Posts By Scott Kelby

It’s a multi-week voyage of discovery that I think has the power to help propel your photography forward this year. It starts today, and we’ll pick it back up next Friday. You in for something fun that will make a difference? Great – let’s get started.

DAY ONE (today):

Go on Instagram and find 20 to 25 images of the exact type of photos you want to be making. So, let’s say you’re into landscapes — in the Instagram Search type in Landscapes, and scroll through the list of images and when you come across an image that makes you say to yourself, “Yes! That’s the exact type of image I would love to be making” take a screen capture of that image (it will save it to your camera roll). If you don’t know how to make a screen capture on your phone, Google it.

That’s all you have to do for today, Day One, but it’s a VERY important step. Be thoughtful about your choices, because your journey begins with identifying exactly which type of photos you want to be making.

This is a great thing to do this weekend. Get a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine), carve out some uninterrupted time and really give this some thoughtful consideration; make those screencaps, and we’ll regroup for Day Two next week. :)

Have a great weekend and happy hunting. :)

=Scott

I know Photoshop feels like a very mature product, but 30 years? It can’t be 30 years already, right? (this getting old thing…well…it’s not for the young).

How lucky are we that for the past 30 years this program has existed — it touches most every visual part of our lives; if you see a Web page, a billboard, a video, a movie, a TV show, an ad, even an email, at some point it probably was touched in some way by Photoshop. It’s that much a part of our lives.

I came a little late to the Photoshop game – when I first saw it, it was already on version 2.0, and shortly after I started really using it, it was already at version 2.5 and it was already a mind-blowing program back then. I think one of the most amazing things — one of the things that makes Photoshop such a special program to this day, is that its a program without walls. You never say, “Photoshop can’t do this.” Instead, you say, “I wonder how you do this in Photoshop” because even though you might not know how to do a particular thing you want to do…you know Photoshop can do it. The limit isn’t the program — you don’t hit its limits — and that is truly something.

To get a feel for that Photoshop magic, take a look back with me at this video Adobe’s own Terry White did a while back where he’s showing the first version of Photoshop (Photoshop 1.0). It’s amazing to see the features that were in that first version that are still a mainstay of our workflows today, but it’s also awesome to see how far we’ve come since then. Check it out below.

Last week, in honor of Photoshop’s 30th anniversary, Terry also did a live Webcast showing his Top 30 favorite Photoshop features of all time. It’s so good! You’ll learn some cool things along the way, including features you might not even know where there. I’ve embedded that video below:

I hope you’ll join me in wishing Photoshop, the coolest program ever made, a big “Happy 30th Birthday!” :)

Here’s wishing you a kick-butt week!

-Scott

P.S. My Prague travel photography workshop I announced here on Friday sold out Friday. If you want to get on the early notice list for my upcoming workshops, head over to ScottKelbyWorkshops.com and sign up there. That way, you’ll get a heads-up before I announce my next workshop to the public (and it’s a pretty incredible one, so you’ll know to know early).

This is your invitation to grab one of the last two spots to join me and KelbyOne Instructor Mimo Meidany for an unforgettable four-day travel photography workshop — “Picture Perfect Prague.” Its old-world charm, architecture, soaring spires, and beautiful bridges make it a photographer’s paradise! First, watch this short video (below):

Tickets & Details

What: My “Picture Perfect Prague” Travel Photography Workshop
Instructors: Scott Kelby and Mimo Meidany
When: May 21-24, 2020
Where: The Hilton Prague Old Town
Price: $4,950 Per Person (includes 4 nights accommodations, breakfast each day, the night before dinner, parting luncheon, transportation to and from the daily location shoots, and the workshop itself).
Tickets: More details and tickets here (limited to 12 participants maximum — there are only two spots left!)

Don’t Miss Out!

All of my travel workshops have sold out in advance, and as of this morning, there’s only 2-spots left for this one. I hope one of those will be yours. Reserve your spot now, and we’ll see you in Prague this May.

Head to scottkelbyworkshops.com for tickets and lots more info.

Have a great weekend everybody!

I hope I run into you next week out in Vegas at the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait) show. I’ll be doing a book signing at the Rocky Nook booth on Thursday. Come on by and say hi.

Scott

Start your week off right by doing something really important. Go Back Up Your Photos, right now.

I get an email or Facebook message on a regular basis with another heartbreaking story from a photographer who didn’t have a back-up of their photos, and they lost every photo they had taken in the last few years, including photos of their family — everything — gone forever.

