Photo walks, news, and a visit from Scott Kelby

So, as many of you know, Scott Kelby, president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), Kelby Media Group, Kelby Training Live, and leader of the pack of Photoshop guys over at Photoshop User TV, was in Denver yesterday on his Adobe Photoshop Lightroom tour.  He led a seminar yesterday that, despite several technical difficulties, was pretty rockin’ when it comes to establishing a work flow in Lightroom.

Scott is also known for his annual worldwide photo walks that he started last year.  This year response has just been enormous to the walks, with several cities (including Denver) filling up within the first 24 hours.  Well, on his blog this last Monday, he wrote a Q&A post describing the photo walks, what they are, how they work, and all that stuff.  One question he snuck in though was that he would be in Denver and did anyone know of any good places to shoot in the downtown area.

Since I work downtown, (pretty close to the Convention Center I might add), I have a fairly good understanding of where things are, and what’s fun to shoot.  So, I posted a comment on his blog of where he could go and what might be fun.  To my astonishment, he actually wrote me back via email, asing if I’d be interested in going on a photo shoot with him to kinda show him around!  Not give him a few locations, not recommend a restaurant – he invited me on a photo shoot!  With him!  My jaw about hit the floor, but I did respond that it’d be my pleasure to show him around the area.  He sent me some info on where he’d be staying and to come on over after work on Tuesday!  My jaw hit the floor again.  But, regaining my composure, on Tuesday after work, I walked over to his hotel to meet him.  Knocked on the door and sure enough – Mr K. himself!  The maker of the Kelby Kool-Ade!

For the next 2 hours, we walked around the downtown area –  talking shop, and all that stuff.  I was silent for about the first 30 minutes, afraid I would say something utterly stupid to embarrass myself, but as I walked and we talked, found that he’s just a regular guy (despite his amazing base of knowledge, and…well, the fact that he’s Scott Kelby!)  After a few hours of shooting, I then enjoyed an amazing dinner with him and his crew – names like Bert, Ben, Moose, Matt, Corey, etc., etc., were bandied about in the regular conversation.  Needless to say, I kept quiet for most of it, trying to keep my jaw off the floor.  I know, I know – they are all people too, but every time someone’s name was mentioned, I just kept thinking to myself, “Yup, I read their blog too!”  Oh, and then for the next day’s seminar – he reserved a front row seat for me!  It was an incredible day, and I just wanted to take a day here on the blog to give a nod to Scott for being so open and friendly, and just – so, well….cool!

My shots from the day were pretty much lousy as I totally wasn’t paying attention to my technique or anything – just trying not to look like an idiot.  Nevertheless, in honor of his visit to Denver, and in hopes of his return:

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7 comments for “Photo walks, news, and a visit from Scott Kelby

  1. May 21, 2009 at 8:43 am

    I just finished reading his 1st volume of digital photography. I must say If I hadnt read that book I would probably be continuing to shoot like an idiot Amateur who thinks himself of an all-knowing pro, just because I know what an Aperture, shutter and ISO is! He is a simple genius and his book was so simple to read, crisp and to the point. You are very lucky to have been on a walk with him.

    PS: So, did he really beat you up with his tripod!!! kidding!

  2. photoshopdb
    May 21, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Glad to hear you had a great time with Scott Kelby. I enjoy all his books, the PSW convention and some pre-cons. He is so knowledgeable and down to earth man. Love the pictures from your photo shot with him.

    Congrats 🙂

  3. May 21, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun Jason. Must have been great to meet the great man.

  4. May 21, 2009 at 10:29 am

    What a wonderful opportunity…very cool you got to meet Scott and spend some time with him.

  5. May 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Jason, that is great. One of the neat things about Scott K and his people is that they are so people friendly.

  6. May 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Lucky dog !!!!!
    See you never know unless you are willing to put yourself out there 🙂
    Sounds like a great time!!!!

  7. May 26, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Good for you Jason!! I know what you were going thru, I met Scott last year for one of Jeff’s Photowalk – and yep, he puts his pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us. Great shots!!

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