I am a huge advocate of going out on a photography shoot with a group of photographers. Since I began to get serious about my photography I joined a photography group, and we go on a variety of photo walks along the city.
This is actually where I learned some of my techniques, and now I want to share with you why I think it’s a good idea:
1) Different Perspectives
What I love about going out in a group is not only the fact of shooting together, but afterwards, when we share our photos. We’re all capturing the same things, yet our images come back so differently. You ask questions on how they did that, or you realize how they see a subject which varies very different from you.
You come back with different perspectives and the confidence to try something different the next time around.
2) Getting your Questions Answered
Another great way by surrounding yourself with other photographers is learning from them. Whether by the kind of post processing software they use, learning about HDR, or asking those questions you’ve always wanted to know, but didn’t necessarily know how. Everyone is there to help each other.
3) How they POST Process
Everyone has a way of editing their photos. Everyone has a different way of doing it. Some are really good, some over process, and others are very light. We learn from others by what they do and works well.
4) You develop your style
If you see a photo you really like, ask yourself why, ask yourself what is it that they did really well, and the next time you’re out with your camera, try it out. You begin to experiment, and you get inspired by trying something new.
5) Bouncing off Ideas
Light Trails: Easy. One person can hold the glow stick, colored flash light and make the light trails while the other person takes the photos with their camera. You work as a team.
Posing: You see an object in which you need a person to hold up such an object. In a group you have that person available instantly.
People think you’re paparazzi: Okay, perhaps, this is something we get asked all the time since we’re in Los Angeles, but the fun part is coming up with a different story every time we’re asked a question. Or perhaps we will go forward with our idea one day of people hiring us to be the paparazzi around them so they can be the celebrity for the night 😉 Either/or, it works.
6) It’s More Fun
Yes, photography is very much an individual hobby, but going out with a group people brings socialization to it and makes the hobby even more fun.
Have I inspired you to go on a group photo walk?