Juggle your time clev­erly

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When you travel with other peo­ple; whether it be your fam­ily, friends or sig­nif­i­cant other, it can be tricky to find the time to take pic­tures. This is es­pe­cially the case on a fam­ily hol­i­day: if you dis­ap­pear to take pic­tures, your part­ner is lit­er­ally left hold­ing the baby!

There are a few ways that to make sure that you get time to take pic­tures with­out of­fend­ing your trav­el­ling com­pan­ions. One of the best ways is to trade time. If you are on a fam­ily hol­i­day, then swap time with your part­ner. Give them some time to in­dulge in their pas­sion, whether it be a cook­ery course, adren­a­line sports or sim­ply chill­ing on their own by the pool. In re­turn, you get to goof off and shoot some pho­to­graphs with­out feel­ing guilty.

If you’re re­ally or­ga­nized then you could try to sched­ule your day off for some­thing spe­cial, such as a lo­cal fes­ti­val. These can be a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to pho­to­graph any des­ti­na­tion, giv­ing you the chance to take cul­ture-filled por­traits as well as some iconic images of your des­ti­na­tion. Fes­ti­vals are of­ten the time when a place comes alive, and when the pic­tures that you see on all of those post­card stands are usu­ally taken. One free day at a fes­ti­val can give you the best shots from an en­tire trip.

An­other good way to keep any travel com­pan­ions on­side is to shoot their hol­i­day and their ex­pe­ri­ence too. If you only take pic­tures for your­self, your hobby will be seen as a self­ish act; if your pic­tures are rel­e­vant to them and their hol­i­day, then they will see the ben­e­fit of hav­ing a cam­era-tot­ing en­thu­si­ast along!

There can be a lot of dead time on hol­i­day. If your part­ner likes a lie-in in the morn­ings, you might be able to slip out of the room, pho­to­graph the sun­rise, and still be back be­fore they wake up. You will have to make sure not to wake them up when you leave, but you could slip out to the beach, or even off to a good sun­rise point on a city break, and be back with cof­fee and crois­sants be­fore you’re even missed.

The fi­nal thing that will help, if you are try­ing to com­bine pho­tog­ra­phy with your hol­i­day, is to learn how to work fast. The big­gest gripe of non-pho­tog­ra­phers isn’t how many pic­tures you shoot, but how long each one takes! Be­fore you head off on hol­i­day, prac­tise with your cam­era to speed things up. Get more fa­mil­iar with your

set­tings, and learn how to cal­cu­late ex­po­sures and set the fo­cus quickly. Also, stop and think about your sub­ject be­fore you start shoot­ing. Work out what is sig­nif­i­cant about the sub­ject for you, and how you will ap­proach it be­fore you even raise the cam­era to your eye. Then the ac­tual shoot­ing can be dras­ti­cally re­duced; and your travel com­pan­ions will feel less in­con­ve­nienced. Speed­ing up this process, and re­duc­ing the time the cam­era is up to your eye, will help your pho­tog­ra­phy too – es­pe­cially if you are shoot­ing street scenes. Es­sen­tially, the less that your pho­tog­ra­phy af­fects your travel com­pan­ions, the more pho­tog­ra­phy you will be able to get away with, with­out caus­ing dis­cord.

ABOVE LEFT Trade time with your fel­low trav­ellers so that they can in­dulge in their pas­sions in re­turn for let­ting you out and about to shoot lo­cal sights and sounds

LEFT Doc­u­ment your trav­el­ling com­pan­ions’ hol­i­day and they’ll likely view your pho­tog­ra­phy with more pa­tience – you could even make a photo book (see right)


Slip out at sun­rise to cap­ture some great golden-hour shots and be back in time for break­fast!


Check what is go­ing on in the lo­cal­ity – a fes­ti­val of­fers a myr­iad of won­der­ful photo ops in a short space of time

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