Posts By Scott Kelby

Tip of the hat to UK-blogger/photographer/awesome guy Brian Worley who shared this tip at some point, and darn it’s a good one — it’s how to use a feature in Lightroom to find out which lens (or lenses) you use the most. Deceptively simple.

STEP ONE: In Lightroom’s Library module; in the Catalog panel on the left, click on ‘All Photos.’

STEP TWO: Press the backslash key [ \ ] to bring up the Library Filter across the top of your thumbnail preview area. Click on the Metadata tab up top (shown circled below in red).

STEP THREE: If it’s not already selected, in one of the columns choose “Lens” as the column header (also shown circled in red above), and it will instantly display the number of images you took with each lens you own (as shown above, where not surprisingly my 70-200mm f/2.8 is my most-used lens). My 14mm isn’t far behind. Click on any listing, it will display just those photos taken with just that lens. The stuff that Lightroom does behind the scenes for us is really impressive.

Thanks, Brian! Also, please check out Brian’s Guest Blog post from April of this year. Great stuff (as always).

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Next week I’m teaching my Lightroom seminar in Raleigh (Wed) and Lansing (Friday). Come out on (it’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it doesn’t totally rock). Here’s the link for details or tickets. 

Yesterday we did a special Holiday episode of The Grid all about how to take great fireworks shots. Erik (the real Rocket Man) Kuna and I cover everything from The Gear to the techniques to the post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom and lots of helpful tips along the way.

We get right to it from the start (we have a lot to cover), and if you’re looking to make great fireworks shots tonight, we give the exact time-tested recipe of settings that can’t miss!

Here’s wishing and your family a happy, safe, and fun 4th of July. Hope you get some great shots! :)

Best,

-Scott

Well, the images are mostly from Norway’s Lofoten islands, but if you’ve never been, I hope this makes you add them to your travel list. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen without a doubt.

Here’s the link to my Adobe Spark photo story (with behind-the-scenes stuff, too) if you’ve got a sec: https://spark.adobe.com/page/UfdOthc5pG4MS/

Thanks for giving them a quick look. :)

Have a great Monday everybody — it’s going to be an awesome week!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m bringing my Lightroom seminar to Raleigh, Lansing, and Washington DC
This month (well, in just a few days), I’ll be in Raleigh (July 11th), Lansing (July 13th), and Washington DC on August 17th. Come on out and spend the day with me learning all the cool stuff in Lightroom Classic. http://kelbyonelive.com

Yeah, ya do! We’re partnering with ProfotoUSA on this awesome giveaway, and all you have to do to enter is….enter.

Here’s what you get if you win:

  1. A Profoto B1X (I have one, they are the best!)
  2. Profoto Air Remote (you get one that works with your brand of camera)
  3. Profoto Softlight Reflector

The whole package is right around $2,800 and you could win it — but you can’t win if you don’t enter in it.

Here’s the link. Go enter right now (while you’re thinking about it). Hey, ya never know it?

We pick a winner at random on July 30th, 2018.

Have a great weekend everybody – see ya back here on Monday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I hope you win! :) 

Happy Monday, everybody! (stop snickering — it’s going to be a great week). :-)

This past weekend I was fortunate to be one of the instructors at the Out of Chicago photography conference (really great conference, by the way — so much fun, and I met lots of great folks. High-five to Chris Smith and his team for organizing such a great event). Anyway, one of the highlights of the conference for me was getting to sit down and do one-on-one portfolio reviews, and just getting to talk to so many photographers about their work.

Where’s Your Portfolio?
One thing I’m constantly surprised about is how many folks not only have no photography portfolio whatsoever (online or otherwise) but beyond that, they haven’t even taken a break from shooting long enough to stop and evaluate their own work. They have thousands upon thousands of images in Lightroom, but they haven’t gone through to choose their very best images, so they really don’t know where they stand with their work. They just keep shooting and shooting and shooting, and photos keep piling up and piling up, so they don’t step back, take a break, and really look at where they are, and where they’re going.

Why This Matters
If they haven’t taken the time to find their best images, how can they tell if they’re improving? Are they getting better? Can they see any year-over-year improvement? How would they even know?

So where do you stand?
If I ran into you today, and I asked to show me your portfolio, you could be able to give me a URL where I could see your best work? I’m not talking about your Facebook page or Twitter or Instagram where you have posted hundreds of random images over the past few years — I’m taking an actual portfolio of your best work. If I sat down with you at your computer, could you point me to your best 20 or 24 shots in just one or two clicks?

We need to know where we stand as photographers, no matter where we are on our journey. If you’re a beginner, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to find your 20 best images. Have you taken the time to stop and evaluate your own work? Do you know how you’re doing? Are you making progress?

This is something we really need to talk about.

That’s why this is my topic on my podcast “The Grid” this week
I’m not only going to talk about why we all need to evaluate our own work, but I’m also going to show you step-by-step how to quickly put together a professional-looking online portfolio for FREE (Well, it’s free as long as you subscribe to any of Adobe’s subscription plans for Lightroom and Photoshop). This is important stuff, and I hope you’ll join me on Wednesday — we go live at 4 PM ET (New York Time), and I’ll be taking your comments and questions on the air. You’re going to be stunned at how easy it is to put together a pro-looking portfolio, so I hope you can make it. We simul-stream to my Facebook page, so you can watch it there, or you can go to kelbyone.com/thegrid and watch it there.

Have a great Monday everybody, and I hope to see you Wednesday on the show. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m bringing my Lightroom seminar to Washington DC, Raleigh, and Lansing
I’ll be in DC in August with my full-day Lightroom seminar, but before then I’ll be in Raleigh and Lansing. Hope you’ll join me for the day. http://kelbyonelive.com

I got this question this week, and I thought I’d answer it with a simple answer, but also a cool trick just in case. First the question:  

“If I’m shooting in direct sunlight but am using a diffuser to soften the sunlight, do I set my white balance to shade or sun? “

Softening the sunlight shouldn’t change its color, so I would leave it set to Daylight. This is different than shooting in the shade where the sunlight is blocked and the color of the light captured by your camera turns blue, but with a 1-stop diffuser (btw, that’s the best $20 a photographer can spend for better outdoor portraits — that’s one in use shown above), it lets the sunlight thru and so I wouldn’t change the white balance unless the subject looked bluish. Luckily, this is an easy thing to test next time you’re out shooting. Take one shot with your white balance set to Daylight, one set to shade, and compare the color. Easy enough.

Now, that being said, below is a quick video, I made to show another method — using your camera’s Live View to nail the white balance in tricky lighting situations. Take a look:

Now, before you ask, “Scott!!! What!!! Are you switching back to Nikon?” Nope — I recorded that video a few years back when I was still shooting Nikon. Just thought I’d nip that one in the bud now. LOL!! :)

Hope you found that helpful. :)

I saw this quote in our KelbyOne community this week. It said,

“I rejoined K1 6 months ago after being away for several years. I can honestly say, I’ve learned more in the past 6 months than I have in the past 15 years”

That so made my day! If you’ve been on the sidelines, we’d love to have you back with us. Head over to http://kelbyone.com and start learning again today.

Have a great weekend everybody. :)

Best,

-Scott

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