Photography for a cause

Photoshop Guru Scott Kelby has built more than a Photoshop following, and more than a Photowalk phenomenon.  With the help of supporters (and the official Photowalk T-shirt), the Springs of Hope orphanage in Kenya has also been built.  It’s now up and running, and has just been wired with electricity – a big hurdle, but one that’s been jumped with the help of donors, T-shirt buyers and volunteers.

With the holidays approaching, Scott has a new series of T-shirts to help raise money for Springs of Hope.  The Off Camera Flash Shooter T-shirts make a great gift for anyone who (a) likes photography, and (b) likes sporting their support for a cause.

We talked to Scott about his shop and other gravely important photography matters.  Here’s what he had to say:

CP: Why did you set up this shop?

SK: I’m constantly looking for ways to support an Orphanage in Kenya that the readers of my blog helped build from scratch this year, and  when I came up with the idea for a t-shirt design, was my first thought as a perfect way to turn this into a fund-raiser quickly and efficiently.

CP: What’s mightier: a vintage Polaroid camera, or an iPhone camera?

SK: Wow—tough question. It’s tough because the Polaroid created something you could hold—a physical print, which is pretty powerful on its own, that physical print is also its weekness, because once it’s printed—that’s the end of its story.  With an iPhone camera, of course you could send it to your computer for printing, or email it to a printing service like (that’s who I use), but you can also edit in using dozens of different Apps, and post it direct from your photo to a very wide audience on Facebook, Twitter, or flickr, or your blog, and well….. you get the idea.  An iPhone photo can take on another life, and reach a much wider viewing audience, so I’m going to have to go with iPhone camera.

CP: If you were stranded on a desert island and could have a single piece of photography equipment (and whatever causes it to function) with you in neverending supply, what would it be?

SK: How about a computer with Photoshop, and a never-ending supply of photos I could edit, retouch, and post on the Web.  That would keep me busy for quite a while.

CP: If you could put any person, living or dead, in a T-shirt, what would the T-shirt say, and who would be wearing it?

SK: It would be Elvis, and the t-shirt would read, “Quick, somebody fire my doctor”

CP: If you could do a Photowalk anywhere in the world, where would it be?

SK: The island of Corfu, Greece. I worked there for a summer when I was 19, and I would so love to go back and lead a walk there. The city is just amazing, and incredibly quaint, with lots of little cobblestone streets, and wonderful architecture. It would be a dream.

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