Walk With Someone

October 5, 2010 | Leave a Comment |

Walk with someone and photograph together. Then compare the results. You’ll see a different way of looking at the world. You’ll also have an opportunity to see how you see more clearly. Even when the images you make are the same you’ll learn that some results are driven by convention and this can prompt you to push further, to find something new, and to make your images more personal. The comparisons and contrasts you’ll see by photographing with someone else can be extremely insightful.

Paul Tornaquindici (top) and I (bottom) walked together more than once in Namibia. Standing a few feet apart, we made very different images.

Try this in my digital photography workshops.


Photographing. It’s my favorite form of exercise. You walk, climb, squat, bend, reach, stretch and more – much more. You lose track of time and how far you’ve gone. You just keep going. You always want to go farther. It’s exhilarating! At the end of it all, you feel great and you return with something to show for it. I recommend it to everyone.

This image shows me walking across Badwater during my recent Death Valley workshop.


Photography is my favorite form of exercise. Sometimes you walk a lot. Sometimes you walk in challenging terrain. I love walking in dunes. It’s great exercise. Low impact. Lots of climbing. You lose your breath by the time you reach the top of a dune. But you’re so excited to make the next photograph, you forget about it. By the time you’re finished making the photograph, you’ve got your breath back. There must be another great picture just over the next dune. So you keep walking further. Just when you think you’re finished, you turn around and realize you get to do it all over again on the way back.

Find out about my field workshops here.

Stay tuned for more 2010 workshop dates.


Want to feel like you have a National Park all to yourself? Join the 1% club. Rangers say less than 1% of visitors walk more than a mile. This can make a big difference when you’re photographing. For instance, when you’re photographing sand dunes, near parking lots and trail heads you’ll see more footprints than wave patterns, but one mile out, you won’t see a single footprint. So if you’re seeking solitude and pristine nature, walk a mile.

Find out about my field workshops here.

Find out about my 2010 White Sands Workshop here.


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