Organizing Chaos In Travel Photography With These Great Travel Photography Tips
Come on photographers, admit it, we all love taking our camera gear abroad and really get “using it”!
Fancy learning some travel photography tips and tricks?
Then let's look at my take on what it means to be a travel photographer: the stark realities, memorable highlights and everything in between…
Photography Can Be Chaotic
In situations which are nothing more than “chaos”, the best you can be is patient and calm, and willing to invest time.
I am a travel photographer so I rarely, if ever, photograph in a studio.
My subjects are almost never posed either, so I have to undergo a complicated process of moving them or myself before that elusive magic moment escapes me.
Posing Your Subjects…? Nah – Who Needs A Studio Anyway…
It’s all too easy to wind up with absurd or unnatural looking positions in posed shots, so I prefer my people in situ as it were. The space a person occupies, and how they occupy it (be it using positive or negative space, etc), and the attitude they convey, is key in evoking the right response from your audience.
Their physical space is important, but also how they are relative to what is going on around them. Everything else comes second to this.
Though this leads me to another complication; without a studio, I never find anything where it should be. Not light, the characters, or any of my props… they are all too mobile and things always gravitate towards chaos – it gets quite complicated.
Therefore, the best I can do as the photographer is try to order that chaos a little bit. So you need to learn to work with what exists, the light you have is the light you have, the items in view are what you have to work with. Word of warning – be careful not to hang your hopes on any of those too much, they could change at any moment.
Your Hero Awaits
The points stated above demonstrate why it’s critical to understand the role of your hero, your protagonist, and focus on them.
They are the thing that remains in the scene, no matter how the rest of it changes – i.e. the constant variable.
About the author
designs and leads photographic tours with his company Nomad Photo Expeditions. His photographic work has been recognised with several International awards. You can join one of his Photographic Photo Tours at Nomad Photo Expeditions. You can see some of his personal work here. His Cuba Photo Tour will be the next of his destinations.