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Tip of the hat to UK-blogger/photographer/awesome guy Brian Worley who shared this tip at some point, and darn it’s a good one — it’s how to use a feature in Lightroom to find out which lens (or lenses) you use the most. Deceptively simple.

STEP ONE: In Lightroom’s Library module; in the Catalog panel on the left, click on ‘All Photos.’

STEP TWO: Press the backslash key [ \ ] to bring up the Library Filter across the top of your thumbnail preview area. Click on the Metadata tab up top (shown circled below in red).

STEP THREE: If it’s not already selected, in one of the columns choose “Lens” as the column header (also shown circled in red above), and it will instantly display the number of images you took with each lens you own (as shown above, where not surprisingly my 70-200mm f/2.8 is my most-used lens). My 14mm isn’t far behind. Click on any listing, it will display just those photos taken with just that lens. The stuff that Lightroom does behind the scenes for us is really impressive.

Thanks, Brian! Also, please check out Brian’s Guest Blog post from April of this year. Great stuff (as always).

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Next week I’m teaching my Lightroom seminar in Raleigh (Wed) and Lansing (Friday). Come out on (it’s 100% money-back guaranteed if it doesn’t totally rock). Here’s the link for details or tickets. 

Yesterday we did a special Holiday 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! :)

Best,

-Scott

The Print Edition is here!
It’s my biggest update in years, and it has ALL the latest stuff, including all the new Profile features — it’s the latest edition of the world’s bestselling Lightroom book, and you can get it right now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or pick one up at the Photoshop World Official Bookstore at the conference).

Check out this cool giveaway from Profoto USA
Next Friday (one week from today) Profoto is picking one lucky winner to win $10,000+ of awesome lighting gear, plus you’ll get a two-day workshop with photographer Michael Anthony (that’s his shot above) to learn how to make the most of it.

Look at what they’re giving away (this is an insane list of gear!):

2x Profoto A1 for Canon or Nikon (valued at $1990)
2x Profoto A1 Gel Kits (valued at $198)
1x Profoto A1 Soft Bounce (valued at $149)
1x B1X Location Kit (valued at $4,148)
1x B2 To-Go Kit (valued at $1,995)
1x OCF Softbox 2×3′ (valued at $219)
1x OCF Softbox Octa 2′ (valued at $159)
1x OCF Beauty Dish White (valued at $199)
3x OCF Speedrings (valued at $298)
1x OCF Magnum Reflector (valued at $199)
1x OCF Grid Kit (valued at $99)
1x Profoto Air TTL remote of your choice (valued at $419)

They are choosing a random winner from the entries, so go enter right now, right here: https://t.co/rvEA6a7vLg

Good luck everybody!

With the big Photoshop World Conference just 6-days away…
…we are all psyched/crazy-busy/excited/exhausted but having a ball doing it all. Can’t wait to see everybody next week – it’s going to be an amazing conference (and if you’re wondering…is it too late to go? Nope — you can still come join us — people are still signing up every day). Hit us up at photoshopworld.com for details/info/tickets. OK, here’s some stuff:

Today at 1:00 PM I’m the guest on the Photofocus Podcast with Vanelli
It’s coming out today – the interview with host, Mr. V himself, Vanelli. :)   We’re talking about education (formal vs. informal) and all sorts of stuff. Check http://photofocus.com to check it out, or subscribe to their podcast at 

Getting great feedback from my “Where to shoot in New York Travel Photography Course.” 
Here’s a comment I saw yesterday from Kevin Scott:

“Loving this course! I have NEVER had a desire to go to NYC, but this is making me rethink that. Regardless, I love all the “Photographer’s Guide to…” courses. Even if it is somewhere I don’t have on my travel radar, I always take away nuggets, from post-processing tips/tricks to just seeing some of the shots that I keep in the back of my mind to inspire me in my everyday shooting. Thanks so much, @ScottKelby for doing these!”

If you’re coming to PSW next week, don’t forget your camera!
We’ve got lots of cool sets, models, and fun stuff to shoot. PLUS, if you’re a Canon shooter, Canon will be there doing FREE sensor cleanings right on the spot. Did I mention it’s free for Canon shooter? Yup. It is.

My band will be rockin’ next Thursday night…
…and after our first set at the Photoshop World Party, we’re doing an ‘Instructor Jam Session” where we’ll be inviting some the many KelbyOne instructors that are musicians to come up and jam with us on a song or two. It will be a night to remember.

I’m doing a book signing…or two!
One at the Peachpit Press booth in the official bookstore, and one at the Rocky Nook bookstore. Both of my latest books (The Flash Book and my just-released Lightroom Classic book for Digital Photographers will both be there in stock).

If you’ll be at Photoshop World next week…
Two things you definitely want to do:

(1) Go to the free Orientation class 
If this is your first time at Photoshop World, we have a special crash course just for you. Hosted by Larry Becker, this orientation is designed to make sure you get the most out of your experience. Free and open to all attendees on Wednesday (the day before the full conference kicks off).

(2) Download the App 
We have an awesome conference app (for IOS and Android) that you will find invaluable during the conference. The full schedule is in there; directions; events times and locations, and a whole bunch more. Find it on the App Store for iPhones, or on Google Play for Android.

If you can’t go this year…
Then make sure you tune in Thursday morning at 10:00 AM ET (I’ll put a link here on the blog on Thursday morning and on all our social media) so you can watch the opening keynote LIVE. It’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it…) epic!

Also, Brad will be posting shots from the conference next week, so if you want to see what’s happening, make sure you check back here then.

