What is a PhotoWalk?

Many people wonder what makes up a Photo Walk. Jeff Revell has been doing this for years, and was the launching pad for Scott Kelby to start his annual Photowalk. See this link. http://www.revellphotography.com/blog/2008/02/a-guide-to-photowalking/  Here is a Guest Blog that Jeff did before the first Kelby Photowalk. http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/2008/archives/1753.

A Photowalk is basically a gathering of people interested in photography, to take a similar subject and be with each other for a period of time. It could be at a zoo, around a town or city, or a specific area. The subject often is less important than the gathering. When I shot years ago with a camera club, we would go on a field trip somewhere where we would meet up, and shoot. Once we got there there often we would go off in different directions, and we would always come back with different pictures. Each person sees things differently, so even though you are together, it does not mean you get the same images.

I took part in the First Photowalk in Greenwich Village, NYC. My daughter and I joined 48 other people, on the Literary Pub Crawl that that Shawn King lead. We had a great tim learning about the Village, and coming back with some interesting pictures. Here is a link to my Flickr site for images I posted of the walk. http://www.flickr.com/photos/boglephoto/sets/72157610984663846/ I like the picture of all of us walking down an alley to get shots.

Often it is easier to describe something on what it is not. It is not a photography lesson, workshop, or instruction. You can ask other people for help, but no one is going to drone on about the inverse square law of the flash, or which f stop is better. It is meant to meander and experiment. Clearly it is not the Disney "Photo Opportunity" tour, where each person stands in one spot and takes the same picture. Walk, stroll, look, and then shoot, or put it on High Speed Continous and take everything. You can bring film, but then we can't see it afterwards. It is not just for professionals or serious amateurs. Got a camera, come and walk. Some people only take one or two images, some fill cards. It is completely up to you. Do you have to finish it? No, but it would be nice. If you get tired, stop, and you can leave.

We will gather afterwards for some food and drink, with each person paying their own tab. Mahoney's is near the train station, so you don't even need a car. They have a decent menu, and lots to drink. At that time, with the beauty of digital photography, we can share some images of what we think we got. The back of the camera is not the same as a finished print, but it will give you a starting point. Then people will upload photos to the Flickr site, and I will choose one of those photos to be the winner of a new Scott Kelby book - either Photoshop CS5 for Digital Photographers, or Lightroom 3 for Digital Photographers. This is a great opportunity to spend some time with people who think like you, and are your "Camera Buddies."

This can grow. We can Tweet about our walk as it is going on on Twitter, and this can even be a Tweet up. Come join us on the Walkway over the Hudson, for a great time. Bring good walking shoes or sneakers, sunscreen, a hat, and some water. If the weather gets bad, we will postpone, but I will be in touch with everyone. Let's have a great time. Check my older posts out for more information about the walkway.


E-mail me at Bill@Boglephoto.com