Monthly Archives August 2022

If you want to enter the optional Worldwide Photo Walk photo contest, the submission deadline is this week – All contest submissions must be submitted by August 26, 2022, at 11:59 pm EDT.

How to submit your image into the contest:

  1. Edit your favorite photo, making sure the final file size is less than 5MB.
  2. Login to your account at worldwidephotowalk.com.
  3. Navigate to Your Walk found in the top navigation bar.
  4. Scroll down and click on the Contest tab found under the map.
  5. Use the form provided to upload your photo submission.
  6. While you’re there, visit the Gallery page to view other walkers’ submissions.

Good luck, everybody! :)

This Photo Walk Story Will Make You Smile!!!

Well, it made us smile big time. This is such a great story – in our Photo Walk this year, we had a 99-year-old photographer walking with us. Check out this wonderful note we got from one of our walkers:

“Hi, I just wanted to let you guys know that you had a 99-year-old walker this year. This is my dad [above]; he’s in great shape and has inspired him to walk even more. I really think this is awesome, and I wanted to share a couple of pictures of him on the walk. I hope you can share it with others who might feel they aren’t able to participate. Thanks for the opportunity to share this with the world, this is my 3rd walk, and I love it!”

How cool is that!!!

OK, everybody – have a great Monday, and don’t forget to enter those images. :)

-Scott

Women in Photography with Christina Sauer, Gilmar Smith, Kathy Porupski & Guests | The Grid Ep. 525

This week on The Grid, join Christina Sauer, Gilmar Smith, Kathy Porupski, and more as they discuss women in photography! They’re also joined by Photoshop World instructors Karen Hutton, Kaylee Greer, and Victoria Pavlov who all share their stories, work, perspectives on the world of photography!

New KelbyOne Course: How to Use the Canon R3 Like a Pro with Erik Kuna

Join Erik Kuna to learn the ins and outs of the amazing Canon EOS R3! If you’ve purchased the R3 or are considering adding this to your kit, then this is the class for you. Join Erik as he shares his experience with using the R3, discusses what type of photographer will benefit the most from what this camera has to offer, and then takes you on a deep dive exploration of the buttons, dials, and menus to help you get the most out of Canon’s most high performance mirrorless camera to date!

If you’re wondering whether you should register for Photoshop World, here are just a few examples of what you might learn, or be inspired by, from our instructors. Below are excerpts from just a few of our favorite Photoshop World instructors’ guest blogs. Click on their names to view the full posts. And if you find inspiration in these, just imagine what’s in store for you at Photoshop World!


Gilmar Smith: Make The Best With What You Have, and Develop A Personal Style

I still work with the first and only camera I’ve ever had. My trusty Canon 5D Mark II. I bought my Elinchrom strobes at around the same time I bought my camera. It was probably September of 2011, and those are still the only ones I have. My computer is about that old too. It even died on me a couple of months ago, and I got a new hard drive, a new battery, turned to YouTube, and fixed it myself. This is proof that when you want something you go for it. I can’t make excuses. I do drool over gear, but I’m supporting two kids on my own and building my empire brick by brick. So, I make the best with what I have.

It goes back to what makes you unique. I get a lot of messages from people asking me how can they jump into the photography business to make a living. And, to be honest, those questions were the inspiration to write this blog post.

I don’t have all the answers. My process hasn’t been easy. I’ve gotten a lot of doors shut on my face, and I’ve had to dust myself off, get up and try again. But I’ve been fully committed all the time.

First, find your niche, then, make your work stand out from the rest. You can only do that by investing long hours on your craft. Try different techniques. There’s no shortcut. Put the hours in and be creative.


Moose Peterson: Passion Tells The story

Where do you start? Well in this instance, you start by first making introductions and the simple portrait. Always working on making the uncommon from the common, we start at the hangar. With nothing more required than a camera and lens, I’ll show you by simply moving a subject back into a hangar you can find dramatic lighting to create that first portrait. That huge door wide open is a great light source and the hangar is a place pilots are very comfortable. Combining the two is how you introduce your skills and passion to the pilot that can lead to so much more, hopefully that air to air photo mission. In our Air to Air class, we also start in the beginning, which means on the ground. Light is what wraps up our visual storytelling and learning that on the ground is essential! How do you do that? You’ll see as we “fly” a model around looking at the light falling on it, the background and then the combo to tell the story. You learn just like the pilots do, in ground school before you take to the air. We’ve laid it all out for you so all you have to do is insert your passion to make it all come to life!

Photographers come to photography often thinking the f/stop, shutter speed and Photoshop are the biggest challenges to be conquered to be successful. Not to scare you, but that’s the easiest and simplest to master in this craft. It’s not till after you think you understand light that the challenge really becomes personal and the mastery creeps along. Because it is then you must invest the most important ingredient for improvement, time! Personal projects where you invest your heart, time and personality to tell the visual story are the true calling of photography. Stories unfold every second of every day around the world providing us all with an opportunity to explore and invest, to fail and succeed in and what I still feel is the grandest pursuit in life. The ball is now in your court to move forward, just remember, passion tells the story!


