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Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk – In Ollantaytambo

Well, it is that time of the year again, Scott Kelby is hosting his third annual Worldwide Photowalk. It is  a huge event and last year it was the largest global social event for photographers worldwide…. I was a walk leader last year in Johannesburg and this year I applied to be a leader in Ollantaytambo and I have been give permission to lead the walk here, in Peru,  so if there are any photographers who are going to be in Ollantaytambo on the 24th July, join the walk here with us….

If you arent in Ollantaytambo and you are keen to do the Photowalk, go to www.worldwidephotowalk.com and check to see if there is a walk in your area, if you want to join the Ollantaytambo walk, then click here. Below are some photos I took on the walk last year in Johannesburg city centre…to see the Flickr group of some of the photos that were taken on the day, click here..

Below is the press release from Scott Kelby about the walk.

TAMPA, FL – June 1, 2010 – On Saturday, July 24, 2010, the whole world will be walking again with Scott Kelby, president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and #1 bestselling computer and technology book author, in the Third Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™.

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk is the world’s largest global social photography event in the history of photography itself. It takes place on the same day around the world where photographers of all walks of life and skill levels gather together, usually in downtown areas to socialize, learn new tips from each other, and explore their corner of the world through photography.

“In 2008, we had 241 walks,” said Scott Kelby, founder of NAPP, editor-in-chief of Photoshop User magazine, and president of Kelby Media Group. “Last year, we had over 900 walks with over 32,000 photographers participating. We did the math… your average photographer will take upwards of 300 photos during a photo walk. That means that nearly 10 million pictures were taken in that one single day that may never had happened otherwise. I think that’s pretty cool and we all can’t wait to see what happens this year.”

There is no fee to participate but pre-registration is required. Just go to the Worldwide Photo Walk site, find a walk near you, and join in on the fun. If there is no Photo Walk in your area feel free to register to lead a walk of your own.

Anyone can participate too. All you need is a camera. It doesn’t even matter what kind of camera either. People have showed up with disposables in the past, had a blast, and left with a new appreciation for photography.

Kelby credits the success and popularity of the event to the social aspect of photography the world over. “Photography is usually viewed as a solitary activity, but the truth of the matter is that people love to shoot together, compare notes and just have fun with photography,” said Kelby. “The Worldwide Photo Walk is a social phenomenon. I’ve had group leaders contact me to tell me that they’ve turned their walk into a monthly event. Other people tell me that they’ve made friends at the very first Photo Walk that they’ve kept to this day. It’s the joy of shooting with friends, new and old that makes this event so special.”

The social aspect of this event has also transcended into the online world of social networks as well. Participants in the Worldwide Photo Walk post updates to Twitter before, during and after the event under the #WWPW hash tag, they share their pictures on Flickr (view pictures from last year’s Flickr group), and get updates from NAPP via its Facebook page.

In addition to enjoying a day of photography with other like-minded individuals, participants may also be eligible to win prizes from the Worldwide Photo Walk’s sponsors if their photo is chosen as the best photo of the day by their walk leader. Each winning walk photo is then entered into a global competition where Scott Kelby picks the single “best photo” of the event along with 10 runners-up. Full details are available at: http://worldwidephotowalk.com/

Scott Kelby’s Third Annual Worldwide Photo Walk is sponsored by NAPP, Adobe, Adorama, Peachpit, Mpix, Wacom, and Kelby Training.

About NAPP
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is a dynamic trade association and the world’s leading resource for Adobe® Photoshop®, Photoshop® Lightroom®, and photography training, news, and education. An award-winning team of Photoshop and photography experts, authors, consultants, and trainers lead the association – keeping its members on the cutting edge of Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography techniques and technology. With more than 71,000 members in 106 countries, NAPP is the largest digital imaging and graphics association worldwide. Visit http://www.photoshopuser.com for more information

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Prime or Zoom?

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A friend of mine is getting into photography and he asked me about some of the differences between the lenses that are out there. We then got into the discussion about the pro’s and cons of prime lenses. For me, there is no real debate, prime lenses are superior, no doubt about it. The build quality and the components are superior and the results are amazing. My favourite lens is my 50mm Nikon F 1.8. Take a look at the Flickr Nikon 50mm F1.8 group to get some idea of how good this lens is.

It truly is a great piece of kit. The images are sharp, the bokeh is superb and the overall colour rendition is beautiful. Also, it is small and compact, but it has become my staple

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Photography…is it art?

I have had this conversation with a few people…can a photo be seen as art? Well, I guess that depends on your definition of art. If art is something that take a certain amount of talent to produce, is creative in nature, is visually appealing, stirs an emotion or memory, then perhaps some photos can be considered art. I think most people think that photos may not be art because the photographer simply walks out into the wild, snaps off a few pics and returns an hour or so later and sells those images as art. Well, the true photographic artists, will tell you thats not how it happens. Consider one of the landscape photographers, Koos van der Lende (www.delende.com) that I had the privilege of meeting and chatting to last year. His images are very specifically created. Firstly, when he treks off into the Namib, he may be away for a month or more at a time. That is time in which he cannot realisticaly generate income. When he spots something that he may want to capture, he will spend up to 3 days on that site tracking the movement of the sun to determine the exact angle and time he needs to press the shutter release. Often times he will be carrying anything up to 50kg’s of equipment with him and has been known to walk for a day or two to a specific location. Why walk? Well the terrain he shoots has often never been polluted by mankinds vehicles, so he resorts to going in on foot, so that he has as little impact on the environment as possible. The results are mindblowing, the images are stirring…is it art, I definitely think so, but you be the judge….

Garden of God - Koos van der Lende