Travel Photography

Taking photos of what we see is one of the things we are all looking forward to.  Our ultimate goal is to create a photo album each – each using our own photos and journal entries, making it a personal memory book.

Over the last few months we have tried to get familiar with our own camera and have had a few lessons to improve our photography skills.  I still expect lots of fairly ordinary photos, lots of same ol’ touristy photos but that isn’t the point – we aren’t going on a photographer’s tour – we are going on a family memory making trip.  We aren’t looking for perfect photos – just photos that help us recall our memories.  Though of course, we also hope for the occasional ‘wow’ photo.

One of the things we talked about with our ‘lessons’ has been that our photos can tell a story – they can tell the story of what we see or what we feel.  We can use more than one photo to tell a story, and we can use different angles and different techniques to capture that story we want to remember. Talking about telling stories with our photos has helped the kids do more than stand in front of an object and click.  There is a bigger purpose behind having a camera.

With a camera around your neck though, it is easy to make everything about the photo and miss the moment.  So we have also discussed that we take photos and then enjoy. There will be a time to put the camera down!

I have collated a prompt sheet so we can consider different things to snap as we walk through new experiences.  Some of these prompts include:

  • The things you see, smell, touch, hear or taste
  • Traditional crafts or clothing (be respectful of people)
  • Things that made you laugh
  • Food (and food prep if we see the prep side)
  • Buildings – whole buildings and the details
  • People watching, the crowds, the streets, people socialising, living life
  • Capture the old and the new, modern and history in the same shot
  • Fill the frame with your subject or don’t fill the frame with your subject
  • Skyline – be it in a city, or out in the countryside – lift your vision
  • Look at things from different perspectives, go high, go low
  • Find a theme for the day and click away – kind of like a treasure hunt (an icon, symbol, architectural detail, colour, reflections, animals etc…)

Other tips we need to remember

  • Be respectful of other people, whether those people are other tourists or people living their regular life
  • Check that photography (especially flash photography) is allowed
  • Always remember your stuff – your backpack, waterbottle, camera (we don’t want to lose things because people get carried away with taking that great shot!)
  • Take your photo and then enjoy the moment (as I’ve already said)

At other times and places I’ve blogged about one of our photo shoots here and here, and our lessons here.

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