Travel Photography (part 3 of 4)
You’ve made your plans, packed your gear, and now you’re landing on location. Here are some guidelines to for going about the best part of the process: making the images.
When you land in a new location for the first time, even seasoned travelers can have information overload. Our reaction to all the new sights, sounds and people is exhilarating, but in the worst cases it can cause us to forget basic photo skills. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked through photos taken by my friends, even some professionals, who just got back from their first trip overseas. They are still riding an incredible emotional experience, and they want to show me all 3,478 photos they took. And 3,400 are pictures of themselves standing in front of monuments. Keep a clear head and come back with photos you’re proud to show off.
A. Determine in your mind what do you want to SAY with your photos. (more than just a mug shot)
B. Be sensitive, but not timid.
C. Respect others with your actions and images.
D. Take active, candid photos.
E. Include wide locations and detailed close-ups.
F. Option: If you’re traveling for a purpose like a volunteer project, it can be hard to juggle photography with other daily tasks. Choose one day to really concentrate on images.
Think in sequences:
1. Beginning, middle and end
2. Far, medium close
3. Series for Slide Show
For the love of God, please take photos of something besides dirty children mugging for your camera.
Practice taking photos of people who don’t speak English.
Practice taking a group photo.
Practice taking candid photos at the subject’s eye level.