Posts By Scott Kelby

Happy Friday, everybody! One quick thing, then Photoshop time!

I’m going back to Cali…
I’m teaching my Lightroom seminar on Monday in LA, Wednesday in San Francisco, and Friday in Seattle. It’s not too late to come out and join me. :) Sunday night I’m doing a talk at the Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa. It’s gonna be a busy week!

Photoshop Buried Treasure Time
I’ve got another in my series on Photoshop Buried Treasure, and this one is about two little known “Recently Used” menus — one for recently used brushes and one for recently used color swatches. Best of all, it’s all automatic (you just need to know where to look).

If you open the Brush Presets panel (under the Window menu); if you look at the top the panel, you’ll see the last seven brushes you’ve used appear across the top of the panel (as seen above).

Same thing with the color Swatches panel (also found under the Window menu); it puts your last 13 color swatches right across the top of the panel (seen circled above).

Kinda hidden, but kinda handy! :)

We’re only a week in, and things are jumpin!!! Here’s a quick look at some stats, as of yesterday:

> We have 856 Leaders approved for walks

> We have nearly 400 Photowalks up and active

> 66 Leaders have created walks, but haven’t released them publically yet

That’s an awesome start for Week One (can’t believe we already have 400 Photo Walks up and running — that is outstanding! Way to go everybody!

I have just four openings left for my Photo Walk in Lisbon, Portugal. :)

Find a walk near you right now, and come join us Saturday, Oct 7th, 2017 all over the world.

Have a great weekend, everybody and we’ll catch ya back here on Monday. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m excited to announce we’ve added family and newborn photographer (and KelbyOne Instructor), Tracy Sweeney to the Photoshop World Conference 2018 Instructor Roster. She is absolutely awesome (and a favorite with KelbyOne members). She is gonna rock it! :)

It’s here, and you’re invited to join us at my 10th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ brought to you by our friends at Canon, and produced by KelbyOne. This photo walk is a worldwide phenomenon with nearly 1,100 cities around the globe hosting walks last year. Best of all, it’s all to benefit the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya.

Above: That’s the group shot of the local photo walk I led in Venice, Italy last year — we’re posed in Venice’s famous St. Mark’s Square, where we started our walked (and we ended at a cafe nearby). Such a great group to walk with. 

Here’s a quick Q&A with all the details:

Q. When is the official Photo Walk day?
A.The official date is Saturday, October 7, 2017 – two months from today! (here’s a link to the official site)

Q. So Scott, are you leading a Local Walk again this year?
A. 
Absolutely! I’m leading a local photo walk in Lisbon, Portugal (I’ve already posted the details for my Lisbon walk  — I hope if you live in the Lisbon area, or like me, you’ve dreamed of going to Portugal, you can join me). Here’s a link to my walk. :)

Q. What do you do on a Photo Walk?
A. You start by meeting with up to 50 other photographers at a central meeting point. Then a Photo Walk Leader leads the group on a leisurely paced stroll through an area that is photographically interesting; you take lots pictures; you can chat with other folks (photo walkers are very friendly by nature); you laugh, you enjoy being outside with a group of like-minded folks.  Then, after around 2-hours, you wind up at a local restaurant, pub, cafe, etc. (chosen in advance by the walk leader), where you can have a meal, some drinks, and make some new friends.

It’s a social event, and it’s really a blast (and you get to make some cool pictures, which is always good).

Q. Where do I sign up to join a walk in my city?
A. Visit the official Worldwide Photo Walk Website, and click the “Find a Walk” button to see if there’s a walk set-up in a city near you. If there is, and there are spots still available, you can sign up right there for free and join that walk. If there isn’t a walk in your city, maybe you can start one and lead it yourself (more on that in a moment). And if you don’t see any in your area, keep checking back because new walks in new cities are being added every day.

Q. Why isn’t there a walk in my city?
A. We don’t choose the cities. Photo walks take a place in a city because a volunteer in that city contacts us and says they are willing to form and lead a walk. Any city can have a walk — it just takes the right person in that city to volunteer to organize a walk. They can apply to lead a walk on the official site.

