Posts By Scott Kelby

When I woke up Saturday morning in London, I opened the drapes in my hotel room and all I could hear was rain and it was dark gray as far as I could see. When Brad and I got to my walk’s meeting spot, the weather had cleared for what would turn out to be an absolutely beautiful day, with a group of really lovely people.

Above: Here’s the map of my walk route. Well, the starting points and ending points are correct, and several of the red routes are correct at times. I like to think we “modified” the walk rather than hitting an expected dead-end and locked gates that caused us to re-reroute. LOL!

Lunch in London, then off to Bath to join Glyn’s walk
My walk wrapped up at 11:30 am, and after lunch, me, Brad and our dear friend Dave Clayton hopped a train (we literally made the train with just one minute to spare â” we stepped on the train, and it started rolling) to the beautiful town of Bath where we joined our buddy (and Photoshop World instructor) Glyn Dewis who was leading a photo walk there. Here’s a link to a blog post by Glyn about the walk in Bath, and my seminar the day before.

I’ll tell the rest of the story in the captionsâ¦
but I can tell you this  â” we were blessed with wonderful weather, a really interesting modified route, an un-expected visit to a beautiful cathedral, a really fun group of walkers who were up for anything, and a super-yummy wrap-up at Britain’s burger mecca “Bryon Burger.” Just a perfect weekend in one of my favorite places on the planet!

Above: We hit the streets. That’s Brad on the left, and Dave Clayton center making random hand gestures. It was very distracting. ;-)

http://youtu.be/WFIlMCCP5xc

Above: That’s a pretty random video clip from the walk, taken about the same time as the previous photo (video shot by Brad) and it gives you an idea of what the day was like. I blame Dave Clayton for all of this. 

Above: That’s us during our modified route (one of my walkers brought his son along — seen here right side — and he was just the cutest little boy you have ever seen. I imagine I’ll see lots of shots of him submitted for competition). 

Above: We walked through a beautiful area of London where most of London’s lawyer’s offices are located. Parts of it looked like it could be a movie set with its timeless architecture. 

Above: What would a photo walk be without a nice close-up of Brad’s Beard?

Above: This is our buddy Bryan (who is actually from Chicago and was in London on Business), in his most “I totally belong here” pose. 

 
Above: Waiting for the doors to open at Byron Burger. 

Above: And in we go for yummy burgers!  

Above: We arrived in Bath and it was a little rainy and overcast until the actual moment the Photo Walk started, and sure enough — the sky cleared and gave us a beautiful day in this historic city (you can see some of our walkers getting shots in this pic). 

Above: Glyn picked a gorgeous city for a walk. You can see the gray clouds leaving town as we start our walk along the river. 

Above: That’s our good friend, and walk leader Glyn Dewis holding a “mini-Glyn” one of the photo walkers gave him as a gift. More than one walker commented what a great voodoo doll that would make. ;-)

Above: That’s me using a really great, British-made tripod called the “3 Legged Thing” which I picked up while I was over there and fell in love with it. Very cleverly designed, lightweight and yet surprisingly sturdy and stable. Super diggin-it. 

Above: When I turned around from my tripod shot, here’s what I see. LOL!

Above: You’ve got to love that hat!! :)

Above: I spend most of my time on the photo walk talking to other walkers and enjoying the scenery (both of which I really love), but I did snap a few shots just for fun. 

Well folks, that’s a quick look at my London Photo Walk, and Glyn’s down in Bath. Loads of fun, lots of laughs, and a great time was had by all!

More Group Shots
I’m posting lots more group shots today in a gallery over on my Facebook page (here’s the link), so stop by and check out some of the great pics  folks have been sending in (I love seeing all these group shots — happy people around the world getting together to share something we all love — that just really puts a smile on a face and a song in my heart!).

The walk day may be over, but the contests for prizes have just begun
We have the local competitions for the best walk from your local group, and the big competition for the grand prize and runner up prizes; there’s my annual Honorable Mentions; the People’s Choice Award; and the Leader’s Competition shots as well, so there’s lots of fun still to come (hey, that’s rhymes!).

