Tips and lessons I learned during the Nikon Photo walk 2019 in Cebu

“One of the reason why I used kitlens (18-55mm) for this walk was for me to capture the whole story in a picture. I just loved how I framed the shot. Each subject in the photo have to tell a story about their morning lifestyle.” (ISO-400, 1/125 sec, f/8, 18mm)

The NIKON PHOTOWALK 2019 in CEBU just concluded last September 28, 2019 from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM (PST). It was joined by around 65 Nikon Photographers from Bohol, Cebu, Dumaguete and other provinces. It was the first time Nikon held a Photowalk in Cebu (correct me if was wrong) and luckily I have joined. The meet up point was at San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church in Candido Padilla Street, Cebu City while the end point was at Fort San Pedro in Plaza Independencia.

By the way, Photowalk is an activity of camera enthusiasts and hobbyist gather together in group to walk around and take pictures of the things that captures their interest. It could also be done alone.

Before the event started, I roamed around the place and took a photo of the San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church.

I had the chance to chitchat to some other Photographers. I talked to this guy who’s a sports and pageant photographer based in Dumaguete City carrying a vintage-like Nikon body and a 200mm prime lens doing portrait photography. I was really astonished when I saw it. ( Dako gyud guys maka wow lang!). The lens and body weighs approximately 1-2kg. When he shoots, it was like he’s shooting from a bazooka. HAHAHAHA

When the event was about to start, everybody convened and listened to the organizers for the rules, the themes and the route announcements.

 THINGS TO BRING

  • Camera and Lens
  • Memory Card
  • Extra Battery
  • Cap and towel
  • Water

ROUTE

  • From San Nicolas De Tolentino Church (Candido Padilla St.
  • Turn to T. Abella St.
  • Turn to B. Aranas St. (Taboan Market)
  • Straight ahead to Tres De Abril St.
  • Turn left onto Candido Padilla St.
  • Continue to Colon St.
  • Turn right to Osmeña Blvd.
  • Turn right to Jakosalem St. (Basilica Del Sto. Niño)
  • Head towards Magellan’s Cross
  • Turn left to P. Burgos St.
  • Get back on Osmeñ Blvd, head towards Fort San Pedro
  • End Point at Fort San Pedro

CAMERA SETTINGS

There is no specific settings, as it really depends on the actual situation. You just have to learned by heart about the Speed, the ISO, and the Aperture. However, during the event I used the following camera settings. I just play with it.

ISO speed:      ISO-100 to ISO-400
F-stop: F/5.6 to F/8
Exposure Time: 1/80 – 1/400 sec.
Focal Length: 18-55 mm (kitlens)
Flash Mode: No Flash
Mode: Manual Mode
Camera model: Nikon D3200

TIPS 

  1. Talk to other Photographers. Don’t be shy to approached others. You would surely learned from them as you share each others input. Remember, more friends, more connection and more knowledge. 
  2. Be comfortable. Wear comfortable getup. Expected that there were a lot of movements you need to do in order to capture the perfect shot. A pair of jeans and t-shirt would surely do plus a light rubber shoes equals perfect.
  3. Check and be aware of the surroundings. Look around and observe. Check also the security and safety. Watch your things as well cause you might lose something while doing the photowalk.
  4. Leave your camera on.  A lot of things might happen in blink of an eye, so it would be right to leave your camera on to capture quick-perfect shots. Click!
  5. Frame your shots. Before clicking the shutter, frame your shots from an eye view perspective then capture and moment.
  6. Wait for it. Don’t be in a hurry to hop from one place to another. As much as possible try to look for a certain location wherein you can find a prospect, wait for the subject and the moment. Waiting is the key.
  7. Identify the theme of the photowalk. Some photowalk will reveal the theme prior to the event and that would be advantage. You will have idea on what to shoots already. So plan carefully.
  8. Bring one camera and one lens. Changing one lens to another takes time. You might missed a nice shot. But it depends on you. Try to just bring one lens which you are comfortable with.
  9. Travel light and bring only the necessary things. Don’t come with bulky bags, it’ll just a burden during the walk.

The Nikon Photowalk 2019 also have a photo contest. The theme was “MALIPAYONG BUNTAG CEBU”. We were not allowed to shoot in Black and White or Sepia. And also we shoot in JPEG format. We were informed as well to email our chosen entry (only one) for the contest.

Below were the photos I took during the photowalk. Just for this blog I choose to edit the pictures in Black and White mode. Notice the lines and patterns in every photo and other elements of street photography.

ISO-200, 1/160 sec, f/8, 29mm

ISO-400, 1/160 sec, f/8, 55mm

ISO-100, 1/250 sec, f/8, 18mm

ISO-400, 1/125 sec, f/8, 29mm

ISO-400, 1/125 sec, f/8, 27mm

ISO-400, 1/125 sec, f/8, 48mm

ISO-400, 1/100 sec, f/8, 55mm

ISO-200, 1/80 sec, f/8, 18mm

ISO-100, 1/200 sec, f/8, 18mm

ISO-200. 1/80 sec, f/8, 55mm

ISO-200, 1/80 sec, f/8, 32mm

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

The first struggle I was worried about that time was that I didn’t know about the place and the route. So I joined others and went with them. I thought it would be hard but it was fine. After the theme was revealed there were frames of shots jumping in my mind. However, the reality sucks. I can’t find what I was looking for. I was really looking for a perfect subject wherein the elements of street photography and the theme collide. But as I browsed on the pictures I took during the walk, my heart was satisfied, and that’s important. I think I don’t really need to stressed out myself to get the perfect shot and win, but the fact that I was able to enjoy and learn from the experience, that’s already great. And the main purpose why I joined was to learned, to improved, and to nurture my passion.

 

They were my colleagues during the event. Since I went solo, I don’t know anyone there so I decided to talk to some of them and they let me joined. Luckily, they were friendly and accommodating. I was relieved. They entertained questions and comments. I have also learned a lot from them.

 

After the Photowalk, our endpoint was at Fort San Pedro, where we had another group photo and our delicious snacks. Also we had received there our certificate of participation.

 

It was indeed a memorable activity for me as a newbie and a Nikon photographer. Prior to the event, upon learning about Nikon Photowalk I really got excited and a lot of thoughts and ideas were going into my mind. But I was just happy that this happened and I was part of it. It was nice, awesome, and wonderful experienced. I hoped you guys get inspired to join some other future photowalk events near you or you can do it in your place, just organize a small one with your friends. It’s a dual purpose event, enjoyment and learning.

 

Therefore, I AM NIKON. Drop your comments and questions below. Thank you!

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