Q. Is there a fee to participate?
A. There is no fee — it’s totally free. However, each year we do

Q. Does the walk have a social mission?
A. Absolutely. Each year we “Walk with a Purpose” to benefit the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya. Walkers from around the world raise funds to help the orphanage feed, clothe and care for some very wonderful children who need our help. We do it from simple one-dollar donations. When you sign up for a walk, you’ll have the option (the donation is totally optional), to donate just $1 to the orphanage via Paypal. 100% of your donation goes directly to the orphanage, and last year we were able to raise more than $24,000. This year we’re trying to hit $30,000, and with your help, we can do it! You cannot imagine what a difference this makes to the orphanage (and it would mean a lot to me that you’re helping. :)

So, if you could donate just $1 when you’re on the site that would be awesome (and you’ll be helping more than you know), but again, it’s totally optional. By the way, you can give more than a buck if you’d like — some folks give a $hundred — we’ve had folks donate a $thousand, which of course, just makes our head explode with joy!

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Above: Here’s the group shot from the walk I led in 2011 in Tampa, Florida. It was fairly warm, but the people were hot (and I mean that in the nicest non-naughty way possible). Kathy and Barb were there. What could go wrong? ;-)

Q. What happens when a local walk fills up?
A. We have a waiting list for each sold out city, so if someone cancels, it automatically adds (and notifies) the next person on the list.

Q. How many is full?
A. Each Photo Walk is limited to a maximum of 50 photographers. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, you haven’t seen 50 photographers coming down the sidewalk at the same time, and later all converging at once on a restaurant or pub. It’s more like a scary bike gang (except without the bikes, or gang, or scariness).

Q. Why do we limit each Photo Walk to just 50 photographers?
A. Click here for the explanation.

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Above: That’s a group shot from the walk I led in 2013 in Rome. It was kinda chilly, kinda rainy, but we had so much fun (and some amazing food) and the weather sure didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. 

Q. If I led a walk last year, can I lead a walk again this year?
A. We would love that! Check your email inbox — we sent out invitations already to last year’s leaders (the email comes from us at “KelbyOne: World Wide Photo Walk” and it was sent last week). The subject line reads “Worldwide Photo Walk needs you to lead a walk again this year!”

Q. Is there a photo contest again this year?
A. Absolutely! The best photo in each city (as chosen by your local Walk Leader) will get a digital copy of my book, “Photoshop CC for Digital Photographers,” and their winning image is also then entered into the main photo competition vying for even bigger prizes. From those local walk winners I will choose 10-finalists, who all get great prizes, and then I choose a single Grand Prize winner, who just gets an insane amount of stuff.

Q. If I bring my kids, can they enter the contest?
A. Yes! I’m happy to announce that this year we have a special Youth Contest just for walkers under 16-years of age (kids are more than welcome to join a photo walk (we love kids!) but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Q. I see on the site that Canon is the Sponsor. Does that mean the Grand Prize might include a camera and a lens?
A. Why, yes it does! Our friends (and official sponsors) at Canon are giving the Grand Prize Winner a Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless camera with an EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS lens, and a Canon Pixma Pro color printer. Plus they win: a $250 B&H Gift Certificate

> $250 B&H Gift Certificate
> Drobo 5D3 5-bay storage solution
> Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Rolling Backpack camera bag
> $500 Westcott Gift Certificate
> Platypod Max, Ultra, and Multi Accessory Kit camera support system
> A one-year membership to the KelbyOne Online Educational Community

How sweet is that! There are other prizes, too!

Q. What do the 10 Finalists win?
A. Lots of fun stuff: 

> $50 B&H Photo Gift Certificate
> $50 Certificate Off Any Drobo On The Drobo Store
> Think Tank Photo Trifecta 10 DSLR Backpack
> $50 Westcott Gift Certificate
> Platypod Ultra camera support with Multi Accessory Kit
> 1-Year Membership to KelbyOne Online Educational Community

 

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Q. I see there is a category for video taken during the walk. What’s the prize?
A. Our friends from Canon are giving away a Canon Video Creator Kit (seen above), to the best video submitted from the walk. The kit includes a Canon EOS 80D Body; their new 18-135mm lens; a Canon Power Zoom Adapter; RODE VideoMic Go; a 32G SD Card, and all the other goodies (battery, charger, strap, etc.). 

