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For those of you who have read any one of my books, you already know that the introduction I write at the beginning of each chapter seldom has anything to do with what is actually in that chapter. I put these quirky chapter intros in there as kind of a mental break between chapters, and well…I’d be the first to admit, they’re kind of whacked.

I generally write these late at night, usually, while I’m tired after a long day at work, and well that alone explains a lot. Anyway, I’m doing a major update on one of my books right now, and when I got to a chapter about Landscape Photography, and read what I had written in the previous edition, I realized…there must be something very wrong with me. To prove that point, I’m going to run that very chapter intro below, because…well…there must be something wrong with me. Here we go:

I think one of the most appealing things about being a landscape photographer is not only are you coming back with amazing photos, but you get to experience some of the best of what nature has to offer while you’re doing it. I’ll never forget this one time I was shooting in Montana’s Glacier National Park. I got up around 4:15 a.m., so I could head out early and be in position before sunrise. When I reached the lake overview, it was still pitch dark, and I remember setting up my tripod and watching it blow right over in the freezing wind that whipped off the lake. I just laughed and set it right back up, attached my camera gear to the ballhead, and realized that I’d better not let go of the rig or it, too, might blow over.

I didn’t want to give up my spot, because I had a pretty good vantage point (at least it looked like a good one in the dim moonlight). So, there I stood, out in the freezing, bitter cold, where each gust of wind was like a thousand knives jabbing right through me. I’m standing there shivering in the piercing cold, and then it started to rain. Not snow. Nope, that would have been pretty. It was rain. A driving rain that felt like an army of Lilliputians were firing their tiny arrows right into me, but I just stood there in the bone-chilling cold like a wet, frozen statue, with my cracked, frostbitten fingers barely able to grip my tripod. I silently prayed for the sweet mercy of death to come upon me and relieve me of this frigid hostile misery.

It was just then when I looked over and saw another photographer, who had just set up his tripod about 14 feet from me, slip on the ice that had formed on the overlook. I stood there and watched as he and his tripod, expensive camera and all, slid down the side of the embankment. I could hear him moaning for help, but I just couldn’t stop smiling as I looked over and saw his Tamrac camera bag on the overlook beside me. I nearly pulled a muscle as I tossed his gear-laden bag full of lenses and accessories into my rented SUV and quickly drove away, thinking to myself, “Man, this is what it’s all about.”

Well, there ya have it. I wasn’t kidding about the ‘wacked’ thing now, was I?

Yes, it’s really “a thing.”

If you’ve read this far, well…I can’t believe you hung in there, but I’m grateful you did and I totally dig you (in a non-sexual way). Now, if this “wackness’ resonated with you (so, you’re messed up, too), I actually published an entire book of nothing but my handpicked favorite chapter intro from over the years. Yup, it’s a book of nothing but Chapter Intros (without the chapters).

If you’re a KelbyOne member, you can download the eBook version absolutely free from your Creative Toolkit on the member’s Website (it’s in the ‘Perk’ category in the sidebar on the left; click on Toolkit and it’s on page 2 in the list of perks).

If you’re not a KelbyOne member, you can buy the Kindle version on Amazon for $9.99, which is incredibly overpriced, but worth every penny. Here’s the link. You’ll be a better person for buying it, and if you do, as a sidenote I could use a review on Amazon. It’s rated only 3-1/2 stars since I got a one-star review from a guy who complained there was no training in the book, which is absolutely true — and it says so right on the cover. It literally says these words right on the cover:

There are no tutorials, no learning. Just intros. I’m not kidding. Buy it anyway.

In fact, on Amazon, the title is actually slightly different (same book though) than the one on the KelbyOne Website. On Amazon the title is “

Buy This Book of Chapter Intros Even Though You Won’t Learn Anything

He bought it anyway yet was upset because he didn’t learn anything. He wrote that (wait for it…wait for it…) it had no tutorials, no learning, just intros. Sigh.

So, if you buy it, and somehow actually like the book (hey, it could happen), I would love for you to share your review on Amazon. If you hate it, you can still post a review of course, but please only because you hated my quirky stream-of-conscientiousness chapter intros, not because it had no tutorials and learning stuff, ’cause if I read another one like that, I’m going to freakin’ jump out the window. ;-)

Here’s wishing you a weekend full of wacked stuff (in a good way), and a bunch of chapter intros that have no basis in reality. :)

-Scott
Author of what may be the greatest useless book ever!

