Tips for a Photowalk
If you’ve been a reader of mine since 2010, you probably know that I held photowalks every now and then. I usually held photowalks in Quiapo to Binondo to Intramuros to Baywalk, all of which are in Manila. I really think that through this, one’s creativity is enhanced. Lots of sights to be seen, amazing subjects to inspire a person, and new things undiscovered will now be discovered. A photowalk is not just about taking photos, it’s also about learning and making new friends.
Photowalk is the act of taking photos with a camera (DSLR, Point-and-Shoot, Film, Mobile, etc.)while walking. Great subjects would just pop everywhere, and when that happens, just click. But it’s not all about the pointing and clicking..Here are some tips for you to enjoy Photowalk.
1.) Know the Place. This would probably be the most important thing that one must know in joining/organizing a photowalk. If you want to walk to a place that you are not familiar with, study it first thoroughly so that you’ll not get lost when you are in the photowalk itself. It’s just like an examination, study hard before taking it.
2.) Prepare your Gear. It’s quite common for people to forget their batteries or memory cards whenever there’s a photowalk, I myself is a victim of not preparing well. You must always be ready with your gear a night before the photowalk.
Charge your batteries.Delete the unnecessary files in your memory card for large available space. When everything’s done, place it in your bag.
You’ll enjoy photowalk so much if you are prepared and not worrying about an empty battery or full memory card, or left them both.
3.) Be Comfortable. Just go light. Wear comfortable clothes, just bring your camera , bring extra clothes and water to energize you. My photowalk usually lasts for at least 5 hours so I guess these things are just enough.
4.) Safety First. For sure, you’ll pass by streets that are quite scary and dangerous. Manila is a city where there are cases of hold-ups and theft so be sure to check your surroundings while walking. Don’t put any gadget or wallet in your pockets just to be sure. But I haven’t encountered any of these circumstances for the past 2 years that I’ve been holding photowalks.
5.) Camera On. Just like what I’ve said earlier, make sure to charge your camera to full because you’ll really need it. If you want to capture great subjects, make sure to leave your camera on or else you wouldn’t capture that perfect moment again. Perfect moments happen in an instant and it wouldn’t last that long.
6.) Just keep Walking. Well, that is photowalk. It’s tiring but by walking, you’ll capture a lot subjects that are worth photographing. But you can at least take a stop for a certain number of minutes to rest and also try to capture still subjects or moving subjects on that stop. Maximize the whole time of the photowalk.
7.) Be Aware. Just look carefully at your surroundings. Pay attention to little details. Sometimes, it’s the small things that make huge impacts. Be aware of the people around you and make sure to not get lost. Be aware of amazing subjects that may pass by your viewfinder. Be aware of your stuff. Just be aware.
8.) Know the Rules. You should know when to take a photo of the subject and know when you are going beyond the limits. Yes you are free to shoot anything that crosses your path but if ever you know you’ll shoot a subject that’s quite explicit, then make sure to ask permission. There’s nothing wrong if you’ll ask a permission to shoot.
9.) Just Have Fun!
10.) Share. I’m pretty sure that you are itching to share your shots to your readers or viewers. Tumblr is one platform where you can share your shots and there are still a lot more.
I hope that you learned something from the tips that I gave you. Good luck on your next photowalk.
BTW, this is the article that I contributed for Shoot.Ph :)