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  • Monthly Archives July 2008

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    Since we launched my World Wide Photowalk on Monday, things have been just crazy. We thought it would be popular, but honestly we were unprepared for the avalanche of interest, sign-ups, and people who want to lead Photo Walks in their cities around the world.

    We were also flooded with questions, so I thought I’d do a quick Q&A to answer some of the most common questions.

    Q. Are more cities being added?
    A. Absolutely—so far there are 33 cities, but new ones are being added daily (just yesterday we added Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, and Cincinnati (led by none other than David Ziser himself), along with Manila in the Philippines, Ybor City (Tampa), and Malmo, Sweden, among others.

    Q. Are there are lot of cities pending approval?
    A. Oh yeah—about 108 more cities so far. We had to add a little more automation to the “becoming a leader” process, and by tomorrow we expect that 40 or 50 of those will be awarded a Photo Walk city, and added to the list shortly thereafter.

    Q. Will some big cities have more than walk the same day?
    A. Yup. When you see a listed city that’s followed by a name in parenthesis, that usually means there are multiple walks in different areas of the city. For example; New York City (Chinatown). They’ll be other New York locations as well.

    Q. Are walks starting to fill up yet?
    A. A number of cities are already completely full, and registration is now closed (unless someone else can lead an additional walk in that city).

    Q. Have you added any more prizes to the photo contest part?

    Happy Thursday everybody! Here's what's up: First, a big thanks to Jeff Revell for this excellent guest post yesterday. It really got a lot of people excited about not only the upcoming World Wide PhotoWalk, but also for photo walks in general. Interesting side note: a mix-up happened with Jeff's host city (Washington DC), for the WWPW, and he wound up having both Washington DC and Alexandria, VA listed as separate events, when it fact, they were the same walk. But since Jeff is the PhotoWalk "Pro," he decided to host TWO the same day; one in the morning, one in the afternoon. Too cool. Also, although Jeff's site (PhotoWalkPro.com) has become the resource for photo walking, he also covers loads of Photoshop (including lots of HDR tutorials) and photography in general, so make sure you check it out (here's the link). The folks…

    That's it. One day. Well, two if you count today, but I wasn't counting today. Technically, you if you forget to sign up today, at least you'll still be able to save that hundred bucks if you register tomorrow, but after that---you're hosed (well, for an extra hundred bucks, anyway). Can you tell I wrote this while I was really, really tired? So, save a hundred clams and sign up right now (It's Vegas, baby! You gotta be there!): Here's the link.

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    The Zen of Photowalking
    When Scott first started the Guest Blog segment he told me that I was going to be on the hook for one in the future. I figured it was no big deal, I mean hey, I blog every day, right? What could be so hard?

    Then he started rolling out the parade of superstar personalities that reads like a Who’s Who of the Photography world. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to contribute anything of value after the likes of Vincent Versace, Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, and so on.

    Then the other day Scott and I were talking about the plans for his World Wide Photowalk and I knew I finally had my in. Having hosted several photowalks I can say with some confidence that I know my way around these events. With that being said, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on what makes a photowalk so special and how you can maximize your experience when participating in one.

    Most photographers have walked, camera in hand, through unfamiliar spaces, shooting their way along their route. So what makes this any different from a photowalk? It’s the social aspect of sharing the experience that makes photowalking so unique. Many of the photowalks that I have hosted were attended by complete strangers but they all had two things in common, a love of photography and a desire to share their passion with like-minded people. I was reminded of this fact during my last photowalk in Georgetown.

    ...my good friend and the guy who inspired my whole "World Wide Photo Walk" project, Jeff Revell of PhotoWalkPro.com You've heard me talk about Jeff here on the blog numerous times (he came along on my trip to Dubai, and then I tagged along on his trip to Arizona last year, and we've been shooting and hanging out for years now). He's a terrific photographer, a great teacher, and I think with the World Wide photo walk announced this week, it's a perfect opportunity to have him as my Special Guest Blogger. Check in tomorrow to see what Jeff has in store for us. :)

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    OK, now that Lightroom 2, the real final version is now shipping, I can really take a look at how the new version stacks up against my dream “wish list” of features from a blog post I did well before the public beta was released.

    Did I get everything on my wish list? No, but of course, I never expected to (that’s why it’s called a “wish list” rather than “a list of demands”). ;-)

    Now, I was pretty psyched to see a lot of the things on my list did make it into the final shipping version, and of course I was disappointed at the ones I thought for sure would be there but didn’t make the cut.

    So, here I’m going to look at what’s hot about about the new Lightroom 2 (and there’s plenty of stuff to be excited about), and what’s not (You knew there was going to be a “what’s not,” right?) Here we go:

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