It’s here, and you’re invited to join us at my 11th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ brought to you, once again, by our friends at Canon, and produced by KelbyOne. This Photo Walk is a worldwide phenomenon, with photo walks in nearly 1,000 cities around the globe hosting walks last year. Best of all, besides all the fun and making friends, it all benefits the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya.
Above:That’s my awesome crew from the photo walk I led last year in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal.
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 6, 2018 (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)
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?
I’m leading the local photo walk in Innsbruck, Austria If you live there, or nearby, or you’re just looking for a great excuse to visit Austria, sign up to be on my free walk.
Thanks again to Canon USA We’re proud to have Canon as our Photo Walk sponsor again this year — they make the World Wide Photo Walk possible, and once again they’re making some amazing contest prizes available, and they’re creating free training for photo walkers on how to make your best photo walk images ever. Thank you, Canon USA!
Have a great weekend, everybody. The Photo Walk in on!!!!
P.S.There’s only one spot left for my Rome Travel Photography Workshop next month with Mimo Meidany. Come and join us for an unforgettable 4-day workshop where you’ll shoot a lot, learn a lot about Lightroom and Photoshop, and you’ll eat more amazing pasta and real Italian Gelato than you probably should. Grab this one spot before it’s gone! Details here.
How To Take Stunning Long Exposures with Mimo Meidany Learn how to master long exposure photography to create dramatic photos during the day. Join Mimo Meidany in Venice, Italy as he takes you through the gear, the camera settings, and all the steps in his workflow for capturing stunning travel photos that are both dramatic and are free of tourists. To capture these daytime long exposures you’ll need the right gear, but the investment you make will extend the hours you can shoot through the brightest hours of the day. Mimo wraps up the class with a series of lessons demonstrating how he processes his photos using Lightroom and Photoshop.
In Case You Missed It Join Serge Ramelli as he shares his secrets to creating amazing cityscapes. Great cityscapes start with great captures, and Serge begins the class with a discussion of camera settings and his approach to being in the right place at the right time. After the photo is taken, Serge steps through his editing workflow in Lightroom. Starting with the global edits that lay the foundation for a strong cityscape, Serge moves on into a detailed look at how to use all of Lightroom’s local adjustment tools to take your photos to the next level. Whether you are shooting with a DSLR or smart phone, and from stitched panoramas to merged HDR, Serge shares the tips and techniques that you can use in all kinds of situations.
I’ve always loved music. I grew up dancing on hardwood floors to my parents’ records. Socks slipping around, arms waving, head shaking. There is some kind of magic in it. Some spark that happens. It starts in your ears and moves its way through your bloodstream and finally makes a home somewhere in your chest. It is a beautiful, untamable thing, and I knew early on that I needed music in my life for the long run.
My name is Mary Caroline Russell, and I am an entertainment photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve been shooting music for nearly ten years now, and although I know a lot more now than when I started, it still feels like I have just scratched the surface of everything there is to learn.
I got started where I was: Beaumont, Texas population 113,468, with what I had: a disposable camera. Exhibit A
Fast forward to today. Through a lot of local shows in dingy motel ballrooms, I upgraded from the disposable camera, and fell in love with photography. I hoped that if I went to work for a label, that maybe when I was forty they might let me take a few photos on the side as a perk. THAT was my grand dream hah! Through a few crossed wires, life circumstances, and disappointments, my plan to move to Nashville turned into more time in Beaumont, a short stint in Portland, and finally landing in Atlanta. A few weeks before I moved to Atlanta, I met my friend Michael who found out I wanted to shoot shows and offered to help.
When I got to Atlanta I sent him a list of shows in hopes any-one of them would work out. He ended up getting me into every show on that list! The first show I shot in Atlanta was Paramore at the Tabernacle.
I borrowed a camera and probably shot 3,000 photos within the first three songs. I was so excited. I stayed up all night & skipped my first class to edit the images. It was such a thrill. After posting the photos, people assumed I was a professional and started hiring me. It seemed rude to correct them.
