Travel Photography – Before, During and After The Trip

Often before travel photographers embark on a journey to a new exciting location, they might embark on all kinds of research. They might ask themselves these types of questions:

What are the landmark locations that I really must photograph?

What kind of images have been taken there before?

What do I need to do to make my images more unique?

What is the best time of the day to take pictures?

What are the weather conditions?

What equipment should I bring on the trip and each day? What cameras? Lenses? Flashes? Tripods and accessories? Endless decisions.

What is my backup system? Losing images is out of the question.

What is my post-processing system and how much of it do I need to access on the road?

How do I manage a digital library in two locations? (Traveling and Office)

How do I plan my itinerary?

What are the language, cultural and logistics issues to consider?

How much of my time should be scheduled?

How to balance family and photography and still have rewarding images?

I am not saying that I have the perfect answers to all these questions, but I hope to share my approach in extensive detail. Of course, everything mentioned is part of the major ecosystem that the serious digital photography of today demands.

The real fun, and sometimes stressful, aspect of the trip is the main reason why we take pictures when we travel. We want to witness and record through our own unique signature what we imagine, see and observe. We want to capture a person, a place, a thing, a moment that is special in its’ own way.

I will be sharing with you some of my thoughts while taking pictures in different environments. This will cover the gamut from composition to gear to light and the power of observation.   For me, personally, the transition from heavy Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses to the Fuji Mirrorless system has significantly impacted for the better on my photography.   I have much to say and share about the positive and negative aspects of that transition. 

Summary

The bottom line in photography is the images themselves. At The Global Lens the images take center stage and do most of the talking. So whether you use a smartphone or the latest and greatest gear, we have a lot to share in our journey together.

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