Kristina Sherk: Retouching in Lightroom vs. Photoshop

Let’s say you want to make five changes to the iris of your model. So – let’s hypothetically think about how we would do that in Photoshop versus Lightroom.

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It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here! This week I’m writing from Skye, Scotland, where I’m in the company of Scott, Erik, Fernando Santos, Paul Kober and Jeff Kelby. Because of other commitents there are some absent Team Epic members but the trip is Epic, nonetheless.

This trip has, as you will know, incorporated Scott’s Edinburgh walk for his Worldwide Photowalk and we all had a great time meeting everybody and talking shop. The walk, as well as this entire trip, has reaffirmed the belief I have that photography should be a social experience and we aren’t in competition with other photographers. It’s a unique industry and we all need to back each other, sharing knowledge and having a great time along the way.

One such example of how simple it can be to help other photographers comes from our sunset shoot at Neist Point Lighthouse where shutter speeds and ND filters were being shared, along with shooting spots for the optimum view. Here’s a shot of Chicky Nando right before the fog rolled in and gave us an awesome atmosphere for the lighthouse shoot, enveloping the mountainous sea cliffs in a shroud of fog bathed gently by the light of the setting sun.

It’s not always about the serious, calculated shots. Sometimes the social side of photography can be incorporated with the fun of just getting in amongst a herd of Hairy Heelan’ Coos (which is Scottish for hairy highland cows) and firing off some shots for the sake of memories.

We photographers should share more and stick together, meeting new, like-minded friends and forming epic teams of our own. And with that I hope you have a great Tuesday.

Much love

Dave

Above: Here’s our group from Saturday’s Photo Walk in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Gareth Scott

Greetings from Plockton, a small village in the Scottish Highlands, where Erik Kuna, Dave Williams, my brother Jeff, Chicky Nando, and Paul Kober (all from “Team Epic”) and I are up late in an Airb&B, post-processing our images from the day, and celebrating the wonderful time we had at my Photo Walk in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is a truly amazing city on so many levels

I’m so glad I picked Edinburgh to lead a walk this year. Not only is the city absolutely fascinating with so much charm and history, but the Scottish people are also just fantastic. Everyone I met on the Photo Walk and outside of it was just as kind, friendly, and just plain nice as they could be. It really has made this trip a dream come true. Thank you, Edinburgh, for your gracious welcome and wonderful hospitality.

Thanks to everyone around the world who participated in one of our photo walks. It was so great to hear the comments and see the posts from so many walks, with so many photographers taking great photos, having fun, and making new friends. I loved seeing all the group shots (and I’ll be sharing a bunch of them very soon).

More on the photo walk to come soon, but it’s really late here, we’re all just beat from hiking and driving all over, and I want to share more shots and stories, but for now, I’m hitting the sack.

Have a great Monday, everybody!

-Scott

Here’s some “Day of Walk” stuff from me and the crew:

1. Our hashtag is #WWPW2022

On Twitter, follow @kelbyone for updates and photos and get updates on the walks worldwide. Please use the hashtag #WWPW2022, and tag your images with that hashtag as well.

2. Upload any cool shots you’re taking today to share them with the Community

We’ve created a worldwide gallery where you can upload (from your Photo Walk account page) to share your images with the world, and there’s a checkbox there if you want to enter the image into our photo competition.

3. It’s not too late to help an orphan. It’s a great thing to do today!

It’s not too late to make a small donation to the Springs of Hope Orphanage (it’s the social mission of our photo walk each year), and this week, we had our first-ever $1,000 donation come in, which is just amazing (you are a hero Bill M!!!), and lots of folks donating $100, even $250, and we’re so grateful, but all you have to give (if possible – it’s totally optional) is just $1. It all adds up so much, and 100% of your donation goes directly to the orphanage itself. So, even if you can’t do a Photo Walk today with us, you can still just donate a buck. Thank you! It means a lot to us, and them.

4. Order your official Worldwide Photo Walk T-shirt

You can still order this momento to remember and celebrate your walk, and of course, 100% of the profits go directly to the orphanage, and this is a great way to show your support — here’s the link (plus, the shirt design is really cool — high-five to our own Margie Rosenstein, who comes up with these t-shirt designs each year. She is awesome!)

5. Don’t forget to share your Group Shots!

If you take a group shot of the folks on your photo walk, please share it on my Facebook page so I can reshare them on Monday there and here on the blog. I so love seeing and sharing these. Seeing these from all over the world is one of the most awesome parts of all this – seeing everybody together out shooting and making new images and new friends. I love it!

6. Most importantly, be careful – play it safe – and look out for each other during the walk!

Keep an out eye for your fellow walkers, and don’t walk with your eyes glued to your viewfinder. Be aware of your surroundings, car, bus, bike traffic, and other walkers, too. Safety is the most important thing. Also, don’t go into scary-looking areas, traipsing down deserted alleys or anyplace that looks unsavory, and don’t wander off on your own. Don’t get distracted by shooting – you don’t want to bump into or trip over anything. We want you to have a safe, fun, healthy, memorable day wherever you’re photo walking today. :)

Thanks, everybody — it’s going to be a great Photo Walk day, and we’re going to raise a lot of money for some awesome kids, and that is something to celebrate! :)

Cheers,

-Scott

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