Everyone should take photo walks at least once a month. Grab a friend, a spouse, a sibling, a child, and your camera, and go for that walk! Be sure to tell them ahead of time, so that they know why you’re stopping to capture that beautiful light! All images in this blog post were taken with my old Nikon 50mm 1.8D that also allows me to freelens. I love this lens and it creates the most beautiful bokeh.
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they help you see the beauty in things
When going for a walk in a new location, it helps you see the beauty in all things. You’ll be looking for the light. The texture. And you won’t be so focused on capturing a photograph perfectly. Photo walks are for you. For you to enjoy your photography and time with a loved one. For you to look around at the world that sometimes seems to be spinning too fast. They’re for you to slow down. Take your time. And just enjoy the beauty.
they allow you to experiment
Have you always wanted to try something new? Always wanted to photograph something new? A photo walk is perfect for that. You’ll be looking for unique things to photograph, which will allow you to experiment. Have you always wanted to freelens? Go for a photo walk and give it a try! Try blurring your images, see if you like the effect. Try photographing different textures that you wouldn’t normally photograph. Experiment and have fun!
they help you relax
When I went for my walk, I had just got home from a long day at work. It was nice and exciting for me to go find the light and take pictures. It was relaxing to talk to my husband (and sister!) and to just have fun. Me + my husband + my camera = bliss. It made that long day at work totally worth it. So, take that photo walk and just relax.
they allow you to photograph something different
I know I was getting stuck in a rut. I would always go in my backyard and I was getting bored. I am pretty sure I’ve photographed all there is to photograph in my backyard. I needed new material. I simply went for a walk in my neighborhood, but I want to take a walk in my city to try and capture even different things. It’s nice to mix up your photos with new locations to help keep you inspired in your photography.
they allow you to have fun
Probably the most important thing out there is to have fun with your photography. Photo walks help you have fun with your photography because of all the items listed above, but also because it’s just you and that camera. Nothing else matters! These photos are strictly for you, to please you, and no one else. You have your camera for a reason, I’m going to bet you actually like taking images with it! So why wouldn’t a photo walk be fun? If you’re getting bored and you’re uninspired, I highly recommend picking up your camera and going somewhere different.
Where are some of your favorite places to take a photo walk? Comment below!