The Worldwide Photo Walk Is Tomorrow (plus seven last-minute tips)!
Itâ€™s here!!! Tomorrow in more than 1,200 cities around the world myÂ 6thÂ Annual World Wide Photo WalkÂ kicks off, and by tomorrow night nearlyÂ 30,000 photographersÂ around the world will collectively have taken literally millions of photos as part of their local Photo Walks. Just â€œWow!
If you havenâ€™t signed up for a walk yet:Â go here Â right nowÂ — find a walk near you and sign up free! (you can be walking with us tomorrow!).
If youâ€™re already signed up to walk, here areÂ SEVEN LAST MINUTE PHOTO WALK TIPSÂ to make your day a success:
(1) Walk Leaders: Make Sure You Watch my Leaderâ€™s Video
If youâ€™re leading a Photo Walk, go to your Leaderâ€™s Dashboard page on theÂ Official Worldwide Photo Walk siteÂ and watch my video called my:Â â€œTop 10 (or so) Tips for Leading A Successful Photo Walk.â€Â There is someÂ VERYÂ important info in that video, so please make absolutely sure you watch it before your walk.
(2) Get a Group Shot Right at the Beginning
Somebody remember to take a group shot before you head out for your walk (itâ€™ll be much harder to corral everybody after the shoot, so get one right before you head out). Send some to me, and Iâ€™ll post â€˜em on my blog next week and over on our Google+ Event Page.
(3)Â This is The Gear Iâ€™m Taking on My Photo Walk
Iâ€™m walkinâ€™ light again this year. Iâ€™m going with aÂ Canon 5D Mark III bodyÂ with just one lens; a TamronÂ 28-300mm f/3.5 â€“ f/6.3 XRDi lens.Â Iâ€™ll be using a Black Rapid strap (a strap that goes across your body, rather than over your shoulder) and two Lexar 32GB 1000X cards (one SD and one Compact Flash).
(4) Donâ€™t Forget to Wear Really Comfortable Shoes
Youâ€™ll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you wear shoes that make your feet happy. Don’t forget sunscreen (or a raincoat, depending on the weather for your walk).
(5) Charge all your batteries tonight
Donâ€™t forget to charge your camera batteries, clean your lenses (and sensor), and make sure youâ€™ve got an empty memory card and a back-up.
(6) Go read Dave Crossâ€™ â€œPhoto Walk Ideasâ€ article
If youâ€™re looking for some great ideas, give Daveâ€™s great article a quick read. Even though he wrote it back for my 2009 walk, itâ€™s a great article and itâ€™ll increase your chances for a killer shot!Â Hereâ€™s the link.
(7) The Most Important Thing IsÂ…:Â That you all stay safe
Look out for each other on the walk.Â Drink plenty of water beforehand and during the walk. Keep an eye on your gear at all times. Donâ€™t go into scary-looking areas, traipsing down deserted alleys, or anyplace that looks unsavory. Donâ€™t get distracted by shootingâ€”you donâ€™t want to bump into, or trip over, anything. Get some great shots, and Iâ€™ll see you back here on Monday for a recap of the event.
A special thanks to our wonderful sponsors who made all of this happen (especially our premier sponsorÂ CanonÂ who gave us some incredible prizes for the contest and toÂ Peachpit Press, for giving the local winner in each city and the local walk leaderÂ the ebook edition of myÂ â€œLightroom 5 Book for Digital Photographers,â€Â and to all the photographers around the world who volunteered to lead walks.
My humble thanks to you all for being a part of his historic photography event.Â Canâ€™t wait to see your shots!!!!!!Â
All my best,