Dear Beginner, You make ripples!

Photographers can cause ripples.

Recently I had an email from a reader who had some basic photography questions. He was dealing with some pretty common issues that most beginners deal with. He has been frustrated that his images, though taken in some very exotic locations don’t seem to grab the viewer. After I looked over some of his images and made some strong suggestions, I got the email below. Continue reading

Depth of Field: Jeff Revell

Jeff Revell is a super nice guy and a talented photographer as well. When Jeff is not shooting his own work, he is managing a group of photographers, authoring books or leading photowalks. In fact, Jeff is the inspiration for the Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk. You might call Jeff the Photowalk Guru, others call him the Photowalk Pro. I caught up with Jeff at his home in DC. We chatted over Skype, I was on my fancy smancy Blue Snowball mic and Jeff on his iPad. I was amazed at the clarity of the sound coming from his iPad, and with it just sitting on his dinning table to boot! Check out Jeff’s gallery HERE. While you are there he has a whole host of tutorials that you can devour! You can fine them HERE. Anyway, I am sure you will love this fun interview with Jeff Revell, the Photowalk Pro.

You can find the complete list of Depth of Field podcasts HERE or you can subscribe to them on iTunes HERE.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

QUICK! Worldwide Photo Walk Register Now!

Worldwide Photo Walk – Images by Matt Brandon

It’s that time again, time to register for the WorldWide Photowalk. I love these walks. It’s a time when fellow photographers both professional and hobbyist can gather together and just have fun. No pressure, no real rules, other than be safe, a time when photographers encourage each other with camera in hand.  And best of all, it is FREE! Every  participants will have the opportunity to win dozens of prizes worth thousands of dollars. There are hundreds of photo walks that will take place on July 24th. (Editors note: Maybe you are a little unclear about what the heck is a photo walk? Check out this well crafted overview HERE.)

But the one photo walk I’m most concerned about, is the one I’ll be leading. You can find it’s page HERE to register.  There is only space for 50 photographers. You’d think that would be plenty, but every year it fills up in a matter of days. This year we’re focusing in on Forgotten Penang. We will be walking in and among many historic buildings as well as many derelict buildings. It’s the derelict buildings that offer some of the real photographic possibilities. I chose 7 am as a start to allow us time to shoot the Campbell Street morning market for people shooters like myself. I also have a arranged a special opportunity for our walkers. I have invited a shooter from the UK who’s living here in Penang to join us. His name is Mark Hall and he specializes in panoramic images. They’re pretty amazing and he is excited to be able to share his tricks and skills with the rest of us. So for about 30 minutes we’ll have a free pano workshop that Mark will be leading. He is bring his pano tripod head, as well as other gear, and offering you a chance to use it, hands-on. How fun is that?

So the route this year will be roughly from E&O hotel to Jalan Phee Choon in one direction and Jalan Transfer over to Lorong Love the other direction. Confusing? Just look at the map below.

Remember, there are only 50 spaces available. Sign up today. There may not be any places left by tomorrow! See you at the walk.

View 2010 Worldwide Photo Walk in a larger map

Location Scouting

A very short (and late) post today.  This morning I went out with two friends scouting for locations for the July 24th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. I think we found a very cool route. Starting off at a historic colonial cemetery in Georgetown, here in Penang. Spent way too long walking around, but had a lot of fun with my buddies Hariman and Dave Ray.  Those of you that live in this area, I hope you will join me for this walk. Keep July 24th open.