Go Back Up Your Photos. Right Now!
Seriously. If you want to do the most important thing you’ll do all day — stop what you’re doing right now and go back up your photos.This past Wednesday on The Grid our topic was backing up your photos and people were writing in with such heartbreaking stories of how they lost everything, or if they were lucky it was only thousands of photos they’ll never get back. They all mentioned how devistating it was. It takes much less time than you’d think, and you’ll sleep a whole lot better tonight knowing you’re finally, and fully backed up.

I’m embedding Wednesday episode below – we talked about which types of drives to get; how big, and different solutions for backing up to the cloud, and we answered a whole bunch of questions. If you’re not sure where to start, which this episode.

Today’s the last day to save $100 on a Photoshop World 2017 Conference Ticket
That’s right — the Early Bird Discount ends tonight at midnight for next month’s mega-conference in Orlando, Florida (it’s warm here btw), but if you get it on right now you’re not too late to save 100 bucks.

Head on over to photoshopworld.com right now and snag your tickets. You’ve always wanted to go — you keep saying “I’m going to go one of these years…” why not come join us now. You’ll learn more in three days than you have in three years, and you’ll come back faster, better, and totally re-energized. Get on it tonight – right now (well, right after you backup your photos). :)

Tomorrow night — it’s the Grand Opening of “The Gallery at KelbyOne”
We are just so excited — the gallery is complete, and tomorrow night we’ll be celebrating the photographic work of KelbyOne member Mark Wegner (Mark won our competition for a one-man show), and you’re invited to be a part of the opening, no matter where you are in the world. We’re streaming our “Artist Interview” live tomorrow night, and you’ll get a peek at the gallery, and you’ll be inspired by Mark’s work and his stories about how he “got the shots.” It’ll be a night to remember, and you’ll see it unfold live.


Who: Me, Photographer Mark Wegner, and our host Larry Becker (Plus, a bunch of people enjoying wine and cheese). Mmmm. Cheese.
The Grand Opening of “The Gallery at KelbyOne” and a solo gallery showing of photographer Mark Wegner’s work
When: Tomorrow night – Saturday, March 18th @8pm ET
Where: My Facebook Page, or at http://kelbyone.com/gallery-webcast
Why: To showcase the amazing work of KelbyOne members, and share their photography with a worldwide audience

The presentation starts at 8PM ET (Note to International viewers: the US observes Daylight Savings Time so we recently moved our clocks forward 1-hour). Hope you can join us. :)

For more details about the gallery competition (including how to enter when we open the 2nd round of entries shortly), jump over here.


That’s right — I’m giving away FIVE free copies of my latest Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
Just leave a comment below in the comment section, and you’re entered. We’ll pick a winner this weekend and announce the winners on Monday. You can enter anywhere you are in the world — good luck everybody (if don’t win, you can buy the book online at Barnes & Noble or Amazon, in print or ebook formats)

Thanks for stopping by, and please consider this your friendly reminder that this is, officially, “Back Up Your Photos Friday.” :)

Have a great weekend, everybody!



About The Author

Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; KelbyOne.com CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.


  1. Wow I would really like a copy of your book Scott. Don’t have any Photoshop books.

  2. WOW! I’d really like to have a copy of your book, Scott! Great fan of all your work!

  3. happy St Patricks Day to all at Kelby! given the day it is… the back up will have to wait until tomorrow… a guiness is calling me…

  4. Thanks Scott… We all need a little poke every once and a while. Happy st. Patrick’s Day!

  5. I sure would and could use that book today! Happy St Patricks Day everyone! Erin Go Bragh!!!!

  6. I’d love a copy of your book.

    I’m headed to Orlando for my first Photoshop World. I’ll see you there!

  7. A free book is always good

  8. Yup, a book would be good.

  9. Great discussion on backing your stuff up! Would love a copy of your book! Thanks Scott – have a great weekend!

  10. Always backing up the pictures… and always means… always…
    Your book would be greatly appreciated, also here in Italy!
    Thanks Danilo

  11. A free book from the master, I’m in!

  12. I would love to update my old version of the book with the new one… would be SWEET!
    And … I have backed up all my stuff on two separate drives. :)

  13. Yeah, backup, not sexy but boy when you realize your drive is dead having a backup is like the best girlfriend ever.

  14. Would love to have your book and thanks for the invite!

  15. Looking forward to your book

  16. I would love the book to update my collection of your books.

  17. Scott, I love the old version but an update that addresses Adobe’s updates and how to use them would be wonderful.

  18. Buying a new drive today to get everything backed up and reorganized in Lightroom. Good weekend project. Would love to read your new book

  19. Backblaze keeps me constantly backed up, definitely worth the peace of mind. Would love your new book, my weak Photoshop skills need all the help they can get!

  20. I utilize Backblaze and have since they came out. It has been really reliable. The book would complete my Kelby collection. Good luck to the Mark, the gallery winner.

  21. Scott, I love your books and your philosophy, energy and love for life. Thank you for all you have taught me about photography and that you will never go wrong if you do the right thing.

