Posted Wednesday, December 5, 2012

6th Annual Photowalking Temple Square

By Rich Legg

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that means it is time again for Photowalking Utah to make our annual outing to Temple Square in Salt Lake City to photograph the holiday lights on display. This will be the 6th year in a row to hold this event.  It really doesn't seem that long ago that we held the first Holiday Light Photowalk.

This year's event will be held on Thursday December 20th beginning at 7:00 pm.  The group will meet at the statue located at Main Street and South Temple.  From there we will venture onto the Temple Square grounds to photographically capture this year's wonderful lighting display.

It probably doesn't need to be said, but PLEASE dress WARMLY!  Nothing can take the fun out of this event quicker than a frozen extremity.  Tripods are also highly recommended.  For those photographers who do not have a lot of experience taking nighttime photos, there will be several Photowalking Utah volunteers on hand to assist in capturing a great shot.

As always, there is absolutely no charge to participate in this event. Photographers of ANY skill level are invited to join in.

Head on over to the Photowalking Utah Facebook group if you have any questions or would simply like to say you're coming. I hope to see a great group on the 20th.

Posted Monday, September 3, 2012

Utah State Fair Photowalk

Sponsored by Nikon & Pictureline

When: Friday & Saturday September 7th and 8th, 3pm-9pm
Where: Pictureline Booth (top floor of the Grand building)
Cost: $10 but refunded with a $10 Pictureline gift card (see below)

FREE RENTALS from Nikon USA & Pictureline are offered from 3pm to 9pm on Friday and Saturday the 7th and 8th of September.  All they require is a valid photo ID and credit card to hold the items (no charge, but card held as insurance for its return) while you walk around the fair and have fun.

What about a Photowalk?
We will also hold an organized Photowalk on FRIDAY SEPT 7th 6pm to 8:30pm.  This is ideal evening light into dark (sunset is 7:49pm) for exploring the fair and then staying to photograph the rides and other lights if you wish. A tripod will be needed if you plan on joining us for the lights in the rides area, although be very aware of where you set up. (and if you are borrowing a camera, bring a screw on plate for your tripod if it requires it!)

The vendor hall closes at 9pm, so you will need to get your gear back by 8:45 at the latest, to give time to check back in. The fair itself goes until 11pm, so feel free to stay for fun!

However, the gear is available BOTH of these days, so please plan on attending whenever works best for you and take advantage of this unique opportunity!

** COST **
There is a fair entrance fee, however Pictureline is offering two fair tickets (for use either day, both days, or two people) for $10.00 – and you receive a $10.00 Pictureline gift card in return.  These will need to be purchased online and picked up at the Pictureline store before you go to the fair (store open until 6pm on Fridays for those last minute pick ups).

The Pictureline Booth, top floor of the Grand building: 

Plan ahead to get there on time if you can! Parking, walking, etc.

Posted Friday, June 15, 2012

Cathedral of the Madeleine Photowalk - June 16th

WHEN: Saturday Jun 16th, 9am-1pm
WHERE: Cathedral of the Madeleine, downtown SLC (331 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT)

We will meet in the plaza by the fountain at 9:00 a.m. and go over any questions, etc.

map link:
I have secured a four-hour block to photograph the church.  The interior of the cathedral is majestic with its numerous murals and stained glass windows. I have listed a web link to preview the interior if you are interested.  Ann Torrance photographed the interior of the cathedral for the publication "The History of the Cathedral of the Madeleine" by Gary Topping. If you are interested in purchasing one of the books, I can look into obtaining copies to sell on this day. I believe the cost is $16.95.   Open to all photographers of any skill.

please RSVP on the Facebook group event at:

Posted Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tulip Festival Photowalk

at Thanksgiving Point – April 28, 2012

For this month’s Photowalk, we’ll be revisiting Thanksgiving Point Gardens during their most popular event: the Tulip Festival. If you’ve never been before, get ready for a real feast of beauty! Since the late afternoon or early evening seems to be the best light for this location, we’re going to be meeting later than usual.  As always, this is open to photographers of any skill level so come join us and feed your passion for great picture opportunities!

Tulip Festival Information:

Thanksgiving Point is also holding a Photo Contest for amateur photographers. You can get all the details here:

Where: Thanksgiving Point Gardens. Meet at the front entrance to the Gardens.
When: Saturday April 28th from 4:30pm -6:30 pm.  You are welcome to stay after and enjoy the Gardens until they close at 8:00pm
Price: $8.00 per person. In order to get this discounted price, we MUST pay with a single transaction.  Please bring the exact cash amount if you want to participate in the discount. Otherwise, you will need to pay the normal fee of $10.00 per person.

IMPORTANT: There are a few things you will need to know that are specific to this location so please read the notes below and make sure everyone that comes with you is aware of them.
·       There is no portrait photography allowed inside the Gardens unless you pay the $100 fee. I’ve been told that if it looks like you are posing for a photograph, (or shooting it) you will have to pay that fee.
·       The PRO photographer fee is $500 and must be paid in advance. For those who might not know what this means, you are NOT allowed to sell any picture you take inside the Gardens without paying this fee.

