One thing I will always love is traveling; getting your passport stamped,
seeing places and having a blast. Are you ever the tourist in the equation? Well, I have a confession: on every trip I on, I act like a tourist. NO, that does not include fanny packs, hawaiian shirts, or those odd travel sandals.
What I do mean, however, is that wherever I go, I take pictures each step of the way.
Even if I’ve visited the place seven times previously before, like the Florida Keys; every year since 2004 I have gone there, and I’ve taken a ton of pictures every time!
“Why?” you might ask? Because I crave new sights, new viewpoints that I might have missed other times, and to truly experience the place each day.
- When you first arrive, try to take notes on your first impressions. Think about what appealed to you and plan to get that particular shot. Get out there and experience the land.
- Try not to steer solely to the tourist parts of town. Explore the beauty for yourself. Take this abandoned warehouse for instance; it was up this tangly hill, but I’m glad I found it! It was rich with history as the building lay open to explore!
- Take an abundance of spare batteries and memory cards. Imagine you run out of juice or space for pictures.
You’ll kick yourself later, trust me.
- If you have lens options, bring a small variety to vary the angles. If there is only room for one or two, a fast zoom or shutter speed lens.
- If you simply don’t know where to start, ask locals for their recommendations to visit. They know what they’re talking about.
- After your day around, take a little time to jot down the day’s events. It will help tell a story and remind you what you still need to get a shot of.
- Zoom in on the smallest of things: your food, the cobblestone road, a flower. Get in close, and you’ll never see the world the same again.
- Don’t walk around with the camera up to your eye the whole time. Take time to see the whole scene, not just a glimpse.
But those are just a few. Go out there yourself and discover, AND photograph, what this beautiful world has to offer.