Bring home great shots no matter where you go.
-- Don’t stop shooting just because it’s wet outside. The time right before and after rain can produce amazing light and more saturated color.
-- Try to plan your day and shooting schedule based on your subjects’ positions relative to the arc of the sun.
-- Get up early to be photographing as the sun is rising. Use midday for napping or location scouting. Start shooting again in the mid- to late afternoon.
-- Return multiple times to the best locations to capture them in different light and weather.
-- Don’t hurry. It’s better to capture a few places well than many places superficially.
-- Stay patient and focused. Travel can be distracting and overwhelming. Creating a “mood board” can keep you on track: Cut and paste some inspiring photographs or pictures of artwork onto a piece of paper. Keep it folded in your pocket or bag. If you find yourself lost or drifting, pull it out to help regain focus and a sense of mission.
Relating To Subjects
-- Learn a bit of the language spoken in the places you visit. The more obscure the language, the more you’ll be rewarded for any efforts you make to commit words and phrases to memory.
-- An effective and affordable way to learn a language is through an exchange (www.mylanguageexchange.com): You teach people your mother tongue while they teach you theirs.
-- The single most important trick for getting better photos is connecting with people at your destination and using them as resources. If you have no human contact there, you may get a great landscape or architectural photo, but you will rarely feel that you’ve captured the soul of a place.
-- Politeness and good manners will get you better people pictures than the highest-tech cameras and lenses.
-- Get a web-based (not serverbased) e-mail account. Attach scans of all your important documents (passport, credit cards, driver’s license, hotel and airline reservation numbers, etc.) to an e-mail and send it to yourself.
-- Before traveling internationally, visit the U.S. State Department’s website and check the Traveler Alerts.
-- Women, in particular, should consider carrying their gear in a large, leather hobo-style bag rather than a conventional camera bag. It may attract fewer thieves.
-- Purchase travel insurance such as Global Rescue.