Before anything else, I’d like to extend a big “thank you!” to Scott for having me back. I really enjoyed my last visit here and was very appreciative of all of your comments. Fresh from leading the Adobe Headquarters Photo Walk in San Jose, I’d also like to call out what Scott and everyone at the NAPP do; not just for education on a wide array of Adobe products, but their celebration for the passion of photography. My favorite part of my job is seeing what people do with our software and the excitement and creativity it brings to them; Saturday’s Photo Walk offered a really nice perspective on what that looks like early on, from behind-the-person-behind-the-lens. Here in San Jose, we enjoyed a full house; had a special guest participant, and I finished with Lightroom 2.0 and Photoshop CS4 demos from our own Park conference room – a great way to spend a Saturday. Thanks to Scott & friends for putting me in touch with some great people and talented shooters!
Although I’ve collaborated with Scott and the staff of the NAPP for many years, last year was my first trip out to NAPP headquarters. My experience there prompted what I’m going to share today. (more…)
…Adobe Photoshop Product Manager and hero to Photoshop users everywhere, Bryan O’Neil Hughes.
Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Hey, wasn’t Bryan a guest blogger here not too long ago?” Yup, that was him. So you also might be thinking, “If Scott is having him back so soon, Bryan must have something really cool to share.” Yup—you betcha!
You don’t want to miss his very special guest blog here tomorrow because you’ll gain some insight and info you won’t find anywhere else! That’s all I’m sayin’.
Hi gang: The dust is finally starting to settle from this week’s walk, and amazing images are being submitting to our contest, and on our flickr groups (see yesterday’s post for info on our flickr groups for walkers) Note: The image above is from the Gainesville, Florida walk, led by the wonderful Laurel Housden.
First, a quick little video from my walk in Ybor City, Florida:
Now, onto a quick Photo Walk Q&A:
Q. Will we be able to see the contest images for each city? A. We just got that feature up and running! You can now go the World Wide Photo Walk site, click on the Cities link up top, choose the city you want to look at, and the uploaded contest photos from that city will appear at the bottom of that page (click on the Thumbnails to see larger images).
Q. When’s the deadline to upload our images for the contest? A. It’s July 25th at midnight EDT.
Q.Can we really just enter two photos in the contest? A. Yup. Really.
Q.But I can’t narrow it down to just two. A. That’s not a question, that’s a statement.
Q.OK, “What if I can’t narrow it down to two?” A. You must. It’s your destiny.
Q.Do I have to enter the contest? A. Absolutely not—you don’t have to enter—it’s totally optional, and just for fun, so if you don’t want to enter, don’t upload photos to the World Wide Photo Walk city page—just do the flickr group thing instead. Also, if you think at any time you might whine about who your leader picked as the winner, don’t enter. We have a strict no-whining policy.
Q. Will photos uploaded to the flickr group be entered in the contest? A. Nope. The flickr groups are just there so you can see what everybody else shot in your city, and around the world.
Q.When will the Grand Prize winners be announced? A. On August 17th.
Q.Will I win? A. Probably not.
Q.When can we vote for the People’s Choice Award? A. As soon as we get that ready to go. Keep an eye on the World Wide Photo Walk site for details.
Q. Do you care if we use Photoshop or something else to edit and otherwise beautify our photos? A. Not at all. Beautify away.
Q. Who is going to choose the 10 Finalists and Grand Prize winner? A. Me
Q.Looking at your own portfolio, Scott, you seem to favor Landscape photos and Sports shots, and people shots, and Bridal shots, and commercial shots, and urban/city shots, and stuff like that. Would turning in one of those type of shots increase my chances of winning? A. No. What will increase your chances of winning will be turning in the very best photo of all the photos entered.
Q.Last year’s winner had a bird it in. Will you be choosing another shot with a bird in it this year? A. Yes.
Q.Really? A. I have no idea. I’ll look at all the local walk winners from around the world, then I’ll narrow it down to 11 finalists. My favorite one of those 11 will be the Grand Prize winner.
Q.That doesn’t seem like a very fair way to choose a winner. A. It does to me.
Q.But that makes it just your opinion? A. Hey. you’re right.
Q.But what if I disagree with your choice? A. You can petition the Rules Committee.
Q. Is there a Rules Committee? A. No.
Q.But not everyone will agree with your choices, right? A.Not everyone agrees with anyone’s choices on anything, but I’m pretty sure I know at least 11 people who won’t complain one bit with my choices.
Q. I’m not sure I like this. A. Then don’t enter.
Q. You’re serious, aren’t you? A. Absolutely.
Q.You’re mean. A. My daughter tells me that when I put her in ‘Time Out,” so this isn’t the first time I’ve heard that.
