It is difficult to find people, especially among camera owners who do not like to travel. As a rule, with great pleasure they visit museums around the world and take interesting photographs to share images with all friends. It can be very curious to look at the world beyond your own vision.
There are three questions that usually come to you when you return from a trip: Where have you been? What have you eaten? Who did you talk to? A key component in any good travel photo story is portrait photography, which reflects any daily interaction of people. Astonishing is the variety we face. After all, this is what makes us interested in each other. Therefore, in this article we will focus on portraits.
Below are some tips and recommendations for you to capture meaningful portraits while traveling.
Ego doesn't matter To create the best portrait shots, stop being embarrassed. That is, never hesitate to ask questions, dance or seem like a complete fool, trying to create outstanding photos. Also in this case there is no place for the ego. If necessary, you will need to overcome doubt and indecision in order to talk to a person and ask his permission to shoot. A photographer who asks a person for a portrait will capture much more than the one who does not. In the end, all you can hear is “no,” but this is not fatal. Sometimes a positive response looks like an approving wave of the hand or a friendly smile, which means it's time to move on to action.
Context is important Portrait photography while traveling strongly depends on context. You do not want anyone to look at the image and think that you took it off right at your front door. You seek to show a portrait that tells the story and culture. What makes it unique and interesting for you and your audience? For a Tibetan resident, a portrait of one of his fellow villagers may not be anything special, but for a Western audience this is something incredibly unique. And this is all context. A portrait while traveling is more than just a shot. Regardless of the complexion of the object, the general rule is that it merges with the photographer, the camera and at the same time remains the subject of the photo. Capturing the environment is a great way to add context to an image. Look at the background that interests you, and wait until the right person appears. Or try to persuade the subject you are interested in to go with you and pose in a different location. You can diversify images not only with the help of different environments, but also using different poses, expressions and actions. For example, the mountaineer smokes his pipe, the chef carries a plate of food, a business man has a notepad in his hands, and a surfer launches a kite. Also use different types of lighting: front, side, backlit, color, etc. These are all components of your portrait.
Turn on the imagination Portraits tell stories. The question is, what story do you tell? Returning from a trip with a large number of portraits that convey a solid image, you will create a brighter impression than with a set of random frames. Think about what you want to convey. Are these happy, smiling faces in a warm and hospitable environment, or people who are heartbroken from the turmoil in the region? There is no answer to this question, what is right and what is wrong. It concerns your tastes and preferences, which images you like to capture. Going on a trip, plan the main character of the portraits, then you will return home with a set of photos that will make you and your viewers happy.