Spice up your travel photography tip # 5: Use themes to shoot your travel stories!
Travel photography is about telling stories about places through your photos. Usually, a photographer travels somewhere and tells the story of the place they are visiting using some common themes, like landscapes, portraits, documentary, night, and wildlife. The variety of images that you can shoot to show what a place is like is as wide as the range of human activity in any country. But how can you avoid shooting the same scene, over and over, only in a different place?
The answer to this question may rest not in the exotic and most far away place you can afford and access. It may not rest in the type of equipment you own and can lug around when you travel. Maybe the answer rests in how you approach the image making.
The way you think about what you are shooting could be the most important set of decisions you could make to spice up your travel photos.
Going out on different days intending to shoot different themes is a way Iâ€™ve spiced up my travel photography. While I am open to opportunity and do not let the dayâ€™s theme limit what I capture, I try to keep the theme in mind as I walk about, and attempt to tell the story through the theme, throughout the day.
In Vietnam recently, I spent a day photographing how Vietnamese transport things from one place to another.
In Burma, I looked at how the Burmese work.
And in Bali, it was a natural choice to look for the Balinese sense of balance.
Looking for images that follow a theme can be a creative way to look at cultures from a novel perspective. With a bit of forethought, you can spice up your travel photography and maybe even understand a little more about the place and people youâ€™re visiting.
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