Friday
Oct
2013
11

Group Shots From Saturday’s 6th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

by Scott Kelby  |  16 Comments

Above: Here’s a short (17-second) iPhone video clip I did before we kicked off my local walk in Rome, Italy. I had a really wonderful, fun, really good-natured group of photographers there in Rome. They totally rocked it! 

Below is a compilation of Group Photos from around the world, sent to me by group leaders and photographers who participated in my World Wide Photo Walk this past Saturday.

I have to tell you, I get such a big smile when I see each and every one of these. I try to imagine what their walk was like, and how much fun it would have been to be at that walk I’m looking at. Everybody looks so happy in these group shots and it just really tickles me each time I see one.

You can see the individual city names (and larger images) over on my Google+ page. Here’s the link:

If you have a group photo, and haven’t sent it to me (or I somehow missed it), I’ll keep updating this Google+ album as they come in. I hope you’ll send in yours because I already know it’ll make me smile. :)

I also wanted to include a group shot from our Rome Photo Walk “lunch meeting spot” at a wonderful little restaurant in Rome called Ristorante Ciccia Bomba (chosen by the wonderful Ashley Turney who helped me plan the entire walk, served as our guide and interpreter, and was just totally cool all the way around. I couldn’t have done the walk without her).

Above: Here’s an iPhone pano from the restaurant Ciccia Bomba. Dig that waiter with the multiple heads and arms (stitching a pano with people moving can produce some, ahem, interesting results). LOL!!! Hey, who is that guy to his left. He looks super cool! ;-)

Above: This shot of my wife Kalebra and me was taken during my photo walk by photographer Miroslav Radosavljevic. It is somewhat plausible that I married ‘up.’ LOL!!! ;-)

OK, I’ve got to hit the sack (I’m back in the States now but my body thinks I’m still on Italy time). Here’s to a great weekend filled with lots of great images, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

Cheers,

-Scott

Thursday
Oct
2013
10

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  36 Comments

What Happened To RC?
RC Concepcion and crew went to Gary, Indiana to record our highly anticipated Exposing HDR course.

Sounds great, right? Well, it was going great until something went terribly wrong (we think), but we lost the feed and this is the only footage we have.

What happened to RC and crew? Are they in danger? Will we ever see them again? Will we have to get another instructor for our Exposing HDR course? We don’t know, but you can check in at KelbyTraining.com on Thursday, October 31st at 4pm EDT to find out! You have no idea what will be unveiled!

Lightroom Basics with Matt Kloskowski – Streaming for FREE!
This week’s free KelbyTraining.com class is Lightroom Basics with Matt Kloskowski! The class just started airing yesterday and will run through October 16. All you have to do is go to KelbyTraining.com/onair and sign up for a free account, then click play! Of course, if you want to watch all of the other classes any time you want, you can always sign up for a KelbyTraining.com subscription ;-)

You can also leave a comment here for your chance to win a 1-month subscription!

Kelby Training Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Joe McNallyMatt Kloskowski, RC Concepcion or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Oct 25 – Washington, DC
Oct 29 – Boston, MA

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
Oct 23 – Des Plaines, IL (Chicago area)
Oct 30 – Orlando, FL

Lightroom 5 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Oct 11 – Portland, OR
Nov 6 – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Nov 1 – Phoenix, AZ

Adobe Photoshop Creativity with Ben Willmore
Oct 16 – Atlanta, GA

Lots more dates have been added for the rest of the year, so head over to the Kelby Training Live site to get the full schedule! Don’t forget, if you register for a seminar at least 14 days in advance, you can save $10 by using the code KTL10 at the checkout. And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Fall Into Photography with Books from Peachpit
Want to learn more about sports photography, newborn photography, portrait photography, or just photography in general? Check out these great titles on sale at up to 40% off from Peachpit Press! Pick up books from Scott Kelby, Zack Arias, Peter Read Miller, Jeff Schewe, Bill Frakes and others for as little as $11.99!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of one of these books!

Free Chapter from Nicolesy’s Light & Process: Landscape Photography
Nicole S. Young is giving away a free full chapter from her new eBook and video tutorials set, Light & Process: Landscape Photography! Head on over to Nicolesy.com for more information.

Also, keep an eye out for yesterday’s episode of The Grid, which featured Nicole with Scott and Matt, over at KelbyTV.com and the Kelby Media Group YouTube channel!

