Posts By Scott Kelby

…it was not to be. My hope was to do a post today with my photos from my recent trip to Lisbon, Portugal, and Morocco, but it’s 1:29 AM and I realize that while I have all the photos in place, I don’t have the full story together yet, and I don’t want to rush through it, so it will probably have to wait a day or so. Rats.

In the meantime, this happened:

On Thursday, the day after my San Diego Lightroom seminar, I was lucky enough to be able to be literally almost on the runway at the El Centro Naval Air Facility in California, shooting FA/18G EA Growlers, and Apache Attack Helicopters along with some Navy trainer jets, and it was just awesome (as you might expect). I’ll be sharing photos from the day shortly, but when I posted the shot on Twitter you see above (taken with my iPhone 7 Plus), I saw the response you see below my tweet from someone who follows me there. I don’t think they were being snarky or anything at all, but I did respond to them, and I thought I’d expand on what I told them.

I did have pretty amazing access that day, but…
…I was there as part of El Centro NAF’s annual “Photo Call” but the reason I found out about it in the first place is not that “I’m connected” and have some special “in” — it’s just that (like hundreds of other photographers) I’m a member of the International Society of Aviation Photographers (ISAP). 

Each year they arrange special shoots for their members, and ISAP members wind up getting access to shoots that I can’t even begin to imagine how they were able to get permission for…but they do. When they hold their annual convention (I’ve been a speaker twice now — I think next years is in Tucson), the shoots they come up with for members are just off-the-chain, and I guess if you want to talk about someone that is actually “connected” it’s their President, Larry Grace, who is the wizard of getting photographers into places that they normally wouldn’t have access to whatsoever.

If you’re into Aviation Photography and want some opportunities to learn from some seriously amazing shooters; hang out with some really great people, and shoot some incredibly cool aircraft, I urge you to out the ISAP.

Here’s a link to their site for more details.

Hope you found that helpful, and I hope you check them out. Now, outside of ISAP, if I get special access to shoot some cool things, and sometimes I am able to do that, I never take it for granted. I count it as a real blessing and one I’m very thankful for. Here’s wishing you special access to something you’ve always wanted to shoot (and if it’s super cool – give me a shout – you know I love stuff like that). :)

Programming Note: It’s Thanksgiving week here in the US, so no episode of “The Grid” on Wednesday and probably no Thanksgiving post as well, but we kick off our Black Friday/Cyber Monday stuff soon so I’ll let you know about that when we’re close.

Hope you have an awesome Holiday week!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you want to be the first to know about our best deals of the year on KelbyOne memberships during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday fest – head over to KelbyOne.com and get on the early notice list. We’ll make sure you get our best deals of the year. 

Big news – my brand new book “The Flash Book” comes out today! Starting today it’s available in eBook format, ready to download right now (the print edition is already on press).  My publisher (Rocky Nook Publishing) is celebrating today’s launch with an absolutely insane deal — just $15 for the eBook (it’s available for download right now!).

Here’s the link to their $15 eBook deal (and use the code below).

About the book:
I didn’t want to write yet another book that teaches you everything you can do with your flash. Instead, this book is for people who bought a flash, and they’re not loving it. They not getting the results they thought they would, so they’re really not using their flash, and that’s a huge shame because you’ve seen how awesome flash can be.

I really think I can change that for you.
I think I can make you fall hopefully and madly in love with your flash because you’re going to start getting those type of flash images you bought your flash for in the first place. You’re not going to “nerd out” and learn a bunch of tech stuff. Instead, you’re going to learn a super simple system — one I’ve been working on for years now, and I know it works because I’ve received hundreds of emails, comments, and love letters from people who have put this system to use and they’ve finally loving their flash. They’re head over heels (and you could be, too).

You can finally love your flash
…and you’ll see the results immediately (especially since a lot of this system flies right in the face of what the flash makers and marketeers have been telling folks to do). You’re this close to a real breakthrough with your flash, and Rocky Nook is making it so affordable that you’ve got to at least give it a serious look. It’s $15. You can’t buy lunch at Applebees for $15 (plus, this book is better than lunch at Applebees, but then…). ;-)

If you want to wait for the print book, here’s the link to it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (note: it’s not in print yet, but already the #1 bestselling book on flash photography on Amazon). You’ll dig it.

