As all the hubub over the Scott Kelby (NAPP) photowalk hits a fervorous peak, we are all getting everything together for the walks, looking forward to meeting new people, visit old friends, shoot in new areas, and just enjoy the camraderie of a photowalk with your friends and peers.

However, this is still an occasion where you are taking your gear out on a shoot.  So, it is always good to stay organized and make sure everything is ready to go.  What does this mean?  It means prepping your gear beforehand.  And of course, checklists can be a handy way to make sure all your gear is ready to go.  So, here are ten things to do to prepare for a photowalk.

  1. Charge your batteries, and the spares!
  2. Clean your lenses, wipe them down and use lens cleaner to get everything spiffy.
  3. Decide what items you will be taking with you and what you’ll be leaving behind.
  4. Pack your gear and make a list on a 3×5 card of everything you will have.  That way you can check against that at the end of the day to make sure you return home with everything you took in.
  5. Check the weather beforehand and plan your clothing accordingly.  This also means perhaps including some protective elements like towels and such for your camera gear in case there is a chance of rain.
  6. Get a good nights sleep.
  7. Verify the starting time and place for the shoot.
  8. Print out a map of how to get there, especially if the location is unfamiliar to you.
  9. Pack a few munchies (granola bars, pretzels, etc.) and maybe a bottle of water or two.
  10. Have fun!

SO, check your lists.  Twice.  And have a good photowalk this weekend, wherever you are.  Happy shooting and we’ll see you back here Monday!

3 thoughts on “Photowalk checklists

  1. I’ve never given this a try, but I think it’s about time I do.

  2. Heh – good suggestion Tim! I actually have an old sheet that folds up nice and small. If I have to lay down in dirt or some messy area I throw that down first.

  3. I wish I was going on the photowalk tomorrow. Conflicting plans unfortunately.

    I would add that you’ll want to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. If you’re like me, you won’t hesitate for one second to lay down in the dirt to get that cool angle.

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