The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2015

gonguptap (11 of 11)The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk is always my favorite time of the year. It is an event that gets photographers from all over the world to come together for a day a photography and for a really good cause. In my mind, this is one of the best events and not simply because I lead one every year. I say that it is the best because they are not only making the lives of children better but also making a great experience all around.

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Too often these events take a marketing-style approach to a photowalk. They offer little in return but expect you to market the crap out of their brand or site. However, each year that I lead a photowalk for the Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, the whole package just gets better and better. Despite the fact that pretty much anyone can apply to lead a walk, I still feel privileged to so.

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This year however, was the smallest turn out that I ever had but that still didn’t stop us from having a great time. I chose the location knowing that for the most part people would have hard time getting out there. However, I really wanted to show the walkers this amazing spot that is only recently been developed and still has a lot of great charm and interesting natural rock formations. For those that came out, it was well worth the journey.

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The biggest lesson that I learned from this photowalk is that as a leader you must look at the location from many different angles. For the most part, the average photographer wants to shoot a location that is easy to get to and offers a wide variety of subject matter. The location that I chose offered a lot of variety but you had to work at it. It was not like the previous year in the historic part of Gyeongju where it was easy to capture a great shot. This year, we had to wait until the light was right as well as search for the best spot.

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All in all, this location was not for everyone. I could tell by the single-digit turn out but it was a great time nonetheless. I have already started scouting scouting a better location for next year.

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