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Be the envy of your fellow walkers when you show up to the walk sporting your stylish, official Worldwide Photo Walk T-shirt.

Not only will you look particularly snazzy, you’ll have done something bigger than just showing up your fellow walkers — because 100% of the profits from the sale of these t-shirts goes directly to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya to feed, clothe and care for 31 very awesome kids.

But it’s not just t-shirts. It might be chilly in some parts of the world. That’s why we have…

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Sweat Shirts (in White and Ash Gray), long sleeve t-shirts, and even Hoodies (in White, and Heather Gray). They all look awesome, and you will, too (both inside and out). :)

NOTE: A special thanks to Rob Jones at Towner Jones Photography for hosting our t-shirt store each year. Rob is the man!

But what if I don’t want a t-shirt?
You can still help. You can donate directly to the orphanage by giving $1 (if each photo walker gave just $1 we would hit our goal no problem), $5, $10 — really as much as you want to give. They have huge needs at the orphanage, and they need our support (right now, they need a small bus to transport the kids to school, and we’re going to help).

Here’s the link to donate — do it right now (btw: you will feel awesome if you do this!)

So, what is Springs of Hope Kenya? 
Watch this short video from Molly Waits and the kids themselves. Just watching this will help.

https://youtu.be/umfLabd40Po

Think of how much we all spend on gear…
…and then think how little it would take for each one of us photographers to give some hope, food and a future for these deserving kids. Please give anything you can. Even just one dollar makes a difference. It matters.

Thanks everybody for opening your hearts to this orphanage. Since 2009 we’ve raised more than $100,000 for the orphanage and this year, they’ve got some really big needs — please join with us in helping them. This is the stuff we are called to do.

Have a great weekend everybody and….order those shirts! :)

Best,

-Scott

 

 

 

 

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7 Photoshop Techniques Every Lightroom User Needs to Know with Scott Kelby
Photoshop is an invaluable tool for all Lightroom users, and in this class Scott Kelby teaches you the most important Photoshop techniques you’ll need to know to get the most out of it. Starting off with the basics of moving between Lightroom and Photoshop, Scott moves on to covering the fundamentals of working with selections and layers, and then builds up from there using various projects to demonstrate how it all comes together. Through the class you’ll learn how to remove distractions, how to blend layers with layer masks, how to work with high contrast images, the fundamentals of portrait retouching, how to get started with compositing, and how to deal with all kinds of problems you might encounter in your photographs. By the end of the class you’ll realize that Photoshop is not that hard when you focus on just the techniques you can’t do inside of Lightroom.

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For those who may not know me, allow me to share a bit about myself. I’m the Executive Director of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), this country’s leading trade association representing independent photographers working across commercial and editorial genres. I’m also an internationally known visual journalist with extensive print, broadcast, and online journalism experience, including positions as Managing Editor for Multimedia at The Washington Post, and Director of Photography at the National Geographic Society. Along the way, I have created, directed, and edited visual journalism projects that have earned Pulitzer Prizes, as well as EMMY, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards.

Today I want to discuss an important topic that photographers deal with every day… copyright infringements. We at ASMP have been working together with other organizations to come up with a viable solution to help photographers with this issue.

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Why A Small Claims Solution Must Become Law
To effectively address copyright infringements in the digital age, we must start by acknowledging the realities of our economy and legal system, as they exist today. It is not a stretch to say under current copyright law, professional photographers all too often have rights, but no remedies, when it comes to dealing with copyright infringements.

While the digital age has provided us with amazing tools and new opportunities to create, market, produce and distribute imagery to a global marketplace, it has also opened up a Pandora’s box when it comes to the challenge of enforcing copyright holder protections for photographers and other visual creators, as small business owners.

Professional photographers are finding it very difficult to maintain control of their work in a world when images travel across the globe in an instant upon release into the digital marketplace. The ability to earn a living depends on the ability to license work and maintain the integrity of that process through the life of an image. Today, an image may “go viral” after initial publication and licensing, immediately being downloaded and re-posted repeatedly, but traveling instantaneously and globally without accompanying metadata that details appropriate credit and licensing terms. Because this information is disassociated after first publication, those web publishers seeking to license images legitimately may not be able to locate the rights holder or ascertain the appropriate licensing terms. Further, compounding the problem, we live in a world when more than one generation has been raised with the idea that access to Internet content, including images, should be free and completely unfettered. All undermines the idea of licensing as a means to securing a livelihood from originally created images.

