Photo Walks Improve Your Creativity

A good ol’photo walk is a brilliant way of peacefully and patiently learning about your camera in spontaneous moments. So we decided to try one out and explore the benefits.

We didn’t go out with any particular agenda, destination, expectations or end goals. This was is all just an experiment to challenge ourselves to see how creative we can be with our cameras.

If you’re looking for a new project to try out with your camera but you are really hitting a creative block, then going on a photo walk could be a good game to play around with.

Hopefully, we’re going to get inspired by our location and capture some images that are different from normal shots. You can do this one alone or team up with your photography friends and challenge each other to see who comes out best.

Rules for a Photo Walk

We didn’t take a lot of camera equipment – just a simple mirrorless camera and the standard kit lens. No extra lighting, flashes or gadgets. We allowed ourselves to take a little tripod but otherwise any other props we want to use had to be found at our location.

Firstly, where should you go on your photo walk? Well simply get yourself a little map of your local area and choose a random spot to visit to make this game completely unplanned.

OK, is your kit bag ready?

Have you chosen your location?

Got your walking boots on?

Time to get outdoors and start discovering…

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What to Look for on Your Walk

Secondly, whilst out on your photo walk there are a number of aspects technically and otherwise that you should look for. This method of thinking will, over time, improve your creative foresight. 

Here is a list of our favourites and a visual example of each.

Contrasting Textures

sand rocks stones contrasting textures

Converging Lines

converging lines, castle, arrows, composition, landscape

Patterns 

green nature patterns flowers macro photo walk

Leading Lines

leading lines, roads, highway, landscape, green, tarmac, photo walk

Out of Place Objects

swan ducks water pond out of place

Strong Colours

purple flower on the water green lilypad, photo walk

Summary

If you’ve been out on any photo walks recently or if you’re planning one then get in touch too. We’d really like to know how it all goes for you. Are you setting yourself any limitations? What are you hoping to achieve out of it too? It’s really good to know if there is anything we’re missing out on so we can always improve our suggestions for you in the future.

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The other challenge when shooting through glass is the tinting. Unfortunately, architects and designers didn’t think about us photographers when creating these skyscrapers.

Their windows are invariably tinted in some way to help with heating.

This means that some of your photos may have a green/grey tint to them.

It’s not the biggest issue as you can rebalance this tint in editing with the ‘tint’ slider for example.