Posts By Scott Kelby

Happy New Year, everybody! Some quick stuff to kick off the new year (I’m technically still on vacation until Monday, so don’t tell anybody I was blogging here today, and over Here’s what’s up:

My Top Nine Most-Liked Photos From 2019

Thanks to everybody who stopped, liked, or commented in 2019. Much appreciated! :) To see your own nine most-liked photos in Instagram for 2019, visit

My New New Travel Photography Course on how to Make Portraits of the Locals

For a lot of travel photographers, it’s one of the hardest, most intimidating things to do — getting photos of local people in the place you’re visiting. So much so, that many travel photographers return home and the only people in their images are other tourists. That’s why Rick Sammon and I put this new online class together — to give you proven strategies and techniques so you come home with more than just shots of monuments and tourist attractions — you’ll come home with great shots of the locals, adding an entirely different dimension to your travel photos.

We cover a wide range of tips, tricks, and real-world scenarios to change the way you capture travel images of people from this day forward. I think you’ll find it really helpful and it will make a big difference in your travel photography. Here’s the link to the course and the official trailer where Rick and I go into more detail about the class. I think you’ll find it really helpful.

Photoshop Upsizing Tip from Viktor Fejes

I’m a big Viktor Fejes fan — and his tip here for increasing the size of your image and keeping as much detail as possible is a really great one. It’s short and sweet (part of our KelbyOne “Photo Tip Friday” Series). If you’re a KelbyOne member, and you’re a bit more advanced, make sure you’re checking out Viktor’s Photoshop, color and retouching courses. They are ‘next level’ type of stuff.

Well, that’s it for my “vacation day” post. LOL!! Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend, and we’ll catch you back here on Monday for your regularly scheduled blogging experience. :)


I had such a great time yesterday shooting with the Falcons (such a great crew to work with). The game was in Tampa, and it was hot! You’d think by nearly January it would be at least in the low 70s, but it was hot as blazes, especially in the first quarter, but even so, it was still so much fun.

Deion Jones celebrates as he crosses the goal line securing the win for the Falcons in overtime with a pick-six off Bucs QB Jameis Winston.

I was definitely rusty not having shot all year, but my knee held up nicely (I babied it), and I just had a ball. I got to see and spend some time with my dear friend Rob Foldy (who now leads the photography team at the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United & Mercedes-Benz Stadium).

This is why I don’t take selfies. Of course, Rob looks great. He looks like a model. I look like…I dunno but it’s not good. Perhaps I shouldn’t stand so close to Rob in pictures.

I also got to shoot once again alongside the Falcon’s own Kara Durrett and sports photographer Mark Brown (both real pros, great shooters, and really awesome people), along with Adler Garfield (just met him — seems like a cool dude). Also, I met Jordan and Max who were part of the Falcon’s crew working the game (very cool, super helpful guys).

I’m just going to share a few shots and then head off to bed. I’m pretty whipped (that Tampa heat takes it out of you. So do all those interceptions).

The big man celebrating after taking it to the house for six.
Everybody goes airborne once in a while.

It case you were wondering if I got that shot where the ref walks right in front of my field of view and draws my camera’s focus point….well, you would not be disappointed (see below). I wish I only had this one.

Referees: Friend to players and the photographers alike

Yup, that ref is sharp as a tack. Too bad he had nothing to do with the play.
Here I was able to stay locked on the players, but as soon as one of the refs saw I had a clear shot during a fumble, he immediately raced into the scene, as shown above.

Shooting In Pick County!

This guy threw no picks. He’s from out-of-town. Georgia, I believe.
This guy is setting records for throwing picks, including one on the first play of overtime to lose the game for the Bucs. I don’t know how Bucs fans feel about him, but the teams the Bucs played this season absolutely love him, and badly want him to get a contract extension.

It was so great to be back out there shooting football again. Thanks to Rob, Kara, and the Falcons for asking me to shoot with them — I really loved the opportunity and congrats to the Falcons on the win.

I believe I can fly….

Gear Info

I took two camera bodies (as always); both Canon 1Dx’s. On my main body I used my 200-400mm f/4 (which is currently for sale by the way) with a built-in 1.4x tele-extender; supported with a Gitzo monopod. On the 2nd body, I had my 70-200mm f/2.8. I also had my Hoodman Loupe, which is worth its weight in gold during day games like this.

Camera Settings

I shot at f/4 all day on the long lens (except for times when I kicked in the tele-extender, then it automatically jumps to f/5.6), and I left my 70-200mm at f/2.8 all day. I shot in Aperture Priority mode with Auto ISO turned on and set to a minimum shutter speed to 1/1000 of a second. I used focus case 1 and shot in RAW (I usually shoot in JPEG for football, but the Falcons requested RAW so RAW it is).

Next stop — Orlando for the Alabama vs Michigan bowl game on New Year’s Day. Not shooting — just watching — for Christmas the wifey bought my son and me great seats for the game (#rolltide!), and we’re both super psyched.

Have a great week everybody — I’m chillin’ till after the first of the year, and then I’m back hitting it hard for 2020!



The Reality of Switching to Capture One

Matt Kloskowski, Serge Ramelli and me tackled ‘The Reality of Switching to Capture One” as our topic this week on The Grid and we had a really great discussion, with so many people thanking us for helping clear up a lot of confusion and clarifying a lot of the bad info out there. I’ve embedded the episode below — you can just let it run in the background while your’e editing photos, but I know a lot of folks found this really helpful — it might clear up a lot of things for you, too.

Thanks to everybody who commented and got involved in the discussion. It was really a lot of fun, and I think we shared a lot of eyeopening info.

My new ‘Natural Light Portrait Book’ made Top 10!