Infringements have proliferated and it is now possible for a single popular image to generate hundreds, if not thousands, of infringements on websites all across the Internet. Responding with takedown requests under terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act translates into a giant game of “Whack a Mole” that photographers cannot possibly play successfully. Many of our ASMP members experience the futility of takedown notices as an enforcement vehicle when infringements resurface on the same websites within minutes of a takedown order being carried out.

Currently, the only other recourse is to pursue infringement resolutions in Federal Court but that too is a highly problematic solution. For starters, most attorneys will not bring such a case forward unless the initial value of the infringements is at least $30,000.00 according to a recent ABA study. Secondly, the cost of litigating such cases can be prohibitive for visual creators, in terms of both time and money. A recent estimate put the average cost to pursue an infringement case in Federal Court at about $350,000.00 in legal fees. That is a cost few can bear, particularly when available statutory damage resolutions may not even rise to that level.

Since most visual creators are individual small business owners, they lack the time and resources to face off against deep-pocketed infringers who may hope to exhaust time, money, and resolve by extending cases through complication and delay in Federal Court.

These factors all make the current system untenable for photographers, graphic artists, and other individual visual creators seeking the protections promised under the Constitution to copyright holders for their intellectual property.

To address this issue head-on, American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) has been working for several years with other organizations representing visual creators to get Congress to create a small claims tribunal as alternative to Federal Court to resolve infringements. Earlier this year, Michael Klipper, ASMP’s outside counsel for advocacy, authored a white paper making the case for this solution, working in conjunction with American Photographic Artists (APA), Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA), Graphic Artists Guild (GAG), Nature Photographers of North America (NANPA), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Together, we have pursued conversations with the U.S. Copyright Office to support their report issued in 2013 that made a persuasive argument for the idea, and we have been talking with House Judiciary Committee Members who have legislative jurisdiction over intellectual property matters.

The years of persistence engagement have now borne fruit with the introduction of H.R. 5757 “Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2016”, a bill introduced by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to authorize establishment of a small claims board within the U.S. Copyright Office to resolve infringement disputes.

We are also anticipating introduction of another version by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) after the August recess, and we welcome these developments as an important next step in process we hope leads to much needed relief for photographers, videographers, graphic designers, illustrators, other visual artists, and their licensing representatives.

We are certainly grateful for these Members’ interest, and their willingness to push for legislation that would provide fair remedies for visual creators while also ensuring that the copyright system continues to strike a fair balance between the interests of consumers and creators, an idea embodied in U.S. copyright law from the founding of our republic.

From ASMP’s perspective, the key provisions of the H.R. 5757 are these:

  • Creates a Board within the Copyright Office to hear claims that do not exceed $30,000, with adjudicators with experience in copyright law and alternative dispute resolution.
  • Provides a less formal, streamlined process where legal representation is optional, where proceedings are conducted via video and the parties need not appear in person at the Copyright Office.
  • In order to satisfy constitutional norms, allows defendants upon receiving notice, to opt out within a certain time frame and choose federal court instead.
  • Enables the court to not only decide copyright infringement cases, but contractual issues related to the infringement.
  • Empowers the Board to award actual damages, profits, or limited statutory damages.
  • Allows defendants to raise all defenses available in federal court, including fair use.

During the forthcoming legislative process, ASMP will urge Congress to adopt additional provisions that ASMP believes are necessary to the overall success of any small claims process. For example, under H.R. 5757, a photographer or other claimant who is confronted with an uncooperative defendant who refuses to abide by a decision of the Small Claims Board must go the federal court in the District of Columbia to enforce that decision. This is a major problem for small copyright claimants who live outside the District of Columbia and would be forced to appear and/or retain local counsel to seek enforcement of such a decision. We believe it is imperative that any forthcoming bill must provide that such enforcement actions must not be so limited and should be able to be brought in federal courts more convenient to the claimants.

ASMP looks forward to working with Representatives Jeffries, Marino, and Chu as Congress goes about the critical task of ensuring that the creative works of photographers, illustrators, graphic designers and other visual artists are appropriately protected so that they are incentivized to continue producing works that change how people see their world.

If you’d like more information about this topic and would like to find out what you can do to help, please take a minute to read through this Open Letter To 2016 Political Candidates.

To find out more about ASMP, please visit ASMP.org, and you can follow Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Howdy, everybody. I’ve got a pretty cool Photoshop tutorial for ya, but first with all the exciting news about the Worldwide Photo Walk yesterday, I wanted to hit a couple of questions real quick, then we’ll get on to the Photoshop stuff.

