Category Archives Photo Tip Friday

This is one of those super quick tips, and it’s how one simple accessory, and a few simple settings, allow you to create that smooth silky look in scenes where water is moving, as you see above (so a waterfall, harbor, fountain, stream., etc.), or scenes where the clouds in the sky are fast moving. Check out the accessory and technique in the short “Photo Tip Friday” video below:

That’s a pretty powerful little accessory, right? However, if you’re shooting a Mirrorless camera, the process is even easier because you can put the filter right on your lens from the start and then focus like normal. Here’s the process, step-by-step, for mirrorless camera users:

  1. Switch to ‘Bulb’ mode on your camera (this mode lets you can keep the shutter open for longer than 30-seconds).
  2. If you’re doing a long exposure, your camera can’t move at all, not even a little, the entire time, so use a tripod.
  3. Put your ND filter in front of your lens. If you’re going to be shooting in daylight (like I was for the shot above), you’ll need at least a 10x (10-stop) ND filter or a 12 or 15-stop. I have a 10-stop and a 3-stop, so I can put on the 10-stop and then screw the 3-stop right on top for a 13-stop equivalent.
  4. Figure out how long to keep the shutter open. There are apps for your phone that do this. I use either ND Timer (¢.99) or the use ND timer included in the PhotoPills App(I know a lot of you already use that app).
  5. Press the shutter button halfway down to focus, and then all the way to open the shutter (or if you’re using a cable release or wireless remote, press it and lock it into position, so you don’t have to hold it down the whole time physically). On my Canon R6, I set a two-second timer and then tap and screen, and it starts a timer right there on my screen for me. When it hits the amount of time my app told me it would need for a proper exposure, I simply tap the screen again.

There ya go for all your mirrorless users out there (you save a few extra steps that folks that are shoot DSLRs still have to do, like covering the viewfinder so light doesn’t leak in, and pre-focusing and switching to manual focus before putting the filter on your lens).

Give this technique a try – it’s also great for removing tourists (as long as the tourists keep moving while you have a long exposure going, they will literally be gone when the long exposure is gone. We’re talking during a 30-second+ exposure).

Have a great weekend, everybody! Happy shopping to everybody getting those early bird Black Friday details.


P.S. Our Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals for a KelbyOne Pro membership are already in place if you want to take advantage of our absolute lowest prices of the year. Here’s the link – you will get so much out of it, and it also makes a fantastic gift for the photographer on your holiday list. :)

It’s back again this year, and it’s three full days, multiple training tracks, all online, featuring your favorite Photoshop World instructors and the Photoshop World experience, complete with an opening keynote, Midnight Madness, the attendee party, the Guru Awards — the whole nine yards as we aim to make it as close to the in-person event as possible, which means it’s going to be awesome!

First, check out the official trailer below:

Just like always, you can watch any session in any of the tracks, and we archive the entire conference for a full year so you can catch any sessions you missed or re-watch any sessions you want to see again.

Check out this amazing lineup of instructors:

For more information or to reserve your spot now using the early-bird discount, click this link right here, and we’ll see you at the conference.

Now, it’s onto our Photo Tip Friday

(it’s actually five really quick tips) from our dear friend Rick Sammon:

Have a great weekend, everybody! :)


This is such a great, practical tip from photographer Jack Reznicki – even if you’re not going to be scanning negatives, it’s still worth checking out (it’s just 50-seconds or so).

Many thanks, Jack! If you’re into scanning your old images and making them digital, make sure you check out Jack’s class. Here’s the link:

Have a great weekend everybody. GoBucks and #RollTide!


Great tip from photographer and podcaster and just generally awesome guy, Frederick Johnson about a technique he learned when he was a military photographer to learn to break down barriers and getting access when you want to take a street portrait. It’s just a 60-second tip, but so interesting.

Thanks, Frederick. Don’t forget to check out Frederick’s new course on KelbyOne.

Have a great weekend, everybody!


P.S. A big thanks to everyone around the world who came and spent this week with us at the Photoshop World Conference. It was a blast to see everyone, and we’re so grateful for the wonderful turnout, and awesome people we met along the way. Thank you again for your support and hope you learned a lot, laughted a lot, and make some new friends. :) 

We’ve got a lot to cover today, so let’s get to it:

Where to shoot in New York

That was the topic when I was the guest recently on Jefferson Graham’s wonderful “Photowalk talks” and he asked me to share some of my favorite places to shoot in New York, and well…here ya go:

Jefferson has featured a host of great photographers on his Photowalk Talks series, and if you’ve got a sec, you can check them out right here. Thanks for having me on Jeff — I really enjoyed it!

I’ll Bet You Know Someone Who Could Really Use This Book!

If wouldn’t mind, could you give this a quick look (below. It’s the just-released trailer for my new ‘iPhone Photography Book,” and see if you don’t know somebody, a friend or family member, that this book wouldn’t be perfect for. If you do, I hope you’ll pass this onto them, or maybe you should buy the book for them (hint, hint). It’s been the #1 new release in the digital photography on Amazon for weeks now, and the reviews there, and from blog reviewers, have just been great.

Here’s the link to it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and direct from the publisher at

It’s “Photo Tip Friday” with Gilmar Smith

This tip is so on the money, and it’s based on the fact that when you have someone in front of your camera who is not a professional model, they look and feel awkward because they don’t know what to do with their hands. Her tip so simple yet so effective. #Gilmar for the win!

If you want to learn more from Gilmar, here’s her latest class on KelbyOne: Personal Brand Photography: Going Beyond the Headshot.

Have a stellar weekend, everybody. Stay happy and healthy, and we’ll catch you again next week (well, I certainly hope so).



It’s “Photo Tip Friday” and photographer Rick Sammon is rockin’ it in this super quick video with five great tips for bird photography in just one minute (actually, just 54-seconds), but they are all right-on-the-money tips. Check it out!

How ’bout that!!! Thank you, Rick! (here’s the link to his class he mentioned at the end of the vide).

Thanks to everybody who attended the Wildlife Photography Conference

We had a fantastic turnout (way more than we were expecting, which is awesome!), and we had such a great group of folks. Thank you SO much to everybody who spent a few days with us (and who came to my sessions on organizing your wildlife images in Lightroom, and printing your images out of Lightroom). We’re very grateful (and we sure had a ton of fun).

Wildlife photographer Scott Bourne was one of our fantastic instructors for the conference, and he tweeted this about the event:

Thanks for the kind words, Scott, and thanks for helping to make the conference rock!

Have a great weekend, everybody. Stay safe and I hope to see you here again next week. :)