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Above: The group shot of the local photo walk I led in Venice, Italy a couple of years ago — such a great group to walk with, which included my brother Jeff (behind me, far right), and Mimo Meidany (far left), and behind him, Italian legend of love, Roby Pisco.

Last week we announced my 11th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ (once again brought to you by our friends at Canon, and produced by KelbyOne), and today I wanted to do a quick Q&A to answer some of the questions that are already pouring in.  

Q. When is the official Photo Walk day?
A. The official date is Saturday, October 6, 2018 

Q. Scott, are you leading a Local Walk again this year?
A. 
You bet!I’m leading a local photo walk in Innsbruck, Austria (I’ve already posted the details for my Innsbruck walk  — I hope if you live in the Innsbruck area, or like me, you’ve dreamed of going to Innsbruck, you can join me). Here’s a link to my walk. :)

Q. What do you do on a Photo Walk?
A. You start by meeting with up to 50 other photographers at a central meeting point. Then a Photo Walk Leader leads the group on a leisurely paced stroll through an area that is photographically interesting; you take lots pictures; you can chat with other folks (photo walkers are very friendly by nature); you laugh, you enjoy being outside with a group of like-minded folks.  Then, after around 2-hours, you wind up at a local restaurant, pub, cafe, etc. (chosen in advance by the walk leader), where you can have a meal, some drinks, and make some new friends.

It’s a social event, and it’s really a blast (and you get to make some cool pictures, which is always good).

Q. Where do I sign up to join a walk in my city?
A. Visit the official Worldwide Photo Walk Website, and click the “Find a Walk” button to see if there’s a walk set-up in a city near you. If there is, and there are spots still available, you can sign up right there for free and join that walk. If there isn’t a walk in your city, maybe you can start one and lead it yourself (more on that in a moment). And if you don’t see any in your area, keep checking back because new walks in new cities are being added every day.

Q. Why isn’t there a walk in my city?
A. We don’t choose the cities. Photo walks take a place in a city because a volunteer in that city contacts us and says they are willing to form and lead a walk. Any city can have a walk — it just takes the right person in that city to volunteer to organize a walk. They can apply to lead a walk on the official site.

Q. Is there a fee to participate?
A. There is no fee — it’s totally free.

Q. Does the walk have a social mission?
A. Absolutely. Each year we “Walk with a Purpose” to benefit the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya. Walkers from around the world raise funds to help the orphanage feed, clothe and care for some very wonderful children who need our help. We do it from simple one-dollar donations. This is totally optional, but when you sign up for a walk, you’ll have the option of donating just $1 to the orphanage via Paypal. 100% of your donation goes directly to the orphanage, and last year we were able to raise nearly $20,000. This year we’re trying to hit $25,000, and with your help, we can do it! You cannot imagine what a difference this makes to the orphanage (and it would mean a lot to me that you’re helping. :)

So, if you could donate just $1 when you’re on the site that would be awesome (and you’ll be helping more than you know), but again, it’s totally optional. By the way, you can give more than a buck if you’d like — some folks give a $hundred — we’ve had folks donate a $thousand, which of course, just makes our head explode with joy!

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Above: Here’s the group shot from the walk I led in 2011 in Tampa, Florida. It was fairly warm, but the people were hot (and I mean that in the nicest non-naughty way possible). Kathy and Barb were there. What could go wrong? ;-)

Q. What happens when a local walk fills up?
A. We have a waiting list for each sold out city, so if someone cancels, it automatically adds (and notifies) the next person on the list.

Q. How many is full?
A. Each Photo Walk is limited to a maximum of 50 photographers. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, you haven’t seen 50 photographers coming down the sidewalk at the same time, and later all converging at once on a restaurant or pub. It’s more like a scary bike gang (except without the bikes, or gang, or scariness).

Q. Why do we limit each Photo Walk to just 50 photographers?
A. Click here for the explanation.

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Above: That’s a group shot from the walk I led in 2013 in Rome. Hey, I see Serge Ramelli next to Kalebra and me! 

Q. If I led a walk last year, can I lead a walk again this year?
A. We would love that! Check your email inbox — we sent out invitations already to last year’s leaders, so keep an eye out for it.

Q. Is there a photo contest again this year?
A. Absolutely! The best photo in each city (as chosen by your local Walk Leader) wins a prize (we’re working on just what that will be right now). From those local walk winners I will choose 10-finalists, who all get great prizes, and then I choose a single Grand Prize winner, who just gets an insane amount of stuff.

