Monthly Archives July 2009


If you’re registered to walk in one of our Photo Walks around the world, as a special bonus we’re giving you a FREE one-month subscription to our highly acclaimed online Photography, Photoshop, and Lightroom training, from Kelby Training Online.

You’ll be learning from industry icons like Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Myself, Jack Davis, Bert Monroy, Matt Kloskowski, Dan Margulis, Katrin Eismann, Rick Sammon, Dave Cross, Vincent Versace, Eddie Tapp, John Paul Caponegro, David Ziser, and a host of the most talented, gifted, and giving instructors in the world today.

When you log-in to your Photo Walk page, you’ll find the code to redeem your free month, and how to access your free training.

We’ve never done anything like this before, but we wanted to do something special for you guys, and we thought with all the photos you’ll have to process after the walk, having access to all this online training (accessible any where in the world), might really be helpful.

Thanks again to everyone walking, to our sponsors, and to our leaders. You guys rock! :)


It’s finally here—-my 2nd Annual World Wide Photo Walk is tomorrow, and by tomorrow night more than 30,000 photographers around the world will collectively have taken literally millions of photos as part of their local Photo Walks. That just boggles my mind!

Here’s a few last minute Photo Walk things:

(1) Walk Leaders: Make Sure You Watch my Video
If you’re leading a walk, I made a special video (Called “A Special Message from Scott”) to help you make your walk a success, and there’s some VERY important info in that video, so please make absolutely sure you watch it before your walk. You’ll find this video when you log into your local walk page.

(2) Matt’s Workflow Video is Live!
We’ve now posted Matt’s Lightroom Workflow videos, including a video on how to upload your photos for the contest. Here’s the link.

(3) 30,000 and Counting!
By the time you read this, we’ll be well past 30,000 registered walkers. I’m lovin’ it!!!!!! What a great Saturday we’re going to have!!!!

(4) Get a Group Shot Right at the Beginning
Don’t forget to take a group shoot 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).

(5) Don’t miss My Other Post Today about Something Very Special for All Walkers!
It’s way cool, and we’ve never done anything like it before.

(6) This is The Gear I’m Taking on My Photo Walk
A Nikon D-5000 camera with just one lens; an 18-200mm f/3.5 – f/5.6 VR lens. I’ll have my Hoodman Loupe with me; my Rapid Strap, and my Epson P-6000 will be in my camera bag for on-site back-up. That’s right—I’m travelin’ light, baby!

(7) Wear Really Comfortable Shoes
You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you wear shoes that make your feet happy.

(8) 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.

(9) The Most Important Thing Is….
That you all stay safe. Look out for each other on the walk. Drink plenty of water beforeh 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, and to all the photographers around the world who volunteered to lead walks, and my humble thanks to you all for being a part of his historic photography event;

All my best,


Last week Mark Astmann from Bogen Imaging came by our studios, and showed us one of the coolest, and most anticipated, new battery-powered strobe systems ever, and well…you’ve just gotta watch the video below to see what all the fuss is about (Note: this is the same kit that Joe McNally was using for his shot of the diver in the water last week at his workshop in St. Lucia).

UPDATE: I just learned that the first shipment of these is due to hit B&H photo any day now, and they’re acceptings orders right now. Here’s the link to the “S” head two-head kit I talked about on the video, but you can find all the Quadra gear there by searching for “Ranger Quadra.”


Hi Gang:
Just two more days, but there’s a lot of cool stuff happening, like:

(1) We added a New Prize Category
I think you’re going to like this; it’s a “People’s Choice” award, where you guys (photo walkers) get to choose a winner from all the local winning entries to win a separate prize package (hey, this won’t be easy—you’ll have to choose one out of around 915 local winners). More details to come.

(2) We’re in USA Today
The nation’s largest newspaper ran a story on the Photo Walk in their Technology section yesterday. Here’s the link to read it online. (How cool is that!!!). :)

(3) Special Email for Walk Leaders
An email went out to all the leaders yesterday with some last-minute details, a handy-checklist, and other important leader stuff, so if you’re a Walk Leader, make sure you keep an eye out for it.

(4) Photo Walk Lightroom Workflow Tutorial
Matt Kloskowski has put together a Lightroom Workflow Video Tutorial for people participating in the walk, and we’ll be making that available shortly as well. Keep an eye out here, or on the Photo Walk site for more details.

(5) Don’t forget Brad and Jeff
Brad Moore and Jeff Revell are posting a steady stream of posts and ideas about this Saturday’s walk, so make sure you visit the official Photo Walk site, and before Saturday to get the latest info.

(6) Don’t miss my Walk advice article
On Tuesday I posted an article with some advice for anyone participating in the Photo Walk, so if you missed it, here’s that link again.

(7) We now have over 29,000 Photographers signed up to Walk
I know. It’s Crazy.

That’s it for today. Check back tomorrow for any last-minute advice (and quite possibly we’ll be pulling another rabbit out of our hat!). :)

David J. Nightingale © Bobbi Lane

Before I begin I’d like to thank both Scott and Brad for inviting me to be a guest blogger – it’s truly an honour, and I’m delighted to be appearing alongside the many other wonderful photographers that have contributed to Guest Blog Wednesday. So thanks again to Scott and Brad, and hello to everyone else.

Seeing the Light

One of the hardest things I find about writing is starting – not because I procrastinate, which I do – but because there are always so many different and interesting topics that can be discussed in relation to photography. In this case, after spending a couple of weeks trying to narrow it down, I went back and reread (and re-watched) many of the guest blogs that have been posted this year in search of inspiration. After realising that I had a lot to live up to – there have been some really inspiring posts in recent months – I was struck by a point that Eddie Tapp made:

“Learning to ‘see the light’ is perhaps the single, most exciting experience in one’s imaging life.”

Eddie went on to discuss this point in terms of the nature of light – how to recognise different types of light, how to modify and shape the light falling onto a subject, and so on – but his key point was that being able to “see the light” is one of the most significant skills we need to develop. And he’s right.

But exactly which light is it that we need to learn to see?

On the face of it, this sounds like a dumb question – we need to be able to see the light that’s there, and when we can appreciate and understand its nature we can photograph it, modify it, and so on – but there are two things that complicate this process.

The first complication is obvious, and was implied in Eddie’s post: the light that we need to learn to see is the light that our camera sees, not what we see. Whether you’re shooting film or digital you will know that what you see is not always what your camera sees; i.e. the human eye/brain combo can perceive a much larger dynamic range than your camera’s sensor or your film. For example, while a digital sensor is limited to around 6-9 EV, the human eye can perceive a dynamic range of approximately 14 EV without any adaptation, and up to around 24 EV when you take into account the facts that it can also adjust to very dark scenes and that the pupil can change size to accommodate varying levels of brightness.


The net result of this is that we learn to either not shoot scenes with a massively large dynamic range, or we find ways to modify the light within such scenes to decrease the contrast ratio between the darkest and brightest areas, or we shoot a sequence of photographs and convert them to an HDR image. In this instance, the only viable option was to (more…)

……UK-based fine-art and commercial photographer David Nightingale (you may better know him as Chromasia).

Brad turned me on to the work of this award-winning photographer earlier this year, and he’s got some really tasty stuff, including some nice HDR work that’s not at all over the top. Take a few moments and check out his portfolio here, then check out his blog here, and make sure you check back tomorrow to see what he has in store for us. I’m guessing, it’s some pretty cool stuff! :)