During the shoot
Lose the bag!
“When walking around on location, I try to blend in better by not using a bag or backpack. I fit my two camera lenses to my two camera bodies – and carry each using low-cost black neoprene shoulder straps I found on eBay,” David says.
“As my two EOS cameras have different crop factors, by swapping lenses between the two bodies I have a greater zoom range than the focal lengths suggest. In low light, I also carry my tripod using a simple strap.”
Motordrive gives you more choice
David’s advice to shoot in High Speed Continuous mode really paid off for Cliff. “We had selected the background first, and were waiting for someone interesting to walk into the frame,” he says. “I saw the donkey cart coming through the market, through the rays of light, and knew this was it.
“The best shot might have been the last in this sequence – and previously this may have been the only one I’d taken. But in continuous drive, the previous shot – without the head of a passer-by blocking the foreground – becomes the pick of the bunch!”
To get pictures in the big open square of the old town Cliff had to use the telephoto end of his zoom in order to take pictures without being hassled. He scanned around for interesting-looking people standing against the stalls.
This group of children at one of the many stands selling orange juice were unaware of him – and he could wait until he had the best photo composition.
The shop fronts in the bazaar streets are all beautifully laid out – but this spice stall was particularly so. David asked Cliff to think carefully about framing.
“Originally I was shooting much wider, taking in the whole of the shop front and passing people. David suggested I switch to my 70-200mm and zoom in on the colour and shapes of the wares, which I agree works really well.
“I also shot an alternative version, with the shop assistant – as David pointed out that it is important to include human interest and scale to stock travel images,” Cliff says.