Travel photo tips: on lo­ca­tion…

NPhoto - - The NPhoto Apprentice -

There’s a lot to take in when you’re shoot­ing in an ex­otic new lo­ca­tion. John of­fers these tips to help you stay fo­cused… Never be­lieve what other trav­ellers tell you about the places they have vis­ited. In my own ex­pe­ri­ence, I have found won­der­ful peo­ple, tra­di­tions and lo­ca­tions in des­ti­na­tions where no-one wanted to go. Like­wise I have been very dis­ap­pointed with places that were pop­u­lar with trav­ellers or pho­tog­ra­phers. Spend time with the peo­ple you’re pho­tograph­ing and get to know the cus­toms of their cul­ture be­fore you start shoot­ing. You can’t imag­ine how much more re­laxed it makes them, and this will be re­flected in your shots. If you’re go­ing to be trav­el­ling through un­der­de­vel­oped coun­tries, make sure you’re car­ry­ing wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion tablets with you. Be wary of set­ting your cam­era to A, S or P mode when work­ing with dif­fi­cult light­ing, such as when some­one is back­lit. You may risk un­der- or over-ex­posed im­ages. It’s bet­ter to use man­ual mode and ex­pose for a per­son’s face. Don’t be afraid to use brack­et­ing when you’re work­ing in fast-chang­ing light. Shoot small videos or record sound while you take pic­tures. The re­sults will prove su­pe­ruse­ful when you’re putting to­gether a story or giv­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion about your trip.

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