This is a great time of year to go to your local Farmers Market and reap the bounty of the harvest. Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, organic meat and fish, flowers, and much more are available. Some markets have tasty treats, art, and musicians to entertain the shoppers. We are fortunate to have several neighborhood Farmers Markets in our community plus the historic Pike Place Market.
I turn my visits to the Farmers Market into a Camera Walking experience. I purposely find a route that gives me a good walk, and opportunities to capture fun photos along the way.
To get the most out of your Camera Walking trip to the market, here are a few tips:
Plan your visit. If you are not sure where your closest Farmers Market is located, you can check out the USDA’s Farmers Market Search page. Insert your zip code and the markets closest to you will pop up with a slew of information to help you find the best one.
Plan your time. Go as early as possible to have fewer people around, unless, of course you want to take photos of people. Most neighborhood markets have websites where you can easily check their hours. The Pike Place Market is open at 7am, a perfect time for my daily morning walk.
Make friends with the vendors. Although it is okay to take photos without asking permission, by engaging the vendor you can learn more about the produce, and it makes it a bit easier to take photos, especially close up ones. Be sure to bring a bag, so that you can take some of the produce home with you.
Play with the colors. There are so many luscious colors at the market to capture. Walk around and discover the booths with the most interesting displays. It will be worth your time.
Keep composition in mind. Take photos that capture angles. Come from the corners, and feature the lines. Also shoot parallel, or from the top looking down to fill the frame.
Finally have fun. Enjoy the festive atmosphere of the market, and look for interesting shots of people, artifacts, and the unexpected that you might come across while Camera Walking.
Now you have another great walking opportunity, so grab your camera, your shopping bag, and go to your local Farmers Market! We would love to hear from you about your Farmers Market experience. Comment below, post on our Facebook page, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.