Posts By Scott Kelby

That’s my awesome Chicago group on a beautiful day downtown.

Good morning, everybody – I’m back from leading the local Photo walk in downtown Chicago.

We were blessed with perfect weather and a really great walk route created by my buddy, Chicaoean Paul Kober. Chicago is such a great city for a Photo Walk, with its mix of modern and classic architecture (and great food – did I mention the food?). We wound up at Epic Burger on State Street and shared lots of stories, photos, and laughs. A great to wrap up my Chicago walk.

Thanks for helping the Orphanage (and if you haven’t yet, it’s not too late)

Thanks to all the gracious photographers who donated to help those less fortunate by donating to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya, which this photo walk has adopted as our own. We’re well behind last year’s numbers, so I hope you’ll find a way to help out with a donation — they are really counting on us. Just $1.00 would make a difference.

Group Shots From Around the World

One of the highlights for me each year, is seeing the group shots from around the world come pouring in — it’s such a treat to see all those smiling faces, from every part of the globe, having fun and enjoying one of the great joys of being a photographer, which is hanging out with other photographers and making new friends in the process.

I’m going to post a few shots here, but I would love it if you’d upload the group shot from your walk here in the comments (don’t forget to name your image with the city and country name of your photo walk).

La union ilocos region, Philippines 
Graz, Austria
Braunschweig, Germany
Gamcheon Village. Busan, South Korea
Lisbon, Portugal (with Chicky Nando!)
Old Town Spring, Texas, USA
Sooke, BC, Canada
The happiest photowalk on earth: Disneyland, Anaheim, California, USA
London, England. City – New and Old
Celebration, Florida, USA
Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
San Diego, California, USA (at Balboa Park)
Davao Photograhers Club and Guests. Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur, Philippines
Bryan Salazar Calbayog City, Western Samar, Philippines
Houston, Texas downtown at night.
Butuan City, Philippines
Gingoog City, Philippines
Tumon, Guam
Egypt , grees village , menofia
Calbayog City, Western Samar, Philippines
Bood Promontory Eco Park, Butuan City, Philippines
Westworth Village, Texas / Airfield Falls
Rochester MN, USA
Olo-olo Mangrove Forest in Lobo, Batangas, Philippines
PHOTOGRAPHERS CLUB OF CEBU – Magellan’s Cross Cebu City Philippines
Lancaster, California, USA

More Group Shot photos to come! :)

Thanks to our awesome sponsors!

Thanks to our wonderful main sponsor, Canon USA — we couldn’t have done it without them, and we’re so grateful for their help, enthusiasm and support, and the awesome prizes!

A big shout out to all our official awesome sponsors:

Rocky Nook
Think Tank Photo
B&H Photo
and FJ Westcott

Their support means the world to this photo walk.

Now it‘s time for the photo competitions!

The optional local, leader and worldwide photo walk competitions (with awesome prizes at stake) are just beginning, so look for more as we enter the competition phase. :)

Thanks to everybody who participated in walks around the world. Hope you got lots of great shots, made some new friends, and had a lot of fun making photographs.


It’s here and I’m so excited (and I can’t believe this is the 12th year in a row right?)

Greetings from beautiful Chicago, where this morning I’m leading a local walk here with 50 awesome photographers (My co-host on ‘The Grid’ Erik Kuna is here with me along with my buddy, Chicagoan Paul Kober) as part of my 12th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk, sponsored by the great folks at CanonUSA.

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

1. Our hashtag is #WWPW2019

On Twitter, follow @kelbyone and talk to us about photo walk using the hashtag #WWPW2019

2. Post your group shots here

One of my biggest thrills is seeing the Group Shots from walks all over the world come in, so if you have yours, please send me the link or leave me a link here in the comments so I can share them. DON’T FORGET to tell me your city and country for your group shot (in fact, it’s really helpful if you name your file with the city name and country, too!).

3. Keep an eye out for an email from us on where to upload your images to share with your other walkers

Once the walk is completed, we will ALSO email all of you so you’re aware of how to upload a picture for the optional walk competition.

4. A big, big thanks to our sponsors, including our premier sponsor Canon USA, for their gracious support and awesome prizes:

Here’s wishing you all beautiful weather, a safe fun walk, a chance to make new friends, and some of your best photos yet!


P.S. Don’t forget that the Spring of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya is counting on us – I urge you to give the $1 donation and help some kids you don’t even know, which is makes it all the better because you’re truly giving from your heart. Here’s the link to donate. :)

It’s here!!! Tomorrow, in nearly a thousand cities around the world my 12th Annual World Wide Photo Walk kicks off, and by tomorrow night collectively we will have taken literally millions of photos. How cool is that!!!! I’m up in Chicago and I’m psyched about leading the local walk here tomorrow.

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!).

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.

How ’bout some really helpful tips for getting great images on tomorrow’s walk?

If you’re already signed up to walk, here are SEVEN LAST MINUTE PHOTO WALK TIPS from our dear friend, and Canon Explorer of Light to help you get some great images on the walk tomorrow.

Which gear to bring on the photo walk

7 Tips for Photographing in Cities

Rick Sammon reveals 7 tips for photographing cities and getting the most out of our images from this year’s Worldwide Photowalk.

Find out what gear you should bring on the Worldwide Photo Walk.

Photo Walk Tips: Making Pictures with Rick Sammon

Rick Sammon shares his secrets for creating photos and not snapshots on your photo excursion during the Photowalk.

Photo Walk Tips: Photographing People

Try these 7 tips from Rick Sammon on photographing people during during the Photo Walk.

Photo Walk Tips: Storytelling with Pictures

Rick Sammon shares his best tips on storytelling with your photography.

