Tuesday
Oct
2014
14

My Local Walk in London (and being a walker in Bath)

by Scott Kelby  |  17 Comments

When I woke up Saturday morning in London, I opened the drapes in my hotel room and all I could hear was rain and it was dark gray as far as I could see. When Brad and I got to my walk’s meeting spot, the weather had cleared for what would turn out to be an absolutely beautiful day, with a group of really lovely people.

Above: Here’s the map of my walk route. Well, the starting points and ending points are correct, and several of the red routes are correct at times. I like to think we “modified” the walk rather than hitting an expected dead-end and locked gates that caused us to re-reroute. LOL!

Lunch in London, then off to Bath to join Glyn’s walk
My walk wrapped up at 11:30 am, and after lunch, me, Brad and our dear friend Dave Clayton hopped a train (we literally made the train with just one minute to spare — we stepped on the train, and it started rolling) to the beautiful town of Bath where we joined our buddy (and Photoshop World instructor) Glyn Dewis who was leading a photo walk there. Here’s a link to a blog post by Glyn about the walk in Bath, and my seminar the day before.

I’ll tell the rest of the story in the captions…
but I can tell you this  — we were blessed with wonderful weather, a really interesting modified route, an un-expected visit to a beautiful cathedral, a really fun group of walkers who were up for anything, and a super-yummy wrap-up at Britain’s burger mecca “Bryon Burger.” Just a perfect weekend in one of my favorite places on the planet!

Above: We hit the streets. That’s Brad on the left, and Dave Clayton center making random hand gestures. It was very distracting. ;-)

Above: That’s a pretty random video clip from the walk, taken about the same time as the previous photo (video shot by Brad) and it gives you an idea of what the day was like. I blame Dave Clayton for all of this. 

Above: That’s us during our modified route (one of my walkers brought his son along — seen here right side — and he was just the cutest little boy you have ever seen. I imagine I’ll see lots of shots of him submitted for competition). 

Above: We walked through a beautiful area of London where most of London’s lawyer’s offices are located. Parts of it looked like it could be a movie set with its timeless architecture. 

Above: What would a photo walk be without a nice close-up of Brad’s Beard?

Above: This is our buddy Bryan (who is actually from Chicago and was in London on Business), in his most “I totally belong here” pose. 

 
Above: Waiting for the doors to open at Byron Burger. 

Above: And in we go for yummy burgers!  

Above: We arrived in Bath and it was a little rainy and overcast until the actual moment the Photo Walk started, and sure enough — the sky cleared and gave us a beautiful day in this historic city (you can see some of our walkers getting shots in this pic). 

Above: Glyn picked a gorgeous city for a walk. You can see the gray clouds leaving town as we start our walk along the river. 

Above: That’s our good friend, and walk leader Glyn Dewis holding a “mini-Glyn” one of the photo walkers gave him as a gift. More than one walker commented what a great voodoo doll that would make. ;-)

Above: That’s me using a really great, British-made tripod called the “3 Legged Thing” which I picked up while I was over there and fell in love with it. Very cleverly designed, lightweight and yet surprisingly sturdy and stable. Super diggin-it. 

Above: When I turned around from my tripod shot, here’s what I see. LOL!

Above: You’ve got to love that hat!! :)

Above: I spend most of my time on the photo walk talking to other walkers and enjoying the scenery (both of which I really love), but I did snap a few shots just for fun. 

Well folks, that’s a quick look at my London Photo Walk, and Glyn’s down in Bath. Loads of fun, lots of laughs, and a great time was had by all!

More Group Shots
I’m posting lots more group shots today in a gallery over on my Facebook page (here’s the link), so stop by and check out some of the great pics  folks have been sending in (I love seeing all these group shots — happy people around the world getting together to share something we all love — that just really puts a smile on a face and a song in my heart!).

The walk day may be over, but the contests for prizes have just begun
We have the local competitions for the best walk from your local group, and the big competition for the grand prize and runner up prizes; there’s my annual Honorable Mentions; the People’s Choice Award; and the Leader’s Competition shots as well, so there’s lots of fun still to come (hey, that’s rhymes!).

Cheers and best wishes to everybody who came together to make this a very special day!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. A big thanks to the 350+ photographers who came out the day before the walk to my “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar in London. What a wonderful crowd to present to (in an absolutely amazing, historic venue!). It had been 2-1/2 years since my last seminar in the UK, but I promise it won’t be that long before the next one. (photo above by Brad). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday
Oct
2014
13

…And What an Amazing Day It Was! :)

by Scott Kelby  |  85 Comments

Above: At the top that’s my group in the RAF Cathedral, then Brad and I at Paddington Station getting ready to head to Bath. That’s a “shot of our group shot” on the back of my camera, and an iPhone pano of my walkers eating downstairs at the awesome Byron Burger near Covent Gardens.  

