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>> 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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Just a quick update on yesterday’s official launch:

  • After a few Web site hiccups in the morning, we got most of the kinks worked out and a number of walks were completely full by dinner time (I believe Terry White’s Detroit Photo Walk was the first one to fill up) so if you’re thinking of joining a walk; I wouldn’t wait.
  • I approved dozens more city leaders last night (including walks in China, Portugal, Australia, Thailand, Japan, Canada, France, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Germany, and a dozen or so other countries, including dozens of locations in the USA) but until those leaders activate their pages, you won’t be able to sign up for their walks.
  • We have a fast-growing list of cities, and you can find them by going to the official Website, then clicking on Cities, and when the map appears, click on the “List by City” link just above the top left side of the map.
  • If a walk in a particular city fills up, we’ll check to see if someone has applied to be a leader, and then we can see about adding a 2nd walk.
  • The NAPP Gang: RC is leading a walk in Dunedin, Florida. Brad Moore is going to be leading a walk in downtown Tampa. Matt Kloskowski and Dave are also leading walks, but I’m not sure where yet. Corey Barker is leading the walk in Safety Harbor, Florida.
  • Just a note: the folks this year have done a great job of sharing their qualifications for leading walks, and it’s making the process move along much faster, so thanks to everyone who took the extra time.
  • PhotoWalkPro.com has joined on as an official WWPW sponsor, and my thanks to our co-sponsor Adobe Systems for their support (we’re working on some cool stuff with them for the walk—–more as soon as it’s all in place), plus my thanks to MPIX.com, Peachpit Press (publisher of my books), and of course NAPP (but they really had no choice, eh?).

Also, a big thanks to everyone who has volunteered to lead to walks, and shown such enthusiasm for this worldwide social photography event. You guys make it an awful lot of fun!

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Today’s it’s official, as we announce the date for Scott Kelby’s 2nd Annual Worldwide PhotoWalk™ to celebrate the upcoming release of “The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3,” and you’re invited to be a part of this global, social photography event.

Here’s a quick Q&A with all the details.

Q. When is the official PhotoWalk day?
A. It’s Saturday, July 18th.

Q. What exactly is a PhotoWalk?
A. Watch the short video clip on the home page over at the official Worldwide PhotoWalk Website (here’s the link).

Q. Is there a fee to participate this year?
A. Once again it’s free—there is no fee to join this year’s walk—just come and have a ball!

Q. Do you have any cities signed up with PhotoWalks yet?
A. We already have 183 cities around the world which have scheduled PhotoWalks.

Q. How did those cities gets walks already?
A. We gave last year’s PhotoWalk leaders the first opportunity to lead a walk this year.

Q. How many cities participated last year, and how many photographers did the PhotoWalk that day?
A. We had:

  1. 8.324 photographers register for local walks
  2. 47 Countries had participating cities
  3. 44 States in the US had PhotoWalks
  4. We had a total of 236 cities worldwide
  5. More than 1,017,125 photos were taken on walks that day

Q. How can I lead a PhotoWalk?
A. You apply over at the official Worldwide PhotoWalk website: (worldwidephotowalk.com) and click on the “Lead Your Own PhotoWalk” link.

Q. Does everyone get accepted as a PhotoWalk 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 PhotoWalks in your area before, etc., you’re more likely to get accepted to be a leader. We ask for your qualifications on the leader application, and that’s the type of experience we’re looking for. Last year, we had some people put, “Well, nobody else signed up from our city, so I guess I’ll do it.” That’s doesn’t instill a lot of confidence in you as a leader. So, in short, I read every application myself. If you convinced me you’d make a good leader, I approved you.

Q. What if my city already has a PhotoWalk, but I want to lead a walk, too?
A. Some big cities can accommodate more than one walk, and so as soon as one starts to fill up, we add a 2nd city walk if we have a leader apply. Or, if the walks are held geographically far from each other but technically in the same major city, we usually add those, too. (Cities like Paris, New York, London, Tokyo all can have multiple walks and draw from totally different population groups)

Q. What do I get for being a PhotoWalk leader?
A. You get a free copy of my upcoming book, “The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3” as soon as it’s released, and you get to pick the best shot from your group and award them with a free copy as well. Plus, that person is entered into the grand prize competition.

