Monday
Aug
2008
25

Our History-Making “First Annual” Worldwide PhotoWalk Rocked!!!

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

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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 Malmö, 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 Boston…the sun was a bit bright but couldn’t have asked for a more pleasant morning…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 awesome…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 — got great shots – can wait to run them through Lightroom.
  • ‘Twas great…..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:

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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).

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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).

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

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

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

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Hey, no Chimpin’ during the walk.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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. :)

Saturday
Aug
2008
23

It’s PhotoWalk Day! Whoo Hoo!!!! :-)

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

My batteries are charged. I checked my ISO, White Balance, formatted my card, and in about an hour I’m heading out to lead my walk!!!

I’m so excited, and can’t wait to see the photos from all the incredible places around the world having walks today!

Whooo Hooo!!!! :)

-Scott

Friday
Aug
2008
22

Westcott Intros New Much Brighter Fluorescent Lamps For Their Spiderlite TD-5′s

by Scott Kelby  |  4 Comments

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This week, Westcott introduced the brightest fluorescent bulbs yet for their popular Spiderlite TD-5 studio lights. I got a chance to work with these in the past few weeks, and these new brighter bulbs just make a huge difference (they give you at least a full-stop more light).

The bulbs themselves are only about 30% larger in size, and they’re now 50-watts each (where the old bulbs were just 30 watts). So, when you get a 5-pack of their lamps, here’s what you get:

(4) 50-watt Fluorescent lamps (equivalent of 200 watts each), plus….
(1) 20-watt Fluorescent lamp (the modeling light)
For a total of 900 watts of power.

The 5-pack of bulbs above sell for around $179 (retail), and a single lamp goes for around $45. You can learn more about them, and Westcott’s Spiderlite kits by clicking here.

I believe Westcott has updated all the kits that they sell direct (well, the kits from around $800 and up), to the new blubs, and B&H Photo is now including these new brighter bulbs as part of their “Westcott Scott Kelby Studio Kit Deluxe Kit” (I’m really delighted that B&H is now including bulbs with the kit). Here’s the link to my kit with bulbs at B&H Photo.

Anyway, I know a lot of you either already have one of my kits, or are thinking of picking one up (I’m using my kit on my Lightroom Tour again myself), and these new bulbs really make a difference.

Note: I don’t get a kick-back, royalty, etc. on sales of these kits. B&H Photo has made the “Scott Kelby” kit available as a courtesy to my students who see me using the Spiderlites in my seminars, here on the blog, and during my Lightroom Live Tour, which kicks off again very soon. My thanks to B&H Photo for packaging them together and making things easy for us all. And as always, B&H offers free shipping to NAPP members in the US too.  :)

Friday
Aug
2008
22

It’s Finally Here—-The PhotoWalk is Tomorrow! :)

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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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:
MPIX.com (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 MPIX.com 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, PhotoWalkPro.com, 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,

-Scott

Thursday
Aug
2008
21

Thursday News Stuff

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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First, thanks to everyone who commented on my “accidental guest blog” yesterday. It was nice to see that I’m not the only one who has experienced it, and I’m not the only one it drives crazy. :)

Now, onto the news:

  • We’re just TWO days away from my Worldwide Photo Walk, and as I write this we have 7,297 people signed up to walk on Saturday. I am just blown away!!! Hey—it’s not too late to join us (here’s the link to see if there’s a city hosting a walk near you). Hope you can make it!
  • On a related note; participants who are walking in San Jose, California probably don’t realize it, but their walk leader, Frederick Johnson, just happens to be Adobe’s Lighroom Sr. Product Marketing Manager – Professional Photography (he’s also the guy who ponied up the 10 copies of Lightroom for runners up, and the full Creative Suite for the Grand Prize!). If you’re signed up for that walk—make sure you high-five Frederick for me!
  • I’ve had a number of questions relating to a post I did last week about shooting tethered, and the question is; what is that stand you’re using for your laptop on location? I actually use two stands:
  1. When I want to go really light, I use an incredibly portable laptop stand Larry Becker turned me on to from the SkyMall catalog (the one you find in the seatback pocket on airplanes). It’s called the Lizell QuickStand Workstation Plus, which I found at Skymall.com for $139.
  2. The other is a heavy duty Bogen Double-Head Support Arm with a Gitzo G065 13×15.5-Inch laptop platform attached. I learned about this dynamic duo from Joe McNally, and though it’s not really heavy, it is heavy duty (but it is a lot larger to carry around). However, it’s built so your laptop sits on one side of the arm, and you can put a ballhead on the other end to hold your camera. Here’s the link to the Double-Head support, and Here’s the link to the Platform at B&H Photo.
  • On Tuesday I showed how one of our London Leaders got some nice radio play for his PhotoWalk on BBC radio. Well, one of our leaders in Hawaii, my friend Jo Evans, got the write-up you see above in the local Hawaii island newspaper. You guys are doing a great job of spreading the word!!! (No wonder we have more than 7,000 walkers!). Way to go, Jo!
  • Every single week we launch one or more new online training courses at KelbyTraining.com, and last week we released two classes: (1) Digital Arsenal from NAPP’s Executive Director Larry Becker, which is essentially a class that teaches you how to deal with the most common digital photography problems in Photoshop, (link), and (2) The Business Side of Photography, from well-known photographer, author and instructor Rick Sammon (link). This week, we just released “Photographing Florida Birds” with legendary wildlife photographer Moose Peterson (link).
  • Lastly, I did an interview with my Book Publisher, Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel (at Peachpit Press) about my new book, The Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers and we talked about this weekend’s Worldwide Photowalk, and some other stuff. The interview is up online now, and you can listen right here.

