Posts By Scott Kelby

It’s on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 and you’re invited to join us at my 12th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ brought to you, once again, by our awesome friends at Canon, and produced by us here at KelbyOne.

This Photo Walk™ is a global phenomenon, with walks in nearly 1,000 cities around the world hosting walks last year. Best of all, besides all the fun, photos and making friends, it all benefits the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya.

Check out this short video from me (below) for the whole scoop!

Above: In that video, I say it’s my 11th annual, but it’s actually my 12th. After this many years, you start to lose track. ;-)

Here are the details: 

Who: Everybody! You’re invited to join us — everyone is welcome!
What: A free photo walk in 1,000+ cities around the world (here’s the link)
When: Saturday, October 5, 2019 (walks last 2 hours and usually end up at a restaurant, cafe, or pub)
Where: In a city near you (find a city that’s hosting a walk near you right here)
Why: It’s a fun, free event for photographers that has an important social mission (plus, you might win the optional local or national photo contest)

Above: That’s my awesome photo walk group shot from the photo walk I led last year in beautiful Innsbruck, Austria. 

What to do if you don’t see a photo walk organized near you:


If you don’t find a walk near you, maybe you could be the one to lead a walk in your town? Here’s where to apply to lead a walk in your city.

Lots more details to come, but for now, head over to the official Worldwide Photo Walk Site, find a walk, maybe lead a walk, and get involved. It’s all free, you might win something, you might make some new friends, you might make some really great images, you just never know, right?

If you love this idea, you’ll love this podcast on Photo Walks

It’s from photographer and tech writer Jefferson Graham (and may I add, rockin’ guitarist), and not only is Jeff leading a walk this year as part of my Worldwide Photo Walk (his is in Manhattan Beach, California), but he’s also has a great YouTube series where he takes you to different places around the globe sharing great photo walk locations. It’s just so good (and he really gets around) — check out a sample here with his “What’s a Photo Walk” video trailer (below).

Thanks to the Official 2019 Photo Walk Sponsor Canon USA

We’re honored to have Canon as our Photo Walk sponsor again this year — they are a great supporter of the overall photography community, and their support here makes the World Wide Photo Walk possible. Once again Canon is making some amazing contest prizes available, and they’re creating free training videos for our photo walkers on how to make your best photo walk images ever. Thank you, Canon USA for supporting this social photography event. You rock!

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

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m off to the Photoshop World Conference in Las Vegas next week. We’ll be live-streaming the opening keynote – I’ll have a link here on Wednesday to catch the live stream. See you in Vegas (it’s not too late to join us – go to photoshopworld.com for details and travel info).

Hi, everybody! I’m back from my trip to Belfast/The Faroe Islands/Iceland. Such a fantastic time, but I’m glad to be back home, and back to work. Lots of pics and stories to share soon, but holy cow I cannot believe it’s only NINE days until Photoshop World Las Vegas.

Here’s some important stuff if you’re going (or thinking of going – it’s not too late. Airfare’s are still cheap and even though our room block is 100% sold out, you can can still get some great rates at The Mirage, our home for the conference. Details, tickets and travel info at photoshop world.com)

If you’re coming early…

There are still a few spots left in some of the pre-conference workshops (these are optional workshops held the day before the conference. Some go on location or have live shoots for you to do, some are more classroom-based, some are both). These are really popular because they give you a chance to deep dive into a particular topic you’re interested in a smaller, more intimate setting. Here are three, I know you will love (but they are all first-rate workshops from top to bottom):

The Art of Photographic Storytelling, with Karen Hutton

Karen is a creative wizard and in this workshop, you’re going to learn a process of how to be creative on the spot. It’s about learning to be an artist, instead of a traffic cam. How to think like an artist. Create like an artist. Explore new ideas and unlock your creative side. It’s part classroom, part shooting, lots of self-discovery and learning. Karen is a joy. You will learn so much about photography that doesn’t have to do with settings or lenses. Details here.

Mastering the Model Shoot, with Frank Doorhof

People come to The Netherlands from all over the world to learn lighting, posing, and how to work with models from Frank. He’s the author of the bestselling book “Mastering the Model Shoot” and he’s one of the best lighting guys out there. I’ve learned a ton from Frank’s workshops, and you will too. This is a class where you’ll be working and shooting the models, too, so bring your camera for sure. Details here.

