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First, did you catch that “First Annual” up in the headline? Yeah, baby!!!! We had such a great response, and so many people asking about it, and we’ve already decided to make it an annual event. :)

But before I tell you what a blast I had with my own local photowalk, here are some excerpts from comments posted on my blog on Saturday:

  • We here in Sydney [Australia] finished our photo walk over 12 hours ago and it was a blast.
  • Just got back from leading my group in Fredericksburg, Virginia. An honor to be associated with this event. I had all levels of photographers, from Pro to casual shooter. What a great group of people and sincerely enjoyed their company!
  • I also finished my photowalk quite some time ago down here in Amsterdam. We absolutely had a blast.
  • We had a great time here in London. Let's have another one next year⦠or next month⦠or better still, next week!
  • Hi Scott! I just got home from leading the Baltimore Photowalk and couldn't have asked for a better morning. Everyone was amazing and things went perfectly.
  • Checking in from the Malm¶, Sweden photowalk here: We had a blast! Unfortunately, it rained cats & dogs the whole time. Still, around half of the fifty or so bravely showed up and not one single person whined :-). It was really fun!
  • Great morning in Bostonâ¦the sun was a bit bright but couldn't have asked for a more pleasant morningâ¦The North End in Boston is a shooters dream.
  • We had great weather on our photowalk in northern Spain, Bilbao/Getxo. I think all of us enjoyed it to know others with the same hobby.
  • The weather was perfect and the shooters had fun and created some great pictures. I think everyone enjoyed being together. We all began as strangers and finished making new relationships and spending four enjoyable hours together.
  • Portugal's Porto Photowalk was great. 30+ people showed up and everyone was very kind and willing to share their experiences and expectations.
  • I don't know about the rest of the world but Vancouver BC Canada was⦠OUTSTANDING!!!
  • Ohhhhh, what a great day! The walk in Charlottesville, VA was a dream.
  • The photo walk I attended today was awesome in Fresno, CA. Met a lot of great people and the area we walked even had nice music playing.
  • I led the walk in Sioux Falls, SD. We had a very diverse group and I had a great time. Can't wait to see the photos on the Flickr site.
  • I was on the Detroit Photowalk and I think everyone had a great time. I certainly did.
  • San Diego was good. Great people and a lot of great photo opportunities.
  • The Cincinnati, Ohio Walk was a blast. David Ziser chose a pretty good route (long but fun) ending at a great place to eat (the Guinness on tap hit the spot after the walk).
  • I still can't believe there was so many photographers all over the world having such a good time shooting pictures! A truly historic moment in photography.
  • NYC Chinatown was AWESOME! Great job team lead Alessandro and thanks for an excellent day!
  • Great time in Boston and the weather was fabulous.
  • WOWWWWWoooo WWweeeee! What a great time we had here in Koloa, Kauai Hawaii. We had a wonderful bunch of people that wanted to shoot, no one really cared on the experience level, I was just like "Let go have some fun".
  • I think a good time was had by all in Portland, Maine. I know I had fun!
  • Greetings from Sacramento! Diana and I had a great group, great weather and a steam engine huffing and puffing and rolling around in Old Sacramento. Fun, photos and conversations were plentiful.
  • Greetings from Chicago!! Our Michigan Avenue walk was awesomeâ¦I am so psyched!!
  • We finished the Penang, Malaysia walk about 12 hours ago. Went off with out a hitch and we all had a blast and made a lot of new friends. Can't wait to do it again!
  • Just got home from the evening walk with Jeff Revell in Alexandria, VA. What a blast.
  • What a GREAT event. Met lots of new and interesting people. Had fun â” got great shots – can wait to run them through Lightroom.
  • â˜Twas greatâ¦..woo hoo. I will definitely join more photo walks.
  • My two friends and I had a great time on ours in St. Charles Missouri. We look forward to participating in another soon.
  • We had a great time in Cedar Rapids, IA on our photowalk this morning and getting together for lunch afterward was the icing on the cake.
  • The Denver(Golden) one was awesome! Met a few fellow NAPP'ers, made some new friends and in general met what appears to be a really fun group of people.
  • This is Paulo Jordao (Worldwide Photowalk Leader – Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
    What a great Photowalk we had here. We had 65 Photowalkers and I couldn't believe what a great group.
  • We had a great photo walk yesterday and thanks to you Scott i get to meet lot of talented photographers from my city Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • I was in the Greenville, South Carolina photo shoot and it was locally well planned and orchestrated as well.
  • This was the first time my husband and I had ever done any type of photowalk. The Cary, North Carolina walk was fantastic & the weather was perfect! The people were great and everyone seemed to have an amazing time. Thanks!
  • We had a BLAST at the Denver (Golden), Colorado walk. What a great bunch of people!
  • We had a nice Photowalk here in Hamburg, Germany. Even though the weather was a bit rainy but hey no whining, am I right? You made thousands of strangers worldwide come together, share their passion and have a great time.
  • We had a great walk in Jakarta. It was such a great day, and photographers are the greatest people to hang out with!!
  • Hola From Panama! We had a great photowalk too there was no sun (no rain) but who cares no whining here!
  • We had an great morning walk in Portsmouth New Hampshire. Our group leader Ron lead us on an interesting route. The weather was fantastic and we all had a great time.
  • Yesterday in Amsterdam was great! I never walked in that part of the city before and was able to make some nice photo's.
  • Photowalk was a great one here in Bahamas.
  • We had a great time walking in Portland, OR. Laurie Excell did a great job with our route, and I got some rockin' photos!
  • I was on Dan Ablans "Michigan Avenue" walk in Chicago. Dan did a really great job and meeting all these people was just fantastic.
  • Went on the photo walk in Ventura, California last night. Chris Pettit had it well organized and everyone I heard from really enjoyed it.
  • I got to go on Nasim Mansurov's Boulder, Colorado walk. I had a great time meeting a bunch of other really talented photographers and learned a bunch without even realizing it.
  • Participated in the Victoria BC event. Got to meet some nice people, and learned some new tricks, just as I had hoped. I was amazed that I was even able to share some of my own miniscule knowledge.
  • Did the Chinatown, NYC walk and had a great time, met great people and learned a lot.