Q. I see on the site that Canon is the Sponsor. Does that mean the Grand Prize might include a camera and a lens?
A. I would think yes! A separate post is coming on all the awesome prizes we have lined up for this year.

Q. Do the 10 Finalists win?
A. You bet! I’ll be listing them in my upcoming post on all the prizes for the walk.

Q. Do I have to enter the prize competition?
A. Absolutely not — it’s totally optional — you don’t have to upload even a single photo for the contest).

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Above: That’s the group shot of the local photo walk I led in Sydney, Australia in 2015. We started our walk at the world famous Sydney Opera House. 

Q. Are any cities with Photo Walks organized yet?
A. Yes! We already have walks set-up all over the world, with more being added every day! There are walks all over the world who would love to have you join them!

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Above: That’s my group shot from my Tarpon Springs Photo Walk a few years back. My wife and I made a very dear friend in that photo walk.

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Above: That’s a group shot from my London Photo Walk two years ago. Dave Willaims and Peter Treadway are in there somewhere. Two top men. My friend Bryan is in there. So is Brad. Mike is there, too! Looks like Cathy Baitson snuck in there as well. Lots of cool folks, and lots of great memories.

Q. How can I lead a Photo Walk in my area?
A. You apply over at the official Worldwide Photo Walk website — just click on the “Lead a Walk” button (or just click here).

Q. What does it take to become a Photo Walk Leader?
A. We’re looking for people who have experience leading groups, so if you’re the president of your local camera club, or a college teacher, or photography instructor, or you run a local camera store, or you’ve lead Photo Walks in your area before, so you’re familiar with keep a group of up to 50 people happy, safe and healthy, etc., you’re likely to get accepted fast to be a leader. We ask for your qualifications on the leader application, and that’s the type of experience we’re looking for.

Q. What if my city already has a Photo Walk, but I want to lead a walk, too?
A. Most big cities can accommodate more than one walk, and so as soon as one starts to fill up, we add a 2nd or even a third or fourth depending on the response and city size. Also, if the walks are held geographically far from each other but technically in the same major city, we usually add those, too. (For example, New York City could have walks in Central Park, SoHo, Chinatown, and Times Square, and probably a half dozen other locations)

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Above: This is the group that I led in Ybor City, Florida back in 2009. I hated these people. Of course, I’m just kidding – they were awesome – I just wanted to see if you were paying attention. Worked, didn’t it? ;-)

 

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Above: That’s my group shot from my Paris, France photo walk. Yes, that’s is our friend (and Photoshop World instructor) Serge Ramelli standing next to my wife Kalebra. You get extra points if you recognized Serge from my Rome walk group shot as well. 

Q. Is there a separate Contest For Photo Walk LEADERS?
We have that, too! It’s our way of honoring the photographic work of our dedicated and talented leaders. The best image submitted from a leader will win an awesome prize package as well.

Q. Do we have cool t-shirts for Walkers & Leaders?
A. You betcha! Here’s the link. (order yours right now so you can wear it during for the walk and look all cool and everything, like the model you see in the photo above — but even cooler).

100% of the profits from the sale of these t-shirts go directly to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya for the feeding, medical needs, clothing, education and care for these great kids. Last year we raised nearly $5,000 just from these t-shirt sales alone (imagine how much $5,000 alone means to a small orphanage).

Here’s the link to the t-shirt store (they come in multiple styles and colors).

NOTE: We have special LEADER shirts as well (Leaders —  we’ll be posting a link on your leader’s dashboard).

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Above: OK, not exactly a posed group shot, but it is my group, seen here in a behind-the-scenes shot from the very FIRST Photo walk ever — back in 2008 – this one is in Dunedin, Florida.

Q. I want to know more about this Photo Walk thing. Where do I go?
A. 
There’s an FAQ on the Website (here’s the link) but it’s a lot of the same stuff I have here, but there is some contact info if you need to get in touch with us directly.

Q. Where do I go for the latest Photo Walk information?
A. Stay up-to-date by following us on our Twitter page and Facebook Page (If you talk about the walk on social – we would love it if you would include the hashtag #wwpw2018).

Plus, I’ll be sharing some tips and techniques videos here, along with other fun stuff to get you ready for the big walk on Saturday, October 6th, 2018.

I hope you join us this year as we “Walk with a Purpose” to help the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya and as we make worldwide photographic history once again!