What followed for the next 10 years was a whirlwind. I have been able to circle the globe taking photos, shoot some of my favorite bands, be in Alabama shooting Lynard Skynard while they sang “Sweet Home Alabama” (that was a fun one), and be surrounded by some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met. Here are a few of my favorite moments & stories from along the way:
Nikki Lane played an opening slot at Shaky Knees in Atlanta a few years ago, and I had set up to take a few portraits backstage when she finished up her set. Right before I snapped this photo she took aswig of her beer and said “Oh hey Danny!” I looked to my left and Danny Clinch was taking the same portraits. I snapped a few more and glanced back over, Danny was still there. To say I was excited would be an understatement. Danny Clinch is one of my all time favorite photographers. For him to casually appear next to me was not something I was prepared for, but it did make for one of my favorite memories.
It was my second night out with The Muddy Magnolias on tour supporting Gary Clark Jr. I was still getting to know everyone, and I never want to be intrusive. I was standing behind a curtain peeking through watching the set. The band had walked off stage and Gary was playing solo for a few songs. I could just see a sliver, but I was soaking up every note. Gary’s bass player came around the corner and said, “What are you doing back here?” then grabbed me by the hand and pulled me through the curtain right about the time Gary was walking side stage, I pulled my camera up to my face and snapped one shot.
I grew up on Alan Jackson’s music. I shot his Nashville show on his 25th anniversary tour. This is him walking on stage to start the show, next to him is my friend Nathan with about 1000 papers clipped to his lanyard because he is very important. One of my favorite memories of this show was; as I was shooting, I noticed someone walk up side stage wearing a massive cowboy hat. I looked over and it was Brad Paisley. He was sitting on a road case with his arms resting on the stage singing every word to Alan’s songs.
This was the first day of the Outcry Tour. I walked past the doorway and noticed how perfectly everything was composed. I hadn’t met Taya (pictured above) yet, but I also didn’t want to introduce myself and ruin what was happening so effortlessly. I walked down the hall and back, second guessed if the awkwardness was too much to bear. I decided the photo was too good to pass up so I walked by, kneeled down (you know, to add to the awkwardness), snapped the photo and said, “Sorry to snipe you, you just looked so cool.” It felt 100% uncomfortable for the next 5 seconds, but absolutely worth it for the shot.
The Muddy Magnolias tour had been going on for a while. We were traveling in a van & trying to keep up with bus routing which means late nights and early mornings and a lot of motels. A lot of motels. We were somewhere in Iowa and pulled up to the Days Inn. It was a particularly bad set up. So we came up with a plan: fake an asthma attack, get a refund, pool our per diem, & book the nicest room in town. And it worked. This was just before heading to the show. We slept well.
I think what I have learned over the last few years is persistence, hustle, and gratitude can carry you a long way. Comparison robs you of your own voice, joy, & community. The grind is way more fun when you can celebrate others along the way, so don’t get caught up in somebody else’s “greener” grass. Find your voice, develop it, get comfortable with it. Enjoy the process. Lastly, voice you’re dreams because you never know who will be around and willing to help.
Thank you for this opportunity Brad & the Kelby team, truly honored.
For the gear heads this is what I shoot with most of the time :
Canon 5D MK IV, 35mm f/1.4L II , 16-35mm f/2.8L , Sigma 15mm
Happy #TravelTuesday to you all, from me, Dave Williams. Today I want to pull inspiration from a legend, Mr Dave Clayton, in a little tip post. More on that shortly, though. First on the agenda is this: –
Mimo Meiday, Scott Kelby, Rome! Come on! Thats some serious education and banter right there!
Next up – the Worldwide Photowalk! It’s October 6th, and it’s everywhere! Get yourself signed up to the world’s largest social photography event!
So, here’s the real deal – the whole point of today’s post – lines!
The reason behind this topic today is that Dave Clayton has it all absolutely bang on the mark. Whether you’re a photographer (shoots) or a designer (draws) you’re a visual artist. All of us visual artists have one common goal. We want to create an image and give it impact. The difference, perhaps, is the canvas. Where a photographer starts with a full canvas, which is the scene ahead, and has to decide how to make a composition from that and what parts of that scene stay and what goes, the designer generally starts way over at the opposite end with a blank canvas and constructs their ‘scene’ from nothing. In either case, from either starting point, the two roles will meet at the end point.
