A Day with Jay Maisel, with Jay Maisel

Join Jay and Scott as they walk the bustling streets of the Big Apple - talking about theory, technique, and the art of finding photographs among the faces and architecture they find along the way.

Famed photographer Jay Maisel takes Scott Kelby on a walking tour of his favorite places to shoot in New York City. Join Jay and Scott as they walk the bustling streets of the Big Apple – talking about theory, technique, and the art of finding photographs among the faces and architecture they find along the way.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:52)

Scott Kelby welcomes viewers and explains what the overall concept of this course is.

Lesson 2: A Walk in the Neighborhood (Duration 08:34)

When Jay goes out for walks around his neighborhood in New York, his camera is always with him. He uses minimal equipment so that he is always ready if a shot presents itself.

Lesson 3: A Walk in the Neighborhood, Part 2 (Duration 05:43)

Remember to walk slowly and pay attention to the intimate exchanges between people.

Lesson 4: A Walk in the Neighborhood, Part 3 (Duration 10:05)

There is always more than one way to do it. Be open to whatever is happening in front of the camera.

Lesson 5: On the Subway (Duration 03:54)

Because the subway is a tight, restricted space, it is somewhat like Russian Roulette when it comes to what a photographer can find in front of the camera.

Lesson 6: Times Square (Duration 09:21)

Jay and Scott stroll around Time Square and discuss model releases and approaching subjects.

Lesson 7: Times Square, Part 2 (Duration 08:31)

Sit down, relax, things will happen in front of the camera if you just let them.

Lesson 8: Radar Sweep (Duration 05:24)

A piece of advice is to always be doing a 360 degree radar sweep around you, looking for that next great picture.

Lesson 9: Reflections (Duration 07:44)

You can make wonderful things with reflections, according to Jay.

Lesson 10: Chrysler Building (Duration 08:33)

On their way to this large landmark, Jay and Scott discuss the best light for shooting in the city.

Lesson 11: People Person (Duration 08:36)

Sometimes is takes a smooth talker to convince someone who does not want to be shot to allow for a picture.

Lesson 12: Lunch, Part 1 (Duration 08:04)

While taking a break for lunch, Jay runs through a list of common mistakes he sees as a photography teacher.

Lesson 13: Lunch, Part 2 (Duration 06:54)

Jay talks about what kinds of work inspires him and how he defines a real picture.

Lesson 14: Lunch, Part 3 (Duration 09:01)

Jay asks the waitress to sit down and join them for a impromptu shoot

Lesson 15: The Studio (Duration 07:07)

Jay gives Scott a tour of his studio and tells some stories behind some of his displayed photographs.

Lesson 16: Final Thoughts (Duration 03:26)

There are 3 rules that Jay tries to keep in mind every time he goes out to shoot. He shares them, and other observations, with Scott.

Lesson 17: Conclusion (Duration 01:07)

Thanks for following along. Be sure to check out the other photography courses on Kelby Training.

Meet Your Instructor: Jay Maisel

Photographer Jay Maisel's career spans 40 years. His name has become synonymous with vibrant color photography that uses light and gesture to create countless unforgettable images for advertising, editorial, and…


  1. Out of all the classes I have taken on Kelby Training.com and the live shows its the Day With series that I love the most. To see Jay in his element talking about his craft is priceless. Thanks Jerred G.

  2. I have just found a new hero. Jay Maisel is so brilliant, I am dumbstruck. He makes photography seems so natural. There's no high tech just Jay and his camera. Love it. So thank you guys very much for the introduction.

  3. Scot, WOW! thank you for this presentation. Jay is truly amazing and what can be taken from this presentation goes well past photography. I am not an easy person to satisfy, yet this presentation had me waiting for every word Jay had to say. His life's experience showed through and I can say this presentation has taught me more than all the other presentations I have been to combined. I look forward to more presentations with other photographers, there is nothing quite like a candid walk and talk for us to gain insight. Thank you again, Pierre Belarge

  4. I have watched a many of your videos and learned a lot from the photographers in them. But, I have to say that the two video courses that were shot with Jay Maisel were by far the most interesting and informative videos on photography I have ever seen. What an incredible man and I have to find a way to meet this man. I am blown away from his videos. The main thing about him is that I have learned and started practicing. I can see the difference between before and after. Thank you and I hope I can one day say thanks to Mr. Maisel.

  5. This isn't just a course...it is so inspirational to listen and watch such an amazing photographer. I don't have the right words but I can tell you this, it's going to be hard to fall asleep tonight after watching this. My brain is literally in overdrive, I can't quit thinking about all the insight that was shared. Thank you Jay and Kelby Training for such a gift.

  6. Thank you Scott and your team for this great day with Jay Maisel. We learn a lot from these legends, so if possible, continue those interviews. They are very appreciated. Sylvain Messier

  7. "Do your visual push-ups every day" - such great advice! Very authentic, honest and inspiring content. So much fun to walk the streets of New York with a master like Maisel.

  8. Watching this has further opened my concept of creative possibility, understanding myself as a photographer, and somehow in some indescribable way reveals to me why I keep picking up a camera, and remain captivated by the exploration of making images. Jay is confident, honest, generous, and inspirational. Wonderful!

  9. This course is the most fantastic learning tool, I have come across... I have read books on composition and exposure including Scott Kelby's books, I have paid for lessons by photographers, I have been reading (scanning) forums and/ or outbursts videos by various photographers and got increasingly sucked into 'pro gear talk' and linear thinking. The interviews/ walkabouts with Jay Maisel alone make this course worthwhile but there are so many more which are even more pertinent.

  10. After viewing "A Day with Jay" - the first class I viewed - I told my wife, "This is the best $200 I've ever spent!" Keep up the good work and thanks for keeping this training affordable.

  11. I really like the whole kelbytraining stuff. But can we get the possibility of adding subtitles to movies? No offence, but I am having a hard time listening to your conversation in this movie. Thanks, by the way Scot, I have almost purchased all your work :)

  12. I am looking at the way Jay Maisel has his camera strap over his shoulder while Scott Kelby is holding his just by the grip. I'm sure they're both insured, but this is NYC and it looks like Scott is asking to get his camera stolen, or for it to drop on the sidewalk. Why do you have the strap on if you don't use it, Scott?

  13. Scott Kelby, you're a Master in your own rights. I've learned so much and especially from the "A Day With Videos". Please post more of these wonderful videos. Thanks.

  14. I love Jay's attitude and approach. He constantly inspires me to want to be a better photographer. Whenever i hit a block and need inspiration, i just watch one of Jay's videos here or break out one of my Joe McNally DVD box sets. Any of Jay's videos are worth the cost of an annual membership.

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