HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT TRAVEL SHOT. OUR INTERVIEW TO ANTOINE BUCHET – part II
We already talked about the importance to prepare and plan a picture in advance to obtain a good result. In this second part of the interview to Antoine Buchet, we go beyond and we want to ask him how to plan the perfect travel shot, considering the many elements involved in it.
Keep on reading to discover more!
- To obtain the perfect travel shot, is the place important in your pictures or you tend to make them unrecognizable?
Places are important for me as I aim to capture the essence of the place I am visiting. I will try to capture places as representatively as I can.
- What is the most important aspect in travel photography according to you?
The most important aspect in travel photography for me is to identify what type of ambiance and look I feel will best portray the essence. Do you want to depict the busy streets of Bangkok at night with light trails or something more intimate of the city waking up? This will impact your composition, lighting, choice of tools and shooting hours.
Seasons plays a massive part in my shots as I love dramatic skies and always chasing the best light. I also try to avoid herds of tourists and therefore plan my adventures off-seasons. Capturing locations empty of people is something I also prefer, this is how I want to remember a place, peaceful, unspoiled and frozen in time.
Patience is also crucial, as it can take days, months or even years to capture the shot you had in mind. Photography is a bit like fishing, despite all the prep work, you never know what you will get, that’s what makes it challenging and interesting.
And finally, make sure you also step away from your camera and appreciate the scene unfolding in front of you.
- Is the research or investigation (of a place, of people, of a single person) before a shooting important according to you?
Getting the perfect travel shot usually involves a lot of preparation before travelling. I usually plan and research months in advance and start putting a shoot list together. Planning for primary and secondary images (must-have and nice-to-have) give you additional peace of mind during the trip as you know when and where the next picture will be taken.
Another fun part of the process (Geek Alert!) is to spend hours looking at Google maps to find the best location and using photographic apps to get detailed information to plan position of the sun and moon. The itinerary will then evolve around the shoot list.
- Among the many travels and experiences you lived, which one has been particularly touching for you? Where would you suggest us to go?
I have been to a few countries and I highly recommend the USA. I visited this country multiple times and it never disappoints. They have over 50 National Parks, amazing cities, great roads suited for epic road trips, variety of yummy food and overall great culture and people.
One of my favourite place is Monument Valley at the Arizona-Utha border. This site is a true Southwest gem and never fail to take my breath away. Seen countless times in American Westerns, the pictures don’t do it justice, you need to witness the sun rising behind the mittens to truly appreciate the grandeur of this beautiful place.