Q. Do I have to enter the prize competition?
A. Absolutely not. This is a totally separate part of the experience, and if you don’t want to enter your images, you absolutely don’t have to (it’s just to make the experience more fun). Some people freaked out last year thinking they were required to enter, but just know—you absolutely don’t have to enter your image—you can go and shoot for the day, and never let anyone see your photos. Ever. They can be your private “secret” photos.

Q. So are you going to choose the Grand Prize winner from all the city winners?
A. You betcha!

Q. Did you get any complaints last year about how the winners were chosen?
A. Absolutely. People get pretty cranked if they think their image deserved to be the winner and wasn’t chosen, but after being one of the Guru Awards judges for 10 years, along with judging other competitions over the years, I’m kind of used to that response. Surprisingly, I didn’t get one single complaint about my picks from any of the winners.

Q. So are you going to try and work some angle so that Orphanage in Kenya gets something out of this?
A. Ahh, you know me too well. I had been trying to come up with a good tie-in, but luckily one of my readers, Rob from Towner Jones Photography, came up with a great idea—we’re going to create an official Worldwide PhotoWalk T-shirt, and 100% of the profits from the sale of any of these t-shirts will go to feeding the kids at the Springs of Hope, Kenya Orphanage. I think it’s a great idea, and I’m so grateful that Rob wanted to help in this way (I finally met Rob at my DC seminar—a really great guy!). As soon as we’ve finalized the design, we’ll put a link on the Web site.

Q. How come the people following you on Twitter got advance notice about the day, and early access to the Website?
A. That’s part of my deal with them. This is just the beginning.

Q. So are you leading a PhotoWalk again this year?
A. You betcha! I love PhotoWalks, and I’m planning mine for Ybor City (just outside Downtown Tampa, near where Dave Cross led his walk last year).

Q. What about Jeff Revell of PhotoWalkPro.com?
A. You know Jeff’s in, but I doubt he’ll lead two walks in the same day this time around. (That really kicked his butt). Also, I just saw where David duChemin is leading a walk in Vancouver, Canada. Sweet! Of course, Matt, Dave, and RC will be leading walks too (and if I can weasel Corey into one, he’ll have one as well). Moose Peterson will be up in Alaska and he might lead a walk up there (everybody loves PhotoWalks).

Q. What was the best thing that came out of last year’s walk?
A. I think it was the fact that so many photographers not only made new friends, but then went on to form their own photo walks during the year. This is totally a social event, and that’s why makes it so much fun. Most of the people on my walk had never done a Photo Walk before, but everybody had so much fun, they all wanted to do one again right away. Photo Walks are infectious, because when you get that many creative people together, who all have the love of photography in common, you can’t help but have a great time.

Q. What happens when a city fills up?
A. It’s full.

Q. How many is full?
A. PhotoWalks are limited to 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. Hey Scott, this isn’t exactly PhotoWalk related, but you’re in Denver tomorrow for your Lightroom seminar on Wednesday—are you looking for a great place to shoot tomorrow at sunset around the Denver area?
A. Wow, you read my mind (and you snuck this in my Photowalk Q&A. Pretty clever). Yeah, if you know of a great place to shoot, let me know or I’ll just stay holed up in my hotel room with a big bag of chips. I mean, with “rice cakes and bottled water.”

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Q. Hey is that you on your walk from last year?
A. Yup, that was taken right when we headed out (photo by RC). It was raining at first, but right at 10:00 am, when my walk was scheduled to start, the rain stopped and we didn’t get a drop again until we were in the restaurant having ricecakes and bottled water.

Q. I want to know more about this PhotoWalk thing; what’s involved, how do I sign up, and all that stuff. Where do I go?
A. There’s a detailed FAQ on the Website (here’s the link), but we’re still tweaking the site a bit (adding new features and a master list of all the cities), but we’re lightyears ahead of where we were last year at this same time, and I’m pretty psyched to have more than 180 cities on announce day. I hope we have a lot more to come, and I hope you’ll be a part of it this year, too!

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