Monthly Archives August 2022

…and cities all over the world are still adding local photo walks, so if you checked a week or so ago and didn’t see a walk near you, there might be one now, so go check, and you can join us a week from tomorrow (Saturday, August 13, 2022). Here’s the link to the official site (remember, the walk is free, free, free – all you have to do is sign-up, show up, take pictures and make some new friends. Check out the video above for more details. :)

You Can Do Something Awesome Today. You Can Help An Orphan

The social mission of our photo walk each year is to help raise money for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya, and they count on us to come through for them, and last year, we sure did, raising over $20,000, which makes a huge difference for a small orphanage. The photo walk is free, but lots of folks either $1 (one dollar), or buy an official Photo Walk T-shirt, custom designed each year for the event by our own Margie Rosenstein, and 100% of the profits from that shirt go to the orphanage (and do 100% of any $1 donations). So far, several photographers have donated $10, 50, and some have even donated $250, but all you need to do to help is just give $1. Just a buck. It adds up like you cannot believe, and it helps like you cannot imagine.

Here’s the link to donate (and thank you for thinking about helping out these kids).

I’m Heading To Tuscany in October. Wanna Come?

I’ve got a few spots left for my travel photography workshop in Italy’s beautiful Tuscany region this fall, and it will be an epic experience of learning, laughing, and making new friends in one of the most beautiful places on this planet. If you’d like to come along, the details and how to get one of the remaining tickets are at this link.

An Incredible Opportunity: A Joe McNally Workshop on Ellis Island

This is one of those “once in a lifetime” opportunities, and it’s coming up this September as living legend Joe McNally is holding a very special workshop on Ellis Island with special access to areas that are usually off limits. There are just a few spots left, so don’t miss out. Head to https://joemcnally.com/2022/07/26/ellis-island-workshops/ for tickets and more details.

The Photoshop World Conference Is This Month

Well, it’s at the very end of this month, but it will be worth the wait. I am super psyched about the classes I’m teaching, but I’m just one of the team of great instructors (the whole conference is online and archived for a full year after the event, so you can stream it all again, catch any classes you missed, etc.).

I couldn’t embed this video I made for you because it’s a YouTube short, but if you click the link below, you can watch it. The message is pretty important, and I’d be grateful if you’d give it a quick watch, if you’re into learning about Photoshop, Lightroom, Photography, or Lighting. It’ starts September 30th. You should be there.

https://youtube.com/shorts/F2dkcJ5cJSE?feature=share

Lots of really great stuff going on – it’s so great to be back out there, teaching, traveling, and having fun. Hope I’ll see you along the way. Have a great weekend. :)

-Scott

New KelbyOne Course: Best Kept Secrets to Amazing Dog Photography with Kaylee Greer

Go in-depth into the world of dog photography with Kaylee Greer, a private and commercial pet photographer. Learn to create photos of your dog that are worthy of a cover shot by learning the tips and tricks Kaylee uses to bring out the best in each subject.

In Case You Missed It: Adventures of Becoming a Dog Photographer with Kaylee Greer

Join Kaylee Greer for an around-the-world adventure in dog photography! In each lesson Kaylee peels back the curtain and takes you behind the scenes to show you what it took to get the shot. Consider this class a backstage pass to some of her most fun and unforgettable photo shoots. It’s never a perfect process, and you’ll quickly find that behind every amazing photo there’s a certain amount of love, madness, whimsy, hard work, trust, patience, and determination needed to bring her vision to the world.

Titans fans receive ear warmers from Ticketmaster and CMT before the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN.

If you’ve been around Scott’s blog long, you know that football is kind of a thing around here. With the NFL preseason beginning soon, I thought I would take a slightly different approach to covering a game.

When it comes to covering a game, it takes a team of photographers to get all the coverage that’s needed. Most people who want to cover an NFL game are trying to get as close to the action as possible, but I barely know who the top players are on any team.

Titans fans receive ear warmers from Ticketmaster and CMT, handed out by the Boy Scouts of America, before the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN.

However, I do have some experience covering events, so I’m happy to wonder around the venue and see what else is going on around the game! And that’s why Donald Page, team photographer for the Tennessee Titans, invited me to help cover some of the event marketing photos for the team and their sponsors a couple of seasons ago.

