Of all the different facets of photography Travel Photography is the area that I’m closest to and I love exploring somewhere new, getting off the beaten track, and seeing what sights I can capture. Previously on this blog and elsewhere there have been discussions around Travel Photography – Is it dead? Does it exist when locals with greater knowledge of the areas near them are taking superb photos? If you act like a tourist in your local town can you take travel shots of it?
In the start of his new ebook “A Sense of Place”, Younes Bounhar discusses similar questions. He then breaks the book into two main sections – At Home and Abroad. In the former he advocates acting like a tourist in your local area. Living somewhere you often overlook attractions and features that others visit your local area to see. Also, we rarely just wander aimlessly when we’re at home. With appointments and things to do life is more structured but spending some time walking or driving around with no specific destination in mind may help you see your home in a new light.
The Abroad section is admittedly a little more comprehensive and covers both techniques and approaches to shooting travel images. On the technical side Younes discusses isolating your subjects from background distractions, use of light and even talks about his approach to the photographic gear he packs. In terms of creative approach subjects include making repeat visits to a location at different times of day, getting detail shots as well as the wider scene setting images, and being ready to shoot so you can seize the moment when a great vision presents itself.
One subject Younes covers that I fully agree with is section “the human element”. When I first started travelling, to places like Cambodia or Egypt, I would patiently wait until there were no people spoiling the shot of the temple or landscape I wanted to capture. However as I travelled more I began to realize that including people in your images is a good thing. People add a sense of scale, we connect more emotionally with photos of people, and they can give you an indication of the traditions, and culture of a location. As a result I now always try to include locals in my travel photography (although I still wait until the tourists have moved out of shot!).
Overall “A Sense of Place” provides a good introduction to travel photography and helps when you’re not travelling to see your local surrounding in a new light. You can download the ebook from the Craft & Vision store for just $5 and imagine yourself in warmer climes as you view the many images of Morocco included.