• John Patota

Photo Friday - Benefits of a PhotoWalk

How many times do you get to be part of a worldwide event?

Last October, I had the privilege of leading a group of 15 photographers thru the picturesque Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina as part of Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk. Now in it’s 12th year, the event attracts shutterbugs to more than 1,000 cities around the world, meeting in early October to take a leisurely 2-hour stroll in interesting places.

It was quite the task, so I took my responsibilities seriously.

Find this cupola at the Holly Inn in the historic section of the Village of Pinehurst.

You see, Scott Kelby is a Photo Guru. Not only is he a marvelous photographer, but he is a LightRoom and PhotoShop expert, author of the best practical photography books and an awesome trainer. I kid you not. So, I for sure didn’t want to let him down.

All Photo Walks, well all the good ones at least, end at a restaurant where ideas are exchanged and friendships built over a fine lunch. One photo from each city is entered into consideration in different categories for esteemed recognition on Scott’s website and modest prizes.

The double cupola atop the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst, North Carolina easily is recognizable, here on the hotel's luggage cart.

Our photo tour was of the Village of Pinehurst historic district. We began at the Carolina Hotel, then made our way to the Harvard Building, Casino, Pinecrest Inn, Magnolia Inn, Theater Building, before ending at the Village Chapel. We discovered architecture details, captured southern charm and learned about what makes Pinehurst special.

When joining a Photo Walk with a group, you see things differently. The person next to you may notice a little detail that you may have missed.

Why go on a Photo Walk?

When joining a Photo Walk with a group, you see things differently. The person next to you may notice a little detail that you may have missed. It gives you a different perspective. A different way of looking at your world.

You learn something new just by listening to the others in the group talk about their photography. Why do you shoot in RAW? I love this new lens! Is there a good camera store nearby? Sadly, not likely.

The Village of Pinehurst was founded 1895 as a heath restore. Before long, the sport of golf was introduced. Today, it is best know for hosting world-class golf tournaments.

On a photo walk you’ll find that you’re not the only one that struggles with inspiration, settings, focus or ______________. (Fill in the blank.) Everyone, yes everyone, that has ever held a camera in their hands is on the “the continuum”.

My friend and street photographer, Diane Wehr would say “Your place on the continuum is determined by your skill and creativity. The goal for all of us is to keep moving up on the continuum.” So true.

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, you’ll still be able to get support, or even better, give it on a Photo Walk.

Looking for a Photo Walk?

On Saturday, February 8, join Susan Bailey at the Southern Pines Train Station. There, she will have a brief discussion on black and white and suggest subjects to shoot. Lunch is at Chapman's Restaurant, 11:45. I did tell you these events almost always end with a yummy local lunch spot, right? Please RSVP on Facebook or to

Everyone is welcome, but please RSVP Susan on Facebook or to

Photo Assignment:

Find a Photo Walk near you and jump it. Don’t find one? Start one of your own!

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