Master High Key and Low Key Lighting with Lindsay Adler
Join Lindsay Adler in studio for a class all about the extremes of lighting! From low key to high key setups, Lindsay starts you at the beginning where your shoot’s purpose determines the type of lighting you will use, and all the choices you make from that point onward.

In the first half of the class Lindsay focuses on low key setups, with a look at the characteristics of low key photographs, to the modifiers you can use, to examples of her favorite setups. In the second half of the class Lindsay builds on what you’ve learned about low key lighting to morph into a variety of high key setups.

All throughout the class Lindsay shares her perspectives on why and when she uses a particular set up, the gear she uses, the positions of the lights, and so much more. By the end of the class you’ll have a new repertoire of low key and high key lighting setups you can add to your studio offerings.

In Case You Missed It
Direct sunlight for portraits is typically harsh and unflattering, full of dark shadows and bright highlights. Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler takes on the midday sun at Central Park, where she teaches you how to take control of the light. You’ll review tips to get out of the direct sunlight as well as ways to use diffusers and reflectors (including natural reflectors) to conquer the harsh light and still get beautiful portraits. This class is perfect for anyone needing tips on how to conquer harsh sunlight for portraits.

So, what am I doing writing a blog post for Scott Kelby’s website? Scott Kelby’s website is the big league and I’m just an amateur photographer. Asking me to write this blog post is like asking a minor league rookie to take his first at bat in the World Series. However, I do have a story to tell. It is not often an amateur photographer has to hide the names of people and places to protect the life of a local guide in a foreign country. 

I travel a lot, mainly in Asia and always with my cameras looking to photograph people. In this blog I am going to describe my most recent trip to two countries, Myanmar and Bangladesh. My narratives from the two countries are quite different.

Also WARNING – there are descriptions towards the end of this blog that some may find disturbing. 

Planning this trip began a few days after I was awarded a solo show at “The Gallery at KelbyOne” on December 9, 2017. I received an email from a filmmaker who had seen my Instagram Site and was scheduled to do a documentary for the United Nations starting as soon as in three weeks. She wanted me to take stills that could be used for publicity and to create a poster for her film. The documentary was to be about Rohingya, the ethnic group in Myanmar that has been the worldwide subject of many recent reports. I was most interested.

Both the New York Times and BBC had been writing extensively about the Rohingya fleeing for their lives into Bangladesh as the Myanmar Army burned down their villages in southwest Myanmar. Doctors without Borders estimated 6,700 had been killed since last August. Horror stories were being recounted daily, straight out of the mouths of the Rohingya as they flowed into Bangladesh, by the hundreds of thousands. 

Children in Rohingya Refugee Camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

The photography would be pro bono work for a good cause and it was a way for me to gain entrance into the Bangladesh refugee camps run by the United Nations. I agreed to work with the filmmaker on the promise that I could get four days in the camps, two days shooting with her, and another two days of independent shooting with a guide/translator I was planning to seek out once I got to Bangladesh.

I also decided on a side trip to Myanmar, a place I have taken some of my best photographs. I wanted to make the trip to the other side of the world worthwhile and four days in Bangladesh was not enough and so I contacted my guide in Myanmar, who works at Santa Maria Travel and Tours in Yangon. His name is Mya Min Din but I call him M.M. He is simply the best photographic guide in Asia. He was available and we made plans to meet-up in Yangon and fly together to Bagan, Myanmar. Bagan is the home of 4,000 ancient Buddhist temples. This would be my fourth visit to Myanmar.

Normally, before I go into a new country, I seek guide recommendations from other photographers. I then contact the guide directly who would handle the arrangements for hotels, a driver, and a car. By not going with a photo tour group I save several thousand dollars, have a private guide, and the flexibility to change my schedule at will. Photo tours do however offer professional photographers to help you improve your skills and also offer an additional layer of security. I recommend Karl Grobl of Jim Cline Photography Tours for those wanting a photo tour group in Asia. But if you are more adventuresome and don’t need a professional’s help you can save money by traveling without other photographers. 

This trip was different. While I knew M.M. from trips to Myanmar, I knew no guides in Bangladesh. As I had to be there in three weeks, I was not able to find and prearrange a guide. I would have to play it by ear when I arrived in Bangladesh, which in the end, was to prove challenging.