Cheers and best wishes to everybody who came together to make this a very special day!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. A big thanks to the 350+ photographers who came out the day before the walk to my “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar in London. What a wonderful crowd to present to (in an absolutely amazing, historic venue!). It had been 2-1/2 years since my last seminar in the UK, but I promise it won’t be that long before the next one. (photo above by Brad). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: At the top that’s my group in the RAF Cathedral, then Brad and I at Paddington Station getting ready to head to Bath. That’s a “shot of our group shot” on the back of my camera, and an iPhone pano of my walkers eating downstairs at the awesome Byron Burger near Covent Gardens.  

Hi and greetings to Worldwide Photo Walkers Around The World!!! :)

Even though I led a photo walk in London on Saturday, I’m already home. I didn’t get in until very early this morning and I’m just now shaking off the jet lag and getting to posting.

Had an amazing day Saturday, with me leading a walk in London, and then taking the train down to Bath to join a walk led by my friend Glyn Dewis (lots more on both of these tomorrow with plenty of photos).

I’d Love To See Your Group Shots
In the meantime if you took a group shot during your local walk, can you share the link here on the blog as a comment and tomorrow I’ll give a link where you can see them all (honestly, seeing all these group photos from around the world is one of the biggest highlights for me of the entire experience).

But for today, I just wanted to share a few group photos from around the world (these were posted on Twitter on Saturday), and thank everyone who participated around the world — everyone who donated to the Springs of Hope Orphanage, and all the wonderful sponsors who without whom we could never pull a worldwide event of this scale, off in the first place.

Hope you enjoy these group photos from walks in  some awesome locations around the world:

Above: Cairo, Egypt

Above: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida

Above: Braunschweig-Germany

Above: San Diego Carabobo, Venezuela

Above: Brugge, Belguim

Above: Portsmouth, UK

Above: During the Berlin, Germany walk

Above: Destin Harbor, Florida

Above: Cape Town Waterfront

Above: During the “Swedish Photo Crew’s” walk in Dubai, UAE

Above: Arlington, Virginia, USA

Above: Hiding from the rain in Breda, The Netherlands

Above: Delhi, India

Above: The Santiago, Chile walkers dining after the walk

Above: Fort Pierce, Florida

Above: La Colonia Tovar, Venezuela

Above: Battery Park City, New York, USA walk leader Lavonne Hall 

Above: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Above: Manila Binondolintrauros, Phillipines

Remember, if you took a group photo, post me a link to it here in the comments and tomorrow I’ll share a link we can all view them.

Thanks again for helping to make this such a remarkable day where so many new friends are made, so many wonderful pictures are taken, so yet a group of orphans lives are helped because of it. We walked with a purpose! :)

All my best,

-Scott

Whoo Hoo!!! It's Worldwide Photo Walk day!!!!

Greetings from one of my favorite cities in the world â” London, England where I’m hosting a local walk today as part of my 7th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk.

So excited to see images from walks all over the world today (the first walks, in Australian and New Zealand, have already wrapped up, so we’re off and walking!).

Here’s some “Day of Walk” stuff from my crew:

1. Check out the Flickr App for Sharing on the Walk

Check out Flickr's Mobile app and share pictures of your walk. Here's a video that will show you how to install and use the app: http://pardot.kelbymediagroup.com/e/39182/B-sZd3jlFhU/4m9n8/71366465. This app will allow you to upload all your pictures to one place and also share them on social media.

2. Join the Open Flickr Group

So that you can connect with photowalkers from all over the world, we would like to invite you to our Flickr Open Group page, where you can see images from photowalkers all over the world tomorrow! You can join that group here:http://pardot.kelbymediagroup.com/e/39182/groups-wwpw2014/4m9nd/71366465

3. #WWPW2014 is the Hashtag! 

