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This is such an eye-opening video from ‘Studio Builder’ (a full-time working pro photographer), and he’s got some eye-opening takes on Vero for all those photographers who are thinking of moving there as an answer to Instagram’s recent changes (SPOILER ALERT: where Instagram is designed around photography, Vero clearly is not – as you’ll see, but there’s much more to it).

I even went back and started posting on Vero again myself, but this video is making me rethink investing time and energy there. Check it out:

Also, when Vero started back in 2018, with its promise of no algorithms and no ads, a lot of photographers did grab a spot over there (myself included), but then everybody kind of left in a hurry (Google it for the reason), but this video (above) doesn’t go into all that – just why it’s not what you think (or hope) it is, or would be. Give it a look – he did a LOT of research, and it makes a lot of sense.

OK, we’re off to a kind of a chippy Monday. Let’s turn it around and make this a kick-butt day!


The pre-conference Photoshop World sessions start today, and if you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late. In short; it’s three days (plus today’s pre-conference workshops), and three tracks, all online, with the whole conference archived for an entire year so you can catch any classes you missed or rewatch any of your favorites. It’s all taught by an incredible team of the best-known Photoshop gurus, Lightroom experts, and photographers in our industry.

Plus, we have a special after-hours event – “A evening with Moose Peterson” that will truly be something special, and something folks will be talking about long after the event.

Tickets and more info are right here – it’s not too late – don’t miss out and then hear how awesome it all was – be a part of it. Get your ticket right now. :)

OK, onto our Photoshop Tip (no audio)

This is really handy – check it out (remember, no audio. No talking. Etc., cause it doesn’t need it).

Told ya – that’s pretty handy, right?

Looking forward to seeing everybody at the conference. I’ve got some really cool stuff to share in my classes. Hope you can make it. :)


Last night to celebrate the launch of my latest book, ‘The Travel Photography Book’ I did a live Webcast packed with travel photography tips, along with a deal from my publisher that is truly mind-blowing – 50% off on the print edition of the book (that makes it only $15 for a brand new book, which is just crazy – and they are honoring that deal until Midnight tonight Pacific time. Here’s the link to order your copy).

Anyway, the live Webcast was a ton of fun, and I shared lots of travel photography tips; you can watch it right here (below).

Hope you find those tips helpful (and I would love it if you would spread the word about this incredible 1-day only deal from Rockynook (my book’s publisher). Here’s that link again, ya know…just in case. :)

Have a great weekend, everybody! :)


I get this question a lot, and so I answered it in a 60-second Photoshop Friday tip, and technically I should have shared this last Friday, but ya, stuff got in the way and all that. Anyway, here it is below:

So, in short – Opacity lowers anything and everything on the layer; Fill controls just any pixels on the layer, so if you add a Layer Effect, like a drop shadow or Inner Glow, and you lower the Fill amount, the layer effect is still 100% visible. Anyway, hope you found that helpful.

BTW: The new course I’m referring to is my brand new just-released (last week) Mastering Layers Course. Here’s a few of the comments from folks who have watched it:

“Doggone it @ScottKelby ! Every time I think I know most everything about something, like layers, I watch your course just in case and 5 minutes in you teach me, or remind me, something new that helps me make better images! And you make me laugh while you are doing it – You so crazy!”

“Just when I thought I was know almost everything about layers, I watch one of these courses and learn something new. I have to admit, though. One of my favorite moments of this course was when @ScottKelby made the cow noise in the blending mode part of the class. I laughed so hard! Scott, you are the greatest teacher ever! Thanks so much for making learning so fun!”

“Great class. I have never been all that confident with my knowledge of layers, so this is a good review.”

I hope you’ll give it a look. Have a kick butt Monday everybody! :)


P.S. Today I’m teaching my “Lightroom Crash Course” Pre-conference session for The Lightroom Conference which officially kicks off tomorrow. It’s not too late to sign up. Tickets, class schedule, instructor list, and more at this link.

On Wednesday’s episode of “The Grid” we did one our most popular episodes (an idea from our friend Terry White), where we ask our viewers to send in an unedited photo (like the Raw “before” photo seen below sent in by Fredrik Brettman). The photo is solid – very well composed, it’s a great subject, there’s just a ton to like, but when you shoot in RAW, you usually get a very flat-looking photo to start with, but as you’ll see in the short video below – you don’t have to settle for what comes out of the camera. That’s why we have Lightroom and Photoshop – to bring images like Fredrik captured to life.

In this clip from ‘The Grid” below I take you from the Raw image (above left) to the after image on the right, and you see every step of the process along the way. The video starts 9-minutes and 21-seconds into the show – right where where I start editing the Raw image. It’s most Lightroom/Camera Raw, with some cool, but very easy, moves in Photoshop, and then an optional move at the end. Hope you’ll check it out below:

See, that’s why we need post-processing. That’s why learning this stuff is so important, but once you learn it, it’s just so much fun watching what develops.

Hope you found that informative, helpful, fun, and here’s wishing you a great, safe, healthy, happy weekend! :)


P.S. Don’t forget – the Lightroom Conference kicks off next week – 2 full days (plus a pre-conference “Lightroom Crash Course” the day before), with two simultaneous training tracks, with an all-star team of instructors, and you get the entire conference archived for an entire year. Here’s the link to the full conference schedule, more info, and tickets (get yours name and save a bundle). 

This is a great little tip, on a cool little feature I’ll bet most folks didn’t even know was in Photoshop, and it’s from our friend and KelbyOne instructor, British Superstar Dave Clayton. Check it out:

Thanks, Dave!

It’s good to be back!

My holiday break is over (and it was epic), but it’s great to be back in the saddle here with all of you once again. I’ve got a lot of awesome stuff planned for 2022 and I’m so glad to have you stopping by now and then. Lots of fun stuff to share this year. :)

Here’s wishing you a great Monday, and a safe, happy, healthy year to come! :)