7 Commandments of Great Photo Walks

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7 Commandments of Great Photo Walks

This is an interesting piece.

I have to admit, I get hung up on the first commandment too often.



Seven responses
  1. Pick one lens, stick to it
    For a photo walk? No problem. I'd pick my Leica Q with Summilux f/1.7 28mm lens (permanently attached).
  2. Start shooting immediately
    This was a problem for me when I first started out because it felt impulsive, like I hadn't prepared or thought about my work. Also has to fight ingrained thinking that I might be "wasting" film (back in the day). Turned that corner early and never looked back: If nothing else, it warms me up to the site; more often than not, my first shot is the one to beat.
  3. Introduce a constraint
    Bad advice. Gratuitous. Recommend against this.
  4. Follow the good light
    Huh? Cliché.
  5. Honor your gut
    At best, this is repetitive of number 2., above. At worst, seem like the advice writer is padding his list in an effort to hit some arbitrary count.
  6. Review sharpness and composition
    Sounds like "chimping" to me. If I'm on an assignment, yes, I'll spot-check images in-camera as I go along. But not on a photo walk: First and foremost, reviewing the images you've just shot costs you the next images you're not looking out to see.
  7. Walk somewhere new
    Highly recommended. I've worked with photographers who say they vary their subject matter "just in case" they're called upon to shoot it down the road. I've found that routinely varying subject matter adds value to all of my other work, like-kind and not.
Commandment 3

i disagree that #3 is bad advice. I’m not saying that if you see something amazing you should not shoot it, but venturing out with a purpose is something I think is important. It makes you look at things and for things you might not otherwise see. I like to go out with a task; shoot only shadows, look for only reds, or yellows, something that I can color isolate in post, look for only rust or decay, only wooden signs, etc. it make you think, compose, and make art out of something specific rather than shooting just anything you see. I love shooting the decay of Detroit, or only water or dew drops on plants or only things that are broken. Sometimes giving ourselves an “assignment” brings out more creativity. Just IMHO.