Photowalks

By | October 1, 2016

Opportunity to Take Photos, Meet Photographers, & Get Feedback so grab your camera, your Easycard, and take the Number 11!

What do you get if you combine Facebook, a bunch of cameras, and some Taiwan-based photographers? A group of Photowalkers, of course! Would you like a chance to visit some scenic locations around Taipei, take some memorable photographs for impressing your friends back home, and meet some like-minded people each time?

Photowalkers @ work!

Photowalkers @ work!

Photowalkers is a great group for encouraging you to get out and see Taiwan, take photographs and improve your photography, as well as making new friends who share the passion. Started in 2014, Billy Stagner intended Photowalkers as a bridge between expat and local photographers in an informal language exchange.

The group has transformed since then into a group of people who share a passion for taking photographs all around Taiwan. You’ll be sure to find something of interest, whether you’re interested in scenery or street photography or just pretty flowers at Cherry Blossom season.

We’ve organized a wide variety of events, including Guandu Temple and River Walk, Tamsui River & Fisherman’s Wharf, Yehliu Geopark, and Hsinchu City Streets. Trips are set up well in advance for a Saturday or Sunday and are mostly held in the Taipei Metropolitan area.

Tyler: smile just a little bit more!

Tyler: smile just a little bit more!

Photographers come from a variety of backgrounds, but all share an enthusiasm for photography, whether they are novice, hobbyist or professional, all are welcome. So you can bring whatever camera you usually use, whether it’s an ordinary camera, mobile phone, or DSLR…

You could come without any camera at all! Shoot as many or as few pictures as you like. Some trips have been followed by social occasions like dinner or drinks; others have resulted in photography exhibitions; and there have even been helpful photography critiques.

Often participants will share some of their more successful results in the Photowalkers Facebook group. So you can view the Photowalkers’ photography of our members in the discussion threads or the albums.

It is a great way to appreciate how differently members take photographs of the same subjects. The organization itself is informal, photowalks are open to everyone. Members often propose photowalks, too. While some walks generate more interest than others, there are no real requirements that need to be met. If only a few members have time, a smaller photowalk will be arranged.

DSCF4602.jpgTo join the Facebook group, search for Photowalkers in the Facebook search box and join the group. Then you will be able to sign up for an upcoming event and attend.

Most members found the club in exactly that way, while others were invited to come along by existing members. When you attend the walk, just bring your own smartphone or camera. Water, suncream and a hat are also essential in the summer months.

“Come in with an open mind and positive attitude and you’re bound to make friends, learn about photography or help others improve as photographers! You’ll experience cool and interesting places around Taiwan while sharing many perspectives from fellow group members,” says Billy Stagner.

Getting to and from the events involves public transport, so don’t forget to allow for delays! See you on the next Photowalk!

For an article to read, published by Centered on Taipei, check out this article in October’s Issue. There is also an interview with three local members of the Photowalkers Taipei in the April 2017 issue.

The Photowalkers @ Taipei

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