Winners
KelbyTraining.com Subscription
-Debbie S

Kelby Training Live Ticket
- Todd

If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. That’s it for today, have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Oct
2013
09

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Rob Sylvan!

by Brad Moore  |  38 Comments

Lessons from the Help Desk

Greetings! I can’t tell you how excited I am to have a chance to give a little something back to you all. Many thanks to Scott and Brad for the opportunity. You see I have been answering Help Desk questions for NAPP members since 2005. I started out assisting Peter Bauer with Photoshop questions, but once Lightroom 1.0 hit the scene I was tasked with handling all of the Lightroom questions sent to the Help Desk from that point forward. It was truly one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been given.

Sure, it was a job, but that is not what I mean by the gift I was given. The gift was the education I received as a result of the countless interactions I have had with so many NAPP members over the years. I did indeed learn a lot about Lightroom, and that alone has lead to a number of really great opportunities, but even more important was that I learned a whole lot about how to interact with people; people in a hurry, people at their most vulnerable, and people at their most-frustrated-end-of-their-rope-worst. Believe me when I tell you this is a skill that has served me well in my 16 years of marriage. :-D

It has also served me well in other Help Desk roles I’ve taken on, such as answering customer support tickets for a new stock photography co-op (Stocksy United) I am a member of, and even helping people in the field with The Digital Photo Workshops. Oh, and I answer all of the tech support questions for Kelby Training too.

So, when Brad asked me if I would be interested in writing a guest post for Scott’s blog I thought I could take the opportunity to share some of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my many roles as a helper in the hopes that perhaps it may inspire you to become a helper in you own way. I’ve also included a few photos taken around my backyard just to share some of what I do beyond answering questions.

1. You’ll become a better listener.
When you truly step into the role of helping someone the first and most important thing you can do to actually help him or her is to understand what he or she is really saying. I get a fair number of questions that are full of a lot of information that is really not relevant to the core reason this person is reaching out to me. I see it as my job to step back, really read (most of my interactions with folks are via email) what they are saying then focus in on the key issue. Sometimes this requires me to ask a few questions to ferret out the right information, but the rookie mistake is to reply too quickly to what we think someone is saying, and then spiral off into a rabbit hole that leaves both parties feeling frustrated.


Newly hatched bluebird chicks.

2. There’s no shame in knowing what you don’t know.
We pride ourselves on being experts and in being able to solve any problem that comes our way, but the reality is that there are a lot of things I just don’t know. I used to be afraid of those three words (I don’t know), but now I embrace them. I feel it is far better to let the person asking the question know that I honestly don’t know the answer, than to try and bamboozle them with bull-oney to cover up the fact that I don’t. I just come clean, and then we can work on trying to solve the problem together, and hopefully at the end they’ll have a solution and I’ll have some new information for the next person that comes up against the same issue. The person asking the question ends up actually helping himself (or herself), helping me, and then passing it along to others. It just doesn’t get any better than that.


Me tending to my bees.

3. There’s no shame in asking for help.
My wife will get a big kick out of me saying this as I am far better at giving help than asking for it, but I am working on it! I have had the privilege of helping people from all walks of life, all types of professional backgrounds, and a wide range of ages, and what they all had in common was they had a question that I could answer and the self-confidence to ask it. The moment I gave them that one thing they didn’t have before they were free to move on, to stop spinning their wheels, and to get stuff done. Why waste your time digging yourself into a deeper rut when there are so many ways of asking for help these days? I know, I know, I’ll try it myself one day. :-)


A beech leaf floating on the pond.

4. Always remember there’s a real genuine human being on the other end of that question.
Except when I am on a workshop or standing in at the Help Desk Live booth at Photoshop World, most of my help interactions are done via email. As we all know email and text communication can easily become very impersonal. I’m lucky in that I have gotten to meet a great number of people by working at Photoshop World that previously were only emails stacked up in my inbox (see photo below).  However, I will never meet the vast majority of the people I help, but I strive to always conjure up a picture of them in my mind’s eye when replying to their emails as a way to remind myself that they are not just another problem to deal with, but rather a person reaching out for a little guidance. I feel that this comes through in my response, as I have never been accused of talking down to someone or of being disrespectful. I also try to remember this in all those small frustrating interactions we have with each other while standing in line at the grocery check out, waiting at the doctor’s office, and driving on the highway.