Hi and greetings to Worldwide Photo Walkers Around The World!!! :)

Even though I led a photo walk in London on Saturday, I’m already home. I didn’t get in until very early this morning and I’m just now shaking off the jet lag and getting to posting.

Had an amazing day Saturday, with me leading a walk in London, and then taking the train down to Bath to join a walk led by my friend Glyn Dewis (lots more on both of these tomorrow with plenty of photos).

I’d Love To See Your Group Shots
In the meantime if you took a group shot during your local walk, can you share the link here on the blog as a comment and tomorrow I’ll give a link where you can see them all (honestly, seeing all these group photos from around the world is one of the biggest highlights for me of the entire experience).

But for today, I just wanted to share a few group photos from around the world (these were posted on Twitter on Saturday), and thank everyone who participated around the world — everyone who donated to the Springs of Hope Orphanage, and all the wonderful sponsors who without whom we could never pull a worldwide event of this scale, off in the first place.

Hope you enjoy these group photos from walks in  some awesome locations around the world:

Above: Cairo, Egypt

Above: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida

Above: Braunschweig-Germany

Above: San Diego Carabobo, Venezuela

Above: Brugge, Belguim

Above: Portsmouth, UK

Above: During the Berlin, Germany walk

Above: Destin Harbor, Florida

Above: Cape Town Waterfront

Above: During the “Swedish Photo Crew’s” walk in Dubai, UAE

Above: Arlington, Virginia, USA

Above: Hiding from the rain in Breda, The Netherlands

Above: Delhi, India

Above: The Santiago, Chile walkers dining after the walk

Above: Fort Pierce, Florida

Above: La Colonia Tovar, Venezuela

Above: Battery Park City, New York, USA walk leader Lavonne Hall 

Above: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Above: Manila Binondolintrauros, Phillipines

Remember, if you took a group photo, post me a link to it here in the comments and tomorrow I’ll share a link we can all view them.

Thanks again for helping to make this such a remarkable day where so many new friends are made, so many wonderful pictures are taken, so yet a group of orphans lives are helped because of it. We walked with a purpose! :)

All my best,

-Scott

Saturday
Oct
2014
11

It’s Here! It’s “Worldwide Photo Walk Day!”

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

Whoo Hoo!!! It’s Worldwide Photo Walk day!!!!

Greetings from one of my favorite cities in the world — London, England where I’m hosting a local walk today as part of my 7th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk.

So excited to see images from walks all over the world today (the first walks, in Australian and New Zealand, have already wrapped up, so we’re off and walking!).

Here’s some “Day of Walk” stuff from my crew:

1. Check out the Flickr App for Sharing on the Walk

Check out Flickr’s Mobile app and share pictures of your walk. Here’s a video that will show you how to install and use the app: http://pardot.kelbymediagroup.com/e/39182/B-sZd3jlFhU/4m9n8/71366465. This app will allow you to upload all your pictures to one place and also share them on social media.

2. Join the Open Flickr Group

So that you can connect with photowalkers from all over the world, we would like to invite you to our Flickr Open Group page, where you can see images from photowalkers all over the world tomorrow! You can join that group here:http://pardot.kelbymediagroup.com/e/39182/groups-wwpw2014/4m9nd/71366465

3. #WWPW2014 is the Hashtag! 

As many of you already know, we are running a few social-media contests to highlight this event! On Twitter, follow @kelbyone and talk to us about photowalk using the hashtag #WWPW2014 for your chance to win prizes during the day of photowalk. We are also pinning our favorite #WWPW2014 pictures to our Pinterest board here:kel.by/wwpwpins

4. After The Walk

Once the walk is completed, we will email all of you so you’re aware of how to upload the pictures for the walk competition.  That won’t happen until Monday so you have some time to go through your pictures.

OK, I gotta run and go get ready to lead my London walk this morning. In the meantime, here’s wishing you all beautiful weather, a safe fun walk, a chance to make new friends, and some of your best photos yet!

Cheers,

-Scott

Thursday
Oct
2014
09

The Worldwide Photo Walk Is Tomorrow (plus seven last-minute tips)!

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

It’s here!!! Tomorrow in more than a thousand cities around the world my 7th Annual World Wide Photo Walk kicks off, and by tomorrow night nearly 20,000 photographers around the world will collectively have taken literally millions of photos as part of their local Photo Walks. How cool is that!!!!

If you haven’t signed up for a walk yet: go here  right now — find a walk near you and sign up free! (you can be walking with us tomorrow!).