That’s it for today, gang. I’ll be back tomorrow with a weekend wrap-up, and some last words about the PhotoWalk. I can’t wait!!!! :-)

Wednesday
Aug
2008
20

It’s “Guest Blog Wednesday” featuring Scott Kelby

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

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I know—I’m not a guest. But I looked at my calendar yesterday afternoon to see who I had scheduled as my guest for “Special Guest Blog Wednesday” and it was completely blank. I’m really not that surprised, because as my wife will attest; I have the memory retention of a hamster, and I guess I just completely forgot to get line up a guest blogger for today. So, you’re stuck with me today as your guest blogger, but next week I’ll have an actual special guest, so at least it won’t happen two weeks in a row.

An Odd Admission From A Book Author
This may sound kind of weird coming from a guy who makes his living writing books, but I don’t think there’s any method of learning that compares with being a part of a live seminar or workshop. As good as a book or a video is, it’s a one-way experience; there’s no interaction with the instructor; no opportunity to get that one question answered that’s been driving you crazy, and as passionate as an author might be, you just don’t get that excitement—that buzz—that energy you get from a great live seminar or workshop.

That’s why I love teaching workshops so much, and it’s also exactly why each year I try to attend as many of other people’s workshops as I can, as a student (I’ve recently taken workshops on everything from shooting food, to shooting home interiors).

I think for a teacher like me, it’s particularly important to learn new things, new techniques, and new ways of looking at things, so you don’t get in a rut—you need to feed that side of you that made you want to be a teacher in the first place, and for me, learning new stuff just feeds my passion (well, that and buying new camera gear, but that’s a whole different problem. Or story. Depending on how you look at it).

The Art of Being a Good Student
Now, up to this point, I’ve been talking as “Scott the instructor” or “Scott the Photoshop Insider Guy,” but what I really want to talk to you about today is something I’ve learned as “Scott the student,” so from this point on, I’m giving you my perspective as just another student in the workshop, so please keep that in mind from this point out (but I’ll check in again as regular Scott toward the end of this article). I want to talk about ‘Being a Good Student,’ and making the most from the live learning experiences you’ll come across.

There’s One in Every Crowd
When I go to a workshop; I’m there for one reason—to learn from an absolute expert on a topic. But in a couple of the workshops I’ve attended lately, one of the students literally “Hijacked” the class, which had a really negative effect on:

  • The other students
  • The instructor
  • The “bad student” himself

I’ll give you an example of how one student somewhat hijacked a recent class I was in. It was Architectual/Interiors shooting workshop Matt and I attended out in California. The instructor would tell the class, “Here’s how I would set-up and compose a shot of a room like this,” and as soon as those words were out of his mouth, “Bad Student,” would step in and say, “Well, that’s not the way I would shoot it, and he would proceed to show the instructor how “He” does it (which, of course, is exactly the opposite of what the instructor just showed us). The problem is; he’s not just showing the instructor off to the side. He’s now showing the entire class. He’s directing his comments to the instructor, but we’re all now standing there watching another student showing the instructor his methods, during our class time.

Now, this guy might be a phenomenal interior photographer. In fact, he might even be much better than the instructor (we, as a class have no way of knowing; we all just met 30 minutes earlier). Or, he might be a total hack. We just don’t know. But we do know this; we paid to hear the techniques from the instructor—not this student—but there we are—all standing around listening to the student.

Now the instructor has to spend time justifying to the “Bad student” why he uses the technique he originally demonstrated (while we all stand around), and then he continues his lesson to us. About two minutes later, after showing how he sets up a flash, the “Bad Student’ interupts and asks the instructor, “Well, wouldn’t this technique also work?” and he proceeds to move the flash over to a different location and he shows how he’d light the room. The instructor is frustrated. The students are frustrated. This guy is “hi-jacking the class.”

