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A New Week

Hi Folks:
I’m back in the saddle this week, after an almost entirely relaxing week (see the post above), and here’s what’s goin’ on so far:

  • Something I Missed Last Week
    In my first-look review of the XT-Explorer on-location battery pack last week, I kind of dinged the looks of the XT a bit, but Larry Becker pointed out something I hadn’t realized, and that is that the Explorer XT actually comes with a fairly nice black nylon fitted “glove” that goes over the unit, along with a substantial shoulder strap. This would make a big difference in the overall look, and thus remove the ding. Sorry I missed that first time around.
  • Corey Sells Out Toronto and Calgary in Advance
    The kid is hot!!! Our own boy wonder Corey Barker is taking our Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Tour to Canada, and Toronto has already sold out in advance (with nearly 600 attendees), and his Calgary stop looks like it will be sold out by today—tomorrow at the latest. Congratulations to Corey, and to everyone who snagged a ticket—you’re going to have an amazing day! To check to see if one of our seminars is coming to your city this summer, click right here.
  • >>> The Ultimate iPhone 3G S Review is Now Live!
    My buddy Terry White has done what I think is the ultimate iPhone 3Gs review, complete with videos, comparisons, features you didn’t know about, etc., and if you’re a longtime Mac user, you’ll love the video clip where Terry demonstrates the voice dialing by calling, and chatting with none other than Apple co-founder Steve “The Woz” Wozniak. Anyway, if you want the full scoop, check out Terry’s in-depth review right here.
  • Got Two Minutes? This Video For Olympus is Very Clever!
    Our buddy Michael Tapes over at RawWorkflow.com sent this my way, and it’s one of those, “must watch” videos. It’s actually a very clever promo for Olympus’ latest camera, and they used the “Will it Blend” guy and well…you just gotta see it. It’s only two minutes, and you can watch it over at Michael’s site (here’s the link).
  • New Canon Training Classes Over at Kelby Training Online
    It has taken us way too long, but at least I can finally announce that our online classes on how to use your Canon gear will finally (finally!) be going live later this week. We were lucky enough to get Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon to do the training for us, and Rick did an outstanding job, so check the Kelby Training Online site later this week to catch Rick’s new classes. Also, we released a special online class from Adobe’s own Julieanne Kost on how to use Adobe’s Configurator Utility with CS4 to create your own custom panels inside Photoshop CS4. Here’s the link with details on her class.
  • Worldwide Photo Walk Update
    On Friday we capped the number of cities to have walks, and I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll have over 1,025 walks around the world on July 18th. I had hoped we get more than last year’s 236 walks, but I never thought it would get here. We have nearly 17,000 walkers signed up so far, and now that our cities are all locked down, we’ll focus on supporting our walk leaders and walkers as we gear up for the event.I’m also thrilled to announce that Nikon has come on as an official sponsor, and has REALLY sweetened the deal by adding an incredible prize to our grand prize collection—-a Nikon D-700 camera!!!! Whoo Hoo!!!!!! We’re honored to have Nikon supporting this worldwide event, and thanks for giving us such a cool prize!!!

    Don’t forget to order your Official Worldwide PhotoWalk T-shirt, which supports the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage (hundreds of you have already ordered shirts—thanks a bunch!). Here’s the link.

Well, that’s it for today. Have a great Monday everybody, and act like it’s Friday! :)

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When we started planning this year’s walk, I had a meeting with my staff about finding a way to use this worldwide event to help feed the children at the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage (an orphanage that the readers of this blog have adopted, and helped to build over the past year, and it’s scheduled to open in just over a month).

We were looking at different ideas, when out of the blue an email came in from Rob over at Towner Jones Photography with an incredible idea; create an official Photo Walk T-shirt and have the profits from the sale of the shirts go to “Springs of Hope, Kenya.” As soon as I read his email, I knew this was it!