Q.Should I just enter the contest, let the chips fall where they may, and just have fun with the whole thing? A. That’s what I would do. I’ve entered contests before, and didn’t win, and yet I’ve gone on to live a productive and happy life.
Q. OK, thanks for letting me get all that off my chest. Ya know, when it comes down to contests, people tend to get all crazy and everything, and their emotions sometimes get the best of them. Sorry I was so harsh before. A. No worries. At the end of the day, I’ll be as fair and objective as I can. I take this stuff seriously so you don’t have to. Remember, this whole thing is supposed to be fun, so just let it be just that. The Photo Walk wasn’t about the prizes; it was about making new friends, and enjoying being together while we make photos—something we all love doing—and that’s exactly what happened, all over the world, at once.
Q.You’re absolutely right. A. That’s something I rarely hear. Thanks!
Well, it’s in the History Books now, but this weekend’s Worldwide Photo Walk, by any measure, was a really amazing event. To have that many people (final count: 32,000+ registered walkers), all sharing a social event of this scale, and taking millions of photographs, is just a very special thing to be a part of—just ask anyone would joined one of the 900+ walks around the world on Saturday. Just….wow!
On Sunday, I ran into one of the participants on my Ybor City, Florida walk, and he was going on and on about how much he enjoyed the walk, and how surprised he was at how much he enjoyed it. He said he had never done anything like that before, and really didn’t know what to expect. In fact, he said he really wondered what all the fuss was about, but now he knows. That spoke volumes. You can read about it. See pictures of it. But you just have to do it once, and then you “get it.” Now, he totally gets what all the fuss is about.
One of the most exciting things for me, was watching our Twitter group (hashtag SKPhoto) and Tweets from walkers around the world during their walk. I Tweeted a number of times during my local walk, posting photos and comments, but just sitting there at the restaurant afterward, and seeing posts pop-in with comments as walks were starting or ending all over, was just incredible. Almost kinda surreal as it was all happening in real time.
My local Ybor City event was a blast. I had such a great group—just the best folks, and although it was fairly hot in the sun, we had lots of overhangs and balconies along our route, and some non-expected cool breezes that helped a lot, and really made for a pleasant walk, considering we were talking in Florida in July. (The group photo at the top of this post was taken by Erik Kuna).
RC Concepcion came along to help me out, and he was really helpful (he did a mini-session on shooting for HDR), and he got some great shots himself, borrowing an SB-800 flash and setting up shoots along the way.
I hardly took any shots at all—I spent most of my time visiting with walkers in my group and answering questions, and it was just as well, cause the few shots I did take were pretty lame, as is evidenced by my Lightroom grid above (click on it for a larger view. Please don’t chuckle). But it didn’t spoil my day—I had such a great time.
Our ending spot was The Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor Square, where we had one long table for 50 set up just for us. The restaurant really rolled out the red carpet for us—they were fantastic—very accommodating, and the service was excellent! We spent about two hours sharing stories, photos, laughs, and lots of great spaghetti!
Anyway, it was just such a kick to think that the same thing was happening, had just happened, or was about to happen all over the world that same day, with photographers all sharing in the experience.
SPECIAL NOTE: Tomorrow I’m doing a Photo Walk Q&A for everyone who walked in, or led a Walk, with lots of info on stuff you guys want to know, so make sure you check back here tomorrow for LOTS of new details, and contest info, plus where to see lots of really amazing photos.
My thanks to everyone who attended my walk, and who participated in other walks around the world.
A big, big thanks to the volunteers who organized and led walks around the world (We couldn’t have done it without you).
Also, a thanks to my book Publisher Peachpit Press, for their major support of this event, and to all the sponsors who pitched in to make this something very special.
Although we’ll be hosting the photos ourselves that you’ll be submitting for the Photo Walk photography competition, we thought it would also be important for each city to have their own local flickr group where walkers could upload a number of their favorite shots (not just the competition shots).
Besides that local site, we created a single Main Worldwide PhotoWalk flickr Group where any worldwide photo walk participant could upload some of their favorite shots to share with everybody who walked around the world.
Our own RC Concepcion has created two videos (below) that show you:
(1) How to join the flickr group set up by your local Photo Walk leader (if your leader hasn’t set up a flickr group yet, there’s a link on today’s Photo Walk blog with a video and instructions on how to do so), and…
(2) RC’s video on how to upload your photos to the Master flickr Worldwide PhotoWalk Group.
First, how to find, join, and upload to your city’s flickr group:
Now, here’s how to find and join the Main Worldwide Photowalk Group: