Posts By Scott Kelby

I’m the guest on today’s episode of “He Shoots | He Draws” with host, British Superstar (and Britain’s version of Ted Lasso), Dave Clayton. We had such a great chat — we talked about everything from music to life, and everything in-between, it was an awful lot of fun. More like two guys just sitting at the bar chatting away.

That pic Dave shared above is from my first visit to London to meet with Dave and Glyn Dewis; went spent the day shooting and laughing. Mostly laughing. It was the start of two epic friendships.

You can listen right here: https://heshootshedraws.com/

Thanks to Dave for having me on — it really was a treat!

If you missed my live “Book Chat” from last Wednesday…

…celebrating the launch of the all-new version of my bestselling book ever, “The Digital Photography Book,” you can catch the replay (BELOW). It’s really…well…I guess you just have to see it. Wouldn’t hurt if you poured yourself a glass of wine, or two. Or four. ;-)

Deal of the century on my new book!

During that podcast, my publisher offered the deal of the century on my new book: just $15 for the print edition, and it’s in stock now ready to ship (just $20 if you want both the print and ebook edition). Here’s the link for the book deal: rockynook.com/kelbyafterhours

This year’s Worldwide Photo Walk 2020 is On! :)

In cast you missed the news — we announced my 13th Annual “Worldwide Photo Walk” on Friday. We had to kind of rethink how to pull off an in-person event like this during a pandemic, but with the help of our awesome community, we did it. It’s a bit different, but it’ll be awesome. I’ve embedded the video that explains everything below — please give it a watch because we’ve had to change a bunch of thing, but I think you’ll dig it. You can join a walk at worldwidephotowalk.com

That’s a lot for a Monday — hoping yours is a really good one!

-Scott

Holding a huge Photo Walk, with groups of people all getting together in person, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, well…it’s made us majorly rethink how to do a photo walk, and we think we’ve come up with a way to not only make it happen, but to make it truly awesome, and you’re invited.

This year’s idea for how we’re doing our Photo Walk is something born from some of the absolute stars of our online community, folks with big brains and even bigger hearts, who came up with this year’s plan so we can still make this year’s walk a reality.

Please take a few minutes and watch the video below which explains why we’re doing this; how we’re going to do it, how you can sign up, and why it all matters more than ever.

Thank you for taking the time to watch that — we really want you to be a part of it (and now you know what it’s so important that you do) and it’s still going to be awesome on so many levels.

Here are the details: 

Who: Everybody! You’re invited to join us — everyone is welcome!

What: A huge photo walk in 1,000+ cities around the world (here’s the link)

When: Saturday, October 3, 2020

Where: In a city near you (the cities have already been set-up and ready for you to sign up). Here’s the link to the official site.

Why: It’s a really fun event for photographers that has an important social mission (plus, this year you might win some really cool prizes, even if you don’t enter the competitions).

Have a great weekend, everybody. Go sign up go join your local Photo Walk – it’s on, baby! Whoo hoo!!!

-Scott

P.S. How we’re doing all this is VERY different this year. Don’t just go sign up — you really need to watch that video to see how and why everything has changed, but it’s still going to be great. Watch the video. It matters.

There’s a tremendous amount of content created every day for photographers, and since I follow so many sites, and photographers on social, I see an awful lot of it (and create some of it), and a lot of it is people covering the same subjects and topics over and over again. If I read one more “It’s not about the gear” article I’m going to jump out the window. ;-)

This one is different. It’s called “This is the best camera you will ever own” and (a) it’s not what you think it’s about (b) the examples are fantastic, and (c) it’s one of the best articles I’ve read on photography in quite a while — it’s not the same old thing — it’s a way of thinking that is really well thought out and perfectly illustrated.

It’s from fstoppers.com (really great site), and the article itself is by Iain Stanley, and it’s one that today I think every photographer should take a moment and read. It’s that good.

Here’s a direct link to the article. My hats off to Iain, and fstoppers — this is really great stuff.

Hope that helps get your week off to a great start! Stay happy and healthy, and check back tomorrow for “Travel Tuesdays with Dave.”

Cheers,

-Scott

First, before we get to today’s post, I wanted to thank everybody who joined us for ‘The Landscape Conference” this week. What a wonderful, gracious, fun crowd to present to (over 1,400+ photographers attended live), and it was such a blast. My humble thanks to spending a few days with us — we’re very grateful and hope you all learned a lot!

Above: A stock photo used here simply as an example of the type of photo the photographer was talking about.

This question — what makes a particular photo a landscape photo versus a travel photo? — came up during my pre-conference session called “What Makes a Great Landscape Photo.” The question came from a participant who mentioned that he shoots islands in the Caribbean and Hawaii, and shooting those at dawn or dusk (like you normally would for landscape photos), doesn’t look good because without the direct sun, you don’t have that beautiful turquoise water. I mentioned during my session that I thought in this case that breaking the dawn/dusk shooting rule was totally fine because this sounds like more of a travel type photo. Later, in our closing Q&A session, he asked me to elaborate on why I felt it was a travel photo, rather than a landscape photo.

