Back in the Saddle

Sorry for the short hiatus the past few days but I took a little side trip to Texas before returning home to visit my family. But now I’m back and I have a ton of things to write about this week so I thought I would start off by catching up with some things I wasn’t able to get to over the past couple of weeks. We’ll call this Catch-Up Monday.

6 Days Until the Worldwide Photowalk -

We’ve got less than a week to go until the 3rd Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk and I am getting pretty excited. There are now 1099 registered photowalks scheduled to take place next Saturday with over 27,000 participants.  I will be sending out emails to all of my walkers during the week but here’s something that I wanted to share with everyone. If you have registered for a photowalk and won’t be able to attend, make sure that you visit the official page for that photowalk and remove yourself to make room for someone that might be on the waiting list. Only officially registered walkers will be eligible to upload images and possibly win a prize so if you have had a change of plans, please don’t forget to remove your name from the list. The walk leaders can’t do it for you so you have to take care of this one on your own.

Speaking of Photowalk Prizes -

The winning photograper from each photowalk will receive either a copy of Scott Kelby’s The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers or The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers. I happily had my copy of the Lightroom 3 book waiting for me when I got home from my trip and I am about a third of the way through it already. It’s a great read and, as always, Scott does a fantastic job of walking the reader through every aspect of Lightroom 3. The Lightroom book is available now and the CS5 book should be available soon. I can’t wait!

Not sure what to shoot?

I get this question a lot from people that are venturing out on their first photowalk. Sure, you could just take photos of the obvious stuff you see on the street but if you want to try something different, try shooting a theme. There’s a fairly new iPhone App called Photo Walk Ideas that can help you with this. Just pick a them from the scroll wheel like Abstracts, People, Nature, Urban, etc. and then pick a difficulty level and the app will give you a checklist of different subjects to check off. It’s a pretty neat idea. You can read more about it here.

Let’s say that you are already in the location but you are stuck for subject matter and need a little inspiration. Once again, you can reach for your trusty iPhone and check out the Photo Walk app. This little program will locate your current position and then pull up a map with pins that link to photos on Flickr that were taken in the same area. You can actually select the ones that you like the best and the app will plot a course for you so you don’t miss out on any photo opportunities. This is especially handy if you are shooting in an unfamiliar location. You can find out more info at the developers website.

On a more personal note -

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Matt Brandon of The Digital Trekker as part of his Depth of Field series. We chatted for over an hour about photography, photowalking, and my photography career in general. The series is sponsored by my publisher, Peachpit Press, and Matt has interviewed some of the hottest photogs in the business, including Jasmine Star, Zach Arias, Ami Vitale, Chris Orwig, David duChemin, Trey Ratcliff, Nevada Weir, and more, which still leaves me wondering why he would want to interview me. I really did enjoy speaking with Matt. He is a true gentleman and I had a lot of fun doing the interview.

On a more geeky note, you might be interested to know that I did the entire interview using nothing but my Apple iPad and the Skype app. Matt conducts most of his interviews over Skype because he is based in Malaysia (he shoots a lot for NGO’s and non-profits). So while Matt was using his computer with a fancy Blue Snowball Microphone, I was sitting in my easy chair using a pair of headphones and the built-in mic on the iPad and the quality was pretty darn good. You can hear the interview by clicking here and make sure that you check out the rest of Matt’s Digital Trekker blog while you are there. He has some really great stuff going on.

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