Posts By Scott Kelby

One of the things I look forward to every year is my live seminar stops in Houston and Los Angeles. Both great cities with some of the most fun and engaging crowds I get to present to all year.

I’m thankful we will be able to do the seminar for the folks in those two cities, but after closely monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 virus situation and out of concern for the health of our seminar attendees and our staff, we have made the difficult decision to not gather us all together in person at the convention center. Instead, we’ll be live-streaming the entire seminar online (same dates, same times), but exclusively for the folks in those two cities.

I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that I won’t be there in-person getting to greet everybody and seeing some old friends (and making new ones), but I feel very thankful that we still have a way to present the full day of training, in its entirety without having to worry for one another’s health.

We’ve done live-stream seminars like this before — to photographers in areas of Europe where we weren’t able to bring the tour in person, so we have the technology and experience and the whole day comes off amazingly well from start to finish. Of course, the folks in LA and Houston will be able to see me the whole time, but I’m a bit bummed I won’t be able to see everybody myself. So, while I really wish we could all be together on location, our collective health is more important, and while difficult, you and I both know it’s the right thing to do.

After Houston and LA, we had Charlotte and Raleigh lined up as my next two stops but for now, we’ve made the decision to postpone my seminar in those two cities all together until this is all behind us, and we can head back out on the road live again.

I’ll have more news about our live events on Monday, so make sure you check back then, and I’ll keep everybody updated here on my blog and through my social media.

Until then, stay safe; wash those hands well (for 20-seconds) anytime you go out and when you come back home, and here’s wishing you, our country and the world good health and a stay-at-home weekend with brighter days ahead for us all.

-Scott

Well, technically it’s a prototype of the Platyball — it’s pretty close, but still not a final shipping version ( Their Kickstarter.com campaign ends in six days, so I wanted to get in this field report before the price kicks up to retail).

I know a lot of you already know what a Platyball is (if not, click here), but for those of you wondering what it’s like actually shooting with one, I got a chance this past week (up to that point, I had seen the prototype and held it, but never actually go to use one).

In the video below I share the pros and cons after getting a chance to shoot with it out in the field. Check it out:

I hope you found that helpful.

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I’m In Houston & LA In Just a Couple of Weeks!

My full-day “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar next stops are in Houston on Monday, March 23, and then Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 25th. Hope you can come out and join me for the day. Tickets and info right here. 

Have a good one!

Scott

I’ve got an incredible workshop planned from start to finish so come on down to the Tampa Bay area and spend a couple of days with me learning how to shoot flash like a pro. It’s a real-world, hands-on workshop that will make you fall absolutely in love with your flash. We’re shooting in the studio, on location, with live professional models in all different types of scenarios, and it has the power to change everything for you when it comes to making stunning portraits with flash.

The workshop is on May 2-3, 2020 (with a casual get-together dinner with me the night before, on May 1st). Once the workshop starts we hit the ground running — we’re in the classroom, we’re in the studio, we’re shooting, we’re editing, we’re grabbing some super yummy chow, and then we’re in the bus heading out for more shooting on location. You’ll work hard, you’ll shoot a lot, you’ll edit a bunch, you’ll laugh a lot, you’ll learn a ton, and you’ll come home with some killer shots!

Check out my short workshop trailer below:

This is an intimate workshop with only 15 spots available total, and there are already just a few left, so if you want to come and join me down in Tampa, go right now and sign-up (here’s the link) and we’ll see you soon for a workshop you’ll never forget!

Have a great weekend everybody, and don’t forget to catch the new season of The Walking Dead. It’s off to a great start! :)

-Scott

P.S. This weekend I’ll be shooting with a prototype of the Kickstarter darling of 2020, the Platyball (it’s a really fascinating ballhead from the same folks behind the Platypod). I’m planning on doing a field report video for Monday, so make sure you stop back by then.

It’s a multi-week voyage of discovery that I think has the power to help propel your photography forward this year. It starts today, and we’ll pick it back up next Friday. You in for something fun that will make a difference? Great – let’s get started.

