A Day with Jay Maisel By Jay Maisel

1 hr 53 min
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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.

Video transcripts available with a subscription.

Scott Kelby welcomes viewers and explains what the overall concept of this course is.
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.
Remember to walk slowly and pay attention to the intimate exchanges between people.
There is always more than one way to do it. Be open to whatever is happening in front of the camera.
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.
Jay and Scott stroll around Time Square and discuss model releases and approaching subjects.
Sit down, relax, things will happen in front of the camera if you just let them.
A piece of advice is to always be doing a 360 degree radar sweep around you, looking for that next great picture.
You can make wonderful things with reflections, according to Jay.
On their way to this large landmark, Jay and Scott discuss the best light for shooting in the city.
Sometimes is takes a smooth talker to convince someone who does not want to be shot to allow for a picture.
While taking a break for lunch, Jay runs through a list of common mistakes he sees as a photography teacher.
Jay talks about what kinds of work inspires him and how he defines a real picture.
Jay asks the waitress to sit down and join them for a impromptu shoot
Jay gives Scott a tour of his studio and tells some stories behind some of his displayed photographs.
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.
Thanks for following along. Be sure to check out the other photography courses on Kelby Training.
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Jay Maisel

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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 corporate communications. Michael Kors uk Michael Kors outlet Ralph Lauren uk Outlet Ralph Lauren...


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  1. Profile photo of mabian mabian

    Fabulous video, really a great documentary. Thanks much to Scott and Jay (and you behind-the-scenes film folk!) for a terrific portrait of one of America’s greatest masters.

  2. Profile photo of Rick Luiten Rick Luiten

    I was a working pro for years back in the film days. I left to pursue other interests and lately 18 year old daughter has decided to go into photography and I am now teaching her. We outfitted ouselves with good digital equipment, new lights and other accessories and I am having the time of my life but wondering why I ever left. I found Kelby training, and took her to the light it shoot it seminar and so far I have done all this for her, I am getting nothing out of it (Yeah right!). I am happy to say that I too am learning a great deal and have also watched this and Jay’s other video many times. I am so happy to be able to see Jay who has been one of my photographic heros from the time I began to shoot. As far as content or advice, hey it’s Jay Maisel what more can be said. Thanks Kelby training. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of Stefan Hargus Stefan Hargus

    You did a great job! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of akeyter akeyter

    What insperation! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of Adam Bindslev Adam Bindslev

    This, and the first video with Jay, has been more than enough for me to justify my subscription to Kelby Training. It has really helped me discover my own photographic style and has reaffirmed my love with photography. Really just fabulous. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of rnuffer rnuffer

    Amazing! Scott, this is your best course ever! Adam did an amazing job with the video production. I love the B&W video and the music. I wish Kelby Media would do one of these a month. So inspirational! Thank you, thank you, thank you! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of machado.gyn machado.gyn

    In fact, Ive watched this class for the second time. Its amazing how much I may learn from it each time I watch it. Even Jay Maisel sad hes not talented for photography, in my opinion he is very talented to teach us about the theme. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of Gensoft Gensoft

    Purely Inspirational ! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of mjmarkovitch mjmarkovitch

    Another Day with Jay Maisel was simply amazing! When I stumbled across KelbyTraining recently I wondered if it was going to be worth the investment, or if it was just another site for some guys trying to make a buck. Well it didn’t take long to realize that this was going to be a worthwhile investment. The quality of your productions are wonderful! I have learned so much already I can’t believe it! I wish I had the funds to meet and learn from Mr. Maisel in person, but I’m just a regular guy with a passion for photography. Maybe you guys should have some contests or give-aways so us regular guys can win a chance to learn from some of these great iconic photographers you have on your site! Keep up the great work! Mike Markovitch —- Yes, please post my feedback —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of Sundra Tanakoh Sundra Tanakoh

    Amazing second Day with Jay.
    Kudos to whoever decided to process this in B&W, it is freaking brilliant!!
    Can’t wait for Paris! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of bluepitbull bluepitbull

    Amazing! I would LOVE to see more like this. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of ssstardog ssstardog

    I just finished the second Jay Maisel movie and LOVED it. I salute all of Kelby Training. It was inspiring, fascinating, instructional.

    —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of adsus adsus

    These two videos with Jay are an amazing insight into the life of a pro photographer, an icon of the industry. I ended up making some personal notes of the pithy little comments made by Jay. What also struck me was the interaction between Scott and Jay. It was like watching a child with his idolized grandfather. It was quite touching actually.

