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If you’re taking part in my World Wide Photo Walk this Saturday, after the walk you’ll be getting a private email invite from me to attend a special free, live online workshop I’ll be doing for walkers on post processing the images from your walk using Adobe’s new Lightroom 3.

I thought this would be a fun way for us to reconnect after the walk, and you’ll see exactly how I edit the images I take during my walk in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and the workflow I use to make the process quick and easy. If you don’t have Lightroom 3 yet, you can download a free trial version from Adobe at this link right here.

I’ll be taking your questions live during workshop, and I may grab a few of “The Photoshop Guys” here at NAPP HQ to help out as well, so it should be a lot of fun.

I’ll give some of the details on my blog (date, time, etc.), probably next week here on the blog, but the actual workshop link, password to attend the online workshop, and stuff like that will be sent to you in an email (NOTE: This workshop will only be open to people registered for the Photo Walk).

Also, if you can’t make the live workshop broadcast, don’t worry—-I’ll re-post the entire workshop online so you can watch the class on your schedule—all for free, as my way of saying thanks for being part of my 3rd annual worldwide Photo Walk.


We’re just four days away, and right now we have over 28,000 photographers signed-up for 1,100 local walks around the world this Saturday. We are totally excited and amazed at the worldwide participation and sense of community this has created, and I can’t wait for Saturday to get here.

Last year, at four days out, I gave seven tips for walkers to help you make the most of your walk, and I’ve got those here for you again. If you’re going to be walking with us Saturday, take a moment to give these  a quick read: I promise it’ll make a difference in your experience.

(1) Drink Plenty of Water: In many places, this walk is taking place in the dead of summer, so make sure you take plenty of water with you, and stay fully hydrated during the entire walk. Two hours is a long time to be out in the hot sun so make sure you drink lots of water before and during the walk. (TIP: Want to be a hero? Bring an extra bottle of water or two to share with other walkers).

(2) Use Sunscreen: If your walk is during daylight hours (and most are), make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen, and don’t forget to wear a hat for protection as well.

(3) Leave a Small Footprint: Make sure that you have as little physical impact on the area you’re walking in as possible. If you’re walk is in nature, make sure the area looks exactly the same when you leave as when you got there. Same thing in a downtown area—-we want store owners and pedestrians to welcome events like this, so be kind to everyone you meet, and create as small a footprint on your walk route as possible. Take only pictures. Leave only footprints.

(4) Make New Friends: This is a social event, and everybody is there to have fun and make new friends, so make sure you talk with other walkers in your group. Ask them ‘what kind of stuff like they to shoot,’ or ‘how they like their camera or a particular accessory,’ or ask ‘if they’ve ever been on this street or area before,’ and you’ll have a conversation up and running in no time.

(5) Let Your Leader Lead: Your walk leader has put a lot of time and effort into planning the walk, organizing and publicizing the walk, and making the whole thing happen (after all; without your local Leader there might not be a walk in your city, right?), so don’t try and hijack the walk; let your Leader do the talking, and the leading, and that way you can just relax and focus on getting some great shots.

(6) Get To Your Walk Early: It happens every year; some people miss the walk altogether because they couldn’t find a parking space, or they missed the train or subway, or they ran into something that delayed them from getting to the start of the walk on time. It’s really heartbreaking to get there and find that the walk is already underway and there’s nobody standing there but you, so make sure you plan extra time to get to your walk’s Starting Location, especially if you’re not familiar with the area. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress (and possible heartbreak) by getting there early. Plus, if you get there early, there’s extra time to make friends before the walk even starts—maybe you’ll make a “walking buddy” who’ll share the experience with you.

(7) Play it Safe: The single most important thing is your safety during the Photo Walk. Don’t get distracted by what you’re shooting or seeing, and back right into the street, or into another photographer (or just a person walking down the street). Keep your wits about you, and remember than many of you will be shooting in a downtown area, on crowded sidewalks or busy streets, so just stay alert the entire walk, and look out for other walkers as well. Also, don’t wander into any areas or alleys that may look the least bit unsafe—stay with your group—there’s safety in numbers, and of course always keep a close eye on your camera gear and personal items.

