Walking with your camera

The advantahges of walking with your camera, candid photo of tourists in Melbourne.
Travellers creating images of themselves, surrounded by street art, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Apart from the obvious health benefits of walking with your camera, there are hidden advantages as well. For instance, we can practice anyone of the dozens of photographic techniques we have learned. Or we can train our eye to see stuff we would normally pass-by.

Then there is the mental health aspect of just walking, looking and clearing our minds. The reality is taking your camera on an outing can be healthy and exhilarating at the same time. Isn’t that something? Come on now, doing something for ourselves that is both good for body and soul and is fun. There has to be a catch.

The only catch I see. Walking with your camera can be addictive; just saying. So enough with the walking angle. In case some of you get tired just thinking about trekking all over the place. Let us look at the photography side of things.

The next obvious question is. Where should I go walking? The answer my friends is entirely up to you. That is the beauty of photography. It is whatever you want it to be. The camera is like a passport that opens the world to your lens. But you have to let passion guide you. Go where-ever; you feel you should. Seriously, it is now time for you to start being governed by your feelings. If it feels good, then go for it.

A boring old Melbourne train, cropped tightly, a couple of bright yellow doors and a poster, certainly not a prize winner, but I’m glad I made the exposure. This pic is available as editorial stock on our archive

I usually go walking with my camera are usually out in nature. However, circumstances dictated that wouldn’t be possible. So into the wilds of suburbia, I ventured. looking for patterns, shapes and textures.

Then I started to look at street life and colour. Ordinary everyday scenes. So ordinary that normally they wouldn’t even register. But in 20 years time maybe this won’t be ordinary. Maybe we should document the mundane. Editorial image is available from our archive.

Interesting stuff began to happen. As I walked further, my eyes opened to more opportunities — random interactions with people. Yes, real living humans started to happen. A bunch of tourists stopped to ask if I was an Australian. Then asked if they could take a photo of me. No problems there, but only if I can photograph you guys. They agreed, and I shot a random street portrait.

Walking with your camera often results in unexpected encounters. Excitations photo Adventures and photography workshops.
Two more happy to be photographed, people. Photographed at their request while I waited for something interesting to develop a little further down the laneway.

What had started as a somewhat crappy day? Just got better and better, the longer I walked looking for opportunities. Even just sitting and watching masses of people swarming by in Swanston street, presented chances to try a whole lot of what if stuff.

Later, when reviewing some of the imagery from my day in the burbs. I noticed that among all the people I had seen and film/photographed during the day. The couple above had appeared in a video clip taken hundreds of metres away on a crowded sidewalk. The lady, busy filming on her phone using an image stabiliser, which you can see in her left hand.

Young urban man, surrounded by graffiti covered walls, Melbourne Australia. Excitations Photo Adventures and  photography workshops all over Australia.
Image available as editorial stock form Excitations stock archive.

This young man modelled for me for around 60 seconds. That is all it took to move him so I didn’t have another 100 people in the background plus I got a lovely backlight source for free. It’s not often we can say as photographers, that the background is garbage and it is, literally.