Photography is not about the camera. It’s not even about the beautiful images we create. It is about telling powerful stories.
It might include photographing destination hotels and resorts, tourist attractions, scenery, outdoor adventures, local events, cultures, and customs. Images are used for advertising, merchandising, and print sales. With such a huge variety of subject matter, travel photographers employ skills across all photographic disciplines: portraiture, landscape, wildlife, architectural, reportage and event photography.
The idea is to become invisible and get close to people and wildlife, so the photographer can bring their stories to life. For travel photographers, the intimate moments always matter the most.
Photography can also help you a lot with meeting people, learning, and experiencing new cultures. Here are some of the rules they live by…
Knowing your equipment
Know your equipment so that you can focus on relating to your subjects. Your confidence in yourself will instill confidence in them. Test at home first and then bring backups on the real trip. Simple is always better.
Meet the leaders
No matter if you’re in town, village or slum there’s always a hierarchy. If you take the time to explain why you’re there and get the blessings of the leaders or elders in any community, it will keep you safer than wandering around aimlessly.
You must be flexible
Consider your lifestyle, and how much time you’re willing to spend away from home. Traveling with a suitcase and a backpack together with an open mind – that’s cool. Being available and flexible would made a monumental difference to traveler’s career.
Trust your instincts
Rely on the kindness of strangers everywhere you go, the world is real and most of the people are kind and lovely – it’s a wonderful world out there. But beware bad clouds can form and tensions can escalate. Trust your instincts and don’t ever assume or be lulled into a false sense of security.
Research and have fun with that
Read everything you can about the place you’ll be visiting, especially local newspapers and social media. Local stories that may not reach the large international papers would give you clues about what’s really happening in a place.
Getting the shot is important, but be thankful that you have the opportunity to even be where you are. Pinch yourself and enjoy the moment. It relaxes everyone, and the pictures and stories are better for it.