    Thanks guys for the amazing work – truly inspiring. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of teun-korteweg teun-korteweg

    This course is one of the best things I have seen. Seeing Jay Maisel shooting , talking and in his house was marvellous. It reminded me of my talks with Art Blakey after his concerts. Talks with little words but a great content.
    My wife shares my opinion . This course is sufficient to justify enlisting in Kelby training.
    Teunis Korteweg —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of JanGar JanGar

    After watching this course and the previous one with Jay Maisel, I feel so honoured to have been on a virtual walk with him, I could watch and listen to him for hours. Thanks Scott for these awesome videos. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of lukemcadams lukemcadams

    Loved it – and now I both want to go out shooting and buy an old bank! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of Seve Seve

    I have seen all three courses with Jay Maisel and learned that photography is not about technical stuff but is about life. The photo you capture is a visual of your soul! Wrote down 58 of the quotes he said and wow, what a source of inspiritation he is.

    What an amazing, very interesting Jay Maisel.

    To Scott and his team, thanks for sharing this

    Cheers Stefan —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of Diane Schulman Diane Schulman

    I am in awe after watching this course. Jay Maisel is truly a brilliant and intriguing individual and what a treat to be able to get a peek inside this man’s mind. This documentary/class was extremely thought provoking. His outlook on life leaves me thinking, his photography leaves me thinking, his choice of quotes leaves me thinking…what an absolutely amazing and inspiring individual. What an honor to get a peek into his home and his work. He talks of how museums inspire him, his home/studio is inspiring! His home/studio is a museum filled with photographs that evoke emotion, history, and passion. As a New Yorker, it was so very touching to here what he had to say and what his daughter had to say about 9/11. To see his photographs in honor and tribute of the Twin Towers left me speechless. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  19. Profile photo of purplepaul purplepaul

    That was a high quality production packed full of insight and wisdom. Thank you. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  20. Profile photo of batsgonemad batsgonemad

    Easily, my Favorite of the 3, very thought provoking. How I would LOVE to have a cup of coffee with him on his roof top terrace talking life, not to mention his vault. The sheer history in there is unimaginable. And I’m eager to ask the question about the couple in the bathroom, but perhaps the thought of not knowing what they were up to is more thought provoking than knowing. Well done crowd. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  21. Profile photo of Paul Read Paul Read

    Hi guys,

    I gotta tell you…I loved this course and the other two with Jay as well. I learned soooo much from these videos.

    I’ve been a subscriber to NAAP and to Kelby training for a number of years. I’ve watched many of your courses, some even more than once, and I love them all. You guys are great and I thank you for everything that you do. I just ask one thing…please keep them coming!!!!

    Just yesterday I went to a live class on street photography at a local camera store out here on Long Island and I gotta tell you…it really really sucked!!!! I guess it was because I already watched two of your videos with Jay and I was expecting a lot more. You guys are great!!

    Now how about a new video on the D4???? :-) —- Yes, please post my feedback

  22. Profile photo of SergeAMH SergeAMH

    I just finished watching this documentary and it was fabulous. And I do think of it as such: a documentary. I don’t know how film festivals work in their submission and admission process, but this piece of history – so beautifully shot, by the way – helps to preserve the legacy of a person and should be shown to a much wider audience. I would like to thank Scott Kelby and Kelby Training for this and, of course, Jay Maisel. Thank you so much. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  23. Profile photo of Michael77 Michael77

    This course was just amazing. I was taught so much and now want to try and be anything as aware and skilled as Jay. I think I will watch it again, but after I go out and push my eye with some photography. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  24. Profile photo of ziggysden ziggysden

    This, and the other day with Jay – just AWESOME. Biggest take away for me was “stand still, there’s always pictures” —- Yes, please post my feedback

  25. Profile photo of Scott Vaughn

    I’m speechless. I did not want this course to end. Inspirational beyond belief! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  26. Profile photo of BrianSommers BrianSommers

    Big thanks to the crew and how they shot this.. Loved it! The take away for me is…just get out and shoot and don’t worry so much about the technicals. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  27. Profile photo of alrebo alrebo

    <3 it .. i am coming Jay ;) —- Yes, please post my feedback

  28. Profile photo of jlotz jlotz

    I LOVE all the videos KelbyTraining has of Jay Maisel. What a treasure he is to the community. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  29. Profile photo of Ibelieve75 Ibelieve75

    Absolutely outstanding! Encore! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  30. Profile photo of Schlomo Schlomo

    The classes with Jay Maisel itself justify signing up for Kelby Training. I had no idea what photography can be all about. Thanks for that and please bring more videos of such giants. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  31. Profile photo of Lakshmi1008 Lakshmi1008

    So inspiring. Even though I’m not in street photography, but it is amazing how much I learn from Jay’s classes and how big impact it made on my photography! Thanks Scott for amazing resource. Hopefully more days with Jay Maisal are coming!