Posts By Scott Kelby

It’s not from the fancy new iPhone 14 Pro. It’s not even from a 13. It’s from an old iPhone 12 Pro. I shot it last week while recording a KelbyOne online course on shooting travel with your iPhone. I’m still amazed the camera on my phone can do what it does. I did edit the image in Lightroom (yes, those are the real clouds that were there that morning – no sky replacement), and that editing in Lightroom part is covered in Part 2 of my class – editing the images I shot in Part 1, all on Lightroom mobile on my phone and tablet.

Behind-the-scenes photo courtesy of Kelly Jones.

Here’s what I think Canon, Sony, and Nikon need to do

The low end of the camera market is all but gone. I can’t remember the last time I talked to someone who bought a point-and-shoot camera or even an entry-level DSLR. If I were Canon, Sony, or Nikon, I would release an official statement saying, “We make cameras for professionals. Period.” That’s it. Just make that statement, so instead of the public perception being “These companies are slowly dying,” they may be able to shift that perception to “They make high-end expensive lenses and bodies for professionals, and I sure would love to have one of those” instead of “Who needs a DSLR or Mirrorless camera when my phone camera is this good and getting better every day.” 

Just a thought.

The OPTIC West Conference is almost here!

The folks at B&H Photo are bringing their awesome OPTICWEST Conference (The outdoor photo/video/travel imaging conference) out West for the first time. It’s coming to beautiful Monterey, California, on November 6-7, and I’m honored to be doing one of the keynote presentations (along with legendary National Geographic photographer, author, and speaker Frans Lanting) and an incredible team of instructors.

It’s an amazing event, which includes: a Whale Watching expedition aboard the Monterey Princess, with gear from Nikon, Sony, Sigma, and Canon available for you to borrow. There are Macro Photo Sets, a Workflow Pavilion where you can edit and print your work, and the OPTIC Challenge, where photographs can be taken at many natural sets professionally illuminated with Genaray Lighting. You can also enter your work in a gallery contest with prizes for the winners. There is an opening night cocktail reception and of course, lots and lots of great classes taught by that top-notch instructor team over the two days.

You can register to attend the in-person event or virtual online – here’s the link with info or to reserve your spot. After teaching at the OPTIC Conference in New York earlier this year, I can tell you – this is an event you absolutely do not want to miss.

It’s a Football Weekend!

Bama has a tough game against the Vols on Saturday, and the Bucs play Pittsburgh in a winnable game on Sunday (though historically, the Bucs lose super winnable games like this, so I’ll be holding my breath the whole time). 

Hope your team wins this weekend (unless you’re a Vols or Steelers fan, of course). ;-) 

-Scott

P.S. Hoping to have an Adobe Express (formerly Spark) page ready for Monday to share the images from my Tuscany trip.

Above: My co-instructor, Mimo Meidany, and me standing during a scouting trip before the workshop, standing out in the Tuscan dirt. There’s worse dirt to stand in. 

Greetings from the Atlanta airport (a delayed flight had me missing my connection back home last night from Boston, so I chose to come halfway home – my flight’s boarding in 20 minutes), but I’m back from my travel photography workshop in the gorgeous Tuscany region of Italy. Gorgeous doesn’t begin to describe it.

I don’t have images to share yet (beyond that shot from Jason above) because we had one heck of a busy week, but man was it a fantastic one! Great weather the entire time; had an absolutely wonderful group of people with me, took tons of images, had tons of laughs, had some amazing food, and from beginning to end, it was a pretty amazing experience all the way around. And Mimo: Mimo is the greatest. The. Greatest.

Lots more to share, but we’re getting ready to board. Just wanted to let you know I’m back in the saddle, and I’ll be doing an Adobe Spark page on the trip very soon, and I’ll be sure to share it here.

Looking forward to being home, seeing my wonderful family, the doggos, sleeping in my own bed, and seeing my friends and co-workers on The Grid this week. :)

Have a kick-butt Monday!

Ciao!

-Scott

This is such an eye-opening video from ‘Studio Builder’ (a full-time working pro photographer), and he’s got some eye-opening takes on Vero for all those photographers who are thinking of moving there as an answer to Instagram’s recent changes (SPOILER ALERT: where Instagram is designed around photography, Vero clearly is not – as you’ll see, but there’s much more to it).

I even went back and started posting on Vero again myself, but this video is making me rethink investing time and energy there. Check it out:

Also, when Vero started back in 2018, with its promise of no algorithms and no ads, a lot of photographers did grab a spot over there (myself included), but then everybody kind of left in a hurry (Google it for the reason), but this video (above) doesn’t go into all that – just why it’s not what you think (or hope) it is, or would be. Give it a look – he did a LOT of research, and it makes a lot of sense.

OK, we’re off to a kind of a chippy Monday. Let’s turn it around and make this a kick-butt day!

