I created the video “WE ARE MIDBURN” because I have always been fascinated by the culture and the people that belong to the Burning Man community. Midburn is a regional Burning man event held over for a period of 5 days in the Israeli desert. After buying my tickets to the most recent MidBurn this past June, I knew that I had to capture the magic of it all on camera. Despite the enchantment of the event, I knew filming it would bring along its share of challenges.
Landscape photography, especially when you’re having to travel any kind of distance, requires some planning. You need to make sure that you pack what you need, but not so much that you can’t manage carrying it with you all day.
You’re hitting the road and your camera is at the top of the old checklist. Your goal is to make photographs that will be memorable and bring back the feelings of being there. So how can you do that? Of course you’ll need a good photo of the Eiffel Tower or Taj Mahal. But photos of cityscapes and monuments only tell part of the story. To capture the essence of a place, you need to capture the element that makes it most unique: the people.
The idea of going to a foreign country and taking photos of strangers might at first seem daunting, difficult and frightening. It’s not. Trust me, if I can do it, you can too. To get you started in the right direction, I’d like to share some of the techniques I’ve learned while globetrotting with my camera.
If you think about taking your camera with you to your holiday, this article gives you a insight about how to get some breathtaking travel portraits. All what I am writing about are tips and tricks from my own experience, travelling the world with my camera. From preparations, equipment to talking with a stranger this post covers all basics what you need to get out and enjoy making your own travel portraits.
Some days, the Internet makes being nice a challenging prospect, but we’ll give it a try here. Selfies, many of which will be burned into our memories for a very long time, are a permanent part of modern culture. I was rather humored (and simultaneously disturbed) to see selfie sticks being sold in the toy section of Walmart yesterday. Targeting consumers when they’re young, I guess, is a way to ensure long-term profitability.
However, not every great destination permits devices such as selfie sticks to be used while visiting. If you’re a self stick-toter, a new website may be your best friend. The site canibringmyselfiestick.com takes inventory of numerous landmarks around the world and gives you a simple answer as to whether or not you are allowed to bring the accessory.
In my last post I talked about the importance of communication on a fashion shoot or any kind of collaborative shoot. Today, I’d like to share with you some things I’ve learnt whilst travelling and some general manners that should matter when you’re both at home and away!
1. Research the places you’re visiting. There are so many platforms where people share their photos, experiences and recommendations. I like to check out Flickr, and sometimes, look through images via the location hashtag on Instagram. The latter is amazing! Just by looking through different people’s streams, I’ve come across new towns, cities, great locations, and even got an idea about what time of year is best to visit.
If you are a traveling photographer, like the back-shaped-like-an-airline-seat Benjamin Von Wong, you are probably constantly struggling in finding a way to get more of your gear on the plane. The two naive alternatives are to use less gear or pay for extra luggage. Ben Von Wong and Dustin Snipes share a tip that you can use if you are a professional photographer that will allow you to get more bags onto the plane.
Some airlines will allow media bags to be checked in at a significantly lower rate if you are a media professional.
In the 20-plus years since I discovered the joy of photography, I’ve been fortunate to travel all over the world, capturing everything from Italian cathedrals to the bamboo forests of Kyoto. Along the way, I’ve learned some tricks for making the most of photo opportunities wherever I find myself.
Whether you’re heading to the Amazon, the Alps or anywhere in between this summer, a little advance planning and a thoughtful approach can make all the difference when it comes to taking great travel photos. Following are some of my best tips for shooting amazing photos, no matter where your travels take you. [Read more…]
Have you ever walked in a crowded place and was worried that some stay hands may crawl into your bag? Or wanted to place your camera bag on the floor (or on the train or on the chair next to you in a restaurant), but was concerned that the zippers may become undone and the camera will “accidentally” fall through the bag into someone’s hands?
The obvious solution is to use a padlock (or a move my bag and I’ll scream!) kind of alarm. Sadly we don’t always have those handy. Out pals at Enlight Photo just shared this great security tip. While it will not protect you from someone actually taking your bag, it can definitely help reducing the amount of stray hands that crawl in. (they are using a Think Tank Photo bag, but any bag with zipper loops or pull ties will work) [Read more…]
It’s summer once again and the fortunate among you will be hitting the road, hopping on planes, maybe even boarding a ship or two, and getting the hell out of Dodge for some hopefully stress-free rest and relaxation. Regardless of whether your travels are taking you around the world or just a day’s drive from home, it’s important to not only pack your camera gear carefully, but to also spend time putting some safeguards in place to make sure that you and your gear not only make beautiful travel photography together, and that you both get home safe and sound.