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That’s Stephen Wallace, and you probably recognize him as the KelbyOne member who was the winner of our contest for a solo show in the Gallery at KelbyOne, but he’s also a rising star, and on Saturday night his star was certainly shining bright!

Right after his interview with Larry Becker, broadcast live and viewed all over the world, I was standing in the theater when a gentleman who was in the audience came up to tell Steve how much he admired his work, and how fascinating his talk was, but he said something that really stood out. He said to Steve that what was most amazing to him was for an incredible of a photographer as Stephen is, he was so humble about it all. It made us all love him, and his work, even more.

It was a magical night
Like the openings for Mark Wegner and Melanie Kern-Favila before him — there is something so special that happens when we all come together to experience beautiful art; to share the process and learn about the person behind it; and to celebrate what is good in this world. It was a wonderful night of learning, laughter, and watching as another star is born. I’ll share some of the images from the evening here, with a few captions, but if you get a chance, watch Stephen’s talk from the gallery (it’s embedded a little farther down this page). There is so much to this artist, to his man, and he has a lot to share. He truly honored the gallery with this images, and his words.

Above: I took this shot at the end of the night, after everybody left, down low with a wide angle lens. Stephen’s images from Myanmar (formerly Burma) looked amazing on the walls.

Above: He talked a lot about why he choses to photograph so often in Southeast Asia. His answers were so insightful.

Above: His use of natural light, and his understanding of how to harness that light, was really intriguing. So simple, but so effective.

Above: I grabbed a few shots before and after the sold out crowd arrived for his opening.

Above: That’s my personal favorite of Steven’s gallery images. It’s like he’s flying.


Above: Some scenes from Steve’s opening. 

Above: Matt Kloskowski and his wife Diana dropped by – that’s Matt chatting with Steve before his talk.

Above: I know we talk a lot about Bay Photo Lab’s Xposure printing system, but you should see the reaction of people who visit the gallery. The images look so amazing, and the mounting is so clever. It was one of the first things Stephen looked at when he saw his images for the first time. We feel very fortunate, very blessed to have BayPhoto as our sponsor for the gallery — their printing system helps the images come alive.

Above: This is Steve’s interview from Saturday night with Larry Becker (who was as awesome as always) – it says “The Grid Live” for some reason, but that’s not what the actual video is — it’s Steve’s chat with Larry. I promise you – you’ll love it. You’ll learn a lot. You’ll laugh, too. You’ll be intrigued and engaged, and you’ll just really enjoy it. You’ll see some wonderful images, and meet a fascinating man who has lived a pretty incredible life. I hope you take the time. It’s worth it.

Above: Steve and his wonderful wife Becky. We got to spend a little time with them before and after the gallery opening, and they are just awesome people.

Are you next?
On Thursday, we’ll be announcing the next gallery competition opening dates and how you can submit your images, during a live Webcast we’re doing for KelbyOne members on how to get your work noticed in 2018. It’s just one part of our presentation, but it’s an important one.

I hope you’ll be joining some of these amazingly talented people — photographers who all thought they’d never be the one chosen. If you think you probably won’t win…you’re in good company.

A special thanks
I want to give a special thanks to our in-house team who works so hard to put together this special evening. Thanks to Merideth Duffin, our director, Steve Nicolai who leads our video team and makes sure everything works like a charm; to Juan Alfonso our camera operator and jack-of-all-trades; to Rachel Scott who wore many hats from event photographer to social media maven (her day job) to live chat moderator; to Jean A. Kendra for all her help, for being our cheese and wine expert, and for being so supportive of this idea from the very beginning. Thanks to Larry Becker (he’s just so brilliant); to Pam Suttmiller for always helping every time, and to Erik Kuna, who so loves what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, and helps in every aspect from start to finish.

It all started with Kalebra’s dream
None of this would even be possible if Kalebra hadn’t come up with the idea to take someone from our community and find a way to raise them up; to give them a bigger audience for their work; to get them the recognition they deserve. Thank you for being so awesome, and for having such a heart for others. You are just such a cool person.

My thanks for Steven and Becky for honoring our studio, and being such fun, modest, and just just awesome people. Thanks, Steve for sharing your gift with our members and with the world. It was a night none of us will soon forget.

Here’s to a great week everybody, and to new opportunities. :)



Welcome to my 12th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide (from Photoshop User magazine).

