, so if you hit play, you’ll right where all the fireworks start (and if you scroll back right before this, you’ll hear a shocking news update about the Chicken Sandwich Wars). Anyway, check out the video below:

That’s why we’re so disappointed. Sigh. Well, in much more fun news….

I am psyched to be teaching at the just announced OPTIC WEST 2022 Conference

The awesome annual OPTIC Conference (The outdoor photo/video/travel imaging conference) has always been held in New York City (and hosted and produced by the folks at B&H Photo), but for the first time ever it’s now headed to the West Coast – to beautiful Monterey, California this November, and I’m honored to be doing one of the keynote presentations (along with legendary National Geographic photographer, author, and speaker Frans Lanting) and an incredible team of instructors.

It’s an amazing event, which includes: a Whale Watching expedition aboard the Monterey Princess, with gear from Nikon, Sony, Sigma, and Canon available for you to borrow. There are Macro Photo Sets, a Workflow Pavilion where you can edit and print your work, and the OPTIC Challenge where photographs can be taken at a multitude of natural sets professionally illuminated with Genaray Lighting. You can also enter your work in a gallery contest with prizes for the winners. There is an opening night cocktail reception and of course, lots and lots of great classes taught by that top-notch instructor team over the two days.

You can register to attend the in-person event or virtual online – here’s the link with info and to reserve your spot. After teaching at the OPTIC Conference in New York earlier this year, I can tell you – this is an event you absolutely do not want to miss.

I’m delighted to have one of my images chosen as a Gold Winner in the European Photography Awards

I cannot tell you how delighted I was when I got the email this week that my image was a Gold Winner in The European Photography Awards, in the Professional category under Fine Art Photography – Travel. Thank you to the judges – I’m just tickled to no end. :)

Have a great weekend, everybody! Hope to see some of you here in Salt Lake City tonight, then it’s off to Crown Burger for….well…a burger! (and a yummy one at that).

-Scott

Once again, there were so many great images this year; so many that you could make a case for that “should have been the one,” and the photographers themselves keep improving. It all makes the judging process even harder. Narrowing it down to just ten finalists and one winner from entries literally all over the world — it’s just very challenging. Especially since they are so many things to consider when looking at an image.

After a considerable amount of blood, sweat, and tears, I’m delighted to present to you this year’s ten finalists and our 2022 Worldwide Photo Walk Grand Prize winner.

NOTE: After the winner is revealed below, I’ll be listing this year’s Leader’s Winner and some honorable mentions (images taken by photo walk leaders that didn’t win a prize but deserved some recognition nonetheless).

Here are this year’s Top 10 Finalists (in no particular order):

SIMONAS PASKEVICIUS | Copenhagen, Denmark Photo Walk

NABILAH DAUD | Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur Photo Walk

FRED KRIEGER | Naples, Florida USA Photo Walk

KB COLLINS | Charlotte, North Carolina, USA Photo Walk

ROMELO JAMISOLA | Doha, Qatar Photo Walk

KLIENNE ECO | Pitik sa Lawa ng Taal, Laurel, Batangas, Philippines Photo Walk

ARIEL MEDINA | Prado, Montevideo, Uruguay Photo Walk

POOJA GODSELWAR | Hyderabad, India Photo Walk

شمس رضوان (Shams Radwan) | Burullus Lake, Egypt Photo Walk

DIMITRI KACZMAREK | Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Photo Walk

…and now for the 2022 Worldwide Photo Walk Grand Prize winner:

BOBBIE MONTALES | Manila, Philippines Photo Walk

I fell in love with this image the moment I saw it because it has it all. The light is amazing, but the eye-catching color draws you in, and then once you see the figure in the image, it really goes to that next level. It’s like when Jay Maisel talks about “Light, Gesture, and Color” and how if your image has any one of those, it has a shot at being something. If it has two, you’ve got something special, and this image definitely has light and color; some might argue it has all three, but either way – it’s a captivating image – one I would hang on the wall in my own home, and I love it! Congratulations to Bobbie. Bravo!

The Walk Leader competition is always one of the hardest to judge
There are so many great entries from so many talented leaders around the world — it just a really tough job. Last year was a tough one to judge, so was the year before that, and the year before that, and this year it’s that tough once again.

Although there’s only one winner, I felt some images were so good that even though they didn’t win a prize, they still deserved to be recognized, so I’m displaying my “Honorable Mentions” first, then we’ll reveal our winner.

I present our 10 Walk Leader Competition Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

MOHAMED ADEL | Burullus Lake, Egypt Photo Walk

ZIA SURAREZ | Barcelona City, Spain Photo Walk

JOUIE TABILIN | Cagayan De Oro, Phillipines Photo Walk

DIONYSOS PHOTOGRAPHY | Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Novia Scotia, Canada Photo Walk

ROSEMARY KEAN | Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Photo Walk

J. SCOTT KELLY | Vero Beach, Florida USA Photo Walk

NOHA HIMMAT | Gharbia governate, Egypt

CONGRATULATIONS TO…..

MARK ANTHONY AGTAY | Dubai, United Arab Emirates Photo Walk

I love the mystery of this image, and I want to know the story. The colors, the lighting, the mood, it all works so well together. Really an intriguing image and masterfully crafted. Nicely done!

Congratulations to all the Photo Walk Leaders Competition Honorable Mentions and to our 2022 Leader Winner, Mark Anthony Agtay.

Thanks to all our Walk Leaders

It’s an awful lot of work (ask anyone who has led one), and a thankless job, so let me be the first to say “thanks.” We couldn’t do any of this without our volunteer walk leaders around the world, who do such a great job of creating the walks; working and wrangling their walkers, judging the local contest from their walk, and making the whole thing happen on the local level, and that means a lot.

We could not do this without Adobe

We owe a very special thanks to our Premier Sponsor, Adobe Systems, for their support of the photo walk this year. Without their help and support, there would be no Worldwide Photo Walk, so you can imagine how grateful we are to the folks at Adobe, who also provided some amazing prizes for our contest winners.

Also, thanks to our additional official sponsors: Think Tank Photo, Skylum, Rocky Nook, Platypod, On1 Software, and B&H Photo — thanks for all your support this year and for offering such awesome prizes to our winners. We are very grateful.

Lastly, thanks to all the talented photographers around the world


…Who created such inspiring, creative, and beautiful work, and special thanks to those of you who contributed to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya — it means more than you know.

Have a fantastic day, everybody!

-Scott

Today on our live weekly photography video podcast ‘The Grid’, we’re announcing this year’s Finalists, the Grand Prize Winner, The Leader’s Competition winner, and some special leader honorable mentions.

WHEN: Today at 1 PM EDT (New York Time)
WHERE: On ‘The Grid’ – you can watch live on facebook.com/skelby or at youtube.com/kelbyone

Hope you can join us today for the big reveal – we have some wonderful images to share; plus like always, we’ll be doing some cool prize giveaways to folks just watching the show live, so tune on in. :)

-Scott

P.S. I’ll also post all the winners here on the blog today at 2:00 PM EDT.

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