I stumbled across an excellent podcast on iTunes yesterday that was talking all about travel photography. The gist of the topic is taking photos when you travel to different places. Well, duh. That kind of goes without saying. But the podcast had an excellent resource and idea to keep in mind. The idea was to have a list of various photos one should attempt to take to get a wide variety of photos. The concept being, if you have a whole different range of images, you can put together more exciting slideshows, more engaging photo books, etc. than if you have the same old, same old shots over and and over again. The same idea can be applied to any kind of photography too. Recently, my dad and I shot my grandparent’s 60th Wedding Anniversary. It was a family function that took place one night, in one location. I decided to put together a photo book of the event to give to Granny and Grandpa for Christmas. We had several hundred shots to work with while putting the book together and thankfully, we subconsciously put this list technique to work without knowing it. We had a wide range of portraits, action shots, “landscape” wide angle room shots, and I brought along my macro lens so we had some fun up close shots to give added interest. Putting the book together was far more fun with a wide range of different photos and made for a much nicer finished product.
I thought I would post the list from the podcast here for future reference and to anyone who might like to give this “type-a” technique a whirl. Even if you’re not a list type person, this is a handy way of making sure you’ve got variety in your photography when travelling, on assignment or whenever.
Basic Shot List in a Notebook in your Camera Bag.
– views of a city (vantage points?)
– Landscapes – Wide to Macro
– Time of year
– Icons (in interesting ways — what an area is typically known for)
– Architecture (old & new)
– Economy of the region (how do people make $?)
– Art & culture (artists, galleries, museums)
– History (different periods)
– Food (eat and drink)
– People (young, old, poor, rich)
– Night time/sunset & Sunrise
— Combine as many elements into one shot as possible
— Do online research of these things prior to going to the location
— Use the list as a checklist at the end of the day to see which of the shots you got.
List taken from: The Photography Guild Podcast Episode 6 on Travel Photography 6/26/09