Are You Ready To Photo Walk?

Greetings all!

I hope you’re as excited as I am to meet up for the Photo Walk this Saturday. The weather has been pretty wet all week, but I’m hoping we will catch a break. On the upside, the rain should make for a cooler evening.

Here is a daytime picture of Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse where we will meet. The Dallas Photo Walk page has been updated with the latest Google map, which you can get directions. The address is 302 N Market St
Dallas, TX 75202

I went to several restaurants, and all wanted some sort of banquet reservation for a group of our size. Not a real problem except for deposits, and the insistence of a single party catering ticket. I hope that Sonny’s will accommodate us a bit better, but will know more Saturday night.

As a last reminder here are things to keep in mind for our walk:

1. Safety. Safety. Safety. Be aware of your surroundings, e.g, people, traffic, non-moving objects, and keep an eye on your gear.

2. Pair off. It will be a challenge to keep the entire group moving together, and it’s NOT a requirement for all of you to move when I move. I will be breaking folks down into smaller teams so YOU will always be paired with someone.

3. Comfort. I know my Twitter avatar looks pretty lean, but my Mii character is quite the portly fellow. Be sure to wear good shoes, and bring water if you’re inclined.

4. Camera Gear. If this is your first Photo Walk then you may be inclined to “bring the kitchen sink” just so you don’t miss the one shot of the evening. My suggestion is to keep your pack light; I wouldn’t bring more than two lenses. A tripod would be useful, but a monopod easier to handle.

5. Flickr Group. If you haven’t done so, NOW is the time to register for the Flickr group. I have received a number of requests already. The only suggestion I have is PLEASE include your real name in the request. Crazy_Photographer2789 is a fine handle, but I have nothing to match up against my registration list.

NOTE – Your photos will need to be posted by midnight Tuesday, August 26th.

Alright, that’s my last minute pep talk. See everyone at the walk!

August 12 – IDUG Dallas Meeting

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer. It would seem everything is on the rise. Gas prices are up, Texas weather is gettin’ mighty warm, and your humble Adobe Instructor is hopin’ to kick off another IDUG meeting chock full of information.

The Dallas chapter of the InDesign Users Group will meet on Tuesday, August 12th at the Clampitt Paper Creative Center. Lisa Niday gives everyone a whirlwind tour of the newly released Acrobat 9. Learn how this new release is changing the face of PDF. Don’t think for a second you should skip this event. As InDesigners, PDF is where many of us end up, and you want to see the destination Adobe has set for your designs.

And now an official word from our sponsor:
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Register For The Event

11:00-11:15 Socializing, Announcements, Eating
11:15-12:30 The New Acrobat 9 — Lisa Niday
12:30-12:45 Q & A
12:45-01:00 Closing and Raffle

Clampitt Creative Center
9207 Ambassador Row
Dallas, TX 75247
Directions To The Event

Aug 10 – Dallas Digital Photography Meetup

I am speaking for the Dallas Digital Photography Group on using Lightroom vs. Bridge, Photoshop vs. Photoshop Elements.

Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome, beginner or advanced. Bring your camera, gadgets, and photos! The event will be at:

2230 Barnes Bridge Rd
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 328-8429

Venue Information:
Attendees may bring in outside food and drinks into the meeting room.  There will be NO food or drinks provided, so please come prepared.

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk 2008

This week Scott Kelby announced the Worldwide Photowalk on his blog. This GINORMOUS event will be held in cities around the world on Saturday, August 23rd. I have the honor of being the city leader here in Dallas, and I’m excited to join in on the festivities. This is an open event, meaning you don’t have to be a professional to attend. DSLR cameras are not required, in fact I’ve read that some folks just use their cellphone cameras. However, attendance is limited to 50 people so be sure to register right away.

Here’s some additional information for those folks interested in signing up:

What is a Photowalk? Jeff Revell was a guest blogger on Scott’s site, and put together this great article on what to expect on a photowalk. It’s a good read if you’ve never gathered with other photographers like paparazzi. *chuckle*

Official Photowalk Website – Scott Kelby gives you an introduction to this gathering of photo enthusiasts. This is a FREE social event, but given Scott’s generous nature there will be a handful of prizes to win. Visit the Dallas city page to register for the photowalk.

Scott’s Photowalk Q&A – Scott answers additional questions that have come up since announcing the Photowalk event.

Dallas was just added last night, and I’m putting together the plans for our city photowalk. Feel free to leave any questions/comments, and I will be updating information on the Dallas city page as well as here on the blog.

REGISTRATION UPDATE 08/01/2008 – Just got the word from John Hays that you need to be sure you pick your city BEFORE submitting the registration form. If you miss that, your email address will get eaten, and you’ll have to register with a different address.

DFWAUG Meets June 21st

June 21st will be the last meeting of the DFWAUG before summer break! Gene McCullagh will demonstrate Portrait Retouching Techniques using Photoshop CS3. Everyone likes to look better in photos, right? Make your friends and family happier with a few simple pixel modifications!

WIN A COPY OF THE CS3 PREMIUM SUITE! You don’t want to miss this raffle which includes not just one Adobe product, but a complete CS3 suite (Web Premium or Design Premium). Tickets will be $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00. This giveaway doesn’t happen all the time, and you must be present to win.

DFWAUG meets on the third Saturday of each month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at NerdBooks in Richardson.

NerdBooks is located at 1681 Firman Drive, Richardson, TX 75081. View a Google map of the location.