Well, with lots of Rob’s logistical help (and some clever design work from our own Nicole Procunier), we now have two official shirt designs to choose from, seen above [click for a larger view] along with some other cool Photo Walk gear.

For each Official World Wide Photo Walk t-shirt you order, $5.00 will go to the Springs of Hope, Kenya orphanage. Here’s the link to Rob’s CafePress.com page to order yours, and not only do you get a cool shirt, you get to help feed some kids who so need our on-going help.

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NOTE: There are also special t-shirts just for walk leaders with your choice of fronts, but they include our new official Worldwide Photo Walk logo design and the word “LEADER” in big letters on the back (as seen above). You can find those here.

A big, big thanks to Rob at Towner Jones Photography for coming up with the idea to help the kids at the orphanage, and seeing this project all the way through (here’s a link to Rob’s blog). Also, my thanks in advance to everyone who buys one of the shirts to feed some very deserving children.

Data Volatility

>> Dead MacBook Crisis: Day 14
Howdy folks! That’s right, I’m still battling with the massive hard drive crash I had the day before my Lightroom Tour in Denver last month, but after jumping through a few hoops (and with some help from Apple), I believe that by the time you read this my MacBook Pro will have been fully restored from my Time Capsule backup, and my work life will be somewhat back in order.

There are half a dozen reasons why this restoration took so long, most of them are my fault, but I’m just glad it appears to be behind me (for the most part), and I can get back to full speed.

>> The Review That Could Have Been
I’m still working off a stripped machine for this post, so I don’t have my review of the Topaz Adjust plug-in for Photoshop that I hoped to have for you today, but if all goes well, I’ll have it for you on Thursday, so keep your fingers crossed for me.

>> The Crazy Numbers Continue for the Worldwide Photo Walk
I am just amazed at these numbers, after only two weeks:

  • 665 Worldwide Walks are now active
  • More than 8,000 photographers have already signed up to participate in their local photo walk.

I don’t know what to say, but “Whoo Hoo!!!” This is going to be a blast!!!! (here’s the link to a list of active cities).

>> Online Gear Guide for Photo Walkers
If you’re going on the Photo Walk, B&H Photo put together a brief Photo Walk Gear Guide with some tips, and links to accessories used by photo walkers. Here’s the link.

>> Auto ISO for Sports Shooters
On last week’s episode of D-Town TV (the weekly show for Nikon DSLR shooters) I did a little tip for sports shooters on how to use the Auto ISO feature for making sure you’re able to freeze the action no matter what the lightning conditions (well, within reason, anyway). This tip is especially helpful for anyone shooting night games, and we’ve gotten lots of great response from that tip. In the same episode Matt has a great segment on our #1 most asked about feature from the past few weeks—Active D-Lighting. You can watch the episode online right here.

>> Moose on “Nikon’s Best Kept Secret”
When I was out shooting in Portland, Oregon a couple of weeks ago with Laurie Excell, I saw Laurie shooting with Nikon’s 70-300mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 VR lens, and I was surprised to see her shooting such an inexpensive lens (around $500) because Laurie owns about every high-end fast lens known to man (after all, she runs “EquipmentLady.com“). Anyway, she was raving about how incredibly sharp the lens was, how surprisingly lightweight it was, and that it worked with the new full frame cameras without cropping the frame, and so she let me shoot with it for the rest of the afternoon, and as soon as I got back, I ordered one myself (it came in yesterday). Anyway, so I’m on Moose Peterson’s blog tonight, and I see a post called “Nikon’s Best Kept Secret” with a video clip from Moose himself, and son-of-a-gun if it wasn’t about this very same lens. Take two minutes and watch Moose’s video (here’s the link), and check out the shot he got of the Thunderbirds using that lens. Amazing!

>> Tomorrow’s Guest Blogger is…...
…a guy who’s taught me a lot about shooting sports, and about getting access to shoot professional sporting events, my buddy (and pro sports shooter), Mike Olivella.