Gotta run — got a lot of work this weekend to get ready for the conference (and I’ve got practice-up on some of my songs, so I remember the chords, the words, ya know, stuff like that.

Have a great weekend, and I hope I’ll see you in Orlando next week!

Best,

-Scott

At my seminar last week in Salt Lake City (great folks there, by the way — had a blast!), I was talking with a gentleman and he told me his photos were backed up already because he backs-up his Lightroom catalog once a week. Ack! Another guy there thought the same thing — that backing up your Lightroom Catalog also backs up the photos you have in Lightroom.

Backing up your Lightroom catalog DOES NOT backup your photos. These are two separate processes.

Your Lightroom catalog is simply a database of edits you’ve made to your images and a collection of thumbnails of those images. It’s a list of your sorting and organization, but that’s it. Backing up this catalog is important (and to a separate hard drive I might add), because if your computer ever had a serious crash and your hard drive died, or your computer gets damaged or stolen, you’d be starting over from scratch in Lightroom, but that backup of your catalog does not include any actual photos.

Above: When you Quit Lightroom, this Back Up Catalog window appears. Hit the Choose button to choose a location to save your Lightroom catalog, and I would recommend saving to an external hard drive, or to Dropbox (as I have here) or a cloud backup. 

After you’ve backed up your Lightroom catalog, you need to back up your photos separately, and I would recommend:

(1) Putting your photos all on an external hard drive

(2) Buy a 2nd external hard drive as a 2nd backup of all those same images (ideally in a different location. That way if your house burns down or you get robbed, you still have a backup offsite. I keep one drive at the office, and a 2nd at home, and I sync them up once-a-month).

(3) I would have a third backup in The Cloud (I use Backblaze.com) because if your area experiences a natural disaster (ask folks in Houston, South Florida, New England Coast, Louisiana), you’d lose all your photos in both locations – home and office – at once.

So, most importantly — make a backup of the photos on your computer. Today if possible. And get a 2nd backup. Hard drive dies. Always. Especially when it’s the least opportune time possible, so protect yourself with a backup of your entire photo collection. Then get to backing up your Lightroom catalog.

Hope that helps you sleep better at night. :)

Only 10 more days ‘till the Photoshop World Conference! Whoo Hoo!!!
Even though we’re only 10-days away, people are signing up every single day — you can too, and join us in Orlando, May 31 – June 2nd. Tons of Lightroom training every day of the conference. Details/tickets here. 

Here’s wishing you a great Monday, and a kick-butt week!

Best,

-Scott

Greetings from Hartford, Connecticut (up here for my Lightroom seminar today). Well, it’s Monday – and it’s gonna be a good one, so let’s do this thing! :)

1) Dave’s cool Platypod Trick
I hadn’t thought of this before, but now that Dave’s shared it, I’m going to be using it.  Here’s the link to Dave’s blog. He’s a clever man, that Dave (make sure you catch his weekly column here tomorrow). 

2) New Instructor Announced for Photoshop World
We’re psyched to announce that Unmesh Dinda, the Mumbai, India Photoshop YouTube sensation will be teaching a session at the Photoshop World Conference 2018 in Orlando (24 days from now). If you haven’t caught his YouTube videos yet (I embedded one here), you will love him – so enthusiastic and full of great techniques to share with everybody. 

3) Adobe sneaks in a new feature to Lightroom on Mobile
Along with some bug fixes, the latest update for the iOS mobile version (just released last week), adds an overlay Grid to the new Guided Upright feature that was added just a few weeks before that, along with improved zooming when using the Guided Upright feature. Look for it in the App store. 

4) Interesting Little Lightroom Profile Tip
Over on my other blog, LightroomKillerTips.com, I’ve got a handy little thing to know about the new RAW profiles in Lightroom Classic. It’s just a little tip, but that’s why I like it. Here’s the link. 

5) Where to shoot this summer (continued)
If you’re heading to London this summer, I did a class called “A Photographer’s Guide to London” and I share my favorite places to shoot; some insider tips, and lots more to make sure you come home with some awesome shots. Here’s the link. 

6) Just 24 days left until Photoshop World
If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late – travel info and tickets at photoshopworld.com (btw: if you sign up right now you can still snag one of the last rooms at the Hyatt Regency, our host hotel). 

7) Salt Lake City here I come!
I’m there next week – hope you will be too. Come and spend the day with me learning Lightroom like a total boss! It’s my last one until well after Photoshop World. Tickets at kelbyonelive.com

That’s it for this glorious Monday. It’s going to be the week that you make it, so let’s make it a great one!

Best, 

-Scott

Howdy, gang. I’m back in the saddle and we’re kicking off this week with an Intermediate Level Lightroom Classic tutorial on converting to black and white using the New Profiles (and a whole lot more, because we go pretty much from start to finish, so I cover a lot of different techniques).

This is definitely for people who are already very familiar with Lightroom, because it goes at a quick pace, and I don’t explain every little thing because if you’re watching this video, you’d already know the beginner stuff. So, stick with me – we cover a lot of ground. :)

Hope you found that helpful. :)

Two more quick things: 

(1) I’ll be in the Cincinnati/Covington, KY area with my full-day Lightroom seminar on Monday, April 30th. If you’re up that way, come on out and spend the day with me learning Lightroom. Tickets here. 

(2) We’re getting close to the deadline to save $100 using the Photoshop World Conference Early Bird discount – it expires near the end of this month, so make sure you get your PSW tickets now and save the hundred bucks. Here’s the link with details and ticket info.

Here’s wishing you a better than average Monday!

Best,

-Scott

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