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Have you ever gone on an organised photowalk? If not, why not? Just like attending workshops, you can get a lot out of photowalks.

Leigh Diprose photographing one of the historic cars at the National Motor Museum, Birdwood, South Australia
Leigh Diprose photographing one of the historic cars at the National Motor Museum, Birdwood, South Australia
Fujifilm X100S, 1/60 sec, ƒ4, 23mm, ISO6400

There are so many different types of photographers… and people in general. When you meet up on an organised photowalk you interact with people that could see life in a completely different way to you. They will definitely have different life experiences and as photographers they might be more experienced, less experienced or a complete beginner. They might be a professional photographer trying a different genre of photography. You just never know who you’ll meet or what you might learn. You can come away with new friends and photo buddies for future walks. The reasons to go on photowalks are many and varied and always positive.

Photowalks can be:-

  • as simple as a group of friends organising a time and place to meet and then “going with the flow” when they arrive;
  • something more formerly organised with a set meeting time, place and agenda;
  • sponsored and supported by one or more camera or equipment manufacturers or camera stores.

I went on a photowalk recently that was organised by Leigh Diprose and Fujifilm Australia in conjunction with Diamonds Camera, Video and Digital. The photowalk was held in Adelaide where everyone met up at the Diamonds store before travelling by bus to the National Motor Museum at Birdwood. Unfortunately I had other commitments in the morning, so made my own way to Birdwood a little later in the day.

There were thirteen other participants including Leigh and Warwick from Fujifilm Australia and Lindsay from Diamonds. It was great to see everyone getting around the Museum smiling, chatting and capturing images. People split off into smaller sub-groups and wandered the halls with their cameras; everyone was willing to help someone else whether it be with advice or spare batteries! Being sponsored by Fujifilm Australia meant there were plenty of cameras and lenses to try as well!

Shortly after I arrived everyone wandered over the road to a nearby café for lunch. The weather was unusually cold for Adelaide so we all headed inside and managed to commandeer most of the cafés tables. Whenever photographers get together the conversation inevitably turns back to cameras and gear, no matter what the conversation started out as! This group was no different and the wealth of experiences shared around the lunch table was an added bonus to the day.

Mini-conference over lunch
Lunchtime discussions!
Fujifilm X100S, 1/125 sec, ƒ5.6, 23mm, ISO6400

After lunch it was back to the Museum for a while before boarding the bus for the return journey to Adelaide.

On the way back the bus stopped off near Hahndorf for some landscape shots and a group photo, then it was back into Diamonds to finish the day.

Trees on the way to Hahndorf
Fujifilm X100S, 1/60 sec, ƒ11, 23mm, ISO2500

All in all it was a miserable day as far as the weather was concerned, but it was well worth going out into the cold and wet conditions to meet up with a well rounded group of fellow photographers. I can’t speak for everyone else, but for me, it was a great day. There’s always something to shoot, whether it’s cars, landscapes or rain puddles.

A car on Mt Torrens Road
Slow shutter speeds on Mt Torrens Road.
Fujifilm X100S, 1/4 sec, ƒ11, 23mm, ISO250

Thanks LeighFujifilm Australia and Diamonds Camera, Video and Digital for organising this event. I’ll certainly be attending more of these and would encourage anyone else to do likewise.

It doesn’t matter where you are, there’s bound to be a photowalk somewhere nearby. If you can’t find one, then start one! Get a group of friends together, or put out a call on Facebook. It doesn’t matter how informal the group is, the idea is simply to get out with other photographers and interact.

Here’s a couple of the “big” photowalks coming up later in the year –

So, get those shoes and cameras out and get yourself walking! In fact, why not come and join me for a photowalk on 29 August 2015 in Adelaide! Share stories. Capture images. And above all else, have fun!