The graphic designer will create their own vectors and arrange their own composition, but the job of the photographer is to use what you’ve got already in place and position it (and position yourself) to create the scene. We bring order out of chaos. We arrange elements in front of us. We evaluate the scene and generally, perhaps without even realising, we utilise rules and elements of design to create the image.
Once you realise what the common elements of design are and you begin to actively look for them, you may be surprised at how often you’ll see them in the world around you! It’s one of those which I want to talk to you about today…
Lines are the Billy Basic, the rule numero uno, the fundamental. Lines are what direct us in real life, and what direct us in imagery. They give our viewer a path to follow across the image we’ve made, and understanding the sheer power of lines in both graphic design and photography will give you an edge in your photography.
Different lines have different uses and effects.
Leading lines are the ones we hear about time and time again. Leading lines can come from almost anywhere and they lead our viewers eye to the focus point or the main subject of our image.
Vertical lines portray strength and grandeur. They’re tall trees, towering skyscrapers, mighty waterfalls, and they give our image a sense of power!
Horizontal lines are our horizons and they’re calming. They exude a sense of peace.
Diagonal lines often represent movement and energy. They’re roads, train lines, and they’re fast!
Curved lines are the (excuse me) curve ball! They’re bridges, arches, spirals, and they take the viewers eye on a journey through the image.
Ladies and Gents, lines in our imagery have power in photography just as they do in graphic design, and I implore you to learn more about graphic design and translate those skills into your photography. You’ll thank me, and you’ll certainly thank Dave Clayton when your image is more impactive than you ever thought it could be!
HERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT LIGHTROOM’S HDR YOU’LL WANT TO KNOW… I made this discovery recently, and it’s about how to get MUCH sharper, more color accurate realistic HDR images if you start in Lightroom, then jump over to Photoshop just briefly, where you change one simple setting — it makes all the difference in the world. I did a short video about it over on my Lightroom blog — LightroomKillerTips.com — this is really helpful if you make realistic HDR images.
LEADERS OF LAST YEAR’S WORLDWIDE PHOTO WALK… Check your email — we’ve sent out invitations for you to have the first opportunity to lead a Photo Walk™ again this year. If you’ve changed your email address in the last year, or if for any reason you didn’t get an invite, just leave me a comment here and we’ll reach out to you directly to get you set-up. The official walk date and opening to the public to lead walks is coming soon. :)
COUNTDOWN: JUST 11 DAYS ‘TILL MY LIGHTROOM SEMINAR IN WASHINGTON, DC Come on out and spend the day with with me on Friday, August 17th, at the Washington DC Convention Center learning all the cool stuff in Lightroom — everything from truly getting organized, to how to edit your images; how to unlock more of Lightroom’s power, how to work with Photoshop and a ton more. Tickets and here here. Hope I see you there! :)
KELBYONE IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE SOLO GALLERY EXHIBIT OF RAMTIN KAZEMI We’re getting ready to honor another KelbyOne member’s work with their own solo gallery opening at the Gallery at KelbyOne, and his wine/cheese opening reception is open to all KelbyOne members who’d like to join us in person at our studio gallery.
Ramtin’s gallery show will be:
Saturday, August 18 at 7:00 pm EDT.
We’ll be flying Ramtin and a guest to our Headquarters in Tampa, Florida for his show and a wine and cheese reception, followed by a live Q&A in the KelbyOne Theater. To watch Ramtin’s live Q&A, tune in using this link on Saturday, August 18, at 8:00 pm ET. You’ll be able to see his work and learn about his process and inspiration. If you were unable to attend any of our previous gallery shows, you can watch recordings of the Q&As for our previous winners in the Webcast Archives and check out more highlights from their galleries exhibits.
That’s it for today. Hope yours is a great one! :)
This is your invitation to come to beautiful Rome, Italy and join me and Italian photographer, long exposure expert, and KelbyOne Instructor Mimo Meidany for an unforgettable four-day travel photography workshop — “The Classic Beauty of Rome” in one of the most fascinating cities on the planet. First, watch this short video:
Get ready for an unforgettable hands-on travel photography workshop in one of the most historical and photogenic cities in the world, — beautiful Rome, Italy. The city of statues, fountains, and piazzas will be your home for four delightful days of creating captivating images, learning important camera techniques, composition, long exposure photography, and the latest post-processing techniques. All this while enjoying wonderful meals, remarkable views, and making new friends.
