Category Archives Worldwide PhotoWalk

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Well, it’s almost here, and so far we have well over 27,000 photographers signed-up for local walks around the world this Saturday. We are all just amazed and thrilled at the participation and sense of community this has created, and we’re can’t wait for Saturday to get here.

If you’re a part of the walk, here are seven really important tips to help you make the most of your photo walk:

(1) Drink Plenty of Water: In many places, this walk is taking place in the dead of summer, so make sure you take plenty of water with you, and stay fully hydrated during the entire walk. Two hours is a long time to be out in the hot sun so make sure you drink lots of water before and during the walk. (TIP: Want to be a hero? Bring an extra bottle of water or two to share with other walkers).

(2) Use Sunscreen: If your walk is during daylight hours (and most are), make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen, and don’t forget to wear a hat for protection as well.

(3) Leave a Small Footprint: Make sure that you have as little physical impact on the area you’re walking in as possible. If you’re walk is in nature, make sure the area looks exactly the same when you leave as when you got there. Same thing in a downtown area—-we want store owners and pedestrians to welcome events like this, so be kind to everyone you meet, and create as small a footprint on your walk route as possible. Take only pictures. Leave only footprints.

(4) Make New Friends: This is a social event, and everybody is there to have fun and make new friends, so make sure you talk with other walkers in your group. Ask them ‘what kind of stuff like they to shoot,’ or ‘how they like their camera or a particular accessory,’ or ask ‘if they’ve ever been on this street or area before,’ and you’ll have a conversation up and running in no time.

(5) Let Your Leader Lead: Your walk leader has put a lot of time and effort into planning the walk, organizing and publicizing the walk, and making the whole thing happen (after all; without your local Leader there might not be a walk in your city, right?), so don’t try and hijack the walk; let your Leader do the talking, and the leading, and that way you can just relax and focus on getting some great shots.

(6) Get To Your Walk Early: It happens every year; some people miss the walk altogether because they couldn’t find a parking space, or they missed the train or subway, or they ran into something that delayed them from getting to the start of the walk on time. It’s really heartbreaking to get there and find that the walk is already underway and there’s nobody standing there but you, so make sure you plan extra time to get to your walk’s Starting Location, especially if you’re not familiar with the area. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress (and possible heartbreak) by getting there early. Plus, if you get there early, there’s extra time to make friends before the walk even starts—maybe you’ll make a “walking buddy” who’ll share the experience with you.

(7) Play it Safe: The single most important thing is your safety during the Photo Walk. Don’t get distracted by what you’re shooting or seeing, and back right into the street, or into another photographer (or just a person walking down the street). Keep your wits about you, and remember than many of you will be shooting in a downtown area, on crowded sidewalks or busy streets, so just stay alert the entire walk, and look out for other walkers as well. Also, don’t wander into any areas or alleys that may look the least bit unsafe—stay with your group—there’s safety in numbers, and of course always keep a close eye on your camera gear and personal items.

Also, make sure you check out the Official World Wide Photo Walk Blog (here’s the link) for more walking tips from Brad Moore, and also visit PhotoWalkPro.com (one of our official sponsors) to get Jeff Revell’s invaluable Photo Walk suggestions and insights.

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We’re just a little more than a week away from our World Wide Photo Walk, and the number of walkers coming on board around the world is just getting crazy (which just makes it that much more exciting).

Next week, Brad Moore will be doing a blog post each day with tips on how to make the most from your walk, so make sure you check out the Photo Walk blog (here’s the link) each day next week, as we ramp up to next Saturday’s walk. Can’t wait! By the way—-if you’re not signed up for a walk yet—-do it right now; you’ll have a blast!!!!

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Just a few quick updates:

Peachpit Press Rocks!
First, I want to give some big love to the people who helped me launch this whole Photo Walk in the first place, and who have become one of the key forces behind this entire event, Peachpit Press (link). They are the publishers of all my books, and they’re providing each Photo Walk leader with a free copy of my soon-to-be-released book, “The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3” and they’re providing a copy to the winner of each local walk around the world. As things stand now, they’ll be shipping more than 2,000 free copies of the book all around the world, and I just can’t thank them enough for their gracious support, and for their overall commitment to just make great books. It’s an honor to have them so involved in this event, and to have them as my publishing partner. Thanks Nancy, Scott, Sara, Ted, and everyone at Peachpit and Pearson Education worldwide.

More great Prizes from our New Sponsor: Think Tank Photo
I’m just tickled to welcome Think Tank Photo (the people who make the best camera bags on earth) as an official sponsor, and they’re not only giving an Airport Security rolling bag (the same bag I use) to the Grand Prize winner, but each of the 10 finalists will get a Think Tank Modular Belt System. Whoo Hoo!!!

Now ’bout a Drobo, too!
The folks over at DataRobotics have also sweetened the Grand Prize pool because now the Grand Prize winner will also get a Drobo (the automated storage solution I use for my own photo library).

The Prize List is Insane!
The list of finalist prizes, and the Grand Prize list (shown above) is getting longer and longer. Just take 10 seconds and look above at what the Grand Prize winner gets. It’s an incredible list! Here’s the link to see what the finalists get as well.

Coming up on 20,000 walkers!
We now have nearly 20,000 photographers signed up for walks in over 900 cities around the world. Wanna come with us? Here’s where to sign up for the walk nearest you.

That’s it for now, folks. Hope you’ll be walking with us next month on Saturday the 18th.

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.

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