“Why aren’t you doing a photo walk in my city?”
We get this question a lot, but you’ll be happy to know we don’t actually pick the cities — every city, everywhere is invited to create a photo walk — you just need a photographer in your city to apply to lead one.  So, if you search for a walk in your city and you don’t see one – it just means someone hasn’t volunteered to lead a walk there yet.

Now, we just publicly launched yesterday, and a whole bunch of cities added photo walks yesterday and bunch more will be coming online today, so if you don’t see a walk in your city…just wait a few days and check back — there will probably be one there (especially if you live in a fairly good-sized city).

“What if I still don’t see one?”
Then maybe you should consider leading one. :)  Just go to the official site; click on “Lead a Walk” and apply to lead one in your city, and you’re up and running. Anyway, I know a lot of folks are under the impression that we pick the cities, but in reality — you pick the cities, so just wanted to give everybody everywhere a chance to join us. Hope that helps.

“Do you have a short video that explains the walk?”
Man, was I hoping you’d ask that. I sure do – it’s right below.

 

https://youtu.be/Mv1StVSKlfU

OK, now back to Photoshop and stuff
Today I have a Photoshop retouching mini-tutorial for ya, for when your subject has one eye that is more open than the other (which is surprisingly common), and you’ll learn a few cool tricks and shortcuts along the way. I made this video (2nd video below) just for you guys and it’s only around 5-minutes, but I hope you’ll find it’s worth it. :)

https://youtu.be/KQ3ZjjkHWSw

There ya have it – it’s “Two Video Tuesday” (at no extra charge!).

Hey, I hope you join me as part of my 9th annual Worldwide Photo Walk. The prizes are awesome. The cites around the world that are hosting walks are awesome, and the awesome is awesomely awesome (take that evil grammarians!). ;-)

Best,

-Scott
A guy who is back from Nashville already, but is in Orlando today doing a site inspection for next year’s Photoshop World Conference 2017. Whoo Hoo! :)

P.S. Hey! Psssst! Wanna come see me in Indy next week (the 25th) with my full day seminar? Sure you do! Here’s the link where you can get tickets. All the cool kids will be there. 

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It’s here, and you’re invited to join us at my 9th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ sponsored by Canon (it’s a worldwide phenomenon with nearly 1,100 cities around the globe hosting walks last year). Best of all, it’s all to benefit the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya.

Here’s a quick Q&A with all the details:

Q. When is the official Photo Walk day?
A.The official date is Saturday, October 1, 2016 (link to the official site)

Q. Hey, is that a spiffy new logo?
A. Why yes it is. Thank you for noticing.

Q. What do you do on a Photo Walk?
A. You start by meeting with up to 50 other photographers at a central meeting point. Then a Photo Walk Leader leads the group on a leisurely paced stroll through an area that is photographically interesting; you take lots pictures; you can chat with other folks (photo walkers are very friendly by nature); you laugh, you enjoying being outside with a group of like-minded folks.  Then, after around 2-hours, you wind up at a local restaurant, pub, cafe, etc. (chosen in advance by the walk leader), where you can have a meal, some drinks, and make some new friends.

It’s a social event, and it’s really a blast (and you get to make some cool pictures, which is always good).

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Above: That’s the group shot of the local photo walk I led in Sydney, Australia last year — we’re posed on the steps of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Aussies are the best people — what a friendly, fun group!

Q. Is there a fee to participate?
A. It’s totally free. However, each year we “Walk with a Purpose” to benefit the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya, to help them feed, clothe and care for some very wonderful children who need our help.

When you sign up for a walk, you’ll have the option (it’s totally optional), to donate just $1 to the orphanage via Paypal. 100% of your donation goes directly to the orphanage, and last year we were able to raise more than $12,000, and this year we’re trying to double that. You cannot imagine what a difference this makes to the orphanage (and it would mean a lot to me that you’re helping. :)

So, if you could donate just $1 when you’re on the site (just one buck) that would be awesome (and you’ll be helping more than you know), but again, it’s totally optional. By the way, you can give more than a buck if you’d like — some folks give a $hundred — we’ve had folks donate a $thousand, which of course, just makes our head explode with joy!

