The 5 Most-Popular Blog Posts For 2015

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Happy Friday everybody! On Monday and Tuesday we looked at some of the best, and most commented-upon Guest Blog posts from this past year, and today we’re continuing my “Best of 2015 on the Blog” with a look at some of the most popular posts overall.

Here we go:

(1) I’m Dumping My Apple Watch
With 228 comments, it was my most-commented upon post of the year, which should give you some idea of the emotional weight people put behind (or against) anyone mentioning they bought an Apple product. If you read the comments on this post, you’ll be surprised at how nasty some people got because I said I was returning my watch. I didn’t tell anyone they should sell theirs, mind you — I just talked about why it didn’t work for me. Apparently, that was enough for some people to totally lose their minds, and on both sides of the fence.

(2) Are You Shooting With a Lens in that “No Man’s Land Focal Range.” 

You would have thought I mentioned an Apple product with as many angry comments as this solicited. I was providing an idea, a thought some photographers might just consider, but all it did was make anybody who owns a 24-70mm lens come out in angry defense of it. It spawned discussions, blog posts, and forum rants on sites around the Web. Apparently, not a topic you can have a rational discussion about.

(3) I Hate To Admit This, But I Just Bought Another Apple Watch

When Apple introduced Watch OS2, it addressed my major complaint about the watch, so I bought another one (I had returned the original one for a full refund), and of course, once again some folks lost their mind, and said I did the whole thing as a publicity stunt. Trust me, very few people would think the “human pin cushion style” of comments I got on either post would constitute as “good publicity.”

(4) Could it be? Yes it is! Another Down & Dirty Trick?
I started doing a series of Photoshop special effects every Friday, and it started out pretty well, with a nice stream of feedback, but the more I did, the less people commented and giving feedback of any kind (this is good, this is bad, etc.), and when you’re writing stuff and it takes a really long time to do each one, and nobody seems to care, you stop, which is what I did. At least this one, early on, got some feedback.

(5) Seven Things They Need to Fix in Periscope
Thankfully, they have already addressed a lot of these.

OK that’s the top five. I wanted to share another few that were among the most popular, and all definitely worth checking out: They are: 

1. 7 Reasons why Photographers Need to Be on Instagram (link)

2. Kalebra Kelby’s Guest Blog (link)

3. If You Were Only Allowed to Have 10 Pieces of Photographic Gear, What Would They Be? (link)

4. You know what this country needs? 1-million more Selfie Sticks ;-) (link)

5. It’s “Reprocess Your Old Images Tuesday (link)

6. I’m Too Old To Be Making Rookie Mistakes Like This… (link)

7. It’s “Back Up Your Photos” Tuesday (link)

Well, there ya have it — some light reading for the weekend. Hope yours is a great one! (



P.S. My first full-day seminars of the year are coming up. I’m in Richmond on the 27th, and in Atlanta on the 29th. Hope I get to see you there (here’s the link with details). 

  1. Thanks for the reminder. I’m off to Epcot tomorrow and planned on just carrying the 24-70, but perhaps I’ll brave the weight of my 70-200 and change my approach. I do love the longer focal length, but sometimes get bummed by the minimum focus distance. If only someone would invent the perfect lens.

    1. I hear ya, Mr. Beem. My perfect lens would be a full frame lens that went from 16mm to 300mm. The 28-300mm just isn’t wide enough. Even a 24mm would be better than 28mm, but if they could go wider, that would surely make a difference. They’ve got the “long” end down – time to work on the wide end. Man, would they sell a ton of those! Have fun at Epcot! :)

  2. Re: Down & Dirty Tricks
    Gotta tell you, I loved them all and saved them in my RSS reader but I don’t think I commented on any one of them. Requires opening the original post and commenting.

    Isn’t there too MUCH mindless commenting. “Thanks”, “Wow”, “Good job” these days? I have never seen this as contributing ANY value to the post nor needed for people with reasonable self-esteem.

    Surely this can’t be the only way ‘goodness’ gets measured in a post. If this is the only way then we need to invent a better way.

    In lieu of a better way, herewith a “Great job” comment for ALL previous “Down & Dirty Tricks” and for all the future “Down & Dirty Tricks”.

    That does not apply to the posts in the “LR Killer Tips” blog where the content in my NSHO is generally weaker. There, I’ve said it!

  3. I reread #2. I must say, The Bonneville Flatts are less salty than most of the comments. Some people are just born to nitpick & argue, no matter how many times you try to explain yourself. You handled it quite well.

    Keep up the great work, Scott!

  4. Thanks for all the great information, and humour, that your posts provide. I read your post almost every day at some point and it reminds me about photography amidst my every day work. How appreciated is Scott Kelby? Well I had traveled to the other side of the world on holidays and met another guy with a camera round his neck and before long your name came up as a great resource we both read! Thank you Scott!

  5. Thanks for all you do Scott – a zillion people owe you some thanks for all the content you put out on the net for general consumption.

    Don’t ever think people don’t appreciate it.

    Maybe it’s time to re-hash the 24-70 lens issue just to get the blood flowing in this relatively new year…honestly on guest blogs – I think I liked the UT photographer and the Dog photographer – and the guy from Columbus with the minimal lighting posts. Another great year !

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