Take a Photo Walk with us, become a better photographer

by Nickolay Kolev

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About

What

Creative Photo Walks is about improving you skills as a photographer.

Our goal is to specialize in arranging guided 'photowalks' for beginner and advanced amateur photographers. These photowalks will be organized in scenic places and each group will be accompanied by a skilled photographer - professional or a fellow enthusiast - who will work with the group to improve each participant's skills.

We plan to make these groups small to ensure that everyone gets enough one-on-one time with the guiding photographer and we plan them to last 5 days.

Tours include visiting cities and hiking in the mountains. We expect you to be able to hike for 2-4 hours and carry your own equipment. Routes are chosen to be easy, but few short distances might present slight challenges.

So, bring your tele, wide, prime and favorite lenses, shiny cameras and (light) mono or tripods! Fit everything in a comfortable backpack, put your hiking shoes on and let's explore!

Where

When you take a picture, few things need to happen for that picture to be really good. You need an interesting object or subject, you need good light conditions, you have to be skilled and creative with your composition.

The Wicked tooth peak Maljovitca area in Central Rila mountain.
The Wicked tooth peak Maljovitca area in Central Rila mountain.

Recently I was going trough my pictures on my hard drive and I realized that a lot of my pictures look like variations of the same one. Then I realized the reason for that - they were all taken at the same place. Different times, different subjects (some of the times), but same place. My point is that, if you want your pictures to stand out, you need to go places. You need to get out of your comfortable environment and test and try in new conditions and surroundings.

This is how I came to the idea to organize photowalks in Bulgaria.

Bulgaria is a country rich in unspoiled nature, abundant wildlife, long history and interesting architecture. It is a place where you can find some of Europe's finest mountain sceneries. Bulgaria is still to be discovered by tourists. It hides spectacular views for explorers that seek authentic, rural villages with traditional architecture and sweeping panoramas. It is a photographer's dream-come-true place - you can make landscape pictures, portraits, steel moments of the wildlife, and be absorbed by ancient  history and legends about heroes, tzars and battles.

Seven Rila Lakes
Seven Rila Lakes

How

Each photowalk starts on a Monday morning and ends on a Saturday morning. This means we expect you to arrive in Sofia sometime before Monday morning and leave sometime after Friday night.

We will pick you up at the airport and will drop you off at the airport.

Hotels and chalets are booked ahead of time to make sure we all have a nice place to stay and sleep. 

Please note that you will have to buy the airplane ticket to Sofia yourself. We may assist you, if you'd like us to point you to agents or companies that deal exclusively with flights to Sofia.

Make sure you pack light on unimportant things and heavy on anything photography related.

You will need a comfortable backpack. Also make sure your equipment can be carried safely.

If you join us for a photowalk, we will require from you to select at least one picture each day, that will go into the 'best of' competition. The result of that competition will be five images altogether that we will offer to our Kickstarter supporters as prints. Here is your big opportunity to become famous! Yes, this means you agree to give us rights to print limited quantities of your best photos.
 
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Why Kickstarter

It is hard to get good rates for hotels, hire guides, rent a mini-bus and deal with the thousand other small things to make this endeavor a reality. Especially if you don't know how many people are coming and when.

Kickstarter seems like the logical place to present this idea and gather feedback from the art community. It will also help us negotiate good rates and have everything planned and organized better. Kickstarter can make this idea a reality. 


Risks and challenges

We can't control the weather. Still. Yes, it is a bummer, we know. But in case of rain, or something else that may prevent us from doing the tour as planned, we will change the tour and go to places where we can learn and take pictures and have fun. It will be a group decision, based on alternatives we will offer.

Since we are going to deal with transportation, people, companies and sensitive equipment, many things may brake, malfunction or just behave badly. We will make sure everything is dealt with, so we don't spoil the fun and reach our goal of becoming better photographers.

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    A postcard with one of 'the best photos' taken in Bulgaria by one of the photowalkers. We choose the photo.

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    A 11x14 (or 14x14) inch print of one of 'the best photos' taken in Bulgaria by one of the photowalkers. You will be able to select the photography and the size. Bare in mind that the author of the photo, will have the right and may change the size so it fits better her art goals.

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    Make room on your wall for a 16x48 inch canvas print! You also get to choose one more print of 'the best photos' taken in Bulgaria by one of the photowalkers. Any print size that we offer in the previous rewards.

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    Photo walk for the week of June 30-th to July 5-th.
    You buy yourself a spot in the group and will be one of the photo enthusiasts that will come to Bulgaria and visit all these amazing places we have described in our project. Spaces are limited to 5 people per week. First come, first served - so hurry! (Please note that the air fair is not included and you will need to buy the ticket yourself.)

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