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Telling Your Stories Through Travel Photography

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In an industry filled with thousands of bloggers writing about travel and trying to stand out, optimizing the quality of images you take and post will not only better illustrate your travel experiences, but also exponentially improve the quality of content you deliver as a travel blogger. This session is for any blogger who is serious about learning to take better photos, regardless of equipment, and who wants to learn how to select the best ones to help tell their story including practical and interesting offbeat tips for photography.

[ Takeaways ]

(1) Bloggers will walk away with solid tips on how to better photograph people, landmarks, children, food, and night scenes creatively.

(2) Bloggers will go back to some core basics to learn what truly makes a photo memorable, some interesting compositional techniques, as well as how to pick which ones to illustrate their stories and photo essays.

(3) This session will help bloggers start the process of developing and sharpening their creative eyes.

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Telling Your Stories Through Travel Photography

  1. 1. Telling Your Stories Through TravelPhotographyLola Akinmade Åkerström
  2. 2. Telling Your Stories Through Travel Photography
  3. 3. Quick Intro as a PhotographerSweden-based photographerwww.akinmade.com | @LolaAkinmadeRepresented by National GeographicStock Image CollectionWas on assignment for NationalGeographic Channel filming “Through TheLens” in South AfricaContributor to Sweden’s Image Bank andwas their official photoblogger for 2 years
  4. 4. What we will cover[1] “Next Step” tips for photographing:People +children, landscapes,animals/wildlife, lowlight + nightscenes[2] Shooting creatively duringblog/press trips[3] How to choose photos to illustrateyour stories
  5. 5. What we won’t coverSpecific camera gear – Ask me later!Hard-hitting photojournalism≠Travel photography* Chances are most of us aren’t looking to be war photographers
  6. 6. [ 1 ]“Next Step” creative tips forcapturing photos that start tellingstories
  7. 7. AssumptionsYou guys already know a few basic technicaland composition rules of photography…such as:
  8. 8. My assumption – RULE OF THIRDS
  9. 9. My assumption – DEPTH OF FIELD
  10. 10. My assumption – LEADING LINES
  11. 11. [ 1A ]“Next Step” creative tips forphotographingPEOPLE
  12. 12. TIP 1 – INTERACT
  13. 13. Interact and try to avoid sneaking shots of people all the timePeople want to be acknowledged firstHOW?Nonverbal cuesEye contact and smilingLifting camera as a questionDialogue – If you speak a common languageLight but engaging conversation - What did you do today?”Intense and deeper conversations
  14. 14. WHY?Your subject is momentarily comfortablewith your presence
  15. 15. ExamplesDieter,Busker in Edinburgh
  16. 16. Market Vendors,Durban, South Africa
  17. 17. Per, Sámi Elder
  18. 18. Interacting getsyou closer.Closer gets youbetter travelphotographs.
  19. 19. “Befriend people first, and then take thepicture. That makes the encounter into a richand rewarding experience. “National Geographic,Guide to Travel Photography
  20. 20. TIP 2 – VISUALLY ELEVATE THEM
  21. 21. Getting a fewinches lowerconsciously &subconsciouslyelevates yoursubject.
  22. 22. Lets people draw their ownconclusions especiallywhen photographing“poverty”
  23. 23. TIP 3 – BE AN OPPORTUNIST
  24. 24. Once you’ve got their attention, always haveyour camera on burst mode/multiple frames persecond.
  25. 25. TIP 4 – BE PATIENT(if you have time)
  26. 26. Observe howthey’re interactingwith theirenvironment.Observe how light isflowing throughtheir environment
  27. 27. MUNDANE INTERESTING
  28. 28. [ 1B ]“Next Step” creative tips forphotographingCHILDREN
  29. 29. TIP 1 – GET REALLY LOW
  30. 30. Not Low Enough LOW
  31. 31. TIP 2 – FOCUS ON GROUP FIRST
  32. 32. Then,single outthe subjectyou’remostinterested in.
  33. 33. Applies to candidshots as well.
  34. 34. TIP 3 – INTERACT WITH GUARDIANS
  35. 35. Guardians grant access
  36. 36. TIP 4 – STAY AWAY IF SOLOReinforce “no talking tostrangers” lesson byparents
  37. 37. [ 1C ]“Next Step” creative tips forphotographingLANDSCAPES
  38. 38. TIP 1 – INSERT LIFE
