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


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....

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  1. Profile photo of photoramsey1 photoramsey1

    I want to thanks Mr Jay Maisel and Scott for this courses who help me to find a new regard in photography, less pictures but with more qualities.

  2. Profile photo of bobhistory bobhistory

    I just joined Kelbyone this week and am enthralled with the courses. One of these days, I’ll start watching the technical classes like Lightroom but for now, I’m having a blast with this stuff.

    This walk with Jay was amazing; I learned a year’s worth of photography classes with just this alone. During my second viewing, I followed along with Scott and Jay in Google Earth. I recommend you do the same, because you get a sense of what Jay is “looking for”. It’s also fun to somewhat see what they saw, with the understanding that things change quickly in New York.

    Warm Regards,

  3. Profile photo of Gerard Gerard

    A wealth of insight and wisdom. One doesn’t need to make it complicated to end up with something good!

  4. Profile photo of thegaijin thegaijin

    That scene in times square!! Priceless.
    These videos with Scott and Jay Maisel are worth the subscription fee by themselves.

  5. Profile photo of mike6 mike6

    Thanks, Scott. I don’t have words for what this meant to me.

  6. Profile photo of pbziegler pbziegler

    Jay’s camera is taking 3 shots each time. Is he using multi shot mode or HDR? Or something else altogether?

  7. Profile photo of dmcgrath49 dmcgrath49

    I think Jay Maisel just taught me why I love photography. It would be great to be on the world wide photo walks with Jay in New York.

  8. Profile photo of shmuglak shmuglak

    What a personality! Absolutely great movie. I’m looking forward for the “Another day with Jay Maisel”. Thank you, Scott for doing this.

  9. Profile photo of jmortegac jmortegac

    I bought the membership just because you had Jay Maisel in it , and it was worth it . His wisdom and experience regarding photography is something that can be put to use instantly, i thank mr Kelbe One for the very wise decision of having mr Maisel in the courses, but i have to tell you mr kelby , i want more of mr Maisel . Thank You

  10. Profile photo of gryphon1911 gryphon1911

    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.

    1. Profile photo of pbziegler pbziegler

      I agree with gryphon 1911. I actually bought Jay in Paris. So impressed I bought a year’s subscription. I do hope more sessions with Jay appear during the year as I watched them all the day I signed on.

  11. Profile photo of esemathew esemathew

    I watch this over and over again. It’s the only reason I signed up in the first place.

  12. Profile photo of tjboarman tjboarman

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of Chivo101 Chivo101

    I’m going to have to add a class in NYC with Mr Maisel to my bucket list! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of cinedependent cinedependent

    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? —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of znerken znerken

    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 :) —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of Joefowler00 Joefowler00

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of evlens56 evlens56

    A brilliant guy. Watch this before Paris —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of Aron Aron

    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.

  19. Profile photo of zippyzDlight zippyzDlight

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  20. Profile photo of emilnekem emilnekem

    “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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  21. Profile photo of Sylvain Sylvain

    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 —- Yes, please post my feedback

  22. Profile photo of Justin77 Justin77

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  23. Profile photo of curtmeverden curtmeverden

    Inspiring. This was my first Kelby Training course. It justified the entire annual fee. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  24. Profile photo of suniludupa suniludupa

    This one, I have to say, is the most common sense approach to Photography —- Yes, please post my feedback

  25. Profile photo of 1330038 1330038

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  26. Profile photo of pbelarge pbelarge

    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 —- Yes, please post my feedback

  27. Profile photo of Rodneymark Rodneymark

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  28. Profile photo of Jerred Golden Jerred Golden

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  29. Profile photo of douggriff douggriff

    Profound, entertaining, helpful and extremely generous.

    Montana —- Yes, please post my feedback

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