Posts By Scott Kelby

I’ve been shooting a lot of portraits for a project I’ve been working on, and I have to say, I’m just super impressed with how well and consistently it works. I’ve never had more in-focus portraits than I’m getting now.

Every shot is right on the money – sharp, clear, and I don’t have to do the “Focus and recompose” dance like I do (or shall I say, “did”) with my DSLR. Now I just compose my portrait the way I want it, press my shutter button halfway down, and it automatically locks right on my subject’s eye (I can see a little green focus rectangle lock right onto their eye, as seen below, without any input from me whatsoever), and I take the shot.

So, shooting portraits has gotten easier, and I’m getting every photo in focus. I am super digging this!

Here’s how to turn this feature on (well, on a Canon R6 anyway):

STEP ONE: Go to the menu on the back of your camera, tap on AF (Auto Focus), and in section number 1, for AF method (tracking), choose AF and the face icon, like you see above. So now it’s set to recognize faces, but this feature has been in cameras for like 10 years now, so go on to the next step.

STEP TWO: Tap on the next menu item down, ‘Subject to detect’, and from the list (which includes People, Animals, and None), choose People.

STEP THREE: Tap on the next menu item down, “Eye detection,” and choose “Enable” from the menu. Now you’re set – the camera will handle the portrait focusing so you can focus on composition and interacting with your subject.

If you’re not using eye autofocus yet, give it a try this week, and I think you’ll be amazed at the results. When it comes to portraits, this is a game-changer!

This is the type of stuff we’re teaching at next month’s “Photography Gear Conference.” It’s all about getting the most from your camera, lenses, and accessories. It’s not designed to sell you stuff (we’re not selling anything); it’s designed to help you learn all this stuff, so you stop worrying about the settings and the gear and focus on the stuff that really matters. We have tracks for Nikon, Sony, and Canon users. Here’s the link for tickets and more info.

Here’s wishing you a flippin’ fantastic week! :)

-Scott

If you’re looking for a way to take your understanding of photography and how your camera works, this weekend, give this 100% free course a watch. It’s called “Beginner’s Start Here.” It’s not real long, but I worked really hard to make it super useful, and the feedback I’ve gotten on it is fantastic. First, watch the short trailer below:

To watch this course, just sign up for the free level KelbyOne membership (no credit card required), and you want this course in its entirety (along with some other cool free courses from me and the gang).

Here’s the link to watch it for free.

Hope you find that super helpful, and here’s wishing you a kick-butt weekend!

-Scott

I know it’s Monday, and technically this is one of our “Photo Tip Friday” tips, but I missed the chance to get this up on Friday, so…..it’s Photo Tip Monday with Aaron Van, and it’s a really good (and easy) one. Just 60-seconds, but super helpful. Check it out:

Pretty slick, right? Here’s a link to Aaron’s class if you want more stuff like that.

OK, it’s going to be a great week – Let’s go!

-Scott

Last night to celebrate the launch of my latest book, ‘The Travel Photography Book’ I did a live Webcast packed with travel photography tips, along with a deal from my publisher that is truly mind-blowing – 50% off on the print edition of the book (that makes it only $15 for a brand new book, which is just crazy – and they are honoring that deal until Midnight tonight Pacific time. Here’s the link to order your copy).

Anyway, the live Webcast was a ton of fun, and I shared lots of travel photography tips; you can watch it right here (below).

Hope you find those tips helpful (and I would love it if you would spread the word about this incredible 1-day only deal from Rockynook (my book’s publisher). Here’s that link again, ya know…just in case. :)

Have a great weekend, everybody! :)

-Scott

OK, technically, this is a “Photo Tip Friday,” and I’m aware this is Monday, but it’s too handy a tip to wait until Friday, so check it out below: (NOTE: although Moose is talking about his Nikon camera in the tip, the exact same tip applies to almost any camera, so it’s still a great tip for everybody no matter which system you’re using).

I’ve been preaching the first part of his tip for years, but that second part is something I’d never considered. Thanks, Moose!!!! (and here’s a link to his course, just in case).

Have a good one, everybody!

-Scott

There was something super important I left out of Monday’s Q&A post for those folks still holding out on making the jump to mirrorless (here’s a link in case you missed that post), and I talked it about yesterday when I was the guest on Vanelli’s Skylum Coffee Break podcast, which I embedded below (you can just listen to the audio if you want – let it run in the background). But, I wanted to include the missing Q&A here today, and that all-important missing Q&A is:

Q. I haven’t considered going to mirrorless because I don’t want to struggle learning a new camera system. Is it hard to learn the new mirrorless way of shooting?

A. If “learning a new system” is what’s holding you back, you’re in luck because it’s not really a “new” system – it’s a camera with changeable lenses just like you’ve always had; there’s just no mirror now. It’s a surprisingly similar system, and I think that catches a lot of people off guard when they first make the switch. I think they were expecting a very different experience when in reality, it’s very much the same (especially with today’s Mirrorless cameras). There isn’t a big learning curve because it works the same way as your DSLR; it even looks the same, with pretty much the same dials and knobs in the same place that all do the same things on a mirrorless that they did on your DSLR. 

Now, the latest mirrorless cameras do have more features available on them than your DSLR, but most of these new features are designed to make using the camera and shooting with it much easier – not more complicated, and you can just ignore those new features until you’re ready to learn them. Of course, you can just keep shooting as you did with your DSLR, but you’ll be missing out on some of the most fun and best things about shooting mirrorless from a usability standpoint anyway. So, I hope once you realize that, it’s really pretty much the same thing, and you’ll shooting along like always, that you’ll take a moment to start trying out some of those new features because it’s at that point that you’ll truly fall on love with mirrorless.

I hope that helps those of you out there with those same worries. I don’t think the camera companies have done a great job of communicating how “the same” these two platforms are, but maybe if they had, it would have slowed down the rush to mirrorless. Perhaps that’s why they made it all sound so new and intriguing when in reality, it’s a DSLR without a mirror.

Have a great weekend, and I hope to see you again right here next week. :)

-Scott

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