So – today – I thought I’d share my top 11 tips for photowalks.
How is this list better? Well – first – it’s not better – just a bit different – and it’s likely a bit more specific to the Pacific NW (e.g. “in case it rains”).
And this one goes to 11! :)
So – in no particular order – here you go:
- Go light on the gear – and consider only bringing along one or two lenses. Why? Well – first – you’re walking. The more gear in your pack – the more you’re carrying. Second – the more options you have – the more you’ll keep thinking about gear choices – and less on making compelling photos. And third – typically these sorts of walks are often only a couple of hours long. The more you’re futzing with gear – the less you’re clicking.
- Leave the tripod at home. Why? Cuz if you have it along – you have to carry it. Second – if you’re shooting in a crowded environment – it’s likely to get in the way. Third – the more your futzing with gear…
- Safety. It’s pretty easy to get distracted by the moment and sort of forget where you’re at when you’re walking around with your eye in the viewfinder. Not only are there cars – but there are sidewalks that you can awkwardly step (fall) from – or even other people to bump into. I haven’t even yet mentioned hanging plants, bicyclists, and people who don’t want their photo snapped…
- Water is important. Please have a bottle in your bag.
- Dress in layers for the weather. It may rain – or it may get warmer – or cooler – or the wind might pick up.
- For that walk that might see rain – keep shooting by having some Op Tech Rainsleeves stashed in your bag. They’re lightweight and inexpensive – take next to no room in your bag – and some of the best photos can be found in bad weather.
- Comfortable shoes – cuz you’re walking.
- Extra batteries and extra memory cards. It’s much easier to have extras on hand than to miss the photo.
- Small snack. Lately I’ve been digging the Clif Mojo bars. Mountain Mix.
- Small notebook and pen – often something will come up that you’ll want to remember later.
- Talk to other folks in the group. There’s likely a wide range of talent in your group. If you’re looking for tips and insights – often you just need to ask. And if you’re more experienced – share your best with folks that ask.
So – there you go – 11! Have any more that you think should be on the list? Just add them below.
And – just in case you’re curious about the stuff in my camera bag– you can check out my list of 7 Not-so-Obvious “Necessities”.