Whether you are attending a World Wide Photo Walk, a photography Meetup or some other gathering for photographers, the last thing you want to do is show up unprepared.
I often get questions from potential attendees.
"What lens should I bring?"
"What camera should I bring?"
"What should I expect?
In this episode, I answer everything from the legal to the logistics.
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- One camera should be fine. (No battery grip)
- One lens or a light lens. You don't want to be swapping lenses too frequently. Use a medium zoom or fixed focal length
- Light bag
- Dress comfortably
- Don't advertise expensive gear.
- Use straps or tight grip on your gear.
- Keep things where you can see them.
- Know your surrounding.
- Pick a buddy. Let someone know where you are going.
- The point is not just to take photos but to socialize.
- Meet someone new. (Help someone who knows less than you. Learn from someone
- who knows more.)
- Take business cards.
- Talk about more than gear.
- Don't be embarrassed to take selfies.
Pick a theme or experiment.
- Easy to get overwhelmed. Pick a theme.
- Experiment with a technique or skill that has been frustrating you. • Tell a story.
Know your rights.
- As a photographer, you have rights.
- You can shoot on public property.
- You can photograph anyone in public.
- You can't use them for commercial gain.
Mind your manners.
- Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
- Respect the wishes of the public.
- Please and thank you will get you a long way.
- Arrive on time. Respect the others who do.
- Teach someone who knows less than you.
- It's okay to ask for a help but you can't expect a friend to spend the entire time
- teaching you.
- Remember the golden rule.