Sixteen participants join in this year’s annual event
The Stand’s seventh annual Photo Walk offered two photo lessons this year. Local photographer Bob Gates offered several tips and suggestions for participants to explore during the day’s walk. His top takeaways: Shoot with natural light, learn how to use shallow depth of field, aim to capture emotion and simplify, meaning “when in doubt, leave it out.”
Kate Collins, a photo & video manager at syracuse.com, provided a short lesson on best practices for taking photos with a smart phone, even sharing her favorite photography apps. Instagram and VSCOcam are some she uses most. She shared in recent years, her iPhone has become the primary tool used on assignments rather than her larger and intimidating Nikon.
Following the lesson, participants left the South Side Innovation Center, walking together down South Salina Street toward Kirk Park. One focus of many images was the colorful wall of children’s hand prints created in 2011 during The Big Event, a year-end project for Syracuse University’s first-year students in the OrangeSeeds organization. The Big Event offered various civic engagement projects for college students including painting the wall, planting flowers and trash pickup. Collins put together this video of participants and residents dancing in front of the colorful wall on her iPhone using Boomerang.
Following the walk, photographers returned to share their images. The days’ best shots will be published in the September print issue or view the entire collection here.
Those in attendance included: Bob Gates, Kate Collins, Founder of The Stand Prof. Steve Davis, Steven Shaw, Michael Koval, Della Branch-Bullock, Tory Russo, Michelle Mahoney, Robert Schulz, Lenora Monkemeyer, Miguel Balbuena, Rosalie Spitzer, Ken Frehm, Anthony Curtis, Isabel Lee and Rochelle Scrivens.
— By Ashley Kang, The Stand director