What: The Classic Beauty of Rome Travel Photography Workshop Instructors: Scott Kelby and Mimo Meidany When: Sept 21-24, 2018 (with an informal get-together on the night of the 20th) Where: Exe International Palace, Rome (terrific location) Price: $3,950 Per Person (includes accommodations, and breakfast each day – see below) Tickets: More details and tickets here (limited to 12 participants maximum)
Your home for the workshop is the wonderful Exe International Palace; a charming, modern boutique style hotel (with excellent wi-fi) located in the heart of Rome, and in walking distance to many of Rome’s most iconic shooting locations, with lots of great shopping and restaurants nearby (and not far from my all-time favorite restaurant, Mimi e coco).
We’ll be shooting each day on location Then heading back to the hotel for post-processing our images where we’ll learning new techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop; learn new camera techniques; have time for critiques before we head back out to make more gorgeous images. Lots of learning, lots of laughing, amidst the incredible views and scrumptious food of this culinary paradise. After sunset each day you’ll be free to explore the city on your own, and its charming restaurants and cafes.
It will be an extraordinary experience — one that will inspire, inform, stretch you, and challenge you to try new techniques, new ways of thinking, and do things photographically you never thought you could. You’ll come home with lots of stunning images, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Mimo and I look forward to welcoming you to Rome and getting to know you as we spend a few days together making images, learning new techniques, and uncovering The Classic Beauty of Rome.
NOTE: This workshop is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.
You can hold your spot at the workshop for a Deposit of $1,000 US. If you have to cancel the workshop, the $1,000 deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to fill your spot: After Sept 10, 2018 refunds will not be available.
What’s Included: Workshop fee includes four nights accommodations at the Exe International Palace hotel, double-occupancy, including four breakfasts at the hotel. Additional meals are on your own. (If you prefer more privacy, single rooms are available for an up-charge. See the sign-up page for details).
Activity Level: Light to Moderate Rome is walking city so we’ll be doing a good bit on foot, and our hotel is situated in a great location with lots of shooting opportunities nearby, but we’ll also be taking local transport for some of our shoots. Workshop Participants should be in good health; wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and be ready for lots of walking and standing for extended periods of time.
Dress: The weather in Rome in October is beautiful — it’s not too hot with highs in the low 70s F°, but it can get a little chilly at night getting down as low as 53°, so bring at least a light jacket or coat. As with any outdoor event, the weather is somewhat unpredictable, so also be prepared if it rains.
What do I need to bring to the workshop? A DSLR or Mirrorless Camera; a sturdy tripod with ballhead; wireless remote or cable release; a wide-angle lens (24mm or wider); a telephoto lens; a neutral density filter (10-stops, and or a 2nd 3 or 5 stop) for the long exposure techniques. You’ll need a laptop with either Lightroom or Photoshop (or both) for the post-processing segments. If you need to rent gear, we recommend http://www.lensprotogo.com
What level of experience is required? All levels of experience are welcome, but participants should be familiar with their camera and lens and have some experience in either Lightroom or Photoshop.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? The hotel offers Airport Shuttle to/from for an additional fee.
Are there other expenses will I need to cover? As mentioned earlier, lunch and dinner are on your own. Also, if our shooting location is not within walking distance (as will be the case some days), you’ll have to pick up a bus/subway pass. Outside of those minor costs, we don’t’ anticipate any additional costs.
What if I have questions that aren’t answered here? You can post a comment below, or you can email me directly.
What’s the refund policy? If you have to cancel the workshop, as long as you cancel before Sept 10, 2018, you will receive a 100% refund, minus a $300 cancellation fee. After Sept 10, 2018 refunds will not be available.
Where do I sign up? Right here (you’ll be taken to the sign-up page).
Reserve your space now — and we’ll see you soon in beautiful Rome.
Have a great weekend!
P.S.See how I worked that Italian word in there? While my Italian language skills are, shall we say, somewhat limited (ahem), my fake Italian accent is worth the trip alone. Ask anybody who was at our Venice workshop. ;-)