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Above: That’s the group shot of the local photo walk I led in Sydney, Australia in 2015. We started our walk at the world famous Sydney Opera House. 

Q. Are any cities with Photo Walks organized yet?
A. Yes! We already have walks set-up all over the world, with more being added every day! From Cairo, Egypt, to Raleigh, North Carolina — from Newcastle upon Tyne, England to Woodland, Florida — from ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands to Gig Harbor, Washington — from Acre, Israel; to Inveraray, Scotland, from Tabriz, Iran and Sioux City, South Dakota — there are walks all over the world who would love to have you join them!

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Above: That’s my group shot from my Tarpon Springs Photo Walk a few years back. My wife and I made a very dear friend on that photo walk.

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Above: That’s a group shot from my London Photo Walk two years ago. Hybrid Dave and Hybrid Peter are in there somewhere. Two top men. My friend Bryan is in there. So is Brad. Mike is there, too! Lots of cool folks.

Q. How can I lead a Photo Walk in my area?
A. You apply over at the official Worldwide Photo Walk website — just click on the “Lead a Walk” button (or just click here).

Q. What does it take to become a Photo Walk Leader?
A. We’re looking for people who have experience leading groups, so if you’re the president of your local camera club, or a college teacher, or photography instructor, or you run a local camera store, or you’ve lead Photo Walks in your area before, so you’re familiar with keep a group of up to 50 people happy, safe and healthy, etc., you’re likely to get accepted fast to be a leader. We ask for your qualifications on the leader application, and that’s the type of experience we’re looking for.

Q. What if my city already has a Photo Walk, but I want to lead a walk, too?
A. Most big cities can accommodate more than one walk, and so as soon as one starts to fill up, we add a 2nd or even a third or fourth depending on the response and city size. Also, if the walks are held geographically far from each other but technically in the same major city, we usually add those, too. (For example, New York City could have walks in Central Park, SoHo, Chinatown, and Times Square, and probably a half dozen other locations)

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Above: This is the group that I led in Ybor City, Florida back in 2009. I hated these people. Of course, I’m just kidding – they were awesome – I just wanted to see if you were paying attention. Worked, didn’t it? ;-)

Q. Do I have to enter the prize competition?
A. Absolutely not — it’s totally optional — you don’t have to upload even a single photo for the contest).

Q. Do I get anything for being a Photo Walk LEADER?
A. Love. You get lots of love. And admiration from your walkers (and me). You also get the eBook edition of my bestselling “Photoshophsop CC book for Digital Photographers,” as our way of saying “thank you.” You also get to pick the best shot from your local Photo Walk group and award them with a copy of the same ebook as well (and judging a photo competition is a lot of fun. While it’s tough to narrow things down to just one winner, it’s also fun because you get to see lots of beautiful images in the process).

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Above: That’s my group shot from my Paris, France photo walk. Yes, that’s is our friend (and Photoshop World instructor) Serge Ramelli standing next to my wife Kalebra. You get extra points if you recognized Serge from my Rome walk group shot as well. 

Q. Is there a separate Contest For Photo Walk LEADERS?
We have that, too! It’s our way of honoring the photographic work of our dedicated and talented leaders. The best image submitted from a leader will win a prize package that includes a Canon Mirrorless camera and lens, plus a Pixma Pro lens and loads of other prizes. It’s our best leader prize package yet!

Q. Do we have cool t-shirts for Walkers & Leaders?
A.You betcha! Here’s the link. (order yours right now so you can wear it during for the walk and look all cool and everything, like the model you see in the photo above — but even cooler).

100% of the profits from the sale of these t-shirts go directly to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya for the feeding, medical needs, clothing, education and care for these great kids. Last year, with our friend Rob Jone’s help, we raised nearly $6,000 just from these t-shirt sales alone (imagine how much $6,000 alone means to a small orphanage).

Here’s the link to the t-shirt store (they come in multiple styles and colors).

NOTE: We have special LEADER shirts as well (Leaders —  we’ll be posting a link on your leader’s dashboard).

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Above: OK, not exactly a posed group shot, but it is my group, seen here in a behind-the-scenes shot from the very FIRST Photo walk ever — back in 2008 – this one is in Dunedin, Florida.