Have a great Wednesday everybody, and I hope I run into you at my seminar here in San Diego today. :)

Best,

-Scott
‘The Flash Book’ Guy

P.S. Please scroll down to catch Jesus Ramirez’s awesome Guest Post today. It’s about the importance of perspective in Photoshop and he’s got some killer compositing tips in there. Very well done!  

…we didn’t quite make it to our goal this year of raising $20,000 for the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage, but…we’re almost there. Our total raised (so far) from the 10th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk is $18,429 (from donations from photo walkers, and from awesome folks who bought the official photo walk t-shirts). We’re just over $1,500 from hitting our goal this year. But…it’s also not too late. :)

Here’s how you can make a difference, right here, right now: 

(1) You can make a donation right now (most donations were $1 [which is all we asked], but some folks still gave $20, some gave $100, and some were blessed enough that they could even give more). Whatever you can give, it makes a difference. Remember, we did most of this just $1-at-a time.

(2) You can still order one of the official photo walk t-shirts right here. It’s a great memento of your walk this year, and 100% of the profits go directly to the Spring of Hope Kenya orphanage.

By the way, if you want to know more about the orphanage, and Molly Waits — the amazing woman who sold her home, her car, and all her possessions to move her family to Kenya to turn an empty plot of land into a something very special, here’s a link to a guest post here from Molly herself. Because of what she did, and what you guys did to support her efforts, 50+ wonderful children now have food, shelter, healthcare, education, and lots of love.

My humble thanks to everyone who donated, and for those of you who will step up today to make a difference in the lives of these children. What you’ve done has more impact, and mean more, than you’ll ever know. Well, you’ll know one day. :)

Have a great Monday everybody. It’s going to be a fantastic week!

Best,

-Scott

It’s official, and we have an awesome winner in our first-ever Youth Category Competition for the worldwide photo walk.

Without further ado, congratulations to our winner, 15-year-old Davey Thrasher from the Marietta, Ohio, USA Photo Walk:

My Comments: I think this is such a well executed shot on so many levels. I love the use of a very shallow depth of field, and the leading lines draw you into the photograph. I think the low perspective helps this image big time, and the post-processing is subtle but very effective. Such a nicely crafted image. Nicely done!

As our Youth Category winner, Davey will receive:

  • Canon EOS Rebel SL2 EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 Kit
  • Canon Pixma Pro 10 Printer
  • $50 B&H Photo Gift Card
  • ThinkTank Photo Trifecta 10 DSLR Backpack
  • $100 Westcott Gift Certificate
  • Platypod Ultra
  • Full year of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan
  • and a Full year of KelbyOne membership

Congratulations to Davey, our first official Youth Catagory Competition Winner!

Big thanks to our friends at Canon USA, our Platinum Sponsor for providing such awesome main prizes, and for their support and enthusiasm throughout.  High five and many thanks to our Photo Walk official sponsors: B&H Photo, Think Tank Photo, FJ Westcott, Platypod, Drobo, and Adobe. We feel very blessed to have such great folks supporting the walk in this way.

On Monday we’ll be wrapping up this year’s Photo Walk with a look at our fundraising results for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. 

Have a great weekend everybody – hope you get some great shots out there. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I hope to meet some of you in person next Wednesday in San Diego at my Lightroom seminar there. If you want to come out and spend the day with me, it’s not too late. 

I am honored to announce the winner of the official Worldwide Photo Walk “People’s Choice Award” (sponsored by Canon USA, and hosted by our friends at ViewBug).

Celbert Palaganas, from the Cebu City, Philippines Photo Walk received the most votes for this wonderful image (below):

Congratulations to Celbert for this great capture (taken with a Samsung cell phone no less), and thanks to everybody who voted in the official “People’s Choice” voting this year. :-)

Have a great Monday everybody (One more competition winner to be revealed – the Youth contest).

Best,

-Scott

Unfortunately, we are going to have to delay the announcement of the winner of the Worldwide Photo Walk’s Youth Competition (we’re waiting for a final age verification because for some reason MANY, MANY adults entered the youth competition). and our People’s Choice Winner (we’re awaiting the results from ViewBug who ran that part of the competition).

So, because we can’t know for certain if or when either of those is expected today, we’ll do the announcement this coming week. My humble apologies for the delay – our crew has been working day and night to have these ready and they’re nearly as disappointed as you are, but we want to make sure the proper winners are verified before we make the announcements.

Thanks for your patience and understanding. :)

Best,

-Scott

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