Posts By Scott Kelby

I put together a collection of 10 of my photo stories from 10 different trips over the past few years. I hope it helps you find some places to visit next year when, God willing, can we start to enjoy travel and travel photography again.

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The Faroe Islands
Marvelous Marrakech
A Walk in Italy

Thanks for checking those out, and I hope you found something to pencil in on your calendar for next year. :)

A Week and a day or so until the The Landscape Photography Conference

If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t miss out. Here’s the link for more details and tickets. It’s going to be an amazing learning and inspirational event.

Here’s wishing you a great week, great health, and some great images, too!


I’m here with a quick “Photo Tip Friday” (we post these every Friday on our Facebook page) and this is a cool little tip that uses the Dehaze filter in the opposite way we’d normally use it. Check it out (below):

Not bad, right? Hey, the class I was referring to at the end of that was my new online Photoshop course on Mastering the all new Camera Raw working environment. Here’s the link if you want to check it out (and the official trailer is below):

Totally kick-butt “Photo Tip Friday” from Serge Ramelli On How To Get Your Work Noticed

Check this out – it’s less than one minute long and I promise you will LOVE it! An incredible amount of priceless info in under 60-seconds. Here it is:

I wasn’t kidding, right? You’re hearing the real deal. If you want to learn how to make the type of image Serge is talking about in that tip, watch Serge’s Fine Art Photographer Master Class online at KelbyOne. Incredible stuff! Here’s that link. (I put the official course trailer below):

OK, if that stuff doesn’t get you feeling like grabbing your camera (or at the very least, grabbing your mouse or pen/tablet), then…well… (not sure what goes next here, so let’s move on). OK, lots to watch and learn this weekend – let’s make the most of it. :)

Hope to see you back here in Monday. Have a wonderful weekend; stay safe, look out for each other, be kind to everybody, and here’s wishing you good health. :)


P.S. We’re only 11 days from the start of ‘The Landscape Conference.” It’s going to be awesome, and you don’t want to miss it. Details and tickets at this link. Go, go, go! :)

Last Friday I shared an Adobe Spark Page of my favorite Spiral Staircase photos (here’s the link in case you missed it). Anyway, I wrote that those were my favorites, but of course, I’ve photographed other spiral staircases, and different shots of the same ones, that didn’t make “the cut” and weren’t included in my Spark Page.

Today, I thought I’d share some of those shots that didn’t make the cut here, as I thought it might be helpful for educational purposes to see the ones that weren’t good enough (and being able to sort the wheat from the chaff, the Bartles from the James, the Hall from the Oates, is an important part of our job as photographers). So, knowing all that (and that you’re about to see some total B and C-level photos), here’s goes nuthin’:

A kind of out-of-the-way staircase in the Palace of Versailles, France

This one is probably the best one of the bunch, so I’m starting with it to kind of ease you into it. It’s really not that bad, but it’s also really not that great so I pulled it from the post. It also took a lot of Photoshop work just to get to the state you see here, so maybe I’m also seeing that when I look at the shot.

Outside of Lisbon, Portugal near Sintra.

This is one my friend Dave Williams (of “Tuesdays with Dave”) really wanted to shoot, and a lot of folks really love this ancient ceremonial well/staircase known as “The Masonic Initiation Wells of the Quinta da Regaleira,” but I wasn’t super digging it. I don’t know if it’s the color, or the angle or what, but this one definitely did not make the cut. It may be somewhat interesting, but I don’t think it’s beautiful.

From the bottom looking up

Above: Not much better from the bottom of the well looking up, either.

Above: When the behind-the-scenes shot is more interesting than “the shot” you know you have a problem. That’s me, Dave Williams, and Chicky Nando! :)
In The Chicago Modern Art Museam

Above: This staircase has potential, but the day we were there, they were doing some maintenance on the upper floors and they closed those off so we could only access the 2nd level and the floor level. Not awesome, and a weird angle to boot.

Sommerset House in London

This isn’t awful, but it ain’t good. I went to Sommerset to shoot this amazing, incredible super-modernistic glass spiral staircase…but it was closed that weekend, and they said, “you can shoot this one just down the hall.” My buddy Dave, our friend Peter Treadway, and I shot it to death. To death! Nothing. This was the best of the bunch and it’s not awesome (to say the least).

