According to many photographers and professionals the secret behind a great shot is not only related to technique; it involves stories.
The intense and passionate story that lie behind a photo, the vivid memories it recalls or the impressions and sentiments it can evoke in unfamiliar people, are influential elements for a photograph.
For this reason a photographer should try to capture a person, a place or a moment and immortalize it in a picture creating an intimate moment of closure, considering its story and what he wants to tell.
Beside knowing your camera and equipment in depth before shooting (don’t forget to test it all at home before a trip!), here you are our tips to create a good travel picture and reveal a story:
- Before the travel, inform yourself on the characteristics, uses, habits and festivals of the destination.Try to build in your mind your own image and opinion of the place to capture with your camera your personal vision of the world.Once at the destination, don’t simply shoot just to capture elements; do your best to portray your own version of the location according to your sensitivity, trying to show the sense and meaning of the place.
Be the medium and catalyst of the story creating a picture that could describe it, playing with sun, shadows, lights and surroundings.
- Be fully immersed in the moment and in the travel. Try foods, talk to locals and wander in search of peculiar and typical corners or more hidden quarter and areas.
3. Meet people and talk to them. They are not different or extraneous.
It can appear so, but in reality, we all have so many things in common with people from all over the World, many experiences can be shared and told and many others can be learned.
Nevertheless, it is not necessary to be far from home to learn and enjoy an adventure; talk to people and locals wherever you are, they can suggest you much for your trip. What is more, chatting with people allows the creation of a light relationship and this could be the first step to ask for a portray.
People will undoubtedly be more tolerant if you introduce yourself and explain your will, showing interest on them and their community.
4. Let your instinct, sensitivity and perception lead you, even though (and above all!) if you are doing different from the others. Let your sense guide you and capture what strikes you the most.
5. Think about the reason and the aim of the picture.
Why are you shooting this subject? What would you like to tell and convey? What’s your intention? Consider this and then, …click!