A veteran travel photographer for lonely planet, Richard I’Anson has traveled the world over. Having been to all 7 continents and over 85 countries, he’s photographed and told stories of many different cultures. In this video, he explains basic points in achieving successful results when photographing in your travels.
Some of the main points are:
- The first and main thing is to consider what the subject and make them the point of focus. Tell your story and apply your own take on the subject through point of view, angles, lenses, focal lengths, and the use of light.
- Really great light exists twice a day (golden hours). However, good light is essentially capturing the subject is the best light available that will represent the photograph well.
- Research subjects and destinations beforehand to get more eclectic results. Plan trips around major festivals, where the locals will be at their best and will be in their traditional gear. Also, they will be in a positive frame of mind and more relaxed, making them more open to being photographed.
- To get the right light when photographing a subject, try positioning yourself instead of directing where your subject stands. Position yourself in a way that when they turn to face the camera, the best light hits their profile.
- Photograph people in different angles and zooms. Zoom in to get more impact from their expressions.
- Always ask permission. It’s polite and it’s how you would expect to be treated.
- Shooting classic shots of famous landmarks and making them different can be a challenge. Try different angles. Research the subject from the ground to see when the best light hits them. Zoom in close to photograph details.
- Photograph everything equally. By treating them as you would major sites, and photographing all subjects in great light, can make even ordinary streets interesting and worthy of photography.
Images source : Richard I’Anson Photography