Spring is here! It is the time of new beginnings, transformations, and opportunities to shed our winter habits by doing some spring cleaning. Although spring cleaning usually is associated with the tradition of cleaning our houses after a cold winter, it has also become synonymous with any heavy duty organizing. Hence Camera Walking spring cleaning – a time to review our walking and camera gear, our commitment to health and fitness, and to set new goals that will take us through the spring into summer.
Walking and Camera Gear:
Although the calendar says it is spring, around the country and world it may still feel a lot like winter making it a bit challenging for some to regularly get out Camera Walking. If that is the case for you, get ready for the warmer days ahead by tuning your walking and camera gear.
Review your shoes and walking clothes. It might be time for a new pair of shoes, or update your outer wear. Does everything still fit or seem ready for another season? Remember that clothes that wick will keep you dryer in warmer temperatures. One of the challenges with spring is the weather can be iffy, so for a couple months you might need to keep both your rain gear and lighter wear handy.
Assess your camera gear. Take a look at the condition of your gear. It is a good idea to get your DSLR sensor cleaned to remove any dust and particles from winter, as well as clean your lenses to be sure they are in great shape.
Like clothes, we often find ourselves using our favorites cameras and lenses over and over again. If so, you may want to think about options for those that you don’t use often. I have several point and shoot cameras, and lenses for my DSLR that I rarely use. Consider trading them in through Amazon, or better yet donate them to a nonprofit in your area, such as Youth in Focus in Seattle. They take all kinds of gear and sell them on Ebay. The money they receive from the sales helps support their work with underserved kids.
If you don’t want to part with your gear, commit to using them more often on your walks. Mixing up your walks using different lens, your smartphone, or point and shoot cameras, will help you see the world around you a bit differently.
Spring is a time when we see transformations in nature, and in ourselves as well, so think about what you want to achieve with your health and fitness, your walks, and your photography as we move forward. Setting some new stretch goals can be invigorating.
Set a goal to walk daily and explore new routes. Changing up our exercise by walking in a different area of our community can help spark our motivation and commitment to get outside and moving. Check out your city’s park and recreation websites for ideas on new walks to explore, or try out TrailLink for ideas.
Decide on a theme for your walk. Each day look for interesting things to photograph, such as doors, landmarks, or just look for the unusual. Having a theme can help you keep focused on exploration and that will keep you going. Even an ordinary route can come alive if you look for themes.
Set goals for your photography skills. If you tend to take landscapes, try out close-ups or macro shots, or vice versa.
Spring is a great time for experimenting with different types of shots with the flowers exploding everywhere. You will be amazed at what you can capture.
Take advantage of spring’s transformation by doing spring cleaning with your gear, your goals and photography skills, so that you can get off to a great start in this season of new beginnings.
Enjoy and get out there Camera Walking!