As many of you already know, we are running a few social-media contests to highlight this event! On Twitter, follow @kelbyone and talk to us about photowalk using the hashtag #WWPW2014 for your chance to win prizes during the day of photowalk. We are also pinning our favorite #WWPW2014 pictures to our Pinterest board here:kel.by/wwpwpins

4. After The Walk

Once the walk is completed, we will email all of you so you're aware of how to upload the pictures for the walk competition.  That won't happen until Monday so you have some time to go through your pictures.

OK, I gotta run and go get ready to lead my London walk this morning. In the meantime, here's wishing you all beautiful weather, a safe fun walk, a chance to make new friends, and some of your best photos yet!

Cheers,

-Scott

It's here!!! Tomorrow in more than a thousand cities around the world my 7th Annual World Wide Photo Walk kicks off, and by tomorrow night nearly 20,000 photographers around the world will collectively have taken literally millions of photos as part of their local Photo Walks. How cool is that!!!!

If you haven't signed up for a walk yet: go here  right now â” find a walk near you and sign up free! (you can be walking with us tomorrow!).

If you're already signed up to walk, here are SEVEN LAST MINUTE PHOTO WALK TIPS to make your day a success:

(1) Walk Leaders: Make Sure You Watch my Leader's Video
If you're leading a Photo Walk, go to your Leader's Dashboard page on the Official Worldwide Photo Walk site and watch my video called my: "Top 10 (or so) Tips for Leading A Successful Photo Walk." There is some VERY important info in that video, so please make absolutely sure you watch it before your walk.

(2) Get a Group Shot Right at the Beginning
Somebody remember to take a group shot before you head out for your walk (it'll be much harder to corral everybody after the shoot, so get one right before you head out). Send some to me, and I'll post â˜em on my blog next week and over on our Google+ Event Page.

(3) This is The Gear I'm Taking on My Photo Walk
I'm walkin' light again this year. I'm going with a Canon 5D Mark III body with just one lens; a Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5 - f/6.3 XRDi lens. I'll be using a Black Rapid strap (a strap that goes across your body, rather than over your shoulder) and two Lexar 32GB 1000X cards (one SD and one Compact Flash).

(4) Don't Forget to Wear Really Comfortable Shoes
You'll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you wear shoes that make your feet happy. Don't forget sunscreen (or a raincoat, depending on the weather for your walk).

(5) Charge all your batteries tonight
Don't forget to charge your camera batteries, clean your lenses (and sensor), and make sure you've got an empty memory card and a back-up.

(6) Go read Dave Cross' "Photo Walk Ideas" article
If you're looking for some great ideas, give Dave's great article a quick read. Even though he wrote it back for my 2010 walk, it's a great article and it'll increase your chances for a killer shot! Here's the link.

(7) The Most Important Thing Is…: That you all stay safe
Look out for each other on the walk.
 Drink plenty of water beforehand and during the walk. Keep an eye on your gear at all times. Don't go into scary-looking areas, traipsing down deserted alleys, or anyplace that looks unsavory. Don't get distracted by shootingâ”you don't want to bump into, or trip over, anything. Get some great shots, and I'll see you back here on Monday for a recap of the event.

A special thanks to our wonderful sponsors who made all of this happen (especially our premier sponsor Canon who gave us some incredible prizes for the contest) and to all the photographers around the world who volunteered to lead walks.

My humble thanks to you all for being a part of his historic photography event. Can't wait to see your shots!!!!!! :-)

All my best,

-Scott

http://youtu.be/CAckPcKK76U

Hi gang: This weekend I got a chance to take two Canon 7D Mark IIs out for a real world field-test shooting two football games: On Saturday the Tennessee Vols vs. the Florida Gators, and on Sunday the New York Giants vs. the Atlanta Falcons at Met Life stadium in New Jersey. (Note: the two camera bodies I used were overnight loaners from Canon of pre-production demo units â” they are not the final shipping cameras â” so they’re not quite finished yet, but they’re far enough along that I could at least test them and give you, and Canon, feedback).