If you’re already signed up to walk, here are SEVEN LAST MINUTE PHOTO WALK TIPS to make your day a success:

(1) Walk Leaders: Make Sure You Watch my Leader’s Video
If you’re leading a Photo Walk, go to your Leader’s Dashboard page on the Official Worldwide Photo Walk site and watch my video called my: Top 10 (or so) Tips for Leading A Successful Photo Walk.” There is some VERY important info in that video, so please make absolutely sure you watch it before your walk.

(2) Get a Group Shot Right at the Beginning
Somebody remember to take a group shot before you head out for your walk (it’ll be much harder to corral everybody after the shoot, so get one right before you head out). Send some to me, and I’ll post ‘em on my blog next week and over on our Google+ Event Page.

(3) This is The Gear I’m Taking on My Photo Walk
I’m walkin’ light again this year. I’m going with a Canon 5D Mark III body with just one lens; a Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5 – f/6.3 XRDi lens. I’ll be using a Black Rapid strap (a strap that goes across your body, rather than over your shoulder) and two Lexar 32GB 1000X cards (one SD and one Compact Flash).

(4) Don’t Forget to Wear Really Comfortable Shoes
You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you wear shoes that make your feet happy. Don’t forget sunscreen (or a raincoat, depending on the weather for your walk).

(5) Charge all your batteries tonight
Don’t forget to charge your camera batteries, clean your lenses (and sensor), and make sure you’ve got an empty memory card and a back-up.

(6) Go read Dave Cross’ “Photo Walk Ideas” article
If you’re looking for some great ideas, give Dave’s great article a quick read. Even though he wrote it back for my 2010 walk, it’s a great article and it’ll increase your chances for a killer shot! Here’s the link.

(7) The Most Important Thing Is…: That you all stay safe
Look out for each other on the walk.
 Drink plenty of water beforehand and during the walk. Keep an eye on your gear at all times. Don’t go into scary-looking areas, traipsing down deserted alleys, or anyplace that looks unsavory. Don’t get distracted by shooting—you don’t want to bump into, or trip over, anything. Get some great shots, and I’ll see you back here on Monday for a recap of the event.

A special thanks to our wonderful sponsors who made all of this happen (especially our premier sponsor Canon who gave us some incredible prizes for the contest) and to all the photographers around the world who volunteered to lead walks.

My humble thanks to you all for being a part of his historic photography event. Can’t wait to see your shots!!!!!! :-)

All my best,

-Scott

Thursday
Oct
2014
09

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  16 Comments

The 7th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk
We’re just a couple of days away from the world’s largest social photography event, the Worldwide Photo Walk! If you haven’t already signed up to take part in this event, there’s still time. Just head to WorldwidePhotoWalk.com and search for a walk in your area. It’s a fun event that’s focused on photography, but also on the social aspect of things. Doesn’t matter if you have a top-of-the-line DSLR, a point-and-shoot, or a cell phone camera… Everyone is welcome! Not only that, but anyone who participates can enter the contest for a chance to win some great prizes, including a Canon 70D kit, Canon PIXMA PRO-1 printer, Adobe Creative Cloud membership, Wacom Intuos tablet, B&H gift cards, Tamron 28-300mm lens, and much more!

A Photographer’s Guide To Paris with Scott Kelby & RC Concepcion
If you’re planning a trip to Paris (or just dreaming of one), then consider this your travel guide on where to go for the best photographs of this iconic city. On and off the beaten path, Scott Kelby shares his favorite locations along with the kind of veteran traveler tips that will help you capture images that you’ll be delighted to bring back home. Timing is everything, so you’ll not only learn where to go, but what times will yield the best chances for great photographs. This is strictly a travel guide for photographers, so there’s no Photoshop or Lightroom involved, just the kind of information that will aid you on your photographic journey and inspire you to get out there and shoot.

Leave a comment for your chance to watch this class for free!

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Matt Kloskowski, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Oct 10 – Westminster, London, UK (tomorrow!)
Oct 17 – Charlotte, NC
Dec 1 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Power of One Flash with Joe McNally
Nov 6 – Washington, DC
Dec 9 – San Diego, CA

The Lightroom LIVE Tour with Matt Kloskowski
Oct 22 – Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 4 – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5 – San Antonio, TX

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Oct 20 – Chicago, IL
Nov 7 – Los Angeles, CA

The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
Oct 7 – Raleigh, NC
Nov 10 – Toronto, ON
Dec 12 – Phoenix, AZ

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through the end of the year. Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Squarespace 7 Is Here!
Here at Kelby Media Group, we LOVE Squarespace! It makes creating a website, blog, or portfolio incredibly fast and easy, especially if you just want to click a few options and get a beautiful, simple website in no time at all. We’re excited to share that they’ve launched the beta for their new backend, Squarespace 7! This is a brand new interface for our content management system that greatly enhances the usability of our existing web publishing platform. Squarespace 7 makes some significant design improvements to the site management features of Squarespace 6, but most of it will feel familiar if you’ve used Squarespace in the past two years. You can easily enable Squarespace 7 for your existing site by turning on a simple toggle.

