About Toronto Photo Walks

Toronto Photo Walks (TOPW) is a group of photographers with a wide range of abilities, from accomplished photographers to those just starting out. We get together every other weekend to make pictures in and around Toronto.

The group is open to anyone who wants to get out and about, see more of the city with photographers of all levels of experience & ability, to shoot together, to share hints, tips and ideas … and it’s free! ๐Ÿ™‚

TOPW History

The first sighting of Toronto Photo Walks was as a Facebook group in November 2009, closely followed by the Flickr group and this website. It came about after a few photo walks that Paul Henman organised with friends, accompanied by a few prompts from them to do something “more formal” … but we don’t really do formal, so this is what you get instead ๐Ÿ™‚

In the beginning…

The first “official” TOPW walk was Toronto Necropolis & Riverdale Farm on November 14th 2009. There were nine photowalkers on the first walk but the numbers grew with each new walk through the winter, even though some walks were in the bitter cold … so cold that one camera eventually refused to work until it warmed up over dim sum!

Our Photo Walks

The regular schedule is every-other Saturday; we try to re-run the walk on the Sunday if someone is available to lead it. As of January 2014, the schedule is the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.

Sometimes there are ad hoc walks arranged on the Facebook page; these are not “official” TOPW walks so they aren’t given a hashtag and we don’t post the photos to the Flickr group, but they are an additional opportunity to meet up and shoot.

The start point for the regular walks is usually posted a couple of days before the walk; we try to find somewhere TTC-accessible to meet, somewhere for lunch and a pub for the end. The routes are roughly planned out – partly to ensure we find a lunch stop and/or post-walk pubs, but also because people join the walk at different times of the day – but the route can change if the group spots something interesting; sometimes small groups split off and meet up with the rest of us later on; it’s all very “loose”.

The TOPW group

The aim of TOPW is to give photographers of all abilities a chance to meet, share tips, learn from each other, and discover more of Toronto and its environs. It’s not a “formal” camera club; there’s no stuffy critique of each other’s photos, although it is great to see everyone’s pictures and many people like to receive feedback.

Where do I sign up?

There’s no formal membership list, although most people join the Flickr and/or Facebook groups in order to get automatically informed about updates. (There’s now a mailing list too.)

There’s no minimum standard of photographic skill or equipment required – you’re welcome even if you’ve just got your first “point & shoot” camera and haven’t even read the manual yet!

Sign Up Now!

  1. Send a cheque for $100 to … no, wait – it’s free!
  2. Join the Flickr and/or Facebook groups to be automatically informed about updates, or just check the website to see what’s new.
  3. Put the date of the next photo walk in your diary; remember to charge your camera’s battery and check everything’s working!
    New: we have a Google calendar which you can import automagically!
  4. Turn up, meet the other photo walkers and have fun!

If you have more questions, check out our FAQ page.

About The Founder

Paul Henman is the founder and main organiser of Toronto Photo Walks. Being both a keen photographer and walker, it made sense to put the two things together and then invite some friends along to share the fun. (Paul also shoots for the Ontario Walks and Toronto Trails walking groups.)

With an IT background as a software developer and project manager, organising TOPW and creating the various online communities were natural steps in building the Toronto Photo Walks group; the ongoing challenge is to produce some good photographs! ๐Ÿ™‚