There is no official ruling body on this, so all I can give is my opinion on it, and here it is:

“When I look at an image like the island with palm trees surrounded by clear turquoise water, my first thought is, ‘I want to be there on vacation; on the beach, under an umbrella, with a piña colada, and a good book looking out at that scene.’ I’m thinking vacation, so I’m thinking travel photo. When I see a lake with a still water reflection with snow-capped mountains in the background, or a shot from Monument Valley or Yosemite, I’m thinking landscape. In short: I think the emotion or feeling a person has when viewing the image helps to determine to the viewer if it’s a landscape or a travel photo. I think of Norway as a landscape country, but at the same time, you can make wonderful travel photos there, but I leave it up to the viewer to decide which one a particular photo is.”

In the end, though — does it even matter? It’s not a negative thing if someone feels your landscape photo is a travel photo (or vice versa). What’s important is that they enjoy viewing the photo, and you enjoyed shooting it; not which category it falls into.

Hope that helps.

Thanks again to everybody who make the conference such a special event. I’m very grateful for the wonderful turnout, and for the honor of being in the company of such great instructors. It was a blast!

Have safe, happy, healthy weekend. #GoBucks, #GoTitans, and soon #rolltide!

-Scott

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Landscape Photography Conference starts tomorrow (it kicks off today, a day early, with a pre-conference orientation and then I’m doing a workshop at 11:00 am called “What makes a great landscape photo” for folks who are new to landscape photography. It’s not too late — you can still sign up and be with us from the start tomorrow. Details and tickets at KelbyOneLive.com – it’s a record-breaking crowd for us; hope you can make it!

This is the book I’ve been waiting for, but it’s not just me – so many people have been waiting for this one. It is from the awesomeness that is Kaylee Greer, the world’s most incredible dog photographer (and the result of what would happen if a magical unicorn and the leprechaun at the end of the rainbow had a baby), for the first time ever shares her proven techniques in a book all about getting the best dog photos ever!

I can’t believe it’s nearly here. Pre-order it right now, either direct from the book’s publisher, or from Barnes & Noble, or from Amazon, and be prepared to create images of dogs that a huge step above the rest. You will thank me!

Next Wednesday I’m Doing a ‘Book Chat’ for my New Book

I’m super psyched that this all new print version of my original classic (it’s literally the #1 bestselling book on digital photography of all time), arrived last week in Rocky Nook’s warehouse, and it’s on it’s way to book stores everywhere now. Next Wednesday at 7:00 PM ET (mark your calendar now) you’re invited to join me for a thrilling (probably not) book chat that is in the same vein as my other wonderful (stupid) book chats. I’ll share some tips from the book, I’ll answer questions about the book, about me, about life, and other time-wasting grifts that will enthrall, entrail, and enlighten (I’m not certain it will do any of those).

Plus, there will be deals. Oh yes, there will be deal.

During my awesome (lame) book chat, my publisher will be offering an insane deal on my book (and maybe a book bundle as well), and the price will probably be so low, that it will cause a horrible rift between me and my publisher, one that will probably land us in court, so take advantage of the deal that night, because the book will probably be placed under some injunction by the judge who is probably on the take to my publisher anyway. Don’t let that effect you, though — get it while it’s hot (meaning stolen, of course, but that’s for a crooked judge to decide).

If you can’t wait until next Wednesday (and I know you can’t because you’re so impetuous), you can pick it up from my publisher or Amazon or Barnes & Noble right now.

That’s it for today folks. Hope you have an absolutely fantastic week, and high five to for writing the best book on dog photography ever!

-Scott

I’m very excited to be the guest tomorrow on Terry White’s “Photography Master Class” live stream, and I’m doing a presentation called “Photo Recipes” where I share a final image, and then show how to make a similar shot, with behind-the-scenes photos and camera setting and such.

It’s free and open to everybody – we’re live from 10:55 AM to 11:55 AM ET, and you can watch it right here on the blog below (and if you miss the live stream, and can watch the archive here as well). :)

Hope you can make it (or rewatch it above if you missed the live stream).

We already have over 1,000 attendees for next week’s Landscape Photography Conference

It’s not too late to join us — it starts with a pre-conference session I’m teaching on “What makes a great landscape photo” and we also have a first-timer orientation class from Larry Becker to help you make the most of the virtual conference. Here’s the link to get your ticket — don’t miss out.

Have a great weekend everybody, and thanks to Terry for having me on his awesome show (which airs each week at this same time. Always great info).

Stay safe and sane, and we’ll catch you back here next week (well, at least that’s what I’m hoping). :)

-Scott

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