Announcing My New Lightroom Book For More Experienced Lightroom Users

  Hi, gang — greetings from Washington DC. I’m up here for my seminar today, and looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of you! Today, I’m officially announcing my new book‚ “How Do I Do That in Lightroom Classic, 2nd Edition,” which (according to Amazon) the print edition should be in stock and ready to ship today (Well, that’s what their Website said, anyway). Here’s what the book is all about: I hope you’ll give it a read — I think you’ll really find it useful. Here’s a link to order your copy at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Continue reading "Announcing My New Lightroom Book For More Experienced Lightroom Users"

Worldwide Photo Walk 2018 Q&A

Above: The group shot of the local photo walk I led in Venice, Italy a couple of years ago — such a great group to walk with, which included my brother Jeff (behind me, far right), and Mimo Meidany (far left), and behind him, Italian legend of love, Roby Pisco. Last week we announced my 11th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ (once again brought to you by our friends at Canon, and produced by KelbyOne), and today I wanted to do a quick Q&A to answer some of the questions that are already pouring in.   Q. When is
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It’s here, and you’re invited to join us at my 11th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ brought to you once again by our friends at Canon, and produced by KelbyOne. This Photo Walk is a worldwide phenomenon with photo walks in nearly 1,p00 cities around the globe hosting walks last year. Best of all, besides all the fun and making friends, it all benefits the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya. Above: That’s my awesome crew from the photo walk I led last in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal.  Here are the details: 

Who: Everybody! You’re invited to join us — everyone is welcome!

A Better Way to HDR; Photo Walk Leader Update; Gallery Opening, and I’m Coming To DC in 11 Days (Whew!)

Happy Monday, everybody. Here’s what’s up: HERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT LIGHTROOM’S HDR YOU’LL WANT TO KNOW…
I made this discovery recently, and it’s about how to get MUCH sharper, more color accurate realistic HDR images if you start in Lightroom, then jump over to Photoshop just briefly, where you change one simple setting — it makes all the difference in the world. I did a short video about it over on my Lightroom blog — — this is really helpful if you make realistic HDR images. LEADERS OF LAST YEAR’S WORLDWIDE PHOTO WALK…
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Join Me in Beautiful Rome, Italy For a Hands-on Travel Photography Workshop

This is your invitation to come to beautiful Rome, Italy and join me and Italian photography expert (and KelbyOne Instructor) Mimo Meidany for an unforgettable four-day travel photography workshop — “The Classic Beauty of Rome” in one of the most fascinating cities on the planet. First, watch this short video: Get ready for an unforgettable hands-on travel photography workshop in one of the most historical and photogenic cities in the world, — beautiful Rome, Italy. The city of statues, fountains, and piazzas will be your home for four delightful days of creating captivating images, learning important camera techniques, composition, long Continue reading "Join Me in Beautiful Rome, Italy For a Hands-on Travel Photography Workshop"

Photoshop’s Unsung Hero: Content Aware Fill

Before we get to today’s tip: just a heads up: Today the last day to enter for your chance to win the same Profoto B1x Strobe I used in that behind-the-scenes fashion shoot video I shared here on Friday. It’s not a photo competition, it’s a straight-up giveaway, so all you have to do it enter for your chance to win. Click on the graphic below, or go to this link to enter right now. Hey, ya never know — you could be the person to win that awesome Profoto B1x. OK, on to today’s tutorial
I wound using Continue reading "Photoshop’s Unsung Hero: Content Aware Fill"

Behind-the-Scenes Fashion Shoot with the Profoto B1x

Last Friday I got a chance to go on location and try out my new Profoto B1x in a fashion shoot on location at the Rialto Theatre in Tampa. Kalebra was the Creative Director for the shoot and she came up with a really fun, intriguing story for us to create (we have such a blast on these shoots). Anyway, our video crew was there and put together this short behind-the-scenes video (below) so you can see what it was like. After the video, please check out my Adobe Spark with the full story, more BTS images, and finals (link
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So, How Many Keeps Do You Get From a Shoot?

This is one from “The Vault” here on the blog, but I still get this question fairly often today, so I thought I’d kick this new week off by sharing something I think can help a lot of folks. To answer this question of “How many keeps to I get from a shoot?” I can tell you straight out — it’s not as many as I’d like, that’s for sure. When I posted some of my favorites from a Bucs/Eagles shoot a good while back on my Facebook page, I got a number of questions along these lines, so
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When Is It OK To Erase Your Memory Cards?

I got this question last week during one of my seminars — the woman who asked the question was using her memory cards as backup, so she wouldn’t erase a card, ever. But it does bring up an interesting question, and one I’ve had many times before so I thought I’d share how I handle it (this isn’t any type of “official” way to do it — just sharing what I do and why).
  1. My general rule is: I don’t erase a card until I know I have at least two backups of the images on that card. So, when Continue reading "When Is It OK To Erase Your Memory Cards?"