If you’re not already using Squarespace, you can pick a template and start a 14-day free trial right here.

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Rentals
- joe t
- Neoh Soon Hueng

KelbyOne Live Ticket
- Michael Scott

If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Oct
2014
08

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Alex Garcia!

by Brad Moore  |  3 Comments


Photo by Robert Deutsch

Do your pictures speak to you?

If you’re feeling a dry spell in your creativity or you’re undecided about what personal project might wow your next client, it’s a curious but valuable question.

What happens often as photographers is we get caught up in tools of the trade. Not everyone obviously, but with so many eye-popping advances in technology we drift towards how we can manipulate, control and shape our images. We tell our pictures what to say.

It makes perfect sense. If you’re trying to stay ahead, so much has to measure up. Who wants to take chances with pictures when a client’s expectations are at stake? More control, less risk. So we previsualize, research, come up with shot lists, use photo actions and tools. With a flourish of creativity, we finish. The results can be beautiful.

But this is all very much directed by you the photographer, in a process that can become so perfected and controlled that it becomes stale. Perhaps that’s why, at a portfolio review, you might be asked after you have bared the fruits of all your labor, “Do you have any personal projects to show?”

Editors and art buyers want to be surprised by someone’s individual passions and creativity. They want to lasso a star.

If you feel like you’re producing well-crafted widgets with your photography, or if you’re casting about for a personal project to get your passions going on, let me make a suggestion that I try to follow myself.

Let your pictures speak.

What the heck do I mean?  I’ve been a photojournalist for over twenty years, and I’ve done a lot of conscious picture-taking. Before I compose a picture, I’m thinking of my subject, my audience, my editors, and the reporter’s story. I’m trying to find and make pictures that will sing in the space provided but within the constraints of expectations and needs of the job.

So, tired by all the control I was exerting, I decided to do the thing that I kept putting off. I decided to explore my family roots in Cuba…without pictures.

What happened next set in motion a chain of events that forever changed my perceptions of photography and the direction of my career.

Unlike everyone else who goes to Cuba, especially through numerous destination workshops, I didn’t want to take pictures and turn the island into a photo project. I didn’t go to take photos of cigars, cars and decrepit buildings like everyone else.

I wanted to meet family that no one in my U.S. family had seen in about forty years. I took a camera, but more to take visual notes and to photograph family.

Yet, every time I felt an emotional chord strike, I would take a picture and move on.

It wasn’t an emotional family homecoming. That’s the stereotypical narrative for a returning family member. But too much time had passed. Politics intervened. My experience was a bit disjointed and sometimes awkward.

I was troubled by my experience. I came back and put away my pictures for 6 months.

But my unconscious had a few things to say. Still needing to process the experience, I went through and selected every picture that rang an emotional chord, even if I didn’t understand why.

I laid them out together and was shocked to see that the pictures had a voice that I wasn’t eager to hear. They told me this:

I was a stranger. It was also a strange land to me. I was a stranger in a strange land.

Yeesh. So much for feeling closer to my family.

Fast forward years later, I found myself at the presidential palace, face-to-face with Cuban President Fidel Castro.

How did that happen?

After what my pictures said on my first trip, I responded. I kept returning to the island, ultimately risking a staff job at the Los Angeles Times to ask for a leave of absence to study in Cuba for six months.

After the L.A. Times, I came to the Chicago Tribune, with extensive Cuba experience. Shortly after, the Tribune was the first U.S. newspaper in forty years to receive permission to open a bureau on the island. I jumped into my editor’s office. He could sense my passion.

So there I was at the presidential palace, getting ready to photograph our CEO and the Cuban president, shaking hands at the inauguration of the bureau.

On that trip, that lasted a couple months, I produced a sports picture essay that won a World Press Photo award. That award led to book projects and other opportunities.

I’ve left newspapering since then, but it was still a personal and professional highpoint in my career that is still bearing fruit.

But it all started with exploring a personal interest that, honestly, was unsettling.

While at the Tribune, I wrote a weekly column about photography that was gathered into my recent book Depth of Field: Tips on Photojournalism and Creativity.  I write about personal projects and the psychology of picture-taking because our unconscious behavior is either helping or hindering us.

So yes, I know, it sounds woogie to say,”Let your pictures speak to you.”

But when you do, and respond, it could add a missing personal dimension to your photography that others are hungry to see.

Alex Garcia is a Chicago-based editorial and commercial photographer with over twenty years experience as a photojournalist at the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. He is a frequent lecturer, author and public speaker. His recent book is “Depth of Field: Tips on Photojournalism and Creativity.” You can see more of his work at AlexanderGarcia.com, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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