Monday, August 11, 2008

Instructor's Tip: Travel Shots - People

Enjoy this week's "Instuctor's Tip" by award winning nature photographer Russ Burden:

"Travel Shots - People
Getting hooked on travel photography is kind of like the chicken or egg debate. Which comes first - the desire to travel which leads you to record what you experience or were you already involved in photography which encouraged you to travel to get images of certain locations? For whatever the reason, the two go hand in hand.

A favorite subject of many photographers when they travel is people. Whether it’s a family member, travel companion, or the native people of the area, capturing a good image allows you to relive your experiences in a positive way. Many options await the eager travel photographer with regards to photographing people. Tightly cropped portraits, wide angle environmental shots, small or large groups, candids, posed formal shots, you get the idea. Use the following options to create diversity in the images you bring home to create a memorable album or slide show:

FILL THE FRAME with tight head shots.

GO WIDE to capture the people in their environment.

SHOW THE NATIVE PEOPLE your digital sensor so they can see the fruits of your labor.

PHOTOGRAPH PEOPLE IN GROUPS to add variety to your images."


The photo(s) in this post were taken by Russ Burden. To learn more about how Russ captured this image, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

To take a class with Russ or a fellow Digital Photo Academy instructor in your area, check out the Digital Photo Academy. I took Russ' intermediate and advanced courses last year, and he continues to be a strong source of knowledge and encouragement as I progress in my photography.

Don't forget to check Take Great Pictures for Russ' most recent tips. On the home page, click on the "Photo Tips And Techniques" button in the left hand column. Additionally, check out his "Digital Tip of the Month" found by clicking on the Digital Photography button.

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