Wednesday
Oct
2012
10

The Worldwide Photo Walk Contest Submissions

by Brad Moore  |  7 Comments

Hey everyone, Brad Moore here with a couple of quick updates on the contest and social aspects of the Worldwide Photo Walk. A lot of people have asked about submitting photos to the contest and sharing them online. If you just want the deadline dates, you can see the full schedule here. If you want a bit more info on how everything is happening, here’s the rundown of how we’re doing everything this year…

Walker Photo Contest
Each walker will be able to submit their one best photo taken during the Photo Walk to the contest. After your walk on October 13, you’ll go to the Photo Walk website and log in, then go to your Walk Page. There you’ll see where you can upload your image to the contest. We recommend the photos be no larger than 1MB in size.

You’ll have until October 22 to submit your image to the contest. You are not required to submit anything to the contest if you don’t want to. But, if you do, you’ll have a shot at winning some pretty awesome prizes!

Leaders will then have until October 29 to pick the best photo from their walk. From all of those photos, Scott Kelby will choose the Top Ten Finalists and one Grand Prize winner to be announced on November 9 . Those photos will also be voted on from November 9 – November 16 for the People’s Choice Award!

If you have questions about copyright and usage rights, you can get the full skinny on all that right here. The short version is, you agree to let us use your image to help promote next year’s Photo Walk. We don’t sell the images or claim any ownership of them.

If you want info on using Google+ for the social aspect of the Photo Walk, keep reading on the next post!

Wednesday
Oct
2012
10

Using Google+ for The Worldwide Photo Walk

by Brad Moore  |  1 Comments

Google+ for Social Sharing
In previous years, we’ve promoted Flickr as the social sharing channel for the Photo Walk. This year we’re going with Google+ instead! This is where you can share lots of your photos and experiences from the Photo Walk. It is not where you submit photos to the contest. Just want to make that clear distinction…

Contest  =  WorldwidePhotoWalk.com
Social  =  Google+

If you’re new to Google+, watch the video from RC Concepcion above. Below are a couple more videos from RC that he put together showing just how you can use Google+ to your advantage for the Worldwide Photo Walk.

Wednesday
Oct
2012
10

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Zach & Jody Gray!

by Brad Moore  |  11 Comments

Hey Kelby Crew!! Thanks for tuning in to this video post that we put together for you! This clip is all about the business side of photography and is an excerpt taken from our business DVD that we recently put out called “Harvest, The 3 Step To Growing a Thriving Photography Business.”

While it is extremely important to work on your craft and be great at the technical side of photography, we can’t, as small business owners, neglect the management and entrepreneurial side of things.

Michael Gerber, writer of the E-Myth, says that we need to have all three of these areas (the technical side of shooting pics, the management side and the entrepreneurial side) all functioning together if we want our businesses to truly succeed. We hope that you enjoy this excerpt and don’t forget to focus running a great business!

You can see Zach & Jody’s work at ZachandJody.com, follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook. And you can save $49 on Zach & Jody’s HARVEST DVD by using promo code “KELBYperks”

Tuesday
Oct
2012
09

4 Days Till The Worldwide Photo Walk!

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

We’re just four days away, and it’s not too late for any photographers you know to join their local city walks as part of my Worldwide Photo Walk this Saturday.

So….I was hoping you might help me spread the word, so as many people as possible have to opportunity to participate in walks. If you could put the word out on your Facebook pages, Twitter, Google+, your blogs, photo club bulletin boards, and anywhere else you think it might help. You can even grab some graphics to use right here.

Could you send them to main Photo Walk page at WorldwidePhotoWalk.com?

Many thanks in advance, and we’ll see you this Saturday! :)

Monday
Oct
2012
08

We are just 5 Days Away From My Worldwide Photo Walk

by Scott Kelby  |  9 Comments

We’re just five days away, and right now we have nearly 28,000 photographers signed-up for 1,300 local walks around the world this Saturday, Oct 13th. We are thrilled at the worldwide participation and sense of community this has created, and I can’t wait for the local walk I’m leading on Saturday in Paris, France to get here (and to see the images from around the world).

If you haven’t signed up for a Walk Yet….
It’s not too late. Here’s the link—find a city near you, and sign up to be a part of your local walk.