The Reality of Switching to Capture One

Matt Kloskowski, Serge Ramelli and me tackled ‘The Reality of Switching to Capture One” as our topic this week on The Grid and we had a really great discussion, with so many people thanking us for helping clear up a lot of confusion and clarifying a lot of the bad info out there. I’ve embedded the episode below — you can just let it run in the background while your’e editing photos, but I know a lot of folks found this really helpful — it might clear up a lot of things for you, too.

Thanks to everybody who commented and got involved in the discussion. It was really a lot of fun, and I think we shared a lot of eyeopening info.

My new ‘Natural Light Portrait Book’ made fstoppers.com Top 10!

I was very psyched to see my new ‘Natural Light Portrait Book’ made fstoppers.com top-10 picks for 2019 Educational Photography Books. Here’s the article (honored to be in the company of some really great authors and titles).

The book is in-stock at Amazon right now (Prime shipping, too) if you want to grab the printed version before Christmas I’d go order your copy right now. Of course, it’s available as an ebook for Kindle and the Nook, too!

If you’re looking for a great podcast, here’s one I highly recommend:

It’s photographer, and Photoshop author Glyn Dewis, and Design Guru, British Supertar Dave Clayton. It’s so great — you’ll love it and you’ll thank me for turning you on to it. The get really great guests; you’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll dig it. More info at https://heshootshedraws.com

Have a great Holiday weekend!!! :)

-Scott

The print version arrives next week and the Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook ebooks versions are already here, but in the meantime, please watch the little video below where I tell you who it’s for, how it’s written, and why it’s going to be the book that helps a lot of folks quickly move ahead in their natural light portraiture.

You can order it right now on Amazon and or Barnes & Noble it ships next week (in time for Christmas and Hanukkah). Plus, it’s stocking-stuffer priced at $28.83, so what the heck, get two (one for a friend?).

More Christmas Gift Ideas for Photographers

On Wednesday Erik Kuna and I did The Grid’s’ Annual Holiday Gear Guide Live and we had Terry White join us, and we had so many great gift ideas (Erik and Terry always come up with such great ones, and I had a few really good ones to add this year, too). Here’s the episode (below):

I posted links to all the gifts mentioned on the show right here.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend; happy Holiday shopping, and we’ll catch you back here on Monday (well, a guy can hope can’t he?).

-Scott

If you’ve got a photographer on your holiday gift list, here are seven books (in no particular order) I highly recommend that will help make you a holiday hero:

A Life Behind the Lens: Thirty Years of Award Winning Photography from Sports’ Most Iconic Moments

By Richard Pelham

Based in the UK, Richard “Dickie” Pelham is one of the leading sports photographers in the world today, and a top shooter for London’s The Sun. His collection of sports images is just stunning (I have a copy — it’s brilliant!), and if the photographer on your list is into sports, they will cherish this coffee table-style hardcover book.

Amazon link (Hardcover)

Wedding Storyteller, Volume Two: Wedding Case Studies and Workflow

By Roberto Valenzuela

This is a follow-up to Roberto’s groundbreaking book on wedding photography, and it straight-up has a 5-star rating on Amazon for a reason: it’s packed with advice, proven techniques, and incredibly inspiring photography throughout. If the photographer on your list shoots weddings, they will love this book!

Amazon link (Softcover print and Kindle eBook)

Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash

By Joe McNally

Joe is the legend of flash. The king. No contest. This book is rated 5-stars, and that is an incredibly hard feat these days. But, not only does it have 5-stars, it also has 133 reviews, and it’s still rated 5-stars, which is just insane. It’s one of the best books ever on the topic of flash—hands-down. Get this for the flash lover on your list. They will love you for it.

Amazon link (Kindle eBook and some print copies still available)

The Complete Aurora Guide: For Travellers and Photographers

By Dave Williams

This is a brand new book from the one and only “Travel Tuesday with Dave” Williams, and he has become known for his incredible Aurora photography. In this book, he shares his images and techniques, and if the photographer on your list wants to take these same types of images, pick up a copy right now.

Amazon link (Softcover print and Kindle eBook)

The Photographer’s Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone

By Lindsay Adler

I’m a huge fan of Lindsay’s photography and her books, and this wonderful 5-star-rated book (with 189 reviews no less) is a super-great pick! This stuff is gold, and anyone you give it to will make better portraits because of it.