Same place: from up hight. It gets worse from here.
A swing and a miss!

Yeah, it’s not getting better from up high. Oh, well. Moving on.

From the Tate Britain. I’m not sure you can even tell what this is. Ugh.
OK, this one isn’t too bad, actually. It might should have made the cut.

Above: that’s another view, from the bottom, of that awesome spiral staircase in the Hilton Reykjavik, Iceland. It looks very different since from the top you see all red carpet. I wish it was centered up a bit more, but this one isn’t actually too bad. I think I could have snuck this one in the keepers.

This one’s just messed up.

Above: Here’s one that didn’t make the cut from San Francisco’s Mechanic’s Institute Library. The railing is all just distorted and everything. Kind of a symmetrical mess.

This is the other side of the Embarcadero staircase shot I shared on the Spark page. Now I see why I liked my shots from the other side so much better. Total “meh.”

I’m not sure it’s technically spiral, so I didn’t put it in my Spark page, but I actually do like this shot (from Madrid, where my mother was born). :)

I spare you the pain of any more, but there ya go. The photos that didn’t make the cut. I hope you found that helpful, interesting, (nauseating)?

Now, as we go into this week, I want you to think of these images any time you feel down about your own photography. That way, you can say to yourself, “OK, I may not have nailed this shoot, but at least it wasn’t as bad those spiral staircase shots Scott took that didn’t make the cut.” I’m glad I could be an inspiration. LOL!! ;-)


P.S. We’re just about two weeks from ‘The Landscape Conference.” It’s going to be awesome, and you don’t want to miss it. Details and tickets at this link. It’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it…) epic! :)

Well, my love of photographing spiral staircases has finally become its own Adobe Spark page, where I tell the story, share some behind-the-scenes shots, camera settings, and lots and lots of shots of beautiful spiral staircases around the world.

If you get a sec, I hope you’ll give them a look. Here’s the link:

Many thanks, and here’s wishing you a safe, happy and healthy weekend. :)


A few weeks ago Erik and I did an episode of ‘The Grid’ where we focused on just the things you really need to know on your camera. The reason we did this is with all the recent releases from Sony, Nikon and Canon, a lot of folks are getting overwhelmed with all the features, knobs, options, dials and such. So, we thought we would help you cut through all the clutter and get down to what really matters on your camera.

The feedback on this episode was just incredible with so many people finding it really helpful, that I wanted to share it with you today (it’s embedded below.

But, if you’re a gear head like me…

Then you’ll want to watch the episode below (from last week) where we did an open “Gear Q&A Day” and what really made it interesting were the questions from our viewers, like “If you could only use three lenses, what would they be?” Lots of great, intriguing questions like that. I think you’ll dig it, and you can watch (or just listen in the background) if you like. Here’s that one:

Hope those help to get your week off to a great start!

Here’s wishing you safety, sanity, good health and lots of great images. :)


P.S. Next month ‘The Landscape Conference’ kicks off, all online, and you don’t want to miss out. Hit this link for more details.

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It’s that time again. It’s been about 8-months since our last “Back-up Your Lightroom Classic Catalog” day, so you may be well overdue for a backup (if you’re not already doing it on a regular basis, and best as I can tell, most of us aren’t). Let’s wrap up this summer knowing that we backed up our Lightroom Classic catalog and we’ll all be sleeping better tonight 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 below from my other blog,

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 wrap up this summer off like a boss!

The Landscape Conference is less than one month away!

It’s an all online, two-day, two track live learning event, and it’s going to be incredible! If you haven’t heard about it, check out the video below (high-five to our own Juan Alfonso who did a brilliant job creating it and really capturing the vibe and feeling of what we’re doing). Tickets and details at this link.

Have a great backed-up feelin’ weekend, and we’ll catch ya back here on Monday (well, that’s what I’m hoping, anyway)! :)


P.S. If you’re already backing up your catalog on a regular basis, then check my post today about freeing up a bunch of space by throwing your old, outdated catalog backups away. Here’s that link.