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Above: Here’s the group shot from the walk I led in 2011 in Tampa, Florida. It was fairly warm, but the people were hot (and I mean that in the nicest non-naughty way possible). Kathy and Barb were there. What could go wrong? ;-)

Q. So Scott, are you leading a Local Walk again this year?
A. 
Absolutely! I’m leading a local photo walk in Venice, Italy (I just posted my walk details last night — I hope if you live in the Venice area, or you’ve always dreamed of going to Venice, you can join me). :)

Q. Where do I sign up to join a walk in my city?
A. Visit the official Worldwide Photo Walk Website, and click the “Find a Walk” button to see if there’s a walk set-up in a city near you. If there is, and there are spots still available, you can sign up right there for free and join that walk. If there isn’t a walk in your city, maybe you can start one and lead it yourself (more on that in a moment). And if you don’t see any in your area, keep checking back because, new walks in new cities are being added every day.

Q. What happens when a local walk fills up?
A. We have a waiting list for each sold out city, so if someone cancels, it automatically adds (and notifies) the next person on the list.

Q. How many is full?
A. Each Photo Walk is limited to a maximum of 50 photographers. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, you haven’t seen 50 photographers coming down the sidewalk at the same time, and later all converging at once on a restaurant or pub. It’s more like a scary bike gang (except without the bikes, or gang, or scariness).

Q. Why do we limit each Photo Walk to just 50 photographers?
A. Click here for the explanation.

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Above: That’s a group shot from the walk I led in 2013 in Rome. It was kinda chilly, kinda rainy, but we had so much fun (and some amazing food) and the weather sure didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. 

Q. If I led a walk last year, can I lead a walk this year?
A. We would love that! Check your email inbox — we sent out invitations already to last year’s leaders (the email comes from us at “KelbyOne: World Wide Photo Walk” and it was sent last week). The subject line reads “Worldwide Photo Walk needs you to lead a walk again this year!”

Q. Is there a photo contest again this year?
A. Absolutely! The best photo in each city (as chosen by your local Walk Leader) will get a full year membership to KelbyOne online training (normally $199), and their winning image is also then entered into the main photo competition vying for even bigger prizes. From those local walk winners I will choose 10-finalists, who all get great prizes, and then I choose a single Grand Prize winner, who just gets an insane amount of stuff.

Q. I see on the site that Canon is the Sponsor. Does that mean the  Grand Prize might include a DSLR and a lens?
A. Why, yes it does! Our friends (and official sponsors) at Canon are giving the Grand Prize Winner a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a cool LensHow sweet is that! There’s other prizes, too — but that’s a pretty amazing one by itself.

Q. Are there more prizes for the photo competition part?
A. You bet! Our official sponsors are awesome and have kicked in everything from subscriptions to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Bundle (high-five Adobe!), to B&H Photo Gift Cards (best camera store on earth), and more for the finalists and grand prize winners. I’ll have a blog post about ALL the prizes soon, but the list is getting cra-zay! 

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Q. I see there is a new category for video taken during the walk. Is there a cool prize?
A. With Canon as the sponsor, you know it! They are giving away a Canon Video Creator Kit (seen above), to the best video submitted from the walk. The  kit includes the new Canon EOS 80D Body; their new 18-135mm lens; a Canon Power Zoom Adapter; RODE VideoMic Go; a 32G SD Card, and all the other goodies (battery, charger, strap, etc.). 

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Above: This is one of my favorite group shots — it’s from Cairo, Egypt. I wasn’t on this walk, but I would have loved to have been on it. I love the smiles – it just looks like a fun group. They’re doing it again this year. 

Q. Are any cities with Photo Walks organized yet?
A. Yes! We already have walks set-up all over the world, with more being added every day! From Cairo, Egypt, to Raleigh, North Carolina — from Newcastle upon Tyne, England to Woodland, Florida — from ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands to Gig Harbor, Washington — from Acre, Israel; to Inveraray, Scotland, from Tabriz, Iran and Sioux City, South Dakota — there are walks all over the world who would love to have you join them!

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Above: That’s my group shot from my Tarpon Springs Photo Walk a few years back. My wife and I made a very dear friend on that photo walk.

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Above: That’s a group shot from my London Photo Walk two years ago. Hybrid Dave and Hybrid Peter are in there somewhere. Two top men. My friend Bryan is in there. So is Brad. Mike is there, too! Lots of cool folks.

Q. How can I lead a Photo Walk in my area?
A. You apply over at the official Worldwide Photo Walk website — just click on the “Lead a Walk” button (or just click here).

Q. What does it take to become a Photo Walk Leader?
A. We’re looking for people who have experience leading groups, so if you’re the president of your local camera club, or a college teacher, or photography instructor, or you run a local camera store, or you’ve lead Photo Walks in your area before, so your familiar with keep a group of up to 50 people happy, safe and healthy, etc., you’re likely to get accepted fast to be a leader. We ask for your qualifications on the leader application, and that’s the type of experience we’re looking for.

