It is great if you can go out and do some mapping during your event. With just a few people you can greatly improve the coverage of an area while having fun in the process. Here are our best advice for arranging a photo walk.
- Plan your route in advance and adapt it to the time and how many people you are. With a big group of people, it is best to divide into smaller groups of two to three people. E.g. one person points their camera straight ahead and the other two walk either side with their camera at a 45˚ angle from the forward direction. This can create some nice transitions and is an immersive experience for the viewer once the images have been uploaded to Mapillary and processed. You can also divide the groups based on the type of mapping such as panoramas, facades, objects etc. Field Papers is a great tool to use for planning the routes.
- If you're capturing streets with a few people, it's advised to start at the same location and fan out before meeting back at that location. This process can be repeated from different locations as an easy way to quickly map the nearby road network.
- Before hitting the road, spend some time together with the mapping group to show how Mapillary works, make sure the devices have freed up memory, check that everyone can log in to the Mapillary app and go through who goes where.
- When out walking, keep the camera as still as you can in the same position in front of you, chest height is normally good. Try to avoid capturing other people and walking against the sun. Capture many images! We have lots more tips for great photo mapping which we suggest you check out.
- Once you are done with your walk, it is time to upload your images. If you have access to WiFi you can do the upload together. When all images have been uploaded, you can explore the full walk in the mobile app or on the web.
- Share your event with our community on social media, using the hashtag #MapillaryPhotoWalk. You’re also very welcome to share your sequences with #MapillaryExplore.