Also, make sure you check out the Official World Wide Photo Walk Blog (here’s the link) for more walking tips from Brad Moore, and also visit (one of our official sponsors) to get Jeff Revell’s invaluable Photo Walk suggestions and insights.

See you guys on Saturday as we make photographic history!


These babys will be collector’s items in about five days, so orders your right away.

We’re close to breaking last year’s t-shirt sale figure, and that matters big time because of course 100% of the profits go to feeding and caring for the kids at the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya (the one the readers of this blog helped build from the ground up last year).

Here’s the link to order yours today. The shirts are cool, and helping the kids is even cooler.


The gang at Adorama Camera up in New York City (the Platinum sponsors of my official World Wide Photo Walk), heard I was in town today for my Lightroom 3 Live Tour at the Javits Center, so on Sunday they invited me to lead a local Photo Walk, where we’d go out shooting for a couple of hours, and then head back to Adorama HQ for some Photoshop techniques on how to post process the images from the day.

I have to say, it was my most fun Photo Walk ever, because so many amazing things happened along the way. In case it rained, as a back-up plan Adorama hired a professional model we could shoot in the studio, but as it turned out, we had great weather so she came out on location with us, and I did a session a shooting with natural light, and we had lots of large scrims and diffusers available to the walkers, so everybody got lots of on location portrait shooting opportunities (a few of my shots from the walk are below).


We kicked off the walk (25 walkers, plus helpers) in Washington Square, and wound up shooting a stand-up bass player, guys playing chess in the park, a jazz trio, and a real ballerina (shown above—photo by Jeff Snyder), along with “the bird guy” and half a dozen other spontaneous things that happened along the way. It was just such a great day, and I had a really outstanding, fully-engaged group, who really were into the spirit of the day.

After shooting for a few hours, (and winding up on 5th Ave, along 14th street, and in Union Square), we headed back for classroom time, where we went through Photoshop techniques and workflow stuff for a few more hours. I really, really enjoyed the walk, and met some great people along the way.

My thanks to everyone who attended; to our awesome model “Laurence” (pron. La-ronce), and to my gracious hosts at Adorama (especially Jeff Synder and Monica Cipnic) who made my job really easy and fun.

Now, I’m hitting the sack—got a big day at the Javits tomorrow, with around 600 photographers. Can’t wait!


We’re doing it again—Joe and I are teaming up for a hands-on photography workshop down in the Caribbean on the amazing tropical island of St. Lucia, and you’re invited to come a spend a week with us in paradise.

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a part of Joe’s “Hot Shoe Lighting Workshop” this is your chance (I’m there once again as his guest instructor, and we wrap up the week with my Lightroom training, but I’ll be there with you, shooting and learning from Joe right alongside you).

The workshop is limited to just 12 students, and for those lucky photographers, it will be a week they will never forget, held at a resort like few on earth—the Anse Chastanet resort and Jade Mountain—ranked one of the top resorts in the world. When I saw it last year (that’s my room at Jade Mountain, above), I was speechless (Here’s the link to my report after the workshop, with lots of pictures and stories of a week in “McNallyWorld”).


Here’s a link with all the details on this year’s workshop. Since there are only 12 spots (and last year’s workshop sold out fast), if you want to join Joe and me, make your plans right now to join us October 17-23, 2010.

It’s going to be the learning experience of a lifetime for just 12 lucky photographers, and I hope I’ll get to shake your hand, and go shooting with you down in St. Lucia this October.


My bestselling Book/DVD combo: Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes Lighting Techniques, is now available as both an iPad and iPhone App from the iTunes Store.


The cool thing is: the App is only $9.95, and includes all the same videos and content. One of the reviewers on iTunes wrote this about the App:

“His technique of showing the shot, and then breaking it down how he did it, is very productive. The narrative is fun, not dry. $10 for pro instruction on lighting is a deal, the price of some digital photography magazines.”

Anyway, if you’d like to check it out, you can find it right here. Thanks to my Publisher, Peachpit Press who developed the App and got it out there. They really did a great job with it, and I’m super psyched to have it available both as a App, and for such an affordable price.