Traveling to another country and visiting new places can be scary for anyone. You always have to prepare for a lot of things when visiting a foreign place. When you're a photographer, you also have to consider the situation of your camera and photo shoots before you visit a new country.
When you're abroad you don't have the luxury of being able to carry all of your equipment around. Going through immigration can also be a hassle when you're carrying a lot of equipment. You can't bring everything along with you because of all the processing you have to go through just to bring your photography equipment. This means you have to bring only the essential equipment.
Taking photos while visiting a foreign place means you will prepare more than just your photography equipment. You have to consider that you will bring essentials to help you with your trip as well.
You might bring a small dictionary to help you practice a few basic phrases. You might bring a tablet with you to keep you entertained during the trip. There's a lot of equipment you might consider bringing so only bring the ones you need.
Here are travel photography tips to keep in mind when visiting a new country:
1. Know The Ins and Outs of Your Camera Before You Visit The Country
If you don't know how your camera works you'll be spending more time adjusting the settings of your camera instead of taking photos. Whether you are using a top of the line smartphone, a point and shoot camera or the fanciest DSLR, you should know how your camera works so you won't fumble with the camera during your trip.
You could end up with terrible looking photos because you weren't prepared to adjust the settings of your camera on the fly. Learn how to determine what kind of aperture, shutter speed and ISO value you should set for a sunny day compared to a cool, summer evening.
Knowing the inner workings of your camera will help you spend more time taking photos instead of learning how to adjust the settings.
· Read your camera's instruction manual. Many of the features and functions can be explained there.
· Go online and watch instructional videos that teach you about the different parts of the camera and how they can work.
2. Learn Basic Phrases to Make Your Photo Shoots Easier
One of the easiest things to do before you visit a foreign place is to do some research on the country. You can start by learning a few basic phrases about photography such as how to say "May I take your photo"?
Learn the proper gestures that would permit you to take someone's photo.
Some gestures for a camera may be taken differently if you don't do a little bit of research. One culture may be okay with it but, others may see the gesture as inappropriate.
In any case, knowing the culture also means learning how to be respectful and you don't want to take photos of people and being disrespectful.
Knowing a few basic phrases can make shooting photos easier. The locals would know how to respond and accommodate your request to take a photo.
3. Ask for The Person's Permission before you Take Their Photo
Part of being a tourist is having good manners. One of the best examples of having good manners is by asking for someone's permission before you take their photo. When you're visiting a foreign place, the first thing you'll want to take photos of is the public spaces and the people in it.
Ask the person nicely if they want to have their photo taken. Here's where learning basic phrases will be helpful. You can ask the locals if you can take pictures of them with a language they understand so they will feel more comfortable.
Once you have taken the picture, show the person their photo. If they are satisfied with the photo, thank them for their time and proceed with your day. If they did not like the photo and they request to have the photo deleted then, delete it. Be courteous and thank them for their time if they did not like the photo.
4. Shoot Photos in RAW File Format