Worldwide photo walk: July 24

Grab a camera and prepare to dedicate Saturday, July 24, to taking photos. It doesn’t have to be a fancy camera.

Walks can be hosted in any city as long as someone volunteers to lead the group of up to 50 people. But if the walk in your city is full, you can check to see if a nearby city has room left.

Once you find a walk, you see where and when the event is taking place. For example, the Humble, TX, photo walk is at Jesse Jones Park in the morning. Other photo walk locations in Texas: The Strand in Galveston, Conroe’s historical downtown, Kemah Boardwalk, The Woodland’s Waterway Square, and two in Houston–Downtown (full) and Allen Park.

What do you do at a photo walk? People meet up at a selected place to photograph, socialize and share. It’s a chance to see other photographers in your area (and maybe learn a tip or two from a fellow photowalker). You walk about and photograph anything that catches your eye.

Get out of your comfort zone. If you’ve never done something like this, now is the time to give it a try. My first experience was a holiday photo walk in downtown Austin last Christmas. I big group gathered at the steps of the Capitol, and we were directed to split up into groups before exploring the city. People could go solo if they wanted to as well.

I knew no one, and there was no one my age. Most of the people appeared kind of intimidating–big cameras, tripods in tote, getting very technical about camera stuff. As a matter of fact, most were elderly men. I felt out of place at first, but I didn’t let that stop me from having fun as I walked through the city. We even had a group photo.

Yes, other photographers may be more experienced with their cameras, but you shouldn’t let something like that get in the way of trying new things. Invite a friend if you’d like.

It’s important to get past the intimidation. I figured that my age or experience didn’t matter as long as I had the same passion as everyone else. The great thing about this worldwide photo walk (and most every other photo walk that I’ve heard about) is that it’s a free event and there is no age restriction. But, of course, if a young child wants to participate, they should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Are you a first time photo walker? Check out this guide which includes a video and some tips. Oh, and don’t be afraid to use other photo walkers as a subject in your photos. You might find yourself as the subject. Don’t forget to smile!

–Smez

To find a photo walk near you, visit worldwidephotowalk.com.

**SMAG want to know: Which photo walk are you participating in? How did you like past photo walk experiences? Where would you like to go and take pictures if you could pick any location in the world??

Photo credit: Stefan Bucher

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