A Pro’s Quick 5-Step Guide to Travel Photography

4. Notice people and details

Photographing strangers is easier than most think. Simply start a conversation. People love to talk about themselves. Consider putting away your camera and ask to come back later to take a photograph. In unfamiliar cultures, research local customs and taboos. Learn the basic words for “hello” and “thank you.”

If you want to take a photo, point to your camera, smile and give a thumbs up sign. Their reaction will be your answer. Remember: If someone says no, they are saying no to the camera and not to you. Don’t take it personally.

For portraits, focus on the eyes and other interesting features. Anticipate behavior and include details that reveal insight about your subject’s character.

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