-Scott

Two separate topics that taste great together. First, check out what we just announced – our last training conference of the year – ‘The Travel Photography Conference.’ Check out the trailer below and why this is the perfect time for a conference like this, which covers the shooting, traveling, gear, the post-processing, and more:

You can sign up right here (and don’t forget – you get the entire conference, all the classes, archived for an entire year, so you can stream any session again, or any missed, on demand.

Burger King Totally Blew It!

Chicken Sandwich Wars Important Update: Burger King had it. They had one of the top contenders in the entire Chicken Sandwich war in their “Ch’King” chicken sandwich. It was pretty incredible. So much so that it made me actually go to Burger King, perhaps my least favorite restaurant anywhere. Never been a fan, but the Ch’King changed my mind. It made me a believer, and a customer. Until last week, when I was at the Burger King drive-thru near me, ordered a Ch’King, and they told me it had been discontinued. What? That’s right – it’s no longer available. Apparently, a lot of people loved it, but there was a problem. Here’s how a top exec at Burger King explained the problem:

“The Ch’King “was a great product that was difficult or challenging for teams to execute on.”

So, they didn’t replace the Ch’King with something that tastes better. They replaced it with something easier to make. It’s not about their customers. It’s about how easy it is for them to make.

But I gave them the benefit of the doubt since they’re running TV ads non-stop for their new “BK Royal Crispy Chicken Sandwich,” so after ‘The Grid’ last week, I bought one to give it a try (even though one of our viewers commented that they had already tried it, and it was totally “meh”).

I tried it, and I can tell you this: It’s misnamed. It should have been called, “It’s our old boring chicken sandwich back again,” and their TV campaign could have been, “You didn’t like it before, and now it’s back.” It was completely ‘meh.’ Super ‘meh.’ They quit. They gave up. Save your money.

We Have a New Champ!

I mentioned this on The Grid recently, but we have a chicken sandwich that finally (finally) beats the famed Popeye’s spicy chicken sandwich (and it’s close 2nd place entry from Zaxby’s), and I am crowning it the new reigning champion of all Chicken Sandwich wars contenders. It is from the Outback Steakhouse’s new fast food chain called “The Aussie Grill,” and their ‘Crispy Sriracha Chicken Sandwich” is remarkable. Truly. It is the new ‘king’ and Burger King…well…they totally blew it.

Have a great weekend, everybody. Hope your chicken is crispy and spicy!

Scott

I explain it all right in the short video below:

You can get your copy (in print or ebook edition) today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or directly from the publisher.

Thanks for checking out that. I’m really excited about this one – I think it will help a lot of folks out there who are already using Lightroom. :)

Here’s to a kick-butt week! :)

-Scott

P.S. I just released two new online courses for travel photographers: Part 1 is on shooting interiors when you travel (places like palaces, cathedrals, museums, opera houses, theaters, etc.), and Part 2 is on how to take those images and post-process them from start to finish. Details over on LightroomKillerTips.com today.

On Wednesday’s episode of the Grid, late in the show (around the 50-minute mark) we explained and then showed a killer example of exactly why we’re so disappointed that the new iPhone 14 Pro camera doesn’t have a 10x Optical zoom, and precisely what the new iPhone’s camera cannot do. When you see this example, you will totally get it.

The video below starts right were we start talking about the new iPhone issue, so if you hit play, you’ll right where all the fireworks start (and if you scroll back right before this, you’ll hear a shocking news update about the Chicken Sandwich Wars). Anyway, check out the video below:

That’s why we’re so disappointed. Sigh. Well, in much more fun news….

I am psyched to be teaching at the just announced OPTIC WEST 2022 Conference

The awesome annual OPTIC Conference (The outdoor photo/video/travel imaging conference) has always been held in New York City (and hosted and produced by the folks at B&H Photo), but for the first time ever it’s now headed to the West Coast – to beautiful Monterey, California this November, and I’m honored to be doing one of the keynote presentations (along with legendary National Geographic photographer, author, and speaker Frans Lanting) and an incredible team of instructors.

It’s an amazing event, which includes: a Whale Watching expedition aboard the Monterey Princess, with gear from Nikon, Sony, Sigma, and Canon available for you to borrow. There are Macro Photo Sets, a Workflow Pavilion where you can edit and print your work, and the OPTIC Challenge where photographs can be taken at a multitude of natural sets professionally illuminated with Genaray Lighting. You can also enter your work in a gallery contest with prizes for the winners. There is an opening night cocktail reception and of course, lots and lots of great classes taught by that top-notch instructor team over the two days.

You can register to attend the in-person event or virtual online – here’s the link with info and to reserve your spot. After teaching at the OPTIC Conference in New York earlier this year, I can tell you – this is an event you absolutely do not want to miss.

I’m delighted to have one of my images chosen as a Gold Winner in the European Photography Awards

I cannot tell you how delighted I was when I got the email this week that my image was a Gold Winner in The European Photography Awards, in the Professional category under Fine Art Photography – Travel. Thank you to the judges – I’m just tickled to no end. :)

Have a great weekend, everybody! Hope to see some of you here in Salt Lake City tonight, then it’s off to Crown Burger for….well…a burger! (and a yummy one at that).

-Scott

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