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I’m stunned, psyched, thrilled, and a half dozen other adjectives about how many cities around the world have signed up to have their own photowalk, and that thousands of people have already signed up to be a part of the walks in their area. This is just too cool!

Here’s some other stats:

  1. 48 States have PhotoWalks
  2. 43 Countries Around the World now have PhotoWalks
  3. 47 Cities are already completely full

Although we’re no longer accepting applications to lead walks for new cities, here’s a list of some new cities that were added since Friday, so take a look and see if there’s now one close to you:

  • San Antonio
  • Panama City, Panama
  • Souix Falls, South Dakota
  • Fresno, CA
  • Boston, North End (2nd walk)
  • Philadelphia, PA (2nd walk)
  • Setubal, Portugal
  • St. Charles, Missouri
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tom Price, Australia
  • Grand Haven, Michigan
  • Lubbock, Texas
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • CD Juarez, Mexico
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Guatemala
  • Cambridge, England
  • Nuerenburg, Germany
  • San Francisco, CA (walk #3)
  • Antwerp, Belgium
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Bogota, Columbia
  • Oulu, Finland
  • A Coru±a, Spain
  • Morristown, Tennessee

My thanks to everyone who volunteered to lead a photowalk in their city, and although we had to limit the number of cities that were awarded walks, we’re still humbled by how many people were willing to take their own time to connect with other photographers in their area. My sincere thanks to you all.

We’re less than two weeks away from the Saturday, August, 23rd walk date, and we’ll be coordinating this week with our confirmed city photowalk leaders, and nailing down some of the final details, so stay tuned.

If you haven’t signed up for a walk yet—there’s still time. Remember, it’s totally free and totally fun, and I hope you’ll join us for the history-making event (Click here for the final list of cities, and where to register to be a part of a walk near you).


Here’s some quick news about the August 23rd Worldwide PhotoWalk to celebrate the release of my new book, The Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers. (Preorder it now from Barnes & Noble or

  • Today is the final day to apply to be a Leader of a PhotoWalk for your city, and after today we won’t be adding any additional cities, so if you wanted to host one—-get right on it.
  • I just did an interview about the PhotoWalk with Shawn King of the popular YourMacLife radio show (Shawn and Photoshop World Instructor Lesa Snider are hosting the New York, Greenwich Village walk), and you can listen to it: click here
    (Note: Shawn asks me during the interview where in the world I would like to hold a photowalk if I could do one anywhere, and the answer I gave wound up revealing something very embarrassing about my past. Yikes!).
  • We now have more than 200 cities on board (I’ll release the final number of cities on Monday, as we’ll be approving the final group of cities this weekend).
  • We’ve added a number of cities this week, all around the world, including:
  1. Beijing, China
  2. White River Junction, Vermont
  3. Coney Island, New York
  4. Wellington, New Zealand
  5. Cape Town, South Africa
  6. Fredericksburg, Virginia
  7. Mount Dora, Florida
  8. Vienna, Austria
  9. Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  10. Austin, Texas
  11. Los Alamos, New Mexico
  12. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  13. Trondheim, Norway
  14. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  15. Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
  16. Tel-Aviv, Israel
  17. Lake Tahoe, North Shore

If you haven’t signed up to be a part of a walk, make sure you check the current list of cities (click here), and see if there’s one near you. Hope you’ll be able to join the thousands of photographers around the world who have already signed up to be a part of this history-making event! :)


Remember week before last, when I said there was a workshop coming up in California on how to shoot home interiors, and do you remember how I said I’d really like to take that class? Well, this weekend, I flew to LA and took it (along with my buddy Matt Kloskowski).

On Friday Matt and I spent the day with our buddy Marv, and then we spent the afternoon at Warner Brothers Studios on the set of NBC’s Chuck, where we hung out with our buddy, (the show’s photographer), NAPP member Mike Kubeisy. After we left the studio, we headed down to Venice Beach for our own three-man photowalk until the sun went down.

Saturday morning we were up early for the workshop, which was conducted in two brand new, beautiful, fully-furnished, professionally decorated homes in Santa Clarita (about 1 hr. outside LA), and the instructors (well known interior and architectural photographers Thomas Grubba, and Scott Hargis), were just absolutely terrific.

There were 20 students in the class, including Matt and Myself, and in the morning they talked about camera and flash techniques (they use Nikon SB-800 wireless flashes), and then we broke into groups (10 to a house—five people shooting upstairs in groups of two, and five downstairs in each house), and they showed us exactly how they’d light each room.

