Friday
Nov
2011
11

This Year’s Photo Walkers Raised $7,000 for the Orphanage in Kenya (Yay!), But With Your Help We Can Make it $10,000

by Scott Kelby  |  12 Comments

Hi Gang:
I have really good news, and even better news. First, the good news:

(1) Through sales of the official Worldwide Photo Walk t-shirts, this year once again we raised just over $7,000 for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. How cool is that!!!! Now, the even better news:

(2) We’re not done. Rob Jones, of Towner Jones Photography (the wonderful, big-hearted guy who coordinates our whole t-shirt store) really wants us to hit our goal of raising $10,000 for the children this year, and here’s his plan:

For every Official Worldwide Photo Walk t-shirt you buy before the end of November, Rob (and Towner Jones Photography) will kick in an ADDITIONAL $5 per shirt to the Orphanage. You have to love a guy with that kind of heart and compassion (Rob, you SO rock!!!!!).

Here’s the link to the Official t-shirt store.

If you participated in a walk this year, I hope you’ll consider buying a shirt (or two) to help feed and cloth these wonderful kids (which is an on-going struggle for this small orphanage). Your donation helps more than you know (plus, you get a cool shirt besides). :)

If you already have the t-shirt, or just want to make a Direct Donation to the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage, click right here (and know at that moment that you’re about to do something that really, really makes a difference in the life of a child).

Thanks to everyone who already bought a shirt, and to everyone who will graciously help and buy one today, and a big thanks and hug to Rob Jones who year after year has dedicated himself to this project, with both his time, talents, and generous donations.

P.S. I’ll be posting the winners of the Photo Walk LEADER CONTEST by 12:00 PM Noon EST today!

Friday
Nov
2011
11

Just In: Amazon’s Editors Pick Matt Kloskowski’s Photoshop Compositing Book as One of Their “Best Books of 2011″

by Scott Kelby  |  19 Comments

I’ve been saying all year that Matt Kloskowski’s book, Photoshop Compositing Secrets” (link) is the best Photoshop book of the year, but Amazon.com’s Editor’s thought it was even better than that, naming it one of their Best Books of 2011  for the entire Arts & Photography category (link). How cool is that!!!

Congrats to Matt for truly hitting one out of the park (and for also being one of their picks in their Top-10 Kindle Books for 2011, too!).

Matt, we are all so proud of you!!! What an amazing year you are having and it couldn’t happen to a more genuine, hard-working, and fun guy who does all of this for all the right reasons. Congrats!!!

 

Friday
Nov
2011
11

A Day To Honor Our Military Veterans

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

Today is Veterans Day in the US, and I wanted to take a moment to honor and thank the men and women who have served in our country’s military, and who fought to defend the very freedoms we enjoy today. America owes you a debt of gratitude for your service and sacrifice, and I just wanted to join in with a heartfelt thanks.

Thursday
Nov
2011
10

It’s Pimpy Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  11 Comments

Brad Moore here with the latest news. Here we go:

Jeremy Cowart’s LifeFinder Tour
Jeremy Cowart is hitting the road for a few weeks, bringing his LifeFinder seminar to a city near you. For $179, you’ll get an 8-hour day with Jeremy, plus his LifeFinder DVD, and you can bring someone who needs it most! Dates are below, and you can find all the info at JeremyCowart.com/blog

11.28 – Los Angeles
11.30 – Dallas
12.02 – Seattle
12.05 – New York City
12.07 – Chicago
12.13 – Nashville
12.17 – Atlanta

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live!
Scott is bringing his hugely popular tour to San Francisco on November 14, and Seattle on November 21! Get all the info over at KelbyTraining.com, sign up and come see us! :)

KelbyTraining.com
Two new classes up on KelbyTraining.com this week! Bill Fortney is back with Close-Up: Continuing in Macro Photography. And Dave Black’s Painting with Light: A Unique Approach takes you into the world of light painting!

11-11-11 Sale from Kelby Training and NAPP
Tomorrow is 11-11-11 and we’re having a sale with, yep – you guessed it – 11% off a whole bunch of stuff including books, DVDs and bundles. All the Photoshop World items are also 11% off and that means your registration and any pre-cons or other add-ons. If you join NAPP on 11-11-11, you get 11 weeks free, and you can register to win one of eleven $25 Apple gift cards!  Is that elevenly enough?

The Grid
If you missed yesterday’s episode of The Grid, you missed a show filled with passion, cyanotypes, and marination! The topic was Are The Classic Masters of Photography Relevant to Today’s Young Photographers? and I think we had a record number of comments. Keep an eye out this afternoon over at KelbyTV.com for Episode 31 of The Grid!

That’s all the pimpy for today. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Nov
2011
09

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brooks Potteiger!

by Brad Moore  |  20 Comments

“What type of photography do you do?” This seems to be the first question most people ask when they discover you are somewhat competent with the camera. I still don’t have a clear answer to this question. However, during a trip to Guatemala two years ago I quickly realized that travel/mission-oriented photography captivated me the most. It was the first time since I started doing photography that I was able to get out of the bubble that is America. Being in such humble, yet beautiful, conditions really showed me the power that this medium possessed.

Last year I had the chance to visit Haiti about 5 months after the quake. I went there to do make some images for Mission of Hope Haiti. MOH Haiti is an amazing organization that does so much that it’s difficult to know where to begin. For starters, on their grounds alone they have an orphanage, a school, a church, and a prosthetics lab. So many lives have been impacted and even saved by them. The mission is also so well run that they were more equipped than almost anyone else in the nation for the earthquake. In fact, they served more meals to people in the first week than the UN. It’s pretty unreal. To hear the doctors speak about the quake was chilling. They said the first victim arrived within 10 minutes, and that began a 36 hour marathon of emergency surgeries.

Also, the fact that they had a prosthetic lab was an absolute God send, in every sense of the word. They have a doctor who specializes in prosthetics come almost weekly to serve the people who need artificial limbs. I was allowed to ride along to drop some of the patients off at their homes on one occasion. Here are some images from that:


The entrance to one of the tent communities that housed a few of the patients


A sister comes home after getting fitted for a prosthetic


Several more kind folks


A man getting fitted back at the mission

The thing that struck me about the people was their real joy, despite their loss. They were so eager to love and to be hospital. It started to drizzle while I was there and I heard a woman calling to me in Creole. I went over to her and she took my camera and put it in a plastic bag to protect it. This is the heart of the people.

On another day we were taking a walk through a neighboring village. Because my guide had a good relationship with them, several of the people allowed me to make portraits of them.


A little girl and her puppy


A worker who is helping to rebuild


A kind older gentleman


One day we took the orphans from the mission to the beach. Here is a little girl experiencing the shore, maybe for the first time

Something about Haiti that I did not anticipate was the beauty…oh the beauty. We often hear of the poverty or the despair, and while that is a reality for many people there, there is an incredible amount of beauty as well.


The view from Mission of Hope Haiti

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