- Know your camera. Walk leaders would love to help you in any way they can. But when you add in phones, there are hundreds of different types of cameras. It’s not possible for your walk leader to answer every possible question you might have about the operation of your camera.
- Charge your batteries. Assuming you have a digital camera, and who doesn’t these days, make sure your battery is charged before the walk, or if your camera takes spare batteries, have a second battery handy. The walk leader can’t help you if your battery dies.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Nothing can leave you wishing the walk would end quickly than uncomfortable shoes. Pick your shoes well.
- Dress for the weather. In the 2-3 hour period that a photowalk often takes, the weather can and often will change. Warm afternoons turn chilly. Cloudy mornings may turn to rain. Check the forecast before you leave for your walk, just to be sure. But don’t stay home. Just be prepared.
- Be on time, or better yet, be early. There will be others on the walk. Leaders cannot hold up a walk because one or two people are running late. Don’t be one of those late people. Please!
- Be safe. It’s easy to become distracted while doing photography. Whether it’s traffic in the city, muddy fields in the country, or taking a step back when there’s nothing there to step on, be mindful of your surroundings and what you are doing. And watch your camera gear too.
- Be social! Have Fun! Ask questions of the walk leaders. Talk to other walkers. Watch and learn from what others are doing. Make new friends. You’ll be glad you did.
Your Photowalk Leader