Life Thru the Lens 17/52.... Spring in Paris; Embracing People in Travel Photos
The first time I visited Paris I really did not love it. It did not scream out "City if Love"; Paris bellowed city of busyness, city of sandy streets, city of disorientation, city of chaos. We visited Paris for our fifteen year anniversary and we had a jam pack agenda.
The second time we visited Paris, we went with no agenda on a "we will figure it out as we go" weekend and I fell in love. Paris should be taken in at leisure with no real goal in mind other than to let the culture seep through your bones.
How to Take Travel Photos with People in Them....
~ I will often wait around for the perfect "people free" moment to capture an image when we are traveling. However, there are times when that moment is never going to happen. So, I learned to embrace people in my travel photos and began to take pictures with a more creative approach. When you are trying to capture a scene, or architecture, the most important thing is to make it the subject and not the people.
~ Look for shots that tell a story. People will tell you a ton about their day if you simply watch them. So, when embracing people in your travel shots look for the story to capture.
~ Look for shots that emphasize scale. One of the best ways to embrace people in travel photography is to incorporate them into the scale of the scene. When you take a shot of just the scene, with no point of scale, the subject is often diminished in size; people bring reference to the size of the subject of your photo.
~ Take the once-in-a-lifetime shots of people, just be polite about it. I struggled with taking this last shot because it was during mass at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. However, I knew it was a once in a lifetime shot. And, I knew every time I looked at it I would instantly be transported back to that moment, and the feelings I had in the moment. So, I turned my camera to museum mode, and prayed I could hold it still enough for the shot with no flash.
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