Q. I want to know more about this Photo Walk thing. Where do I go?
A. 
There’s a FAQ on the Website (here’s the link) but it’s a lot of the same stuff I have here, but there is some contact info if you need to get in touch with us directly.

Q. Where do I go for the latest Photo Walk information?
A. Stay up-to-date by following us on our Twitter page and Facebook Page (If you talk about the walk on social – we would love it if you would include the hashtag #wwpw2017).

Plus, I’ll shoot you an email once a week leading up to the walk with some photography tips, camera tips, post processing tips, and fun stuff to get you ready for the big walk on Saturday, October 7th.

I hope you join us this year as we “Walk with a Purpose” to help the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya and as we make worldwide photographic history once again!

All my best,

-Scott

P.S. We want as many people to participate as possible, so anything you can do to help us spread the word about the walk would be greatly appreciated. Could you share it on forums, on social, with your camera clubs, and anywhere cool photographers hang out? Many thanks. :)

Well, it’s calling me, the wifey and kids anyway (photo above of the view from our cottage by Kalebra with her TrustyiPhone).

Yup, I’m taking a few days off at the beach, but  never fear, my awesome new columnist, Dave Williams will be here tomorrow with his Tuesday post of awesomeness, then it’s Guest Blog Wednesday on Wednesday (I’ll be back in time for ‘The Grid’ at 4PM – probably doing Blind Photo Critiques I imagine), and then Thursday it’s “New Class Thursday” and then I’ll be back on Friday with a glorious post. How’s that for a tidy little week? :)

So, in short – I’m laming out today, sitting on the beach in Margaritaville, cool drink in my hand, Buffet on the radio, and it’s ‘No post-a-roonie Monday!” Hope yours is a good one. :)

Best,

-Scott Beach Shack Bingo Kelby

Hi everybody, and greetings from Nashville, Tennessee where I should already be in bed because it’s nearly 1:00 am and I’ve got my seminar here tomorrow in the morning and well…I dunno…I should be in bed by now.

Anyway, if you’re out in the greater Los Angeles area, I want to invite you out to a talk I’m doing there next month at the Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa — it’s called “The Stuff They Don’t Tell You” and it’s an updated version of a talk I gave in England at ‘The Photography Show.’ I hope you can make it out — it’s free (compliments of our friends at Canon USA).

Here are the details:

Who: Me.
What: A free inspirational, motivational, informational, gravitation talk on ‘big picture’ photography stuff
Where: Canon Experience Center  – 123 Paularino Ave, Costa Mesa, CA
When: 6:00 pm – Sunday, August 13th, 2017
How to register (seating is limited): Click here. :)

I hope I’ll see you there, or maybe I’ll see you today in my seminar here in Nashville, or maybe I’ll see you in my seminar in LA the day after that talk at Canon, or maybe in San Francisco a couple days later, or two days after that in Seattle. 

That sentence right there made me want to finally hit the sack.

Hope you all have a great weekend – one packed with fun, and cooler than Florida temperatures. :)

Best,

-Scott

Melanie Kern-Favilla won a legion of fans around the world Friday night at her gallery opening and in her live interview (with the always awesome Larry Becker). Melanie shared so much of herself, along with her techniques, and her life as a photographer, storm chaser and engineer on the Long Island Rail Road. She was so open and engaging, funny and charming, and such an inspiration to us all.

Here are some of the comments from the folks who watched her interview online (I have it here for you, at the bottom of this post, but read the comments first):

 

“Breathtaking art, inspirational, what a talent …I am so moved by this presentation. While watching I forgot that I was sitting at the computer screen, what an unforgettable evening.Stunning creativity, resourcefulness, photography, and post-processing.”

“Stunning creativity, resourcefulness, photography, and post-processing.”

“This webcast is a gift. Thanks so much!”

“I love your story, Mel. Gives me hope and drive to become a much better photographer. Thank you!”

“Wonderful interview. She is so cool.”

“Thank you for inspiring me to keep practicing. You are making a difference in my life, and it is very much appreciated.”

“Mel’s images are gorgeous! The KelbyOne Gallery? It’s flipping AMAZING! You guys rock! Love it!”