All my best,

-Scott

P.S. We want as many people to participate as possible, so anything you can do to help us spread the word about the walk would be greatly appreciated. Could you share it on forums, on social, with your camera clubs, and anywhere cool photographers hang out? Many thanks. :)

It’s here, and you’re invited to join us at my 11th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ brought to you, once again, by our friends at Canon, and produced by KelbyOne. This Photo Walk is a worldwide phenomenon, with photo walks in nearly 1,000 cities around the globe hosting walks last year. Best of all, besides all the fun and making friends, it all benefits the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya.

Above: That’s my awesome crew from the photo walk I led last year in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. 

Here are the details: 

Who: Everybody! You’re invited to join us — everyone is welcome!
What: A free photo walk in 1,000+ cities around the world (here’s the link)
When: Saturday, October 6, 2018 (walks last 2 hours and usually end up at a restaurant, cafe, or pub)
Where: In a city near you (find a city that’s hosting a walk near you right here)
Why: It’s a fun, free event for photographers that has an important social mission (plus, you might win the optional local or national photo contest)

What to do if you don’t see a photo walk organized near you:
If you don’t find a walk near you, maybe you could be the one to lead a walk in your town? Here’s where to apply to lead a walk in your city.

Lots more details to come, but for now, head over to the official Worldwide Photo Walk Site, find a walk, maybe lead a walk, and get involved. It’s all free, you might win something, you might make some new friends, you might make some really great images, you just never know, right?

I’m leading the local photo walk in Innsbruck, Austria
If you live there, or nearby, or you’re just looking for a great excuse to visit Austria, sign up to be on my free walk. 

Thanks again to Canon USA
We’re proud to have Canon as our Photo Walk sponsor again this year — they make the World Wide Photo Walk possible, and once again they’re making some amazing contest prizes available, and they’re creating free training for photo walkers on how to make your best photo walk images ever. Thank you, Canon USA!

Have a great weekend, everybody. The Photo Walk in on!!!!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. There’s only one spot left for my Rome Travel Photography Workshop next month with Mimo Meidany. Come and join us for an unforgettable 4-day workshop where you’ll shoot a lot, learn a lot about Lightroom and Photoshop, and you’ll eat more amazing pasta and real Italian Gelato than you probably should. Grab this one spot before it’s gone! Details here. 

Happy Monday, everybody. Here’s what’s up:

HERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT LIGHTROOM’S HDR YOU’LL WANT TO KNOW…
I made this discovery recently, and it’s about how to get MUCH sharper, more color accurate realistic HDR images if you start in Lightroom, then jump over to Photoshop just briefly, where you change one simple setting — it makes all the difference in the world. I did a short video about it over on my Lightroom blog — LightroomKillerTips.com — this is really helpful if you make realistic HDR images.

LEADERS OF LAST YEAR’S WORLDWIDE PHOTO WALK…
Check your email — we’ve sent out invitations for you to have the first opportunity to lead a Photo Walk™ again this year. If you’ve changed your email address in the last year, or if for any reason you didn’t get an invite, just leave me a comment here and we’ll reach out to you directly to get you set-up. The official walk date and opening to the public to lead walks is coming soon. :)

COUNTDOWN: JUST 11 DAYS ‘TILL MY LIGHTROOM SEMINAR IN WASHINGTON, DC
Come on out and spend the day with with me on Friday, August 17th, at the Washington DC Convention Center  learning all the cool stuff in Lightroom — everything from truly getting organized, to how to edit your images; how to unlock more of Lightroom’s power, how to work with Photoshop and a ton more. Tickets and here here.  Hope I see you there! :)

KELBYONE IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE SOLO GALLERY EXHIBIT OF RAMTIN KAZEMI
We’re getting ready to honor another KelbyOne member’s work with their own solo gallery opening at the Gallery at KelbyOne, and his wine/cheese opening reception is open to all KelbyOne members who’d like to join us in person at our studio gallery.

Ramtin’s gallery show will be:

Saturday, August 18 at 7:00 pm EDT.

We’ll be flying Ramtin and a guest to our Headquarters in Tampa, Florida for his show and a wine and cheese reception, followed by a live Q&A in the KelbyOne Theater. To watch Ramtin’s live Q&A, tune in using this link on Saturday, August 18, at 8:00 pm ET. You’ll be able to see his work and learn about his process and inspiration. If you were unable to attend any of our previous gallery shows, you can watch recordings of the Q&As for our previous winners in the Webcast Archives and check out more highlights from their galleries exhibits.