My good friend Ed Law at Photoshop World 2013.

5. Answer the question, but also try to increase their understanding.
When someone asks a question there is almost always an opportunity to give them something more to help increase their overall understanding, and quite possibly head off the next question before they even knew they were going to ask it. If job one is understanding the question, and job two is answering the question, then job three in my book is providing them a link, resource, tip, or tidbit that gives them something more to chew on. If someone asks what is the keyboard shortcut to show/hide the Lightroom adjustment brush mask I tell them (press O), then I provide a link to all of the keyboard shortcuts too. It would be quicker in the short-term to just answer the question and hit Send, but by taking a few seconds longer I can give them a resource that gives them more and saves them from having to send in five more questions. That’s a win for both of us.


The view from the side of my house one snowy morning.

Beyond those five things I can tell you that working on the Help Desk is one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had, that it must be good for my karma, and it has allowed me to learn Lightroom inside out and upside down. For all of that, and so much more, I am grateful to you all for the opportunity to serve. Hope to see you at Photoshop World!

You can see more from Rob at Lightroomers.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He is a photographer, trainer, and author. Aside from also being a NAPP and Kelby Training Help Desk Specialist, and instructor for the Perfect Picture School of Photography and the host of Peachpit’s Lightroom Resource Center. He is a founding member of Stocksy United (a stock photography co-op). Rob writes the “Under the Loupe” column for Photoshop User Magazine, is a regular contributor to Lightroom magazine, and is the author of many photography related books.

Tuesday
Oct
2013
08

Submitting Your Photo To The Worldwide Photo Walk Competition

by Brad Moore  |  9 Comments

Hey everyone, Brad Moore here with a quick update on submitting your photo to the Worldwide Photo Walk competition. RC Concepcion put together a video on editing, exporting, and uploading images to the competition that you can watch above. If you’re short on time, here are some instructions on submitting:

Walkers should log into your account at WorldwidePhotoWalk.com and go to your walk page. There you’ll see a box where you can upload your best photo. The suggested dimensions are 1000px on the longest side at 72dpi, and the maximum file size is 1MB.

Once your image has been uploaded, you will see it on screen and be able to confirm that the correct image uploaded. If you change your mind and want to submit a different image, you will have until the cutoff date (October 14 at 12:00 noon ET) to upload a new image. After that, no changes can be made.

Leaders will not see the upload box during the submission period because they aren’t able to submit a photo to the walker competition. Once the submission period has passed, they’ll see a gallery of images that were submitted and will then be able to choose the winning image from their walk.

Leaders will be getting information on the leader competition from RC once the walker competition is finished.

Monday
Oct
2013
07

Making New Friends All Over The World!

by Scott Kelby  |  23 Comments

Buonjiorno everyone and greetings from beautiful Rome, Italy!

We’re still here wrapping up our trip, and it’s just been wonderful, capped off by spending the day with a really awesome group of photographers from all over Italy, Europe and the USA who joined me here in Rome for my local walk on Saturday.

I’ll have lots more to share about my walk (and how we got this shot of us in the sunshine with a 90% chance of rain), and walks all over the world, tomorrow but in the meantime if you took a group shot during your local walk, can you share the link with me and I’ll do a post with them here tomorrow on the blog.

Above: Here’s our group as we start our walk on the backstreets of Roma (shot by my wife Kalebra with her “trusty iPhone”). :)

Thanks and here’s wishing you a cappuccino-filled day!

Ciao!

-Scott

Saturday
Oct
2013
05

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

It’s Worldwide Photo Walk day and I’m so excited!!!!

Greetings from beautiful Rome, Italy! I’m leading a local walk today here in Rome, and I’m so looking forward to meeting everyone here. :)

I’m very excited to have my wife Kalebra joining me on the walk again this year as well (she’ll be wielding her “Trusty iPhone”) along with my brother Jeff and his girlfriend Dee, and we have a bunch of friends joining us here as well (Serge & Karen, Tony & Lindsay) and 50 new friends we’ll meet today here in Roma!

Make sure you keep an eye on our social media pages today (from Facebook to Twitter (#WWPW) to Google+) where we’ll be sharing group photos and images from around the world (and I’ll be posting to my own pages on Twitter (link), Facebook (link) and G+ as well.

Here’s wishing you all beautiful weather, a safe fun walk, and your best photos yet!

Ciao,

-Scott

 

 

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