Stop whatever you’re doing and right this very minute, and take a few minutes to protect the visual history of your life, and back up your images. Just drag them from your computer onto an external hard drive. It takes so much less effort than you’d think.

If you don’t have one: here’s a link to one of the portable drives I use —  it’s a WD 4-terabyte portable USB 3.0 drive for just $89 at B&H Photo. $89! That is incredibly inexpensive, (and it works like a champ).

My Backup and Lightroom Organization Strategy

If you’re a KelbyOne Pro, I have an entire course on backing up and organizing your images on your back-up drive and then in Lightroom. It’s called my 2019 “Simplified Lightroom Image Management System” (or SLIM System for short) and folks have told me so many times how helpful it has been to them and you might find it helpful, too — here’s the link.

Anyway, this is just your friendly reminder that this is, officially, “Back Up Your Photos Monday.” :)

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Houston & LA – I’m Headed Your Way!

The next stops for my full-day “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar are Houston on Monday, March 23, and then Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 25th. Hope you can come out and join me for the day. Tickets and info right here.

Have a good one!

Scott

I want one!

I don’t even know all the specs yet, but between the features that Canon has announced, and the ones that reliable sources have leaked, I’m thinking it’s time for a new body! (Note: Don’t tell my wife. This is just between us. It’s a secret. Etc.).

Now, I don’t know what it costs (if Canon said how much they’re charging, I missed it), so there’s still a big question mark out there, but I’m hoping it’s priced right (so, basically not in the 1Dx III price range).

You had me at two card slots!

Not really (gotcha!). Seriously not a big deal to me whatsoever (I thought all the hand-wringing about the EOS R not having two slots was really overblown), so if it has two slots. great. I’ll probably leave one empty, and I don’t even know what type of cards it supports yet anyway). And the 8K video? I don’t shoot video, so it doesn’t help me one way or the other, but it seems a lot of people are really psyched about that.

What I do like is the very fast frames-per-second rate; the higher megapixels; the good possibility of a sensor with improved dynamic range, the IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization), and there are still more features yet to be announced. OK, I’m in. Ya know, in theory — still doesn’t know what it costs.

Shout to out San Diego and Phoenix

Great turnouts in both cities (thank you guys), with almost 550 photographers coming out for the two days. I met a ton of great folks; really had a lot of fun, had a great dinner with a buddy in San Diego’s Little Italy section, and got to see some more friends in Phoenix. Thanks to everybody that came out spend the day with me. Next stops: Houston then Los Angeles next month. I am having so much fun on this tour — I can’t wait!

Well, that’s it from here in the Delta Sky Club at Phoenix Airport’s Terminal #3. Got a red-eye home tonight at 11:25 am. Zzzzzzzz!

Have a happy Valentine’s Day (don’t forget your sweetie), and a great weekend. :)

-Scott

Last week I did a tutorial over at my Lightroom blog (LightroomKillerTips.com) and it was on how to create a 6-up layout in the print module (six tall images on one page). In that tutorial I showed how to use the Identify Plate so you can add text below your image. Even as I was writing the tutorial, I couldn’t help but think, “This is just a mess.”

It was Adobe that first brought professional type to computing — it’s in their DNA — heck a ton of our fonts have Adobe in the title, but when it came to Lightroom, it’s like Adobe got amnesia. Lightroom has the most limited type features of any program you have today on your computer. Any of them. Even Apple’s free TextEdit app runs rings about Lightroom’s type features…with one exception and that’s what this post is about.

Take a look at the Type panel from Lightroom Classic’s Book module (below):

Tracking, Leading, Kerning, Baseline Shift…actual real type controls and even text style presets. Real type controls, and this is already in Lightroom Classic inside the Book module.

Dear Adobe: Please copy this panel over to the Print Module and the Slideshow module.

You’ve already created it. It’s got a UI. It’s already a panel inside of Lightroom. It’s already there, just one module over. Please make type in Lightroom at least decent.

I know this might not be on the top of your Lightroom wish list, but this is already there. It’s not like we’re asking for a new feature — just take one that’s already there and copy it to where it will do more good. It’s low-hanging fruit. Pick it!

Thanks for listening. :)

-Scott

P.S. I’m off to San Diego tomorrow for my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar on Wed, and then in Phoenix on Thursday. Nearly 500 photographers are coming out – if you’re not signed up, it’s not too late. Here’s the link for tickets and more info.

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