DAY ONE (today):

Go on Instagram and find 20 to 25 images of the exact type of photos you want to be making. So, let’s say you’re into landscapes — in the Instagram Search type in Landscapes, and scroll through the list of images and when you come across an image that makes you say to yourself, “Yes! That’s the exact type of image I would love to be making” take a screen capture of that image (it will save it to your camera roll). If you don’t know how to make a screen capture on your phone, Google it.

That’s all you have to do for today, Day One, but it’s a VERY important step. Be thoughtful about your choices, because your journey begins with identifying exactly which type of photos you want to be making.

This is a great thing to do this weekend. Get a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine), carve out some uninterrupted time and really give this some thoughtful consideration; make those screencaps, and we’ll regroup for Day Two next week. :)

Have a great weekend and happy hunting. :)

=Scott

I know Photoshop feels like a very mature product, but 30 years? It can’t be 30 years already, right? (this getting old thing…well…it’s not for the young).

How lucky are we that for the past 30 years this program has existed — it touches most every visual part of our lives; if you see a Web page, a billboard, a video, a movie, a TV show, an ad, even an email, at some point it probably was touched in some way by Photoshop. It’s that much a part of our lives.

I came a little late to the Photoshop game – when I first saw it, it was already on version 2.0, and shortly after I started really using it, it was already at version 2.5 and it was already a mind-blowing program back then. I think one of the most amazing things — one of the things that makes Photoshop such a special program to this day, is that its a program without walls. You never say, “Photoshop can’t do this.” Instead, you say, “I wonder how you do this in Photoshop” because even though you might not know how to do a particular thing you want to do…you know Photoshop can do it. The limit isn’t the program — you don’t hit its limits — and that is truly something.

To get a feel for that Photoshop magic, take a look back with me at this video Adobe’s own Terry White did a while back where he’s showing the first version of Photoshop (Photoshop 1.0). It’s amazing to see the features that were in that first version that are still a mainstay of our workflows today, but it’s also awesome to see how far we’ve come since then. Check it out below.

Last week, in honor of Photoshop’s 30th anniversary, Terry also did a live Webcast showing his Top 30 favorite Photoshop features of all time. It’s so good! You’ll learn some cool things along the way, including features you might not even know where there. I’ve embedded that video below:

I hope you’ll join me in wishing Photoshop, the coolest program ever made, a big “Happy 30th Birthday!” :)

Here’s wishing you a kick-butt week!

-Scott

P.S. My Prague travel photography workshop I announced here on Friday sold out Friday. If you want to get on the early notice list for my upcoming workshops, head over to ScottKelbyWorkshops.com and sign up there. That way, you’ll get a heads-up before I announce my next workshop to the public (and it’s a pretty incredible one, so you’ll know to know early).

This is your invitation to grab one of the last two spots to join me and KelbyOne Instructor Mimo Meidany for an unforgettable four-day travel photography workshop — “Picture Perfect Prague.” Its old-world charm, architecture, soaring spires, and beautiful bridges make it a photographer’s paradise! First, watch this short video (below):

Tickets & Details

What: My “Picture Perfect Prague” Travel Photography Workshop
Instructors: Scott Kelby and Mimo Meidany
When: May 21-24, 2020
Where: The Hilton Prague Old Town
Price: $4,950 Per Person (includes 4 nights accommodations, breakfast each day, the night before dinner, parting luncheon, transportation to and from the daily location shoots, and the workshop itself).
Tickets: More details and tickets here (limited to 12 participants maximum — there are only two spots left!)

Don’t Miss Out!

All of my travel workshops have sold out in advance, and as of this morning, there’s only 2-spots left for this one. I hope one of those will be yours. Reserve your spot now, and we’ll see you in Prague this May.

Head to scottkelbyworkshops.com for tickets and lots more info.

Have a great weekend everybody!

I hope I run into you next week out in Vegas at the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait) show. I’ll be doing a book signing at the Rocky Nook booth on Thursday. Come on by and say hi.

Scott

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