Master The Dramatic Portrait With Joel Grimes

Joel is one of the best lighting instructors in the world, and earlier this year I saw a glimpse of what Joel will be teaching in this class, and I was blown away. You’re going to learn portrait lighting and posing techniques that are change everything for you. Joel is one of the most fun, engaging, and passionate teachers and his ability to communicate his techniques and really make it stick are what make him so special. What an amazing opportunity for some lucky photographers. Details here.

That’s just three workshops, but there are still just a few spots left in some of the others (some workshops are already sold out, so lock down your spot right now). Details here.

Grab One Of The Last Few Party Tickets Now!

Cause I’m getting the band back together, and not only are we playing live at the attendee party the first night, but we’re also inviting some of our instructors up for an “Instructor Jam Session” (Wait ’till you hear Frank Doorhof shred on guitar!). It’s going to be a fun night of music, drinks, and dancing, but there are a limited number of tickets left, so grab yours right now while you still can. Tickets here.

I’ve got a lot to work to do before now and conference – lots to get ready for, but this is such a fun time. Can’t wait to see everybody in Vegas! Hope I see you there! Whoo hoo!

-Scott

P.S. The week after Photoshop World I’m up in Boston and Philly with my new “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar. Come on out and spend the day with me. It’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it’s not the best photography seminar you’ve ever been to, at any price, anywhere, period! Here’s the link with more details and tickets.

If you led a photo walk as part of my 10th annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ last year, check your email — we’ve sent out invitations for you to have the first opportunity to lead a Photo Walk in your city again this year for our 2019 walk.

If you’ve changed your email address in the last year, or if for any reason you didn’t already get an invite from us, just leave me a comment here and we’ll reach out to you directly to get you set-up with a new walk this year (you can choose a different location, different route, etc.).

The official walk date and our open call to the public to lead walks are coming soon, so lock down your local walk now — it’s going to be an awesome event (and we so appreciate you leading a walk last year, and considering leading one again this year. Hope you do! :)

Update on my travels
We left the Faroe Islands a couple of days ago, and on Wednesday we spent the day shooting in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland, which is a very small island just off the coast from Vik, Iceland. You can drive from one tip of the island to the other in about 15 minutes. Small as it is, it’s awesome in so many ways. Beautiful scenery, great views, fascinating rock formations, no waterfalls (at least that I could find), and photographers haven’t found this place yet so no elbowing people out of the way just to get a shot — you’ve pretty much got the place to yourself.

I’ll be sharing shots from there, also from Reykjavik and the surrounding area where we went shooting yesterday (we only had one day there, so I don’t have a ton of new shots from there, but loads from the Faroes to share when I get back). Today, by the time you read this I’ll already be heading back home. What a fun trip this has been. There are so many fascinating, fun, interesting, and just awesome places in this world, and getting to photograph them is a joy, and a blessing, and one I don’t take for granted. I’m so thankful and grateful for the opportunity (more on this later).

Gotta run — lots of flying today. :) Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend! :)

-Scott


Hi, gang. I’m writing this from The Faroe Islands — a place that’s been on my travel wishlist for years now and I’m thrilled to be able to see and photograph this amazing place for a few days. Unlike Iceland (which is actually my next stop in just a couple of days), it’s not over-run by tourists or throngs of photographers (yet), and there’s something amazing around every corner. Absolutely beautiful islands.

I Skype’d into The Grid from onboard the ship I’m on traveling on this past week, and one of the questions was about my travel photography backup strategy, so I thought I’d go through it with you here today on the blog. It’s actually incredibly simple, but very effective.

BACKUP ONE: I don’t erase my memory cards the entire trip
That means bringing lots of cards, but SD cards (which is what my Canon EOS R uses) are dirt cheap right now. This two-pack of Lexar 64-Gig SD cards is just $18.99 at B&H Photo (link). When a card gets full, I just put it in my in-room safe until it’s time to return home.

BACKUP TWO: I Backup to a Hard Drive each night
Even if I’m really tired, at the end of the day each day I back-up all the new images on my card to a Samsung Portable SSD Drive. You can get the 500GB super-fast, super small, super lightweight drive for $89.95. I love this drive, and it’s with me all the time. (link)

BACKUP THREE: I send finals or picks to The Cloud
If I do any final images, or if I’ve made Picks of my best shots, I upload those to the cloud (either Dropbox or iCloud on my Mac) for safe-keeping. That way, if anything were to happen to my gear (it gets damaged or stolen), I still have my best shots backed up. I don’t back up all my shots — usually the upload speeds on hotel or a ship’s Internet are pretty bad, so I only upload the Picks or JPEG finals.

