As some of you read this, there might already be people around the world that are beginning their photowalks as part of the Worldwide Photowalk. I was talking to Scott Kelby last night and we were marveling at the rate at which this event has grown. Just think, last year there were about 271 photowalk locations. Now compare that to this year with a whopping 914 locations around the world. It’s just amazing. Even crazier is the number of registered walkers which is anticipated to cross the 30,000 mark some time today. It’s been a lot of fun checking out the city list over at the main photowalk page just to see all of the different photowalk locations. I especially love looking at the international locations and wishing I could be there to participate, not that I don’t want to be at my own. I am totally psyched to be leading my DC/Chinatown walk this year. Although I did notice that there was not a photowalk registered for Nepal so I am thinking that next year I might have to lead the Katmandu walk. I wonder if I can get someone to pick up the tab for that one?
Speaking of my photowalk in DC, I sent an email out to all of my registered walkers with some last minute reminders and received a few cancellations back in my inbox. Hey, these things happen so it’s no big deal. But one person’s inability to make the photowalk is another person’s opening to join in on the fun. If you would like to join in or perhaps have a friend that you would like to get registered, please head to my city page and click on one of the registration links. Hurry though, only four slots left.
Finally today, I just want to offer a few last minute pieces of advice for all the participants.
- Get there early – Not hours but at least 15-20 minutes before the start time.
- Wear your comfy shoes – Most of the photowalks are between 1 to 2 miles long.
- Dress appropriately – you know what I mean, wear light colors and a hat if it’s going to be sunny.
- Get you camera gear ready the night before – It’s no fun to scramble around looking for the right lens when you should be headed out the door already. This also means, don’t forget to charge your camera batteries.
- Pack a bottle of water – It is summer in most of the photowalk locations so don’t forget to hydrate.
- Be careful when you are shooting – Busy streets and sidewalks can be great photo subjects but also a dangerous place when you are glued to your viewfinder. Be aware of where you are and watch your step.
- It’s not a contest, it’s a social gathering – I know that there are large prizes at the end of this thing for a few lucky photographers but don’t be consumed with getting a winning shot. Just enjoy being in the moment with the company of new friends and have some fun with your camera.
That’s it for today. Have a great weekend and a safe and absolutely kick-butt photowalk!