> Download the PDF version here

Believe it or not, when I first started this gear guide, Gerald Ford was still President, we were watching Happy Days on TV, and we were all driving around in AMC Pacers. Although many things have changed since then (now we’re watching Little House on the Prairie), the wholesome goodness of a carefully selected piece of holiday gear still glistens in the crisp morning air (I have no idea what that actually means).

Anyway, let’s refocus on this year’s list, which is compiled from my own gear, and it’s stuff that I can’t possibly live without, even for a single moment, and I’m hoping to pass that uncomfortable dependence on to you and your loved ones this holiday season.

My Gear guide is in three categories:

Stocking Stuffers
But you can use these as actual holiday gifts if you’re not that crazy about the person.

Great Value Gear
Stuff that’s a really good deal for the money, and even though it’s not a lot of money, they’ll still totally dig it.

Stuff you buy for the NBA player on your holiday gift list. This is the stuff that makes them burst into spontaneous tears of joy. Well, at least I would.

Neewer Professional Metal 360 Degree Rotating Panoramic Ballhead
Want to make ’em think you spent a bundle? Get ’em this awesome little ballhead, with a quick shoe plate and built-in bubble level. It supports a camera rig up to nearly 18 lbs., and if their camera rig weighs more than 18 lbs., it’s possible they have an entirely different problem that holiday gifts won’t fix. Anyway, believe it or not, it’s just $12.99, which is insanely cheap

Price: $12.99 (link)

The Joby Flash Clamp & Locking Arm
It’s kind of like a cheaper, lighter, simpler version of the Manfrotto Magic Arm, with two articulating ball joints so you can position it just how you want (it rotates a full 360° and can pivot 180° side-to-side). It comes with its own flash shoe mount, and you can attach it to all kinds of surfaces (like the back of a chair, a table, a railing, whatever—as long as it isn’t thicker than 2″). At just $39.95, it’s cheaper than it oughta be.

Price: $39.95 (link)

3-Legged Thing QR11-LC Universal L-Bracket
The 3 Legged Thing Universal L-Bracket is perfect for the landscape, nature, or outdoor photographer on your gift list who uses a tripod because it lets them change from shooting wide to tall in two-seconds flat. The problem has been that L-Brackets have traditionally been ridiculously expensive—until now. It comes in gray or really bright orange.

Price: $49.99 (link)

Moose Peterson’s New Book: “Takeoff: The Alpha to Zulu of Aviation Photography”
How do I know this is the most awesome book ever on aviation photography? Well, (a) I read the reviews on Amazon, and (b) because we worked with Moose to produce this book and he absolutely knocked it out of the park (which is a baseball metaphor, and an aviation metaphor would have been better, but it’s late at night, so we’re going with this). Anyway, if the photographer on your list loves taking photos of planes, this will help them take way better pics from this moment on.

Price: $19.79 (Kindle)
$28.32 (Paperback)

Stuff that’s a really good deal for the money, and even though it’s not a lot of money, they’ll still totally dig it.

Platypod Ultra with Multi Accessory Set
This tripod alternative has taken the photography world by storm: It fits in your pocket, you can screw a small ballhead on it, it holds your camera steady as a rock, and you can place it where tripods either aren’t allowed (which sadly is pretty much everywhere these days) or where they can’t fit. Everybody wants a Platypod Ultra. They’ll love you for it. It’s $59, but splurge a little and also get them the Multi Accessory Set (it’s awesome) for an extra $20.

Price: $59 (link)
$79 w/Multi Accessory Set (link)

Oben BE-117 Ballhead
If you want to get them a quality ballhead, but without paying $300+, check out the Oben BE-117—I love mine, and it works great with a Platypod or a tripod (or anything with a -pod at the end). It’s really well made and compact. They’ll love it.

 Price: $99.99 (link)

TetherBlock Arca
If your photographer has a home or office studio, chances are they shoot tethered, and if they do, they’ll love the new TetherBlock Arca from Tether Tools. It’s a quick-release plate for their tripod that threads their tethering cable between it and their camera, keeping them from accidentally pulling out the tethering cable during the shoot. It’s so darn clever!

Price: $99.95 direct from Tether Tools (link)

B&H Gift Card
This is always a perfect gift because: (a) B&H Photo is the greatest camera store in the world, and (b) whatever the photographer on your gift list wants, B&H has it in stock, ready to ship. They are the magical unicorn of camera stores. Get them a gift card from here and they’ll follow you anywhere.

