The Photo Walks Story...
Norfolk Photography Walks were started in 2019 by West Norfolk based photographer Jon Clifton (www.joncliftonphotography.com).
Our relaxing, fun and friendly events, are aimed at beginner and hobbyist photographers. They provide opportunities for photography practice in beautiful locations around the Norfolk coast and at some of the counties finest tourist attractions.
During group events, after a brief introduction, we'll head off and stop at pre planned points of interest where you'll be free to wander and capture images in your own creative style. Lead photographer Jon (pictured below during a charity coast path walk) is on hand to guide each event, to offer advice and to answer any questions you may have.
While offering suggestions of what to look out for, Jon likes the events to have a sense of freedom for those who come along. We all see and interpret the world differently and photography is a way of sharing our personal vision of the world with others. Jon believes that our artistic individuality is to be treasured and encouraged, also that through adopting simple techniques, snapshots can be turned into eye catching and immersive images.
Whether you're completely new to photography or have owned a camera for a while, everyone is made to feel equally welcome. Jon is particularly keen to welcome folk who might be nervous in a group environment. From experience, he knows the benefits and confidence that being around others can bring. If this is of concern to you, please feel free to get in touch. Due to the mix of abilities, group photo walks aren't intended to be technical tuition sessions but focus more on composition, visual storytelling and simple tips to improve your image making. If you do have questions about different camera modes, settings and terminology, Jon will explain things in an easy to understand manner and suggest different things you can practice. Whether you have the most expensive camera or a point and shoot camera, photo walk events aren't a competition. Photography is a skill in which there is always something new we can all learn. All camera types are welcome, smartphones included!
It's been proven that learning/practicing a new skill, being outside in nature and being around like minded creative people, all help with our wellbeing. Walks were conceived after Jon realised the benefit that photography, nature and walking had to his own physical and mental health. Perhaps your family and friends aren't very patient when you're busy taking a photo of a flower or amazing landscape, photo walks provide time, space and opportunities to practice what is an incredible hobby. You will be encouraged every step of the way.
Walks are dependant on the weather, if there's a forecast of rain or any form of weather warning, the event will be postponed or cancelled with 24+ hours emailed notice. Some special events require pre booked tickets for attractions, these events may still go ahead in poor weather. This is clearly stated on our upcoming event pages.
Dogs are not permitted. (Jon loves dogs but knows that not everyone does).
Those lucky enough to be under 16 are welcome but must be accompanied by a full paying adult. Due to the uneven terrain we cross, walks may not be suitable for younger children in buggies/pushchairs or wheelchair users. Please email if you require guidance for a specific event.
Our walk locations are fully researched and risk assessed before each visit. Locations are picked to showcase the very best of Norfolk.
Images from previous events are available on the various photo walks social media pages. A selection of images taken by our wonderful attendees can be seen in the gallery. Photo walks are also on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
If you have any queries regarding photo walks, please feel free to message via the 'contact' page or email [email protected]