Posts By Scott Kelby

It happened again this weekend — I got a panicked email from a friend who lost the contents of his computer and didn’t have a backup. Thankfully, he had the bulk of his photos backed, but not all the photos on his laptop — not his Lightroom catalog (with all this edits), and not all his documents.

So, what does he do now?

Nothing. There’s nothing he can do. He’s lost everything on his computer, so know he’s pretty much starting over. He doesn’t even know everything he’s lost, but he knows it’s a lot, and I feel terrible for him. It’s heartbreaking.

Don’t let this happen to you, and it’s not a matter of “if” this will happen. It’s just a matter of “when.” But it doesn’t have to be a disaster like it was for my friend. It can just be a minor inconvenience. So don’t just backup your photo library. Back up your computer. Right. Now.

I use a program called “Carbon Copy Cloner”

Carbon Copy Cloner (from Bombich Software) is the easiest backup program I’ve ever used. It’s pretty much a no-brainer — you plug in your external backup hard drive (by the way — please use an external hard drive so if your computer dies, your backup doesn’t die with it), and it makes an exact duplicate backup of your computer. Yes, it’s that easy.

It reminds you to back up, too (which I love). It can remind you weekly, daily, every two-weeks, once a month — your choice, and when it does, all you do is connect your external drive and it automatically runs a backup in the background.

Why not do this today?

Why not start this year off with peace of mind and get your computer fully backed up.

Here’s an external hard drive I’ve used for years. It’s a WD (Western Digital), USB-3 drive and it’s a full two Terabytes which is enough to backup most hard computer hard drives, and it’s only $62.99 and you can have it tomorrow. $62.99. Tomorrow. Here’s the link.

I hope you’ll give this some serious thought today. Maybe one day you’ll post a comment here how it saved your butt, and we’ll both be happy. :)


P.S. We’re less than 10-days from our first online conference of the year — the “Travel Photography Conference” and the day before I’m doing a pre-conference session for anyone registered for the conference on, “What makes a great travel photo” — that kicks off a week from Tuesday, and I hope you can join us. Tickets and more info here.  

I’m putting the official conference trailer below in case you’ve got a sec. I hope you’ll give it quick look (it’s short).

In the last Photoshop update, Adobe added a cool little feature that snuck by most folks, but you might find it really handy because it will help keep you from scrolling through your panels as much. It simply lets you “shrink” the panels so less of them appear on screen. Here’s how it works:

Take a look at the panels on the right side of the Camera Raw window (shown above). That’s the normal layout.

Right-click on any of the panels title bars (just to the right of any panel’s name), and from the pop-up menu, at the bottom choose Compact (as shown above).

Now take a look at the panels on the right side (and compare them to the one shown earlier). The Compact panel mode now shows all the names of the panels because they’ve “shrunk up” (you can see all the way down to the last panel — calibration), where it was hidden in the regular layout. You can see more panels without scrolling. Not earth shaking, but the less we have to scroll, the better. :)

OK, there’s a short one to get us started off right in this new year.

Here’s wishing you lots of success, happiness and good health in this new year.


P.S. We are just a couple of weeks away from our first online conference of the year — it’s “The travel photography Conference. Two tracks — lots of incredible instructors, and lots of amazing education. I put the trailer below, but here’s the link for tickets for more details. You will love it, and I hope to see you there.

You know it’s a holiday, when I’m posting on a Monday at 10:50 am. As you might have guessed from the headline, I’m taking this week and next week off to enjoy some time with my family, watch lots of football, play Call of Duty Warzone and record some songs in the studio. Might even take a picture or two. :)

Here’s wishing you and your family, all the joys of the season — I hope you got lots of awesome Christmas Presents (and that there’s a mirrorless under the tree or a really great lens), and here’s wishing you a far better 2021 than we shared in 2020.

Brighter days are ahead, and I hope you enjoy great health, prosperity, and happiness in the New Year. It’s going to be a great one!

With much love and thanks,

The Holiday Break guy

Today at 11:00 AM ET the wonderful Terry White himself is doing a live Photography Master Class on JPEG vs. RAW: Which one is right for you, and folks I talked with Terry this morning, and he’s got a lot of really helpful fascinating stuff in this video podcast stream today — even if you’re already shooting RAW, you will learn new stuff about it today for sure.

You can watch it right above.