  22. I have a few of your previous Photoshop books and would love a copy of the new one.

  23. Thank you Scott for everything you do for the community of photographers worldwide. You are a blessing to all of us!

  24. I love your blog. I am a daily reader (since your old blog) I look forward to it every day. I would love to win the new book. I know I’ve purchased about a dozen over the years. Keep up the good work!

  25. Keep up the good work!

  26. When will you be teaching in Michigan again?

  27. I really wanted to attend the gallery opening….

  28. Great book! Great Inspiration! I hope to win this time to make my photos awesome! Thanks Scott, because of you I´m taking really nice pictures (I guess…) And because of you, I´m spending so much money! (my wife not so happy) : )

  29. Thanks for the opportunity to win this latest book. I still have my CS2 book. It was the whole reason I started following you and becoming a K1 member!

  30. I’d love to have this book! Your tips are always amazing.

  31. This is a great talk. Here is a link to another computer user website with info on hard drive failures. read this before you buy an inexpensive hard drive. http://www.komando.com/happening-now/388789/avoid-these-hard-drives-they-are-most-likely-to-fail

  32. Make me a Photoshop fan. I’ve never used it, but would love to take my post-processing one step further! Have a nice weekend all :)

  33. Yummy cheese!!! Have a great Grand Opening!

  34. I want the book! Please pick me ;)

  35. A copy of THE BOOK would be wonderful.

  36. Watched the Grid (well, a little late) and the SLIM video–great stuff. Now I want to know how you keep all your photos on 2TB drives while shooting sports! You must have a slightly more complicated workflow for sports (what w/PhotoMechanic and all…).

  37. The “BACK-UP YOUR PHOTOS FRIDAY” leads to that “FEELING OF SUCCESS SATURDAY” – Hope to get a copy of this book. Thanks Scott!

  38. A copy of your latest Photoshop book? And free?? Yes, please!

    Seriously, the amount of value you add (not counting free goodies) is seriously off the charts. I have learned so much from you and your team!

  39. An updated copy of your book would be fantastic!Thanks!

  40. Like to win this one

  41. Would be a great addition to my collection that I have already

  42. Lord knows I need all the Photoshop help I can get, lol. Thanks for the chance to win your book!!!

  43. Another great read!! Thanks Again!!

  44. I would absolutely adore having a copy of your latest Photoshop CC book…PLEASE…

  45. I’ll even take an ebook version !
    Thanks for all the info, learn something every day…

  46. Another book by Scott? My wife will kill me but…you only live once!

  47. I’m in. Thank you for all these great books!

  48. Great to have this.
    Thank you!

  49. Would be great to add this book to my collection.

  50. Would Love a copy of the book, and I backed my photos up on Weds.! Nice reminder!

  51. A copy of your book would be excellent!

  52. I always love to read your books. Thanks!

  53. Love your books–own most of them–and learn from them all. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  54. Could be my lucky day :)

  55. I’m down for another SK book in my library! Back up the bus, baby!

    — John

  56. Hi, I just study your book Lightroom 6 and CC, it is my new Bible:-) And more Photoshop awareness would be helpful too! :-)

  57. I have come a long way since reading the first Digital Photography book.
    Thanks a lot!

  58. I need this book so badly….so many wonderful pictures to save…need the knowledge of Scott Kelby to help me….have a great St. Patty’s Day…xo

  59. Hi Scott. enjoy your blog and love your teaching style. I dig it in other words…. Thanks

  60. Absolutely would love to win a copy of your book.

  61. A wonderful gift again. Would love to win this book as you can learn something new every day in photoshop! Many thanks and have a great saint patricks day everybody at Scott (mac)Kelby!

  62. Thank for your Photoshop CC Book, I will take great advantage of it. In return I will send you my best picture :)

  63. I teach this stuff in the continuing education program at the local U, you have to be over 50. One of the first things I do is show them a portable hard drive and explain how easy it is to back up. Do you guys still sell autographed copies of the Photoshop book?

  64. FREE Kelby Photoshop book? Of course I’d LOVE it. I’ve worn out a few of his past books.
    I love getting my tech info from Scott.

  65. A free book would be cool! I kinda got the hang of Lightroom, but Photoshop still often baffles me.

  66. Trying my luck on this wonderful day. Kelby PS book is more than a lottery today. :)

  67. Great opportunity to get a great book. Since I usually get one at Photoshop World, it’s like getting a $600+ discount. How cool is that?

  68. I can’t ever seem to get enough of reading Scott’s books. I would love to be considered to receive a free copy.

  69. It’s hard not to leave a comment when a Kelby book is available!

  70. I use a pretty simple, effective and wallet-friendly solution. I have a dual 4TB Western Digital MyBook Pro in a redundant RAID configuration (its enough for my library of images (so far)). I have it set to automatically back up the moment anything is added to a designated set of folders on my computer. No hassles, no worries, and brainless. If my primary drive crashes, I have 2 backups. If one of my backups crashes, I have another and as soon as I pop out the old drive and insert the new one, BANG, the new one automatically records a set of files from the good 4TB drive. I know its this easy, ’cause I’ve had to use it on one occasion. The beauty of it is it cost me only around $300.

