Category Archives Worldwide PhotoWalk

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!

-Scott

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 http://facebook.com/skelby

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!!!!!!

-Scott

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! :)

-Scott

  • 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!

-Scott

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

It’s on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 and you’re invited to join us at my 12th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ brought to you, once again, by our awesome friends at Canon, and produced by us here at KelbyOne.

This Photo Walk™ is a global phenomenon, with walks in nearly 1,000 cities around the world hosting walks last year. Best of all, besides all the fun, photos and making friends, it all benefits the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya.

Check out this short video from me (below) for the whole scoop!

Above: In that video, I say it’s my 11th annual, but it’s actually my 12th. After this many years, you start to lose track. ;-)

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 5, 2019 (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)

Above: That’s my awesome photo walk group shot from the photo walk I led last year in beautiful Innsbruck, Austria. 

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?

If you love this idea, you’ll love this podcast on Photo Walks

It’s from photographer and tech writer Jefferson Graham (and may I add, rockin’ guitarist), and not only is Jeff leading a walk this year as part of my Worldwide Photo Walk (his is in Manhattan Beach, California), but he’s also has a great YouTube series where he takes you to different places around the globe sharing great photo walk locations. It’s just so good (and he really gets around) — check out a sample here with his “What’s a Photo Walk” video trailer (below).

Thanks to the Official 2019 Photo Walk Sponsor Canon USA

We’re honored to have Canon as our Photo Walk sponsor again this year — they are a great supporter of the overall photography community, and their support here makes the World Wide Photo Walk possible. Once again Canon is making some amazing contest prizes available, and they’re creating free training videos for our photo walkers on how to make your best photo walk images ever. Thank you, Canon USA for supporting this social photography event. You rock!

Have a great weekend, everybody. Go sign up go join your local Photo Walk – it’s on, baby! Whoo hoo!!!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m off to the Photoshop World Conference in Las Vegas next week. We’ll be live-streaming the opening keynote – I’ll have a link here on Wednesday to catch the live stream. See you in Vegas (it’s not too late to join us – go to photoshopworld.com for details and travel info).

If you led a photo walk as part of my 10th annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ last year, check your email — we’ve sent out invitations for you to have the first opportunity to lead a Photo Walk in your city again this year for our 2019 walk.

If you’ve changed your email address in the last year, or if for any reason you didn’t already get an invite from us, just leave me a comment here and we’ll reach out to you directly to get you set-up with a new walk this year (you can choose a different location, different route, etc.).

The official walk date and our open call to the public to lead walks are coming soon, so lock down your local walk now — it’s going to be an awesome event (and we so appreciate you leading a walk last year, and considering leading one again this year. Hope you do! :)

Update on my travels
We left the Faroe Islands a couple of days ago, and on Wednesday we spent the day shooting in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland, which is a very small island just off the coast from Vik, Iceland. You can drive from one tip of the island to the other in about 15 minutes. Small as it is, it’s awesome in so many ways. Beautiful scenery, great views, fascinating rock formations, no waterfalls (at least that I could find), and photographers haven’t found this place yet so no elbowing people out of the way just to get a shot — you’ve pretty much got the place to yourself.

I’ll be sharing shots from there, also from Reykjavik and the surrounding area where we went shooting yesterday (we only had one day there, so I don’t have a ton of new shots from there, but loads from the Faroes to share when I get back). Today, by the time you read this I’ll already be heading back home. What a fun trip this has been. There are so many fascinating, fun, interesting, and just awesome places in this world, and getting to photograph them is a joy, and a blessing, and one I don’t take for granted. I’m so thankful and grateful for the opportunity (more on this later).

Gotta run — lots of flying today. :) Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend! :)

-Scott


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