Have a great weekend, everybody. Here’s wishing you good health, and I hope to see you back here next week. :)


So, we had my official 15th Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide, and then last Friday I had a few more ideas, and yet here we are with three more awesome gift ideas for photographers. Let’s go!

Camera Body skins for Sony Users

If there’s a Sony Shooter on your Holiday Gift List, take a look at this: this company (called CamSkins) creates perfect fit cover skins for Sony camera bodies of all kinds, and they look really slick (that’s the red body skin shown above).

They’ve got different colors (the white skin looks really cool) and they fit various Sony models, and…I just wish they made them for Canon bodies. They’re around $54, and they would make a really cool, colorful, and practical gift. Here’s the link.

If They Shoot With a Flash, This Is For Them

The Crown Prince of Flash, the Duke of Diffusion, the wizard of wireless, Joe McNally, has his own signature line of really smartly designed flash modifiers and accessories made by the folks at Lastolite, and the flash user on your holiday list would be thrilled to get any of these. Really fantastic stuff (I have their pop-up softbox myself)! Here’s the link.

A fantastic book from Photographer Rick Sammon

Here’s how Rick describes it: “In today’s crazy times, photography is providing a much-needed outlet/release for our feelings – and a way to creatively express those feelings. It’s also a private escape into a world in which we can create our own reality (in camera and with Photoshop/Lightroom/plug-ins) – privately and publicly.

It’s such a great book (and Rick is such a great writer and photographer), and thought there’s not a single photo inside the book, they will love this book from cover to cover. Here’s the link (in print and for Kindle).

Happy Shopping Everybody!


P.S. You know what would make a freakin’ amazing Christmas gift for the photographer on your Holiday Gift List? A KelbyOne Pro Membership. They would flippin’ lose their minds! They would learn so much! Here’s the link, ya know, just in case. :)

Stop snickering about the ‘glorious’ part — I’m trying to make the best of this funky, funky year. Anyway, lots going here — here’s what’s up.

One of my all-time favorite ballheads is on sale for $20 off

This Oben BE-117T is one bada@# little ballhead (and plenty big enough to hold my Canon 5D Mark IV or my EOS R, even with a 70-200mm attached. Holds up to 17.5 lbs. I believe), and right now B&H Photo has it on sale for $20 off (just $69.95 which is just insane for this quality a rig). Also, a perfect match if you use a Platypod Ultra. Here’s the link.

Go vote for Tim Wallace’s Awesome Images

My all-time hero of automotive photography, UK-based photographer Tim Wallace, has had 2 pieces of his work shortlisted by the judges of the British Photography Awards. Public voting is now open and if you dig his shots like I do, please give one of his images a vote at

This has nothing to do with photography, but you’ll thank me…

These frozen White Castle sliders you get at the grocery store are pure magic, and so much better than you’d ever imagine (if you follow my careful instructions below). Plus, they are super quick to make, and I don’t know how they do it because they’re frozen, but once you heat ’em up, the bread somehow tastes soft like they’re fresh like out of the oven.

OK, here’s all you do: After 60-seconds in the micro, take off the top bun: add regular ol’ French’s mustard, and just two dill pickle chips, then reheat for 15-seconds. Don’t add ketchup. Don’t add extra cheese. Don’t add anything else. Shockingly yummy and fresh-tasting. If you deviate from these instructions, they will be totally average, and you don’t need average sliders. They are super sliders (like you went to White Castle in person).

NOTE: Just eat two sliders (they’re more filling that you’d think, and if you just stick to two, they’re not too high in anything. Eat four and well…things get out of hand fast). I promise, you will love these!

Want a perfect Holiday Gift Idea for the Photographer on your list?

Get ’em a signed edition of Moose Peterson’s groundbreaking book “Takeoff” which teaches you how to take incredible aviation photos. This is a genre people are still shooting a lot these days at outdoor airshows and they will love for you getting them this awesome book. Here’s a link to pick up that autographed copy directly from Moose. Order your copy right now!

I wish I had included this one in my Holiday Gear Guide

…but I didn’t know about it until Wednesday, when Terry White showed the “Pocket Tripod” — an incredibly small (business card size), brilliantly designed tripod for your iPhone (or whatever phone). It’s really just so clever, and so useful, and…if you missed Part 2 of my Holiday Gear Guide on The Grid, we posted it here on the blog yesterday so make sure you see it in person — it is just too cool. Here’s the link.

There ya go. Hope you have a fantastic weekend; a safe, happy, healthy one. :)