    My paper library could really use another book, and would love to fill the space with a shiny new Photoshop CC book. Plus the color coordinates well with the rest of room!

  71. The backup show was great!! Thanks for the suggestions of online backup.

    Please count me in for you book!

  72. I try to read your blog everyday. The backup reminder is great

  73. Your photoshop cc book would be so useful.

  74. Hi Scott, I am entering to win your Photoshop CC book. Thanks

  75. Awsome! free book. Please enter me for your Photoshop CC book. Thanks.

  76. Have most of the earlier versions and they are all great. I would really like to win this one.

  77. Back up …. check! Photoshop book …. check?

  78. Absolutely! Pick me, I need your new book.

  79. Excited about this offer! I have a wonderful collection of your books and would love to win this one! Thank you!

  80. Good luck everyone. Great book I am sure…

  81. I would love to recieve a free copy! I am in desperate need to learn more about Photoshop!

  82. Having the new Photoshop CC book by you Scott Kelby would be a valuable addition to my library of knowledge

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  84. I am a big mouse who loves cheese :)

  85. Just in time for me to improve my Photoshop skills.
    Thank you!

  86. Thank you for this giveaway!
    Can’t go wrong with Scott Kelby’s books.

  87. I’ll give it a go as well, wouldn’t say no to a book :)
    on your backup plan, I can just shed a recent story of mine. Early in January the flat above mine got totally burnt out and we all had to evacuate the building. Fire department were flooding the house with water and needless to say, my flat got totally drenched in water. There was no time to pic anything up when evacuating, so camera gear and computers were left inside. Luckily I had one copy of all the photos at my parents place and one disk with all the photos in a safe at work. So once I got myself a new computer I could just pic up one of those disks and get everything back in order again. So backing up and keeping copies off-site is essential.

  88. Thank you for your lessons…yes!!, a copy everyday, and the LR catalog too!

  89. Have a great weekend everyone!
    I would love to have this great book.

  90. I like reading books by Scott so this is awesome!

  91. I would be so thrilled to win this…
    Thank you!

  92. This is great. Just in time for me to improve my photoshop skills. Thank you.


  94. Count me in please!
    Thank you very much!
    Good luck!

  95. Awesome book I am sure. Thanks a lot.

  96. Backup photos.. you bet. the iPhone automatically syncs to dropbox… each new 20 get copied to google drive .. icloud automatically uploads all new pics.. LR has a copy on my system.. clones it once a month to external drive.. key images are dropped into a folder that uses ARQ to upload to Glacier on AWS.. and finally I have a spare drive that is cloned and sits in my office 10 miles away from the house.Paranoid? you bet…

  97. I would love a copy of your Photoshop book.

  98. Thank you for giving away this book!

  99. Backing up now!
    Thanks for the reminder…

  100. Already in the cloud – it was a relief to do it :). Book would be great!

  101. It’s great to learn from Scott again :)

  102. Pick me please!
    Happy weekend!

  103. I would love to have an updated copy of the Photoshop CC book. Thanks a lot!

  104. Love your website and training and would love to win the book!!

  105. Thanks for the gift of knowledge.

  106. Yes backing up is an important thing to do which I have always neglected.
    I would love to have the book.
    Who wouldn’t?

  107. Scott’s book is a good one, my friends say.

  108. I am learning how to use Photoshop so this couldn’t come at a better time.
    Thank you.

  109. I have been reading Scott Kelby’s books since The Digital Photography series. Thank you and backup!

  110. Fantastic advice and giveaway! Thank you.

  111. I wouldn’t mind a copy of your book

  112. Backed up and entered! Thanks.

  113. I am new to your website. Just trying my luck. I would love to expand my skills though.

  114. Backing up is super important and I am guilty of neglecting it. I shall do it by the end of the month.

  115. I post most of my favorites to Flickr. I have three hard drives in my desktop. I have three external hard drives, one that I keep somewhere other than home. I don’t have a huge catalog of photos as I am fairly regimented about deleting photos. I don’t keep everything as there is no way that I would go back through them over a lifetime.

  116. I am always keen to learn new ways to use Photoshop CC.

  117. I started photographing about 4-5months ago. I’ve loved photography with Scott Kelby’s books. I’ve read books and it will a pleasure if i can win this book.

  118. Working on my backup plan& counting the days til PSW! Would love to win a copy of Scott’s new book so i can up my photoshop skills

  119. I hope to learn more about Photoshop CC and this book will be perfecr for that purpose. Thank you very much.

  120. Hopefully, it’s not too late. I’d love a copy of your Photoshop CC book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  121. It would be awesome to win one of your inspiring, entertaining and educational works of literature……Am I laying it on too thick??

  122. This book together with your videos will make photography much more interesting I am sure.

  123. Yes! Happy to see there is a draw for a free book. Please enter me in for the Photoshop CC book. Thanks.

  124. I have many of the previous versions. Got to see what’s new in Scott’s word!

  125. Thank you! Another great article!!

  126. Kelby Books – great reference tools you’ll continue to turn to not only for solutions, but cool ideas to try.

  127. Hi Scott, have the winners been annouced?

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