Photowalks, Friends, and Social Networking

April 18, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

World Wide Photo Walk 2012WWPW 2012

I have to admit it was not easy to display my work for everyone to see; it has been even harder to blog about it. I have used DeviantArt in the past, but honestly I grew tired of how the site is run really quickly and how more or less "questionable" art always popular. Not saying there are some awesome artists on that site because there are, but in my mind it wasn't the best route to show my work. Cue in Zenfolio and other personal photo hosting sites.... I do have Flickr and Picasa, and I tried SmugMug which also was great but after a lot of research I turned to here and so far I have enjoyed it. Maybe one day I'll make my own personal server and use Wordpress or something similar.

Anyway when I turned the corner of personal/private gallery hosting I decided to make a commitment to myself to do my best to learn from other photographers, try their techniques, create some of my own, post, share, comment,... lather, rinse, repeat.... 

This is where photo walks like the Scott Kelby WWPW, Google+, Twitter, blogs, and the friends you meet along the way really help. First off last year I did my first ever photo walk in Annapolis, MD, to this day I don't remember how I heard about it but it has to be one of the most interesting events I have taken part in. I met a ton of new faces, made some great friends like EmilyLynford, Bob and several others and learned a lot in those seven hours. I highly recommend these events for all photographers of any skill level, just bring a camera, some comfy shoes, a phone with a data connection, maybe a tripod, and a smile! 

After that day ended I quickly unloaded my CF card, went to work on some of my photos with Lightroom/Photoshop, and then quickly looked up everyone on that walk up on Google+ just so I could see their work from the photo walk and keep in touch till the next photo event.

This is one of the best photos I took that day and if it wasn't for Emily's awesome leading during this walk I probably would have never walked in that hall on the United States Naval Academy, so kudos Emily!

Anyway now that I have created and named this site, which has been a great experience so far, the hard part for me is to get out there and take the photos, create the designs, write, etc. Which is where the friends and social networking come into play, someone somewhere always has some sort of photo challenge or experiment running and nothing says "Creativity!" more than challenges and experiments. Now it's time to get out there and snap away!

 


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