I love photo walks! I work inside an office at a desk all day, so I really look forward to brief breaks to go outside and clear my head. One of my favorite things to do on these outdoor hiatuses is to go on a photo walk. A photo walk is simply a walk with a camera, however the main focus is to take pictures. Photo walks can be taken solo or with a group. No matter if you prefer to walk alone or in the company of others, a photo walk can improve your day – and your photography too!
1. Enjoy some fresh air
Photo walks can be enjoyed in any type of weather. Being outside in the fresh air is good for the body and mind. Take a few slow, deep breaths and feel your mood lift.
2. Move your body
Sitting less and moving more is good for your health. You may be uninspired to hit the treadmill, but the idea of walking through your neighborhood or a nearby park to shoot what interests you may be a bit more appealing.
3. Become a better photographer
Reading photography books and watching hours of photography tutorials on YouTube can be helpful, but the single most important thing you can do to improve your photography is to shoot. Each time you pull out your camera and take pictures, you are a step closer to becoming the photographer you aspire to be. It only takes a few minutes to hone an existing skill or practice a new one. Little by little, you will get better and better.
4. See something new
It’s nice to walk through a park or along a trail you’ve never visited before, but if that’s not possible, it’s quite fun (and a challenge) to look for new things to shoot in your everyday environment. Look for plants, buildings, animals/insects, water, light, rain drops, trash, sidewalks, or people to shoot. You’ll be amazed at the interesting things you see that you’ve never paid attention to before. Use different composition tools to capture the mundane in your own unique way.
5. Connect with nature
Simply being in nature can lift your mood, reduce stress, lower your blood pressure and help you unwind when you are overwhelmed. There’s lot of research on the benefits of connecting with nature, but do your own research! Here’s how one couple led their own nature experiment. Their story is so inspiring!
I hope you will add a photo walk to your schedule this week. Of course I want to hear about it, so tag your images on social media with #plantandshoot so I can find you!