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With travel photography you want to convey not only the sites
and scenes you have seen but also the feelings and emotions associated
with the locations. The unexpected is always around the corner when you
travel and with some careful preparation and a keen photographic eye you
can produce some memorable results.
“Burj Dubai” captured by Lensamson (Click Image to See More From Lensamson)
Good travel photography starts at home or the office before you leave
for the airport and weeks in advance of your trip. Here’s how capture
great travel images.
1. Research before you leave
Purchase the best travel guide you can afford and find out everything
about the locations you will be visiting. Find out about the natural
beauty, tourist sites and the culture. Look at the images in the guides
and see what the important areas are and what you need to record.
Learn about local transportation and distances as well as timing to
reach the areas you want to visit. Learn about the culture and find out
what you can photograph and what is taboo, what the dress codes are and
any local laws or rules. Buy a phrase book and learn some of the key
phrases to communicate when photographing. You will be amazed at how
this will open doors for you.
2. Prepare a checklist
Essential for any photographer is a checklist of everything you will
need for the trip, photographically as well as you normal travel needs.
Check that all your gear is covered by insurance and that it is up to
date. Take proof that you purchased your equipment at home and not
abroad so you don’t get landed with customs duty on your return.
3. Avoid cliches
Don’t return with all of the images that are in the guide books which
everyone has seen. Use new angles and try get to viewpoints that are
not traditionally used for photos. Leave the tourist path and get away
from the bus. If you can afford it, hire a private guide to take you off
the beaten track.
“looking glass” captured by Micah Dravland (Click Image to See More From Micah Dravland)
4. Photograph local life
Local life in foreign countries is rich with sights and scenes that
are brand new to you. You’ll often find that you will experience your
photography much more by getting to know the local folk and seeing just
what their daily life is like. By capturing the essence of their lives
and homes you will experience the journey and capture memories that are
unique and far more interesting.
5. Make yourself the subject
As the photographer you probably find that in all aspects of your
life there are few images of you in front of the camera. So go out of
your way to include yourself in photos while touring. Ask a travel
companion, a guide or another tourist to take photos of you experiencing
the local life. With digital you can see immediately the results of
their work and whether you’ll need to reshoot it.
6. Take portraits
By respecting the local culture and as I mentioned learning a few of
the most important phrases most locals will allow you to shoot their
portraits. When photographing them close-ups are great and reveal
character and the beauty of people you aren’t familiar with. But, this
is the time to photograph portraits of people within their environments
so shoot fewer head and shoulders and more with some of the background.
Use wide angle lenses more often for great shots.
7. Shoot candids
With a longer lens and the ability to stay in the background and keep
your distance you are able to photography people without them knowing.
Unposed photos have people behaving totally naturally in their
environments without the pressure to pose. The key here is to remain
unobserved. Reveal yourself only once you have your shots. Look for
opportunities that will reflect the local culture and people naturally.
“In the Million Insect Storm, the Constellations Form” captured by Thomas Hawk (Click to See More)
8. Look for detail
By getting in closer and photographing the traditional clothes and
jewellery you will see details in the colour and styles. Look for
details in the architecture, transport and local costumes that reveal
something more than a traditional shot. A macro or telephoto is great
for this type of shot.
9. Tell a story
By shooting a series of shots at a location you will be able to tell a
story of the life of the local people. How they dress, work, have fun
and where they live and relax. Select a theme or shoot at a market and
try to think about the end result and how you will tell friends and
family about your trip in just pictures. Maybe shoot a day in the life
of a local you have befriended from morning till bedtime.
10. Take lots of photos
Work out how many images you think you should shoot and then double
it. And then double it again. You can never take too many images. This
may be the only opportunity for you to see this country and rather edit
later than lose the memories by shooting too little. Not every picture
will be perfect but it will be a memory. You are not just looking to
create perfect photos but also great memories. Digital film is
inexpensive so take lots of memory cards with you.
“Manhattan Tourists” captured by Ray Devlin (Click Image to See More From Ray Devlin)
Travel is often a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people so
go well prepared and come back with memories that will last a lifetime.
About the Author:
Wayne Turner has been teaching photography for 25 years and has written three books on photography. He has produced 21 Steps to Perfect Photos; a program of learner-based training using outcomes based education.
out on the shelves. Anyone can make a Project Life Album because you
don't need any tools or adhesive -just your photos, a pen and a kit
(Core Kits are only $29.99!). That's it!
truly is a back-to-basics approach to memory-keeping. Pictures + words.
That's it. Slip it all into pockets and add title cards that are
already designed for you. Don't think about layout design. Don't think
about cutting and pasting anything. SIMPLIFY. Get it done.
can make Project Life as simple or as involved as fits for you. Some
people use it to record one photo a day, some use it to record one week
of their life at a time, some use it only for special occassions, some
use it for just random everyday things. Whatever works for you is
perfect. Either way, it is just print photos (www.photoexpressions.fotodepot.ca),
slip into pockets, slip in journaling papers, done! That is it. So
easy and effective. And if you choose to do Project Life digitally, you
can print out your pages at www.photoexpressions.fotodepot.ca also. Follow our Project Life Pinterest board, for lots of ideas, freebies and more.
Here is a quick video explaining how easy it is plus a few sample pages. Come in and check it out!
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Life is whatever you want it to be. I really, really, really mean this.
Literally. Let me give just a few examples of what a full Project Life
album might contain:
A year in review, highlighting random memories from this year ... last
year ... any year at all. Photos can be organized chronologically or by
theme (have categories like birthdays this year, travel this year,
school stuff, in our spare time, friends, etc. - and add Scrapbook Dividers to label your sections for ultimate organization).
Cover the span of several years. Let's say you haven't done much
scrapbooking ever. But you're itching to get at least some of your
pictures in an album. How about tackle an entire decade in one album?
Each year could have say, 6 layouts (our Big Pack of Photo Pocket Pages
comes with 60 pages) and you can include the "best of" pictures in
those 6 layouts per year. An entire decade of "catching up" in ONE
album? YES. And you can do it all without touching a pair of scissors
or using any adhesive whatsoever.
On a related note, I totally think most of us could compile an album
that sums up our entire childhood. True story. Just blow the dust off
those old photos, throw them in the pockets along with the Title Cards
and Journaling Cards that come in the Core Kit of your choice. Done.
Pick a theme, any theme. Create an entire album all about ... you name
it. Perhaps all of your travel adventures go in one album, or maybe you
fill an album with memories of a loved one that is no longer here, or
think about anything you have lots of pictures of and BAM! There's your
Life is easy-peasy. Like - for real. If scrapbooking in general gives
you anxiety, that is 100% normal. Think about it - we all have
thousands of photos on our computers, in boxes, wherever. I totally
know what it feels like to be drowning in pictures. That's my story
too. That's why I developed the system ... so that I could get my
photos + memories into books but not even have to think about designing
a page, choosing products, adding embellishments, or any of that stuff
that is part of "traditional" scrapbooking. This is back-to-basics,
folks. Photos + captions. That's it. But the end result is what we love:
Everything placed in pockets. No cutting. No sticky anything. No embellishments. No techniques.
Congratulations to Merle C, random winner of the May National Photo Month Challenge.
She wins $100 in
photofinishing from foto depot! Plus everyone who entered the contest
won a FREE 8x10 Metallic print. Thanks for helping us celebrate
photography. We loved seeing all of your great photos! Join us again
next May as we celebrate National Photo Month.