Amazon link (Softcover print and Kindle eBook)

Paris

By Serge Ramelli

This is Serge’s follow-up to his black-and-white Paris coffee table book that made him one of the best to ever capture the city of light. It’s a hardcover, coffee table-style book like the original, but this new version, with new images, is in color and it is just stunning. They. Will. Love. It.

Amazon link (Hardcover)

The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: 83 Composition Tools from the Masters

By Marc Silber

If you watch my weekly photography show The Grid you’ve heard me talk about this book on photography composition, and you may have even seen Marc himself as my guest on the show. Everybody will get something out of this one.

Amazon link (Softcover print and Kindle eBook)

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I hope you found these picks helpful. There’s no risk in choosing any one of these books—they are pretty much guaranteed hits for any photographer on your holiday gift list, so…happy shopping!

Have a great weekend, everybody, and I’ll see a few hundred of you on Monday in Fort Lauderdale at my seminar. Can’t wait! :)

-Scott

Howdy, cowboys and cowgirls, here’s what’s up:

Well, someone found a new way to rip off photographers

I don’t know if there’s any solid way to protect yourself against this type of scam which hits folks who are selling camera gear (or honestly, selling anything). I saw this on Petapixel.com earlier this week — it’s a new scam where the legit seller gets ripped off in a new, and sadly clever way. You need to read post this as a heads up, but I’m not sure even how to adequately protect against it (though the person it happened to does give one solution, it’s not an easy one). Here’s the link.

A new account to follow on Instagram

Wonderful Australian fashion photographer Stephan Bollinger ditched his old Instagram account (and 17,000+ followers) and is starting over from scratch with a new account and new focus. Stephan is a great photographer and teacher, and I hope you’ll give his new Bollinger.photo account a follow. Here’s the link.

“Mastering The Model Shoot” On Tour

Incredible learning opportunity here folks as fashion light master Frank Doorhof is bringing his famous “Mastering The Model Shoot” workshop to New York City on September 1, 2019. Get this — you can join Frank and learn straight from the guy who wrote the book for only $299, which is just an insanely low cost. Insane! There are a few spots left, and if you want to jump ahead fast in lighting, styling, posing and shooting, this is your chance. Here’s the link — do not miss out — Frank is awesome! (I’ve learned so much from him myself; can’t recommend him enough).

7 Little-Known Lightroom Shortcuts

If you’re into Lightroom, I’ve got seven of those little-known, but oh-so-handy Lightroom shortcuts over at LightroomKillerTips.com – some juicy ones in there for ya. Link. (plus, an eighth one today – one I didn’t even know – I learned it from one of my readers).

When did Card Slots become the big thing?

When I saw Sony’s announcement of their new A7R IV Mirrorless camera earlier this week, I had to chuckle when I saw this official promo photo (above) on so many sites which clearly shows, “Yes, it has two card slots.” When did having two card slots become such an “it” thing that it becomes the thing a major camera manufacturer highlights when launching a new camera. It’s a weird time, folks.

Photoshop World Vegas Hotel Rooms 95% Sold Out

The special discount hotel room rate for folks attending the Photoshop World Conference out in Vegas next month (Aug 21-23) are almost gone (they’re now 95% booked up). If you’re thinking of joining us (and you should definitely come out and be a part of it all), these discounted rates are only available until this coming Monday, July 29th. So, this is your last chance to snag a great rate. Conference details here. Reserve your discounted room here. – See you in Vegas, baby yeah!

I found my next lens!

Already pre-ordered it from B&H (I believe it’s due to ship next month. It’s the Canon 24-240mm for my Canon EOS R Mirrorless — one lens that does it all, and I’ve been waiting for Canon to come out with a lens in this range that’s small, lightweight and inexpensive, for years. Canon’s lenses for their EOS R have been incredibly sharp, and I imagine this one will be sharp as anything, too! It’s just $899, which for a lens these days, is incredibly cheap. I love that it’s 24mm, rather than 28mm like most all-in-one lenses already out there (I can crop to get to 300mm or more, but you can’t make a lens any wider than it already is). Anyway, I’m psyched.

I’ve been waiting for Marc’s Book on creativity to ship

I got to see a pre-release copy of photographer Marc Silber’s new book Create, and it’s just so good. Marc’s book is filled with “Creative conversations from some of the world’s top photographers, filmmakers, Grammy award winners, TED presenters, actors, CEOs and more!” It’s about living a creative life, being able to visualize and unlock the creative spirit inside you that will flow through your art, your work, and your life. So well written, and if you’ve ever struggled with coming up with creative ideas and concepts, this is the book for you. Here’s the link to it on Amazon. Congratulations to Marc for creating another wonderful tool for our community.

