Tuesday
Aug
2008
26

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is…

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

…none other than the brilliant photographer and author behind the popular “Pixelated Image” photography blog (link), my friend David duChemin.

Before I ever met David, I fell in love with his photography; his use of color, texture, and the way he captures the human spirit, just really captivated me, and tomorrow I’m honored to have him as my special guest blogger. If you’ve got a few moments, jump over to his site and check out some of his photography. It’s a great way to celebrate the wonderful things that have happened these past few days. Then be sure to check back tomorrow for his post.

Monday
Aug
2008
25

Help Build an Orphanage in Kenya and Get a Signed Copy of My New Lightroom 2 Book

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Earlier this year, two friends of mine, Joseph and Molly Bail, were so moved by the suffering of homeless children in Kenya, that they walked away from their successful careers, sold their home, their belongings, and moved their family to Kenya to somehow find a way to build an orphanage there.

Well, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I keep trying to come up with ways to help Joseph and Molly get that orphanage built, and I’ve come up with a way where you can feed your passion for learning Lightroom, and help Joseph and Molly feed and shelter these children who so desperately need our help, at the same time.

For one day—today, Monday, August 25, 2008, if you pre-order my new book, “The Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers” using this special direct link; I will donate 100% of the entire cover price of the book to ‘Springs of Hope, Kenya,’ the non-profit grass-roots group put together by Joseph and Molly to build this orphanage. (This opportunity ends tonight at 12:00 midnight, Eastern Standard Time, U.S.).

I’m not donating just “the profits” from the book, or “a portion of the proceeds” from today’s sales—you pay the cover price for the book, $44.99, and all $44.99 goes directly toward building the orphanage, and feeding these children. So, basically, you and I are in this together, both of us giving to make something special happen in the life of child.

Along with my humble and most heartfelt thanks, I will personally sign your copy of the book, as my way of saying thanks for supporting Joseph, Molly, and the amazing and selfless work they’re doing with homeless and street children in Kenya.

Now, could you buy the book cheaper somewhere else? Absolutely, but when you buy it here today, you’re not just buying a book, you’re feeding and caring for a child that desperately needs your help. No matter what else you do today, you’ll know that you did something that really matters. You gave a hungry child food, and hope.

NOTE: Here’s the link you’ll need to buy the book direct from Kelby Training, so the proceeds go to Joseph and Molly.

If you’d like to learn more about Joseph and Molly’s work, visit http://www.springsofhopekenya.org

IMPORTANT: This opportunity to help out is available only today, Monday, August 25th, 2008. Scott’s book is scheduled for delivery in early September. Not available with any other discounts. As always, Shipping & Handing is extra. Thanks for spreading hope.

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

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