That’s it for today. Hope yours is a great one! :)

Best,

-Scott

 

 

 

This is your invitation to come to beautiful Rome, Italy and join me and Italian photographer, long exposure expert, and KelbyOne Instructor Mimo Meidany for an unforgettable four-day travel photography workshop — “The Classic Beauty of Rome” in one of the most fascinating cities on the planet. First, watch this short video:

Get ready for an unforgettable hands-on travel photography workshop in one of the most historical and photogenic cities in the world, — beautiful Rome, Italy. The city of statues, fountains, and piazzas will be your home for four delightful days of creating captivating images, learning important camera techniques, composition, long exposure photography, and the latest post-processing techniques. All this while enjoying wonderful meals, remarkable views, and making new friends.

What: The Classic Beauty of Rome Travel Photography Workshop
Instructors: Scott Kelby and Mimo Meidany
When: Sept 21-24, 2018 (with an informal get-together on the night of the 20th)
Where: Exe International Palace, Rome (terrific location)
Price: $3,950 Per Person (includes accommodations, and breakfast each day – see below)
Tickets: More details and tickets here (limited to 12 participants maximum)

Your home for the workshop is the wonderful Exe International Palace; a charming, modern boutique style hotel (with excellent wi-fi) located in the heart of Rome, and in walking distance to many of Rome’s most iconic shooting locations, with lots of great shopping and restaurants nearby (and not far from my all-time favorite restaurant, Mimi e coco).

We’ll be shooting each day on location
Then heading back to the hotel for post-processing our images where we’ll learning new techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop; learn new camera techniques; have time for critiques before we head back out to make more gorgeous images. Lots of learning, lots of laughing, amidst the incredible views and scrumptious food of this culinary paradise. After sunset each day you’ll be free to explore the city on your own, and its charming restaurants and cafes.

It will be an extraordinary experience — one that will inspire, inform, stretch you, and challenge you to try new techniques, new ways of thinking, and do things photographically you never thought you could. You’ll come home with lots of stunning images, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Mimo and I look forward to welcoming you to Rome and getting to know you as we spend a few days together making images, learning new techniques, and uncovering The Classic Beauty of Rome.

NOTE: This workshop is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

You can hold your spot at the workshop for a Deposit of $1,000 US. If you have to cancel the workshop, the $1,000 deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to fill your spot: After Sept 10, 2018 refunds will not be available.

What’s Included:
Workshop fee includes four nights accommodations at the Exe International Palace hotel, double-occupancy, including four breakfasts at the hotel. Additional meals are on your own. (If you prefer more privacy, single rooms are available for an up-charge. See the sign-up page for details).

Activity Level: Light to Moderate
Rome is walking city so we’ll be doing a good bit on foot, and our hotel is situated in a great location with lots of shooting opportunities nearby, but we’ll also be taking local transport for some of our shoots. Workshop Participants should be in good health; wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and be ready for lots of walking and standing for extended periods of time.

Dress:
The weather in Rome in October is beautiful — it’s not too hot with highs in the low 70s F°, but it can get a little chilly at night getting down as low as 53°, so bring at least a light jacket or coat. As with any outdoor event, the weather is somewhat unpredictable, so also be prepared if it rains.

FAQs

What do I need to bring to the workshop?
A DSLR or Mirrorless Camera; a sturdy tripod with ballhead; wireless remote or cable release; a wide-angle lens (24mm or wider); a telephoto lens; a neutral density filter (10-stops, and or a 2nd 3 or 5 stop) for the long exposure techniques. You’ll need a laptop with either Lightroom or Photoshop (or both) for the post-processing segments. If you need to rent gear, we recommend http://www.lensprotogo.com

What level of experience is required?
All levels of experience are welcome, but participants should be familiar with their camera and lens and have some experience in either Lightroom or Photoshop.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The hotel offers Airport Shuttle to/from for an additional fee.

Are there other expenses will I need to cover?
As mentioned earlier, lunch and dinner are on your own. Also, if our shooting location is not within walking distance (as will be the case some days), you’ll have to pick up a bus/subway pass. Outside of those minor costs, we don’t’ anticipate any additional costs.

What if I have questions that aren’t answered here?
You can post a comment below, or you can email me directly. 

What’s the refund policy?
If you have to cancel the workshop, as long as you cancel before Sept 10, 2018, you will receive a 100% refund, minus a $300 cancellation fee. After Sept 10, 2018 refunds will not be available.

Where do I sign up?
Right here (you’ll be taken to the sign-up page).

Reserve your space now — and we’ll see you soon in beautiful Rome.

Have a great weekend!

Ciao!