I do not know how she does it!

Kalebra posted this shot to her Instagram and I was like, Dang! How’d she get that with her iPhone. I’m there beside her at night with my whole rig; tripod, bullhead, fancy lenses, cable release, etc., and she got a way-cooler shot that I did from there (once again). Hope you’re following her on Instagram, and if you’re into dogs, she has an awesome account just for our two crazy doggos, called “maggieandmaki” – it’s a pretty hilarious account of their daily lives, and her doggo pics are awesome (and her commentary is…well…you’ll see). 🤪🐕

Boston and Philly, I’m Headed Your Way in August

My 320+ strong crowd of photographers at my seminar in the Detroit area last week. I had a blast there, and Chicago at the day before. What a blast!

My new “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar is in full swing now and I am getting just over-the-top incredible feedback from the folks who have come out. I am having a ball teaching these concepts and helping photographers get real results right away — I love it! My next two cities are Boston on August 29, and Philadelphia on Aug 30th. Hope you can come out and spend the day with me. It’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it’s the single best photography seminar you’ve ever attended at any price, period! You’ve got nothing to lose! Tickets and info here. (more cities and dates coming very soon).

Spotted this deal from Bay Photo Lab – Time to make some prints!

Spotted this deal on Twitter – Bay Photo Lab’s giving 15% off anything until Monday (we use their XPosure System for displaying prints in our gallery and it is awesome – ask anyone who has seen them). Here’s the link to get their 15% off deal.

It’s Still #1 (whoo hoo!)

It came out in 2017 but it’s still the #1 bestselling lighting book on Amazon, and if you’re not absolutely in love with your flash, this $20 book will make all the difference in the world. I’ve gotten so many emails and comments from readers and they all pretty much say the same thing, which is “I finally love my flash.” As an author, there are no sweeter words — it’s why I wrote the book. I want people to love their flash, and get the type of results they bought their flash for in the first place. I think this book can honestly help. It’s $20. Whadayagottolose? Here’s the link.

Hope you all have an outstanding weekend! :)

-Scott

P.S. Did any of you catch the trailer for the next season of “The Walking Dead?” The Season 10 one they released at Comic-Con last week? It has an epic almost hopeful feeling (well, at least at the end). I love the soundtrack and the shocking love-triangle thing that looks like it’s forming. Anyway, here’s a link to the 4-minute+ Comic-Con trailer if you haven’t seen it. [note: it’s pretty gory, like all Walking Dead stuff).


Alright, which do you want first? 

The bad news? OK.

I had just boarded my flight to Minneapolis last week when I got a call from my editor at Rocky Nook to let me know that they received the first copies of The Landscape Photography Book and about 30% of the book had a serious printing issue. The company that printed the book admitted the mistake and agreed it was unacceptable, so this past weekend they were back on press reprinting the entire print over from scratch.

Unfortunately, (for my readers who pre-ordered the book, and my editors, and my publisher, and me) that means instead of the book being delivered to readers and bookstores this past week as expected, it will now be delayed a few more weeks as the books have to be bound, finished and shipped. Ugh. :(

Wow, that is bad news. What’s the good news?

Well, if there is a bright spot here, it’s that my publisher made the right call to have the book reprinted. Not every publisher would have done that because this is a decision that adversely affects their business, their author, and their relationships with the booksellers as well (especially seeing as this book had my biggest pre-sales numbers in years).

The folks at Rocky Nook felt that the printing for a photography book like this had to be “on the money” and I totally agree. They have always been absolutely committed to the reader, so I’m not surprised they made the call to pull all the copies already in print and go back to press. It’s one of the things that makes me proud to be one of their authors. My hats off to them.

So, to sum it all up:

The good news is — when you see The Landscape Photography Book, the printing will look great. The bad news is, we have to wait a bit longer to see it look great.  

Needless to say, I was (a) upset (b) heartbroken (c) upset and heartbroken, and just generally bummed out, but I would have been embarrassed to have delivered a book that didn’t live up our standards, so I understand and agree it’s the right call, even if it’s a painful one. 

Thanks everybody for your patience a few weeks more. Thanks to Rocky Nook for caring so much about our readers, and to the printer for owning up to the error.

Here’s to a week of better printing! :-)

-Scott


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