Posts By Scott Kelby

We're just five days away, and right now we have nearly 28,000 photographers signed-up for 1,300 local walks around the world this Saturday, Oct 13th. We are thrilled at the worldwide participation and sense of community this has created, and I can't wait for the local walk I’m leading on Saturday in Paris, France to get here (and to see the images from around the world).

If you haven't signed up for a Walk Yetâ¦.
It's not too late. Here's the linkâ”find a city near you, and sign up to be a part of your local walk.

Seven Tips for Walkers
Last year, 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 this weekend, take a moment to give these  a quick read: I promise it'll make a difference in your experience.

(1) Drink Plenty of Water
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 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 areaâ”-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 â˜what kind of stuff like they to shoot,' or â˜how they like their camera or a particular accessory,' or ask â˜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 startsâ”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 unsafeâ”stay with your groupâ”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 Facebook Page (here's the link) for more walking tips and also you can follow the official walk on Google+ (here’s the link) or on Twitter using the Hashtag #WWPW.

See you guys this weekend as we make photographic history!

It’s issue #11, and the cover story is from the wonderful Nicole Young and its all about shooting food with strobes to create the natural light look.

Above: Here’s this issue’s TOC (page wise, I think it’s our biggest one yet). 

Above: Here’s a glimpse at one of the two-page spreads in Nicole’s article on shooting food (look at the progress of the shadow from hard, well defined to soft on the bottom right. 

Above: Here’s a look at part of my Lighting Recipe column, which appears in each issue. This time we’re at a boxing/fitness gym doing a promo shoot using on-location flash. 

Hey, where’s the Android version?
I thought you guys were working on it? We are. Well, technically the company that writes the App software for our magazine is working on it, but it’s not ready yet. I know a lot of you are very anxious to get your hands on it, and obviously we can’t sell any issues to the Android tablet users until we launch on that platform, but we can’t launch it until it’s ready (the bugs are all worked out and functionality is there). Believe me, as soon as it’s ready, we’ll be screaming it from the rafters.

Above: Our “Behind the Lens” interview and insights come from the one and only Peter Hurley (we have an embedded video interview with Peter, so make sure you check it out. 

So, it’s available right now for the iPad so go grab your copy (just $2.99. Cheaper than a cup of coffee) at the App store.

 

I know it’s early in the season, but it’s never too early to start sharing those all-important de-motivational moments that speak to football photographers in a way that only moments of non-greatness can. I hope you enjoy this series I created with some of my most non-glorious moments.

Above: Commitment. It has three “m’s.” It’s sticking with it, even if you know it’s wrong. It’s following the running back without second-guessing. It’s going where the Quarterback leads. It’s what makes #6 in my series of De-Motivational Posters. 

Above: A lesson in sports photography or a lesson in life? Why can’t it be all three?

Above: I call it, “Courage.” If you take away the C and the e and the g, it’s oura. Creepy, right.”

Above: Remember, Focus is more than just a word â” it's a five-letter word. Think about it.)

Above: Imagine isn’t just a song. It’s a word, too. I created Number 3 in my series of de-motivational posters to inspire you to soar high to greater heights of towering highness up really high in the skyness.

 

Above: I created #4 in my series of de-motivational posters in hopes that it inspires you to inspire others about inspirational aspiration of inspiring impassioned inspiration and the perspiration that comes with not using deodorant.

I’m off to Los Angeles for my seminar Wednesday, so I’m out. I hope you have a totally motivating day of motivational motivationalness!

That’s right!!!! From our Guitar Raffle for Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya we raised a total of “$2,225.o0” for the orphanage!!! Seriously, how sweet is that!!!!!! :)

I’m thrilled that we were able to raise that much and very thankful to ALL of you for helping to feed, clothe, educate, and bless these wonderful children. You guys have come through once again!!!! :) :) :)

Also, once again our congratulations to raffle winner Henry Heerscap (your guitar should be on the way this week!).

http://youtu.be/q7bmcXUO_aA

..when it was out on the road (or if I didn’t come to your city or country)â¦.you can watch the entire seminar online, from start to finish, no matter where you are in the world.

You even get the same tour workbook (but in color no less), plus all freebies I gave out for attendees.

The full-day seminar is now available as a digital download (just like you'd buy a movie online to download to your computer), for just $49.

The short one-minute video above gives you the full scoop, or go to the download site: http://kelbytraining.com/product/light-it-shoot-it-retouch-it-live-download/

http://youtu.be/qUGnu0gXtn4

I know this isn’t about Photoshop or Photography, but everything doesn’t have to be about that, right? Great!

In that case, take a moment watch this short “Celebration of what it means to be a Princess today” with your daughter (you’ll be so glad you did). If she has a brother, you should have him watch it, too! :)

 

 

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