Category Archives G+ Conference

Hi Gang, and greetings from sunny San Francisco! We arrived yesterday afternoon,; Matt grabbed a rental car and we headed down to Monterey to shoot along the coast at Big Sur.

The sunset was kind of sketchy — for a while it looked like it might be good (as seen above), but then this fog kind of rolled in off shore (they call it “marine layer”) and once the sun tucked behind it, it was not to be seen again. Still a lot of fun just shooting along the chilly, windy Garrapata State beach at Big Sur (shown above).

Today is set-up day for tomorrow’s launch of the “Google+ Photographers Conference” here at the Yerba Buena Center, but the conference kicks off later this afternoon with Photo Walks all over the city (I’m leading the one at Golden Gate State Park), and then we all meet-up at a gallery tomorrow night for a wine and cheese reception where we’ll be showcasing the work of some of our attendees, which will be on display in the gallery.

Lots of last minute details to get done, and it’ll be a busy day here. Hope I’ll be seeing you at my Photo Walk today, or at the keynote tomorrow, or in one of my four sessions (four sessions? Yikes!).

Hope you all have a great Monday!

Man, have I picked up some Frequent Flyer miles in the past few weeks. As I write this, I’m on my delayed flight back from Norfolk, Virginia after speaking the ISAP aviation photographers’ conference (had a great time. Their association is so fantastic, I actually signed-up myself while I was there, and now I am a proud ISAP member). A big thanks to Nikon for having me there in the first place, and to Larry Grace and all the great folks at ISAP.

So, after back-to-back London and Paris trips (hey, I’m not complaining) I’m off this weekend to San Francisco as we kick off the first ever, “Google+ Photographer’s Conference.” We’re going to have a packed house out there, and we’re getting there early to get everything set-up, coordinated, decorated and ready to rock. I am SO excited about this has come together — it is going to be a really amazing experience, and I looking forward to meeting some of the people I’ve been following this year on Google+ face-to-face, and to making lots of new friends while I’m there.

I’m teaching a few classes, and doing some location shoots as well, and the whole gang here at Kelby Training is really psyched up for. I hope if you’re there, you’ll stop me and say “hi.” (I always get a kick out of meeting people who read the blog). :)

I’m not quite sure how much time I’ll have to blog while I’m out there — hoping to have one for Monday, but Tuesday may well be “lame-out Tuesday” but I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Here’s wishing you all a terrific weekend, and I’ll be seeing some of you out West in just a few days, so safe travels to everyone!

What an amazing response we got to yesterday’s launch of the Google+ Photographer’s Conference. A big thanks to everybody that helped spread the word online, and we were overwhelmed with the interest, sign-ups, and people just wanting to help out, and be a part of this history-making event.

I thought I follow-up today with a brief Q&A to answer some of the questions some folks have sent out way. Here’s goes:

Q. If I can’t make it to the Conference, will the sessions be broadcast?
A. Absolutely, but even better than that, the main conference sessions will all be broadcast LIVE as Google+ OnAir Hangouts for FREE (thanks to the folks at Google for that!!!). Also, the sessions will be archived so if you miss the live broadcasts, you can still catch the sessions when you can.

Q. If the conference is streamed live for free, why would I pay to go?
A. Because you’re loose with money. (Kidding. I hope). Actually it’s because if you’re there in person, you’ll get to do photo shoots, meet new people and make new friends, shoot on location, learn and shoot in the studio, meet the instructors face-to-face, do Photo Walks, get one-on-one portfolio reviews, see your work in the gallery, participate in the Un-Conference sessions, making important connections, and do loads of fun things of instead of just watching on your computer. :-)

Q. Why don’t you guys bring this conference to New York. Or the UK?
A. This conference is literally just one-day old (we just announced it yesterday). Whatdayasay we actually do one first, ya know, before we start planning to take the show “on the road.” eh? ;-)

Q. Is Jeremy Cowart as dreamy in person as he appears online?
A. Define “Dreamy?”

Q. It looks all misty around him, and it looks like he’s running in slow motion but with a fan blowing his hair.
A. Yup. That’s pretty much him.

Q. Do you charge extra for photo walks and one-on-one portfolio reviews?
A. Nope — it’s all included.

Q. Cool, how do I sign up?
A. What a great question (and so unexpected). Just go to and all the details are there.

OK gang —- hope that helps. Hope to see you in SF (I’ll be standing near the guy in all the mist). ;-)