The problem with visiting popular tourist destinations is, obviously, other tourists. Anywhere you go that’s pretty and popular is flooded by a stream of other people, too. They’re in your shots and you’re in theirs. There are a couple of ways to get rid of them in post for both stills and video, but they take a lot of extra time.
What if you could do it in-camera? Avoid the other tourists completely? Well, in this video from travel filmmaker Jeven Dovey, you’re going to learn how to do exactly that. It might take you a little longer to get some shots, and you may have to change your approach, but it’s quite easy to make a busy location look empty.
Jeven covers 7 tips, and all of them can help you to eliminate other tourists from your shots. Although Jeven focuses primarily on video, being a filmmaker and all, all of the tips except one are equally as valid for stills photography, too.
- 1:58 – Wait for the perfect moment
- 2:23 – Do some recon and explore the location for other perspectives
- 2:50 – Shoot in slow motion (it lets you extend those brief moments free from people)
- 3:15 – Look for unique angles that people don’t go
- 4:06 – Use other objects in the frame to block out the people
- 4:36 – Turn the camera around and shoot the environment
- 4:59 – Use a long lens to focus in on subjects
The first tip is the probably the most useful, especially if you have a shot in your head that you absolutely have to have. Waiting is often the only way to get it, short of yelling at people to get out of your shot (don’t do that). But I’m impatient, and it’s often far too cold here to sit still and just wait.
Just remember that whatever you do to eliminate people from your shots to be considerate and polite. They have just as much right to be there as you do.
Or, avoid touristy spots completely. That’s what I usually do.