Mike has picked a topic that I’ve had so many requests for here on the blog, and it’s something you’re not going to see just about anywhere else, so make sure you’re back here to see what Mike’s got up his sleeve tomorrow.

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That’s it for today, folks. Thanks again for stopping in, and I hope I’ll catch you back here on Thursday. There may well be a photo there that will give you a flashback to a simpler time, when there was no Internet so we didn’t know we weren’t supposed to wear parachute pants or thin ties.

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That’s right; in the fine tradition of so many Thursday’s before it’s “Embarrassing Photo Thursday.” This one is a promo photo from the band “The Edge” (I posted a photo of me playing with them on May 14th). This shot was taken about 25 years ago, in a parking garage in downtown Lakeland, Florida, and I must say, I was sportin’ some pretty slick aviator’s sunglasses. (Note: In case you were wondering; yes, that is Big Electric Cat drummer Scott Stahley [2nd from the left], when he was just a mere lad of 18-years-old). OK, you can stop all the snickering now; it’s time for some news:

  • Eddie is Rock Steady!
    My man Eddie Tapp scored big yesterday with a great guest blog, despite the fact that he included a photo of me (during Eddie’s Photoshop Hall of Fame induction ceremony), which was taken before I had lost over 100 lbs. (in that photo, I was in an “I’m Jabba the Hutt” stage of my life—a time that I’d rather not relive), but since he did such a great job, I’m not going to dwell on my previous ginourmousness (or the vivid depictions thereof), and instead I’ll just tip my hat to Eddie, who will always to be known from here on out as the guy who posted my “fatty fat” photo (totally kidding, Eddie—you know I love you man!). :)
  • Quick Photo Walk Update
    Over 500 cities have active walks; over 6,000 walkers already signed-up, and we’ve got some awesome new prizes:Official Photo Walk sponsor Adobe Systems has kicked in ten copies of Lightroom 2, to be awarded to each of the top-10 finalists, and we’re adding more prizes as more sponsors come on board. Sweet!

    If you haven’t signed up for a walk yet—why not? It’s free! Also, you don’t have to be a pro, or have a DSLR camera, or any of that stuff—-it’s not about the gear, or your level of experience; it’s about having fun with a bunch of other friendly photographers. I hope you can join us on Saturday, July 18th (here’s the link).

  • Finally, a monitor just for photographers
    My buddy Terry White broke the news today about a new 42″ television monitor that’s designed especially for photographers (and includes a range based on the Adobe RGB 1998 color space). Jump over to Terry’s Tech Blog to find out the details.
  • Dead MacBook Crisis: Day 9
    As I write this (on my home computer, which is designated only for photography, so it has virtually no software on it, besides Photoshop, Lightroom, and some plug-ins), my laptop is still technically dead. We finally popped in a new hard drive this afternoon (long story), and now it’s trying to Restore from my Apple Time Capsule backup. It’s been just sitting there saying, “Checking Time Machine Backup” for about 40 minutes now (I’m connected direct via Ethernet). I’m starting to get concerned. Anyway; it’s totally my own fault that I didn’t have a bootable back-up of my laptop on an external drive (last time that happens—-I got a 500GB external today), so I have to take my lumps in the meantime. Ouch!
  • Congratulations to Julieanne Kost!
    Adobe’s own Photoshop Evangelist, and wonderful photographer and artist, Julieanne Kost was included in Fast Company magazine’s recent Top 100 Most Creative People list. I’ve known Julieanne for a number of years now, and let me tell you; I’d put her up against anyone on that top 100 list! She is a brilliant educator and creative professional, with insights and vision like few people on the planet, and I’m delighted to see that she’s getting this wonderful recognition, which she so richly deserves. Way to go Julieanne!

  • It’s Back Up Your Hard Drive Day
    Ya know, today would make a great day to back up your hard drive (I know, actually last Tuesday would have been ideal, but barring that; learn from my mistakes and take a few minutes and back-up your hard drive today—right now. Ya just never know). ;-)

That’s it for today folks. Have a great Thursday everybody, and I hope to see you again tomorrow. :)

Wait, two guest blogs in a row?  Well, not exactly.