Besides those comments, I’ve gotten dozens of personal emails from participants and leaders around the world, and I’m just so grateful to everyone who joined in to create something really special, and really fun.

My PhotoWalk in Dunedin, Florida.
When I got there, about 30 minutes early, it was beautiful. Then about 10 minutes before the walk started, it starting pouring rain. Then, right at starting time, it was like somebody flipped a switch—the rain stopped for precisely two hours. When our walk was over, we sat down in the restaurant, and then the rain restarted. I just smiled. :)

OK, here are some ‘behind the scenes’ photos from my walk:

When the rain came before my walk, we all ducked under this nearby Gazebo, but by starting time, it had cleared and off we went! (photo by RC).


My good buddy RC came as a “Guest Walker” and here he is, outside my car, when it first started pouring. RC’s always prepared. (photo of RC).


Part of my group, as seen from the Harbor Master’s 2nd floor office.


Hitting downtown Dunedin (pron. Done-eed-in).


RC “McNally” Giottos BridgeHome (his full name) is pretty dangerous with that SB-800. If only he had remembered batteries.


Hey, no Chimpin’ during the walk.


After the walk, we chilled out at “Sea Sea Riders” Key-West style restaurant. It was totally yummy, and there was enough of us that we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.


Having lunch with some new friends at Sea Sea’s. (photo by RC’s and his flash).


After my walk (and my NFL Fantasy Football Draft), I went to RC’s walk for a little while (he held his in downtown Clearwater, Florida). I met some great folks there, too.


I ended the day by stopping by Rod Harlan’s Safety Harbor, Florida shoot. It was pouring rain when I got there too, and as luck would have it, Rod choose his meet-up starting point as a Gazebo in a park downtown.


Rod admonishing me for taking his photo during his opening comments. I sprayed him with pepper spray just moments after this was taken. ;-)

Tomorrow, I hope to have a short video to post, taken during my PhotoWalk, to give you an idea of what it’s really like, but I can tell you this; we had an awful lot of fun—I met some really great people—I didn’t get a single shot worth a darn, but I sure saw some of my photowalkers who did great some great stuff!

Lots more to report tomorrow, so stay tuned. :)


Just one more day to the history-making Worldwide PhotoWalk, and I am just totally excited!!! We now have nearly 8,000 people signed up for the walk, and we’re working hard to help our leaders make the most of their walks.

My Gear for the Walk
I’ve had a few questions about what equipment I’ll be taking for my walk, and I thought I go ahead and answer it here.

For my walk (in Dunedin, Florida), I’m taking my Nikon D300 with just one lens; my 18-200mm VR f/3.5-5.6 lens. The reason I’m taking my D300 (rather than my D3 or D700) is because I just want to use one lightweight lens the whole time, that gives me both wide angle, portrait, and a long zoom in one. If I use that lens on the D700 or D3, it will crop my image down to 5-megapixels. My dream is that Nikon would come out with a 18-200mm VR f/4 FX format lens, so then I would take my D700 or D3, but until that dream comes true (and I’m not sure it will any soon), I’m just travelin’ light.

The Two Most Important Rules For Tomorrow:

(1) The walk is for fun. It’s for meeting other photographers in your area and having fun. That’s it. The contest is just for fun, too, so don’t take any of this too seriously. It’s a social event—not a cut-throat competition, so keep smiling and let’s enjoy our time together.

