It's here!!! Tomorrow in more than 1,300 cities around the world my 5th Annual World Wide Photo Walk kicks off, and by tomorrow night more than 30,000 photographers around the world will collectively have taken literally millions of photos as part of their local Photo Walks. Just "Wow!
If you haven't signed up for a walk yet: go here right now and find a walk near you and sign up free! (you can bet walking with us tomorrow!).
If you're already signed up to walk, here are SEVEN LAST MINUTE PHOTO WALK TIPS to make your day a success:
(1) Walk Leaders: Make Sure You Watch my Leader's Video
If you're leading a Photo Walk, go to your Leader's Dashboard page on the Official Worldwide Photo Walk site and watch my video called my: "Top 10 (or so) Tips for Leading A Successful Photo Walk." There is some VERY 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 (it'll be much harder to corral everybody after the shoot, so get one right before you head out). Send some to me, and I'll post â˜em on my blog next week and over on our Google+ Event Page.
(3) This is The Gear I'm Taking on My Photo Walk
I'm walkin' light again this year. I'm going with a Nikon D800 body with just one lens; the 28-300mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 VR lens. I'll be using an Upstrap camera strap (a strap that doesn’t fall off your shoulder no matter what) and one Lexar 16GB 600X card (I won’t fill more than that).
(4) Don't Forget to Wear Really Comfortable Shoes
You'll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you wear shoes that make your feet happy.
(5) Charge all your batteries tonight
Don't forget to charge your camera batteries, clean your lenses (and sensor), and make sure you've got an empty memory card and a back-up.
(6) Go read Dave Cross' "Photo Walk Ideas" article
If you're looking for some great ideas, give Dave's great article a quick read. Even though he wrote it back for my 2009 walk, it’s a great article and it'll increase your chances for a killer shot! Here's the link.
(7) The Most Important Thing Is…: That you all stay safe
Look out for each other on the walk. Drink plenty of water beforehand and during the walk. Keep an eye on your gear at all times. Don't go into scary-looking areas, traipsing down deserted alleys, or anyplace that looks unsavory. Don't get distracted by shootingâ”you don't want to bump into, or trip over, anything. Get some great shots, and I'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 Peachpit Press, who is giving all the walk leaders, and walk winners my "Lightroom 4 book for Digital Photographers,"), 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. Can't wait to see your shots!!!!!!
All my best,