-Scott

P.S. See how I worked that Italian word in there? While my Italian language skills are, shall we say, somewhat limited (ahem), my fake Italian accent is worth the trip alone. Ask anybody who was at our Venice workshop. ;-)

Last Friday I got a chance to go on location and try out my new Profoto B1x in a fashion shoot on location at the Rialto Theatre in Tampa. Kalebra was the Creative Director for the shoot and she came up with a really fun, intriguing story for us to create (we have such a blast on these shoots). Anyway, our video crew was there and put together this short behind-the-scenes video (below) so you can see what it was like.

After the video, please check out my Adobe Spark with the full story, more BTS images, and finals (link below the video).

The shoot as told on Adobe Spark
If you’ve got a sec, I hope you’ll check out the finals and story over on Adobe Spark Page.

Here’s the link. 

I always do a course on whatever gear I’m using (software or hardware), and in a little, over two weeks I’ll be doing a class on how I use the Profoto B1x’s for location shoots. We’ll start in the studio by going over all the gear, and then we’ll out in the field for the shoot. Can’t wait to share it with you as soon as it’s ready for release.

Here’s wishing you all an awesome, restful, fun, battery-recharging, creative weekend. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Check back here Monday for some really fun news! :)

This is one from “The Vault” here on the blog, but I still get this question fairly often today, so I thought I’d kick this new week off by sharing something I think can help a lot of folks.

To answer this question of “How many keeps do I get from a shoot?” I can tell you straight out — it’s not as many as I’d like, that’s for sure. When I posted some of my favorites from a Bucs/Eagles shoot a good while back on my Facebook page, I got a number of questions along these lines, so I thought I’d cover it here:

Q. So, how many shots did you take at the game?
A. Exactly 1,873

Q. That seems like a lot
A. I know, but I’ve been told I under-shoot by quite a bit. I talked to another shooter at a game a couple of weeks before and he had taken over 4,000 shots that game, and he chuckled that I only had taken around 1,600.

Q. So what ratio would you like to have of keepers to ones you delete?
A. When I go to a game I don’t have any ratio like that in mind whatsoever, but since you’re asking, ideally I’d like it to be around 95% keepers. Unfortunately, in reality, it’s more like 5%. In fact, for this shoot, it was almost exactly 5%. I had around 92 shots that were “contenders” to send to the sports wire I shoot for.

Q. So, how many did you actually send?
A. 46.

Q. So, you cover an entire NFL game and you only get 46 publishable images?
A. Uh huh.

Q. Is it because you’re covering the Bucs and they were 0-5 that season?
A. Yes.

Q. Really?
A. No.

Q. OK, why so few keepers?
A. Well, there are a number of reasons (and this might take a minute), so let’s look at a few:

One reason is that we take LOTS of shots that aren’t publishable because they’re simply not interesting. For example, look at the series of shots I took above. I wanted a clean shot of Eagle’s Quarterback Nick Foles, but once the ball was hiked, two players moved right into my frame, but I stayed on the QB until they moved out of the frame a second later. Out of this series, the first two frames are “unusable.” maybe the 3rd frame would be OK, but I felt the fourth frame looked best (and it’s the one I submitted), but the rest just look awkward or aren’t very compelling (well, at least I didn’t think so). This is a short series — just seven shots — often it’s 10 or 12 and we’re lucky if there’s a good one in there at all, but either way, you’re only “keeping” one from this series at best.

Q. OK, what else?
A. You cover a running back, and you’re dead on with your focus and you’re tracking his every move, but it’s just a “messy scene” — there’s just too many players and you can’t clearly see him or what’s going on (see above). There were 13 shots in this series, and I couldn’t use any of them. This happens quite a bit during a typical game.

Then there’s these (above). Plenty of ’em. Every game. However, this only happens after you’ve been tracking a player who breaks out for a big run and you’re waiting to capture that moment of peak action — of course, the refs sense this and race to get right in your field of view.

Q. Really?
A. No. But it sure feels that way.

Q. OK, I’m with ya. What else?
A. After big plays, you have to stay on the player who made the big play because capturing the “jube” (short for jubilation) is huge. These are some of the most marketable shots (provided the guy’s team actually wins the game, because there’s virtually no market for shots of a guy on the losing team celebrating), so you definitely want to “stay on” the player after the play. In this case, Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper had a big catch and run for a 44-yard gain and so I stayed on him just in case, and sure enough, he was pumped up and made a big gesture (I don’t know what else to call it) and I was right on him to capture it when the play was over (shown above).

