Ottawa Photo Walk


A full test today of the ‘Guided Tour’ option for v1.6 of PhotoWalkIdeas (coming soon), and it worked out very well. The list is downloadable here, and the photos are below.

All the images were taken with an iPhone XR using the Moment Anthropomorphic lens.

I will release v1.6 of the app when I am back from my tour to Iceland the next weeks with where I will be testing out a few more photowalks.

v1.5 Released


The new version is out with lots of new features and support for the current versions of iOS.

  • The interface was upgraded to iOS 9

  • You can have multiple lists

  • You can import a list of words from a tab delimited or comma delimited text file

  • You can export the lists to a text file that you can share with friends

  • You can take photos inside the app using Apple’s camera app

  • You can bring in images from Photos

  • When you take a photo, it includes GPS co-ordinates

  • When you mark a photo as complete, it will record the GPS co-ordinates

Life Got Very Busy

After an initial flourish of activity, the amount of time available to support and update the app became a problem for me. I apologize to the most recent purchasers of the app, for whom it may not have worked because of being too out of date. I am sorry.

The new version has been completely rewritten in Swift and designed for iOS 9, and the support for the app and the social media sites will be better this time around.

Thx for your patience, Jamie.

Thanks to TWIP for the Mention

We have been long time listeners to the This Week in Photography podcast. So, in episode 161, when Frederick Van Johnson mentioned that they had used our PhotowalkIdeas iPhone app to select their photo mission for the week, we were very pleased. The followup from Steve Simon (who we got to meet as part of a great seminar at the RA Photo Club in Ottawa) was also appreciated.

We are going to make some changes to our Word of the Week to align it with the TWIP selections, so we will use the same word and move it Friday. Hopefully, no one will be disturbed by that.

Toronto Photo Walk uses PhotoWalkIdeas.

We just recently received this email from Paul Henman of

"I finally had a chance to introduce the Toronto Photo Walks group to your app yesterday and it went over really well! I used it to generate 10 "easy" words and shared the list with 30+ people at the start of our photo walk of Graffiti Alley. There was definitely a lot of discussion during the day as people compared their interpretations of the words, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what people post to our Flickr group."

Thanks to Paul and his Toronto crew for using the app, and we hope it spurred some creativity.

Easy, Medium, Hard?

So how did we decide what level of difficulty to assign to any of the words in the dictionary?

Well it was more art than science. If we felt you could ‘take’ the photo (i.e. no setup required), then it was easy. 

If you had to ‘make’ a photo, it was medium because some setup might be required.

If you had to really work on the setup, then it was hard.

That does not mean that you can't do a setup for an easy image, however, we hope you can find the images you need. Stretch out the imagination, and have some fun.

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, UK, US

Not bad for one week. PhotoWalkIdeas has been out for a week now, and we have users in 7 countries, and all the feedback we have had is positive.

We are looking for comment and suggestions that can help us make the product better, so fire away with ideas for improvements.

It is also is a little lonely in the Flickr group, so join us with some photos please. This week's word is 'boldly'.

Great Comments From Dave Cross

I go back a long with Dave Cross, back to the days before Photoshop!

When PhotoWalkIdeas was released, we asked Dave from some feedback, and he provided us with great feedback, and some interesting ideas for the next version.

He also provided use with a nice mention in his blog post. Thanks.

At the end of his current Maximum Photoshop tour, Dave will be doing a special presentation at the RA Photo Club in Ottawa.