Posts By Scott Kelby

Today’s the day! We’re wrapping up the first quarter of 2019 and we’re heading into this next quarter knowing that we started it right by backing up our Lightroom Classic catalog today (and we’ll all be sleeping better tonight night for it).

While the process of backing up your catalog is easy, first you might want to know why you need to backup your Lightroom catalog and then how to do it, step-by-step. So, first read this (from my other blog, LightroomKillerTips.com):

After reading that, you might ask, “Where should that backup be stored?”So, read this:

OK, that’s the plan — stop what you’re doing; backup that Lightroom Classic catalog, and start this week off like a boss!!

Have a great backed-up feelin’ Monday! :)

-Scott

P.S. If you’re thinking of joining us in Orlando for the Photoshop World Conference (May 31-June 2), our host hotel (The Hyatt Regency) is filling up fast, so get your rooms right now (last year, we sold out the entire hotel, and folks had to stay off-site. Stay where we’re all staying, in the middle of it all right there at the Hyatt). Here’s the link with our room discount for attendees.

…it went way, way off the tracks. I think in a good way — but anytime you do an interview, and you actually talk about things like religion, well…you know it’s not your average interview. I really enjoyed going what host Andy McSweeney called “going off the grid” (I see what ya did there), and anyway, it’s an audio podcast with a part 1 and 2 (links below), and you’ve got a few minutes, you can let it run in the background while you’re doing your post-processing.

Here’s the link to Part 1

Here’s the link to Part 2

Thanks to Andy for asking me questions, and going places, I usually don’t get to go in interviews. What great fun. I think. ;-)

From”Make a Print Monday”

You might remember last month when I launched “Make a Print Monday” where we all stop what we’re doing and make a print (or send a print off to the lab, for the sheer joy and importance of printing. Well, I shared the shot you see above of my print from “Make a Print Monday” on my social media channels, but I realized I never shared it here, so….well, here ya go. :)

I say, next month, let’s do it again! :)

Only Two Spots Left…

If you want to come with me to Paris this summer, there are only two spots left. It’s going to be an amazing travel photography workshop — lots of learning, laughing, amazing French food, and making new friends in the most photogenic city in the world. Grab one of those spots right now (here’s the link with details), and I’ll see you in Paris for an unforgettable experience.

Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with lots of great images, and fun. :)

-Scott

P.S.A big thanks to everybody who joined our KelbyOne Pro plan during our big sale last week. It was a record-breaker for us, and we’re excited to have so many new members. You guys rock! 

Every week we release a new online class, and last week’s class was one of mine — it was a “by request” class on lighting location portraits.

The idea to do this course came comments in the KelbyOne Community forum from folks who had watched my course on using the Profoto B1x’s on location released a couple of months ago. At the end of the course, I did a Safari-themed fashion shoot, and they said they really liked the live shoot part, and wanted to see more live shoots. So, I went ahead an did an entire course of nothing but live shoots using lighting on location (nothing really about the strobes themselves — just setting up different scenarios and such from scratch. The whole course is seven different location shoots in around 45 minutes photographing a male and female subject).

After this week’s class, a gentleman asked this question:

“Any tips on finding a good outdoor location for portraits?”

I replied:

“I would recommend watching both of Jeremy Cowart’s courses on taking any location and making it work here on KelbyOne. When you watch his courses, it will change the way you think of finding locations. Highly recommended. One is in Venice Beach, CA and the other in Miami South Beach. Let me know what you think of them.”

He came back the next day with this reply:

“Scott, everything you said about Jeremy Cowart’s courses is true. THANK YOU! They’re amazing.”

It reminded me of how much I learned just by co-hosting the two classes with Jeremy (I was just there as kind of moderator — asking questions during the shoots). Anyway, Jeremy is an absolute master at turning the most mundane locations into perfect portrait backgrounds, and today I wanted to point you to both of them — they are that good. If you’re not already a KelbyOne member, it would be worth joining for a month ($20) just to watch them, even if you watched nothing else.

Here’s a clip (below) from his course shot on location in Miami — it’s just a 3 minute or so clip, but in this short time, you’ll pick up some great tips.

Here’s a link to Jeremy’s full class:

Below is the official trailer for Jeremy’s class shot on location in Venice Beach, California. As he says in the video, he shows you how to make maximum use of a very simple location, and he only uses one light throughout.

Here’s the link to that full course.

I hope you’ll check out these courses — if you shoot portraits on location, they will change the way you think about finding locations, and you’ll be amazed at what you can do this just one light. Really great stuff — he is the real deal. Here’s the link to KelbyOne in case you want to join (and I hope you do).

Thanks everybody, and here’s to a rockin’ Spring Break kinda week! :)

-Scott

This one is on where to focus for portraits for really sharp shots.

Actually, every Friday is quick tip Friday if you follow KelbyOne on our Facebook page, or our YouTube page, because we put out a new one every Friday, and they’re all from our awesome KelbyOne instructors. Plus they’re short and sweet, just like that one above. Hey, here’s another one:

These are cool, right? OK, one more just for fun (this one’s a Photoshop tip from Photoshop wizard Bret Malley):

If you dig these, follow us (KelbyOne) on Facebook, or YouTube, or better yet, go sign up for our FREE KelbyOne membership plan, and start watching some real full-length courses this weekend, like my ‘Crush The Composition’ course (it’s been viewed more than a quarter-million times!).

Have a great weekend, everybody, and here’s to an awesome Photo Tip Friday!

-Scott

I’ve got a couple of awesome hands-on travel photography workshops coming up this year, and I would love it if you could join me (there are just a few spots left in both workshops), here’s the info:

The “Essence of Paris” Travel Photography Workshop

Instructors: Scott Kelby and Mimo Meidany
When: June 7-10, 2019
Where: Our boutique hotel is just steps from Notre Dame (accommodations and breakfast each day are included)
Tickets: More details and tickets here (limited to 12 participants total)

CHECK OUT THE PARIS WORKSHOP VIDEO BELOW:

China’s Mystical Guilin Region Photography Workshop

Yup, this is right where we’re shooting one morning on our workshop.

Instructors: Scott Kelby and Rick Sammon
When: Sunday, September 15, 2019 – Monday, September 23, 2019
Where: Accommodations, transfers and all meals included.
Tickets: More details and tickets here (limited to 12 participants total)

I only do two workshops a year…
I hope you can join me at one of them. We have an incredible time, we learn a lot, we laugh a lot, we eat some incredible food in some magnificent places, and it’s just an amazing experience all the way around.

Take a look at some shots and behind-the-scenes images from my Venice Workshop and my Rome Workshop from last year. They give you a good idea of what it’s like.

Don’t miss “Travel Tuesdays” with Dave tomorrow

Dave is awesome, it’s worth checking him out every Tuesday right here.

Have a great Monday (stop snickering) everybody! :)

-Scott

Camera reviews are among the most-broken things in photography today, and it was part of our topic yesterday on ‘The Grid’ (with our in-studio guest, the always awesome Rick Sammon joining Erik Kuna and me). It got a lot of folks talking, and a surprising amount agreeing as well (which getting two people to agree on anything these days, about any topic at all, is like squeezing toothpaste back into the tube).

We also asked our viewers how they wound up on the brand of camera they currently use, and there were some interesting stories. Give it a listen or watch below if you get a sec today or this weekend, and feel free to drop any comments here, or over on my Facebook page.

Here’s wishing you a really fun, safe, happy weekend. :)

Best,

Big Chungus

P.S. Yesterday I posted the list of classes on the Lightroom Training Track at this summer’s Photoshop World Conference in Orlando. Here’s the link if you’re into Lightroom.

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