Last week I focused on how to reap the benefits of walking, and offered some tips on ways to make the walk more interesting. Recently I read another photographer’s blog about how to take interesting photos even when your surroundings are boring. That made me think more about some of the tips I gave, and decided to expand upon them this week.
Don’t take your surroundings for granted. This is important, especially when you are walking the same route everyday. There are always interesting things that you can find if you really look for them, so become a detective. I was walking down a hill and I spotted this house. I loved the greenery, the window, and the bicycle.
Focus on the mundane. Yes it would be wonderful to be able to walk in a beautiful landscape, or in a quaint neighborhood (some of you may be able to do that), but if that doesn’t describe your walking route, enjoy looking for the everyday things that stand out. I came across this chair in front of a building. I only had my iPhone with me, so I snapped it and later edited it with Camera+ and 100 Cameras.
Tell a story. When you are walking and something catches your eye, tell a story with your photograph. Let the photograph convey what you saw when you took the photo, the feelings that led you to take the shot. You might be surprised with what you come up with. I actually used this photo to make a puzzle for a friend, and she loved it!
Capture everyday life. Look for opportunities to capture people doing everyday activities. It can reveal a lot about the simplicity and beauty of our day-to-day life. This mother and child jumped out at me as I was walking through the Seattle Center. It is so clear that they were having fun.
Look for inspiration in other’s work. I find it helpful to see what other photographers do, so I look at websites, and follow photographers on Twitter and Facebook – not to replicate their photos, but for ideas on composition and editing.
Take photos daily. This is probably the most important way to improve your photography skills. If you don’t want to carry your DSLR, then use your smartphone. I take photos during my daily walk to ensure that it is more interesting, but also to improve my skills. I came across this group of kids and parents during a festival at the Seattle Center. They were all so engaged and I think it comes across in the photo.
You can find interesting photos wherever you walk if you look for them. Camera Walking is a great way to get exercise, and share your view of the world through your photos, so go out for a walk, and find the many treasures waiting for you. Enjoy!