Seven Tips for Walkers
Last year, I gave seven tips for walkers to help you make the most of your walk, and I’ve got those here for you again. If you’re going to be walking with us this weekend, take a moment to give these  a quick read: I promise it’ll make a difference in your experience.

(1) Drink Plenty of Water
Make sure you take plenty of water with you and stay fully hydrated during the entire walk. Two hours is a long time to be out in the sun so make sure you drink lots of water before and during the walk. (TIP: Want to be a hero? Bring an extra bottle of water or two to share with other walkers).

(2) Use Sunscreen
If your walk is during daylight hours (and most are), make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen, and don’t forget to wear a hat for protection as well.

(3) Leave a Small Footprint
Make sure that you have as little physical impact on the area you’re walking in as possible. If you’re walk is in nature, make sure the area looks exactly the same when you leave as when you got there. Same thing in a downtown area—-we want store owners and pedestrians to welcome events like this, so be kind to everyone you meet, and create as small a footprint on your walk route as possible. Take only pictures. Leave only footprints.

(4) Make New Friends
This is a social event, and everybody is there to have fun and make new friends, so make sure you talk with other walkers in your group. Ask them ‘what kind of stuff like they to shoot,’ or ‘how they like their camera or a particular accessory,’ or ask ‘if they’ve ever been on this street or area before,’ and you’ll have a conversation up and running in no time.

(5) Let Your Leader Lead
Your walk leader has put a lot of time and effort into planning the walk, organizing and publicizing the walk, and making the whole thing happen (after all; without your local Leader there might not be a walk in your city, right?), so don’t try and hijack the walk; let your Leader do the talking, and the leading, and that way you can just relax and focus on getting some great shots.

(6) Get To Your Walk Early
It happens every year; some people miss the walk altogether because they couldn’t find a parking space, or they missed the train or subway, or they ran into something that delayed them from getting to the start of the walk on time. It’s really heartbreaking to get there and find that the walk is already underway and there’s nobody standing there but you, so make sure you plan extra time to get to your walk’s Starting Location, especially if you’re not familiar with the area. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress (and possible heartbreak) by getting there early. Plus, if you get there early, there’s extra time to make friends before the walk even starts—maybe you’ll make a “walking buddy” who’ll share the experience with you.

(7) Play it Safe
The single most important thing is your safety during the Photo Walk.

Don’t get distracted by what you’re shooting or seeing, and back right into the street, or into another photographer (or just a person walking down the street). Keep your wits about you, and remember than many of you will be shooting in a downtown area, on crowded sidewalks or busy streets, so just stay alert the entire walk, and look out for other walkers as well. Also, don’t wander into any areas or alleys that may look the least bit unsafe—stay with your group—there’s safety in numbers, and of course always keep a close eye on your camera gear and personal items.

Also, make sure you check out the Official World Wide Photo Walk Facebook Page (here’s the link) for more walking tips and also you can follow the official walk on Google+ (here’s the link) or on Twitter using the Hashtag #WWPW.

See you guys this weekend as we make photographic history!

Friday
Oct
2012
05

The new issue of “Light it” magazine (the studio lighting and hot-shoe flash magazine) is here!

by Scott Kelby  |  11 Comments

It’s issue #11, and the cover story is from the wonderful Nicole Young and its all about shooting food with strobes to create the natural light look.

Above: Here’s this issue’s TOC (page wise, I think it’s our biggest one yet). 

Above: Here’s a glimpse at one of the two-page spreads in Nicole’s article on shooting food (look at the progress of the shadow from hard, well defined to soft on the bottom right. 

Above: Here’s a look at part of my Lighting Recipe column, which appears in each issue. This time we’re at a boxing/fitness gym doing a promo shoot using on-location flash. 

Hey, where’s the Android version?
I thought you guys were working on it? We are. Well, technically the company that writes the App software for our magazine is working on it, but it’s not ready yet. I know a lot of you are very anxious to get your hands on it, and obviously we can’t sell any issues to the Android tablet users until we launch on that platform, but we can’t launch it until it’s ready (the bugs are all worked out and functionality is there). Believe me, as soon as it’s ready, we’ll be screaming it from the rafters.

Above: Our “Behind the Lens” interview and insights come from the one and only Peter Hurley (we have an embedded video interview with Peter, so make sure you check it out. 

So, it’s available right now for the iPad so go grab your copy (just $2.99. Cheaper than a cup of coffee) at the App store.

 

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