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What are Group Photo Walks?

Group photo walks are social events that provide the time and best locations in Norfolk to learn and practice photography.

Along with opportunities to develop photography skills and explore beautiful places, you'll also get to meet some like minded creative people.

Walks are relaxed, fun and friendly affairs that offer a chance to escape the everyday grind and enjoy a fantastic hobby.

Who are group walks aimed at?

Walks are aimed primarily at beginner and hobbyist photographers but open to anyone who enjoys photography, walking or exploring.

How long do group walks last?

Walks last approx. 2-3 hours, the length of walk can vary but is usually around 5 kilometers. Walks are over a mix of terrain.

Who plans and leads the walks?

Walks are planned and led by West Norfolk based photographer Jon Clifton. Jon will be taking photos during an event as well.

What should I expect during a walk?

After a brief introduction, you'll be offered some themes for the session, these are designed to help develop your creative vision. As we walk, you can choose to follow these themes or to photograph whatever you find appealing. While Jon will point out areas or subjects he likes, there is no right or wrong thing to photograph, we all see things differently and that's to be nurtured and encouraged.

At various points during a walk, the group will split and you'll be free to wander and capture things in your own creative style. Jon will make his way around the group to answer questions and to offer specific advice where needed.

While happy to advise on camera settings and modes, due to the mix of abilities and cameras, group walks aren't intended to be in depth technical tuition sessions, these tend to work best on a 1-2-1 basis.

Photo walks aren't competitive and there is no compulsion to show or share your photographs with anyone else in the group. 

Walks usually end where they begin and after a short farewell, you'll be free to head home to look at your images on a bigger screen. Occasionally we might head for drinks and something to eat after a walk but there is no compulsion to do so.

How many people are usually in a group?

Group size is kept to a maximum of 10 (including Jon) to ensure everyone gets the help and attention they need.

There is a minimum requirement of 4 (including Jon) for a walk to go ahead.

I'm nervous about being in a group environment, what advice can you give?

Photo walks were started after Jon realised the benefits that photography, walking, nature and meeting others had to his own physical and mental well being. He felt it important to share this experience and to offer a protective space to others. There is no pressure to be anyone but your amazing self. There is no judgement and the hope is that you'll go home with a real sense of belonging; feeling proud, encouraged, valued and appreciated. If you have any specific concerns around social anxiety or other mental/physical health conditions, please advise beforehand. Your concerns will be understood and kept confidential but will help to ensure you are looked after on event day.

What should I bring?

A Camera (DSLR, Mirrorless, Bridge or smartphone) - where specific equipment is needed this will be mentioned on the event page

Batteries (always good to have a spare) - Fully charged

SD or removable media cards

Lenses - we cover anything from wide angle to telephoto - recommended focal lengths will be mentioned on event pages

Tripods aren't required for most walks. If needed, this will be mentioned on the event page

Clothing and footwear for the weather conditions

Snacks and Drinks

Who do I contact if I have any other questions?

You can email [email protected] or make contact through Instagram, Facebook or X