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.
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.
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.
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.
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.