Photo Walk Tips: Capturing Sunsets

Here are 10 tips from Rick Sammon for creating beautiful sunset photos during the Worldwide Photowalk.

Thanks, Rick! :)

Group shot from my Tarpon Springs, Florida Photo Walk back in 2010

Get a Group Shot Right at the Beginning

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). Post them here, or post a link to them here, and I’ll post ’em on my blog next week and over on my Facebook page at

This is The Gear I’m Taking on My Photo Walk

I’m going with a Canon EOS R Full-frame Mirrorless body with just one lens; a Canon 24-240mm R-mount lens. I’ll be using a Black Rapid strap (a strap that goes across your body, rather than over your shoulder) and a Lexar 128 GB SD card.

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).

Charge your camera 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.

Brings LOTS of water (and drink lots of water!)

This is key! You don’t want to dehydrate on your walk – you want to have 100% fun the whole time, so make sure you drink plenty of water before the walk, and during the walk – it makes a big difference in your enjoyment of the walk, and your safety and well being.

The Most Important Thing Is… That You Stay Safe

Look out for each other on the walk. 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.

Special thanks to Canon, the official Photo Walk sponsor, who gave us some incredible prizes for the contest portion of the walk this year) and to all our wonderful sponsors (thank you Adobe, B&H Photo, Platypod, RockyNook Publishing, Think Tank Photo, Skylum, and Westcott) who made all of this happen, and to all the dedicated photographers around the world who volunteered to lead walks.

Also, a very special thanks to our Walk Leader Coordinator, Jeanne Jilleba, who once again did an absolutely outstanding job from start to finish. Also, a high-five to our Web team for making the Web part of this project work better than ever!

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


We’re just 5 days away!
It’s this coming Saturday, October, 5th, so head over to the official site and see if there’s a photo walk set-up near you (if you haven’t checked in a while, it’s worth checking again – we have photo walks™ organized in over 900 cities around the world). Plus, it’s free; you’ve got a chance at some amazing prizes (including awesome Canon Cameras and lenses, and Adobe software, and Platypods, and lots more!), you’ll take lots of photos, meet some new people, and you’ll just have just a ton of fun.

Check out this year’s photo contest prizes!

Our friends, and official sponsors, Canon USA, are giving the Grand Prize Winner a Canon EOS RP Full Frame mirrorless camera and a 24-105mm lens. The best shot from a walk leader wins this same camera kit. Seriously, how sweet is that! (thank you Canon!)

If you win the Grand Prize in this years photo contest (entering is totally optional) you might pick up an incredible prize package (above), but even if you’re not the Grand Prize winner, you could still win one of these awesome prizes (below) as a finalist.

I’m off to Chicago to lead a local walk there on Saturday morning – my first time leading a walk in Chicago, one of my favorite cities in the US (and home to many yummy burger joints). Can’t wait to meet everybody!

See you here tomorrow for Travel Tuesday with Dave, and his Photo Walk update! :)


Hi, gang — I’m back from 10-days in China for my photography workshop there with my dear friend and colleague Rick Sammon. I took Canon’s new made-for-mirrorless 24-240mm f/4-f/6.3 RF-Mount do-it-all lens with me as my main body, and after shooting thousands of images with it, here’s my unfiltered field report.

Some pretty shocking things about this news lens (as you’ll see in the video below), and I included some important tips that are absolutely critical for anybody who owns this lens, or is considering picking one up. It’s all here, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Give it a look:

Hope you found that helpful. Here’s a link to the lens on B&H Photo for more details, specs, or to order one.

One week until the Worldwide Photo Walk

The big event is one week from tomorrow (Sat., Oct 5th), in 1,000 cities all around the world, but If you haven’t signed up to join a walk near you, no worries — there’s still time. Head over to; search for a city near you; join your local walk (it’s free) and get in on all the fun and contest prizes.

Hope everybody has a great weekend. See ya back here next week!


P.S. Thanks to all the photographers who came out to my seminar in Nashville on Wednesday – appreciate the great turnout and the gracious hospitality. Tennessee people are just the best! Next stop, Dallas and Richmond in October. Hope you can make it for the day. Tickets here. :)

  • Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan
  • Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
  • Ogden, Utah, USA
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Mount Jewel, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Greater London, England
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Lewis County, Washington, USA
  • Tehran, Iran
  • Jirays Village, Egypt
  • Plock Mazoweickie, Poland
  • Cagayan de Oro, Hilagang Mindanao, Phillipines
  • Katy, Texas, USA

These are all cities that recently added photo walks as part of my 12th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk (sponsored by the awesome folks at Canon USA).

We are just 12-days away from the walk on Saturday, October 5th
Whoo hoo, it’s gettin’ close! We have already approved leaders in over 1,010 walks in cities around the world, and over 800 of them are already online for you to join a walk near you!

To find out if there’s a photo walk near you, click here. 

Lots of fun, and new friends, and new photos await. The photo walk is free, and you might win some amazing prizes if you submit an image to the photo contest (totally optional, but entry is free, too). Grab a group of your friends and sign up to be a part of the walk, today! :)

I’m off to Nashville or my seminar there on Wednesday!
I just got back from China yesterday, but there’s no rest for the weary — I’m on my way to Nashville tomorrow for my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar. While I’m there, I’m trying to stay away from one of of the greatest guitar stores in the world — Gruhn’s, but I can’t make any promises. Looking forward to see a whole bunch of you on Wednesday (it’s not too late to come out and spend the day with me — here’s the link for tickets).

Have a great week, everybody!


P.S. The next stop for my seminar tour is Dallas/Arlington next month. Come on out and join me. Tickets here.