Posts By Scott Kelby

Hi Gang: Here’s a post I did a while back on “How to Shoot Awesome Fireworks shots!”  and today it’s how to Edit them in Photoshop (that way you’re prepared for the editing, now, too!). The video includes a really simple trick for creating your own custom “Fireworks Show Finale!” So cool you’ll drop your hot dog. That sounds bad but you know what I mean.

Check out the video I made for you below:

Pretty fun stuff. Hope you get some awesome shots!

Have a great weekend, everybody!



Last year we did a special 4th of July 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! :)



My friends Peter Treadway, and Dave “Travel Tuesdays with Dave” Williams, and me, after a day of shooting around London a few years ago. Funny thing: I just went shooting with Peter and Dave in London last week (on different days), and at one point we wound up at this very same place.

I talk to a lot of photographers when I’m out on the road with my seminar, and I sometimes talk to folks who tell me that one of the things they love best about photography (often landscape photography in particular) is that it gives them an opportunity to be alone in a quiet setting. They love the chance to focus on something that allows them to block the rest of the world out. I totally get it. There are times I love tinkering with things; from my cameras to my guitars, where it’s just me and my gear and it’s quiet (well, it is until I turn on my amp), and there’s definitely a quiet satisfaction that comes from it all. But to really enjoy photography at that next level, you’ve got to try shooting with a friend, or even a few friends.

One of the things I love about golf…

…is that it’s a social sport. Perhaps the most social sport of all, because you generally spend more time riding in the cart, waiting on the golfers ahead of you to finish, and chatting with your buddies (about golf, about golf gear, about life and family) than you do actually hitting the ball. I love that about golf.

Photography is the same way in many cases.

When you press the shutter, the photography part happens very quickly — often in just a thousandth of a second — but walking with a friend doing street photography, or getting up early with a buddy to shoot sunrise, or hiking out to a location — those are times that are so special to me. Photography is a social sport.

And like golf…

Photography is something you can still continue to do late in life. A lot of sports you have to hang up at some age because the physical demand of sports like Tennis or Basketball or football become too much, but photography is like golf in that you can do it late into life and still enjoy it as much (you just start searching for things on Google like “light camera body” and “Lighter lenses.”

That’s Peter, Dave Clayton, me and my son Jordan in the same place as the shot at the top, but taken just a week or so ago.

It’s Why Photo Walks surprise people

Each year I host a Worldwide Photo Walk™ and one of the comments I hear most often is how surprised people are that just walking around with a group of folks is as much fun as it is. The social aspect of photography is huge, and once you go on a photo walk with other people, you get it. Photography is meant to be shared; visually and socially.

Today, I’m encouraging you to go out shooting with a friend. Even if you’re one of those folks who enjoy the solitude of shooting alone, I hope you’ll call up a friend and make a time to go shooting together.

You’ll help each other; you’ll laugh, you’ll share your images, and you’ll share each other’s company. Try it once, and you might be surprised how much you enjoy it, and the fact that it gets you out shooting more often. It’s like exercising with a friend, or running with a friend, or even dining out with a friend. Taking photos with a friend can be incredibly satisfying and fun and, it can even give your photography a boost. Why not invite a friend to go shooting this week?

Here’s wishing you lots of friends to go shooting with, and many great times and images from the experience. :)


P.S. If you live in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia or Detroit, hundreds of photographers are all coming together on one day in each city for my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course.” Come on out and spend the day with a few hundred of your potential new shooting buddies. Tickets and details here.

I know a lot of high school and college teachers are already putting their curriculum together for the upcoming school year, which is why I wanted an opportunity to talk to those folks today on the blog. I have a lighting tool that I hope you’ll consider using in your classrooms.

It’s called “The Learning Light” it’s a lighting tool for educators (and students), and its sole purpose is to teach people lighting before they go out and actually buy real lighting. Check out the video below to see what it’s all about (and how the idea came about).

So, now that you’ve seen the video, you know — it’s about experimenting, learning, and seeing “the light.” That way, when your students do go out and buy a flash or a studio strobe or continuous light, the frustration, the futzing, and the whole guessing game is over because they’ll have a plan. They’ll have learned the fundamentals of lightings; and what they’re trying to achieve with lighting. They’ll learn what light does for portraits, when to use hard light, diffused light, what gobos do, what fresnels do, the color differences between tungsten and daylight.

The light comes with a full training class on light, and how to use The Learning Light, in your classroom as a tool for working with other students.

It’s got direct hard light, soft diffused light, a Fresnel spotlight, its own set of gobos, and a carrying case it all fits perfectly inside. It’s LED powered so it doesn’t get hot to the touch.

We’ve released a full training class on it for KelbyOne members, but if you buy the light, you also get full access to the class as part of the lighting package.

Here’s the kit:

The light, with the gobos and the training class, is just $89.90 and you can get it from the folks at FJ Westcott (here’s the link) who helped me bring The Learning Light to life.

This is not portrait lighting. It’s a learning tool.

One last thing, and it’s really important. This is not a substitute for portrait lighting. It’s a learning tool. It’s the light your students buy before they invest in real lighting. It’s for experimenting with shadows, and light, and for learning the fundamentals of lighting so when they do buy lighitng they’ll be a sucess.

As an educator myself, you can probably imagine how exciting it is to have created a tool like this for other educators and students, and I hope you find it helpful in your classroom this fall.


P.S. We’ve added two more cities to my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar tour. After Chicago and Detroit in mid-July, we added Boston and Philly in late August. Over 300 photographers are already signed up for the first two stops, and they’re still weeks away. If you want to come out and spend the day with me, here’s the link with all the details and tickets. Hope I get to meet you in one of these cities soon.

OK, it may be more than a few, but it includes lots of behind-the-scenes shots (often including camera settings), and shots from my travel workshop there, and from my trip to Provence to shoot the Lavender fields, and the story behind it all.

If you’ve got a minute and want to start off your Monday in a “French crepe with Bananas and Nutella” kinda way, I hope you’ll give it a quick look. Here’s the link:

Thanks, everybody, and here’s wishing you bakery baguette kind of morning.



I was hoping to share the shots and stories from my Paris trip today, but with catching up at work and all, I couldn’t get it done in time, but I did want to share something I’m particularly excited about. Remember that trip I took out to the aircraft carrier, the USS Harry S. Truman (link)? The images and story from that trip are featured in a 12-page article in the June issue of the International Society of Aviation Photography’s (ISAP) official magazine (ISnAP), and I am psyched!

Here’s a look at the spreads from the page.

If you want to see more images from the trip (or at least larger ones than shown here), you can check out Adobe Spark page on the trip.

Many thanks to ISnAP for including me in their awesome magazine. Very honored indeed.

Have a great weekend everybody!


P.S. Chicago area photographers — I’m heading up there next month with my new full-day seminar, “The Ultimate Photography Crash Course.” Details and tickets right here.