Well, there ya have it. Not the news I was hoping to share after all this time, but it is what it is, and I’m sure we all look forward to brighter days ahead and when we can all walk safely together again.
We have already crossed the $20,000 mark in donations for the orphanage, which is just absolutely stunning (and beating last year’s donations by thousands!).
We are so thrilled to see how, once again the photography community stepped up to help these awesome kids — this is just so wonderful. Even in my best case scenarios I never through we’d hit $20,000. My heart-felt thanks to everyone who stepped up big time like this!
Here’s the breakdown:
Donations from Photo Walk participants: $15,565.00 Donations from the online Silent Auction: $3,169.00 Official T-shirt Sales: $1,510.00
Total for Springs of Hope:$20,244
That is a HUGE WIN!!!!!
If you didn’t get in on helping, it’s not too late!
Bid on a print from a KelbyOne Instructor (Printed and framed, courtesy of the awesome folks at MPIX.com)
Bid on a one-on-one portfolio review from a KelbyOne Instructor
Bid on a one-on-one Skype help session from a KelbyOne Instructor
Those one-on-one sessions are an amazing opportunity to get a top pro to help with your portfolio, or to help with post processing, or just hang out and get to know them so go bid on one right now!
Check Out Images From Our First-Ever Worldwide Gallery
This year, instead of walkers just being able to the images from other walkers in their city, our Web team created a global gallery all photo walkers everywhere could contribute to and interact with. If you were registered for a walk, here’s the link to check out some of the wonderful images created on Saturday.
Community for the win!
Erik and I were really concerned that this year we’d be way, way off on our donations to the orphanage because of the pandemic, and not being able to hold the photo walks in large groups like we normally do. We had come up with what we thought was a decent plan to still host a walk this year, , but when we ran it past our KelbyOne community, they had so many great ideas in that meeting that we totally shifted gears; went with their ideas, and we wound up hitting a home run. Everybody in that meeting realized what was at stake here, and they gave their time and their heart to make this all work, and we’re so grateful they did.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the walk. I know it was different this year, but it was awesome, and through it we did something really important for some kids that really matter. I dig you all! Thanks to my team here at KelbyOne, in particular Adam and our Web team; Christina and her Video crew, Rachel and her team for getting the word out so wonderfully, and to Erik“The Real RocketMan” Kuna — who all worked so hard to make this happen (and it did!).
P.S. Next week we’re wrapping up the WWPW photo contest, so if you were part of the photo walk, make sure you upload your photo and check the “enter this image in the photo competition” checkbox.
It’s here and I’m so excited (I can’t believe this is the 13th year in a row, right?)
Greetings from Tampa, where this morning we’re doing an all-day live broadcast (at the top of every hour) and an online Silent Auction (to raise money for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya) featuring prints from famous photographers and one-on-one Skype Sessions and Portfolio Reviews up for bids.
Erik Kuna is joining me all day, along with a host of awesome KelbyOne instructors who are Skyping in from all over — that’s at the top of every hour, starting at 10:00 AM ET. We have LOTS of prizes to give away every hour so make sure you check in often. You can watch it right here.
Here’s some “Day of Walk” stuff from me and the crew:
1. Our hashtag is #WWPW2020
On Twitter, follow @kelbyone and to talk to us about the photo walk, use the hashtag #WWPW2020, and tag your images with that hashtag as well.
2. Upload any cool shots you’re taking today to share them with the Community
This year, for the first time ever, 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 is you want to enter the image into our photo competition.
3. We are SO close to hitting our donation goal. You can make it happen!
We’re only about $1,000 away from hitting our $15,000 direct donations goal for the Photo Walk, and you can help us make it. Even if you can’t do a Photo Walk today with us, you can still sign up and donate the $5 of which 100% goes to the orphanage.
4. Order your official Worldwide Photo Walk T-shirt
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!
Thanks everybody — it’s going to be a great day, and we’re going to raise a lot of money for some awesome kids! :)
Tomorrow, in cities all over the world, my 13th Annual World Wide Photo Walk for the Springs of Hope Orphanage kicks off, and by tomorrow night collectively we will have taken literally millions of photos, and with any luck, have raised a ton of donations for the orphanage. How cool is that!!!!
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!).
Tomorrow I‘m Broadcasting LIVE all day long!
To celebrate the walk, and the images you’re taking during your walks, Erik Kuna and I will be LIVE all day at the top of every hour tomorrow with prizes, giveaways, sharing your images, and having guests and lots of fun and surprises. You can watch the live stream at the official Worldwide Photo Walk Site.
We’re doing Silent Auctions of instructor prints, one-on-one Skype time with them, and portfolio reviews
We’ll have all the details on the live show tomorrow, but you’ll have an amazing opportunity to own the work of some of your favorite photographers, and a chance to pick their brains one-on-one by bidding in the silent auction. Hey, ya never know, right (and all the proceeds go the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya)
Help the Orphanage by ordering your Official Photo Walk T-shirt
100% of the profits from these Photo Walk t-shirts goes straight to the orphanage, so please consider ordering one right now — it makes a difference in the lives of these awesome kids (and it’s a win-win. You get a cool collectors item 2020 t-shirt, and they get a donation for food, clothing, housing, medicine and education).
Here’s some photo tips for getting great images on tomorrow’s walk
Here are SIX LAST MINUTE PHOTO WALK TIPS from our dear friend, beloved photographer, educator, and author Rick Sammon.
What 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
Thanks, Rick! :) Here’s a few more important tips:
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. Definitely practice social distancing and I encourage you to wear a mask for your safety and for the safety of those around you.
Get some great shots, and I’ll see you back here on Monday for a recap of the event.
