Travel Photography Tips: 06

Travel Photography Tips is a section giving a variety of advice for using photography while traveling. The usual advice goes something like this, “the best camera is the one you have with you” or “use only your cell phone”.  Both are useful tips, but this section will go beyond that.

A Strategy for Making Photographs while Traveling with Non-photographers

Many times while traveling you are traveling with others. I have found that travel companions are not always as excited about making photographs as I am. Perhaps they do not understand the joy of making photographs or they just want to move on to the next thing.

When I traveled to India the first time, I was the only photographer in the group. There were many times I wanted to make some photos but we were moving to fast for me to stop, we had somewhere we had to be. I decided I would have to come up with some kind of plan to make more photographs. One day in Pune, an idea came to me. We were on the streets at a general store. I had taken some photographs of it. From there we were going to walk back to our hotel. I decided that I should just make photographs while we were walking. At some places I physically stopped to make the photographs but for the most part I just pointed the camera and pushed the button while I walked. I decided it would be an interesting experiment.

In the end, it worked out. All of the photographs were not amazing but I had some good ones. While taking a book-making class in graduate school I ended up using the photographs to make the book, Pune Pocket Map.

The point is, just because you are on the move does not mean you can’t make photographs. This process was made easier by the fact I was using a point and shoot digital camera, so I did not have to worry about looking through the view finder. I could see the what I was photographing on the screen on the back.

These photographs can be pretty interesting because you were not paying 100% attention when you took them, so they can show you things you did not taken in when you were actually walking by.

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By |2018-10-12T16:23:05-05:00March 17th, 2017|Travel Photography Tips|0 Comments

About the Author:

Betsy Williamson is an assistant professor of art in the state of New Mexico. Before coming to New Mexico for this job she was an adjunct professor throughout Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, teaching photography and art appreciation. Between September 2015 and May 2017, she took a break from teaching to pursue art, research and life in India. Now she is back to teaching and part-timing it in India.

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