Posts By Scott Kelby

Few things are more exciting for a photographer than when a B&H Photo shipping box arrives at your door, and today was that day! I had been shooting a Canon EOS R6 for the past few years, and I wasn’t really planning on updating when I heard the R6 Mark II announcement, but then I made a fatal mistake.

When I was out at the OPTICWEST Conference in Monterey last month, I stopped by the Canon booth, and they had a pre-release model, and I held it and played around with it (huge mistake), so my next step was the B&H Photo booth (which happened to be directly next to the Canon booth) to arrange to sell them my used R6 (they buy used gear) and upgrade to the R6 Mark II, and well…it arrived today and I’m giddy (a term used by old folks. No me, mind you. Actual old folks).

I was actually inspired by a buddy of mine, who had gone to Mirrorless but was still hanging on to a bunch of his old DLSR gear and lenses, and while we were on the phone, I convinced him to go to B&H’s Used Dept and see what they would give him for the old gear (you get an instant online offer on their site). I kid you not – he got over $5,000 for gear he hadn’t used in years. Well, that inspired me, and I’m about to ship them a bunch more of the DSLR gear I don’t use anymore so I can get a new R-mount 70-200mm (and I’m probably going with the f/4 instead of the f/2.8 because I hardly ever get to shoot it at f/2.8, and it’s lighter and cheaper and still sharp as anything).

Here’s my current loadout

OK, so the new R6 Mark II is my main camera body. I don’t really carry a backup body, so my iPhone is my backup camera unless I’m shooting something critical, like a wedding or a sporting event. I use three lenses (seen below):

  1. A Canon RF-mount (for mirrorless) 24-240mm lens (my favorite all-around travel lens) below left.
  2. A Canon RF-mount 14-35mm Lens (mostly for shooting interiors when I travel) below center.
  3. A Tamron 150-600mm lens for shooting aviation (I use an adapter, so I can use this on my mirrorless)

I have some other gear, but mostly for shooting sports (I still have two 1Dx’s and a 400mm f/2.8, and some other various lenses, like an F/1.2 85mm, but that’s one I’m probably selling off as mentioned above).

I am super digging having a simplified loadout, and most of the time, especially when I’m traveling, I’m just using that 24-240mm anyway. One body, and one lens….awwww, yeah! :)

I’ll let you know more once I’ve had a chance to shoot with the Mark II, but I’m just so excited I had to share it with you. Have a great weekend, and hope to see you back here next week! :)

-Scott

P.S. Next Wednesday at 1PM ET on ‘The Grid,’ it’s our annual Holiday Gear Guide show with my special in-house guest, the one and only Vanelli. Lots of great gift ideas for the photographer on your holiday gift list. :)

For Cyber Monday, we go to our partners and ask them to give just a crazy low price on something, but only for 1-hour, and sometimes these deals are so incredible it crashes their servers. Today is that day! , Starting at 10:00 am ET and running until 5:00 pm at the top of every hour we’re doing another LIVE Screamin’ Deal Webcast where you’ve got to watch to get the Discount code. They’re short, right at the top of the hour, we give you the deal and the code, and you’re off and saving! :)

Here are the details:

Who: Join host Larry Becker LIVE from our studios
What: Unbelievable Cyber Monday deals that only last 1 hour
Where: Here’s the link
When: Today, starting at 10:00 am and at the top of every hour until 5 pm ET.
Why: Cause we always do something cool on Cyber Monday!

Next up: Killer Deals On Our Online Conference replays

You know about our fantastic KelbyOne Online Conferences, on everything from Landscape photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, travel photography, making money from your photography, and even iPhone photography – well, we have some incredible deals for you to watch any (or all) of our conferences replays on demand for an entire year. The best instructors, our most popular topics, now at the lowest price of the years.

Lastly, check out this Cyber Monday deal on a KelbyOne Pro Membership

Today, Cyber Monday is your last chance to get our absolute best price of the year on KelbyOne Pro annual membership, and 2023 is going to be an amazing year of training! (check out that video above for more about KelbyOne and why you should join today).

Here’s the link to save BIG! (Save $90)

Happy shopping, everybody. It’s going to be an incredible year of learning. :)

-Scott

If you’ve always thought of becoming a part of the KelbyOne Online Educational Community, this is the best time ever; thanks to our Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal –  we’re offering our best price of the year. Just $149 for a full year of our ProPlan, with full access to everything (including over 900+ full-length training courses with thousands and thousands of lessons, plus a subscription to Photoshop User magazine).

