I wrote a photography post that was published on the website Photodoto.com. It’s called “How To Photograph People You Meet While Traveling.” I am happy with the way it turned out, so I thought I’d share a brief excerpt of it here. You can check out the rest of the article here.
Imagine this scenario: You’re walking down a side street in Bangkok in the late afternoon, and you pass by an old man sitting on his patio. He’s drinking a cup of tea and staring off into the distance, and he just exudes an aura of contentment. The light is perfect, and the viewfinder in your mind’s eye composes the perfect shot, but you hesitate.
You don’t want to disturb him, but you also don’t want to just start clicking away without his permission. Also, your Thai is mostly non-existent, and you probably couldn’t ask him for his picture even if you wanted to. So what do you do?
Here are 10 actions you can do to help you capture pictures of people you meet while traveling. There are 6 things you should do before you leave home, as well as 4 tips to help you when you’re on the scene. These techniques will help you come out from hiding behind your camera, get the shot you want, and possibly even start new friendships. These tips are geared more towards international travel, when you won’t necessarily be able to speak the local language, but you can also use them the next time you take a walk around your own neighborhood.