Part 1: Myanmar
It takes three flights, two layovers, and 24 hours to make my way to Myanmar from Phoenix, Arizona. The longest leg is the fifteen hours from Los Angeles to Guangzhou, China. I spent a night in Yangon, and then flew with M.M. to Bagan.

This is one of the first pictures I took in Myanmar during this trip, a novice monk standing at the doorway of an eight hundred year old Buddhist temple. He was asked to turn around and face the camera. No other instructions were given.

M.M. is the reason I take my best photographs in Myanmar. He travels through his country many times a year with eyes open for places with good light and good backgrounds. He also has good relations with the monastic Buddhist schools throughout the country. This allows us to borrow novice monks to serve as our models.


It’s that time of the week already! I’m Dave Williams, I’m right here every Tuesday on Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider, and this week I have a really quick and easy Photoshop tip for you.

Contrast can add a real punch to your images, and it’s an important consideration in virtually any post process. Contrast, used properly, can have a serious, attention-grabbing effect. With tonal contrast, specifically, we can do a very, very simple thing to see what kind of difference it makes. Generally better on images without a great range of contrast already, just do this: –

1. In Photoshop, duplicate your layer by pressing Command-J (Windows: Ctrl-J).

2. From the top of the Layers panel, select Overlay as the blending mode.

That’s it!

Take a look at what a difference this makes:

Before and after, and once more…

It’s a really cool way to give your image some contrast impact, which is achieved in this particular blend mode by combining the Multiply and Screen blending modes, which results in dark blacks and bright whites.

Contrast is, generally, attractive and eye-catching, so make sure your workflow includes a good look at it! You can show me (@capturewithdave) and @Kelbyonepics your results over on Instagram, we’d love to see!

Much love


That’s right — come to beautiful Venice, Italy and join me and Venice photography expert (and KelbyOne Instructor) Mimo Meidany for an unforgettable four-day “Magic of Venice” travel photography workshop in one of the most amazing locales on the planet. First, watch this short video:

Get ready for an unforgettable hands-on travel photography workshop in one of the most magical and photogenic cities in the world, — beautiful Venice, Italy. The beautiful canals and bridges of Venice will be your home for four delightful days of creating captivating images, learning important camera techniques, composition, and the latest post-processing techniques. All this while enjoying wonderful meals, remarkable views, and making new friends.

What: The Magic of Venice Travel Photography Workshop
Instructors: Scott Kelby and Mimo Meidany
When: April 6-9, 2018 (with an informal get-together the night of the 5th)
Where: The Hotel Concordia, Venice, Italy
Price: $3,450 Per Person (includes accommodations – see below)
Tickets: More details and tickets here (limited to 10 participants maximum)

Your home for the workshop is the wonderful Hotel Concordia; a charming boutique style hotel (with excellent wi-fi) located in the heart of Venice, and just steps from San Marco Square. It’s close to many of Venice’s most iconic shooting locations (and some incredible little-known spots and vantage points) with lots of great shopping and restaurants nearby (including some of my favorites).

We’ll be shooting each day on location
Then heading back to the hotel for post-processing our images where we’ll learning new techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop; learn new camera techniques; have time for critiques before we head back out to make more gorgeous images. Lots of learning, lots of laughing, amidst the incredible views and scrumptious food of this truly enchanting floating city. After sunset each day you’ll be free to explore the city on your own, and its charming restaurants and cafes.

It will be an extraordinary experience — one that will inspire, inform, stretch you, and challenge you to try new techniques, new ways of thinking, and do things photographically you never thought you could. You’ll come home with lots of stunning images, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Mimo and I look forward to welcoming you to Venice and getting to know you as we spend a few days together making images, learning new techniques, and uncovering the Magic of Venice.

NOTE: This workshop is limited to a maximum of 10 participants.

What’s Included:
Workshop fee includes four nights accommodations at the Hotel Concordia, double-occupancy, including Four continental breakfasts at the hotel. Additional meals are on your own. (If you prefer more privacy, single rooms are available for an up-charge. See the sign-up page for details).

Activity Level: Light to Moderate
There are no roads in Venice — it’s a walking city, so we’ll be traveling by foot. One of Venice’s nicknames is “The City of Bridges,” and you’ll be crossing many of them during your stay. They are small bridges (across tiny canals), but just know ahead of time — there are plenty of them. Workshop Participants should be in good health; wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and be ready for lots of walking and standing for extended periods of time.

