Tips for Photo Walking

On October 1, 2011 I was one of the leaders for the official 4th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk this year.  Myself and 50 other photography enthusiasts set out to have an afternoon of photography and have fun.  My goal was to capture some of the essence that is Whyte Avenue, a trendy area of Edmonton full of coffee shops, people, dogs and on this particular day bicycles!

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk 2011 - Edmonton Group #1

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk 2011 - Edmonton Group Oct 1, 2011

When doing a Photo Walk (which you can do yourself or create a group, or find one) I suggest that you set out with a plan for the day.  What is it you’d like to achieve?  Is there a new technique or lens you want to try?   If you usually shoot all horizontal try shooting vertical.  If you usually shoot with a wide lens, choose a longer telephoto – and so on.  Give yourself a challenge, but ultimately have a goal in mind.

Let Your Photographs Tell a Story

You’ll find that your images will have more meaning if you shoot with the intent of telling some kind of story.  What is it you want the viewers to “get” by looking at your images.    What I’d like viewers to get out of my images is that this is a cool street with lots of action.  A place to hang out on a lazy afternoon, or meet a friend for coffee.  A place to walk your dog, ride your bike or browse in an eclectic shop.   You tell me – what do you get from my images?  Have I achieved my goal?

2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt 2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt

2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt

2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt

2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt

Self portrait in a puddle - get creative!

2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt   2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt

2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt

2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt 2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt

2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt

2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt

2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt

2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt

2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt

2011 Worldwide Photo Walk Edmonton - by Darlene Hildebrandt

Quote from one of the Photo Walkers

Thanks again for putting on the awesome walk — I think I can speak for everyone when I say you’re definitely the best person to organize such a thing. Well done! Looking forward to next Fall! – Take care,  Braeden

If you enjoyed this photography tip and these images you can see more of not only my photographs from this walk, but the other 50 people on the walk and a few from the October 2nd walk in the river valley as well at the Flickr Group for Edmonton Photowalk 2011.

If you think you’d like to join a Photo Walk, you can keep an eye on the official Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk page for 2012.   I will also be leading another one in the spring of 2012 through Metro Continuing Education in Edmonton which will also include a classroom component and an image critique and discussion after the walk.

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4 Responses to “Tips for Photo Walking”
  1. Corrina Mallon says:

    Morning Darlene:

    I am AMAZED at the story you told above!!! I can certainly say that your photos depict a coziness and you describe the area perfectly. I find it also amazing how we see totally the opposite things in that area!! LOL Thank you again, had a great time and it was a pleasure meeting everyone.

  2. Thanks for a great introduction to the world of photowalks. My daughter and I had a great time really experiencing Whyte Ave and the surrounding area, even though we’ve been down there to shop on numerous occassions. While looking through everyone’s posted photos, I have marvelled at how differently we each saw and capured that same location. It was also great mother-daughter time; what could be better than bonding over photography?
    I began the walk with the specific goals of keeping an open mind, and as I am still learning the basics of photography I wanted to work on getting the photo right in the camera. Given the somewhat tricky lighting conditions, and a basic set of equipment, I felt that I certainly did accomplish what I set out to do. I will definitely be joining you again next year, and will be looking for more opportunities between now and then, even if it’s to simply take an afternoon by myself.

    :)Lisa

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Born and raised in Edmonton, Darlene has had formal training in photography at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She enjoys portraits, fine art, and travel photography. She is a seasoned traveler having spent time in Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Peru, Thailand, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Cuba and Australia. Darlene loves exotic locales, exotic food and experiencing different countries directly through the local people and the cultural arts. Her vision is to share her artistic talents through teaching “the art of seeing”, and to spread love and tolerance through the experience of truly connecting with and understanding people of different cultures.