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Local photographers will participate in Worldwide Photo Walk

Scott Iwasaki

One misconception about photographers is they like to work alone. While that may be true for some projects, it’s not the norm, according to Park City-based picture snappers Rob Follett and Deb DeKoff.

The two will lead the Park City branch of the eighth annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk, a global event that will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Known to photographers as one of the world’s largest global and social photography events, the Photo Walk is designed for picture takers to socialize and share their images.

Scott Kelby is the founder of KelbyOne, formerly the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and KelbyTraining.com.

Organizers also encourage participants to "Walk with a Purpose" and donate $1 each to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya.

Follett and DeKoff have hosted the Park City branch of the Scott Kelby Photo Walk for the past two years and are looking forward to number three up in the Wasatch Back.

"Both Deb and I belong to several photography groups in Utah and there are many Photo Walks that take place in the Salt Lake area," Follett said during an interview with The Park Record. "We felt the Park City needed some representation and we’ve been good to go ever since 2013."

The Park City Photo Walk has seen a growth in participants in the past two years and Follett expects more this year.

"The first year, we had maybe 10 or 15 people and we had 25 people last year," he said. "We welcome any level and age of photographer who wants to come out.

"We have all classes of photographers from inexperienced to very experienced," Follett said. "In fact, we met a couple of the experienced photographers who live in Park City that Deb and I never met before."

That’s the part Follett enjoys the most about the walk.

"I get to generally meet photographers who I have never met before," he said.

This year’s walk route will be a little different than the past two years, DeKoff said.

"We’ll still be on Main Street, but we will walk from top of Main to the bottom, and then to Park City Mountain Resort," she said. "The reason for the change was some walkers didn’t like walking up Main Street."

The group will take a zig-zag route rather than a loop route in order to offer the group a chance to get some similar shots around town.

Another change was the time of the event. The walk will run from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

"Based on feedback, we moved to the late afternoon [and] early evening hours due to the cold weather [we experienced] from previous years," DeKoff said. "It has been too cold in the morning."

Also, professional photographers have had to cancel in the mornings due to their client sessions.

"Paying jobs take priority over the walk and they often are scheduled for morning jobs," DeKoff said.

Like Follett, DeKoff likes meeting other photographers.

"I like the camaraderie, pun intended," she said. "I’ve met some really great people and awesome photographers that range from students to retired folk and from local residents to vacationing families. To me, this is about a shared interest that opens communication and allows for connection."

In addition, since DeKoff and Follett are considered Walk Leaders, they feel a sense of responsibility.

"As a Worldwide Photo Walk host, we are [essentially] ambassadors for our town," DeKoff said. "We not only answer questions about photography, but answer questions about Park City in general."

DeKoff first participated in the Worldwide Photo Walk in Salt Lake City and then in Chicago and New York City.

"It was because of the positive experiences with leaders in those cities that I joined on as a Walk Leader," she said. "The reason was simple. I wanted to share my town and my passion for pictures with others."

Photographers can share their photos and connect socially by the hashtag #WWPW2015 on Twiter, Facebook and Instagram.

In addition to the event, photo walkers will be able to enter a favorite picture in the Photo Walk contest for a chance to win a digital copy of "The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC book for Digital Photographers" by Scott Kelby, who will name a grand prize winner and 10 finalists, according to the Scott Kelby Photo Walk.

The Scott Kelby Worldeide Photo Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3. The Park City walk will start at 4 p.m. To register, visit http://www.worldwidephotowalk.com and look up Park City. Registration is free. For more information, email Deb DeKoff at deborahd@parkcityphotographers.com.

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