 Price: Starting at $20 (link)

A Roll of Savage ‘Fashion Gray’ Seamless Paper
Everybody needs a great roll of seamless, and if the photographer on your list ever shoots fashion, this is kind of the official “fashion gray” of paper: Savage’s #56 Fashion Gray 107″ wide by 36′ long roll. Your photographer will love you for it, and if you’re a KelbyOne member, B&H Photo will even ship it for free if you order from our Discounts page on the KelbyOne member site.

Price: $49.99 (link)

MagMod Basic Kit
This one is for the flash user on your holiday list, and it doesn’t matter which kind of flash (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Yongnuo, Phottix, etc.) they have, this system will work and it’s pretty darn brilliant because it’s all based on magnets. You slide on their MagGrip and now their MagGel or MagGrid just slaps on/off instantly and magnetically. So clever! Your photographer will fall in love with ’em (like I have).

Price: $89.95 (link)

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock
This one’s for the MacBook Pro user on your holiday list—it’s a dock with about every possible port you could want to make up for the fact that Apple took most of them away on the MacBook Pro. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a DisplayPort (so you can connect multiple displays), an Ethernet port, three USB 3 ports, and headphone and mic jacks. All this, and it comes in a slim size that connects with just one plug into their laptop. They will super dig it!

Price: $299.95 (link)

WD 4TB My Passport Portable External Hard Drive
Everybody needs more photo storage, and WD’s 4-TB My Passport USB 3 portable external hard drive totally rocks at just $120. Think about it—4-TB of storage that fits in the palm of your hand. Crazy! But, it’s a really important, thoughtful gift. You’ll get lots of hugs.

Price: $119.99 (link)

Skylum Luminar Plug-in for Lightroom/ Photoshop
This is the hot new effects plug-in that everybody’s talking about, and now Skylum (previously Macphun) has a Windows version as well (and the original Mac version, too). It pretty much does everything, and these guys are on the cutting edge of interface design and effects. Great presets, and it’s the “heir apparent” to the beloved Google Nik Collection. (photo by Kalebra)

Price: $69 (link)

Perfectly Clear Complete Plug-In for Lightroom/ Photoshop
I don’t use a lot of Photoshop or Lightroom plug-ins, but when I do, I use this one. It uses intelligent image analysis to quickly fix your images. I mainly use it for portrait retouching, and it does an amazingly good job, for a pretty decent price. Totally worth it.

Price: $129 (link)

Hoodman HoodLoupe Outdoor Loupe (H30MB or H32MB)
This is the latest update of a classic, and this is probably the third or fourth time this has been on my holiday list because it’s such an indispensable tool for any photographer who shoots outdoors in direct light. It covers your entire LCD screen so you can see your images perfectly outdoors (when everybody around you can’t). It’s $89.99 and totally worth it. (There are versions for 3″ screens or Canon’s 3.2″ screens.)

Price: $89.99 (link)

Westcott 43″Apollo Orb Octabox
There’s a reason the Westcott 43″ Apollo Orb Octabox is probably the biggest selling light modifier from one of the world’s largest light modifier companies. If your photographer has studio lights, this is a killer gift. Big soft beautiful light, with a quick setup/tear down, and a price that’s right at $129.90 (and if you get it from B&H, they throw in a 40° Fabric Grid, which is normally $69.90 on its own). Hard to beat.

Price: $129.90 (link)

Stuff you buy for the NBA player on your holiday gift list. This is the stuff that makes them burst into spontaneous tears of joy. Well, at least I would.

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
This is the lens…of the gods. It’s a super wide-angle, but it’s not big and bulky, and it’s really sharp, and it’s mega awesome, and your photographer will dedicate his or her life to somehow paying you back for this life-changing, photo-making, love-taking gift. I take mine pretty much everywhere, and I love it so. At $2099, this is why this category is called “Cha-Ching.”

Price: $2,099 (link)

Nikon D850 DSLR Camera Body
I had to include this one because I haven’t talked to a Nikon shooter who doesn’t think this isn’t the greatest camera body Nikon’s ever made. They’re literally over the moon about this one. (I’m not a Nikon shooter myself but based on the specs, and reactions from shooters I’ve talked with, this body is the real deal for the Nikon shooter on your list.) It has a 45.7-megapixel sensor; it does 4K; and it, well, pretty much does everything. It oughta—it’s $3,296.95 at B&H. Give them this and your photographer will accept a marriage proposal, or at the very least, they’ll move in with you.