A band performs on the Pinnacle Tailgate Party stage before the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN.

While these photos aren’t showing the peak moment of a wide receiver catching the game winning touchdown, they do give color and texture to what’s happening on game day. Plus, I’m guessing that sponsors enjoy seeing photos of fans enjoying and interacting with their brands.

Fans grab drinks from Yee-Haw Brewing Co. during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN.

If you’ve ever been to an NFL game, you know that the event doesn’t begin when you get to your seat, but as soon as you arrive outside the stadium. On this game day, there were plenty of activities to participate in as soon as you got inside the outer gates of the stadium.

Fans toss a football at the Bridgestone Quarterback Challenge before the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN.

From a concert stage, to a football toss, to cookies and free swag, there were plenty of things to check out on your way inside the stadium.

Fans receive Tiff’s Treats cookies before the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN.
Titans fans receive shirts from Comcast Xfinity before the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN.

Then there are the personalities on hand who go all out for their favorite team. They wouldn’t dress this way if they didn’t want to be photographed!

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It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always, this week from somewhere along the German / Dutch border.

Photography can be as social as you want it to be. We can meet up and interact with others, or we can stick to ourselves and photograph in solitude. We’ve got the world of social media to use as we wish but lately the top photo-centric platform has been up to a few tricks. Let’s take a look at that.

In a statement released by Instagram recently they expressed that they would be making some changes to get themselves up to speed with what the users wanted. They were mocked for attempting to emulate TikTok and there was outrage across their platform and others, as well as on all the photography news sites. The company released another statement soon after to say they’d heard the complaints and would be giving users more of what they want, reversing some changes. In either case, Instagram is a platform that we can use to be more social with our photography, interacting with one-another and sharing our work.

Flickr, SmugMug, 500PX, and plenty of other platforms exist and serve similar purposes where we can be social photographers online, but after the global pandemic that made a lot of us realise how important it is to be social in the real world, Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk is back this year and is about two weeks away. Getting together with other like-minded people to share skills and network is incredibly valuable. If you want to get involved you can find a walk near you.

I’ve led a few walks and attended others and I have to say, they’re incredibly fun and you can get from them exactly what you want. If you want to make new friends, you can. If you want to build your portfolio and learn new skills, you can. If you want to network and connect with other photographers, you can. You can take as many or as few photos as you like, and you can go sit down and have a coffee (or a beer) with your fellow walkers afterwards. Overarching the entire global event is the charitable element – the Springs Of Hope Orphanage in Kenya will benefit from the donations of good people such as yourselves, making it a double-whammy of an event.

However social you want to be with your photography, there’s a solution for you out there.

Much love
Dave

I only do a few hands-on travel photography workshops each year, and I’m very excited to announce one absolutely unforgettable. Come join world-class photographer Mimo Meidany and me in the beautiful Tuscany region of Italy this fall – October 5-8, 2022 for our Timeless Tuscany Travel Photography Workshop (with an opening dinner and get-together the night before). 

Italy’s Tuscany region is one of the most photogenic places on earth, and the quaint, charming village of San Quirico d’Orcia, is our home base for the workshop. We’ve got a wonderful little hotel there – it’s the Hotel Residence Casanova Wellness Center and Spa, and it may well be in the single best location in all of Tuscany for exploring the region photographically. It’s close to everything; we have a wonderful on-site classroom, with great restaurants and shopping all within walking distance. It’s a pretty magical location all the way around, with the rolling hills of Tuscany at our doorstep.

We’ll be shooting on location and spending time in the classroom each day, learning a lot, shooting a lot, and we’ll be having lots of fun and making new friends all along the way. 

The workshop is limited to 12 participants, so If you’re interested in joining us, go grab your spot right now before it sells out (all my previous workshops have sold out in advance). Here’s the link to my workshop’s website with tickets and more info:

http://scottkelbyworkshops.com

It’s going to be an incredible experience, and you know you’ll come home with some incredible shots, great stories, and memories to last a lifetime. I hope you can join us for “Timeless Tuscany.” :)

Ciao, ciao!

-Scott

P.S. Did I mention the food? Ohhhhhhh, the food. If you love Italian food, wait until you have it in Italy. Did I mention the wine? Ohhhhhhhhh, the wine.  :)

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