Q. – What is LIVE Photo A Day?
We recently celebrated another anniversary online with CCSoul Photo A Day on FB with over 800+ people in our photo community. Now we are going to add another fun twist, LIVE Photo A Day walks. We are adding the LIVE walks beginning on Cape Cod from June through September. We will be offering a variety of walks over the summer by donation only so no need to worry if your schedule conflicts with one particular day each week! No more waiting a month for a workshop only to have it be cloudy or rain all day.
Q. – What exactly is a Photowalk ?
A. – A photowalk is walking around with your camera or an image capturing device (smart phone, Go Pro, IPad etc) and photographing your surroundings. Recently the term has become synonymous with a group of photographers, walking in predetermined locations and then sharing their imagery. Alone or with a group, the purpose is still the same and that is to go out and capture images along the walk.
Q. – Why would I want to go on a PhotoWalk with Master Photographer Marcia Duggan ?
A. – Each photowalk will have a primary topic determined each day by the weather, location, the group and the light. Marcia will do a demonstration on taking a photo at each location, share her skills and expertise and guide you for a unique experience and photo challenges during the 90 minutes. Be prepared to leave the rest of the world behind for 90 minutes and photograph in the present moment.
Q. What is the difference between a Workshop and a Photowalk?
A workshop often tends to have a title or a theme and is directed towards a certain skill level. The Photowalks subject will be determined each day by the weather and the location. All skill levels are encouraged to join Live Photo A Day as our primary focus will be ‘Seeing The Light’. In addition the Photowalks will be on a drop in basis and will be offered with a suggested donation.
Q. – So what is ‘Seeing The Light’?
A. – Seeing the Light is what photography is all about. Although we have had enormous equipment changes from film to digital DSLR’s, and now smart phone technology, the one thing that has not changed is light. We will be focusing these walks on finding and seeing the light during the walk. We will be addressing, composition, lighting, exposure, different angles, lens choices if you have the options, f/stops, ISO and shutter speed and what all this photographic jargon means!
Q. – Who is this Photowalk for?
A. – This photowalk is for anyone who is familiar with using their photo capture device. This is not a walk to teach people how to turn on their camera or how to operate their device from scratch. It is best to have some familiarity with your camera or image capturing device prior to a photowalk to really enjoy the walk and be able to participate and focus on the light! Amateurs to pros are welcome.
Q. – What do I need to bring with me?
A. – A camera, could be a DSLR with extra lens, a P&S camera, a smart phone or an IPad. If you choose a Phone of IPad be sure you know your Apple Id and Password in the even that you may want to DL and try a Free APP with a little encouragement from your walking group. Try to think in terms of being a minimalist when it comes to your gear. My best advice is to stick to one lens per session. Two at the most, a wide to medium zoom and a medium to telephoto zoom would probably cover most scenarios. Unless we are photographing people/models I recommend leaving your flashes at home. Tripods are a personal choice but they will add to your load. I often will bring a monopod in place of a tripod to cut down on weight while walking. Make sure your battery is charged and I always bring an extra battery and an extra memory card. I recommend traveling light! Comfortable shoes, and appropriate outer clothing for sun, wind or rain. You may want to bring a hat, sunscreen, bug repellant, and a bag for your camera if we get caught in the rain.
Q. – How long are the Photowalks? How far will I walk?
A. – The photowalks will vary in time from 1-2 hours depending on the location and the weather. Depending on the location we may walk a mile or two! Walks are approximately 90 minutes.
Q. – Do I have to stick with the group?
A. – You don’t have to stick with the group, but one of the purposes of doing this with a group is the interaction with other photographers. There will probably be photographers of differing skill levels and you might be able to learn something, teach something, or just make some new friends.
Q. – So what do we do when it’s over?
A. – One of the great benefits of the photowalk is seeing how others photographed similar scenery and what their creative interpretations were on the Photo A Day word prompt. It can be amazing how everyone can walk the same path and yet come up with such different photographs. We encourage you to share your Photo a Day with the online group to get feedback and make new friends, learn new tips and tricks and find out about new cool photo tools.
For a complete schedule of Live Photo A Day Photowalks (coming soon)
* Action Step: After your LIVE Photowalk please post your CCS Photo A Day Here.
If you have any questions and would like to request a specific date for a group photowalk please contact me here.