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Ever participated in an organized Photo Walk? They can range from local events sponsored by a photography club, a group of friends on an afternoon outing, or on a much larger scale. On the large-scale format, there is one that is hosted by professional photographer Scott Kelby. Some of you may recognize his name as being associated with the popular PhotoShop program for processing images. Not going to go into detail here about the program, as there are so many possibilities within itís use, and I havenít even begun to touch all the things one is able to do with it, or the many variations of the program.
Each year the World Wide Photo Walk is held on a specific date, and anyone can participate. Doesnít matter if youíre just starting out, or a seasoned professional, and you can use any camera desired, from point and shoots, to the upper echelons of the equipment scale. Iíve participated in two of the Louisville, Kentucky events in 2010 and 2011. Once the event starts you can venture around on your own or go in groups. I tagged-along with a great couple (Peg and Dwight) from the Louisville area...and I still owe them lunch at the next one, as they were kind enough to pay for my lunch that day after the event. Unfortunately, I missed the one this past year in 2012 due to other obligations. On the specific date and time, groups of up to 50 participants (as per the event rules) meet at the designated location and have two hours to take as many photographs as desired in the location deemed by the local host of the event. Oh, and participating is free. All you have to do is signup online. After the two hour limit, most groups have a designated place to meet, usually a restaurant, cafť, etc. Those who desire to do so can submit an image of their choice in a contest, which is judged, and entries in several categories, are selected at the end of the judging period and announced on-line. There are no monetary awards, but do have some nice items to be awarded, depending on how your image places in the contest. In conjunction with the large world-wide contest, each group also has a contest within their realm, with only one image being selected by the group leader.
During the 2010 event, the first one I participated in, I was very fortunate to be selected as the winner (photo inset in this blog issue), from group #2 (Louisville had two groups that year due to the number of people). The award for the local group winners was a copy of one of two preselected choices of Scott Kelbyís books. I chose the Adobe Photoshop CS5 book for Digital Photographers, 2011, which has been invaluable in assisting me with my image processing. This past year I purchased the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers, 2010, by Kelby, which has also been a valuable asset when working with the Lightroom 3 program.
If interested in participating in the next World Wide Photo Walk, check for information on-line towards the middle of this year. Here is a link from last yearís event so as to provide some background information on the event: http://worldwidephotowalk.com.