  39. 39. Provides scaleand context--Bringslandscape to life
  40. 40. Also tells storyof interaction
  41. 41. TIP 2 – ISOLATE
  42. 42. TIP 2 – ISOLATE
  43. 43. Isolation makesthe mundaneseem moreinteresting
  44. 44. [ 1D ]“Next Step” creative tips forphotographingAnimals/Wildlife
  45. 45. TIP 1 – MAKE EYE CONTACT
  46. 46. Capturing eyes/eye contactadds life to the photo andautomatically makes it moreinteresting
  47. 47. TIP 2 – GET THEM IN ACTION
  48. 48. Okay shotwith eye contactDisturbingbut cooler shot
  49. 49. [ 1E ]“Next Step” tips for photographingNight + Low-light scenes
  50. 50. TIP 1 – FOCUS ON SINGLE LIGHT SOURCE
  51. 51. Shows how light source isinteracting with itsenvironment
  52. 52. In general, sweeping nightscenes are fine.Next level -> Isolate asubject and light sourceand shoot that in relationto its environmentIt adds an element of“drama”
  53. 53. TIP 2 – TURN YOUR BACK TO SUNSETS + SUNRISES
  54. 54. GOLDEN GLOWHow light is interactingwith the landscape
  55. 55. GOLDEN GLOWLight interacting withpeople
  56. 56. What is called –> GOLDEN HOUR
  57. 57. [ 2 ]Shooting creatively duringblog/press trips
  58. 58. Five types ofphotos we allbring back frompress or blog trips
  59. 59. Close-ups of yummy expensive food
  60. 60. Photo of the property
  61. 61. Photo of your hostand/or chef
  62. 62. Photo of other bloggersphotographing stuff
  63. 63. And…photo of yourselfdoing something cool
  64. 64. TRUTH IS:These are allmundane and abit boring eventhough they’rewell composedand “pretty”shots.
  65. 65. Your challenge?(Should you accept!)Make the mundaneinterestingHOW?By sharpening yourobservational skills
  66. 66. FOOD- How is itinteracting with itsenvironment?- Shoot everythingaround the food
  67. 67. Food in itsdomain
  68. 68. Take moreenvironmentalportraitsof food
  69. 69. Charactersinteracting withfood
  70. 70. PROPERTY- Focus on uniqueangles- How are peopleinteracting with theproperty?
  71. 71. Chances are your hostsalready have the mostattractive angles on file
  72. 72. Focus on humaninteraction
  73. 73. How people areinteracting with theproperty
  74. 74. HOST / CHEF- As the group moveson, linger for a fewmoments- Focus on what othersaren’t focusing on
  75. 75. Focus whenothers are goneCloser candidshots
  76. 76. Linger for a bit…or awhilePeople are morerelaxed one-on-one
  77. 77. Other Bloggers + You- Switch your angle- Catch them whenthey’re NOTphotographingMore self-portraits
  78. 78. At play
  79. 79. Self-portraits
  80. 80. TakeawayImproving your press/blog tripphotos with unique perspectivesoffers the DMO and your host(s) afresh angle on their destination orproperty.
  81. 81. Similar to how my relationshipwith Sweden started
  82. 82. [ 3 ]How to choose photos totell your stories
  83. 83. You’ve improved your photosYou’ve taken creative shotsNow what?How do you “kill your darlings” and choosewhich photos illustrate your story?
  84. 84. Your photos should answerthe following questions:What?When?Why?Who?Any unique details?
  85. 85. The morequestions asinglephoto cananswer, thebetter.And that should be your leading shot in a photo essay.
  86. 86. Example
  87. 87. What?River sceneWho?WomenWhen?DaylightDetails?Fish + BoatsWhy?Heavy lifting?Going to sell?Example 1
  88. 88. What?PierWho?WomenWhen?DaylightDetails?BucketsWhy?Negotiating?Interacting?Arguing?Example 2
  89. 89. StrongestYour strongest image in a photo essayanswers the most questionsStrongerStrong DetailsStrongOpen-endedStronger
  90. 90. What?River sceneWho?WomanWhen?DaylightDetails?XWhy?XExample – Open-ended question
  91. 91. Did you notice the common threadof interaction throughout these tips?You interacting with your subject?Your subject interacting with itsenvironment?
  92. 92. Your progression as atravel photographer?How well you caninteract with andobserve interactionswithin yourenvironment to tell itsstories.
  93. 93. In SummaryMost people can take pretty decent picturesSo how do you stand out and make people notice?Technical prowess IS NOT the #1 reason. Creativity willget you there especially with travel photography.Your creative challenge -> Make the mundane interesting.
  94. 94. “Amateurs worry about equipment,professionals worry about money,masters worry about light…I just take pictures… ”…Vernon Trent
  95. 95. Questions?@LolaAkinmade

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