That’s it — three easy quick steps, and you’re triple-backed up. Hope you found that helpful.

Have a great week everybody — I’m off to jump in a boat to shoot some big rock formations off the coast!

-Scott

A couple of months ago I finally pulled the trigger and bought the Canon EOS R mirrorless, and I do love it immensely, but it’s missing a feature that Canon introduced after it shipped on their 2nd full-frame Mirrorless — their entry-level Canon EOS RP, and that is Focus Stacking (or as they call it, “Focus Bracketing.” Essentially, the camera automatically takes a series of shots each one focused a little farther into the image. This is awesome for shooting Macro where the depth of field is so incredibly shallow, but it’s also great for landscapes, and product photography and a bunch of different scenarios because it greatly expands the amount of the photo that’s in focus.

Here’s a blurb on Canon’s site I found about the feature:

Here’s a short video that explains Focus Bracketing on the EOS RP:

I would say generally speaking that this is a feature more advanced users would be interested in (and it requires either some Photoshop post-processing after the fact to combine all the individual frames it creates into a single image, or you can do it in Canon’s own editing software), but for some reason this feature is found on Canon’s new entry-level full-frame mirrorless and not the more advanced model that cost nearly $1,000 more.

So, my plea to Canon:

I know this new mirrorless roadmap is very important to Canon — I think it’s the future of the company, which is why I’m asking today for Canon to release a free EOS R firmware update that gives us the Focus bracketing feature (a feature you’ve already developed). Canon previously released a free Firmware update that added an Eye AF feature, which is awesome (high-five Canon), but now here’s a chance to be heroes once again. Please release a Firmware update that adds the RP’s focus bracketing to the EOS R. We would love that! Easy peasy. ;-)

I know, this feature isn’t a Canon-only feature

There any a number of cameras already out there which have a built-in Focus-stacking feature already (for example, a number of Nikon cameras have this feature already built right in); so no need to post a comment here that says something along the lines of “Gee, Scott, my [insert camera brand here] has had that feature since like late 1950s.” I get it. Canon’s not first, but they’ve taken the time to develop this feature, and I’m just hoping they will share it with the folks who jumped on the bandwagon with the R.

Here’s hoping all your free firmware update dreams come true. :)

-Scott

P.S. I’m off this week to Belfast, Ireland, The Faroe Islands, and Iceland. Maybe I’ll run into your somewhere along the way. :)P

Howdy, cowboys and cowgirls, here’s what’s up:

Well, someone found a new way to rip off photographers

I don’t know if there’s any solid way to protect yourself against this type of scam which hits folks who are selling camera gear (or honestly, selling anything). I saw this on Petapixel.com earlier this week — it’s a new scam where the legit seller gets ripped off in a new, and sadly clever way. You need to read post this as a heads up, but I’m not sure even how to adequately protect against it (though the person it happened to does give one solution, it’s not an easy one). Here’s the link.

A new account to follow on Instagram

Wonderful Australian fashion photographer Stephan Bollinger ditched his old Instagram account (and 17,000+ followers) and is starting over from scratch with a new account and new focus. Stephan is a great photographer and teacher, and I hope you’ll give his new Bollinger.photo account a follow. Here’s the link.

“Mastering The Model Shoot” On Tour

Incredible learning opportunity here folks as fashion light master Frank Doorhof is bringing his famous “Mastering The Model Shoot” workshop to New York City on September 1, 2019. Get this — you can join Frank and learn straight from the guy who wrote the book for only $299, which is just an insanely low cost. Insane! There are a few spots left, and if you want to jump ahead fast in lighting, styling, posing and shooting, this is your chance. Here’s the link — do not miss out — Frank is awesome! (I’ve learned so much from him myself; can’t recommend him enough).

7 Little-Known Lightroom Shortcuts

If you’re into Lightroom, I’ve got seven of those little-known, but oh-so-handy Lightroom shortcuts over at LightroomKillerTips.com – some juicy ones in there for ya. Link. (plus, an eighth one today – one I didn’t even know – I learned it from one of my readers).

When did Card Slots become the big thing?

