Posts By Scott Kelby

Hard to believe it’s already here, but we kick off the conference next week. If you sign up right now, not only will you save $150, but you can attend the orientation class the day before and my pre-conference workshop on “What makes a great portrait.” 

Here’s the link for tickets, and I put the official conference trailer below (it’s short, and I hope you check it out). Looking forward to seeing everybody next week (Don’t miss out – this is going to be a phenomenal conference).

In the meantime, here are five awesome courses you can watch now to get you super revved up and ready for next week (including

Here’s a link to Mary Bel’s class.

Here’s the link to Lenworth’s course.

Here’s the link to Jack and Ed’s course.

Here’s the link to Kristina’s course.

Here’s the link to Gilmar’s course.

So many great courses there. You can buy each class individually, or if you join the KelbyOne Pro Plan (even for a month), you can watch them all this weekend. So much to learn from such talented educators – you will dig it!

Have a great, learning-filled weekend, everybody!

-Scott

Tomorrow is the kickoff and opening keynote for Adobe’s annual Max Conference, and historically Adobe releases big updates to all their software tomorrow. Now, if that were to happen, and it was something really big, I would probably have a full length course, all ready to go for release tomorrow to get KelbyOne members up to speed fast, but of course, that’s only if Adobe releases something really earth shattering, and of course, who knows if that will happen, but if it did, well…I would be ready.

Also, if Lightroom were to get anything major, I’ll bet we would be covering it tomorrow over at LightroomKillerTIps.com with an in-depth article from Rob Sylvan, but again, this is all just speculation, but if history is any indicator, there should at least be some new stuff tomorrow, and there’s always that potential for really big game changing stuff, but really, who knows? Anything’s possible. That’s tomorrow folks, a day of possibilities, but really, who knows? :)

Here’s to a great “Day before tomorrow” (which would make a great name for a movie about Adobe Max’s opening keynote). ;-)

-Scott
A guy who is just guessing about tomorrow, and he could be right, but it’s just a guess.

Check this out short 1-minute tip for folks using the new shallow depth of field effect for video. There’s a real “gotcha” here but Jefferson has two great workarounds. Check it out.

Want a truly wonderful photography course to watch this weekend?

It’s one of our all-time best, most celebrated courses, and it’s from a living legend of photography. It’s called “Another Day with Jay Maisel – it’s a street photography master class filmed on the streets of New York City. Jay is a marvel, and you’ll get wisdom and insight from him you won’t find anywhere else. He is truly a gem, and you will love this course, filmed entirely in black and white. Check out the official trailer below (and here’s a link to the course):

You will love that course – it’s packed with that next level stuff that really makes a difference. Here’s that link again.

Let me know what you think after you’ve had a chance to watch it. :)

Just 11-Days Until The Portrait Photography Conference Kicks Off

It’s coming up Nov. 2-3, 2021 and everyone’s invited (that means you!), and it’s going to be awesome! I’m teaching four sessions during the conference: 

(1) What Makes a Great Portrait (a free pre-conference session the day before, on Nov. 1st, for all registered attendees)

(2) Mastering the One-Light Portrait

(3) Introduction to Portrait Compositing

(4) My Top 20 Portrait Photography Tips

Those are my sessions, but there are plenty more, including session from portrait masters like Joe McNally, Frank Doorhof, and many more! Hope you can make it – here’s the link for tickets and details. If you can’t make it but you have friends or co-workers that would get a lot out of it, please let them know for me). :) 

Have a great weekend, everybody! #GoBucs and #RollTide! :) 

-Scott

I’ve talked a lot in my live seminars about photographers whose plan to make great photos is based on sheer luck. They’ll go out shooting and hope that something just comes their way – some great photo just falls into their lap, because they’re not really doing anything to make a great photo happen on their own.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for getting lucky (I call it “Getting even” because so many times there are things we can’t control, like the weather, that destroy the best laid plans), but it doesn’t make a very effective strategy.

The reason I’m thinking of this now, is because I’ve been watching photographers like Erik Kuna, or my buddy Paul Kober, who work really hard to make a shot happen, and it’s in such stark contrast to what I see so many of us do. For example, Paul had a shot he wanted to create of marathon runners and he wanted to use a really slow shutter speed so the runners would be blurred with a backdrop of downtown Chicago right along the river. So, to get this shot he envisioned, here’s what he did.

  1. Two weeks before the Chicago Marathon, he drove from his home in Michigan to Chicago to scope out locations along the route.
  2. The week before he set up his camera rig in his driveway and keep running by it, each time firing the camera wirelessly and trying different shutter speeds to see which one would give the right amount of blur.
  3. The day before the Marathon he drove back to Chicago and tried out his set-up at different locations (he wound up strapping his Platypod to a pole) and testing out different angles and positions.
  4. He got up at dawn and got in place before anyone was there for the race to make sure he could get the location he wanted.

Did he get “the shot?” He did (that’s it above), and it’s definitely a solid shot, but he feels like it was just his first try at it, and he learned a lot, and he’s already planning his next blurry runner marathon shot so the best it yet to come, but the important thing is that he’s working to get the shot, and that means it’s just a matter of time, and effort, not luck.

He’s not hoping a great shot falls in his lap – he’s out there trying to make it happen (like Erik Kuna does when he plans an entire family vacation around getting to locations where he can shoot the Milky Way with a great foreground).

So, this week – ask yourself this question, “Are you working to get the shot, or are you waiting for it to fall into your lap?” If it’s the latter, you might be waiting a long time. Put in the work. It’ll pay off.

Here’s to a week of hard work, learning lots, and making some great shots!

-Scott

P.S. It’s just two weeks to the Portrait Photography Conference. I’ve got some killer classes lined up, along with an absolutely top-notch instructor lineup – it’s going to be epic. Details and earlybird discount tickets right here.

It’s a tiny, nearly flat bubble level that sits right on your camera’s hot shoe mount for getting your horizon lines straight (something a lot of folks struggle with).

I got this a couple of years ago and I love it. I love that it’s so small, and such a great deal, and I can just leave in sitting right there in my hot shoe all the time (well, at least until I need to put a flash transmitter up there).

Here’s how it looks on your hot shoe (below)

Here’s a link to it at B&H Photo.

It’s a great deal for the money, and it makes a great gift. Here’s wishing you a fantastic Monday!

-Scott

P.S. We announced “The Portrait Photography Conference” last Friday, and it is taking OFF!!! Get more details and tickets right there.

We are very excited to announce a new two-day, two-training-track, all online conference November 2, 2021 with an incredible team of instructors and it’s all to help you create your best portraits yet. We just announced the conference and hundreds of photographers have already signed up, and you can can too (it’s open to everyone), and if you sign up now, you’ll save a ton with our Early Bird special ticking pricing.

Best of all – the entire conference is archived for a full year so you can catch any sessions you missed or rewatch any sessions, any time – all streamed on demand for a year That is sweet! :)

Details, the full class schedule, instructor list, and tickets are available right here. I’m super psyched, and I hope I see you at the conference!

Have a great weekend everybody! #GoBucs, and #RollTide! :)

-Scott

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