Q. So, what’s wrong with that?
A. Nothing, it just took 19 frames to get that one frame — the other 18 frames are worthless. I had to stay with him from the moment he was down, until a while after because you don’t know if other players are coming over to celebrate with him, or a coach on the sidelines, or if there is a penalty and the play gets called back and you get a secondary reaction when he learns that it was all for naught. Either way, that’s 19 frames after the play is over on the chance that you might get a reaction shot. You do this a dozen times or more during a game and a lot of times it yields absolutely nothing (the player doesn’t celebrate, or refs or other players walk into your frame).

Q. I notice you didn’t post any shots of Darrelle Revis’ fumble recovery for a Buc’s touchdown. How come?
A. Oh, I was right on him, from the moment LeSean McCoy coughed up the ball until Revis was celebrating in the end zone — 79 shots in all. Only one problem. It was called back. The runner was down by contact, so while the Bucs did get the turnover, the touchdown was called back, so that part of the play never happened, so those 79 shots of him recovering the fumble, running to the end zone, and celebrating with teammates, are all worthless.  That’s nearly 4% of the shots I took that day all gone in an instant. Darn refs. Silly rules. 

Q. Anything else?
A. Well, I took 110 shots of the team and individual player intros before the game (one sample is shown above).

Q. Did you submit any of those?
A. Not a one. I try a different shooting position for the player-intros each game, and this was just not a particularly interesting one, so I didn’t submit any. Next game, I’ll shoot from an entirely different position, and maybe I’ll get one or two keepers as they jump through the smoke. It’s hard to get a straight on shot of them coming through the smoke because I’d have to be standing in the Visitor’s bench area, and they’re generally not too keen on that, so I have to shoot at a weird angle, and so far I haven’t gotten anything too cool this season.

Q. What is that?!
A. These are my specialty — shots taken by accident, usually as my second camera hits my leg as I’m running down the sideline. I’ve taken so many of these over the years that I considered making a photo book of them and selling it with the proceeds going to the Springs of Hope Orphanage. I am not making this up.

Q. What about out-of-focus shots?
A. I’d like to say I have a few, but I’ve actually got plenty where I didn’t have my focus point on the right spot (as seen above). A lot of time you swing from one player to another (like from the QB to a receiver or tight end) and you just miss it. I’d like to blame it on the camera, but the Auto Focus system on the Canon 1Dx is absolutely insane — it was made for this stuff, but as good as it is, it won’t make up for my mistakes.

Above — that’s a shot of the Buc’s ex-running back Doug Martin, but I don’t stay on Doug at the end of a play after a big run because he never, ever, celebrates. No emotion. No “first down” signal. No trash talking. He just gets up, tosses the ball to the ref, and gets back to the huddle. He’s a nice guy, but after the play, he doesn’t give you any reason to stay with him for the “jube.”

Q. OK, now I’m surprised you actually came away with 92 keepers.
A. It does kind of put things in perspective, but still, it’s not as many as I would like. I’ve had more on certain games, and less on some, but I’d say one hundred or so is about average, and from there I narrow it down to the best. My goal is always to have more to choose from, and more to upload to the sports wire.

Q. How many do you upload at halftime?
A. I always think I’m going to limit it to 8-photos max at halftime, but I usually wind up sending 10 or 12. For that Sunday’s game, I sent 14, which made me miss the start of the 3rd quarter.

Immediately after the game, I upload as many good ones as I have right then, but of course, I haven’t really had a lot of time with them (I tag my images in camera during the game to speed the workflow up — that way the tagged photos show up first when I import them) so once I get home, I go through all the shots again and do a final upload (within 2 hours of the game ending), but most of those will just wind up being archive photos.

Q. So, what do you do with the rest of the photos?
A. I back them up to two different hard drives, just so I have them in case somebody needs an image down the road, and I might upload the rest of my keepers well after the game just for their archives, but outside of that, the rest are just backed up on my drive. You have to fully caption every single photo in detail, which takes quite a while, so it’s not as easy as just uploading a bunch of images — it’s long, tedious work, but it’s got to be done or your shots have zero chance of being seen or used. 

Q. OK, any words to wrap things up?
A. I hope that gives you some insight into how this all breaks down (well, at least for me). Your mileage may vary.  

Hope you all have a great Monday, and make sure you’re here tomorrow for “Travel Tuesday with Dave.”

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m in Washington, DC next month — Friday, August 17th — come on out and spend the day with me learning all the cool stuff in Lightroom.

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