(2) There’s absolutely no whining. If you get the restaurant and can’t find a seat—-you can’t whine. If it rains on your PhotoWalk—resist the urge to whine (your leader has a back-up plan). If someone steals your shot—don’t whine. Just don’t whine in general. Just have fun. If you come across a situation where you really, really want to whine, refer to rule one. Also, there’s no whining about not being able to whine.

Be A Good Walker
Most of the cities have lots of walkers, so you’re probably going to wind up in some crowded situations (just imagine 50 photographers all walking down a single sidewalk). Be patient. Be really courteous to other walkers, and to anyone you meet during the walk. Be respectful. If someone you see on your walk doesn’t want you to shoot them, don’t. Be nice to your city’s walk leader. Believe me, it’s more work than you’d imagine, and they have really been working hard to make their walks a success for you (I’m really impressed with how involved and enthusiastic the walk leaders have been).

You’ll Be Surrounded By Potential New Friends
We’re all in this together, and there’s no easier place to make new friends than a PhotoWalk. You can just walk up to anybody there and say, “So, what kind of stuff do usually shoot?” or “How do you like that camera” (or lens, or camera bag, or filter, or whatever?), and instantly you’ve got a conversation going. This is really what makes these PhotoWalks special. You’re out there sharing a couple of hours with a bunch of people who are just like you—wanting to meet other photographers. If not, they wouldn’t have signed up to be part of the group (they could just walk that same route all by themselves on any given day). Take the initiative. Extend a hand, or a warm smile. You’re among friends.

Another Cool Prize: (the photo lab Matt, Dave and I use exclusively), has thrown in another very cool prize for our 10 Runner’s Up; they will create a beautiful 20″x30″ poster-sized print for each winner of their winning runner’s up image. My thanks for for taking it up a big notch!

A Word of Thanks
I’m just so grateful to all the leaders around the world who have come together to do something really special, and just want to give my most sincere and heartfelt thanks to them for being willing to organize a walk for their city. Also, thanks to everyone who is participating, and to those taking the plunge to try something new. I think you’re going to have a surprisingly rewarding experience.

Also, I want to thank the walk’s sponsors; Peachpit Press, Adobe Systems, MPIX,, Wacom, Epson, B&H Photo, and CDW. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Let’s Do It!
Charge your batteries! Format your Memory Cards! Clean Your Lens! Blah, blah, blah, etc. Everybody, have a safe, fun walk and I hope you get some amazing photos!

All my best,



Well gang, it’s almost here and I’m psyched!!!! This Saturday, August 23rd, more than 6,500 photographers will gather together to be a part of my Worldwide PhotoWalk, and I am just stunned, amazed, and absolutely thrilled that so many people have come on board to share in this experience. (Photo above by Jeff Revell).

This is a great opportunity to meet other like-minded photographers in your area, and just spend a fun couple of hours taking photos and making new friends. If you want to join us—there’s still time. You can sign up for a walk in a city near you by clicking this link to check and see if your city is hosting a walk, and if it is, you can sign up to join us (it’s free!).

Plus, you might just win something very cool. The leader in each city around the globe will be picking “the best shot of the day” for their city, and that person will win a copy of my update to the world’s best-selling book on Lightroom, “The Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers.” (Of course, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if you went ahead and bought the book now. Here’s the link to it on: and Barnes &

Then, I’ll be choosing 10 runner’s up who’ll each win a copy of Lightroom 2 (courtesy of our friends at Adobe Systems), and lastly I’ll choose one photo to be our Grand Prize winner. That individual will win nearly $5,000 in prizes, including a Full Adobe Creative Suite, a $500 B&H Photo Gift Certificate, 2 full conference passes to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, the new Lightoom 2, and more! (Note: you do not have to join the photo competition to be a part of the walk—that’s totally up to you. If you just want to join us, shoot, and have fun—that’s really what the walk is all about).

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this history-making event—come and join us this Saturday, for lots of fun and some great shooting opportunities with other photographers from your area.


Three workshops in one week is a lot for even me; I took that architectural shooting workshop last weekend, then I taught that sports shooting workshop on Tuesday for the Chicago Bears, and then this past weekend my buddy Terry White and I took a weekend workshop with well known Detroit-area photographer and instructor Mary DuPrie.

My buddy Dave Moser had given me one of Mary’s excellent DVDs last year for my birthday (it was a DVD for photographers on how to work with and pose models), so when Terry told me about her workshop, I was already very familiar with her work, and signed on right away (she only allows four photographers per workshop, which gives you lots of personal one-on-one instruction).

The workshop started with a Friday night “meet and greet” with Mary, her assistant Chris, Tammy the make-up artist, and the other photographers (Blake and David). Mary’s large natural-light studio is ideal for a workshop like this, and besides having just about every prop and background known to man (I told her it was like shooting in a Pier One store), she also had about every style of strobe, softbox, and accessory, too, so everything you’d want was just an arms-length away the whole weekend.

The next morning we got right to work. While the make-up artist was getting our professional model ready, Mary started the day with a session on how to work