The Worldwide Photo Walk Is Tomorrow (plus seven last-minute tips)!

It's here!!! Tomorrow in more than 1,200 cities around the world my 6th Annual World Wide Photo Walk kicks off, and by tomorrow night nearly 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 — find a walk near you and sign up free! (you can be 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 Canon 5D Mark III body with just one lens; a Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5 - f/6.3 XRDi lens. I'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) 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. Don’t forget sunscreen (or a raincoat, depending on the weather for your walk).

(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 our premier sponsor Canon who gave us some incredible prizes for the contest and to Peachpit Press, for giving the local winner in each city and the local walk leader the ebook edition of my "Lightroom 5 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,


  1. Scott, I’ve noticed you’re using Cannon gear for your football games, Photoshop World is sponsored by Canon, you’re taking a Canon body on your Photowalk. Have you sworn off Nikon? Are you an official Canon shooter?

  2. hmmm… I’m searching my Leader Dashboard for that “Top 10 (or so) Tips for Leading A Successful Photo Walk.” video but can’t find it … Am I missing something?

  3. Why aren’t’ we seeing a message today about Adobe’s massive security leak from a leading source on Adobe news. 3 million customer’s data was swiped.

  4. I was planning on doing the photo walk but now will be spending Saturday cancelling my credit card and having to update all my auto billings as a result Adobe’s security failure. They’ve informed me that my account has been compromised and now I have to fix everything. This CLOUD is more like a SMOG.

  5. In case you missed it Scott “Adobe has confirmed that 2.9 million customers have had private information stolen during a “sophisticated” cyber attack on its website.” Normally your blog can’t say enough about Adobe!?!

  6. Great tips however points 1 and 2 may not be for where we are walking in the Scottish Borders! Likely to need Raincoats, umbrellas and hand warmers but I’m sure it will be fun all the same :) Hope everyone enjoys it!

  7. I’m looking forward to leading my second WWPW in Lexington, SC tomorrow. I led my first one last year in Columbia, SC. In the interest of safety, I chose Lexington for this year’s venue since the USC Gamecocks hosts the Kentucky Wildcats and I didn’t want gameday traffic to impact this year’s walk. Last year, we played in Baton Rouge, so gameday traffic was not an issue.

  8. On the web page there is no way to contact the leader(s) in the event of a news warning. Example: there are 2 walks scheduled for Hollywood, CA and 1 nearby (Melrose). A friend at LAPD told me that they are on watch in the area due to a Immigration Rally that may possibly bring additional thousands into the area. I’m sure that no negative incidents will occur, but the leader/walkers should be made aware of their surroundings just in case.

  9. Scott you putz…once again Adobe fucks up and you have your head up your ass! ” Hey everybody lets go for a walk and then come home and put rose colored filters on all our photos! “. All those free accounts from your photoshop conf are publicly compromised. The least you could IS warn people on your blog about the hacking! The story is being reported world wide. HERE’S THE WORST PART : the hack was made in August and kept on the hush-hush till now so as not too upset the third quarter investment numbers taken late sept. AND adobe was forced to release the statement because the third party security company made it public first!!! Scott your smug ignorance is frustrating to see!

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