To clarify these last two: the shots we take can certainly be used on the Photowalking website and Facebook page with no problem.  You can certainly take photos of other photowalkers, but any set up and posed photos will fall more under the portrait requirement.

RSVP if you are on Facebook on the event page at:

See you there!

Posted Friday, March 2, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Photowalk

Co-Sponsored by Pictureline & Nikon USA!

Come join us for a photowalk on Saturday March 17th during the downtown Salt Lake City Saint Patrick’s Day parade, but also come and play with gear from Nikon! 

The exact list of cameras and lenses that Nikon will be lending us for this event are not yet known, but we should have enough for everyone who is interested. This will include wide angle lenses for capturing the whole feel of the parade ‘up close’ as well as zooms to grab that shot down the street to sizes in between.  DSLR bodies for those wanting to try out some new ones or just wanting to play with gear will be available and perhaps some other types as well.

WHEN: 10am-1pm Saturday March 17th (gear pick up will be earlier, details below). Group photo at 10am.
WHERE: Meet behind (west side) the Rio Grande, Broadway (300 S) & 500 W. in the open circular area.  (see it on the satellite view: google maps )
WHAT: The parade! It starts at the Gateway at 10am and heads just a ½ block north of where we will gather, giving us plenty of time to meander down and grab a spot along the route.

Lots of parking is available around the Rio Grande as well as on the south end of the Gateway mall (a short walk).  Even with the parade crowds, we should all be able to find parking but car pooling is always encouraged!


WHEN: 8:30am
WHERE: at the downtown Pictureline store ( 305 West 700 South)
WHAT do I need? current photo ID and a valid credit card. The names on both must match and you will LEAVE your credit card with Pictureline until you return the gear. A pre-registration form will be available closer to the event so you can print it out in advance.

We will gather for a Nikon/Pictureline photo at as well as hand out any ‘extra’ gear for people who want additional items, then about 9:30am, we will head a few blocks (car or foot, your choice) to the gathering place.

Please return gear at 1pm!

RSVP on the facebook event page if you can. See you all there! (rain or shine)

Posted Friday, February 10, 2012

Studio Lighting Photowalk #5 - February 25, 2012

By Rich Legg
(2011 Studio Lighting Photowalk - Photo by Dave Daniels)

5th Annual Studio Lighting Photowalk

Wow, has it been five years already? Again with a repeat of the past four year's most popular Photowalking Utah event, we will be doing an indoor "Studio Lighting" photowalk. The event will feature eight different studios set up within a large conference room. Participants will be able to walk to each setup photography station and try their hand at shooting. Models will be provided along with assistance from the host photographer at each station.

(2011 Studio Lighting Photowalk - Photo by Sawyer Pangborn)

Again this year we will be working to create a variation in the type of lighting setups provided. This will give the participants a way to work with a large variety of portrait lighting arrangements. I have arranged with several models to help us out. Just like the previous event, we are suggesting a $4-5 "tip" given that will be put in a pool and divided up among the models after the event. This is purely optional but it really helps to have dedicated models available for the photographers to shoot and this is a great way to compensate them for their time. I've got a pretty diverse group confirmed so far including different ages / genders / looks.

(2011 Studio Lighting Photowalk - Photo by Rich Legg)

For those photographers that aren't carrying around digital SLR's, don't worry. We will have a way to sync point-and-shoot cameras via slave to at least a couple of the setups. Everyone is welcome at these events regardless of skill or equipment. There will even be some higher end gear available to borrow. Here are the details:

Date: Saturday February 25th Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Gateway Community Church, 584 E 12300 South - Draper
Cost: Free (though a suggested model tip of $4-5 is appreciated)

If you're planning on attending, please drop an RSVP into the event announcement on the Photowalking Utah Facebook Group (link).

For any questions, please feel free to contact me at or 801.568.1000.

Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January 21: Photowalking the Leonardo

The typical January weather forecast for Northern Utah is cold. Really cold. Like no fun photographing outdoors cold. Out of respect for January's chilly weather, Photowalking Utah likes to play indoors. 

Join us this month at Utah's newest cool (yes, pun intended) place to hang out, The Leonardo - a science/tech/art museum located in Salt Lake City. Get your inner geek on and come make art out of science.

  • Who:  Anyone is welcome.  Photographers are encouraged to bring their family
  • When:  Saturday, January 21 - 11:00 am
  • Where:  The Leonardo - 209 E 500 South, Salt Lake City

The great people at the museum have extended a discount to Photowalking Utah. The admission cost will be $7.00 instead of the usual $14.00.  To receive this price, you must enter with the group at 11:00 am (come early).

Tripods are perfectly acceptable, but please be mindful of those around you if you will be using one.

As always, this event is open to photographers of ANY skill level and with any type of camera.  Head on over to the Photowalking Utah Facebook Group if you have any questions or would simply like to say that you are coming.

I hope to see a great group on the 21st.