“Congratulations Melanie. I just had a look through your online gallery – awesome job – especially on the lighting.”

“Beautiful work and a great interesting interview.”

“Wow Melanie, what an experience! Fantastic!”

“Mel…you’re a shining star!”

“Stunning pix!!! Sorry to miss the opening….it was sold out!!!”

“The lighting is beautiful and the colors so deep and rich. Outstanding!”

“The eye of the artist. Congratulations. You nailed it!”

“What a diverse and talented photographer. You are awesome!”

“Awesome photography! Art at its best!”

“Lovely to see an acknowledgment about this photographer. It’s a wonderful world.”

“Can a photograph be art? Yes indeed, Melanie Kern-Favilla proves that it can.”

“What a great interview, she was so professional! You have another great career ahead.”

“Her work is stunning!”

Everything they said is spot on. I’m embedding the interview here (below). You will love it, laugh a lot, and learn a lot.

I’m embedding the interview here (below). You will love it, laugh a lot, and learn a lot.

Her interview is wonderful, and so is she. It was such an honor to have Melanie’s work gracing the walls of our gallery. Congratulations to Melanie (and to her very cool husband Dave who encouraged her to enter the international competition in the first place). Thanks to the awesome folks at Bay Photo Labs, whose printing and Xpozer system was once again, a huge hit — both the sheer quality of the printing, but also how the system stands off from the wall. Perfect for a gallery (I spent half the night explaining how it works).

I also want to give a special shout out to Kalebra whose idea it was to celebrate and share the work of our KelbyOne members (Here’s a link to her post about Melanie’s opening). It is so exciting to see her dream making other people’s dream come true.

We’ll be opening the entries for the next gallery show competition soon. Stay tuned for details.

Have a great week everybody. It’s off to a great start!

Best,

-Scott

Tonight Melanie Kern-Favilla, a Railroad Engineer from Long Island, New York, will have a solo gallery showing of her photography. How cool is that!

Yesterday when Melanie toured the gallery in preparation for tonight’s opening, something very special happened. It was the first time Melanie had ever even seen one of her images printed. Even more special is the fact that the first time she saw one of her images printed, it was hanging on a gallery wall. She was overwhelmed, and it was a heart-warming moment for Kalebra, Erik and me to experience with her, as Melanie and her husband Dave stood in the gallery and just took it all in.

Melanie already has a really fascinating job
She’s a Train Engineer. She’s not the conductor. She doesn’t punch your ticket. She’s up front, operating the train. She might just have the coolest job ever (said every kid who ever dreamed of being the train engineer on a big locomotive).

So, how did this Train Engineer for the Long Island Rail Road (the busiest commuter rail system in America), wind up having a solo gallery show of her photography?

She’s a KelbyOne member.

She entered her images in a photo competition — one created to celebrate and recognize the work of KelbyOne members — people for whom photography is a passion, love, art, but whose work perhaps hasn’t yet been discovered or shared with a wide audience. This would be a chance for a talented member to have their work displayed in an ideal setting and get exposed to a worldwide audience overnight. Who knows what doors that could open, and what opportunities that could present.

We wanted to create an experience both for KelbyOne members who visit the gallery tonight to enjoy Melanie’s images (during the wine and cheese reception at the gallery), and those around the world who will experience Melanie’s outstanding work for the first time during her one-on-one interview tonight with the awesome Larry Becker — during which  her words and images will reach a new audience, and new heights.

We are honored to be able to share Melanie’s story, her process, the art, and the artist tonight at her opening, and we invite you to join us online and be a part of it all.

The broadcast is free and open to everyone.

When: Tonight, Friday, July 21, 2017, at 8:00 PM EDT (New York Time)
Where: At kelbyone.com/gallery-webcast or on my Facebook page where it will be also streamed live.

You will love getting to know Melanie, her work; how she lit, post-processed, and created her stunning images, and I hope you can join us.

It won’t be long before we open the next gallery show competition…
…and if you’re a KelbyOne member, you too will have a chance for your own solo gallery show. Seeing Melanie standing in a gallery surrounded by her work was a thrill for us. I hope you’ll know that same feeling one day soon. :)

See you this evening at 8:00 pm. It will be a night to remember.

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