07 Photograph your summer holidays
Seeing new places with fresh eyes can provide a spark of inspiration, so use this to your advantage, but don’t get too snap happy, photographing everything in sight. Consider what it is you want to get from the shoot or scene.
Wherever you go on holiday this summer and whatever you decide to shoot, the key, says pro travel photographer Gavin Gough, is not to get too bogged down with your equipment: “Often, the most appealing travel photographs aren’t the result of having the best gear, or knowing the jargon,” he says.
“They’re created in the process of considering what it is you want your images to say and portraying that.”
If you’re not going on holiday, think of a creative way to shoot our theme in your local area. Travel doesn’t have to mean going abroad.
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- Pack smart and light. Don’t take all your photography kit, because it will only weigh you down. Something like a 24-105mm zoom lens will be versatile and good for landscapes, portraits and buildings.
- It’s a good idea to have some spare change in your pocket if you want to photograph people or performers. In many countries people are happy to pose for an image, but may demand payment, so be prepared if they do.
- Speak to the locals and ask their advice. They are the people who are in the know about where the best locations are, and what interesting events are taking place in and around the area.
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