The weather in Venice in April is beautiful — it’s not too hot with highs in the low 60s F°, but it can get a little chilly at night, so bring at least a light jacket or coat. As with any outdoor event, the weather is somewhat unpredictable, so also be prepared if it rains.


What do I need to bring to the workshop?
A DSLR or Mirrorless Camera; a sturdy tripod with ballhead; wireless remote or cable release; a wide-angle lens (24mm or wider); a telephoto lens; a neutral density filter (10-stops or higher) would be ideal for long exposure techniques. You’ll need a laptop with either Lightroom or Photoshop (or both) for the post-processing segments.

What level of experience is required?
All levels of experience are welcome, but participants should be familiar with their camera and lens and have some experience in either Lightroom or Photoshop.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The Hotel Concordia hotel offers Airport Transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport for an additional fee.

What if I have questions that aren’t answered here?
You can post a comment below, or you can email me directly. 

What’s the refund policy?
If you have to cancel the workshop, as long as you cancel before March 28, 2018, you will receive a 100% refund, minus a $300 cancellation fee. After April 1st, 2018 refunds will not be available.

Where do I sign up?
Right here (you’ll be taken to the sign-up page).

Reserve your space now — and we’ll see you soon in beautiful Venice, Italy.

I’m out in Houston today with my Lightroom Seminar
Looking forward to meeting some of you there. Then I’m off to Las Vegas for a quick visit to the WPPI Expo – hope to see you there. :)

Have a great Monday!



P.S. See how I worked that Italian word in there? That’s pretty much the extent of my Italian language skills. You’ll be glad Mimo is with us — his Italian is quite a bit better. ;-)

Today we’re announcing the official winners from our KelbyOne/Lexar Architectural Photography Contest. From the hundreds of entries on Instagram, here’s our Winner, Runner Up, and our three Honorable Mentions (who all win prizes, courtesy of our contest partner Lexar Memory )

Winner: Rolf Hartbrich
> Rolf wins a 128GB Lexar Professional 2000x SD Memory Card and a Lexar USB 3 Card Reader


Runner up: Cory Lerr
> Cory wins a 64GB Lexar Professional 2000x SD Memory Card and a Lexar USB 3 Card Reader

Honorable Mentions: 

David Queenan  | @davidqueenan
David wins a Lexar Professional 2000x SD Memory Card and a Lexar USB 3 Card Reader

James wins a Lexar Professional 2000x SD Memory Card and a Lexar USB 3 Card Reader

Lori Novak@laurinovakphoto
Lori wins a Lexar Professional 2000x SD Memory Card and a Lexar USB 3 Card Reader

Congratulations to all of our featured artists above, and high-five to those who didn’t win for entering the competition. It takes moxie to put your images out there like that in competition, and I have great respect and applause for all the photographers who took submitted images. There were a lot of great images submitted, which made my job that much harder, but I can’t complain — I got to enjoy all these wonderful entries during the judging process.

Special thanks to Joey Lopez and the crew at Lexar Memory for being our partners and sponsors on this contest. Make sure you all follow @lexarmemory on Instagram and Twitter. 

Have a great weekend everybody!


P.S. Shout out to the awesome folks in San Antonio who came out to my seminar there yesterday. Really fun crowd, in a really great town. Next stop: Houston on Monday! 

User’s Guide For The Sony A7R III with Larry Becker
Attention all Sony A7R III owners! Larry Becker has a fantastic guide to help you get the most out of this full featured camera from Sony. This class is designed with the advanced enthusiast to pro photographer in mind. Larry starts off with a look at the things you need to know to get up and running quickly, and then proceeds through shooting modes, autofocus options, video capture, customizations you can make, and a whole lot more.

In Case You Missed It
Photograph your kids sports like a pro! Join Rob Foldy, professional sports photographer, as he teaches you the basic photographic principles that will make your subjects proud. This is not a class on gear, but Rob does show you how to use what you have, and how to configure your camera for the best results. You’ll also learn the importance of storytelling and how being prepared before you go to the game will help you take your photographs to the next level. Rob brings it all together by working with three parents while they photograph their kids’ soccer game, providing them tips for shooting with everything from a mobile phone to a DSLR.