#TravelTuesday still isn’t quite what it should be, but then again, nothing is at the moment. Something else that’s adapted to the change in the world around us is this year’s Worldwide Photo Walk, and that’s what I want to explore today. I’m Dave Williams, and I’m here every Tuesday on ScottKelby.com.
Yesterday, Scott showed a video explaining the reasons for the Photo Walk, one of which is the Springs of Hope Kenya orphanage. There are other reasons to get involved, but today, I want to address the things that may be missing from a regular photo walk. The thing is, networking is a big part of it. Sure, there are awesome prizes, but the long-term benefits of getting involved with such an awesome, grand, and sociable photographic event revolve around networking. First up, if you haven’t seen the video, watch it.
Okay, so now you should be well aware of the charitable benefits of the event, as well as the prizes! Those prizes are amazing, by the way, and because of the nature of the Worldwide Photo Walk, this year Scott will be joining everyone by way of a live video, broadcast throughout the day. I’ll also be joining him, along with other photographers and KelbyOne instructors, and we’ve all teamed up to add to the prize pool—there are some seriously cool, bespoke opportunities to bid on, as well as standing for a chance to win big. You’ll see more about that soon enough, and it’s explained in the video. But back to my point…
Networking and feedback opportunities that come from meeting up with peers and pros for the Worldwide Photo Walk may seem to be missing this year because of the stupid Coronavirus getting in everyone’s way, but those opportunities haven’t vanished altogether—they’re just a little different.
Let’s start with feedback. This shot is of a group I led in London some years ago (beardless, as you can see), and the point is that those who wanted feedback, critique, advice, or just someone to bounce their ideas off, could just ask. Well, here’s the thing: you can still just ask! Despite being “remote” from the pros in this year’s Photo Walk, I promise you that the feedback is there and available for you. If you have an idea or want some feedback, just as if you were standing there with your walk leader over the past 12 years, you can still ask for that now. All it takes is a simple message to whomever you think is best suited to answer you. Another thing: every single KelbyOne instructor or walk leader does what they do because they want to share, teach, and inspire. We aren’t in it for the money; we’re in it because we love doing it. Trust me—have you found a millionaire photographer in our community? No! But, you’ve definitely found a whole heap of amazing photographers with a lot to give and a passion for education, so all it takes is a message. A question. A chat. Myself, Scott, and every other KelbyOne instructor really are approachable and willing to help.
On top of that, there’s an awesome community inside KelbyOne, with loads of people just like yourself who are willing and able to help answer your questions, anytime. If it’s on the day of the Photo Walk, just jump into the chat on the live video! Even if your question isn’t picked up by Scott and the team, it’ll still be noticed by the other walkers.
So, networking. It’s a big deal in our industry, and the Worldwide Photo Walk is great for it. Despite this stupid virus, it hasn’t gone anywhere. Also beardless, this is the walk I led a couple of years back in London with Peter Treadway. This group was constantly throwing ideas off one another, and gently probing for connections. As well as the social aspect to the Photo Walk, there’s an element of networking that really is effective. Throwback a couple of years before this photo, and I was with Scott for the walk he led in London, followed by a meetup at Byron Burger. That particular branch of Byron Burger is now closed, along with many others because of COVID (sorry to break it to you this way, Scott. But, anyway, I’m getting off-topic). The thing that stood out the most to me about that moment was seeing the one and only, Mr. Danny Lenihan, present Scott, with one of his brand-new 3 Legged Thing tripods. I have no doubt that 3 Legged Thing would’ve reached the level of success they have without it, but the point is that they reached it very quickly stateside because of that little bit of networking. I also vividly remember asking Danny if he had a spare for me, to which he replied, “When you’re famous like Scott.” Well, I’m still waiting. ;)
Seriously, though, I bought my own 3 Legged Thing tripods, and they’re awesome. But, the point is that the networking opportunities provided by the Worldwide Photo Walk still exist. Just like reaching out for feedback, you can reach out to network with people and companies. In these times, it’s expected. One big piece of advice I want to give is that if you want to work with someone, life’s too short to sit back and wait. Reach out and ask! If you genuinely feel that a tandem project is worthwhile, take all the reasons why you’re right for the project and put them down on paper. Compose that into something sensible and objective, then reach out and make the connection. If you want to work together, it’s down to you to make it happen. The worst response you can get it a “no,” and that’s the worst response you would’ve received in person anyway, so don’t fret over it. Some of my favourite projects have come off the back of simply sending a carefully composed e-mail—my motorcycle ride to Norway started exactly that way.
I can’t stress how important networking is in this industry, and I also can’t stress enough that in lieu of meeting people physically, it continues for the reason that it is so important. It’s simply gone online now. Genuinely, if you want to work with someone, tell them. I can guarantee you that it isn’t going to happen if you don’t make that connection.
I wish you all an amazing day at the Worldwide Photo Walk this weekend, and as I said, just drop a message if you want to!
Despite being “alone,” you aren’t actually alone at all.
It’s this coming Saturday, October, 5th, so head over to the official site and see if there’s a photo walk near you (we have photo walks™ organized in cities all around the world). Plus, you’ve got a chance at some awesome prizes (and you don’t have to enter the photo contest to still have a shot at some prizes), you’ll take lots of photos, and you’ll just have just a ton of fun.
We’re doing the Photo Walk differently this year (I know. Duh!)
Plus, On Saturday I’ll be Doing an All-Day Live Photo Walk Broadcast
We’ll be sharing pictures from all over the world as they come in; we’ll be pulling random participants to win a bunch of awesome prizes, and we’ll all be sharing in the fun as we walk, and help, and have a great time. I’ll have a link for you on Friday to watch the live-streamed broadcast.