That social media is full of fakery is old news. But what fascinates me is just how easy it is to fake your life on Instagram. YouTuber Natalia Taylor recently decided to test it out herself. She “traveled” to the nearest IKEA store and took some photos, even purposely leaving some IKEA price tags in them. She shared them on Instagram, and she managed to prank her followers to believe that she was on a vacation in Bali. Natalia shares more details in her recent video, and it’s a useful reminder that social media isn’t real.
If you don’t post photos from your vacation to Instagram and Facebook, it’s like you didn’t even travel, right? And if selfies from amazing locations just don’t do the trick anymore, Sweet Escape may be the solution. This startup connects travelers with professional photographers at locations all over the globe, and it bets that people are ready to pay to raise their travel photos to a higher level.
As a landscape photographer, I travel a fair amount. As a human being, I travel quite a bit. Travel is a passion in my family. Whenever we get the opportunity, we love to visit new places or revisit old ones. Family vacations aren’t photo trips though. Sure, photos are taken – lots of them. However, these photos are mainly to capture the memories of our travels. And rightfully so. Family trips are first and foremost to spend time together, relax, and experience new places together.
I have to keep my inner photographer in check. Many times we are visiting beautiful places with iconic shots.
Over many trips and travels, I’ve found a pretty good balance that allows me to capture photos without annoying the heck out of the non-photographers in my family (which is pretty much everyone else!).
I do love these ‘research findings’ that drop into my inbox periodically. I get all sorts, from ‘Brits value their digital photos more than their cars’ to ‘Customers more likely to have nude pictures printed on canvas rather than cars.’ (The syntax is dreadful there. They didn’t mean that canvas was a more likely medium for a nude print than a car; rather that people were more inclined to print nudes as opposed to photos of cars.) But the latest one suggests that tourists are getting frustrated trying to take photos of tourist hotspots because of tourist overcrowding. When you’ve recovered from the irony overload there, I’ll continue. [Read More…]
We’ve covered the “evils of Photoshop” as it pertains to human subjects a number of times, but the use of some photography and Photoshop techniques in travel photography are starting to cause concerns to grow that tourists will become disappointed upon arriving at their destination.
Social Media’s constant pressure for “Shares” and “Likes” is only fuelling this trend towards making destinations appear more attractive by intentionally warping our vision of the world.
Thinking back over this past year, there’s one thing that stands out for me as something that was immensely enjoyable, fulfilling and really helped me to forget about the day to day grind of running a photography business…I went on a photography vacation.
For one week in July I clocked over 3000 miles on a rental Kia compact travelling across the US southwest. Using a good old fashioned paper map and sticking to the back roads as much as possible, I started in Albuquerque New Mexico, made my way up through Bisti/De-Na-Zin, past Shiprock to Monument Valley Utah, back down through Arizona and eventually to White Sands in New Mexico (I will publish a more detailed account of this trip in a future article).
I didn’t have any particular itinerary or schedule in mind except to make sure that I was at the right place at the right time to create the best photos I could. I was solo for the first half of this trip and joined by my wife for the second half.
This is the first time I have travelled somewhere solely for the purpose of photography – and if you’re a photographer its something that I highly recommend.
In this article I thought that it would be fun to post a few of my favorite photos from the trip and try to inspire you to try something similar.