After spending the first part of the morning arming the class with interior shooting techniques, they cut us loose to actually start lighting the rooms from scratch. Once you got a room lit, and got the flow going, one of the instructors would come in, see how you’re doing, help you tweak your set-up, critique your shots, and generally make sure you’re “getting it.”

They had a catered lunch served in one of the houses, and after lunch when Matt and I were switching houses (you shoot in both houses during the workshop), we both commented that we had already gotten our money’s worth. After reflecting later in the day, we agreed that we had gotten our money’s worth in the first hour. It was that good.

Thomas and Scott are the real deal—guys who are out there doing this for a living day in and day out, yet, they openly shared everything from techniques, to business advice, and they were friendly, engaged, and very attentive to their students questions the whole day (they worked us hard—we were all beat by the end of the day).

If you’re into this type of shooting, I highly recommend their workshop (it’s honestly under priced for what you get, at $225). Here’s where to find out more about their workshops, and their flickr group. Thanks Thomas and Scott for producing such a first-class workshop. We had a blast! :-)


Just a quick update on our August 23rd Worldwide Photowalk:

  • A number of cities are already completely full for their walks, and we’ve had a number of cities now with multiple walks (like New York, with three walks), so if you’re thinking of going to a walk near you, don’t wait to sign up, because once it’s full—it’s full.
  • We’re now up to 171 cities worldwide, but this coming Friday we’re going to have to stop adding new cities, so if you want to apply to lead a walk in your city, register right here right way. Here’s a look at some of the new cities just added:
  • Montpelier, Vermont (USA)
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Tarpon Springs, Florida (USA)
  • Kiev, (Ukraine)
  • Johannesburg, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Thousand Oaks, California, USA
  • San Diego, California, USA
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Sugarland, Texas, USA
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Gainesville, Florida
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Juneau, Alaska
  • Paris, France
  • S£o Paulo, Brazil
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Rome, Italy
  • Spokane, Washington, USA
  • Bilbao / Getxo, Spain
  • Lansing, Michigan, USA
  • Don’t know if you caught this last week, but Worldwide PhotoWalk official sponsor Adobe Systems graciously added 10 copies of Lightroom 2 as part of our photo contest, so 10-runner’s up for the grand prize will now get a great prize, too. Thanks Adobe!
  • Keep an eye on Jeff Revell’s “Photowalk Pro” Web site (they’re an official sponsor of the walk as well), as he’s been giving out great advice to photo walk leaders, and participants on how to get the most of their walks (By the way; Jeff is leading two walks that day, one in the morning; one in the afternoon, and they’re both already full).

That’s it for this update. Thanks for everybody who has come on to lead a walk in their city, and to everyone who’ll be joining us for the walk. It’s going to be an amazing day!


Since we launched my World Wide Photowalk on Monday, things have been just crazy. We thought it would be popular, but honestly we were unprepared for the avalanche of interest, sign-ups, and people who want to lead Photo Walks in their cities around the world.

We were also flooded with questions, so I thought I’d do a quick Q&A to answer some of the most common questions.

Q. Are more cities being added?
A. Absolutely—so far there are 33 cities, but new ones are being added daily (just yesterday we added Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, and Cincinnati (led by none other than David Ziser himself), along with Manila in the Philippines, Ybor City (Tampa), and Malmo, Sweden, among others.

Q. Are there are lot of cities pending approval?
A. Oh yeah—about 108 more cities so far. We had to add a little more automation to the “becoming a leader” process, and by tomorrow we expect that 40 or 50 of those will be awarded a Photo Walk city, and added to the list shortly thereafter.

Q. Will some big cities have more than walk the same day?
A. Yup. When you see a listed city that’s followed by a name in parenthesis, that usually means there are multiple walks in different areas of the city. For example; New York City (Chinatown). They’ll be other New York locations as well.

Q. Are walks starting to fill up yet?
A. A number of cities are already completely full, and registration is now closed (unless someone else can lead an additional walk in that city).

Q. Have you added any more prizes to the photo contest part?



That’s it. One day. Well, two if you count today, but I wasn’t counting today. Technically, you if you forget to sign up today, at least you’ll still be able to save that hundred bucks if you register tomorrow, but after that—you’re hosed (well, for an extra hundred bucks, anyway). Can you tell I wrote this while I was really, really tired?

So, save a hundred clams and sign up right now (It’s Vegas, baby! You gotta be there!): Here’s the link.