PLUS (cool feature coming up), when you purchase a KelbyOne Pro Annual Membership at this special cyber sale price, you will renew at this rate for as long as you remain a KelbyOne Pro Annual member. Your membership price doesn’t go up at the end of a year. Pretty sweet, right?

Here’s the link – it makes a perfect gift, too (giving the gift of education for an entire year).

Have a fun Black Friday shopping day today, everybody. :)

-Scott

Today we kick off our Black Friday / Cyber Monday deal on a KelbyOne Pro Membership, and it’s our best deal of the year. More people join KelbyOne this week (and next Monday) than any other time, and we’d love to have you join up with us for an incredible year of learning.

Here’s a link to get your deal (and it makes a fantastic Holiday gift for the photographer on your gift list).

Happy shopping, and to everybody who joins this week – welcome aboard. It’s going to be an amazing 2023 of learning together. :)

-Scott

This is one of those super quick tips, and it’s how one simple accessory, and a few simple settings, allow you to create that smooth silky look in scenes where water is moving, as you see above (so a waterfall, harbor, fountain, stream., etc.), or scenes where the clouds in the sky are fast moving. Check out the accessory and technique in the short “Photo Tip Friday” video below:

That’s a pretty powerful little accessory, right? However, if you’re shooting a Mirrorless camera, the process is even easier because you can put the filter right on your lens from the start and then focus like normal. Here’s the process, step-by-step, for mirrorless camera users:

  1. Switch to ‘Bulb’ mode on your camera (this mode lets you can keep the shutter open for longer than 30-seconds).
  2. If you’re doing a long exposure, your camera can’t move at all, not even a little, the entire time, so use a tripod.
  3. Put your ND filter in front of your lens. If you’re going to be shooting in daylight (like I was for the shot above), you’ll need at least a 10x (10-stop) ND filter or a 12 or 15-stop. I have a 10-stop and a 3-stop, so I can put on the 10-stop and then screw the 3-stop right on top for a 13-stop equivalent.
  4. Figure out how long to keep the shutter open. There are apps for your phone that do this. I use either ND Timer (¢.99) or the use ND timer included in the PhotoPills App(I know a lot of you already use that app).
  5. Press the shutter button halfway down to focus, and then all the way to open the shutter (or if you’re using a cable release or wireless remote, press it and lock it into position, so you don’t have to hold it down the whole time physically). On my Canon R6, I set a two-second timer and then tap and screen, and it starts a timer right there on my screen for me. When it hits the amount of time my app told me it would need for a proper exposure, I simply tap the screen again.

There ya go for all your mirrorless users out there (you save a few extra steps that folks that are shoot DSLRs still have to do, like covering the viewfinder so light doesn’t leak in, and pre-focusing and switching to manual focus before putting the filter on your lens).

Give this technique a try – it’s also great for removing tourists (as long as the tourists keep moving while you have a long exposure going, they will literally be gone when the long exposure is gone. We’re talking during a 30-second+ exposure).

Have a great weekend, everybody! Happy shopping to everybody getting those early bird Black Friday details.

-Scott

P.S. Our Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals for a KelbyOne Pro membership are already in place if you want to take advantage of our absolute lowest prices of the year. Here’s the link – you will get so much out of it, and it also makes a fantastic gift for the photographer on your holiday list. :)

It will be a very special event, and I’m honored to be one of the speakers, along with an all-star crew of instructors. Here’s how the symposium organizers describe it:

“Jack Graham and Bill Fortney invite you to join them for a memorable experience in the Saguaro National Park and Tucson area. Their immense experience throughout the photographic industry, leading workshops and helping people “see” more creatively, all go in to creating this amazing symposium.”

Here are the details:

WHO: You, Me, and some of the best photography instructors in the industry
WHEN: Next October 30, through November 3rd, 2023
WHERE: The Saguaro National Park area
HOW: For more info or to reserve your spot (space is limited), click this link

There will be incredible shooting and learning opportunities, so mark your calendars now and I hope you can join us out West – it will be (wait for it…wait for it…) epic!

OK, it’s Monday – a week with lots of fresh opportunities – let’s make the most of it! :)

-Scott

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