Scott asked me to write something on his behalf to let you guys know that he can’t post a blog for today.  Why, you ask?  Because his laptop died last night.  A horrible, grueling, painful death…  But it will be fixed by the time he does his Portland Lightroom 2 Live Seminar, so that is still on as scheduled.  (Did I just hear a huge sigh of relief coming from the West Coast?)

So, let’s see… How about a couple of updates…

The Worldwide Photo Walk Blog (hosted by yours truly) is now up and running!  I’ll be doing my best to keep you all up to date on what locations are full, nearing capacity, and just opening, along with any other Photo Walk related news.  So, swing by, scroll to the bottom, and check it out!

If you’re following Scott on Twitter, you know he was going to announce the winner of a free pass to his Portland Lighroom 2 Live Seminar soon.  But, since he doesn’t have a computer, it’s not looking like that’s going to happen.  But I can guarantee this won’t be the last time he does giveaways on Twitter, so if you’re not already following him, it might pay off to sign up and follow ;)  [Speaking of the Photo Walk and Twitter, the official hashtag is #SKphoto.]

That’s it for now.  If I know Scott, I’m sure he’ll have a story and lesson from today to share with all of us when he gets back to the blog, so check back later to see what he has to say!  Happy Thursday everyone :)

-Brad

Hi gang, and greetings from my hotel room in Denver. :)

Just a quick update on what’s been going on, because I know a lot of you have questions about cities, sign-ups, and stuff.

First off, things have been crazy on a scale we hadn’t anticipated. Our first problem arose when we learned that we had over 20 million inquiries on the PhotoWalk web site in the first 24-hours. We weren’t fully prepared for that flood of traffic, and neither was our hosting company, and we are struggling to keep the backend working properly, and we’re patching and fixing things as we go. The good news is:  we already have thousands of people signed up for walks, and new walks coming online daily and….

….well….just thanks so much for your patience through all these growing pains.

Last year, by the day of the actual Photo Walk itself, we had 236 active cities. We had more than that in our first day this time around (we have 316 active cities as a write this, and more than 340 walks already approved).

That brings us to the reason for this post: if you go to a city page that says “Page under Construction,” that means that we have approved that city’s leader request, and we’ve sent them an email with their user name and password. However, nothing further happens until that leader updates their city page with a description, starting and stopping times, the location on the map, their photo, the meet-up restaurant and all that stuff.

So, at this point, we’re not in control of when that city is available for sign-ups—the leader is. When the leader completes the info for their page and hits the submit button, that’s when that city “goes live” for sign-ups.

Also, there are some cities that have been approved for walks, but since their city hasn’t “gone live yet” other people have requested to lead a walk in that same city. I’m waiting a few days to see if the original leader gets their page up and running. If that city start to fill up fast, I’ll release the next leader request for that city.

Also, anytime a city fills up, we start looking for other people requesting to lead a walk in that city. If we have one; we release it (like I did yesterday with a 2nd walk in San Francisco). A number of cities have their first walks already full (like Washington DC, Portland, Guadalajara, Mexico, Baltimore, Detroit, New York, one of the Chicago walks, Philly, Ybor City, FL, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Portland-Washington Park, Stockholm, Sweden, and Austin, Texas).

A number are getting close to being full, like Vancouver, London, Laguna Beach, Brooklyn-Coney Island, Boston, Tarpon Springs, FL, Bangkok, Falls Church, VA, and a few more, so if you want to participate, make sure you snag your spot soon!

So that’s the late night update. Thanks to everyone who has been so patient through this. We are making progress every day, and we’ll be adding new features, bells and whistles once we get everything settled down.

-Scott

P.S. I’ll have some cool news about some new prizes, new sponsors, and other stuff on Thursday, so I’ll talk to you then. :)

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