News: Now There’s a KelbyOne Online Training Plan For Just $10 a Month

For the past few months, we’ve been quietly testing a new membership tier for aspiring photographers who have wanted to join KelbyOne’s Pro Plan but the $19.95 a month was just a little out of their reach. Well, this new lower-priced tier has been such a hit, that now we’ve made it official and we’re starting to spread the word. Here’s how it works: This new tier is called the KelbyOne Plus Plan, and this new plan gives users on-demand 24/7 access to stream more than 300 of our most popular online courses on Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography for Continue reading "News: Now There’s a KelbyOne Online Training Plan For Just $10 a Month"

Travel Photographers: Looking For Places To Visit This Summer?

Hi, gang and greetings from the Homewood Suites here in Lansing, Michigan (here for my seminar tomorrow). First, a big shout-out to the 250+ photographers who spent the day with me yesterday in Raleigh, North Carolina — we had such a great time. Can’t wait to go back next year with my tour — thanks to all the awesome folks who came out. Incredibly friendly, fun crowd. OK, I’m tired as heck (it’s 12:46 am here) — been working all day on two big projects, and I’m beat, but I wanted to quickly share with you a few places that
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A Limited Number of my Prints Are Now Available

I’m very excited to announce that a limited number of my prints are now available through Photographic Fine Art Gallery YellowKorner, both in their 75+ galleries around the world (including galleries here in the US in California, New York, Chicago and up in Canada in Toronto, too), and from their online print gallery as well. The images are part of my “The Great Indoors” series, and you can view them and purchase them online right there. Thanks to the folks at YellowKorner — I’m delighted to be in their gallery (I wish I had realized they had a gallery in Continue reading "A Limited Number of my Prints Are Now Available"

How To Find Out Which Lens You Use The Most

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 Continue reading "How To Find Out Which Lens You Use The Most"

Want to get Great Shots of Tonight’s Fireworks? Here’s how:

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 Continue reading "Want to get Great Shots of Tonight’s Fireworks? Here’s how:"

Photos From My Trip to Norway

Well, the images are mostly from Norway’s Lofoten islands, but if you’ve never been, I hope this makes you add them to your travel list. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen without a doubt. Here’s the link to my Adobe Spark photo story (with behind-the-scenes stuff, too) if you’ve got a sec: Thanks for giving them a quick look. :) Have a great Monday everybody — it’s going to be an awesome week! Best, -Scott P.S. I’m bringing my Lightroom seminar to Raleigh, Lansing, and Washington DC
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Want to win a kick-butt $2,800 Profoto B1x Lighting Kit?

Yeah, ya do! We’re partnering with Profoto on this awesome giveaway, and all you have to do to enter is….enter. Here’s what you get if you win:
  1. A Profoto B1X (I have one, they are the best!)
  2. Profoto Air Remote (you get one that works with your brand of camera)
  3. Profoto Softlight Reflector
The whole package is right around $2,800 and you could win it — but you can’t win if you don’t enter in it. Here’s the link. Go enter right now (while you’re thinking about it). Hey, ya never know it? We pick a winner Continue reading "Want to win a kick-butt $2,800 Profoto B1x Lighting Kit?"

Why We Need to Stop And Evaluate Our Own Photography

Happy Monday, everybody! (stop snickering — it’s going to be a great week). :-) This past weekend I was fortunate to be one of the instructors at the Out of Chicago photography conference (really great conference, by the way — so much fun, and I met lots of great folks. High-five to Chris Smith and his team for organizing such a great event). Anyway, one of the highlights of the conference for me was getting to sit down and do one-on-one portfolio reviews, and just getting to talk to so many photographers about their work. Where’s Your Portfolio?
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A White Balance Trick For Tricky Situations

I got this question this week, and I thought I’d answer it with a simple answer, but also a cool trick just in case. First the question:  
“If I’m shooting in direct sunlight but am using a diffuser to soften the sunlight, do I set my white balance to shade or sun? “
Softening the sunlight shouldn’t change its color, so I would leave it set to Daylight. This is different than shooting in the shade where the sunlight is blocked and the color of the light captured by your camera turns blue, but with a 1-stop diffuser (btw, Continue reading "A White Balance Trick For Tricky Situations"

Why Do We Still Have Bulb Mode on Our Cameras?

Greeting from a train somewhere in the countryside between Bergen, Norway, and Oslo. We’re close to wrapping up 9-days vacation here (with my wife and daughter), and we’ve been having just a wonderful time (our first time here in Norway — incredibly beautiful place!).  As you might imagine, we’re taking lots of photos (and Kalebra is shooting absolutely lights-out with her iPhone — check out her images on her Instagram account. She somehow managed to take control of all the seagulls in Norway, and they fly into position on her command. It’s eerie to see in person, but it makes
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Call For Entries: The Gallery at KelbyOne Photographic Competition

I’m happy to announce that we are now accepting entries to have your own solo gallery showing at The Gallery at KelbyOne, in Tampa, Florida. Our last winner, Ian Munro, works for the police dept. in the UK. Our winner before Ian, Stephen Wallace is an Anesthesiologist. Our next winner could be you. If you’re thinking there’s no way you could win, that’s exactly what all over previous winners said. The only way you don’t have a chance is if you don’t enter. Here’s a quick one-minute video with some details: Here’s how to enter: 
  1. Here’s where you submit a
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