When I saw Sony’s announcement of their new A7R IV Mirrorless camera earlier this week, I had to chuckle when I saw this official promo photo (above) on so many sites which clearly shows, “Yes, it has two card slots.” When did having two card slots become such an “it” thing that it becomes the thing a major camera manufacturer highlights when launching a new camera. It’s a weird time, folks.

Photoshop World Vegas Hotel Rooms 95% Sold Out

The special discount hotel room rate for folks attending the Photoshop World Conference out in Vegas next month (Aug 21-23) are almost gone (they’re now 95% booked up). If you’re thinking of joining us (and you should definitely come out and be a part of it all), these discounted rates are only available until this coming Monday, July 29th. So, this is your last chance to snag a great rate. Conference details here. Reserve your discounted room here. – See you in Vegas, baby yeah!

I found my next lens!

Already pre-ordered it from B&H (I believe it’s due to ship next month. It’s the Canon 24-240mm for my Canon EOS R Mirrorless — one lens that does it all, and I’ve been waiting for Canon to come out with a lens in this range that’s small, lightweight and inexpensive, for years. Canon’s lenses for their EOS R have been incredibly sharp, and I imagine this one will be sharp as anything, too! It’s just $899, which for a lens these days, is incredibly cheap. I love that it’s 24mm, rather than 28mm like most all-in-one lenses already out there (I can crop to get to 300mm or more, but you can’t make a lens any wider than it already is). Anyway, I’m psyched.

I’ve been waiting for Marc’s Book on creativity to ship

I got to see a pre-release copy of photographer Marc Silber’s new book Create, and it’s just so good. Marc’s book is filled with “Creative conversations from some of the world’s top photographers, filmmakers, Grammy award winners, TED presenters, actors, CEOs and more!” It’s about living a creative life, being able to visualize and unlock the creative spirit inside you that will flow through your art, your work, and your life. So well written, and if you’ve ever struggled with coming up with creative ideas and concepts, this is the book for you. Here’s the link to it on Amazon. Congratulations to Marc for creating another wonderful tool for our community.

I do not know how she does it!

Kalebra posted this shot to her Instagram and I was like, Dang! How’d she get that with her iPhone. I’m there beside her at night with my whole rig; tripod, bullhead, fancy lenses, cable release, etc., and she got a way-cooler shot that I did from there (once again). Hope you’re following her on Instagram, and if you’re into dogs, she has an awesome account just for our two crazy doggos, called “maggieandmaki” – it’s a pretty hilarious account of their daily lives, and her doggo pics are awesome (and her commentary is…well…you’ll see). 🤪🐕

Boston and Philly, I’m Headed Your Way in August

My 320+ strong crowd of photographers at my seminar in the Detroit area last week. I had a blast there, and Chicago at the day before. What a blast!

My new “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar is in full swing now and I am getting just over-the-top incredible feedback from the folks who have come out. I am having a ball teaching these concepts and helping photographers get real results right away — I love it! My next two cities are Boston on August 29, and Philadelphia on Aug 30th. Hope you can come out and spend the day with me. It’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it’s the single best photography seminar you’ve ever attended at any price, period! You’ve got nothing to lose! Tickets and info here. (more cities and dates coming very soon).

Spotted this deal from Bay Photo Lab – Time to make some prints!

Spotted this deal on Twitter – Bay Photo Lab’s giving 15% off anything until Monday (we use their XPosure System for displaying prints in our gallery and it is awesome – ask anyone who has seen them). Here’s the link to get their 15% off deal.

It’s Still #1 (whoo hoo!)

It came out in 2017 but it’s still the #1 bestselling lighting book on Amazon, and if you’re not absolutely in love with your flash, this $20 book will make all the difference in the world. I’ve gotten so many emails and comments from readers and they all pretty much say the same thing, which is “I finally love my flash.” As an author, there are no sweeter words — it’s why I wrote the book. I want people to love their flash, and get the type of results they bought their flash for in the first place. I think this book can honestly help. It’s $20. Whadayagottolose? Here’s the link.

Hope you all have an outstanding weekend! :)

-Scott

P.S. Did any of you catch the trailer for the next season of “The Walking Dead?” The Season 10 one they released at Comic-Con last week? It has an epic almost hopeful feeling (well, at least at the end). I love the soundtrack and the shocking love-triangle thing that looks like it’s forming. Anyway, here’s a link to the 4-minute+ Comic-Con trailer if you haven’t seen it. [note: it’s pretty gory, like all Walking Dead stuff).

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