Price: $3,296.95 (link)

Drobo 5D3 5-Bay Thunderbolt Enclosure
The Drobo 5D3 is a photo storage device for pros (or pro-quality photographers, or anyone really serious about keeping their images safe). I’ve been using this one for over a year and it’s been awesome (and flawless). I’d given up on Drobo years ago, but their new CEO, new designs, new technology, and most importantly, new warranty (two years on the standard 5D3, but up to five years if you splurge on either the Gold or Platinum Edition), changed my mind. Stellar gift and the price is actually great for this robotic safeguard of your images.

Price: $694 enclosure only (link)

DJ I Mavik Pro Drone ( Fly More Combo)
If there’s a hotter gift in general out there this season, I’ve yet to find it. Everybody wants a drone (not just photographers), but this is the best one ever made at this price point. It’s the“dream drone,” and you won’t find a Mavik Pro owner who doesn’t think this isn’t the greatest thing since free lm. I would get them the Fly More Combo, which comes with an extra battery and important stuff they’ll actually need. Honestly, it’s a deal for what it does (it flies up to 4+ miles, shoots 12-megapixel photos, comes with its own camera, shoots 4K video, and it’s a freakin’ drone. How awesome is that?).

Price: $1,299 (link)

Canon, Nikon, or Sony Teleconverter
This is probably the lowest-price gift under the “Cha-Ching” category, but don’t let that throw you because this is a seriously awesome gift for any photographer who shoots things at a distance—such as sports, aviation, or wildlife— because it gets them 1.4x closer to the action without losing quality. Don’t go with the 2x—stick with the 1.4x so they don’t lose too much light or quality. If your photographer is a Canon shooter, go with the Canon brand; if they’re a Nikon shooter, go with the Nikon brand; and if they use a Sony camera, go with Sony (I’m usually cool with third-party stuff, but not when it comes to teleconverters). A really killer gift without breaking the bank.

Canon Extender EF 1.4x III $429.00 (link)

Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III $496.95 (link)

Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter $548.00 (link)

This is stuff, from us, that’s cool. I don’t know what else to say. 

My Brand-New Book, The Flash Book
If you know the photographer on your wish list already owns flash, then this is the book to make them finally fall in love with their flash. I wrote this book, which teaches a system I use for getting fantastic results with flash every time. It’s for anyone who has struggled with flash and isn’t getting the results for which they bought their flash. The book is brand new—printed copies are shipping early December, but the eBook edition is available right now.

Price: $19.34 (Kindle)
Price: $20.36 (Paperback)

Photoshop World Conference 2018 Full Conference Pass
Want to blow their mind and give them an experience they’ll be talking about for years? Give the photographer on your gift list a Full Conference Pass to the three-day Photoshop World Conference 2018 early next summer in Orlando, Florida. Get the pass before April 27, 2018, to take advantage of the Early Bird special, and you’ll save $100. And if you’re a KelbyOne Pro member, you’ll save an additional $100 on Early Bird pricing. You’ll have a friend for life. Maybe longer.

Price: $599 (KelbyOne Pro Member Early Bird Pricing) Link

One-Year KelbyOne Pro Membership
If you’re already a member, you know firsthand about all the incredible online courses, the online Community, the digital magazines, the webcasts, the discounts, and more. Now you can share all that with a photographer you super dig. It’s only $199 for a full year, with full access to everything! They will devote the rest of their natural life to letting you know how thoughtful, caring, and generous you were to change their life in such a meaningful way. Plus, you’ll just look cool.

Price: $199 (link)

Well, my friends, that’s it — my 12th Annual Gonzo Gear Guide. I hope you enjoyed the gonzoness. :)

 Have a great weekend (and happy shopping!). :)



OK, guys — today, Cyber Monday, is your last chance to get our absolute best prices of the year on KelbyOne annual memberships, and Photoshop World 2018 Conference Tickets. Here are the deals: 

NOTE: These deals END TONIGHT at 12:00 am midnight ET

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Today, starting at 10:00 am ET and running until 4:00 pm, at the top of every hour we’re doing a LIVE 10-minute screaming deal Webcast where we convinced one of our partners to offer an insane discount but just for One-hour (and ONLY1-hour). Last year, these deals were so insane, it was literally crashing our partner’s servers (I heard B&H is rolling out a killer tripod deal today on the show) but you’ve got to watch to get the Discount code. Here’s the details:

Who: Join Larry Becker LIVE from our studios
What: Unbelievable Cyber Monday deals that only last 1-hour TOTAL!
Where: Here’s the link
When: Today starting at 10:00 am and at the top of every hour until 4pm.
Why: Cause we always do something cool on Cyber Monday!

