Ask Before You Shoot
The local culture is such an essential part of our travel experiences. One of the best ways to document it is through photographs of local residents. However, asking permission before you plant yourself in front of a stranger and begin taking their picture is essential – and polite. We can’t stress this point enough. It is considered highly offensive in some cultures (most places, actually) to take someone’s image without their permission. It might also be illegal, so be informed about local rules as well as expectations.
It might be acceptable to take pictures if you’re shooting from a distance, particularly if multiple people are in the scene. However, to take a more personal image by focusing on an individual, start by asking permission. Some of the best travel photography experiences and photos begin with a conversation! It’s a great way to connect with locals.
Capturing Your Journey
Some of the most poignant travel photography is documentary in nature. It records the experience of a journey. It can tell a story through images. So what do you want it to say? Will it be seen by the general public or friends and family? Knowing what story you want to portray and who will see it can help focus your travel photography.
Why does this matter? Well, it can help you consider the perspectives you want to depict through your images. For example, do you want to create a timeline of a journey through your pictures, or do you simply want to document random moments? Our advice is to consider these kinds of questions and elements. The most important question is how you want to capture your journey and tell your story?