Scott Kelby, among other things, is a photographer, teacher, Photoshop pro and founder of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. As a dominating force in the industry, we were thrilled to get the chance to sit down and interview him a few weeks back. When we spoke, I asked Kelby who inspired him as a photographer. He mentioned many awe-inspiring artists including Moose Peterson, Jay Maisel, Jeremy Cowart and Dave Black. Below, Kelby takes the time to tell us about several more photographers he looks up to, and why you should too.
Regis Lefebure - Incredible motorsports photographer. He really captures the speed of motorsports, and he takes you up close to see racing images you’d never see watching on TV, or shooting from the stands.
Gary Land - His sports composites are insane. This guy does compositing at the top pro level, and his attention to detail and post processing is among the very best out there.
Tim Wallace - A UK-based automotive photographer (shooting stills for catalogs and web sites, like you’d see in a really nice car brochure). Just amazing stuff. Very moody stuff that makes the cars look amazing. Great post processing skills, too!
Cliff Mautner – An unbelievable natural light wedding photographer. American Photo Magazine named him “One of the top ten wedding photographers in the world.”
Lee Waters - Another automotive photographer, who also uses CGI, but he blends the two in a way that is just insane. He shoots landscapes and other stuff two, but his CGI and photography stuff is just amazing.
Erik Almas - Wow, this guy’s stuff is deep. I love his post production, and his portrait work. He’s really brilliant!!
Michael Levin - This guy’s black and white long exposure stuff is just off the charts.
Thomas Broening - This guy’s work has an amazing feel to it. Great photography with first class post processing. I can look at this stuff for hours.
Joe McNally – Always incredibly inspirational.
Bill Fortney – The stuff he’s done with aerial shots is just crazy!
Tim Mantoani – He’s one that I go back to again and again.
I could go on and on, but these are some that really get my creative motor running. I love all their stuff and am simultaneously inspired and humbled. – Scott Kelby