The instructor once again has to show why he uses the technique he does, and then we finally move to another room. The instructor starts his lesson, and the Bad Student kicks in again. Thankfully, another student who’s already got steam coming out of her ears, finally steps in and says directly to the Bad Student, “Your technique might work, but I paid good money to learn how to do this stuff from him [she points to the instructor]—not you.” All the other students chime in immediately with a “Yeah, we paid to hear from him!” and he backed off for about 10-minutes, and then he was right back at it.

Now, you might be thinking, “It’s the instructor’s fault; he shouldn’t have let things get out of hand!” I can tell you from personal experience, it’s very tricky dealing with a hi-jacker, especially in a small group like we were. I thought the instructor did a good job of trying to give this guy a visual que (through his facial expressions), that he was holding up the class, and by trying to cut his interruptions short as possible without being rude, but with this guy, it wasn’t easy. Even a sharp, direct comment from another student didn’t slow him down.

This same thing happened to me when I was a student in another workshop earlier this year, and while I won’t go into the whole story here, the woman wanted to let the class know she was a big time pro—more of a peer of the instructor than a student (however, this could not be further from the truth, as was evidenced by a display of her work before the class started). Sadly, she proceeded to hi-jack the class big time between challenging the instructor’s techinques, and monopolizing his time.

Here’s the thing; both ‘bad students’ paid to attend these workshops. I would like to believe that they signed up because they wanted to learn about the topic from the instructor they paid to learn it from (that’s why I signed up), but then they get to the class, and they spend the day trying to become the focus of the entire class. I just don’t get it.

Thankfully, this didn’t happen in the class I took last weekend from Mary DuPrie, but there’s generally “One in every class.” Don’t be that “One.” If you pay to go to a workshop to learn something new, shut up and learn. There are other students in that class who paid, too—and they paid to learn from that instructor—not one of the students. Be a good student; stand back and just take it all in. That’s why you’re there.

Outsmarting The Class
Here’s a tip for getting the most of on-location photo workshops. I’ve been a student at many of these, and I’ll use the “Digital Landscape Workshop Series” workshops as an example. We’ll get up at the crack of dawn, drive out to our shooting location, and then Moose Peterson (world famous photographer and head of DLWS), gives us some tips for shooting that location, and then we set-up for our shoot. So far, so good. But there’s “Always One” student who thinks they’re going to “outsmart the class and the instructors” and they break away from the group—away from the instructors, and go off by themselves to get that “one shot nobody else will get.”

This is another form of “bad student.” Here you have the incredible Moose Peterson, and co-instructors Joe McNally (Yes, that Joe McNally) and amazing landscape photographer and total gear-head Laurie Excell (who runs NAPP’s own photo gear desk) right there—at your disposal. They’re there, on location, to teach you how to shoot landscapes. They’ll show you composition ideas; talk about which lenses you might use, where to set-up, what to capture, and basically share one-on-one knowledge you can’t get any other way. What an incredible opportunity for the class. Except for the One student who headed off by themselves so they could “get that one shot nobody else got.”

So, what did this student learn from their morning with Moose, Joe, and Laurie? Not a darn thing. If you’re going to wander off, totally ignore the instructors, and do you own thing; why pay for the workshop in the first place? Just fly to a nice location, wander around by yourself, and save the money. The reason people go to these workshops is not just to shoot in beautiful places—-you can do that on your own—it’s to learn from world class instructors. Be a good student, and not only will you come home a better photographer, you’ll have invested your workshop money wisely.

Why I care
There are two reasons:

  1. I’m a student, too. And just like you, I really want to absorb as much as that instructor has to share. I spent my time and money to attend the workshop, and I really want to hear what that instructor has to share.
  2. I’m an instructor, too. When I do a workshop, I really genuinely want it to be a fantastic learning experience for my students, who spent their hard-earned money for their travel, their time, and for their workshop registration fee.

I take my workshops very seriously, and I have everything planned out, and a written outline for every hour, of every day, of the entire workshop (even if it’s a full week long). Sadly, I’ve had students hi-jack my own workshops, and in those cases; nobody wins. Not the students, not the bad student, and certainly not me, because it takes my class outline and tosses it in the trash. It derails my plan for the class, it totally makes me lose my focus, and it hurts the entire workshop for everybody.

The Moral of the Story

Be a good student. Go without any expectations. Go without any preconceived notions about what you should or shouldn’t learn, and just allow yourself to soak it all in. Respect your fellow classmates and the instructor’s time. Ask questions when its appropriate, but make sure you remember it’s not a private workshop, and leave time for others to have their questions answered.

Workshops and seminars are really what you make of them. If you go in with an open mind, it will come out full. If you go in already knowing everything, there’s not much room for anything new to find its way in. Go in with the idea that you’re going to learn a ton, and you’ll get double your money’s worth, you’ll make new friends, and you’ll be a better, more-informed, well-rounded person for sharing in the experience.

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