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Scott Kelby’s “Photographers That Inspire Me”

by Sophia Betz on September 17, 2010 · 28 comments

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

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

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

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

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Jason September 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Some great photographers here – I am equally inspired as well, however, to be fair, Cliff Mautner is NOT a natural light photographer – he is an available light photographer, which is very different. His workshops even teach how to use flash. It's a subtle but important distinction because even the displayed shot uses a flash (which is available to him). Semantics can be misleading and many people use “available light” and this often (whether intentional or not) misleads some to believe they are meaning “natural light”. Cliff uses additional lighting – while this could be flash or video lights, he does not restrict himself to sunlight only

Lilmissmeliss November 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Some really inspiring stuff here. And a great article. It's always nice to see someone else's inspiration list to find other photographers to tune in to.

However there is a typo – Lee Waters, “other stuff two” should be too…

Joelmc10 April 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

verry nice !!!!

Joelmc10 April 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm

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