I’m posting some high resolution samples here (below), but make sure you watch the video above because we tackled all the important stuff you’d want to know about (of course, we talked a lot about high-ISO performance), plus we took loads of questions during the broadcast (I’m joined by RC Concepcion and Brad Moore in the studio). It’s really kind of “three guys sitting around talking about a camera” type of show and I show lots of my photos (not just sports stuff) taken with the 7D Mark II.

Above: Specs: Shot as JPEG image. 640 ISO. 1/1000 of a second at f/5.6. 560mm (400mm with a 1.4 tele-extender). If you click on this low-res preview, it will take you to the full high-resolution image you can download. I cropped-in a tiny bit to fix composition and I brightened the image 1/2 stop, but it’s still a bit under-exposed [I was shooting JPEG and used Exposure Compensation to overcome some highlight clipping I wouldn’t have even worried about if I had been shooting in Raw]. No sharpening, noise reduction, vibrance or any of that type of stuff in post. By the way, it’s killing me to post a non-sharpened image. Just sayin’.

We Covered a Ton!
We covered what worked, what I wish were different, and literally just minutes before we started taping a tech-rep at Canon called in and helped out by showing how to fix my #1 complaint about the camera for shooting sports (which we show how to address during the show above). I still had to whine about a few things (I hope Canon is listening), but I covered the stuff it did right as well. We really tried to cover all the questions we’d been hearing on social and here on the blog as best we could.

Above: Shot in JPEG mode (we explain why on the video). This one’s at 1,000 ISO at 1/1250 of a second. Same lens as above. Cropped in a bit. We also show a large print of this on the show. 

RC Totally Scores!
My favorite part of the broadcast comes around the 2/3 to 3/4 mark when RC absolutely nails why this camera is so important, and he really articulated what I’ve been trying to say about the 7D Mark II since the official announce. You’ll know when it happens because I literally high-fived him for stating it in a way I wish I had, because he really put it all on context.

Above: I used Auto ISO to shoot in the locker room before game time. That image you see above? That’s 16,000 ISO. Click on it to get the high-res version (no noise reduction in post â” and that was shot in JPEG mode). It’s shot at f/2.8 at 1/1000 of a second using a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. You definitely do see noise on the full res image (heck, you see noise on a 1Dx at 16,000 ISO), but I was still pretty amazed that a crop-sensor camera could get this kind of performance at 16,000 ISO. 

I’ll be around today to try and answer any questions we didn’t cover during the broadcast (if you’re going to ask about noise, please watch the video ’cause we covered it to death), so just leave me a comment here and I’ll do my best (Note: I just did a field test â” not an in-depth lab report, so if you ask me pixel-peeper style in-depth techie stuff I’m probably not the right guy to answer those, but I might be able to find someone at Canon who can answer those types of questions).

Above: I thought I should at least post one image actually taken at 100 ISO, so here ya go. This is uncropped, un-anything; shot in JPEG mode. Again, click on it to see the high-res version. 

Anyway, hope this helps, and here’s wishing you your best Tuesday yet!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. We’re only four days away from my 7th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk. If you haven’t registered to join the local walk in your city this Saturday, it’s not too late. Here’s the link. 

http://youtu.be/dW9-8kBcx1I

Hi Gang: Mia McCormick sits down with one of my all-time heroes of sports photography, the legend himself, Peter Read Miller for his impressions of the recently announced Canon 7D Mark II. If you got a sec, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Also, I shot two games this weekend using the 7D Mark II for my main and secondary bodies (weekend loaners from Canon — just early demo units — not the final shipping version), and I cannot wait to share some shots with you here tomorrow from the Vols/Gators and Falcons/Giants games, so make sure you stop back tomorrow for my field report.

Hope you guys have an fantastic Monday (I know, that’s an oxymoron) even if your team lost this weekend (all my teams lost. Ugh. But there’s still a faint hope for my Fantasy Team â” I’m in third place in our league).

Best,

-Scott

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