Q. What if my city already has a Photo Walk, but I want to lead a walk, too?
A. Most big cities can accommodate more than one walk, and so as soon as one starts to fill up, we add a 2nd or even a third or fourth depending on the response and city size. Also, if the walks are held geographically far from each other but technically in the same major city, we usually add those, too. (For example, New York City could have walks in Central Park, SoHo, Chinatown, and Times Square, and probably a half dozen other locations)

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Above: This is the group that I led in Ybor City, Florida back in 2009. I hated these people. Of course, I’m just kidding – they were awesome – I just wanted to see if you were paying attention. Worked, didn’t it? ;-)

Q. Do I have to enter the prize competition?
A. Absolutely not — it’s totally optional — you don’t have to upload even a single photo for the contest).

Q. Do I get anything for being a Photo Walk LEADER?
A. Love. You gets lots of love. And admiration from your walkers (and me). You also get a full year membership to KelbyOne Online Training (normally $199), as our way of saying “thank you.” You also get to pick the best shot from your local Photo Walk group and award them with a full KelbyOne membership as well (and judging a photo competition is a lot of fun. While it’s tough to narrow things down to just one winner, it’s also fun because you get to see lots of beautiful images in the process).

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Above: That’s my group shot from my Paris, France photo walk. Yes, that’s is our friend (and Photoshop World instructor) Serge Ramelli standing next to my wife Kalebra. You get extra points if you recognized Serge from my Rome walk group shot as well. 

Q. Is there a separate Contest For Photo Walk LEADERS?
We have that, too! It’s our way of honoring the photographic work of our dedicated and talented leaders.

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Q. Do we have cool t-shirts for Walkers & Leaders?
A.You betcha! Here’s the link. (order yours right now so you can wear it during for the walk and look all cool and everything).

100% of the profits from the sale of these t-shirts go directly to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya for the feeding, medical needs, clothing, education and care for these great kids. This t-shirt idea was the brainchild ofour friend Rob Jones from Towner Jones Photography, who came up with idea of selling t-shirts to raise money for the orphanage.

Last year, with Rob’s help, we raised nearly $6,000 just from these t-shirt sales alone (imagine how much $6,000 alone means to a small orphanage). Well, Rob was awesome enough to help out once again this year, and here’s the link to the t-shirt store (they come in multiple styles, and on white, beige, and we’re posting a version for a black shirt as well later today). High-five to Rob for being Rob! :)

NOTE: We have special LEADER shirts as well (Leaders —  we’ll be posting a link on your leader’s dashboard shortly).

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Above: OK, not exactly a posed group shot, but it is my group, seen here in a behind-the-scenes shot from the very FIRST Photo walk ever — back in 2008 – this one is in Dunedin, Florida. . 

Q. I want to know more about this Photo Walk thing. Where do I go?
A. 
There’s a FAQ on the Website (here’s the link) but it’s a lot of the same stuff I have here, but there is some contact info if you need to get in touch with us directly.

Q. Where do I go for the latest Photo Walk information?
A. Stay up-to-date by following us on our Twitter page and Facebook Page (If you talk about the walk on social – we would love it if you would include the hashtag #wwpw2016).

Plus, I’ll shoot you an email once a week leading up to the walk with some photography tips, camera tips, post processing tips, and fun stuff to get you ready for the big walk on Saturday, October 1st.

I hope you join us this year as we “Walk with a Purpose” to help the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya and as we make worldwide photographic history once again!

All my best,

-Scott

P.S. We want as many people to participate as possible, so anything you can do to help us spread the word about the walk would be greatly appreciated. Could you share it on forums, on social, with your camera clubs, and anywhere cool photographers hang out? Many thanks. :)

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Mornin’ everybody – and Happy Friday!

I’m up in New York City for some meetings, and I’ve got a shoot early in the morning, and I’m writing this really late at night after a really busy day, and well…I basically got nuthin’.

So, without further ado, I’m going to bed.

Now, if I did have any of a smidgen of a thing, it’s that on Monday I’m in Nashville teaching my new seminar (and you can still come out), and then the week after I’m in Indianapolis on the 25th of this month, and I hope I’ll see you at one or the other. Next month — Minneapolis. :)

OK, well…that’s it from the Big Apple. I gotta hit the hay.

Have a good night (and hope you sleep like a log, ’cause I sure am!).

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Worldwide Photo Walk Leaders from last year – keep an eye on your inbox – we went out invites for you to set up your walks right now (before we open to the public). 

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