I was very psyched to see my new ‘Natural Light Portrait Book’ made top-10 picks for 2019 Educational Photography Books. Here’s the article (honored to be in the company of some really great authors and titles).

The book is in-stock at Amazon right now (Prime shipping, too) if you want to grab the printed version before Christmas I’d go order your copy right now. Of course, it’s available as an ebook for Kindle and the Nook, too!

If you’re looking for a great podcast, here’s one I highly recommend:

It’s photographer, and Photoshop author Glyn Dewis, and Design Guru, British Supertar Dave Clayton. It’s so great — you’ll love it and you’ll thank me for turning you on to it. The get really great guests; you’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll dig it. More info at

Have a great Holiday weekend!!! :)


JR (left), holding his Guru Award, with KelbyOne Instructor Glyn Dewis (right)

I have some very sad news to share this morning. Our KelbyOne community lost one of our long-time members, a Guru Award-winning photographer, a father, husband, and an important part of the photography industry, JR Maddox who passed away unexpectedly, at an early age far, far too soon.

JR had so many friends in the KelbyOne community, and in the photography industry in general and his passing had been felt by so many.

JR’s passing left behind his wife and an 8-year-old son, so our own Dave Williams has created a GoFundMe page to help JR’s family, and I encourage you to make a donation if you can. Any amount you can give will help.

Dave wrote a beautiful tribute to JR on that GoFundMe page, and I thought I’d share it here for those of you who knew JR, and those who didn’t get a chance to meet him. Here’s what Dave wrote:

The photography community internationally has sadly lost a legend. JR Maddox, portrait and real estate photographer from Simi Valley, California, put in hard work to forge his hold of the real estate photography industry locally and led the way with revolutionary gear and techniques, and was also an accomplished and renowned portrait and headshot photographer. Part of the KelbyOne community, and a proud recipient of a coveted Guru Award, this man is loved both by instructors and fellow members, as well as those engaged in the social media forums JR was so active and encouraging a member of. 

Everyone who’s life JR touched will undoubtedly have nothing but incredible and inspiring stories of his kindness, humility, enthusiasm and, most of all, his incredibly warm heart. It’s with great sadness that I write this and I’m positive there are many more people feeling similarly to this right now.

JR is the father to James and husband to Karon, and the sheer grief of this wholly unfair situation must be unbearable, but the intent and purpose of this page, albeit unable to lift a burden, is to lighten it and to show James just how amazing his father really is and how revered he is amongst a global community of photographers and creatives who are willing to do what they can to try and assist in picking up where JR so unfortunately left off in planning for a future of success at least as great as his father’s. Anything we can do, little or large, will be gifted to Karon and James to show just how special a man the world has lost.

Again, if you can help, here’s the link to make a donation. I cannot imagine how hard it will be for JR’s Family during this Holiday, and our prayers, and hearts to go out to them.

-Scott, Dave, and all of us here at KelbyOne

The print version arrives next week and the Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook ebooks versions are already here, but in the meantime, please watch the little video below where I tell you who it’s for, how it’s written, and why it’s going to be the book that helps a lot of folks quickly move ahead in their natural light portraiture.

You can order it right now on Amazon and or Barnes & Noble it ships next week (in time for Christmas and Hanukkah). Plus, it’s stocking-stuffer priced at $28.83, so what the heck, get two (one for a friend?).

More Christmas Gift Ideas for Photographers

On Wednesday Erik Kuna and I did The Grid’s’ Annual Holiday Gear Guide Live and we had Terry White join us, and we had so many great gift ideas (Erik and Terry always come up with such great ones, and I had a few really good ones to add this year, too). Here’s the episode (below):

I posted links to all the gifts mentioned on the show right here.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend; happy Holiday shopping, and we’ll catch you back here on Monday (well, a guy can hope can’t he?).


What a way to wrap up the year — a gallery showing of images from my coffee table book project The Great Indoors, which celebrates classic interiors from around the world, from libraries to opera houses, amazing cathedrals, theaters and more.

Kalebra took this shot right before the doors opened to the reception
Kalebra does all the staging for each gallery show, and I knew she was really good at it, but after seeing how she arranged my images so masterfully, I have a whole new appreciation for her art of sequencing. It made an incredible difference.

The wine and cheese opening reception was this past Friday night and we invited KelbyOne members to come and join us in the gallery, and afterward we went to our theater where the wonderful Larry Becker (just the best interviewer you could ever hope to be interviewed by), did an interview with me about the images displayed in the gallery.

We talked about everything from the travel to the techniques to sharing personal stories — it was so much fun, and we had such a great crowd.

We’ve been hosting these gallery showings for nearly two years now, and it was pretty surreal to be on the other side of it all, but I have to admit, it was really a lot of fun. The images all printed so beautifully (shout out to Bay Photo Lab — their Xposer system is a star! A comment I heard often about the printing is that they look like they’re printed on metal, but it’s actually all on a Vivid Satin paper material using a 12 color ink set. They have this down to an art, and it was an honor to have my images printed by them. I absolutely love how they came out!).

That’s Larry Becker doing his opening remarks for bringing me up for the interview.

I’m including the video interview here below. I hope you can check it out — I’ve gotten such great comments from folks who couldn’t make but either caught the live stream or watched it afterward online, and I’m so grateful for the reception it has received.

I’m down in Ft. Lauderdale today teaching my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar — my last for the year, and I’m looking forward to spending the holidays with family and friends. If you’re at the seminar today, make sure you come up and say hi. :)

We’ll be posting the 2020 tour dates shortly, so keep an eye out here or on my social.

Here’s to an awesome week — I hope yours is a great one! :)