Of course, our KelbyOne & Photoshop World Conference deals are running all day today, too, so for goodness sake don’t forget about those!

OK, that’s the Cyber Monday scoop! The deals are here, but only for today! Hope you have a great start to your week, everybody! :)



Today is “Black Friday” (the biggest retail shopping day of the year in the US) and we’ve got our best deals of the year on:

Here’s the link to the deals

We’d love to have you as a KelbyOne Pro member (we have an incredible line-up of new instructors and amazing courses planned for 2018, and you’ll be joining a worldwide community of people just like you, helping each other, sharing their techniques, and taking advantage of a ton of benefits that make your membership absolutely invaluable).

Of course, we’d love to have you spend three-amazing days with us in Orlando next May at the conference. Hope you cash in on these deals right now.

By the way – here’s why Photoshop World is so awesome (and why you’ve gotta be there)!

Hope you have a great weekend (#rolltide), and we’ll see ya back here on Monday! :)



P.S. On “Cyber Monday” we’ll be doing LIVE broadcasts EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR with special “1-hour only screaming deals” we’ve specially arranged with our partners. These are CRAZY deals (last year we were literally crashing our partner’s servers – these deals were so awesome). Join the always awesome Larry Becker on Monday (I’ll have all the details here on Monday, so make sure you start your day here).  

KelbyOne Members sent in entries from all over the world, and these entries keep getting better and better, which makes the judging harder and harder. Nevertheless, we found an incredible photographer to honor with this own gallery opening, and we’re excited to announce that our latest winner is:

Stephen Wallace

Stephen (and a guest of his choice) will be flown to Tampa, Florida to be there for the wine and cheese reception celebrating his own solo gallery show at “The Gallery at KelbyOne.” (Note: If you’re like “What’s this whole gallery thing?” check out this quick Q&A)

Stephen is both an anesthesiologist and an attorney, but with an incredibly creative side, as his wonderful, playful, fascinating images from Myanmar absolutely wowed the judges. The colors and composition were spot on, but his dramatic light scenes were so breathtaking they won the hearts of the judges.

We can’t wait to see Stephen’s images hanging on the walls of the gallery presented using Bay Photo Lab‘s ‘Xpozer’ system for exhibition printing. We know Stephen will be blown away, and you will be too if you can come and see them in person (and yes — if you’re a KelbyOne member, you’re invited to be there his gallery opening).

You’re invited to Stephen’s gallery opening!
The opening is:

7:00 pm on Saturday, December 9th at the Gallery at KelbyOne (in the Tampa, Florida area). 

We’ll be broadcasting a live 1-hour interview (hosted by Larry Becker) with Stephen at 8:00 p ET that evening from our theatre (the live stream on Facebook from the opening and interview are open to everyone). More details and a link as we get closer to the opening.

Congratulations Stephen – we can’t wait to share your fascinating work with the world. :)

Here’s to an awesome week!



“Yes! I’m so happy that this has taken off and has been well-received. Another fantastic interview! I absolutely love his impressions. He’s snuck a few of them in on the Grid from time to time. Great job Kalebra! And great interview Dave!”

That’s a quote from one of our members, talking about this new interview series from Kalebra called “The Personal Side of…. The series is well-named, as it unveils another side of some best-known educators, artists, and photographers in the world. I was thrilled Kalebra got to chat with Dave Black, my hero in sports photography and although I’ve known Dave for years, I learned so much about Dave I didn’t know.

What a fascinating person. He reveals so much about himself in such an honest and real way. It’s what I love about her series.

Her first published interview…
…with UK-based photographer Tim Wallace literally had me in tears — an incredible experience and you’ll find that Dave’s interview is packed with these same type of insightful, personal moments that make it a joy to watch and listen.

There’s much more to these legends than we know from their work behind the camera, and I’m honored that we get to share this other side of our KelbyOne instructors with our members in such an inspiring way. If you’re looking for something uplifting, intriguing, hilarious and just plain entertaining this weekend, give Dave’s “Personal Side’ conversation a try. You’ll be glad you did.

Have a great weekend everybody!