Monday, October 17, 2011

Guest Post: Mr. & Mrs. Globetrot

Hope you all are enjoying my awesome guest posters! Today we have Julia from Mr. & Mrs. Globetrot joining us with some awesome tips on travel photography! Her and her husband were married last year and they took a six month honeymoon and adventured everywhere from Europe to Asia. The best part about it is we got to follow along on their journey thanks to their blog, and their amazing photos (they are photographers for a living!). I selfishly asked Julia to share some of her top travel photography tips as I hope to put them all to good use over the next few years, but I hope this post as just as exciting and informative for you :) Thanks for the awesome post, Julia!

-- Major difference between typical/cheesy tourist shots and artistic travel photography.
-- It's easy to overlook details and only photograph the obvious pretty views and building, but details show the character  of a city.
-- Look for: doors, window sills, pottery, telephone booths, cobblestones, newspaper, street lamps...

-- Make sure to wander out of the city center and into residential, industrial, or rural areas. You won't be sorry. 
-- Here you'll find authentic photos of daily life (often our favorite).
-- Your photos will be less "touristy".
-- Rent a scooter or a car to get even further outside of town.
-- Look for: historic homes, interesting porches, what's in the yards, livestock/pets, who's on the sidewalks, kids playing,  shop workers, schools...

-- Ask politely if it's obvious that you're taking a photo or if you make eye contact with the subject.
-- When you don't ask, you will get more real, candid shots.
-- Public transportation (metro, bus, etc) is a good place to find a lot of locals just doing their thing.
-- Look for: expressions, greetings, conversations, interaction between two people, dining, fashion, work uniforms,  smokers, elderly (they have so much character), kids, everyday activities...

-- Light is the most important factor in photography! Use it to your advantage.
-- Midday is the worst time for photos because the sunlight and shadows are harsh and unforgiving.
-- Note: If it's an overcast day, any time of day is fine.

-- Every place has it's own local food. It often defines a culture, people, and way of life. 
-- Ideas: food presentation, utensils, menu, bird eye view of the table, restaurant interior, eating action, fork & knife in  hand, drink being sipped, bread being broken, empty plates after meal is eaten...